Monday, July 23, 2012

Sheep, Cascade 220 & Christmas Stockings!

Herd your herd of DPs with sheep!

These soft and rubbery sheep are here to help you corral your double points. No more rolling around to the bottom of your bag or mingling with confusing similar sizes. These point protectors will keep 'em straight and safe.  Two sizes that cover 2mm through 3.75mm needles (US#0-5 usually), and 4mm through 6.5mm (US#6-10.5 usually) double point needles. 

If those mm sizes confuse you, check out how we manage our web page:    Our pages are laid out by mm sizes and US needles sizes.  Not all US companies agree on what makes a US size number.  When in doubt check that mm size on the needle!!

400 shades of Cascade 220, and we've let them loose to play!  In the past, I've kept them in their bags to keep them organized so pulling from shipping is fast!  But now the shelves are clearly marked and we've removed them from their bags.  Sheer color intoxication!  But not only is the store getting a face lift, Henry is continuing the long task of revamping web site pages.  It's just Henry and I, and I'm SUPER appreciative of your patience and kindness in the restyling of our web pages.....Henry has released part of the Cascade 220 web page with the new layout.  The old still exists, but this page of the SOLIDS ONLY is done and looks amazing!! The Heathers, Quatros and Paints are next in line.

Elegant Heirlooms has released a small, simpler Christmas stocking kit, called Doolallies.  This cute stocking is about 21" long, uses DK weight yarn and US#5 needles.  The designs are  simple single designs.  I know, I's mid July, it's hot, the kids are driving you nuts . . . . but these just came through the door!  Time to plan ahead and have them on hand when you are ready to start!

Knitting and Crochet, both, are one of those "all season" crafts.  Knitting and Crochet is very popular in the winter, but in recent years it is a very popular social engagement.  Groups meet in yarn stores, homes, community centers, parks and even coffee houses and pubs.  Winter is traditionally the crafting season, but summer is perfect for those outdoor gatherings and perfect for light weight sock, baby, Christmas stocking and lace work.  Knitting and Crochet is perfect for when traveling by car, train or plane!!  
In the years since 1987, when we opened our doors we tend to have a slight slow down in the spring.  I'm assuming crafters are working their gardens, or perhaps beginning their spring walking routine.  But by July, its is obvious they are looking back to their knitting and crochet projects.  
Plan your projects, by either cleaning up older unfinished projects or looking ahead to the gift giving holidays and keep on designing string into art!

Monday, July 16, 2012

Giving Away - Candy - Lace

Facebook Give-Away Winner Tina, won our set of Knitter's Pride Karbonz needles!
Thank YOU to everyone of liked and shared our post!  
That was too much fun....I already thinking of more fun stuff to Give-Away!

Smooth metal tips, with a slightly sharper point, and rubber coated handles in sweet candy colors!

Universal's Garden 10 Cotton Thread is by Nazlie Gelin, which means "shy bride" in Turkish.  This is a #10, 100% mercerized Egyptian Giza cotton thread, classified as 0-Lace weight.  Makes heirloom quality shawls and delicate enough for crocheted jewelry.

Sunday, July 8, 2012


Summertime is for picnics, visiting the beach and for some it means hitting the road.  Had a customer in the other day and we had a great time matching this jacket for the perfect match in orange.  The yarn is Cascade 220 Superwash, a dk weight washable wool.  The colors that matched the Harley orange in their patched (not inked, but the actual Harley Davidson stitched patch) was #815 Black and #907 Tangerine.  At first I thought the tangerine was too neon, but to my surprise the Harley orange really is this bright.  It's just used in smaller patches, so it appears less intense.
Summertime is also great for simple projects that can be carried out to the garden and enjoyed during conversations with good friends.  These cute cover ups have great versitility.  A perfect jacket for when the evening sun sets.  Wear over swim suit or sleeveless top.  But in the winter, they are also perfect for laying over a long sleeve t-shirt, turtleneck or blouse.  The left 2 patterns are for children.  The pattern details can be see on my children's pattern page.  The right pattern is for us!   Ranging from measurements of 36-53, you can check more of the details on my women's jacket & cardigan page.
Summer is also when Lorna's Laces brings out new colors.  Above is Cummberbund (strong red-orange) and Waistcoat (beautiful deep dark cyan-green, or deep teal-picture looks really blue to me, but it is deep dark teal).  There are more shades to come!  These above are Helen's Lace.  You can see additional pictures, and maybe the color will be better on my Helen's Lace page.   Also check out the Shepherd Sock page, where you can see Waistcoat and a multi-color called Bow Tie. We are stocking most of the colors in Shepherd Sock, Sport, Worsted, Bulky and Helen's Lace.  As the new shipments arrive, we will be making them available on the web site.

Finally, only 5 more days to the end of our Give-away of the new Karbonz Needles.  To enter go to our face book page at , then "like us", then share the posting with your friends.  IF your shares are hidden we can't see you, so be sure to write a comment that you shared!  We want to make sure we've got your name added to the bucket!

Take care, be safe and enjoy the summer!

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Like and Share for a chance to win a set of Knitter's Pride Karbonz from Angelika's Yarn Store! 
**To participate: FIRST - LIKE our page 

**THEN - SHARE the original posting about this Giveaway! Only people who share this original picture are eligible!

**ONE winner will receive: 1 set of Knitter's Pride Karbonz Double Points (Sizes US#1, 2, 3 and 4.) 1 Ashland Sky DP Needle Case in Red 

**ENDS ON JULY 13, 2012! 
We will draw a winner using a random number generator and announce the winner on Saturday July 14, 2012. The winner will have a LIMITED amount of time to email or call us with an address so we can ship the prize! 

**No purchase necessary--its okay if you've never ordered from us! 
**No, you WON'T pay shipping! 
**International participants welcome! 

The cost of this prize if purchased from us would be $99! Not to mention you'll have a starting set of a sleek, jet black, carbon fiber needles to store in a vivid red ribbon casing. Edgy! If you just can't wait, visit us at and place your preorder now! We expect them within the week! The New age needles are made from High-Tech carbon fiber! Carbon fiber is one of the most versatile materials used in manufacturing of the new generation Air craft, Space ship, Automobiles, etc.!! Perfect points, flawlessly tapered-Ideal for all yarns and every project. High tensile strength, Light weight and lots of flexibility. A smooth join on circular needles ensures easy stitch glide and no snagging. Surface that helps the stitches move smoothly on the needle!! Resilient, flexible cords lay flat with no kink or twist – easy to store. Warm to touch & gentle in the hand.  Because of this material, the Karbonz needles are strong, even down to a US#00000 (that's a 1mm size)!!