The Decorated Tree

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The holidays officially begin with the decorating of the Christmas trees at Distraction.  We look forward to this task each year because it gives us the opportunity to try out new, creative ideas that we can share with you. Here … Continue reading

Driftless Area Fibre Arts Faire

Join us this weekend at Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts for our 3rd Annual Fibre Arts Faire.  A couple of sheep to shear, alpacas to commune with, 17 shopping booths, a variety of demonstrations, make-it-take-it workshops, live music, and tons of fun for the whole family (including the non-fibre artisans)! Saturday from 10-6 and Sunday from 10-3.   

Vendor List


See you this weekend!

Down into the depths we go

Today we are hunting for treasures! We are lucky to have several amazing locations waiting for the picking. So sturdy shoes, grubby clothes, a lantern and flashlight, in hand
And off we go. Check in soon at DISTRACTION and see what we turned up.

Fun Rainy Day Project

Rainy Days in the summer are the perfect days to relax and reflect. At Distraction, we like to enjoy them by working on fun knitting or crocheting projects that are quick to complete so that you don’t miss a minute of the sunshine!

This fun bag can be made quickly with leftovers from your stash.   Perfect for the Farmers’ Market this summer!

Materials:  This bag can be knitted in any string or thread, preferably of a non-stretching fiber like cotton, linen, hemp, etc. 16” circular siz 13 needles.

Bottom of bag:
CO 15 stitches and working back and forth on the circular needle, knit 32 rows, making a garter stitch square with 16 ridges on each side.

Continuing from the corner where the final row finishes, pick up and knit 15 stitches along each of the other 3 sides of the square (total of 60 stitches).  Place a marker, this is the beginning of the round for the body of the bag.

Double the stitch count by working (YO,K1) around (120 stitches).

Body of the Bag:
Work the body of the bag in Turkish Stitch to a length of 12” or so from the pick-up round.

Turkish Stitch:  
Rnd 1:  (K2tog, YO) around
Rnd 2:  (YO, K2tog) around
This will make a double YO at the change of round on one round and two adjacent knit stitches on the other.

Top Edge:  
Decrease round: (K2tog) 15 times; K 30 (K2tog) 15 times, K 30.
Work 8 rounds of garter stitch.

Shoulder Strap:
Bind-off round:  K 15: bind off 30 stitches very loosely; K 15 and place these 15 sts on a stitch holder; bind off 30 sts very loosely.  15 sts remain on the needle.
Work back and forth in garter stitch until strap measures 12 to 18 inches long when stretched smooth. Slide the 15 stitches from the holder onto a spare needle of any size.  Carefully align the two needles so that they are both pointing the same direction and the right sides of the bag are together;  your goal is to do a 3-needle bind-off to join the strap to the far side of the bag without twisting it and with the seam on the inside.

Three-needle bindoff:
Slide your working needle through the first stitch on the front needle and the first stitch on the rear needle and knit through these two stitches, sliding them both off their needles.
Do the same for the next stitch one each needle.  Pass the first stitch over the second stitch.  One stitch bound off. Continue until all stitches are bound off and the strap is joined.

Salvage, Salvage, Salvage!

One of the best parts about this time of year is meeting all of the people who are as passionate about the history of style, design, and architecture as we are. If you are new to our store or haven’t been by in awhile, may we announce that the salvage side of Distraction is open! Perhaps you are restoring a home, need some interesting pieces for a project, or have no idea what to get dad for Father’s Day. Either way, we have plenty to choose from! Stop in and enjoy the fun!

Welcome to Summer, Distraction Style

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Summer is here and we couldn’t wait to share it with you! Whether you are knitting between garden projects, planning the perfect party or wedding, or creating a special space with unique found objects, we have something for you.

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See you this summer!

Mothers Day

Just wanted to share our new Mother’s Days goodies. Just in….Gift Sets from Tokyo Milk. They come in everyone’s 2 favorite scents and motifs; Gin and Roses and French Kiss. They include a full size hand creme, travel candle, make up bag and mini bubble bath. The gift box, wrap, ribbon, and beautiful butterfly gift tag are all included, all for $ 46.00. You can also include a full size perfume for another $28.00. Who’s Mother wouldn’t love this?

Here at Distraction we know Mom’s and what they love. Whether it is an individually designed pamper set, fluffy yarns and hand turned needles, or a beautiful piece of history, we will guide you to the perfect gift and wrap it all up with a bow.

We are here 7 days a week and by appt. See you soon!

Kath and Molly