Friday, March 28, 2008

Check Out Our New Digs!!

As you may or may not have heard, later this spring we're moving down the street to a bigger and better space! More room, more parking, two dedicated spaces for indoor and outdoor lounges where you can relax forEVER and hang out and knit as long as you like. We thought you'd like to follow our progress as construction moves forward. Here are some "before" photos:

Look at all that glorious space! Now imagine it stuffed with glorious yarn!

The Kitchen (where delicious treats to keep up your knitting energy will be whipped up?? Or maybe just a place to store all that Knit-Along and Knit-In wine!)

The Al Fresco Knitting Lounge!

The Upstairs Lounge!

We'll keep you posted as construction progresses. We're thrilled about our new space and can't wait to move in. By the way, rest assured that all of our classes, Knit-Alongs, and Knit-Ins will continue without interruption.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Bus Trip and Wool and Fun! Oh My!

Get on the bus! That’s my charge to you. What bus, you ask? The bus that will take you to the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival on Saturday, May 3.

Now I have never been to this festival (it’s held the first weekend in May every year -- this year May 3-4); but I certainly have met knitters who have. It’s located west of Baltimore on a fairgrounds and features a variety of events and vendors all related to sheep and wool.

Not that I’ve ever been one for dealing with yarn while still on the hoof. I mean I like sheep because I know that’s where a lot of my yarn comes from. But I don’t have to be up close and personal with them.

However, this event also features vendors who have taken the next few steps and have processed the fleece into gorgeous yarns, many of them hand-dyed.

So when members of my knitting guild, many of them veterans of the festival, asked if the guild was sponsoring a bus, I figured why not. And being president of the Liberty Bell Knitters Guild, it was up to me to make the bus rental arrangements.

And so, I have a bus. I am looking forward to visiting the vendors, but if past experiences are any indication, I’m also looking forward to the bus trip.

I’ve taken a couple of bus trips with my fellow knitters. In the past a few of us have taken regular bus tours and turned them into knitting trips. We find an interesting-sounding tour -- like three days in the Hudson River Valley -- and bring enough yarn and patterns to occupy our bus time and hotel time. We have been known to take over a hotel lobby, rearrange furniture into cozy knitting groups and spend hours knitting and yakking.

But the ride to and from the event or venue is fun in itself. Lots of talking, laughing, knitting with people doing the same thing. On the way back more comparing purchases and laughing in that boy-am-I-tired-but-did-I-have-fun sort of way.
This year the Tangled Web is co-sponsoring the bus so we’ve added a couple of raffles to liven up the bus trip. And owner Mary is offering discount coupons good in the store on Friday May 2 for festival goers who buy bus tickets.

They’re on sale now at the shop $40 each. We’ll be making two pickups before heading for Maryland -- one at 6:45 a.m. at the Acme parking lot at Germantown and Sedgwick in Mount Airy; and another at 7:45 a.m. at the Welsh Road Library, Welsh Road and Roosevelt Blvd. in the Northeast. We’ll have several hours of shopping time before returning to Philadelphia around 7 p.m.

Seating is limited -- there are only 54 seats on the bus. Come in soon for your ticket. Make checks payable to the Liberty Bell Knitters Guild.

And get on the bus.

Lucia Herndon

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Inspirational Knitting

Here is a truly inspiration story emailed to us recently.
Thanks Virginia


Here is a picture of a wig I knit for a friend. And here's the story behind it:

A friend's mother was diagnosed with breast cancer last fall. Around Christmas she had the great idea to knit wigs in bright colors and have her family wear them for a day to show support for their mother. Since it was so close to the holiday's, I told her I would help her. She got several people from across the country to help her too. Five wigs were made in total. This is a picture of myself wearing the wig I knit and sent by over night mail on Dec. 22 ( so it would be at their house in Wyoming by Christmas Day). Her mother really enjoyed the wigs and loves the creativity that went into making them.

Thanks for all the help from the wonderful ladies at The Tangled Web who helped me to complete this!

Virginia Lee McLean

Friday, March 14, 2008

Baby Sweater Success!

An unprecedented six out of six students from our most recent Baby Sweater Class finished their sweaters by the end of class.
Congrats to Kathy, Martha, Susan, Rose, Karen (and Suzanne, not pictured) - look at those beaming faces and beautiful sweaters!

Wednesday, March 12, 2008


Our lovely customer Susan knit these gorgeous gloves from one of our favorite books, "Handknit Holidays".

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Sock Class Success

Way to go, Laura!

Laura was able to knit not one, but two socks during our recent "Let's Knit Socks" class. A new world record!