News from Double Ewe - Issue 31

Fall tidings to all my yarnie friends -

Double Ewe has been in our new space just about two full months now. What fun it's been! A lot more people have found Double Ewe: knitters and crocheters alike. I'd like to welcome you all, and thank you for finding us!

I really try to get my act together and send this newsletter within a few days of the first of each month. Well, you may or may not have noticed, but today is the 20th of October, but there's a reason for the delay. (And by reason, I mean excuse. ;-) Earlier this month, I learned a very sad lesson: laptops don't like water. However, after a very rough couple of weeks, I'm sort-of-kind-of up and running again, technology-wise that is. I did lose a whole boatload of emails (like, roughly three years worth - yikes), so if you emailed me sometime before the 5th and it seems like I'm ignoring you: I'm very sorry. You might just want to shoot me a quick email again. And that's our lesson for the day: wet laptops are bad.

However, being unplugged has drastically increased my knitting time. I've been knitting up a storm: a pullover, a couple of cowls, a shrug, mittens, and some super-secret-stuff...lots of things. I've even had to force myself to take a day off from knitting here and there - don't want to end up on the sidelines with a knitting injury, you know. I have too many things I want to make!

In this issue:

  • A Designer Among Us: Pattern Launch Party
  • Guest Writers Wanted
  • New Stuff
  • New Yarns
  • Classes & Stuff to Do

Pattern Launch Party!

We’re pleased to announce that Terri, one of our instructors here at the shop, has had her first pattern published! Bisbee, an easy, lacy scarf pattern, is in the new issue of Knitcircus, and that calls for a celebration. Come for good company, treats, and a chance to win a turquoise necklace. Everyone who attends will get 20% off on the purchase of the magazine and a skein of Eco wool. You must be present for the discount and to win, so please join us for a fun afternoon!

Friday, November 13th, from 3:00 to 5:00 pm.

Guest Writers Wanted

This is usually one of the most popular sections of the newsletter. But alas, today it's still just me typing away. I'd love to feature your personal essay, technique article, or book review. Heck, we've even had poetry! Tell us about your visit to a woolen mill or to an alpaca farm. Share your personal knitting trials and successes. If you're interested in contributing, just email me at kelly@double-ewe-yarn.com. Don't be shy! Starting next month, you'll earn a $10 gift certificate if I publish your article. I’ve gotten great feedback about this feature, so write on!

New Stuff

Hiya Hiya Interchangeable Needles
Hiya Hiya stainless steel circular needles have been a favorite at Double Ewe since I started carrying them: nice, smooth joins, flexible cables, slippery stainless steel, and medium points - not too pointy, not too dull, not to mention they're very economically priced. Well, they've just taken it up a notch and came out with interchangeables. They're coming out with two sets: Small and Large, which refers to the needle sizes. The small sets contain tips from US size 2 through 8, and the large will contain tips from 9 - 15. Currently, only the small sets are available. Both sets come with cables to make 16", 24", 32" and 40" circulars, and they're stored in a lovely silk case. I've been using my set exclusively for a couple of weeks now, and I can't tell you how much I love them. In my mind, there are two things that make these needles stand out from other interchangeables: they go down to size 2, and they can make 16" circulars. I don't know of any other interchangeable sets that can say the same. I've sold out of my first shipment, but according to Fed Ex, I'll have more available tomorrow. I can't wait for the large sets to arrive!

Interweave Knits Holiday Issue
Many of you have probably heard that the annual Interweave Knits Holiday issue is soon...well, it's here now! Chock full of great gift-giving ideas, this is their biggest holiday issue yet. Stop in and check it out!

New Yarns

Every month, I like to tell you about the new yarns that have arrived since the previous newsletter went out. Since this newsletter is coming out late, the list is pretty long, so I'll (try to) keep my comments short. Really, you should see the yarns in person anyway. Words (and pictures) never do them justice.

Brae Tweed from Knit One Crochet Too
Every season when I bring in a bunch of new yarns, usually one of them stands out as my favorite. This time around, it's Brae Tweed. It's a single ply, soft spun, and very soft to the touch, with specks of natural, beige and black. The colors are very pretty - kind of muted and "silvery", if you know what I mean. It's a blend of merino, baby llama, bamboo and donegal. I knit the Kelly Pullover in it, and I enjoyed every minute of it.

Lofty Wool from Crystal Palace Yarns
A chunky, soft, variegated, and very lofty wool/nylon blend. I made a very nice pair of mittens that just might come home with me.

Bariloche, Santa Fe, and Los Andes from Aslan Trends
These are the kettle-dyed yarns you've seen in the knitting magazines recently. Gorgeous colorways in three different weights: fingering, worsted, and chunky thick & thin. The sock yarn has gotten especially great reviews from some of our sockknitters!

Garden
I've been told that it's difficult to find crochet cotton in different colors, so when I saw Garden for the first time, I knew I should bring it into the shop. Garden is a number 10 mercerized cotton, perfect for delicate crochet projects. It comes in beautiful, rich colors.

Kid Seta Mélange
A very lovely lace weight blend of silk & mohair in four elegant colors.

Pacolana
A blend of wool, alpaca and microfiber - chunky, lofty, slightly fuzzy, and nice. Very nice.

Rhythm from Jojoland
This is a light-worsted weight version of Jojoland's very popular Melody: superwash merino with gradually shifting colors.

Northern Chunky
This is our new budget-conscious easy-care acrylic yarn in a chunky weight. Really, it's very much like Marble Chunky, which a lot of you really enjoy, except it comes in solid colors.

Baby Marble DK
Another member of the Marble family, this time in baby colors and a DK weight. Subtly striping, acrylic, perfect baby items.

Classes & Stuff to Do

Classes

Charitable Knitters

Open Knitting