Hibernating Woolies…

Well, yes, it’s that time of year again. Time to put your woolens away for a long summer’s rest.  We thought we’d give you a peek into one knitter’s slightly obsessive method for knit storage. Maybe you can take away a few ideas for yourself.;-)

First thing is to give your knits a good wash.

wash

This is important, because stains from body oils or food spills attract those little varmints that we are trying to stay away from.  I don’t wash everything before I put it away, but definitely cowls (they spend a good bit of time around your neck, don’t they?), and any other items that you know were rubbing up against skin.  Any sweaters that you wore a lot, or spilled carbonara on and didn’t wash right away, into the sink they go.  I use a nice gentle soap just for knits, like Eucalan, but you may have your favorites.

After a good soak and a gentle but thorough squeeze to get the water out, lay them flat to dry, like so-

dryflat

 

Choose a spot that is undisturbed, so your knits can dry at their own pace.  I use this method for starters and if something isn’t dry in a day and 1/2 or so, I move it to one of those foldable rack thingies that you can pick up cheaply at Ikea or Target. That gets the air flowing all around and drying more quickly.  Please don’t try this in a damp basement, or you will be given smelly knits for your efforts.  Humidity is not a friend of yours when you are washing hand knits!

On to the actual storage…

cedar

Pack up your totally dry knits, tuck in some lavender, cedar chips, or our super cute Vetivier sheep.  I use heavy plastic zip bags (the kind that new sheets, etc come packed in) and pop in some lavender.  I count myself to be very fortunate to have a cedar closet, but if you don’t, do not fear!  Use the very same plastic bags to seal everything up really well.  It’s really important in this case that what you put away is CLEAN!  and don’t forget the lavender, cedar or Vetivier.

You’ll be so happy when fall comes…

 

 

 

February Sale this Saturday, February 14th

Who needs flowers and chocolates from your sweetie, when there’s a yarn sale on Valentine’s Day??. The sale will be during our regular hours, 10 AM-4 PM.  We’ll have yarns from Rowan, Louisa Harding, Noro and others-some at 30% off and some at 20% off.  We’ll also have a “Basket of Bits” -small amounts of special things!!

We look forward to seeing you on Saturday.
** sale prices not valid on layaways or special orders**

Our Sale Mantra…No Winding, No Whining..yes, that’s right, we don’t wind yarn on sale days!!

 

Here’s the list!

30% off   

Rowan

All Seasons Chunky

Drift

Kidsilk Haze Glamour

Kidsilk Haze Eclipse

Alpaca Cotton

British Sheep Breeds

Summer Tweed

Louisa Harding

Mulberry

Grace

Grace Hand Beaded

Luzia

Noro

Ayatori

Hanabatake

Hitsuji

Lang Denim Cotton

Manos Classica Solid / Multi

Fiber Company Canopy

KFI Luxury Mohair

 

All Ella Rae:

Lace Merino

Lace Merino DK

Lace Merino Worsted

Lace Merino Chunky

 

20% off

Lang Mia

Rowan

Pure Wool DK

Rowan Tweed Aran

Alpaca Chunky

Manos Serena

 

  Basket of Bits…small amounts that are left of special things…..priced individually

Gift Guide!!!

Here’s a few suggestions of some great gifts to give or get!!

sheepbags

First up are some sheep-y things:

Linen project bags from Lantern Moon with either a white or black sheep embroidered on.

A darling eyeglass case, again with an embroidered sheep. ( this one is sporting red glasses!)

Sheep made from vetiver. Vetiver is grown on the mountainsides in Haiti to provent soil erosion caused by deforestation. The root is a natural moth repellent.

lmbags

 

Next we have a variety of silk cases..some for interchangeable sets, some for circulars, some for double points. In the back is a great project bag from Yarn Pop-the clutch-enough room for a project and essentials like a phone and wallet.

needles

We have lots of needle sets – interchangeable circulars and double points.

afghans

 

A glorious gift for a knitter or non knitter, a beautiful afghan kit from Mountain Colors. ( of course there would be a promise to KNIT the afghan for the non knitter!)

Perhaps less of a commitment would be to knit one of these cute beaded bracelets…

stereo

 

…Laura Nelkin’s Stereo Cuff kit!  To make for a non knitter, or give the kit as a fun project for a knitter.

Stop in to see us soon for more gift ideas!

 

 

Holiday Gifts: Week #3

This week’s Holiday Gift idea is the Karen Double Layer Mittens.

pepmitt

 

They are knit with two colors of Pepperberry 100% Cashmere Sport. See the pink peeking through the eyelets?? That’s the lining…

lining

 

…they are knit in one piece, you cast on at the top of the lining and work through to the top of the outer mitten.

We’ll be helping with the cast on this Wednesday at our Santa’s Workshop (see our events page )

Week #2-Holiday Gifts

 

Here we are with Week #2 of our Holiday Gift projects. This week’s entry is the Cascade Cowl

cowl

cowldetail

 

The Cascade Cowl is a free pattern with your purchase of Embrace, the lovely 100% Tibetan Yak fiber from Reywa FIbers.

embrace

For more information about our Holiday Gift projects, check our Events page

Ready, Set..Crawl!

Friday, June 27, 2014

 

yarncrbag

 

Stop in soon to get your limited edition bag for the 2014 Steel Valley Yarn Crawl. The bag contains your passport and 7 tickets to be used at the in-store raffles at all 7 shops.

Crawl Info:

The Steel Valley Yarn Crawl will take place from Friday, August 1st through Sunday August 10th at 7 participating Western Pennsylvania yarn shops.

The shops are: Dyed in the Wool, Kathy’s Kreations,Kid Ewe Knot, Natural Stitches, Wolf Creek Yarns, Yarns By Design, and us, Yarns Unlimited. There will be 2 overall grand prizes. There will also be three raffle baskets at each shop.

Get your passport stamped at each shop and then deposit it at the last shop you visit to enter the grand prize drawings – #1   a $25 gift certificate to each shop  #2  a $10 gift certificate to each shop.

Each shop will have three raffle baskets filled with goodies. You can use your 7 tickets from the tote bag at any shop, or level up on tickets at each shop based on what you spend!!   $25-$50  4 tickets   $50-$100 10 tickets   $100+ 25 tickets

So gather your fiber buddies and plan your journey.( We scheduled the crawl to give you plenty of time to visit all our far flung shops.)

Rules of the Crawl!

RULES OF THE CRAWL:

-Passports must be purchased from one of the participating yarn stores.

-Each participant must have their own passport. Only ONE passport per person.

-Each participant must fill out the contact information on the passport. Please print clearly – we need this information to be able to contact you!

-Each participant must be present at each yarn shop to receive their stamp (i.e., no proxy crawling).

-Each participant must be at least 18 years of age.

-All passports must be turned in by the end of business on August 10th, 2014 to the last store you visit.

Additional Information:
-All winners will be posted online at our Ravelry and Facebook pages and will be contacted by August 18th.
-Winners who have not claimed their prizes in 30 days will forfeit them and alternate winners will be chosen.