Stitch Exchange: Pro-Verbial Yarn & Fiber Club Year 5!

Posted by AVFKW Staff on July 30, 2014 0 Comments

What a wonderful year it's been! This year in Pro-Verbial we've had four beautiful patterns, lots of marvelous yarn and fiber, and tons of knitting and spinning! We've seen lace, beads, beautiful edgings, versatility, and simplicity.

Snowplants, designed by Carrie Sullivan (October 2013)

Pavito Shawl, designed by Laura Nelkin (January 2014)

Kika, designed by Olga Buraya-Kefelian (April 2014)

 

Linnet Bird, designed by Bristol Ivy (July 2014)

Thank you to everyone who has been a part of the club this year! Thank you for spinning, knitting, and wearing our shawls -- and thank you to the designers who created the patterns! 

Now we're looking ahead to the upcoming year. We are very excited about our designers for this year! Each one is talented, creative, and has a knack for designing beautiful shawls. In no particular order, the designers are:

Each designer will be creating a new, exclusive pattern for the club. The design will be a secret until the shipment date -- not even the Verb staff will know what it will look like! 

To give you a sense of what's to come, here are popular patterns from our upcoming designers! 

Aestlight, designed by Gudrun Johnston

Annis, designed by Susanna IC

Ume, designed by Andrea Rangel

Dawn, designed by Grace Anna Farrow

As you can see, each designer brings something different to the club. We will be working with each one of them to create the perfect yarn for their vision -- in terms of substance, color, and weight. In the dye studio, we are still discussing all the exciting yarn possibilities for the upcoming year - they will include brand new bases offered exclusively to club members - as well as old favorites. Click the link below for more details.

Today the club opens its doors to new members -- and we would love for you to join us. It's going to be a fabulous year!!

Click here to read more and sign up!

If you have any questions, please email info (at) averbforkeepingwarm (dot) com and we will gladly help you out!

-- Sarah

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Up and Coming: Special Verb Colors for S&S!

Posted by AVFKW Staff on June 17, 2014 0 Comments

In our last blog post about the upcoming Stephen & Steven Tour 2014, you got to see all the exclusive color ways that are arriving at the shop in time for Stephen and Steven's visit THIS WEEKEND!

In addition to this wonderful selection, we have also been busy bees creating new, exclusive Verb colorways for these two designers to work with!

The first color created was inspired by Stephen West. He sent photos of beautiful ice floes during sunrise, all shimmery with morning pinks and purples. Together with Kristine he choose Even Tinier Annapurna, our light fingering base composed of 80% superwash merino, 10% cashmere, and 10% nylon. With 565 yards per 115 g skein, this yarn is perfect for light, drapey shawls -- which Stephen is a pro at creating.

Photography & makeup by Alexandra Feo

This brings us to Welty, Stephen's tour exclusive pattern using Even Tinier Annapurna in Magic Horse! Full of textural welts and yarn overs, Welty will be available to purchase as an exclusive tour pattern.

StevenBe chose to work with Floating, our luxurious fingering weight blend of 70% alpaca, 20% cashmere, and 10% silk. This is the yarn that customers ooh and ahh over the most -- its softness, shine, and elegance make it an instant favorite. 

Steven requested a pair of colors, starting with the mysterious tonal neutral pictured above -- named Downtempo! This was a fun but challenging color to create, and if you're familiar with Kristine's love of neutrals you know how we feel about it! 

He and Kristine worked together to pair it with a rich purple, named Oxygen Bar. While the pattern is still forthcoming, the image of these two colors together in a shawl is striking!

These special colors will be available at Verb and participating shops along the tour. Just like the special colors from other dyers, these colors will be available exclusively for students and party attendees until 2pm on Sunday, July 29th. At that time, it will be available to the general public, as well as phone orders and online sales. Stay tuned for the link!

Additionally, if you are already signed up for a class or the party, you may pre-order the yarn starting now! Give us a call or send us an email and we'll set up your order. 

Not a student or party attendee? Don't worry, there's still room! Join us for a fun morning of design with the Dynamic Duo, a fun and crazy afternoon making Swants, and of course you're all welcome at our fabulous Party & Trunk Show!

Additionally, we've added two new spots in Stephen's Wesknits Workshop on Sunday!! Click here to grab them!

-- Sarah

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Up and Coming: Stephen & Steven Tour 2014 Extravaganza!

Posted by AVFKW Staff on June 12, 2014 0 Comments

Get ready for the event of the summer -- the Stephen and Steven Tour 2014!

Stephen West of Westknits and Steven Berg of StevenBe are coming to Verb on June 28th and 29th, to teach a variety of fun and unique classes! Join us for the Dynamic Duo, Westknits Workshops, Swants, and an evening party / trunk show! Click here to read more about each of these exciting classes.

Stephen and Steven have worked with a few special dyers, combining their artistic vision and style, to create exclusive color ways for the tour. These yarns will only be available at the shops along the tour! We have picked out the following yarns to be featured during this weekend.

Amy and her team at Madeline Tosh have developed the color Knitting is Dead Sexy! StevenBe describes the color as "intense, colorful, and vibrant -- not for the faint of heart."

Knitting is Dead Sexy will be arriving on the following bases: ASAP, Tosh DK, Tosh Sock, Dandelion, and Prairie. The different fiber content in each yarn picks up the color differently -- it will be fun to see it in real life!

The shop will be well stocked with Tosh DK, Tosh Sock, Dandelion, and Prairie, with plenty of colors to choose from for all Stephen & Steven classes and patterns.

The lovely ladies at Plucky Knitter have worked with each designer to create a colorway just for them: a luminous green for Stephen West and a vivacious cherry for Steven Berg. These colors are aptly named With a "PH" and With a "V", respectively.

With a "PH" and With a "V" will be available on Primo Fingering, Plucky's fingering weight merino/cashmere/nylon blend. This popular yarn is soft, drapey, and ideal for shawls -- Stephen and Steven are each designing new patterns to go with their color! 

Alchemy Yarns of Transformation has also developed two colors for the tour. Alchemy's specialty is hand painted colors with shades that flow and shift across the spectrum. The first colorway, named Ambrosial, is an exquisite blend of greens, blues, and purples.

The second color, Evocative, is composed of vivid pinks, reds, and oranges.

Both colors will be available on two of our favorite Alchemy bases: Silken Straw, a 100% silk yarn that only gets softer as you work with it, and Haiku, their silk mohair blend. Knit together, these two yarns create an amazingly soft, drapey, and elegant fabric. Pair a strand of Haiku with any other yarn to add a fine halo, as well as a touch of color and playfulness.

The shop will be full to the brim with yarn for this event! We are adding a few new yarns to our collection, starting with Manos del Uruguay's Lace yarn! Composed of 70% baby alpaca, 25% silk, and 5% cashmere, this is a luxury lace yarn. We will have a variety of semi-solid and space-dyed colors to choose from. 

Next, from Habu Textiles, we will be adding several cotton gima yarns, as well as copper and stainless steel varieties! Habu's yarns are a favorite of Stephen and Steven due to their versatile combinations.

Stay tuned for more fabulous additions to the store -- we will have a variety of colors and textures for you to choose from to make the most beautiful and unique projects in Stephen and Steven's classes!

The yarn listed above is available exclusively for students and party attendees until 2pm on Sunday, June 29th. At that time, it will be available for the general public and online sales.

We hope you can join us for a class! Or come by the party for an evening filled with fun, glamour, and laughter! The store will be overflowing with samples!

-- Sarah

P.S. Stay tuned for Verb's special colorways created for the 2014 Stephen and Steven Tour!

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Blooming Cosmos! Dye Garden Update

Posted by AVFKW Staff on June 12, 2014 1 Comment

Welcome back!

This week we have some fun news to report in the dye garden. This week the maroon cosmos and orange coreopsis started to bloom. One of the Hopi black dye sunflowers is getting very big! I anticipate it to bloom within the next few weeks.  

This past week I installed a drip irrigation system that is activated by a timer to go off once a day. Drip irrigation will save us time and water by automatically delivering small amounts of water.

The coreopsis and sunflower seedlings were moved to larger containers.  In late June or early July, I hope that we will be able to sell dye plant starters. Madder, coreopsis, sunflowers, and yarrow will be some of the options.

We are still harvesting marigolds and yarrow flower heads to be used in future dye projects.

Until next week, happy gardening and crafting!

Cheers,

Aday

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Stitch Exchange: DIY Weaving with HonestlyWTF

Posted by AVFKW Staff on June 12, 2014 1 Comment

If you're an avid reader of the blog honestlyWTF, you've likely seen this tutorial about making your own DIY Woven Wall Hanging.  And if you didn't see it there, I'm sure you've been seeing similar ideas floating around Pinterest.  If you can't wait to get your hands on the yarn used in the tutorial, here's your chance!  We're highlighting the yarns used that are available in-store as well as mixed and matched to create other appealing palettes.

Original Palette

(1oz white merino roving, Spud & Chloe Sweater - Ice Cream, Quince & Co. Puffin - Honey, Spud & Chloe Outer - Sandbox, A Verb For Keeping Warm Annapurna - Limited Edition)

 

Evening Sky Palette

(1 oz periwinkle gray merino roving, A Verb For Keeping Warm Pioneer - Lighthouse, Spud & Chloe Outer - Sugar Plum, Quince & Co. Puffin - Chantarelle, Blue Sky Alpaca Worsted Organic Cotton - Sleet)

 

Weaving Blues Palette

(1 oz. white merino roving, A Verb For Keeping Warm Pioneer - Treefort, Spud & Chloe Outer - Wave, Blue Sky Alpaca Worsted Organic Cotton - Sleet, Quince & Co. Puffin - Chantarelle)

 

If you're interested in ordering any of above collections, please email info@averbforkeepingwarm or call 510.595.verb!  We're excited to see your creations!

-Mckenzie

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