Knitnews #4: Clever Knits Updates for December 2009

Clever Knitters,

The holidays are here in full swing, can you tell we're a little behind at the Yarn House? The month is half over and I'm finally getting this out to you!

Contents of this message:

1. Open Christmas Day! - Closed Dec 24, but open Christmas Day from 12-6pm. Come knit with us!
2. Shop Vista - spend $300 in the City of Vista before Dec 31, get $30 back
3. Holiday Knits - some ever-so-last-minute holiday pattern ideas
4. January Classes - Knit & Crochet 101, Toe-up Socks
5. Crazy Quilt CAKAL and Drawing - world's craziest barn-raising sock-yarn quilt
6. As always - knitnight Tues 6-10pm, Open Knit Sunday 2-6pm, free wireless, yarnstorm

1. Closed Christmas Eve -- but OPEN CHRISTMAS DAY!

No kidding! We will be open on Christmas Day from 12-6pm.

My family does the whole dinner-thing on Christmas Eve, so we're taking the day off on December 24th to be together and eat lasagne. However, we will be OPEN CHRISTMAS DAY from 12-6pm, in case you have any super-duper last-minute gift-getting to do for the knitter in your life. Or maybe you just need a break from the chaos of your own holiday festivities, come escape for an hour of knitting while the turkey is cooking. Or maybe you're itching to spend your Christmas Cash, and we're the only shop that's open. In any case, we've got you covered.

2. Shop Vista - get $30

The City of Vista is offering a Holiday Purchase Incentive Program, in which they are offering a $30 Visa gift card to each household spending $300 within city limits. Free money? Yes please! Stock up on yarn and put a little extra something in your stocking! Details can be found on our website at

3. Ever-so-last-minute Holiday Knits

I've been busy posting a few darling pattern ideas for last-minute knits, and some gift ideas for your knitterly friends on our website (I just started my holiday knitting last week, so my needles have been frantic):

* Gifts for knitters:
* Re-create a $65 designer hat for under $25:
* Some adorable last-minute holiday knits:

4. Learn to Knit/Crochet in January

Knit/Crochet 101:
January will be the month of 101 -- so tell your friends to make good of their new-year's resolution to learn a new craft. Studies show that fiber arts are as relaxing as yoga for the mind and spirit. A super-cute gift idea for a friend who has always wanted to learn: a skein of Cascade 220, knitting needles or a crochet hook, and a gift certificate to one of our knit or crochet 101 class -- under $25 for the whole package!

KNIT 101 will be offered: Jan 6 (Wed), 17 (Sun), 25 (Mon) - details:

CROCHET 101 will be offered: Jan 9 (Sat), 13 (Wed), 31 (Sun) - details:

Socks from the Toe Up:
By popular demand, our resident expert, Rhonda, will be teaching socks from the toe-up. The class will be held Saturdays, Jan 16, 23, and 30th, $54 plus materials for all 3 sessions ($74 if yarn is purchased elsewhere).

5. Crazy Quilt CAKAL and Drawing

We're STILL working on a wild crochet-and-knit-a-long (cakal?) -- the world's craziest barn-raising sock-yarn quilt. Everyone who contributes a square, rectangle, triangle, rhombus (whatever shape floats your boat) gets an entry in the drawing to win the final product! Pieces can be knit or crochet in any stitch pattern or needle size that tickles your fancy. We ask only that all contributions are made from Superwash Sock Yarn in at least 75% wool. We have a bucket full of scraps, and are still working on accumulating enough squares to have a big enough quilt.

6. As Always

We WILL have knitnight next Tuesday, Dec 22nd.

Our knitnight Tuesdays from 6-10pm continue to be an exciting and popular opportunity to come hang out and make new knitterly friends. All fiber artists are welcome (crochet, needlepoint, spinning, cat’s cradle, etc)! Feel free to come by even if you just need a stash-fix or a needle, or want to see what all the fuss is about – you don’t HAVE to stay, but you are more than welcome to.

We also have open knit/crochet on Sundays from 2-6pm, and the Oceanside Knitters (ravelry link) meet here on Fridays from 5-8pm (though you needn't be an Oceanside resident to attend -- they're a very open and friendly bunch, and most of them come Tuesdays and/or Sundays, too).

Free wireless:

Don't forget that we offer free wireless to our customers and their knitcomplices, so bring that laptop to browse ravelry or check a pattern on knitty, or whip out your iPhone and make use of our speedy fast connection to learn a new technique on youtube.

Yarnstorm 09:
There's still a chance to bring some yarn graffiti to decorate our ducts and GET 15% OFF your entire purchase that day! Swatches need to be 26 inches in length and anywhere from 4-10" wide, made of ANY yarn in your stash (they just need to look pretty). This offer is valid until the ducts are fully covered in yarn graffiti -- and they're nearly full!

Warm (& sweatery) regards,
Helena, Karen, & Lexi

Clever Knits
214 S. Indiana Ave
Vista CA 92084

open 12-8pm daily
FREE knitnights Tuesdays 6-10pm
phone: 760.806.6744

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