Tuesday Knit Night

Come by tomorrow and visit us and stay a while!  We are open until 8pm.  There is always a crowd knitting and visiting.  Our new location is just around the corner from our old one – new suite number is 238 and we are across from Tuesday Morning.

Grand ReOpening Sale and Cascade Yarn Tasting – Thursday, March 27th

 

Dear Woolie Ewe fans,

We are having fun getting settled into our new digs — and lots of new yarn and accessories have been streaming in! To celebrate, we’re having a Grand ReOpening Sale and Cascade Yarn Tasting this Thursday, plus some interesting activities and events coming up this spring.

CASCADE YARN TASTING: Come join us this Thursday evening (March 27th) from 5:00 to 8:00 pm for a night of knoshing and knitting with Cascade’s New Yarns! Mike, our Cascade Rep, is bringing with him his fantastic boss and owner of Cascade, Shannon Dunbambin. They’re bringing loads of fabulous door prizes and yummy yarn for you to “try out,” so bring your needles! Take advantage of our “SPECIAL ORDER SPECIAL” on all special orders placed during the Yarn Tasting. When you place your order and pay in full during the Yarn Tasting, you’ll get a discount — the more you order, the more you save!
5 balls/skeins/books ordered = 10% discount
10 balls/skeins/books ordered = 20% discount
Mix and Match any Cascade items!

GRAND REOPENING SALE: Starts Thursday, March 27th at 11:00am and ends Saturday, March 29th at 5:00pm.

YARNS:
30% OFF
LUX (all)
LANG ALPACA
CASCADE LONGWOOD
JOJOLAND SPLATTERDASH
ELLA RAE LACE MERINO

20% OFF
CASCADE SUNSEEKER
GOOD FOR EWE (all)
HAIKOO SIMPLICITY

SPECIALTY (GLAMOUR) YARNS – 30% OFF
KATIA GATSBY
SCOUBIDU
LUCCI YARN
S.CHARLES FILATI D’ITALIA
MANGO MOON DiLUSSO
FILATURA DI CROSA
CIRCULO SENSUAL PAETE
CRYSTAL PALACE TUTU

ALL CLEARANCE YARN – 50% OFF

MISCELLANEOUS
ALL CLOVER NEEDLES – STRAIGHT & CIRCULAR-25% OFF
DEBBIE BLISS BOOKS – 75% OFF
DVDs – 25% OFF
HAPPY BAGS – 20% OFF
BAGGED AND CARDED BUTTONS – 50% OFF
DELLA Q NEEDLE CASES – 50% OFF
TUBED BUTTONS – 20% OFF

NEW STORE INCENTIVE:
For every CASH TRANSACTION you make, your name goes into our monthly drawing for a $25 GIFT CARD.

PENGUIN RESCUE SWEATERS
Knit a Penguin Rescue sweater to help the Australian 30,000 strong little penguin population. These little sweaters help keep the penguin from preening and swallowing the toxic oil from oil spills. Linda Silas of GrandTete.com has designed an adorable in-the-round sweater for the little guys and The Woolie Ewe is offering a 20% discount on the Superwash or Easy-Care ball of yarn you purchase to make one of these little sweaters (we provide free pattern). Drop your penguin sweater off before May 31st and we will mail it to the Penguin Rescue group. (Plus, there’s a contest involved — more info coming soon!)

MOVIE NIGHT is BACK : We’ll have a big flat-screen TV in time for April 11th’s showing of The Egg and I starring Fred MacMurray and Claudette Colbert. Show & Tell starts at 6:00 pm and the movie starts at 6:30 pm. Andy will pop popcorn and you’re welcome to bring any snacks and drinks you like.

Sale is limited to quantities in stock. Phone orders are welcome. sorry, no Ravely discount on special orders and we will not be able to hold items during this sale.

The New Woolie Ewe has moved!!

WE HAVE MOVED!!!!!

We are excited to announce that we have moved to a new and better location!! Don’t worry we haven’t gone far – - just around the corner in the same shopping center.  We are in Suite 238 across from Tuesday Morning.

We have new classes, new yarn including an expanded baby selection. We also have some gorgeous new hand dyed yarns. Coming soon will be our Fiber Bar where you can choose from a variety of exquisite colors and textures to create custom batts to spin your own art yarn.

Plus, the New Woolie Ewe will have new store hours – - by popular demand we are adding Mondays back to our schedule:
New Store Hours:
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday – 11:00-6:00pm
Tuesday – 11:00-8:00pm
Saturday – 10:00-5:00pm

Since we have such a full schedule of classes and adding Knit- A – Longs, we have decided to make some changes to the HELP TABLE policy to better serve all our customers. Our HELP TABLE will be BY APPOINTMENT only for quick fixes on projects purchased here. Private Lessons are available for more in depth help and for help on projects purchased elsewhere.

**Coming next Thursday, March 27th:  Our Re-Grand Opening and Yarn Tasting with Cascade Yarns and their owner Shannon Dunbambin.  Details coming soon!!**

Are you a Yarn “hoarder” or “stasher”?

I had a wonderful day. Lots of knitting accomplished without a guilty conscience because I caught up on chores. Feeling very proud of myself and went to bed sleepy and excited at the same time, because I now had more time to knit the next day.

A few hours later, and in the middle of a wonderful dream about just finished the gorgeous sweater I wanted to knit…what was that noise! It sounded like a door opening, was that a footstep? But the alarm didn’t go off. Is that another footstep? Is someone in the house? The alarm light is still on. What? Is that another footstep? The intruder must have slippers on. The footsteps are quicker now!

A sharp elbow poke to wake up my husband. With one eye half-open, he mumbled ‘what’s wrong?”  There’s someone in the house, listen—there’s another soft footstep. But they must have overridden the alarm system”.

He’s now fully awake and gives me a look, like you’re one crazy woman.  Nevertheless, he gets up and grabs, of all things, his slipper!!! (What does he think; he’s going to overcome an intruder with a soft-soled slipper?) He’s tip-toes down the hall to the foyer (let’s be fancy!!) of our home.

I get up and go the opposite direction into my knitting/sewing room.  Oh my!! The closet door has opened itself.  I know I made sure it was firmly closed early when I put my last yarn purchase away.  Mystery of the open door and soft footstep sound solved!!

My yarn stash has ‘opened’ the door and spilled out onto the floor. And, I don’t mean just a few Woolie Ewe draw-string bags, but SEVERAL; and tumbled onto one another and then out onto the floor.  By this time, my imagination is running wild, and I’m thinking the stash is having a contest to see which draw-string bag can land the furthest into the room.

I’m now having a major panic attack. You know how husbands can be about us ‘feeding’ our hobbies. Never mind all the tools bought, just in case this or that breaks and it’ll save the cost of the repairman. Same tools neatly stacked in their boxes in the garage!!!

Quickly, get some of these bags back into the closet. The quicker I toss them in the quicker they fall out.  You guessed right. I’m caught in the act, my face is bright red and my mouth is moving, but no words are coming out!! Finally, I give up trying to make wordless explanations!! He’s leaning on the door jamb watching me…at least he’s smiling and trying hard not to laugh…then he goes back to bed. (Wait, that’s an expression of love, oh bliss.)

As I slowly start to pack my yarn away again, I’m finding gorgeous yarn that I had forgotten about. Ooh, this is such a beautiful color, it’s cashmere; it feels so soft. After a few loving caresses and soft endearments whispered to each ball or batch, the yarn is packed away.

Okay, confession time. Confession is good for the soul, so they say…

I AM A YARN HOARDER.

I AM NOT FOOLING ANYONE.

And, I DON’T CARE!!!!!

WRITTEN BY:  Jacqui Pierce, Wonderful Knitting Teacher at The Woolie Ewe

 

 

 

BAD WEATHER UPDATE

BAD WEATHER UPDATE FOR TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 11th: The Woolie Ewe will be closed if Plano ISD is closed. If you were scheduled for a class and we are closed due to bad weather, the class will start on the same day and time the following week. STAY SAFE AND WARM!!

60 Quick Knits from America’s Yarn Shops Book Signing/Yarn Tasting

My wedding day.

The births of my two children.

The day I finally knew I had beat cancer.

And the day my author copy of 60 Quick Knits from America’s Favorite Yarn Shops arrived at The Woolie Ewe.

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I’d been waiting so long, I’d forgotten about looking for it, then suddenly it was here, turning an ordinary day into platinum, diamonds, and pure cashmere.

Like others in the 60 Quick Knits series, it’s filled with patterns from 60 different designers, ranging from gorgeous to clever to fun and back to gorgeous. There are scarves, hats, gloves, socks, and more, each beautifully photographed and clearly written.

In the past few weeks, the Ewes and I have been knitting several of the projects:  Jacqui knit the Asymmetrical Shawl, Sylvia made the Animal Vest with intarsia bears, Edward chose the Graphic Mitts for his first color work project, Laurie and Christina knit my Lacy Cables Hat, and I knit the Mesh Cowl. I’ve also started working on the Faux-Woven Scarf.

Looking for quick gift ideas? The Cabled Boot Toppers, Twisted Rib Hat, Cabled Fingerless Mitts, and Slouchy Lace Hat are all great choices. I love the Sock Monkey Hat, Colorblock Sweater, and Felted Elephant for kids. Want to knit for your little dog? Check out the Football Dog Sweater. With so many choices, you’re sure to find projects perfect for gifts and for yourself.

As most of you know, I still have to wear hats even though I beat cancer a long time ago. I designed the Lacy Cables Hat to be comfortable indoors and when it’s not quite so cold outside. I’ve made it out of cotton for summertime, too.

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To celebrate my first time to be published in a book, The Woolie Ewe is staying open late this Thursday, Dec. 5, for a Cascade Yarn Tasting and Book Signing, 4:00–8:00 p.m.

Mike, the sales rep, will be here with all of Cascade’s new yarns as well as customer favorites for you to try out. We’ll have some snacks, punch, and lots and lots of door prizes.

Join us for your chance to win one of these kits:

Lacy Cables Hat

Longwood Afghan

Heritage 150 Pretty Mallory

Heritage 150 Arched Cuff Mitts

Fixation socks

Heritage Silk Spring Socks

Casablanca Infinity Lace Shawl

Kid Seta One Skein Shawl

Kid Seta Noir Lace Shawl

Ultra Pima Summer Waves Cardigan

Cherub Here Is My Heart Cardigan

Cascade 220 Fingering Rocket Ship

Cherub Aran Cardigan

Cloud Braided Beret

I’m looking forward to seeing you there!

– Andy

A Heartfelt Thanks to Our Customers

I know it’s a cliché, but this year I’ve learned it’s true:  time really does fly when you’re having fun. Today marks the one-year anniversary of my ownership of The Woolie Ewe and I want to take a minute to thank all of you who’ve helped make this one of the happiest, most rewarding times of my life. Leaving my teaching career behind was a huge leap of faith and one year later I am still thrilled to have taken that leap.

I’m fortunate to have a caring, knowledgeable and dedicated team helping me bring The Woolie Ewe into the future. To further that end was a trip to TNNA  (The National Needlearts Association) in Columbus last weekend. Jenn and I had a blast visiting with some terrific designers and business owners, including Amy Herzog, Deb Gemmell, Sandra McIver, and Barb Cattani,  and are working on our class calendar with them in mind.

IMG_0458From left to right: Jenn, Amy Herzog, Andy

We also tried out lots of interesting new products, like Nova Cubix needles, the Addi Quick Needle Felting Tool, and the Zoom Loom from Schacht . We subscribed to all the best knitting and crochet magazines, stocked up on new books, videos, needles, bags, notions, accessories, needle-felting supplies, and — of course, YARN! In the months to come, look for lots of gorgeous surprises to appear on Woolie Ewe shelves. And I’m not talking only to knitters and crocheters — spinners and weavers, I’ve got all sorts of Louet goodies coming, too.

I love that my first TNNA trip coincided with my first anniversary at The Woolie Ewe. Jenn and I came home with so many exciting ideas for fulfilling my vision of what I want this shop to be in the future, for what I want to provide to my customers, that I am positive we’ll get there.

I’m honored to serve you, my customers, and provide a friendly, relaxed environment where you feel comfortable hanging out with your friends and being part of our Woolie Ewe Community. In addition to having a fantastic selection of yarn, notions, and other supplies, I believe that all types of yarn lovers deserve a sincere welcome and the opportunity to participate in the easy camaraderie shared around the help table, the teaching tables, and the comfy seating area. In the past year, I’ve seen strangers become friends, sharing projects, tips, ideas, and their lives. I’ve seen friends dancing and singing along with the oldies on the radio while they shopped. I’ve seen friends laughing so hard tears streamed down their faces. I’ve seen friends supporting each other through tough times, too. The Woolie Ewe truly is a magical place. After all, we are more than just a yarn store.

 

Thank you for an amazing first year,

Andy Maglisceau

Knit an American Flag

I love this country. I love being an American. I believe the United States is the greatest country on earth. There are other great countries worthy of my respect, but I call none of them home. As Independence Day comes closer, I want to hang a huge knitted flag in The Woolie Ewe. I went in search of a pattern and I was dismayed to find several patterns that – at first glance- looked like beautiful American flags, but they were designed with no regard for what the flag really looks like. In addition to being red, white, and blue with stripes and stars, there are specific criteria to make it a real flag. So, while I respect designers’ rights to create gorgeous Americana-themed throws, I decided to take matters into my own hands. I hope what I’ve designed honors our flag. In order to meet the specifications of a real flag, I have chosen sock weight yarn so the stripes can be intricate yet not too wide.

Here is where you come in. We want the flag in The Woolie Ewe to represent all of us, so we are looking for test knitters to knit a piece of our flag. Each test knitter will knit one stripe for the flag. Each stripe is a different cable pattern (knitter’s choice). The blue rectangle also needs a knitter. The stars are crochet, and will need to be tested starting next week.

Each piece is due back to the store no later than Monday July 1. We absolutely must have the finished pieces back by this time in order to seam everything together for Independence Day. As a thank-you, test knitters who return their knitted piece on time will receive a $20 gift card to The Woolie Ewe.

Prerequisite skills: cast-on, knit, purl, follow cable charts or instructions, measure gauge

If you would like to participate, please call us (972-424-3163) or come in. We want to get you your yarn and the pattern as soon as possible.

-Andy