Judy’s on vacation this week!

We are happy to let you know Judy is taking a well deserved vacation this week and Peggy is manning the shop. Of course this means Peggy will be putting a couple yarns on sale for your knitting and crochet pleasure!!!!  Tuesday or today Sunseeker from Cascade is reduced from $8.25 to $7.50 per skein 

We have yarn!!!

Yarn and more yarn

Yarn and more yarn

Mine all mine!!

Yarn from Cascade and Berroco arrived yesterday. We have new Sunseeker, Heritage paints, Vintage, Vintage chunky, Blackstone tweed and Pure alpaca. Come and get it before Teri and Debra buy all of it.


Fall classes!!

We hope you had a wonderful and productive summer and are ready to do some fall and Christmas knitting. Here is a list of the classes that we have planned for September and October. Keep checking this blog or sign up for our email list for additional class offerings.

Classes September and October 2014

We have limited space and all classes have a maximum class size of 8 so be sure to either call (889-8650) or drop into the shop to sign up. If a class fills up we will be happy to schedule a second class. To make sure your space is reserved in a class you will need to sign up and pay for that class. Be sure to call or drop by the shop if you have a class you would like to see us offer.

Open Knitting and Crochet Night

Join us every Thursday from 6 to 8 pm. for open knitting and crocheting. Bring along your works in progress and your finished projects to show and share.

Open Crochet night 

Mondays 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

If you crochet this is your night.  Bring your project to work on and to share.  Beginners are welcome. We also welcome knitters this night.

Private lessons

Private lessons are available in knitting and crocheting.  The cost is $15 for a one hour lesson scheduled at a time convenient for you and the instructor. Call the store or email Judy to schedule a lesson and for more information. Judy is available for knitting lessons and Wendi is available for Crocheting lessons.

Crochet classes
Step it up for crocheters
Saturday Sept. 27 10 to 11:30
Taught by Wendi Cusins 

This class is for crocheters who would like to take their crochet experience up a notch.  Topics covered will include different ways to start a project, other than with standard chain stitches, as well as tips on how to give your projects a more polished look.

Notions needed:  2-3 light colored balls of smooth worsted weight yarn, crochet hooks for the yarn chosen; yarn needle; scissors.


Wendi was taught the basics of crochet when she was about five years old.  Even though she has dabbled in many other handcrafts, crochet is still her first love.  As a technical editor of crochet patterns, she has written and/or edited nearly one thousand patterns.  Recently she has started developing her own designs.  She is member of the Crochet Guild of America (CGOA) and completed the certificate course ‘Master of Advanced Stitches and Techniques’ in 2013.

Knitting classes

Beginning knitting

Saturdays Sept. 13, Sept. 27, and Oct. 4
2:00 – 3:30 pm

This class is for those who have never knit a stitch and those need a review of basic skills. We will start with the knit stitch. We will also cover the purl stitch and basic combinations of knit and purl stitches. The most commonly used cast on (putting stitches on the needle) and bind off (taking stitches off the needle and finishing) and basic increases and decreases will be covered. You will learn to recognize errors and to correct the most basic errors. You will start with a scarf and the knit stitch. Other stitches and projects will be introduced as the class advances. We will also discuss how to select your next project.  You will select and purchase yarn and needles at the beginning of the first class. Not all needles and yarns are appropriate for beginning knitters so if you already have needles please check with Judy to make sure they will work.

Taught by Judy

Cost: $35

Top down socks 
Saturday noon to 1:30
Sept. 13, Sept 27 and Oct. 4

If you are new to socks this class will teach a basic top down sock. You may use double points, magic loop or 2 circular needles. Each technique will be demonstrated at the first class and if you are unsure of the technique you wish to use you can decide at the first class.

We also have an ongoing Wednesday morning sock class from 10:30 to noon that you are welcome to join.  You can learn top down, toe up and extend your sock knitting skills in this class.  Please contact Judy if you are interested. (drjbateman98@gmail.com)


400 yards of sock weight yarn, markers,

Size 1 or 2 needles. Select one of the following:

  1. For magic loop: one 32″ or 40″ circular needle (technique uses one long circular needle.)
  2. For 2 circulars: two 32″ or 40″ circular needles, ideally you will have two different brands, colors or materials.
  3. A set of 5″ or 6″ double pointed needles (most sets have 4, 5 or 6 needles)

Email Judy if you have questions. (drjbateman98@gmail.com).

Cost $35

Wednesday sock class
Every Wednesday 10:30 – noon

This is an ongoing class that you are welcome to join.  If you are new to socks the cost for the first 3 sessions is $35. After that the class is $5 each week.  Contact Judy at the shop (889-8650)

Skill building classes
Tuesdays 4:30 to 6 and Fridays 11:30 to 1
Each class will be offered twice, once on Friday and again on the following Tuesday
Cost: $15 per class

Sept. 12 and Sept. 15 Basic error correction.

You should bring a 4 by 4 inch swatch in garter stitch (knit every row) and one in stockinette stitch (knit one row, purl one row), leave each swatch on the needle.

Sept 26 and Sept. 30 Magic loop and fingerless gloves.

We will be using the basic (free) Maine morning mitts pattern.  You will learn how to use the magic loop technique (an alternative to the dreaded double pointed needles) to knit in the round.  You will also learn to make a thumb gusset using paired increases.  If you just want to make the gloves and already know magic loop you are welcome to join the class.

October 3 and October 7 Picking up stitches and mitered squares.

You will learn how to pick up stitches so you can make attractive neck, and front bands and what to do when a pattern indicates you should pick up a certain number of stitches.  You will also learn how to do a slip stitch or chain edge to make it easier to pick up stitches. You will make a bag that uses mitered squares.  We will have a follow-up session for this class that we will decide at the time the class is offered.

Checkerboard hat
Friday Oct. 10 11:30 to 1:00
Tuesday Oct 14 4:30 to 6:00

This is a popular class that uses 2 colors of self-striping yarn to make the checkerboard at the bottom of the hat.  The hat has been sized for different weights of yarn and different head sizes.  How to determine your size will be discussed in the class.  It can also be made using 2 different colors of any DK or worsted weight yarn.  It is a great and easy introduction to the skills you need for Fair Isle or color knitting.  If you sign up and pay for the class you can buy a ball of Silk Garden that was used in the colorful hat in the shop.  We only have 8 balls of this yarn so sign up and get yours now.

You will need size 7 or 8 16″ circular needles and 2 different colors of worsted or DK weight yarn.
Cost $15, you can come to either or both classes for this class fee.

Saturday 10 to 11:30
Oct. 11, 18, and 25

This is a specific knitting technique that creates a textur e that looks like it is woven. This class will teach the basics of entrelac.  You can choose a scarf or a small bag for your first project.  If there is interest the class can be extended so everyone can complete a second project.
Cost $35
If you have already taken this class at Common Threads and would like to have a refresher on entrelac or have an entrelac project that you would like help with you can attend this class for $5 as session.

No Yellow Bug Today

If you use the yellow volkswagen beetle to find the shop or see if Judy is there it will not be there today (July 23, 2014).  It is fine the other car in the family is in the shop.  BUT Katie-Belle will visit the shop again on Thursday evening form 6 to 8 pm.  Come and see how she has grown and fluffed up.

We are OPEN and having a party!!!!!

Since the shop was closed for so long we decided to open on the 4th of July and have a party.  Come and see the new shop, enjoy some treats and sit and knit inside or on the “veranda”.  Of course you can buy yarn too.  Katie-Belle and Marsie claim it is way too hot to come and visit so they will not be at the party but as soon as we have a cool Thursday you can expect to see one of them at knit night.  We will also be open July 5th if you cannot make it July 4th.  No guarantee that we will still have treats. Here is our new sign on North Main, some of our new shawl pins and of course kitty pictures.


Look for our sign on the right hand side of the street going north towards Krispy Kreme

You can see these pins and many more at the new shop!

You can see these pins and many more at the new shop!


Katie-Belle waits for customers (and plays with the blinds)


My “bird” toy works better at the new shop!! Katie Belle

Shop Renovations and Open Knitting and Crochet

The renovation of the new shop is moving along and we hope to be moving in at the end of this week or the beginning of next week.  Crochet night, Wednesday sock class and Thursday night open knitting will be held at Barnes and Noble on Eastchester (Highway 68) near the Oak Hollow Mall (and not far from the shop).

  • Crochet night will be Monday from 6:30 to 8:30 pm (knitters are welcome to come)
  • Wednesday sock class will be Wednesday from 10:30 am to Noon.
  • Thursday night knitting will be 6 pm to 8 pm (crocheters are welcome to come)

If you have any questions or concerns or need help with a project email Judy:  drjbateman98@gmail.com

Memories of the old shop part 2

Since we are still waiting for progress on the shop (we hope to start moving in at the end of this week) We have more memories of the old shop today.

We tried all different kinds of yarn.  We took some pictures of Malabrigo yarn but it sold so fast we didn’t have time to post the picture. So here is the picture that you never saw. This particular order of Malabrigo sold so fast that probably most of you never saw it in the shop.  We have had 2 or 3 more orders come in from Malabrigo since then (the orders go in and out so fast I can barely remember) and we will have more when the new shop opens.  I really like the Rastita which is DK weight.

4 colors of malabrigo rastita

4 colors of malabrigo rastita

We had meet Marsie night and wore the Marsinator out.  She had a wonderful time and was quiet for the whole evening after she got home. On our way home she told me exactly what she thought of the car ride and how I was to never put her in car again. Dream on Marsie.

Marsie after her visit to the shop

Marsie after her vist to the shop

We watched Katie-Belle grow up. Maybe we will have a first birthday celebration for her in June. We can celebrate Marsie’s seventh birthday too since they have birthdays within days of each other. Marsie is June 17 and Katie Belle is June 22.

Katie-Belle 10 days old.

Katie-Belle 10 days old.

Katie-Belle in September, 2013

Katie-Belle in September, 2013

Katie Belle Sept 2013

Katie Belle Sept 2013

Katie-Belle her last night at the old shop April 2014

Katie-Belle her last night at the old shop April 2014

We knit over 100 hats for homeless veterans in our area. Katie Bell supervised the pile of hats. We want to have more charity knitting projects in the new shop. If you have any suggestions or know of a group that needs knitted items please let us know.

Katie-Belle and the snowman.  November 2013

Katie-Belle and the snowman. November 2013

Judy knit green shawls, lots of green shawls. She is moving on to a new color soon. Save Judy from herself and buy a skien of green Koigu or any other green yarn. Carey “helped” Judy knit the London Bridge Shawl.

Holden Shawlette in green Koigu

Holden Shawlette in green Koigu

Faberge Shawl, also in green Koigu

Faberge Shawl, also in green Koigu

Icelandic star cape.  Not in Koigu but still green.

Icelandic star cape. Not in Koigu but still green.

Carey and london bridge shawl  (note there is green in it).

Carey and london bridge shawl (note there is green in it).

This ends our second part of the memories of the old shop. If you have a knitting project or picture that you would like posted on the blog or a favorite memory email it to Judy at drjbateman98@gmail.com. Otherwise you will see more cat pictures on this blog.