Early Summer at The Tinsmith’s Wife

Early Summer at The Tinsmith’s Wife

Early Summer and Lot’s Happening

Did anyone else blink and lose another month?   Time flying by is challenging for me as there is so much I want to create – and the designers (in all the various craft types) have been going above and beyond to inspire us!   So – going to see if I can pull a few of you into my vortex of inspiration!

Before I dive into inspiration – we would like to welcome folks back to the shop to sit and stitch beginning next week.   We are not going to take reservations or manage how closely you are to each other.   It is just asked that you socialize responsibly with care for those around you.    The Tinsmith’s Wife family has definitely missed the laughter and joy that is brought to our space with wonderful people enjoying this space and creating within it.   If you are comfortable coming back – we would love to have you.

Bachelor Buttons

The picture above are my happy Bachelor Buttons looking cheerful this morning – and love how the building across the street is reflected.   The joy of watering your plants!

Now back to projects!    Many of the projects below are going to have patterns released over the next week or two – so just working to get you prepared for the next project and wrap the current one up!

Knitted wit yarn


Every other month we have been getting a fun new collaboration project from two best friends – Lorajean and Shannon.   The new release is “In Season” Cowlette that uses one skein of fingering weight yarn and six mini skeins!   The pattern releases on June 1st, but we have the yarn kits all ready for you (and in our online shop).

The project is too fun and knits up on a US5 (or US6).  I am about 1/3 of the way through my sample at present and enjoying the easy repetition of the pattern.    There are two colorways for the project and both have a happy funky feel that will make you smile!

Cowlette Shannajean

Cowlette ShannaJean Club


Again, joy rules the day!   Amy Bruecken Designs is beginning to release next week “Wooly Welcome” – a cross stitch project that will come in installments!   The first release includes the center July sheep, and each pattern also includes embellishments.   This project is suggested to be stitched on 20 or 30 count linen – so a fun and easy project that will just make you smile!   If you are interested in this one – please just shoot us an email, and we will get you set.

hug your pet day


Casapinka has done it again – created her own holiday – International Hug Your Pet Weekend – and has designed a wonderful asymmetrical knitted shawl that will be free for a weekend with the purchase of two skeins of sock yarn to help support Local Yarn Shops!    The Hug Shot pattern will be released on Friday, 6/5, and you can use your download code anytime that weekend – but it will turn into a pumpkin past midnight on Sunday, 6/7.


We are always in if it includes hugging your cat and knitting with amazing colors.

We have several wonderful color combinations coming from dyers such as Ancient Arts, Dream in Color, and Forbidden Fiber Co – and we always have a lot of other great sock yarns that will make a great combo for this shawl.    Please watch our online shop as well as Facebook and Instagram for pictures.

Ancient Arts, Dream in Color, and Forbidden Fiber Co

soundtrack by olive knits


I am in love with Marie Greene’s (aka Olive Knits) 4-day sweater knitalongs!   Each year I have completed a complete sweater – not in four days but within the month and I love each one!

This year, we have a great top-down pullover.   It takes DK yarn – and you will love this pattern.   I am using Fibre Company Lore for mine – but there are so many options!

You can download the pattern on Ravelry or on Marie’s website.  Get your pattern downloaded, let’s pick your yarn and get your gauge set – and let’s cast on July 1st!

Olive Knits sweater


These little beginning needlepoint kits are amazing!   Designed by kids for kids (of all ages).   They come with instructions, painted canvas, needles, and ample amounts of yarn – some with sparkle.   AND you get a great little project tote too!

These are great for a kiddo in your life who ‘needs’ to learn needlepoint and get a jump on dexterity and peacefulness.   Can definitely see these as awesome pillows.

Below are a few pictures – but all are in our online shop.


As always, we appreciate the support you have all given our family-run shop.

The new normal is still being developed – and please know we are happy to help keep you stitching, knitting, crocheting, and generally creating as it all unfolds.

cat in window shop