Monday, March 1, 2010

March 2010 Newsletter

Though March 20th is the first day of Spring most of the country is still getting hit with blizzards! So I'll round out this Spring Newsletter with stunning garments and accessories that will breath life back into your wardrobe and help you bridge the gap between this brutally cold winter and the promise of spring.

In This Issue: New Shipping Rates / Introducing Malabrigo Twist / The Versatile Vest / Hamamelis / Hats & Gloves / Socks /

New Shipping Rates
But first good news about my shipping rates, I've lowered them! Order $25 or less & shipping is now only $4.99. This means when you purchase paper patterns or magazines you're only paying $4.99 to ship. And Orders over $25 are still only $6.99. There is never any shipping charges for patterns emailed to you as PDF downloads.

Introducing Malabrigo Twist
I'm excited to announce I've added Malabrigo's new bulky weight yarn Twist to my website.
Twist is an eight ply yarn crafted of 100% baby merino wool and its very versatile. It will knit up smooth on a larger needle and give you a slight thick & thin look on a smaller needle, making it ideal for your next hat, cowl or pullover project. And Twist is on sale until March 4th, I'm taking Pre-Orders for it and it will take 6-12 weeks to arrive but you'll save 20% on Skein(s) and 25% on dyeloted Bags of 10 Skeins.

All Malabrigo Yarns are 20-25% Off until March 4th, Chunky, Merino Worsted, Silky Merino, Sock andLace Baby Merino.

The Versatile Vest
A fast way to round out your wardrobe for this unpredictable weather is to layer with a smart vest.
A deep scoop neckline gives a feminine edge to the lushly cabled Wood Hollow by Kirsten Kapur of Through The Loops Designs. Knit it up in your favorite bright color, its knit in Cascade 220 Heathers so you have lots of color options, and dress it up or down depending on your style.

For a different take on a vest knit Karabella's Open Stitch Long Tunic, it's knit in Karabella's Aurora Bulky and this stylish design will take you comfortably from work to play. Another new design from Karabella is the Capelet Sweater knit in their cashmere merino blend yarn Margritte.

Or if a more traditional style suits your taste, Lorna's Laces Furrowed is knit in their 100% superwash wool yarn Shepherd Bulky, Malabrigo Twist would work beautifully too, and is a simple pullover design with a deep V-neckline and Katya Frankel's Bracken is a casual waist coat with clean lines.

Order any In Stock Schaefer Elaine yarn and you'll receive one of these quick knit vest patterns FREE, the Elaine Scoop Neck Vest, Girl's Zipper Vest or the V-Neck Button, just tell me which pattern you want in the Comments Box during checkout.

Wrap a beautiful shawl around your shoulders, or wear it around your neck like a scarf, and you've just introduced a little Spring to your Winter attire. Hamamelis is the namesake of witch-hazel which is one of the earliest shrubs to bloom in designer's Kirsten Kapur's garden. These hopeful little flowers bring a smile to her face and remind her that despite bitter winds and snow, spring will be on its way. Worked in a leaf pattern on a background of garter stitch, Hamameils knits up quickly and showcases beautiful fingering weight yarns such as Cherry Tree Hill's
Supersock Merino.

LANG Yarns' timeless Feather Light Shawl is a classic design you'll wear for years. Work it in your favorite mohair, silk blend yarn to give it a soft halo for Fall & Winter or in a plied yarn for a smoother look you can wear year round.

Charlene Schurch uses the lightness and fluidity of cashmere silk blends and an unusual construction to create a richly patterned stole with warmth and movement. Knit in the round from the outer edge in to a grafted center her Frost Flowers Stole looks intricate but used just two motifs.

Hats & Gloves
You long to shed your winter coat but its still not warm enough, add a little spring to your outerwear with one of these hat or glove designs. A lightweight cap will do the trick and Kristin Roach's Blue Filigree is perfect. And u
sing just the knit and purl stitch Faina Goberstein's Patchwork Hat combines four different patterns for a patchwork look. While closely set bobbles create the nubbly look of Cathy Carron's Berry Bobble Hat.

You still need gloves this time of year but the big wooly pair you knit in December are too warm, create one of these creative solutions! Crochet Knotsewcute's Ladies Fingerless Mitts or knit LANG YarnsJoke Hand Warmers, which are knit with only 1 ball of LANG Yarns' Joke yarn, and you'll be ready for any temperature or event. F
or a more sophisticated look knit the Helix Gauntlets, Caroline Bautista adds beautiful tailoring and graceful wraparound cables that seem to grow organically around your hand.

And of course you can always take advantage of these cold temperatures and snuggle warm inside knitting your faithful fall back project, a pair of socks! The
Flying Trapeze
are the perfect pair, designer Chrissy Gardiner mixes and matches heel, open eyelet and closed increase for socks that are easy to customize. The pattern is written for sizes toddler to men's large and will knit up splendidly in Serendipitous Ewe's Fate Fingering.

And the Aran Isle Slippers by Jennifer Lang make big use of a small canvas. A cable panel adorned upper, seed stitch surround and stockinette stitch sole add up to slippers to live in all winter. While Cathy Carron turns simple ribs into plush, striking texture with a chunky yarn such as Malabrigo's new Twist, in the Ribby Slipper Socks. Cozy and comfortable, a clever easy construction makes the socks easy to knit in five sizes from toddler to adult.

With all these inspiring projects and beautiful yarns I hope you'll be able to brave the cold and hang on until Spring! Please call or email with any fiber art need. And if you're on Ravelry please stop by and join my group, our KALs are going strong. Friend me on Facebook, Sandra Singh and tweet at me on Twitter, Sandrasinghcom

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