Archive for August 2008

Aug282008

A sign

My mom called the shop last night and wanted to know if I’d be leaving right at 5 or if I would stick around for a few minutes.  She had a surprise for me.

I get a little worried when she says stuff like that.

Thankfully, her surprise was very cool — she had had someone hand-paint that sign for me and wanted to deliver it!

Now, I just need to figure out where I’m going to have Mark it hang it for me…and he just took a bunch of his tools home, so he’ll probably have to bring things back to work on it…

Aug212008

Have Your Cake

I saw this adorable book and just had to check it out — it’s from a new-to-me designer, Dodi Lee Poulsen of Two Sisters at Squirrel Hollow.

There are some very cute quilt projects in this book — all of which come with matching cake recipes.   Poulsen couldn’t decide what fabric cuts to design with — layer cakes, fat quarters, jelly rolls — so she used them all.  Each quilt uses a different “cut” of fabric, and she also included a quilt made from fat eighths, one from charm squares, as well as a yardage based project.

I’m trying to decide if I should start with Birthday Cake, or Angel Food Cake — or maybe Tweet D Pie (because sometimes you’d rather have pie instead!)  And those are just the desserts, I’m considering.  Maybe I should start with one of the quilts, first!

Or maybe I’ll just have some Beef Cake:

There’s a little bit of something for everyone, and I think this book is a great addition to your quilting library.

Have Your Cake and Eat it Too — $21.95

Plus!  I’ve extended my special blog discount until the 24th, so you have a few more days if you want 15% off your purchase of $25 or more — just use Promo Code  Blog0821 when you check out!

Until next time,

Suzanne

Aug152008

Socks

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When my Mom started making socks, I didn’t quite get it.

I mean, socks are just socks, right? You can buy them in a pack of 6 for not a whole lot of dough. And then when they wear out you just buy a new pack of 6 and start allover again.
And then she made me a pair.

And I was an instant convert.

Some day, my knitting skills might be up to the task, but for now, I’m the willing recipient of any pair of socks, in any fiber that Mom wants to make for me. She’s currently working on a pair of lacy socks out of this pretty yarn.  (Although:  I don’t think she’s making this pair big enough for MY big feet…)

(That’s Heritage Sock Yarn in Tutu: $12.15 per 100g skein, a skein makes one pair of socks!) We’ve got several other solid colors, plus Heritage comes in some really yummy hand-painted variations, too.

Mom has made socks for my twin boys and my husband — and with his size 14 feet, you can imagine how big those socks are! We’ve got a number of “manlier” sock options available, including this one:

That one is ZigZag Sock Yarn by King Cole in Granite. $14.80 for a 100g skein, a skein makes a pair of socks. Plus, the colors do actually Zig and Zag as you knit the socks! Check out the other shades of ZigZag, too!

Last, but certainly not least in the sock yarn department is our selection of Opal Sock Yarns!

The photos of the skeins of yarn don’t really do them justice. The amazing patterns that are created when you knit with this sock yarn are just amazing.

I think this one is my favorite:

From the Rainforest 3 Collection, Antonia die Sinnliche. $17.95 per 100g skein, makes one pair.

Or maybe this one:

That’s Rendez-Vous, color number 2060, $17.95 per 100g skein (makes one pair!).

You’ll just have to go look at the rest to see which is your favorite:

Opal Sock Yarn

Of course, sock yarn isn’t just for socks.

The Cabbage Patch Doll’s jacket and socks are made from Wildfoote Sock Yarn, Rock and Roll. The bear’s jacket and hat were made using Opal Rainforest 3 Kasimir der Draufganger.

The jackets would fit a newborn, they are made using the Baby Surprise Jacket pattern by Elizabeth Zimmerman. I don’t have that pattern in stock (yet) but I’ll post an update as soon as I get it in stock! It does make me wonder what else you could make out of sock yarn that wasn’t socks…I’ll have to look for some more awesome patterns. All of the sock yarn we carry is washable, so it would make a great choice for a baby garment or other accessory!

Oh wait! I forgot to tell you about the Wildfoote Sock Yarn! Well, I guess you’ll just have to go look at those great colors on your own! There’s quite a few really great multi-colored options!

One last thing — if you’ve read this far, you deserve a reward! How about 15% off your order of $25 or more (before sales tax and shipping)! This coupon is good only until August 21, 2008! Use promo code: BLOG0821.

One more last thing — be sure to tell your knitting and quilting friends about me! Here’s a handy link to the shop:

http://shop.knotsandbolts.com

and the blog!

http://www.knotsandbolts.com/blog

Stay tuned for future posts with more features!

Suzanne

Aug132008

What’s new (well, what isn’t new?)

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See that’s the trouble as I’ve tried to think about what to highlight on the blog, here.  Everything’s new, so where do I start!

I’ve decided to start with an overview of everything, just to give you a general idea of what we’ve got and where we are headed!

Fabric

All of the fabric at Knots & Bolts is 100% cotton quilt shop quality fabric.

A very few bolts are priced at $4.50 per half yard — right now that’s just the Maywood Studios fabric.

We’ve got several colors of their Shadowplay fabrics, and some of the Cottage Garden by Willowberry Lane fabrics (the rest is still on order!)  The Shadow Play line is a nice line of a marbled texture — almost solid, but not quite.  Cottage Garden has a very pretty floral focal piece, the scan doesn’t even do it justice:

Cottage Garden by Willowberry Lane

The rest of the fabric?  If you’ve been to the site, you know:  it’s only $2.49 per half yard!  (That’s $4.98 per yard…)  Once upon a time, it all sold for $8 or $9/ yard, but I have found a source for closeout fabric, which is how I’m able to sell these older fabrics (that are still great quality) at such a great price.

Right now you can look at the whole swath of fabrics at one go:  Value Fabric, or you can view it by Color or by Manufacturer.  As we get more fabric, we’ll start adding Theme categories, too, so you’ll be able to look at all of our florals, or all of the Christmas fabric.

One last special deal to mention about the fabric:  if you like to collect fat quarters, you can order one of our Baker’s Dozen fat quarter bundles — let us pick out 13 fat quarters from our collection, and you can have 13 for the price of 12! If you order more than one bundle, we’ll make sure you don’t get any duplicates!

Yarn

We’ve got so much yummy yarn.  I haven’t been much of a knitter until lately, but right now, I’m salivating over the yarn.  I’m ready to make something in every single color and fiber.

You can browse our yarns by color, by fiber, by manufacturer or by weight.

Most of our yarn comes from Cascade.

Our 100% wool staple yarn is Cascade 220.  This is the yarn that is top of the charts at Ravelry.  We have 55 colors in stock, and there are over 200 colors available.  If we don’t have the color you want, we’ll gladly order it!  This yarn felts beautifully, has a nice, consistent texture and even color.

We have a number of great sock yarns, including some from Cascade, Opal, King Cole and Brown Sheep Company.  Here’s a look at my favorite.  I could just eat this up.  This is Heritage Sock Yarn, in a handpainted version called Aqua Sol:

Our most exotic yarn is called Pastaza.  It’s a Llama/Wool blend. This color is called Ruby.

There’s more, of course — I could keep going for pages, but I’m probably wearing you out.

Notions and Patterns

But I can’t wrap this up with drawing your attention to our notions category, which includes knitting needles from Inox and Clover, as well as Boye crochet hooks, and a variety of other necessities for knitting/crochet and sewing.

We don’t have a lot of patterns and books yet, but we do have a few — we’ve got some knitting, some quilting, as well as some other crafts, plus more on the way, soon!

Coupon

Well, if you’ve made it this far, I thank you for staying with me!  Most of you who are reading right now have probably already seen a coupon, but this one is special for those of you actually reading the new blog, and it’s a much shorter term:

15% off your order of $25 or more (before sales tax and shipping), good only until August 21, 2008!  Use promo code: BLOG0821

And really, the coupon shouldn’t be a secret — tell all of your friends, who doesn’t like a sale?!?

Happy quilting, knitting, crocheting or whatever else you like to do!
Suzanne

Aug112008

Free pattern, take two

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After thinking about it some more, I decided to do the whole free pattern a little differently.

Instead of making you go through the shopping cart, I’m just going to link directly to it here and let you have it.

Free Pinata Booty Pattern

The pattern is still available for free from the shopping site, but you can simply click the link above and get your copy!

If you do download the pattern, would you consider posting a link to the Knots & Bolts blog (http://www.knotsandbolts.com/blog) on your blog (if you have one?)?

No strings are attached, but I’d appreciate it if you’d help spread the word about my new blog and shop!
Thanks and have a great day!!

Aug112008

Pinata Booty

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In honor of Traer’s 2008 Winding Stairs Festival (Fiesta on 2nd Street), I designed a fun, simple quilt using some really cute Candy print fabric (plus a stack of great bright fat eighths).

You might have noticed this one hanging in the front window in the shop tour I posted below — along with a Pinata!  I figured this is the sort of “booty” that quilters would like to see tumble out of their Pinata!

The quilt is available as a kit, which includes the pattern and the fabric needed to make the quilt top (plus binding!).  The backing is not included, but we have a bunch of the candy fabric (the tossed candy, plus the candy stripes in white or purple) in stock (and at a great price!).  You would need 3.5 yards (or a quantity of 7 half-yards in the shopping cart) in order to piece a back for this lap-sized quilt.

Pinata Booty Quilt Kit

I’ve also made the pattern available as a FREE download!  You do have to add the pattern to your shopping cart, and go through the checkout process to get it, but it’s pretty easy to do (plus it is free!).

Pinata Booty Free Pattern (via the shopping cart)

The pattern is available directly from here, so you don’t have to go through the Knots & Bolts shopping cart:

Free Pinata Booty Pattern (direct PDF download)

The quilt is a very easy log cabin variation, and the pattern would work with Jelly Rolls, too!  Fun for kids — of all ages!  The finished quilt measures 55 by 65, making it a great candidate for a Quilt of Valor, as well.

Aug102008

Shop Tour

How about a tour of the shop!

Coming in the front door looking straight ahead:

Turn to your right:

Turn to your left and walk into the next room:

On the opposite wall:

Through the divider to the next area, on the right:

And on the other wall:

Through the doorway into the Hall of Notions:

Opposite the notions (looking at it from the other end of the hallway):

Into the Classroom aka Drop-In Knitting Lounge (from the doorway looking in):

More of the Knitting Lounge:

The Longarm Quilting Room:

One more view of the yarn area in the front of the shop (the door to the longarm room is on the left,  just beyond ladybug wallhanging.

A lot of what’s on the walls right now are things that my Mom and I have made over the years, hanging so that the walls are covered.  As time goes on those will hopefully fill up with lots of samples from shop patterns and fabric!

Stay tuned for future posts in which I’ll highlight various fabrics,  yarns, patterns and books that are available in the shop!

Have a great weekend!

Suzanne

Aug82008

The help

Don’t they look helpful?

We are minutes away from closing on our first day! It’s been busy, but fun! It started off with me getting pink lemonade on my new shirt, which seemed about par for the course. Thankfully it wasn’t an omen or anything, and we’ve had a lot of wonderful visitors.

I just realized that I didn’t actually have a link to the shop’s website here on this blog, but I do now — it’s over on the left in the Blogroll.

I’ll also add it here:

http://www.knotsandbolts.com or http://shop.knotsandbolts.com

Aug72008

T minus 12 hours and counting

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Well, I guess we are down to 11.5 hours now — I’ve been posting updates on my personal blog (http://blog.saltcreekquiltco.com) but nothing here for a few days.  So much going on!  I think we are nearly ready to open the doors and actually let people in the store tomorrow.  Not that the mess of stuff has stopped people from coming in already — several ladies came in today and bought some fabric, never mind that I didn’t have any change or my accounting program ready to go!

I’ll be posting more here as time goes, particularly updates about products in the shop and so forth, so stay tuned!

And look for pictures of our grand opening, too!