Thursday, April 1, 2010

April 2010 Newsletter

April 2010 Newsletter

Be inspired by the changing earth and explore the new shapes and textures that Spring brings forth and are showing up on the runways. Utilize the longer days and soak up the sun while knitting with these breath taking new yarns and flattering new patterns. Watch your skills grow with projects that challenge you with new techniques while updating your wardrobe with interesting fabrics.

In This Issue: / Crazy 4 Dyeing / Cashmere Elite / Dream In Color / 25% Off Susan Bates Silverado Circular Knitting Needles / Spring Into Entrelac / Turkish Scarf / Longitude and Latitude / A Fresh Approach to Two Classic Knits /

Crazy 4 Dyeing
I've been getting requests for a hand dyed sock yarn done in unique, nearly solid hues and after some intense searching I came across a US hand dyer from Jefferson, Maryland, Ellie Putz of Crazy 4 Dyeing. Ellie's special dye technique, "Pseudo Solid, mingles colors in a single skein, either slight variations of the same hue or a delicate mix of complimentary shades.
Each hank has subtle color variations that play off one another and look especially lovely knit up in lace or in patterns that have lots of texture, allowing you to create a knit fabric with the nearly solid, or slightly variegated look, you've craved.

Introducing BellaSock and LuxeSock! Add a touch of luxury to your next sock or lace project with LuxeSock, this decadently soft yarn is crafted of 10% cashmere with 80% merino wool and 10% nylon. Each generous hank is put up with 400 yards, making this luxurious yarn very affordable.
And BellaSock is crafted of a soft and bouncy 100% superwash merino wool. It's excellent stitch definition, easy care, plus the 480 yard hank will make your sock or lace knitting a dream.

Visit my Blog to learn more about Ellie Putz of Crazy 4 Dyeing.

Cashmere Elite
Karabella Yarns has introduced a new 100% cashmere yarn, the irresistible Cashmere Elite. This smooth, well balanced three ply yarn is spun in Italy from extremely high quality cashmere and the three ply construction gives it bounce and memory. The fabric you create will be smooth with an exquisite drape. Super soft Cashmere Elite is ideal for spoiling yourself with for larger projects such as pullovers and cardigans, and with 10% Off for a Dyeloted Bag of 10 Balls its also very affordable!

Dream In Color
Another new yarn recently added to my site is Dream In Color's superwash, fingering weight
Smooshy. Crafted of 100% Superfine Australian Merino wool, and spun and hand dyed in the USA, I have many bright & bold colors in stock just in time for your spring and summer projects!

25% Off Susan Bates Silverado Circular Knitting Needles
Start your summer knitting off right, don’t pull knitting needles out of your WIPs, pick up a new set of Susan Bates Silverado needles for that new summer top or scarf you're going to knit. Circulars size 16”, 24”, 32” and 40” are all 25% Off and are available in the variety of sizes that you need.

Spring Into Entrelac
The woven texture of Entrelac looks far more sophisticated than it is complicated to knit! The effect makes people believe you wove knitted bands together, but the reality is far easier, you're simply picking up stitches in a rhythmic pattern. The special texture this technique creates is classic and this Spring Entrelac is showing up everywhere from Gardiner Yarn Works' Birch to the Lady Eleanor Stole. But one of the sweetest Entrelac pieces to hit the scene this season is destine to be another classic from the same people who brought you the Lady E, La Lana Wools' new vest design the Harlequin Hoodie.

This stylish vest is embellished with an Entrelac design and every other rectangle incorporates a lace diamond motif. You'll enjoy knitting it and love the compliments you get wearing it! Its sold as a Pattern only with free shipping and as a Kit, (you'll be reimbursed the additional shipping for the Kit when you purchase the Pattern only).

Turkish Scarf
For a fast infusion of texture into your wardrobe knit my newest designer's, Lydia Kendrick of Kendrick Kreations, delicate and pleasing Turkish scarf. This light and airy design can be knit as a scarf or a shawl and the delicate halo over the star motif is created by knitting a smooth silk yarn with a mohair blend.

Lydia is a multi talented fiber artist, beside knitting she is an accomplished weaver and her second pattern is a FIRST for my website. I'm happy to now offer a Weaving Pattern, Lydia's Simple Woven Mug Rugs. If you've been wanting to explore weaving take a look at this beautiful and practical design, it can be worked on the small portable Cricket Loom. To learn more about Lydia Kendrick and Kendrick Kreations visit my Blog.

Longitude and Latitude
Playing with stripes is another way to quickly achieve a fresh look and Feather and Fan's latest design Latitude and Longitude allows you to do just that. This hat, scarf and cowl set is knit up in two complementary colors of your favorite self-striping yarn to achieve a fully reversible accessory that has vertical stripes on one side and horizontal stripes on the other!

A Fresh Approach to Two Classic Knits
To round out your projects for Spring, and the fast approaching summer, lace & socks are always welcome. Fast, small, thus portable, you have the perfect combination for a relaxing knit you can easily tote. The Fickleknitter's new Karma Chameleon scarf features a lacey design that knits up quickly and would look lovely in either Schaefer's Anne or Crazy For Dyeing's BellaSock or LuxeSock.

And Lisa Ellis Designs brings us old school sock knitting with her Knee High Fixation Socks. Ideal for boot lovers or children of the 70's! The pattern is written to be knit on double points or the Magic Loop method and is sized for children to adult with adult sizes including calf shaping.

Thank you so much for taking a moment to share my April news and for being a customer. Remember I'm just a phone call or email away to help you with any of your fiber arts needs. To receive more website updates throughout the month please join my Ravelry group, follow me on Twitter Sandrasinghcom or friend me on Facebook Sandra Singh.

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