FO Friday: Lena’s Amazing Sweater

This week’s FO Friday is pretty special. Lena made this sweater every single step of the way. She sheared the sheep! She cleaned the wool! She spun the wool! She designed the pattern! The photos don’t do this justice, it is so nice and soft and lofty. We’re not worthy!

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HOLD ON TO YOUR SWANTS!

. . . because in February of 2015, we will be very honored to welcome designers Stephen West and Steven Berg (aka Steven B.) as part of the East Coast Stephen and Steven Tour. We don’t have a set date, but we can tell you that we will be partnering with Yarns Unlimited of Sewickley to be able to offer classes and a fashion show/luncheon/meet & greet. Stay tuned to our social media outlets and this newsletter for the most up-to-date information!

 

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Rhinebeck Report 2014

Yvonne, David, and I are back from the annual New York Sheep and Wool Festival, more commonly known as Rhinebeck! I am not posting with a full deck this morning due to Yarn Fumes Hangover, but I wanted to share a few thoughts with you all.

Every year, we speculate about what THE sweater will be, the one that is so popular that everyone has made it. This time, we saw lots and lots of gorgeous sweaters, but we couldn’t pinpoint a single stand out. We saw a lot of Pumpkin Ales, from Ysolda’s Rhinebeck Sweater book.

(Did you see Emily’s sample knitted from Blue Moon Targhee Worsted last fall?)

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We also saw a few Hitofudes, both worn and as booth samples, and I am eyeing up the Blue Moon Marine Silk Fingering for this one. Finally, shawl-wise, we saw Stephen West’s Esjan quite a few times. Both of these patterns are available as Ravelry in-store download purchases.

At Rhinebeck, we kept all of you in mind and met up with two groups of people who help make our shop special and we are proud to know. We participated in the Knitspot Rhinebeck Swap, where we knitted Anne Hanson patterns for a secret pal and then exchanged and revealed all at a picnic. Guess who knitted for Yvonne? ANNE HANSON!

Here’s Yvonne when she realized ANNE HANSON knit for her (courtesy of Erica’s Instagram):

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The pattern is Bay Leaf and Lime (available as a Ravelry in-store download purchase) with one of our newest yarns, Stone Soup Fingering, as the main color.

We also met up with Amy and Jackie of CustomFit and talked about a number of exciting things that are happening with the program. Amy and Jackie are wearing Amy’s latest designs; these have been released directly into the CustomFit website, so the sometimes confusing issue of mixing a pattern and a recipe is eliminated. I am obsessed with the sweater Jackie is wearing! Yvonne is wearing her open front cardigan in Blue Moon Fiber Arts BFL Sport, and I am wearing Cushing Isle in Madelinetosh Vintage.

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It was so great to talk to them, and we’ll have more information over the next week or so about getting started on your next (or perhaps your very first) CustomFit sweater!

 

 

We saw a few

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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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(Forgive the bad Instagram picture! Find us on Instagram here!)

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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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