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Summer is upon us! Crochet and Knitting is set aside to take advantage of graduations, vacations and family reunions! So I am going to make this newsletter very short!

You can always find out what Henry and I are up to just check out Facebook and Twitter, we're curating Pinterest boards and we have a Ravelry fan group! Henry and I just live to see what our customers are creating! Your creativity inspires us!

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I'll get right to the good stuff first! Sales, Sales, and more Sales!

We have a ton of new yarns due to arrive in a few months, and we need to make room!!
On our clearance page is too-numerous-to-count shades of Lorna's Laces Shepherd Worsted, as well as chunky alpaca, lacey ruffley yarn, baby yarn and more!

Pop over and check it out!


Keeping my place, keeping my sanity!

Keep your charts tidy with Knitter's Pride tools. Magma Keepers are portable, hard-sided and magnetic folders to store your patterns. I absolutely LOVE mine right now for this stranded piece.

Three styles to choose from on our magnetic board page!


ErikaSchmerika Designs

INTRODUCING (drum roll please)
the beginning of a new (and amazing) relationship between ErikaSchmerika Designs and Angelika's Yarn Store!

We are premiering this line with a simple 1 hank project. Want to try an easy lace project? Then here it is!!

This simple lace project needs only 1 hank of Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock, and so it is a perfect "will I like lace" project that won't take you long to complete.

See more details here.

 

Erika Lace wrap was quickly followed by the Farrier Wrap.

If you are ready for a slightly larger project, the Farrier Wrap uses 2 hanks of Shepherd Sock. This colorway is Campbell. I like to call it Mermaid!

See more details here.


Get a FREE $75 gift card.

Purchase a SK280 standard guage punch card,
a SK840 standard guage electronic or
SK155 bulky gauge punch card knitting machine, and we will send you a $75 gift card to use on a future purchase at Angelika's Yarn Store!

This offer cannot be combined with other offers.

Offer ends July 31, 2013, so grab it while its good!


A few weeks ago, I posted this on facebook: "I need your opinion, comments and experiences!! What is the most misleading statement about machine knitting have you ever heard or experienced? "

The responses were many and varied.

Mary Ann: You have to be mechanical and very attentive...to machine knit and its a quick fix... Hand knitting is bucolic , selfish , and a topic of conversation in the doctors waiting room...or a great weapon on the subway... I do both.. It's knitting either way you look at it...
Angelika: That is true! Each method uses a different part of the brain. I can machine knit, but am better when my mind is fresh. In the evening I handknit to unwind.

Pam: I get so you are going for that quick knit that looks manufactured rather than hand knit
Angelika: Most of my work looks hand knit because of all the detail. I've seen things that were so evenly hand knit, I could have bet it was machine knit.

Lorna: It's ok to use a machine to sew but using one to knit is practically criminal! Lol
Angelika: This takes me back to asking the men if they mow the lawn with their teeth! All of those men just loved that answer. And they agreed that maybe it wasn't any more cheeting than any of the other tools we use. We could look at it this way too. Sewing machines sew fabric. We shape fabric pieces from strands of yarn.

Lorna: When someone says it is hand knit,and it is not!!
Angelika: Hand knitting and machine knitting both have their separate corners. And both need to be appreciated for the designs they can do. I find I can be much more creative on my machines. I love to draw out designs, test techniques and then use the machine to produce my end product. It uses a lot of brain cells. There is a lot going on at the same time in the process of machine knitting. It's a challenge, it's a love, it keeps your mind young, it's my passion!

Petra: More than once, I've taken nice compliments on a piece I have worked hard on. When I mention that I've machine knitted it, the smiles freeze and the shutters behind the eyes slam shut.
Angelika: Yea, I've seen that too, Petra. Those individuals do not have an understanding of the techniques and time involved in the design process from pencil to wearable garment.

Petra: "Machine knitting is not REALLY knitting." I get so tired of this I could scream. That is like saying using a sewing machine is not really sewing! People think you stand back, throw yarn at the machine, and it spits out a sweater. Frustrating!
Angelika: LOL Petra! How many times have I explained to people that you don't through yarn at it, and walk away with a completed sweater, blocked and seamed when you return. It's a hobby, and that definition is "an activity done regularly in one's leisure time for pleasure".

Carol: I have been a machine and hannd knitter for about 30 years now. Hand knitting is for relaxation and machine is for production. When I need something in a hurry, the machine does a good job .
Angelika: Way to go Carol!! I'm nearly at 30 years too!

Sandra: not nearly as "easy" as they say..I'd rather handknit anyday..takes longer but but saves my sanity..
Angelika: Sandra you are right! It is a machine, and is a bit more complex and challenging. But I so love the challenge! But, hand knitting saves my sanity too. The simpler the project in hand knitting, the better for me!!

Alex: Rather knit by hand.
Angelika: Understand that, Alex!! In the evenings, that is all I'm good for.

Juan: Yes any one can machine knit as well as anyone can hand knit. The only difference is with hand knitting you can carry it easily. as for machine knitting l think it will be too heavy trying to carry out a machine in a Lantern moon knitting bag.. l preferred call it hand loom knitting since you are still manipulating the stitches by hand... and let me tell you it's not cheap by all means... l know because l am a hand knitter as well as a handloom knitters...
Angelika: Absolutely Juan! These are home hobby machines! And you are very much involved in operating the carriage, using the tools to cast on, bind off, create lace, do cables, shortrow and all other sorts of hand manipulated machine stitches.

Pamela: i have never machine knitted, so no opinion.
Angelika: Pamela, come see me!

Carla: I heard people saying that machine crocheting/knitting is not hand make there for, its cheep 'n anyone can do it....NOT!
Angelika: That is so true, Carla.. For one thing, it is not cheap. The machines are high quality and are an investment. But they have a much lower price tag than sewing machines available today. And it is not the machine that make the end result cheap. It is the quality of the yarn you use. So whether you are hand knitting, crocheting or machine knitting, and you don't want that "cheap" appearance, consider a better quality yarn. It's like baking. It's all in the ingrediants! And not everyone can do it, because not everyone enjoys that process.

Photo: The top in the photograph is a Knit One, Crochet Too pattern, Athena #1740. It is a hand knit pattern. And was in the summer issue, 2 years ago, of Knit 'n Style. Mary Anne Oger wrote notes on how to do the pattern on the knitting machine. I just followed the chart. It is a perfect example of how to recreate something on the machine that has the hand knit look about it. The garment is on display by my machines. Here is the hand knit pattern:Knit One Crochet Too Athena Top


Henry is soooo bad!! I'm so engrossed I didn't even know he was filming!

He calls it "Lost in the Process".

For those curious, I was working on a short rowed hem. It is a deep round. An experienced machine knitter may wonder why I have pulling up on the yarn. There are a lot of needles set to hold, and I didn't want the yarn catching on the wheels of the carriage. I'm not really pulling, but rather making sure it doesn't tug back around a wheel.


A happy bunch of Yarners!

Yarners is a word I created that emcompasses any art or craft that uses yarn! It's a weird word, but it works!

This was taken at one of our Saturday open table groups. On Saturdays, after 11:00, new yarners, experienced yarners, and yarners wishing to soak up the atmosphere can join and share.

Looks like a happy bunch doesn't it!


Customer Joanne's amazing crochet afghan!

Joanne comes in with a smile on her face every time we see her. We totally enjoy her projects! Henry has helped many people with color selection but this one by far is his FAVORITE. The yarn is Cascade Pacific worsted. The afghan is crocheted.

Henry is my go to guy for color combinations. I don't even try anymore, I just ask Henry! You can too! Let us know how you get color inspired!

From Joann: I found the pattern on a crochet blog. The site address is: http://simply-crochet.blogspot.com/2012/03/grannies-and-ripples-afghan.html The author of the blog states that she modified a baby blanket pattern found at: http://www.caron.com/projects/ss/ss69_baby_granny_stripes.html. The afghan I made is much larger than even the blogspot pattern. It measured 46" x 76". The width is determined by the number of granny squares; the length by the number of ripple rows. Hope this helps. Joanne

Thank you Joanne!! Send us your projects and we may feature you in our next newsletter!


Sister's incredible generousity!

This is what Joan and her sister, Joyce, knit. They have numerous boutiques they sell through and the proceeds of the baby hat sales go to Operation of Hope. (http://operationofhope.org/)

The sisters are a lot of fun. Always smiling and laughing! Have wonderful youthful attitudes! Such sweethearts with big hearts!

Operation of Hope Worldwide, based in Lake Forest, California is a public not-for-profit, all-volunteer surgical team that provides free surgeries to children in developing countries who are born with or suffering from facial deformities. Founded in 1988, by retired ear, nose and throat physician Dr. JP Clawson, the team has impacted the lives of over 3,000 children.



Yarn: Cascade Fixtion. We stock every color they make.


Thank you for your patronage and patience! Henry and I deeply appreciate all our customers. We look forward to seeing and hearing from you soon. 'Til the next newsletter . . . . happy yarning! Angelika