Designer Spotlight: Alice Tang

We’re pleased to spotlight Bay Area designer Alice Tang of Tangram Knits!

Alice has been knitting for over 40 years. She is an ambidexterous knitter (!) and also works with machine knitting. Her designs have appeared in many magazines like Knit Simple, knit.wearInterweave Knits, Cast-On, Knit-N Style, and Knit (UK). Alice has designed for many companies–Noro, Classic Elite, and Red Heart to name a few. She also has patterns in 60 Quick Cowls, along with fellow Designer Night Guest Faina Goberstein!

We’re so excited to meet Alice and see her designs. You can find her published patterns on her Ravelry page, but here are a few we really love.

We can see this Asymmetric Hem Pullover on all body types.

The Froth Mobius is elegant and comfy.

Convertible Cowl/Hat is charming and perfect for Fall and Winter.

This Chevron Shell is great for layering.

Keep up with Alice at her website and blog. You can find her on Ravelry as AliceNits, and of course at Nine Rubies for Designer Night!


Add comment November 6th, 2015

Designer Spotlight: Hilary Smith Callis

Our next Designer Spotlight is on Hilary Smith Callis, aka the Yarniad. Hilary’s patterns are extremely popular at Nine Rubies, she’s been a part of past Designer Nights, and we’re thrilled she’s joining us again this year!

Hilary is a California native and has taken the knitting world by storm since her Citron shawl pattern appeared in Knitty Winter 2009.  There are over 12000 projects for Citron on Ravelry! Hilary’s patterns have appeared in numerous publications like Twist Collective and Knitscene Magazine. Her work is also included in Brave New Knits alongside other big names like Jared Flood and Ysolda Teague. Hilary’s patterns, from shawls to hats to sweaters, are available via Ravelry and her website. Some of our favorites are:

Citron, of course.

We held a knitalong for the Mielie Vest last year.

And we adore Hilary’s shawl-cowl hybrids, like the Starshower.

The pops of colorwork in the Safrani are adorable.

For the latest Yarniad news join Hilary’s Ravelry group The Yarniad’s Symposium. You can find her on Twitter @theyarniad and Instagram @xilary.

Add comment November 3rd, 2015

Designer Spotlight: Faina Goberstein

We’re excited to welcome Faina Goberstein back to Nine Rubies on November 7th! Last year Faina held two wonderful workshops at the shop. Take a peek at the mini-bio we did of her in August 2014.

Since then, Faina has been very busy! She co-authored The Art of Slip Stitch Knitting and her designs were published in 60 Quick Cowls, Interweave Knits, and knit.purl. Faina has many patterns available on Ravelry, and we can’t wait to see what she has in store for us at Designer Night!

Some patterns we hope she brings samples of:

The beautiful Bordo Shawl from The Art of Slip Stitch Knitting.

Vera’s Skirt, with its lace accent.

And of course, a Nine Rubies favorite, the Milana lace top!

Keep up with Faina over on Faina’s Knitting Mode, and find her on Ravelry as inasilver. We can’t wait to see her again!

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Designer Spotlight: Clare Lakewood

Our next 2015 Designer Spotlight is on Clare Lakewood. Clare popped up on our radar when some of her designs hit r/knitting on reddit.

Clare hails from Australia and moved to the Bay Area in 2013. Her designs are beautiful and well thought-out. We’ve started a few of them in the store and they’re a blast! Clare is an up and coming designer for sure. Her patterns have been published in London-based Pom Pom Quarterly and are available on her Ravelry page. Some of our favorites are:

The reversible Alameda Cowl with its mosaic and gingham motifs.

Pika, a beautiful squishy brioche hat for growing kids.

Divisadero, a DK weight shawl with just the right amount of eyelets and texture.

Clare is on Ravelry as lakewoodknits and you can follow her on Instagram @lakewoodknits. We’re excited she’s joining us on Designer Night!

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Designer Spotlight: Christine Marie Chen

Christine Marie Chen, aka BayAreaKnitter, is one of our special guests at Designer Night 2015. We’re so excited to welcome her to Nine Rubies!

Christine hails from Oklahoma, and after many adventures ended up in the Bay Area. She’s the host of a great video podcast over on her blog. If you haven’t seen it, take a look! It’s like having a conversation with a good friend!

Christine has published designs in magazines like Love of Knitting, Creative Knitting, KnitStyle and Knit123.  She has many patterns available on Ravelry! Here are some that caught our eye:

The Pastelitos Hat with its gorgeous and elegant details.

And just in time for Halloween, a trio of spookily cute treat bags!

Christine recently released the Christmas Cowl, a simple lace cowl perfect for beginners and advanced knitters alike.

And finally, we’re charmed by these super functional Tailgate Cozies that fit around soda cans and mason jars!

You can find Christine on Instagram as @BayAreaKnitter and Ravelry as needle2needle. Join her Facebook Group and Ravelry Group, or come visit her at Nine Rubies on November 7th!

Add comment October 27th, 2015

4th Annual Designer Night

We’re excited to announce the lineup for our 4th Annual Designer Night on Saturday, November 7, from 5-7 pm. Join us for an intimate evening with some great Bay Area designers. Chat with them as they showcase their designs and hear about their creative processes. We will also be hosting a trunk show from IMPWEARhome featuring some knitting notion pouches. As a special bonus, our exclusive Lavender Charms will be making a return!

Our special guests are:

Stay tuned for additional information and designer spotlights!


Add comment October 22nd, 2015

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, 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 @, and Lorna Watt’s Ravelry Page

Jill @, and Jill Watt’s Ravelry Page


Add comment October 21st, 2014

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