We are thrilled and proud to carry Erin, a three ply, smooth worsted-weight from Imperial Stock Ranch. If you haven’t already heard, Ralph Lauren chose Erin as the yarn for the sweaters for the the 2014 Olympic team! (Read more about it here!)
Yesterday, 15 colors arrived via our very nice UPS men. Here’s a quick snap taken when we started sorting it all out. We did NOT roll in it, but it is so squishable that we were seriously tempted. I started a cowl for a shop sample this morning, and wow, I am in love already. I’m thinking some kind of sweater for the Ravellenic games to coincide with the Winter Olympics.
This month’s yarn is a special base created just for the Dream Club from Dream in Color. It is 100% domestic fine merino wool, at ~210 yds/100g. It is a beautiful, squishy worsted weight, perfect for a quick holiday gift. The pattern, included with your purchase, is Poinsettia by Jessica Correa.
We have a few skeins extra, so if you are not a member of the club, stop on in to claim a skein!
We wish we had room to carry weaving supplies beyond the Zoom Loom, but we are always thrilled to see woven projects. Ginny brought in this woven wrap made with Lamb’s Pride Worsted.
Nancy brought in her Turtle Pond, knit with stash SO DEEP that she has no idea what it is! Turtle Pond, by our friend Kirsten Kapur, is available as a Ravelry in-store download purchase. We had Emily’s knit in Blue Sky Alpaca Worsted Cotton up as a sample for a little while last fall. So cute, and such an easy way to dive into a little bit of colorwork.
Not to toot my own horn, but I am a great bargain shopper. I am the one walking away from CVS with bags of stuff that I paid only a penny for. I know how to shop like those crazy people on TV; while I don’t have shelves full of ramen, my husband did recently yell “NO MORE COUPONING FOR TOOTHPASTE” when a rain of Colgate fell on him in the bathroom.
So I love to shop and I love to get good deals, but Black Friday is something that I never understood. I don’t want to get up early! I don’t want to go a crowded store! I want to enjoy my Turkey-Induced Coma! And when I saw that the malls were opening at 8:00 PM on Thanksgiving night, well, something in me broke.
For us at Natural Stitches, Thanksgiving is a time to be with friends and family and to relax. In the spirit of relaxation — and because Thanksgiving is also about eating so much that you don’t want to put on proper pants — we have a tradition of declaring the Friday after Thanksgiving to be Pajama Day. Come to the store wearing your pajamas! We will reward you, our loyal blog readers, with 15% off your regularly-priced purchase. We will spend the day in comfort, surrounded by beautiful yarn and in the company of fellow fiber artists. Spend a few hours with us in the rocking chairs, or run in for a yarn fix between bargain hunting stops (or when you can’t stand your family any longer). We won’t open early or offer any special deals beyond the 10% or what we’ve already put on clearance. We will be an island of calm in the Black Friday excitement.
Wow, I guess I have really strong feelings about this.
(Note: We can’t count yoga pants, sweatpants, T-shirts or sweatshirts as pajamas. Also YOU must be wearing the pajamas, not your adorable children, as much as we love to see them. Sorry!)
Wooo! It’s always exciting to open a box from Tina at Blue Moon Fiber Arts!
We have restocks of Targhee Worsted (that you all are snapping up so eagerly for sweaters!), Worthy, and Marine Silk Fingering. We are also rotating the colors of Socks that Rock and the spinning fiber so we have some new options for you. If there’s a color of Blue Moon that we don’t have, let us know and we will add it to the rotation list.
We also received the new Addi Rocket needles! Last spring, our friend Brian and I could not say enough good things about the new Addi Sock Rockets. Now Addi has applied that amazing design to needles in all sizes! I can’t wait to get my hands on a size 6 and cast on for a shawl.
Finally, a reminder that we have very limited amounts of Sasha’s holiday project bags available for pre-order. Once the fabric is gone, these cuties are gone forever! Please give us a call at 412-441-4410 if you wish to place an order.
When folks come in asking for recommendations for a cowl pattern, Yvonne always recommends the Darkside Cowl [FREE!] as one that is particularly squishy and fun to knit. Jan took Yvonne’s recommendation and knit this lovely cowl, modeled by Jessica, out of less that one skein of Yarn Hollow Brocade, a beautiful silk and wool blend.
Our very good friend Sasha, Seamstress Extraordinaire, is offering pre-orders of holiday-themed Stitched by Sasha bags.
There are five styles of bags available:
- Box Bag ($25)
- Large Box Bag ($45)
- Small Drawstring Bag ($30)
- Medium Drawstring Bag ($40)
- Sweater-sized Drawstring Bag ($50)
Sorry, no boxy notions pouches or minis are available.
These are two fabric choices: White trees or aqua forest friends.
You may pre-order the bags between now and December 7th. Delivery will be between 2-3 weeks after your order is placed, and payment is due when the bags are picked up.
Please call, email us or stop by the shop to place your order, or with any questions.
Today, we’re sharing Kim’s Guernsey Wrap!
Knit with Cascade 220, Kim made the finished piece bigger by adding more repeats.
Designed by Jared Flood, the Guernsey Wrap is available through Ravelry in-store pattern sales and would make a beautiful addition to any wardrobe!