FO Friday: Arnel’s Inflorescence Shawl

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Arnel brought in her Inflorescence shawl knit out of Socks that Rock in the Lucille Eliza Tipsy colorway. We love how the Tipsy adds a surprising pop of color to the lace!

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Thanks for a great sale weekend…and some bargains continue!

We had an amazing sale weekend and have so much less stuff to count during inventory in a few weeks. We are pleased to extend the happy sale spirit with our AMAZING BOOK AND PATTERN TABLE! Everything on this table remains at 50% off!

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FO Friday: Sarah’s Snuggly Sheep Hat

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We are so proud to know our young friend Sarah Gomez, who has published designs in major magazines. We let out a SQUEEEEEEEEEEEE of delight when she brought in her own design, the Snuggly Sheep Hat, knit out of Cascade 220.  We love this so much!

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Shop Sample Spotlight: Amy’s Fascia Shawl

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In our most recent newsletter, we highlighted our own Amy’s Fascia Shawl, which she designed after taking Sivia Harding’s Sideways Lace Design class last spring at Natural Stitches.  Amy was kind enough to let us borrow her completed sample knit out Baah! LaJolla yarn. Stop in and see this beauty for yourself: we’ve been raving about not only the quality of Amy’s design work, but the amazing way this plied fingering weight blocks out to create a luxurious fabric. It’s the perfect match of yarn and pattern. Great job, Amy!

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We’re Off Our Rockers for Knitted Knockers!

Natural Stitches is very pleased to join forces with Our Clubhouse to be a part of the Knitted Knockers charity group!

We will be accepting donations of Knitted Knockers and distributing them to local hospitals and cancer treatment centers. Never knit a knocker (or a pair)? Not a problem! There are several patterns available! Would you rather crochet your knockers? That’s fine, too!

We ask that you use the Cascade Ultra Pima yarn for your Knitted Knockers, as it has been tested and found to be the tried-and-true best yarn for the comfort of the wearer. (Crocheters, you will find that your pattern calls for fingering weight yarn, and we suggest the Ultra Pima Fine. Please be aware that crocheted knockers are more rigid than knitted knockers and may be perceived to be less comfortable.)

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In support of this charity and to encourage you to make some knockers, we are changing our Sunday knitting group to Knitted Knocker Sundays. Join us from 2 – 4 p.m. to work on your Knitted Knockers. Teachers will occasionally be on hand to help you get started or to answer any questions you have about the technique (but all of our staff members are able to help you out). In addition, Natural Stitches is pleased to offer 15% off of the Ultra Pima when it is purchased for making Knitted Knockers.

If that’s not enough to entice you to join in the fray, Natural Stitches is very pleased to offer an additional incentive: Knit (or crochet) 5 pair of knockers (we’ll keep track on a punch card that’s kept here) and receive 15% off of your next purchase (excluding sale items).

If you have questions, please feel free to stop in or email Yvonne.

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FO Friday: Marc’s Rainbow Ladder Afghan

Marc brought in his Rainbow Ladder Afghan, knit in Berroco Comfort. While we no longer carry the Comfort, we can enthusiastically recommend Uptown Worsted if you’d like to make your own beautiful, easy-care blanket like Marc’s.

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Sale! SALE! October 10, 11 & 12

Announcing the Natural Stitches Pre-Inventory Sale!

It’s almost time for our annual inventory, the time in which we close the shop for a few days to count ALL the things.

We want to count as few things as possible, so join us October 10-12 for our Pre-Inventory Sale!

All yarn is 25% (or more) off! *

All books and patterns are 30% (or more) off!

EVERYTHING else in the shop is at least 25% off!

(Yeah, we REALLY don’t want to count things this year!)

The Fine Print:

  • *Blue Moon Fiber Arts products and BareNaked Wools are NOT included in this sale.
  • All sales during this time are final; ABSOLUTELY NO RETURNS OR EXCHANGES.
  • Sale prices are good on in-stock merchandise only and only during the sale period.
  • We cannot place yarn or other items on hold during the sale.
  • Sale prices do not apply to special orders, holds, or layaways.
  • Remember, we send out our winder for servicing at this time, so there will be NO WINDING during the sale! You may bring your purchases back at a later date to be wound.

The annual sale means that we will soon be….

CLOSED for Inventory

Our annual inventory will be held October 27-29. We will be closed for inventory those days, so please schedule your yarn emergencies before then. We can’t let you into the shop during inventory, no matter how far you drove, how much you need that yarn or that crochet hook. We will look forward to seeing you after the counting is through!

 

Sorry – we had the wrong dates initially!

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Shop Sample Spotlight: Wee Cria

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We are super-obsessed with Ysolda’s Wee Ones collection, as evidenced here by the first of two Wee Crias. This delightfully girly version was knit by Zelda in Dream in Color Smooshy with Cashmere. Wee Cria is available on its own or as an e-book with Wee Ones as a Ravelry in-store download purchase.

For more Ysolda obsession, see our Wee Envelope and our Wee Liesl!

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FO Friday: Kathryn’s Bazaar Socks

When Kathryn pulled these out of her bag, we all gasped. These beauties are Priscilla Gibson-Robert’s Bazaar Socks, knitted in Kathryn’s Cascade Heritage sock yarn leftovers. Kathryn said each part reminded her of the original project, so the knitting was a trip down memory lane.

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Getting BareNaked with David…

Yes, it is as exciting as you think!

It doesn’t, however, involve skin.

Canton, Ohio is the headquarters for BareNaked Wools — makers of Stone Soup Fingering and (new to us) Stone Soup DK yarns.  When I received the phone call that our Stone Soup DK yarn was ready for us, I opted to take a quick road trip to pick the yarn up instead of waiting (impatiently) for our postal carrier (whose name is Thomas) to deliver the package to us.  It was probably safer for him, too.*

The BareNaked Wools Boutique is located on a quiet street in Canton; it’s a pretty quick drive from Pittsburgh.  I asked David if he would be willing to travel with me, and he and I left at about 9, and arrived at the boutique at around 11.  Since the boutique is generally closed on Wednesdays, we had the place to ourselves and were able to really browse the yarns, look at the samples that they had hanging, and (of course) spend some quality time talking to Anne Hanson about the yarn, her designs, her boutique and Natural Stitches.

David, David, David.

David, David, David.

Anna, Martha and I (plus frequent customer Robin T.) are all members of Anne’s Passion Club, and I was SUPER THRILLED when Anne asked if I wanted to see the actual knitted items from this month’s offering!  There was no way I was going to say no to that!  David had to pull the scarf back out of my purse several times, but we also indulged in a “selfie” and sent it off to Anna (who may have been supremely jealous).

I'm so overcome with emotion I can't help but make a weird face.

I’m so overcome with emotion I can’t help but make a weird face.

As much as we would have liked to spend more time, we did really have to leave, but did manage a group photo before heading out.

IMG_20140917_120510So, details:

Stone Soup DK – available in 6 colors
300 yards, $30.50/skein
Great for:  Anything!   Suggestions:  Polartorte, Goobalini, Danger, Wheaten wrap, Oatmeal Stout (all available through the Ravelry in-store download program).

Stone Soup DK - for all your knitting needs.

Stone Soup DK – for all your knitting needs.

*Have you been here when we’re waiting for something exciting?  It’s pretty bad; grown women plastered to the front window like urchins at the bakery.

 

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