Friday, January 20, 2017

Only 11 more days to save 25%...

on our January specials.  This month's special color is red; the special project is knitted or crocheted afghans.  The weather this month has been perfect for curling up on the couch with yarn and creating an afghan.

Afghans are among my favorite knitting projects.  They make memorable and cherished gifts for weddings and graduations.  And what fun it is to create a handmade blanket for the new baby!  My husband asked me last week when I'm going to knit a a blanket for him...guess what he's getting next Christmas!

There are many, many patterns available for afghans.  One of our favorite books at The Stitchin' Den is Done by Monday.  







The patterns in this book are knit with double stranded worsted yarn on Size 13 needles.  The book suggests the ever popular Encore worsted.  This is a great pattern book when you need a fast, but impressive project! 



Michelle Hunter was inspired to write Building Blocks and Building in Color because she heard, "I want to be a better knitter"  so often.  Each book is a carefully designed sequence of patterns, with supporting videos, to help any knitter improve her (or his) skills.  

                               




Have you heard of the Knitterati Afghan?  This pattern, designed for Cascade 220 Superwash Yarn, has 30 squares,
created by 30 different designers, to commemorate Cascade Yarns 30th anniversary.  The 30 squares will be released throughout 2017 as part of a mystery knit-along.  This is the first square.  You can read more about this project on the Cascade Yarns website.  The Stitchin' Den has many beautiful colors of this yarn and will soon have the colors called for in the patterns.





We've got dozens of patterns to choose from, from cozy cable knit throws to precious designs for baby's first blanket.  

             

 


Visit The Stitchin' Den soon, save 25%, snuggle up on the sofa and create an heirloom. 

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Happy New Year!

 When asked about New Year's resolutions, most of us think about healthy eating, more exercise, etc.   You've made those resolutions by now...and maybe even broken a few of them!  

But, let's talk about the fiber arts world.  Have you made 
some resolutions?  If not, it is not too late.  What are you 
fired up about for the new year?  
                                                                                                     
Do you want to finally knit that cable sweater you have been looking at for the last two years?  Is this the year you knit a comfy blanket for your husband?

Is there a pattern you want to crochet, but need to choose some yarn?

Do you want to learn a new fiber art this year?  Are you a knitter who wants to be a crocheter or vice versa?  Have you always wanted to be a quilter? a cross-stitcher? a needlepointer?  

Or maybe you did needlepoint years ago and would like a refresher course.

Are you trying to figure out what to knit from that yarn you bought on vacation three years ago?

Whatever your fiber arts goals are, The Stitchin' Den is a great resource.  Visit or call  us soon to find out how we can help you reach your fiber arts goals for 2017. 

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

        
'Twas the week before Christmas, and all through the store, 
stitchers were shopping for craft things galore!

"Come here!"  screamed the Stitchin' Den staff right out loud.  
"We have everything useful for you and your crowd!"

This crowd is anyone who gives or receives
Handcrafted items that are certain to please
Those who make, those who wear, those who just like to see
What can be created by you and by me.

So Come!  See our yarn, see our fabric, our kits...

And brighten your holidays with spectacular gifts!
                           


             Merry Christmas to all from 
               the Stitchin' Den staff!


                                


                                            
                                                         


    

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Woolly Wednesday

It's The Twelve Days of Christmas at The Stitchin' Den.  Today is "Woolly Wednesday" Come in today and save 25% off any 100% wool yarn.  Many, many choices of beautiful wool are waiting for you.

There's Lamb's Pride (bulky and worsted) yarn in many beautiful colors:
                                

Our customers' favorite is Mountain Meadow wool.  Yes!  It, too, is 25% off.  Enjoy bulky Sheridan, worsted Laramie or sport yarn Cody in those famous, beautiful colors one can find only in hand-dyes:

                              


The sale includes all Cascade 220, worsted or sport, superwash or not!  There are so many rich, saturated colors in this yarn.  You will surely find something you need/want!

 

These yarns are all perfect for last minute gifts such as mitts, hats, headbands.  But you will also have a head start on the New's Year's bigger projects such as sweaters, throws, jackets or that felted bag you have been dreaming about.






Our shop has many more 100% wool yarns.  Save on Nature Spun, Colors by Kristin, Burly Spun, Baby Ull, Ambiente, Liberty Wool, and Ella Rae Lace Merino and Lush Merino.... Really, don't miss out on today's deals.  Buy your wool today and receive 25% off!  

Perhaps you need this yarn for a last minute Christmas gift, or save it for the big project you have planned for 2017.

We are here until 5:00 this afternoon...don't miss this opportunity!

P.S.  Tomorrow is "Thread your Needle Thursday". 



Thursday, December 8, 2016

I didn't know I needed that!

Doohickey.  Thingamajig.  Whatchamacallit.   No matter what you call it, we all have gadgets that sit in the drawer or on the shelf, but some gadgets are must haves for needleworkers.   

One gadget that belongs in every knitter's and crocheter's bag is Susan Bates Knit Chek. This is a tool that measures length, gauge and hook and needle size.  
Every stitcher NEEDS this tool.   
                                 

               
Highlighter tape is my #1 need when I'm knitting .  The tape keeps my place in the pattern, is removable and reusable.  The tape comes in several colors, so, if need be, one can use different colors for different sections of the pattern.  It is much easier to use than other markers and keeps your pattern clean.  It is an inexpensive and fun way to keep your eyes on track.    
                                       
                       





Speaking of markers, every knitter uses stitch markers to keep her/his sanity.  Those plain round stitch markers do the job, but why not choose something entertaining to keep your place.  Paradise makes many charming markers.  This is a sampling of styles we carry: 
                                             

  
One must keep track of rows in most knitting/crochet
projects Stitchers do this is many ways, from check 
marks on the pattern to various tools.  Our favorite
counting gadget is this finger counter.  Put it on 
your ring finger, and knit away.  This handy counter
will help you keep track through countless interruptions!                                                                          

                                                                        

Quilters also need many gadgets.  Anyone who sews will appreciate this Grabbit magnetic pincushion.  If you've ever dropped a handful of pins on the floor, you know you NEED this tool.  You can sweep those stray pins right back to the Grabbit.


  

Are you challenged and frustrated every time you attempt to thread a needle?  If so, you need a Needle Beetle. This handy little gadget grabs your thread in a retractable wire and guides it into the needle eye.  It's a one handed operation, and, with a small light, it is indispensable for anyone with needle threading issues.
                              

                                  

                             





Everyone needs "That Purple Thang"!  It pushes, pokes, prods and makes up its own uses!
      
These gadgets are not all essential, but they will make your projects easier and more fun to create.  They also make great Christmas stocking stuffers for crafters.  If you need more ideas, send your personal Santa to the Stitchin' Den to shop at our Christmas Stocking Stuffer Buffet.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Happy Fibonacci Day!

The calendar listing funny, weird and wonderful holidays tells me today, November 23rd, is the birthday of Leonardo Fibonacci.  Who is Fibonacci?  

   Some scholars refer to him as the greatest European mathematician of the Middle Ages.  I must admit I did not learn about Fibonacci in an advanced math class.....I learned about him in Ravelry!  More about that in a minute...

Leonardo is famous for discovering the Fibonacci "Sequence of Numbers".  This number sequence often appears in nature and also appears in music, art and fashion design.  The numbers in this sequence are characterized by the fact that every number after the first two is the sum of the two preceding numbers.  An example:

                            0, 1 ,2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34 ,55 ,89, 144....

This sequence can begin with any number and go on indefinitely. Each number is the sum of the two preceeding numbers.   Anyone with fundamental arithmetic skills can begin and complete this sequence for a stripe pattern.  When the numbers are made into a spiral, you will see them in nature in pinecones, daisies, etc.  You will see that spiral in many works of art.
   

     Fib.  spiral.jpg             pinecone.jpg


In the beginning of my post, I told you I learned about Fibonacci in Ravelry.  It happened like this: I searched  for a felted bag made of several colors of yarn and found "It Felt Random Bag"         it felt random bag.jpgThe pattern refers the reader to a link for "The Random Stripe Generator". This app has you input your colors and the allowed width of stripes and creates a simulation of what your finished product will look like.  This can be used to create stripe patterns for scarves, blankets, shawls, quilts, etc.  That led me to The Fibonacci Sequence which provides a very easy mathematical way to design
a striping pattern.  Here is the link if you want to play.  http://www.biscuitsandjam.com/stripe_maker.php



How to celebrate Fibonacci Day?   We suggest  this is the day to dig out yarns of different colors and design yourself a new scarf, shawl or blanket using the Fibonacci Sequence.   You will be surprised how easy it is to create your own designs with this mathematical twist! Or, if you would like a preview of your project, go to the "Random Stripe Generator" on Google.  Do you just want to see some knit designs?  Search for Fibonacci in Ravelry.

Have a wonderfully "stripey" experience.  Happy Fibonacci Day!

Monday, November 7, 2016

November Specials


When you enter our store, you will notice a different display each month.  This display introduces our color and project of the month.  Why do we do this?  Two reasons:  the beautiful display of yarn, threads, baskets, buttons welcome our customers and introduce them to samples of items eligible for a discount.  Customers are inspired by this display, and they immediately know the featured color and project.  

This month our customers will save 10% off anything green...threads, yarn, buttons, and more.  Also, save 10% on all materials and patterns to knit or crochet slippers. 
The nights are getting colder (it's been 18 degrees the past two nights), making my thoughts turn to a pair of warm, cozy slippers. Wouldn't slipping your feet into a pair of these feel awesome at the end of the day or as you slip out of bed in the morning?  Our featured pattern is this quick to knit,  and will make much appreciated gifts for friends and family.  



We think  Lamb's Pride Bulky would knit up beautifully in this "Non Felted Slipper"  pattern.   Order online here.  




Picture the infant in your life wearing a pair of these slippers on Christmas morning:These slippers are felted and available in sizes 0-9 months and feature a bunny, mouse or puppy version.   Order online here.


Come in and we will help you find the perfect yarn for this project.
We carry many other patterns for slippers. 


Dare I mention...47  knitting days until Christmas?  Happy Knitting!