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Sunday, December 21, 2014

Twas the Night Before Christmas and all around me

Twas the night before Christmas and all around me

There was unfinished knitting not under the tree.
The stockings weren’t hung by the chimney with care
’Cause the heels and the toes had not a stitch there.

The children were nestled all snug in their beds.
But I had not finished the caps for their heads.
Dad was asleep—he was no help at all.
And the sweater for him was six sized too small.

When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
I put down my needles to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash.
Tripped over my yarn and fell down in my stash.
The tangle of yarn that lay deep as the snow
Reminded me how far I still had to go.
When out on the lawn I heard such a noise,

I was sure it would wake up both Dad and the boys.
And although I was tired and my brain a bit thick,
I knew in a moment it must be St Nic.
Yet what I heard left me very perplex-ed
For nothing I heard was what I expect-ed.

"Move Rowan! Move Cascade! Move Between-the Colors and Clover!
Move Dyelicious! Move Spud Chloe! Move Noro! Move over!
Shepards Wool, don’t circle around, just stand there in line.

Pay attention you sheep and you’ll work out just fine!
I know this is hard, as it’s just your first year,
But I’d hate to go back to 8 tiny reindeer."
I peered over the sill.  What I saw was amazing!
Eight wooly sheep on my lawn all a-grazing!

And then in a twinkle, I heard at the door
Santa’s big boots stomping on the porch floor.
I rose from my knees and got back on my feet.
As I turned around, St Nic I did meet.
He was dressed all in wool from his head to his toe
And his clothes were hand knit from above to below.
A bright Fair Isle sweater he wore on his back,

And his toys were all stuffed in an Crocheted Market Bag / sack.
His hat was a wonder of bobbles and lace,
A beautiful frame for his rosy red face.
The scarf on his neck could have stretched for a mile,
And the socks peeking over his boots were Argyle.
On the back of his mitts was an intricate cable.
And suddenly on one I spotted a small label:
"S.C." in duplicate on the cuff.

So I asked, "Hey, Nic, did YOU knit all this stuff?"
He proudly replied, "Ho, ho, ho, yes I did.
I learned how to knit when I was a kid."
He was chubby and plump, a well-dressed old man,
And I laughed to myself, for I’d thought up a plan.
I flashed him a grin and jumped up in the air,
And the next thing he knew, he was tied to a chair.

He spoke not a word, but looked down in his lap
Where I had laid my needles and yarn for a cap.
He began then to knit, first one cap then two.

For the first time I thought I might really get through.
He put heels in the stockings and toes in some socks,
While I sat back drinking a hard cider on the rocks.
Quickly like magic his needles they flew,
Good Grief! He was finished by two!

He sprang for his sleigh when I let him go free,
And over his shoulder he looked back at me.
I heard him explain as he sailed past the moon,
"Next year, start your knitting sometime around JUNE!"

By Nancy Massaroni / Edited by Fred

Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!

Terry, Fred, Aaron, Amanda, Allari, Candy, Krysten, Erin, Lori, Janeen, Leslie, Katie, Marla, Tiffany, Angela, Cynthia

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Birthday Wishes....

Today is a special day for someone in our TYF/AYF family...most of you know her as the amazing lady that runs AYF, some of us are fortunate enough to call her a friend and I am lucky enough to call her family. Today, we hope that she has a day as special as she is. 
Please join us in wishing Amanda a very Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday Lady!!!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Anzula Trunk Show in Progress

Only 2.5 hours left to check out the Anzula Trunk Show 
at Tempe Yarn!!!

                                            Here is a sampling of what they have:

This is a true "Trunk Show" as you can see, everything is in trunks!

Friday, December 05, 2014

Annual Local Artist Celebration at TYF and AYF

Don't miss our annual 
Local Artist Celebration.

We are excited to bring together some of the 
best local artist in the valley. 

Join us December 6th, from 11am to 4pm at Tempe Yarn
December 13th, from 12pm to 5pm at Arizona Yarn (Gilbert)

This is the perfect opportunity to buy holiday gifts for 
friends, family or yourself!

Friday, November 28, 2014

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Thanksgiving Turkey by Pippi2011 - Thanksgiving Turkey
All of us at Tempe Yarn & Arizona Yarn want to wish you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving!!!
We are so thankful to have all of you in our lives. 
Thank you for your business and friendship.

May your stuffing be tasty, may your turkey be plump,
may your potatoes and gravy have nary a lump.
May your yams be delicious and your pies take the prize,
and may your Thanksgiving dinner stay off your thighs!

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

They say its your Birthday.....

cake by Machovka -
All of us at 
Tempe Yarn & Arizona Yarn 
want to wish
Rachel & Tiffany a very Happy Birthday!!!!

We are so happy to have you as part of the 
TYF/AYF Family

We hope you have a wonderful day filled with
fiber & yarn. 


Sunday, November 09, 2014

Happy Birthday....

Happy Birthday by rgesthuizen - Just text for Happy Birthday used for decorative cake piping
Today is a very special day cause 
it's Fred's Birthday!!! 

On his special day, we want to thank him for all he does for Tempe Yarn & Arizona Yarn, his witty jokes, his words of wisdom and his special charm.

He has earned everyone of those grey hairs from his kids 
and years working so hard...
(Aaron actually caused them all, I (Allari) had NO part in the grey hairs)

Happy Birthday Sir!!!!

Your family, friends, staff, customers & all those people who love ya.

Birthday Icon by nicubunu - Birthday - hat

Part of the "Events" set made for WorldLabel.com

Thursday, November 06, 2014

Sally Melville is HERE!!!

Fred just went and picked Sally up from the airport. Her classes begin tomorrow. If you haven't signed up yet for one of classes, there is still room in a few of them. Call today to sign up. Don't forget if you take two or more of her classes, you will receive a TYF/AYF gift card. Ask for details when you sign up.

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Tempe Yarn Voted Phoenix 2014 Best Knitting Supplies Shop

Tempe Yarn & Fiber was voted by New Times Readers as the 
Phoenix 2014 Best Knitting Supplies Shop!

We want to thank everyone who voted for us.

New Times Best Knitting Supplies Shop

Monday, November 03, 2014

Sign Up For Two or More of Sally Mellvilles Classes at TYF and Get a Gift Card

Sally Melville 
It's time to sign up for her farewell tour.

To help us fill the remaining seats and to give you a chance to experience 
working with this legend, we have a special deal. 
Sign up for more than one class and we will give you a gift card(s).  

Take TWO classes and get a $15 
Tempe Yarn & Arizona Yarn Gift card.

Take THREE classes and get a $30 
Tempe Yarn & Arizona Yarn Gift card.

Take FOUR classes and get a $45 
Tempe Yarn & Arizona Yarn Gift card.

Gift Cards can not be used for Sally Melville classes, but may be used for any product or future classes in either shop.

 This is a great chance to learn from one of the best.


DATE: Fri., Nov. 7, 2014 - 11:00-2:00

COST: $75
SKILL LEVEL: Intermediate

Stripes… oh so easy to knit! But who can wear them? The truth is that everyone can both knit and wear them. This workshop explores ways to build stripes, knit stripes, and match stripes. And then we’ll play with simple stitch patterns that knit like stripes but don’t look like stripes and can produce some of your favorite knitting.


DATE: Sat., Nov. 8, 2014 - 11:00-2:00
COST: $75

A knitter who spends the time and energy to make her own clothes should be rewarded with a result that makes her happy and proud. It should fit, it should flatter, and there should be no mystery as to how this happened. But sadly, and too often, this is not the result. Why? Because the knitter chooses the wrong pattern OR choose the right pattern but follows the directions without questioning them OR makes the right garment but wears it with the wrong thing.  There are a few simple rules to follow for successful knitting: start with styles that flatter, knit with appropriate decisions for a personalized fit, then wear it with something that makes it look wonderful! This workshop has a lot of hands-on work that looks at these decisions and puts the power for successful results into your competent hands. Yay! 


DATE: Sat., Nov. 8, 2014 - 3:00-6:00
COST: $75
SKILL LEVEL beginner intermediate and beyond.
(Very experienced knitters get a lot from this class, and so do newer knitters.) 

No matter how advanced and accomplished we are, there are habits or holes in our knitting repertoire. Perhaps we rely upon the same cast-on, the same increase, the same decrease; perhaps we are confounded by selvage stitches; perhaps we knit without the awareness that we have choices.
This workshop explores and explains the many techniques we should all have in our repertoire.  We'll talk about which are best suited to each situation and why, and we'll practice them all with lots of hands-on experience.

DATE: Sun., Nov. 9, 2014—3:00-6:00
COST: $75
SKILL LEVEL: beginner intermediate and beyond

Sometimes the most insight comes from the struggle one faces when something goes REALLY wrong.  But there are remedies for most any kind of 'disaster' in knitting.  Using these can turn a problem into a wearable garment while teaching us to be more intuitive and more confident knitters!

This workshop will discuss the problems that confront most knitters plus what to do if the garment is too wide, too short, too long, too narrow, too outdated in style, if a bad colour choice was made, if the edgings are not holding well, if the knitter has run out of yarn or forgot to make pockets, or if the garment has suffered a laundering disaster.


Sunday, November 02, 2014

Tempe Yarn Hiring

Tempe Yarn is looking for 
part-time instructors/customer service employees. 
Applicants must have a solid mastery of 
knitting and/or crocheting.

To apply complete the application

and bring it into Tempe Yarn.