Sunday, February 7, 2010
Are you planning on creating something for a special loved one this Valetine's Day? We have some lovely heart pom pom makers in, that shape into super squishy hearts! All they take is some yarn, the pom pom maker, and a little bit of time and you end up with cute little hearts. Why not use them to decorate a gift, attached to a safety pin to wear one, or even string several together and hang in a window!
Posted by Cast Away at 4:42 PM
Monday, December 21, 2009
Thanks to everyone who made it down to our fun filled Anniversary weekend, (Dec 4th-6th). We had tons of fun visiting with our customers and helping people pick out yarn for their new projects. Lot of fun was had "trimming the tree" with Isla on Saturday making felted ornaments. And then on Sunday, Brookelynn was here doing her "felted playground." Kate Nagle was here too, taking fabulous winter portraits. On saturday we had our fun yarn tasting class where everyone's favorites yarns' were Blue Sky Alpaca's Alpaca Silk and Sport Weight.
And here are some cute little needle felted animals made by the Gast family!
Posted by Cast Away at 9:50 AM
Monday, November 23, 2009
Cast Away is one year old! We are having an anniversary event December 4th - 6th. We will be having a grand time of it with drawings, free felting workshops, sock knitting technique demos including:
Free Demos of ravelry.com & knitfinder.com.
Saturday night will include a yarn tasting event!
On Sunday Kate Nagle will be here from 12-4 pm so come by and let her take some winterific holiday
And of course we will have yarns on sale too!
Click on the flyer to the left for all details, times & specifics.
Posted by Cast Away at 10:38 AM
Monday, October 12, 2009
We just got in a great new yarn by Tahki Yarns, called Truffles! This is devilishly sumptuous, it's just like candy for the hands. The fiber content is 32% cotton, 30% Viscose, 20% Angora, and 18% Nylon. It would be a great to wear in Fall here in Sonoma County, because with the 32% cotton, you'll never get too hot wearing it. Personally, I think it would be perfect for a cool weather version of the Caitlin Shrug (see class schedule). There is 102 yards per skein and we have it in six great colors (the black is an actual pure black).
We also received in Schaefer Yarn's Nichole yarn in five multi-color ways and three solid colored ways. This is a great sock yarn with 405 yards , with a fiber content of 80% extra-fine superwash merino wool and 20% nylon. In addition we've recently put on our shevles Cascade's Pastaza, a 50/50 llama and wool blend, that's perfect for winter. Plus, we have a whole bunch of new colors of Mission Falls 1824 Cotton.
Hope everyone is enjoying the great change in weather we are having. I know here at Cast Away we are, and it's causing our fingers to start itching for more knitting!
Posted by Cast Away at 5:13 PM
Monday, October 5, 2009
This past Saturday Lambtown festival took place in Dixon. It was tons of fun and full of loads of things to see and touch! Much time was spent with the Alpacas; they have such big, round soulful eyes, almost twice the size of most sheep's eyes. They are a bit on the timid side towards strangers, but very loving with their handlers. While I was talking with one owner about one of his young rowdy alpacas, one of his geldings kept rubbing his head against the man's chest, it was very sweet. They also emit these strange mewing sounds, which I was quite surprised to hear.
Later in the day, I watched the fleece and sheep judging shows, which were both judge by Martin Dally, a very well-known judge. He was a wealth of information! At times it was just too much information to take in.
Finally there was the market building with many more booths than I had anticipated. Several booths were small scale artisans, who dye their own roving and yarn. There was a really great array of beautiful selections. I couldn't stop myself from getting a little. I also got to try out a spinning wheel for the first time. I was quite taken with it. And speaking of spinning, in winter we will start carrying spinning supplies in the shop!
It was also fun running into a few of our customers, enjoying the day!
Posted by Cast Away at 3:09 PM