Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Blue Sky Alpacas: Royal Petites Kits

These kits have arrived just in time for the holidays. We have seven exquisite kits designed by Blue Sky Alpacas using the stunning Royal Petites to choose from. Each are packaged in a lovely box which acts as a yarn holder when working up the project. The kit includes a pattern and Royal Petites 100% Royal Alpaca yarn needed for the project (retailing $21.95 or $34.95, depending on the project size).


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Thursday, November 22, 2012

Black Friday & Small Business Weekend

Join the YBD staff this weekend for amazing deals. Also, visit Oakmont this small business weekend, it is humming with many small businesses which carry speciality items you will not find in the big box stores. By supporting local small businesses, your purchases will go directly back to the community.

Happy Thanksgiving

The staff at YBD would like to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving. Enjoy spending time with your family and friends!

Here are a few photos from the week at YBD.
Congratulations to Natalie. Here is baby Zane and daddy showing off the crochet Turkey hat Erica made and designed.

Tuesday morning Knit Wits group celebrating Sandy's birthday.

Yummy treats!

Monday, November 19, 2012

Grace Akhrem Trunk Show

November 17th - 25th

Here is a sample of some of the beautiful items that are in for the Grace Akhrem Trunk Show! All of these featured patterns can be purchased at the YBD boutique from the Ravelry-In Store Program. Come in and check them out today!
Every year we scramble through November and December to try and knit those last few gifts for our dear loved ones. Well this year we have Grace Akhrem suggesting a few patterns that will make your scrambling a little easier! Here are her top 10 favorite quick knits!

These three patterns are Grace's all time favorite hats to make and wear!
Robin Hood
Maid Marian
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Olana Slouch

Here are three necky projects. Also some of Grace's favorites!
Seaweed Scarf
Cappa Italia
Reversible Tangled Branches Cowl

Then we have...
Veronica’s Fingerless Mitts
Bobble Bee

And of course let us not forget the freebie in the bunch, The Beekeeper’s Cowl!
Copyright © 2012 Grace Akhrem

Thursday, November 15, 2012

November Knit Happy Club

I would like to share with you the finished projects from the November Knit Happy Club. The ladies all did an amazing job on there shawls. The Trellis Lace and Flower Shawl features short row shaping around the neckline so it stays on the shoulders allowing ease of movement yet it is lightweight while still adding warmth for cooler weather.

We suggested the members to use Spud & Chloe's Sock yarn for the project. One student used a worsted weight yarn which provided a slightly different look on the trellis lace pattern which turned out quite beautiful.


What is a short row? Short Rows are useful for making soft curves or darts in fabric. They are rows that are only partially worked before turning. Short rows are made by sneaking little short rows into the middle of the work--rows which don't go from edge to edge. A good friend and vendor of Skacel introduced to me the German Short Row method. I do find this method to be the simplest and cleanest looking. In essence the German Short Row method is short rows without the wrap and turn. To get a visual understanding of this method, visit YouTube to choose from a selection of tutorials.

Finished shawls by Linda and Kathie

Finished shawl by Michele

Finished shawl by Jackie

Works in progress by Pat, Peggy, Robi and Donna

Many thanks to each of you women, you make for a fun and exciting group! And, to Sandy for making delicious pumpkin muffins for the occasion.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Spud & Chloe

Spud & Chloe Trunk Show: November 1 - 30th at YBD boutique.
The Spud & Chloe trunk show provides a wonderful opportunity for you to see a variety of patterns and fibers made-up in beautiful, completed projects. Not only will these projects inspire you but they will motivate you to try something new!
Spud & Chloe is a line of Luxe yarns in mod colors, all carefully selected to let you create dreamy pieces from soft baby socks to chunky sweaters, chic fashion and extra special presents.

2012 Collection "Family Friendly and Easy Going, made for real life."
Sweater: Made of superwash 55% wool/45% organic cotton, it’s a worsted-weight yarn for everybody.
Outer: Made of superwash 65% wool/35% organic cotton, this super bulky weight is just the thing for a quick knit (try it on a 13!).
Fine: Made of superwash 80% wool/20% silk, this sock-weight yarn is ideal for Fair Isle and detailed work—and of course, some pretty fancy footwork.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Annual Food Drive

Food Drive: November 10th - 17th. Please join YBD to End Hunger with our Annual Food Drive. For each non-perishable item you donate to YBD’s Food Drive, you will Receive $1.00 OFF your Total YBD Purchase!


Monday, November 5, 2012

November KAL


YBD's Monthly KAL: Tuesday, November 6th from 5:15-6:45pm

This month we’ve chosen the ‘Foliage Hat’ by Emilee Mooney to be knit with either the Malabrigo Chunky or Worsted as our knit along project yarn. This is a FREE group when purchasing the project from YBD. 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.
- Or, Attend our KAL at the YBD boutique on the first Tuesday of the month from 5:15-6:45pm, pre-registration is required.

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 last day of the month, and we’ll randomly select one of you to win a $15 Gift Certificate to the boutique!
- Or, attend the KAL Group on the following month, show off your finished project and we’ll randomly select one of you to win a $15 Gift Certificate to the boutique!

Note: Employees are not eligible for prizes. Only one award per winner per month

copyright by emilee