Friday, October 31, 2014

Patterns Powered by Ravelry

We are thrilled to introduce FiberWild!'s Patterns Powered by Ravelry - a huge selection of knitting and crochet patterns!  How huge is huge?  We have 3,493 patterns so far - and we are adding more every day! 

So what is Patterns Powered by Ravelry?  We've worked with Ravelry to bring an incredible selection of knitting and crochet patterns to the FiberWild! website.  Ravelry, as you may know, is a free site for knitters and crocheters to share tips, ask questions, give yarn recommendations, and post photos of completed projects.  Our huge collection of FiberWild! patterns have been combined with the enormous selection on Ravelry, so you have access to an incredible array of designs.  You simply choose the pattern you want and add it to your FiberWild! cart, select the yarn and needles you need, and check out!  Your pattern is available immediately after you complete your purchase, and you don't even have to be a Ravelry member!

Braided Back Wristlet
How do I choose a pattern with such a large inventory?  Well, you could scroll through each and every one, but we assume you would rather be knitting than scrolling through thousands of patterns.  So we have an easy search menu so that you can view only the patterns that fit your criteria.  Search based on craft (knitting or crochet), category (accessories, clothing, home, pets), pattern designer, yarn weight, needle size and more!  Your search can be as broad or as pinpointed as you choose.

Bonus:  Your Patterns Powered by Ravelry purchases earn you FiberWild! rewards, just like any other purchases on the website.  

April Winds Socks
"Oh no, I want to knit another pair of those socks I made last Christmas but I can't find my pattern!"  You won't say that again, because you can save your pattern in your Ravelry Library and go back to it long after the project is completed and you've lost the paper print-out. 

Not a Ravelry member?  You can join Ravelry for free and enjoy the comradery of a community of knitters - but you don't have to.  You can purchase patterns at FiberWild! without a Ravelry membership.  You'll get the same patterns, pay the same price and get the same immediate access to your pattern after your purchase, but you won't have the benefit of storing your patterns in your personal Ravelry library. 

Don't like electronic patterns?  Some people just prefer a paper pattern, and we still have our selection of pattern magazines, booklets, pamphlets and hard cover books both online and in the store.

Are you a pattern designer?  We'd love to help you add your patterns to our Patterns Powered by Ravelry inventory.  Click here for more information or call the store at 815-777-3550.
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Spring Forward, Fall Back!  So what are  you going to do with your extra hour this weekend as we end Daylight Savings Time and return to Standard Time?  Knit, of course!  How many times have you said "I wish I just had one extra hour to knit?"  And now you do - enjoy it!

Happy Knitting . . . . Amy

Friday, October 24, 2014

Time to Start your Holiday Knitting!

Christmas Stocking Kits
I had to scrape the frost off my car windows this morning . . .  That can only mean one thing:  Time for holiday knitting!

Have you visited our Holiday Central page yet?  It's full of great ideas for you to knit as gifts - and even has a section on great gifts for your friends to give to you!  The list is huge (we have a lot of great ideas!), but I've picked out a few of my favorites:
    Letah Five Petal Beret
  • Letah Five Petal Beret. I discovered a beautiful five petal doily pattern written by my grandmother Letah in 1942.  But does anyone really use doilys anymore?  The pattern inspired me to design this five petal beret.  It has a timeless shape and a beautiful lace pattern - and, unlike a doily, you can wear it every day!  Choose your favorite Jilly yarn color - on sale at 20% off! - and start knitting!
  • Kenjin Baby or Child Sweater.  "Kenjin" is Japanese for "sage," meaning wise one.  This Japanese inspired cardigan comes in nine sizes, from 3 months to 10 years.  The sweater is terrifically soft knit in Classy With Cashmere.  We've got 30 colors to choose from - and it's all on sale at 20% off!
    Kenjin Baby Sweater
  • Braid Band Hat.   "Head 'n shoulders" above the standard wool stocking hat, the Braid Band Hat has a delightful braided band along the edge.  Great for men or women, you'll keep warm with Brown Sheep's Nature Spun 100% wool in over 20 colors!
  • Christmas Stocking Kits.  These kits include the yarn and pattern to make a fun Christmas stocking, along with other embellishments such as sequins, beads, bells, pom poms, etc.  Great fun to knit, or give a kit to your favorite knitter!
    addi Art - 24K Knitting Needles
  • addi Art - 24K.  Do you know a knitter who is as good as gold?  The 24K is the second needle in the addi Art series, an artistic collection of limited edition knitting needles.  As the name implies, this elegant needle boasts 24 karat gold needle tips with a dense coating for added durability and shine.  A beautiful gift for a special knitter!  Bonus:  The addi Art 24K needles are on sale at 20% off!
  • addiQuick.  Love needle felting but hate how long it takes?  The addiQuick is an electric needle felting needle that does all the hard work for you!  And you can save money while you save time - we have the addiQuick on sale at 20% off!
Happy Knitting . . . . Amy

Friday, October 17, 2014

The Evolution Shawl KAL - And the Yarn is 20% Off!

The Evolution Shawl
Last year, Skacel sponsored the first season of “The Fiber Factor,” where independent knitwear designers competed for world fame. This year, the most knittable designs are being featured in a series of Knit-Alongs!

The November KAL will be lead by Rachel Henry, the designer of the awesome “Evolution Shawl.”  Rachel knits every day, and her video introduction features many of the places where she knits.  But with all that knitting it is comforting to see that she still has a shelf of baskets filled with UFO's!

So what is the Evolution Shawl?  Rachel writes:
This heart-shaped shawl follows the evolution of a knitter. It begins with garter stitch, representing that garter-stitch scarf so many of us knitters began with. Then a bit of stockinette, as the beginner knitter learns to purl. Once the basic stitches are mastered, textured patterns like the diamond pattern become possible. Then ... cables are not that hard ... and a try a bit of simple lace.

Each pattern builds on the last; each pattern is made up of knits and purls, manipulated to form apparent complexity. But, one stitch at a time, all knitting is conquerable. The final stitch pattern combines right-side and wrong-side pattern, cables, twisted stitches, lace, and unusual decreases for a gorgeous exuberance that flares all around the edge of the finished shawl.
During the Fiber Factor competition, Rachel knit her shawl in Zitron's Unisono and in HiKoo's Rylie ... we are featuring the Rylie yarn.  Rylie is a luxurious natural blend of baby alpaca, mulberry silk and linen.  The linen adds a rustic look, baby alpaca adds softness, and mulberry silk adds drape and a hint of sheen. I like the shawl in a soft neutral, especially the Rylie Sandbar, Pearl or Driftwood ... or pick your favorite from the 10 available solid colors.

Bonus:  We have the Rylie yarn on sale at 20% off!

The Evolution Shawl in Rylie
The gauge of the shawl is approximately 20 sts and 32 rows = 4” x 4” in stockinette stitch (blocked), and the finished size is about 85” across the top and 30” deep at the spine.

Each week a video will be posted with Rachel offering tips and tricks for knitting this great shawl. Rachel will also be fielding questions about her pattern on the “The Fiber Factor” forum on Ravelry.

So how much is the pattern?  It's free!  Click here to download your free copy now!

There is no registration or cost, simply download the pattern, get your supplies and check out Rachel’s video starting on November 3rd. Don't hesitate to call us if we can help with your yarn, needle or notion selections.

Here are the materials you will need:

Rylie yarn in Periwinkle
The Evolution Shawl is one size, and is knit using HiKoo's sport weight Rylie yarn - 50% Baby Alpaca / 25% Mulberry Silk / 25% Linen. 274 yards / 100g skeins. Three (3) skeins are needed for the shawl.

You will need a set of US #7 (4.5mm) 40” circular needles. As always, adjust the needle size you need to achieve gauge. Exact gauge is not crucial for this project; however, it can affect yardage needed to complete the shawl. To save time, check your gauge and read all instructions thoroughly before beginning.

You will also need a tapestry needle, a couple of stitch markers and a locking stitch marker.

It's Free!  Download your free pattern here.

The KAL starts on Monday, November 3rd and will go for about six weeks.  You'll be finished before the holidays!  Here is the weekly schedule:

    Monday, November 3rd - Cast On, Sections 1, 2 and 3
    Monday, November 10th - 3-4 transition and Section 4
    Monday, November 17th - Sections 5a and 5b
    Monday, November 24th - Section 6a
    Monday, December 1st - Sections 6b and 6c, Cast Off
    Monday, December 8th - Blocking

Need more incentive? You will also have the chance to win great prizes generously furnished by Skacel Collection. Skacel will be randomly selecting three lucky winners who post pictures and information about their finished projects on Ravelry. The project must be started in November and be completed by December 20th.  Winners will be announced on Skacel’s “”, and on Ravelry. Prizes may include Limited Edition addi needles, addi Click Starter Sets, and yarns from HiKoo!

The shawl is perfect for gift giving - or knit it for yourself!

Happy Knitting! . . . . Amy

Friday, October 10, 2014

A Dreamy 20% Off on All Dream in Color Yarns - And a FREE Pattern!

Fall Colors Wrap - a FREE Pattern!
Do you dream in color?  Most people do, but whether you dream in color or not you should definitely knit in color!

This is a perfect time to knit with Dream in Color's dreamy colors - all Dream in Color yarns and patterns are 20% off!  Except for the special order colors, right?  Wrong!  All special order colors are included in the 20% off sale!

Dream in Color was started by two women who love color.  And I mean they LOOOOOOOVE color!  They opened a yarn shop and started dying and experimenting with color in the back room.  Two years later their own hand-dyed colors were so popular they closed the yarn shop to devote themselves to dying their Dream in Color yarn full time.  That's good news for us!

October Dream Club Cruzado Cowl
I know that having all of our Dream in Color yarns and patterns on sale at 20% off can make it hard to choose - so I'll highlight a few of my favorites: 
  • You'll love their limited edition fall colors - The Great Pumpkin, Swamp Thing and Ginger Ninja, in Jilly and Jilly Lace.  The new colors are all on sale at 20% off.   
  • Do you like free?  You can get my new Jilly pattern, the Fall Colors Wrap, free!  No purchase necessary, just say "Gimme the free Fall Colors Wrap!"  The Fall Colors Wrap features a two color body in an alternating interrupted rib stitch with a bold contrast on the side.  The sample looks awesome knit in Jilly's fall colors. You can choose from over 50 other colors of Jilly too!
  • Dream Club Kits.  A club for dreamers?  Why not!  Each Club Kit contains a pattern plus yarn in an  exclusive color created especially for the project.  October's project is the Cruzado Cowl knit with Dream in Color's supersoft Classy yarn in a rich mix of fall colors (orange, red, yellow and brown). 
  • The Chelsea Cowl Kit
    Who likes holes in their sweaters  Nobody!  The Everlasting DK yarn is a 100% Superwash Australian Merino wool with 12 finely spun plies.  It's a strong, durable yarn great for creating long-wearing projects - and it's a whopping 40% off!
  • The Chelsea Cowl KitChelsea's Light Foundation was created in memory of Chelsea King, who was a fatal victim of a sex offender.  The Foundation has been instrumental in passing stricter sentencing laws for sex offenders and providing peer mentoring programs and scholarships for young adults.  The Chelsea Cowl Kit is a gorgeous cowl knit with Jilly yarn in Enthusimistic (orange) or Poise (blue).  When you buy the kit you get a coupon code to download a copy of Kirsten Kapur's "Rivington Cowl" pattern and yarn to complete the cowl - and Chelsea's Light Foundation gets $7 from each kit sold!  We have the kit on sale at 20% off, but Chelsea's Light Foundation still receives the full $7 from each kit sold. 
Sweet Dreams . . .   

And Happy Knitting! . . .  Amy

Friday, October 3, 2014

Here Comes the Bride!

Wendi and Ben
If you stopped by the store on the Saturday of Labor Day Weekend you met our second-stringers, Deb and Suzy.

So why were Deb and Suzy running the store that Saturday?  Because everyone from FiberWild! was at Ben and Wendi (aka Bendi's) wedding!!!

Wendi works in customer service, so you may have talked to Wendi or received an e-mail from her if you've had a question on our yarns or pattens.  She is also quite an artist, and is in charge of our awesome website graphics!

Wendi in the Country Fair Hat
You may recognize her face as our model for the Country Fair Slouch Hat pattern.  Wendi wears a knit cap all the time so she was a natural choice for our pattern model. I was extremely happy to see that the bride did not wear a knit cap at the wedding!

Deb, a long-time customer at the store, is also a pattern designer.  When she came in one day venting that she hated her job and had just quit - I hired her on the spot!  Deb is an expert on yarns of all types and a non-stop knitter! She's an excellent assistant to help you make your yarn choices in the shop. 

Suzy, also known as Suzy the Shepherdess, does most of her FiberWild! work from home maintaining the customer database.  She spent the day as the "Yarn Monkey", running up and down the stairs fetching yarn. 

The Kiss!
Wendi truly looked fabulous!  She wore a knee length ivory dress with a gorgeous lace overlay, and carried pink garden flowers with matching live flowers in her hair.  The wedding was outdoors in a casual ceremony at Grant Park in Galena, and the weather was wonderful!  It couldn't have been a better day!

Be sure to stop by the store or send a note with best wishes to the new bride!

Happy Knitting . . . . Amy

Walking back down the isle after the ceremony.
Wendi's photographer was Andy Koulouris, and the wedding photos are copyright ARK Photography.