Denise's NeedleWorks

Denise's Needleworks

Location: Ames, Iowa, United States

I am wife to Jeff, homeschool mom to 8, a knit and crochet teacher and totally addicted to knitting, crocheting and other fiber arts. After knitting, crocheting and sewing my own clothing from the age of 10 on, I studied textiles & clothing in college. That lead me to 25 years of custom dressmaking and alterations work, while sewing, knitting and crocheting for my growing children. I have worked in the yarn industry for the past 3 years and have been designing my own knitting patterns. Visit my web site at Find me as DeniseInIowa on

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Arnhild's Fiber Arts School & Denise's Needleworks store

I wanted to share some pictures of our school and store. We have 2 small rooms in the basement of the First National Bank on Lincoln Way in Ames, Iowa. One of the rooms is set up for classes and has lots of projects displayed. The other room is my store.

We currently have 2 classes going: Basic Knitting and Norwegian Knitting. The classes are running one night a week for 8 weeks. We cover a lot of information in that time. The classes are individually tailored so the students can work on the project which they are most interested in. Many of the students from our first 8 week session decided to sign up for another session so they could continue to learn as they work through larger projects.

There is more information here at my web site or at

Here is the store. We have a small selection of Rauma yarns.
And of course, needles and notions for your projects and a catalog of the Arnhild and Rauma patterns.

We have displayed many of the projects made up from the patterns that we carry so our students have lots of inspiration! On the left of this picture is a stand which holds the samples of every color of yarn available which we are happy to bring from the warehouse if someone wants them. Lots to choose from!

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Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Annemor is Coming to Retreat!!

We just got the word that Annemor Sundbø is able to be a presenter at the next Arnhild's Knitting Studio Retreat! Annemor has preserved and recorded much of the valuable history of knitwear in Norway in her books.

  • Everyday Knitting: Treasures from a Rag Pile.
    ISBN 82-994657-1-0 (Translated by Amy Lightfoot.)
  • Setesdal Sweaters: The History of the Norwegian Lice Pattern.
    ISBN 82-994657-2-9 and (translated by Amy Lightfoot)
  • Invisible Threads in Knitting.
    (Translated by Carol Huebscher Rhoades) ISBN 82-994657-3-7
I hope you can join us in February 2010.

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Monday, April 20, 2009

Retreat Store Pictures

Denise's Needleworks Rauma store at Arnild's Knitting Studio Retreat

It took 6 of of us most of a day to set up this yarn shop in a hotel conference room for the retreat. There were also many hours put in before the move to plan and pack everything into the truck and vans. It turned out very nice and we got lots of compliments on how beautiful the shop was. The shop was available to those who came for the Arnhild's Knitting Studio 14th Annual Knitting Retreat

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Friday, April 03, 2009

Berries Cardigan Pattern is ready!

Thanks to Terri Shea's beautiful design and finishing work this is a gorgeous sweater. I knit the body and sleeves for her and she did the rest. Now the pattern is ready so you can make your own!

Here is the link to the pattern ordering information on Terri's web site

The yarn is Rauma Finullgarn colors #487, 488 and 417
Gauge: 30 sts to 4" over stranded stockinette

Such a beautiful sweater! I think I would like to make one for myself. Terri gets to keep this one. It wasn't my size. :)

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