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Archive for February, 2012


I’ve been admiring Stephen West’s Clockwork pattern for a long time now.

After serious indecision, I finally chose 2 colors of Madelinetosh Merino Light (georgia o’keefe and well water), and cast mine on.  I’m really enjoying knitting it.

Here are several versions made by our customers.  


We just received Zauberballs from Skacel.  This colorful fingering weight yarn stripes in fun and surprising ways.

Each ball has 459 yards, and makes great socks, hats and shawls.  You’ll find lots of pattern ideas on Ravelry.

treat yourself…

malabrigo arrival…

Just received a delivery of Malabrigo, including this gorgeous selection of Sock Yarn.

a new blogger friend…

Last weekend we had a nice visit from Maaike, a talented Dutch blogger and crafter who lives in Toronto.

We are so impressed with her beautiful blog, Crejjtion, and are tickled to be featured on it.

Here’s her post about our shop:


Saturday, January 28, 2012

Nina Chicago

hello this sunny Saturday from Chicago!

straight from this beautiful city

I am excited to share with you

Nina Chicago

one of those yarn shops where you can stay for hours

full of pure inspiration

welcomed by these cute yarn snowmen, you enter a shop full of quality yarns

in the most amazing color ranges

together with lots of temtping examples

for yourself

and the little ones

how cute can they get?!

Nina and Sam make this place such a warm and inviting store

it feels like home when you sit on the couch and knit a few more rows

like Robin did, while her son Soren was still sleeping

well, this sweet boy did wake up in the end

if you are in the neighborhood, go and visit this inspiring store

a beautiful yarn collection, and friendly professional ladies ~ you will be hooked


more shop features coming up soon…

never too late for new year’s resolutions…



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Seven Resolutions for 2012
Even though the first month of the year has passed in a flash
we realize we still have the whole year ahead of us.
So we thought we’d share a few resolutions
that you may not have thought of.
It’s not too late to add a few more to your list!

Let’s start with the obvious…

 Get it Off the Needles
We’ve all got those projects that sit on the needles for months,
or even years, as newer and more enticing projects
keep popping up right in front of us.
This year, resolve to turn your UFOs into finished objects!

Learn to Crochet

Open up your world to the possibilities of crochet,
which has become increasingly popular over the last few years.
More patterns and better designs are becoming available every day.
This year, resolve to set down the needles and pick up a hook!

Get on Ravelry
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There is no better resource for knitters and crocheters than Ravelry.
Browse a vast selection of patterns, connect with other crafters
through groups and forums, and follow us here at nina: a well-knit shop.
This year, resolve to stay connected with us and each other! 

Knit & Crochet with Friends
The only thing more enjoyable than knitting and crocheting alone
is knitting and crocheting with others who are knitting and crocheting!
Consider joining the Throwers, Pickers, and Hookers of Wicker Park
for many evenings of guaranteed fun.  Also be sure to keep an eye out
for various KALs (knit alongs) that will take place throughout the year.
This year, resolve to spend more time stitching with friends!


Start that Habu Project
Habu Scarf
You know who you are…
You attended our fabulous Habu Textiles event last summer
and purchased one of the many beautiful kits.
Months later, that beautiful kit is collecting dust.
Get motivated and get help by joining one of our Habu KALs
which take place the first Sunday of each month from 3-5pm.
The next gathering will be Sunday, February 5.
This year, resolve to knit the kit!  

Advance Your Skills
What’s a better goal than to add a new skill to your repertoire?
Stay tuned for new classes that we’ll be introducing throughout 2012,
including Basic Entrelac for knitters and Tunisian for crocheters.
We’ll also continue to offer classes in the Magic Loop technique,
Fair Isle, and Mobius knitting, among other things.
This year, resolve to learn something new!

Raid Your Stash for a Good Cause
This year, we look forward to partnering with an
organization to knit and crochet for good.
More on this later, but for now, start setting aside any
machine-washable sport, DK and worsted weight yarns,
and we’ll soon provide you with more details.
This year, resolve to knit and crochet for the greater good!


hat envy…

Wanted to share Tami’s Escargot Hat.

Doesn’t it look great edged in white?

Add it to my must knit list.

The shop occasionally hosts special events, book signings, trunk shows, and sales. Private events can also be arranged at the shop by request.

Perhaps you'd like to have a birthday party centered around a knitting lesson. Or a baby shower during which everyone learns to knit a square for a baby blanket. Or a corporate networking event that features knitting instruction. Or a book club that encourages participants to knit while discussing the book. Nina: a well-knit shop is available for these and other special events.

Contact us to learn more.



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