News from Double Ewe - Late July 2010

In This Issue

  • A Few Random Notes
  • Caring for your Handknits
  • New Stuff

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A Few Random Notes

Another newsletter? Already? Really, my goal isn’t to fill up your inbox, but this is the time of year that new things start arriving at the shop fast and furious. So this year, I thought I’d send out shorter newsletters a little more often, so hopefully none of the fun things arriving in the shop get lost in the shuffle. 

Because of all the new stuff coming in, I’m working hard on moving some of the old stuff out. So, you might want to take a look at my Tower of Savings sometime soon – it’s chock full of goodies all at 50% off – things like Burly Spun, Regia Sock Yarn, Bamboozle, Classic Worsted, Nature Spun, and there might even be a some Cherry Tree Hill Supersock left. It’s a great time for stash enhancement!

One more note – I’m currently working on our fall class/activities schedule. If you have any ideas you’d like to see happen at Double Ewe, please let me know! You can email me at kelly@double-ewe-yarn.com, or give me a call at 763-780-2465.

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Caring For Your Handknits

Caring for your handknits properly is so important to maintain their shape and appearance. For this month’s newsletter, I intended on writing a little article about how to care for your handknits, but in researching the topic, I found several excellent articles that had already been written, so I’m going to just share some of them with you with the links below.

Machine Washable Yarns

The articles below deal mostly with hand washable yarn, but I’ve been wanting to write a little blurb about machine washable yarn for a while now. When a yarn label says it’s machine washable, it really doesn’t mean toss it in the wash with your towels & jeans. Machine washable yarns work best if they’re washed in a lingere bag in cool/tepid water with gentle agitation. If the label states the yarn is machine dryable, a short cycle at a low temperature is best, and then lay it flat to finish drying. After the hours (and hours!) you’ve spent knitting a piece, treat it with care. When giving a handknitted gift, consider enclosing a lingere bag and maybe a small bottle of Eucalin with it. I know some people are just going to wash and dry everything the same way, but why not make it as easy as possible for them to treat it as the treasure it is.

Guide to Laundry Care Symbols
Knitter’s Review – Dirty Work: How To Clean Your Handknits
Washing Handknit Items

Knitting on the Net – How to Care for Hand Knits

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New Stuff – Yarn & Goodies

KA Exchangeables
I’ve been looking for a nice interchangeable needle set for you bamboo lovers, and I found it! I’ve heard nothing but good things about these. KA exchangeable Circular Needle Sets contain tips from size 5 – 15 and cables to make needles from 16” to 53” in length. You’ll be covered on almost any project you take on!

Incomparable Buttons
Hand crafted, all natural ceramic buttons. Each button is made and painted entirely by hand in South Africa. Unique and fully washable (although they don’t recommend tumble drying them – they’re ceramic!) Read more about the company here. This is just a sampling of the buttons I've got:

Angel’s Kiss 60/40 Alpaca/Merino Yarn
Grown, spun and dyed in the US. Angel’s Kiss yarn comes Heavenly Fibers, a small mill in Readstown Wisconsin. Made from U.S. grown alpaca fleece, scoured with environmentally-friendly products, spun and kettle-dyed in Wisconsin. It truly is a lovely yarn. And they have some really cute alpaca photos on their website, too!

Tulip & Rocketry Sweater Kits 
These are the super cute baby/toddler sweaters from Dream in Color, and you may have noticed the one I’ve had at the front of the shop for a while now. Classy, Dream in Color’s worsted weight superwash wool, comes in gorgeous veil-dyed colors, and I’ve assembled a variety of colors into kits, appropriate for both little girls & boys, making it easier (and more wallet-friendly) to get started.


½ and ½ Fingerless Mittens
What a strange name for a yarn... ½ n ½ is the perfect blend of 50% Milk and 50% Wool. (Milk? Yes, milk.) This yarn is very soft & luxurious, and it just takes one skein to make a very cute pair of fingerless mittens. A variety of designs & colors are available.

Kraemer Yarns

I’m on a bit of mission to support US yarn manufacturers, and I’ve had Kraemer Yarns on my radar for a while. Located in Nazareth, a small town in eastern Pennsylvania, they spin many varieties of yarn from natural and synthetic fibers. I’ve selected five of them to start with, and plan on adding more as we go along. Kraemer offers a lot of free patterns on their website, and I’ve put a link to them for each yarn described below – but don’t feel limited by these patterns. These yarns are appropriate for many, many projects. All of them are made in the U.S.A.

Tatamy Tweed Worsted (Kraemer)
A worsted weight, easy-care, cotton/acrylic blend. It comes in lots of lovely colors ranging from bright & playful to neutral earthy tones, all with small flecks spun right into the yarn. Because it’s machine washable, it is an excellent choice for everyday garments, including the Child’s Worsted Cardigan which I completed this weekend. It’s fabulous for sweaters, tops, hats, blankets, and whatever you can imagine! When you don't want the warmth of wool, this is a cool, easy care solution. Tatamy Tweed worsted patterns


Bear Creek (Kraemer)
Bear Creek is big, bulky round balls of wooly goodness. Made from 99% wool and 1% nylon, this yarn is like knitting with roving without the fear of breakage. It's soft, squishy, big, and warm. At two stitches per inch on #17 needles, you can complete projects quickly. Bear Creek is great for last-minute gifts. Bear Creek patterns

Fountain Hill (Kraemer)
An 80% acrylic and 20% mohair yarn. It has an airy loft and lovely halo to make elegant garments in many different gauges. I recently made the Bedford Springs Dinnerbell Shawl as pictured below, and I found the yarn to be a delight to knit with. Generous yardage of 560 yards per skein make this a very economical one-skein project. Fountain Hill patterns


Sterling Silk & Silver (Kraemer)
Photos don’t do this yarn justice. It’s a blend of superwash wool, silk, nylon, and silver. Yes, actual silver, which gives it a touch of sparkle. Although Sterling is a sock weight, it is meant for much more than socks. Sterling Silk & Silver patterns

Saucon Sock (Kraemer)
This one is another option for those of you who don’t care for or can’t tolerate any wool. Yay! A blend of cotton, acrylic & nylon, it’s perfect for year round socks, and it will hold its shape. I can see it used for lace shawls, baby garments, and sweaters as well. Saucon Sock patterns

Audrey from Schaefer Yarns 
Audrey… what to say about Audrey…It’s a decadent blend of half Merino wool and half cultivated silk, in the gorgeous colorways the Schaefer is known for. At 700 yards in each 4 ounce skein, there are many things you could knit with just one skein. I haven’t received my full order yet, but I do have a small amount available right now. It’s absolutely beautiful.


Undulating Waves Scarf Kits
(also from Schaefer Yarns) have been restocked. Yay!

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And, what would a newsletter be without a picture of Davian?  So here she is...but not in a sweater.  It's summer, after all.  ;)

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Once again, I’d like to thank you all for supporting your local yarn shop.
Knit on!

Kelly

Double Ewe Yarn Shop
9201 Lexington Ave N
Circle Pines, MN 55014

763-780-2465
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