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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Fall Harvest !!

Hi All!

How many got a chance to get out and see the wonderful Harvest moon last week?  It occurred on the first day of Autumn and it was spectacular!  I saw a lot of acorns on the ground already - that usually means early and hard winter!  Time to get those knitting projects in line so you can snuggle in and knit the winter away!

Some of the "back-order" Noro arrived - Silk Garden Sock and Booklet #28.  Still waiting on Kochuron which will arrive in the next 2-3 weeks.  A re-order of Dream In Color Smooshy is on its way and should arrive any minute!  And, to remind everyone.....the custom Christmas colorway from Schaefer will arrive at the end of October.  If you definitely want a skein, please send me a note at Toni@appalachianyarns.com so I can make sure there are enough.  This is a one-time order.  The colorway will be done in "Heather" sock yarn. 

I have finished the Rowan store sample!  It is blocking now and just needs buttons sewn on.  Photos in a day or so!  I love Rowan Big Wool !!  So wonderful to knit with!  What are you all working on??  Don't be shy!  Tell us all about your projects, the yarns you are using (and how you like those yarns) and post some photos here! 

I was back in Pennsylvania last week and got a sneak preview of the new yarn store, "Gosh Yarn It"....fantastic shop and I know Jill and Ann will do very well.  I'm looking forward to knitting there when I am home again.  I also had a chance to meet up and knit with Shelly, Barb and Michelle at Panera's!  Always a fun time!  So busy and the week flies by so fast! 

Monday, September 20, 2010

Happy Fall !

Hi everyone!

We sure have been busy this past month!  Many new yarns have arrived - including the beginning of our Rowan line!  I'll be working on the Rowan store sample starting tonight!  We did get in Dream In Color - Smooshy sock yarn...I know it's hard to tell because so many are sold out already!  Not to worry - A re-stock order has been placed and is on the way!  Shawl pins have also arrived!  The perfect way to set off
a beautiful shawl or sweater! 

Website upgrades are complete!  Now you can click on a photo and get a quick view of the product details AND for you PayPal people - you can use your Paypal account at the checkout!  Simply choose that method of payment and in two clicks - you'll be brought to Paypal where you can use your own account to pay without having to re-type in your information!  Convenient, yes?  Navigation has been enhanced so that you are returned to your shopping section after placing an item in your cart.  I'm still working on the front page and updating the "Store Samples" section but it should all be complete shortly.

New KALs are being planned for our Ravelry group!  There's even a CAL practice session and a CAL project coming up for you crocheters!   French Press Slippers KAL will start in October as will the CAL practice session.  November brings the real CAL project, as well as another Fair Isle KAL.  Talitha Kuomi will return in December to moderate another one of her designs as a KAL!  We're already into January and February planning so stay tuned for more..................

I learned, recently, that a brand new yarn shop will be opening back home in Kingston, PA!  GoshYarnIt will open their doors on September 28th!  The shop is owned by Jill Fortinsky Schwartz and will be managed by Ann Ross (followtheyarn on Ravelry).  I'm very excited for them and look forward to visiting the shop soon!
Congratulations and Best wishes for many years of success to Jill and Ann!

On a personal note - I'm taking a couple days off and will be going home to Pennsylvania for a few days of Fall leaves, mountain air and sleeping in my own bed!  Hope you all have an enjoyable week!

Toni   a.k.a. ...yarnpimper

Tuesday, August 31, 2010


Hi everybody! 

A lot of new things are happening at Appalachian Yarns, Inc.!  The website is being upgraded to allow customers to "click on an image" and have it enlarge and functionality to allow customers to navigate between products without having to go back to the category listing!  We're also adding a paypal button at the checkout as an optional payment method.  If you wish to purchase using your paypal account, you will be able to do this easily.  The upgrade should be completed very soon! 

We're getting all stocked up for Fall!  Just in - Malabrigo worsted and silky merino; Noro Silk Garden & Silk Garden Sock yarns (Kochoran is on backorder until late September); Dream In Color Classy, Smooshy and Baby Lace weight; and Berroco Ultra Alpaca and Comfor Sock yarns!  Oh - and more Cascade 220 wool colors....There are still some others under consideration so stay tuned!  Schaefer Yarns is developing a custom Christmas colorway in their Heather sock yarn for us and it will be available late October!

Happy Knitting.........  :)

Sunday, August 22, 2010

FALL 50-50 RAFFLE !!

Announcing our Fall 50-50 Raffle!  Place a minimum order of $50.00 (not including shipping) between now and September 30th and your order number will be entered into a drawing to win this beautiful Fall basket of yarn - worth over $50.00!!  Basket yarns include Dream In Color - Smooshy, Malabrigo Worsted and Schaefer's Heather sock yarn!!  Winning order number will be randomly selected from qualified entries on October 1st !!

Friday, August 20, 2010


Two blogs in one day!  But, Sally is right - I need to post the newest store samples !!

This is Carmelo - found in Malabrigo Book One - done in Malabrigo worsted - Colorway: Stonechat on US #10 needles!  The yarn and pattern will be available very soon!

This is the Beach House Pullover - found in Interweave Knits - Summer Issue - Done in Dream In Color -Classy in Beach Fog colorway!  Interweave Knits - Summer issue is still available and Dream In Color - Classy (worsted weight), Smooshy (sock) and Baby Lace weights are available now!


Well, hello everybody!!  First, let me apologize for being a slacker...I haven't blogged in quite a while!  That is all about to change, though!  Appalachian Yarns is moving forward at lightening speed!  There are some great new yarns in the inventory, along with some wonderful patterns!  Shawl pins are becoming quite popular and AY is pleased to begin offering them to our customers! 

Have you been to our group on Ravelry??  430+ folks from all over the world are having tons of fun in there!  So far we had the Quench bag KAL, Mystery Summer Wrap in the Heat KAL, and the Four Seasons mystery KAL which is just finishing up.  Next will be the Fair Isle mystery KAL and the Toe-up Sock KAL - both of which will start in September!  AY is currently planning October, November and December KALs, along with a brand new Crochet A-Long (CAL)!! 

There will also be a little surprise yarn coming very soon!  I'm keeping it a mystery for now because I know I have some folks who really enjoy being surprised!  There is also a little mystery fun coming up for September...I know, I know...you all want to know what it is...I promise it will be unveiled promptly on September 1st and will run the entire month of September so that everyone has a chance to participate!

I promise to blog more consistently - which will be at least every week!  Please let me hear from all of you - tell me how you're doing, what you're working on and, if you have a particular wish for a KAL/CAL on ravelry OR if you would like to moderate a KAL or CAL, send me a note: toni@appalachianyarns.com !! 

Happy Knitting !!