Newsletter Vol 25: Summer 2015

  • May 6, 2015

Life’s a Stitch!

It’s hard to believe that I am writing this for the cover of the Summer 2015 edition of our newsletter. I have no idea where the time has gone. Last time I checked, we were celebrating all of the winter holidays, and now here we are at the beginning of May! The flowers are finally blooming in my garden, and the colors are exactly what I need to see after such a long, cold winter.

With summer right around the corner, we have done quite a bit of rearranging in the shop to accommodate all of our new summer yarns. Some are from small, indie yarn companies, and others are gorgeous new products from Plymouth, Rowan and Berroco. Be sure to check out our Yarns in the Spotlight to see what’s new and what might work for your new summer projects!

Since we know how excited every knitter gets when they find their next “have to make it” pattern, Dizzy has decided that we need to help knitters have more options to choose from. With that idea in mind, we are officially launching Dizzy’s own line of patterns. We are immensely pleased that the very first Dizzy pattern was designed by Donna Druchunas, who is co-author of the Stories in Stitches series. Donna has teamed up with us to help promote her new book, Lithuanian Knitting: Continuing Traditions. She has designed a beautiful pair of socks, called Hornet’s Honey, which we absolutely love. The socks feature a honeycomb pattern that reminded Donna of a traditional Lithuanian treat, which is where the pattern got its name. Here’s what Donna told us about her new book:

"In Lithuanian Knitting: Continuing Traditions, you can journey with me and my co-author June Hall around the country and learn about all of the fun and fascinating traditions and techniques that I’ve discovered during my travels.

Along with all of the stories, the book also includes over 25 patterns for traditional and modern socks, gloves, mittens, and beaded wrist warmers, all worked with Lithuanian techniques, pattern stitches, and motifs. The techniques used include colorwork, texture stitches, lace, entrelac, and more! And, I’ve also included a chapter on how to perform some special Lithuanian techniques that I’ve been teaching in sold-out workshops for the past several years."

In order to celebrate her new book, Donna is sending us a mini-trunk show of projects that are featured in the book! We are planning a whole event around the trunk show that will include a help table for the Hornet’s Honey socks, as well as a chance to talk to Donna herself about her new book! Check out our Upcoming Events section for more details about this event, as well as our The Longest Day festivities. As always, please feel free to come in for help, a nice chat or just to sit and knit for a bit. We are always happy to see you, excited and inspired by the beautiful projects you create, and look forward to just catching up.

Happy Knitting Always!

Karen, Linda, Sarah & Van

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