January KAL Kickoff

We kicked off the January Knit Along Monday night, but it’s never too late to join in the fun! Nine Rubies KALs are low pressure and deadline-free. If you can’t make it to the store on Monday nights, knit along from home and follow the conversation over in the Ravelry thread.

The original plan was to knit the Ink Cardigan, a lovely fingering weight garment, by Hanna Maciejewska. Then some of us fell in love with Ink’s worsted weight sister Wink, also from Hanna. Now it’s an Ink/Wink KAL!

It’s so much fun seeing what yarns everybody has chosen. The two most popular choices are Dream in Color Smooshy with Cashmere and Malabrigo Sock (pictured in swatch below).

We highly encourage swatching.

Both patterns call for a provisional cast on. To help you out, here is  a link to one of our favorite methods in a great photo tutorial by Ysolda Teague. This Crochet Provisional Cast On ends up with all the provisional stitches crocheted directly onto the knitting needle.

You can also do the Crocheted Chain Provisional Cast On. This method involves crocheting a chain and then knitting into the chain to pick up your stitches.

We can’t wait to see everybody’s projects! Happy Knitting!

Add comment January 5th, 2015

Designer Spotlight: Janet Johnson

Janet Johnson of Element Knits is the next local designer we’re spotlighting and we’re honored she’s going to join us during our 3rd Annual Designer Night. Janet’s brilliant designs include stunning colorwork and texture for a truly unique knitted item.

Take for instance the Wired Amethyst with its multiple stitch patterns, Latvian Braids, and a twisted i-cord bind off.

With the cold weather coming, we can’t wait to add these Brick Boot Toppers to our wardrobes!

Another snuggly knit is the Woven Lapis, which includes a great texture that Janet suggests leaving unblocked (less finishing work!).

Check out more of her designs on Ravelry, then come to Nine Rubies on November 8th, see some of these beauties in person, and meet Janet!  We hope to see you this Saturday!

One more pieces of eye candy: Sea Glass and Stone Cowl

Add comment November 5th, 2014

Designer Spotlight: Andrea Graciarena

The next local designer we’re proud to host during our 3rd Annual Designer Night is Andrea Graciarena of AGmode! We love Andrea! Some of you may have been lucky enough to take a class with her at Nine Rubies.

Andrea has published many knitting and crochet patterns, with her work appearing Creative KnittingCrochet Insider web magazine, Crochet WorldKnit ‘N StyleInterweave Press, and Soho Publishing Company, to name a few. She also has a self-published e-book, Tunisian LACE Crochet: Shaped Shawls

Andrea has a degree in Fashion Design, which shows in her gorgeous and stylish designs. Her Ocean Vista Dress won 2nd place at the 2009 CGOA Fashion Contest!

We adore her Latido Beaded Shawl, which features a heart motif and brings out the romantic in all of us.

Her Paola Bias Scarf, a tunisian crochet scarf is very popular with our customers:

Take a look at the AGmode patterns on Ravelry, or check out AGmode.com, which also contains great crochet tutorials. You can also follow Andrea on Facebook. Better yet, stop by Nine Rubies on November 8th and meet Andrea in person!

Add comment October 26th, 2014

Designer Spotlight: The Watt Sisters

Meet Jill and Lorna Watt, two local superstars!

Posing with their squid tree, Downtown San Mateo

These sisters are best known for their inspired yarn-bombing around the Bay Area. Their work has created quite a stir with nods in Buzzfeed, reddit, and news outlets around the country. Maybe you’ve seen this bench at the Ferry Building:

If you visit Downtown San Mateo, you’re sure to encounter some of their creations. Nine Rubies has been lucky to have them design two window displays for us in recent years.

Ice-dancing squids for 2014 Winter Olympics

Holiday 2013 display at Nine Rubies

This dynamic duo not only makes the world a more beautiful and fun place, but they also hold workshops and find creative ways to integrate yarn into everyday objects.

From their bio at the Claremont Art Studios:

“Jill and Lorna Watt are freelance knitting and crochet designers on the San Francisco Peninsula. Using various needle arts from micro crochet to machine knitting, their art known as yarnbombing transforms common objects into surprising characters. They have produced contributions for Simply Crochet and Crafty Magazine, and self-publish knitting and crochet patterns for hobbyists to their websites. Jill is a needle arts specialist at Steve and Kate’s camp, where she uses her own innovative method to teach knitting and crochet to all ages and invented an exclusive curriculum for camps across the US. She studied Childhood Development at San Jose State University and is an award-winning member of the Peninsula Camera Club. Lorna is Artist in Residence for the Downtown San Mateo Association where she coordinates public art for the Downtown Art Project. She has an MS from Michigan State University and several academic publications on evolutionary ecology.”

Aside from their yarn-bombing, Lorna and Jill each also self-publish many charming knit and crochet patterns. Some of our favorites are Jill’s Octopuss and Heart Arrows and Lorna’s Bicycle Skirt Guard and Snake Yarnbomb.

For more information and to check out their great designs:

Lorna @ knitsforlife.com, and Lorna Watt’s Ravelry Page

Jill @ dappertoad.com, and Jill Watt’s Ravelry Page


Add comment October 21st, 2014

3rd Annual Designer Night and Trunk Show

Mark your calendars! Our 3rd Annual Designer Night will be Saturday, November 8th, from 5pm-7pm. Come join Bay Area designers as they showcase their designs and hear about what inspires them. We will also being hosting trunk shows featuring Baah YarnsShalimar Yarns, and Chicken Boots! The trunk shows will be in the store for a week following Designer Night.

As we approach the big night, stay tuned for updates as we confirm designers. We’ll also have blog posts featuring our guests, including Andrea Graciarena of AG mode! 10/21/14 Update: We will also be joined by Janet Johnson, designer of Element Knits and feature designs from Nine Rubies staff.


Add comment October 16th, 2014

The Sirka Counter!

Stray row counters, scribbled numbers, scraps of paper, notes all over patterns. All to keep track of rows, pattern repeats, increases, the pesky “at the same time“, etc. Then you put the project away for a few days (or months) or an essential page disappears and you have no idea where you were. Is this a familiar sight?

Enter the Sirka Counter. Finally, a multi-tasking counter! When we opened the box containing these babies, I knew I had to try it. The package contains a quick start manual, but the detailed information from Grellow & Gray is absolutely charming and provides multiple uses for this handy gadget.

Quick summary: The Sirka Counter allows you to track three different counts with colored hands and knobs. The hands on the face move and lock into slots next to numbers 0 to 36. To advance, just move the knobs around until they meet their corresponding hands, then you know you’ve reached a pattern repeat, increase, color change… each hand represents whatever you want!

I’m working on a project containing two charts with 10 and 4 rows. At the same time, I need to begin garment shaping after row 39.  I set the hands to 10, 4, and 39 (actually 3 because the counter only goes to 36) and off I went!

This great little tool is made of plastic and metal so it’s rather sturdy. The Sirka Counter promises to save knitters from trying to figure out just how many rows and repeats they’ve done. My only wish is for more hands and for the dial to go above 36. I’m looking forward to continuing my project with this multi-counter. Maybe I’ll put it around my neck and pretend I’m Flavor Flav!

Add comment September 26th, 2014

Football Season!

American Football season is starting, and we’re feeling the excitement! It’s hard not to when we have two local teams to support! Nine Rubies is located right in the fan base of the San Francisco 49ers and the Oakland Raiders.

In honor of these teams, we’ve matched up their uniform colors with Cascade 220 Superwash colorways. 220 Superwash is a great and versatile yarn that’s perfect for team spirit scarves and hats–and it’s washable!

49ers Colors: 893, 853, 815, 871

Raiders Colors: 892, 815, 871

See you at the Superbowl!

Add comment September 4th, 2014

Meet Faina Goberstein

We are so excited to announce two workshops with designer Faina Goberstein on Saturday, September 20th!

Lace Top Milana Workshop: 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
Level: Advanced Beginner/Intermediate
Skills Learned: Reading patterns, reading charts, shaping without decreases, knitting lace in the round

Beginning Brioche: 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Level: Advanced Beginner/Intermediate
Skills Learned: Basic brioche in a single color and two colors. If time permits, one or two more advance stitches will be introduced. Continental way of knitting can be taught if desired.

About Faina:

Faina Goberstein

We know Faina as an accomplished designer whose designs have been published in Interweave Knits, Knitscene, Vogue Knitting, Twist Collective and more. What you may not know is that she is also a full time Math professor! Faina has taken her mathematics background and her love (and talent!)  for knitting and teaching  and offers classes and workshops at  STITCHES, Knitting Labs, Craftsy, and local knitting stores nationally and internationally. Faina has an eye for style and combines techniques like cables, brioche and slipped stitches and lace to create beautiful pieces. We’re so lucky to have her come to Nine Rubies!

Faina has co-authored two great books, The Art of Seamless Knitting and Casual Elegant Knits

Her designs appear in Knit Noro, Cozy Knits, 60 More Quick Knits, just to name a few. Her Ravelry page has a full list of all her amazing patterns, but here are some of our favorites.

Little Flirt Skirt

The Fan Lace Scarf from Vogue Knitting Spring/Summer 2014

Add comment August 22nd, 2014

Night Houses Knitalong

We’ve been having a lot of fun at the store with the Knitalongs (KALs) for the Monster blanket and the Vitamin D. We are also getting ready for the Knit Swirl KAL at the store. Then we started to feel bad that we didn’t have something that included the online folks. We are having a KAL for the Night Houses Baby Blanket from the 60 Quick Baby Blankets book. This is for everyone-in the store and online as well.
We have made up kits for this blanket with the right color – there are 8 colors/13 balls of Cascade 220 Superwash. Normally this would be priced at $142.35. We are pricing this at $130 – an almost 9% discount on the entire kit. Also a buy your kit and get 1 ball of yarn for free. In addition shipping is free when you buy the kit. The book is not included, so if you would like to buy the book, you can order it with the kit (and get it included in the free shipping). We love the blankets from this book and so will you.
The KAL is basically in effect from now until the end of August. To be part of the knitalong and be in the drawing you must:
- Buy the kit at Nine Rubies or online at http://www.ninerubies.com/night-houses-baby-blanket-kit.html.
- Finish your project by August 31st, 2013.
- Post a picture of the finished blanket in the Nine Rubies Ravelry forum. If you need help with this, please let us know at the store or by sending us email at info@ninerubies.com.
In the store we will be having KAL sessions on Saturdays starting with Saturday July 13th from 10 am to 11 am every Saturday morning. Online, we will have dedicated thread for this in the Nine Rubies Ravelry forum for this KAL: http://www.ravelry.com/groups/friends-of-nine-rubies
Now for the fun part: the drawing. As many of you know Melissa and I go to TNNA each year. This is the tradeshow where we get to see the suppliers and order the fun new yarns for the fall. This year we are going to be at TNNA in Columbus from June 20th-23rd. We generally buy exceptional luxurious samples from the show. We are going to create the TNNA grab-bag with luxurious new yarns that no-one else has as the reward for the drawing for this KAL. More details on this after TNNA…. Personally, we are soooo excited about this part that we cannot wait to be gone already.

Add comment June 17th, 2013

We are hiring again – Shipping Customer Service Representative

Shipping Everywhere

Shipping to the whole wide world

Yes, we are getting bigger and are busy hiring people. This time we are looking for something new – a Shipping Customer Service Representative. Our online operations are getting bigger each day and we are looking for someone to focus on shipping, shipping, shipping to our customers, customers, customers. Here is the job description:

Shipping Customer Service Representative

Nine Rubies Knitting, a San Mateo knitting and crochet store, is looking for a person for their shipping department. Nine Rubies Knitting has been open since January 2006 and we specialize in providing our customers with a comprehensive array of yarns and supplies online and in our brick-and-mortar store. We have an e-commerce website and we are committed to providing our products to customers all over the world. We have a wide range of classes and workshops for Weavers, Knitters and Crocheters. We help customers finish their projects and resolve their problems in the store and online. We are committed to strategically growing the business, staying on the cutting-edge of knitting and crochet and focusing on our customers.
Major responsibilities for the Shipping Customer Service Representative include:
  • Responding to orders from the e-commerce system in a timely manner: confirming orders and shipments by email, packaging shipments and getting them out in a timely manner
  • Following up with customers when there is a delay with the shipment or an issue with payments.
  • Conduct the financial transaction to complete a purchase; using the POS terminal, the online systems and provide the customer with the appropriate confirmation and tracking information.
  • Suggest improvements to online processes and initiate ideas that will increase online sales.
  • Trouble-shooting customer knitting and crochet problems; helping coach customers when they have an issue that can be tackled over the phone or email.
  • Help stock shelves or racks, arrange for mailing or delivery of purchases, mark price tags, take inventory, and other tasks required in the store.
Minimum requirements include for Shipping Customer Service Representative:
  • Knowledge of knitting and crochet.Knowledge of yarns and patterns available in the US; must know how to use Ravelry effectively.
  • Superior customer service is our number one priority: Great customer service and communication skills is a must.
  • Scheduling flexibility; must be available to work a minimum of 20 hours per week.
  • Must have used computers on a regular basis. Familiarity with Ravelry, email, Facebook, and researching issues using major search engines is required.
  • We use email, Yahoo Store for our e-commerce system, Paypal and Stamps.com. Prior experience with any of these systems is considered a plus.
  • Prior fulfillment experience with an online retailer a huge plus.
We encourage applicants of all ages, races, and ethnic backgrounds.
Please send email to saloni AT ninerubies DOT com or drop your resume off at the store. We are located at:
28 E. 3rd Avenue
San Mateo CA

Hours required:
 we would like to hire someone who can work a minimum of 20 hours a week – five days a week. Ideally, we would like this person to work 9 am – 1 pm Monday - Friday. We are willing to work with your hours – we have a lot of flexibility.

Add comment March 7th, 2013

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