Saturday, June 27, 2009

Happy 4th of July!

Happy Fourth of July to everyone! We hope you all have a fun and safe holiday and find some way to beat this heat! As a reminder, we will be closed on Saturday, July 4 so all of our twisted gang can enjoy the day with their families.

We had a great turnout for our Charity Knitting Night - over 50 people came to sit and knit for charity together. It was great to see. The completed bears and hats are arriving daily. Remember, you have until August 1 to bring in your finished product. We also have a few signed copies of Warren Hanson's Kiki's Hats if you still want a copy.

We went to market in mid-June and are so excited about the new things we found there. If you have been in the shop this week, you know it is like Christmas around here - new boxes to open every day!! What fun! In order to make room for all of the new yarns, we have put many great yarns on sale - come in and check it out! There are also some great project bags at 50% off!

We wanted to let you know about some of the new products we have received and what is yet to come. From Blue Sky Alpaca, we have received their new line, Spud & Chloe. There are three great, washable yarns. "Fine" is a wool silk blend with a gauge of 7-8 stitches per inch. "Sweater" is a worsted weight blend of their popular organic cotton and superwash wool. "Outer" is also a bulky weight blend of organic cotton and superwash wool. They have a whole new pattern concept and selection as well. Eve is almost finished knitting the Bumble Up Scarf made with "Outer". We also completely resupplied our stock of Blue Sky's popular Alpaca Sport Weight with 18 colors to choose from!

We have introduced Mountain Mohair from Green Mountain Spinnery. It is a beautiful wool/mohair blend in a great array of colors. Green Mountain Spinnery is a small mill in Vermont. The entire process is done in Vermont from sheep to yarn, with organic certification. Their first book Green Mountain Spinnery has been out since 2003, but their new book,99 Yarns and Counting will be out in October. We also have some of their patterns. Shelley has already finished the Stain Glass Hat - what fun!

From Frog Tree, we have received their soft cotton/bamboo blend which is machine washable. From Habu, we have a new shipment of their Cotton Gima, which is great for making loose, light garments for our climate.
We received a new shipment of Shibui sock yarn in over a dozen fun, vibrant colors. This yarn is great for socks, baby clothes or lace projects.

Other new items include Clover bamboo needles - now in sizes 0 to 2! We have them in circular and double points. They have also introduced 9" circular needles which we have in the small sizes for making socks. We have introduced Kollage's metal square double pointed needles - they have a nice feel. We are expecting our next shipment of Skacel's Addi Clicks next week. Please call if you would like us to reserve a set for you.

Some of the new items on the way include a new sock yarn from Dream in Color - "Starry", which is just like their popular sock yarn, "Smooshy" but with a hint of sparkle! It comes in all the same great colors as their other yarns, so we ordered many colors! A new line for us will the the worsted wool yarn from Punta, called Merisoft. We ordered their unique hand paints. The color repeat is very short to avoid the pooling effect of other hand painted yarns. (Sally Mellville told us to order it - so we did!). Another new line for us will be Kami from Fibre-Isle. It is a beautiful bamboo/wool/bison blend. We have a skein sample if you would like to see it - very soft and the different fibers take the dye differently leading to a great depth of color in the yarn. From Jade Sapphire, we have ordered their cashmere scarf kits for both men and women. The kits provide you with 7 different pattern options. A great gift for that special someone (even you!). From Hand Jive, we are anxious to receive their Thick n Thin Yarn and Laceweight yarn in all of their great natural dyes! Namaste has another hit with their Hermosa and Zuma bags. These are on their way, so we expect them to be here next week.

As always we had fun picking out new buttons, shawl pins, etc. We have many new shawl pins on the way - glass, metal, and wood - so you will have many options to choose from!

There are many other items on their way - we can't list them all here. But expect new things to be arriving weekly for the next couple of months!!

Come on in and see what is new (and on sale)!

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