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

Job Opening at Nine Rubies

Crochet Flowers

Can you read the following crochet pattern fragment?

Ch 6 and join with a slip stitch to first chain to form a ring

Round 1: Ch 3, work 11 dc into ring, sl st to top of t-ch to join

Round 2: Ch 3, work 2 dc into each stitch to the end of round, work 1 dc into the base of the t-ch to increase, sl st to top of t-ch to join

Round 3: Ch 3, *2 dc into next st, 1 dc*, repeat between * * until one st is left, work 2 dc into last st, sl to to top of t-ch to join


Can you figure out how many stitches you have after Rounds 2 and 3? If yes, then we’d love to see your resume and talk with you! If you would like to spend your days surrounded by yarn, send us an email with your resume to jobs AT ninerubies DOT com.

The official job description:
Retail Salesperson
Nine Rubies Knitting, a San Mateo knitting and crochet store, is looking for people with superior customer service skills to work as a Salesperson. Retail Salespeople at Nine Rubies Knitting are not just selling “stuff” to people, they are members of a community of crafters – part-therapists, part-teachers, and part-students.
Nine Rubies Knitting has been open since January 2006 and we specialize in providing our customers with a comprehensive array of yarns and supplies in a beautiful environment. 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. 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 a Crochet & Knitting Retail salesperson include:

  • Superior customer service is our number one priority. Helping customers find what they are looking for; whether it is a project or the supplies
  • Help increase sales by being able to describe the products that we carry and their main features
  • Conduct the financial transaction to complete a purchase; using the POS terminal, opening and closing register
  • Trouble-shooting customer knitting and crochet problems; helping coach customers when they need to learn an additional skill
  • Help stock shelves or racks, arrange for mailing or delivery of purchases, mark price tags, take inventory, and prepare displays

Minimum requirements include for a retail sales person:

  • Deep knowledge of crochet and knitting and the confidence to figure out solutions.
  • Superior customer service skills and great communication skills.
  • Scheduling flexibility; must be available to work a minimum of 20 hours per week. We especially need people to work weekends and until 7pm during the week.
  • Ability to teach a customer a new skill in knitting or crochet with patience and tact is required.
  • Must have used computers on a regular basis. Familiarity with Ravelry, email, Facebook, and researching issues using major search engines is required.
  • Ability to speak Spanish or a second language a plus.
  • Knowledge of yarns and patterns available in the US; must know how to use Ravelry effectively.
  • Prior retail experience preferred, especially in the knitting/crochet area.

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. We are willing to work with your hours – we have a lot of flexibility. Here are some of the hours that we especially need in the store.
Mondays 10-5
Tuesdays – 10-5 or 12-7
Thursdays 10-5  or 12-7
Fridays 10- 5 or 12-7
Saturdays – 10 -5

We’d like the person to be available for at least two weekend days during the month and for one Knit Night on Wednesdays which goes from 5:30 to 8:30.

Add comment January 23rd, 2013

The Alternative to Acrylic

The frugal college kid in me will always have a soft spot for acrylic yarn – it’s cheap, it comes in loads of colors, there are soft blends available, and it’s almost indestructible.  The eco-savvy world-saver in me cringes at the pollution emitted and toxins created through acrylic yarn production.   And herein lies the problem: is it worth it to quit acrylic cold turkey to save the environment?

As a petroleum-based fiber, acrylic’s carbon footprint is massive compared to those yarns created by more natural means (e.g. wool from animals or plant-based yarns).  In this way, Red Heart Super Saver could be more of a scourge than we thought (it’s not just tacky, it’s also kinda sorta lethal).  I understand that many don’t have the economic means to be so wary of the ramifications of their knitting, but the simple fact that this is a hobby would imply that it is not absolutely necessary to daily life (whatever knitters may say).  That being said, it’s worth considering the effects of acrylic yarn.

If you look at some of the various commentary on the acrylic debate, many bloggers will urge you to completely purge yourself of your Carron, Red Heart, and whatever other craft store brands you can find.  They suggest instead deconstructing sweaters from thrift shops to recycle the yarn.  Or, better yet, they encourage you to invest in the various “vegan” yarns that are out there.  Some of these animal-free yarns are so clever in their recycling – like soy yarn or the various bamboo blends that are out there (look here for more “vegan” yarns).  They’re beautiful and unique in texture and appearance.  Unfortunately, they aren’t quite within the budget of the frequent acrylic user.  And, to be honest, as quaint as upcycling sweater yarn sounds, I don’t really like the idea of using ratty, old yarn to make things for my loved ones.

So, that brings us back to the first question: what do we do about acrylic?  Personally, ruling out acrylic completely makes knitting way too expensive for my tastes.  I simply can’t afford to whip out wool for every project.  I consider myself conscientious enough, though, to make some effort towards removing acrylic from my stash. Therefore, the only thing I can suggest is to reduce the amount of acrylic you buy.  That’s what I’m doing.  It’s working pretty well – I take a bit more time to save up for nice wool, my projects make better gifts for all the time and the better quality yarn, and the environment is a tiny bit better off (or not worse off for the sake of my yarn).  It’s a pretty good deal.

Add comment August 6th, 2012

Summer Workshop with Nora Bellows

I am loving Spring and enjoying Nora’s lovely blogs on her new book: Noni Flowers. Yes, those flowers in the picture above are knitted!. Aren’t they lovely? We have been enjoying looking at the book – it’s one of those books that one wants to buy for the coffee table first. It’s beautiful and I spent an indulgent afternoon reading it cover to cover and dreaming about making all those flowers.

We are thrilled to announce that Nora is coming back to Nine Rubies in August 2012 to teach a workshop based on her book. We are one of only two locations on the West Coast that Nora will be coming to this year.

This is an intensive two-day workshop on learning how to make flowers and once you have the hang of this, to go on to pick/design the flowers that you would like to grace the accessory of your choice – Nora calls these canvases. A cowl needs a decorative element to make it special for the person who is getting it as a gift – the canvas is the cowl and you get to pick(make) the flowers. The canvas can be a felted bag, a sweater, a cap… The possibilites are endless. I think I am going to take Nora literally and use a real canvas. In her book, she has examples of projects that you could do: the first is putting flowers at the end of a shawl to make it a little more special.

Or for a more dramatic look, try this awesome cowl with dramatic sumflowers. I feel like I am drinking coffee in Provence when I look at this.

On the first day of the workshop, you will learn to make flowers using knitted elements, wire, beads and all the other little things that you might need. On the second day, you will learn to design and make the specific flowers you will use for your canvas. Come join us for this wonderful workshop on Saturday, August 25th and Sunday, August 26th.

For more details on the workshop, see the classes page on our website. 

Add comment May 3rd, 2012

Color Affection Shawls

We’ve gone a little nuts on the Color Affection Shawl. I recently went to Sock Camp at Port Ludlow – what a fun trip! We all got infected by the Color Affection Shawl while we were there. For complete details on the craze at Sock Camp, check out the Yarn Harlot’s blog.

I came back and starting putting different combinations of colors together. I didn’t like the original ones that I was doing. So here are the choices that we came up with in the store.

From Frog Tree Pediboo, 3 colors that look great together.

Another combination from Frog Tree Pediboo:

 

A little bit of Malabrigo Arroyo and a lot of Plucky Knitter Primo Fingering:

 

Another warm combination with Plucky Knitter and Malabrigo Sock

Malabrigo Arroyo loves Plucky Knitter MCN Primo Fingering

And maybe brightness is you – with the lovely orange in the middle:

 

 

Add comment April 30th, 2012

Noni Knitalong: The Ella Jacket

We just finished our Noni Knitalong for the Ella jacket!  Check out the new Ella Coat (picture above and also available in children sizes) by Nora J. Bellows.  Knitters dropped by and knit this jacket with Sudha, who knit this jacket for Saloni. There were many, many different versions of this jacket and you really should check out Nora’s blog for more ideas on this jacket.

We at the store love this structured sweater.  We think it’s perfect for the end of winter and beginning of spring.  The ruffles add a sense of whimsy and the pattern is basic enough it almost invites experimentation with colors.  For the icing on the cake, the A-line cut and slightly lifted waist on the jacket means it’s flattering for most body types.

The pattern is ranked at intermediate to advanced, but we reckon any daring knitter could manage it.

The children’s pattern is just as charming with the bobbles and striping.  Nora herself says it was inspired by the story of the Princess and the Pea.  We think it’s the perfect amount of girly without being garish.

This coat, unlike the women’s size, is felted.  This adds durability and warmth.

And here is the result of the one Sudha made:

The jacket was knit in Stonehedge Fiber Mills Shepherd’s Wool. Come welcome spring with this great jacket!

 

 

Add comment March 30th, 2012

Sudha’s Latest Sample: the Waterfall Scarf

This is a new version of this blog post. A previous version of this blog got mistakenly deleted because of technical idiocy. It’s a re-creation of the original and not the original itself – there are differences.

And then there are the samples that Sudha makes. She like the challenging ones because she thinks they are all easy, so easy. The latest one she just finished is Alchemy’s Waterfall Scarf. She chose different colors than the ones in the original. These colors in this scarf were originally chosen by the fabulous rep for Alchemy yarns – Jan Hurwitz. The scarf is knit up with two materials – wool and silk and then felted. Because the wool and silk will felt at different rates – the scarf gets a fluttery look and feel.This felting technique is called Shibori.

This pattern was inspired by the Wisdom Wrap also designed by Gina Wilde. Look at the projects for this pattern on Ravelry and you will get a better feel for the felting and fluttery look of this scarf. Keep in mind that Sudha’s scarf is very lightly felted and she is planning to felt it a little more when she has a bit more time.

The Waterfall Scarf pattern uses 3 colors of the Alchemy Silken Straw and 1 color of Alchemy Sanctuary. The Silken Straw like the name implies is a the pure silk yarn and Sanctuary is the wool which is used for the i-cord dividing the silken straw rectangles. Very unusual yarns from a local supplier – we love their yarns and colors.

The fabulous Jan, who introduced us to the Alchemy yarns, is teaching the Shibori workshop at Nine Rubies! She will get you started on making the Waterfall Scarf or the Magician’s Scarf. Sudha knit up a sample for the store and you can see the stunning results. In Suhda’s version she ended up using most of the yarn. This is what she had left:

Make this your own by picking the colors that you think would work best for you – see the available colors on our website. And come join the class on Shibori Knitting with Jan on April 21st. For more details check out the class schedule on our website.

Add comment March 28th, 2012

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