Live Facebook Sale, featuring La Jolla from Baah! Yarns

La Jolla Live Sale!My live box opening videos on Facebook are super popular, which I think is awesome. You all do love to watch me be a dork and moon over every bit of yarn I get in!! I’ve decided to step up my game a bit, so in addition to just opening a box of brand new yarn on Friday at 4:30p, you all will have the first opportunity to score a skein (or five or ten… whatever you need!). Here’s how YOU can participate:
  1. Head over to YG’s Facebook page at 4:30p on Friday afternoon (click here, and make sure you like the page, if you haven’t already, and make sure you are receiving the live notifications).
  2. Watch the live video.
  3. Participate by sharing, commenting, oohing and ahhing over your favorites.
  4. If you see a color that you want to purchase, comment “sold” + a description (either the name, the color, etc) and how many hanks.
  5. I will follow up after the sale with a message confirming the purchase, and we will arrange payment/shipping from there!
One lucky yarn lover will be chosen to win a free skein, just for watching live, and participating (no purchase necessary… though it is encouraged!!)
So what yarn are you going to be seeing during this grand reveal?  A brand-new-to-YG yarn dyer, Baah! Yarns and their most popular base, La Jolla.  The yarn is a fingering weight, 100% merino wool, lusciously dyed explosion of color. Check it out on Baah’s website, and start making your shopping list:
And if you need some inspiration, check out these patterns on Ravelry!

Jen Lucas is coming!

Book CoversJen Lucas, author of Sock-Yarn Shawls (an awesome book we used at a retreat one year!) is coming to Charlotte for a weekend full of lace and shawls. I am super excited to bring her to mid-Michigan for all of my customers… shawls are one of your favorite things to knit, and you’ll be able to get some great tips, tricks, and techniques from a published designer and author.

Thursday night she’ll be at YG for a book signing/kick off party, where you’ll be able to pick up signed copies of all her books, as well as meet her and get excited about the classes.

Friday is a day of mini-workshops, great for getting in depth on a particular subject in shawls.  Want to get started knitting a shawl, but the cast on has you confused?  Check out the Be Fab with Garter Tab class!Garter Tab Cast On

Do you tend to just stick to the same old bind off for your shawls?  Maybe it ends up a little tight, not allowing the lace to truly block out to its potential.  Then you should check out Decorative Shawl Bind Offs!decorative bind offs

The afternoon will see an interesting look at how changing up your lace stitches can affect your overall look in a project. I am particularly excited about this class… I love learning the technical aspects of the craft and think that “reading” the fabric I create is really cool! The link for that class is here, called Switch a Lace Stitch.Switch A Lace Stitch

The final class of the day offers a look at different ways to edge a shawl, in Lovely Lace Borders.Lovely Lace Borders

Saturday is for all of you that are aspiring designers, or just a person with a vision of a shawl with no pattern.  Jen will be doing a six hour, in depth workshop focusing on designing your OWN top-down shawl… how cool is that!? Click here, Design Your Own Sock-Yarn Shawl, for more details and to sign up!

Friday and Saturday’s events will be held at YG’s neighbor, The Hall (127 S. Cochran), to accommodate the number of students we anticipate signing up.  Check in will be at YG for all classes, and lunch will be provided for Saturday’s students.

Registration for all Jen’s classes will begin at noon on Saturday, August 26th. Set an alarm to be sure to get in!

2012 Mid Mitten Yarn Shops Treasure Hunt

Mark your calendars for the weekend of October 4th – 7th. YG and three other area shops are staging a treasure hunt and you’re invited to hunt with us! A limited number of maps go on sale at each location on this coming Wednesday, August 22, so be sure to call and reserve yours. Or better yet, get here and pick up your map and bag in person! For just $15 you get a map filled with valuable coupons, an adorable tote bag, a gift from each shop you visit, plus entry into each shop’s grand prize drawing (you must make a purchase at each shop to be entered into the drawings).
In addition to all of this, you can enter to win one of two Grand Prize shopping sprees:

Shopping Spree #1: $200 gift certificate good at any of the participating shops
Shopping Spree #2: $100 gift certificate good at any of the participating shops

So grab some friends and make a weekend of it!

Participating Shops:
Yarn Garden, 517-541-9323
Woven Art, 517-203-4467
Old Town Sticks and Strings, 517-372-1000
Rae’s Yarn Boutique, 517-336-9276

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Lansing Area Stitch ‘n’ Pitch!

The masterminds at Yarn Garden and Woven Art are joining forces for another great event this summer. Join us for Ladies Night on Wednesday, August 15th as we host a Stitch ‘n’ Pitch at Cooley Law School Stadium. We’ll be cheering on Lansing’s own Lugnuts from under the safety of the Tailgate Terrace, just in case Mother Nature decides to bless us with rain again! For just $35, there will be a catered dinner, men in baseball pants, drink specials, a goody bag (with handmade stitch markers from Meg, among other things!), and a host of other Ladies Night activities. There are a limited number of tickets on sale NOW, so call soon to reserve yours!

WWKIP Day!

Saturday, June 16th from 1p – 4p.

YG will be celebrating World Wide Knit in Public Day with a picnic potluck and knitting out on our front sidewalk. Our town’s local festival, Celebrate Charlotte, will be going on, with an arts and crafts fair going on across the street. Perfect for public knitting! YG will be providing hot dogs with all the trimmings, all we ask is that you bring a dish to pass to share with your fellow knitters. See you then!

Shop Local for Mother’s Day!

Shop area businesses this Saturday, May 5th, and be entered to win a grand prize basket featuring items and gift certificates from local shops and restaurants. Increase your odds for winning by stopping by as many businesses that day as possible, PLUS get entered to win a second chance prize at each location! YG’s second chance prize is a beautiful shawl pin from Annie Adams. Other participating businesses: