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🧶A shine challenge for you

The Shift” by Andrea Mowry. I have to confess, I’ve been holding out a little on you. By now you’ve seen that our theme for Knit Stars Season 9 is “Permission to Shine.” What I haven’t shared is the story behind the story of the theme. And this week, when Gabi made this post in…
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🧶An ode to Brad

You know the old Irish blessing, right? “May the road rise up to meet you…” Well when you’re traveling and filming for Knit Stars, sometimes the road does rise up to meet you. Other times, it roars up and rears back like a giant hissing snake and bites you in the butt. And that, my…
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🧶The ultimate eye candy edition

What’s almost as exciting as learning who your Stars will be for an upcoming Knit Stars Season Premiere? (Well okay, maybe even more exciting?) It’s finding out which amazing makers our Stars have chosen to partner with, and the exclusive yarns, kits, and bags (yes I said bags, PLURAL 👜👜💃🏽🎉) that our Earlybird enrollees get…
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🧶Meet your shiny new Stars!

Did you catch it, ? That subtle shift in the energy of the yarn world… …the sun breaking through the clouds… …the stars shining a little more brightly in the sky…? You guessed it! The Stars of our upcoming Knit Stars Premiere Season have announced they’re teaching in Season 9: Permission to Shine! 💫🎉💃🏽🕺🧶 This…
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Stick with us (a gift :-)

I have a confession… I’m a little obsessed with stickers. 🤓 Ever since I saw Gaye “GG” Glasspie posting about how she collects stickers and uses them in her journal each day…I thought, what a fun way to jazz up my planner! And yet somehow, I’ve resisted buying stickers for myself. It may sound silly,…
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🧶A new twist from Joji

I hope you’re having a fabulous week and making some time just for you – to make, to watch Knit Stars videos, or simply to relax. 😌 This week I have a special treat for you. I caught up with Joji Locatelli. ❤️ She and I had been going back and forth, doing some secret…
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🧶Jeanette, beaded colorwork and second chances

They say when opportunity knocks, you should always answer. But what if, right when that knock comes, you get knocked down by a tragedy you never saw coming? That’s what happened to Knit Star Jeanette Sloan right after filming her Beaded Colorwork masterclass for Season 6. I caught up with Jeanette this past week, on…
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🧶 Shelley’s nine notables

This last week I celebrated my 56th trip around the sun. Part of my gift was that my cake had the wrong year…so I’m officially aging backwards! In celebration of the occasion and our upcoming 9th Premiere Season of Knit Stars, I thought it would be fun to share 9 notables with you…nine things I’m…
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🧶 Seamless and fearless

Every one of Åsa Söderman’s personal emails have the same closing… Knit with abandon. If you’ve been lucky enough to take an in-person class with Åsa, you know she exudes this philosophy. Fearlessness. Adventure. Abandon. “When I do workshops I find so many people don’t trust themselves. They often follow the pattern too closely. I…
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🧶Meet the maker: Mitzi

I first met Mitzi when she would come into our second location in South Tulsa, back in 2015. I remember what first struck me most about her was a) her bright smile, b) her cheerful energy, and c) the chip on her shoulder. 😜 You see, today Mitzi is one of the most prolific textile…
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🧶 Your blue ribbon awaits…

Happy first week of March, ! It’s my birthday month and everyone’s been asking what I want. I know this is kind of a mom answer but when I say “nothing” I really mean it. I have my health. Lord knows I have plenty of yarn (hello, S.A.B.L.E.!) And best of all, I am so…
Read More

🧶Casapinka and the Land of Penguins

Just when I think I’ve started to make a real dent in my travel bucket list… My friend Bronnie a.k.a. Casapinka sends me a text… from Antarctica. 🤯 It just goes to show, there’s always somewhere new to explore, and always more to learn. That’s what we love so much about being Yarnies, right?! We…
Read More

🧶 Our crochet queen

It was 3am, in the wee hours before we opened our 3rd Loops location, at 61st and Yale in Tulsa. We’d all been in a mad rush for months, as we wound down two smaller locations, moved everything into storage. and built out the new store. Sherri Torrez had been crocheting chain-link rings for weeks…
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🧶 Bobbin and weavin’ with Nancy

Recently, I was scrolling the ‘gram and something grabbed my eye. I’d never seen anything quite like it. Then I glanced at the account and saw that it was @nancymarchantbrioche – none other than Nancy Marchant from Knit Stars Season 2… I reached out and asked if we could zoom and catch up, so she…
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🧶Goody goody gift time

Welcome to your Sunday, ! How will you use the gift of this day to fuel your creativity? Well for starters, we’ve put together a little goody bag as a gift with purchase this week. Everything on our site is 30% off right now, and when you order $100 or more we will include these…
Read More

🧶 Solitary refinement

The last couple weeks I had some extended time to myself for the first time in a couple of years. After two weeks of traveling around for work (from Florida to Texas for Luke’s job, then to Tulsa for mine), he was called back to Nacogdoches, TX for another unspecified length of time. Having slept…
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🧶 Summer’s sock-tacular new book!

There’s nothing quite like opening the box with the first printed copy of your very own book. It’s difficult to explain the swarm of emotions. Excitement and exhaustion. Relief and trepidation. Not unlike giving birth…you’re so proud of what you’ve made, and you’re holding your breath as you prepare for it to go out into…
Read More

🧶Getting the Nac of it

Hello from Nacogdoches, Texas, a.k.a. “Nac!” 🤠 Yes, you read that right. After several idyllic months working from paradise in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida, Hot Luke’s work has brought us to East Texas for a spell. It might be a week…or it might turn into a month or two…or longer. We got word of this…
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🧶What to do with those gauge squares

Visible Mending, directed by Samantha Moore, © BFI / MediaActive Projects 2023 I first met Lorna Hamilton Brown during Knit Stars Season 6. Often when we film our Knit Stars Masterclasses, we’ll arrange for another expert to be present on set with the Star, to provide an extra set of eyes and to act as…
Read More

🧶Your shiny new Sunday yarns

Happy New Year and a happy new newsletter look for you, ! As promised, we’ve re-thought and renamed the newsletter I’ve written every week for the past 18 years. We’ll still be doing what I love most: telling stories and sharing curated project ideas from across the yarn world. But as we shift our focus…
Read More

🧶A shine challenge for you

The Shift” by Andrea Mowry. I have to confess, I’ve been holding out a little on you. By now you’ve seen that our theme for Knit Stars Season 9 is “Permission to Shine.” What I haven’t shared is the story behind the story of the theme. And this week, when Gabi made this post in…
Read More

🧶An ode to Brad

You know the old Irish blessing, right? “May the road rise up to meet you…” Well when you’re traveling and filming for Knit Stars, sometimes the road does rise up to meet you. Other times, it roars up and rears back like a giant hissing snake and bites you in the butt. And that, my…
Read More

🧶The ultimate eye candy edition

What’s almost as exciting as learning who your Stars will be for an upcoming Knit Stars Season Premiere? (Well okay, maybe even more exciting?) It’s finding out which amazing makers our Stars have chosen to partner with, and the exclusive yarns, kits, and bags (yes I said bags, PLURAL 👜👜💃🏽🎉) that our Earlybird enrollees get…
Read More

🧶Meet your shiny new Stars!

Did you catch it, ? That subtle shift in the energy of the yarn world… …the sun breaking through the clouds… …the stars shining a little more brightly in the sky…? You guessed it! The Stars of our upcoming Knit Stars Premiere Season have announced they’re teaching in Season 9: Permission to Shine! 💫🎉💃🏽🕺🧶 This…
Read More

Stick with us (a gift :-)

I have a confession… I’m a little obsessed with stickers. 🤓 Ever since I saw Gaye “GG” Glasspie posting about how she collects stickers and uses them in her journal each day…I thought, what a fun way to jazz up my planner! And yet somehow, I’ve resisted buying stickers for myself. It may sound silly,…
Read More

🧶A new twist from Joji

I hope you’re having a fabulous week and making some time just for you – to make, to watch Knit Stars videos, or simply to relax. 😌 This week I have a special treat for you. I caught up with Joji Locatelli. ❤️ She and I had been going back and forth, doing some secret…
Read More

🧶Jeanette, beaded colorwork and second chances

They say when opportunity knocks, you should always answer. But what if, right when that knock comes, you get knocked down by a tragedy you never saw coming? That’s what happened to Knit Star Jeanette Sloan right after filming her Beaded Colorwork masterclass for Season 6. I caught up with Jeanette this past week, on…
Read More

🧶 Shelley’s nine notables

This last week I celebrated my 56th trip around the sun. Part of my gift was that my cake had the wrong year…so I’m officially aging backwards! In celebration of the occasion and our upcoming 9th Premiere Season of Knit Stars, I thought it would be fun to share 9 notables with you…nine things I’m…
Read More

🧶 Seamless and fearless

Every one of Åsa Söderman’s personal emails have the same closing… Knit with abandon. If you’ve been lucky enough to take an in-person class with Åsa, you know she exudes this philosophy. Fearlessness. Adventure. Abandon. “When I do workshops I find so many people don’t trust themselves. They often follow the pattern too closely. I…
Read More

🧶Meet the maker: Mitzi

I first met Mitzi when she would come into our second location in South Tulsa, back in 2015. I remember what first struck me most about her was a) her bright smile, b) her cheerful energy, and c) the chip on her shoulder. 😜 You see, today Mitzi is one of the most prolific textile…
Read More

🧶 Your blue ribbon awaits…

Happy first week of March, ! It’s my birthday month and everyone’s been asking what I want. I know this is kind of a mom answer but when I say “nothing” I really mean it. I have my health. Lord knows I have plenty of yarn (hello, S.A.B.L.E.!) And best of all, I am so…
Read More

🧶Casapinka and the Land of Penguins

Just when I think I’ve started to make a real dent in my travel bucket list… My friend Bronnie a.k.a. Casapinka sends me a text… from Antarctica. 🤯 It just goes to show, there’s always somewhere new to explore, and always more to learn. That’s what we love so much about being Yarnies, right?! We…
Read More

🧶 Our crochet queen

It was 3am, in the wee hours before we opened our 3rd Loops location, at 61st and Yale in Tulsa. We’d all been in a mad rush for months, as we wound down two smaller locations, moved everything into storage. and built out the new store. Sherri Torrez had been crocheting chain-link rings for weeks…
Read More

🧶 Bobbin and weavin’ with Nancy

Recently, I was scrolling the ‘gram and something grabbed my eye. I’d never seen anything quite like it. Then I glanced at the account and saw that it was @nancymarchantbrioche – none other than Nancy Marchant from Knit Stars Season 2… I reached out and asked if we could zoom and catch up, so she…
Read More

🧶Goody goody gift time

Welcome to your Sunday, ! How will you use the gift of this day to fuel your creativity? Well for starters, we’ve put together a little goody bag as a gift with purchase this week. Everything on our site is 30% off right now, and when you order $100 or more we will include these…
Read More

🧶 Solitary refinement

The last couple weeks I had some extended time to myself for the first time in a couple of years. After two weeks of traveling around for work (from Florida to Texas for Luke’s job, then to Tulsa for mine), he was called back to Nacogdoches, TX for another unspecified length of time. Having slept…
Read More

🧶 Summer’s sock-tacular new book!

There’s nothing quite like opening the box with the first printed copy of your very own book. It’s difficult to explain the swarm of emotions. Excitement and exhaustion. Relief and trepidation. Not unlike giving birth…you’re so proud of what you’ve made, and you’re holding your breath as you prepare for it to go out into…
Read More

🧶Getting the Nac of it

Hello from Nacogdoches, Texas, a.k.a. “Nac!” 🤠 Yes, you read that right. After several idyllic months working from paradise in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida, Hot Luke’s work has brought us to East Texas for a spell. It might be a week…or it might turn into a month or two…or longer. We got word of this…
Read More

🧶What to do with those gauge squares

Visible Mending, directed by Samantha Moore, © BFI / MediaActive Projects 2023 I first met Lorna Hamilton Brown during Knit Stars Season 6. Often when we film our Knit Stars Masterclasses, we’ll arrange for another expert to be present on set with the Star, to provide an extra set of eyes and to act as…
Read More

🧶Your shiny new Sunday yarns

Happy New Year and a happy new newsletter look for you, ! As promised, we’ve re-thought and renamed the newsletter I’ve written every week for the past 18 years. We’ll still be doing what I love most: telling stories and sharing curated project ideas from across the yarn world. But as we shift our focus…
Read More

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No cable needle? No problem!

Have you ever found yourself in the middle of a cable project, on the go, and without a cable needle? Sure, in a pinch you can use a paper clip, double-pointed needle or even a pencil. But what if you could work your cables with just your fingers? It’s the knitter’s equivalent of a flying…
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🧣Ambah’s shawl, 9 ways.

Ambah O’Brien from Knit Stars Season 6 shows you 9 ways to wear a shawl. This year I’m resolving… to Wear The Damn Knits. 👊🏽 Tell me if this sounds familiar… I’ve got a closet-full of handmakes. Sweaters, cardis, shawls, scarves, hats out the wazoo… And still I go around most days in leggings and…
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The Scoop has a new look 👀

Watch this video clip from Season 6 to learn Louis’ favorite elastic hat brim technique. Hey happy, yarny New Year to you! Over here at Knit Stars, our resolution for 2022 is to make sure you get the star treatment you deserve. ✨ After feeling not-seen for my first couple of decades as a knitter,…
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Scoop: The one and only 🛒

Finally. It’s the day after… The day you get to relax, maybe make some pancakes, kick back and settle in with your latest project wearing the new Snuggie that Aunt Ruth gave you. And maybe if you’re really lucky, you got a Knit Stars gift card (or 3) in your stocking! That would be perfect timing,…
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🦙 Vicuña Burgundy is here!

Ho ho hoooooooo… Look what’s headed here on Santa’s sleigh! 🤩 Our good friends at Amano have created a new color of their legendary Vicuña fiber. Behold…Vicuña Burgundy. The vicuña is the highly-protected undomesticated relative of the alpaca. Fragile-looking, elegant and extremely agile, the vicuña walks silently and alert through the Andean highlands, almost as…
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🧶Scoop: To speckle or not to speckle?

To speckle or not to speckle? That was the question. When she was working on this *surprise* new colorway just for us, Adella Colvin went back and forth on whether to add speckles. She wrote, “I wanted my new Knit Stars colorway to be light, airy and fun. So I dyed up what I thought was the…
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Scoop: New LolaBean shipment 📦

New shipment of LolaBean “Pinto Bean” in Cygnet, Wedding Day Bouquet, Georgia Peach, Sugar & Spice, Fanciful, and Eccentric. Hi, How’s your December starting out? Maybe you’ve had your head down, stitching away on holiday gifts… And maybe you’ve been following what’s happening in our fiberverse, where once again, black makers have been mistreated, marginalized…
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🔥 BOGO: 2 things every knitter needs

You know that feeling when you finally break through a big block? The custom blocking mats we’ve been working on for more than a year have finally, finally arrived! Whew and woohoo! And to celebrate, we’re giving them away. 🎉 No seriously… For a limited time, when you buy our exclusive Needle Keeper for just…
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🎁 Scoop: Gift with purchase

Happy Scoop Day! I’ve got a really fun treat for you this week. It’s a longstanding Loops (and now Knit Stars) tradition. The “kinder, gentler” Black-Friday-week-Surprise. No 4am doorbusters or mobs. Just a fun, easy approach to the holiday season, along with some crafty, freebie goodness. I’m really into stickers right now – on my…
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💗 A radical holiday knitting plan

Shop this Birdie Parker “Bling Box” and our other holiday Countdown Calendars here I’m starting to feel that familiar pressure build. Maybe you feel it, too? That time each year when the holidays creep closer, and I start to do the mental math. “If I make one hat a week that’s 6 gifts…”   “Hmmm if I…
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211031 Scoop

Welcome to our first-ever Scoop takeover! 🤗 We invited Adella Colvin, the genius behind LolaBean Yarn Co to guest-write the lead article for this week’s Scoop, and of course she came through, big-time! Read on to learn about how Knit Stars and LolaBean came together for first-of-its-kind collaboration. “Everything started roughly two years ago. Shelley had approached me…
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👨🏼‍🎨 Know these 15 indie dyers?

Wowza…we’ve had so much fun with our first-ever Knit Stars Free Preview week! The free previews have been shared far and wide…and just as we’d hoped, they’ve spread creative joy and hope throughout – and well beyond – the fibersphere. 🌎❤️ (Heads up: If you haven’t had a chance to watch the free videos, you…
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Imagine if everyone watched these…

A few weeks ago, I was chatting over Zoom with my friend Michael who lives in Queensland, Australia. I was telling him about the upcoming Season 6 of our Knit Stars Masterclasses, trying to convey how amazing the documentary videos were turning out. I couldn’t find the words. “Is it okay if I just show…
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Beans have been spilled 😜

The beans have been spilled. And it took everything I had not to spill a few tears, too… After a very full year of dreaming, signing on lots of dotted lines, and taking leap after leap of faith…it’s here. The Knit Stars Flagship Store is finally open. The magical stardust is still floating in the…
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211003 Scoop

Oh how I love a new cast-on. There’s nothing like a new project. Pulling the first strand from that fresh cake of yarn and making the slipknot. All the hope of a new beginning. A beautiful clean start. At the opening of our new Knit Stars Flagship Store, someone said to me, “Does this feel…
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6 more days…

SIX DAYS! 😅 We’re just 6 days away from opening the doors to the culmination of a lifelong vision. The new Knit Stars Flagship Store is my 6,000-square-foot celebration of yarn lovers everywhere. A place where we can come to connect with others like us. Squish the yarn. Play with color. Create. Dream. Stargaze. There…
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🎉 In person or virtual…

It’s getting real… and really REALLY exciting! We’re just a couple weeks away from the Knit Stars Flagship Store Grand Opening, October 1-2. Folks from all over the world are flying and road-tripping in. Including 10 of my favorite Knit Stars and dyeing Stars. We just found out Tina Tse is joining us too! And the…
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🎉 The party they’ll be talking about for years

There are parties. And then there are parties… You know, the parties you remember for decades. The “I was there!” parties. Like Woodstock, or Y2K, or that perfect destination wedding. This is what our Knit Stars Flagship Store Grand Opening Celebration October 1+2 is shaping up to be. On opening day, we’ll reveal the new Hot Loops wall.…
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Mystery Guests revealed! 🥸

By now, you might have heard that 8 knitting superstars will be attending the Grand Opening of our Knit Stars Flagship Store, Oct. 1-2 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. (We’d love for you to come too, and join us in the celebration! You can get more details and RSVP right here). But I bet you’re also wondering about…THE…
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Plan your trip to Tulsa 🧶🧳

You are so much a part of this Knit Stars movement of modern makers & it just wouldn’t be the same without you here! Please R.S.V.P. below for the new 6,000 sq. ft. store grand opening in Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA. See you soon! ♥   CLICK NOW TO RSVP BE OUR GUEST, ALONG WITH THESE KNITTING STARS:  …
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