Happy Birthday to EWE!

We can’t quite believe it, but…the Embraceable EWE is celebrating its 17th birthday this year. Take that in for a moment…17 years!! How is that even possible?

Help the EWE celebrate its 17th birthday with a Birthday Bash on Saturday, July 16, from 10am to 4pm. There will be LOTS of cake and “punch” (of course), plus a special raffle of GIFTS to be given away every hour. Plus…join us in making your own Birthday Cake Cowl too.

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Gorgeous Gradients

One of our favorite local dyers, Jennifer from Holiday Yarns, was in the store recently, and she dropped off some beautiful gradient kits that we are all just drooling over! Aren’t they fun?

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Now, you’re probably thinking, “Those are awesome…but what do I DO with them??” But don’t worry…we’ve got you covered! Coming up in the Spring newsletter, we will be offering our first ever knit/crochet TANDEM class!! We’ll be using the gradient skeins to make Veera Välimäki’s Color Affection shawl…or its crochet twin, Stephanie’s Wrap

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Of course, if you prefer to do your own thing, there are practically endless patterns out there right now that would be great for a gradient set. I LOVE the Fiar cowl from Irish Girlie Knits, and the Wavebird shawl would be a great choice, too.

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And if none of those strikes your fancy, here are a few more cowls and shawls that are just made for gradient sets.

We can’t wait to see which colors you pick!

Thoroughly Thwacked!

We are excited to be adding a brand-new yarn to the shop…and it’s got roots in the Southtowns!

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Don’t you just love those bright, funky colors? Thoroughly Thwacked sock yarn is made by an indie dyer…who just happens to be the daughter of one of our customers! Her Stalwart Sock yarn is 80% merino/20% nylon–perfect for socks (one skein is more than enough). But it would be a great choice for a shawl or a scarf, too (Hitchhiker, anyone?). This yarn is flying off the shelves, and no two skeins are alike. Come pick out your favorites!

Our New Favorite Hat!

The Yarn Truck may be gone…but the fun doesn’t have to be over!! We are all sold out of the limited edition color Jenna dyed up for us, but you can still knit up this adorable DK Luxe Hat, with a few different combinations to choose from.

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We think Holiday Yarns’ Super Sheep DK (Jennifer is another of our favorite local dyers) makes a perfect pair with the mohair we’re using for this hat. And you’ve got a fun choice…pick one of the rich, vibrant solid colors of Super Sheep and pair it with a multicolored mohair, or combine one of the fun Super Sheep multis with a ball of mohair in a solid color. Decisions, decisions!

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You knit the ribbed brim all in Super Sheep, then hold the two together for the rest of the hat. The result is a fun, fuzzy, colorful hat that will keep you warm all winter…or make a great holiday gift!

 

The Yarn Truck Is Coming!!!

Get ready for Small Business Saturday…the Knit Buffalo Yarn Truck is coming to the EWE!!! A visit from Jenna is always exciting…but to make it even better, this time she has dyed up a batch of limited-edition yarn for us in our very own colorway–Embrace It.

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And of course, we have a project in mind for you! Pair your skein of Embrace It with a ball of mohair and knit this pretty DK Luxe Hat. You knit the brim in Jenna’s yarn, then alternate the two yarns through the rest of the hat, for a fun, pretty, soft and cozy hat to keep you warm all winter…or give as a Christmas gift!

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It’s Simply Sublime!

We have a new yarn in the shop that we are really excited about–Sublime Baby Cashmerino! This deliciously soft, DK-weight yarn is a merino/cashmere blend with a beautiful sheen to it. I mean, look how gorgeous it is!

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Sublime’s color palette is perfect for baby knits. I love the Puerperium Cardigan (the pattern offers lots of variations, but I have always especially liked it with a contrast color on the bands).

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Carole Barenys’s Seamless Yoked Baby Sweater would be another great choice for this yarn, or if you’re up for a bit more of a challenge, the Kyoto Cardigan, with its slipped stitch pattern, would be the hit of any baby shower.

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Of course, Sublime’s not just for baby knits. Imagine how gorgeous the Lina hat would look in the deep blue colorway… And since it drapes so beautifully, Sublime would be a great choice for Alicia Plummer’s Campside shawl.

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And if that’s not enough inspiration, we are offering 20% off Sublime yarn all week. So stop on in and take a look!

El Nino may be giving us a warm November, but don’t be fooled…Winter is coming! Maybe you’re thinking about Christmas knitting, or maybe you’re just trying to make sure all the heads and hands in your family are bundled up for the weather…but either way, we’ve got the yarn for you!

Plymouth Galway Sport is a lovely, springy yarn–100% wool to keep you nice and warm, and it comes in lots of great colors.

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With such a wide range of colors to choose from, you could knit up Christmas presents for just about everyone in your family! Galway Sport is great for hats…It would give great stitch definition to Alicia Plummer’s Oaked Hat or Alana Dakos’s Pressed Leaves (both in my Ravelry queue for this year!).

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Or you could play around with colors and make an Easy Ombre Slouch Hat…a great first colorwork project.

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Just one ball of Galway Sport would make a sweet little pair of fingerless mitts–these Antiquity mitts are a favorite of mine, and look at how pretty the Nalu mitts are!

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Or maybe you’re in the mood to knit up a fall sweater? The Gnarled Oak cardigan would be a great match for Galway Sport…or if you are feeling very daring, you could pick out a few colors and get to work on the gorgeous Clayoquot from Tin Can Knits.

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Whatever you choose, stop by to show off the finished product–we’d love to feature it on our Show & Tell page!

 

That time of year!

It’s finally here–a knitter’s favorite time of year! The kids are back to school, the nights are chilly enough for a bonfire, and today I heard the honking of geese. You know what that means…knitting season has arrived!! Have you started your fall sweater yet?

I am especially partial to a yarn that’s new for us this year–Plymouth’s Homestead. It comes in lots of rich, gorgeous fall colors (even more than the ones pictured here!), and it knits up at 4 stitches per inch, perfect for those Aran or chunky weight sweaters that knit up so satisfyingly quickly.

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Actually, we love this yarn so much that we are using it for our Fall Knitalong sweater, the Central Park Hoodie.

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But if a hoodie isn’t your style, don’t worry. Homestead would also be perfect for Carrie Bostick Hoge’s Louise Cardigan (don’t you just love the contrast colors at the sleeves and edges?).

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Or if a sweater feels like too much to take on, this yarn would be great for a cozy Forest Park Cowl, or knit up some Moura Headbands to give as gifts.

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Let us know what you decide to make!