Saturday, April 27, 2013

New Arrivals: Spring/Summer

We are thrilled to offer these fabulous fibers to you from Cascade Yarns.

Baby Cherub
- Weight: Sport / 5 ply (12 wpi)
- Yardage: 229 yards (209 meters)
- Unit weight: 50 grams (1.76 ounces)
- Gauge: 24.0 sts = 4 inches
- Needle size: US 3 - 4 or 3.25 - 3.5mm
- Fibers: 55% Nylon, 45% Acrylic
- Machine washable / tumble dry

Very nice, very soft yarn, blended of an easy care blend of acrylic and nylon yarn. Perfect for baby, as well as light weight tops and tanks for yourself. IDEAL for the standard gauge knitting machine.

- Weight: DK / 8 ply (11 wpi)
- Yardage: 237 yards (217 meters)
- Unit weight: 100 grams (3.53 ounces)
- Gauge: 22.0 to 24.0 sts = 4 inches
- Needle size: US 4 - 5 or 3.5 - 3.75mm
- Fibers: 48% Acrylic, 47% Cotton, 5% Metallic
- Machine washable / tumble dry

Sunseeker offers a variety of rich colors, each color has a subtle touch of metallic spun throughout, making your project even more eye-catching. It is ideal for sweaters, hats, gloves, baby garments and much more!

Luna Paints
- Weight: Aran / 10 ply (8 wpi)
- Yardage: 164 yards (150 meters)
- Unit weight: 100 grams (3.53 ounces)
- Gauge: 18.0 sts = 4 inches
- Needle size: US 7 - 4.5 mm
- Fibers: 100% Cotton

Cascade Luna is created by taking loosely spun cotton and adding a fine wrap. This creates a soft, ripple texture that doesn't snag and adds interest to even the simplest stitch. Cascade Luna is great for many different projects. From garments to accessories to home decor, you'll have fun experimenting with Cascade Luna.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

YBD Knit Club

The YBD Knit Club is a Members Only Club that will meet monthly from Sept - April (no December).

Each month you’ll have lots of fun, receive a members only newsletter, receive exclusive boutique offers & discounts throughout the 2013-2014 season, receive 10% off on purchases the night of the club, receive 20% off the fiber needed for the monthly project, receive a chance at a free gift when attending the club, learn a new technique and knit a project using that month’s technique.

Club Membership is $75.00 for 7 months. To insure that you are eligible to receive all of the free goodies, membership must be paid in full to reserve your placement in the club. Class size is limited.

The Knit Happy Club members celebrating their Graduation

Table Square project knit with Shibui Knits sock yarn

Swing Shawl project knit with Berroco’s Weekend DK

Call YBD to register for the YBD Knit Club (412-794-8332).

Monday, April 8, 2013

TNNA Survey

TO: Needle Artists

SUBJECT: Complete national needlearts survey, gift certificate drawing

Please complete the triennial national Yarn, Stitching, and Weaving 2013 Survey at

The 10-minute survey asks about your experiences with the needlearts you enjoy: crocheting, cross-stitch, embroidery, knitting, needlepoint, spinning, or weaving. Let us know which types of projects you prefer, how you like to learn, and what you’d like to see needlearts shops do better. The needlearts community needs your advice and opinions, whether you are a beginner or an expert! This survey is conducted every few years by The National NeedleArts Association (TNNA). Your input is very important and will be included in a published national report.

Your answers are anonymous. No one will use your survey responses to market to you.

In return for your participation, you will receive valuable benefits:
· Gain a chance to win one of five $100 needlearts gift certificates.
· Ensure stores, manufacturers, and other suppliers provide what you want.
· Explore your needlearts interests.

Your valuable input will also help the needlearts community:
· Give guilds, associations, community groups, and others guidance to grow the world of needlearts.
· Help independent retailers and family-owned suppliers succeed by giving them the customer feedback they need.

The survey is sponsored by TNNA, an organization of businesses dedicated to supporting the needlearts community. Hart Business Research is conducting this survey for TNNA and compiling the results into a major national report, The State of Specialty Needlearts 2013. Please complete the survey right away at The survey closes April 30, 2013.

Monday, April 1, 2013

Gradient Cowl with Silk Cloud

A spectrum of Silk Cloud blends quietly in this simple seed-stitch cowl. Three strands of Silk Cloud are held together, with one strand periodically changing to a new color to create a soft transition from one color to the next, and back again.

SILK CLOUD by Shibui Knits is a glossy silk and wispy kid mohair united in this luminous lace weight yarn. Silk Cloud can be knit alone for gossamer-light lace projects, or held alongside any Shibui yarn to add a soft halo and subtle glow.

Below are a sampling of color combinations we put together at the YBD boutique to knit this wonderful cowl in.