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January 2010 Newsletter

 
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In this issue:

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       Picking Up Stitches  
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At the end of this month, we're going to be filming another set of videos for the website: product reviews (like the Noro Aya(!) and the new Louisa Harding book, Cake!)... Like fine wines, our videos are getting better as we age (haha!) and this next set of videos will have better camera angles, lighting, etc. We've heard your suggestions and are going to work hard to implement them! That said, the video above has been our most popular to date: in it, jeanne solves one of our customer's most pressing issues: how to pick up stitches. Let us know what you think!

 
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      Kit of the Month :: Save 20%  
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Panda Cotton Checkered Leaves Socks

Sweater Kit
Panda Cotton Checkered Leaves Sock
Save 20%!!
Now: $16.56 w/free pattern
(Was $20.70)

BBQ Sauce, Blueberry Pancakes, and Fireworks? I'm thinking that the folks from Crystal Palace were just returning home from a relaxing and BBQ filled July 4th weekend when they designed the new colors of their incredibly popular sock yarn, Panda Cotton. Berry Compote, Lake Trail, and Leaf Shades round out the newest colorways and they all are sock-inspiring. They make me want to knit! And the best thing about Crystal Palace yarns (besides their yarns, of course!)? They have TONS of free patterns on their website! This month's "deal of the month" is just that: you get 20% off of 3 balls of Panda Cotton - and the pattern is free (you just have to print it from the Crystal Palace website). And, as always, just because you buy the kit of the month doesn't mean you have to knit the Checkered Socks... you can use your 3 balls (or 6! or 9!) for anything that comes to mind :)

 
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      New Accessories for Winter  
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New Namaste and Offhand

When Amber, Victoria and I returned last weekend from the annual trade show in Long Beach, there were a few products and lines that drew unanimous agreement from us - we simply had to carry them. You see, we just LOVE bags. Handbags, shoulderbags, small bags, big bags, leather bags, cloth bags, you name it...! Without bags, where would we put all of our hard-earned yarn? That said, we simply couldn't walk away from the trade show floor without putting our orders in. And can I tell you how tickled we were to receive our orders just a few days ago? Amber's fav is the Catalina Pouch, which can obviously be used for anything from yarn accessories to storing loose change and lipstick! Mine remains the Zhivago Bag from Offhand Designs... the Midge colorway has the coolest orange/rust/ecru print I've ever seen. And don't worry about the ecru - the girls at Offhand did their own dirt testing: they rolled theirs in the mud and on the car and then tried freshening it up with spot cleaner. The result? It worked! I'm convinced (though I might not go through the trouble to roll it in the mud) and will be adding Midge to my ever growing collection.

KA Exchangeable Bamboo Needle Sets

Sweater Kit
Miniature Bamboo Needle Set ($99)

Ok, these exchangeable needle sets are about as cool as they get... similar in idea to the addi clicks, these sets are based on the KA bamboo needles from Japan that have been growing steadily in popularity over the last few years. Haven't used KA needles before? Well to be honest, neither had I (until they sent me a sample to try, that is). What did I think? I loved them! They are similar to Clover Bamboo needles, but slightly slicker. And I love that these exchangeable sets come with so many options... the Standard Switch set contains 39 different combinations ($99), while the mid ($61) and large sets ($74.90) contain 25 and 36 respectively.

But I think my favorite item in the lineup is their Miniature Bamboo Needle Set... I've never seen a set like this before - it's brilliant! It includes all of the right size needles and notions for those small projects: 4 inch dpns size 0-5, 9" circulars size 0-1, hooks 2-3mm, fabric case, mini single point needles, yarn needles in 3 sizes, 4 medium pt protectors, bamboo marking pins. It's a terrific gift idea and even comes in a couple of different red case options - in case you're thinking ahead to Valentines Day :)

p.s. Please note that we'll be getting additional case colors for most of the kits below - so if you don't see one that you like now, please check again in a few weeks!

p.p.s. We're planning to do a set of video reviews at the end of this month and have these sets on our list... we'll show you the insides, how the work, and all of the nifty features. Stay tuned.

Grayson Handles are Back!

Leather Handles
Grayson E Large Rolled Handles
$46 per pair

The Grayson E large rolled handles are back and better than ever (well, technically they'll be back in our shop around the 26th)! These lovely leather bag handles are still hand-made in Northern California and come with silver hardware. The new European leather collection proves to be a outstanding new development from Grayson E; the leather (natural full grain Italian leather) is softer and more supple than that previously used - it's amazing! And it's drum dyed for through and through even color. For now, we'll only have a few colors in stock... and we'll be taking better pictures in about a week. :-)

Just a reminder: we still have a few of their other handles left in stock at 50% off!

 
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      129 Colors of Malabrigo Worsted  
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Yes, you read it correctly... we are now carrying EVERY SINGLE color of Malabrigo Worsted Merino. ALL 129 SHADES!! We're going to do our absolute best to keep every color in stock, but we're hoping that you'll be a bit patient with us in the beginning as we figure out the ordering strategy. As of today, we have 118 of the 129 colors ready to ship and have the other 11 colors on order - we're just waiting for them to arrive. And as you browse the Worsted Merino page on the website, you're likely to notice that we're using a mix of photos from Malabrigo (102 - Sealing Wax) and ones that we've taken ourselves (207 - SM Gold, for example). We will slowly be taking our own photos for all of the colors and will be putting them up little by little - stay tuned!

Malabrigo Worsted
Malabrigo Worsted::207 SM Gold
One of 129 Colors Available
$10.40 per 210 yard hank
I should also mention that we just ordered (and received) all colors of the Malabrigo Sock. There are some really beautiful color ways available - and many are different from the Worsted Merino selection of colors. Each skein has 440 yards of 100% superwash merino wool and sells for $18.40. Next month, we should be one of the first to receive their brand new Super Chunky Merino (in all colors)...we'll keep you posted!
 
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      New Stuff!  
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New Magazines and Projects

What? Spring issues already?? We are in the middle of the winter's biggest snowstorm, so my brain simply can't process the thought of daisies, easter eggs, and spring knitting. In fact, I had to pull this Jasper Sweater off of the store wall yesterday because I was so cold! That said, we've just received a couple of the new Spring Magazines this week and I thought that some of you (living in warmer climates) might be ready to take a look! Also below are 2 projects that caught my eye recently: the Merino Mia Lace Wrap has been FLYING out the door - the pattern is from the Winter issue of Vogue Knitting. As of this writing, we are backordered on a couple of the 8 colors used, but we should be receiving them any day now... and, as always, we're happy to send out the colors we have today so you can get started (and we cover the additional shipping). :) The Frog Prince below is a project that I saw in a recent issue of Interweave Crochet... i've been crocheting a lot more recently and immediately thought of Huck when i saw it (of course, Wiley would also love to have a Frog Prince)!

New Yarns

What's new for January? Lots! We're gradually getting all of the new Spring yarns and books and will be giving you a heads up as our shipments arrive (berroco comes next week, as well as new debbie bliss, spud and chloe,...the list keeps going!).

This week we received new colors of Crystal Palace's Panda Cotton, Panda Superwash, Mini Mochi and Mochi Plus, as well as 3 brand new yarns from them: Cotton Twirl (worsted weight cotton and elastic), Mini Solids (the same as mini mochi but in solid colors), and Plus Solids (a solid single ply yarn to go with Mochi Plus - soft as a kitten and great for mixing and matching).

In contrast to the machine washable yarns above comes a brand new, beautifully sophisticated cotton and silk blend from Noro. This yarn promises to be one of their most popular to date... it's called AYA! How do we gauge how successful a new yarn will be? By your reaction! It only took about 10 minutes from the time we added this yarn to our website for people to start calling about it - that's a good sign, for sure. Made from Cotton, Silk, and Wool, each ball has 148 yards and is as light as a feather (well, technically each balls weighs 50 grams, but it sure feels light). While nothing may ever be as popular as the everlongs Silk Garden and Kureyon, Aya is certainly going to give those yarns a run for their money...

 
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      Sale Update  
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Sale Update

We're making room (again)! Below are a few yarns that we're clearing the shelves of... A few are yarns that have been discontinued, while others are yarns that we've decided to transition out so that we can bring in more new stuff!!

Debbie Bliss Pure Silk Dk Yarn
Debbie Bliss Pure Silk Dk (More Colors)
Was $15.00
Now $9.00
(40% off!)
Indie Dyer 100% Superwash Merino Yarn
Indie Dyer Superwash Merino
Was $10.00
Now $7.50
(25% off!)
Lana Grossa Ricco Yarn
Lana Grossa Ricco
Was $12.95
Now $6.47
(50% off!)
GGH Silk Yarn
GGH Silk
Was $18.50
Now $9.25
(50% off!)
Aslan Trends Del Cerro Yarn
Aslan Trends Del Cerro
Was $7.50
Now $5.30
(29% off!)
Berroco Pure Merino Heather Yarn
Berroco Pure Merino Heather
Was $9.00
Now $6.75
(25% off!)
Nashua Ecologie Cotton Yarn
Nashua Ecologie Cotton
Was $8.95
Now $6.71
(25% off!)
Berroco Peruvia Colors Yarn
Berroco Peruvia Colors
Was $10.00
Now $7.50
(25% off!)

Just a quick reminder that we still have a bit of these discontinued yarns in stock!

Rowan Natural Silk Aran Yarn
Rowan Natural Silk Aran
Was $8.95
Now $4.47
(50% off!)
Rowan Cotton Jeans Yarn
Rowan Cotton Jeans
Was $7.95
Now $3.97
(50% off!)
Rowan Biggy Print Yarn
Rowan Biggy Print
Was $14.25
Now $7.12
(50% off!)
Rowan Silk Wool DK Yarn
Rowan Silk Wool DK
Was $9.95
Now $4.97
(50% off!)
 
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      On Our Needles...  
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Here's a sampling of our handiwork this month... !!

Pleated hat
Pleated hat
Sandy just had to crochet this darling little hat from Kathy Merrick's book Crochet in color. It uses a DK weight yarn and she chose the Lorna's Laces Swirl DK in Huron for this fun project. The style of this hat is remenisint of a different day and age for hats. You can add a button, brooch or even a feather to this hat for a touch of whimsy.
Owl Cowl
Owl Cowl
Sandy is an owl lover and when her friend Barbara found this free pattern on Ravelry for an owl cowl Sandy was casting on then and there! She is used a bulky weight yarn and knit 8 owls for her cowl. She will be sewing her buttons on for the eyes and I can't wait to see it totally completed. You can find the pattern on Ravelry.com, just search the patterns for Owl Cowl and it will come right up.
Zetor Shawl and Slouch Hat set
Zetor Shawl and Slouch Hat set
This project was so much fun for Terry to work up in the Berroco Lustra yarn and she added her Slouch Hat to make it a beautiful set. The shawl is the Zetor Shawl and is originally done in a lace weight yarn, but you can see how beautiful it is a worsted weight yarn.
Another Slouch Hat
Another Slouch Hat
When Terry released her free Slouch Hat pattern I just had to knit it up right away and it is so easy. I chose Lorna's Laces Swirl DK in Watercolor and added a ball of Rowan Kidsilk Haze for a little bit of extra body. I held both yarns together though out the whole project and love to wear it all the time. Get the Free Slouch Hat Pattern here.
Terry's Pomatomus Socks
Terry's Pomatomus Socks
Terry has been wanting to knit these beautiful socks by Cookie A for sometime now and she has cast them on in Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock yarn in Jeans. She tells me that she is having a lot of fun with this one and loves the way the twisted stitches create a raised texture. The pattern requires about 400 yards of fingering weight yarn and Terry says they are good for an advanced beginner and certainly are perfect for an intermediate knitter.
Fiddlehead Mittens
Fiddlehead Mittens
One of our customers/friends, Barbara has been so excited about Adrian Bizilia's Fiddlehead Mittens that I just had to jump in with both needles and get them going. They are so addictive to knit because I just can't wait to see the pattern form and the colors of the yarn come together in this great design. I decided to use Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sport and the O-Wool Legacy DK together to work up my first pair. They use the coolest I-cord cast on that is just so much fun to work and is super brilliant. They are lined too and will keep my hands super warm and fashionably attired. I am using the Magic Loop.
Kashmir Tower of Flames
Kashmir Tower of Flames
I have been dying to knit with this Louisa Harding Kashmir DK ever since the shipment hit the floor! I picked up a few balls in black (always a safe color) and have been working on this fun but not too difficult leafy scarf... In a solid colored cashmere blend, this scarf will be perfect for the snowy winter. And since I typically prefer wearing sold colors but don't want to knit something too terribly boring, I love having a bit of texture in the pattern!
 
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      In the Shop...  
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Just a reminder to join us for our open knit night on the 4th Thursday of every month from 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm. We keep the shop open for any little odds and ends you may need during the evening and we are happy to help you with your knitting questions too. It is a great time to meet other knitters share ideas, tips and techniques. There is a $5.00 cover charge and everyone's money goes into a Gift Certificate for a drawing about half way through the night. Tell all your friends, family, co-workers and you could win the biggest gift certificate ever! See you there!

 
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      Rewards are Ready!  
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Bucks

Remember, the first round of 2010 Jimmy Beans Bucks have been issued! Many of you have already used your rewards, but if you have not yet, please make sure you do! If you earned a reward, your reward and free shipping coupon were both put in your account at the beginning of January. Your Rewards are valid through the end of February, but your Free Shipping Coupons will expire at the end of January. Just make sure to log into your account while ordering and you will see both. We have already sent out the email notifications with your reward amount and your personalized free shipping coupon code - hopefully you have already taken a look!

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 (October 1st - December 31st), 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 previous three rounds -- we really hope everyone enjoys this program!! :)

 
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      Thanks for Reading and Happy Knitting!  
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