Newsletter Archives - 2004
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But, before i get to the knitty gritty, let's talk cookies! It seems that cookies are the theme for Lettuce Knit's combination Holiday / Anniversary party, taking place next Wednesday, December 8th at 7pm. Everyone is invited; there will be cookies (of course), other goodies, and some secret surprises! Drop in and celebrate the festive season and Lettuce Knit's first year.
And now back to knitting news...
Who wouldn't want a little something knit with glorious handpainted Fleece Artist yarn? That's right! You can now indulge your Fleece Artist addiction at Lettuce Knit. We have Silken, 2-ply cashmere, Mohair, Kid Silk, Kid Aran, Curly Locks, 2/8 Merino, and wool and kid rovings. Visit www.fleeceartist.com to see photos of these amazing yarns.
Natural Hand dyed wool from Sandy Krzanowski is now in the shop. Exclusive to Lettuce Knit, Sandy is a natural dyer on Toronto Island who dyed this wool with onion skins, madder root, golden rod, sumac, alder, oak leaves and rusty nails in vinegar to produce one-of-a-kind skeins that are naturally beautiful.
We are fully stocked with Brown Sheep Lamb's Pride in Worsted and Bulky weights. This is the best yarn for felting! We also have a whole lot of felting patterns; bags, hats, mittens, and more! Also be sure to check out Debbie Stoller's new book Stitch n'Bitch Nation, now in the shop. Among its over 50 funky patterns, you will find some really fun felting projects.
Two more options for natural fibre machine washable and dryable yarns arrived this week. Louet Sales Euroflax Linen is a high quality, long line, wet spun linen, custom steamed for softness. We have all 31 colours of this beautiful yarn in the store now. Great for baby and kids wear, garments knitted with this yarn get softer and softer the more you wash and dry them. It is also fabulous to use for gift tying and tassel making as suggested in Joelle Hoverson's Last -Minute Knitted Gifts. Also from Louet Sales is GEMS Merino, a 22 micron merino that is so soft that it is even suitable for baby wear, and again it is machine wash & dry!
In time for the holidays we have brought in some adorable handknitted stuffed toys and finger puppets from the Kenana Knitters in Kenya. These women knit really sweet monkeys, elephants, leopards, and zebras from local handspun wool. A nice touch is that each woman signs her name to the card that accompanies each animal she knits.
Also a special gift for knitters and non-knitters alike is Heal my Hands concentrated moisturizing balm in handy tin containers, which arrived this week. Each cake contains Rosehip Oil for its regenerative properties, Calendula for its antiseptic properties, and Lanolin for moisture and protection. Choose from Winter Solstice a warm blend of Bergamot, Cinnamon, Clove, and Eucalyptus; Lavender Mint, a light blend of Lavender, Peppermint, Spearmint, Rosemary and Bergamot , or Ultra with Calendula and Arnica to help reduce inflammation and swelling, Tea Tree oil as an anti-fungal, Lavender as an antiseptic and Roman Chamomile to soothe. Perfect for hands that have done too much holiday knitting!
Also new in the shop and worth a mention: Dog sweater patterns and kits from Stylehounds (www.stylehoundshandknits.com), trendy sweater and accessory patterns from Loop-d-Loop (loop-d-loop.com), Elegant Knitter Brass Sheep Needle and Stitch Gauge -the perfect stocking stuffer for your favourite knitter! (www.goosepond.com/elegantknitter/page2.html).
And coming soon...one-of-a-kind handcrafted buttons from Zecca (www.zecca.com), and luxurious velvet knitting bags from Offhand Designs (www.offhanddesigns.com)!
Classes for December are all full (except for a couple of spots in this Sunday's sock class (december 5 & 12)). January's class scedule will be posted in the next few days. Stay tuned!
Opal Sock Yarn is here! This special yarn seems to have a cult following. We have all varieties in stock, including handpainted and self-patterning. It is produced in Germany with its own unique composition of 75% wool & 25% Polyamid. ONE 100g ball (ca 425m) yields ONE pair of Socks. It is machine washable, non-felting, and allergy tested. We also received books and loose patterns for socks written especially for this yarn.
Lots of new Noro Yarns in stock. In addition to our favourites, Kuryeon, Silk Garden, Blossom, and Iro, we also have two new Noro yarns in stock. The first is Kujaku a worsted weight blend of 85% wool with a 15% polyester wrapping in vivid colours. You have to see this unusual and striking yarn! This second is destined to become a Lettuce Knit favourite. Cash Iroha is a silk, wool, cashmere blend that feels and looks as good as it sounds. If you are in the store be sure to take a sneak peek at our preview copy of Joelle Hoverson's (owner of SoHo's Purl) new book "Last Minute Knitted Gifts", wherein there is a beautiful "Hourglass Sweater", made out of this very yarn.
Start knitting fast & funky fashion scarves! Lettuce Knit has recently received lots of fun and furry yarns that will make a scarf in no time flat. Try Molash, a cool combo of eyelash and mohair; With 20 mm needles, and one ball of Molash, cast on 10 stitches, and knit every row until you run out. You will have a long funky scarf in less than 2 hours!
New Interweave Knits Magazine is in! Jam packed with lots of cosy winter sweaters, this classy magazine is always a favourite with Lettuce Knit customers.
We have also just got in a whack of new loose patterns. Ponchos, baby knits, mittens, hats, you name it......come browse and find a new project.
Want to learn to knit? In order to fit in all of those who want to learn, we are expanding our regular classes to include "Learn to Knit" on Tuesday nights. Check below for dates and times.
For those who love multicoloured hand dyed yarn, but can't (or won't) wear wool, we have a treat for you! We received another order from Blue Heron Yarns this week, with lots of stunning colour way choices in four varieties: mercenized cotton, silk & rayon twist, rayon boucle, and bulky rayon chenille. You have to see to believe!
We have already received our second delivery of Manos del Uruguay wool! This stuff is hot and it's going fast! We currently have a good stock, especially in the variegates, since they seem to be the most tempting......
Koigu has arrived! Don't delay, if you have Koigu knitting on your to-do list drop in soon to get first pick! We have lots of Kpppm, Kersti, and some of their brushed mohair, Rumba.
Love Koigu, but not sure what to make? Amy Singer's new book Knit Wit (now available at Lettuce Knit!) has lots of cool patterns that use this very yarn. A sure hit are the Sacred & Profane convertible mittens which use 2 skeins of Koigu Kersti.
One more thing! Lettuce Knit now sells Indigirl patterns www.indigirl.com! This month we are displaying a trunk show of Indigirls felted bags, so come on in and see these woolly wonders in person!
Check out the class schedule below, and for goodness sake, keep knitting!
P.S. We will be open regular hours Saturday, Sunday, and Monday over the Thanksgiving weekend. If you have Monday off work why not drop in and hang out and knit?
Itís official! The knitting season is upon us! (as if we ever stopped ;) ) That means if you are planning on giving everyone on your gift list a hand knitted goodie, you better get in to the store soon, and get those needles flying. Most exciting news first:
We now have "Rogue"! Jenna Wilsonís stunning hooded cabled pullover pattern is now available at Lettuce Knit! Even if you are too shy to take the plunge into the 19 page pattern, be sure to drop by and see the real live "Rogue" in our window. Jenna has knit the store sample out of 100% Canadian Briggs & Little wool, and you can too! The large hanks are only $5 each, and depending on the size you make, you will need between 6 to 8 hanks; that adds up to one gorgeously economical sweater. If you would like more details, check out Jennaís site: www.girlfromauntie.com/patterns/shop/rogue/detail.asp
New yarns and books are arriving daily. We are now fully stocked with the Lambís Pride blend of 85/15 wool/mohair blend from Brown Sheep Co. The price for both the worsted and bulky 100g pull-skeins are $10, a real value for high quality wool. We also recently received a load of Noro Kuryeon, great for no-brainer multi-coloured felting. Hmmmm...letís see, thereís also Kid Silk Haze residing in the store nowÖ true luxury. And our huge shipment of Manos del Uruguay yarn will be here next week! Come by to get first dibs on this gorgeous kettle dyed wool from Uruguay. We have the latest book of patterns to go with too!
Books we recently received include this seasonís must-haveís from Interweave press: Ann Buddís Handy book of Sweater Patterns, Scarf Style edited by Pam Allen, and Hip to Crochet by Judith L. Swartz. Also worth mentioning is Interweaveís special Crochet magazine now available in the shop. So inspiring, that I feel compelled to offer another Learn to Crochet class this month.
Everyoneís invited, and itís totally free; just bring your knitting and show up around 7. Even if you donít want to stay, youíre welcome to drop by and shop until 10 every Wednesday night. Keep those needles clicking, and come in soon to check out whatís new:
Mango Moon Recycled Sari Silk is back! Everyoneís favourite, this gorgeous yarn is made from spinning the odds and ends from sari production into a multi coloured yarn that is 100% silk. New this season are the Mango Moon Poncho kits: 450 yds of Recycled Silk, 500 yds of fancy embellishment yarns plus three poncho patterns! These are sure to be a hit! Mango Moon also supports a womenís co-op in Nepal, so itís knitting for a good cause. Go to www.MangoMoonKnits.com for more info.
Lettuce Knit is now fully stocked with Mission Falls 1824 wool, and patterns to go with. This merino superwash wool comes in 30 luscious shades and is only $5.50 a ball! A great choice for your Christmas knitting....better get started soon!
We have the 4 new Sublime Stitching embroidery patterns, including "Craftopia" with knitting motifs! A must have for every dyed-in-the-wool Purl Girl. (see them here: www.sublimestitching.com) We also have the Baby Bib and Tea Towel Embroidery Kits which have everything you need to become a bitchiní stitcher, including instructions.
Have some down time this August? Why not learn a new technique, or even learn to knit!
June was an exciting month at Lettuce Knit; I attended my first Needle Arts Trade Show in Columbus, Ohio. I was able to see all of the new trends in knitting, and touch all kinds of sumputiuos yarns. Things that I ordered at the trade show have already started to arrive! Beautiful handmade glass topped knitting needles from Maryjoís Needles arrived last week. Check them out at www.maryjos.net! And the most gorgeous yarn and patterns from Blue Sky Alpacas (www.blueskyalpacas.com) arrived today!! Yay!
Other goodies to watch for in the coming month include:
- funky knitting bags by Susan Todd Designs (www.susantodd.com)
- hip knitting and crochet patterns by the Stitch Diva ( stores.ebay.com/Stitch-Diva-Studios )
- more recycled Sari Silk from Mango Moon and also poncho kits with the Recycled Silk!
- And much, much, more!
Hope to see you soon......holidays are the perfect time to start a new project ;) And check out the courses offered this month...
Also new in the shop and very exciting is the arrival of Manos del Uruguay yarn. Until now it has been unavailable in Canada. This beautiful yarn is hand spun and kettle dyed over wood fires by a womenís co-operative in Uruguay. The result is a thick and thin yarn with unique striation, giving the effect of several colours in one single strand. No two skeins are exactly alike and there are no dye lots. The content of the yarn is 100% wool, a blend of Merino and Corriedale, both exquisitely soft and supple. I am so happy to finally get my hands on this stuff! It is simply stunning. Come into the store and feel it for yourself. Single shade 100g skeins sell for $15, Multi shade 100g skeins are $17.
Last but not least....itís not knitting, but itís still fun! Lettuce Knit now carries Sublime Stitching Embroidery transfers and Kits. Check out Jenny Hartís inspiring website www.SublimeStitching.com . As Jenny says, "This ainít your grammaís embroidery!" Seriously subversive stitchery transfer packs for only $4!
Be sure to check out the class schedule below and sign up at your earliest convienance....spaces fill up quick!
and much, much more! You must visit soon and see all the pretty things to knit for spring! And now for the classes this month. It seems everyone knows a little one on the way, so May's classes are dedicated to knitting for babies. Come into the shop to register for a class, or just drop in to sit and knit awhile, either way, i hope to see you soon!
There are a lot of new offerings here at Lettuce Knit: Rowanís Cotton tape and the pattern book, "itís a tape thing" have caused quite a stir: seriously sexy knits for spring and summer. Felted bags by "Bags by Mags" have also been very popular. There are three different bag styles to choose from all knit with noro kureyon....and yes, i have lots of kureyon to choose from! A big order of Koigu yarns and charlotte web patterns (if you've never seen this beautiful shawl up close you must drop by - it is currently displ ayed in the window). And last but not least, Debbie stoller's "Stitch & Bitch" book has finally arrived! For $19.95 you get 40+ hip patterns and instructions for just about everything. It's a great book for a beginner or as reference for those with more experience. Come into the store and check it out for yourself!
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