Thursday, March 15, 2007

It's Just Like Costco

I've heard this phrase about a dozen times in the last few weeks as the new Spring lines keep flowing in. I thought it was rather funny sentiment, until it happened to me.

On Monday, Joann was unpacking the New Spring order from Della Q. She said as fast as she was pulling the packages out, people were buying them, even before she could get them priced. Now, all of you who know Joann, know she LOVES a fine bag. I know, whatever bags I order, Joann, will buy at least one, the funkier, the more artsy the better. She left me a sad note, asking where's her bag. Not to be deterred I reordered on Tuesday. Today, I received more, loving the new line, and earmarking one for myself. By the end of today, I have one left. By the end of class tonight, I had people who wanted more but didn't want to take the last one. You see, they know what's it's like to want to see the "new" item and it be gone. So, don't worry fairhearts... I've ordered more yet again, they should be here Monday. Want to see? I present to you...


As always with Della, you can count on top quality goods. Notice the knit straw on the sides, shell buckle, and silk. There are also 6 purse feet on the bottom to protect the straw from getting dirty. The beauty of this bag, is it's not just a knitting bag, it's a gorgeous Spring Bag. A perfect accessory for the upcoming Spring.


For all you Purple girls, they are currently sold out. Don't worry though, we're on the list to get them when she gets them in.

The Fabulous Insides

The inside fabric will vary. But each one is more beautiful then the last.

Feel free to call and reserve one. Knitique 916.714.7719. Remember, we ship Daily, so if you aren't one of our local customers, we can easily get one to you.

Want more? As I opened my email today, there was an article from Knitter's Review about the next Della Q product. Clara, reviewed circular needle storage items and has given the Que a great review.

The Que

Color Choices

The Inside View

I love that there are numbered tags.

So what do YOU like in a bag? What are your favorite fibers? Favorite Features? Inquiring minds want to know....

Come on in and see, what's New for Spring... Get excited, fabulous fiber, great patterns, and a fun place to hang out. We can't wait to see you.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Crazy about Cables

Outside Purse Flap View
Introducing one of our Newest Classes: Crazy about Cables
We are excited about the newest offering of classes here at Knitique One of our favorite new classes is is a great intermediate Cabled, Non-Felted purse. Some of the features I LOVE about this purse are: Clean crisp cables, sharp corners, self-lined with knit fabric, and a lining material which allows for the shape to remain intact for many years to come. This is an Advanced beginner/ Intermediate Class. Be prepared to learn a lot during this 2 part series. There is prework involved so expect to jump right in the first night of class (which is 3 hours). You will be learning, intermediate cabling techniques, reading an intermediate cabling chart, lining your bag, icord, as well as assembling this one of a kind bag. Think outside the box, lavender, turquoise, even yellow for the upcoming spring. Or if you are more traditional, a nice cream would go with just about any outfit. There are 2 spots left in this class. Call us at Knitique 916.714.7719 to reserve your spot today.

Inside Self-lined

Outside Back of Purse

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Ballet Anyone?

Sue, one of our most prolific knitters brought this adorable sweater in yesterday.
The Specifics:
Pattern: Minnowknits BALLET #162 QK
DK Wool
Gauge: 24 sts and 32 rows = 4" or 10cm
Yarn: Cascade Cherub Kaleidoscope Color #991
Cost to make: Less than $16
Time to make: Less than a week start to finish.

If you haven't checked out the Minnowknits patterns, they are adorable and most are VERY quick to make. They've got great options for Spring/Summer garments for little boys and girls. We've got a binder full of their patterns. Adorable, yet quick outfits for babies, kids, and even adults. They have some of the most adorable sundresses I've seen.

Some of my other favorite designs by Jil

Jil Eaton has written over seven books. The first Minnowknits, is out of print. There have been rumors of a reprint. I hope that's true, as it's a well worn copy in my house.

Thursday, March 08, 2007

Three Billy Goats Gruff

When I first saw this yarn it was down a runway show at TNNA, the first thought that came to my mind was an old billy goat. As the model sashayed down the runway the crazy wisps of yarn bounced as she walked. The colorway was remarkable, each one a delectable piece of wearable art.

Ozark Handspun is an incredible handspun that has thick slubs and unruly whips flying here, there and everywhere. I love the amazing colors and playfulness of this yarn.

Remember we Ship Daily. Call Knitique at 916-714-7719 and place your order before it's all snatched up.

Today, as people started looking and playing with this yarn, we were coming up with some great creative ideas. Cuffs and collars on a denim jacket, hat and scarf, of course, fringe on a felted bag, hair for a doll, beard for a goat, mane for a lion...the list goes on and on. Then I thought of a great class that's coming up again...the Einstein Class, and thought detachable cuffs and collars on the jacket. Knit one up in Superwash Cascade 220 in a basic color, like black, brown or your current favorite, and make several sets of removable collars and cuffs. Depending on your mood, and what you are wearing this could be a perfect way to stretch the use of your coat.

Be sure to check out our January 15th post for a picture of the jacket. This will be the last time we will teach this class until the Fall. It's a very Popular Class, so make sure to come in and sign up early. We've got 3 slots still available.

Here's a few pictures of finished Einstein Jackets:

It's not just for women. It comes in kid's sizes, all the way to men, and everyone and every size in between.

P.S. For those girls on Wednesday Night, looking for the *NEW* Interweave Socks book, it's on the shelf with the sock yarn. I've got about 3 left and I'll be ordering more early next week. It's Fabulous!

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Hop, Hop, Hippity Hop

Come join us tomorrow night, March 8, 2007 from 6-9 to knit a beautiful Easter Basket. There is a little bit of homework. Really, just knitting a garter stitch square. We will hop our way through this once a year class. You've got plenty of time to make one for each of your little loved ones. You need 220 yards of Worsted Weight Feltable Wool, about 50 yds of a novelty(railroad or crystal palace's little flowers work well), appropriate needles, and other knitting accessories. We just got a huge shipment of Lite Lopi, in a wonderful array of spring colors, a perfect price for this project. We have Late Night today, some come on in, and sign up while we still have spots left. This class has a maximum of 8 spots available. Come on in soon while spots last.

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Holy Batman..... It's Here!!!

We were so excited to get our latest shipping of Yarntini. If you haven't seen this fabulous Self-Striping Sock yarn, you've got to come in and try it. If you go to Caitlyn's Blog Knot Without my Knitting and scroll down to her January 8th entry you can see a pair done in Gimlet.
Come in soon, while we still have some left. It will be months until we get our next shipment. And yes, we do ship daily.

Saturday, March 03, 2007

Join our First Monthly, Monday Night Book Club

Okay, I know that's a mouthful. But we'd love for you to come to Knitique's inaugural

Monday Night Book Club.

The lovely, talented, and especially friendly Teresa, will be hosting this event. Join us Monday, March 26th 6-8pm.

What are we going to read?

I received an advance copy of this book at TNNA. I normally don't have time to read but I definitely couldn't put this book down. It was definitely worth the no knitting time to read. Now if only I could master reading and knitting at the same time. If you've got some tips to help the multi-tasking, I'd love to hear.

If you haven't heard Julie Roberts is going to be starring in this movie, which is set to be released November 2008. Once you read the book, you can see what a perfect job they did in casting her.

We've ordered honestly dozens of this book in the shop. We've got about 5 left, so come on in and join us for a break from reality with other fiber obsessed junkies. We are giving anyone who joins the book club a 10% discount on the Book of the Month.

A short synopsis of the book:
From Publishers Weekly: Between running her Manhattan yarn shop, Walker & Daughter, and raising her 12-year-old biracial daughter, Dakota, Georgia Walker has plenty on her plate in Jacobs's debut novel. But when Dakota's father reappears and a former friend contacts Georgia, Georgia's orderly existence begins to unravel. Her support system is her staff and the knitting club that meets at her store every Friday night, though each person has dramas of her own brewing. It takes a while, but when Jacobs, who worked at Redbook and Working Woman, hits her storytelling stride, poignant twists propel the plot and help the pacing find a pleasant rhythm. (Jan.) Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

Come for the yarn, stay for the community!!

We LOVE Books!!!

New Books have been arriving almost everyother day for the last week or so. We are on an autoship, so we get atleast a few copies of most of the new books. The above titles are just a few of the new books we've received.

Grumperina has posted on her blog her review on "Favorite Socks" by Interweave Knits. If you are a frequent reader of their magazine, you'll have seen all the Fabulous Socks patterns. They normally have 1 pattern each issue.

Come on in tomorrow, put your feet up, and peruse our library for must haves.

P.S. Jane love the baby toes. He needs some angora booties, to keep his toes warm in the breezy New York winds.
P.P.S. We love seeing where everyone is visiting from. Drop us a line, send us a comment. We would love to know what you are knitting.

Classes, Classes and yes, more Classes

The class schedule has been out for about a week. We have copies of the schedule in the shop or we can email you a copy. I'm trying to figure out how to link the March Calender to the side bar of blog and also put the Master Class descriptions there. If anyone knows how to achieve this, a comment would be ever so grateful.

I think I've figured out how to link it in the messages. Here are the Class Descriptions courtesy of our FABULOUS friend and Monday day girl,Joann.

Thank you to all those who came to Knit and Nosh last night. A fabulous time was had by all. We had tons of food, lots of people and at one point almost ran out of extra chairs. I'd even purchased 4 more chairs that day. The growing community of our shop is incredible.

I feel so blessed to have become part of this. Here's to another fabulous month of love, laughter, friendships and knitting/crocheting.

Friday, March 02, 2007

Come Knit and Nosh with us Tonight!

Our monthly event Knit and Nosh is scheduled for tonight, March 2, 2007 at 5-9pm. Last month we ended up standing room only. I've purchased even more chairs to accommodate the growing crowds.

Feel free to bring something to share. This is one of the most fun socials. Does it get any better than Knitting/Crocheting and Eating?

Don't you just love that knitting crosses gender, and nationality gaps. It doesn't matter where you go in the world, chances are you'll see someone with some string and 2 sticks.

Can't wait to see you tonight!!

Thursday, March 01, 2007

Head Bows down in Shame

Okay, I know it's been a while. But we've been really crazy at Knitique this last few weeks. Even though I haven't been posting lots of new goodies have arrived in the shop. I've taken some pictures and will start uploading them later today.

Yarn goodness, Needles and Patterns are everywhere.

I promise we'll be better.

I was wondering though, how often do you think a blog should be updated? Post a comment, let me know what you'd like to see here.
I love to frequent blogs that are updated everyother day or more. Call me nosy, but I love to see what's new in the knitting world.

Coming up soon.... I've almost got a finished object. I'll give more details later.