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November 2009 Newsletter

 
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In this issue:

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       November Limited Edition :: My Favorite Fellas  
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Shepherd Sock Shepherd Worsted Shepherd Sport Helen's Lace
Lion and Lamb Swirl DK Swirl Chunky

My Favorite Fellas - November's Limited Edition Color

(available in Shepherd Sock, Shepherd Sport, Shepherd Worsted, Helen's Lace, Lion and Lamb, Swirl DK, and Swirl Chunky.)

Who are my favorite fellas, you ask?! They are the heart and soul of our business, the bright spots in our lives... they are Buddy and Wiley - our SuperDogs (and best friends)! For the last 7 years, their photos have adorned the website... the photos rotate - some are of buddy, some of wiley, and many of them together. They are terrific and patient models and appear on the lower left hand side of many pages on the website (the yarn home page, for example). (And if you visit the shop, you'll see framed photos of them on the back wall!) If you've got fellas of your own, then you can understand how important they are to us... and because of that, we begged and begged the girls at Lorna's Laces to create a colorway that both honors and represents them. And i think they did a terrific job!

Wiley Buddy

Wiley is on the left, Buddy on the right - and they are both patiently letting me photograph them with the sock that i knitted for Huck last week on the airplane. (i took a quick trip to Munich to [privately] view Lana Grossa's Spring Yarn Line. Lana Grossa not only has BEAUTIFUL YARN, but they are some of the nicest people on the planet... wow. their hospitality was incredible... but that's another story for another day... Anyway, i think you're going to love this colorway - Lorna's tested out a new dying techinique with this colorway and we really love the way it worked out. Each dyelot is very different from the next, so yours will definitely be one of a kind (some lots are more solid, some are more variegated, and all are gorgeous)!

P.S. Don't forget that the Swirl DK and Swirl Chunky are both 50% Off.

 
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      Patterns for your Fellas  
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Now that you're geared up on all kinds of great new sock, sport, and worsted weight yarn, you're going to need some ideas for knitting with it! Below are a few new things that have hit the shelves - and that we think you might enjoy. :)

New Vogue
Vogue Holiday 2009
$6.99

The new Vogue Knitting issue has arrived and is in stock! I am sooo excited to see the feature on cowl necks - those have always been my favorite! And don't forget that you can now view all of the garments in the magazine on real people! Check out one of the most genius creations in a long time at www.VogueKnitting.com!

Shrug
Knitting Pure & Simple Bulky Shrug
$4.80

This Knitting Pure & Simple pattern is absolutely PERFECT for the Swirl Chunky... At 120 yards per ball, you'll barely need 3-4 hanks to knit up to a 48" chest. And talk about knitting something quickly! If you were thinking of knitting a sweater for a friend this holiday season, the price and simplicity of this garment makes it a perfect contender. :)

Harvest Blanket
KnitWhits Harvest Blanket
$5.50

As shown, this fun blanket uses 8 different colors of a worsted weight yarn (i'd go with the Shepherd Worsted), but you could definitely get creative with the pattern and use fewer colors or even a different weight of yarn. How about 8 different shades of the Swirl DK? At 150 yards per hank (and only $6.50), you'll want about 8-10 hanks total for the larger size and 3-4 hanks for the baby blanket size. Since the DK is lighter than the Worsted the pattern calls for, the finished size will end up being smaller, so i'd make 1 size larger...

Toys
Itty Bitty Toys
$17.95

Ok, this book makes me wish sooo hard that Huck's grandmother knew how to knit! I think i mentioned that Chris from Knitting at Knoon knit one of her Safari Friends for him (a blue elephant) and he absolutely adores it - he plays with it all of the time. If only we had someone in the family with enough time to knit him every single little toy in this book, my little Huckleberry would be a happy camper indeed.

Enchanted Sole
Enchanted Sole
$25.95

"It's here, it's here, the Enchanted Sole is here!" That's all I heard from Sandy yesterday when the shipment arrived... she begged and pestered and pleaded for me to enter the book into the system right after it arrived - she just had to buy herself a copy (yes, sandy and jeanne keep us in business with their purchases). So, it's in the system and it's ready to be shipped - and i'm pretty much 100% sure that sandy has already figured out which of the projects she's going to knit first!!

Monkey Suits
Monkey Suits
Now $2.50!

These adorable hat, sweater, and short patterns are just perfect for the limited edition yarns... Using worsted or dk weight yarns, each pattern is simple to knit and would be great for holiday gift giving :)

Bulky Asymmetric Cardigan
Stylish Knits For Dogs
$24.99

We can hardly tout a color that's all about dogs without referencing patterns for pets!! Pet owners who often indulge their animals with special treats and accessories will like these easy and quick-to-make designer-quality dog sweaters. These projects can be completed in a weekend, watching television, or during an airport layover.

 
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      Crochet with the Fellas  
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Crochet Kit
Denise Interchangeable Crochet Hook Kit
$39.95

Crochet is back!! The only reason that i ever learned to knit was because i had learned to crochet in college... and wandered into a yarn shop many years later. The knitting bug bit, i set aside my hooks, and have been knitting ever since. 9 years later, i'm itching to pick back up the hooks. I really, really want to make the beanie below - for doug and for huck - and am in love with the patterns in Kathy Merricks new Crochet in Color book. Plus, the hooks are incredible these days.... rosewood, ebony, and now these Denise interchangeables (and they are GREAT at interchangeables) - the set even comes complete with tunisian crochet instructions from interweave. So, grab a few hanks of the fellas and get started! (personally, i'm going to get a hank of the Shepherd Worsted and knit that beanie...)

 
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      Other Sock Yarns For Toes and Heels  
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Since we're talking about sock yarns, I thought i'd mention a few new ones that we've received recently. Obviously, our favorite is the Casbah from Hand Maiden... with 9% Cashmere, 81% Superwash Merino and 10% Nylon, it's one of the more divine sock yarns we've ever touched. And the price is just right! (That's my favorite part). On the other end of the spectrum is the Nashua Handknits Best Foot Forward. It's $13.95 per ball (use 1 ball for a pair of socks) and the self-patterning colors were designed by knitting genius Kristin Nicholas. The Merino Mia is a dk weight yarn and was designed for those of us that want to knit socks (and gloves and hats), but don't know if we could ever finish a project on US 2 needles... Because it and the Saki are from Prism, you can be guaranteed to love the colors.

Casbah
Hand Maiden
Casbah

357 Yards
$27
Merino Mia
Prism
Merino Mia

190 Yards
$15
Saki
Prism
Saki

430 Yards
$30
Nashua
Nashua
Best Foot Forward

459 Yards
$13.95
 
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      Sale Update - Save 50% on Swirl Dk and Chunky Colors  
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Save 50% on Swirl Chunky

Yes, you've read it correctly - we received a HUGE shipment of Lorna's Laces Swirl Chunky in tons and tons of incredible colors... and all of them are 50% off! Normally $21 per hand-dyed hank, this wool and silk blend is on sale for $10.50 per 120 yard hank (it knits best on a US 11 needle). The silk is actually one of the plies, creating a lighter strand carried the whole way through the hank. Since the silk takes the dye a bit lighter than the wool, the yarn has a swirly appearance. You can see garments knit with the Swirl Chunky here.

Swirl Chunky
Rockwell
Was $21
Now $10.50
Swirl Chunky
Navy
Was $21
Now $10.50
Swirl Chunky
Jeans
Was $21
Now $10.50
Swirl Chunky
Franklin Habit
Was $21
Now $10.50

Save 50% on Swirl DK

Like the Swirl Chunky, the Swirl DK also just arrived and is 50% off! Normally $13 per hank, the DK has 150 yards per hank and works up nicely on a US 5 needle. A few of the colors are shown below - we'll be photographing the rest of the colors over the next few days, but the images below should give you an idea of how Swirl takes the Lorna's Laces dyes... (and if there is no photo, then you'll just get to see a photo of Buddy or Wiley until the photo gets loaded!). Personally, I love how the nearly-solids came out - the wool took the dye completely, but the silk only took a fraction of it. The result is a two-toned/tweedy effect that is nothing but fun. You can view garments knit with the Swirl DK here.

Swirl DK
Amy's Vintage Office
Was $13
Now $6.50
Swirl DK
Black Purl
Was $13
Now $6.50
Swirl DK
Cookie's
Was $13
Now $6.50
Swirl DK
Whisper
Was $13
Now $6.50
 
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      3rd Quarter Bucks Ready to Use!  
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Remember, before you start shopping... the third round of Jimmy Beans Bucks have been issued! If you earned a reward, you should have already received an email stating your reward amount. If you didn't earn a reward or aren't familiar with this incredible FREE YARN program take a look now! In a nutshell, if you have a JBW account and made purchases last quarter (July 1st - September 30th), you received an account credit equal to 5% of those purchases (with a few rules, of course). We were very excited to issue even more rewards during this round compared to the first two rounds -- we really hope everyone enjoys this program!! :)

 
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      Thanks for Reading and Happy Knitting!  
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