Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Thanksgiving Weekend Holiday Shopping!

FiberWild! will be closed on Thanksgiving Day so Sean and I can stuff our faces with turkey and spend time with family and friends.  We'll be back at the store and open our regular hours on Black Friday ... so, once you have recovered from your (4:00 am) big-box shopping spree, settle in and take a look at our "Double Rewards" Everything Addi sale!
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We also setup a Holiday Central section of the website to make all your Christmas shopping easy.  Yes, you still have plenty of time to knit some great gifts - and it's so much more personal than a store-bought gift!  We've put together a list of our favorite gifts to make, then narrowed it further with a special section of gifts for children, women, men, gifts for the home and crocheted gifts.

Child and Adult Flap Hat
We also have a section called Quick Gifts, or as I like to call it, "Gifts for Procrastinators."  Sure, we'd all like to knit a cable knit sweater and a queen size afghan for each and every one of our family members and friends before Christmas (2012), but we've put together a list of 24 easy hats, scarfs, mittens and mitts that can be knit up quickly - a much more realistic endeavor. 

Maribeth's Lacy Hoodie
But what about gifts for YOU!  Do you have a non-knitter shopping for you? Have them check out Holiday Central for great ideas.  And don't forget that you or your shopper are always welcome to call us at 815-777-3550 for help with your special holiday gifts. 

Have a great Thanksgiving - and Happy Shopping!    Amy

Friday, November 16, 2012

Feeling Thankful

Once a year it does us all good to sit back and think about what we really are thankful for.  For me, I'd have to say sheep, alpacas, goats and other furry creatures that help keep us warm, modern medicine, good friends that love us despite ourselves, cats and kittens, and, of course, my husband Sean.
The newest addition to FiberWild!, Rowan!  

Walking around the shop I asked the rest of the crew what they were all thankful for:

Wendi is thankful for a great job in a knitting store where she gets to play with lots of yarn ... and for plenty of cuddle time with the office kitty! 

Nicki is thankful that she lives so close to work that her "commute" is a 30 - 60 second walk, especially since her new boyfriend lives an hours drive away.  She's also very thankful that her dog gets along with cats!

Scout's not sure he's thankful for Rowan yet ...
Vera is thankful for juicy slices of turkey, a steaming blob of garlic mashed potatoes, all with rivers of gravy flooding over it.  Yummy food coma ... Ice cream, definitely ice cream.  Maybe cookies, too ... and kittens ... and cats that act like kittens!

Suzy is thankful that she can spend her days tending to her children and her sheep - and still do her Fiber Wild! database work after the barn is quiet for the night and the kids are in bed!

Karen is thankful for her new grand-baby.  Wanna see some pictures?

Sean said he was thankful for good friends, warm kittens, single malt Scotch, cold beer, low maintenance employees, being able to live in the country, ageing very very very gracefully, and his lovely wife.  Funny how he listed me last!  This caused some back-pedaling and protests of "But not in that order!  You didn't say to put them in order!"  I should be getting some flowers or a really nice dinner out soon.

Have a great Thanksgiving!    Amy

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Plum Perfect . . . .Redefined! (And the Book is FREE!)

The pleasantly purple Plum Perfect Swirl jacket.
The start of November means it's time to pick a Winter Project - and what could be more perfect than Plum Perfect!

Sandra McIver's book of unique swirl jacket patterns, "Knit, Swirl!" continues to be a store favorite, but the yarns for the popular Plum Perfect jacket were discontinued.  What to do?  We worked with Sandra McIver and our friends at Mountain Colors Yarns to create a new "Plum" color and redesigned this amazing jacket in two Mountain Colors yarn combinations.

Which yarn pair is perfect for you?  Choose Mountain Colors' “Alpaca Blend” and “Twizzle” yarns, a wonderfully soft alpaca/wool blend and the unique look of Twizzle - and at a great price at $199.95 - $217.00.  Or pick the perfectly divine Mountain Colors' “Mountain Goat” and cashmere/silk blend “Jeannette” yarns - the definition of luxurious for $248.00 - $320.00.

Plum Perfect . . . Redefined!
Don't like purple?  You don't have to knit in "plum" for it to be Plum Perfect.  We have the Plum Perfect yarn kit available in four versatile colorways:  Plum Nuevo (purples), Evergreen (greens), Deep Forest (browns) and Ruby Gems (reds).

Bonus:  When you buy the yarn kit, available exclusively at FiberWild!, you also get the book for FREE plus FREE shipping!  A $50 value!

Not familiar with this wonderful book? “Knit, Swirl!” is a remarkable knitting book that contains 18 patterns for unique swirl jackets. The basic concept is a series of concentric rings that create the collar, lapels, front and lower back, with one seam that runs from cuff to cuff to create the arms, front bodice and back neck.  Check out what fans of the book are saying on Ravelry!

Which color is perfect for you?
 Have a perfectly pleasant day!  Amy