Monday, August 20, 2012

New Website Feature!

Welcome to the newest feature on our website. We have added a blog so we can post current news and happenings in the shop, and also make the newsletter available to those of you who can't read our emails.
We hope you enjoy this new feature - Special Thanks to Jessica for making it possible. Click the link below to read the most recent newsletter.

StoreArtYarn Expressions
In this newsletter...
Classic Elite KAL Winners
Look what's back in stock
and look at the new stuff
Upcoming Classes and Workshops
Cascade Yarn Tasting in the Planning Stages!
Navajo Loom for Sale
Yes, we ARE OPEN during the entire Labor Day weekend!
Last year we were closed for painting; this year we're open and selling yarn!! So take advantage of your extra days off for the long weekend and come and sit and knit or crochet or spin or bead, yes bead, with us!
Special limited edition yarn - we have just 60 skeins -
ten skeins of each of 6 custom-dyed colorways
- of Knit1CrochetToo's AmbrosiaHandpaint, an alpaca silk cashmere blend that is no longer available. 50gms, 137 yards. When it's gone, it's gone. We can't get this base yarn anymore.
And the Winners of the Classic Elite KAL are..
Sarah Tullock, who knitted Groovy from the Woodstock Collection in Sarah w prizeCEY Cricket and won this wonderful gift basket, and Susan Corbett who knitted two sweaters and won a gift certificate from the shop, so she can knit more sweaters.
CEY KAL participants 2012And if you haven't visited our website lately and seen this, here are Sarah and Robin and Cheryl and Janet showing off Groovy and Crocket and Bartizan and Abbey knitted in Classic Elite Yarns.
Lots of great restocks .....
We have sooo much wonderful new merchandise. Yes, of course we have great yarn, but so much more.
Mesh Yarns!
The winter yarns are going to start coming in within the next few weeks, but in the meantime, we've just received two large shipments of mesh yarns.

We've received restocks of Marina, Flora, Spectra and Spectra Duet in Starbella Stripeall your favorite colors and some new fall colors as well. We Starbella Stripe 1714have also received some restock of Starbella, but even better, we've received Starbella Stripe, which comes in team colors. Not all of our favorite team colors, but a seriously interesting selection of them.

We also carry Papillon and some other mesh yarns from FourSeasons which make fun ruffled scarves in kid sizes. The mesh is narrower and the skein is shorter so it works out perfectly.
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Books! Lots and lots of Books!
And books - all the newest ones - and all the ones you've been looking for and thinking about. We have so many books that we've run out of places to put them. And not just knitting books, but crocheting books, and beading books and felting books and books to make toys and dolls and fun stuff for kids.

..... New Stuff
Beads Beads Beads!!
In addition to copies of Betsy Beads and several other new knitting and crocheting with beads books, we now have 6/0 beads in several styles and many many colors. We have Japanese, Czech and Indian beads, and many of the yarns and fibers featured in Betsy Beads and individual patterns and beading tools.
Yes dellaQ is back. We have a variety of different size cases in a selection of colors for all your needle and hook needs. If you don't see the style / color combination you want or need, you can special order any of the cases Della offers in her line.
We also have Della's cute little Edict bags. They come in 4 colors and dqEdict are printed with : Hat Project, Sock Project, Random Project, Scarf Project, Paws Off My Knitting, Cheaper Than Therapy, Shh...I'm Counting and Tangled String. Two of the Edicts are on back order, but we have the rest of them in stock right now.
Knit Happy
We also have several styles of Knit Happy and Crochet Happy Totes, Notions cases and more.
and Needle Felting Supplies!!
Our inventory of tools had run low, but we have now restocked and have a wider assortment than we had before, including several new Needle Felting books and the cutest little animal kits.
If anyone is an experienced Needle Felter and would like to offer a workshop, please email me at
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And now for the Back to School stuff!!
It's time to start having classes again and we have a full schedule starting up at the beginning of September.

We're starting back up with a reprise of Introduction to Knitting Knit101 Hat taught by Joan Cook. Please spread the word to your friends and family who've always wanted to learn to knit that Joan, who is the absolute best Intro Knitting instructor on the planet, has agreed to teach one more class for this year. The class will meet on 3 Saturday mornings in September - the 8th, 15th and 22nd, from 9 to 11am and the registration fee is $65.00. Click here for all the details.

Beaded Row Counter Bracelet: Saturday September 1st at 4pm. Row Counter BraceletRegistration Fee: $25.00; The Beaded Row Counter Bracelet created in this workshop uses the same counting method as an abacus. You will learn how to make the bracelet and also how to use it. Click here for the details.
Basic Sock Anatomy: Monday September 10th, Wednesday September 12th and Friday September 14th at 930am. Registration Fee: $65.00; Diane Lyles will be offering her ever-popular Anatomy of a SockSockParts class for those of you wanting to knit socks for holiday gifts but afraid to begin those patterns that have kitchner and gusset and heel flaps and all sorts of other intimidating sockisms. Let Diane demystify it for you as you knit a sock (possibly a funny sized Sock1 one, but an entire sock nonetheless) in 3 class sessions. While this class was created for first-time sock knitters, it is also great for those who have knitted a few socks and not been happy with them and also for folks suffering from Single Sock Syndrome who haven't found knitting socks to be as much fun as they'd hoped. Diane can make it fun! Click here for the course flyer.
Tri-Loom Weaving: Saturday, September 15th or Sunday September 16th, from 4 to 7 pm. Registration Fee: $35.00, plus $10. loom use fee to instructor if you do not own a tri-loom. 3ft Tri-looms may be purchased from the instructor. If you've always been fascinated by weaving but TriLoom overwhelmed by looms with heddles and peddles and shuttles and all that weaving stuff, this is for you. In 3 hours, you can complete a small shawlette - how's that for instant gratification? Click here for more details. These make great gifts just as they are, or you can combine them to make larger shawls or afghans. And you can always move up to a larger loom for larger projects.

And yes, at long last, Jessica has some free time, and will be teaching Plymouth 1720 pattern the Top-Down Raglan Sweater aka Your First Sweater. While this class is not limited to knitters who've never attempted a sweater before, it is a great sweater for those who're overwhelmed at the thought of knitting all those separate pieces and putting them together. This sweater is knitted all in one piece and is a very versatile pattern because you can make the sleeves as long or as short as you want them, and you can make the length as long or as short as you want it, and the pattern spans 5 sizes so you can make it to fit almost anyone once you've mastered the basic sweater. This class will begin on Sunday October 7th and will meet at 2 week intervals so that participants will have adequate time to complete their knitting to the stage needed for the next session. The class will meet on Sunday October 7th, 21st and November 4th at 4pm and the registration fee is $65.00. Click here for the rest of the details.
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Cascade Yarn Tasting: September 29th & 30th
We are having a Yarn Tasting featuring Cascade Yarns at the end of September.

This yarn tasting will be completely different from our previous ones, so mark you calendar and make sure to register soon.

Mike, our Cascade rep,will be setting up a shop full of tasting stations and is bringing doorprizes as well.
We have scheduled two sessions, on September 29th and 30th. We'll have lots of trunk show models for you to check out and Mike will be here with all of his color cards, so that you can order anything you'd like from their line, even if we don't normally carry it.
And yes, there will be a registration fee that will go to Animal Rescue. Have I mentioned that we're becoming very popular with the local Animal Rescue groups?

Click here for the Event flyer with all the details.
Customer For Sale Offerings
Navajo Loom For Sale
Navajo Loom
Occasionally we have a customer who has something fiber arts related to sell that one of you might be interested in and we will announce it here for them. If you have anything for this category, please feel free to email with details and I will try to get it into the next newsletter.
Kathy L is offering this Navajo loom originally purchased from Carol Leigh's Hillcreek Fiber Studio. It comes apart, and the parts are numbered, so it will be easy to move. The price is $150.; pick up only from West Huntsville. No shipping so don't even ask.

If you are interested, please email me and I will pass her contact email on to you.

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