Thursday, April 28, 2011

It Really Is Spring

Easter has come and gone, and thoughtful Joann Arndt brought in this beautiful bread (the eggs are dyed before baking, but not cooked ahead of time!) to share with those at the shop. Isn't it beautiful? First we thought it might be too pretty to eat, but we got over that idea in a hurry!

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There are so many important tidbits of information to share with you, dear readers, so read carefully and pay attention!

Have you ever struggled to turn the spinning racks that held the needles and notions at Yarn Cravin'? There's no longer a need to fret! The spinners are gone, and the walls have been converted to "peg wall" where everything hangs neatly within reach, and with room for several customers. Check it out!

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SALE YARN (also known as bathroom yarn tee hee hee) is currently 40% off. Bobbie and Dale were even nice enough to move it out of the bathroom! They're so good to us!

MIRASOL yarns are 25% off during the month of May. If you have any of the Mirasol Collection books and have a project in mind, this is the perfect time to get the yarn!

The Spring/Summer Class Schedule is ready to go. You can find it on the Yarn Cravin' website normally, but it's not ready online yet. Paper copies are in the shop.

World Wide Knit In Public (KIP) Day will be celebrated on June 4 starting at 10:00AM at Yarn Cravin'. This is a week earlier than normal, due The National Needle Arts Assoc. trade show that our dear owners will be attending. We do have some wonderful local vendors that will be set up for you to shop from that day. Bring your fold up camp chairs, a sack lunch if you don't want to buy from downtown, some sort of beverage, and of course, bring your knitting, spinning, weaving, crocheting and happy smiling faces! Did I mention there will be prizes? Bring your sunscreen!

The Front Porch is OPEN! Use it if you dare! Seriously, the warmer days are coming. I promise. The porch is ready and waiting for all of us.

I scouted out a couple of new cotton yarns that might be nice for summer projects for you all. Listen, cotton yarns have come a long, long way. They are much easier on one's hands than the old dishcloth cotton we used to suffer though. Give them a try! This first one is by Cascade, and it's "Luna." Aren't those colors gorgeous?

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The second cotton yarn comes from the Queensland Collection, and is called Puna Fresca.

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Delicious color!

Coming up quickly, SOCK CLUB! Meeting quarterly now, instead of monthly, you Sock Clubbers might need a reminder that the next meeting is Monday, May 9 at 6:00PM. The yarn for May is gorgeous! If you're on Ravelry, go get a sneak peek. If you're not, I'll get permission to snag the photo and post it here later.

See this very adorable baby sweater? It's the Baby Surprise Jacket (BSJ) and it was made by Dale. It's not difficult, and we discussed today the possibility of having a KnitALong (KAL) for this sweater in the fall. Would you be interested in participating?

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And there's one last tiny thing to tell you all, dear fiber friends. If you read this blog, and shop at Yarn Cravin', good things come to you! Mention that you read blog while checking out with your purchases during the month of May, and you will receive 40% off any one item in the store! This excludes consignment items and interchangeable needle sets, but everything else in the store is fair game.

Now get out there and do a warm weather dance, would you?

Happy Mother's Day to all the moms, and all those whom we love like our own moms, and those wonderful women who have "adopted" many of us and become like mothers to us. Remember, a mom is not necessarily the person who gave birth to you. Let that woman know she's loved and appreciated.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Come And Taste The Yarn

Yes, taste. This Friday, April 15th, from 6:00PM to 8:00PM, Yarn Cravin' is hosting a Classic Elite Yarn Tasting. NOTE: Call to reserve a spot, and the cost is $10. Healthy snacks will be served. DSC_0011 Never been to one? A yarn tasting is a great opportunity to sample new yarns before you buy them! Bring several different needle sizes with you, and you will get sample skeins of yarns to knit with, and keep. You can decide if you like the way the yarn feels knitted up before you even make a purchase! Licking the yarn is optional. ;-) Buttons, buttons, everywhere! DSC_0009 DSC_0007 Many of you already know that Yarn Cravin' has a fantastic selection of buttons, but guess what? More just arrived! Big buttons, little buttons, funky buttons, conservative buttons. Bobbie does a fantastic job ordering for the shop, and for all of you! Stop and see what's new. DSC_0005 The Classic Elite Knit Along (KAL) is in full swing, and someone from Yarn Cravin' is going to win a basket full of goodies from Classic Elite later this spring. At least 2 skeins of Classic Elite yarn must be used, and pattern from one of Classic Elite's Spring 2011 booklets has to be knit. There are so many to choose from! DSC_0013 Good luck to all those who are participating. If you're a fiber fair enthusiast, you are probably familiar with stitch markers and jewelry from Waters' Edge. We're lucky enough to now carry these stitch markers in our shop! The pewter and crystal charms hang from a kilt pin that can be worn to close a shawl or adorn a jacket, as well as keep track of the repeats in your knitting. DSC_0015 The book for this month's Book Club is Knitting Green by Ann Budd. Remember that Book Club meets the last Thursday of the month. Books are already waiting for you at Yarn Cravin'! Eco-friendly yarns are in stock, as well. DSC_0010 Just a reminder that with the economy the way it is, it's more important than ever to give support to the small, independent businesses that you enjoy. Yes, Yarn Cravin' certainly, but other small shops as well. If you enjoy their goods and services, make a point of patronizing them on a regular basis so that those businesses stay open. Happy Spring, Fiber Friends! DSC_0012