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July 2011 Newsletter

 
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In this issue:

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      Video Instructional: How to do a Mattress Stitch  
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In my first few years as a knitter, I was terrified of seaming. I mean, if it can be done on circulars or double points - why knit any other way? Of course, that notion didn't last too long, especially when so many beautiful patterns that are knit flat started to show up on my door. It also doesn't help if you have fabulous co-workers on your side to teach and encourage you every step along the way! Hence, Jeanne once again came to the rescue with this fabulous instructional video on how to do the mattress stitch (a.k.a invisible vertical and horizontal seaming on sockinette stitch). Although Jeanne used the fabulous Churchmouse Turkish Bed Socks as the shining example in this video, you can apply this stitch to any stockinette style garment, including sweaters, hats, and gloves!

1. Start with both of your blocked pieces lying side by side.

1. Begin with the purl section of your work and pull your yarn through a few of the purl bumps.

2. Turn your piece around and go back the other way through the same purl bumps which locks in your end.

3. Now, place your tapestry needle through one of your corners in your knitted vertical piece and pull your yarn through.

4. Turn your piece over and start at any end you feel comfortable with (or what your pattern calls for).

5. Place your darning needle in at the corner which joins the two pieces together and pull your yarn through.

6. Weave the yarn through one stitch down, grab the two vertical 'legs', go up one row and reach in between the two stockinette stitches.

7. Grab the bar that is in between the stitches and pull through.

8. Keep working back into the bars, pulling your yarn through which creates an 'invisible' faux stockinette!

How cool is that? You now have mastered the invisible mattress stitch! Now, go on and knit some bed socks, sleeves, and anything else your stockinette heart desires!

 
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      Featured Kit: The Maze Jacket  
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Elsebeth Lavold Silky Flamme Maze
Elsebeth Lavold Silky Flamme Maze
Was $171.00 to $234.00
Now from $111.15 to $152.10
(up to 35% off!)

This ultra-cozy geometric hooded jacket just got sweeter, now at 35% off as the knitted Kit of the Month!

For those out there who are anxious to get a head-start on their knitting, or perhaps those out there looking to bulk up their stash, the Maze Jacket is the perfect kit to try out! I love everything about this jacket! From the comfortable hood to the labryinth-esque patterning, all of it screams "knit me!!" Of course, the gorgeous array of jewel-toned colors of Elsebeth Lavold's Silky Flamme makes this kit even more irresistable! It also doesn't hurt that this jacket reminds me of one of my favorite movies of all time, Labyrinth! David Bowie would totally rock this jacket, don't you think?

If you haven't had the chance to knit with Lavold's Silky Flamme, this jacket is the ideal project for it! This heavy worsted weight yarn is a subtle 'ripple' yarn with a 50% Peruvian Wool, 30% Alpaca, and 20% Silk - a little bit of everything! This enchanting yarn has the warmth of wool, the softness of alpaca, and the elegant sheen of silk! The perfect choice for a unique Maze Jacket to throw on in brisk days in the park or huddling close to your sweetie by the fireplace!

 
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      Pediboo  
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Pediboo
Frog Tree
Pediboo
$14.40

Are you an environmental and socially conscious knitter? Then our newest yarn, Frog Tree's Pediboo, will be right up your alley! Pediboo is a delightfully squishy and soft yarn made from 80% Merino Wool and 20% Bamboo. Processed in the viscose method to give this yarn strength and durability, Pediboo is a wonderful choice for more hard-wearing garments.

Not only are we super excited to start carrying such a beautiful sock yarn (that's machine washable!) but we're also very excited to start working with Frog Tree, a family owned and operated business since the 90's. One of the more unique aspects of this company is that they are a non-for-profit business that is geared towards supporting fair trade organizations. So not only are you buying beautiful yarn, you are also supporting a great cause!

You'll love the look and feel of this yarn, with its silky softness and sheen and its lovely color palette. One skein of Pediboo will make a pair of women's medium socks and two skeins will knit up larger sizes. Not a sock knitter, but dying to try out this yarn? No matter, I'm actually looking at this yarn myself for a lacy shawl...or perhaps even a featherweight cardigan!

 
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      SweetGeorgia Yarns  
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Tough Love Sock Yarn

As our love affair with sock yarns continues to grow, we couldn't just stop at Pediboo, could we? SweetGeorgia Yarns is another company we've just started a great friendship with! Felicia Lo, the owner of SweetGeorgia Yarns, actually had an educational background in pharmaceutical science, communication design, photography, and textile arts - talk about being well-rounded! Hailing from Vancouver, Canada, this spectacular artisan yarn company individually dyes their yarns by hand - creating color blends with personality, boldness, and "unapologetic color". As you can see, the color-ways speak for themselves, but we did want to briefly introduce the first line we have started to carry from SweetGeorgia...

SweetGeorgia
Tough Love Sock

Tough Love Sock is another hardwearing, durable fingering weight yarn with tons of kick and warmth to boot. This 80% Superwash Merino Wool, 20% Nylon blend is sure to have enough stretch for socks and lace work but enough warmth for lightweight cardigans and fingerless gloves! I simply can't get over the gorgeous way the dye takes to the fiber - I want one of each!

Wool Watcher Try SweetGeorgia yourself at a fantastic price! We'll be putting up a few skeins of Tough Love Sock on Wool Watcher next Wednesday, July 27th!

 
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      New Items: Yarn, Notions, and Patterns  
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We have a few new yarns, patterns, and things to update you on. We hope you find the update helpful!

Ysolda Teague Little Red In The City
Ysolda Teague - Little Red In The City
$32.00

After a highly anticipated wait, Ysolda Teague's guide to perfecting sweater construction is finally here! Little Red in the City addresses several of our fit issues with knitted garments and provides the dream guide to customizing almost any project for your body. Ysolda acknowledges that women don't always fit into the typical Small, Medium, and Large sizing and thus includes a wide range of sizes for the seven designs in her book. "Little Red in the City" is the hybrid book of knitting reference and pattern design you've been looking for, making it an awesome addition to your knitting library!

Clover Takumi Combo Interchangeable Knitting Needles Needles
Clover Interchangeable Knitting Needle Set
$169.95

Clover Bamboo needles just got better with the introduction of their new interchangeable needle sets! Complete with twelve sizes of needles ranging from US 3 to US 15 and cord lenths 16", 24", 29", 36" and 48", this set has everything you need for completing gorgeous knitted masterpieces! The whole set is stored in a lovely zippered case that will also hold all of your cables, plus a few other small notions here and there. If you are a big fan of Clover's quality bamboo needles, consider adding this versatile interchangeable set to round-out your collection!

Nelkin Designs Butin Collar Accessories - Piscopia
Nelkin Designs Butin Collar
$15.00

Knitted jewelry? Yes, please! The new Butin Collar kit by Laura Nelkin is a stylish and simple necklace design that only takes 20 yards of fingering weight yarn and some classy glass beads. The kit has everything you need to knit up this lovely necklace including the yarn, beads, clasp, and the pattern. You could even use this design to knit up some of that leftover fingering weight yarn you have lying around in your stash! The Butin Collar is a beautiful and unique design that knits up quickly and makes for a great last-minute gift or accessory for your next big event!

Addi HeartStopper
Addi HeartStopper
$15.95

Be still, my heart-- or maybe just stop altogether with Addi's new HeartStopper accessories! Made to click into any of the Addi Click sets, these little stoppers are useful for freeing up needle tips for other projects, creating super flexible straight needles, or doing Tunisian crochet. They add tons of versatility to your Addi Clicks, Addi Lace Clicks, Addi Natura Clicks, or Addi Click Crochet sets! Luckily, Addi Heart Stoppers won't actually stop your heart, but they certainly will stop your stitches from falling off the cables, making them a valuable addition to your Addi Interchangeable system!

Lantern Moon Classic Caddy
Lantern Moon Classic Caddy
$40.00

Looking for an attractive and portable storage method for those loose patterns and skeins of yarn? Well, the Lantern Moon Classic Caddy just might be the solution to your problem! This sturdy caddy with its black wooden frame and woven Uzu fiber outer basket are classically beautiful and will go with a wide range of decor. The basket is lined with a cotton and linen blend of fabric to protect your yarn and prevent snagging. Consider this lovely caddy as a new way to store in-progress projects right next to the couch or by your go-to knitting chair!

Interweave Press Spin Off Magazines Books - Special Issue 2011
Interweave Spin Off Magazines - Special Issue 2011
$14.99

We love Interweave's Special Issue Magazines -- in particular Knit and Spin! This year's issue contains a wealth of knowledge for those knitters and spinners out there who love both crafts equally or the newbies who are interested to learn how to spin their own yarn! With tips for new spinners, 30 different projects for hand-spun yarn, plus tons of other tips and techniques, this issue of Knit and Spin is a great addition to your knitting library! Plus, one of our own very talented beans Allison, wrote the book and video review section for this issue! So exciting!

 
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      Crochet Corner: Crochet Kit of the Month  
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Crochet Kit of the Month: Twisty Cowl!

Rowan Amy Butler Belle Organic DK Twisty Cowl
Rowan Amy Butler Belle Organic DK Twisty Cowl
Was $44.75 to $49.75
Now from $35.80 to $39.80
(up to 20% off!)

With an easy-peasy stitch patterning and a subtle change of hook size, this beginner openwork Twisty cowl is a charming project for end of summer knitting! You'll be sure to have this crocheted accessory finished and ready to wear in just a few evenings, just in time for the cooler months ahead!

My favorite aspect of this kit is the fact that it calls for Rowan's Belle Organic Dk yarn, created by the famous U.S. designer Amy Butler. Composed of 50% organic wool and 50% organic cotton, this yarn is spectacular for transitional weather garments since it is so versatile. This outstanding organic fiber is also dyed in a rich array of bold and whimsical colors to brighten up any outfit.

Of course, since this kit is now priced at 20% off for the month, you'll want to make up a few of these in every color. I'm sure you have a birthday present or two on your list, too!


Besides our crochet kit of the month, we wanted to highlight some of our favorite crochet items!
Addi Swing Hooks Needles
Addi Swing Hooks
$13.50
Alright, I know we've had these hooks in stock for a while now (new to us last year) but there have been a handful of crocheters I've talked to lately who do not know about these life-saving hooks! I know a few crocheters who love these so much that they replaced their entire crochet hook set with these addi Swing Hooks. These ergonomically designed hooks are constructed with pure comfort in mind. The handles are made with two types of plastic that are both flexible and warm quickly to the temperature of your hand. So the more you use your hooks, the more 'fitted' it will be to your hand! Not only are these hooks oh-so-comfy to use, they are Speedy Gonzalez-fast. You'll be zooming through your Twisty Cowl in zero time flat!
Lantern Moon Tasha Accessories - Tropical Blue
Lantern Moon Tasha Accessories
$58.00
An evening bag to store your wallet, lipstick, and your a crocheted project? Sign me up! These classic and elegant evening Tasha Bags by Lantern Moon are sure to become your favorite accessory for evening and daytime wear! What I really love about these bags are the delicate pleats in the band that give it a very sophisticated look. Plus, the linen cloth make these bags smooth to the touch. Available in three different neutral fabrics, you are sure to find one that suits you.
Midori Nishida & CRK Design The Beaded Edge
Midori Nishida & CRK Design The Beaded Edge
$17.95
I love, love, love beads!! Whether I'm stringing colorful beads through my crocheted piece or creating intricate beaded jewelery, I frequent the bead shops almost as much as I peruse the yarn boxes here at work! Midori Nishida and CRK Design have come to the rescue with their spectacular book, The Beaded Edge, a genius concoction of crochet and beads - together at last! This book is full of dazzling Turkish and vintage designs to add beaded edgings and trim to not only your crocheted garments but to tablecloths, hankerchiefs, even lampshades! Every pattern is more gorgeous than the last, including everything from paisleys to tiny chili peppers. So, grab your favorite beads and US A crochet hook and bead away!
 
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      Sale Update - Lantern Moon, Misti Alpaca, and so much more!  
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Lots of items on sale, but we wanted to highlight a few of our favorites...

Save up to 60% off on Lantern Moon Dalbergia Straights

Now is the time to try out Lantern Moon's elegant Dalbergia needles as we've just marked them down to 60% off from an original 40%! These Dalbergia Wood needles are available in a full range of sizes and range from a medium to dark wood color, similar to Rosewood needles. Handcrafted by artisans in Vietnam and fairly traded, these needles are truly a special addition to your needle collection. Normally an occasional treat, these prices make them affordable enough to get a whole set or give as gifts! We only have these for a limited time, so get them before they are gone!

Lantern Moon Dalbergia Straights Needles
Dalbergia Straights
US 10.5-14"

Was $25.00
Now $10.00
(60% off!)
Lantern Moon Dalbergia Straights Needles
Dalbergia Straights
US 17-12"

Was $23.50
Now $9.40
(60% off!)
Lantern Moon Dalbergia Straights Needles
Dalbergia Straights
US 13-14"

Was $25.00
Now $10.00
(60% off!)
Lantern Moon Dalbergia Straights Needles
Dalbergia Straights
US 15-10"

Was $22.00
Now $8.80
(60% off!)
Save up to 25% on select Namaste items!

Treat yourself in style...on a budget! We just received a handful of overstock items from one of our favorite California based handbag companies, Namaste! All of their products are made from animal friendly, extremely durable and easy to clean faux leather. What's really spectacular about their products is that most of them are geared towards the knitting/crocheting/crafter gal. Thus, you have chic needle organizers and large bags with 'project and notions pockets'. Act quickly - once we sell out of our sale stock, we will be changing the prices back to normal!

Namaste Circular Case Accessories - Peacock
Namaste Circular Case - Peacock
Was $20.00
Now $15.00
(25% off!)
Namaste Circular Case Accessories - Hollywood Pink
Namaste Circular Case - Hollywood Pink
Was $20.00
Now $15.00
(25% off!)
Namaste Oh Snap Accessories - Pink - X Large, XX Large
Namaste Oh Snap - Pink - X Large, XX Large
Was $15.00
Now $11.25
(25% off!)
Namaste Oh Snap Accessories - Charcoal - Small, Medium, Large
Namaste Oh Snap - Charcoal - Small, Medium, Large
Was $15.00
Now $11.25
(25% off!)
Namaste The Monroe Accessories - Peacock
Namaste The Monroe - Peacock
Was $75.00
Now $56.25
(25% off!)
Namaste The Wallet Accessories - Hollywood Pink
Namaste The Wallet - Hollywood Pink
Was $35.00
Now $26.25
(25% off!)
Namaste Zuma Accessories - Red
Namaste Zuma - Red
Was $69.00
Now $51.75
(25% off!)
Namaste Zuma Accessories - Black
Namaste Zuma - Black
Was $69.00
Now $51.75
(25% off!)
Save up to 30% on Misti Alpaca's Landscape Collection!

The Limited Edition Misti Alpaca Landscape collection is now available at 30% off! This harmonious palette of colors was specially created for us by the folks at Misti Alpaca last fall and it's absolutely amazing! The Landscape Collection is made of 100% baby alpaca yarn (meaning? squishy soft!) and is a chunky weight, making it perfect for knitting on US 10.5 or US 11 needles. We've also got seven free patterns that call for this yarn, all available on our website! How's that for knitting inspiration? Grab some on sale today before they're gone!

Misti Alpaca Landscape Collection Yarn
Landscape Collection - Forks WA
Was $23.40
Now $16.38
(30% off!)
Misti Alpaca Landscape Collection Yarn
Landscape Collection - Darcy's Garden
Was $23.40
Now $16.38
(30% off!)
Misti Alpaca Landscape Collection Yarn
Landscape Collection - Amity Island
Was $23.40
Now $16.38
(30% off!)
Misti Alpaca Landscape Collection Yarn
Landscape Collection - Pride Rock
Was $23.40
Now $16.38
(30% off!)
Save up to 30% on Noro's Landscape Collection!

It's always a treat when Noro's artistic yarns go on sale, which is why we are so excited to be able to offer the awesome Furisode at 29% off! A soft blend of 45% Silk, 40% Cotton and 15% Wool, this yarn is perfect for garments worn year-round. This heavy worsted weight yarn knits up quickly on a US size 9 or 10 needle and would be perfect for sweaters, scarves, hats and other sturdy accessories such as bags. Available in a stunning array of colors, Furisode is sure to look great and turn heads wherever you go!

Noro Furisode Yarn
Noro Furisode - 2
Was $17.95
Now $12.60
(29% off!)
Noro Furisode Yarn
Noro Furisode - 11
Was $17.95
Now $12.60
(29% off!)
Noro Furisode Yarn
Noro Furisode - 15
Was $17.95
Now $12.60
(29% off!)
Noro Furisode Yarn
Noro Furisode - 9
Was $17.95
Now $12.60
(29% off!)
Lorna's Laces Green Line Dk: Save 50%

Each week, we'll be getting new colors of the Green Line DK from Lorna's Laces and we'll be selling them at 50% off.If you see a color you like, grab it quickly because once we sell out, we're out! Here are a few of the colors we have in stock this week:

Lorna's Laces Green Line DK Yarn
Lorna's Laces Green Line DK - Peppermint Mocha
Was $15.00
Now $7.50
(50% off!)
Lorna's Laces Green Line DK Yarn
Lorna's Laces Green Line DK - Watercolor
Was $15.00
Now $7.50
(50% off!)
Lorna's Laces Green Line DK Yarn
Lorna's Laces Green Line DK - Hermosa
Was $15.00
Now $7.50
(50% off!)
Lorna's Laces Green Line DK Yarn
Lorna's Laces Green Line DK - Silence
Was $15.00
Now $7.50
(50% off!)
 
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      On Our Needles  
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Here's a tiny sampling of our handiwork this month!! Click on any of the thumbnails to take a closer look or check out all of our projects!

He Who Must Not Be Named Cowl
He Who Must Not Be Named Cowl
Sharon was so excited about July's Limited Edition colorway, He Who Must Not Be Named, she nabbed one skein of the Lion and Lamb and cast on that very same night! Two days later, she came in with this lovely Donner Pass cowl, designed by our co-worker Kristen. I love how this color way scatters all of the different colors - it looks amazing! Although most of this color-way is now sold out, Baby Me Boo would be the perfect substitute for this cowl!
Kristen's Larch Shawl
Kristen's Larch Shawl
Here is Kristen's finished shawl of our first JBW Knit-A-Long! Thank you to everyone who participated! Be sure to send us your finished project picture! We'd love to see how it turned out! For this KAL, we chose Tinks and Frogs Rue Larch shawl pattern, found on ravelry - using only hank of Shepherd Sock. This KAL was to commemorate our 10th year in business, so Kristen used the limited edition color for June - Endless Possibilities. This color is no longer available, but the color way Rainbow is a great alternative!
Bethany's Larch Shawl
Bethany's Larch Shawl
Bethany also participated in our first Knit-a-Long! Here is her beautiful Larch pattern! Using the same needle size as Kristen, Bethany's shawl turned out a a tad bit larger since she's a very loose knitter! This was Bethany's first shawl - believe or not - and she did a fantastic job! Way to go, Bethany!
Sandy's Dragon Shawl
Sandy's Dragon Shawl
Sandy, always the intrepid knitter, has cast on her fair-isle dragon shawl from Kathleen Taylor's new book, Fearless Fair-Isle Knitting. She chose to substitute the yarn that the pattern called for with Cascade's 220 Heathers. This is going to be absolutely gorgeous and Sandy has been grazing through! More pictures to come to show her progress throughout!
Henry the Kureyon Hippo
Henry the Kureyon Hippo
Sharon has been on a stash-bustin' mission lately and had to use up some leftover Kureyon from her Painted Diamond Bag she knit up last year. After searching on Ravelry, she found this oh-so-cute hippo hippo hippo and went to town. She said it was super easy to crochet up and made a perfect project to finish in just a few hours. Instead of stuffing, Sharon chose to use rice and leftover silk yarn to fill the body and legs to make it more bottom heavy. So cute!
Aestlight Shawl
Aestlight Shawl
Sandy's good friend Barbara knit up this elegant Shetland Trader's Aestlight Shawl. She used a yarn that we no longer carry - Fleece Artist's Merino 2/6 but any fingering weight yarn will work just fine! I'd try Madelinetosh's Prairie or Hand Maiden's Sea Silk. This is so gorgeous and I love the panelled section at the bottom!
Goodale Cardigan
Goodale Cardigan
It's finished! Leanne completed the Goodale Cardigan for Bethany, who absolutely loves it (who wouldn't?)! Bethany looks adorable in it and I love the color she chose! Leanne knit this cute little cardi up in Classic Elite's Magnolia yarn! The best part? The pattern only called for five balls for Bethany's size!
Leanne's Effortless Cardigan
Leanne's Effortless Cardigan
Everyone was simply head over heels for Leanne's Effortless Cardigan, knit in Green Line DK. It's comfy, warm, and stylish - everything you want in a cardigan! She can leave it open for the fall and cool summer nights and close it with a shawl pin for more colder days. The big surprise was how soft the Green Line DK came out to be after blocked! Unfortunately, this yarn is being discontinued, but Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sport will work just as well!
Leanne's Top Down Mitts
Leanne's Top Down Mitts
Leanne's been on a knitting roll lately, what with her Effortless Cardigan and Bethany's Goodale Cardigan all finished! Now, she's working on her top-down mitts from Kristina McGowan's book Modern Top Down Knitting! Using four balls of Be Sweet's lusciously soft Bamboo yarn, she's almost done with her first mitt already! Leanne absolutely loves working with this yarn - she says it's smooth to the touch, oh-so-soft, and a joy to knit with.
Jeanne's Liesl
Jeanne's Liesl
How beautiful is Jeanne's latest knit from Liesl pattern by Cocoknits? This spectacular knit kept Jeanne sane and calm through a tough time, which makes this even better! Plus, she looks awesome wearing it! Jeanne used seven skeins of Louet's Euroflax Sport but recommends any hardwearing DK yarn such as Elsebeth Lavold's Hempathy, Tahki Stacy Charles' Cotton Classic or Blue Sky Alpaca's Skinny Cotton.
 
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