Archive for March, 2007
Nine Rubies will be welcoming Lily Chin, one of the nation’s most renowned knitters, for a series of workshops on Monday, June 18th and Tuesday, June 19th. We’ve planned a jam-packed series of events with Lily. The schedule and pricing information is below. You can get additional class descriptions and the homework assignments (!!) when you register.
Monday, June 18th
3-5 pm: Book signing, trunk show, reception: Lily will be talking about her line of yarn – the Lily Chin Signature Line and her patterns that support these yarns.
6-9 pm: Short Row Shaping (intermediate skill level): this technique allows you to create smooth curves and lines in knitting. Techniques that will be taught include horizontal bust darts, seamless hat on 2 needles instead of 4, a sock heel…
Tuesday, June 19th
9 am – 12 pm: Tips and Tricks – this great class will make your knitting life easier and better. Learn to cast on in a 2-tail method without ever running out of the 2nd tail! Learn from a master knitter, her invaluable tips and techniques.
1:30 pm – 4:30 pm: Reversible Cables – Learn how cables work, which stitches, yarns and needles are ideal for reversible cables. You’ll also learn how to chart them so you’ll know what you’ll be getting beforehand. (some cable experience required)
All sessions are priced at $65 each. Be sure to let us know if you are a store member – your membership discount applies. Give us a call at 650-685-6205 to sign up for a class or simply drop-in.
March 30th, 2007
Nine Rubies is happy to announce that we are now carrying Lily Chin Signature Collection yarns at our store. This is a great line of yarns and is supported by patterns from the incomparable Lily Chin.
Chelsea – This is a great blend of Merino Wool, Cotton and Acrylic that can be used through all seasons. The gauge is 24 stitches to 4 inches. It has a fantatstic 191 yards and retails for $6.00
Greenwich Village: This yummy yarn has mohair twisted with a nylon fiber. It’s a fun yarn that demands fun uses. Lily has provided some great pattern support
Greenwich Village retails for $8.00 and has 138 yards per ball.
Times Square: My personal favorite about the Lily Chin yarns has to be Times Square. It has glittery slubs right in the middle of the yarn.
You can pick a color right up, knit up a great scarf, in just two balls. Each ball has 115 yards and retails for $11.00.
If you would like to combine Chelsea and Times Square, there is this great twin-set pattern that supports these yarns:
So, come by and check out these great yarns for yourself.
March 25th, 2007
For all of you who have read and loved Stephanie Pearl-McPhee’s previous books or read her funny blog at http://www.yarnharlot.ca/ there’s a new treat waiting for you at the store. We just got our first shipment of her book “Casts Off: The Yarn Harlot’s Guide to the Land of Knitting.”
Come discover Stephanie’s latest knitting musings. I started reading this book and it was “laugh-out” loud funny last night. My husband kept asking me what was so funny and I kept having to say “never mind.” Come discover the Land of Knitting where we are fellow travelers.
March 24th, 2007
It’s warm one minute and then it starts raining – the weather was merely teasing us with a hint of spring. But the UPS man does not tease us. The UPS man has been dropping by almost every day, bringing all kinds of beautiful new yarns. Here’s a brief highlight of some of the new offerings:
This gorgeous color palette (much nicer in person) comes courtesy of RYC and their Soft Bamboo. This is a new line for us, and we are thrilled with this first offering. Some bamboos can be stiff and scratchy. This yarn is much more along the lines of the Plymouth Bamboo that so many of our customers enjoy. The gauge is 25 sts/4 inches, which happens to be the same as Debbie Bliss Pure Silk. We have a nice supply of her beautiful pattern book in stock at the moment, and Sudha has already decided to make the Cap Sleeved Top in a soft mauve. You can imagine how great that will look. It has 112 yards per ball and is $8.95.
A classic summer yarn is Rowan’s Summer Tweed, which we have gotten in nine great shades. As always, Rowan’s yarns come with great pattern support, so there are lots of ways to go with this. If you prefer something different, the book Inspired Cable Knits has a lovely cabled sweater pattern that calls for this yarn. Summer Tweed knits up at 4 stitches/inch on size 8 needles. It has 118 yards and is $9.95 per skein.
This yarn is a super-soft offering from Crystal Palace called Bunny Hop. It’s kid-friendly (read machine washable) in lovely summer colors. It knits up at 4.5-5 stitches to the inch on size 7-8 needles. It would make a darling summer sweater or poncho for a little girl. There’s a cute two-color tank on the spring issue of knitty.com that would be perfect for this yarn. Melissa is making it for her daughter in Plymouth Bamboo, and this yarn would make another great option. The yarn is $6.80/skein.
March 20th, 2007
Are you as sick of tax season as we are? Totally. We decided that the best way to get over it is to have a sale. Essentially, we’ll pay the sales tax on any purchases* on Sunday, April 22nd. You’ll get a chance to see some great new yarns and buy them at an even better price than usual. Regular store hours of 10-7. Even parking is free on Sunday. Store members get a total of 18% off the regular prices – even a better deal.
*Discount is 8% and not 8.25% since our computer can’t handle decimals. The discount applies to regular-priced merchandise only. Sale items, classes and gift certificates are not eligible for the discount. Returns only with receipts. Unfortunately, we won’t be able to wind your yarn on sale day. We will be happy to wind it for you on another day.
March 16th, 2007
We’ve had quite a few customers express interest in our book signing later in March. Of course, they’ve been wondering “Where is the book?” Well, it finally arrived. Stop by to take a look at the adorable (and easy-to-knit) designs for young girls and their dolls.
We’d love to have you join us for the book signing. We have a limited number of books, so if you’d like to reserve a copy, please call the store. You can pre-pay over the phone, and we’ll hold it for you. Eileen will be more than happy to sign the book at the event.
If you plan to attend, please RSVP to “classes at ninerubiesdotcom” so we can get an idea of how many people to expect.
Where: Nine Rubies Knitting, 28 E. 3rd Avenue, San Mateo
When: March 17, 2007
Time: 3:30 – 5:30 pm
Tea, lemonade and cookies will be served.
March 4th, 2007