Thursday, April 14, 2011

Spinning Classes Just Around the Corner...

Yesterday we had the wonderful experience of having Carol Larsen from River's Edge Fiber Arts come to the shop and teach all of our staff some spinning skills. We had all skill levels from gals that had never spun at all to newbies to experienced spinners. But we all learn some new things in preparation for bringing Ashford Spinning Wheels into the shop and having Spinning Classes.

We also had the joy of another big box of Miss Babs sock yarn arrive at the shop. You would have thought it was Christmas as all the staff and some customers were ooing and awing over the beautiful colorways that Miss Babs creates.

Well, the Ashford order has been sent and soon we'll have wheels and classes to tell you about. Just when I thought that knitting and crocheting were the best it could get...I discovered spinning. We're just having way too much fun over here at The Yarn Haven these days. Enjoy the beautiful sunshine today! Blessings!

Friday, April 8, 2011

New Yarn Line Has Arrived...

Well, the secret is finally out. Miss Babs yarns and roving have arrived at The Yarn Haven! We are so excited to have Miss Babs wonderful fibers in our shop. We got in the "Yet" lace weight, "Yummy" sock weight in both the 2 ply and 3 ply (sport) weights, and some BFL roving. We have designated an entire yarn tree to Miss Babs yarns.

And I have already snatched a colorway that I just couldn't live without. It's called "Cool Triad". But when I look at it I think of spring... of green leaves & purple crocus nestled by the water. Now I have to find just the right pattern to go with it. It will probably be one of the yarns I use for the Sock Club.

And the extra surprise is that Madelinetosh yarns will be arriving here in the near future. So many people guessed that Mad Tosh was our new yarn line that I just had to bring that one in as well. I love her "Tea Leaves Cardigan". We'll be getting some of those patterns as well as her "Tiny Tea Leaves Cardigan". I think that's one I just might have to make for my granddaughter.

I also wanted to share with you a sweater that Ellen finished in her Weekly Class. It's Knitting Pure & Simple Pattern #9727 with some modifications. It looks great on her!

Well, that's all the big news of the day. Don't forget that tomorrow is our Spin 'N Stitch from 2-4 pm. Hope you enjoy the weekend and come in to see Miss Babs yarns & rovings soon.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Our Knitter of the Month for April is...

Congratulations to Peggy Burkman...our knitter of the month. Peggy brought in her 10 Stitch blanket that she made out of Noro Silk Garden. It's absolutely gorgeous!

She also brought in a child's dress that she made out of Cascade Pima Tencel. The pattern was in Creative Knitting magazine (January 2011). Nice job, Peggy!

Donnette made Mimi's Rolled Brim hat out of Noro Silk Garden. Doesn't it look cute on her daughter!

Roz took the All About Fibers and Ladder Shawl classes and made this yummy shawl using different yarns and textures. She said she was so glad she took the class because she learned so much. Look for these classes coming again soon.

Marilyn use the same technique for the 10 stitch blanket and made a 10 stitch table runner. She used the Noro Silk Garden Sock yarn. Very pretty.

She also brought in a lacy scarf that she made out of Tahki Stacy Charles Ritratto. This is an easy pattern and looks quite lovely in this yarn.

Linda finished her Boneyard Shawl using Malabrigo Rios. This was one of our most popular Projects of the Month. I love this color.

Annhara finished another Potpourri Scarf. This yarn came from the Magic Ball she won at the Super Ball party. It looks very nice on her, don't you think.

Margaret brought in this adorable toddler vest made out of Berroco Pure Merino (one of her favorite yarns) and Muench Family. She added some cute car buttons that made it very cute. This was a Knitting Pure and Simple pattern.

And Ginny finished another beautiful summer sweater. This one is made with Ella Rae Rimini...a new cotton/viscose/silk blend yarn that we just got in.

Thanks to everyone for sharing their projects. Be sure to bring in your projects when you finished them and you could be next month's knitter or crocheter of the month.