Marled Magic Workshop + Book Signing with Stephen West!

stephen west 1Come experience the colorful world of Westknits! We are excited to welcome Stephen West to nido for a book signing of Westknits Bestknits and a workshop featuring his latest Marled Magic pattern. Stephen’s shawl designs and innovative colorwork have helped him become a widely recognized and respected designer.

Westknits Bestknits Book Signing with Stephen West

Friday, May 5th 6:30 pm – 8:30pm

Cost: $10. Refreshments provided. Tickets available here.

Meet Stephen West, purchase a copy of his latest book, and have it signed. Stephen will also lend his color theory tips for your future crafty projects. Have in mind your next creation and get a little pop of color advice courtesy of Stephen himself! Let’s get to “Knittin’ Kitten!” Event limited to 50 participants.

marled_magic_2Marled Magic Workshop

Saturday, May 6th 11:00 am – 2:00 pm* UPDATE – Class is full.

Saturday, May 6th 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Cost: $75 (not including materials)

Learn all about Stephen’s Marled magic tricks for combining multiple yarns. Participants will experiment with holding 2 strands of yarn together to create fabrics that look like painted works of art. Choose between Stephen’s Marled Magic shawl design OR Samen shawl. Digital pattern included with class. Class is limited to 20 students.

Marled Magic 1Materials: Marled Magic shawl participants should bring a colorful pile of fingering weight yarns and a US8 circular needle. Stephen recommends bringing a color palette of at least 5-10 colors to start. For example, bring shades of blue to create a warm palette with pinks, oranges, and reds. Gather more yarn from your stash than you think you may need because you can always edit your yarn selection later. It’s best to have a broad range of colors and yardage amounts so you have more options to choose from while you knit each section. If you want a super colorful shawl, bring a bag full of colorful fingering weight yarns to stripe and play! Lace weight mohair yarns are also highly encouraged.

Samen ShawlMaterials: Samen shawl participants should bring 5 different colors (full skeins) of lace weight yarn and US 5 needles. If you are a tight knitter, use a size 6 or 7 needle. In the beginning of the class, participants will experiment and play with color combinations and then then start the shawl project in the second half of class.  Please also bring a collection of scrap yarn (approximately 7-10 colors of fingering weight yarn) and US 8 / 5mm needles to play with marled color techniques. Mohair and fluffy textures are also encouraged.

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*photos courtesy of Westknits.

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Trunk Show: Quince & Co. Summer Ebbs

quince-co-butterfly-paulina-popiolek-knitting-pattern-finch-5sq_1024x1024Now through April 12th, nido is hosting Quince & Co.’s Summer Ebbs shawl collection. As we look toward warmer days, these four shawls cover just about any transitional time of year or climate. Quince & Co.’s Owl, Tern, Finch, and Piper are beautifully showcased in these versatile pieces.

quince-co-breaking-waves-paulina-popiolek-knitting-pattern-tern-4sqquince-co-holt-paulina-popiolek-knitting-pattern-owl-5sq_1024x1024quince-co-palmetto-paulina-popiolek-knitting-pattern-owl-5sq_1024x1024Swing by the shop to see these beautiful pieces in person!

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A NEW Addition to nido

nido welcomes Arbor – a DK weight, worsted spun, wool yarn from Brooklyn Tweed. This workhorse yarn comes in 30 beautiful colors, has perfect stitch definition and is 100% American Made to boot.

FullSizeRender(18)We can’t stop swooning over the project possibilities!

burnaby_1I mean come on, the colors are incredible! Be sure to pop by and take a look at our latest addition at the shop.

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Spinning Tales with Thread & Ladle

Mark your calendars for the next guest in our Spinning Tales with Fiber Folk series: Beatrice Perron Dahlen from Thread & Ladle, author of MAINE Knits.

Sunday, May 7th 10:00 am – noon
MAINE Knits Trunk Show + Book Signing + Talk
RSVP here.

stwff_beatrice2Join nido as we continue to make connections between fiber farmers, spinners, natural dyers and local purveyors in our community with the next guest in our Spinning Tales with Fiber Folk series.

Screen Shot 2017-03-02 at 3.36.54 PMBeatrice Perron Dahlen is a pattern designer based in Southern Maine and the creator of the new book MAINE Knits. Her knit designs have been published in Knitscene, Interweave Knits, Knit.Purl., amirisu, Pom Pom Quarterly, Berroco, Quince & Co., Swan’s Island and Tolt Yarn and Wool.

She studied fibers, photography and sculpture at Massachusetts College of Art in Boston where she received her B.F.A.  She also holds an M.Ed. from Antioch University.  Besides knitting and most other needlecraft she enjoys gardening, cooking, taking photographs, writing and most creative endeavors.

Screen Shot 2017-03-02 at 3.37.21 PMBeatrice’s latest pattern release, MAINE Knits, is inspired by the Sea, Farm, and Wild of Maine. It’s full of 16 beautiful patterns, all designed by Maine makers. It includes essays from MAINE folk and patterns from herself, Carrie Bostick Hoge, Alicia Plummer, Bristol Ivy and more. This book will keep your hands busy and warm your soul.

stwff_beatrice3Beatrice has also collaborated with Vermont’s own Wing & A Prayer Farm to design the Gentle Ewe Shawl, featuring Tammy’s Thelma & Louise yarn. It is a shop fav, you have to check out!

We are thrilled to learn all about Beatrice’s fiber journey and her process creating MAINE Knits. Mark your calendars for a morning of fiber chats through the perspectives of this talented pattern designer!

For more information on Beatrice, you can find her knitwear designs on Ravelry, Instagram, or at her website, www.threadandladle.com.

*photos courtesy of Thread & Ladle.

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Spinning Tales Recap with Handmade & Woolen

A big thank you to Jennie + Devon from Handmade & Woolen for stopping by to share their stories of becoming videopodcasters as apart of our Spinning Tales with Fiber Folk series.

Screen Shot 2017-03-23 at 5.28.14 PMWe learned all about the beginnings of their fiber careers in NYC, to finding their new home in Vermont, to the evolution of Handmade & Woolen videocast. We related to so much of what they shared and left feeling inspired to get creating!

This husband + wife team has submersed themselves in all things fiber from knitting, spinning, weaving, shearing and sewing to learning about sheep breeds with plans to have their own flock in the not-so-distant future.

Devon is one of the co-creators behind Rib magazine, a magazine for men and those who knit for them. He previewed samples from the upcoming issue of Rib Magazine releasing in June, that they are shooting next weekend in beautiful Boston.

Jennie has a self-imposed project to create a completely handmade wardrobe by 2020. (So awesome, right?!). Podcasters can get involved in the fun, too, through Handmade & Woolen’s Natural Wardrobe Make-A-Long. This MAL features a quarterly goal of either sewing or knitting wardrobe garments without the use of synthetic materials. You can tune in to hear her weekly progress towards this goal, and learn about other projects and diber happenings both are involved with.

Looking ahead, the fiber duo hopes to bring more attention to wool support in the US. In Rib, Devon hopes to showcase softer natural wool from down breeds and historic US breeds.

Thanks again you two. It was really wonderful hosting you at the shop and having you share your stories with our community.

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Madelinetosh, hooray!

madtoshdkOur latest, long-awaited Madelinetosh DK shipment has arrived in 45 sumptuous colors. This superwash merino is perfect for baby projects, accessories and more. These small batch, curated colors are dyed with care on wholesome, ethically sourced wools. Swing by to see the rainbow of blues, pinks, greens + speckles!

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Winter Storm Approaching

FullSizeRender(17)Due to the winter storm, nido will be  closing early tomorrow, Tuesday March 14th and our weekly craft night is CANCELED. Our hours for the next couple of days are as follows:

Monday March 13th 10:00 am – 6:00pm

Tuesday March 14th 10:00 am – 3:00pm (closing early + craft night canceled)

Wednesday March 15th noon – 6:00pm (opening late)

Be safe + have fun out there!

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June’s Luxe Market Tote

Luxe Market Tote 2We LOVE June Shen Epstein’s latest & greatest tote pattern! She will be teaching six lucky participants how to step-by-step construct her newest bag design, the Luxe Market Tote. Learn everything from pattern cutting basics to inserting a zipper and pockets to adding finishing touches with leather handles.

Call the shop or stop by to sign up for June’s class, Sunday April 9th from 9:00 am – 1:00pm. While you are here, check out our samples of her tote. Congrats to June on this beautiful pattern!

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Pom Pom Spring 2017 is here!

pompomspring2017The latest Pom Pom Quarterly has hit nido shelves! Swing on by to pick up your copy featuring spring weather shawls and sweaters. (Not to mention a pretty and practical knit market bag, complete with removable leather handles, yes!!). Pom Pom’s Spring 2017 issue does not disappoint.

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Support Our Girls!

FullSizeRender (1)Champlain Islands Girl Scout Troop will be selling their famous cookies at the shop this Saturday, February 25th from 12-2pm. If you haven’t snagged your favorites, now is the time to come out and show your support.FullSizeRender (2)

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