Monday, April 28, 2008

Suzan Learns To Tango!

Suzan has only been knitting for a short time. I remember teaching her how to knit. She was very excited to learn and wanted to knit gifts for others.

I am so proud of Suzan. She has been challenging herself to knit and learn new things. The latest and greatest thing she learned was the Tango scarf. Way to go Suzan!

If you would like to learn to make this stylish ruffled scarf, please us at

Monday, April 14, 2008

Go Tar Heels!!!

Sandy made the cutest sweater for my daughter Ava. William is a HUGE Tar Heel fan and was so excited to see his little girl in it. He fowarded her picture to every Tar Heel fan he knew. What Sandy doesn't know is that William is going to ask her to make Ava a new sweater every time she outgrows it. Sandy will be making this sweater until after Ava graduates from UNC. I just hope William will not ask me to make him a sweater.

Sandy used the purple foot graph from Melissa Matthay’s Grape Stompin’ pattern and tailored the foot to look like a Tar Heel. The foot is on the front and back of the sweater. The pattern was sold in a box set titled, Knitting Patterns by Melissa: Volume One-BABIES TO TODDLERS However, her patterns are now sold seperately.

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Meet Charlotte Yarn's Knitting Guru

Get to Know One of Our Wonderful Instructors

Many of you may already know Jane Prater. She is very well known in the Charlotte Knitting Community. Prior to Charlotte Yarn, she taught classes at the Sewing Bird. We are very lucky to have her a part of the Charlotte Yarn team. Jane teaches classes and private lessons at the shop. You will also find her working in the shop from time to time helping out.

For those who do know Jane as well, I wanted to give you the opportunity to get to know her.

Jane has been teaching something to someone since before I was born. She has focused obsessively on knitting since the early 1990’s. She has been taught by the best—Melville, Chin, Devine, Neatby, Strick, Bush, Brown-Reinsel, Fisher, New, Saarnit, to name a few. The best class ever was on making the sweater fit and was taught by Rick Mondragon, editor of Knitters. Jane went to Scandinavia with Interweave Knits and to Greece with Knitters. She has completed Level 1 of the The Knitting Guild Association Master Knitter program and is procrastinating with Level 2. Jane’s philosophy of teaching is ripped right out of Elizabeth Zimmerman’s books: Relax, it’s just string!!!

Jane is also currently the President of the Charlotte Knitting Guild.

To get in touch with Jane to schedule a private lesson or have questions about her classes, you can email her at

Jane also has a blog and a website. Check them out!!! She often posts what projects she is working on. Her blog is and her website is

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Romeo has found his Juliet, and it is Stacey

Stacey came by the shop during our anniversary party (for those who were not there, you missed a GREAT party). She was wearing the cutest sweater, called Juliet by Zephyr Style. It looked fantastic on her. It is knit from the top down. Also, because it is knit in either double strand worsted or bulky weight yarn, it knits up quite fast. I love its empire waist.

Great job Stacey!!!

If you would like to order the Juliet pattern, please visit the Zephyr Style blog at