December 13, 2010                     Thistle

It's a snow day for me.  Giving me time to remain in bed (yes, I consider it a luxury to lie in bed in my jammies) and put together the newsletter.  And after I finish, I plan on getting back to my knitting.  Not counting all of my other UFO's I am  presently knitting the Maltese Hat, a swirled lace shawl, convertible mittens, scarf, cowl, and socks.

Twenty Years of Zitron Trekking Sock Yarn Knit Along and Contest

For the next six months we are participating in a knit along (KAL) with Skacel.  Every month the shoppe will receive special yarn for a monthly project.  Read on.....

Featuring Michelle Hunter of Knit Purl Hunter

Skacel Collection, Inc. is proud to announce their Twenty Years of Zitron Trekking Knit Along and Contest. The Knit Along, hosted by Michelle Hunter of Knit Purl Hunter, will begin in January of 2011 and run six months, concluding July 15th. Every month a new one skein project will be featured, that introduces knitters to a different technique.

Instructions for the project will be posted in increments on a weekly basis, along with educational "how-to" video clips. Each week a little bit more will be revealed! For those participating, there will be weekly and monthly prizes awarded, culminating in July with the grand-prize. The winner will receive a weekend get-away for two to Seattle including a trip to Skacel and a $1,000 shopping spree for yarns and needles in their warehouse!

Knit Along Overview

  • Each month will feature a one skein project.

  • Each project will feature one specific color of Trekking. To qualify for the contest, the contestant must knit with a Zitron Trekking yarn. Additional chances to win prizes will be given to those who knit the project in the featured color from the Supply List.

  • Instructions for the projects will be posted on the Knit Purl Hunter website.

  • Instructions for each month will be posted in four segments, with each segment revealing the next step. The first segment of each month will be posted on the 1st of the month. The second, third and fourth segments will be posted on the 8th, 15th and 22nd of that month respectively.

  • Each project will feature a different technique. Video Clips on these techniques will be posted on the Knit Purl Hunter website.

  • Once posted, all instructions will remain on the website through July 15th, 2011.

  • A forum for questions and comments can be found on the Knit Purl Hunter website.

Contest Overview

  • The Grand Prize: One lucky knitter will receive an all-expense paid weekend getaway for two to Seattle, Washington and the Skacel warehouse, where they will be given one $1,000 shopping spree in yarn and needles of their choice. Included is: roundtrip coach airfare for two to Seattle from any major city in North America, hotel accommodations (one double room), all transportation and meals. Travel must be completed by November 1st, 2011. Date of trip will be mutually determined by skacel collection, Inc. and winner.

  • The Not-So-Grand but none-the-less Great Prize: There will be five contestants who will receive a year's worth of Zitron Trekking! They will be sent one skein of Zitron Trekking per month beginning on August 1st 2011 and ending July 1st, 2012. Colors will be chosen by skacel collection, Inc.

  • Monthly Prizes: There will be at least 7 winners each month! One contestant will win a set of addi Clicks of their choice: addi Lace, addi TurboŽ, addi Natura or addi Crochet. Two contestants will win a stuffed skacel promo bag. Goodies inside will vary from month to month. A minimum of four random prizes will be awarded to those who frequent the Skacel and Knit Purl Hunter websites.

Happy Knitting!

Skacel Collection, Inc.

Skacel KAL

Skacel Rules

I will be knitting along, so if you have any questions, you may stop by on the days that I am at the shoppe - Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday.

If you want to participate, we encourage you to sign up ahead of time so we can have the yarn set aside for you.  You may call us, email, or stop by.

Classic Elite Trunk Show

We are hosting a trunk show from Classic Elite.

Classic Elite
Portland Tweed Brioche Tweed Pullover

Classic Elite

Classic Elite
Moorland Foldover Cowl Pullover

Classic Elite

Portland Tweed Curved Front Cardigan

There is more at the shoppe.  Stop by and fondle.  We will have the garments until Christmas.

 What's New and Updated

Lots of new books, patterns and a full stock of needles. Included are:

Knitter's Companion with DVD
Knitting Block by Block
Marion Foale Knitting Collection
Diagonal Knitting

Nordic Knits
Sock yarn one skein

 We are also now carrying the Addi Swing Crochet Hook .

Last Minute Gifts

Looking for a present?  Here are our suggestions:

Bee BalmBeeBar
Basket with notions
Shawl pin
Gift Certificate

Crochet or knit a:
   Misti Alpaca Chunky, Burly Spun, and Lamb's Pride Bulky will take about 4 hours.

 Free Patterns

Here Comes Treble  - A crocheted cowl made with one skein of Burly Spun.

Cranberry Sauce - One skein of Misti Alpaca Chunky knitted into a hat.

Infinity Cowl - Knit a cowl with two skeins of Misti Alpaca Chunky.

Whip It -  Knit a Christmas stocking using 2 skeins of Lamb's Pride Bulky .  The designer says it takes 3 hours.  You will need to be a Ravelry user for this pattern.

Sock Knitting Bag -  This uses 2 to 3 skeins of Lamb's Pride Bulky, depending on the colorway you want.  You could also use this as a gift bag.

Waldorf Play Crown - A crown to make someone feel special.

Thistledown Shoppe
Suttons Bay, MI  49682
231-271-YARN (9276)

The Wee Shoppe with a Big Heart

Mon through Sat 10-6 Sun 12 -4

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

Want an up to date listing of what we carry and what we are doing?  Check out the blog.
  Kathy Dawkins, Betsy Eike, Ruth Ziter, Diane Cavagnini, and Doreen Tyrrell
 Yarn Lover's Night

We are taking a break from Yarn Lover's Night for the month of December.  We will start back up on Wednesday, January 5 and will continue on Wednesdays after that.

Macatawa Knitting patterns

Knitting patterns for 18" dolls that fit American Girl,  Natterer dolls, and a few that fit 15" or Bitty Baby Dolls.