The Yarn Gourmet Important Information

Location: 2915 Mishawaka Ave, South Bend IN 46615 (across from River Park Furniture)
Phone: 574-232-9276

Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: 10 - 5
Friday: 10 - 8
Saturday: 9 - 3
Closed Sunday & Monday

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

this week at the shop....

Reminder: Friday 24 February is the Artyarns and Interlacements Kit Event, from 6 to 8 PM.  There will be kits from Artyarns for two types of shawls in an assortment of colorways.  From Interlacements there will be kits for beaded scarves and for a beaded cape (shawl) in two types of yarn and lots of wonderful colorways, including some new colors for this spring.  Refreshments will be served, and door prizes will be awarded every hour on the hour beginning at 4.

Due to insufficient enrollment to meet the minimum needed, the Melissa Leapman retreat has been cancelled.  If you have paid for the retreat you have your choice of a full refund or shop credit.

New at the shop and also from Interlacements - Lotus, a 100% silk lace weight yarn in all the fantastic Interlacements colors.  At 500 yards each skein is enough to make a small to medium-sized shawl.

Purls of wisdom:  The road to success is always under construction.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Awesome mittens!

Congratulations to Ruth Neiboer for knitting these amazing mittens, pictured at right.  She made the mittens for her husband who is going to Antarctica tomorrow!  (I am SO jealous!)  These mittens are based on traditional Norwegian designs; the pattern was designed by Ruth's daughter specifically for the occasion (she could make a living doing work like this).  The compass rose with the "N" for north also has the latitude of the northern-most point he has been; the "South" mitten indicates the latitude of where he will be in Antarctica. On the South mitten is the year in Roman numerals, and on the North mitten are his initials.

Ruth made these after taking our class on Norwegian mittens.  These mittens are completely one-of-a-kind, and will likely become an heirloom.  Way to go, Ruth!

Purls of wisdom: you can do anything if you believe you can do it. 

Saturday, February 11, 2012

new stuff at the shop - yarn & wheels

Greetings and defenestrations!  In the last week at the shop I have gotten in a new yarn from Feza - Festival.  Festival is a fingering to sport weight yarn with a lovely haze and a twist of glitz.  It would be perfect for a slightly dressy scarf, but the white would be especially nice for a bridal shawl or elbow-length mitts.  At $6.50 and 280 yards per ball, this is an inexpensive way to get some dressy yarn into your life.

Also new - two Schacht Sidekicks have arrived.  It is absolutely amazing how cleverly engineered this wheel is - everything serves a dual purpose for the wheel's folded position and working position.  And it spins like a dream, almost as well as the Matchless.  The bobbins for the Sidekick are interchangeable with all other Schacht wheels, so you can spin on your Matchless at home and then take the same project on the road with your Sidekick.

New from Circular solution - Port-a-Pockets and Knitters' Nest.  The Port-a-Pockets are small pouches with an elastic strap that can be hung over your arm, or detached (velcro is wonderful stuff) and put through a belt loop.  Then you can wander around and knit on a small project, such as socks.  It has three outer pockets, too, so you can carry a few extra tools.

The Knitters' Nest is a bag with four compartments so you can place a ball or skein of yarn in each.  For instance, if you are making a school colors anything, you can have multiple balls of each color in the Nest.  Let's say you are demented enough to be knitting with four colors at once - this would be an excellent aid to that end.  Even if you are only knitting with one color, this bag will keep your yarn in one neat, clean spot.

Another new thing at the shop - the newest Interweave Knits has arrived.

Photos at right are of a woven color study my friend Karlyn did for me years ago.  I had seen one at her home and was so enamored of it that she made one for me that Christmas.  The warp is done in the color spectrum, and the weft is done identically.  The photos do not do the colors justice (cheap camera) but this is not only lovely to look at, it is also a great tool for weavers who wonder what two colors will look like woven together - with either as warp or weft.  (Alas, the website won't let me turn this photo 90 degrees to upright....)

Purls of wisdom: illegitimati non carborundum (come to the shop for a translation)

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Please read

Apparently we cannot have champagne at the Champagne and Hotdog event on 24 Feb - someone "complained" to the local authorities that I am serving liquor without a license.  I could apply for a temporary permit for the day - even tho I am NOT selling alcohol - but I would need a Board of Health inspection.  So screw it.  I'll serve cider instead.

Purls of wisdom: when life hands you lemons, make apple cider

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Super Scarves in the New York Times

Dee just forwarded this link to me  The New York Times has a great article about the Super Scarves.  As usual, their facts aren't quite on the money (specifically regarding the reason for the color choice), but the important part is that these scarves are the most sought after souvenir of Super Bowl XLVI.  Those of you who contributed scarves to this effort can enjoy the knowledge that your scarf  may be around the neck of a Super Bowl-winning player.  Who knows - you might even see your scarf on TV during an interview....

Happy Groundhog Day!