Monday, April 22, 2013

Lucky, Lucky Ducky

Sometimes, I stop and think about how lucky I am to get to do this job and share yarny goodness with you. I especially think these thinks when I am getting ready to enjoy a great week like the one I have ahead. I am just leaving our 5th meeting of Knit Swirl after having a wonderful time making body doubles with the group.

The week is only going to improve from this high point.

Tomorrow night, Apr. 23 from 6 to 9 p.m., I get to teach Martina Behm's Hitchhiker. (There are still 2 spots open as of this moment.)
Then, on Wednesday, Apr. 24 from 6 to 9pm, I am teaching Continental Converts which is a class that teaches you how to hold your yarn in your left hand and to pick the stitches. This change makes you faster and helps when managing two strands of yarn for colorwork. This class leads into my plans for next Monday, Apr. 29 from 6 to 9, at the Intro to Stranding - Fake Isle class (hats pictured below).

Before next Monday though, I get to spend ALL DAY this Saturday with many of you at  the AFY EWENIVERSITY. The link provided will take you to more info as well as a schedule of the days available classes. Only a few days are left to sign up for your favorites.

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Madelinetosh Has Arrived!

We have our shipment of Madelinetosh! 
First, it looked like this and I could hardly wait to break into those boxes.

There are so many hanks of stunning colors in the following yarn lines: Tosh Merino Light, Tosh Sock, and Tosh DK.

So, Lois just finished printing the stickers and they are ready to sell to you! Sounds like a trip to Anacapa Fine Yarns needs to be added to your plans during this lovely, sunny weekend.

Happy Needling,

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Operation Showers of Appreciation

I posted about this on our Facebook page a while back, but I wanted to take a second to tell you all about a wonderful organization that needs the knitting and crochet community's help; Operation Showers of Appreciation.

From their website:
"OSOA is a 501(c)3, non-profit tax-exempt organization, whose mission is to honor our military families in a unique way by showering them with gifts for their newborn babies, providing support during difficult times, and letting them know the many sacrifices of both the families and service members are appreciated.  
OSOA does this by hosting and co-hosting large scale baby showers in honor of our local military and their families. We are a volunteer and donation based organization. All proceeds are evenly dispersed at our Annual Baby Showers."

 We were recently contacted by them because they are planning a shower locally and is looking for donations of baby hats. I know a lot of wonderful crafters who love to put their talents to use to help others, and if you are one of them, please consider knitting or crocheting up a baby hat or two to donate to this wonderful organization!

You can drop off donations here at the shop, or if you don't live in the area, you can contact the organization to find out more.

Here's a link to a Ravelry search for knitted baby hat patterns, all free: CLICK HERE

And here's a link to free crocheted hat patterns: CLICK HERE

I hope you'll consider working up a couple little hats to help out a great cause!

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Zen Yarn Garden!

We just got in a shipment from Zen Yarn Garden, two new fingering weight yarns!

The first one is Serenity Silk +
Serenity Silk + is 75% Superwash Merino, 15% Cashmere, and 10% Silk, with approximately 500 yards in one skein! This would be absolutely gorgeous as a shawl or lacey scarf.

The other yarn we got from them is Serenity 20
Serenity 20 is 70% Superwash Merino, 20% Cashmere, and 10% Nylon, with approximately 400 yards in one skein. This would be fabulous for socks, scarves, shawls, sweaters, and more!

Stop by soon to check them out, we have some beautiful colors!