Archive for November, 2008
Our own Lesley Duckworth has launched her own line of knitting bags and accessories and we couldn’t be more thrilled. Lesley loves knitting and had always wanted a bag in which she could carry her knitting and yet be the smart professional woman that she always is. So she designed her own bags and line of accessories and named them after her grand-mother. Her lines of knitting bags have been featured in magazines such as Vogue Knitting. She started with the Tate Totes and then added the matching Needle Cases and Project Pouches – these have become a hot-selling favorite of ours. Her beautiful line is featured on her website. They make great gifts for the knitters and non-knitters alike in your family. So come on in and pick up some before we’re all sold out of them.
November 26th, 2008
This posting is on behalf of Kate Brundage and Shelley Obwald from the Knits for Kits group. It’s a great cause and these ladies have been meeting at our store for a while. We would love to support them as much as we can and hope that you will too!
Love to knit or crochet? Want to put your crafting skills to use for a good cause? Then gather your needles and yarn and come join “Knits for Kits (and Pups),” a charity knitting club whose express purpose is to create blankets and other cozy items to be donated to animal shelters and animal rescue organizations in the Bay Area.
We have already donated many beautifully handmade blankets to the Peninsula Humane Society, much to the delight of the cats who received them. Our goal is to knit a blanket for each adoptable cat or dog that can be taken home with the animal when he/she is adopted.
“Knits for Kits” is open to ALL knitters and crocheters. Are you a whiz with the needles? Great! Just starting out? Fabulous! Come one and come all: make friends, learn to knit/crochet or sharpen your skills, and help homeless animals in the process.
Knits for Kits (and Pups) meets on the second Thursday of each month, from 5 – 7 pm. We provide guidance and specifications for the projects in our meetings.
For those of you who want to help our cause but cannot make the meetings, feel free to knit from home! Cat blankets should be approximately 16″ x 20″, while dog blankets can be considerably larger (no size restrictions). Blankets should be knit or crocheted in a tight stitch/pattern (to prevent the animal’s claws from getting caught in the weave) and made from a washable yarn (Acrylic is great; wool is not recommended). We can arrange a way to pick up the blankets from you, or you can drop them off at the Peninsula Humane Society.
Please contact Shelley Obwald for details or questions: sobwald AT gmail DOT com or check out our web page: http://knits4kits.googlepages.com/home.
November 24th, 2008
This is one of our popular books at the store. The designs have been done by Rowan’s ever popular British designer Martin Storey and Sharon Brant.
Martin Storey has been a designer with Rowan since 2001 and has been responsible for designing the highly successful Jaeger hand-knit collections. Sharon Brant is Rowan’s retail manager and she has been involved in many aspects of the knitwear business including contributing to TV productions and films such as Harry Potter – The Philosopher’s Stone and The Phantom of the Opera.
The book was created in response to the many women who have been asking for great designs in larger sizes. The book has more than 35 designs to choose from – jackets, sweaters, cardigans, tops and accessories.
Not all women are 18 years old and a size 8, and few knitting pattern books give sizes beyond a 14. The purpose of this book is to offer a range of great designs for women of all ages, in sizes that start at size 12.
As luck would have it, Nine Rubies is well-stocked with this book and we are offering a Holiday special while supplies last. The book is on sale for 10% (an additional 5% for store members). So, come in and get your copy while we still have some in stock. Oh, and this is a blog-only offer!
November 18th, 2008
Running behind on your holiday shopping list? We have the perfect set of classes by Linda Alvarez that will have you completing gifts for the Holiday season in a session or two – the gift can be a Fair-Isle Hat, Toe-Up Slippers, or a Lace Washcloth. The Lace Washcloth is a great introduction to lace knitting and when completed, is a lovely gift when given with some bath salts or a nice hand-milled soap. The Fair-Isle Hat is perfect for ski weekends and cold weather mornings and you learn how to do multi-color work. The Toe-Up slippers teaches you cabling and creates a fantastic pair of slippers for sitting by the fireplace – another holiday classic. For more details on the classes, see the Class Schedule.
November 18th, 2008
We’d like to wish a Happy Thanksgiving to all our friends and family at Nine Rubies Knitting. Hope the holidays bring comfort and joy to all of you in these interesting times.
To give our staff a chance to celebrate we are going to be closed Thursday, November 27th. We are also going to close earlier on Wednesday, November 26th at 5 pm. This means that we will not be open late for our regular Free Knit Nite on Wednesday. Sorry for the inconvenience but I am guessing that many of you will be busy traveling or preparing for the holiday.
November 13th, 2008