Share in our joy of knitting this season!

     What a strange year it has been indeed!  Many of us have been extra thankful for the comfort and joy our fiber endeavors has provided us!  Natalie has been having writer's block.  Normally, she would focus the newsletters around visiting the shop in person, but that is not the reality we live in at the moment.  We are finally updating our on-line store and website, making it easier for you to find and order just what you need.  Natalie has decided to continue with operating on an "appointment only basis" until further notice.  She has enjoyed connecting with customers, both new and old, on a more focused level.  She also have many ideas for 2021 to make us feel connected, even though we now find ourselves apart. 

     First up, we would like to connect 12 hours due East from Fort Wayne, IN.  Massachusetts is where Natalie learned to love the business side of a yarn store, and where she honed her knitting and finishing skills under the tutelage of long- time shop owner and designer Linda Daniels, while going to college.  Next, we will go to Southern California, and get some tips from designer, Pam Powers who recently launched her own yarn line, Ikigai Fibers.  
  
     Once upon a time, Natalie learned the basics of knitting from her French teacher, Kimberly Summers, during May Term in High School.  Kimberly recommended that Natalie check out the Cass Street Yarn Depot (that is now the Urban Bike Shop).  Jan used to drive Natalie to her knitting classes, and loved all the beautiful yarns, so she learned to knit too- once Natalie was in College.  Natalie took all the classes she could at the Depot, and worked there part-time on Holiday breaks , and in the summer.  The hours would pass so quickly at the yarn shop;  there is always a new yarn, or a new project to try. 

     Natalie was a student at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, and one day during her Sophomore year, she wandered into Northampton Wools, a downtown yarn shop. The colors and textures of all the yarn on the walls filled Natalie with happiness and ideas. Natalie signed up to take classes at Northampton Wools. Every time Natalie came to class, she couldn’t resist sorting and rearranging the yarn.  Linda Daniels, the owner of the store asked Natalie to work part -time.( Linda knew a good thing when she saw it!.)     
     Linda and Natalie have become good friends, and Linda was so proud when Natalie and Jan opened Knitting Off Broadway. Natalie calls Linda her mentor, and Linda thinks of Natalie as a protege.

     In years past, Natalie and Linda would get to collaborate with shop owners at The National Needle Arts Convention, but this year, it was cancelled.  This fall, over 250 yarn shops from North America signed up to join in on a seminar called, "Knit together Apart".  It was great to be virtually reunited with other shops, and surprisingly, the energy felt the same as that we all loved from the trade show.  The next day Natalie called Linda and asked if we could share a taste of our shops with the other's customers!   We all love to visit yarn shops whenever we go on trips since each on has its own personality.  This year we are so happy to present our customers with the Knitting Off Broadway/Northampton Wools Mystery Shop Swap Boxes!

     You can purchase a box on either website for fifty-five dollars ($55.00) plus shipping; your surprise box will be sent right to your door. Knitting Off Broadway customers will receive a box of special items that reflect what Northampton Wools is like, and Northampton Wools customers will get a box of very special items that represent the feel and flavor of Knitting Off Broadway.  Natalie has had a hard time keeping both projects a secret since either project is fun, relatively quick, and could make a great gift!  We also would like all of you who purchase either (or both) boxes to join us on a Zoom call to work on the projects.  We will introduce ourselves, spend time answering project questions, share tips for the projects, and just knit!  This call will take place on Saturday, December 19th from 6:00-8:00 P.M. Eastern time.
     Be a part of this first ever Shop Swap, and help Linda and Natalie celebrate the friendship, respect, and love for the craft of knitting that they share.  
To see more details, and purchase the Knitting off Broadway Box click here.  To see more details, and purchase the Northampton Wools Box click here.
 

Join Natalie and Pam on Zoom, and hopefully knit an entire hat during the call!  

Once upon a time, many years ago now, there was a craft show at the Grand Wayne Center...  Pam attended but did not realize she would need a car, and downtown Fort Wayne did not have nearly as much to offer as it does now.  Natalie and Jan were tour guides for Pam, and made her feel at home.  We all had a great time with Pam visiting the shop, knitting together, and talking about how we got our start in the yarn world.  It's always inspirational to be with people who share the same passion.  Two years ago, we were so thrilled when Pam launched her yarn line: Ikigai Fibers.  The idea of Ikigai (icky-guy) is: it is your reason to get out of bed in the morning.  It is a Japanese sentiment about how your time is valuable, and you should spend those hours doing something you love, and with high quality materials for the best possible finished product.  Many of you have been big fans of Pam's yarn from the start and have enjoyed watching it grow.  We love how the colors and designs are curated, and the accessories are spot on.  
Natalie had so much fun knitting these hats and she hopes you will too!  The idea to ask Pam to join us came after the Knit apart Together seminar.  Natalie has been hesitant about using Zoom, thinking it can't be as much fun as real life.  After just an hour on a large Zoom group call at the end of an all day seminar, Natalie felt that it really is almost better than meeting in person... we hope you are able to join us!  Instructions will be sent out several days before the call.  It is easy, and in the comfort of your own home.  Added bonus: pets can say hi!
These hats are a fun and quick knit on size 8 and 9 needles with just two skeins of chunky yarn.  You  should be able to knit the entire hat in just two hours, provided you have already done the ribbing, and that you don't get too distracted.  If you don't get it finished, that is okay too!  Meet new knitters, and just have fun!  Pam has offered to knit with us, and give us tips and tricks for sewing on the crystals! 

Jewelep Hat

This is a great hat for someone new to lace!  The crystals make this design pop.  Shop these kits here.

Garland Hat

Perfect for someone who has done a little (or a lot) of colorwork knitting!  Shop these kits here.

We hope you can join us for a virtual event!  This is already a strange holiday season to be sure.  We will continue to offer appointments throughout the holiday season.  Please contact Natalie via email or Facebook messenger to set up an appointment.    

Celebrate Local Yarn Shop day with us! 

Local Yarn Shop day is normally held in March, but this has not been a normal year!  We are celebrating LYS day this Friday and Saturday with free patterns and limited edition colorways from a few of our favorite Independent Dyers.  This week has been filled with appointments, help sessions, and unpacking new yarn!  The appointments have been working well, and it has been lovely to see you (and your show and tell) again.  We apologize but we are not yet considering any regular hours until the mask mandate has been lifted.  We appreciate your support and patronage now more than ever!  We are so thrilled that you are knitting new projects, knitting with some stash, and finishing projects!  


August was a great month for us thanks to you shopping in person, online, phone and email orders.  You may have noticed that we now have our logo on the front of our building telling passers by to, "Keep Calm, Knit on".  We also had some repairs done to the front of the building so we can get a fresh coat of paint over the next few days.  It feels good to help make Broadway look its best!  

Victorious Wrap pattern from Dream in Color Yarns featuring a limited edition colorway "victory".

Natalie loved this color combination as soon as she saw it, and when the box arrived, the limited edition color was far better than she imagined!  When you buy 3 skeins of Dream in Color Smooshy with Cashmere you also get this pattern.  We ordered this kit in for colorways show below, to accompany black pearl, and the Victory skein.  Natalie has started hers already!  You Start in a lower corner and work your way up.  Luckily you don't have too many stitches to start with incase you have to start over!   

 
 

These kits include shipping and are $105 for 3 skeins, and the pattern.  Shop them online here.

A Shibui Give-a-way!
The Post Pop-Over in Nest
 
Shibui is supporting their stores on LYS day with a contest!
Here is how you enter to win this project: Follow us on Instagram here and see our post tomorrow with contest details!  If you make a purchase with us this weekend (through Sunday 11 PM) you will be entered to win.  If you were already in this week, you will be entered to win.  If you purchase an exclusive LYS day kit or color, you will be entered to win.  
Fine print: no purchase necessary.  You will receive enough Nest for your size and the pattern.  You can pick your color from our in stock colors.  To see all the colors we have in stock click here.
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Burst of Color to celebrate from Wonderland Yarns!


We ordered this fun variety of yarns; something for every knitter!  Natalie has selected some new patterns to make the most out of the different weights of yarn!   

 
Customers always ask what the "Color Burst" skeins look like worked up in both knit and crochet.   
We have this yarn in fingering, DK, and Bulky.  Shop these yarns here.


A customer thought this Nightwatch Shawlette would be an excellent use for a special skein of LYS day yarn.

We are having a good time with the Sharon Show KAL.  There is still time to join us in the fun on our Ravelry group here, and we have lots of yarn to choose from here, but you can still join by using some KOB stash!

Don't forget about our finish it contest here.  Your odds are really good, and you will feel great finishing something that has been hanging around for a while!  

We can't thank you enough for your support and love of yarn as we approach sweater weather!   If you have any questions feel free to reach out to Natalie.  If you would like to set up an appointment for help, browsing, or shopping let Natalie know.  You can reach her on FB messenger, IG messenger, or by email.
Many of you ask when she is in the shop; it depends.   Lately she has been there every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday.  She will be gone on the Knitting Retreat the 17th-20th so the shop will be closed for those days.  She has appointments open on Tuesday the 15th, and Wednesday the 16th. 

 

How much have you knit lately?  

Natalie was shocked that last week she didn't seem to get much more knit than any other week!  How about you?  Communicating with other knitters, they all said the same thing: "I have enough projects to keep me busy for two years, and if I'm lucky, I may get a few things finished.  With the recent shelter in place order, we challenge you to dig out a project that is more than 2 years old, and finish it!   Don't forget about our "finish it" contest in our Ravelry group here.  We have extended the deadline since we all needed more time than anticipated to finish anything, and right now your chances are good for winning!  

We have also added a new feature in our online store: Gift Cards!  These are good for use online and in the store!  Click here to purchase one to use on a future project, or to send to a friend who could use a pick me up.

Rowan Felted Tweed Elder Throw Sampler KAL

Fun new Blanket KAL we will host (hopefully start in store meetings late April);  otherwise we can ship you a big box of Felted Tweed!  See the details of it here.  Many of you love to knit blankets as family heirlooms.  Now is a chance to learn some new techniques, play with color, and you could even use part of your stash!

Click the images above to shop these kits in our online store:  The pattern will be a digital download that will be released every two weeks starting April 3rd.  We hope to host monthly meetings in the shop for this project soon!

Meanwhile... Natalie did finish her Moraine Shawl!
She has started a few new sweaters using *gasp* stash yarn; such as The Everyday Pullover, and two of this lovely pullover which uses 3 lace-weights held together.


We apologize, but we are closed until further notice.  Please sign up for our newsletter to be the first to know about when we will re-open.  We hope you will show your support for our store by participating in our Ravelry group contest to finish up some UFOS!

You know its real when your LYS closes temporarily...

Is this the time we all have joked about?  Natalie instantly remembered the excerpt from The Yarn Harlot about why knitters have such a big stash:  "Then, after the yarn shop riots, when we struggled to defend our meager rations against the crochet marauders, because they ran out a yarn first because crochet is so fast. There's all of us, a whole generation of knitters just ripping and re-knitting and ripping and re- knitting, struggling somehow to make knitting possible in a mad maxesque, wool free, post apocalyptic world. But I think everybody worries about that..."  

In years past, whenever there was a threat of a blizzard, we have been swarmed with knitters preparing for a few days at home.  For most, the LYS is just as essential as, dare we say it.. toilet paper.  This time things has been different; , there has been no mad rush to the yarn shop over the past 10 days.   
This morning, Natalie thought about arriving early to steel herself for hoards of knitters who needed to beef up their yarn stash, but instead it was a very low-key day.  After reading countless posts and emails about shops closing, we are too, but  DON'T PANIC not for good!   Rest assured we will be here once things get back to normal! 

Financially,  after being in business for almost 14 years, we are in a good spot.  What can you do NOW while we are closed to ensure we are here for many more years?  We have a plan!  We have a contest with prizes!  Of course, if you would like to order something from our online store you can here, or if you see something cool in a magazine in a yarn you know we carry, send us an email at knittingoffbroadway@hotmail.com or message us on facebook and we can make your yarn dreams come true.  We hope to try something new and feature two digital trunk shows next week AND we will announce a new Rowan Blanket KAL that we have decided to participate in. 

When we heard many businesses going to online ordering only, we thought, hmmmm our customers love to come in and be inspired by whatever is new, or whatever the staff is knitting now.  You love to be absorbed by the shop and you never know what project or yarn will grab your attention next.  You love seeing what other customers are working on, you love showing the staff how much knitting you got done over the weekend, you may need a quick fix on your project... these are the reasons why we came up with a contest each and everyone of you can do from home!   We all say, "I have so much stash I can't buy anymore yarn till I knit some of it up" or "I have too many UFOs so I can't start something new".   We challenge you to finish at least one project (or heck start and finish) and with each project you finish made out of yarn from our store, you can enter to win one of 3 prizes.  Not all finished projects will be awarded the same number of entries (now is a great time to finish a Marie Wallin project or another old KAL project like this sweater). The deadline for the entries is April 6th, as of this date; however, it may be pushed back depending on when the store re-opens.  If the deadline is April 6, we will have the drawing on the 7th.  Entries must be submitted through our Ravelry group here, which is also where you can find details about the contest. 
Stay safe, stay sane, stay healthy.  Thank you for your continued support!   We can't wait to see all of your finished projects!  Put  your money where your stash is and KNIT IT!!!!    
 




So many knits to choose from!

It is hard to decide what we feature in our store, but we are thankful for who all helps us make it possible!  Our immense rotating sample selection insures that there is something for everyone to enjoy.  
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Amber by Quail Studios for Rowan is an updated cross between a poncho and sweatshirt.  This season, Rowan came out with even more shades of their classic yarn; felted tweed.  We decided to have Brenda, one of our customers and sample knitters, knit it up for us.  To dress it up, we've added the Victoria scarf knit by one of our customers, Christy.  This scarf uses two skeins of a limited edition luxury yarn from Rowan made of silk and cashmere.  This yarn is truly a tactile experience, complete with either rabbit, or faux fur, pom poms!  Also, a thank you to her for adjusting the gauge to make it work!      

This newsletter is going to be a little different- it is featuring all the latest samples and trunk show pieces we have in the shop right now (but honestly, there were about 20 more we wanted to feature but didn't want to overwhelm you)!   Customers are always impressed and amazed at the mountains of knitwear and the constantly changing samples in our store.  We encourage customers to take photos of samples they like, because often, the sample will no longer be in the store the next time they visit; or, we won't know what they are trying to describe.  Natalie usually changes the front mannequins weekly, and sweaters in the shop may have a different scarf on them daily!   

If customers are not asking who knit all of the gorgeous samples, then they will ask if the items on display are for sale.  This is usually asked by new or non-knitters and our response is, "they can be, but in general they are for inspirational purposes only since most enjoy the  process of the making".   If the sample is one of Natalie's, she is happy to figure out a price for you which will include the cost of the yarn and a price per yard of knitting.  If the sample is older, or less complex, the price will be less than say a new Fair Isle sample.

 
Natalie had a great time knitting Odense, and Randers.  Both used slip-stitch techniques for fun, yet easy, knitting that makes a cozy statement.  

We also hear on a weekly basis, "I can never knit things that look as good as your samples".  Our response is, "yes, you can!!"  Number one: use the recommended yarn(s),  We do not recommend using cheap yarn for practice.  The bad thing with lesser quality or synthetic yarns,is that they will not block out (become more even and smooth once washed as the final step), and the process of knitting isn't as enjoyable, so you may never even finish, or when you do, it may not look it's best.  Your time is limited, and good yarn can be ripped out several times without compromising the quality.  Besides, knitting is all about enjoying how every stitch feels.

 
One of our regular customers, who loves Churchmouse patterns, knit  this sweater as soon as she saw it.  A few years later, we found the "perfect" yarn for it (QIng Melted Suri); now we have two of these pullovers on display.   The Riverine Scarf has been so popular all year long, yet Donna knit hers several years ago.  Sometimes things really need to sink in before we are ready to knit!   

  We  provide knitting classes (both private and group), and all of our staff love to knit.  They can answer quick questions, and help you select your next project.  If you purchase your supplies from us, our motto is 5-10 minutes of help is free (time permitting), but if you need more than that, please schedule a private lesson for $15 per half hour.  Most people improve by popping in and asking a few quick questions.  The more you knit, the better you will become.  It is like reading:  challenging at first, but in a year or so, it will be so easy that you will hardly remember what it was like before.  We also love "show and tell".  Not only is this is a great way to spotcheck your knitting, but it really does inspire us.  We can't knit everything, and it's fun and helpful to see what others are making.   

 
We are amazed at how well the Mistral wrap fits, and we love the over-sized pockets that hold modern day cell phones!   Denise (a long time customer who recently has become a sample knitter) knit this for the shop in one of the newest colors of Shibui, in their newest yarn, Nest.  If you are more inspired by wild knits, then the Jigshawl Brenda is letting us borrow is one for you to stop in and see!   

The trend is for simpler projects with amazing yarns.  Most people knit to relax!  We encourage you to try one or two new techniques per project, and in no time, you will be a proficient knitter!

 
Sometimes Natalie just wants to knit up something new and fun, like the Ms. Royalty and Stardust hat.  We have known Pam Powers for years, and we are thrilled with her new yarn line, Ikigai (Icky-guy).  We are thrilled with our biggest selection ever of both real and faux fur pom poms which  complete your project!  


We are in love with all the new Atenti knitting fabrics, bags, and baskets!
Stop in often to see our rotating selection!  We have 3 more fall shipments to come!  You never know which fabric will call out to you! 


   
The Bonnie shown on the left is a cute taller, narrower version of the classic overnighter shown on the right.

Shawl Cuffs
  

Stop in and see our large selection of scarf/shawl cuffs!  We have many different metal and leather color combinations in four styles. 

    


 

 


 

  
Find our store online here !  We now have about 75% of our brick and mortar store online.  We do not update e-commerce items more than once a week unless it is a hugely popular yarn.  Email: knittingoffbroadway@hotmail.com, or call 260.422.9276 if you have questions, and phone orders are always welcome.  $3 shipping on single skeins of yarn.
  
  Don't forget, we are open from 11:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m. on Saturday.

We are open by appointment only until further notice
We often have same day appointments
 
If you would like an appointment  : email knittingoffbroadway@Hotmail.com
message us on our facebook page, or instagram

We are still shipping internet orders! 

Our Staff Has Over 100 Years of Knitting Experience!
Fort Wayne's oldest yarn store & the only place for Natural and Luxury Fibers

Reminder of our hours of operation:

Tuesday-Friday 11:00-5:00 
Saturday 11:00-3:00

Throughout the year, we pride ourselves on keeping regular hours except for July 4th, Thanksgiving day, Christmas Eve Day, Christmas Day, and New Years Day!  
 
We will have regular business hours throughout the holiday season!  
If there is a snow emergency, we will be closed.  
If the weather is bad (snow, or ice) please call first to make sure we are open.  We make sure to change the answering machine accordingly if we are closed due to bad weather.


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Want to know if others are knitting what you are knitting?  Then check out the knitting community at Ravelry.com.  It is free to join, and well worth it!  You can search groups and projects.  See what all Natalie and the staff at Knitting Off Broadway have been knitting.  Natalie's user- name is knittily, Tami's is knittler, and don't forget to join the Knitting off Broadway group!

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We are conveniently located just west of downtown at:

1309 Broadway [ map & directions ]
Fort Wayne, Indiana 46802
260-422-YARN (9276)
yarn@knittingoffbroadway.com
 
 
If you are a sock knitter, you must stop in!  We have an incredible selection of sock yarn, wooden sock needles, and all the latest sock knitting books.

 

We now have a group on Ravelry!  What is Ravelry you ask?  It is a website for knitters, by knitters.  It's a great place to get inspiration, see what everyone is knitting, check for pattern errors or send/view questions to someone who has knitted a project already!  You do need to sign up, but it's free and worth it!  (http://www.ravelry.com)


In case you missed it...

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This color couldn't possibly be more saturated and stunning on most skin tones!   We think it would be wonderful for either of these free with yarn purchase patterns.

 
Lyon is a versatile wrap or poncho.  We think pebble, luar, or even Tweed Cloud would make a stylish warm layer.  Stanza is a great project to gift knit with just two skeins of Drift. 



More "toys" for knitters
 
New knitting notions, and Chiagoo interchangeable needle sets.








  

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