Yarn Crawl – September 18-21!! Marks your calendars!!

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Our extended hours for 9/18/14-9/21/14:
9/18, Thursday 10am – 8pm
9/19, Friday 10am – 5pm
9/20, Saturday 10am – 5pm
9/21, Sunday 12pm – 5pm

Specials!
Woohoo! It is crawl time again, and this year we are going color crazy.
Through the crawl enjoy 15% off all Noro and Island Yarn brand yarns! We’ll have yarn tasting stations and loads of samples to inspire you from both Noro and Island Yarn.

Thursday, 9/18 – From 12-2, Gayle will be demo-ing/teaching a moebius cast-on for a delicious new moebius cowl pattern that we have in store. Pick out your yarn, score the free pattern, and learn something too!

In the evening, Wren Ross will be performing from 7-8pm, during our normal knit night hours. We’ll have some snacks and refreshments for you to nibble too. Depending on weather and turn out, we may move outside so throw a folding chair in the trunk just in case. If you have seen Wren sing her wonderfully clever knitting themed songs, you know you don’t want to miss it!

Friday and Saturday, 9/19 & 9/20 – The BIG Noro Days! We’ll have Gail and Nancy here from 2-5 to show you Noro at its fullest potential for both knitting AND crochet. Small and large projects, you’ll see it all. We’ll have free patterns for log cabins blankets, lots of samples to see or try on, and the first 10 Noro buyers each day of the crawl will get a free book (one per person).

Sunday, 9/21 – It’s Hitofude day! Our recent KAL was the fabulous Hitofude cardigan. A wonderful pattern on its own, we thought it might also be a great gateway for making friends with charts. And so, Karen will be here from 1 – 5 for tutorials on chart reading. I also have a faint goal/hope of having Pagoda (our yarn of choice) dyed and ready to go in all 76 of our colors for the crawl!

Free patterns, special prizes, and everything else I forgot to write up! Hope to see you for this fun weekend! :)

Hitofude Knit-A-Long!!

 Hitofude Knit-A-Long

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After being taunted with the gorgeousness of this pattern for months, I think it is time to KAL!   It seems like the perfect knit for July…light, lacy and the perfect sweater to have ready just as those August evenings start to cool down again. 

One of the best parts?  It takes just 2-3 skeins of Pagoda which we have chosen as the yarn of choice because of its gorgeous drape, delightful hand, and practical washability.  It is win, win, win! 

 Since we always want to encourage you to buy locally, here is a list of local stores where you can find Pagoda:

Auburn Needleworks

839 Lincoln Way

Auburn, CA 95603


Eileen’s Treasures 
       

859 Oakpark Blvd.

Pismo Beach, CA 93449

 

Fiber Frolics

637 First Street

Benicia, CA 94510

 

Needlepoints West

6227 W. 87th St,

Los Angeles, Ca 90045

 

A Perfect Yarn

124 U S Hwy 101, North

Crescent City, CA 95531

 

Purlescence

564 S. Murphy Avenue

Sunnyvale, CA 94086

 

The Twisted Stitch

400 Foam St, Suite 8

Monterey, CA 93940

 

A Little Bit Sheepish

2 South Main St.

Berlin, MD  21811

 

Two Rivers Yarns

17 W. Potomac St.

Brunswick, MD  21716

 

The Yarn Barn
849 Stillwater Ave
Bangor, ME  04401

 

Island Yarn Company
85 River St
Waltham, MA  02453

 

Labor of Love Yarn

246 N Main St

Romeo, MI 48065

 

StillWater Fibers

302 Market Street

Oxford, PA  19363

 

Yarn Gallery
628 Penn Ave
West Reading, PA  19611

 

Baa Baa Sheep LLC

754 West 22nd Street

Norfolk, VA  23517


Knitting B LLC

8801L Three Chopt Road
Richmond, VA  23229

 

KnitWits

945 Providence Square Shopping Ctr

Virginia Beach, VA  23464

 

Yarn Explosion

5227 Airport Road

Roanoke, VA  24012

 

Yarnability

219 S. Duke Street

Shepherdstown, WV  25443

 

If all of these store are, sadly, out of your reach, you can place a special order here.  The deadline for special ordering is June 16th so that we have hope of getting it to you in time for casting on June 26th!

You’ll see our progress pics on our Knit-night pictures, and we hope that you respond with your progress pics too! 

 If you are curious, I’m going to be using Sea Mist Pagoda.

 Now, don’t be mad at me, but I’m going to get a bit of a head start on you guys just because this is a very cleverly written, seamless pattern, so I want to have worked through a bit before any questions start rolling in.  But you can start plotting and planning…ready, set, go!

Instant Gratification Sale!

Katia Peru, Ella Rae Mega, Cascade 128, and Cascade Magnum are all 30% off this week!  Knock off a few quick projects for yourself or for the ever-looming holiday gift box with these delicious bulky yarns!  I’m planning a pile of cute cable-y hats myself…always great emergency gifts for men or women and satisfy all the instant gratification whims!

Sale ends June 7th.

Happy Patriot’s Day!

Happy Patriot’s Day everyone!  We will be open regular hours today, so if you are on this side on the marathon, come on by!

 
We will be CLOSED this Saturday, April 26th because will be set up at the Gore Sheepshearing Festival!!  It is just around the corner from the store and a delightful event for adults and kids!  We hope to see you there!  We will have loads of free patterns for you yarn buyers, including 3 brand new ones.  You can take a sneak peak here.
 
We’ve gotten some delicious new yarns in recently, so if you haven’t come in to check them out, it might be time to come take a feel of NoemaZooeyBloom, and Phoenix!
 
Our Spring KAL’s are returning on May 8th!  This one is especially great because it can be for knitter’s or crocheters and I’m willing to bet that a whole lot of you have had this in your queue for a while….why not cast it on now?  Lizard Ridge!  And the crochet version is available here – Chameleon.  As always, our KAL’s are free, but we do require that you purchase your yarn at Island Yarn to participate.
 

Great Boston Yarn Crawl!

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We are very, very pleased to be participating in the Greater Boston Yarn Crawl on October 4, 5, and 6th again this year!  It is always such a fun weekend meeting loads of new knitters!  Here’s just some of the fun we have in store for you!

All weekend long:

All Island Yarn brand yarns will be 20% off!  If you haven’t tried our hand-dyes, combo fibers, or reclaimed cashmere, THIS is the time to do it!

With every purchase, you get to draw from our jar of prizes!  Everyone wins!

Sample sale….that’s right!  Don’t think you’re going to get done all those gifts?  Check out our table of samples that we are selling!

Free patterns, tons of inspiration…what better way to kick off fall?

October 4th:  From 11 to 4, our delightful teacher Gayle will be available teaching the Moebius Cast-on!  If you love to knit cowls, this is a must have technique in your arsenal and only takes a few minutes to learn.  She’ll be using in for our Combo Moebius Cowl, which makes a wonderful, quick knit (gift it or keep it for yourself)!

October 5th:  From 2pm to 6pm, A Hundred Ravens will be here with fantastic designer Rachel Henry!  Gorgeous yarns, gorgeous designs….see them on on Saturday!

October 6th: From 1 to 5, another of our local artists that we’ve been stocking will be in!  Kate from Harrison Wheelworks will be here with her wheel, her yarn, and her lovely self!  Come in and meet her and get first dibs on the yarns she is bringing for the crawl!

A word (or a bunch of words) about local businesses

In the past 6-8 months, we have had to say goodbye to many, many local yarn stores in our area.  Some were only around for a few years, some were present in our lives for decades and make us mourn the end of an era when their closure is announced.  It has me thinking a lot about the role of local businesses and worried that many don’t understand.

And I have a confession to make.  I used to not get it.  I used to have an severe Amazon addiction problem, and it probably accounted for about 90% of my spending.  As I grew to know the lys that I eventually bought, I started to understand.  I couldn’t walk into Amazon, feel welcome and liked, and have a rant about my day like I could my lys.  I could get stuff cheap.  And almost anything, to be fair.  I can’t even begin to tell you the piles of junk I got….so very cheap and, well, didn’t need.  But the thing that I couldn’t get and did need?  A neighborhood.  An investment in my life, home, and community.  In fact, now, I feel like every dollar I ever spent online decreased multiple times over the amount of neighborhood connection that I could have gotten by paying a bit more, for better stuff, and the relationships that come with it.  And though I’ve long worried about the deterioration of neighborhoods (being a mother will do that to you) I hadn’t quite understood the role of local businesses until I got to know my lys, and eventually became a lys owner.

There are studies in the world that tell you that local businesses put exponentially more of their money back into the community than their big box/internet counterparts and I believe that to be true.  But it isn’t what I am talking about.  I’m talking about being human.  About the interaction that inevitably happens when you are helping someone learn to fix a dropped stitch and you learn about their child with autism or their spouse with cancer.  I’m talking about the moment when people are allowed to learn, create, inspire and be inspired and be who they are, if they are in a bad place or a good place and to have somewhere that can happen with real live 3D people (no glasses required).  Local businesses are invested.  Not in stocks.  Not in funds.  But in the community and its well being…in you.  Which is more valuable (and since becoming ever-more rare…increasingly more valuable) than anything you could think of.

And when I hear about a competitor closing, it gets tricky.  I know my response on a business level is supposed to be “Yay!  Less competition!”  But as a person, and as a mother, I mourn for the loss of another place that was invested in the community and where people could connect.  And the net result is sadness no matter what the business side of me is trying to convince me of.  And I just hope that it reinvigorates people’s commitment, to their local stores…yarn stores, books stores, restaurants, gift shops, etc…the places that yell “Norm!”  (or yuh know…what your name is) when you walk through the door.

Because at the end of the day, it is a business.  And some part of my (and all local business owner’s) eye ball has to be on the (ehhem) business end because this is how I support myself and my daughter.  And as local icons close their doors, I just hope that some tide will turn, and everyone will start to understand the value of local businesses and care about us as much as we care about you.  Because really, in the end, we are you.

New classes listed!

TOP-DOWN RAGLAN SWEATER WORKSHOP

In this multi-week class, you’ll learn a recipe for making a
raglan pullover or cardigan from the top down, in any size and
with any yarn.  You’ll learn what measurements to make, how to
translate them into stitch and row counts, and how to plan
increases.  Best of all, you can try the sweater on as you go to
see how it fits.

Skills required:  Ease with casting on, knitting, purling, binding
off, and at least one increase and decrease method.  Willingness
to do simple math.

Skills taught:  Paired increases and decreases, adapting pattern
to specific yarn and size, grafting, provisional cast-on.

Optional skills:  Picking up and knitting, colorwork; intarsia and
buttonholes (for cardigan only).

Materials:  Calculator, pencil, & notebook.  Measuring tape or
measurements from a person or sweater.  Crochet hook, waste yarn,
stitch markers, embroidery needle.  Appropriate circular needles
and yarn for the sweater.  Optional:  Buttons for the cardigan.

Cost:  $120/person for 4 hour-long meetings and up to 1 h/person
1:1 time.  2/12, 2/26, 3/12, 3/26 5:30 pm.

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QUICK CABLE WORKSHOP
Learn the art of knitting cables in an afternoon while you make
the 480-stitch Headband/Cowl (pattern free with class purchase).
Cables are the basis of many gorgeous sweater designs and are
surprisingly easy to learn — with or without a cable needle.

Skills required:  Advanced-beginner skill with knit, purl, cast
on, and bind off.

Skills taught:  cabling with or without a cable needle.
Buttonholes.

Materials:  At least 100 yd super bulky yarn, circular or straight
needles to match yarn.  Buttons (for finishing), cable needle
(optional).

Cost:  $30/person, 2 one-hour sessions 3/9 and 3/16.

URCHIN HAT
Want to make a cute beret-style hat but don’t want to deal with
DPNs or magic anything?  In this class you’ll learn to make a
pretty hat, knitted flat in garter stitch, that you can wear
during the transition from winter to spring.  Pattern is free and
will be provided.

Skills required:  Comfort with casting on, knitting, and binding
off.

Skills taught:  Short rows, Kitchener stitch (grafting), 3-needle
bind off.

Materials:  1 skein (at least 100 yards) bulky or super-bulky yarn
and straight or circular needles to match.  2 stitch markers and
an embroidery needle.

Cost:  $40/person for 2 sessions (1.5 hours each).  3/12, 3/19
6:30 pm

MITRED SQUARES WORKSHOP

Ever wonder what to do with all your yarn scraps?  Come learn how
to make mitred squares to start a blanket.  We’ll use the “Stained
Glass Afghan” pattern (available free on Ravelry), and in an hour
or so you’ll learn how to make decreases to form the first square
and how to pick up and knit to start the second square.

Skills required:  Comfort with casting on, knitting, purling, and
binding off.

Skills taught:  Paired decreases, picking up and knitting.

Materials:  2 colors of yarn in the same weight and circular
needles (at least 24″ long) to match.  One color will be the
border color, so you may want to purchase enough for at least a
small blanket.  Stitch markers and embroidery needle.

Cost:  $15/person, 1 hour.  Sat. 3/2

MOEBIUS CAST-ON WORKSHOP
Making a gorgeous drapey cowl with a half-twist is easier than you
think and requires no sewing up.  Come learn the moebius cast-on
and make either a Combo Cowl (beginner) or a Make-Your-Own
Colorway Cowl (intermediate).  Pattern free with class purchase.

Skills required:  Knit, purl, binding off.

Skills  taught:  Moebius cast-on; Linen Stitch (for MYO Colorway
Cowl).

Materials:  Combo Cowl requires 2 skeins combo yarn and a 36-inch
#10 circular needle.  MYO Colorway Cowl requires 3 colors of yarn
in the same weight and a 36-inch circular needle to match.

Cost:  $15/person, 1 hour.  Sat 2/23.