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May 2007

Be Smart, Be Sexy, Be Beautiful . . . Be Sweet!

We proudly present Be Sweet products at Dream Weaver Yarns. Be Sweet brings us bold color, lavish style, and creativity with a conscience. Be Sweet products are hand made by women in South Africa. In a region that once offered little economic opportunity, the Xhosa women have made an investment in the future by learning new skills and producing these beautiful, high-quality goods. In the upcoming weeks, we'll be adding more Be Sweet colors and products. Feel free to email us at Requests@DreamWeaverYarns.com with your personal favorites, and we will gladly add them to our selection.

Creativity with a Conscience from Lantern Moon

Lantern Moon works directly with producers to provide income, education and self- reliance to Vietnamese women and their families. The natural materials that inspire Lantern Moon designs are combined with traditional skills that have been passed down from generation to generation. From their exquisite heirloom-quality knitting needles to their beautiful handbags, totes and accessories, Lantern Moon offers exceptional products and exceptional quality.
What's New
Rowan Summer Tweed combines the luxury of silk with the durability of cotton. The nebs of tonal color create a wonderful textural look in the knitted fabric making this a unique knit in both look and feel.

Takumi Velvet Highly Polished Bamboo Knitting Needle Gift Sets are the perfect way to give the gift of knitting. The velvet sets include US 8, 9, 10.5, 11, 13 and 15 needles in a beautiful case. The sets are available in 9" and 13"-14" lengths.

Dana Hurt's Silk Worm Shell is featured in luxurious Tilli Tomas Pure & Simple and Disco Lights. Easy-to-knit classic style.

New Books

Scottish Inspirations

Fitted Knits Wedding Knits Knits Three Ways Rowan Studio 3
The Best of Vogue Knitting
25 years worth of material from the world's most trusted source in knitting! For the very first time, the best of Vogue Knitting is gathered in one gorgeous, must-have anthology. Practical, comprehensive, and inspiring, this richly illustrated treasury presents invaluable workshops on beginner and expert techniques, as well as smart tips on the design process. In addition, there is a look back at Vogue Knitting's history, question and answer profiles of top designers, and articles on knitting around the world.

New Magazine

Interweave Crochet Spring 2007 features 24 simply elegant designs for spring.

Tilli Tomas Springtime Rucksack
The perfect gift for the June graduate!  Knit this fun and funky bag in a weekend.
May Special
Berroco Zodiac is constructed with a strand of cotton yarn running parallel to space-dyed nylon, producing a matte and shine effect. Then it is wrapped with a thin black thread to create a yarn that has an artisan appeal. When knit, it has a lovely drape, and when crocheted you can create hats and bags with body and durability. Zodiac is 20% off retail! Create a classic design or a bohemian bag to tote your crafts to the beach this summer.
Stitch 'n Pitch
Stitch 'n Pitch brings together two American traditions -- Baseball and the Needle Arts. The New York Mets are participating on August 8. Dream Weaver Yarns staff, family and friends will be there. If you are in the New York area, we hope you come out with your needles and hooks and cheer on the team! To find a local event in your hometown, visit www.StitchNPitch.com.
"You knit with great skill, madame."
"I am accustomed to it."
"A pretty pattern too!"
"YOU think so?"
said madame, looking at him with a smile.
"Decidedly. May one ask what it is for?"
"Pastime,"
said madame, still looking at him with a smile while her fingers moved nimbly.
"Not for use?"
"That depends. I may find a use for it one day. If I do Well,"
said madame, drawing a breath and nodding her head with a stern kind of coquetry, "I'll use it!"
  -- conversation with Madam Defarge, in Chapter 22 of A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens (1859) *
Knitting -- our joy, our passion, our pastime, in 1859 and in 2007.

Enjoy your knitting and crochet,
Ann and Natalie

* This charming excerpt is seen in the catalog of art published in conjunction with the exhibition Radical Lace & Subversive Knitting. See the exhibit at the Museum of Arts & Design in New York City through June 17, 2007. The catalog notes, "Madam Defarge, one of the major characters in Dickens's novel, knitted continuously while attending meetings of the French Revolutionary assemblies and while watching people being executed by guillotine. She encoded a long list of aristocrats and enemies of the Revolutionary government in the stitches of her knitting."

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