Glorious Lace Shawl Class with Shop Instructor Beth Carnett!
We're not just excited that Beth is teaching this class because it is filled with a plethora of must know lace techniques such as knitting on a lace edge using short rows. We're excited because she's a superiorly fabulous knitter and used to be a Kindergarten teacher! There's no way she's going to let anyone fall behind and she'll always welcome any question you might have with that cute sweet smile she always has on her face. If you haven't already noticed we absolutely love her and have learned so much from her; and you will too!more
Crochet Class Extravaganza!
Our wonderful Guest Instructor Aaron Hughes will be joining us on Saturday 1/6 to usher in some additional crochet knowledge and joy into the shop. We will be featuring two of his fantastic classes: Beginning Crochet in an Afternoon! and Custom Crochet Beanie. It's all so exciting we can't hardly wait! Oh Jennifer Love Hewitt...whatever happened to you? Why didn't you Party of Five your way over to the Hallmark Channel like Lacey Chabert? We miss you. We miss knowing what you did last summer.more
Overcome Those Winter Blues
Wonderland Yarns has sent us this month's mini skein set Some Winter Day. Their fingering weight 100% merino is just so softly bouncy and the gradient is so prettily perfect that no matter which of the hundreds of provided project recommendations you land on, your project is sure to be splendiferous! And we all deserve a little dazzlingly fantastical splendidness don't we?more
With the Holidays Around the Corner, We've Got the Gifts!
I know it can be daunting to come up with gift ideas for your very bestest of friends and the family members that you actually like. So we've got some fun suggestions! Like the beautifully fun and easy Endless Wrap where you can actually wrap yourself in yards of cozy Woolstok. If you can't make it into the shop you can always order from our online shop or give us a call and we can ship it directly to you!more
All You Want for Christmas!
If you're like me you're super tired of your sister getting you a gift card every year because she wasn't given extensive notes, instructions, and GPS coordinates on where to get you that special something. Well now that you can write down all the things you wish for at the shop on your Wish List, all you have to do is give your loved ones the GPS coordinates and we'll do the rest! When they wander into the shop with that cute little deer in headlights look we can scoop them up into our guiding loving arms as we put the thing you wished upon a star for directly into their hands. Now everybody's a winner!more
Holiday Potluck Party!
I can't wait for our annual Holiday Potluck Party! It's going to be so awesome! This party is truly one of my favorites because it thanks all of our friends, current and new. See, I didn't call you all old. Don't you love me? We're going to have so much fun as we all hang out together, work on our projects, relax, and my favorite part eat! You guys always do such an amazing job with the food. From homemade to store made there's no doubt that we will end up with a wonderful array of dishes. So bring your favorite creation, something you can work on while you laugh, and let's party it up! Even if you've only been in once or are just thinking about making us your store for life, everyone is welcome! And don't be scared off by my nuttiness. Most everybody else is normal. Join us on Thursday 12/7 from 5pm-7pm.more
Pre-Black Friday Sale
This Friday & Saturday!
The biggest and best yarn sale of the year is finally here!
Friday 11/17 and Saturday 11/18
Guest Instructor Barry Klein from Trendsetter!
We are brimming with pride and excitement! Nationally acclaimed designer and instructor Barry Klein from Trendsetter is coming to our shop to teach his design, the spectacular Mitered Box Shawl. Not only does he teach a new miter technique, but he will also discuss how to change the shape to fit your needs, new cast on methods, and so much more! My Mom and all of my employees want to take this class. They've already put their names on the list. Well I want to take this class too. And we all know that I am way more important than everyone else. So I guess we'll just have to draw names out of a hat. Granted I will be drawing the names and will just arbitrarily decide who gets to take the class no matter whose name I actually draw. Dance minions, dance!more
Sweet Relief From Alexandra's Crafts
I know right we are all limbering up for next week's big event. With Rocky like focus we're preparing to run from blood sucking fiends, creepy creatures, and children hulked out with sugar steroids coursing through their veins. If you make it out alive, like I know I will because I'm super awesome, you'll be able to catch your breath and join me in a shower of luxurious yak and silk blends, colorful gradient cakes, and rainbow flecked skeins. Alexandra, our absolutely positively most favorite purple haired indie dyer in the world, from Alexandra's Crafts is bringing an amazing trunk show all the way from Oregon into our shop! She's my bestie and I know she'll be yours as soon as you walk in the door! Join in the fun and roll around in all her glorious yarn! Thursday 11/9 10am-7pm & Friday 11/10 10am-5pmmore
A Brooklyn Tweed Destination Shop
We are now a flagship store for Brooklyn Tweed! We are one of only five shops in California that have been invited to represent them. As a flagship store we are now carrying all of their lines in every color that they offer. To celebrate, Brooklyn Tweed has sent us some amazing garments to show off just how phenomenal their yarn truly is. Make sure you come into the shop to see for yourself!
Brooklyn Tweed was created because talented designer Jarod Flood dreamed of creating homegrown yarns that would preserve, support and sustain the tradition of U.S. textile production. Their mission statement: At Brooklyn Tweed we are passionate about wool, knitting and design. We develop and manufacture breed-specific yarns that support domestic textile production—designing, sourcing, dyeing and spinning our yarns within the USA. Our design team is committed to producing high-quality, sophisticated knitwear patterns for the modern handknitter, specially tailored for the wool yarns we create.more
Tis The Season For Classes!!
We've all been inspired to to start teaching and we hope you're all inspired to learn! There are six classes and two knit alongs this month alone! Feel free to double up if you want to challenge yourself. We've made sure to stagger the times so no one will be left out. There's so much I didn't even have enough room in the newsletter to talk about the beginning cowl and crochet classes we have coming up at the end of the month!
Just look at this super cute Fresh Squeezed Baby Sweater by Heather Walpole from local Ewe Ewe Yarns. She's going to be coming in to teach this wonderful top-down raglan sweater that is perfect for advanced beginners on Thursdays 10/26 & 11/4. I know this is one of the many classes you are going to want to sign up for!more
Spooky Ghost Hat
Alright, it's October people. The time of year when I start booking ghost hunting tours hoping against hope that I see a door slam, a glass fly off a shelf, or better yet a full grown man squeal and run out of a room. I would laugh so hard that I would probably pee my pants. Dude blood could be running down the walls and I would be on the ground laughing at that guy. I am not a nice person. Self acceptance is a good thing. It's one of Martha Stewart's top five. So yeah, I'm really excited and looking forward to the ghost tour I have coming up. And now I have the perfect accessory. A super cute spooky ghoulish ghost hat. Plus bonus, I get to annoy my Mother by asking lots questions while she teaches us everything we could ever want to know about color stranding. Fun all around!more
Intro Brioche Cowl with Guest Instructor Suzanne Nielsen
Ever wanted to laugh while you were crying? I can see you all nodding your heads in affirmation. How about been masterfully zen while wanting to punch someone in the face? Oh yeah, now I see some fists being raised in the air; and is that a guttural scream I hear? Come with me my little gumdrops because I am always calm and could punch just about everyone in the face at anytime. Is this juxtaposition crazy? No! It's breeds creativity and is totally awesome sauce. So let's celebrate our two-toned nature by knitting some two-toned brioche! With her Make Waves Cowl let local designer Suzanne Nielsen take you on a fun journey to master a technique that will open the door to a land of such colorful stitch play you'll wonder why it took you so long learn.more
Enhance Your Lace Series
We're your lace personal trainers and we're taking you to the knit gym to get your pump on. We're gonna start you on the Japanese lace machine, we're gonna curl those double yarn overs, squat those smocking stitches, plank those nupps, and more! But don't worry these is some relief in this lace workout circuit. There is no seaming! This class is good for the Advanced Beginner with some beginning lace experience to the Advanced. There is something for everyone!more
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Woolfolk Exclusive Debut!
In case you've ever questioned our love and devotion to you let me squelch that doubt right now with absolute certainty. We are so very supremely excited to debut Woolfolk yarns as well as bring in a garment Trunk Show exclusively for you, our phenomenal customers! It was very important to us to schedule this event before the San Diego Yarn Crawl so that you would receive priority. This exquisitely soft luxurious yarn is so fantastic that we will now be stocking it full time. But just in case our first order runs out fast, we want you to have dibs! Especially since I already know that many of you have been lying up at night dreaming of this superbly delectable yarn made from Ultimate Merino® ethically and sustainably produced by innovative farmers in the Patagonian Grasslands. So my little blueberry pancakes of joy please remember we completely and utterly adore you and we release this dreamy magic starting Friday 9/1. By the way blueberry pancakes covered in an obscene amount of maple syrup are the most important things in my...more
Yoth Yarns Baby!
I know Yoth Yarns has quite the following what with it's Farm House chic colorways and ludicrously sensational bases. I follow them. They manage the impossible. They're like lovable, relatable, huggable hipsters. At shows I would moan as I walked by their booth because I always missed out on the colors I wanted as I took too long debating over whether or not I wanted to stand in their Splash Mountainesque line since I have the patience and zen-like qualities of a fruit fly with road rage. But then the most wonderful thing happened. Yoth Yarns called us and asked if we were interested in carrying them in our shop! Us! Now I know I am not the only one in love with Yoth. So we decided to take them up on their offer, for you, the people. Well, it was partly for you. Mostly for me. But you know, I like you guys too.more
Trendsetter Fashion Event
Trensetter will be sending us their newest sweaters and garments of the fall and spring from designer Jane Slicer Smith for one day only. You will be able to truly see the beauty of these phenomenal pieces and then order the perfect kit in colors that best compliment you. This fashion event will be accompanied of course by pastries and treats baked to perfection by my wonderful family. Make sure to join us on Saturday 8/26!
I'm super excited about this event. These pieces are absolutely awe-inspiring. However, I have to be very careful not to mention how much I want to make one because someone will always inevitably pop out from behind a corner and ask me about the status of my sweater. And yes everyone it is slowly being worked on. Emphasis on the word slowly. I should have it done sometime this century. I have fantasies that after it is completed I will parade around the city loudly and annoyingly proclaiming my awesomeness, but until that day...hush, I'm working on it.more
One Hot Lady and an Exclusive Mosaic Cowl
Local designer Irina Anikeeva has designed a tricolor mosaic cowl exclusively for the shop! Her patterns are positively phenomenal and this one is no different. Make sure you stop by the shop to see the magnificent sample modeled here by the lovely Beth. Irina will be teaching the class and she is such a wonderful, informative, and attentive instructor you'll absolutely love it!
Yay! Some of the gorgeous ladies in the shop like our newest employee the breathtaking Beth have agreed to start modeling some of the splendid samples we have in the shop. And while of course I am ridiculously cute, it is nice to have some company on the runway.more
Teresa Ruch Tencel Cowl Kit: Take a Deep Breath
These darling kits include a glorious skein of tencel yarn hand dyed in Teresa's Oregon studio, stitch markers, and a pattern that knit up an elegant cowl with a drape that Teresa assures will be a delight to wear. Plus of course there's the shimmery, shiny and coolness of tencel itself. It's yarn made from the wood of junk trees that grow in poor soil with very little water and is considered an environmentally friendly product. Environmentally friendly yarn!? That's better than awesome. That's Jawsome! Fitting since it is Shark Week after all. Stay hungry my friends. And for the love of Roy Schider don't grab your friend's calf while you're in the public pool and yank her down under the water unexpectedly mid sentence let her breech the surface make loud screechy sputtering noises and then pull her down again while you sing the theme song to the movie in-between fits of evil cackling because you will get kicked out, partially due to your friends inevitable and understandable potty mouth. I...more
The Time Has Come for the Noro Reception!
Welcome to a fun filled Japanese inspired reception to celebrate the wonderful world of Noro. A Noro factory representative will be joining us with a trunk show, garments, and lots of cool insider info. There will be raffles, giveaways, hors d' oeuvres, prizes, and amazing events throughout the evening. Come learn all about the nuance and beauty of this glorious humanely sourced 100% organic yarn.
There are two evenings available: Friday 8/11 and Saturday 8/12. Spots will fill up fast so make sure you sign up soon!
By the way two pictures of me in one newsletter is too much. We have to find another model you guys. This is getting ridiculous!more
Yarn Rehab, a Phenomena so Awesome it Could've Killed the Dinosaurs
So truth. We all know how wonderfully special the yarn rehab sock is from the father and son team at Meadowcraft Dyeworks. We all know how exquisite their colors are. Especially since you, my darling little kumquats, like to jab your fingers into the shipping box to see what's come in before I've even had a chance to unpack it because you don't want to miss out on a new and captivating color. So the picture above could probably have been a box with their logo on it. And instead what you have before you is a creepy soul bearing amalgamation of my three favorite things yarn, dinosaurs, and succulents. In no way did I paint and put together those wood skeleton puzzles as an adult. Nor did I stomp those dinos about their new yarn landscape in an epic battle to the death and then carefully place the jaws of the T-rex triumphantly around the brachiosaurus' neck and then shake my fist and cry out "curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!" Nope. That is purposterous. I read the paper and have...more
Baah's Monthly Gradient Series Comes to Life!
This sensationally subtle gradient series from Baah will be so fantastic for so many different projects. That's why in order to narrow it down a little bit we decided to highlight Joji Locatelli's Jujuy shawl. It will be absolutely lovely knit up in these stunning colors. We have kits available for the three shown here or you can pre-order for the next two upcoming colors and get the entire five month gradient series. So many choices! Oh no! Whatever will you do? Just remember you're never alone. I'm always available to chat in order help with any yarn choice dilemmas. It's one of my favorite things, most especially when you visit me in the shop. And although yarn is my specialty I'm also pretty good at consulting with succulents, bonkers animals, shark week, delicious dairy and gluten filled food I'm not supposed to eat, and ghosts. Chat soon my little pea pods of joy!more
Nothin' Fishy About Some Fishknits!
I met Jo Dee at Fishknits when I was wandering about the Stitches market earlier in the year. I spotted these superb kettle colors and just had to pop in and take look. We started chatting and I absolutely fell in love with her! She adores everything about fiber and even has an adopted 95 pound, 8 year old Akita mix, named Norman, who she's given the official title of Fishknits supervisor. I totally relate as my adopted Shiba Inu is my newsletter supervisor. He creepily hovers over me as I write either ready to lick my face or chomp on my feet. Yowsers! Now back to Jo Dee! She's never been carried in a store before so we are lucky enough to be the only shop in the entire world where you can touch and see her yarn in person. Plus the colorways she dyed for us are completely unique and one of a kind. Super cool huh?more
It's Party Time Baby!
So I'm sure you cleared your calendar for this Saturday because I told you to weeks ago and you do everything I tell you to do because by now you've realized that I am a God. Yep. That's me. Clotho. Greek Goddess. Spinner of Fate. Wow this is super refreshing. Having a secret identity is a pain. And while I'm at it I've just gotta share that being a cute perky little blonde is not that great. Too much maintenance. I'm much more comfy in my crotchety ugly old crone guise. I'll decide when I want to shower and brush my hair thank you very much! Now this awesome party that's happening. You are going because you are you and you will be there. So saith Fate.
Come celebrate our first year open with us! We're having a storewide sale, Inner Yarn Zen is stopping by for a trunk show, & the day is going to be jam-packed with lots of other phenomenal surprises.more
New Colors From Mary Gavan!
Mary Gavan just sent us a magnificent array of colors in her Pepino line, a 100% linen wonder. I love Mary. She is this soft spoken, open hearted, bright eyed sprite of a thing who in no way looks the 50 something she happens to be. I keep meaning to ask her the secret to her youthful appearance. Maybe it's the utter joy she gets from dyeing her yarn, you certainly can feel it when you pick up a skein. I don't dye yarn but I do get utter joy out of knitting, so check. Maybe it's her love of nature. I certainly love my disturbingly large collection of succulents and cacti. Check. Or maybe she really is a sprite. Unfortunately I am not a mythical creature. But I always wanted a pet chupacabra. So check?more
It's Time To Join The Knitting Dead!
Lorna from Zombie Yarns is going to be at the shop and we're all in for a bloodcurdlingly good time. After selling Lorna's Laces in 2003 she spent her time designing and touring the country teaching at guilds and conventions. She even wrote four books. Recently however, something started to come over her. It was the yarn coloring virus. Lorna had come back from the dead. She started dyeing again and Zombie Yarns was born. So gather your friends since there's safety in numbers and geek out with me while we meet this down in the Earth icon and revel at her monstrously awesome yarn. Join us Thursday 6/8 - Saturday 6/10!more