New Years Knitting Resolutions

So what are your New Years Resolutions for 2013?  And I don’t mean “Loosing Weight” or “Be a Better Friend” – I want to know what your Knitting Resolutions are!

Don’t have any?  Well, here are some suggestions:

    Building Blocks
  • Learn a new knitting skill.  Sign-up for a class for some hands-on instruction, or learn at home with “Building Blocks” by Michelle Hunter.  The book teaches 12 new skills.  You end up with 12 blocks that you can finish into an afghan, baby blankets, pillows – or whatever your imagination can come up with! You can also join one of Michelle’s Knit Alongs to learn new skills from home with video tutorials and support on her Knit Purl Hunter Ravlery Group!
  • Dig into your yarn stash.  We’ve all got a stash of yarn we bought with plans to use it “for something, someday.”  Why not now?  I like scarf knitting to use-up stash yarn – the size doesn’t matter, so you can just keep knitting until you run out of yarn.  If you prefer to go by the rules and follow a pattern, check out the Reverse Lace Scarf, it’s easy to knit and uses almost any kind of yarn! For those who like to multitask, you can complete two resolutions at once if you use your worsted weight yarn in your yarn stash to learn new techniques with the Building Blocks book. You might have an interesting looking blanket when you finish, but what’s wrong with a little color variation?!
  • Believe in UFOs (Un-Finished Objects).  Yes, you can finish that project that has been on the needles forever!  Need some friendly peer pressure to help you out?  Come to our free weekly Open Stitching every Thursday evening from 6 to 8 pm – just show up!
    Della Q Lily Zip Pouch


  • Visit More Local Yarn Shops.   This is especially fun to do when traveling.  Visit www.knitmap.com to find a yarn shop at your destination.
  • Needle Control.  Got all your needles stuffed in a coffee can?  A Della Q needle case will keep your needles well organized – and they’re pretty!

By the way, Sean has commited to losing 20lbs this year! It’s a “Threefer”:
1) It’s a New Year’s Resolution.
2) It’s a bet he made with his friend Joe.
3) It will be a minor miracle!

    Have a great New Year – and Happy Knitting!     Amy

    Feeling Thankful

    Once a year it does us all good to sit back and think about what we really are thankful for.  For me, I’d have to say sheep, alpacas, goats and other furry creatures that help keep us warm, modern medicine, good friends that love us despite ourselves, cats and kittens, and, of course, my husband Sean.

    The newest addition to FiberWild!, Rowan!    
    Walking around the shop I asked the rest of the crew what they were all thankful for:
    Wendi is thankful for a great job in a knitting store where she gets to play with lots of yarn … and for plenty of cuddle time with the office kitty! 

    Nicki is thankful that she lives so close to work that her “commute” is a 30 – 60 second walk, especially since her new boyfriend lives an hours drive away.  She’s also very thankful that her dog gets along with cats!

    Scout’s not sure he’s thankful for Rowan yet …

    Vera is thankful for juicy slices of turkey, a steaming blob of garlic mashed potatoes, all with rivers of gravy flooding over it.  Yummy food coma … Ice cream, definitely ice cream.  Maybe cookies, too … and kittens … and cats that act like kittens!

    Suzy is thankful that she can spend her days tending to her children and her sheep – and still do her Fiber Wild! database work after the barn is quiet for the night and the kids are in bed!
    Karen is thankful for her new grand-baby.  Wanna see some pictures?

    Sean said he was thankful for good friends, warm kittens, single malt Scotch, cold beer, low maintenance employees, being able to live in the country, ageing very very very gracefully, and his lovely wife.  Funny how he listed me last!  This caused some back-pedaling and protests of “But not in that order!  You didn’t say to put them in order!”  I should be getting some flowers or a really nice dinner out soon.
    Have a great Thanksgiving!    Amy

    You Deserve a Reward!

    I think loyal customers should be rewarded, don’t you?  So we’ve developed a Rewards Program at FiberWild!

    Scout, the Idea Man

    Our first task was to decide just how we would reward our customers.  Scout suggested we give out catnip or dead mice.  But I thought our human customers would prefer “CASH“!  We took a vote among the staff, and cash won.  So here’s how it works:

    Just shop online, over the phone, or at our store in Galena and you’ll earn account credit.  How much?  That depends on how much you spend . . .

    • Earn 5% account credit on orders up to $74.99
    • Earn 10% account credit on orders from $75.00 to $149.99
    • Earn 15% account credit on orders over $150.00 

    Your points become active as soon as your items are shipped – usually within three days, and most of the time within 24 hours of placing your order.  You can use your rewards on your very next order – no waiting!

    Your points equal money – a penny per point – so 2,549 points equals $25.49.  You can use the points like cash on any online order.  Can’t decide what to get?  You can even use your points to buy a gift certificate – treat yourself, or give it to your favorite knitter! 

    Want more details?  Check out the Rewards Program page for more information and frequently asked questions.  And then start racking up your rewards!

    (And if you’d really rather have catnip and dead mice you can e-mail Scout at Scout@FiberWild.com.  He’s starting a petition.)

    Happy knitting!  Amy