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chicago yarn crawl starts this weekend!



It’s time for the annual Chicago Yarn Crawl!

Pick up your passport at Nina or any participating yarn shop and get crawling!
Saturday July 30 – Sunday August 7!

21 Chicagoland yarn shops are part of the Crawl this year!

We’re all ready to welcome you, stamp your passport, enter you in prize drawings, offer free patterns, and provide special discounts.

Find more details here.


Introducing… SLANT… our exclusive Yarn Crawl pattern!

(The pattern is free during the Crawl and available through Ravelry next month).




Stop by to see and touch this beautiful scarf, and discover the newest yarn by Blue Sky Fibers called Woolstok.

We’d love to help you choose your 3 favorite colors so you can make one too!




During the Yarn Crawl all 21 stores will have a storewide discount – 10% off!

In addition to that, we’ve added lots to our Sale Section – 50-75% off!

We’re also having an Early Bird Special!  Free Gifts – for the first 20 Crawlers who purchase this Saturday, and for the first 10 Crawlers who purchase this Sunday.

Prize Drawing! Anytime during the Yarn Crawl, you can enter our shop’s Prize Drawing.

Feeling lucky?  You could win this fabulous collection!


yarn crawl prize 2016


We look forward to seeing everyone!!


Please note our special hours during the Yarn Crawl:

11-5  Sat July 30

12-5  Sun July 31

11-5  Mon Aug 1

closed  Tue Aug 2

11-8  Wed Aug 3

11-7  Thu Aug 4

11-5  Fri Aug 5

11-5  Sat Aug 6

12-5  Sun Aug 7


summer sale & farewell maura!



Maura, our knitting doctor, is about to become a real doctor!




This weekend we’ll bid farewell to her before she heads off to med school at the University of Chicago.

We’ve all loved working with Maura these past five years and we’re sure going to miss her!!


To give you extra incentive to stop in to say goodbye on her last day (Saturday), we’re having a Spontaneous Summer Sale.

Saturday July 16th from 12-5

10% off all YARNS

20% off all NEEDLES

30% off all PATTERNS

40% off all BOOKS

and 50% off many other products!


Please help us thank Maura for her wonderful contributions to our shop. And let’s wish her well in her exciting new adventure!


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Best wishes Maura!

We love you!



cast on…ward, a goal setting workshop at nina

cast onward workshop at nina


We’re excited to host life coach, Jen Wille for

Cast On…ward

a fun, refreshing goal setting workshop where you’ll walk away with a plan for weaving more strength into your own lovely story.

Wednesday, July 6th from 6-8 pm

Feeling too tightly knit up these days?

Are things unraveling more than you’d like?

Your life is your tapestry!  This summer add more richness and color to it as you gain clarity on what you want and how to make it happen.

The Workshop will include:

  • a life clarity assessment to reveal what’s holding you back and what will move you forward
  • tools for setting goals that stick
  • action steps to make things happen
  • reflection time when knitting is encouraged
  • a wine tasting

cast onward workshop at nina

About Jen:

Jen Wille is a Certified Professional Life Coach, educator, and public speaker based in Chicago. Her desire to help others bridge the gap from where they are to where they want to be, both personally and professionally, is always at the center of her work. In addition to one-on-one and group coaching, Jen has organized numerous self-development workshops and facilitated staff development to enhance company culture. She launched her coaching practice in 2014 and specializes in working with vibrant women who are ready for more.


cast onward workshop at nina


Space is limited so sign up today.

Cast On…ward with Jen Wille

Wednesday, July 6th from 6-8 pm


Register Here


confidently cast on…ward into your life!


cast onward workshop at nina

our square-ish knitalong is on fire!

square-ish cal at nina


Lots of people came to our Square-ish Knitalong Kick-off Party last weekend!  It was a full house!

Many more have joined from afar – we’ve shipped the yarn and pattern to 8 different states!  Over 80 people are part of the Knitalong, with more casting on every day.  It’s not too late to get in on it.

Look, more people have modeled for us!


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square-ish at nina


Everyone who comes into the shop to try on our sample loves how it looks and feels. We now have Square-ish samples knit in both Shibui Linen (apple green) and Shibui Twig (ash grey).  You might want to make one of each.


jen in square-ish at nina


Some people personalized the project with little modifications.  Jen made a smaller version with just 2 skeins of Shibui Linen, and she added a cute pocket.  Perfect!

We’d love to see a picture of yours!  Share it on Instagram or Facebook.  Or come into the shop to show us.

Continue to knit with us at the shop any Saturday or Sunday afternoon from 3-5 pm.

And please come to our Finale on Saturday, July 23rd from 3-5 pm.  We’ll have a Fashion Show and Prize Drawing to end the KAL.  It’s going to be fun!

exclusive pattern debut & cast on party!

Square-ish at nina


Introducing Square-ish, the perfect summer sweater designed by our very own Hilary!


hilary in square-ish at nina


Square-ish is the simplest knit ever and it looks great on everyone!

All of these different women are modeling the very same piece.


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Catharine in Square-ish at ninaJordan in Square-ish at ninaJen in Square-ish at nina Kristine in Square-ish at ninaDeb in Square-ish at ninamaura in square-ish at nina Chris in Square-ish at nina Lindy in Square-ish at nina


Simply two rectangles with easy seams, Square-ish is the perfect first garment and travel project.

Let’s knit this breezy linen top together!

Join us Saturday, June 4th from 3-5 pm for a Wine Tasting and Square-ish Kick Off Party!  You’ll get 10% off your project supplies and Hilary will be available to answer any questions you have about the pattern.




The pattern is free for the Knitalong and exclusive to Nina until July.  It’s not even available on Ravelry yet!

If you’re not local, or wish to join this Knitalong without coming to the shop, we’ll be happy to ship the yarn and pattern (and we’ll offer the discount too).  Just email us at

Here are our favorite colors of Shibui Linen.  It takes just 3-4 skeins!



Maybe you prefer Shibui Twig.  That yarn will work too!


shibui twig


The Square-ish Knitalong will continue each weekend in June and most of July, Saturdays and Sundays from 3-5 pm.  Come whichever days work best for you – every weekend or just a few.

Eager to cast on right away?  Since it’s an easy garter stitch project, perfect for every level of knitter and everyday wear, feel free to come in anytime to get started.  The discount applies immediately.


Here’s Nina’s started project.

nina's square-ish top


We can’t wait to see everyone in this incredibly versatile top!

Stop by to show us yours whenever you finish.  Or send us a pic!

We’ll have a Fashion Show and Prize Drawing at the end of our KAL

Saturday, July 23rd from 3-5 pm.

Please join us!



bootie camp

booties at nina


Announcing our new Knitalong…

Join us for BOOTIE CAMP!

We’re hosting this KAL during Open Knitting and Crocheting on Saturdays and Sundays in May from 3-5 pm.


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Whether you’re interested in knitting or crocheting baby booties for a little one or cozy slippers for yourself, Bootie Camp will get your stitching in shape!

We’ve found some great bootie and slipper patterns!

Can’t knit with double-pointed needles? Never fear!  We have options that can be knit flat as well.

Please join us any weekend afternoon that works for you!

happy mother’s day weekend!


Come by Saturday or Sunday to enjoy mimosas while you shop or knit.

We are giving a $5 gift card for a future visit with every purchase.

Have a wonderful Mother’s Day Weekend!

may project of the month

eriko's ellen scarf


Oh hey May!

Our Project of the Month is the Ellen Scarf by Nancy Ricci. We knit our sample with Shibui Cima on size 6 needles.

Want to make this chic, flowing scarf! Mention you saw our post any time this month, and receive 10% off your project supplies!  (That’s just under $32 for the yarn)

Remember, we are happy to ship.  Give us a call at 773.486.8996 or email us at


ellen scarf

fun day with visitors from black mountain yarn shop


Last weekend a group of 16 knitters from Black Mountain Yarn Shop visited us during their Chicago Knitaway.  What a fabulous group!  We enjoyed having them spend the afternoon with us shopping and knitting.


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We assembled a display of local “Made in the Midwest” products   – including vibrant yarn from Leading Men Fiber Arts, and adorable stitch markers from the talented glass artist, Ann Tudor.


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Local pattern designer, Heidi (of the blog handsoccupied), offered a little Trunk Show. She discussed her design process and showed her latest samples (like this pretty Howdy Ombre pictured).


howdy ombre at nina


We celebrated staff birthdays while they were here, so we all sang and enjoyed some yummy cake together.


birthday celebration at nina


As they left they posed for a fun group shot outside our shop.  We hope they’ll come back to see us again!  It was great to meet them!


black mountain yarn shop visitors at nina


If anyone else wants to arrange a special group visit to our shop, please contact us (773.486.8996 or We’d love to host you!




april project of the month

22 little clouds

Hello April!

Our Project of the Month is 22 Little Clouds by Martina Behm (strickmich). We knit our sample out of Shibui Pebble held with Shibui Silk Cloud on size 7 needles.

Want to cast on this sublime kerchief/shawlette?  It’s soft and light and oh so wearable. Mention you saw this post any time this month, and receive 10% off your project supplies!  (That’s just under $56 for the yarn.)

Remember, we are happy to ship.  Give us a call at 773.486.8996 or email us at

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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