I walked outside in my robe and slippers just to check. They really aren’t here yet.
This has been some sort of Fall and Winter. We’ve left you, our wonderful readers, alone but hopefully not lonely out there. Sometimes the day to day errands, running the shop, dyeing yarn, and festivals leaves us with little will-power to sit down at the end of the day and write a blog. It’s like that sometimes though. Winter is a time of hibernation and focusing on the very important parts of our lives. For many of us, that leaves the computer and the internet as a second or third-best companion. So here I am in the cold of winter, writing the first blog in a few months. Hoping these words will chip away at the block that’s kept Wae and I from keeping up with our internet family.
Please take a minute to check out a few new photos on the Gallery page. I’ve spent the morning uploading and sorting a few new photos. You might recognize someone you know. You might even see YOURSELF! Surprise! There is so much more to come regarding the gallery page. I’ve started categorizing class photos and finished items. If you’ve taken a class with us and would like your finished piece of art posted in the gallery please send your picture to email@example.com. If you’ve finished a project with some yarn from the shop, either stop in and let us photograph it for you or send us a photo. Remember to include the pattern name! We’d like to include a link at the bottom of your photo to the Ravelry.com original pattern page.
Wae and are gearing up for the spring festival season already! If you haven’t had a chance to see the new Ewe So Chubby yarn introduced in the fall, stop in and check out what’s left of the Super Bulky Superwash Super Squishy Merino yarn. We had a customer comment that the yarn is AMAZING! Her one complaint was that at 82 yards per skein, the fun is over too fast! We’ve checked into getting more of the Ewe So Chubby base this winter and it is currently out of stock from our supplier. Don’t worry, we’ll have more dyed as soon as it is available to us. In the meantime, we are planning a new yarn base that we plan to have in stock by mid-February. We are also ordering another shipment of Ewe So Wooly Worsted to round out the colors we already have on the shelves.
We have so much more to say! We OWE YOU blogs. We OWE YOU information. Coming soon? Weaving Classes, Super YARN Bowl Sale, (more) Knitting for Charities, and a new Knit a Long.
Are you excited yet? We are! Stay tuned for updates as we get ready for Spring.
Here’s a couple of blogs to keep you glued to the computer while we write another one of these..
A fun and funky hat by ColorWae
This quick and easy hat is great for the fun loving and carefree souls in your life. There are no decreases in the crown which makes this pattern fast and easy. The simple leaf pattern combined with the square shape makes this hat irresistible, just like catnip and the kitties that inspired it.
Teen/Adult: 20”/22” head
Yarn: Malabrigo Mecha
Pure Superwash Merino Wool
130 yds per 100 grams in contrasting colors. 71g of yarn was used for 1 adult sized hat.
Needle: US 10.75 16” Circ
Gauge: 14 sts per 4”/ 3.5 stitches per 1”
Notions: stitch marker and a darning needle
Using the long tail cast on, loosely CO 64(74) stitches.
Join in the round and place a marker to indicate beginning of the round.
Knit in 2×2 rib for 11 rounds , cut yarn and leave a 6 inch tail.
Join contrasting color and Knit one round.
Begin working in pattern:
1. p5 ( yo, k, yo, sl 1 k-wise, k2tog, psso, k6) purl to end of the round.
2. For Round 2 and all other even rows work as follows: p5, k10, purl to end of the round.
3. p5 ( k, yo, k, yo k, sl1 k-wise, k2tog, psso , k4) purl to the end of the round.
5. p5 ( k2, yo, k, yo, k2, sl1 k-wise, k2tog, psso, k2) purl to the end of the round.
7. p5 ( k3, yo, k, yo, k3, sl1 k-wise, k2tog, psso) purl to the end of the round.
Repeat rounds 1-8 three more times.
After working the last repeat of the 8th round, turn hat inside out.
Using the three needle bind off technique, bind off loosely.
Block hat and weave in ends.
This is the Luscious Cowl…
This cowl is simple and fun to knit but it feels amazing. Perfect for everyday wear it’s super comfortable and everyone is going to be asking you where you bought your amazing cowl. After you tell them you knit it they’re going to want you to knit one for them too! The longer size doubles nicely for extra warmth.
The Kid Seta was used as an accent in alternating rows and is totally optional.
This cowl utilizes the Cat Bordhi Moebius cast on which you can find here on youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LVnTda7F2V4
Pattern is shown in the large size. There are two sizes, large and small.
Do you want more yarn but need to de-stash before you can feel good about adding more? Are you just looking to add more to your stash at a discount? Maybe you’re looking for something that your LYS doesn’t carry? Cloverhill Yarn Shop has the answer that fits everyone! (We hope so anyways!)
Cloverhill Market Day! Where: 71 Mellor Ave. (Formerly Seminole Sampler) When: Saturday May 31st 11:00am – 1:30pm Who: ALL Customers! Vendors reserve a space ahead of time.
Why? We think you’ll have loads of fun! turn your stash into Cloverhill Cash!
As a vendor: Send us an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or facebook message! We have limited space but we’ll take as many sellers as we can. First come-first served. Bring a card table or we’ll provide table space for you. Bring your yarn marked for sale. Or maybe it’s all the same price per skein and you just have one sign saying as much. We’re hoping we can get more customers by offering them decent prices on your stashed yarn, but ultimately you set the prices! Let us bring the customers to you! Because of the nature of this market, your yarn sales benefit you as well as the store. We want as many people to visit you as possible! The more of your own stash you sell, the more you have to spend at Cloverhill Yarn Shop!
As a customer: Visit our Market day and find great deals on stashed yarn! Find yarns you (and the seller) haven’t seen in awhile. It’s a Yarn Sale with all the things you never knew you wanted! Find a Treasure on the tables at Cloverhill Market Day! Please bring Cash!! Only Cloverhill Cash (AKA Scrip) will be used to purchase yarn. What is Cloverhill Cash? It’s our way of making shopping in the market easier both the buyer and seller. A customer exchanges cash (real money AKA US Dollars) for Cloverhill Cash (kind of like Monopoly money). They will then use that “money” to go shopping in the market. Didn’t spend all your Cloverhill Cash? We’ll change it right back into dollars. No questions asked. Market Day Vendor? You’ll take all that Cloverhill Cash and turn it in for a store Gift Certificate. You can choose to go shopping in the store on Market Day or you can wait until you see the perfect yarn for your project. Have you had your eye on a spinning wheel or loom? Save your Cloverhill Cash and order a wheel or loom! We are Schacht, Ashford, National Custom Spinning Works and Spin O Lution Dealers.
On Saturday June 28th, 2014 we will be celebrating our first year anniversary as the new owners of Cloverhill Yarn Shop. We’ve decided to commemorate this special day by having a Fashion Show from 1-4pm!
Cascade Yarns will be the official sponsor of our first annual fashion show. What this means is that we will have prizes for catagory winners as well as some door prizes just for coming! There might even be a Cascade Trunk Show.
We think this will be a wonderful way to celebrate the projects you’ve made during our first year together. Don’t worry ifyou don’t want to model your own knitwear we’ll have someone do it for you! There will be lite fare and drinks provided, but please feel free in the spirit of our community to bring something for the table. We will be accepting entries for the show starting now, please drop off your items with the following information attached… Name, pattern, and yarn used. Please provide this information for each piece submitted for the show.
We’re excited and we hope you are too!
So come join us on Saturday, June 28th, 2014 from 1pm to 4pm
at Cloverhill Yarn Shop.
Please call or email if you have any questions
It’s sort of a special weekend here. Ladies all over the U.S. are getting flowers and cards and special meals. Hopefully some ladies are also getting yarn.
This week the shop has been in recovery mode from Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival.
We aren’t complaining. It was a great weekend! More on that later though. This is about Mother’s Day! We were planning this great Mother’s Day sale that would start this past Monday and continue through today. I bet you can see that didn’t happen. We got a little side-tracked by the festival last weekend but all is not lost.
Today is the big day. This sale starts NOW! Of course a lot of Moms are spending time with family today so a one day sale isn’t really practical. A week-long sale takes off some pressure. Because who needs pressure when it comes to picking out pretty yarn? Not you, that’s who! This week between shuttling the kids to school and the dogs to doggy day care, there’s plenty of time to to stroll through (bring your knitting if you have time to kill!) and enjoy the view! We picked yarns from several brand names because when it comes to a sale, it’s nice to have plenty to choose from.
Here’s a quick list of yarns that are Buy One Get One 40% off. BOGO sales are super fun!
Follow the links and you’ll see more details about the yarn as well as patterns (some free!) for the yarns listed.
Hayfield Baby Chunky
Juniper Moon Farm Yearling
Cascade 220 Superwash Sport
Cascade Baby Alpaca Chunky
Berroco Ultra Alpaca
Sale is on in-stock items only.
Of course a sale like this means we’ll need to put more stock in the store, right? Something new and exciting maybe? Something with a little cashmere? Something a little Noro(a brand new silk and wool blend)? New Classic Elite and Universal Yarns? Kits? Super soft Alpaca Yarns? We’ve got it all covered! This week during Sheep and Wool recovery time, we spent several hours at the table with our Cascade Yarns, Knitting Fever and Classic Elite Yarns rep. We’ve picked out yarns that will come trickling in as they become available. Some yarns are already available to ship soon and some will be brand new for fall and will be delivered in time for holiday knitting. Click on the links above and you’ll see a couple of the yarns coming soon to the shop.
Also coming soon…
News about our One Year Anniversary Celebration and how it’s all about YOU!
News about how YOU can refresh your stash with Cloverhill Yarn Shop this Summer.
Hello out there Family,
I’ve been thinking about you a lot again over the past couple of days. I do a lot of deep thinking first thing in the morning when Charlotte is quiet (still asleep) and yesterday one thought kept running through my mind. I am not alone in this. We are not alone in this. It’s not like I don’t already know this, but it has become very apparent lately. There’s a song Akela sand a week ago at church that is true whether you consider it in a religious or secular application. I’ll post it if I can so you can see how nice it is. It’s the kind of stuff that makes a Mother cry when she hears it and truly understands and internalizes the words.
This community is amazing. You are so much like family to me and I want you to know I appreciate you. You make me cry and that’s ok. I am often so full of happiness and appreciation that it falls right out of my face. I really can’t help it.
Something has changed a little since the last blog post. It’s wild. Yesterday morning after all of that positive thinking, we got an invitation to vend at Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival. Just after we had let it all go and stopped knocking at the door, someone turned around and opened it for us! Can you imagine the wild thoughts that followed that conversation? Do you know I actually said, “can I have an hour to think about it,” and actually hung up to make some calls before calling back? Of course we want to come play!
Here’s a fun bit of coincidence: Wednesday night Wae and I both brought home a bit of yarn to dye. We didn’t order a ton since we figured we were restocking the shop, but an extra 50 skeins on top of what we had makes a surprise invitation even better. Know what else? I’ve been calling our local fiber artists that we already carry at the shop to ask them for a re-stock for the weekend. Because who knows who might come by, right? These guys don’t have booths at the festival either, but I wanted anyone who was stopping by that’s never been to the shop to see our locals in full glory. Now we can bring our fiber friends with us! What a bonus! So we’ll see what a community can pull together with less than 24 hours from phone call to setup and less than 48 hours until showtime.
I’m crunched for time because there are a few small errands to be attended to this morning, but I want to share a list of vendors whose items you will find in our booth this weekend. We are so new we won’t be on the directory, but we hope you’ll find us while you’re at the fairgrounds. We were told we will be in Barn 5, Booth 12. If that’s not 100% accurate, we’ll probably be close to that spot.
Fig Leaf Designs
Stitch Markers by Amy
I hope I didn’t miss anyone! I’ll be slightly embarrassed if I did, but I’m also working on a little less sleep and without a list.
I keep hearing the phrase, “When God closes a door, somewhere he opens a window.” With the upcoming Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival I find myself intermittently knocking at the closed door (and jiggling the handle) as well as heading over to check out the view at the many windows that are opening for Wae and I. I think I’m finally at a point where I acknowledge, for us this year, the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival “door” is closed. It’s time to look toward the light, locate the open windows and rejoice in the clean air and opportunity afforded by this new “view”.
As MDSW approaches this year and customers are brewing with excitement, I hear the question every day, “are you getting ready for Sheep and Wool this year?”
It really touches a sore spot. I know you don’t know it does, so that’s ok.
We didn’t get in. We really thought we would, but we didn’t.
We’ve known for awhile but we haven’t spread the news outside of our local circle.
I’ve been upset: We bought this business last year. That’s sort of a big expense. Part of that final amount included the idea that the Sheep and Wool booth (and income) would transfer along with the rest of the tangible items. I shouldn’t have been so naive. I made the assumption that the booth would transfer to us the way it had over the past 4 owners. The prior owner never had to reapply as a new vendor. We had it in the bag right? Shame on me. It wasn’t going to be so easy or straightforward. I didn’t do my research and I am responsible for my own disappointment. I took for granted that Cloverhill’s reputation for offering awesome indie dyed yarns was enough to secure our spot in the festival. I took for granted that Cloverhill’s long-held double booth at the festival was amazing enough to impress the group that would decide our involvement in the festival. Shame on me. After we bought the business and looked forward to applying for Sheep and Wool 2014 it came to my attention that the previous owner would be applying as well and we would both have to apply as new vendors. How about them apples?
I’ve been sad: After getting the news that Cloverhill would not be attending Sheep and Wool this year, we had a few people to notify. It’s easy to think that by rejecting Cloverhill Yarn Shop only two people are affected. Not true. Last year Cloverhill brought more than 10 indie dyers’ products to the show all under one umbrella. Just about half of the vendors at the Cloverhill Booth have businesses within 50 miles of the shop. Most within 100 miles. One vendor (not counting us) is practically in our back yard! There’s this feeling that we’re letting people down. We don’t like that.
I’ve been annoyed: There’s SO MUCH GOSSIP in this close-knit community. Pun intended. There is so much speculation as to the “real” reasons Cloverhill can’t be at the show. Who knows what’s true and what’s not? Definitely not me. I can’t help but to listen, but not knowing what’s true or not is seriously frustrating.
I AM hopeful: We can reapply, reapply reapply.
I AM happy: In an effort to replace the lost income from MDSW, we’ve found some great events to attend year-round. Did you see us at the Alpaca Festival in November? Wae and I had a great time meeting new customers and talking about dyeing and showing off all the pretty yarns. Karida was awesome enough to let us showcase her Neighborhood Fiber Co. yarn at our booth last year. We also brought Alpaca yarns from Sugar Magnolia Farm and Roving and Batts made by Liz of Hobbledehoy Fiber.
If you missed us at The Alpaca Festival last year, please be stayed tuned for the fall (and comfortably smaller) fiber fair held at Howard County Fairgrounds.
Homespun Yarn Party – As a dyer for Tempting Ewe Yarns let me tell you how happy it made me to have a booth dedicated solely to our hand-dyed yarn and rovings!
Homespun Yarn Party is a great place to see many local dyers and fiber artists right in your back yard! I am beyond thankful for the opportunity to attend and for Cloverhill to participate as a sponsor of the event.
I AM thankful: I saved this one for the end for a reason. It’s the most important!
You ladies and gents are AMAZING! A moment of truth here before I tell you why you are so amazing. They all said this fiber community is catty. They said the women are mean. I’d really like to know who “they” are because in MY fiber family, there is so much giving and supportiveness and sharing going on I don’t think there’s room for “catty and mean.”
From day one, I have seen complete strangers (who I now know better) offer up the whole of their Saturday to move the shop next door. Ladies stopped in that first weekend when we were setting up shop, to help count and sort inventory. That is neither mean, nor catty. That’s just plain awesome!
I’d like to say thank you to all the lovely ladies and gents who make my job so enjoyable it pretty much brings me to tears from happiness of a regular basis.
You made the move easier
You make my Thursdays funnier
You make my spinning Fridays more relaxing (when I let myself)
You make my Sunday more like a family get-together. Many of you remind me of my sisters, my mother, my aunt and my grandma. I love it!
You bring cookies and cakes and treats and pickles and cheese and lotion and even stickers for Charlotte.
You donated almost 200 pounds of food this winter to the Maryland food bank. You continue to donate yarn for schools, churches, women’s groups and others in need. This community is full of givers! It’s truly amazing to find as many fantastic people under one roof and quite often several at one time!
Thank you for making my day, daily.
by Cloverhill Yarn Shop
A fast knit for yourself or as a gift. Simple yet impressive! With two sizes small and large. Our pattern is a 4×4 Diagonal Rib Stitch, inspired by a pattern found in Barbara G. Walker’s “A Treasury of Knitting Patterns”
Any worsted weight yarn. 218 – 436 yds.
US 9, 24 (32)inch circular needles.
The top picture is using Amanda’s handspun yarn, the lower picture is using Malabrigo Twist.
This pattern uses multiples of 8 + or – 1 stitch. You can alter the pattern to suit your needs or creative tendencies. If you’d like a 2×2 rib, you’d multiply 2 by the number of repeats you’d like, for our pattern we’ve used (16 repeats of 8 )-1. The long size is simply doubled. Try a 3×3 rib or a 5×5. The possibilities are endless.
Cast on 127 (255) and join in the round.
Row 1: Knit all sts.
Row 2: Purl all sts.
Row 3: Knit all sts.
Begin working in pattern as follows:
K4, P4 for 7 inches or to your desired width.
Repeat rows 1-3.
Bind off loosely and enjoy!
PDF : Diagonalribbedcowl