Thursday, July 25, 2013

HiKoo's Tiara Yarn - Fit for a Princess!

Sparkling Tiara in Amethyst
Our intention was to highlight HiKoo's Tiara yarn as a shameless tie-in to Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge's new little tiara-wearing princess.  But she didn't have a princess - it's a boy!  ... another slick marketing ploy gone bad!

Tiara One Hank Shawl
But we're promoting Tiara yarn anyway because we want you to summon your inner princess.  HiKoo's Tiara yarn is a soft blend of fuzzy kid mohair and wool.  That alone is fun, but then the folks at HiKoo "princess'ed" it up by adding sparkling sequins and shimmering beads ... nice, not too much bling.  Your Royal Highness, indeed!

What to make with this grandiose yarn?  HiKoo makes the choice easy by including a free triangle shawl pattern on the yarn label that knits up with just one skein.  The basic triangle pattern has a twisty spine stitch to add some extra elegance to your regal shoulders.  You can check out some of the shawls knit by your friends at Ravelry.

With 14 colors to choose from, you are sure to find a Tiara color that compliments your imperial self.

Happy Knitting . . .  Amy

Friday, July 19, 2013

Everything dellaQ is 20% Off!

You can't put a price on good organization . . . . Well, actually, now you can - and it's 20% off!

della Q Double Point Duo
What is the point of having TONS of knitting needles or crochet hooks in every conceivable size, if you can't find the one you want?  All of the della Q's knitting needle and crochet hook organizers contain numbered pockets.  That's right, pockets numbered with neatly typed tabs.  No more trying to remember what size needle you put where!  
    And once you needles are organized, what about your project?  Della Q has large knitting bags huge enough to fit multiple projects.  Prefer something a bit more petite?  Check out the small knitting bags and pouches.

    della Q Travel Wallet
    And remember, no matter what della Q item you pick, it's all 20% off!

    When you purchase anything della Q, you will feel good knowing that Della (yep, that's her real name) is helping Mekong Quilts.   A portion of all della Q sales goes to Mekong Quilts, a non-profit community development program that provides employment and training to women in rural Vietnam.  The quilters receive training, a fair wage and other benefits and work in a safe and comfortable environment.  In addition, all profits generated from the sale of the quilts are reinvested into the community in the form of scholarships for children and agricultural training in order to benefit the poor communities in which the quilters live.

    Vietnam Quilts, quilters at work
    Della funded the purchase of a number of new embroidery machines and funded the training on the new equipment.  Also, any of Della's excess silk fabric is donated to the quilters at the end of each season.

    You always knew della Q had great bags and needle organizers, now you know about the good work they do for Mekong Quilts in Vietnam.  And, oh yea, did I mention that we have all della Q products on sale at 20% off?  (sorry, that was shameless).

    ;-)  Happy Knitting . . . . Amy

    Saturday, July 13, 2013

    Name That Lamb!

    Juliet says to Romeo "A rose by any other name would smell as sweet," meaning that names don't matter.  But we disagree!  Wouldn't it be cool if you could pick the name for Catherine (Kate), the Duchess of Cambridge's expected royal baby?

    You can't of course, but we've got the next best thing!  One of our employees, Suzy the Shepherdess, raises a good size flock of sheep on her nearby farm using only traditional 19th century farming techniques. Her oldest ewe, “Queen,” recently had a little “princess” and we need your help to name her! To vote, visit the poll on Ravelry.

    You can choose from one of the four options below or write in your own choice.  
    The Royal Lamb 

    What's my Name?  The "Princess" (in front)
    A) Charlotte
    B) Alexandra
    C) Elizabeth
    D) Diana
    E) Other

    The name with the most votes will be graciously bestowed upon this little cutie. Voting ends July 31st ... we’ll announce the winning name in our August 1st e-mail. Be sure to sign up here to receive the e-mail!
    Happy Knitting! . . . .  Amy

    Friday, July 5, 2013

    Royal Baby, Lamb and Royal Purple Yarn

    Kate, Dutchess of Cambridge
    The girls in the office were ecstatic when Prince William married Catherine (Kate), the Duchess of Cambridge - and are even more thrilled at the thought of the soon-to-be-born royal baby!  Since it is all they are talking about anyway, we decided to do a marketing campaign around the not-yet-born Future King or Queen of England.

    Because purple is the color of royalty, our marketing department suggested that we dye one of Suzy the Shepherdess' lambs purple (is that legal?), then spin some purple fingering weight yarn.  I suggested we leave the lamb alone and dye the finished yarn.  So after our annual company outing to Suzy's farm, Photoshop trickery was committed, and "ta-da!" we have a purple lamb! 

    "Royal" the Purple Lamb
    Suzy the Shepherdess is a historian and a knitter who raises a good size flock of sheep on her nearby farm using only traditional 19th century farming techniques. She supplies us with worsted and fingering weight yarns in a range of wonderful natural sheep colors. We also hand-dye small batches of the fingering in several limited-time-only colors, including the new "Royal Purple" color for the popular Shepherdess Shawl pattern.  This is truly an authentic "Sheep to Shawl" story!

    In addition, we have four great accessory kits that include Suzy's worsted yarn in the natural colors:

    The Shepherdess Shawl

    • Stockton Sock Kit - Suzy is a no-frills, down-to-earth kind of shepherdess, and so is this sock!  A favorite in gray and cream worsted weight yarn, this easy pattern can be knit in either the ladies or the men's sizes.
    • Pennsylvania Mitten Kit - Suzy's reproduction of mittens worn in rural Pennsylvania by the ordinary farmer, tradesmen, laborers, and their wives and children between 1750 and 1820. This is an authentic, well-documented pattern for re-enactors of the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, and all the eras in-between. Adult and kids sizes are included in the pattern.
    • Shepherdess Wristlet Kit - Wristlets, also called Muffatees, are a fingerless glove that will keep your hands warm while allowing your fingers to sew, knit, or stir the pot over the fire. The modern woman will appreciate her wristlets while working on the computer or sending a text message. This pattern was originally printed in 1838 in The Workwoman's Guide, By A Lady.
    • Shepherdess Shawl - My very own lace knitting creation. This traditional lace shawl is knit in Suzy's fingering weight yarn ... perfect in any of the hand-dyed colors, or the more traditional Grays. The shawl takes three skeins of the fingering yarn ... the hand-dyed colors are a limited-time only yarn, so get them while you can
    • Shepherd's Hat Kit - a simple hat in Suzy's worsted weight yarn, gray and cream colors only. The pattern has 4 sizes (small, medium, large, and extra-large) ... a perfect compliment to the Pennsylvania Mittens, or for anyone who would like to knit a simple hat.
     Happy Knitting . . . . . Amy

    Legal Disclaimer:  No lambs were injured or dyed for the writing of this blog.

    The FiberWild! Crew Visiting Suzy's Farm:  Wendi, Suzy, Nicki, Karen, Sean, Amy & Vera