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May 2009 Newsletter

 
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       Instructional Video - Weaving in Ends  
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Laura demonstrates how to weave in ends!

I don't know about you, but when I bind off that last stitch or sew that last seam, I just want to pull the sweater on and run down the street screaming "YES! I made this!". But wait, before you leave the house in something that looks more like a ghillie suit, take a few minutes to weave in your ends. Each time you cast on, bind off, or join another ball you've got ends to weave. How do you weave them without them wanting to unravel immediately? Read on!

  1. Cut the end to about 6" long. This will give you enough yarn to work with so it doesn't want to slip out of the eye of the needle, but you won't have to pull a huge length of yarn through each stitch, either.

  2. Thread the eye of your needle (we love the Clover Chibi Bent Tip Darning Needles!). Start by draping the end of your yarn over the needle, pinch both sides tight over the end of the needle, then pull the loop off the end of the needle. You should have a very tight, small loop of yarn to push through the eye of your needle. Pull through until one end is through the eye, then you're ready to go!

  3. On the inside of your piece (usually the 'wrong' side -- the idea is that you're stitching on the side people can't see!) starting with the stitch closest to the yarn end you're working with, push the needle under three or four stitches going up the rows. The trick here is that you only want to stitch through the top stitches so that it won't show on the public side of your garment. Pull the yarn through so that it is taut, but not tight enough to pucker your piece.

  4. Move one stitch to the side and slide your needle under three to four more stitches going down the rows (you should now have made a yarn U-turn), pull taut.

  5. Repeat once more, going up the rows so you should have made an 'S' shape with your stitches. The more times you change directions when weaving in your ends, the less likely your ends will be to unravel with wear.

  6. Carefully cut the rest of the end off close to your garment. You might have a tiny tail that still sticks out a bit, but over time the fibers will 'felt' into the surrounding stitches.

 
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      Kit of the Month - Muench Touch Me Hat  
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Amanda's Cap

Amanda's Cap Kit - Now $19.20 (Was $32)
Comes with a Free Pattern
:: Save 40% on ALL Touch Me ::

Save 40% on Touch Me!

As you already know, this yarn is fabulous! It's luxurious to knit with and soooo soft to wear. This hat uses only two balls of Muench Touch Me and the pattern is free when you buy the yarn... (or you can always buy the yarn separately - not as a kit - and get as many balls as you'd like).

Just to be clear... ALL Touch Me is on sale for $9.60 a ball (normally $16)... we've never offered prices like these before - (and won't offer them again), so make sure to stock up (p.s. We have plenty of black, velvet red, taupe, and sandy in stock - our most popular colors).

 
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      New Patterns: Oat Couture, Knitting at Knoon, and More!  
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New Knitting at Knoon Patterns

The newest collection from Knitting at Knoon consists of 3 men's sweater patterns, 2 hat patterns, an alien collection (cleverly named 'take me to your leader'), and a 3rd installment of the ever-popular 18" Doll Sweaters. Whatever you decide to knit (personally, i vote for the aliens), you won't be disappointed with the end result. By the way, I can't tell you how excited I am to see all of the men's patterns in this collection - as a knitoholic, I'm always searching for something to knit for Doug or my father-in-law. I might have to go with her new Xander pattern... partly because i love the style and the colorwork - and partly because our last name is Zander!

18 Doll Sweaters
18" Doll Sweaters
Spike
Spike
Skating Hats and Mittens
Skating Hats and Mittens
Jamie Lee
Giles

New Oat Couture

We also just received a few new patterns from Oat Couture. Perfect for summer knitting, the Calypso Top and Penelope Blouse can be knit up quickly and easily (and are super duper flattering)... or grab a few balls of chunky yarn and make one of the Shoulder Bags for summer trips to the farmers market - not only will you be the envy of fellow shoppers, but you'll be able to to carry loads of fresh veggies without the hassle of those loud plastic grocery bags! And finally... I'm not sure about the weather at your house, but I always end up wrapping myself up in some sort of cardigan at the end of the day (the Celtic Cardigan is perfect), as warm days turn into cool nights here in Tahoe.

Penelope Blouse
Penelope Blouse
Calypso Top
Calypso Top
Shoulder Bag
Shoulder Bag
Celtic Cardigan
Celtic Cardigan

New Books

And finally... we've received a number of new books and magazines over the last few weeks and thought you might be interested in taking a look! From spinning to baby clothes to women's fashions, there's something for everyone (or at least everyone that works at the shop - between all of us, i think we've already worked our way through each of the books below...).

 
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      Sale Update: Dalbergia Needles, Misti Alpaca Lace, Touch Me!  
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Limited Edition Luxury Lantern Moon Needles :: 40% Off!

We just got a great deal on these AMAZING Dalbergia Lantern Moon Needles. Similar to the Rosewood Lantern Moon needles, the Dalbergia needles have more visible wood grain and a wider color range. They are handcrafted using the same 'liquid silk' finish, so the look and feel of these needles is unmistakably the superior quality you have come to expect from Lantern Moon... Available in limited quantities, we have them available in Destiny Circulars, Straights, and 7" Double Points. So, whether you're treating yourself (and filling in the gaps in your own collection) or treating a friend (yes, i think they will love you dearly for getting them needles of this quality - and they don't need to know they were on sale!), you deserve a little luxury (at less-than-luxury prices, nonetheless)!

Circulars
Destiny Circulars

Now $16.50
(Was $27.50)
Double Points
Double Points

Now From $14.70
(Was From $24.50)
Straights
Straights

Now From $13.20
(Was From $22)

Save 30% On Hanks of Misti Alpaca Lace

We got more!! We just received our last shipment of Misti Alpaca Lace in hanks. At 30% off and 437 yards per hank, I can't imagine getting more for your money... especially when it's top-quality 100% Baby Alpaca (only the best from Misti Alpaca, ya know). Talk about heavenly soft...! This yarn is perfect for laceweight projects (hence the name - haha): shawls, mittens, gloves, socks and more. Of course, between you and me, I'd have to quadruple this yarn if i actually wanted to finish a project using it. Oh! I guess I could do a pair of socks or a hat out of it - it calls for US 2 needles and that's what i'm using right now for Huck's Hat...and i'm pretty sure i'll finish that.

Alpaca Lace
Now $5
(Was $7.20)
Alpaca Lace
Now $5
(Was $7.20)
Alpaca Lace
Now $5
(Was $7.20)
Alpaca Lace
Now $5
(Was $7.20)

Save 25% on ALL Colinette Yarn

All Colinette on Sale... 25% off. We just got the word that Colinette will no longer be distributed directly in the U.S. That said, we're not sure if we'll ever be able to carry it again and are putting our existing stock on sale. We are expecting to get one last shipment, so keep your eyes peeled and/or feel free to give us a call if we've sold out of something - we will be getting more of most colors, yarns, and ab fab kits (plus, we'll be getting Point Five!). I don't know about you, but i'm going to pick out and buy 5-10 of my favorite Jitterbug colors... i'm thinking Whirley Fig, Elephant's Daydream, Castagna, Copperbeach, and Raphael (to start!). Not sure what to do with some of the yarns below? Try browsing all of our Colinette Kits for ideas...there's bound to be something that tickles your fancy. :)

Tao Silk
Tao Silk

Now $19.87
(Was $26.50)
Jitterbug
Jitterbug

Now $15.37
(Was $20.50)
Parisienne
Parisienne

Now $9.71
(Was $12.95)
Cadenza
Cadenza

Now $7.12
(Was $9.50)
Ab Fab Kit
Ab Fab Kit

Now $138.75
(Was $185)
 
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      New Fun Stuff: Black Knit Kit, New Colors of Family  
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These fun new products just arrived the other day and have been an instant hit with our local customers... we thought you might enjoy browsing them as well!

Knit Kit
Knit Kit in Black

$19.95

Well... the white version of super versatile Knit Kit was so incredibly popular that the manufacturers decided to create a black one. Personally, I like the black one better - but that's only because my favorite colors are black and brown (so boring, i know). Priced at only $19.95, this little kit is ideal for gift-giving - and now you have 2 different options to choose from.... or you could always get both!

If you haven't discovered Family Yarn by Muench yet, now is the time! Made with supersoft microfiber and nylon, this yarn has 83 yards per ball and is completely machine washable. It's a dream... and has be sooo incredibly popular this year. Maybe it's the softness - or maybe the easy care - or maybe the shockingly low price of $4.95 ($5.50 for multis) - or maybe because it's produced by one of our favorite companies in the country. Whatever the reason, it's been a mega-hit. And with the addition of 5 new solids and 5 multi colors (i LOVE the cool denim), this yarn is going to be even more popular than it already is. By the way, are you curious as to what colors have sold best so far? Well, I'll tell you! The 4 most popular colors, in order, are: 5715 Lime, 5725 Yellow, 5724 Cranberry, and 5721 Hot Pink. Interesting, eh? Below are photos of the new multi colors.

 
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      Projects on our Needles  
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Summer is upon us...well sort of (we've had more rain in the last week than we usually see in a year!) and the girls in the shop have cast on their first knits of summer. Below, we've shared a bit of what they've been working on as well as a few more of the projects friends and customers have knit for Huck.

Amanda's Arm Warmers
Arm Warmers

Amanda's using some of her post-graduation free time to knit these sylish armwarmers. She's chosen the Misti Alpaca Hand Dyed Worsted because of the beautiful variegated colors.

Huck's Tembo
Huck's Tembo

Chris De Longpre of Knitting at Knoon knit Tembo the elephant from her Safari Friends pattern. We know he'll be a favorite of Huck's for years to come!

Victoria's Eco Cotton Lap Blanket
Eco Cotton Lap Blanket

Victoria knits quickly...we mean really quickly. Just about as fast as she'd cast on this blanket (based on a free stitch pattern found on Ravelry), it was finished! The pattern is called Meandering Vines and she says it's as dreamy to knit as the Eco Cotton she chose for this project!

Eyelet Halter
Eyelet Halter

Ashley's on a self-induced yarn diet, so she's using some stashed Cashsoft 4ply in color 426 Mosaic (discontinued, but the newest colors are equally beautiful!) for her summer knit.

Sandy's Picot Edge Socks
Picot Edge Socks

We're picot-crazy these days and Sandy decided these Picot Edge Socks make her want to knit! Using 2 balls of Mini Mochi in color 106, she's just cast on these simple, stylish socks.

 
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      Thanks for Reading and Happy Knitting!  
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