Friday, October 25, 2013

Knit A Caribou Critter - The Perfect Gift!

Touch the buttery soft and fluffy Hikoo Caribou yarn and your mind starts to scream "Teddy Bear!!!"  Designer CiD Hanscom agrees, and the moment she got her hands on Caribou she started thinking of patterns for cute, huggable critters!  Using one strand each of HiKoo's Caribou and Simplicity (for added body), CiD has created Caribou Critters in three adorable patterns: a cheeky monkey, a playful puppy and a "hug him tight" teddy bear.

Caribou is a novelty yarn you have to touch to believe.  It's a super bulky yarn that is light and feathery soft. It comes in neutral tones and fun pastel colors!
The feathery soft Caribou yarn!
Simplicity is one of our most popular yarns - a buttery soft, superwash wool blend, and we've got over 60 colors to choose from!  Your friends at Ravelry have posted over 1,000 projects made with Simplicity!

Bonus:  We've got Simplicity on sale at 20% off!

The combination of Caribou and Simplicity results in a furry friend that is completely washable.  I didn't realize how important this was until our team member Suzy (the Shepherdess) had "Baby Number Two".  That kid was a barfer!  He puked more in his first three months of life than most people do in their entire life.  Suzy  was constantly doing laundry!  Some of his toys were ruined, but his Caribou Critters could be thrown in the washing machine with the rest of his nasty clothes, and came out smelling like a rose and ready for more hugging!

So which Caribou Critter do you want to knit first?

Happy Knitting . . . . Amy

Friday, October 18, 2013

More Holiday Accessories!

Caribou Critters - My New Friends!
The holidays are quickly approaching . . .  have you finished your holiday knitting?  Have you started yet?  It's not too late!  Visit our Holiday Central page for accessory projects that knit up fast and make great gifts.  Then fix yourself a pot of coffee, find a comfy chair, and get knitting!

Some of my favorite accessory projects: 
Have fun with your holiday projects!  Happy Knitting . . .  Amy

Friday, October 11, 2013

It's I Love Yarn Day - Enjoy FREE Shipping & a FREE Pattern!

I Love Yarn Day is this Friday!  Ok, so I love yarn everyday, but the Craft Yarn Council invites all yarn lovers to unite on the second Friday of each October (that's October 11th this year) to celebrate our love of yarn!

Vail Hand Dyed in Pink
Because we know you love yarn as much as we do, we'd like to celebrate I Love Yarn Day with a gift to you!  On October 11th we are offering free shipping on any order that includes Classic Elite's Vail or Vail Hand Dyed yarn when you use the coupon code: LOVEYARN2013.

Vail is a wonderfully luxurious alpaca and bamboo blend in natural, undyed colors. The bamboo gives it a bit of luster and drape, while the alpaca gives it buttery softness.  Vail Hand Dyed is the same awesome yarn dyed in rich, vibrant colors and only available for a limited time.  Both yarns are perfect for shawls, scarfs and other accessories! Bonus: we are also going to give you a free copy of the Classic Elite Ashland Scarf pattern with the purchase of Vail Hand Dyed yarn on Friday!

More suggestions for enjoying this important holiday: 
 Give your yarn a big hug and a kiss from me . . . . Happy Knitting!


Friday, October 4, 2013

Rowan's Birthday Sale!

Big Scout, Little Rowan
Rowan is one year old!  Not the yarn manufacturer, our kitten!  So to celebrate we are putting all Rowan yarns and patterns on sale at 20% off!  The kitten, however, is not for sale!

Rowan (the kitten)
Rowan thundered into our life last November.  We think he was five or six weeks old, so we think his birthday is sometime in October.  Because kittens need so much care, he started out living at the store ... and our customers loved him.  We hosted a survey on our Ravelry site and on our facebook page to name him, and "Rowan" was the winner!  Our intention was to see him through his kitten-hood, and then adopt him out to another family.  Well it's one year later, and he is prowling around the house ... Rowan is here to stay!
Angora Haze in Embrace

So what does Rowan's Rowan Birthday Sale sale entail?  Everything!  Over 30 Rowan yarns - all in a wide variety of colors - plus over 20 pattern books!

Some of my favorites, new for fall:
  • Angora Haze is blissfully soft with a wonderful halo - just like our little kitty Rowan!  But unlike Rowan the Cat, Angora Haze comes in 13 colors from pretty pastels to bold jewel tones.  Knit yourself a hat and you will have a halo, too! 
  • Thick 'n' Thin yarn is just like the name says...thick and thin! This super bulky, basic wool yarn will add unique texture and interest to any project, whether is a cozy winter cardigan or quick and stylish cowl and hat. Psst - are you looking for quick Christmas project yarn?
  •  Kidsilk Haze Eclipse is a fuzzy mohair and silk yarn plied with a thin metallic
    Fine Art in Tawny
    thread to add just a touch of sparkle.  Use Kidsilk Haze Eclipse to create a heavenly sweater or a luxury shawl... either way you will feel like you are wrapping yourself in a cloud!
  • Fine Art is Rowan's first sock yarn! Soft and durable, this yarn is dyed in rich, beautiful colors by Cape Mohair Spinners, a company that helps empower individuals from some of the poorest communities of South Africa. This beautiful mix of fiber and color make Fine Art a wonderful choice for beautiful socks, exquisite shawls, and other accessories!
  • Grouchy Rowan
  • Alpaca Colour is made from cozy, soft 100% baby alpaca. This single ply yarn comes in a wonderful array of tonal colors, and is great for patterns that show off textured stitches. Alpaca Colour is perfect for any soft garment next to your skin, whether it is a wonderfully warm sweater, a cuddly cowl, or snugly scarf!
  And don't forget the pattern books!
All Season Chunky Collection
  • Rowan Magazine 54 is their 54th pattern book - yea, they know what they are doing!  This almost 200-pager includes beautiful designs in lace, bobbles, cables, and color work! 
  • Like socks?  Fine Art Collection includes 10 sock patterns and 4 accessories, all using Fine Art yarn.  The 72 page book also includes a How to Knit Socks guide! 
  • All Season Chunky yarn is fun, fabulous - and fast!  The All Season Chunky Collection book has 12 designs for simple to knit, relaxed and textured tops and dresses. 
So grab some Rowan yarn - and a slice of birthday cake! Happy Knitting . . . . Amy