String Theory is TWO!

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String Theory Yarn Shop is TWO! Can you believe it? Neither can we!

This past year has been even more fun than the first. We’ve met even more new theorists, added even more new yarns, and even actually finished some awesome shop samples (it can be done!).

With another year of business under our belts, we’re ready to kick off the third year in style with our annual Birthday Bash sale. Here are all of the details:

  • Sale runs Thursday, August 9th through Saturday, August 11th
  • Almost everything will be 30% off – Fiberrarium Yarns and all other consignment items are excluded and will be clearly marked in the shop
  • Shop Mom’s Choice – Our featured yarns this year are
    • Berroco Inca Tweed – a lovely, soft chunky yarn with tweedy bits
    • The Fibre Co. Road to China Light – a super soft sport weight yarn
    • Manos del Uruguay Alegria – a fingering weight yarn perfect for everything from socks to sweaters

We hope you’ll be able to squeeze out some time in the next few days to join us for our celebration. We look forward to seeing you!

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2nd Annual Spring Cleaning Sale

Though the weather may not be convinced, spring is here! With spring comes the return of color in the blooming flowers, and the sweet sound of birds chirping throughout the day, and when the weather cooperates, we can feel a delightful breeze on a perfectly warm and sunny day.

Spring is all about renewal. Out with the old and in with the new. In the world of fiber crafts, we can’t help but get caught up in the spirit of spring. We love finding new yarns and accessories for you to love, but sometimes we need help finding space. What does that mean for you? A spring cleaning sale, of course!

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Help us create some empty space on our shelves for new goodies by joining us for our second annual Spring Cleaning Sale! The sale will run starting this Tuesday, March 20th, through Saturday, March 24th. As the week progresses, the sale will get bigger. Waiting may pay off, but you never know if someone will nab what you want before you do! Here’s the breakdown:

  • 20% off all day Tuesday & Wednesday
  • 30% off all day Thursday & Friday
  • 40% off all day Saturday

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:

Sale includes all items physically for sale in the shop, with the exception of items on consignment (Fiberrarium, L Wilt Creations, M Parish Crochet, MK Lower Pottery, Moon Fairy Fibers, Rock Solid Designs, 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.

Spring 2018 Classes Are Here!

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It’s the moment many of you have been looking forward to: our class list for this spring has officially been posted! We have a whole host of fun classes with wonderful instructors ready to help you expand your craft knowledge. We’ve got everything from Learn to Knit and/or Crochet, to beautiful projects like Sonnentau and Tunisian crocheted Honeymeade. Hop on over to our Classes page for more info. We look forward to seeing you in class!

2nd Annual Selfish CAL/KAL!

January has arrived which, for most of us, means we are all done with our holiday knitting and crocheting. That means that it’s time for you to make something for, well, YOU!

Through the end of January, we’ll be helping you plot your perfect project by offering 20% off almost everything you’ll need for one awesome project. Either purchase a pattern here in the shop, or bring a free one you’ve found on Ravelry from home, pick out the perfect yarn, and get to stitching.

Looking for some ideas? Check out these patterns we’re currently in love with:

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Here are pattern links in order from top to bottom, left to right:

All consignment items are excluded from the sale including Fiberrarium Yarns, Rock Solid Designs bags, L. Wilt bags, and MK Lower Pottery.

2nd Annual Fibertastic Friday Frenzy!

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It’s that time of year again! It may have snuck up on us thanks to the warm weather we recently had, but Thanksgiving is just a week away. That means that the Fibertastic Friday Frenzy is just a week away as well!

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This year we are pleased to have two local artists offering trunk shows! We’ll have beautiful yarns, roving, and more from The Fiberrarium, owned by fellow theorist Jenna. She will be joined by her Millworks partner, Lyes and Lathers owner Jena, who will be bringing a lovely assortment of handmade soaps, scrubs, balms, and more.

In addition to these trunk shows, we will also be marking down nearly all of the items in the shop to help you make the perfect gift for your loved ones, or just to stock up your stash. Exceptions, including both of our trunk show participants, will be clearly marked. Here’s how Friday and Saturday will work:

Friday, November 24th

  • 8am through 10am – All purchases 40% off
  • 10am through 12pm – All purchases 30% off
  • 12pm to close at 5pm – All purchases 15% off

Saturday, November 25th – All purchases 15% off

The earlier you come, the more you’ll save! Plus we’ll be happy to have you help us make room for some needed restocks of Manos del Uruguay and SweetGeorgia yarns, and maybe some other goodies too!

We look forward to seeing you next week, and we wish you a very happy Thanksgiving!

Fall 2017 KAL: Copenhagen Calling

The temperature is falling, there’s a wonderful crispness to the air, and pumpkin spice everything is everywhere. These are a few of the wonderful (and downright hilarious) signs that yarn season is back, baby!

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We decided to welcome the cooler weather with a knit-along featuring Copenhagen Calling, a gorgeous two color worsted weight cowl sure to keep your stitches flying with three unique sections. First, you’ll cast on and knit a bit of 3×1 rib, then add your second color and work a super simple slip stitch colorwork pattern (no fair isle, only one color per row!), then continue on in just your second color for a beautiful and simple lace pattern.

Each cowl will require 275yds of one color and 360yds of another. How you use them is up to you! You will use less of the color you cast on and knit the ribbing with and more of the secondary color that heads into the lace section.

As a KAL bonus, purchasing your yarn and pattern here at the shop throughout the duration of the KAL will get you a 20% discount! This KAL officially kicks off on Wednesday, October 25th and will run through the end of November. Be sure to join us for our Wednesday night stitch nights for any pattern help you may need.

We hope you’ll enjoy knitting this cowl as much as we do! And last, but not least, a huge thank you to fellow theorist Janet for bringing this pattern back to our attention.

Happy knitting!

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.

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.