Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Steel Valley Yarn Crawl

August 1 - 10, 2014

It is finally here…the first Steel Valley Yarn Crawl. We at Yarns By Design are very excited to participate and to have the opportunity to see both old and new customers during the week long crawl.

Oakmont is a wonderful town which offers our guests great opportunities to shop, dine and relax, come spend the day in Oakmont!

Please note, for your convenience, special hours are available for groups of 10 or more when scheduled in advance via email (Tamara@YarnsByDesignPA.com, subject: Yarn Crawl Group).

Participating Shops:
Dyed in the Wool
Kathy’s Kreations
Kid Ewe Knot
Natural Stitches
Wolf Creek Yarns
Yarns By Design
Yarns Unlimited

Have your passport stamped at all of the yarn shops participating in the yarn crawl and be entered into a drawing for $25 gift cards/gift certificates from EVERY SHOP that participates!

$10 gift cards/certificates from EVERY SHOP that participates!

Individual stores will also have prizes!

Monday, July 14, 2014

"Mystery Achieved" Pullover

Ladies' "Mystery Achieved" Knitting Pattern by Esther Yun-Mancini

Sizes: Small (Medium, Large, X-Large)
Knitted Measurements: Bust 36½ (40½, 44, 48)"/ 92.5 (103, 112, 122) cm
Skill level: Intermediate
Craft: Knitting
Techniques: long tail cast on, knit two together (k2tog), purl two together (p2tog), yarn over increase (yo), knit stitch
Project: Summer Tops
Yarn Weight: 16-20, Medium, Worsted, Afghan, Aran
Needle Size: Needle Size 8 / 5.00 mm

We knit our first sample with Cascade Yarns Luna Paints. This lovely, variegated super soft 100% Peruvian cotton yarn from Cascade Yarns consists of a soft lofty strand of cotton plied together with a fine cotton strand to create a sturdy bumpy textured yarn that will add interest to simple stitches. This is a lovely washable cotton. From brights to pastels the colors that this yarn comes in are sure to suit your every need.

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We loved this project so much, we had to make another. This sample was knit with Berroco's Weekend DK. Made from the same machine washable blend as Weekend and Weekend Chunky, this lighter version offers the same softness in a finer gauge. Weekend DK™ is the perfect yarn for any laid back knitting project. A soft, comfortable machine washable blend, this yarn is uncomplicated from start to finish.

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Monday, July 7, 2014

Oakmont Sidewalk Sale

Saturday, July 26th from 10:00-4:00pm

Yarns By Design will have selected products up to 75% off! Everything will be on sale!! Now is the opportunity to stock up on wonderful fibers at very reduced prices.

- all sales are final - cannot be combined with any other offer -

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View our Facebook / Google + / Instagram / Pinterest / Ravelry  / Twitter pages to see a glimpse of the sale items.

Bias Before & After

By Churchmouse

Churchmouse dubbed this scarf 'before & after' because it's so ugly (truly!) before it's blocked and so beautiful after. Knitted on the bias, this light, airy scarf has the smooth simplicity of stockinette stitch without all the rolling at the edges. The pattern includes simple instructions for adding beads at the ends.

We chose to knit our sample with Rowan's Fine Art which is a blend of fibre and colour. Designed for socks, shawls and other accessories, it is made with merino wool, kid mohair, mulberry silk and polyamide to make it suitable and durable for all projects. Hand-washable wool is combined with mohair, nylon and silk for shine and strength.

Both the pattern and fiber are available at the Yarns By Design boutique. Stop by to choose from our beautiful selection of colors.

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Summertime Drop Stitch Cowl

The staff at Yarns By Design enjoys making fun cowl projects, no matter what season it is. We wanted to try something new with one of our more favorite fibers, Habu Textiles Cotton Gima. The finished project looks great and will accessorize any outfit this summer.

From Habu Textiles:
”This is a cotton, which feels like paper. “Gima” literally means “fake linen” in Japanese. It feels like linen paper if you do not know it! Great to knit in single. Beautiful warp & weft yarn for weavers also. Looks beautiful in simple stockinette, but also great in seed stitch or just garter (very three dimensional) It may feel stiff in the beginning, but will soften greatly.”

Papery but very soft. Could be used with a wide range of needle sizes. Hand wash or dry clean only.

The Summertime Drop Stitch Cowl is a FREE pattern when you purchase Cotton Gima. We have a nice selection of colors to choose from.

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Americana Wrist Cuff

This Americana Wrist Cuff is knit in garter stitch with stripes and intarsia. Stitches are picked up to the add side bands, and a button is used to fasten the cuff. This pattern is worked in three to four colors of Berroco Comfort Sock (suggested yarn: HiKoo American B.R.A.N.D. by Skacel). Size can be adjusted by varying length of cuff ends.

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Stop by the Yarns By Design Boutique to get started on your project today.