Sunday, March 30, 2008

Cheap-o Magazines!

We've just added a slew of last year's magazines to the $2 Back Issue bin. There are some Spring/Summer 2007 magazines are included, so you can stock up on patterns to knit in the upcoming months!

Friday, March 28, 2008

Friday Five: Five things you'll find on our new website

You may have heard mumblings about this, but we're working on a new shop website. Here are five things that we've had for sale for a while, but they've never been put on our old website... you'll be able to buy them online when we launch the new site!

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

It's all about the socks!

If you've never noticed our Wall o' Sock Yarn (And how could you not? Come on. It's right there!), you might not know how very much we love socks here at Hanks. In order to enable... ahem... pass this passion on to you, we've recently received a couple of books I'd like to tell you about.

The first is Charlene Schurch (Pronounced 'church'! Really!) and Beth Parrott's Little Box of Socks. Lorena squeeeed when she opened up this little gem! The 'book' is a, well, little box. Tucked inside are 20 laminated cards, each with its own sock pattern. Perfect for tossing in your knitting bag without worry! The patterns vary from simple and charming to more complicated colorwork. If you enjoy Charlene's other books, you should definitely add this one to your wish list.

The other book we now carry is Janet Rehfeldt and Mary Jane Wood's Crocheted Socks! Socks aren't just for knitting, you know! The patterns in this book look so comfy and cozy. Quite a few different stitch patterns are featured, and some of the socks even have those cute separated toes. This is a fun, bright book that will bring joy to many crocheters who haven't yet had a reason to purchase sock yarn.

Monday, March 24, 2008

The Hanks Question of the Week

Large projects-- yes or no? Are you a big project person (afghans) or a small project person (socks) or somewhere in between?

Easter Weekend (Sticky Post)

Hanks Yarn and Fiber will carry on with its normal business hours over Easter weekend. We'll be open 10am to 7pm every day until Tuesday!

Thursday, March 20, 2008

New Lorna's, and some Lorna's on sale

We just got in a great shipment of Lorna’s (and are expecting more) with some brand new colors in both sock and worsted, some Lion & Lamb, and also a small number of the new Green Line (100% organic wool). In order to celebrate, we’ve added a few Lorna’s “widows and orphans” to our $10/bin. As we’re renovating the website, the new Lorna’s won’t go up there for a while– so come by and see them in person!

Monday, March 17, 2008

The Hanks Question of the Week

Similar in vein to last week's question about how you prioritize your queue... how do you buy for projects? Are you like me in that you see something pretty and shiny and you must have it right this very instant? Or are you like Sharon in that you plan your projects and pick out the yarn on an as-you-are-ready-to-make-it basis?

The Civil War came and went

We had a great time this last weekend with The Golden Teacup Society. We are hoping to get them back again in a few months, and they'll be happy to give demonstrations on everything from spinning to knitting to 1800's fashion tips!

Civil War mosiac

1. Ginger at the Walking Wheel, 2. Walking Wheel demonstration, 3. The Walking, or Great, Wheel, 4. Spin baby spin!, 5. This is the life, 6. Ladies, knitting and spinning, 7. Ladies, spinning and knitting, 8. Beautifully attired, 9. How to cast on, 10. Full skirts, 11. Men knit, too, 12. The group (2)

Perhaps Today is a Good Day to Dye

Introducing the first wave of our hand-dyed house yarn, Perhaps Today is a Good Day to Dye.

What we have now are prototypes, running between 200-400 yards, in colors that we are planning on carrying. These are very limited, as this may not be the base yarn nor the dye that we settle on for good; but we wanted to start getting these out there to see if there was an interest and what the feedback might be like. Currently these are only available in-store, as we are working on a major website re-design; as soon as we finish that up these will be for sale online as well. If you are not local and are interested in making a purchase of this yarn, we'd be happy to ring you up over the phone-- just give us a call! We'd be happy to tell you what we have, in what yardage/colorway. Prices currently run between $13-$17, depending on the yardage. Once we settle on dyes and a base yarn, the prices will increase, but the put-up will be a steady 400 yards.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Upcoming class list

Sock Knitting using the Magic Loop Method
April 12th and 19th, 2008
2-5 PM | $65 | Materials Included

Learn how to Crochet: Crocheted Afghan

April 17th and 24th, May 1st, 8th, 15th, and 22nd , 2008
6-8 PM | $100 | Materials Included

Make a Felted Bead Necklace
Saturday April 26th 2008
2-5 PM | $25 | Materials Included

Sock Knitting using Double Pointed Needles
May 3rd, May 10th, and May 17th, 2008 (Saturdays)
10:30 AM – 1:30 PM | $75 | Materials Included

Intro to Knitting 2 (Purling and Cables)
May 10th, 17th, 24th, and 31st, 2008 (Saturdays)
2-5 PM | $100 | Materials Included

Knitting 101: Learn the Basics in 3 Hours
Saturday May 24th, 2008
10:30 AM – 1:30 PM | $25 | Materials Included

Intro to Knitting 1 (The Knit Stitch)
May 28th, June 4th, 11th, and 25th, 2008 (Wednesdays)
6-8 PM | $100 | Materials Included

Knit a Cell Phone or Eyeglass Case
Saturday May 31st 2008
10:30 AM – 1:30 PM | $25 | Materials Included

Design an Intarsia (two-color) Dishcloth
June 21st and 28th, 2008 (Saturdays)
2-5 PM | $50 | Materials Included

Cables vs. Slipped/Twisted Stitches
Saturday June 28th 2008
10:30 AM – 1:30 PM | $25 | Materials Included

Friday, March 14, 2008

Friday Five: The Alphabet of Hanks (part two)

D is for Dye, of which we currently only have in kits. However, in the coming month (as our dye bar is almost complete) we will also be selling single bottles of colors. Excited, we are!

D is also for Dog Treats; one of our customers makes the best all-natural dog treats. If you're lucky, you're here on the right day because she'll bring by samples. All three of us have dogs, and all three of us have dogs that love these treats!

E is for Entrelac, one of our most popular classes so far!

F is for Fiber, used in both spinning and needle-felting. I'd say you would not believe the amount of fiber we go through, but if you've ever been in here after the first Friday of a spinning class, you might believe it. Fiber is addicting!

G is for Ginger's handspun, Holly Birch Fibers. Ginger has been spinning for more than 30 years, and I don't think there's a single fiber she has never spun. And of course all of it looks fantastic! Gives the rest of us something to aspire to.

Meetups at Hanks

Most of you know about the SnB that meets at Hanks on Sunday afternoons from 2-4:30 (as an aside, we WILL be open on Easter Sunday). But did you know about these other groups that also meet at our shop?

UFO Friday: Unfinished Object Friday
Come in Friday night any time after 5, and have some fun! Get some inspiration for working on your unfinished projects over the weekend. This is a much smaller group than the Sunday afternoon group, so if smaller settings are what you prefer, this meeting might be for you. Tea, laughing, and good people abound.

First Monday Morning Spinners
On the first Monday of the month, from 11-1, bring your wheel or drop spindle and some fiber and sit with Lorena to do some spinning! This meeting is great for spinners who work at night and can't get to an afternoon or evening gathering.

Third Thursday Evening Spinners
On the third Thursday of the month, from 5-7, bring your wheel or drop spindle and some fiber and sit with Ginger to do some spinning! This meeting is great for spinners who work or go to school during the day and can't get to the morning gathering.

Third Monday Evening Crocheters
Feel like the knitters stare at you when you break out your hook? Laurie is starting a new group this Monday, March 17th, from 5-7 for the crocheters in the crowd! Moving forward into the spring and summer this group will meet on the third Monday of the month (April 21st, May 19th, June 16th, etc.), from 5-7 PM.

Do you have the time and inclination to run another gathering, or perhaps a knit-or-crochet-along? Contact us to set up a time-- we'll provide the couch, you provide the inspiration!

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

The tea fairy came!

To whoever left the 8 BOXES of delicious looking tea on our doorstep: THANK YOU SO MUCH! And please let us know who you are so that we can thank you in person. If it was meant to be left for the Leonardo's gang, then please ignore this message. I haven't seen any tea. I swear. Ahem.

Monday, March 10, 2008

The Hanks Question of the Week

Do you have a queue (Ravelry, or not) or do you just start projects willy-nilly? Do you have some system of organization for your upcoming projects?

Saturday, March 8, 2008

The Civil War is coming to Hanks!

On Saturday, March 15th, from about noon(ish) to four(ish), we will have a wonderful group of Civil War Reenactors (The Golden Teacup Society) at the shop. They will be spinning, knitting, and of course dressed in the appropriate time attire. We can’t wait for it, and hope that you come by to see them and say hello. They’re a wonderful group of people and will be happy to talk to you about what they do!

The Golden Teacup Society

Sock Pattern Nirvana

I was just pointed towards this lovely list of free sock patterns. Too good not to share!

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Say "hello" to our little friend

Guess what we got the other day?

Say hello to my little friend

Not sure what it is...? We'll give you a hint:

windy windy!

Still haven't guessed...? Okay, one last hint (this one is what it makes):


Could this mean that the oft-rumored dye bar is close at hand...? Stay tuned to find out!

Monday, March 3, 2008

Question of the Week

When you first learned to knit or crochet, what was your first *real* project? Not the sampler pillow that you did in your learn-to-crochet class, or the dishrag composed of your very first knits and purls, but the first project where you followed a pattern, or made up your own pattern, to create something of which you were proud to say, 'Look what I can do!'

Saturday, March 1, 2008

March is for Bikers

Continuing with 2008: A Year in Scarves... we have March is for Bikers. We know a lot of bikers (both motorcyclists and bicyclists) and one thing that they can get is a cold neck! So here's a small scarf that will keep the neck warm while not adding a lot of bulk (and not trailing out behind one, dangerously).

Full on, the front

Yarn: Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sport in "Black Purl"
Needles: Size 4 straights
Pattern: March is for Bikers
Notes: I would be very open to pattern modifications, for those of you who make this. If you mod it and love the way it turns out, please let me know and I'll be happy to update the official pattern with your notes!