Ravelry In-Store Patterns

Have you heard the MYS staff talking about In-Store Ravelry patterns? Did you know that you can support us, your LYS (Local Yarn Shop), by purchasing your Ravelry patterns through the MYS? Maybe you haven’t even heard about Ravlery.  Hopefully, I can shed some light on this wonderful program that supports the LYS. What is Ravelry? According to the Ravelry site…”Ravelry is a place for knitters, crocheters, designers, spinners, weavers and dyers to keep track of their yarn, tools, project and pattern information, and look to others for ideas and inspiration. The content here is all user- driven; we as a community make the site what it is. Ravelry is a great place for you to keep notes about your projects, see what other people are making, find the perfect pattern and connect with people who love to play with yarn from all over the world in our forums.” The founder is a long time blogger named Jessica (Jess) and her husband Casey. Right now Ravelry membership is free and only requires …

Trends at TNNA 2014

I just got back from Indianapolis where TNNA (The National Needle Arts Association) held its annual Midwest trade show. This exciting event is where I, as a retailer, go to take business classes, meet other retailers, designers and vendors and SHOP, SHOP, SHOP.  Each year I attend the retailer’s luncheon, view the fashion show and grab some samples. While scanning the booths in the market, I found three consistent trends for Fall 2014. First, I saw the hand dyers making a move toward more tonal yarns.  A personal favorite that won “Best New Product” at the show was Dream in Color’s Jilly yarn.   Jilly is made of 100% merino wool.  The unique dyeing process, the same used for their Everlasting line, gives it deep and lushly-shaded tones.  You can find more detail on the Dream in Color blog. ( http://www.dreamincoloryarn.com/blog/). Second, I saw texture everywhere from the shawls to the cowls to the cardigans.  You can expect cables, dropped stitch patterns and raised stitches.  It wasn’t that the yarn was textured, but the …

Why Wool?

Yes.  I am a fiber snob.  I mainly love wool because of its wonderful characteristics.   By wool, I mean, any fiber that comes from an animal (i.e. alpaca, llama, angora, mohair, camel, yak, etc.).   But, I was not always a wool lover.  In fact, when I started knitting, I didn’t fully understand all the wonderful qualities of wool.  I thought it was itchy, expensive and hard to take care of.  All the commercial wool sweaters I owned seemed to be that way.  After knitting several projects in cheap acrylic yarn, I began to wonder about those yarns in my LYS (local yarn store) and then, I knit my first wool sweater and my world changed forever. First and probably most importantly, wool breathes.  It has the wonderful capability to make you warm in the cold without making you sweat.  Air is able to flow in and out of the fabric, while the wool insulates, trapping air for warmth.  In contrast, acrylic yarns are made out of petroleum oil…the same oil used …

What is Our Retreat All About?

Traditionally, our retreat is the second weekend in November.   Although we have had many locations for our retreat, including The Cove in Lake Geneva, WI and the Radisson in Des Plaines, IL., over the last four years, we have hosted our retreat at the Warren Woods Inn in Union Pier, MI.  The Warren Wood Inn is a large family home with 12 rooms/suites.  There is a large commercial kitchen to prepare food and a wraparound porch which is nice if the weather is warm.  The inn is within walking distance of the Lake Michigan shoreline and is about an hour and 45 minute drive from Mount Prospect (traffic dependent). We meet on Friday evening for an old-fashioned pot luck dinner.  Guests bring everything from their favorite crock pot recipe to a delicious dessert to a special bottle of wine.   With all the great foods, we never go hungry!  After dinner, we retreat into the family room, often referred to as the “sun room”, to knit for the evening with new friends. On …

Kenzie Joins the HiKoo Family

This fall, Skacel introduced Kenzie to their every expanding Hikoo yarn line.   Jodi from Skacel describes Kenzie on Ravelry.com.   ”Kenzie just may be the perfect tweed. New Zealand merino, angora and alpaca lend softness and body, nylon lends strength and silk noils contribute delicate texture and color accents. The smooth, round 3-ply yarn knits into a cohesive fabric that blooms when wet blocked. The angora haze is just fuzzy enough to lend a cozy feel, but not so fuzzy that it will obscure any stitch patterning”. Kenzie knits at 5 sts=1″ on a size 6 or 7 needle.  It is listed as a worsted weight yarn; but with 160 yards/50 grams, it is  much lighter than most yarns we would consider “worsted weight”.  Personally, I found the yarn to be a joy to knit up.   During the October Progressive KAL by Michelle Hunter (knitpurlhunter.com), I chose four coordinating colors and began my  ”Colormatic Cowl”.  I am enjoying the simple slip stitch patterns. Although a little more challenging, you might want to try the Pine Bough Cowl by Dianna Walla.   June just finished knitting her Pine …

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