News from Double Ewe - January 2011

Hello, fellow yarnies -
I had a really nice, low-key break over the holidays, but now I’m back, bright eyed & bushy tailed, ready to take on 2011! I’m not much for making resolutions at the turn of the year, but I’ve been thinking I should set some knit/crochet related goals for myself this year. Here’s what I’ve come up with:

  1. I will crochet something other than a rectangle or square – maybe an actual garment. Child sizes count.
  2. Almost all of my knitting is for the shop (except my Grandma Knitting, that is). This year, I will finish a sweater or vest for me. I’ve got several already started to choose from. (Don’t we all?) 
  3. I will watch my knitting DVD’s. Actually watch them. I have a stack of DVD’s chock full of techniques & tips that have been languishing on my desk for quite some time now. My goal is to actually watch them and learn something new. (I saw a snippet of one on YouTube recently, and learned how to easily knit three strands of yarn from a single source, similar to Navajo Plying. Ask me about this if you’re curious – I’d be happy to share the technique.)

What about you? Have you set any goals for 2011?

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In This Issue

  • Double Ewe Rewards for 2011 – IMPORTANT – PLEASE READ
  • New stuff
  • What I Knitted on my Christmas Break
  • Knittervention! Friday, January 21st
  • Winter 2011 Class Schedule

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Double Ewe Rewards for 2011

We’re going to change our rewards program a bit this year. I hope I can explain this clearly, but if you have any questions, please just ask me about it.

Old Program:
For every $250 spent on regularly priced merchandise & class fees, you earn a 25% discount. This discount can be used on your entire purchase of patterns, books, needles & yarn on one day. The discount cannot be used on class fees, handspun, swifts, ball winders, or looms.

New Program:
For every $250 spent on regularly priced merchandise & class fees, you can earn a $20 certificate. Save your receipts (I’ll provide an envelope for this), and when you reach $250, bring them to me, and you’ll receive a $20 certificate. The $20 certificate can be used just like cash—use it for yarn, patterns, books, needles, notions, class fees, etc. The certificate must be used within 6 months of the issue date.

Important: We will transition to this new program through February. If you have $250 already accumulated and would like to take advantage of the old program, please stop in the shop before Saturday, February 26th, and I’ll trade you a coupon for your receipts – you need to use the coupon within 6 months of the issue date. If you’d rather opt for the $20 certificate, you can choose that option starting now. Any receipts you’ve accumulated thus far (and that haven’t already been used for a discount under the old program) can be applied to the new program.

Make sense? If not, please don’t hesitate to ask!

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New Stuff

Intrigue from Treisur
A heavy-worsted yarn with interesting, self-patterning colors. It comes in generous 100 gram skeins of about 185 yards – it’s officially our “most-economical-self-striping-yarn-of-mostly-natural-fibers”. How’s that for a title? Seriously, though, I really enjoyed knitting with it. At 4 stitches per inch, it makes for a quick hat, or mittens, or a scarf, or a sweater, etc. 77% wool, 15% acrylic, 8% mohair. Yum.

Lamb’s Pride Superwash Sport from Brown Sheep
Another great Brown Sheep yarn, this time it’s a sport weight, machine washable wool. Use it for quicker-to- knit socks, gloves, hats. Perfect for your Fair Isle projects, too! Like all Brown Sheep Yarns, it’s made in the USA. 100% wool.

Worth Mentioning

Color!
We’ve been getting new colors or expanding our color selections in some of our favorite Plymouth yarns: Encore, Galway, Kudo, Plymouth Angora (not just baby colors anymore!), Fantasy Naturale, Plymouth Select Worsted Merino Superwash, and more. I’ve changed up my color selection of Lamb’s Pride Bulky, too! We’re expecting more colors in Eco Wool and 220 Superwash Sport later this month as well. I love adding/changing colors – fresh & new!

Back in Stock: Dumpling Case with Yarn Ball Stitch Markers from HiyahiyaThese aren’t new, but we’ve been out of stock for months. And months. These are the cute little brocade cases filled with 6 yarn ball stitch markers. I have a feeling this shipment will go quickly, so get yours soon!

Tonic from Jojoland
Back in October, we added Tonic to our bag of tricks; at that time I said: “In today’s economy, I’ve tried to keep an eye out for wallet-friendly, high quality yarns, and this one fit the bill. Tonic is a DK weight blend of 85% acrylic and 15% wool, and it comes in a wide variety of colors – I’ve got 30 of them. Machine washable and dryable, soft and comfortable, 100 gram skeins for under $5. It’s a very smart choice for many, many projects.” Since then, I’ve come to like Tonic very much. VERY much. So much that I’ve decided we need to have all 60 colors…and they’re striking. I’m finishing up a cute pair of Overalls for my granddaughter right now…and I’ve loved working with it (more on that in “What has Kelly Bound Off?” below). I thought should mention it again – you really should check it out.

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What Has Kelly Bound Off?

Over my Christmas Break, I decided to do some personal knitting…personal Grandma Knitting. I knit up a little sweater for Davian, and I'm almost finished with some super-cute overalls.

PatternCotton Twirl Baby-Toddler Cardigan
Yarn:  Cotton Twirl
Comments:  This was quick and fun.  Cotton Twirl is mostly-cotton with a bit of elastic, which gives it an interesting texture and helps it hold it's shape.  I'm not a huge fan of knitting with cotton, but the very slight stretchiness makes it a very pleasant knit.  I made the12 month size, and it'll be going to Davian later this spring.  It's a free pattern from Crystal Palace Yarns; if you're going to knit it, you  might want to talk to me - I can give you some hints.  :)

Pattern:  Candy Stripes by Monkeyknits
Yarn:  Tonic by Jojoland
Comments:  This one is a work in progress (WIP), and actually, it was still a bit damp when I snapped the photo.  What's left to do?  Buttons (instead of the snazzy safety pins), and two great big pockets on the sides.  Oh, and there's a hat as well.  I saw this knit up at a yarn shop we visited over the holidays in Appleton, Wisconsin - Iris Fine Yarns.  (A lovely shop - stop in sometime if you're in the area.)  She had it knit up in red and white - super, super cute.  The pattern is by Monkeysuits, which at this moment I don't carry in the shop, but rest assured, I will.  Very soon.  This is also knit in the 12 month size, so it'll be leaving the shop this spring.  I hope Davian likes it! 

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Knittervention! Friday, January 21st

Potluck – January 21st, 6:30 – 10:00
This is our once-a-month “hang out, knit, talk, crochet, eat, laugh” night at Double Ewe. Come join us – really, it’s gobs of fun!
Dates: Every 3rd Friday, this month on January 21st
Time: 6:30 – 10:00
What to bring: Your project, unless you want to start something new…I know a lady who can set you up with some yarn. ;)
Potluck: You can bring a snack to share if you’d like, but don’t stay away if you can’t. There’s usually a lot of food; potlucks are so much fun! As always, coffee, tea and water are available.
Chairs: I never know how many people to expect, but if you have an easy-to-transport chair, you may want to bring it. We do have our usual chairs available, so if you can’t bring a chair, don’t worry. But if nobody brings a chair, we’ll probably run out. Make sense?

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Winter 2011 Class Schedule

For details on the upcoming classes, please visit the Class page of our website: http://www.double-ewe-yarn.com/classes.  Some of the classes currently being offered are:

  • Knitter’s Choice & The Workshop with Kelly
  • Nancy Lindberg: Tuesdays with Nancy and Lunch Time with Nancy on Thursdays
  • Knit Along with Ann
  • The Bog Jacket, and Elizabeth Zimmerman sweater, taught by Kerri
  • Elizabeth Zimmerman’s Mocassin Socks Knit Along
  • Fixing Mistakes with Kelly
  • Norweigan Rose Hat, traditional Norweigan stranded colorwork with Kerri
  • Glittens (fingerless flip to mitts) with Kerri
  • Finishing Techniques with Kelly
  • All About Sweaters with Terri
  • UFO Clinic with Terri
  • Crochet 101 with Michelle
  • Crochet: Motifs with Michelle
  • Crochet: Doilies with Michelle

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Just For Fun (More Reminders)

Knitting with Ewe – free, no-strings-attached open knitting

Join us for a fun social time while working on whatever you want. No registration required – just show up. We now have three times each week you can join us. Please note: this is not a class, although I’m happy to answer questions as time permits, but sometimes it’s a bit hectic. For more dedicated help, consider coming to one of our Knitter’s Choice or Knit Along with Ann classes.
Tuesday evenings: 6:30 – 9:00
Friday afternoons: 1:30 – 4:30
Saturday mornings: 9:00 – 12:00

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

Kelly

Davian says: Christmas is fun.
Buh bye.