Friday, November 6, 2009

November 2009 Newsletter

Your love of creating hand knits knows no bounds whether its home for the holidays or cutting edge fashion..."Over the river and thru the woods to Grandfather's house we go," there's nothing like entertaining in your home or going to see family at theirs' for the holidays. And with Thanksgiving this month and Christmas and Hanukkah on the way the time to celebrate with hand knit gifts for friends, family and even your pet is now!

And this fiber arts renaissance has permanently left its mark on the world of fashion. As you stroll through department stores and turn the pages of fashion magazines you see this season's hot looks showcasing knitwear, richly textured sweaters and accessories knit in chunky yarns paired with leggings and boots with leg warmers, wrapped up with scarves & cowls and topped off with knitted chapeaus. Knit and crocheted home decor also remains popular and makes ideal host & hostess gifts.

Be inspired to create something cozy or cutting edge by these new patterns & yarns from Knotsewcute, Annie's Woolens, Through The Loops, Jane Thornley and Cascade & Berroco.

In This Issue: / Styles for You and Your Home from Knotsewcute / A Special Christmas for our Furry Friends! / Two New Hats from Through The Loops / The Berber Jacket / New Yarns from Cascade / New Yarns from Berroco / Sweater Quantities of Schaefer Yarns /

Styles for You and Your Home from Knotsewcute
Knotsewcute specializes in crocheted designs and brings you new looks for your family & home. Keep your neck warm with their classic Cozy Cables Neck Warmer or the fun and easy Boho Scarf. And if you're flying home for the holidays you'll need something practical to keep your passports in, the crocheted Passport Cover is the answer. For the home crochet Knotsewcute's practical Rustic Jute Basket.

And two more gift ideas, for the little ones the Felted Baby Button Boots and for yourself or a friend the Scallops and Ruffles Felted Purse.

A Special Christmas for our Furry Friends!
No doubt you've heard the expression, "Every dog has it's day." Well now, thanks for Annie's Woolens every dog and cat can have it's Christmas!
Her two new Stocking designs are adorned with a playful Dog and Cat for pet lovers and their special friends! Available as a Pattern or a Kit with Bartlettyarns' 2 ply worsted wool. Visit my site to see all of Annie's Woolens Christmas Stocking designs, not just for pets, but for friends and family too.

Annie resides in Eagle River, Wisconsin and she knows how to keep warm during the long winter months, she now designs hats and mittens! The next time a winter storm rolls in you'll be ready with her Nordic Design Hat & Mittens or Double Roll Storm Hat.

Two New Hats from Through The Loops
Kirsten Kapur of Through the Loops is an artist when it comes to designing hats, her chapeaus are timeless, sophisticated and always unique. This season she introduces two special looks, her Miller's Hat cabled and slouchy yet very sophisticated. And with a simple honeycomb stitch pattern her Laurie's Beret and Mittens are a wonderful way to look stylish while showcasing beautiful yarn.

The Berber Jacket
Add a new jacket to your fall wardrobe with Jane Thornley's magical Berber Jacket. Knitting this jacket is like a mini-excursion into Morocco, the land of authentic color, and Jane invites you to experience color play using the simplest of knit combinations -- knit2, purl2-- for a richly-evocative rib. This jacket is a stash-buster and gives you a chance to play with yarn.

New Yarns from Cascade
For your next quick knit project try one of these Cascade, 100% wool, chunky or super bulky yarns. All three are ideal for the chunky sweaters, hats, scarves and vests being shown this season. Eco Wool and Eco+ are crafted of 100% Peruvian Wool that has not been chemically processed, its put up in generous 478 yard hanks and knits, crochets and felts like a dream. Many of Dawn Brocco's patterns are knit in Eco Wool such as her Flower Baby Blanket and Kid's Jester Hat & Mittens. Talk about instant satisfaction, chunky Magnum
is the quick and easy yarn used to knit Lisa Ellis Designs' Super Bulky Winter Vest. And Lana Grande is a super bulky yarn that works up fast on larger size needles.

While Cascade's Cherub DK is a soft, machine washable, nylon and acrylic blend perfect for all your baby and children's knits. And to save you money all Cascade Yarns, even 220 Wool and 220 Superwash are now available in Dyeloted Bags at 10% Off.

New Yarns from Berroco
Berroco has introduced their Fall/Winter 2009-10 yarn line and I bring you the best of their selection! For a scrumptious fiber delight that's ideal for all your quick projects you'll adore their new chunky yarn Sundae. Superbly crafted of 50/50 wool and acrylic, Sundae has terrific tone on tone hues all in the same single ply, the results are lovely heathered shades.

And Peruvia is crafted of 100% Peruvian Highland Wool and imported from South America. This soft, heavy worsted yarn is available in a wide range of colors and its warmth makes it just right for all your winter knits. Machine washable, wool-rich blend Vintage Wool features a wide color range, an incredibly soft feel and yardage that goes on and on.

Berroco's Comfort is a "new and improved" classic American worsted weight yarn, its an ultra soft blend of Super Fine Acrylic and Nylon spun into a luxury twist. The yarn is machine wash and dry, and allergy free. Affordably priced, Comfort is available in an exquisite range of colors. And to round out the sensationally popular Comfort yarn collection Berroco has taken the same marvelously soft fiber blend and developed a DK weight yarn, Comfort DK. This lightweight, machine washable, non-allergenic yarn is just right for baby and children's outfits and for garments for adults who have sensitive skin. Its also perfect for lace knitters who are looking for an alternative to wool yarns!

Sweater Quantities of Schaefer Yarns
I have some exciting news that will save you money, all Schaefer Yarns are sold as single skeins, but now Elaine, Esperanza, Kathleen, Laurel, Nancy, Miss Priss, Susan and Sandra are also available in Sweater Quantities, Dyeloted Bags of 3, 4, 5 or 6 Skeins, for 10% Off! To order a Dyeloted Bag you'll simply select that option in the Drop Down, along with the colorway and the price will be adjusted in your Shopping Cart. And you can order multiple Skeins and Bags at the same time, simply make your selection in the Drop Downs, adjust the Quantity in your Shopping Cart and hit Update.

Thank you for sharing all my exciting news about the new patterns and yarns, I hope you've found at least one that has inspired you to pick up your knitting needles or crochet hook. Please contact me, or 877/519-1693 if I can assist you in anyway, I always look forward to hearing from you.

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Sandra Singh

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