Fall 2017 Classes!

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The kiddos are finally heading back to school, and you should too! We just posted our core classes over on our classes page and we hope you’ll find something that interests you. We still plan to add a couple of single-session technique classes throughout the fall, so keep an eye out for those. We will be sure to post on Facebook when those classes are added in.

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Our very first Birthday Bash!

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On August 9th, String Theory Yarn Shop will be celebrating its 1st birthday! I can’t believe it’s been almost a year since we opened our doors. It’s been a great journey so far, from seeing everything come to life, meeting new people and reconnecting with others, to now a year of business under our belts.

I know I couldn’t have done any of this without you, my fellow theorists. You are the reason I look forward to waking up each morning and coming to the shop. You’ve been wonderful supporters of not only my dreams but also the dreams of other local artists.

You guys may think you’ve learned a lot from me, but it was really me that was doing the learning. I love seeing what new projects you’re working on and what patterns you’re excited about. It helps us to stay fresh with our shop samples and keep you all interested in your craft. I also have loved the ideas you’ve given me, some of which have been implemented in the shop. I truly look forward to the next year and hopefully the twenty or so after that!

Alright, that’s all for the mushy bits! On to the good stuff! The Birthday Bash will be taking place from Tuesday, August 8th through Saturday, August 12th. Here’s a breakdown of what we’ve got planned so far:

Trunk Shows

We are pleased to offer two special trunk shows on Saturday, August 12th. This is a great time to meet the people behind some of the products that already grace our shelves. Help us support these local artists by stopping in and grabbing some goodies!

The Fiberrarium – Jenna will be here with even more of her lovely yarns, plus some other goodies that aren’t typically available here in the shop.

Rock Solid Designs – Stephanie will be here with lots of snap bags to choose from and other awesome goodies, plus her brand new interchangeable needle cases.

Sales

Each day we will be featuring a different item or items that will be discounted for that day only. If you see something you like, be sure to mark your calendar and make your way to the shop!

We’re also starting a tradition of letting Shop Mom choose the sale items for the official shop birthday since it is hers as well! Our usual Wednesday night stitch night will be the official bash time, and we’ll have lots of cake to celebrate. Cake cutting will take place at 6pm. We expect to be extra busy that Wednesday night, so don’t forget to bring a chair!

Tuesday – All Wonderland Yarn mini skein packs 30% off!

Wednesday, Shop Mom’s Choice – All Ancient Arts, Crabapple Yarns, and Berroco yarns 30% off!

Thursday – All Diamond Luxury yarns 30% off!

Friday – All Cascade yarns 30% off!

Saturday – All Fibre Company yarns 30% off!

Prizes

No Birthday Bash would be complete without prizes! We will be bringing back the mystery yarn date bags that we debuted at our grand opening that will be packed full of awesome goodies. You will get one ticket each day you come in to the shop throughout the week, plus one additional ticket for each skein of yarn you purchase. You can then choose which prize or prizes you are most interested in and keep your fingers crossed that you win!

July 4th Fun!

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The question on everyone’s mind this week has been, “Are you guys gonna be open on the 4th?” You bet we are! So come and celebrate with us in the lovely cool AC and with your fellow theorists for some Fourth of July fun. We’ll have freezer pops and snacks so bring your current project (or find a new one!) and your lovely self and enjoy the day the stitching way!

Heroes of Yarnia – a Knitting Adventure!

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We’re here to tell you all about our next knit-along! For this mystery KAL, you will be working on a scarf either stranded in the round or double knit. But this one has a little twist to make it even more special. Instead of a regular, run of the mill KAL, this one is story driven and the choices you make will affect the patterning that goes into your scarf. The best part? No two scarves will be alike! Okay, it’s mathematically possible for two to be the same, but the odds are stacked against that. Here are all of the details you’ll need to know before the fun begins:

What is Heroes of Yarnia?

Heroes of Yarnia is a fun role playing game that, when finished, creates a unique scarf.

When and where is the KAL taking place?

Heroes of Yarnia will run for nine weeks starting Saturday, June 3rd and every following Saturday through July 29th. It will be hosted here at the shop from 3:30-5:30pm. We will spend around 45 minutes on the story each week, and the remaining time we can work on our scarves together all while nomming on some tasty snacks and beverages.

What will I need?
  • A set of 6/7 dice (available for $3.99 at Save Point across the plaza from the shop): D20, D12, D10, D8, D6, D4, D% (optional, you can re-roll a D10). If you don’t want to go the dice route, you can always use a random number generator on a phone or tablet.
  • A copy of the Yarn Quest 2017 – Heroes of Yarnia RPG MKAL pattern (you will need to purchase this on your own through Ravelry, it is not available for in store sale)
  • 1600yds total fingering weight yarn, 800yds main color and 800yds contrast color
  • US 2 (2.75mm) 16″ circular needle for stranded version
  • US 2 (2.75mm) straights, 16″, 20″, or 24″ circular needle for double knit version
  • Stitch markers
  • Tapestry needle
This looks COOL! How do I sign up?

You can save your spot by purchasing one of the skeins of yarn you’ll need for your project. We’ll hold the remaining skeins here at the shop for you, that way you don’t need to worry about the colors you love disappearing! At the first session, you’ll need to purchase one skein of your second color, and you’ll have up through the last session to buy your remaining skeins.

Spring Cleaning Sale!

There’s something so wonderful about spring. The blooming of the flowers. The sound of birds singing as they fly tree to tree. Opening the windows and letting the fresh air flow through our homes. Spring gives us a sense of renewal and we tend to take this time to start fresh and clean things up.

Well, it’s no different here in yarn land! There are so many beautiful colors here already, but we start to itch for the new colors and the new yarns to come and revitalize our shelves. What to do? Have a spring cleaning sale, obviously!

Spring Sale

Help us create some empty space on our shelves for new goodies by joining us for our first annual Spring Cleaning Sale! The sale will run starting this Friday, April 14th, through Wednesday, April 19th. Everything here in the shop will be 30% off, the only exception being consignment items.

So start looking through all of those patterns you’ve been meaning to turn into finished projects. Start dreaming about taking home that “one true skein” that’s been calling your name. Most importantly, don’t forget to mark your calendar so you don’t miss this opportunity to score big!

The Fine Print:

30% off sale includes all items physically for sale in the shop, with the exception of items on consignment (Fiberrarium, L Wilt Creations, Lambtail Weaving, Rock Solid Designs, Spencer Hill Yarns, and Sweet Little Knits). In-store Ravelry pattern sales, class fees, and previously marked down items are not included. Items are available on a first come, first served basis, meaning holds will not be allowed during this time. All discounted sales are final.

Bombastic Brioche!

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It seems these days that brioche knitting is everywhere. Well, it is for good reason! The brioche stitch lends a super squishy texture to knitted fabric, and when worked using two colors makes a super squishy, colorful, and completely reversible item. You might find yourself asking, “How do you do it?” It comes as no surprise that we’ve got a class just for you!

Our first offering of this class is on Tuesday, March 28th from 6-8pm, and our second offering is on Saturday, April 1st (no fooling!) from 3:30-5:30pm. This gives you the flexibility to choose a time of day that works best for you. Visit our classes page for more information on what you’ll need for this simple and fun brioche project.

This cowl was made using Purl Soho’s Brioche Hat and Cowl pattern, available for free on Ravelry. For our shop sample, we used 4 skeins of Susquehanna Knitting Company’s Low-Cal Worsted, 2 skeins of each color. This was more than enough to work the cowl with leftovers for the accompanying hat pattern. You will need about 280yds of each color to complete the cowl, 440yds each if you want to make the hat as well.

If you’re interested in taking our class, either stop by or give us a call. We look forward to seeing you in class and helping you learn something new!

Selfish KAL/CAL Finished Projects!

We had a lot of wonderful projects finished during our First Annual Selfish KAL/CAL! The photos above are just a sample of projects your fellow theorists whipped up in just over a month’s time.

Starting left to right, top to bottom:

  1. Reverb Shawl – knit on US 6 needles using one of the Wonderland Yarns limited edition color packs. This lovely shawl was made by fellow theorist Rita S.
  2. Terra Striped Hat – knit on US 6 and 8 needles using one skein each of two colors of Cascade 220. This fun striped project was the first hat ever for fellow theorist Amanda A.
  3. Good Vibes – knit on US 6 needles using one skein of Crabapple Yarns Ghillie Tweed (from our November trunk show) and one skein of The Fibre Co. Meadow. This super snuggly shawl was made by fellow theorist Jan K.
  4. Esker Scarf – knit on US 6 needles (I’m sensing a theme here…) using a skein grabbed from our backroom stash sale. This lovely slip-stitch shawl was made by fellow theorist Judy T.

We had some other very lovely items completed that we either didn’t get a chance to snap a photo of or we just plain forgot. Thank you everybody for participating in this KAL/CAL! We hope you enjoy those new projects made just for you.

 

First Annual Selfish KAL/CAL!

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We will be holding our first annual Selfish Knit-along/Crochet-along from January 1st through February 4th. After a season of making lovely things for everyone else, you deserve to make something wonderful for yourself. Join us in ringing in the new year with something made just for you! 

What do I need to do to participate?

Stop in the shop anytime between now and the end of the KAL/CAL to pick out your project and yarn. Once your yarn is purchased, your name will be added to a list along with the yarn you picked and your intended project. When you’ve finished your project, bring it back to the shop to show it off and we’ll mark it as completed on our list.

Will we be meeting up to knit or crochet together?

We would love to see you here for our Wednesday stitch nights! The shop is open from 1-8 every Wednesday and many folks show up after work for some fun stitch therapy. Bring your own chair, just in case! If you get stuck outside of stitch nights you can always stop in and let us help you with a quick question.

Will there be any perks for completing my project in time?

Of course! If you finish your project and bring it in to flaunt your awesome skills before the end of the KAL/CAL you’ll receive a coupon for 20% off your next purchase (some exclusions will apply).

Is there anything else I should know?

Take this opportunity to challenge your skills or finally start that project you’ve been dreaming of for what seems like forever! The best part of stitching along with friends, new or old, is we’re all here to help you get through your project and answer those random questions so you end up with something you’ll love for many years to come.

On the 1st Week of Christmas Fibertastic Friday Gave to Me…

…projects you can whip up in a flash for all of those gifts you forgot you needed to give!

The holiday season has officially snuck up on us. As of this post, there are only eight more days until the start of Hanukkah and nine more days until Christmas! EEEP! So we’re here with three projects you can crank out just in time.

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First off is the Crinkle Cowl kit from Universal Yarns. This kit includes everything you need for a lovely and sparkly cowl, plus a bag you can reuse for all of those future planned projects. These kits are available in cream, denim blue, and black. Each kit is $45.50.

Second are Bella’s Mittens, a free pattern available on Ravelry, made using one skein of Berroco Inca Tweed. This super soft and delightfully tweedy chunky yarn will keep your hands warm on even the coldest of winter’s days. Plus, the added length helps protect your arms from the snow that always seems to work its way down our coat sleeves. The total cost for this project is $16, needles not included.

Last is the Calorimetry headband, also a free pattern on Ravelry, made using one skein of Cascade Cloud. This yarn is a 70/30 merino wool and alpaca blend and has a hollow chain ply construction meant to help hold warmth in while keeping the yarn itself lightweight. This project takes just over half of the skein, so there’s not quite enough yarn to make two. You can always mix and match with some leftovers from another project for a second one. The total cost for this project is $16, needles not included.

Be sure to stop by the shop for even more quick project suggestions!

Have fun, don’t panic, and stitch on my fellow theorists!

On the 2nd Week of Christmas Fibertastic Friday Gave to Me…

…super cool pom-pom making kits!

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One thing is for sure, we LOVE pom-poms in this shop. But sometimes those boring old fold up plastic pom-pom makers we usually use are, well, boring! But this kit takes everything boring about pom-pom makers and makes them fun again.

Each kit comes in a sturdy and beautiful box that contains two sizes of pom-pom makers, three mini skeins of yarn, and a booklet to help guide you through the whole process. Each of the pom-pom makers are magnetic and adorned with lovely artwork.

These kits are perfect gifts for older kids who love crafting (there’s photos of pom-poms turned into sheep and birds on the back of the box). We won’t judge you though if you need this little box of awesome all for yourself. Each kit is $30 plus tax.

Have fun and stitch pom-pom on my fellow theorists!