Saturday, April 1, 2017

April 2017 Calendar and Knit- and Crochet-Alongs

The April 2017 Calendar is now available and we've added a new Knit-Along KAL) for the Cassis Shawl, which calls for 1 skein of fingering weight yarn and a size 4 needle. The pattern and KAL are free, and we're taking sign ups so we can have an idea of how many will show up for the KAL. Please see the April 2017 Calendar for the dates and times the KAL will meet. Also -- remember to download your pattern from Ravelry in advance as we will not have printed copies in the shop. We are happy to help you choose yarn and needles for this project.


The Crochet-Along that meets on Tuesday afternoons will continue through April. Currently, the participants are working on the Spice of Life blanket but feel free to bring your own crochet project and join us on Tuesdays! See the calendar for meeting times. No sign ups are required.

If you're not on Facebook and if you've opted out of our newsletters, you might not be aware that we're making some changes to the in-store rewards program at Twisted Yarns. Please click the link below as some of you might have rewards that are about to expire! We'll also be open tomorrow (Sunday, April 2, 2017) from 1:00 - 4:00 if you cannot make it today. The program changes will become official on Monday, April 3, 2017 (We are NOT open that day). You have the remainder of the day today and tomorrow to use your rewards. You are only affected if you've not used a reward that you earned prior to April 2, 2016, so please check if you are in doubt.

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Thursday, March 9, 2017

March 2017 Class Calendar

Here are some important links for March, including the class calendar, class descriptions, updates about our rewards program and more:



(all the classes we can teach, whether on the schedule or not)


We have a new Crochet-Along you're invited to join! March is National Crochet Month and we're featuring this excellent skill all month!

You are welcome to join us from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. to work on the Spice of Life CAL (Crochet-Along). The Spice of Life Blanket is a free download on Ravelry -- be sure to choose the one with US crochet terms. (Before you print, please be aware it's 26 pages)! Customers have used Plymouth Dreambaby DK, Ewe So Sporty, stash yarn, and more. Each Tuesday, we'll have at least one -- often two -- staff members who are crochet experts to help you along. Search the hashtag #spiceoflifeCAL on Instagram to see how other crocheters around the world are progressing on their blankets.


Thanks for reading! See you soon!




Thursday, January 19, 2017

Brush Calligraphy Class February 11, 2017

A good friend and customer of Twisted Yarns will be teaching a Beginner Brush Calligraphy class on Saturday, February 11, 2017 from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.  If you would like to attend, please register at HeyBernadette.com. (Twisted Yarns will not be taking sign ups at the shop, we are just offering the use of the shop for the class). Here's the link that will take you directly to the sign up page: Register Now.

 We hope you can join us!




Here's a message from Bernadette:


If you're like me you love picking up new skills. So let me share what I've learned in my brush lettering journey with you and a dozen or so of your friends (old or new!) in a fun and thoroughly educational Brush Lettering for Beginners class.

With the knowledge you'll gain - and practice, of course! - you'll be able to letter personal projects for your home, create meaningful gifts for friends and family, address envelopes for an upcoming wedding or event, or even begin a new business of your own! My classes are for beginners, so if you've never tried calligraphy or brush lettering you're perfectly welcome to start here!


-Brush Calligraphy for Beginners Includes-

1 Watercolor Brush Perfect for Lettering
Watercolor Paper
Watercolor Paint & Palette
My Guide Sheet to Modern Brush Lettering in Lowercase
2 to 2.5 hours of hand lettering guided practice
Complimentary light refreshments including wine or mimosas and sweet treats OR craft beer and savory snacks.

Classes are $125 per person.
Payment is due up front and is non-refundable.
Classes are for adults only.


Wednesday, December 21, 2016

2016 Holiday Hours - Christmas


Happy Holidays to our customers and friends! 

We are open this week to help you with your gift and knitting needs and our hours are listed above.

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.