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December 2014 Newsletter

 
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In this issue:

 
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      Last Minute Gift Ideas!  
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Gifts and Bouquets that make pretty projects!


The holidays are nearly upon us! Are you still looking for that perfect present for someone on your list? We're here to help! Check out these last minute gift ideas! They're designed to be quick and stress-free, but also unique and fun enough to garner plenty of oohs and aahs! For the color lover, snag one of our Koigu Bouquets - skeins of colorful, yarny goodness perched atop knitting needles like flowers! If you know someone with expensive taste, give them something to nibble on with a Luxury Fiber Sampler. It's a collection of small samples in some of our most luxurious yarns! Or, try one of our Black Rock Mud gift baskets for a unique gift that even a non-crafter would love!
 
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      Stocking Stuffers and Small Gifts!  
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Sometimes you need just a few small items to fill up a stocking, and I think we can agree that we all have enough lip balm...why not try one of these cute stocking stuffers instead?

Bonnie Bishoff Stick Pins make a great gift for crafters and non-crafters alike - they look beautiful on everybody!

So do Creative Commodities Bright Beads counting necklaces; what an ingenious way to keep track of your rows, too!

And don't forget: everybody loves a Jimmy Beans Wool gift certificate!
A stocking full of yarny stuffers!
 
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      Needles & Tools - Santa's Workshop!  
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Lots of needles of all kind to work with...


Even Santa and his elves can't make magic without means! Get those last minute gifts done speedily (or get a good start on next year's projects!) by making sure you have the right tools in your arsenal. A favorite of every knitter we know are interchangeable needle sets: with needle tips and cords to make a variety of sizes, they have everything you need right in one convenient package! The new Knitter's Pride Marblz Interchangeable Sets are pure art - the distinctive manufacturing process means each set is unique!

Lovers of those tiny needle sizes, rejoice with the ChiaoGoo Interchangeable sets. With needles ranging from a US 2 up to US 15, this set has you set for any project. Just need the small needles, try the Small Set featuring sizes US 2 through US 8!
 
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      Downton Abbey MKAL - Still time to get your supplies and sign up!  
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Pretty Downton MKAL colors


Are you ready to get Downton? With the 2015 Downton Abbey Mystery Knitalong , that is! This year's pattern is a shawl (the mystery's in the knitting, not the object) inspired by the long-suffering middle daughter of the Grantham clan, Edith! Kristen will kick off the MKAL with your first clue on Sunday, January 4th, and you'll get a new clue each Sunday for the 7 weeks the show runs.
The project will use two colors of Lorna's Laces Solemate: one skein in Edith's Secret, our December Lorna's Laces Limited Edition color, plus one skein in a complementary color - we suggest Buckingham Fountain (Kristen's pick), Old Rose, Manzanita, Grand Street Ink, or Farwell, but of course, the choice is up to you!

We have kits available in the suggested pairings that include a download code for the pattern, or if you decide to choose your own colors in Solemate or Shepherd Sock, just let us know you're participating in the MKAL and we'll provide you with a code for just $3 (included with the cost of the kit). Once you have your yarn, join the MKAL on Ravelry and start getting excited!
*Please note some of the colors listed above are currently sold out, but we have more on the way! Pre-order today and we'll ship your kit as soon as these colors are back in stock, which should be here with time to spare before the MKAL!
 
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      Tips for Knitting a Gauge Swatch  
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So many swatches!


When knitting a gauge swatch, don't think only about stockinette - seasoned knitters know that the best way to get an idea of what your finished project will look like is to test out the pattern stitches, too (and hey, it's good practice for later!). Try this:

Depending on your yarn weight, cast on enough stitches to give you a 4-inch wide swatch. For example, if you're hoping to get 5 stitches per inch, cast on 20 stitches, plus a few more for good measure.

  • Take into account how many stitches are in a repeat of your pattern stitch, and make sure you cast on a multiple of that number.
  • Knit at least 2 inches in stockinette, and at least one repeat of each pattern motif. Then you can decide if you like the look of the fabric and measure the gauge in each section for stitches per inch.
  • If your pattern only gives gauge for one type of stitch (like this year's Downton Abbey MKAL pattern), you only need to swatch in that pattern, but the rule for number of stitches to cast on still applies.
swatch with gauge
If your project features a relatively simple stitch and you're not a perfectionist, you can use this tip from Diane Soucy Knitting Pure and Simple to achieve the right gauge once you've already begun a project and don't want to rip it out:
swatch with needles
  • Start your project with the needle size called for in the pattern (or the size you think you'll need, based on your knowledge of how tightly or loosely you usually knit).
  • After several rows, check your gauge (stitches per inch), and adjust your needle size accordingly - if the gauge is too tight (too many stitches per inch), go UP a needle size.
  • If it's too loose (too few stitches per inch), go DOWN a needle size.
  • Alternate the two needle sizes every other row for a few rows, and then switch over completely to the new needle size.
If you're a beginner or just want to refresh your gauge skills, check out these instructional videos on how to measure gauge and adjust your needle size to get the gauge you need!
 
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      Gifts for Giving - Fyberspates Anniversary Bouquets!!  
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As you know, we try to have beautiful gifts available for every occasion, from new babies to birthdays! Well, we're particularly excited about our Fyberspates Anniversary Collection Bouquets, designed to coordinate with important wedding anniversaries and their traditional gift suggestions! Each bouquet comes with three skeins of Fyberspates Scrumptious DK/Worsted in shades that match the gifts: First (Paper), Fifth (Wood), Tenth (Diamond), Twenty-fifth (Silver), Fiftieth (Gold)! They also include a pattern for a beautiful hat and mitt set - alternatively, you could make two matching hats for you and your sweetheart!
Cogges hat and armwarmers
Don't forget to check out Jimmy's Guide to Giving for more great gift ideas for those beloved crafters in your life (or for yourself!).
 
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      Stash Building Sales  
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Rowan Kidsilk Amore & Amore Shimmer - 50% off!
It's all the charm and beauty of ever-popular Kidsilk Haze, but with a convenient chainette construction: Rowan Kidsilk Amore is the same delicious, all-natural-fiber mohair and silk blend you know and love, but its super-bulky weight makes it perfect for quick, warm, and lofty projects! And Amore Shimmer is shot through with metallic accents that make it sparkly and fun!
Rowan Kidsilk Amore - 505 Twilight
Rowan Kidsilk Amore - 505 Twilight
Was $24.95
Now $12.45
(50% off!)
Rowan Kidsilk Amore - 507 Avocado
Rowan Kidsilk Amore - 507 Avocado
Was $24.95
Now $12.45
(50% off!)
Rowan Kidsilk Amore Shimmer - 515 Flaming
Rowan Kidsilk Amore Shimmer - 515 Flaming
Was $24.95
Now $12.45
(50% off!)
Rowan Kidsilk Amore Shimmer - 516 Chiarosuro
Rowan Kidsilk Amore Shimmer - 516 Chiarosuro
Was $24.95
Now $12.45
(50% off!)
Sale Accessories - from 25% off!
Just in time for stuffing stockings, we've got some great accessories at great prices! Have you seen La LOOP? It's a stylish necklace with a lay-flat ring that can hold your sunglasses, reading glasses, or any little doodad you want to keep handy! Grab one of these up quickly - they're sure to go fast at 50% off! Della Q makes beautiful cases for your needles and notions, and right now select colors of both the Long Zip Pouch and The Que circular needle case are available at a steal!
Pony Totals Needles - 60% off!
They're called Pony Totals for a reason: they're the total package, and they totally solve all the problems of straight needles! Each tip is attached to a flexible plastic cord that holds your stitches, so you no longer have to juggle long, awkward needles when knitting flat projects. The stopper at the end of the cord serves as both a row counter and a point protector to keep your stitches from sliding off during storage! Best of all, the flexible cord means you can store your project compactly in a knitting bag or pouch - no more long needles poking out everywhere!
Pony Totals Needles - US 0 (2.0mm)
Pony Totals Needles - US 0 (2.0mm)
Was $7.95
Now $3.15
(60% off!)
Pony Totals Needles - US 2 (2.75)
Pony Totals Needles - US 2 (2.75)
Was $7.95
Now $3.15
(60% off!)
Pony Totals Needles - US 5 (3.75mm)
Pony Totals Needles - US 5 (3.75mm)
Was $7.95
Now $3.15
(60% off!)
Pony Totals Needles - US 15 (10.0mm)
Pony Totals Needles - US 15 (10.0mm)
Was $9.95
Now $3.95
(60% off!)
Muench Diva - 60% off!
Muench Diva will steal all the attention this holiday season! This one-of-a-kind, special-order yarn combines a flat ribbon with corded textural details and beads sewn right in. Knit it up into a truly unique garment, or use it for trims on bags, clothing, or home decor. You can even weave with it! Or combine it with other novelty yarns to make a neat and distinctive scarf.
Muench Diva - 5302 - Royal Navy
Muench Diva - 5302 - Royal Navy
Was $10.00
Now $4.00
(60% off!)
Muench Diva - 5300 - Cranberry
Muench Diva - 5300 - Cranberry
Was $10.00
Now $4.00
(60% off!)
Muench Diva - 5305 - Dark Olive
Muench Diva - 5305 - Dark Olive
Was $10.00
Now $4.00
(60% off!)
Muench Diva - 5304 - Royal Copper
Muench Diva - 5304 - Royal Copper
Was $10.00
Now $4.00
(60% off!)
Schachenmayr original Lumio Cotton - 50% off!
If you haven't tried Schachenmayr original Lumio Cotton yet, don't wait any longer! This super-bulky superstar is a versatile cotton and acrylic blend with an irresistibly cool element: a strand of reflective tape spun right into the yarn! Anything you knit up will reflect light directed at it - from bonfires, camera flashes, or even the headlights of a passing car, making it great for head and wristbands to keep you safe while walking or running in low light. And it comes in ten pretty colors. So what are you waiting for?
 
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      JBW In-Focus: Holiday Pop-up Shop at the Summit Sierra Mall in Reno!  
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The JBW Pop-up Shop at the Summit Mall


Guess what, Reno friends? We've opened a temporary retail shop at the Summit Sierra outdoor mall for the holiday season! While it doesn't have the perk of being able to browse the warehouse like you can at our original retail shop on Capital Boulevard, this sweet little store is conveniently located in South Reno - it's the perfect place to stop while you're doing your holiday shopping and pick up a few gifts for the crafters on your list! The Summit Sierra mall will be open daily until December 25th, we'd love to see you there!
 
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