Whether you have a project already in mind or need a spark of creativity, Knitting Next Door has more than enough feel good, look good yarns to get you started!

From everyday classics like Cascade 220 to beautiful new yarns from many other manufacturers, there’s a fiber for you no matter your style, design, or project! Our staff is always willing to answer your questions, help you choose a new project or to get you through a challenge.

We’re here because we love knitting and crochet as much as you and are happy to share our tips and tricks.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Eat your Turkey, then join Knitting Next Door for a big sale!

We hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family and/or friends.  Be sure to eat early, so you can join us for our annual Thanksgiving night sale.  We'll be open from 6-9pm, Thursday, November 24.  Come in, draw your discount from 15% to 40% to be used on all items except classes, then shop and find some great buys, maybe even a few Christmas presents or projects.   If you can't make it on Thursday night, we will be offering 15% off all yarn on Friday, November 25.  Put Knitting Next Door as a stop on your shopping list for Black Friday.  

We can't wait to see you.  Don't forget to stop by when you have some free time to sit and stitch with us!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

A Big Thank You! Charity Knitting. UFO this Friday.

Thank you, thank you, thank you to all you wonderful fiber artists (knitters, crocheters and more) who worked so hard to produce 184 purple hats for Blank Hospital's Period of Purple Crying Campaign!  184 hats!  We have such an amazing community!

Our next charity project is Drake-Knit for the Needy.  This is a winter project for Iowa Homeless Youth Shelters founded by a Drake University student.  Come in and see the details and help the youth stay warm this winter.

Don't forget to join us for the UFO Knitting Night this Friday, October 28, 5:30 - 8:00pm.  I have my UFO and costume ready.  How about you?

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Upcoming Events at Knitting Next Door

Come join us!  We've got a lot going on!  

UFO Night - Friday, October 28, 5:30 - 8pm
Join us for a fun night to catch up and bring that unfinished project you stashed in the back of your closet.  Stop procrastinating and join everyone else who have unfinished objects (UFO) to complete.  Feel free to bring a snack and/or drink, and come in costume (optional) to celebrate the Halloween holiday.

February Lady Sweater KAL
Join us the 2nd & 4th Thursday of October, November and December as we make the February Lady Sweater.  The knit-a-long (KAL) is from 5-7pm.  Come and start anytime. We can all help each other along to completion. We will end with a February Lady Sweater party in February - must come with sweater on! Time to be announced. 

November classes:  We still have room in our November classes!  Check out our newsletter at http://www.quilterscupboardiowa.com/knitting-next-door---ankenys-best-yarn-shop.htm  and sign up today!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

New Yarns Are Arriving

If you haven't been in the store for awhile, it might be time to make a trip to visit and knit. We are receiving new yarns weekly. The latest? Madeline Tosh Pashmina and Madeline Tosh Merino Light. Hurry in. It's going fast. We also received more specialty scarf yarn. We have three colors of Katia Rizos, and the Katia Triana in the blue/green is back, and Tinseltown. We have also recently received Cascade 220 Sport weight yarns in 12 colors and the early-release of the accompanying book, "60 More Quick Knits". Araucania Yarns has shipped us Panguipulli in several different colors that look like they're just waiting to have a sweater made with them. More Lana Bamboo arrived in new colors this year. Also, Queensland CaraCara is a beautiful mohair style yarn that would make a luscious shawl or wrap.

We'll hope to see you soon. Come in and sit and create for awhile.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Jodi’s Story – The Legacy Continues

Jodi wandered into our yarn store one day.  She had a beautiful, unfinished pastel yellow blanket in her hands and a look of sadness in her eyes.  Jodi’s story did not begin on a happy note.  She explained to the employees that her sister was pregnant.  Her mother was knitting this lovely baby blanket for the new arrival, but was unexpectedly taken from this earth, leaving the blanket still on the needles with more stitches and love to be put into it. 
Jodi felt overwhelmingly compelled to finish the blanket for her mother.  There was only one tiny problem.  She didn’t know how to knit. 
Jodi showed up at Knitting Next Door, mom’s needles and the unfinished blanket in hand.  She spent the next several days into weeks traveling to the yarn shop.  She gradually added stitches, then rows, sometimes with laughter and sometimes through tears.  I’ve never seen anyone as determined as Jodi was to complete a project.  She is an amazing woman!
Of course, this story does have the happy ending you were hoping for.  She finished the blanket in time for the delivery.  There were lots of tears, both happy and sad when Jodi presented the blanket to the new arrival, little Makenna Lin.

Jodi’s mother must have been an amazing woman, also.  She gave two gifts after her passing.  She gave the blanket to her daughter, Jill, for her new arrival, and the gift of knitting to her daughter, Jodi.  Jodi continues to knit today.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

New Fall Yarns

They’re starting to arrive – just in time for our birthday sale next weekend!  Don’t miss out on collecting some new yarn for your fall and winter projects.  Here’s a sampling of what’s new:
Sirdar Shaggy Scarf
Katia Triana Novelty
Noro Hitsuji Chunky
Sirdar Indie
Regia sock yarns – many styles and colorways
Sirdar Baby Crofter
Sublime Baby Cashmere Merino Silk DK
Sublime Lustrous Extrafine Merino DK

Check out the pictures on Ravelry!  Group is Knitting Next Door.

We have lots more coming!  Plus we just ordered Cascade 220 Sport.  It will be coming in soon!

Happy Birthday to Us! What can you bring us? You

Can you believe it's already been a year since we opened?  We need you to help us celebrate!  Come join us beginning Thursday, August 25, through Saturday, August 27.  We will offer 15% off storewide (except for classes) all three days, with a special birthday party and cake from 11am to 2pm on Saturday, August 27.  Be with us at 11 a.m., as we sing Happy Birthday, and kick off a great start to our second year in business.

Are you a sewer, also?  Be sure to check out the Strip 'N Stitch Bus Hop.  This 3-day, 2-night trip, will highlight 12 magnificent quilt shops in 6 states, from September 23 - 25.  Find more information at Quilter's Cupboard, next door to Knitting Next Door.  Don't miss this trip of a lifetime.  Sign up now before the bus fills up!

See you next weekend!

Thursday, August 4, 2011

So Much to Do at KND, So Little Time

There is so much going on at Knitting Next Door (KND), there's just not enough space to get it all in here!  First, new yarns are arriving for fall.  Today we received tons of Regia sock yarn, Ty-Dy sock yarn in dots and stripes, new Marshmallow yarn, and SMC Divari Color.  More yarn will be arriving each week so put a stop to Knitting Next Door on your weekly to do list.  Along with new yarn, we are receiving new books.  The top two sellers are Knit One Knit All by Elizabeth Zimmermann and Knit, Swirl! by Sandra McIver.  Plus, we have lots of new booklets and pattern leaflets to try out on our new fibers!  The fall class schedule is up and running. We have lots of never-taught-before classes, so stop by and sign up for one or more!  And don't forget about our monthly Sip N Stitch!  The first two were a huge success.  Join us this month on Tuesday, August 30, from 5:30 - 8:00 pm and be sure to bring your favorite sipping beverage.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Wow!  Two weeks away and I missed so much!  Have you been in the yarn store lately?  We have all kinds of fall classes coming up.  Socks, shawls, lace, doggie sweater, Christmas stocking, ballerina wrap, cable crocheting, baby jackets, mittens, moebius.  The list goes on and on.  Stop on in and find out more  information on classes.

The fall yarns will be arriving in the next few days and beyond.  Be sure to stop in and keep up with the latest and yummiest yarns from our suppliers such as Plymouth, Knit One Crochet Too, Noro, Crystal Palace, Cascade, Araucania, Sirdar, and many more.

Please join us this fall for the charity “Click for Babies”.  We are knitting purple baby hats for Blank Children’s Hospital’s Fall campaign to educate new parents about the Period of PURPLE Crying.  Stop in for more information.  Drop off any purple baby hats by October 19, and we will deliver them for you.

You can tweet with us on Twitter, follow us on Facebook, join our group on Ravelry.com or go to http://www.knittingnextdoor.blogspot.com/ to keep up the latest news from Knitting Next Door.  We look forward to stitching with you!

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Malabrigo Has Arrived!

More malabrigo has arrived!!  Some new sock colors, lots of new colors in worsted-weight Rios and the chunky Rasta!  Check the pictures on Ravelry!  Come in and get yours before its gone.  It's perfect for your new fall or winter project.  It's time to get started!  We're looking forward to seeing you soon.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Sip 'N Stitch is Almost Here

Only a few days left to wait!  Time to take a break and come sip your favorite drink (you provide with your glass), have some cheese and crackers (we'll provide)  and stitch away the evening with your old friends or meet some new fiber friends!  
                   Where:  Knitting Next Door, 704 SW 3rd Street, Ankeny, Iowa
                   When:   5:30 - 8:00 pm, Tuesday, June 28

We can't wait to see you!

Your fiber friends at Knitting Next Door

Monday, June 13, 2011

Follow us on Twitter!

Our blog is now connected to out Twitter Account - KnitNextDoor.  Yet another great way to stay posted on the fun things going on at the shop.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Hurry In! The Sale is almost over

Just 4 days left for our Cotton Sale and additional discounts on spring clearance items.  Come in and take 20% off any cotton or cotton blend yarn.  Our spring clearance yarn has also been increased to 40% off. Sale ends at close of business on Saturday.  There is still a wonderful selection of gorgeous yarns to choose from, so come visit today.  Don't forget to bring your project and sit and knit or crochet for awhile.  We can't wait to see you!

Thursday, June 2, 2011

20% off all Cotton and Cotton Blend Yarns, 40% off Spring Clearance

20% off all Cotton and Cotton Blend Yarns
June 3 – 11
 Perfect for lightweight socks, baby gifts or a summer sweater.
Extra Savings on the final days of our Spring Cleaning Clearance Sale
Clearance yarns now 40% off

Knitting Next Door is your first stop to Summer fun! Before you head out on vacation, camping or with the kids to the pool, grab an easy knitting project to take with you.
Don’t know how to knit or crochet? No problem, we offer lots of classes.  New class schedule in store or online.
Need a little “me” time? Sit and knit with us anytime or join us for our Sip ‘n Stitch on Tues. June 28 from 5:30-8pm
Knitting Next Door
704 SW 3rd St.
Ankeny, IA 50023

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

New Classes Available!

The newest newsletter and class list is online!  We've added a great new event happening the 4th Tuesday in June and July - Sip 'n Stitch!  In addition there is a new crochet class, a fun new infinity scarf, and an intro to lace.  Check out all of the details by clicking here.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Knitting is Not Just for Winter Anymore

As is typical in Iowa, we jumped from winter right into hot summer days.  What happened to spring?  Well, it may not be spring outside, but it certainly is inside the yarn shop.  We have wonderful summer yarns to knit into spring sweaters, socks, a lightweight shawl for cool evenings and much more.  Our latest edition is a sock yarn from Knit One Crochet Too called Pediwick.  It's a fabulous yarn for some summer, lacy socks or a light shawl.  It's made of 66% bamboo, 34% nylon -- no wool!  We have 10 beautiful, solid colors perfect for summer.  Come on in, pick up a skein or two and get that summer project going.  While you're here, check out the new Nautika yarn, also from Knit One Crochet Too, made from 85% microfiber acrylic and 15% nylon. Another great yarn for a summer project.  We also just received the latest editions of Love of Knitting and Knit 'n Style magazines.  You can find some great summer projects in these magazines and try the new yarn!  We hope to see you soon!

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Malabrigo Made It to the Store

The malabrigo is here!  The malabrigo is here!  7 different colors of Sock yarn, 10 colors of Rios worsted weight and 2 colors of Rasta chunky!  Stop by and pick some up.  They're going fast!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Huge Spring Cleaning Sale

We've gone a little crazy with our Spring Cleaning, now that Jenny's not here to stop us!
We're clearing out older merchandise  to make room for new and we wanted to let our best customers know what we're up to. Come take advantage of the incredible savings before we advertise the sale to everyone.
All yarn in our Spring Cleaning section is 30% off, as well as select books, patterns and notions. Choose from a large selection of Rowen yarns, Tweeds, Linus, Rapuntzel, Super Cotton 10 and so much more.

 P.S. Please don't tell Jenny

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Luscious New Yarns

It's a great day to be in a yarn store, beautiful weather and all.  Why?  We just received the most beautiful colors or Noro Taiyo Sock yarn!  10 different colors.  You have to come take a look. It's 50% cotton, 17% wool, 17% nylon and 16% silk.  What a great yarn for a pair of summer socks!  Also, come check out the new Silky Alpaca Lace. 70% baby alpaca and 30% silk.  It definitely requires a little fondling!  We received some new colors of Noro Aya, Noro Garden Silk Lite and Plymouth Kudos.  We're ready for some summer knitting!  Stop by and don't forget to bring your project to sit and knit with us for awhile.  We'll put the coffee on.