Friday, February 18, 2011

Winter Blaaasss? Brighten up your wardrobe with a pair of Stripes-Alive Socks! Join the KAL!

I just love the spring colors in this yarn! The March Knit-Along (KAL) project, "Stripes-Alive" features a cuff-down sock, and if you use the featured Trekking XXL color "Prism" you will have more chances to win terriffic prizes from Skacel!

Since the beginning of the year, Skacel teamed up with Michelle Hunter of "Knit Purl Hunter" to kick-off a series of monthly Knit-Along projects and contest. Each month a new one skein project is featured, introducing knitters to different techniques ... the March project is a cuff-down sock pattern called "Stripes Alive" ... if you like the project, but prefer a more traditional colors, we have a bunch of colorways to choose from!

On March 1st, Michelle will post the first segment of the sock pattern, and will be posting the rest of the instructions for the project in three more segments on the 8th, 15th and 22nd at Along with the pattern, educational “how-to” video lessons will enable knitters of all skill levels to participate! Also, comments and questions will be answered daily at the KAL site.

Remember to submit your project to Skacel to be eligible for prizes! Weekly and monthly prizes will be awarded, culminating in July with the Grand Prize ... a weekend getaway to Seattle for two people, including a trip to Skacel and a $1,000 yarn and needle shopping spree in the Skacel warehouse! More info on these great prizes ...

It's not to late to get in on the fun ... click for all the details, schedule and materials list and supplies! We made it easy to get everything you need by March 1st … checkout our "easy" button to shop for the March Knit-Along Kit!

Friday, February 11, 2011

Tired of the SNOW? Stuck in any BLIZZARDS lately? Ready for SPRING?

It might not feel like spring yet, but it’s snowing spring yarn around here!!! We are getting deliveries of new spring yarns every day, and Scout is working his tail off putting them on the website as fast as he can take pictures! This spring introduces a whole new set of fashionable patterns and terrific new yarns!

New spring projects feature cool cottons, linens and bamboo blends, in lots of fresh colors. According to top New York designers, the top 10 colors for spring are:

These colors are used for some great new fashions, including a selection of ruffled-feminine-lacey sweaters, along with a collection of small scarves and shawls!

Here are some New Spring Yarn arrivals … more are showing up daily … check back! 
  • Berroco – Glint – New Yarn in 9 Colors – Features metallic strands set inside chains of soft cotton. With great drape, this yarn is perfect for summer garments or anything than needs a little glitter! Checkout the new pattern book!
  • Classic Elite – Cricket – New Yarn in 10 Colors – A blend of cotton and linen that provides good drape and softness. The fun, tone-on-tone colors give a tweed effect to the finished piece.

  • Classic Elite – Firefly – 12 Colors – This yarn is a natural blend of viscose and linen. Dyed in soft, shimmery colors, it's soft, drapey and a bit dressy. Think about a summer sweater or evening shawl!

  • Schulana – Sierra – 4 Colors – A soft cotton yarn with a bit of silk. Dyed to provide easy striping, this yarn has a smooth finish. It's wonderful for warm weather knits and is even machine washable! Here is the new Schulana Pattern book!

  • Classic Elite – Allegoro – 14 Colors – This yarn is the perfect warm weather knit yet light in weight. With great stitch definition and just a hint of texture, it's excellent for sweaters, shawls or something small for a baby.

  • Classic Elite – Liberty Wool Print – 7 Colors - This yarn is soft and warm. It's machine washable with fun, self-striping colors, making it a great yarn for kids or adults! Watch for 2 new colors every month through June! Very popular designs in the 2010 pattern booklet!
  • Berroco – Comfort – 28 Colors! – A wonderfully soft worsted weight super fine nylon/fine acrylic blend. It has the twist of a luxury yarn and is machine washable and dryable. Great, easy care for blankets and children's clothing.

Don’t forget all the new Trekking XXL yarn for the Trekking Knit Along and Contest … the March featured yarn color is “Prism”.

Also … check our Sales and Outlet for end of season yarn specials … “out with the old, in with the new!”