Thursday, December 22, 2011

Stocking Stuffers and Stuff

If you're a regular reader of The Toledo Blade, you probably have noticed the Holiday Gift Guides published daily in the front section in December. The December 21 issue was a guide entitled, "What To Buy Artists and Crafters" and featured a mention of the many knitting and crochet books carried by Yarn Cravin'! Congrats on the good press, Bobbie and Dale! If you still have your Blade from that day, you can find it on page four.

Is there still room in the stocking of your favorite knitter or fiber friend? Need a little gift for a holiday package? Stumped for a little Hanukkah gift for a knitter? Yarn Cravin' has some little treats!

Little sheep key chains made of wool, in grey, black, or white.

Zippered notion pouches made of felted wool. This is the larger size. YC also has a smaller size in various colors, including teal and purple. (No photos, because they weren't even unpacked yet when I was there to take photos!)

A very popular book, especially for fiber enthusiasts and sock knitters, is this one:

The third in a series, Clara Parkes has also written The Knitter's Book of Yarn and The Knitter's Book of Wool. She reviews new yarns and knitting tools at, an online weekly email magazine. It's free to subscribe.

The new schedule of classes is out! Check out the offerings and sign up. You can see what your choices are by going to the Yarn Cravin' website and clicking on the "class schedule" tab. Yarn Cravin' Website

Please take a moment to send healing thoughts to our dear owner Dale Ann as she is recovering from surgery to remove her pesky gall bladder. All went well and we expect her back in the shop soon.

Everyone at Yarn Cravin' wishes you and your family a Joyous Holiday Season and best wishes for a Happy New Year!

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Deck The Hall With... Yarn!

It's December, Fiber Friends! December!!!!

Small Business Saturday in late November was a big success thanks to so many of you. Your support of Yarn Cravin', and other independent shops in the area that day, was greatly appreciated. Thank you!

If you need some ideas for quick gifts to knit, Yarn Cravin' has you covered. Stop by and check out the front table full of ideas and books full of quick knits. Even the little tree has ideas for you.


From ear-warming to headbands to crochet bracelets with some surprise bling in them, there's something for everyone. No time to knit or crochet? Not sure of the size? Your fiber friends would love a gift certificate to Yarn Cravin'!

While you're in the shop, be sure to fill out your Wish List card so that friends and family members can get you exactly what you want. Just ask anyone working for a Wish List card, write down yarns, books, needles, notions, bags and the sizes, colors and or amounts. The Yarn Cravin' Elves will keep it on file and take care of the rest. Oh! You do have to make sure to send them shopping at YC, though. :-)

Want some ideas for your Wish List? Here's what just came in this past week...

Dream In Color Classy. This is a worsted weight yarn, great for mittens, fingerless mitts, cowls, a scarf, hats, etc. Think warm, winter gear! This yarn is American spun and dyed, too.


Madelinetosh Merino Light has arrived! This fingering weight yarn is hand-dyed here in the USA and sells out everywhere. It's beautiful for socks, but two skeins make a gorgeous shawl. It won't last long.


If you missed out on the Everlasting Sock by Dream In Color, more has arrived. With as fast as the first shipment flew out of YC, we know this is tried and true.


Keep checking the Yarn Cravin' website for the updated schedule of classes, which should be posted soon. Of note, there will be two different classes about how to use Ravelry; one for beginners, and an Intermediate class for those who want to learn to post pictures and add links and use Ravelry more in-depth. If you use fiber, want to search patterns on the Internet, and want to network with other fiber enthusiasts in your area, these classes are for you.

BIG NEWS!!!! In February 2012, Yarn Cravin' will celebrate being FIVE YEARS young! What a fabulous milestone for a small, independent, business! If you would like to be part of the planning for this anniversary celebration (not you, Bobbie and Dale Ann!), please email your name to . (you may need to cut and paste the link into your email) Put Yarn Cravin' Anniversary in the subject line.

As always, stop in to see us for help finding just the right yarn for that special project, or the right pattern for yarn you already have. We would love to see you even if it's just for a few minutes to say hello and have a cup of coffee during the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. We appreciate each and every one of you who have visited us during 2011.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Trunk Shows and Sock Clubs and New Things... Oh My!

If you were fortunate enough to be at Yarn Cravin' on November 12, then you know just how gorgeous the items from the HPKY Trunk Show were in person. There are photos below of a few items. If you missed it (we know there are some nasty cold and tummy bugs going around), never fear! Bobbie and Dale made sure to keep some of the items on hand to sell in the shop.

HPKY Trunk Show
Scarf-in-a-scarf kits

Scarf in a Scarf
Scarf-in-a-scarf knitted up

A couple nights ago was the last meeting of Yarn Cravin's Sock Club for 2011. Here is the last installment of yarn:

Northern Lights - Sock Club yarn
Northern Lights, by SeaStar Handpaints.

Some of the Sock Club Members already working hard!

Sock Club

Here are some projects from the August yarn, dyed by BadAmy! She is a genius with self-striping yarns.

Some finished sock club projects

Now, on the new goodies at Yarn Cravin'... Do you like bags? I know I like bags. Bags are our friends!

Lantern Moon has created a larger tote

New Lantern Moon

New to Yarn Cravin' are these totes in all shapes, sizes and colors by Hadaki. There's even a catalog for you to look through so that you can order exactly what you want! Of course, the shop will carry several colors and styles if instant gratification is more your style.

New bags!

New Bags!
The insides are full of pockets, and the bags zip closed.

Do you love Noro yarns? There's a brand new Noro book available, full of accessories like mitts, cowls, scarves, and hats. This fiber enthusiast can't wait to knit the entrelac mittens!


Now, a couple of notes about the upcoming holidays:

*Yarn Cravin' IS open the Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving.

*The Saturday after Thanksgiving is Small Business Saturday - a day to support small, independent businesses. Support Main Street, not Wall Street!

*As in years past, you can still fill out a "Wish List" card at the shop to help loved ones with gift ideas for you! Just stop by, fill out a Wish List with items you would like to receive, and send your friends, family and loved ones to Yarn Cravin' to shop for you.

Also, if you know Mary Derck, who sometimes helps out at Yarn Cravin', send her good thoughts and wishes this weekend. She is getting married this Saturday, Nov. 19!
Congratulations, Mary and Lee!

Monday, October 31, 2011

Trick or Treat!

No tricks today, fiber friends, just many, many treats!!

Before the feast for your eyes, though, a reminder about the HPKY (Hand Painted Knitting Yarns) Trunk Show on November 12. This show will be cash and carry. The link will take you to the website where you can see some of the yummy colorways that HPKY has available. If you have been in Yarn Cravin' recently, you may have seen the scarf in a scarf kits that came and went. These kits contain a hand-dyed silk scarf and yarn dyed to match, along with instructions for knitting and and many ways for tying and wearing the combination! The scarves and yarns are dyed together so they really do match exactly. This is a show you won't want to miss!

Meet Mendocino, by Crystal Palace


Have you seen the chunky yarn from Claudia Handpaints? This knits up quickly into mittens or fingerless mitts or even a quick pair of socks.

Claudia Chunky

Meet Toboggan, by Classic Elite. This is also a chunky yarn, that will knit up quickly into hats and mittens. There's a pattern booklet available specifically geared to this yarn!



Are you looking for something washable? This is Tonic, by Jojoland. Each skein has over 200 yards and the suggested needle size is US 6-8. Look at all those colors!

Tonic by Jojoland

You've asked for it, and Yarn Cravin' now has it! Dream In Color! This is Everlasting sock.

Everlasting by DIC

Everlasting by DIC

Many new books have arrived at the shop, too. Just a couple that you might be interested in? Clara Parkes' new sock book, and the latest 60 Quick Knits book.



The big winter holidays will be here before we know it, and Yarn Cravin' has stocked up on wonderful Herdy goodies that will make great gifts for friends... or yourself!

Key rings and stitch markers

Tote bags
Herdy bags

Salt and pepper shakers (also available in purple)
Herdy salt and pepper

Sheep banks, for saving your dollars up for that next fiber excursion. This could also be a great baby gift!
Herdy banks

As always, new patterns and new yarns are arriving daily. Stop in and browse. We'll gladly help you find just what you're looking for!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Retreat Reminder and New! New! New!

Today is the last day of summer and that means the Yarn Cravin' Fall Retreat is right around the corner. As of today, 32 people have signed up for the fabulous fun that awaits October 15-16. There are still EIGHT spots left, and we want to make sure you don't miss out on any of the fun and fellowship of this amazing event. Stop in the shop to pay your deposit and reserve your spot. If you've never attended one of our knitting retreats, get a friend and sign up! Your life will never be the same. I have it on good authority that there's a Mystery Knit Along (KAL) in the works!

September 12 was the Trunk Show for Abstract Fibers and it was great fun! Yarn Cravin' was full of wonderful people and beautiful yarns and fibers.



If you weren't able to make it to the trunk show, never fear. Abstract Fibers will be staying at Yarn Cravin', and if there's something you want that is out of stock, we can easily order it for you!

Author Event/Book Signing! There are flyers in the shop announcing this event as well. October 1, at 1:30, at St. Luke's Hospital, Mary Lou Carney, the author of The Truly Terribly Horrible Sweater That Grandma Made Me will be speak and be available to sign books purchased there. We have this book in the shop if you'd like to see it, or purchase it for a loved one. This book is co-authored with Debbie Macomber. Tickets are $10


Boxes and boxes of new yarns for fall and winter are arriving almost daily and some of those yarns are leaving the shop almost as fast as we can price them and get them on the shelves! Here's a peek at some of the new goodies!

Debbie Bliss Paloma

Mountain Meadow Wool. This is organic, fiber friends. The dyes are even all natural!

Noro Hitsuji

Malabrigo Rasta (Bulky) This is flying out of the shop!

Malabrigo Rios

Boboli, by Berocco

Link, a super bulky yarn, knit on size 50 needles! We have the needles on order.

What caught your eye? Better get into Yarn Cravin', fast!

Lastly, co-owner Bobbie recently had major foot surgery and will be out of commission for a little while since she has to be non-weight bearing on that leg. Keep her in your thoughts and prayers for a speedy recovery. We miss her at Yarn Cravin', and she misses being there! Hang in there, Bobbie!

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Packed House and Reminder!

Insanknitty knit nights are becoming more crowded inside Yarn Cravin', especially since temperatures outside have dropped considerably in the past week or so!


It seems nobody wanted to stay out on the porch last week! It was thoughtful of those who already had babies to sit in the sock room, wasn't it? ;-)


Dale Ann showed off a hat from Nordic Knits, the Book of The Month. It's very Ohio State-ish. Feel free to choose other colors! heehee



Monday, September 12 is our first Monday being back open after returning to "regular" hours. Come and celebrate with us at our Abstract Fiber Trunk Show! A rep from Abstract Fiber will be on hand to introduce these gorgeous yarns and fibers for spinning. Items will be available for purchase in the shop, and any colors sold out will be able to be ordered. Click on the link for a preview of what's available. There are going to be some really gorgeous socks walking around Northwest Ohio this winter! It won't end at socks, though. Yarns from lace weight up through worsted are available, at all different price points. It's always exciting to get something new at Yarn Cravin'! The fun starts at 2:00PM, and the shop will stay open until 8:00PM that day for the show.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

It's Still Summer

The calendar may say "back-to-school" but in all reality, it is still summer. There's plenty of time to knit that light-weight sweater or airy shawl you have been dreaming of, if you so desire.

If your mind is already turning toward cooler temps and fall/winter projects, never fear! Some great big boxes of Brown Sheep recently arrived at Yarn Cravin', just full of wool, and gorgeous new colors in addition to your old favorites.

The bus trip to the Michigan Fiber Fest was a "go" and this past Saturday morning, the backyard at Yarn Cravin' became a parking lot for all those lucky enough to get on board that bus!

Backyard parking lot

Someone will have to update us on the trip, and let us know all about their purchases.

A few new things have come into the shop over the last few days...

Lantern Moon Bucket bags. I know some of you have been waiting for these!
Lantern Moon bucket bags

New Lantern Moon tape measures. These are such cute little critters!

Lantern Moon tape measures

Moonshine, by Crystal Palace Yarns. Think gorgeous shawls!

Moonshine by Crystal Palace

On September 12, Yarn Cravin' will go back to regular hours and be open again on Mondays. To celebrate, we will be having a TRUNK SHOW from 2:00PM to 8:00PM highlighting Abstract Fibers. Below are just some of the colorways that will carried in the shop, and will be available for purchase on Sept. 12. If there's something that is not available, it can be ordered. Yarns are available from lace weight on up through worsted, and there's more than one kind of sock yarn, including a cashmere blend! Yummmmm.

Abstract Fibers - coming soon to YC


Be sure to put September 12 on your calendar!

Also, Yarn Cravin's website has had a facelift! Be sure to check it out at Yarn Cravin'. The class schedule, newsletter and other info is posted there. Thanks, Mel Cherney, for your hard work on the new website!

One last bit of news. A little birdie told me that shop owner Bobbie just recently celebrated a milestone birthday. If you haven't already wished her a happy birthday, please do! We love you, Bobbie!

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Psssst! Bobbie is on vacation!

Sea Star

You know what it means when Bobbie goes on vacation? Dale Ann gets into mischief!

at Yarn Cravin' is on sale right now through Saturday, August 6. Here are the details of the email that Dale sent out, just in case you missed it:

Bathroom yarn is 50% off!

All other yarns are discounted 5% to 35%, BUT you won't know how much until you ask! You will receive your customer loyalty discount in addition to the surprise sale discount.

Using cash or a check may award you an additional discount.

Will it be fun or a disaster? Stop by and see!! Now is definitely the time to get that special yarn you have had your eye on. :-)

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