Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Sweater Weather Promotion and Small Business Saturday

Happy Thanksgiving! We're so excited to have cooler weather just in time for the Twisted Yarns Black Friday and Small Business Saturday promotions. The good news is we are offering the sale throughout the week so you can take advantage of these deals early! Read on for the details. 



The Sweater Weather Promotion begins on Tuesday and lasts through Black Friday. On Black Friday, we'll have additional discounts throughout the shop!

We also hope you'll join us for Small Business Saturday on November 26, 2016 -- watch this space for more information about that too.

Please make note of our holiday hours:


Thursday, October 6, 2016

Simple Knitted Tee class

We have a new class beginning next Wednesday afternoon from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.  The Churchmouse Yarn Simple Tee project is taught by Alisa, who's an experienced and prolific garment knitter. You'll learn how to knit a simple and flattering shape with sport weight yarn. You'll learn a little bit of shaping as well as how to seam your tee. If you've never knit a sweater before, this is a great one to start with. Class sessions are scheduled for:

1 - Wednesday, October 12, 2016 -- 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
2 - Wednesday, October 26, 2016 -- 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
3 - Wednesday, November 16, 2016 -- 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.


Please call if you'd like to sign up or if you have any questions.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Team Twisted Yarns - Summer Ravellenic Games 2016

Are you ready to be a Ravelete and to challenge yourself by starting and finishing a project during the Summer Olympic Games? Looking for a team of other crazy TY groupies to support you and cheer you on? Join Team Twisted Yarns with your event and have some fun!

Ann created the Twisted Yarns team banner!
The Ravellenic Summer Games 2016

Dates: Friday, August 5 - Sunday, August 21

The One Rule To Rule Them All: Challenge yourself by starting and finishing one or more projects during the 2016 Summer Olympics.

What will be a stretch for you? It could be a new technique, that first sweater or pair of socks, something massive, something delicate, or maybe finishing that monster in the closet. The goal of the Ravellenic Games is to support you in expanding your knitting/crocheting horizons.

When do we start?

The Mass Cast-On will take place during the Opening Ceremonies. When the Olympic Games kick off in Rio, 19:15 local time, that’ll be your start time, whatever time that is in your timezone.

Ann (knittiwan) and Gayle (sspurl) are your team captains and are here to answer questions and help you navigate your way through the Ravellenics.

Here’s how to get started:
  1.  Join the Ravellenic Games 2016 group on Ravelry
  2.  Read A Good Place to Start 
  3.  Choose your Medal Event and a project to compete in the event - make note of the event tag(s).
  4. Create a project page for your Ravellenic project
When you are setting up your project, make sure you have the following tags entered in the tag box for your project:

Tagging Tutorial - for best results, use copy and paste.
ravellenics2016
teamtwistedyarns2016

Also put your Event Tag in the tag box. You can find your event tag on the Medal Event page (see link above).

If you are using a technique in your project that qualifies for a Laurel, then put your Laurel tag in the tag box.

Introduce yourself in the thread for the Ravellenics on our Ravelry group page.

If you have questions or aren’t sure how to do something, please ask us.

Go Team Twisted Yarns!

Deadline to join Team Twisted Yarns is by the Opening Ceremonies on Friday, August 5th at 5:15 pm!

Monday, July 4, 2016

July Sweater KAL - Sunday

The July Sunday KAL garment will be Wendy Bernard's Jordan top, knit with Euroflax sport weight linen. This is a flattering top on a range of body sizes. We'll also share with you the many wonderful qualities of linen and highlight its easy care and durability -- and how ideal it is for our climate. 

Jordan [Ravelry link]

This KAL will meet on four consecutive Sundays, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.:

Sunday, July 10, 2016 - 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Sunday, July 17, 2016 - 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Sunday, July 24, 2016 - 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Sunday, July 31, 2016 - 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

If you'd like to join us, we'd love to have you! The cost for the KAL is $40 and includes the pattern (we purchase it for you via the Ravelry in-store program. You'll also receive a 10% discount on yarn purchased for the KAL.

Please call or visit the shop during business hours if you'd like to join the KAL or if you have questions. Registration deadline is Saturday, July 30, 2016.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

July Shawl KAL - Choose your own Cindy Garland Shawl project

Our July Shawl KAL will be a "Choose Your Own" Cindy Garland Shawl knit-along. When this KAL concept first began in January 2016, the shawl pattern we chose was the Vacillate by Cindy Garland -- it was challenging yet so rewarding to those who stuck with it and finished it. The Thursday group wanted to do another one of her patterns, and this concept made sense this month, as many people are away for the summer. If you're interested in joining the group, this will be a great month to do it!

(Note: If you're a Knit Companion user, many of her more recent designs are Knit Companion-ready).

Here's the Sonar Shawl, a popular choice:

Sonar Shawl, by Cindy Garland

This would be a wonderful pattern for a confident beginner. We recommend Ultra Alpaca Fine, a good value at less than $15/skein and we have a lot of it in stock right now. In addition, KAL members get their yarn for 10% off when they register. If you like natural shades, Classic Elite Mountaintop Vail cannot be beat for how luxurious it feels while you're knitting. You can also combine the Vail with its dyed counterpart, Villa.

Some participants chose the Afloat and Gateway to Fall shawls. Check out all of the shawl patterns though -- there might be another one in the mix that speaks to you.

We'll be meeting four times in July and if you'd like to join the KAL, we'd love to have you!
The cost to join is $40 and you'll receive the pattern free* in addition to a 10% discount on the yarn you choose for the project. Deadline to sign up is Wednesday, July 6. 

Details:
The July KAL will meet on the following days:
Thursday, July 7, 2016 from 1:00 - 3:00 pm 
Thursday, July 14, 2016 from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Thursday, July 21, 2016 from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. 
Thursday, July 28, 2016 from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

What to expect from our Thursday & Sunday KALs:


  • Expect to learn a lot through hands-on instruction from the KAL - you will be challenged to learn new skills!
  • Expect to have fun! While we're learning, we're also helping one another and socializing.
  • Expect support before, during, and after the KAL - you will continue to have opportunities through the Ravelry group to ask questions until you finish your project. 
  • Expect that because the group is popular and we like to say YES if you want to join us, that there might be several knitters in the KAL! If you would prefer one-on-one time, we can schedule that for you. 
  • Expect extras - special discounts for participants, one-off workshops like how to block your knits, and other fun treats. 

*We choose patterns that are available through the Ravelry in-store program. This means we purchase the pattern on your behalf. It's sent to you as a PDF via email and will be saved in YOUR Ravelry library. We do NOT buy the pattern and make photocopies -- your very own pattern copy should arrive in your email, and in some cases will have your name printed on it. A modest printing fee will apply if you'd like a printed color copy of the pattern. 

Friday, June 10, 2016

Market Weekend Sale


The semi-annual TNNA Market is taking place in Washington, DC this weekend and while we will not be attending, we've been meeting with yarn company reps and choosing yarn for the upcoming season. As we begin our long transition to cooler weather, we've selected a few yarns to mark down; we'll also have some non-advertised surprises in store for people who visit the shop Friday and Saturday, June 10-11th. Keep reading for details and descriptions!

At 20% off, we have Filatura Di Crosa Tempo (cotton/acrylic/nylon) and it's great for knitting or weaving. The most popular pattern for this yarn has been the Lido Scarf/Shawl, which you can purchase at Twisted Yarns. (Check out Debbie's and Susan's on Ravelry). 


At 30% off, we have Noro Taiyo Sport (cotton/silk/wool/nylon), and with just three skeins, you can knit the ever-popular Churchmouse Yarns Easy Folded Poncho
image credit hausofyarn


Other 30%-off yarns:


10% off this weekend only:

Friday, June 3, 2016

Leonie Pullover Knit Along

We can't get enough of this new summer pullover and we're having so much fun putting together combinations that we thought we'd offer a free Friday afternoon (1:00 - 3:00) KAL for the month of June. Alisa finished hers with Knit One Crochet Too Batiste and DanDoh Cotton Fine and has been wearing it for a while now. Olivia has knit two of them -- one with Louet Euroflax Sportweight and one with DanDoh Cotton Fine and Bio Sesia. Ann just cast on for her Leonie with Knit One Crochet Too Soie et Lin and DanDoh Cotton Fine. The positive ease paired with the larger needle size ensures that this will be comfortable top for a Houston summer.

Let us help you choose yarn for the Friday KAL! It begins on June 10th at 1:00 p.m. and will meet every Friday through July 1st. While we won't have a dedicated instructor this time (hence the FREE part), there will always be at least one staff member every Friday who is either finished with her Leonie or ahead of the KAL members. Please sign up though! We want to make sure we have enough yarn and patterns.

Leonie Tee - Copyright Julie Weisenberger (CocoKnits)

Leonie Tee - Copyright Julie Weisenberger (CocoKnits)

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

June 2016 Sunday KAL - Oasis, Mirage

The Sunday afternoon group will be knitting Oasis / Mirage this month. It's a versatile poncho style that's knit as a rectangle with minimal seaming. This is a flattering style for a variety of shapes and sizes and can be knit with fingering weight yarn or DK-weight yarn.

The DK weight version is "Mirage" and calls for 575-790 yards of DK weight yarn.

Mirage copyright Yumiko Alexander
Yarn recommendations - Louet Euroflax,, Shibui Twig, Shibui Linen+Cima
The fingering weight version is "Oasis" and calls for 505-662 yards of a light fingering weight yarn 

Oasis copyright Yumiko Alexander
Yarn recommendations: DanDoh Cotton Fine (doubled), Shibu Linen, Louet Euroflax, Bio Bimbo
We'll be meeting three times in June and if you'd like to join the KAL, we'd love to have you! The cost to join is $30 and you'll receive the pattern free* as well as a 10% discount on the yarn you choose for the project. Deadline to sign up is Saturday, June 4.

Details:

The June KAL will meet on the following days:

Sunday, June 5, 2016 from 1:00 - 3:00 pm 
Sunday, June 12, 2016 from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Sunday, June 19, 2016 from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. (Not meeting - Father's Day)
Sunday, June 26, 2016 from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.




What to expect from our Sunday Shawl KALs:
  • Expect to learn a lot through hands-on instruction from the KAL - you will be challenged to learn new skills!
  • Expect to have fun! While we're learning, we're also helping one another and socializing.
  • Expect support before, during, and after the KAL - you will have opportunities through our Ravelry group to ask questions until you finish your project. 
  • Expect that because the group is popular and we like to say YES if you want to join us, that there might be several knitters in the KAL! If you would prefer one-on-one time, we can schedule that for you. 
  • Expect extras - special discounts for participants, one-off workshops like how to block your knits, and other fun treats. 
*We choose patterns that are available through the Ravelry in-store program. This means we purchase the pattern on your behalf. It's sent to you as a PDF via email and will be saved in YOUR Ravelry library. We do NOT buy the pattern and make photocopies -- your very own pattern copy should arrive in your email, and in some cases will have your name printed on it. A modest printing fee will apply if you'd like a printed color copy of the pattern. 

June 2016 Shawl KAL - Geology Shawl

Our newest Thursday KAL pattern has been announced! The Geology Shawl contains a variety of stitch patterns, including knit/purl combinations and lace patterns. The pattern features both charts and written directions. We have a dedicated facilitator to assist you with the project as well as a Ravelry group and message thread for this KAL. We recommend Manos Del Uruguay Fino yarn because of its generous yardage (important if you are wanting a longer, wider version of this shawl), but you are welcome to use any fingering weight yarn of your choice -- the pattern calls for 420 yards of fingering weight yarn and a Size 6 (US) circular needle, 32".

Geology Shawl copyright verybusymonkey
Geology Shawl copyright verybusymonkey
We'll be meeting four times in June and if you'd like to join the KAL, we'd love to have you! The cost to join is $40 and you'll receive the pattern free*. You will also receive a 10% discount on the yarn you choose for the project. Deadline to sign up is the first day of the KAL - Thursday, June 2.

Details:

The Geometry Shawl Knit Along (KAL) will meet on the following days:

Thursday, June 2, 2016 from 1:00 - 3:00 pm
Thursday, June 9, 2016 from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Thursday, June 16, 2016 from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Thursday, June 23, 2016 from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Thursday, June 30, 2016 from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. (OPTIONAL fifth session)

What to expect from our Thursday Shawl KALs:

  • Expect to learn a lot through hands-on instruction from the KAL - you will be challenged to learn new skills!
  • Expect to have fun! While we're learning, we're also helping one another and socializing.
  • Expect support before, during, and after the KAL - you will have opportunities through our Ravelry group to ask questions until you finish your project. 
  • Expect that because the group is popular and we like to say YES if you want to join us, that there might be as many as a dozen of you on the first day of the KAL! If you would prefer one-on-one time, Lisa is available to help you on Thursdays before the KAL. 
  • Expect extras - special discounts for participants, one-off workshops like how to aggressively block your shawls, and other fun treats. 

*We choose patterns that are available through the Ravelry in-store program. This means we purchase the pattern on your behalf. It's sent to you as a PDF via email and will be saved in YOUR Ravelry library. We do NOT buy the pattern and make photocopies -- your very own pattern copy should arrive in your email, and in some cases will have your name printed on it. A modest printing fee will apply if you'd like a printed color copy of the pattern.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Cozy Memories Blanket Knit Along

Do you have mini skeins of fingering weight yarn or leftovers from sock knitting? Beginning May 3, 2016, from 1:00 to 3:00, we'll be offering a free KAL every Wednesday for anybody interested in knitting along with us. This mitered square blanket uses around 5 grams of fingering weight sock yarn per square. The Cozy Memories blanket KAL is free but we ask that you register so we know how many people to expect. We will have opportunities for you to purchase and swap mini skeins as you build your one-of-a-kind blanket (search the #cozymemoriesblanket tag on Instagram for lots of eye candy and inspiration). Please call the shop to register for the KAL.


Kemper Wray's Coziest Memory in progress.

The recommended pattern is Kemper Wray's free pattern: The Coziest Memory. However -- you are free to use any pattern you choose! Please download and print your pattern prior to our first meeting. Details and strategies for starting a memory blanket can be found here: The Coziest Memory Blanket Recipe.

A few months ago, I discovered this YouTube video by podcaster Molly of Homespun House, that inspired me to start this project; it's not for everybody, but I know that many of you have already started blankets of your own and would love to join others who are working on this project.




Wednesday, April 27, 2016

May Sunday Sweater KAL - Atlanta Mesh Top

The Sunday afternoon group is back to sweaters after a brief shawl diversion last month. The Atlanta Mesh pullover is featured below with Tahki Stacy Charles' Tandem (a cotton/viscose blend). This has been a favorite with the staff -- Debbie, Gayle, and Alisa have each knit one. If you're considering a first garment that you can wear in the summer, this is it!


© Tahki Stacy Charles, Inc.

We'll be meeting four times in May and if you'd like to join the KAL, we'd love to have you! The cost to join is $40 and you'll receive the pattern free* as well as a 10% discount on the yarn you choose for the project. Deadline to sign up is Saturday, April 30.

Details:

The Atlanta Mesh Pullover Knit Along (KAL) will meet on the following days:

Sunday, May 1, 2016 from 1:00 - 3:00 pm (this is Crawfish Festival weekend, so we might change to 11-1)
Sunday, May 8, 2016 from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. MOTHER'S DAY - NOT MEETING
Sunday, May 15, 2016 from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. 
Sunday, May 22, 2016 from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Sunday, May 29, 2016 from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. (Memorial Day weekend, but we will be meeting at the usual time)

What to expect from our Sunday Shawl KALs:
  • Expect to learn a lot through hands-on instruction from the KAL - you will be challenged to learn new skills!
  • Expect to have fun! While we're learning, we're also helping one another and socializing.
  • Expect support before, during, and after the KAL - you will have opportunities through our Ravelry group to ask questions until you finish your project. 
  • Expect that because the group is popular and we like to say YES if you want to join us, that there might be several knitters in the KAL! If you would prefer one-on-one time, we can schedule that for you. 
  • Expect extras - special discounts for participants, one-off workshops like how to block your knits, and other fun treats. 
*We choose patterns that are available through the Ravelry in-store program. This means we purchase the pattern on your behalf. It's sent to you as a PDF via email and will be saved in YOUR Ravelry library. We do NOT buy the pattern and make photocopies -- your very own pattern copy should arrive in your email, and in some cases will have your name printed on it. A modest printing fee will apply if you'd like a printed color copy of the pattern. 


May Thursday KAL - Wilshire Shawl

Our newest KAL pattern has been announced! The Wilshire Shawl is perfect for those new to knitting with lace weight yarn and charts. We'll be meeting four times in May and if you'd like to join the KAL, we'd love to have you! The cost to join is $40 and you'll receive the pattern free* as well as a 10% discount on the yarn you choose for the project. Deadline to sign up is Wednesday, May 3.

Details:

The Wilshire Shawl Knit Along (KAL) will meet on the following days:

Thursday, May 5, 2016 from 1:00 - 3:00 pm
Thursday, May 12, 2016 from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Thursday, May 19, 2016 from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Thursday, May 26, 2016 from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Some features of this pattern mentioned on the designer's pattern page:
Wilshire is offered as a chart-only pattern with large, easy-to-read charts and very detailed instructions on how to use them. Even knitters who have not previously used charts should find these user-friendly and simple to comprehend. 
Also included are two additional instruction sheets that may be helpful for knitters who are new to lace shawl knitting: “How to Block a Lace Shawl” and “Lace Shawl Knitting Tips.”

Copyright Dee O'Keefe - Wilshire Shawl
What to expect from our Thursday Shawl KALs:
  • Expect to learn a lot through hands-on instruction from the KAL - you will be challenged to learn new skills!
  • Expect to have fun! While we're learning, we're also helping one another and socializing.
  • Expect support before, during, and after the KAL - you will have opportunities through our Ravelry group to ask questions until you finish your project. 
  • Expect that because the group is popular and we like to say YES if you want to join us, that there might be as many as a dozen of you on the first day of the KAL! If you would prefer one-on-one time, Lisa is available to help you on Thursdays before the KAL. 
  • Expect extras - special discounts for participants, one-off workshops like how to aggressively block your shawls, and other fun treats. 
*We choose patterns that are available through the Ravelry in-store program. This means we purchase the pattern on your behalf. It's sent to you as a PDF via email and will be saved in YOUR Ravelry library. We do NOT buy the pattern and make photocopies -- your very own pattern copy should arrive in your email, and in some cases will have your name printed on it. A modest printing fee will apply if you'd like a printed color copy of the pattern. 


Monday, April 18, 2016

April 2016 Calendar Updates

I've made a few changes to the April 2016 calendar and you can find the updated information at this link:


We have some openings in the following classes -- additional details regarding cost and homework (if required) are in the Class Descriptions link here and on in the sidebar.

Weaving on a Rigid Heddle Loom - April 20, 2016 from 10-1. Did you know that you can weave a scarf in less time than you can knit it? To learn to weave on the Cricket Rigid Heddle Loom, you'll need 200 yards of two different colors of worsted weight stash yarn (or buy more at the shop!) and begin weaving a stunning scarf. You can then borrow the loom to finish your scarf and return it within the week. Beginners are welcome! 

Beginning Spinning (Drop Spindle) - April 21, 2016 from 10-12. Spinning instructor Lisa Rose will teach you how to spin by hand with a drop spindle (bring your own or purchase one at the shop). This is a great introduction to fiber and fleece that will begin your journey to making your own yarn. 

Nuno Felting - April 23, 2016 from 1-4. Nuno Felting instructor Gika Rector will teach you her method of wet felting on to a textile base (silk chiffon, cotton gauze) using dyed wool, and other fibers that can be incorporated on the base to create a textural and colorful fabric. Anybody can do this! 

Patterning in Brioche - April 27, 2016 from 10-12. Brioche is huge right now and this is the next step class if you already know how brioche knitting. The pattern we're using for this class is Flying Fish Scarf by Nancy Marchant. PREREQUISITE: Basic Brioche Class or be comfortable knitting 2-color brioche. Please bring 2 skeins of fingering weight yarn in contrasting colors (approx 420 yards each), 16" US size 5 circular needles, and a ring marker. Intermediate Level. $30

Flying Fish Scarf
Copyright Nancy Marchant

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

April 2016 Calendar

We've just posted the April 2016 calendar and class descriptions. Please call if you have any questions or would like to sign up for a class. We're repeating the 3-session Toe-Up, Magic Loop sock class on Thursday mornings (3 sessions) beginning April 14, 2016. Please call us during business hours to sign up and reserve your spot or visit us at the shop to get details and supplies.

Thank you for shopping at Twisted Yarns!

We also have room for a few more knitters in the Second Chance KAL on Sunday afternoons from 1:00-3:00! This is a relaxing KAL -- participants and instructors have the shop to themselves for a couple of hours. Please call the shop with any questions.

If you'd like to receive an email when we update the website, please sign up here on the sidebar for either the email updates here *OR* you can sign up for the email list. It's your choice, and I suggest both so you won't miss anything! We are also posting news on our Facebook as well.


Saturday, April 2, 2016

Second Chance Sunday April KAL - Urban Chic

Does this sound like you?
  • You started a Sunday Sweater KAL and didn't like the yarn we recommended, yet you have already wound some yarn into a cake and can't return it
  • You love your yarn but you're disenchanted with the pattern
  • You have over 600 yards of a lace weight yarn that you don't know what to do with it. 
  • You want to knit with us on Sundays but don't want to knit a sweater
  • You want to knit an Urban Chic stole:
copyright Yumiko Alexander
This Sunday is the Second Chance KAL -- it's for anyone who fits this profile and would like to hang out and knit with a fun group of people. Please call us (281-528-8664) during business hours to reserve your spot. The cost is $30 and we will purchase your Urban Chic pattern for you and give you a 10% discount on yarn you purchase to knit this shawl. 

April 3, 2016 - 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
April 10, 2016 - 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
April 17, 2016 - 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

The Urban Chic shawl would work well with DanDoh Cotton Fine or ITO Kinu. We had a shop model of the Urban Chic knit with Blue Heron Rayon Metallic last year: