BASICS OF CONTINENTAL KNITTING

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IS IT REALLY FASTER? EASIER? WHETHER YOU’RE A LIFELONG “THROWER” OR BEGINNING KNITTER, COME LEARN THE BASICS OF CONTINENTAL KNITTING. LEARN SEVERAL METHODS OF CASTING ON, KNITTING, PURLING, INCREASING AND DECREASING IN THE CONTINENTAL STYLE.
STUDENTS ARE ASKED TO BRING SIZE 8, 9 OR 10 KNITTING NEEDLES. A SIMPLE SCARF OR DISHCLOTH PATTERN WILL BE PROVIDED. WORSTED WEIGHT YARN WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE OR STUDENTS MAY BRING A YARN OF THEIR CHOICE. PLEASE NOTE: ALL SUPPLIES ARE AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE AT IMAGINE.
COST: $30 INCLUDES WRITTEN INSTRUCTIONS FOR CONTINENTAL KNITTING AND A PRINTED PATTERN. Class meets Thursday July 22nd 4-6pm.  Call for more information.716 386 2244

Needle- Felted Sheep

Make this adorable little sheep as a pin cushion or Christmas ornament or for no reason at all.

The class time: Thursday July 24th.Felt sheep6-9 pm Please sigh up early. The Fee includes a kit for making the sheep with everything you need and class fee. No sewing involved..$ 37.00 Tracy Kirchoff Johnson will be your instructor. Please call for reservations. Great for kids or beginners. 716  386 2244

more little critters available for anyone who wants to make them.

Felt FoxBears

Made In America

As a local business, we strive to support our fellow Americans. Did you know that just one manufacturing job supports five other U.S. jobs? We take pride in promoting and selling American made products. 

michaud We can’t wait to share them with you. 

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Six more weeks of Winter Knitting!!

So how can you complain about winter when you can stay cozy and knit. Just finished a great cowl using 1 skein of Cascade Casablanca and now flirting with the idea of starting Laura Nelkin’s lovely cowl using lace weight Freia. We have kits of Laura’s designs in four colorways ready for our opening in May 1st. Can’t wait to see what you are knitting.

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Casablanca, one skein cowl

Casablanca, one skein cowl

Laura Nelkin and Freia

Laura Nelkin and Freia

Latest News: Behind the Scenes in Bemus

Convention Center in PHiladelphia where we shop,shop,shop.

Convention Center in Philadelphia where we shop for the store.

Cheese knive with gorgeous flare.

Cheese knife with gorgeous flare.

Ever wonder what goes on in Bemus during the off season? Well, for one, its 13 degress this morning. There are snowmobiles and ice fishermen on the lake. Last weekend, a father and his son were para-sailing across the ice. At Imagine! we are sprucing up the place. And we are shopping. Our most fun trip is to the Buyers Market of American Crafts where we explored 800 booths of stunning artisan crafted US and Canadian work.We found great stuff from 21 of our favorite artists and we added 10 new ones. We are off to more markets and will keep you posted. Can’t wait to show you all the goodies in May.

Daphne jewelry is big, bold and very light. Love.

Daphne jewelry is great big, bold and very light.

Ableman Glass

Ableman Glass

Award winning Arden necklace of multi-layered clay.

Award winning Arden jewelry of multi-layered clay.

Lake Erie Living Names us #7

Lake Erie Living

 

Did you see we were #7 in this month’s Lake Erie Living’s, 10 Great Boutiques, Galleries and Stores around the Lake? Just in case you need another reason to come and visit us this summer.

 

 

Bemus T-Shirt : You gotta have one of these.

Bemus TshirtThese are soft,soft and come in two colors;banana or Tahiti Blue.

Things to do in Bemus Point : SHOPPING!

 

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There are so many things to do in Bemus Point, like boating, dinning at one of the 9 restaurants, watching live entertainment on the floating stage, but don’t forget the shopping. There are 14 shops to choose from. Each of the shops has its own character, so there is a wide selection. They are specialty stores that feature gifts hand picked by really passionate shop keepers . Because of this, it is rare that you will  find the same item from store to store.

Imagine! is an artistic mix of mostly made-in-America, and/ or made in the county, and/ or made right at the store gifts. You will often find one of a kind gifts. The  collection is eclectic and includes collectible and vintage pieces as well as contemporary work. One of the shops’s specialties is a romantic selection of Estate Jewelry. Designer and statement jewelry are a favorite,too. Many pieces are made exclusively for the store. They range from fun and funky to upscale and artsy. In addition to jewelry, the shop showcases leather, wood and ceramic pieces as well as hand-dyed silk accessories including scarves, ponchos and ruanas. Hand-woven linen wraps and hand- knit, felted bags, hats and mittens are often on the shelves  . Glass is a favorite of the store owners and leaded, fused and blown glass are to be found throughout the shop. The place brings out your inner crafty so you might be inspired to make something of your own including beach glass jewelry, beaded or strung bracelets, rings or necklaces or you could learn to knit and crochet . There is a cozy section of the store where the coffee is always brewing and you can bring a project to work on or schedule a class for you and your friends. The store has evolved since it first opened in the spring of 2006 and it is easy to see the influence of the owner’s background in theater. Often customers will say that the shop is “different” “unique” like a “treasure hunt” “eye candy” Imagine! is just one of the the fun stores in Bemus. The village offers shopping the way it should be  where there are goodies waiting to be discovered that you won’t find just anywhere.IMG_2774photo (23)

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Welcome Back

After a winter break, we are excited to see everyone again. We want to catch up on what you have been doing over the winter, what have you been making? Did you travel? Also, we can’t wait to show you all the great things we found on our buying trips. And we put fresh paint on the walls so the shop looks light and airy. We are going to open the doors on Thursday April 4th. and have a little open house on the Sat. the 6th. Nick from Chef to Go is making home made cookies for us and we will have coffee from Stedman Corners. So please stop by and say hi. We have new gifts and yarn and beads and so much more arriving all spring. On order are Barrick candles. They are brilliant colors and burn for 30 hours, have no scent. Our spring hours are Thursday-Sunday 10-5. Come see us, we miss you!

Barrick Candles

Barrick Candles

More than a Knit Shop

Estate piece, opals and diamonds

Fused Glass Pendant

Lake Erie Glass pendant

Imagine! is more than a knit shop. It is two stores in one, really. In the front rooms, the shop is filled with gifts that are artisan crafted by individual U.S. and Canadian artists. Some of these artisans are from Chautauqua county. The store specializes in jewelry of all kinds including pieces that are produced just for Imaigne! or by Imagine!. In addition, we offer Estate Jewelry that is collectible and high-end pieces that feature gemstones, gold and silver. The idea is that you can  buy something creative that is an old or current hand-made item or you can move to the back of the store and find luxury beads and yarns to make your own inspired work of art. We have instructors who will teach you how to drill beach glass, or to wrap the beach glass in silver, gold or copper in order to fashion a piece of jewelry for you or as a gift. We also teach the basic skills for beading, fused glass, polymer clay, wire work, and many other creative jewelry-making techniques. For a current list of classes, please click classes and see individual listings or check the calendar. To see samples of the projects, stop by our store. We are open Wed-Sat 10-5 off season but between Memorial Day and Labor Day we are open 7 days a week. Imagine! is closed in the winter from January through March.