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chicagoland yarn crawl starts this weekend!



The Chicagoland Yarn Crawl starts this Saturday!

Pick up your passport at Nina or at any participating yarn shop and get crawling!

21 Chicagoland yarn shops are part of the Yarn Crawl this year. We’re all ready to welcome you, stamp your passports, enter you in prize drawings, offer free exclusive patterns, and provide store-wide discounts!

For those of you new to the Crawl, learn all about it here. You won’t want to miss this annual event!




The special edition 2017 Yarn Crawl Tote (which was designed by our very own Hilary) has arrived in our shop, and orders are coming in!  We have a limited supply, so pre-order yours by calling (773.486.8996) or emailing (  It’s just $10!

To track your yarn shop journey, you’ll get a special pin for your tote at every shop you visit.


Yarn Crawl Tote 2017


We’re excited to introduce our exclusive Yarn Crawl Pattern…



big bad blend




The Big Bad Blend pattern is free during the Yarn Crawl, and will be available for purchase through Ravelry when the Crawl ends.

Stop by to see and touch this beautiful scarf made out of the incredibly soft Weepaca by Big Bad Wool.

We’ll have a collection of yarn bundles ready to go (like these) as well as the option to choose your own colors.





If you’d like to knit your scarf with us, come to our Big Bad Blend KAL (knit-along) Saturdays from 3-5pm (August 12, 19, 26 and September 2). Just stop in any of those Saturdays to join our KAL. We’ll be featuring a Tassel-along too for those who want help with the finishing touch.




If you’re not a fan of tassels, you can simply omit them and wear your scarf this way.


Big Bad Blend



During the Yarn Crawl all 21 stores will have a store-wide discount of 10% off!

Each shop will also have a prize drawing for a gift package worth $100. You can enter at each shop you visit.

Feeling lucky? You could win this fun collection of goodies at our shop.


yarn crawl prize


We look forward to seeing you during the Yarn Crawl!


Our Extended Yarn Crawl Hours are listed here:

10-5  Saturday, July 29

12-5  Sunday, July 30

12-5  Monday, July 31

closed Tuesday

11-8  Wednesday, August 2

11-7  Thursday, August 3

11-5  Friday, August 4

11-5  Saturday, August 5

12-5  Sunday, August 6


new vest design!

new vest design

new vest design

new vest design

new vest design

We’ve got a new design in the shop! Thanks to Hilary! The pattern will be on Ravelry soon (in larger size too).

This cute Tri-Square Vest was knit with Shibui Twig and Shibui Cima. It’s a great project for beginners – easy to make and easy to wear!

Come try it on… and then cast it on!

summer hours…



Summer Hours started this week.


Closed Monday & Tuesday

Open 11-7  Wednesday & Thursday

Open 12-5  Friday, Saturday & Sunday


Come visit! And check out our cute ice cream pom pom display.

still square-ish knitalong

still square-ish


Meet Still Square-ish, an updated version of the wildly popular top many of us made last summer called Square-ish.

This new one is knit with Shibui Pebble, a lovely light-weight yarn made of cashmere, silk and wool. The new design features added details like a lengthened back and a subtle lined stitch pattern. Yet it’s still defined by its simplicity.

Just two rectangles with seams, it’s very easy to knit. And it’s even easier to wear – it looks great on anyone, with any outfit!

Here are a few people modeling our shop sample. After trying it on, they all chose to knit their own out of various colors of Shibui Pebble. We can’t wait to see them when they finish.

Want to make one too? We’ll be working on them together this Spring.

Join our Still Square-ish Knitalong every Saturday from 3-5pm.


still square-isastill square-ish IMG_0091 still square-ishstill square-ish


If you’re still working on the original Square-ish top, you’re welcome to join our Knitalong too! We know you can get it done in time to wear this summer! Whether you want to finish that, or start the new one, let’s bring all our rectangular things together. Hilary, designer of both garments, will be available to help and motivate you.

There’s no fee or registration requirement. And you don’t need to come every Saturday. Just come when you can – any Saturday, anytime between 3-5pm.

We look forward to seeing you!


knit along

latest staff & customer projects

Time to share…

Every style and skill level is represented in this latest collection of staff and customer projects.

Hopefully at least one of them will make it to your list of must makes.


Flax Sweater

Kristine’s Flax made with Berroco Vintage



Karla’s Crochet Baby Blanket made with Berroco Vintage



Kelly’s Marian made with Knit Collage Spun cloud



Sarah’s amazing Lerwick Lace Shawl made into a wedding blanket



Lindy’s Hedgehog Mitts made with Blue Sky Fibers Woolstok



Easy Fingerless Mitts made with Berroco Vintage


Accerlerating Stripes Gloves

Accelerating Stripes Fingerless Gloves made with Shibui Pebble & Silk Cloud



Kelly’s Lightning Fast Mittens made with Funky Chunky


Zam Hat

Lindy’s Zam Hat made with Big Bad Wool Weepaca



Kelly’s State Street Cowl made with Spud & Chloe Outer



Kristine’s Song of the Sea made with Malabrigo Sock



Lindy’s Barndom made with Tosh Merino Light & Kendall Hat made with Funky Chunky


nina turns 12!

nina turns 12

it’s beginning to get cold out there

As temps drop this weekend, it’s time to think cozy!

Here are some nice project ideas.

nicole's bulky hat

Nicole’s Simple Bulky Hat made with Malabrigo Rasta is fast and fun.


kristine's afton shrug

Kristine’s Afton Shrug made with Blue Sky Fibers Cotton is a cute layering piece.


kelly's marion cowl

Kelly’s Marian Cowl made with Knit Collage Spun Cloud is a cozy quick knit.


fingerless mitts

These Brushed Suri Mitts, Seeded Mitts, and Welted Fingerless Gloves are heaven out of Zealana Rimu DK and Zealana Air.


kendall hat

The Kendall is a favorite hat out of Funky Chunky.


burberry inspired cowl

The Burberry Inspired Cowl made with Malabrigo Mecha is a great gift idea.


Our shop is stocked full of yarn choices now, so it’s a great time to stop by.


beautiful shawl!

Farmhouse Shawl
Farmhouse ShawlFarmhouse Shawl

We’re loving Kelly’s latest project, Farmhouse.

It’s amazingly soft and drapey out of Big Bad Wool Weepaca, and just perfect in this marled color, “grey wolf.”


fall project ideas

This is the time of year when our creative juices are flowing and our needles are clicking.

We love these latest projects by our customers and staff.

Can we help you start one of them?



Shari’s Boneyard Shawl edged with Shibui Silk Cloud


abby's trimont

Abigail’s Trimont Snood knit with Blue Sky Cotton & embellished with sparkly trim


ships and seaside

Mary’s Ships & Seaside nicely striped with Hikoo Kenzie


glacier sweep

Kelly’s Glacier Sweep knit with Malabrigo Finito – soft as cashmere


one cable mitts

Nina’s One Cable Mitts knit with Shibui Drift



Jen’s sweet Baby Hat & Mitts made with Blue Sky Cotton


collaboration with john fluevog shoes chicago


We’re participating in a fun Yarn Bomb Collaboration with neighbor shop, John Fluevog Chicago.  And we need your help!

They just completed a beautiful remodel of their store, and want to yarn bomb two pillars in the center of their space.  That’s where you come in!  We’re inviting 24 knitters to knit 12″ x 18″ panels that will be stitched together and wrapped around the pillars at a Party at Fluevog on November 1st (6-9pm).




Sign up to participate here.  The first 24 knitters to respond will be invited to pick up a yarn package at Fluevog.  You’ll knit a panel in a stitch of your choice, and then bring it to the Party at Fluevog on Tuesday, November 1st from 6-9pm. (at 1539-41 N. Milwaukee Ave).  It will be a fun night watching the knit art come together while shopping for shoes.  There will be food, drinks, discounts and giveaways!

We can’t wait to see the results of this yarn bombing!

Space is limited, so sign up now.

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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