Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Nonna's Knitters Shine

This adorable little jacket was designed and knitted by Barbara!

Karen the first to finish the mitered square jacket!
A perfect fit and such a wonderful job.
Karen enjoyed it so much she is planing another
Way to to Karen!!!

Now this adorable little set was knitted by another Barbara also a first time grandma
(Nonna) Barbara used Debbie Bliss Pure Silk.

Now this pull over vest was knitted very quickly.
Love those big needles!

Look how proud Marion is!!
Marion knitted this jacked with DB Donogal chunky plus DB astrakan in the edges.
One of our patterns. Marion is also knitting another for her niece just a bit smaller!!

This is just precious! Sublime has the pretties patterns.

There will be more pictures coming its just that I am a bit slow in down loading.
I will try to keep up with all my wonderful knitters/crocheters in this coming new year!
We here at Nonnas wish you all a very happy and healthy AND PROSPEROUS New Year!!!

Sunday, December 27, 2009


A big Thank you goes out to all of you who helped out with the helmet liners.. We collected 145 liners and they are off. Anna picked up on Wednesday for delivery Just in time for Christmas. I have to apologize though, there was no time for pix. Anna had to leave quickly. But hey we managed to get an okay from Anna to keep on knitting liners, cause she will keep on delivering to the troops. Therefore knitters keep those fingers busy and knit up some more.

Nonnas customers are a special breed we are so proud to know you all!

Wishing you all a Very Happy and Healthy New Year!!!!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

All's Good

The problem is solved! Our site is back on. It took a little figuring out but we managed to get it back on track.

The holiday spirit and good will is on high, you have all been so generous with you time. We counted 80 liners today the basket is overflowing and there are more coming. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!!!!!!

NEW NEW NEW: Buttons galore. A new shipment of beautiful buttons has arrived and my are they gorgeous! They have to be seen! Also Lantern Moon has shipped big fabulous knitting bags some are of palm some are of silk. And pretty baskets to store your projects while you knit.

Fiesta and Prism as made a appereance here at nonnas and its already flying off the shelves.
and have you heard of this wool called Dyelot yarn? Its hand made in Santa Fe, New Mexico it has a total of 690 yds it is a mixture of 6 different hanks of yarn twisted into one with some magnificent colors. We have Pearl, Winterbarry, Ristra & Tres Santa Fe.

Don't forget the holiday are really getting close so if you are in need of a quick and easy scarf project you have come in the right place cause you know I love to knit with biiiiggggg needles.
We are specialist in combining yarns making your scarf a one of a kind. Therefore come on in for a free consultation!

Sunday, November 29, 2009

our appologies

We have discovered the source of our problem, we are working on it. The email is working which is a good thing.

But just to bring you up to date about the liners. We are so excited! we already have 60+ liners. There so many generous knitters out there we are so grateful. Bring in your left over yarn ball and we will knit up stripped hats.

Also the holiday shopping season is on full swing. Don't forget we have gift certificates, pretty needles from serendipity or beautiful baskets from Lantern Moon, and the newest addition crystal or swarowsky glass stitch markers handcrafted by local artist, or maybe you had a wish to knit with a delicious yarn.
We will make it easy for you just fill out a Nonna's wish list and drop it off we will gladly pass it along.

Wishing you all the Very Happy Holidays!!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

technical difficulties

We apologize our website is having some problems and so is our email we hope to have it running soon!
Meanwhile let me tell you about Black Friday!
The Denville Chamber of Commerce will be closing Broadway from 4:00 to 8:00 there will be a lot of fun filled activities and giveaways as well as sales.
Nonnas will be open till 8:00 as well plus
we will be giving away Nickies famous Biscottis
we will have our Samples on Sale (deeply discounted)

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

mittered squares

okay this Saturday at 3:00 and a repeat on the following Thursday 1:30 we are going to have a long awaited aspecial class. We will be designing our very own jacket/cardi. Again you choose the yarn and some of you already have done so and you will design this jacket/cardi using mittered squares. In this first class you will learn all about mitters how you can customize the sizes that you need and where to place them. Please bring in graph paper and pencil and ofcourse the needles and yarn for your jacket/cardi.

There will be two more follow up classes one in December and one in January to help you along the way. Each meeting will be a new step to discuss.

Therefore if you haven't signed up call in to Nickie and see if there is any space left. We are keeping it to 6 students per class.

Hope to see you there!!

helmet liners

We are on a quest! Nancy has asked us to help her collect knitted helmet liners for the troops in Afghanistan. google K-help and you will see what we are talking about.
These liners need to be knitted in 100% wool such as Galway or Cascade 220, each hank will make 2 liners. They are basically caps very easy to knit and quick made one last night. Anyway
with purchase of either Galway or Cascade220 and upon the return of the liner we will give you a coupon for 10% off your next purchase of yarn. We are planning to ship the liners on or about December 15. If we can knit up two hats each we will have quite a few. Also I will teach anyone who is interested in learning how to knit the liners every Tuesday evening at 6:00pm.
Sooo Help Out please!!

On another note I promissed to give you a pattern and a pix well the pix is not here yet but here is the pattern:

With size 19 needles and two strands of Baby Alpaca Grand, you will need two hanks but you will also have left over (it takes about 75 yds )

Cast on 17 stitches

**Row 1: K1, P1, across
next repeat row 1 four more times ( you will have seed stitch)
next in keeping in seed stitch K1 yarn over (yo) 3 times, p1 yo 3 times, across the row
next in keeping in seed stitch knit 1 drop the yo, p1 drop the yo across the row**
(you will have very loopy stitches)
repeat from **row 1 to ** for an additional 5 more times a total of 6 repeat.

or you can cast on less and make a long scarf or cast on more and you can have a shawl. It is so versatile and soooo soft. You will love it.

Friday, October 16, 2009

A Blast of Early Winter?

Wow did you all see the snow! It's only October and this weather is acting like December. I guess this time the meteorologist have it right, it will be a cold and long winter. All of us here at Nonnas are rushing to finish our jackets.
We didn't expect to be needing them just yet. I am knitting an Asland Trend pattern with their yarn Guanaco in a brick red/brown, I have the two fronts and half of the back done. Nickie has already finished her car coat out of DB Donogal chunky, Nancy has finished two jackets I think, I can't keep count, Phylis is almost finished with her seed stitch Sublime sweater. But in between we have finished quite a few more.
The latest KAL is the Colonnade from Knitty.com by Stephen West. I blended two yarns (you know I have to blend) the Malabrigo worsted with TSC Gioiello in the brown tones it went quickly! Just blocked it last night. I actually made it larger. (I need the extra) I will be knitting another of Mr West shawls as a gift for an aunt of mine. Check out knitty.com or just go to westknits.blogspot.com there you will see all of his patterns and some are for sale. Really an interesting young man.
Also we have come up with a great simple pattern that seems to fly off the shelves. It takes one hour to knit up and about 75yds+/- of Plymouth Baby Alpaca Grande or Malabrigo Chunky with size 19 needles and double strand. (you will need 2 hanks of either, but if you have 3 you will be able to knit up 2 cowls) I tell you I knitted two already, one out of each yarn. It may be worn as a cowl, a shawl or as a hood. I will have pix next time and I will share the patter with all of you. It's a great holiday gift.
We have a busy week ahead!!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

A Busy Time of Year

We have been so busy this month. The class list hit the web and everyone is checking in on their favorite classes.
The Iris Schrier class is almost full we have room for 2 more if any are interested. A 3 hour workshop with Ms Schrier teaching how to knit a reversible two color different cabled scarf (The sample is in the shop) We will be knitting it with a beautiful hank of hand dyed cashmere and a hank of silk with sequins and beads. Its gorgeous! You have to see it.
Today is the first day of fall and we will be celebrating tonight with our magic ball gathering. It's promising to be a fun night.
Lots of new yarns have been slowly dropping in the latest is Lana Grossa. In this bunch there is one yarn that is chunky that I can't wait to knit with it has the look of felt. Then you have the opposite another yarn that is thin ( size 4) but it is soooooo soft and luscious. I can't decide which way should I go. Also the new yarn Prisms Stuff or something like that is flying off the shelves (pegs) it is such a fun yarn and one hank will do the job. We just ordered more to make a cute Lacy pull over for layering. Can't wait for that to come in.
I told you its a busy time around here I need more hands.
Now here's the latest pix!

Check out Natalie - wearing her new dragon scarf knitted in Tahki's Alpaca tweed!

Look at Phylis! Her first side way jacket completed, we sure did have a lot of fun in this KAL!

Now this toy was designed and knitted for a special little baby its the coolest thing!

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Artyarns/fall schedule

It's official Ms Iris Schrier will be joining us Sunday, October 18 at 12:00 for a workshop in knitting reversible cables. We are so excited, as you all know I love modular knitting from Ms Schrier book with the lux yarns. Just finished a scarf using the beaded/sequins silk, that yarn is just unbelievable and the pattern was so much fun. (both scarf and patter is at the shop for you to see).

Everyone has been asking for our class list well wait no more it is listed on our website. We came up with so many classes there surely something for everyone. We have some samples projects in the shop, and we are still knitting some of them up as we speak! We have been and are still really very busy bees.

Should there be a class you would like and its not listed don't hesitate to call us and who knows we might be able to accommodate. You all know we are very flexible and try to please.

Also Debbie Bliss fall issued is in and wow really great projects are in it. We are all knitting different things from it, Nancy is itching to start the tote bag with donogal chunky, Nicky will be knitting the cape with luxury tweed and I started the mosaic blanket.

Have you noticed this fall new colors are all sorts of reds deep reds, brown reds, orange reds, we practically have sold out of all kinds of reds, but also all jewel tones are up for grabs.

Well enjoy the autumn!
Almost forgot not on the class schedule but on the email:

Join the fun Tuesday evening the 22nd, first day of autumn, we will be doing a special on how to make a magic ball. You have to call in and find out what its all about!!!!!

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Sideways jacket updates

This is Becky who walked in one day and loved our KAL project, decided she had to do it and voila she is finished!
In a weekend, imagine that!! And that is not all, as she was finishing, Becky decided she needed another project, a bolero for her daughter who is petite like Nickie (modeling here). The jacket was knitted with Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Chunky and the bolero is a Sublime pattern with Baby Cashmere Merino Silk DK.
Now Becky is so thrilled with knitting garments that actually fit that she picked up three more to make and guess what she will be knitting another sideway jacket also in DB chunky in a beautiful gold color. (that one will be for herself)
We here at Nonna's love to see these great accomplishments from "our" ladies. It makes us very proud to know that we were able to assist in making it happen.
The other ladies that are also done with the KAL are Karen, Phylis, Lauren, Barbara, Marion, Helen and I'm not sure if I have forgoten anyone else, but as you ladies come in I'll take more pix!!!

Monday, August 10, 2009

ArtYarns here we go

Today we visited Iris from Artyarns.
We were amazed and just awestruck at all that luxurious beautiful yarn.
We reordered the Be Sweet kit. It literally flew off the shelf even when we were remodeling.
Iris has the most gorgeous silk and cashmere's around.

Needless to say we did some shopping!

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Here's some pix

Finally got around to taking pix. Take a look at our new place!

This is at the back beyond those doors is ALL yarn (Stock)

The register is at the back as before

Our sitting area with all the books and our nice view of Broadway
Well this is it. We hope you come in and enjoy yourselves!

Friday, August 7, 2009

We are Open

Yes we are open all is in place, well almost, the shop is brand spanking new.
We have worked tirelessly since Saturday and voila we are done.
There is still a little bit to take care of such as the sign,
but we do have something temporarily up for all to find us.
Therefore you are all welcomed to come in and share in our excitement!!
Soooo Bloomfield is the past
45 Broadway is the future!!

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

So much yarn so little time

Alrighty-then we have moved quite quickly let me tell you. First of all our thanks go out to all of you who came and lighten our load boy did you ever! That was great thanks again.
If any of you stopped by Saturday you would have seen the store empting out, we had all the kids grabbing yarn bags and going around the corner litteraly. then we decided to load up the car and drive around the corner. WOW!

The new place is beginng to look more and more like Nonna's! I will post some pix soon. our computer system is not working yet , our sign is not up yet but it will all be up and working soon.

Thanks again to all!!

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Just a Quick Update

Hi Everyone,

It seems that things are really moving along faster then I anticipated, my husband is very efficient.
Soooo the Bloomfield location is emptying out rather quickly. Not only by us relocating but by the great bargains that has been had by all.

This will be our last week, therefore come in and grab the last of the available beautiful wools/cottons, there is still enough to make something special (begin now for the holidays).
A quick reminder don't forget Thurs., Fri., & Sat. Denville's sidewalk sale is happening. (Hopefully no rain)
One of us will be out there on 45 Broadway with a table and baskets of yarn. There will be nothing higher then $4.00 a skein. ( please no credit cards, cash is definitely much easier to handle)
Should it rain (which they are predicting)
The Bloomfield Ave. shop will be open.
Prices on all our samples have been slashed to even lower than wholesale cost of the yarn.

We open our doors at 11:00 am and close at 5:30 everyday except Saturday which is 4:00 so come shop early and shop fast!!

P.S. there will be no knitting help available these days.
Happy shopping!!

Friday, July 24, 2009

Another student thrilled with results

This is Chris just learned to knit and managed to finish the shrug in two weeks and what a beautiful job she did.
Sorry Chris the pix got mixed up with the multitude. But I did find it and here you are looking great!!!

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

just an update

The contractor (My husband) is working pretty quick. A fresh coat of paint went on today and tomorrow a new floor will be installed.

Also mark your calenders, the end of July the 30th, & 31st as well as August 1 (Thurs., Fri., & Sat.) Denville is having it's huge sidewalk sale. We are so looking forward to that.

The new shop most probably will not be open by that time, but we will be in front of it with tables and baskets full of yarn. Prices will be slashed to as low as 75% off. Mind you what ever there is there is! and please no credit cards cash is definitely much easier to handle.

The Bloomfield Ave. shop will be open at the same time.

Don't know if I mentioned but we also have samples on sale which have been heavily discounted. Labels tell the story!!

Happy shopping!!

Saturday, July 18, 2009


The Move! Wow it's really happening soon.
The sale is in high gear. A whole lot of yarn is flying off the shelves. It's unbelievable. We definitely think we will have little to carry over. :)
There will be an ad on the local paper letting everyone else know of our move so we expect a lot more shoppers. Therefore for those of you who are waiting for the last minute, sorry you will be left out of the bargains.
Don't Wait !


Here we are Knitting A Long together the jacket that Nancy is wearing. Nancy has knitted 4 jackets since April. Here we have a blend of novice and seasoned knitters enjoying the fun.

Here's Helen with another of her masterpiece. This is a combo of Cotton Twist and Nova they both have a little sparkle and make a great top. I don't know when Helen has the time to knit such wonderful stuff!!!:)

And my sister here is modeling what Barbara knitted for her daughter-in-Law. Barbara used Plymouth's Baby Alpaca Grande. It is such a beautiful confi Poncho with sleeves. Barbara I'm sure that your new expectant mommy will love it this winter.

Thursday, July 16, 2009


As most of you must know by now, we are moving. We are going to Broadway!
Broadway here we come!!!
It is very exciting and at the same time a little tense. There is a lot to accomplish in a very short period of time. Thank goodness we have a lot of very, very sweet and kind volunteers. My sister and I are really grateful to all of you!!

Now as the e-mail said we need to lighten our load therefore there is a SALE of course.
Everything in the shop is 10% off but that's not all. We have a whole lot of tags throughout the shop for discounts from 30 - 60% off! The sale is only on existing stock.

I am sure you all know the drill by now if yarn is purchased on sale it's not returnable, and always buy enough for whatever you are planning on because it might not be there tomorrow. We are already seeing an influx of people coming in therefore plan ahead.

I will be posting up dates as the time approaches.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Nonna's is featured in a NY Fashion show runway

This was a very proud mama moment when my daughter's garments were displayed and modeled in a NY runway.
These garments are now displayed at the shop for all to see.

Saturday, July 4, 2009


It's determined the KAL will begin July 15, therefore if you are interested, these next two weeks is the time for you to come in and sign up. We will have loads of fun as ususal. Most of you have decided to use the Fantasy Linen in the same color way which will make it a true knit along!

Here's The Latest

Things have been hectic here at Nonnas. New yarns new projects, finishing old projects. Yep I've been kinda preoccupied.
Let me just bring you up to date with the goings on!

You remember Karen. Karen just finished this shawl knitted with TSC Ritratto the pattern is from the book Modular Knits by Iris Schreier. I love this pattern it sit on your shoulders perfectly and its fun to knit. I have knitted 4 for gifts and now Karen is hooked as well.

I just completed this little jacket. It's waiting for buttons which will be in very soon. I enjoyed learning the different technics with this one the collar is added with a 3needle bind off and it has side pockets and bell cuffs. It's short and it's quite cute on a size 6 - 8.
Perfect wear for September/October

I thought this little sack was the most adorable little thing. Here Barbara used our new DK sock yarn & the patterns is from a sublime book.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

The Special Event

The head band class was a little low in attendance but it went well. We had a winner who received a bunch of goodies from the Urban Muse and everyone got a goody bag with a coupon of 20% off their next facial with Kim. How cool!

The ladies learned the provision cast on, a simple cable twist plus I-cord edging a very productive class.

I have had request for a repeat class. I guess the timing was not correct. We shall try it again maybe in August. Let me know when. We will take a poll.

A Knit a long

Okay we all have decided to do a knit a long. It will begin the end of the month. Nancy and all of us are excited to do this. If you like to join us need to come on in and get all the details. Can't post the details just yet, all I can tell you is that the finished project is displayed at the shop.

More Designers are finished

Here's Marion with her first ever knitted sweater !
And this is Lauren with her first sweater

Don't they look marvelous?!!
They deffinately did a great job.
We have had quite a response to the top down sweater classes. We will repeat it once again come the fall.

Saturday, May 30, 2009

The Special Event is nearing!!

Sign ups started for Kimberly's facial class!
We are so excited to host this event and it looks like its going to be a big hit.
the project sample (headband) is displayed at the shop everyone tries it on to see and feel it on. I love it I used it every evening when giving myself a mini facial, which you ladies know you should always do. I will also hand out the pattern for the spongies which we knitted in our knitterjize class. They go hand in hand with the headband.
Also I a almost finished with the hand towel, I knitted with Pure cotton from
Debbie Bliss. It will be a perfect addition to my basket of facial accessories.


I love seeing student's accomplishments!
This is Phyllis with her 2nd top down sweater finished. Phyllis used Berroco's Bonsay yarn, soft and cool to the touch.
Phyllis you look great!!!!!

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

In the Kitchen

Do you know how much fun it is to knit dish/wash cloths or towls?
I am enjoying it so much I am knitting up a complete set for each of my 4 children. You can experiment with different stitches and gauges. And how portable of a project is it!
The yarn that is my alltime favorite is of course Debbie Bliss Pure Cotton and now the new Eco cotton 100% organic.
Join me and see how many can we knit up in a month.

By the way the sale was great you all got some great bargains and I made some room for more yarns! Thanks for your great support!!!!!!!

Saturday, May 23, 2009


Hey it's the unofficial start of summer therefore why not start with a big SALE!

If you are in our E-Mail list you will receive a coupon worth 20% off your entire purchase even discounted items.
This sale is for Monday 5/25/09 from 9:00am to 1:00pm ONLY
I tried to paste the coupon but I can't figure it out therefore for those of you who are not in our E-Mail and want to come and take part of our special send off to summer just in print this post and bring it in!


A reminder the shop will be begin it's summer hours
therefore our hours are
Tues, Wed., Thurs., Frid., from 11:00 - 5:30 &
Saturday 11:00 -4:00
We will be closed every Monday

Wednesday, May 13, 2009


I have to apologize, I have no pix.
We did though have so much fun, hence the reason for no pix, no time.
We had food, music, knitting and laughter.
"Knitterjize" is a great fun idea which might be repeated.

Also we talked about doing a granny square class being it summer and thinking portability. The class will be structured same as the knitted square of last summer, one square a week.

Well think about it if anyone is interested call Nickie.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Look! How adorable this is

Another of Nonna's designers.
Here the students learned how to carry a yarn up and how to pick up stitches. Applause for a job well done.

No it's not for Nickie, she is just modeling.
This is Grandma Barbara's hand work.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

A Special Event Happening Here at NONNAS

Kimberly Aiello
The Urban Muse
will be giving us helpful hints on how to take care of our best feature,
“our Face”!

With that in mind, learn to knit the perfect headband with
cables, I-cord edging and provisional cast on.

Date: Saturday, June 6th
Time: 1 -4 pm
Cost: $40.00 (kit included)
you need to RSVP:June 2nd

Sunday, May 3, 2009


Spring has sprung, more like summer right now, and its time to slip off some of those extra garments we have been wearing. No more heavy coats. But as we all have been complaining, we need to shed some pounds. I did the Jenny and lost 20 but you know what, the 20 is creeping back up, like many in Nonnas community. Therefore, we put our thinking caps on and we came up with a fun and easy game to play where we will move and knit at the same time.

Knit and move at the same time? You must think I’ve lost my marbles. NOPE trust me it is possible but only my way!!! Care to join us?
When: Tuesday, May 12, 2009 What: “Knitterjize”
It begins at 1:30 till…..
The cost: $30.00 Kit included
Refreshments will be served, and lots of fun will be had by all!

The space is limited to 8 people. Already 6 have signed on…………….See you soon !

Friday, April 24, 2009

My Husband

This is my husband's craftmenship. I did tell you ladies & gents that we are a family that is good with our hands? Well if I didn't, I will now.
My husband is a home improvement contractor and my oldest works with dad. You can see his great work at the Urban Muse or the Lounge here in Denville.

This is a beatufull home in Paramus that he completed this past winter.

A job well done by Fortunato Construction Incorporated!!
No job is too small or too big for them.

Another Designer

My first time designers are coming along and some are at the finish line. Here is Mary the second to finish. Mary used a slightly heavy worsted cotton with slubs, which made this sweater perfect wear for those cool evening by the beach. Also it can transition to a autumn sweater.
A perfect fit is a great feeling of accomplishment! Great job Mary :)
This is for a not yet born grandbaby! It is a Sublime pattern & Yarn. Sooo soft baby is going to love it. The grandmother also enjoyed making it. :)

Wednesday, April 22, 2009


Look how far Nickie has come with knitting. She has ventured into a little summer lace, and what a wonderful job she has done!

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Cutie Pie

She is so cute don't you agree? and wearing a dress that Nickie crocheted.
My sisters favorite thing to do is crochet baby garments!

Italy's earthquake

You all know that we sister are Italian born with still lots of connection to our native land. We feel relief that none of our family members or friends were in the earthquake area of Aquila but just the same we all feel sadden by it.
My husbands is affiliated with Italian American Forum and they will be locating a family to assist directly, without any bureaucratic involvement. We hope to help raise funds ourselves and add to the IAF . Therefore if anyone is interested in helping us, please stop by the shop. There is a humongous need. More than one town was effected. Millions of people lost their home.
Please do try to give a little, even just a dollar, if we all pitch in we can help them rebuild.
Thank you so very much!!

Hellen has been a busy bee knitting away these beautiful blankets.
They feel soooo soft!

Is it Spring sweater time?

Now isn't this a perfect little sweater for a chilly spring evening? This is Hellen and she is wearing her newest knitted creation of Noro.
And this is Marion wearing her first ever knitted garment. Marion you did a wonderful job.

And another of Nonnas friend with her finished masterpiece. We are so proud of all of you.