Thursday, March 20, 2008

New Olympic Sport Announced In Elk Grove Today

The monthly Knit & Drink heats will be held tomorrow night at Jennings Wine Bar, 8351 Elk Grove Blvd.

Contenders will be perched on high stools, sloshing back some very good wine, and seeing who can knit the most while imbibing the most. In fact, the sobriety tests for the evening will have nothing to do with puffing into a little balloon. Rather, the road test will be based on how many stitches the various athletes have dropped.

Contestants include many of the gang from Knitque Yarn Store as well as drinking knitters and knitting drinkers from all over the map. And you? Will you be coming too? The gates open at 6 p.m. Who knows when they'll close.

Remember to have your drinks early, and stay late. They serve lots of different drinks including those not alcoholic, plus lots of appetizers and you can even order Sushi from Kantero's a fabulous Sushi Shop in the same complex. So come join the fun whether you choose to imbide or not. We can't wait to see you there.

Crossposted at Knitique

Posted ByJane at 9:21 PM

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Do You Dream in Color?

I posted this Wednesday morning and just realized it disappeared into the black abyss of the internet, so let's try this once again.

New to the shop this week, the heavily anticipated yarn...

Dream in Color

Perfect for knitting Socks of all things, Lace, Headbands and even baby blankets. Currently we've brought in every single color in the Smooshy Line, and are waiting for the Classy line which the adorable Tulip Cardigan was made out of. We will be making kits up for those who want to try their hand at this adorable little top down sweater. It's been all the rage the last few months and after a nice long wait, Knitique will be first shop in the area to bring you this beautiful veil dyed yarn.
Here's what the company has to say about their Superwash Yarns
"Our superwash yarn is machine washable (delicate cycle, cold water) and can be tumbled dry on low heat, making it a perfect choice for socks, baby things or anything that requires frequent washing. What’s more, it’s just incredibly soft! Dream in Color Veil Dyed Superwash™ is spun from 22 micron 100% Australian merino wool, whereas most traditional wool is significantly coarser - around 28 microns and higher. Finer fibers make for softer yarn, and softer yarn makes for garments that feel comfortable - and never itchy - against your skin.

The softness and fine sheen of Veil Dyed Superwash™ yarn make it ideal for sweaters and larger garments. The wool has excellent spring and elasticity. Cables and bobbles will standout beautifully, and the subtle color variations unique to our veil dyeing process won’t distract from intricate stitch patterns the way that many hand dyed yarns will.
As with most hand dyed yarns, each skein of Veil Dyed Superwash™ is unique. We recommend that the customer use two balls at the same time when working on larger garments. Changing frequently between balls insures that there are no striking color changes in the finished garment. "

And for those who don't like the idea of Pooling in their yarns, the company, which owned a Yarn Boutique until recently understands the importance of dyeing and pooling issues.

"Inspired by the play of light in nature, our veil dyeing process brings depth and life to color, giving garments a subtle, dramatic shimmer and shine. While veil dyed yarn has all the unique character of other hand-dyed yarns, it will not “landscape” or “pool.” The result? A magnificent, flattering garment every time!"

I'll upload some pictures tomorrow with all the colors but feel free to check out the beautiful colors online, or stop by the store and strike while the irons hot. About a dozen skeins went out the door yesterday.

Just a reminder tonight is Late Night, come join us from 6-8 where knitting, crocheting and coversation abounds. We've always got a seat for you, and plenty of M&M's to share.