There are only 7 more days to save on May's yarn of the month of the month! Cotton or cotton-blend yarns are 10% off. We have new cotton yarns for you to try:
Sunseeker yarn by Cascade Yarns is a unique blend of cotton and acrylic, with a touch of metallic yarn. Rich colors will add to your knitting/crocheting pleasures.
Tofu is a lovely cotton blend that knits up into stripes with a great tweedy look. Enjoy watching the colors change when you knit with this yarn!
Ultra Pima Paints is another new yarn made of 100% Pima Cotton. This yarn is silky soft and comes in vivid hues.
Remember, you can save 10% on these and other cotton yarns until the end of May. You can also save 10% on our Project of the Month…..Market Bags! What fun it would be to carry a bag made of these yarns to the Farmer's Market this summer.
Watch for the Color and Yarn of the month for June.
This date was set aside in 1970 to encourage world-wide awareness and appreciation for earth's environment. One of the major concerns for environment are plastic bags. We have all heard the facts:
*100 billion plastic bags are used annually.
*Plastic takes 500-1000 years to biodegrade, growing more and more landfills.
* 12 million barrels of oil are used in the production of plastic bags.
* Marine animals become entangled,
* Etc., etc. etc.
Many U.S. cities in the United States and other countries are attempting to make the use of plastic carry-out bags extinct
You may be asking what all this has to do with knitting and crocheting? I was thinking what a difference stitchers could make in our the effort to eradicate plastic bags….what if each of us made 5 bags for personal use and 5 more bags to give to friends? We could each make a difference and have fun doing it! Bags are easy, inexpensive and fast to knit/crochet.
Free patterns are available in many places, including The Stitchin' Den. If you need ideas, yarn, or patterns, come visit us. Make a difference this year!
and spring seems to bring out the babies. I am amazed how many knitters/crocheters visited the shop this week to get patterns and yarn for a baby gift. What a joy to knit for a baby…with all the excited anticipation of that little bundle of love!
Donna is making the "Opal Bunny" for a coming granddaughter. She also recently finished a "Baby Surprise Jacket" for a dear friend's granddaughter.
Kathy just sent off a baby hat made of Encore's Jelli Beenz Yarn.
If you need ideas for a baby project, come check out these new books:
Are you currently working on a project for a baby? Or have you recently finished something for a little one? Please send us a picture. Everyone who posts a picture of a finished project or a work in progress will be entered into a drawing for a $10.00 Gift Certificate. This contest is open only to The Stitchin' Den blog readers. Send us your pictures soon. We will draw a winner's name on May 2nd!
from The ladies at The Stitchin' Den! While you're "wearing the green", remember the color of the month is green. Receive 10% off all green products in March.
single skeins of yarn lurking in our closets. Some of these skeins are casualties of discarded projects. Some are leftover from finished projects. Some are expensive (we could only afford one), special yarns we bought on a whim. Whatever the reason the yarn has not been used, the skeins weigh on our minds and cause a bit of guilt every time we think/look of them.
They really should be used, but for what? The Stitchin' Den may be able to assuage your guilt with a pattern that is perfect for that stray skein. These books are the perfect place to find a project:
As I finished my thirteenth hat of the season a couple weeks ago, I wondered if the recipients really wear the hats I knit and gifted. So I started asking random people why they wear hats. Following is a list of reasons people gave me (in no particular order):
1) "My mom made it for me."
2) "My girlfriend made it for me."
3) "It makes me look cool."
4) "It covers my head on bad hair days…"
5) "And it saves my image when my
6) "It is in fashion."
7) "What can I say? I'm bald!"
8) " It's my first knitting project.
I made it myself."
Not one person I talked to mentioned the warmth of hats. I find that interesting, but maybe it was just assumed.
I'm going to keep knitting hats, because there seems to be plenty of reasons to gift them to people. My family accuses me of being obsessive about knitting (especially hats), I don't think I'm obsessive though…maybe I'll be like the woman online who knit 52 hats in 2012! That's one hat a week. It's possible…..hats are quick. Pardon me while I go cast on….
It looks like this Groundhog has been to The Stitchin' Den! Red yarn is 10% off this month. Does this mean we will have 6 more weeks of winter? Happy Knitting!
Photo is courtesy of Sutter's Knit Shop.
The frigid weather at the beginning of January brought the Gaptastic Cowls out of the closet! Saturday, Kathy wore her cowl, made out of Baby Alpaca Chunky, to work and wore it all day. Later, Keturah came in wearing her cowl made of Burly Spun. Then a customer came in wearing her Gaptastic Cowl made of Baby Alpaca Chunky. She was here to buy yarn to make a friend the cowl. Alison is almost finished with her Baby Alpaca Cowl. This cowl is truly Fantastic! If you like to feel warm and cozy, come in and see this free pattern and pick out the yarn of your choice. To help get you started or inspire you to finish the Gaptastic Cowl, we invite you to come to our February Free Project on Friday, February 8th. We will meet from 1:00-3:00 PM. You must pre-register, but the class is free if you purchase your yarn from The Stitchin' Den. Don't be left out in the cold without a Gaptastic Cowl.
to knit something for yourself after finishing all those Christmas projects? I have not been knitting as much in January as I did during the December gift-knitting frenzy. Then the new magazine issues began to arrive in the shop with so many inspiring patterns, I'm back into a knitting frenzy. Come find your inspiration at The Stitchin' Den!
and finishing your knitted projects? I do. Many of my UFOs are a result of my aversion. Today, we received a book that just might be the solution to my problem. The title of the book is Finish-free Knits, a book for all ages and experience levels. It is a book of classic styles, with great cable and lace details. The patterns manage to incorporate current styles while remaining classic. And best of all….no finishing! Come browse this book of clear, well-written directions and see if there's something in there for you.