Sunday, April 25, 2010



Starting on Monday, April 26 - ( and ending on Saturday May 1st) Mary Lynn's Yarn Garden will be having a great sale. There is so much inventory on sale, that we have rented out another office space. Samples, yarn, bags and more are all 20-50% off, the only "kicker" - the sale is limited to what is in stock. So come early for the best selection.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Jennifer and Mary

Sunday, February 21, 2010


I have just set the first class of many, and already have a couple people signed up. It is for a Beginning Sock Class. We will begin class Tuesday, March 2 from 7 to 9 pm, and will go on for 3 sessions. We will learn basic sock anatomy/construction. We will focus on double pointed needles, but I am open to also teaching 2 circular knitting or the magic loop technique. You will leave this class fearless of making any more socks :)
Call Mary Lynn’s Yarn Garden for more details and to sign up for class.
(309) 820-0174
I have just added 4 more classes to Mary Lynn’s Yarn Garden Class Schedule.
Basic Finishing Techniques - this will be a two part class scheduled on Tuesdays in April. There will be homework prior to class. We will learn how to seam shoulders, side seams, sleeves and pick up stitches on knitting. We will also learn how to weave our ends in securely and cleanly.
Socks on 2 Circular Needles - You choose, knit one sock at a time on 2 Circular Needles, or knit two socks at a time. I will provide a completely customizable pattern for all attendees.
Beginning Knitting – Currently Scheduled for Thursday afternoons, this is a basic Beginning Knitting Class for those friends of ours that are true beginners. They will learn basic casting on, the knit stitch, the purl stitch, and how to bind off. LEFT HANDED KNITTERS welcome. Jennifer has also been knitting as a true left handed knitter for 5 years now - so what a perfect way to introduce the lefties to the world of knitting, WITHOUT making them by “righties”.
YOUR FIRST SWEATER CLASS - Jennifer is VERY excited about this class. There will be so many options - that you will surely be as excited. We will use any KNITTING PURE AND SIMPLE patterns in this class. You can knit at a fine gauge on up to a bulky gauge, for a child up to an adult. Sign up early to get your favorite yarn and color and knittng pattern. As a bonus, Jennifer will set up an individual appointment with each class member to get measured correctly. Jennifer has a wealth of knowledge on pattern writing and customizing that she will be able to help you make the most successful FIRST sweater.
I have already had a couple request for intarsia knitting and duplicate stitch. I have a project that will cover both technique.Ok- I am so excited about this…I have scheduled 2 different times - April 15 and 22, either 1-3pm or 6-8 pm. If you want to jump in…there can be homework - but it is not necessary.
Yippee - In addition to classes already scheduled (and I am listening/open to more suggestions) Mary Lynn’s Yarn Garden will also be hosting a ARTFELT Demonstraion on Saturday, March 20 from 1-3pm. These are great, affordable gifts, as well as another skill.
Welcome to Artfelt®! It’s not needle felting. It’s not wet felting. It’s not fulling. It’s artfelt® – and it is revolutionizing the way we felt. The artfelting technique utilizes artfelt® paper, a patented new paper specifically developed to ease and speed up the felting process. artfelt® is simple to learn, quick to do and requires no knitting or previous felting experience. artfelting can create felted material that is wafer thin as well as thick enough for a handbag all while allowing precision detail of design. The only thing that limits creativity with artfelt® is your imagination; any felted piece your imagination can conceive, artfelt® can achieve!
ArtFelt website
Toe Up Sock it is, on a Saturday starting sometime in June :)

Any other class suggestions...just let us know :)

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

So Many New Things

It has been a long time since I have last "blogged" and we have so many new and excited things happening at Mary Lynn's Yarn Garden.

Our store hours have expanded on Tuesday night until 8:30, and we host a knitting time all day on Tuesday - opened to everyone. We call it our Mary Lynn's Yarn Garden SSK - Sit, Sip and Knit. We have also expanded our knitting rooms to accomodate knitters that would like to drop by and knit with others (in addition to our already existing knitting room) - this is ongoing throughout our shop hours.

We have also decided to EXPAND with so many new lines and existing lines that you will definately see a difference at the shop...I don't know that we have the space for all this new yarn.

Classes will be posted shortly, and we are anticipating so much fun with these. Many Christmas project ideas are in the works, and we are experiencing many new SWEATER knitters. Jennifer has lots of new samples in the shop (and shes been wearing quite a few) with more samples just a few stitches away from being done. Mary Lynn has a fair share of projects in the completion stages - so come look.

We also have some exciting new things in the works: Sit n Stitch 2010 with our local Corn Belters, Helping Hands Mentoring Organization meetings, and some other things still in the works. Jennifer has been helping national pattern designers perfect their patterns and knit samples and is in the process of knitting garments for a local art show. She hopes to take her skills and be available for more knitting help at the shop.

We can't wait to see you - come in and see our new goodies.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Mentoring Program, additional classes

So much is going on at Mary Lynn's Yarn Garden.

As well as helping sponsor our local 2010 Stitch 'N Pitch event, Jennifer and Mary Lynn's Yarn Garden have been approached to help begin an area Helping Hands Foundation Needle Arts Mentor Program. Everything is still in the VERY early stages, but I will need to start compiling a list of interested mentors. Each week the mentors will spend approximately one hour helping teach the needle arts to 3rd thru 12th graders. Our first program will focus more on the 3rd thru 5th graders, with hopes of expanding upward and outward. There will be a very low student to teacher ratio, so any time will be much appreciated. This organizations motto is "Stitching Generations Together", and I am hoping this will be so successful we will have many "chapters" throughout the twin cities. So if you are interested, or know of a potential mentor, please contact me. I am so excited about these new ventures :)

We had our latest "it" sweater pattern and yarn come into the shop today. This pattern flatters so many different woman and body styles. This is something you will definately want to check out.

The entrelac class has been so popular, that we have filled both class times. So we will also offer additional classes next Tuesday and Wednesday night from 6-8 pm. Give us a call to sign up and get a supply list (very small) There are so many great projects to pick from for this addicting technique. Hope to see you soon

Monday, June 22, 2009

Tuesday Nights SSK

Tuesday, June 30, Mary Lynn's will begin staying open late. During this time, we will be hosting a SSK - Sit, Sip and Knit. If you are needing a little bit of extra help on a project, this would be the perfect time to come get some undivided attention. Look forward to seeing you next Tuesday night.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Charity Knitting

I have been inspired by Forie to knit for Operations Helmet Liners. After talking with the lady who volunteers all her spare time to make this charity a huge hit, we not only have patterns for the helmet liners, but for scarves, slippers, dickies, etc. Most of the projects need a certain color approved by the military, as well as to be knit from 100% wool, as it is a naturally wicking fiber that does not burn (which will not melt to their faces :( )

We are also going to continue "Mary Lynn's Garden" of preemie and baby hats, to be donated to local charities. This was started by a dr.'s wife, whose daughter works with high risk newborns in the Chicago area. She has become quite the expert on these little hats.

We would also like to address the women in our lives. I have an excellent pattern for falsies, and a great story to help inspire you. They sound different, but they are truly important in the healing and recovery of many woman.

And for all of the people in our lives that have been touched by cancer, we are also continuing our chemo hats knit from Berroco's Chinchilla. Recently we were further inspired when a young woman came into the shop to share her favorite chemo hats. We all enjoyed her personal story.

Important - We have patterns for all of the projects at the shop, and while we ask you to purchase the yarn from the shop, when you return the finished item, Mary Lynn's Yarn Garden will give you full credit for your purchase with an in store gift certificate.

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Entrelac Class

In addition to the 8 + new techniques class coming up, Look for a new class on Entrelac. Our Boku yarn is due to arrive any day, and there will also be accompanying shop models of our Lady Eleanor Entrelac scarf (not the stole yet) as well as and Entrelac headband. These projects are sure to excite you and create a desire to knit even more entrelac projects.
This project is Quant, and is a headband for all the stylish people in your lives. It keeps the top of their head warm (and ears) while also keeping their hair stylish. Quant was knit out of Poems, 100% wool.
Jennifer is working hard on the shop sample of her new class - FREE - where she will teach over 8 new techniques, that are new to her, as well as many others. Stay tuned for a list of what each new technique is....and the class will meet two times and will be offered during the day and the night.

We are always signing up new beginning knitters, so give us a call if you know someone interested and we can let you know the day and times of future classes.

Jennifer is challenging herself to trying to complete a garmet a week...some may be for infants, but many will be for us hard to please ladies. So far she is 3 for 3.