Wednesday, June 27, 2012

YBD Monthly KAL

© Shibui Knits

YBD will be trying something new and exciting! We have decided to hold a monthly knit along (KAL).

We’ll be featuring a yarn-of-the-month and specific pattern for staff & customers to work on and to share here in our ravelry group and in the boutique (first and last Thursday of the month from 10:30-12:00pm).

This month we’ve chosen ‘Same Thing Only Different’ by Cheryl Schumer to be knit with Shibui Knits Linen as our knit along project yarn. This is a simple-shape wrap that can be made seamed or seamless. The rectangular edge can be worn in the back for a cowl neckline in the front, or go for a more asymmetrical look by centering the rectangular edge down one arm. Now through July 31st Shibui Knits Linen will be 5% off in store. You can either pick up your yarn from the YBD boutique or call to place an order (412-794-8332).

There are two ways to participate:
- By posting on our Ravelry Group KAL, simply say ‘hi’ to let us know you’re joining and then cast on for the wrap.
- Or, Attend our KAL at the YBD boutique on the first and last Thursday of the month from 10:30-12:00pm.

Here is where it gets really exciting, there are PRIZES!
- Ravelry Group members, post a picture of your finished project to this thread by the end of the day July 31st, and we’ll randomly select one of you to win a $15 Gift Certificate to the boutique!
- Or, attend the KAL Group on Thursday, July 26th, and we’ll randomly select one of you to win a $15 Gift Certificate to the boutique!

Note: Employees are not eligible for prizes

© Cheryl Schumer

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

SMC Select: Pertinio

Here is a stunning example of SMC Select Pertinio knitted in a lovely summer v-neck pullover designed by Renate Foos in the Moments 014 (Pertinia/Rosas booklet). YBD's sample is knitted in a shimmering navy blue (01902).


Pertinio is a ribbon yarn of cotton-polyamide blend with a subtle golden shimmer. The wrapped construction gives the yarn a shiny, stripy surface and makes it cool to the touch. Pertinio is a trendy yarn which reflects the current interest in metallic, detailed surfaces. The color range includes fashionable pastels as well as a few strong accent colors.

Fibre Content: Cotton: 82%, Viscose: 14%, Polyester: 4%
Season: Spring/Summer
Yarn Ball Weight: 50g
Yarn Meterage/Yardage: 100 / 109
Tension/Gauge #/stitches: 20
Tension/Gauge #/rows: 28


Thursday, June 21, 2012

Roo Designs

YBD would like to welcome our newest designer, Roo Designs, to the YBD boutique! We are thrilled to have these adorable patterns available for all of you. Below is a sample of a few of the new patterns we have available at the boutique.

Roo Designs

An original collection of charming knitting pattern designs for babies and toddlers in sizes 6 months to 6 years. These adorable designs by Gail Pfeifle feature colorful motifs and simple construction, with easy-to-follow directions.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Needle Felting

What is Needle Felting? Simply put, it is felting without water. Instead, you use special, barbed felting needles to push the top layer of wool into deeper layers. The unique property of wool fiber that allows it to "fuse" to itself causes the wool to felt, without the need for soap and water.

One can either choose to add embellishments to their knitting or crochet projects or add simple lines and shapes to spark a little more interest to plain felting. This sort of needle felting is flat.

One of the greatest perks of needle felting is that with this technique you can create such a variety of projects that the only limit is your imagination. 3-D sculptures are so impressive that any crafter is sure to want to try it at least once in her lifetime. You can create toys for your kids or make really exquisite sculptures which are true masterpieces.

To begin needle felting you'll need to gather a few supplies, all of which are available at YBD:
- a needle felting brush or piece of foam, which allows the needles to go through the fiber and beyond without damaging the needles or the surface below
- a needle felting tool, either a single needle or a tool which has multiple needles inside a plastic or wood sleeve
- wool roving in various colors, or wool yarn or cut out pieces of felt

by Tammy Haller, YBD Needle Felting Instructor

Available at YBD:
Needle Felting Foam

Plastic Needle Felting Tool

Wood Needle Felting Tool

A few of the many colors of roving we have available at YBD

Register for YBD's Needle Felting Class
Instructor: Tammy Haller
Date: Thursday, June 14
Time: 6:00-8:00pm
Cost: $35.00

Description: The student will learn the proper way to use the felting needles to felt wool roving into a 3-D animal. The basic shapes including rolls or tubes, balls, folds and cones will be demonstrated.
Materials Included: Core wool, roving, black wire for whiskers, bamboo skewer, foam pad
Supplies Needed: Size 36 triangle felting needle, size 38 star felting needle, size 40 triangle felting needle, small scissors, large head sewing pins

Friday, June 1, 2012

Why Linen?

YBD just received this very informative email from Louet North America. Many of our customers are unsure as to what to make their summer projects with. Hopefully, what Louet describes below will want you to try working with Linen.

Why Linen?
Linen textiles appear to be some of the oldest in the world: their history goes back many thousands of years. Dyed flax fibers found in a prehistoric cave in Georgia suggest the use of woven linen fabrics from wild flax may date back even earlier to 36,000 BP. It was and still is prized for its exceptional coolness and freshness in hot weather. It is a very durable, strong fiber, and one of the few that are stronger wet than dry. It can gain up to 20% moisture without feeling damp. Linen is a bast fiber with a long "staple" (individual fiber length) relative to cotton and other natural fibers.

When knit or woven, linen fabric feels cool to the touch. It is smooth, making the finished fabric lint-free, growing softer each time it is washed.

Our linen yarn is made from long line flax, and is custom wet spun for Louet North America. The term "long line" refers to the long stems of the flax plant, which grows to more than a yard tall. We also steam process the yarn to ensure maximum softness and with wear it will take on a very soft, silky feel and look. All of our Euroflax Linen yarns are machine washable and dryable, too!

-Louet North America

Stop by the YBD boutique today to see the variety of Linen fibers we carry from Habu Textiles, Louet North America, Shibui and more.

Habu Textiles

Louet North America

Shibui Knits