Monday, April 23, 2007

Free Knitting Events

Kat will be holding an informal Knit Night at Half Price Books on Capitol Hill this Wednesday at 7 pm. Come enjoy free refreshments in the company of other knitters!

That's at:
Half Price Books
115 Belmont Ave. E.

Also Jule will be leading a demo on playing with stripes here at Hilltop West this Saturday from 1:30-3:30 pm. Bring your needles and questions. It's free, but we'd appreciate it if you'd register in advance. Just tell us if you plan on dropping by, (206) 282-1332. Thanks!

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Newsletter Alert!

Our newsletter will be hitting the streets April 30th with class times, a book review, new Q & A column, a free pattern and more.

Tatyana designed this beautiful little beaded sachet included in our Spring Newsletter. Keep your eyes on your mailbox!

Silk Handmaiden Neck Warmer

Jenny designed and modeled this gorgeous neck warmer made of Handmaiden silk and wool.

Perfect for these not-yet-warm Spring Days, to brighten your face and warm your neck.

It is free with yarn purchase at our Queen Anne store. Stop by to see it in person, feel its texture and try it on.

Monday, April 16, 2007

Shop Hop

The weekend of May 18-20th, you mark your map. You pick up your LYS (local yarn store) Tour Passport. Now you've got three days to visit twenty Local Yarn Shops (LYS) up and down Puget Sound.

This whirlwind tour has rewards at each destination. There will be discounts on yarn and special events at many locations. You may enter to win a $400 gift certificate when you visit all twenty shops, get a stamp from each one in your passport and turn it in to your final store. To read more about the tour visit: the Local Yarn Store Tour website.

This flower will be a prize at the Hilltop West location. There will be many other suprises so come and visit us during the Shop Hop!

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

I may never seam a square again

Why not? Well, this took me less than a full Sunday:

blankie 1

That's 24 squares--just 1/5 shy of a full blanket--all joined and pretty. Still not sure what the heck I'm talking about? There's a hint in the photo. And I promise to come back later with a tutorial so you can give up seaming squares, too.

(Don't worry, I'll tell you all about the yarn and the squares later, too!)

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Friday, April 06, 2007

We're Having a Sale!

Hilltop is having a sale on yarn, magazines and books from Thursday April 4th through Saturday April 7th.

Come in and save 20-50% off on yarn, including Rowan Kid Silk Haze, Polar, and Noro Silk Garden. Many Magazines are only $2! Hardback books are 30% off.

In addition we will be closed April 8th for the holiday.

Monday, April 02, 2007

Yarn Rainbow

Yarn Rainbow
Originally uploaded by dinahsaurus.
This is going to seem completely incredible--it would to me if I wasn't in the class-- but these are NATURALLY dyed yarns! On Saturday, I took a class, through Hilltop, at Earthues, called "Dyeing Yarn the Natural Way." If this class ever shows up on the schedule again, and you're at all interested in dyeing, take it! Sandra and Kathie, who taught the class, were incredibly nice and knowledgeable about plants and fibers. We learned about how to create colors using natural materials, as opposed to chemical dyes, and learned about preparing, dyeing and preserving these colors. Each pair or trio of students took on a dyepot to dye yarn for the group, though we had plenty of opportunites to walk around, observe, ask questions, and share in the amazement. My fellow students could not have been nicer people, too. Everyone pitched in and helped with creation and cleanup. From the top of my yarny color wheel, you see: Madder (Dark Red) and Madder with Tums added (Orange), Marigold (Yellow), Weld with Indigo overdye (Green), Indigo (Blue), Logwood (Purple), and Cochineal (tiny bugs) (Fuschia). Another incredible thing was that these all started out as good old Cascade 220 (Color 8010, if you're wondering). It was not even the superwash kind, and it really held up to the boiling and dunking and handling, and took the color perfectly. Now I have 110 yards of each color, and I'm wondering what to make. Something fair isle? Something striped? Does anyone else out there from the class know what they'll make yet? Any suggestions?