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!


Sarah with YBD

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.

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. 


Sarah with Yarns By Design

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.


Sarah with YBD