Monthly Archives: February 2010

Conflicted Stitches

I have conflicted emotions when it comes to Stitches West held in Santa Clara this coming weekend.   I embrace the inspiration and education it provides.  I stress over the notion that fiber enthusiasts go and spend their yarn budget for the next year, and forget about us, the Local Yarn Store.  Please remember when you’re visiting stitches, to seek out the unusual, and don’t buy yarns that your Local Yarn Store carries. 

Most of all, have fun, drive safely, and share your gained knowledge and enthusiasm with others.


Charity Knitting

We are collecting blankets for the Project Linus organization and hats for local community organizations (Interfaith, Birth Center, Cancer Center).   

Hats are a great way to use up small bits of yarn.  We will accept any size hat.

Blankets only need to be small baby/child size.  The Project Linus organization takes handmade blankets and distributes them world wide.  Even in Haiti there is a need for blankets.

You may drop off  items at the store through April.  Thanks to all who have already brought items by.  We already have a good start.

By Hand Yarn Retreat 2010

By Hand Yarn will host its 3rd annual retreat at Silver Spur Conference Center September 10-12, 2010.  The weekend begins Friday evening with dinner and ends with brunch on Sunday and includes a private party at the shop on Saturday evening. 

Your cost of $190 includes all food and lodging for the weekend and a class on Saturday.  This class will focus on projects that are great for stash busting.  On Saturday afternoon both Pat and Candace will be available to help you with your knitting questions and problems.  We may even throw in another field trip this year. (Note the cost has gone DOWN since last year!)

Please note that accommodations include shared rooms for up to six people, including queen size beds for two, upper and lower bunks, and single beds.  If you require special consideration for sleeping arrangements, please let us know and we will do our best to make it work for you.

Registration opens Monday, February 15th at 9:00a.m.  Bring your coffee and knitting and we’ll have a Monday morning sit and stitch! Call or stop by the store to reserve your space with a non-refundable deposit of $50 ( your deposit may be refunded if we are able to fill your spot from a waiting list).  Payment is due in full by August 1st.  Information packets will be mailed approximately 30 days before the event.

See you at Silver Spur!

Super Bowl – Single Skein

“Super” Single Skein Social

February 7 – 2:00-5:00

Snood/Slouchy Hat – 16” circs 9 & 11, DP 11

Washcloth – Size 5 

Hugs and Kisses Scarf – Size 9

Heart shaped Trivet – Size 11 or 13

Crochet Capelet – Crochet hook K