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Knitting Circle
As effective as meditation?


Because they say knitting is just as effective as meditation and exercise in reducing stress, and I’d heard such wonderful stuff about the warm cheerful vibe that resonates during the River Boutique & Yarn open knitting and assistance circles, last Tuesday evening I decided to pack up my needles, a few balls of yarn and the Kipster to see for myself what the fuss was all about. As the evening unfolded, conversation flowed and Kippee ran through her repertoire of tricks to the delight of us all. Now whether my heart rate slowed or my blood pressure dropped I’m not sure, but after spending such a pleasant evening with the river gypsies and new friends like master knitter Nancy, I definitely left feeling more relaxed than when I arrived.

You see, even though I’m not a manic knitter, I love this store. Just seeing the sheer amount of incredible yarns tumbling from shelves, baskets and drawers (to say nothing of the amazing assortment of artful buttons, unique gift items, jewelry and fashion) is enough to stir my creative juices. In fact, after lusting over a wonderfully shaped sweater worn by owner Bes Folkman, I left with its pattern and enough fabulous yarn to fashion one of my own. I also fell head over heels for a nubby woolly “neck collar” that artist in residence Taffnie came up with. It was so cool that I’m actually sorry winter’s over, as after I knit it up I’ll have to wait a year to show it off. And finally, at the last minute, totally besotted, I simply couldn’t pass up picking out one of Joyce Czemicki’s amazing felt flower pins. Seriously if you haven’t been, you need to check out this shop.

Felt flower pins

What, you say you can’t knit?  Well don’t let that stop you.  Swing by any Monday for a 20-minute complimentary session with Sylvia to get a taste of basic knitting techniques. If it seems your cup of tea, sign up for the store’s beginner 101 class and take it from there. Simply put, beginners and seasoned knitters alike will find all they need by way of encouragement, instruction and materials at this unique shop, including money-saving River Gypsy Yarn Cards. Priced at just $50, they entitle holders to 20 percent off all yarns purchased for a full year – now that’s a real deal. Sign up for the shop’s monthly email newsletter to get the lowdown on classes, special sales and store events like the annual Spring Fashion Show April 13 (5:30 p.m.). Check out the creativity as Bes and the “River Gypsies” invite knitters of all ages and expertise to model their handmade creations along with selections from the store’s latest ready-to-wear boutique fashion and accessory offerings.  Also included in the evening’s festivities is a drawing for March Mystery Items and light refreshments. All in all a great introduction to what makes this store so special. Interested in modeling?  Give them a call. Plan on attending?  An RSVP is always appreciated. 18900 W. Bluemound Rd., Brookfield, 262-641-7427, riverboutiqueandyarn.com.


Fundraising T-shirts

Given the nature of news, understandably the devastation of Japan isn’t getting as much coverage as it initially did.  But that hasn’t slowed Milwaukeean Michael Coleman of Futen Dojo Japanese Martial Arts studios. He’s still busy doing what he can to raise money for victims of the worst recorded earthquake in history and the subsequent tsunami. Aided by a group of dedicated volunteers, he’s launched the totally not-for-profit IamJapanese.org website. Visit it often for information on fun fundraising events as well as purchase merchandise with proceeds going to this much needed cause. As evidence of what can be accomplished in a short period of time when intentions are good, as co-sponsors of last week’s Hope For Japan event, the group was proud to help raise more than $42,000 to benefit Japan’s Red Cross.  Feel like helping Coleman reach his goal of selling thousands of T-shirts – one for each person lost in this tragic disaster? Visit the website now through April 11 to purchase an ultra cool, limited edition commemorative T-shirt and don’t forget to keep visiting to stay on top of future offerings and events.


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Marcia A. Barron Posted: 4/7/2011 7:36:50 PM
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Wow! If I wasn't already so fond of this shop, I would get in my car right now....... it is as wonderful as you described... I keep trying to think of new reasons to go there...... Thanks too for mentioned Michael Coleman's efforts on behalf of our fellow world citizens...
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