Monday, September 24, 2012

Come meet Stephen West & the Colorway Winner

We have TWO exciting announcements today!

Come meet Stephen West!
Sunday September 30

Stephen West will be visiting Hill Country Weavers Sunday, September 30 for a book signing and presentation! Well known for his innovative patterns and creative styling Stephen will be here to talk about his new book and present a trunkshow of these and earlier works.

Stop in to hear him talk about his inspirations! We will have 2 slideshow presentations at 2pm & 4pm - if you'd like to attend please give us a call at 512-707-7396 to reserve your spot. Seating is limited so call today!

Even if you can't attend the talk come by Sunday and get a copy of his new Westknits Book 4, Made for Movement - we'll have ebook copies available for sale with commemerative bookplates so you can still get your copy signed! (Print copies of the book will be available for pickup in October).

And the Winner is....

Announcing the NEW The Best Little Paintbrush Kit Colorway:


The winner of our random drawing of everyone who voted:


Rebecca wins a $20 gift certificate to Hill Country Weavers! 
(We are emailing you right now with details.)


Have a super great day and we'll see you Sunday!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Cast Your Vote and Get a Chance to Win a Gift Certificate!

Hey Y'all! Hill Country Weavers is going to make a new Paintbrush Kit Colorway to premier at the crawl. We're calling it The Best Little Paintbrush Kit Colorway. We want your help deciding which colors to use. Below you'll find three choices. You can vote for one by leaving a comment here in the comment section. Be sure to include your name and email address. We'll pick a winner at random from those of you who VOTE BY SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 23rd, 2012!! Winner gets a $20 gift certificate to the shop.  
In other news relating to the upcoming Best Little Yarn Crawl in Texas, you can click here to check out yarn crawl prizes. And please note that there are going to be two new stores on the crawl this year-- The Happy Ewe in Jonestown and the Lucky Ewe in New Braunfels. Plus, of course, there's the whole list of ewe-sual suspects we'll be visiting. For more info, a complete list of stores, and registration, go to the Hill Country Yarn Crawl website.
CAST YOUR VOTE-- Just take a look at the color combos, pick your favorite, and vote for it BY NUMBER in the comment section. Be sure to include your name and email address. 

Monday, September 10, 2012

6th Annual Hill Country Yarn Crawl
Columbus Day Weekend October 5th-8th, 2011

Proudly Hosted By:
Gauge Knits, Austin 
Happy Ewe, Jonestown
Hill Country Weavers, Austin
Lucky Ewe, New Braunfels  
Nan’s Needleworks, Horseshoe Bay
Old Oaks Ranch Fiber Arts Center, Wimberley  
The Knitting Nest, Austin  
The Tinsmith’s Wife, Comfort   
Yarnivore, San Antonio 
Yarnorama, Paige

Crawl Hours: Friday and Saturday, 8am - 7pm,
Sunday and Monday, 9am-6pm

Hop onboard for 4 fun-filled days crawling your way through
10 yarn shops throughout central Texas.
Bring family, meet up with friends and make new ones.
Win Prizes and discover new ways to feed your fiber obsession,
meet local fiber artists up close and delight in their wares!

Passports and bus tickets go on sale TODAY - SEPTEMBER 10th!

Bus spots fill up fast so be sure to register soon
if you would like to participate in the bus tour!

Find out How to Play: 

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Get Ready 'Cause First Thursday is Coming and It's a BIG SALE!

Celebrate September
 Cascade Trunk Show and Yarn Tasting

25% off any Cascade Yarn
get a "taste" of fall and become eligible for a door prize!

   Annual Back to School First Thursday Sale!

Get ready for the ABC's of kniiting
20% savings on all your Fall favorites

sock yarn
machine-washable yarn

Order on for 20% off your online yarn purchase this Thursday.
Just use code BACKTOSCHOOL when you go to checkout to claim your discount!

*previously marked down items not included in sale

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Great News: New Longer Sunday Hours!!

Hey Y'all!
Starting this Sunday, September 3, 2012, we have extended hours! Now you can shop from noon til 5 every Sunday. Five hours-- that's about right for taking your time on the weekend. See you Sundays!

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Oh Happy Day! The New Pattern Collection is Here!

Hey Y'all,
As you know, in the past few years Hill Country Weavers has gotten into the design game in a big way. With the release of three pattern books, it's safe to say HCW is firmly established. Well today we take the next big step with the release of a new, bigger and better Prairie Bliss Collection! Yay us! This version, officially known as Prairie Bliss Book 1, includes seven new patterns and four favorites we've presented before. Inspired by the rolling hills west of Austin, the collection brings a taste of Central Texas to wherever you are with knit and crochet patterns designed by Austinites and friends of Hill Country Weavers. We've taken yarns from some of our favorite small yarn mills and dyers to make up a soft neutral palette accented with bright pops of floral colors.

Below are some visual bon mots to give you an idea of what to expect. You can buy the book online at the Hill Country Weavers website or purchase individual patterns on the Hill Country Weavers Ravelry Page. Also, don't miss our ad in the latest edition of the most excellent Twist Collective, an online knitting mag.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

No Really, Fall Will Get Here-- We're Ready!

So, okay, August has just begun and, yes, the triple digit thing is upon us. For a little relief we suggest two options. The first is to remember that this time last year was totally miserable, no green anywhere, and a million degrees every day. By comparison, we're doing great. On the other hand, that option means actually thinking about last summer's misery. So really, you only have one true option and that is to 
THINK ABOUT THE FALL! We've got lots of great stuff coming up. Here's a sneak peek list. Keep your eyes on the prizes, folks! Cooler weather and lots of cool events. To wit: 

End of September-- Stephen West Trunk Show and Book Signing! 

Plus Debbie will teach a Stephen West shawl class.

6th Annual Hill Country Yarn Crawl!
 October 5 - 8, 2012

Amy from Madeline Tosh is coming in October and she's going to teach a weekend of classes. 

Updated, expanded, new, improved, bigger & better Prairie Bliss Collection is coming out. 

And another weaving and knitting book on the horizon! 
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Monday, July 30, 2012

First Thursday - A sale of olympic proportions!

We've checked our sales and awarded our top selling yarns gold, silver and bronze medals! 
Get 25%, 23% or 21% off depending on where they fall on our podium!

Plus! Enjoy a discount on some top qualifiers!

Knit your own medal with 19% off anything with metallic or sparkle.

Sprint to the finish with bulky yarns! Get 19% off anything with a stitch gauge of 2.5 = 1" or less.

Vote for your own medal winner - the yarn with the most votes at 6pm on Wednesday is also 19% off!
(select your choice on the poll to the right of this post!)

Sale Date: Thursday, August 2, 2012*

*Sale does not apply to previously marked down items

As always on First Thursday - shop from home at and get 20% off on all eCommerce purchases**. Just use code: PODIUM when you go to checkout!

**Online sale excludes kits and previously marked down items

Friday, July 20, 2012

Ready for Some Olympic Knitting Fun?

Clever use of yarn, no?

Hey Y'all,
One week from today the Summer 2012 Olympics kickoff in London. To celebrate, Ravelry is hosting the Ravellinic Games to inspire you to achieve some Olympic-esque achievements in with your knitting and crocheting. They've got all sorts of categories for folks who want to enter what they make into competition.

For those of you less interested in competing with others, but still excited to be a part of the fun, all you  need to do to take part is cast on one or more projects at the start of the Olympics and bind off by Olympic's end. 

Hill Country Weavers will host an Opening Ceremony Cast On Party at KnitBuzz! Just show up at KnitBuzz a little before the 6:30 broadcast begins, settle in, and get ready to get started. (Note: technically the official cast on time is 3 pm to coincide with the realtime start in London, but the TV broadcast is at 6:30, so that's when we're starting as a group but if you want to get a 3.5 hour lead, go right ahead). 

We'll meet again for a Closing Ceremony Bind Off Party at 6 pm on August 12th so you can finish up your projects then. We'll have an HCW Awards Ceremony for those of you who finish projects, with voting on our Ravelry page and shop gift certificates for our Bronze, Silver and Gold Medalists. In order to be eligible to win, you must follow the Ravellenic Guidelines for tagging posted at Ravelry, and you must post your completed entry to both the main Ravelry thread and the HCW group thread within 48 hours of the Closing Ceremony. 

Okay, your assignment for the coming week-- decide which events you want to participate in, gather your supplies, and rest up. It's going to be a very excited couple of weeks!

Monday, July 16, 2012

It's Not Too Late to Have Fun at Camp!

We've been having so much fun with knitting and weaving camps! And the fun's not over yet. There are three more weeks of camp left, including this week. You can see the full schedule over on the Kids' Page at our website

Plus, in addition to camps just for kids, we've got a couple of K1P2 sessions coming up-- these classes are for adults and kids who want to learn together. So if you have a daughter, son, niece, nephew or other young friend, consider signing up together. All the info you need to sign up for one of these two-part sessions is at the K1P2 section of the website. Don't wait-- sign up today. It's going to be super fun!

Saturday, July 7, 2012

In the Bag!

Oh sure, it looks like a classic ugly Christmas sweater. But soon it will be an amazing bag! 

This past spring Austin City Council passed a ban on disposable paper and plastic bags at all retail stores. That means that starting in March 2013 you’ll have to bring your own bags or else wind up paying to buy bags at the store. 

While there’s no doubt that some people are unhappy at the prospect of BYOB, as you can imagine, we at HCW are PDE (pretty darn excited). Not that we really needed any excuses to knit up more bags, but still, knowing that we’re in charge of our own bags from here on out does inspire.

Toward that end, on Sunday, July 8, 2012, we are starting up our Every Other Week Bag Class Series. Once every two weeks, we’ll be offering cool classes featuring ideas for different kinds of bags and lessons on how to make them. The first class is all about taking old sweaters and converting them into bags. In the future we’ll have classes for knitting, crocheting, felting and weaving your own reusable bags.

These sweaters will also become groovy bags soon enough.

And for those of you too busy working on other projects to stop and make a bag—NTW (not to worry)! As ever, we have an awesome selection of readymade bags, and it’s a selection that’s getting bigger by the day. Currently a super hot seller is the self-contained, convertible Flip & Tumble 24/7 bag. They fold up into their own little pouch so you can squish them into the bottom of your purse or knit bag. Then, when you need them, they open up into full size, sturdy shopping bags. And they weigh about negative nothing. Tres fab in design and style.

To sign up for the Recycled Sweater Bag Class, call the shop asap 512-707-7396. For more info on upcoming classes, check out website. And remember— the more bag classes you take the more you save! $5 off bag classes if you take more than one... i.e. the first bag class you take is full price and each one after that is $5 off.

Felted bag that was once a sweater.
Flip & Tumble bags

Flip & Tumble Unfurled!

Another example from our vast collection of ready made bags.

We have many, many bag patterns in our book & pattern room.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

We're Celebrating the Fourth on the Fifth!

Hey Y'all,
Happy Fourth of July! 
We're taking the day off down at the shop, though you can always shop online! On July 5th, which also happens to be a First Thursday, we've got a great sale going on. Here's all you need to know:

Save a 4th for the 4th!

July 5th 2012

$ave a 1/4th (25%) on any yarn containting a plant fiber!*
(or any fiber made in a plant, like acrylic)
Basically anything that doesn't have a leg to stand on!

Hey you July babies!
This means 30% off (25% off plus extra 5% birthday discount)

Summer Reading - save 15% on all books!
*sale includes yarn containing ANY percentage of a "plant" fiber - 100%, 50% or 5%
if its got a plant in there somewhere its on sale!
Order online from 
for 25% off your online yarn purchase.
Just use code 4THFORTHE4TH when you go to checkout to claim your discount!

Sale starts at Wednesday 12:01am July 4th and ends Thursday 11:59pm July 5th!

Wednesday July 4th - CLOSEDThursday July 5th - 10am - 9pm


Friday, June 15, 2012

Sneak Peek for All You Dream Weavers and Knitters

Ah, yes, at last-- the heat is upon us. Time to move slower, put up your feet when you can (or immerse in a baby pool filled with cold water) and work on those small, portable projects (I'm talking to you, socks!). Moving slower means more time for dreaming. And to feed your dreams, today we offer a sneak peek at the HCW Wonders to Come!! 

In August, we're releasing a new edition of the Prairie Bliss collection which will include some new patterns in addition to the patterns that were in the first edition. Then, in November, HCW is releasing Kismet, a weaving book with projects created exclusively for the Rigid Heddle loom. These projects feature knitting and crochet finishing and embellishments. Stay tuned for more news about Kismet-- we might just offer an in-person, up close sneak peek during the Hill Country Yarn Crawl.

For now, here are some delicious pictures to feed you daydreams during these slow, muggy days. 

Friday, June 8, 2012

Summertime and the Knitting is Easy! Camps for Kids & Parents, Too!

Hey Y'all,
School's out and you know what that means: It's time for CAMP HCW 2012! In addition to our great camps, we've connected with ParentWise, the local magazine with all sorts of great info for parents. Our CAMP HCW flier, which includes a 15% off yarn coupon, will be distributed in the goodie bags being handed out at Children's Day Art Park this summer.

What's Children's Day Art Park, you ask? It's a cool event for kids and parents that happens Wednesday mornings, 9:30 - 11:30 am, June 13 - July 25 (except for July 4). The event is at Symphony Square Amphitheatre at 1101 Red River in downtown Austin. Cost is 50c for kids and free for adults who accompany kids. There will be music, crafts, storytellers, dancers and lots and lots and LOTS of fun. We're excited to be included in the gift bags the kids will receive.

Now, about our camps. For all of the details:

Here's some basic info:

We've got weeklong camp sessions happening in June, July, and August! We've got Knitting Camp and also Weaving Camp. Weaving Camp happens during the first half of the day, and Knitting Camp happens in the afternoon, so kids who'd like to attend both can do that and there's a discount if you sign up for the combo.

Also, we're introducing a new camp: K1P2, a two-part class for parents and kids who want to learn knitting together! Actually, you don't have to bring your parent-- you can bring an aunt, uncle, grandparent, or other enthusiastic adult. There are sessions available in June, July and August.


Spaces are limited and camps do sell out, so please check the links listed above to get the skinny. Cost for materials is included in some classes, and for other classes it's extra-- that's listed on the web pages, too. You can call during store hours to register: 512-707-7396.

Don't miss out on the fun! We'll see you at CAMP HCW and Symphony Square for Children's Day Art Park!
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