News from Double Ewe - February 2011

Hello Fellow Yarnies!

We’re still deep in the prime knitting & crochet season. Yay! Even though they’re annoying, make commutes super long, and are sloppy & dirty, I do love a big pile of snow. And wow, they’re big this year. Someday I’ll be able to see the Walgreens across the street again, but it might be a while. In the meantime, I love to hunker down and play with yarn.


The view from my window...yup...that's a Walgreens.

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In This Issue

  • New stuff 
  •  Worth Mentioning 
  •  Coming Very Soon (Or Cool Ways to Carry Your Projects)
  •  Facebook
  • What has Kelly Cast Off (or on?)
  • Winter 2011 Class Schedule
  • Other Reminders
  • Knittervention!  Friday 18th
  • Double Ewe Rewards for 2011 – IMPORTANT – PLEASE READ

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New Stuff

Pediwick from Knit One Crochet Too
Knit One Crochet Too designed this bamboo blend for those who want an alternative to wool for socks. What’s really nice is that the yarn is spun with a natural stretch that will help keep all your garments snuggly in place. Great for baby items, hats, and sportswear, too. Soft with nice, almost soothing colors.


Pediwick

Eros II from Plymouth
Back by popular demand! Customer requests prompted Plymouth to re-launch their wildly popular “railroad track” yarn. Beautiful, rich colors, it’s perfect for fashion scarves or the cute yarn necklaces crafters are making. Also gorgeous for a spring or summer shawl.


Eros II

Grande Glow from Plymouth
This one is just beautiful: chunky, super soft baby alpaca with just a touch of sparkle. The photos just do NOT do it justice.  ‘Nuff said.


Grande Glow

Heritage Silk from Cascade
This stuff is a gorgeous twist on Cascade’s Heritage yarn. Fingering weight, a blend of 85% superwash wool and 15% silk, it would make lovely socks, but an even lovelier shawl, scarf or cowl. Pretty.


Heritage Silk

Worth Mentioning

Flax & Wool Blend from Harrisville Designs
I love a good, rustic, crunchy wool, and it’s even better when it has that sweet, wooly smell; Flax & Wool Blend is exactly that kind of wool. It’s one of my personal favorites. I’ve had it in the shop since the day we opened, but for the past year (or two), I’ve neglected it…kept it in a small cube in an obscure corner of the shop. A spot it didn’t deserve. Kerri’s Bog jacket rekindled my love for it, and I’ve restocked all the colors and moved it to a more prominent spot in the shop – a spot it really deserves. I promise to be nicer to it in the future.


Flax & Wool Blend

Coming Very Soon (or Cool Ways to Carry Your Projects)

I’ve never been one of those women that have a ton of shoes or purses. For one thing, I have ridiculously hard to fit feet, so they’re no fun to buy and I usually only have one, maybe two pairs of shoes at a time. Purses. Meh… never a big draw for me. However, fairly recently I’ve started drooling over knitting bags…there are so many cool ones. And I hear it’s okay to have more than one, after all, I have always have more than one project going. Now I want them all. I blame Dawn & Kristie. Here are some that will arrive Very Soon:

Project Bags in black and Natural from Bagsmith
I’m expecting these to arrive this week. My friend Dawn (see above) carries one of these, and I just love it. It has 17 pockets, including mesh pockets on the inside to hold balls of yarn, needles, stitch markers, scissors and patterns, etc. You may even find a spot for your wallet, cell phone and car keys. The bag is constructed of 100% cotton canvas, sits on a sturdy metal stand and has an adjustable shoulder strap. Calling it a Project Bag just doesn’t seem quite right though…it’s so much more. It should be called something like a “Portable Knitting Studio”. No, that makes it sound cumbersome, and it’s not. Hmmm… not sure what to call it… maybe that’s why they just call it a Project Bag.


Bagsmith Project Bags

Tool Tote from Bagsmith
Handy and hangable, this go-anywhere canvas organizer is just the ticket for traveling needle artists. Special pockets are designed to hold your straight and circular needles. You can easily see your other tools in the see-through pockets. There is a back zipper pocket that extends down the length of the bag, just big enough to hold a skein of yarn for a small, portable projects. Pack it in your suitcase or in your carry-on bag and your knitting travels along with ease.


Bagsmith Tool Tote

Rio from Jordana Paige
I love my Rio. I use it when I’m working on a big project, like a sweater or a blanket. It can hold more than a few skeins of yarn plus all the needles, notions and whatnot that goes along with it, yet it’s lightweight and easy to carry. Sometimes I pack it with 3 or 4 smaller projects, just in case Knitting ADD kicks in. Lots of pockets, well organized and roomy.

Rio

L.J. Kaelms from Jordana Paige
This is the newest addition to the Jordana Paige line. She calls it a north-south tote, tall enough to fit books and magazines, your latest knitting project, supplies and purse items. With two 9 ½” straps, this lightweight bag is comfortable to carry on your shoulder. It has all the great pockets Jordana Paige is known for, plus a new one: below each circlet is a yarn pocket. Drop your yarn in the pocket, clip the circlet around your yarn and get to work; your yarn is safe & secure.

LJ Kaelms

Hip Holsters & Zuma from Namaste
These I’ve had for a while, but I’m restocking so let’s not forget them. The Hip Holsters are great for a small project – socks, mittens, a hat? Also popular as a purse, and I’ve heard that a Kindle fits nicely, too. And the Zuma – a uniquely shaped & medium-sized, reminiscent of a bowling bag. Nice for medium sized projects, but too small for an afghan.


Hip Holsters


Zuma

Hermosa from Namaste
This is a good sized bag – actually, it’s the largest handbag in the Namaste collection. Exterior pouches with 2 separate compartments, rear document pocket, water bottle storage, extra side pocket, and a super solid construction. The interior features 3 pockets (1 zipper pocket and 2 open-top pockets). This bag stands up on its own with 5 metal feet on the secure bottom. This is a good, solid bag.


Hermosa

Hmmm…now which do I want…er…need next.

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Facebook

Hey, don’t forget, we’re on Facebook. If you like me, I’ll remind you about Knittervention and stuff. :)

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What Has Kelly Bound Off?

I’ve been on a crochet kick for the past few weeks.  I've managed to churn out a large shawl and two cowls.  What fun!  I'm showing you them in the order in which I made them.

Pattern:  Crysanthemum Tea Shawl from the book Amazing Crochet Lace by Doris Chan
Yarn:  Pima Tencel from Cascade Yarns
Comments:  Doris Chan is known for her "exploded lace" concept.  This shawl is basically a doily worked in a thicker yarn - instead of crochet thread, she used a worsted weight yarn.  I LOVED making this.  It really was a blast, and it worked up very quickly. 

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PatternCardiff Cowl by Lion Brand (Ravelry links)
YarnInspiration by South West Trading Company
Comments:  After having so much fun with the shawl, I was in the mood for more crochet, but maybe with a lighter weight yarn, so off to Ravelry I went.  I found this free pattern, worked in a DK yarn, and it was pretty simple.  More fun.

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Pattern:  My Cowl  (pattern will be available soon)
YarnPima Silk DK by Misti Alpaca (a blend of pima cotton & silk)
Comments:  There were some things about the Cardiff Cowl that, if it were my pattern, I would have done differently.  So I deccided to DO it differently.  I went with a tiny bit lighter weight yarn, a smaller hook, and I changed the stitch pattern...oh, and I made it a little bit wider too.  It'll be available as a freebie available in the shop real soon.   I chose a cotton/silk blend yarn and a springy color because...well, this winter is getting a bit long, ya know.  It made me happy.

And that pretty wraps up this months adventures in crochet.  I have my next crochet project picked out - it's a sweater by Doris Chan, but I need to give my arm a bit of a break...so it's back to my knitting.   

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Winter 2011 Class Schedule

For details on the upcoming classes, please click here.
This class schedule is a “work in progress”, and additional classes will be added. Right now, we’ve got the following scheduled:

  • Knitter’s Choice & The Workshop with Kelly
  • Nancy Lindberg: Tuesdays with Nancy and Lunch Time with Nancy on Thursdays
  • Knit Along with Ann
  • Fixing Mistakes with Kelly
  • Glittens (fingerless flip to mitts) with Kerri
  • Finishing Techniques with Kelly
  • UFO Clinic with Terri
  • The Tulip or Rocketry Sweater – super cute!
  • Crochet: Motifs with Michelle
  • Crochet: Doilies with Michelle
  • Bavarian Crochet

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Just For Fun (More Reminders)

Knitting & Crochet 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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Knittervention! Friday, February 18th

Potluck – February 18th , 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 February 18th
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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Double Ewe Rewards for 2011

This is a repeat from last month’s newsletter. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask:

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

Kelly

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Davian at nine months wearing the little Norwegian jumper I knit for her.  She's so happy!
Buh bye.