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The Needle News March 2010

I just returned home from a conference in Seattle for yarn shop owners where I learned many things
  • inventory management (not the eyeball method that I am using)
  • negotiations
  • 'Get a Life'-spending less time in the store
  • branding
  • merchandising including colours to use in the store
This got me thinking about many things.  I have decided that I would like to redo the rest of the store which means that Dad and I are designing new shelving units.  I visited five yarn shops while in Seattle and came up with some ideas from each one.

I also thought it was time for a new layout for the newsletter.  Please let me know if you like the new or old layout. 

Summer hours are starting on April 1.

Tuesday-Thursday 10-5:30
Friday noon-7
Saturday 10-4

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Ancaster, Ontario
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Upcoming Knitting Shows
Knitter's Frolic -    May 8, 2010

Knitter's Fair - September 11, 2010

Woodstock Fleece Festival - October 23, 2010

New to the website
Recent Arrivals
- Dream in Color Starry and Smooshy
- all colours of Mini Mochi are back in stock
- buttons handmade in Nepal
- circular needle cases from Namaste

Coming Soon
Baaaaabs the Scissor Holder from Lantern Moon

scissor holder
- addi Click Lace
- more Fiddlehead Mitten kits in Aqua and Green
-buttons made in Vietnam for Lantern Moon

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frolic Knitter's Frolic
Saturday May 8 and Sunday May 9

There are classes being offered on both days but the market is only open on Saturday.  The market features many vendors selling yarn, books, needles, bags and fiber related items.

Tips to Make the Most of the Frolic
. Exact change for the entrance fee is appreciated.
. Bring cash and your credit card. There is no ATM on site. Note that a number of vendors will only accept cash.
. Please come prepared to carry purchased items in your own bags. Vendors must charge 5˘ per plastic bag (City of Toronto bylaw).
. Wear comfortable shoes.
. There will be a café serving coffee and light snacks.

I have had a couple of questions over the past few days and I think that the answers could help you as well.

1.  A customer is making a baby dress and needs to cast on 400 stitches to make the ruffle border.  She kept losing track and the counting was driving her crazy.

After 50 stitches are cast on put a marker on your needle.  Keep repeating this every 50 stitches.  Now you only have to count the groupings and don't have to keep recounting all 400 stitches.

2.  A customer is knitting from a chart for the first time.  Which direction to you read?

Row 1 (and all odd numbered rows) are your right side rows and are read from right to left.  The odd numbered rows are read from left to right.
I suggest you photocopy the chart (enlarging it) and mark off as you do each row.  This way you will always know where you are in the pattern.  If you are like me and have many projects on the go then sometimes a garment will sit in a bag for a while.  I don't have to go back and try to figure out where I am in the pattern.

3.  When sewing together a sweater the customers yarn kept breaking.

I suggest using a strong wool (like Loyal from Naturally) or cotton (Cotton Classic from Tahki) for sewing in a colour that is close to what you are knitting with.  Use the mattress stitch to sew and you won't see that a different yarn was used.
Great patterns for men and women.
Knitting Camp
Elise Duvekot

We are happy to announce that we have added another instructor to our already great line up of teachers for camp. 
Elise wrote the book Knit One Below and will be teaching the techniques from the book.

Saturday morning Elise will be teaching Columns of Colour.  You will learn the basics of her technique.

Saturday afternoon Elise will combine her technique with miters.  You don't need to take Columns of Colour to take this class but Elise does ask that you have some knowledge of miters.

Sunday morning the class is Columns of Cables.  The only prerequisite for this class is that you have some knowledge of cables.

More information about Camp...
lace click Addi Click Lace

Since the introduction of addi's revolutionary addi Click interchangeable needle system (with Turbo® tips), knitters from around the world have been clamoring to know if there would indeed be an addi Click set which would incorporate the Lace tips. Well...the wait is over!

Skacel is proud to introduce the addi Click Lace interchangeable needle system!

Each addi Click Lace kit features 8 pairs of addi Lace tips in metric sizes: 3.50mm, 3.75mm, 4.00mm, 4.50mm, 5.00mm, 5.50mm, 6.00mm, & 8.00mm, along with 5 blue addi cords which create 40cm (16"), 50cm (20"), 60cm (24"), 80cm (32"), & 100cm (40") needles, 1 Click connector, and a gold addi heart pin. The Lace Click tips were created to be shorter in length, to allow for both 40cm (16") and 50cm (20") applications.

While the 60cm (24"), 80cm (32"), & 100cm (40") cords from both sets are fully compatible with any style of tip, the new 40cm (16") and 50cm (20") cords are not compatible with the Turbo® tips. The length of the Turbo® tips combined with these smaller cords, will not allow for proper knitting.

We are crossing our fingers that the needles will be in the store the second week of April.
Our Price: $179.95