Sunday, May 18, 2008

SALE on Dyeabolical Yarns

I feel like I should be in a used car commercial yelling "SAVINGS! SAVINGS! SAVINGS!" except, you know, for yarn. SAVINGS! SAVINGS SAVINGS! All items in my etsy shop 20% off today through Tuesday May 20th.

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Thursday, May 15, 2008

Sample Knitting and Tim Ezell

I am temporarily out of base yarn. I took this short down time to knit much needed samples, including the beginnings of a tube scarf and a pair of socks from my own yarn. Unfortunately the socks won't fit over my heel or take a nice picture. The fuzzy blue picture is all I have of it. You will just have to trust me, it was lovely. Lovely and now frogged.

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Last Friday Tim Ezell from Fox 2 News in the morning came to Knitorious to interview Sandy for Stitch N Pitch. The knitters and other shop owners turned out in force and in their jammies!

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Lucinda unveiled her lovely Icarus shawl made from Dyeabolical Yarns Dark Envy and a skein of grass green. This picture does not do it justice. Her Tales of Yarn blog has much better pictures:

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Tuesday, May 6, 2008

For St. Louis Knitters

I normally don't do this, but I thought I would pass this email on for you local knitters who might not have received the email. I will be at the filming, sputtering car willing, but I am going to try my damnedest not to actually be on TV.

SALE SALE SALE!!!


Knitorious has TWO opportunities for you to save.


The first opportunity will be held in conjunction with a visit from FOX 2's TIM EZELL! Tim Ezell will be at Knitorious this Friday, May 9th to take a knitting lesson and promote Stitch N Pitch. We are asking for knitters/crocheters interested in participating to please join us at Knitorious between 6:30 and 6:45 AM. We should be finished be 8:15.


Ideally filming will happen in the back room and people can come and go as they please. Hopefully we will have a variety of people knitting and enjoying the shop. Tim shared that he has gone to several places in St. Louis and documented several entertaining knitting experiences already.


I am encouraging everyone to wear their PJ’s (but we won't mind if you are on your way to the office). Coffee, donuts and a 30% discount on non-sale items for attendees between 7:00 to 8:00 AM.


The second opportunity to save will be this Saturday and Sunday. Like our previous sales, you will pull a lucky chip when you first enter the store. That lucky chip will tell you how much your discount will be on yarns not already on sale. The discount will be anywhere from 15-25% off. Discounts are for yarn only, please.


We hope to see you Friday, Saturday and Sunday!


Thank you for your business,


Sandy

Sunday, May 4, 2008

Natural Knitter and shop update

The Natural Knitter: How to Choose, Use, and Knit Natural Fibers from Alpaca to Yak by Barbara Albright; photography by Alexandra Grablewski. Published by Potter Craft, $32.50 hardcover

Natural Knitter has been sitting on the shelves of the yarn shop I work at since it came out. A few copies sold when it first came out, but with the number of books hitting the market last year I never had a chance to spend any time with this one. I am sorry I waited so long. Natural Knitter is breath taking in both its presentation and content. It is not a book that you power through and then shelve. This is one you luxuriate in and leave by your bedside table.

Before you get to the content of the book, the presentation provides a sensory feast. Though the book is broken in to easily digestible chunks, this book was never meant to be a quick read. You are meant to luxuriate in its slick and substantial pages and to pore over the pictures of animals and their fibers. Even the layout and font choices lead one to want to linger on the page.

Each chapter is broken up in to several components. There is historical and agricultural information about the fiber animal or plant, patterns made from those fibers and profiles of companies dedicated to producing natural or organic fibers. There is information about spinning your own yarn, dyeing naturally and where to buy.

The information about fiber is fascinating and educational. As my twitter friends will attest to, I couldn't stop talking about vicuña mating calls (orgle! orgle! orgle!), the evolutionary origins of the camelid family (North American Plains) or that yaks can be ridden like horses (giddy up!). A good deal of the time I spent with this book was actually spent on the internet looking up more information on fiber animals (especially vicuñas), watching videos of these animals or finding sources for those elusive luxury fibers. Not all the fibers discussed were so rare. Natural Knitter profiles more widely known fiber companies, too, such as Blue Sky Alpaca, Classic Elite, Harrisville and Lorna's Laces.
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The patterns are amazing. Without all the information about natural fibers, this book would be worth it for the patterns alone. Of the 21 patterns, I want to knit 10, at least.

This book came out last year so I'm not sure if there are many copies stocked in your local bookstores or yarn shops, but even if you have to order it through your local shops it is worth the wait. This will undoubtedly be a classic book to spend an afternoon with.

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I have a small update in my etsy shop, including a few new sock yarn colors and a new line of barber poled DK merino called Twisted! (dyed in mostly semi-solid shades). I will be adding a few more "mutant" colors in a fingering sock weight later this week. Mutant colors are one of a kind colors made from left over dyes. This time they turned out to be beautiful nearly edible semi-sold shades of pink grapefruit, chocolate, avocado, pomegranate and saffron. You will be seeing more muted shades in my shop soon. I love the bright vivid colors and so do my customers. However, there have been requests for more toned down colors lately for cable and lace work. If bright vivid saturated colors aren't your thing, stay tuned and you might see something you like. If bright vivid saturated colors are your thing, don't fret. I'm working on some great new colors. *grin*
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