Park Avenue Yarns has our very own mascots running around behind the scenes! Shetley and Nate quietly took up residence some time during the last 5 years, and they’ve been making their voices heard more and more. You’ll be seeing a lot of this pair in the coming months. So let’s get to know the sheep:
Shetley is a Shetland sheep who loves to be the life of the party. She can be a bit bossy (watch out for her “Shetley Says” columns in the future), but she is always helpful. Her sense of humor leaves us groaning, but that doesn’t deter her from sharing her knee-slappers.
Nate is the inquiring sort. “Nate Wants To Know” what we’re doing all of the time, which can make it tough to get work accomplished, but sometimes he has some good advice. He’s a little more serious, but he takes Shetley’s antics in stride. In short, little sheep strides. We can’t wait for you to get to know our friends!
Heather found a tutorial online for making a woven picture, but the instructions weren’t in English, so we had to figure it out ourselves with some trial and error. We’ll share what we learned with you here!
Michelle sourced our supplies:
picture frame (can be painted or not, needs to be able to receive a nail, so no plastics) – we used 5×7
3/4 inch 18 gauge nails (probably doesn’t need to be exact same)
something to measure with if you want precision
twine/string for warp
yarn for weaving
1. We put 19 nails across each 5″ side on the back of our 5×7 frames, evenly spaced, taking into account the picture hole on the front will be all that’s visible. There’s no need to go all the way across the back with nails, just where the hole is.
Here’s what happens if you don’t have enough nails across the back: there wasn’t enough warp to help this heart keep its shape. The warp also wasn’t tight enough for the heart.
2. Tie the twine around one of the corner nails very tightly, then wrap the twine around your nails as shown to create your weaving board. When you get to the last nail, wrap your string around that nail and the nail next to it in a figure eight. Pull tight, and tie a knot.
3. Be creative! Cut a length of yarn and begin weaving. Be careful to keep your lines straight if that’s the look you want to achieve. You can cover the hole picture or you can do as little as you want. To do shapes like the heart, you may need to work up one side of a shape at a time.
4. Weave in your ends, cut remaining yarn on the back side.
Back in 2012, Heather’s oldest daughter was asked to be the flower girl in a good friend’s wedding. This friend loves homemade items and has very vintage taste. Heather knew she wanted to make her daughter’s dress, but it had to be just right and seem in place at a formal wedding. She found the Party Dress pattern in Knitting for Baby by Melanie Falick and Kristin Nicholas and knew it offered the customizable options she needed.
Heather chose Blue Sky Alpacas Skinny Cotton for the knit bodice. She had to modify one of the shoulder straps in order to make it fit over her daughter’s head. Then the sewing. Heather found some orqanza that she doubled up and stuffed with fake flowers (stitched down so they didn’t all shift to one side). She put a layer of dupioni silk behind it, gathered the waist, hemmed the silk, then hand-stitched the skirt to the bodice.
Heather isn’t an expert seamstress, so she says this dress really pushed her. She also loves it because it combines two crafts: knitting and sewing. And it shows that something really simple can be quite stunning. It also shows how you can take a pattern and really change it to become what you want.
People have asked us what to do with mini skeins, so here’s some inspiration for you! We’ve compiled some of our favorite patterns. Some we’ve done, some we’ve just admired and hope to start. Be warned, some require multiple mini skeins. You can play with color, too! Just because someone striped with one color or only used two contrast colors doesn’t mean that you can’t mix it up a bit!
Park Avenue Yarns has our very own mascots running around behind the scenes! Shetley and Nate quietly took up residence some time during the last 5 years, and they’ve been making their voices heard more and more. You’ll be seeing a lot of this pair in the coming months.
So let’s get to know the sheep:
Shetleyis a Shetland sheep who loves to be the life of the party. She can be a bit bossy (watch out for her “Shetley Says” columns in the future), but she is always helpful. Her sense of humor leaves us groaning, but that doesn’t deter her from sharing her knee-slappers.
Nateis the inquiring sort. “Nate Wants To Know” what we’re doing all of the time, which can make it tough to get work accomplished, but sometimes he has some good advice. He’s a little more serious, but he takes Shetley’s antics in stride. In short, little sheep strides.
We know, it’s Father’s Day weekend… but sadly, not everyone is able to be with their fathers on this special day. So if you are able, give your dad a hug and tell him how much you love him. It’s important. Much more important than yarn.
BUT… if you are available this coming weekend, you should definitely NOT MISS being at the shop (which we all affectionately call PAY). Why? We are having our very first MARKET DAYS! We went to our yarn shop owner retailer’s market a couple weeks ago. This is where we find the MOST fabulous and the newest in the fiber industry; and we buy stuff. Sometimes too much stuff. But mostly, we just buy stuff. And usually, we have to wait for said stuff to ship to us at a later date…. BUT NOT THIS YEAR!!! We brought back (in extra luggage which we had to purchase while we were there) a lot of new yarn, fiber, project bags, cashmere kits & weaving looms… and we have them all ready for you to get first choice! These are the newest brands to Park Avenue Yarns, and you will have a chance to get them before we order or receive full shipments!
So, check our our YouTube channel for the very first vlog which gives a sneak peak at a few things you can expect to see there. You won’t want to miss it!!
This is an event you won’t want to miss! Come party the evening away while enjoying H’orderves and Mock-Cocktails and sneak preview piles of over 450 skeins of Madelinetosh yarn! This is our largest order yet and is set to arrive shortly, so we want to offer you an opportunity to pre-purchase before it goes out on the shelves!
Date: Saturday, June 15th
Limited seating; Call today to make your reservation: 832.932.0300
*Reservation required; Minimum Purchase required: 4 skeins of Madelinetosh, any combination of colors/bases.
the weather is warming up and the kids are out of school…. Spring is here!
This week our hours have changed due to Spring Break. So mark your calendars and take some time to drop in and get that yarn you’ve had your eye on for awhile!
Monday – closed
Tuesday – 2-10 (Stitch Night is still on!)
Wednesday-Thursday-Friday – 12-5pm
Saturday- 10-6pm (back to our regular store hours)
We’ve received several new yarns since our Grand Opening, so if you haven’t been by since then, come in and take a look around, sit and stitch for a bit, and enjoy some coffee and chocolates with great friends!