Friday, April 25, 2014

Double Rewards are Double Good!

Rewards are good.  But double rewards are even better!

Right now you can enjoy double rewards on any ChiaoGoo knitting needle and accessory, including ChiaoGoo's interchangeable needle sets.  For example, you can earn $18 to $46 in reward points on a ChiaoGoo Interchangeable Set - enough to get some great yarn and patterns to go with your new needle set!

ChiaoGoo Twist Set
So what's so special about ChiaoGoo interchangeable needle sets?  There are two styles to choose from, Spin and Twist.

The Spin Bamboo set contains ChiaoGoo's comfy bamboo needles - warm to the touch with a smooth yarn feed, and made from the strongest bamboo in the world (and not the species of bamboo that those cute pandas eat!). The tips are connected with a flexible nylon cable that swivels freely from the needle, making it easy to maneuver your work. 

Prefer metal needles?  ChiaoGoo's Twist interchangeable needle set features the ridiculously sharp steel Red Lace needles tips - lightweight yet strong and durable, and flexible nylon-coated steel cables.

ChiaoGoo Steel Red Lace Circulars
Don't forget about ChiaoGoo's amazing Steel Red Lace fixed circular knitting needles. These wonderful, lightweight needles are made of a high-grade, strong, stainless steel. They have a nice, smooth satin sheen that does not reflect any light, making it easier to see your work! The flexible cord is a multi-strand, nylon-coated steel cable which allows your yarn to slide easily.  The tip is very sharp - excellent for lace knitting or patterns with a lot of increases and decreases.

We also have ChiaoGoo's bamboo Double Points and Straights in stock! Warm to the touch (even when left out in the car on a cold winter night!), these needles are eco-friendly and have the US and metric sizes permanently laser printed on the needle!

ChiaoGoo Double Point Sock Set - Steel
Also, ChiaoGoo has just released Double Point Sock Sets in bamboo and steel. Whether you are a beginning sock knitter who needs a complete set to start you off on your sock knitting adventures, or a veteran sock knitter looking for a compact and organized way to manage your sock knitting gear, ChiaoGoo's Sock Sets are the answer!

Which ever kind of needle you prefer, ChiaoGoo has it all + Double Rewards!

Happy Knitting . . . .  Amy

Friday, April 18, 2014

Game of Thrones Inspired FiberWild! Exclusive Color

You have probably heard of the HBO series "Game of Thrones."  Ok, who hasn't heard of "Game of Thrones?"  It's all Vera and I talk about on Monday morning, and whether you are an obsessed fan or not you know that the show has lots of drama, medieval characters, awesome costumes - and dragons!

Snow Tree in Bearfoot
So when it was time to work with our friends at Mountain Colors Yarns to cook-up the next FiberWild! Exclusive Color, we couldn't help but suggest another "Thrones" inspired color.  Snow Tree is a subtle blend of blue, green and gray inspired by the sacred weirwood tree in the northern region of the show.  

Snow Tree is available in Mountain Colors Bearfoot, a soft blend of superwash wool, mohair and a little nylon, Winter Lace Jr., a half silk, half wool lace weight yarn, and Alpaca Blend, a medium weight blend of 50% superfine alpaca and 50% wool.  And all three are on sale at 20% off!

Enchanted Tree Shawl Pattern
Keeping up with the tree theme, I created the Enchanted Tree Shawl pattern to show-off the colors with a tree and leaf motif sprouting from the stockinette stitch body.  The crescent shape stays on your shoulders nicely in the drapey, wispy way that follows so many of the costumes on the show.  The shawl's size is approximately 62” wide and 22” deep, and will take two skeins of the Bearfoot yarn.  We do not recommend knitting the Enchanted Tree Shawl with Alpaca Blend, but you can knit a lighter, more delicate shawl with two skeins of Winter Lace Jr.  (Call the store for a few tips and tricks for using the pattern with Winter Lace Jr.!)

Don't have a king's ransom to spend on patterns?  No problem!  The Enchanted Tree Shawl pattern is FREE with the purchase of any quantity of Bearfoot in Snow Tree!

Need more Thrones?  Click here for the Official HBO site with more information on the story, characters and dragons.  (The HBO Site is FLASH and won't work on your iPad!).  You can also check out the Game of Thrones discussion on Ravelry

Still not enough Thrones for you?  Don't forget our first Thrones inspired FiberWild! Exclusive Color, Fire Dragon, and the Drogon tribute Dragon Wings Shawl.

You Knit or You Die . . . . Amy

The Enchanted Tree

Friday, April 11, 2014

Knock Your Socks Off - With ChiaoGoo Sock Sets!

ChiaoGoo Bamboo Sock Set
Knock your socks off - with a Double Point Sock Set from ChiaoGoo!

Whether you are a beginning sock knitter who needs a complete set to start you off on your sock knitting adventures, or a veteran sock knitter looking for a compact and organized way to manage your sock knitting gear, ChiaoGoo's Sock Sets are the answer!

So what is ChiaoGoo? ChiaoGoo needles are needles manufactured in China by a family-owned business which prides themselves with offering high quality knitting needles.  Started by four brothers, they were taught bamboo work by their father and grandfather, both traveling bamboo craftsman.  But their real inspiration came from their mother, an avid knitter who was their needle tester and often asked for special bamboo needles to meet her needs.

The family's youngest son, Leon, came to the US in 1997 and received his PhD in Mechanical Engineering with a specialty in Laser Technology at West Virginia University.  This guy knows lasers!  Every ChiaoGoo needle (both bamboo and stainless steel) is precisely machined with perfectly tapered tips and is permanently laser imprinted with both the US and metric sizes.

Pandas eat bamboo - but not moso bamboo
ChiaoGoo Sock Sets are available in bamboo and stainless steel.  The bamboo needles use moso bamboo, the largest and strongest of the bamboo species, which creates a very durable needle.  Bamboo is a fast-growing, renewable resource, and the eco-friendly bamboo needles are warm to the touch.  But what about the pandas?  Pandas only eat bamboo, but moso bamboo is too big for panda bears to eat.

The stainless steel needles are made from a  high-grade, strong, stainless steel. They have a nice, smooth satin sheen that does not reflect any light, making it easier to see your work!  They are strong and durable, but surprisingly lightweight.

So just what does a ChiaoGoo Sock Set include?
ChiaoGoo Stainless Steel Sock Set
  • The bamboo set includes five sets of six inch double pointed  needles - Sizes: US 1 (2.25 mm), US 1.5 (2.50 mm), US 2 (2.75 mm), US 2.5 (3.00 mm), and US 3 (3.25 mm).  The stainless steel set includes six sets of needles, all of the above, plus a set of US 0 (2.00 mm). 
  • Stitch markers, in a variety of sizes and colors. 
  • Five inch needle gauge/ruler
  • Zippered case (6" x 8") to keep everything neat and secure - no more renegade needles slipping out of your knitting basket!
And just what does ChiaoGoo mean?  Chiao (pronounced chau) means "crafty" and a Goo (pronounced gu) is a "lady".  So a ChiaoGoo is a "crafty lady"!  Are you?

Happy Knitting . . . . Amy

Friday, April 4, 2014

HUGE Classic Elite Yarn Sale!

Don't you hate when someone announces a BIG SALE, but it is just on a few items.  Yeah, we hate that too.  So that's why when we say we are having a HUGE Classic Elite Yarn sale, we mean that we really are having a HUGE Classic Elite Yarn sale!

Ava Yarn is 20% Off!
How much yarn is on sale?  I'm glad you asked, because we have over 40 Classic Elite Yarns, and each is available in a variety of colors.  So that's . . . .  well, I'm not sure exactly how much yarn that is, but it's a lot!

What's the discount?  A measly little 5% or 10%?  Nope.  All of our Classic Elite Yarns are on sale for 20% to 25% off, with the exception of discontinued yarns which are 50% off!

Want some patterns?  They're on sale, too.  All Classic Elite Yarn patterns are on sale at 20% off.

So which yarns and pattens will you choose?  That's the hard part!

Some of my favorites:
Enjoy great yarn - and great savings!  Happy Knitting!  . . . .  Amy