Thistledown Shoppe
December 10, 2008
Thistledown Shoppe Newsletter

In This Issue
Last Minute Gifts
Wish List and Gift Certificates
New and Updated
A gift for you
Gifts for Foster Youth
A Sad Note
Join Our Mailing List
One of the reasons I love winter is for the holiday season.  I love the decorations, the lights, the food, the parties!  I also love being in a warm home with the fireplace crackling away; my knitting in my lap, good music, and hot chocolate. 

Following are some ideas to help you be prepared for this Christmas.  Remember, we are open seven days a week and are here to help.

Last Minute Gifts for the Holiday Season

For the children:
Cuddle Toys (little bears) by Oat Couture        Cuddle toys
Easy Knit Baby Blankets by Fiber Trends

For the adults:
Fingerless gloves
Neck warmers
Knitted hand towels
Leg Warmers
Sock Ornament             Sock ornament

For the pets:
Catnip Mousies, pattern by Kalamazoo Knits        Catnip mousies

Buddy Bears and Bones, pattern by Fiber Trends

To go along with your handknitted gift, we have lavender scented sachets to tuck in with your scarf, sheep shaped soaps, Sweater Stones, LED lights that are great for readers and crafters, knitting calenders, shawl pins, yarn ball earrings, bedside books, and cedar blocks.

Xtraflex2                  Sweater Stone

Wish List and Gift Certificates

What about those who want to buy you a gift, but don't know what to get you?

We have several options.  The easiest one is a gift certificate.  We will keep a card on file containing all of the information of your gift certificate, so you do not have to bring in your certificate to use it.  Or, come in, fill out a card for your wish list and we will keep it on file, all ready for your friends and relatives.
New and Updated 

Cotton to make dishcloths
New colors in the ShiBui yarn
More colors in the Cascade Eco Wool
More colors in the Sock Religious
6-ply Opal sock yarn (you use size 3 US needle)
New colors in the Schaefer Anne sock yarn (gorgeous hand-dyed)

Bag Style
Yarn Harlot's Free Range Knitter and Secret Life of a Knitter
Sally Melville's Purl Stitch and Color
Hip to Knit
Cat Bordhi's Second Treasury of Magical Knitting
Selbuvotter  Biography of a Knitting Tradition
Elizabeth Zimmermann's Opinionated Knitter    

Knitting Pure and Simple: Neckdown Pullover Tunic, Bulky V-Neck Pullover, Mid Weight Neck Down Pullover for Women, Basic Cardigan Vest for Men, Bulky Hooded Vest for Women, Neck Down Swing Coat, Kimono Style Cardigan
Vermont Fiber Designs: Simple Cable Pullover, Double Chain Cable Pullover,  Sailor's Rib V-Neck     Pullover
Keep It Simple: Peruvian Ruana, Cabled Poncho
Ripple Beret & Scarf by Oat Couture
Dolce Handknit:  Savannah, Monterey,

Port Fairy     Port Fairy

We have stocked up on circular knitting needles -  Addi Turbo, Inox, and KA bamboo.  We also have oodles of knitting counters; such as the Kacha-Kachas,  ones that fit on your needles, and the Peg-It counters. 

Need help with your seaming?  We have Knit Klips to hold your pieces together. 

Tired of your stitches falling off of your needles?  We have all sizes of point protectors, including ones for double pointed needles.

Love to cable?   We have the J- shaped, U-shaped, and straight cable needles.

And we have markers - beautiful hand crafted markers, locking markers. soft markers, heart shaped markers.

Personalize your gifts with needle felting.  We have kits and needles.


Interweave Knits   Interweave Knits

Happy Holidays to our customers!

  Stop in - We have a gift for you.

Gifts for Foster Youth

This Monday night, for Yarn Lover's Night, we will be doing something a little bit different.  Grand Traverse Pie is generously donating pie to us as we create gifts for the foster youth in our community.  If you do not have the time to quickly knit or crochet something, then drop off a gas card, or grocery card, or any other new item that can be given to them.  We have 97 youth and  we would love to have full bags for them on December 18.
If you are not able to join us Monday evening, you may drop off your item by Tuesday morning of the 16th.
  A Sad Note

For those of you that have purchased the sock yarn hand dyed by Fourth Coast Fibers, we are sad to announce that Kathy Rowe passed on early last Friday.  May her spirit be at peace.  

Fourth Coast Fibers

Good by Kathy, we will miss your creative talents. 

Contact Us

Thistledown Shoppe
Fine Yarns and Notions
PO Box 52
419 N St. Joseph St.
Suttons Bay, MI  49682
231-271-YARN (9276)

The Wee Shoppe with a Big Heart

Monday through Saturday 10-6 
Sunday 12 -4

Yarn Lover's Night: every Monday 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Spinning Night: every Wednesday 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Kathy Dawkins, Melody Jakubiak, Betsy Eike, Jillian MacLellan, and Susan Curtis

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And, by the way, thanks to all of you that contributed to our No Idle Hands Project.  We collected over 130 hats, scarfs, and mittens.  I knew how wonderful our knitting community was, and your response is overwhelming.