Tuesday, May 19, 2009

New yarns, colors and lower prices! :)

Hi All,

I've been busy in the store today lowering some prices on regular 2 and 2.5 oz. balls of Lily Sugar 'n Cream and all of the Peaches & Creme products. Check it out. Takes awhile to adjust all of them as there are so many, but I will eventually get them all taken care of. If I haven't gotten to your product yet and you need me to, please send me an email at info@doityarns and I'll adjust that next. Just a reminder, that anything that Pisagh Yarn and Dyeing Company makes can be ordered from us even though it is not yet listed. A savings to you as we use all classes of U. S. Postal Mail from zip 83843. Just send us an email and we'd be glad to help you.

On breaks, I'm continuing to look at my new Bernat catalog I received as mentioned yesterday. So many new colors, books and free patterns. I will begin adding all of them just as soon as I finish the cotton price adjustments: 14 new shades of Softee Baby, 8 new of Cottontots, 8 new of Satin Sport, 24 new of Satin, 29 of Super Value, 28 of Berella "4", of Softee Chunky, 5 of Soft Bouclé and what really gets me going is the 30 new shades of Bernat Handicrafter Cotton! yipeeeeeeeeeeeee!

What do you think of the new Baby Stretch yarn? Has anyone crocheted with it yet? We don't have stock in, but I have received 3 samples balls that I keep eyeing and touching: Elastic Lace, Jungle Jump and Bendy Blues...I'll think of something :)

Happy Stitching!

Monday, May 18, 2009

Sugar 'n Cream Yarn vs. Peaches & Crème Yarn

Hi All!

I'm often asked what the differences are between these two 4-ply worsted weight cottons and if they are made by the same company. Although the two brands come from a very once slightly-crossed-paths history due to a company sale, the brands manufactured today are by two entirely different companies in two different countries. Pisagh Yarn and Dyeing Company in Old Fort, North Carolina, U.S.A. produces Peaches & Creme and Lily Sugar 'n Cream is dyed and packaged in Listowel, Ontario, Canada by Spinrite.

When I need a taupe color, I reach for Lily's Sugar 'n Cream Softly Taupe. You can't beat the rosy light taupe shade for nipples. Yep, that's what I said. Part of my naughty crochet stage. Eh, what can I say...if you can think it, you can crochet it! I had a request. If Granny had known, she would have rapped my knuckles with her hook! Okay, when I need a green pine tree color, I reach for the Sugar 'n Cream Dark Pine. I love the color cornflower and reach for the Sugar 'n Cream Cornflower Blue. That doesn't mean I will use all Sugar 'n Cream in my project. They do not have a pastel pink, so I reach for Peaches & Crème Pastel Pink to go with that Softly Taupe or Baby Pink depending on what shade I need. For a robin blue, you must choose Lily. Need a gray or a light green? You must go to Peaches. You get the idea.

Other than the shade choices, there are some slight differences in the dyeing and packaging. To me, the Peaches & Creme initially has a softer touch "on the ball" than does the Sugar 'n Cream. Sugar 'n Cream is a more tightly wound ball than the Peaches & Creme. But after dampening and blocking, they are both the same. The most consistent dye lot? Sugar 'n Cream wins. The shade you bought a few months ago, generally speaking, is probably going too look pretty much like the one you buy today. Peaches & Creme? No. Their dye lots seem to vary more from a pastel version to wildly deep and everything in between. These days their colors are much deeper than they use to be. Always buy enough yarn at once to complete your project no matter what brand. The chances of your retailer having that same dye lot to match your project should you run out is slim to none. The yarn that "bleeds" the most? It's Sugar 'n Cream, especially the solid shades. Never expect a solid white to stay that way in a project mixed with another darker Lily solid. Ain't gonna happen!

If using a solid dark shade of Sugar 'n Cream, I would try and complete the dark part first and dunk and block. Add your lighter color(s) later and dunk and block again. See if that'll work for ya. The result might be okay. Just gotta get rid of that excess dye. I would always check for color fastness by dunking your test swatch in a glass of cool water before using either brand for your project to bleed out any excess dye.

In conclusion the two yarns can be quite happily interchangeable, and after being blocked, only the stitcher will probably know which is which.

The UPS guy just came with my new Bernat catalog and samples. Wow, 30 new shades of Bernat Handicrafter Cotton in the Big 12 and 14 ounce balls! The new Country Colors selection makes this country girl go crazy with new design ideas. Such pretty coordinating colors already. But can you mix them with the other two brands? Absolutely!

If you have questions or need yarn help, you can email me at info@doityarns.com.

Happy Stitching!

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Peaches & Crème Matching Yarn Colors

Hi All,

Cotton is my favorite yarn to crochet with for a variety of projects. I can get really excited about matching colors, especially since I'm sitting here looking at a whole wall of Peaches & Crème.

Oh, the possibilities of color combinations!
Pisagh Yarn and Dyeing Company offers some clues with their ombre description on their website as to what will match. I've matched Pink Lemonade ombre here with it's matching colors of Yellow, Apple Green and Rose Pink. At Do it Yarns we have some of the colors matched together and offer them for sale that way in economical 4 and 6 packs. You also save on shipping as well as we only ship with the USPS offering all classes of mail from our zip of 83843.

So whatever your next knitting or crochet project involving cotton yarn, match-it-up a little with their wide variety matching and complimentary solids and ombres. They seem to have it all from fresh kitchen colors to the great outdoors to soft, baby pastels. If you need help with color shades or combining your favorite color idea, we would be glad to help. Send us an email at info@doityarns.com.

Happy Stitching!