Friday, November 11, 2016

Doing Good



One of the guiding principles of my life is to strive to do good.  When faced with a conundrum on whether to purse something, one of the deciding factors is the impact it will have on others.  Will it make someone feel better?  Will it make someone smile today?  Will it alleviate someone’s pain?

I am a firm believer in women helping women, and that women can go beyond what is “expected” of them.  It is a woman’s power to be whoever she wants to be:   mother, wife, professional, entrepreneur, artist, single, married, etc. She can be one “and” the other, not necessarily one “or” the other.  A woman who contributes to her family, society – the world.


Along this vein, I chose my passion project for the coming year.  I will be supporting the women of the village of Uhaj in the Ifugao province of the Philippines.  These women tend to the famous and picturesque rice terraces – a true treasure of the Philippines and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  However, with the call of higher earnings elsewhere, many have left these ancestral lands. 

Through a Philippine social enterprise called Knitting Expedition, the women of the village, who learned to knit as a livelihood skill, now earn supplemental income by creating quirky toys, home accessories, and woolly warmers. Continuing the legacy of the Ricefield Collective, the women of Uhaj can continue to stay on their ancestral lands and tend the rice terraces which has provided sustenance for generations of their families.

 To help the Uhaj ladies, I will be creating a collection of knitting patterns for home and bath accessories that evoke the beauty of the Cordillera  mountain region. From the sale of each pattern, US$0.50 will go to the ladies of the collective for the sole purpose of purchasing and maintaining their knitting tools and equipment to continue honing their craft skills. 

The first pattern in this collection is the “Twisting Lanes Washcloth”.  The twisting cables along the sides of the cloth are evocative of the twisting roads that one must take to get to the mountain ranges where these women live and work. 


The pattern is available on Ravelry and Love Knitting for US $1.50. 
 
To ensure transparency, every quarter I will release a report on how many copies of the pattern have sold and how much has been allocated to the Uhaj fund.

I hope you will see it fit to support this venture. I am looking forward to sharing the joy of helping others with you.

Monday, November 7, 2016

Washcloth of the Month - Two Color Ladder Washcloth

The next Washcloth-of-the-Month class at Hooked is on


Sunday, November 20, 2016
1:30 to 3:00 pm
(Last Washcloth Class for 2016)



This month's washcloth is the Two Color Ladder Stitch Washcloth by knittingsavant.  This washcloth provides an introduction to color work with slipped stitches and color changes. An adapted pattern shall be provided at the session as it is no longer available online. (The designer appears to have withdrawn her online presence.)

Washcloth-of-the-Month
$20/session
Sunday, November 20; 1:30 to 3:00 pm.

Join the washcloth revolution. These easy and quick handcrafted items are great to use around the house, and make thoughtful gifts - heirlooms even.  Practice your knit and purl stitches, lace, and even cables, with a new pattern every month. 

Materials:  Your choice of two (2) cotton or linen yarns in your preferred color combination (approximately 50 yards per color); US 6 knitting needles or size to make gauge (22sts x 32r = 4" x 4").

This class is for knitters with novice to intermediate skill.

Call the store to reserve a seat or book online via Craftingbase.  We ask that you visit the shop to pay for your class(es) and purchase your yarn and supplies no later that the day prior to the class.

Hooked Fine Yarn Boutique

411 N Haddon Ave
Haddonfield, NJ 08033
856.428.0110 | Directions | Map

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Washcloth of the Month - October

The next Washcloth of the Month at Hooked is on

Sunday, October 30, 2016
1:30 to 3:00 pm.

This month's washcloth is "Twisting Lanes" by Mieke Zamora-Mackay.  This month's washcloth provides a quick introduction to cables against a backdrop of garter stitch. Please bring a cable needle to class. The pattern shall be provided at the session.

Washcloth-of-the-Month
$20/session
Sundays - October 30, November 20; 1:30 to 3:00 pm.

Join the washcloth revolution. These easy and quick handcrafted items are great to use around the house, and make thoughtful gifts - heirlooms even.  Practice your knit and purl stitches, lace, and even cables, with a new pattern every month. 

Materials:  Your choice of cotton or linen yarn (approximately 100 yards for 1 washcloth); US 8 knitting needles or size to make gauge; cable needle; stitch markers; Twisting Lanes pattern (to be provided for FREE at the beginning of the class).  This pattern will be available for sale on Ravelry and Love Knitting after the class.

This class is for knitters with novice to intermediate skill.

Please visit the shop to pay for your class(es) and purchase your yarn and supplies no later that the day prior to the class.


Hooked Fine Yarn Boutique

411 N Haddon Ave
Haddonfield, NJ 08033
856.428.0110 | Directions | Map

Thursday, September 8, 2016

New Fall Classes at Hooked


Cooler weather is coming!  Check out my new fall classes at Hooked.  These classes are perfect if you're thinking of handmade gift giving this holiday season!

Washcloth of the Month
September Pattern: Lacy Mock Cable Cloth by Vaunda Rae Giberson
September 25, 2016, Sunday, 1:30 to 3:00 pm, $20.00

Don't be fooled by how challenging this piece looks. As long as you know how to do yarn overs and decreases, you can make this lovely washcloth.

Materials: Your choice cotton or linen yarn (approximately 100 yards for 1 washcloth); knitting needles to attain gauge (this pattern recommends a US6 or US7.  Click here to visit the Ravelry project page and pattern source.

Second Saturday Project Class
Begins September 10, 2016 and continues every second Saturday of the month
10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Fee: $30.00/session
Get help with any project you are working on!  We’ll even help you choose and start a new project. Any level of knitter’s welcome. No need to sign up for a whole season, come as often as you like, and just pay per class.

Learn to Knit Socks
Rye Socks by Tin Can Knits
4 sessions, $80.00

Tuesdays, October 11, 18, 25, November 1; 6:30-8:00 pm

A great beginner sock, knit with worsted or aran weight yarn, making it a quick knit as well, not like traditional socks.  This pattern is also a good project to try knitting socks on magic loop, (double point needles work too). Sizes available from baby all the way to an adult man!

Materials: The Rye sock pattern (which is free on Ravelry) ,150 to 350 yards of a worsted or Aran weight yarn. Size 3 and 5, 32in or 40 inch circulars or size 3 and 5 DPNs, (or size needed to obtain gauge), and stitch markers.

Learn to Knit Mittens
Maize Mitts by Tin Can Knits
3 sessions, $60.00
Tuesdays, November 8, 15, 22; 6:30 to 8:00 pm

Another great option for progressing from your knitting basics.  These quick knits are made with worsted or aran weight yarn on double-pointed needles or on circulars (using the Magic Loop method).  Choose to make fingerless mitts or cozy full mittens in sizes for children to adults. 

Materials: The Maize Mitts pattern (which is free on Ravelry) , 50 to 200 yards of a worsted or Aran weight yarn. Size 6, 32in or 40 inch circulars or size 3 DPNs, (or size needed to obtain gauge), and stitch markers

*Photos courtesy of Tin Can Knits

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

August Washcloth of the Month

The next Washcloth of the Month at Hooked is on

Sunday, August 28, 2016
1:30 to 3:00 pm.


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This month's washcloth is the "Grandmother's Waffle Washcloth" by Rachelle Corry.  An easy and quick washcloth knitted on the bias.  This pattern is a FREE Ravelry download - http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/grandmothers-waffle-washcloth

Washcloth-of-the-Month
$20/session
Sundays -August 28, September 25, October 30, November 20; 1:30 to 3:00 pm.

Join the washcloth revolution. These easy and quick handcrafted items are great to use around the house, and make thoughtful gifts - heirlooms even.  Practice your knit and purl stitches, lace, and even cables, with a new pattern every month. 

Materials:  Your choice of cotton or linen yarn (approximately 100 yards for 1 washcloth); US 8 knitting needles or size to make gauge; Tulips pattern (to be provided at the beginning of the class).

This class is for knitters with novice to intermediate skill.

Please visit the shop to pay for your class(es) and purchase your yarn and supplies no later that the day prior to the class.

Don't forget, the Annual Summer Sidewalk sale is this week - August 4 to 7!  This weekend would be a great time to pay for your class and pick your yarn. We have a lot of yarns perfect for washcloths on sale.

Hooked Fine Yarn Boutique

411 N Haddon Ave
Haddonfield, NJ 08033
856.428.0110 | Directions | Map

Friday, July 8, 2016

July Washcloth of the Month at Hooked


This month's washcloth is called "Tulips".  A simple, classic washcloth with dainty eyelets in a repeating tulip pattern. It's a great introduction to lace knitting. I wrote this pattern with a little help from some vintage pattern books I've had since I first started knitting.


The next Washcloth-of-the-Month class at Hooked is on
Sunday, July 24, 2016
1:30 to 3:00 pm.  
Please scroll down further for details on these project classes and how to enroll.  The pattern for this class will be provided during the session.


Washcloth-of-the-Month
$20/session
Sundays -July 24, August 28, September 25, October 30, November 20; 1:30 to 3:00 pm.

Join the washcloth revolution. These easy and quick handcrafted items are great to use around the house, and make thoughtful gifts - heirlooms even.  Practice your knit and purl stitches, lace, and even cables, with a new pattern every month. 

Materials:  Your choice of cotton or linen yarn (approximately 100 yards for 1 washcloth); US 6 knitting needles or size to make gauge; Tulips pattern (to be provided at the beginning of the class).

This class is for knitters with novice to intermediate skill.


Please visit the shop to pay for your class(es) and purchase your yarn and supplies prior to the beginning of the class. You can also call to reserve our spot beforehand.  There are several yarn options for the projects at the store.

Hooked Fine Yarn Boutique

411 N Haddon Ave
Haddonfield, NJ 08033
856.428.0110 | Directions | Map

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

When Creativity Strikes

I am on a creative streak right now.

I'm knitting stuff like crazy.

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I've even ventured in to Bullet Journaling which I've taken to quite naturally given my propensity to organize, containerize, and systematize all things in my life - as well as my love for notebooks and pretty fonts.
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As anyone who lives a creative life can attest, there are just some days that the energy flows and you're making something left and right.  These days can get pretty overwhelming, wanting to make something - anything - everything. On days like this, I tell myself to do one thing at a time - breaking each project into little chunks so that I can actually "touch" each project for a portion of the day.  I am certainly not complaining about this overflowing season. I've been in a drought for a while.