Friday, January 27, 2012

All Together Now! Come to Our Pizza Knit Tonight!

Hey Y'all,
So knitting solo can be totally calming, meditative, and rewarding. And as Deb likes to tell her Sock 101 students, NEVER attempt a kitchener stitch in the company of others.

That said, knitting in a group has its own wonderful rewards. More so when there is pizza involved. Toward that end, our first Pizza & Knitting Party of 2012 happens tonight. I'll post all the details below, but first, let me ask you...

Do you host regular knitting gatherings? I do. I call mine Knit Knights and we always have a crowd of people and mountains of food. Sometimes we even get some knitting done. My friend Rachel Kieserman hosts Arts & Drafts every Thursday at Rio Rita from 7 pm til ?? And for that event, you don't even need to knit-- you can work on any craft.

If you know of any other open knit groups, let us know.

Meanwhile, if you can join us tonight-- call us by 3 pm and tell us what kind of pizza you want. 512-707-7396. We'll order the pizza so it's here for the party start at 6:30. You can pay for your pizza when you get here. So, short version:

Pizza Party
January 27, 2012
6:30 pm til ??
Bring You Appetite!
Bring Your Friends!
Bring Your Knitting!
Bring Your Cricket!
Bring Your Crochet!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Come on Down to Mercury Hall! New Pattern Book Now Available!

Hey Y'all,
After the happy success of our first two pattern books-- Hill Country Weavers SHELTER Collection and the Prairie Bliss Collection-- we are delighted to introduce you to our latest book. Tada! Welcome to Musings from Mercury Hall!

The book is available in print form or as an ebook, your choice. Suzanne and Kennedy just got back from debuting the collection at VOGUE Knitting Live! in New York where it made a big splash. That's right-- not only does everyone want to live in Austin, apparently everyone wants to knit here, too.

The gorgeous photos for the book were shot by Meg Rice at Mercury Hall in South Austin-- that's an old, pretty little church that was moved to the property and converted to a dance hall and wedding venue. If you've never been there, check it out-- it's elegant simplicity at its finest, just like the patterns in Musings from Mercury Hall.

Designers of the crochet, knit, and weaving patterns include: Ana Clerc, Jennette Cross, Carol Spurlock, Elizabeth Green Mussleman, Patricia Kalthoff, Elizabeth Cobbe, Kennedy Berry, Suzanne Middlebrooks, Emily Kausalik, and Susan Frick. Check out some sneak peeks below:

Sisterdale by Suzanne Middlebrooks

Threadgills by Susan Fricks

Blue Gene's by Patricia Kalthoff

Night at the Gruene by Kennedy Berry

Mercury Hall Pullover by Jennette Cross

Caberet Swing by Carol Spurlock

A Girl at the Spoke by Ana Clerc

Tweet Me at the Criders by Emily Kausalik

Luckenbach Two-Step by Elizabeth Green Musselman

Luckenbach Two-Step by Elizabeth Green Musselman

Dance With Me by Elizabeth Cobbe

Friday, January 13, 2012

Live From New York! It's Hill Country Weavers!

Of the many perks those of us who work at the shop get, a really big one is Knitting Trips with Suzanne. Twice a year she goes to TNNA Market-- California in January and Ohio in June-- to see all the great new stuff the yarn companies are offering to the merchants. And she always takes one of us with her.

Well right now, Suzanne is in New York City with Kennedy and the event they are attending is Vogue Knitting Live! Those of us back here in Austin are understandably jealous-- VKL is an amazing experience with tons of knitting superstars, vendors, and passionate knitters all gathered together in one spot to swap ideas, buy and sell products, and teach and take classes.

Suzanne and Kennedy are set up inside of the Buffalo Gold booth, showing off a sneak preview of the newest, not-yet-released HCW pattern collection, Musings from Mercury Hall, which includes knitting, crocheting and weaving patterns. And which is, like the other two pattern collections, stunning (of course)! They've got pictures AND sample garments. Fear not-- if you can't hop a flight up to NYC this morning, they'll be back soon enough to show off the goods right here on the home front.

Stay tuned for some exciting pictures from the Big Apple!

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Come Sale With Us! Our Biggest Annual Event!

annual inventory reduction sale

It's The BIG ONE!!
Don't get caught sleeping through it!

January 5th through 8th

20% off on purchases up to $149.99
25% off on purchases from $150.00 - $299.99
30% off on purchases over $300.00

*sale includes yarn, bags, needles, and notions
sunday hours extended for sale 11:00 - 5:00
*sale does not include books, patterns or previously discounted items