A Little Bit Open

We are now able to allow customers to shop in person, by appointment only! Hurray! It will be great to see your faces (masked, of course, and at an appropriate social distance) in the flesh as opposed to the various screens we’ve all been using.

We will be taking abundant precautions: masks will be mandatory, surfaces will be frequently sanitized, only a very few people (pre-arranged) will be allowed in at a time, customers’ hands will be sanitized upon arrival, and we ask that at least a 6 foot distance between customers be observed.

To request an appointment contact me at oldvillageyarn@wowway.com with contact information, or call the shop between 1 and 4pm Tuesday through Thursday, Saturday, or Sunday, and we’ll set something up. Appointments may be made for other days and times depending on my schedule so don’t hesitate to ask! Let me know whether you prefer a solo appointment or are comfortable with a couple of other customers being there at the same time.

We will be happy to continue to provide contact-free curbside pickup as well as drop shipping of anything Berroco makes or distributes (Lopi, Lang, Amano, WoolAddicts) as long as Berroco supports its drop shipping program.

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Mystery KAL Progress

I’m really enjoying this knit:

If you’d like to knit it along with us, please join us Saturdays from 1-4PM October 19 through November 2 and at any of our Free for All Knit and Crochet times (Thursdays 3:30-7 and Sundays 1-4). We’re looking forward to seeing you and admiring how everyone’s color choices look!

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The Yarn for the Knit Purl Hunter Mystery KAL Has Arrived!

It is on the shelf, ready for purchase, and beautiful!

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Knit Purl Hunter’s Final Mystery KAL

Have you heard? We’re joining Skacel for Michelle “Knit Purl” Hunter’s last KAL before her sabbatical: the Audition shawl.

Here’s what we know about the mystery shawl: it’s an asymmetrical triangle approximately 16″ deep and 67″ long, and requires one cake of Hikoo Simplicity Spray and 2 hanks of a coordinating solid in Hikoo Simplicity. Four unique stitch patterns will be debuted, and improved ways to execute old standards will be presented. Knit Purl Hunter will make video tutorials and daily support available throughout the knit along. And we’ll be knitting it too!

The pattern is free, and the first portion will be released Thursday October 10, with additional pattern portions being published weekly thereafter throughout the month.

We’ve ordered every color of Simplicity Spray and a multitude of coordinating solids in Simplicity, and they’ll be arriving Wednesday (October 9) afternoon, just in time for Thursday’s first pattern portion release. We recommend calling before you head to the shop on Wednesday to make your selections, just to make sure UPS has already brought our yarn!

This will be such a worthwhile project–lots of fun with some learning as a bonus! Join us!

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The Fall 2019 Class Schedule is Ready

What are you planning to knit or crochet this fall? Our line-up of classes, yarn-sampling events, and a knit-along may help you decide what to create this season.

We have three yarn tasting events planned–two for Berroco (Sept. 7 or Oct. 5–your choice) and one for Blue Sky Fibers on Oct. 12. All will be lots of fun, so come discover your new favorite yarn(s).

I mentioned in an email our knit-along of the Riverside pullover (from the cover of the Fall 2019 Knitscene) and there is still time to join in–just come in and order your colors! The best part (aside from camaraderie and sharing knowledge) is that participation is free!

Check out our full schedule (below) and definitely don’t forget the Social Knitting and Crocheting Events–there are free ones, others that are deliciously catered (for those there is a fee and reservations are required) and everyone is always welcome.

Just so you know, we’ll be closed Sept. 1 and Sept. 2 for Labor Day. Have a safe and happy holiday!

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Summer Sale of the Week

This week’s summer sale (which begins 7/19 and ends 7/25) includes five great Aran weight yarns:

Castello from Louisa Harding. A subtle metallic accent with wool, polyester, acrylic, nylon and viscose. A little fancy but not too much.

Cirrus from Berroco. Mohair, nylon and merino. Great colors and looks like the cloud for which it is named.

Fleuris from Louisa Harding. Bamboo (mostly) and wool, a true three-season yarn.

Ca’d’Oro from Louisa Harding. Wool, viscose, acrylic and mohair. It shines!

Hulda from Louisa Harding. Rustic-look wool, acrylic and linen. Great for accessories.

While you’re in the store checking out the sale, also check out the masses of new baby yarn we’ve received recently. Baby Crofter DK, 10 shades of Baby Blossom DK with a couple of coordinating solids, Bonus Aran with Wool (HUGE), and Supersoft Aran (solids and dots).

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Knit, Nibble & Sip and a Sale

Please join us this Saturday, July 13, for Knit, Nibble, Sip. Crochet too! It’s too much fun to miss!

We’re starting a month-long series (maybe longer?) of weekly summer sales. The first one starts tomorrow, July 12 and ends July 18. Included in the 50% off sale are the following worsted weight yarns:

Cash Iroha from Noro. A blend of lambswool, cashmere, and nylon. So soft.

Cool Wool from Elspeth Lavold. Wool and cotton blend. A real season spanner.

Indigo from Berroco. Recycled jeans!

Sabine from Juniper Moon Farms. Royal llama, merino, cotton. Elegant but homey.

Rustic Wool from Queensland. 100% superwash wool, variegated. Versatile.

While you’re in the store checking out the sale or for Knit Nibble, and Sip, check out the masses of new baby yarn we’ve received recently: Baby Crofter DK, Bonus Aran with Wool, Supersoft Aran, and 10 shades of Baby Blossom DK (with a couple of coordinating solids).

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Notes on Summer Knitting & Crocheting–Vacation Edition

Like many of you, I plan what knit or crochet projects to take on a trip before I plan what clothing to pack. Picking the wrong project doesn’t, of course, ruin a trip, but it can mean never picking up my knitting or not enjoying it enough when I do.

I recently returned from my beloved shack in the North Channel, and I was utterly delighted with my project choice: Mojave from Kelbourne Woolens, with which I am knitting a tee top using the Westbound pattern by Elizabeth Doherty.

Mojave produces a thin, light, breezy but opaque fabric that I love so much I’ve already chosen three additional things to knit with it! And Westbound (available on Ravelry) is a beautifully written pattern with sleeve length and hem shape options as well as help in adjusting shaping, length, etc.

Do yourself a favor and check out our supply of Mojave. If we don’t have enough of the color you’d like, we’ll happily special order it. And ask me about those three additional garments I’m planning!

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Summer Class Schedule and More

Our summer class schedule is ready. Use the drop-down menu above to check it out!

There is still room in our June 1 yarn tasting–sign up for a great opportunity to sample all 5 of Berroco’s newest yarns.

Also Knitters Evening Out takes place June 7–if you’ve never attended you should give it a try. Call us to sign up or for more information. Then, the always-popular (and free!) Knit (or crochet) Nibble and Sip is on Saturday June 8. Let’s have some fun!

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Summer Yarn Sampling

Time for a yarn tasting! Yes, I think it is time we tried out Berroco’s spring/summer yarn line, which is superb. As always they’ve provided wonderful yarns at reasonable prices, a convenient format in which to test them, and a great door prize for one lucky participant.

You may choose to attend the May 25 event or the June 1 event, and each will run from 12-4 and be lots of fun! The $10.00 event deposit can be applied to the purchase or order of any Berroco yarn or pattern book through June 8. We do require advance sign-up, which can be in person or over the phone. There is limited availability so pick a date and sign up today!

We’re working on the summer class schedule, which will be ready soon. Happy knitting and crocheting!

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