Indie Gift Along, Plaid Friday, Small Business Saturday

November 22, 2022

Indie Gift Along, Plaid Friday, Small Business Saturday

Plaid Friday! Small Business Saturday! What's going on?

On Plaid Friday, your purchase in store or online earns you a $10 voucher good on your next purchase from us between November 28th and January 31st.

On Small Business Saturday, we'll have some fresh new merchandise to celebrate, along with free pattern offers from a couple of our vendors.

Both days, we'll have some small thank you gifts with purchase, while supplies last.

Help us kick off a vibrant holiday season of shopping with your local and independent downtown Ellensburg neighbors!

Don't forget: if you've been participating in the Plaid KAL/CAL, send a photo of your progress by the end of the day tomorrow, November 23, and we'll draw for a $25 gift card on Friday!

Current open hours are Monday - Thursday, 7am-3:30pm, Friday 8:30am - 5pm and Saturdays, 9am-4pm.


In-store shopping: masks are optional (but welcome and appreciated). 
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…to learn (and do)


CURRENT CLASSES & EVENTS

Social Stitching

 

Every Saturday, 2-4pm

Join us around the big table for a couple of hours of convivial stitching.

 

Plaid Friday & Small Business Saturday, Friday, November 25 & Saturday, November 26

See above. Enjoy hometown shopping in your favorite downtown!

Holiday Girls Night Out, Thursday, December 8 

Details TBA! 5pm-8pm

Holiday Hours

Thursday, November 24 Closed for Thanksgiving.

Saturday, December 24 Open 9-1 for your last minute shopping! 

Monday, December 26 Closed.

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...to anticipate

 

You may have seen our restock of Malabrigo on Facebook or Instagram--mostly Rios and Rasta, but we also have some of the brand new Mohair base (which was a secret until it was actually available for shops to order (!)). In addition to the colors being lovely on their own, there is also the opportunity to use the mohair with a different base in the same color. Certainly not the only option, but a fun one!

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…to inspire

 

2022 is the 10th year of the Indie Design Gift-a-long -- and possibly the first year I've managed to remember to post about it before the associated pattern sale! 

If you're brand-new to the Indie Design Gift-a-long (or if you need a refresher on the details):

What is Gift-A-Long? It’s a multi-designer promotion to help you kick your holiday gift-making into high gear!
The Indie Design Gift-A-Long is an almost 6 week long KAL/CAL of holiday gifts made from patterns designed by a rather extensive list of independent designers. From November 22nd, 2022 at 5:00 pm US Eastern time zone to December 31, 2022 at midnight US Eastern time zone there will be fun games, contests, and 8 KAL/CALs that will help you get your holiday knitting and crocheting done with companionship and fun! You can read all about the details in this post: click here, or on the FAQ page in our group pages.
Key points:
  • The pattern sale is available to all, whether you ultimately participate in one of the knit-a-long or crochet-a-longs or not.
  • A Ravelry bundle of the 2022 Sale Patterns is here, along with the coupon code that gets you 25% off. The bundle is searchable by clicking on the "advanced" button and applying filters to the results.
  • To participate in the "a-longs" and be eligible to win fabulous prizes, you must join the Indie Design Gift-A-Long group on Ravelry (and follow the directions for posting your projects).
  • The pattern sale runs from 5pm US EST on 11/22 until 11:59pm US EST on 11/28.
  • Use #giftalong2022 or #GAL2022 when posting on social media.

It's a raucous and complex event, but you can dip a toe into the water by buying a single pattern, or you can go for the glory by completing all the challenges! Either way, it's a fun way to enjoy some camaraderie with online fiber friends!

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...to stitch 

It's been a hectic few weeks in my world, but I finished both of the small projects I cast on last week. Spiral Bound is a beanie & cowl set from my shop owner friend, Becca Anderson. I test knit the larger size beanie, which takes less than a skein of Ultra Alpaca Chunky Natural, and if you were to make the set, three skeins would make the hat + cowl. You can see how cozy Becca looks, and when I tried on my finished hat, it was nice and toasty! Ultra Alpaca Chunky Natural is 50% superfine alpaca and 50% Peruvian wool, and comes in seven neutral colors (including two marls). Purchase yarn for this design, and I have Becca's blessing to share a coupon code with you that makes the pattern free!

 

I also finished Rosie Posie Knit Co.'s Reindeer Romp Beanie.  After talking with a customer, I decided to try ladderback jacquard to manage the places where the floats are longer. (I used the instructions in Susan Rainey's It's Not About the Hat pattern, which I purchased and then discovered I had previously purchased in 2016 🤦.) The Reindeer Romp Beanie pattern includes a tutorial for catching longer floats in a more conventional way--I was just in the mood to play around a bit. I made the adult large hat, and used a bit less than one third of each of the three colors--so three skeins would definitely make two hats, and might make three--maybe more if making the baby or toddler sizes. Kits for these festive hats are here.




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