Monthly Archives: September 2008

Bon Voyage

Well, we are finally caught up marking in all the new yarn we go last week.  Ready for the next shipment(s)!

I’m posting this BLOG today, wondering how Pat is doing on the first day of her cruise.  What is she knitting, how many projects did she take, and how many will she finish?   Bon Voyage dear friend! 

I think I’m ready to start a new project today.  I finished knitting placemats for a wedding shower gift,  now I want to start on something for my husband.  Maybe a vest….. what will it be now?  Tune is later this week to find out.  (Ihope he doesn’t ready this BLOG, I want it to be a suprise).




We’re drowning in yarn.  I think maybe we’ve over-ordered!  Hopefully there will be time to write you all a “witty” post later in the week.

We’ve Got Pictures….

Ok retreat goers…..  we’ve got pictures!  Since most of you don’t want your pictures posted we were challenged to find one acceptable.  “Gina” stepped up to accept the calling.  Share your Alpaca tales here!  Does anyone have a picture of Gina nibbling on Victoria’s fingers?  (Thank you Victoria for the great pic’s!)
For those of you who did not get an opportunity to meet Gina and the rest of the 40+ Alpacas at the Nygaard’s Alpaca Farm,  you can do so on September 27 & 28 as part of National Alpaca Farm Days.

How was the retreat?

By Hand Yarn held its first retreat this past weekend at Silver Spur Resort.  There was much laughter, knitting at not a lot of sleep!  So….is it true, what goes on @ Silver Spur stays at Silver Spur?

Retreat Countdown

We are on the countdown for our first ever By Hand Yarn retreat!   Yes, we are only 33hours away from check-in time.  I am sooo excited to great all of you and start knitting! 

We have some great suprises in store for this weekend too.  One of which is a special showing of lace kntting by Dana Matthews at our shop reception on Saturday evening.   Dana’s lace knitting is quite simply amazing and inspiring.  There is also the suprise field trip on Saturday afternoon.

See you soon!

Out with the old…

and yes, in with the new!  We have some new markdowns (hemp, baby cashmerino to name a couple).  There are new shipments arriving daily.  I have been so busy marking them in and rearranging shelves that I haven’t kept you all informed.  Here’s whats new:

Debbie Bliss Magazine (innaugural edition)

4-New Noro Books!

Berroco – comfort, comfort sox, softee, seduce and lumina.  There are also books w/ cute pattern ideas for sox, lumina and seduce yarn.

Lang – mille colori, pearl, silk dream

Hemp – allhemp lux (the new softer hemp) and great patterns including a tam and a shopping bag (go green)

Dream In Color – New colors of classy (worsted weight) have arrived.  You just have to see the Pansy go Lightly and the Butterpeep!

More arriving everyday!  Come check



To the wonderful staff and customers of By Hand Yarn. Wow! I have had a doozy of a

summer. If you havn’t seen me around it’s because Sam, my son, started high school

 this fall in Sacramento. We had to find housing, get it set up, and get Sam up there.

Now I am in the commuting mode. I will be up there with him and his housemate on

 Sunday night, Monday and Tuesday. So for those of you used to seeing me in the

store on Mondays, I will now be in the store on Fridays. One of the many changes

that this new adventure has brought. Sam is doing great up there and Nina is

loving the alone time with the parent at home with her. She gets to be an only

child for a few years.

Anyway, thank you all for all of your support of By Hand. I couldn’t keep the

store going without Candace, Pat and the rest of my great staff, and of course, all of you.

Happy Knitting!