Tuesday, July 27, 2010

More sock restocks!

I know last week I said there would be worsted weight, but I'm still working on re-winding it; so this week there is both Bamboo Sock and Superwash Merino sock. It'll show up on the website shortly -- enjoy!

Sunday, July 25, 2010

FO: Lonely Vera

Lonely Vera

Yarn: Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sport in "Vera"
Needles: US #3, two circulars
Pattern: was just a lonely pair of toes for the longest time; eventually settled on Kaiso by Judy Sumner

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Hanks 2010 Fiber Club!

I'm kind of excited! And I hope you are too. Check out the details for our new fiber club!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Coming soon - sock restock

Coming this week - a few restock colors in both Cash Sock and BFL Sock. Expect Bamboo Sock and some Worsted Weight next week!

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Ye'kwana Basket Weaving

I got this in an email from our former neighbors (whom we still love dearly!), Alternatives, and thought I'd share it in case anyone was looking for something fun to do this weekend. Many of you have baskets from Alternatives for your yarn - you might really appreciate this event!

Join us in a celebration of Ye'kwana Basket Weaving

Kanapaha Botanical Gardens and Earth Bound invite you to a special event
Meet the artisans: Aurora Rodriguez and Simon Caura from the Orinoco of Venezuela
Reception: Friday, July 16, 7-9 PM
Weaving Demonstration and Exhibit of traditional and contemporary baskets
Where: Kanapaha Botanical Gardens; 4700 SW 58th Drive (admission is free). For further information contact Alternatives at 335-0806 or visit Kanapaha.org.

Event is co-sponsored by Earth Bound, Kanapaha, and Alternatives.

Monday, July 12, 2010

The new dye bar

If you're local, you know we used to dye the yarn at the shop, in the dye bar/bar bar/kitchen. What with no longer having the bricks-and-mortar portion of our shop, obviously that had to change -- so let me show y'all what my fabulous husband did in our house, in a small room at the back of our house that really had no other use other than storage.

The dye bar

1. Not your ordinary 2x4 - I love what Tim did here with rounding off the corners. It's a small detail, unlikely to be noticed unless you're looking up; but it makes it classy and impresses those who notice.
2. Shelves, stocked with dye - And room to grow! The shelves are deep enough to hold two (one in use, one backstock) and ultimately should be able to house all of the available colors. Which means lots of new colorways! Whoot!
3. Crock pots a-ready - I have base yarn on the way, and these should start seeing use by the end of next week!
4. Standing in doorway, looking to left - We debated putting doors on the shelves under the sink, and decided not to; eventually, though, the shelves under the crock pots will have doors in order to keep backstock protected. Notice also the small bar above the sink; this'll be great for moving yarn from the crock pots to the sink without having to take them off the hangers.
5. The drying rack - Looks remarkably like the drying rack from the store... probably because it is. Tim cut the middle shelf out (the one that all the African Violets were on) to make it shorter so that it could fit in the smaller room.
6. View outside over the crock pots - maybe this view every day will inspire me to rip down some of that crazy ivy. That bar, by the way, is on an adjustable chain; so if I need to make it higher or lower it's going to be incredibly easy to do so.
7. View outside over the sink - I can not wait to have time to do a garden this fall; my poor vegetable gardens have been unused the last three years because I knew I didn't have the time to devote to caring for a vegetable garden. I can already taste next spring's tomatoes...! Which has nothing to do with dyeing yarn for y'all... unless I put in some flowers that one can make natural dye from. Hmmmmm!
8. Lovely gift from Beth - No reason really to include this, other than our friend Beth did the macrame herself, and I feel like it's a good luck piece.
9. Standing at back door - I don't know that the winder is going to live there permanently, blocking the coffee mugs and taking up valuable table space.

So now when you get our yarn, you kind of have a vision of where it was dyed!

Sunday, July 11, 2010

FO: Slipped Angel

Slipped Angel

Yarn: Malabrigo Sock in "Archangel"
Needles: US #1, double-pointed
Pattern: Slip-Stitch Cable Socks by Charlene Schurch and Beth Parrott

Friday, July 9, 2010

Friday Photo

So long, and thanks for all the flesh!

After this photo, Ginger put his seat-belt on so that he'd be safe.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Sunday Stitch 'n' Bitch

Don't forget that starting this coming Sunday (July 11th), Stitch ‘n’ Bitch will be moving to Books-a-Million on NW 13th Street!

Join this eclectic group of folks for a little crochet, knitting, and chatting about everything under the sun. Everyone is welcome!

Sundays | 2-4:30
2601 Northwest 13th Street
Gainesville, FL 32609
(352) 376-6623

Third Thursday Night Spinners

Please join us at Wild Iris Books for Third Thursday Spinners on July 15th, 2010 from 5-7 PM; bring your wheel or drop spindle and some fiber and sit with others to do some spinning!

Still life with wood

Wild Iris Books
802 West University Avenue
Gainesville, FL 32601
(352) 375-7477

Monday, July 5, 2010

Prize winner!

Lucy Day won Sunday's webstore door prize! She'll receive two skeins of organic worsted weight yarn in the Hanks colorway of her choice. Who will be tomorrow's winner? It could be you! Be the first person to spend $100 or more (After the 25% discount) and you'll win a $50 gift certificate to Hanks Yarn and Fiber. What could be more fun than winning yarn (Or sock blockers or soap!)!

Sunday, July 4, 2010

FO: March 2011

Consider this a teaser...

In progress: March '11

We'll be doing another afghan in 2011, and here's a sneak peek at March's square.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Tonight's the night!

We are all geared up for the launch of the website tonight! Join us around midnight for our big sale and contests, detailed below.

A note for our returning customers: If you have earned a frequent customer discount, you will continue to receive it on our webstore after the opening sale! Your discount will not appear on your first order, but leave a note in the comments section of the order form and we will adjust your total when we manually approve the sale. 

Our opening sale runs from Sunday, July  4th to Wednesday, July 7th, with 25% off everything in the shop! We’ll have the Hanks line of yarn, hand-dyed by Lorena, in lace, sock, sport, and worsted weights, along with our lovely goat’s milk based soap. We also welcome the return of Sock Bones in all sizes from teeny to tremendous.

There will be free shipping on orders of more than $50, and contests as well: The first person to spend $100 (pre-tax and post-discount) on Sunday will receive two skeins of organic worsted weight yarn dyed in the Hanks colorway of his or her choice; the first  person to spend $100 on Tuesday will receive a $50 gift certificate.  Stop on by www.hanksyarn.com over your long weekend and see what we have to offer!