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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 !!

Saturday, April 24, 2010

New Image!!

Hi Everyone!!

We are happy to unveil our new image!!  A little brighter and more modern!!  We hope you like it!

Monday, April 12, 2010


Happy Monday everyone! 
Well, I must say that I feel productive!  I just finished a gorgeous pair of socks using Schaefer's Heather sock yarn.  How I love that yarn for making socks!  I just ordered the new colorways that Schaefer is developing for Spring.  There a four new colors coming and are named after famous writers, this time!  They will arrive some time in May.

I also finished a pair of mittens that match the leaf scarf I finished the week before.  Both patterns are from Cascade Yarns' new book, "60 Quick Knits - 20 Scarves, 20 Hats and 20 mittens"....I loved making both projects.  They were fast and easy and they will be a Christmas present for someone special this year. 

My daughter, Sheila, is a Registered Nurse (the apple doesn't fall far from the tree...lol) who works in cardiac critical care.  Being a nurse, myself, I understand how it seems like a nurse has to have many eyes and hands.  So, I found a really cute stuffed "garden slug" on Ravelry.  It has 2 eye stalks and 2 lower eyes and SIX tentacles...almost the perfect nurse!  So, I finished that this week, too - with scraps of leftover yarn.

I'll be posting pictures of all of the FOs later today or tomorrow!

I have been working on two other projects for a while now - the one I am currently trying to finish is a simple fitted summer tank top.  I'm using Schaefer's "Susan"  which is 100% mercerized pima cotton.  A great light-weight yarn with plenty of color and shine!  Perfect for summer tops!  I also ordered three new colorways in Susan which will arrive in May.  A few months ago, I bought the Brioche Knitting book from Cascade to try it out.   I started the Hedera Jacket in 5 different colors.  The brioche stitches are fabulous because your fabric looks just as great on the inside as outside.  The Hedera jacket has a collar that gets "folded over" when finished and the look is wonderful.  Well, I started it in February and then I caught some Spring fever - so I set is aside.  It is next in the queque after I finish the summer tank top.  I definitely want to finish the Hedera jacket after that!  The Brioche Knitting book is available at http://www.appalachianyarns.com/.  If you're interested in a fun stitch - this is it!  The book gives amazing tutorials and is really easy to follow!  You can catch a little glimpse of one of the brioche stitches on the home page of the store.

Next week, I'm thinking about the topic "How to choose your next project and the yarn to go with it"....stay tuned!

Tuesday, April 6, 2010


Hi Everybody!  Still a busy week here at Appalachian Yarns.  I've been meeting lots of new folks from around the globe and it is so much fun!  The mystery KAL on Ravelry is still climbing in numbers - I think we have over 70 people now confirmed in the KAL and over 160 in the group now!  Our fan base on facebook has climbed to 114 at last peek...Thanks to everyone who is recommending us to friends and family - your endorsement is what makes us proud!

Newly arrived today is the special edition of Knitscene Easy 2010.  Some of the edition's headlines include the following;   28 Super Simple Projects,  Easy Stitches for New Knitters,  Get the Basics:  Tools, stitches and Lingo;  Make It Yours - Tips for Unique Knits; Plus....Simple Sweaters to Finish Fast and Make a Scarf - 8 Fun Ways....Looks like a great issue.  There's a really great sweater pattern in there that I'm putting in my queque!!

Be sure to check out Talitha Kuomi's website - link is located on Appalachian Yarns website.  Talitha creates really unique designs and her patterns are easy to follow!  She bravely agreed to moderate the KAL since we are all using her secret bag pattern!  You can track the membership and KAL progress by clicking on the upper tab "Mystery Bag KAL", also at Appalachian Yarns.  If you're still on the fence about participating - you have time.  The KAL will start in two weeks on April 27th!

Thanks for following along as we continue to progress and evolve!  We certainly appreciate it!
Have a great week and we'll be posting some more "Helpful Hints" in a day or so...

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Mystery Bag KAL

Well!  Let me tell you what!  If I thought I was busy last week...it was nothing compared to this week!  I can hardly hang on to this fast-growing thing called Appalachian Yarns.  The website is complete - needs some minor tweaking now, but there's no time! 

I innocently started a mystery bag KAL on Ravelry and with the help of my friend, Tal, it skyrocketed into a nearly 50 member KAL group and is still growing!  It has gone "international" with Germany, France, The Netherlands and Canada being represented as well as many of the U.S. states!!  So much fun to see everyone excited about this KAL!  The "mystery bag" has been designed by Tal, so she will be in charge of moderating/instructing the weekly events, as well as answering any questions.  In fact, this has been such a wonderful surprise that we plan to host a "mystery" KAL every month!  So, if you aren't yet a member of Ravelry - you need to sign up asap at Ravelry.com!!  If you just want to follow along - you can check out the KAL at http://www.appalachianyarns.com/ - click on the upper tab for the mystery bag KAL.  Particpants are listed there and when the KAL is finished, we hope to post as many bags as possible!

Business has been brisk with the advent of the KAL and I send many thanks to new friends and customers for their business and kind words of support.  We're already giving thoughts to expanding the catalog and would love to hear your suggestions!   We're having tons of fun here and hope you're tuning in to it!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Weekly News Update

Hi everyone!  Wheeew, it's been a whirlwind week for the past month....but things are coming together now.  The website is getting organized and should be complete by early next week.  The timing is perfect since Dale of Norway and Cascade will be in stock by then as well.  We'll announce our grand opening as soon as we complete all of the site changes.
We have some great yarns and books coming your way!!  "60 Quick Knits featuring 20 hats, 20 scarves and 20 mittens" as well as all of the recommended Cascade yarns and "Knitting Brioche" which has some beautiful stitch patterns, as well as a full brioche stitch instructional section.  You'll love Knitting Brioche as this technique makes your fabric wonderful on both sides at the same time!  Look for some new Cascade yarns like Eco Wool +!!  I used Eco + to make the Nora's sweater in eggplant, featured below.   Fabulous yarn at a great price!   Dale of Norway, Baby Ull yarns are on their way!  These vibrant colors are perfect for cute baby and toddler patterns but they are also fun as adult summer tops!!  These yarns were used in the Ladybug sweater featured on our storefront!  We'll also be bringing you some of the industry's top magazines from Interweave.  It's been very busy here at Appalachian Yarns and we love it that way!  Remember, join our Ravelry group or become our fan on facebook as we'll be occasionally offering specials to our group members and fans.  Stop in anytime - we're open 24/7 !! 

Friday, March 19, 2010

New Website

News Update!  Our website should be up and running in the next few days.  There will be a section for retail sales and we're beginning to choose the merchandise we will offer.  So, where do we go when we need help making a decision??  Why, to you all!  Please tell us about your favorite yarns and colors and what you would to see on our site.   We have lots of other goodies planned for you!

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Nurse Needles - picking up stitches for bands

Everybody's got their own way of picking up stitches for button bands.  Nurse Needles recommends picking up about 20 stitches and knitting a swatch...yes yes, I know everyone hates swatching but it is a necessary tool to avoid rip outs!!  So, knit your swatch.  The hard and fast rule is that you must like the outcome - so look at your swatch - if it seems too "bunchy" you know you have picked up too many stitches.  If it seems too "stretched" you know you need to pick up more stitches.   This is especially important in button bands - which we'll talk more about in the next post.  Happy knitting!!

Monday, March 15, 2010

Getting In Touch with Your Inner B....tch

Today, my calendar advice says, " An inner b....tch diet tip:  Some days our mind says, grains, veggies, fruit and other days it says, melted cheese, melted cheese, chocolate...consider striking a balance".....

And so, I am - but not with food.  I am spending a couple of hours each day quilting....I got some great new spring time fabric and decided I needed a new quilt.  To balance this - I spend a little while each evening in front of the TV - knitting...after all - that summer top and pair of socks won't knit themselves!!  So that's my balancing act for the day.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Consulting Services for LYS

Appalachian Yarns is pleased to announce that it will begin offering consulting services to local yarns shop owners in the areas of financial management, marketing strategies, partnership-building, inventory selection, shop designs, customer service techniques and more!  Our Consultant is a former local yarn shop owner who understands the challenges of continuous quality improvement.  Customers are always looking for new merchandise....how can LYS owners keep up with the demand for new products on limited funds?  What strategies can LYS owners use to get the word out about their shops with limited advertising dollars?  Are you thinking of opening your own local yarn shop?  We can help you get started in the right direction.  Leave us a post here and we'll get in touch.  Our contact information will be available shortly.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Nurse Needles - Prevention is the best remedy

Prevent mistakes instead of fixing them.  Read your pattern thoroughly before treating your castonitis!!  Also, prevent damage to your pattern by photocopying it and using the copy to write on and make reference notes!  File the original in your pattern organizer for future use!

Knitting RX with Nurse Needles

No insurance?  No problem....Nurse Needles doesn't take insurance.  Have a knitting ailment?  Nurse Needles will try to help.  Please include needle size, type of yarn and specific problem in your question.
If we can't solve your problem - we'll simply refer to you the nearest wine bottle - perhaps it's just your vision!  Things will naturally look different from the bottom of the wine glass....so let's get started! 

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Recent Projects

Two big projects I recently completed were Philosopher's Wool sweater and Nora's Sweater.  Still trying to get the hang of this blog thing - I have the photos on my Flickr photostream but I can't get them over to the blog yet...lol...any way - it's like this:

Philosopher's Wools sweater was started as a class/KAL at Cozy Cabin last fall.  Using the style, Color Your Own, in the blue/black colorway, I learned the philosopher's wool technique of fair isle knitting.  This technique weaves in the yarns as you go, which practically eliminates the long strands or "floats" on the inside of the sweater.  Floats occur from carrying different color yarns along in your work.  With the Philosopher's wool technique, you get a much stonger and warmer fabric.  I must admit, it took some getting used to....The technique is easy - training yourself to keep doing it is tougher.  The fall turned into winter and, with both sleeves done and the body about 1/2 way, I set the sweater aside to work on Christmas gifts and other things.  Under pressure to finish the KAL and the class, I completed my sweater in February so that I could be up to speed with button bands - which I hadn't done before.  I got some great tips on button bands so that they look professional on the inside as well as the outside.  I altered the pattern to make a small V-neck and collar rather than the small rounded collar that was called for.  The sweater is knit in the round with purl stitches to mark the front and two sleeve steeks.  The yarn was purchased directly from Philosopher's Wool in Canada and while I would definitely make this sweater again, I would probably use Bartlett yarn 2-ply. 

Next up - Nora's Sweater.  Pattern is from InterWeave Knits - February, 2010 issue.  I absolutely love this pattern!  Using Cascade Eco wool in eggplant color, this sweater knit up easily in 2 and 1/2 weeks!  It is a pieced sweater which, I think, is why it is such a quick knit.  The longest piece took me about 4 days and it was the front band that is made in two halves and joined at the back of the neck.  It is a 36 row repeat with no rows being the same pattern - including the wrong side rows!! UGH!  But it is beautiful and warm and I get so many compliments on it.  I would definitely make a dozen of this sweater is a bunch of colors!!

New tricks for an old knitter

Hi everybody!!
I am new to the mechanics of blogging. Always thought it was a cool idea but never learned how to begin. So, here I am and I hope you'll find my blogs informative and riveting - ok ok - maybe atleast you'll pick up a tip here and there and get some entertainment along the way.

I hope this is an interactive blog and that you will respond with posts of your own! It'll be like a sit n blog!!