Saturday, March 17, 2018

Now at YBD: Fringe Supply Co.

You have the tools, notions, yarn and patterns but need the perfect tote to carry them in...not to worry! Fringe Supply Co. bags are now available at Yarns By Design. These fun and functional totes are sure to bring a smile to your face while carrying all of your project needs. 

Woollelujah for Fringe Supply Co. bags!

We couldn't be more excited to now be a Fringe Supply Co. stockist. The company was established in 2012 and is located in Nashville, TN. As owner Karen Templer notes- their products are built to last. 
The Knitting Necessities bag is a necessity. 

Currently we carry three totes to choose from-all made of 100% cotton and made and printed in the USA.  The "Knitting Necessities" and "High Fiber" totes are a standard size of 18"wide x 13" high x 6" deep. 
The high-fiber tote. 
The "Woollelujah" tote is for those you you who don't like to pack lightly- this bag fits it all. It is 23" wide x 13" high x 9" deep.  Check out how much our manager Natalie totes around in her bag! 
This bag fits everything.

If you are looking to add a little flair to your bags, we also have Fringe Supply Co. knitmoji enamel pins. Choose from the sheep, the heart-eyed sheep or the frog. Add one (or all) to your jacket or handmade item and these make great gifts for your fiber loving friends. 

Perfect little pins. 
Stop by today to get your Fringe Supply Co. fix!

Warmly,


Sarah with YBD 
sarah@yarnsbydesignpa.com



Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Knitting Olympians

Who has been enjoying the Olympics so far? What a great excuse to grab your yarn and a spot on the couch and enjoy the events! I can't help but think  about what these athletes have endured to get to The Games…the grueling workouts, the financial burdens, the injuries, failures and disappointments. Enough to give even the most seasoned athletes a body full of jittery nerves. Well, the Finnish Olympic Team (including the coach) decided to use knitting to help calm these nerves. It began in the 2014 Sochi games where they made a giant scarf, now they are working on a blanket for their president's newborn son.
The Finnish Olympians knitting their nerves away. 

In other knitting Olympic news, we have had several customers chatting about the Gold Medal Hat seen on Team USA's snowboarder Chloe Kim. Click here to find the knit and crochet patterns to make your own!

Chloe Kim in her chunky pom pom hat. Photo:Time. com

If you're in the Olympic spirit but the chunky pom pom hat isn't quite the look you were going for, try these Lion Brand Team USA knitted mittens or this team spirited Crochet Neva Hat by Whistle and Ivy.

Team USA Mittens by Lion Brand. Photo copyright: Missy Marshall. 
Crochet Neva Hat by Whistle and Ivy 

What are you working on during the Olympics? Have you made anything inspired by these athletes? Does knitting or crocheting calm your nerves? We'd love to hear from you! Stop by the boutique or comment below.


Warmly,
Sarah with Yarns By Design

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

New to knitting

This time of year is all about goal setting, making changes and trying something new. I've been a crocheter for close to 10 years, I can crochet with my eyes closed and can spot a hand crocheted item from across a room. I love how I can catch up on Netflix shows or carry on a conversation while working on a project. I can crochet without a pattern and can teach others to become crocheters too. But there's something I can't do: knit.
My first attempt at casting on. 

This year, I've decided it's time. Working in a yarn shop and being around knitters all of the time, it just makes sense!  I've become so comfortable with a hook that this knitting goal is a little scary to me. Holding one hook seems better than two needles, right? 

The team at Yarns By Design has been supportive of my goal and Sandy gave me my very first quick lesson today. I worked on casting on, and by worked on I mean fumbled through it. Even though it wasn't pretty, it was exciting! I keep thinking about and looking at all of the beautiful knit patterns out there and it gives me motivation to continue to step out of my comfort zone.
Are you a crocheter who wants to learn to knit? Are you a knitter who wants to learn to crochet? NOW is the time. YOU CAN DO IT! And what a great excuse to get more yarn, too. Sign up today. 

Sign up for a lesson with our talented instructors. Grab a few friends and make it  group event. 2018 is the year you'll learn a new skill. 


Stay tuned for my journey from crocheter to knitter!

Do you have any suggestions for newbies? Maybe a tip that someone gave to you when you were learning? Please feel free to share your comments here. 

Warmly, 

Sarah with Yarns By Design
Sarah@yarnsbydesignpa.com

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

It's 2018! It's a New Year and a new…yarn color to try??

The Pantone Color of the Year 2018 is  (drumroll) Ultra Violet. This shade of purple is a great way to start the New Year with some color yet still feel "wintery". Purple is a combination of the calmness of blue and the feistiness of red. Purple is historically known to be associated with royalty, nobility, creativity, pride and magic.  
Ultra Violets at Yarns By Design.
Yarns as pictured left to right: Malabrigo Rasta in "Purple Mystery", Madelintosh Tosh Vintage in "Iris", Malabrigo Worsted in "Purple Mystery", Juniper Moon Farm Herriot in "Exotic Evening", Madelintosh Tosh Vintage in "Gosia", Hedgehog Fibres Skinny Single in "Sorry Not Sorry" and Malabrigo Caracol in "Holly Hock".

The boldness of Ultra Violet means a little bit can go a long way! Add pops of it to your projects such as stripes, edges and cuffs. Yarns By Design has a lot of options when it comes to yarn with hues of this rich color. Stop by or shop online to add some Ultra Violet to your life.




A few more  Ultra Violets at Yarns By Design! 

Our 2017 Yarn Crawl Crochet Pattern predicted hues of Ultra Violet for 2018, using Hedgehog Fibres in "Birthday Cake".


Wishing all of our customers a very happy 2018 ahead.

Warmly,

Sarah with YBD
sarah@yarnsbydesignpa.com

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Welcome, Woolfolk!

Yarns By Design's newest yarn has arrived and it is fabulous! Woolfolk joined our family in October and customers and employees have been enjoying it ever since. It's easy to fall in love with the comfortable yet luxurious feel and rich range of colors.
Arkade scarf made by Sandy with Woolfolk Får
The Woolfolk company prides themselves on their high quality wool  coming from the Patagonian Grasslands and their ethical and sustainable practices. They describe the science behind their "Ultimate Merino" fiber:


"The presence of coarse fibers in wool create “prickle”-- the main obstacle to wearing and working with wool. Most wool products have a high percentage of over 30 microns - the diameter measure of a strand of fiber. Ultimate Merino® has a micron count of 17.5, and combines the hand of cashmere with the wear of merino. The long cylindrical fibers, with a surface that is smoother due to elongated, flat scales, reflect light and absorb dye better than elliptical fibers, resulting in lustrous yarns with deep and lasting hues."

Yarns By Design currently stocks three Woolfolk yarns: Får, Sno and Tynd. Får is a chainette structure, worsted weight and 142 yards per skein. Tynd is fingering weight, 223 yards per skein. Sno is Tynd's sidekick-coming in the same weight, structure, and feel but in a two toned marled version. 

Woolfolk patterns are also a delight to use. They are both practical and cosmopolitan. 
Co-owner Sandy has already finished two scarves made with Woolfolk. One is the long and luxurious  Arkade scarf made with Får, the other is a design by Sandy which she calls the London Calling Wrap, made by using a double strand of both Tynd and Sno. Natalie knitted the Morning Walk Hat  also using both Tynd and Sno. 
London Calling Wrap made by Sandy with Woolfolk Tynd and Sno
 


Morning Walk Hat made by Natalie with Woolfolk Tynd and Sno

Shop our online boutique or stop by today to get your Woolfolk yarn and patterns. Let us know what you think and be sure to share your finished projects with us!

Warmly, 

Sarah with Yarns By Design
sarah@yarnsbydesignpa.com












Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Charitable Creations

The holidays are around the corner and that means the giving season is here! For many of us, the holidays are a time for giving back. We can donate our time to something like serving Thanksgiving meals at a local shelter or donate items like toys and clothes for the less fortunate. We can also give back when it comes to our knitting and crocheting skills!

There are many local organizations that may be looking for handmade donations such as hats, scarves and blankets. Give them a call to see what items they can use.
Check your local:
-women's shelters
-homeless shelters
-nursing homes
-hospitals
-animal shelters
-churches

Consider the yarn you use and where it is going. For example- is it nice and soft for newborns? Is it machine washable? This adult size knitted hat pattern "The Vermonter" is quick and easy-perfect for making a few for donations.

The Vermonter hat pattern. 
You can also contact national organizations that are dedicated to donating handmade items including Project Linus, Comfort for Critters, and Warm Up America.

Sometimes my dog keeps warm with my crocheted hand-me-downs. You can donate your (new) handmade items to shelter pets in need. 
If you are on Facebook, check out Knit and Crochet for a Cause- a virtual community focused on making items for a cause.  Ravelry also has a list of charitable groups you can join.

Remember, you can donate your time too. You can share your love of the fiber arts by teaching your skills to locals of all ages. Talk about the gift that keeps on giving!

Even if you don't have time to make items for charity, you can still be charitable just by stopping in Yarns By Design. We are a donation site from now through December 9th for Toys for Tots. Every toy you drop off earns you 5 raffle tickets to win this gift basket worth over $300 full of yarns and patterns!


Do you know of an organization that is looking for handmade items? Please share your comments below.


Warmly,

Sarah with Yarns By Design
sarah@yarnsbydesignpa.com



Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Sweater weather!

It's feeling cool and fresh outside- perfect sweater weather! Sandy has been busy working on two sweater patterns, Koto and Coda. Both are Brooklyn Tweed designs and made with Brooklyn Tweed yarn.  
Sandy is ready for sweater weather after finishing these two beauties.  

Koto is shown here in Brooklyn Tweed Shelter in "Snowbound.

Koto pattern by Brooklyn Tweed/picture by Jared Flood

As described on the pattern info on Ravelry: "Koto’s body and sleeves are worked in the round to the underarm, then worked flat with simultaneous shoulder shaping on the front and back. The short rows use the Shadow Wrap method, which is fully explained in the pattern. The collar is worked from stitches picked up after seaming and faced with stockinette fabric for added structure. Tiny facings at the hem and cuffs make for a beautiful, minimalist finish that doesn’t interrupt the lines of the sweater."


Coda is shown here in Brooklyn Tweed Shelter in "Woodsmoke" and noted in the pattern description "Coda will let you wear a pretty frock while the weather is still chilly or dress up a casual outfit".



Coda pattern by Brooklyn Tweed/picture by Jared Flood
If you haven't tried Brooklyn Tweed yet, this time is year is perfect to get started. Make a sweater for yourself or get started on Christmas gifts. We have lots of beautiful color options, something for everyone. Save a trip and shop our online boutique!
Don't forget, Woolfolk has also arrived to Yarns By Design! More information to come on Woolfolk projects in upcoming blog posts and currently available in shop only but it would be perfect for your next sweater pattern.

Tell us what sweater pattern is your favorite and which yarn is your go-to for sweater making. Feel free to stop by the boutique with your finished sweater projects or tag us with your projects on instagram #yarnsbydesign.

Warmly,

Sarah at Yarns By Design
sarah@yarnsbydesignpa.com