Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Happenings at Yarns With A Twist

We have Goats Milk Soap for sale! Support your local farmer...Ash Abby Farm.  A great gift!

We carry Leclerc loom's.  Imagine yourself weaving in just a short time!

New yarn at the shop....we have a pile of new yarn in from Trendsetter yarn.

Button, buttons, we've got buttons!

Some of our selection of Lamb's Pride yarn.  Christiane is hosting a Mystery KAL (knit-a-long) over on her blog Lismiknits for Wool-aid on Ravelry.  Below is a photo of one finished section....and also all of the information regarding this project.

This Mystery KAL is part of a Knit for Tibet campaign we do in the Wool-Aid ravelrygroup to help to provide as much warm knitted items for the earthquake victims as possible.
"Knit for Tibet is an outreach effort of the Kyegu Relief Fund, established in response to the devastating 7.1 magnitude earthquake that hit the eastern Tibetan town of Kyegu on April 14, 2010. The humanitarian need is ongoing and significant. Approximately 10,000 people were killed, 20,000 people are injured, and 100,000 people have been left homeless and destitute. More than 90% of the buildings were reduced to rubble. Many of the survivors have no family left."
Winters are harsh in Kyegu, and the people are facing desperate conditions. Many are currently living in lightweight tents. They are especially in need of vests, sweaters, and socks. The sizes most needed are for babies and teens. 
Please also check the Wool-Aid website for more info.
With the COLORIDO Mystery  KAL I hope to be able to help adding some more sweaters to the next shipment.
Here how it works:
I will post parts of the pattern on my blog every so often. If you have a questions please either post your questions on the Wool-Aid ravelry board, as a comment here or send an email to c.burkhard at gmail dot com.
COLORIDO is a top down raglan  sweater (no seeming) in a size 14 (34” finished circumference) 
You will need:
  • approx 850 yards of bulky weight yarn, a main color and 3 additional colors. Two CC’s could work too but better are three. I use Brown Sheep, Lambs Pride bulky, approx 5 skeins MC and 1 skein each for CC. If you plan to contribute this sweater to the Tibet campaign, please use a yarn which is at least 80% animal fiber.
  • Dpn US 10 and US 10.5, circular needles US 10 and US 10.5 
  • Stitchmarkers 
Gauge: 3.5 sts and 4.25 rows per inch
The sweater will be in the ravelry database under the name Colorido so that you can link your project page to it. Feel free to use my picture too.
• Use different color marker for the first pm if you have.
Abbreviations: RS: Right side WS: Wrong side M1: With left needle tip, lift strand in between needles from front to back. Knit the lifted loop  through the back to twist the stitch. CO: Cast on. BO: Bind off MC: Main Color CC: Contrasting color Pm: Place marker Kfb: Knit in front and back of the stitch
With MC cast on 36 sts with larger needle. (Do not join)

So....we are offering a 20% discount on Lamb's Pride yarn IF you knit this sweater for the above charity only... until the end of December.  For more information stop by the shop.
New arrival: La Boheme by Fiesta yarns
This hand-dyed luxury fiber is great for sweaters, vests, shawls, scarfs, hats and much more. Fiber Type: 50% Rayon Boucle, 32% Brushed Kid Mohair, 14% Wool, 4% Nylon

Please come by if you need any help with gift ideas...we'll be glad to help...we love exploring creative projects with you...See you soon!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving...Coupon 2 days!

Turkey Headress
Happy Thanksgiving! We are so thankful for your business. Therefore we would like to share a coupon with you for 20% off on a one time purchase: Valid Friday November 26 & November 27. All sales are final, coupons cannot be accumulated, sale items are excluded. Your coupon should have arrived in your email...

Customer Talent!

Here is our Hat Class...everyone is enjoying learning a new pattern!

Having Fun!

One of our customers came in and modeled Deb's prayer shawl for her dear friend who has been very ill.  This is Deb's own beautiful design.  She used Austermann yarn called Skacel Murano.

Charlotte in her first knitted project.  She did a wonderful job on her very first scarf.  We had a class at the Chaplin Library and Charlotte came and met us there.  We love our new customers!


Margaret knit this gorgeous sweater our of beautiful Noro yarn.  The sweater is out of one of the Noro Design books...she isn't recalling the pattern today.  Margaret is one of our beautiful and prolific knitters here at the shop....it fits beautifully.
A close up of this pretty design.... 

TA DA!  Margaret knit up this most gorgeous afghan out of Baby Boom.  This is a beautiful gift for her brand new baby niece....

We hope you have wonderful Thanksgiving!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

New Yarn!

We have new yarn that has just arrived! Debbie Bliss, Luxury Donegal Tweed Chunky is luxuriously soft and made from 85% Merino Wool and 15% Angora. Comes in many beautiful colors.  Come by the shop to pick up some new yarn for your next project.  Don't forget to check out our classes in the sidebar. 

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Beading Class

Maggy who is visiting from South Dakota gave a beading class today.  Maggy is a beautiful beader and sells many of her pieces.  She is staying until Dec. 1st so perhaps there will be another class if there is enough interest.  That's Sam working away...who is also a long time beader.

Sue P. working on her bracelet.

Deb working on her first project. Deb is always game to try something new as long it's creative!

One of Maggy's creations.
Thanks for the class Maggy!

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Autumn customer projects....

Sally knit this beautiful sweater and just finished it up with a new button from the shop.  This is her second sweater!  Beautiful job Sally....!

Sally also knit this beautiful vest!  Nice job Sally....this is going to be perfect for fall and winter....

Friday, November 12, 2010

Sights at The New England Fiber Festival...

Ellyn Cooper and Sue P. at Ellyn Cooper's Yarn Sonnets booth at The New England Fiber Festival.  Looking good ladies!

Bruno and Sandee stopped by the booth on their visit...everyone had a great time at this fiber event.

Sandee at The Merlin Tree booth... from Albany, VT talking to Dave the designer and owner of the company.  Sandee recently became a distributor of The Hitchiker and The Roadbug spinning wheels.

Christiane, Deb and Sandee enjoying the fiber at the event....

Thursday, November 11, 2010


Mary Ewalt  was busy scarfing all week!  She created four beautiful crocheted scarves.  This first one is a Josephine Woo design called Verdue.  This was crocheted out of Ellyn Cooper's chenille yarn Indian Summer.  These scarves are going to be Christmas gifts for her lucky friends and family.

This second scarf is called Scalloped Scarf by PlanetJune.  Mary crocheted this scarf out of double stranded Chenille and Lambs Pride.  Another beauty Mary!  

Mary created this crocheted scarf called Falling Leaves.  If anyone would like this design you can talk to Mary about this at the shop.  She used double stranded chenille and Lambs Pride of Ellyn Cooper's Yarn Sonnets as well.
This is Mary's own design!  For this scarf she used Marvelous Mohair and Ellyn Cooper's Chenille Mainely Moose.  Mary...you did a beautiful job on all these scarves...you're friends and family are so fortunate to have you creating these lovely projects!

Sam is finishing up her gorgeous Hanne Falkenberg sweater....we cannot wait to see the finished beauty of this piece!  I can imagine you on a wonderful birding trip outdoors this autumn or winter....

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Christiane Burkhard....Shawl Naming Contest

Christiane Burkhard one of our teachers and designers in the shop is having a contest over on her blog Lismiknits!  She has designed a beautiful new shawl and she's asking for name suggestions for the shawl.  The contest goes until this Friday and then comments will be closed. Just leave a comment and you'll be entered into the contest.  She and her family will pick the name they like the best and the winner will receive BOTH the pattern and the yarn to complete the shawl as a PRIZE! Lismiknits has a post over on her blog about Dirty Water Dyeworks after meeting them at the New England Fiber Festival this weekend.

The yarn has been generously donated by Dirty Water Dyeworks!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Shop Updates....

Huggable Hedgehog
Sue Walker knit and felted this very cute Hedgehog.  This was a pattern from Fibertrends...called Huggable Hedgehog.  We have the pattern in the shop.  She did a beautiful job...such a prolific knitter!

Sue has been very busy...look at all of the projects she's done!
Her first pair of Queen Kahuna Socks...they came out beautifully!

Nutmeg Mitts...by Buttonjar knits.  Created by Sue....these are so lovely and soft and pretty!

We Call Them Pirates Hat.  Another great project made by Sue W.....she modified this pattern a bit.  Thanks for bringing all of your project in Sue!  You are a beautiful knitter...and we love to see all of your creativity!

We have our new Yarn Spinners in!  

Sandee got a new Spinning Wheel!  She has been investigating wheels and fibers and will be carrying wheels in the shop again.  This one is called The Roadbug. This handy wheel is easy to carry along and is very nice to spin on.  It's also very affordable....at $364+tax.  This weighs only 9lbs. and you can bring it on an airplane with you!  This wheel is a double treadle wheel.  The Hitchiker wheel has a carrying handle on it....that's the only difference.

"foot" pedals!

Your view while you're on the wheel....

We'll also be carrying the Ladybug Spinning Wheel by Schacht.  We will be distributors of Schacht and the Hitchiker and Roadbug Wheels.  We are so excited to be bringing more spinning to the shop!  We'll also be carrying fibers for you to spin...so stay tuned for more about that.  If you're interested in purchasing a wheel or learning more about spinning...come by to learn more!
Christmas Stockings!
We have a few Christmas Stocking kits in.  This is a classic vintage style from the 60's....

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Blooming Flowers...

Deb K. our resident felting expert created this beautiful felted sunflower for the shop.  We'll be having felting classes coming soon.  Remember we have lots of new fleece in the back for all of your felting projects as well as some new kits.  If you have a fiber enthusiast on your gift list...these kits make a nice gift as well.

Another Beauty!
And...check out this cute Turkey!  We have a few of these floating around the shop.  Deb created these entirely from her own design.  Imagine Deb being invited to your house for Thanksgiving...she'd show up with a gaggle of felted Turkeys to grace your table.

And here she is keeping us in....stitches!
A new book in the shop....
We are taking on a new project in the shop....stay tuned for more!