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