The latest news and gossip from Knitters Mercantile in Columbus, Ohio.

Friday, September 30, 2005

If you weren't at the Shop on Friday, you missed a great morning. The KnitWitters were here. See all the people. Every single one enjoyed knitting and great conversation. The knitting community gets stronger in Columbus!

Brand Spanking New Yarn!

Nashua Handknits Wooly Stripes has arrived. We have 12 different colors in the shop. Colors range from "thunderstorms," "Cognac," "Ocean," "Lilac Blossoms," "Fiesta," and "Jewels." They are a nice striping yarn in 100% wool. Soft and loverly to knit. A swatch is hanging for you to add your rows of knit and purl!

Four Pattern books arrived with the yarns: Play, Relax, Work and North American Designer Collection. You might want to hurry to see them. We've sold four of them already!

See you Saturday and Sunday at the Knitting Retreat!

Thursday, September 29, 2005


I am standing in the store with all the great new yarns and colors and "they are shrink wrapping us again". Can't believe it!!!! They have assured us that it will all be down and cleaned up by Fri. night, but you oughta' see this. It's almost depressing!!!!!! Don't forget the Retreat at the store this weekend and I understand there are other activities going on in the shopping center, like a classic car collection, Elvis impersonators, FOOD and music. Stop by...see you soon.

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

September's Monthly Mtg Fun

A great group of knitters met on Monday to knit, chat, eat, knit, chat, laugh, knit, eat, and chat. About 22 knitters joined us for the fourth monday potluck meeting! Where were you? Picture yourself right here!

Jan and Sallie shared some of the new yarns in the shop.

overheard at the meeting
  • AuntGerry's secret name.
  • Phyllis is back from vacation and shared a few of her pictures. One made Sallie envious.
  • One knitter came from Kansas to knit at the shop.
  • Then book of the week is Men in Knits by Tara Jon Manning at 25% off the retail price. If you don't have a man to knit for, you can knit one for me, Jerry. Talk with me on Friday for colors.
  • Jerry got a nickname. What was it?
  • Jill had two wonderful girls at the kids knitting which takes place 4-6 every Monday.
  • There's still more yarn coming into the shop...
  • And the knit retreat is Saturday 10/1 and Sunday 10/2. Call the shop to let us know you're coming!

Monday, September 26, 2005

book of the week

Good Monday Morning All...
The book of the week this week 9/26 is Men in Knits by Tara Jon Manning. Making a sweater that a man will wear - more than once! - is a challenging undertaking, to say the least. Although they may not want to admit it, guys are picky about their clothes. Men in Knits is meant to provide you with all the tools for making the right choices in fit, color, fiber and style. Once you are sure of these details, every sweater will be enjoyable for you to knit and a joy for the men in your life to wear.

Retreat! Retreat! Retreat!

to your favorite LYS! We've got lots of fun events coming up!

Monday 9/26 6-8 is the Monthly Meeting/Potluck/Knitting Nite Out or whatever you'd like to call it. Come, bring a dish to share and talk and knit and eat and talk and knit and eat... See all the wonderful new yarns in the shop. Lily Chin Yarn has arrived. Louisa Harding Yarns have arrived. Rowan and the Rowan books are all about. Be sure to see the new patterns and books. There are great designs for knitters this fall!

Friday 9/30 the Knitwitters meet at the shop beginning at 10 and leave when they're tired.

Saturday and Sunday 10/1 and 10/2 is the Knit Retreat! Imagine knitting all day and being around wonderful yarns and fabulous people who knit? Please call the shop and let us know you're coming. 614-888-8551. Details are in the newsletter which should have/be arriving in your mail or email soon.

At the shop on Saturday, Barbara wore this beautiful shawl she made.

The pattern (I'll ask Barbara to post which pattern she used) called for Silk Garden doubled. Sounds easy enough, right? Nope. Because they aren't wound in the same colors in the color way for each skein.

Wanting the perfect color matching, Barbara pulled out skeins of the Silk Garden so she could line the color way up. She trimmed the shaw in Manos. The result is amazing! Barbara recommends buying an extra skein to help match up! Yes, we have Silk Garden and Manos in the shop if you're feeling adventurous and want to give the shawl a try. Aren't those colors perfect on Barbara?

Thursday, September 22, 2005


Well, we are still "shrink-wrapped" but we put balloons out in the front to tell folks that we are here! Managing to get the beautiful new Rowan out and don't forget that scarlet and gray and team colors of Iowa are 10% off on game day Sat. Need to remind you all about the retreat. It is 10/1 & 10/2 here at the store. We will be sharing new ideas and "tricks" and KNITTING. For those of you who need to stay somewhere besides home, we have made arrangements at the Howard Johnsons motel for a discounted rate. Box lunch on Sat is on Knitters Mercantile, but need to know if you will be here. No time limit-starts at 10AM Sat...dinner on Sat night? and meet again on Sun. unless you will be attending the MOKG Knit-Out in Whitehall. It should be fun and we are certainly looking forward. See you at Knitters Mercantile!

Tuesday, September 20, 2005


Yes, that is what I said! We have commented during this construction that we felt like we were we are!!!!!! We ARE open(contrary to appearances) and we would love to have your comapny. We also received this AM our Fall line of Westminster Fibers. That's Rowan, Jaeger etc. I have seen the new patterns and booklets and WOW. Come see us...we are here!!!!!!!!!!!!

New book of the week

I almost forgot to announce this week's Book of the Week! This week, Easy Afghans for Knitters, edited by Jeanne Stauffer, has been given the honor. Buy a copy this week, and we'll take 25% off the regular price.

Monday, September 19, 2005

Louisa Harding Yarn

I'll tempt you with a great closeup of the colors available in the Louisa Harding collection. These jewel-tone yarns are wonderful and attention grabbing. You'll be sure to find something that will bring a smile to your eyes!

Jill wanted to share with you a photo of the Louisa Harding yarns at the shop. This is just a small sampling of the collection. The pattern books are going fast, so stop by the shop and give them a look before they're gone. One is wonderful accessories and the other sweaters.

Sunday, September 18, 2005

Just in case you needed a reason to come to the shop, here's a peek of the Lily Chin Collection on the shelves. Jill did a great job of getting them on the shelves. She's right about the pattern books. They're quite nice.

And here's a close up of some of the colors. . The top shelve is the Greenwich Village and has a wonderful sheen to the yarn. The second shelve has the Central Park on it.

Lily is coming to the shop on Sunday, October 9, 2005. Details are still be arranged as to the time and all. Stay tuned for details.

Saturday, September 17, 2005

Louisa Harding is here, too!

Today, we're on a mission -- to get those boxes of brand new Louisa Harding yarn on the shelves. You won't want to miss Louisa's collection. Her yarns are spectacular -- and the patterns to go with them are gorgeous!

Friday, September 16, 2005

Upcoming Men's Night

That's right. On Wednesday, Sept 21, 6-8 is the Men's Night. Know a man that knits or would like to learn to knit? Bring him to the store. Staff will be available to help to teach knitting if needed. If no one arrives by 6:30, we'll be disappointed enough to leave early.

...And speaking of new stuff at the store...

Today a new member joined the Merc family. Most of you probably know Jerry already. He spent so much time here that we finally decided to put him to work. He'll be working evenings and weekends when he's available -- so stop in to say hi (and be sure to ask him plenty of challenging questions to break him in).

Lily Chin is here!

(The yarn, that is)

Lily herself will be in the store in a few weeks, but the yarn's going out on the shelves today! Stop by and check out Lily's new line of yarn!

Monday, September 12, 2005

Book of the week...and new stuff

This week at the Merc, we're starting something new. Each Monday morning, we'll choose a new Book of the Week. For the entire week, that book will be on sale for 25% off. This week's book:

Knitting in the Round, edited by Jeanne Stauffer

Now that the Out with the Old sale is over, we're making room for the new. New on the shelves today:

  • Misti Alpaca worsted
  • Misti Alpaca lace weight
  • Ironstone Mohair Big Loop in 25 irresistible colorways (you can find it on the mohair wall)

Friday, September 09, 2005

Special game-day sale

To celebrate Saturday's OSU home game, all scarlet and grey yarns will be 10% off on Saturday only -- and so will Texas colors, burnt orange and white. So stop in, check out the sale, and stock up on your team's colors!

Trunk shows are here!

Two new trunk shows arrived at the store today! This morning, we got a box full of garments from Classic Elite -- including the Sally Melville coat in LaGran mohair.

This afternoon, we got a box from Colinette. Between now and December 13, we'll be getting 7 different boxes of stunning garments from Colinette -- so be sure to stop by often to check them out.

As we're clearing the shelves of the old, we're filling them up with the new! New stuff on the shelves today: a beautiful multi-color mohair called Prisma and a luscious merino/cashmere blend from Karabella called Boise.

Thursday, September 08, 2005

New Knitty!

The new fall Knitty is up! Check out the great new patterns -- lots of gorgeous cable-y and lacy stuff.

Once you put your must-knit list together, stop in for a visit. The store is overflowing with shelves and baskets and boxes of sale yarn!

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Out with the old...

Our Out With the Old, In With the New Sale starts tomorrow! We keep getting new stock in -- and there's nowhere to put it! Stop in Thursday through Sunday to save 20 - 40% and help us clear our shelves to make way for our new fall yarn.

Give a little...

Join other knitters in reaching out to the victims of Hurricane Katrina. Check out this site, where knitters have already raised over $65,000 for the Red Cross.

Thursday, September 01, 2005

Have you seen the new MagKnits?

Check out the latest issue of MagKnits for great patterns for sweaters, wraps, and more. Many of the patterns feature Rowan yarns -- and our new shipment of Rowan should be arriving any day...