Thursday, July 31, 2014

The Proper Care and Keeping of Circular Needles

Hi guys! Today I want to write you a quick post about how to store your circular knitting needles so you can get the most use out of them. Often I see people pull needles out of their knitting bag and they have kinks and bends in them that can hinder the ease of your knitting, so I want to share a couple pictures of how to avoid ruining the nice needles you have invested in!

So, you have just gotten yourself a nice new pair of needles, and they come packaged like this:
You can see the cord of the needles is looped around twice, this is good! When you store your needles, try and store them in this same way, it will help keep them from becoming too curly and help retain their shape. Some longer circular needles are looped around 3 times, and that is fine for a needle that is 47" or 60" long.

You can also store your needle in the package with one large loop:

Try and avoid storing your needles like this:
Wind your needles back into one or two loops, try not to just jam them back in the package. You want to try and retain the shape of the cord as best as possible.

Also, don't wind the cord up too tight. If they live like this for a while, it will make them curly and hard to knit with.

When you are knitting, take care to not bend this joint here.

If you bend this joint as you knit or when you store your project, it will kink the cord there and make for a difficult transition between cord and needle, and that's not fun to knit with!

Good circular needles can be an investment, but if you take care of them, they will last you a long time!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Get that hair out of your face!

It's been warm and muggy here in Ventura these last few weeks, and I can't stand having hair on my neck and in my face when it's been so hot! To make it worse, I cut bangs in my hair last week, so there's even more hair in my face than usual! If you were to look at my Ravelry pattern browsing history, you would see pages after pages of headband patterns, and I thought I'd share some of my favorites here for any of you that are suffering along with me :)

I hope you guys enjoy, if you make any of these, let me know, I'd love to see how fabulous you look in them! Happy Knitting!

Saturday, July 12, 2014


Hello faithful readers! Sorry it's been a while since I've posted here, we've been bust with our 10th Anniversary Celebration and lots of other fun here at Anacapa Fine Yarns!

It's finally summertime, and I thought today I'd share with you guys some ideas for totes and bags you can whip up quickly for hauling around your swim gear, farmer's market finds, picnics, and more!

If you are into crocheting, here's a few  FREE patterns I've found

Summer Squares Beach Tote:

Spring Blossoms Market Tote:

4 Ball Market Bag:

And for you knitters, I found a few FREE patterns for you, too!

Everlasting Bagstopper:

Elisa's Nest Tote:

Grrlfriend Market Bag:

We've got lots of great cotton and linen blend yarns that would be great for any of these bags, swing by the shop soon!

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Organize It - Needle and Hook Edition!

Hi everyone! I hope you enjoyed my post yesterday about organizing your stash! Today, let's get those needles and hooks organized!

If you have lots of circular needles, you can do like I do, and keep them in a 3-ring binder. I have a sleeve marked for each size needle, and I just slip them in the top and keep them all in one place! I just have to remember to put them back!

A similar idea would be to use that CD organizer that I'm betting you have in your Car!

This spool organizer would look cute hanging in your craft room!

If you've got a bunch of straight needles, find a cute vase or pot and display them! This would be great on a coffee table, or on your desk!

Here's a link on how to crochet a holder for your crochet hooks! Roll them up and keep them neatly in one place.

 Or get yourself a paintbrush roll and sort your needles out! One like this can fit crochet hooks, DPNs, and long straights.

And if you like the above idea but want to get a little fancy, we sell these silk knitting needle holders from Lantern Moon here at the shop, they look pretty and are super practical too!

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Organize It - Yarn edition!

Hi everyone! We all know how awesome Pinterest is, and if you are not following Anacapa Fine yarns on Pinterest, you are missing out! We have so much fun over there!

Today I want to share with you some Yarn Storage ideas that I found while perusing Pinterest. If you (like me) have a big stash that needs organizing, here are some ideas!

A glass front cabinet keeps you yarn safe and sound, but you also get to look at all the pretty colors!

These shelves are organized with magazine racks, a great way to keep like yarns together!

I love this peg board, you can create beautiful wall art and keep your yarn organized at the same time!

If you have a LOT of yarn, do like this person and use Shoe Organizers! They are cheap and easy to use, great for your GIANT stash!

Check back with me later in the week when I will highlight ideas for organizing needles!

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Hi everyone! As I'm sure you are all well aware of, Mother's Day is just around the corner! If you need ideas on what to get your knitting or crocheting mom, or if you are a knitting or crocheting mom and just want to send this blog post to one of your kids, I'm hear today to share with you some of the fun new things we have in stock here at the store that you may like!

We just got these reading glasses in from a company called "Stuff You Love". They have knitting or crocheting designs printed on the frames and come with a matching glasses case, so cute!

Every knitter or crocheter could use more needles, and these sets from Knitter's Pride are so nice! We have interchangable needle sets and crochet hook sets.

These yarn bowls are handmade and are great for holding your yarn while you work away, and they come in lots of cute colors and styles!

These mugs from Knit Happy are another fun gift idea. Stick a Starbucks gift card in one and you have the perfect present for your mom who loves her coffee :)

I hope these ideas inspired you, and we hope to see you in the shop soon!

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Eweniversity Class Spotlight - Hearts! Hearts! Hearts!

Hi guys! We are days away from our Eweniversity so today is going to be my last post in this Eweniversity Class Spotlight Series, and today let's take a look at these adorable crocheted Hearts!

"1-2pm Hearts! Hearts! Hearts! with Elisa. Skill Level: Sheep
Flowers are out, hearts are in! We'll make a variety of crocheted hearts, ranging from a simple swirl to a multi-color masterpiece. Use them as decorations on hats, scarves, jackets; to patch the hole in those favorite jeans; as coasters, trivets or hotpads. Glue them to paperclips for fast, fun bookmarks. For the tiny amount of yarn and time they take, hearts make a big impact."

Our crochet instructor Elisa has already given us some great examples of things you can use these cute crocheted hearts for, and I bet they are SO FUN to make! You could make them all one color or multiple colors, use smaller yarn and hook and make little baby hearts, or big yarn and hook for giant hearts! I'm betting that the students in this class are going to have a blast!

If you are interested in registering for this or any of our Eweniversity Classes, give us a call! We hope to see you on Saturday!