We’ve been talking a lot about cast-on mania in the store, and I think the jury is still out about whether we are doing it or not this year, so what do you all think? If you are wondering what it is, here’s a blurb from last year’s COM:
The purpose of Cast-on Mania February is to combat the general doldrums of February by doing something we knitters all love to do every day….cast on something new.
Sure, it was crazy. And we generally all poked a lot of fun at the level of crazy that this plan was. But then a strange thing started happening around mid-February….ENVY! “I wanna cast-on something new,” was heard throughout the store making the crazy contagious. Since then, I’ve thought it might be fun to just jump in this February and do it ourselves….complete with a big ole prize!
Yes, it was insane, but tons of fun. So here’s a poll for you so I know where you all stand -
Are you all ready for a weekend full of yarning fun??!
All Island Yarn made yarns (includes hand-dye, reclaimed yarns, and combo fibers) will be 20% off for the entire weekend! Our sale bin is also over-flowing with great stuff! See what you can score for 50% off!
We have a bunch of great prizes to raffle off! Bring a canned good for each ticket that you want…you can choose where to put your hopes. And there is a big gorgeous grand prize that everyone who brings a canned good will be entered for. If you don’t remember to plan ahead with a non-perishable food item, there are stores right across the street! I’m hoping to take a huge bunch of food the the Salvation Army Food Pantry next week!
- Friday 10am – 6pm
- Saturday 10am – 6pm
- Sunday 11pm – 5pm
The Greater Boston Yarn Crawl is quickly approaching (September 28-30), and with the temperature finally seeming fallish, I’m brimming with anticipation! 16 shops are participating and you can print off your passport here.
Here is a quick overview of some of the special things we have planned at Island Yarn!
Friday, September 28th: Jane from Porter Square Books will be bringing over a great selection of knitting and crochet books guaranteed to give you a boatload of inspiration. She’ll be in the store for 2-6, but come early…she sold out of many titles last year. And if you miss her on Friday, go to Porter Square Books and check out their unbelievable section of yarnie books. Some books stores might just choose arbitrarily, but a knitter chooses them at Porter Square!
Also, though not a part of the crawl, I just found out that the Gore Estate has a special Full Moon Tour on the evening of the 28th! Many of you have visited Gore for the Sheepshearing Festival in April, but if you haven’t taken one of their great tours, it might be worth it to try to land in Waltham and finish up your day at Gore. You need to reserve tickets, so check the link for all the information.
Saturday, September 29th: From 12 to 2pm, super-knitter and jewelry maker Karen Chenausky will be back teaching you how to make your own row counters. We have all the materials for you, so when you pop in, have a seat and take a away a great new notion to keep track of those rows! Karen will also have her gorgeous array of shawl pins and other jewelry for sale during her workshop.
From 2-6pm, our queen of the shawls Gayle Roberts-Cullen will be teaching everyone how to moebius cast-on. It’s a quick and easy way to make a gorgeous neckwarmer. I can never seem to have enough neckwarmers and my emergency gift box is always crying “more”! You’ll get a free pattern for this moebius cowl with our own Combo Fibers during the crawl, so why not take a few minutes to sit with delightful Gayle and learn the moebius cast-on!
Sunday, September 30th: From 12 to 2pm, Wren Ross will be performing songs and stories! She is great fun and if you have missed her in the past, definitely try to catch her this time! Here’s a quick description of her program:
Singing with Every Fiber!
Join Wren Ross as she celebrates the delights and dilemmas shared by fiber artists, knitters, crocheters, weavers and the people who know and love them. This lively cabaret “Singing With Every Fiber!” is full of songs,and stories that reflect our remarkable yarn loving culture. Wren brings her passion for fiber together with her twenty-five years of professional acting and singing experience to make a performance that is unique, fun and memorable!
And those are our fabulous events! There’s also prizes, contests, and sales so stay tuned for more (and grab a canned good or two the next time you are at the supermarket)!
All Island Yarn made yarns will be 20% off from July 5th to July 14th! This includes our own hand-dyed yarns, reclaimed yarns and combo fibers…anything with the Island Yarn label! I’ve been working my little fingers off and there will be over 300 brand new hanks of these coming in on Thursday, July 5th. How often do you get new delights on sale right out of the gate! Don’t miss out!
Our Color Affection knit-a-long was so much
insanity fun! Next up, on Thursday, June 21st, we’ll be starting the Wingspan. It is a free ravelry download. Scroll and look at the pictures a bit…there are lots of cool options! You need about 100 grams of fingering weight yarn for the basic pattern…obviously you may need a bit more/less if you change it up to your liking. Come on Thursday knit-nights for a little bonding over the insanity, but of course pop-in anytime for a little help or moral support!
As always, knit-alongs are free, but we do require that you buy yarn for the project at Island Yarn.
This Saturday, 10 to 5! Don’t miss this super-fun event…the sheep, the border collies, the ducks, the crafts, the fried dough! What’s not to love?
We’ll be at the Festival all day, down in the Fiber Tent (close to the Grove St entrance) with a ton of new hand-dyed yarns, fiber, reclaimed yarns and combo fibers! And my friends will be right next to my booth with their gorgeous shawls, scarves, jewelry, project bags and much more! Stop by, say hi, and see all the pretties! I just check the weather and it looks to be a perfect day! Yay! See you there!
Also, the store itself will be closed on Saturday since we will all be at Gore, so pop over to get all your yarnie delights!
It’s back! Time to do a little store spring cleaning and make room for new goodies coming in!
From March 10th to March 17th!
Buy One, Get One 1/2 off!
On all (in stock, no special orders) yarns from:
Dale of Norway
TONS of yarns of sale!! Don’t miss out!
So, a few of us have a couple of projects to move through, yes? I’m glancing at the cast-on mania-ers, but all you other knitters and crocheters are right in my line of sight too! So here we go with a new silly game…this one to help you make some progress on your projects (both those started and those that are still just in your mind).
Here’s what you do:
1. Sign up on this thread with an “I’m in” post by Saturday, March 10th at midnight.
2. Do 10 rows per day on ANY project. Have a rough day and can’t churn through 10 on the back of that sweater, work on a scarf that day instead, but do your 10 rows per day. (I know most of you have a FEW projects to choose from).
3. Using clipping stitch markers, mark your progress, and take pictures so that we can all see. You MUST do this at least once per week…accounting for each day since your last post. If it’s easier, you can save them all for one big post once a week, or you can post everyday….or anything in between. If you do multiple days in one post…maybe attach a little paper to each marker showing which day it is.
4. Sunday mornings, I’ll go through and see who is still on track…if you have missed a day, or haven’t posted, you’ll be eliminated. Whoever is the last one to still be churning out the 10 rows per day will win a fabulous prize!
Since this is totally a new thing I’m gonna say we need a minimum of a dozen to sign up, but I’m hoping that won’t be any big problem. Also, yes…you can CO new things, but you have to do 10 rows in addition to the CO for that day.
Does that all make sense? Sound fun?
Yes….I really am placing bets in my head about who will be the Last Still Stitching.
Well, somehow I’ve managed to keep up with the destashing…so much has been donated and repurposed. We are well over 100 LBS now…which has made a silly little goal land in my head. I was thinking, “Wouldn’t it be awesome if we got to 1000 LBS in one year? Then someone said, “Wow, a 1/2 a ton?!” And the deal was sealed…there’s no way I can look a silly challenge like 1/2 TON in the face and not give it a try!
So…as an added enticement…I’m going to give 2 bonus certificates to the person who destashes the most in each month (I’ll try it at least through April and then see if we go on). We are starting with February and right now, the leader has destashed 13 lbs. I’ll try to keep updated with the leader amount and definitely post before the last day of the month that I’m open. Sound fun?
That lovin’ day is around the corner. Share the love (or I guess the “likes”) on Facebook and you could win some gorgeous yarn! I’ll draw two people next Sunday (2/19/12) at 6pm. The first will win a hank of Island Yarn Sol (color of their choice – in stock only) and the second will win a hank of Chesterfield (color of their choice – in stock only). If this goes well, I’m might be able to add more prizes!
So here’s how you can win…
“Like” our facebook page here.
“Share” a post that you like (you can post something and then share it if you like) or the page itself.
If you already like our page…just share something this week and you’ll be entered!