Thursday, June 30, 2011

Batter Up!

The seventh Stitch n' Pitch with the Seattle Mariners will take place at Safeco Field on July 14. Come see the Mariners take on the Rangers in the company of yarn-minded folk. There will be yarn vendors, free t-shirts and lots of fun at the Safe. The Fiber Gallery will be there with a selection of our yarn. We hope to see you too!

Tickets are $15 and available now at the Fiber Gallery.


Monday, June 27, 2011

Sale of the Week

Cascade 220 Sport features the same great colors and value of Cascade 220 but in a lighter gauge. One change with this new yarn is that the skeins are 50 grams and contain 164 yards instead 220. Great for colorwork, lightweight sweaters, shawls and accessories, Cascade 220 Sport will be your new go-to yarn. Cascade has already introduced many free patterns for knit and crochet in it.

Cascade 220 Sport is 15% off through July 3.


Monday, June 20, 2011

Sale of the Week

Flounce--more of a mesh ribbon than a yarn--works up into deep ruffles in no time. Here is a great video on how to knit with it.

And here's one on how to crochet with it.

Flounce is 15% off through June 26.


Monday, June 13, 2011

Sale of the Week

Ultra Alpaca, from Berroco, brings together one of our favorite luxury fibers, alpaca, with wool. The result is a yarn that is warm and cozy though soft and light. Berroco offers an enormous range of patterns for Ultra Alpaca including all of these free patterns.

Ultra Alpaca is 15% off through June 19.


Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Enhance Your Knitting Life

This weekend we have sessions starting for a number of classes.

  • Beginner knitters can conquer fear of circular needles and double points while learning just how quick and satisfying knitting a hat can be.

  • Knit a simple sweater from the top-down. This is an excellent class for beginnign knitters who have enough scarves! Learn to create a sweater with no seams by knitting in one piece from the top down.

  • Learn to knit socks two at a time. You'll never have a single sock languishing in your knitting basket while waiting for its mate.

We also have a few spaces left in our Dyeing as if the Earth Mattered class at Earthues studio in Ballard on June 18.

Find out more about these classes and our other summer offerings on our Classes page.


Monday, June 6, 2011

Sale of the Week

Crock-o-Dye from Knit One, Crochet Too is a luminous blend of wool, silk and nylon. It makes colorful, durable socks but also works wonderfully for baby knits, shawls and scarves. It has drape, shine, great color and strength. The nine kettle-dyed monochromatic colorways create interest but don't obscure patterns.

Crock-o-Dye is 15% off through June 12.


Saturday, June 4, 2011

A Note on Charity Knitting

Patty Cogen is one of our most devoted customers. Several years ago she came to us asking if she could organize a charity knitting (or crocheting) group to come meet at the shop on Thursdays from noon to 2 p.m. We said sure and the group has become a fixture at the shop.

Here is a note from Patty about her experience knitting for charity.

Hi, I'm Patty and I've made so many top-down sweaters that my name on Ravelry is Topdownsweatrgirl. I decided to knit for charity for two reasons:

First, everyone in my family has enough sweaters for several life times; and two, I can try out new patterns and not worry about the size being right for a specific
person. Any size sweater is great for someone who needs it.

I started the Thursday afternoon charity knit session at Fiber Gallery and the conversation has kept me coming back. Customers have been found eavesdropping on the charity knitting group. Some days it's comedy, other days it's tragedy--whatever is discussed is always interesting or from a unique point of view. Oh, yeah, we also knit for charity.

We started knitting sweaters for homeless teens who were moving into transitional housing with their parents. After that we knit hats for premie babies--those knit up in a flick of an eye.

Next we did a bunch of hats for one of the First People's Nation that one of our knitters was involved with. It seems that everyone has a different charity and we rotate knitting for them. But don't think of this group as rigid. You can knit any darn thing you want in this group--sometimes I'm the only one knitting for charity, but I get lots of company from those who are knitting a new lace shawl for themselves, a outfit for their husband's friend's son's new baby, or a pair of fingerless gloves for mom's 80th birthday.

Come join us, join the conversation, and if you feel like it, make a premie hat.