Welcome to Yarn & Thread by Lisa's Blog

I wanted a place were I could let you know the latest updates. And were we could share ideas or opinions on yarns. I figured a blog was better than a lot of emails.



Feel free to post your opinions on yarns we carry or ask questions. I look forward to hearing from you!!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Happy Holidays

I just wanted to take a minute to wish all of you a very happy and festive holiday season. Regardless of what holiday you are celebrating this time of year I hope you enjoy spending time with family and friends!!

I've been busy knitting & crocheting kitchen sets for customers. That seems to be the hot item for us this year. They are so practical it makes perfect sense to me!! And I love making them. Making handmade gifts are always fun for me though.

The crocheted sets I have posted at the web site, Crochet Kitchen Set. I wish I had a picture of the Knitted Sets. Unfortunately I can not find the cord to my digital camera so I can down load the picture to my computer!! I use the Peaches & Creme cotton yarn and let the customer pick their colors. They have been moving like wild this year!! Hopefully I'll get more made up for the store!! I'm almost completely out of them now!!

Thank you all for your continued patronage. And, I pray all of you have a wonderful holiday season.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

HAPPY THANKSGIVING and a Sale!!

I wanted to take a minute to wish all of you a very Happy Thanksgiving!!
I hope all of you have a wonderful day with your family and friends.

We are taking a 4 day weekend this year for Thanksgiving. Since UPS does not run on Thursday or Friday we figured it would be a good time to take a bit of a break. You are still welcome to shop online and we will be scrambling on Monday to catch up. But we just need a bit of time off.

AND we are running a sale. Most of you know we do not do this very often!! We do everything we can to keep our everyday prices as low as possible. But I wanted to say thank you to all of you. I've said it before and I can not say it enough, without all of you our business would not be here. So....Thank you!! And here's the info for the sale

4 Days Only - everything in stock 10% off.
Just use coupon code
HappyThanksgiving
during checkout.
Sale runs 12:00AM November 25th - 12:00AM November 29th
Thursday - Sunday

Don't forget to take a look at our What's on Sale Page too!!
The discount applies to everything in stock!!

If you are a local customer you are welcome to shop online and pick your order up on Monday when we open. The shipping you are charged will be refunded.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

What's New

Hi All,

We've added a few new items to our website so I thought I would give you an update.

For those of you that tat we have added the DMC Brillinat Tatting Cotton.

Bernat has brought out some new colors in the Boa. And they are larger skeins now!! It only takes one skein to make a scarf now!! You can find the new colors listed on our regular Bernat Boa page.

The ladies and I have been busy little bees!! We've added some items to the Gift Shop.

So remember if you want to give handmade, but you don't have time to make it yourself make sure you check out our Gift Shop. We try to keep the prices on our handmade items very reasonable. We make these items because we enjoy the craft. Getting reimbursed for the materials and a bit for our time is just an added bonus. I even have several ladies that resell our items to add to their inventory at craft shows without adding to their work load.

Thank you all for your continued patronage. I hope you have a fabulous day!!

Thank you,
Lisa

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Embroidery & Quilting Patterns and Booklets

For all of our embroidery and quilting customers we've added a few new items!! You asked and we listened!!

We've added Iron On Transfer Books - These are booklets that have the several patterns with all the same theme.

Quilt Pattern Books - These are pattern booklets for cut quilts. Several of the booklets have some of those old heirloom patterns that are hard to find now!!

Hot Iron Transfer Collection - These are collections of hot iron transfers for quilts with a single theme. Like the 50 States or the State Birds.

And Jack Dempsey has come out with some new stamped items. You can find the new patterns by watching the Jack Dempsey New Items Page. I still have more items to add to this page. I'm adding them as I can so you may want to check back because there are more than I have listed there.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Peaches & Creme Calendar for Charity

***2011 Sticks, Hooks and Shuttles Calendar***

The 2011 Sticks, Hooks and Shuttles Calendar is ready to order! All Proceeds from the Calendar will go to Charity. Click here to Order. Supplies are limited!

25% will be donated to CarePartners in Asheville, NC - http://www.carepartnersfoundation.org/ They are in need of a piece of equipment in their outpatient therapy division that will assist victims of spinal cord injury and stroke.

75% will be donated to Alexandra’s House in Kansas City, MO - http://www.alexandrashouse.com/about-us/ This is a perinatal hospice, check out the website! The house they are located in has a leaky roof in need of repair.

THEIR GOAL IS $15,000! EVERY CALENDAR SALE HELPS THEM TO REACH IT!

The Cost of the Calendar and shipping by First Class Mail in the USA is $17.73. Please not this does not include insurance, etc.

They are also offering international shipping.

Click here for more details and to order.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Sugar'n Cream Super Size

We have added the Lily Super Size Sugar'n Cream to our line. We have never carried this line simply because most you asked for the regular Sugar'n Cream. And since the cotton yarn colors in the Super Size were always the same as the colors in the regular size we just didn't bother carrying the Super Size. Well...Lily brought out some new colors that are only available in the Super Size!! We didn't want to miss out on the pretty new colors so we've made them available.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Happy Labor Day

I just wanted to take a minute to wish all of you a very Happy Labor Day.

We are taking a bit of time off. We are always closed on Saturday. But we will be closed on Sunday and Monday too. So, I will be back bright and early Tuesday morning!!

I hope all of you have a safe and blessed holiday weekend!!

Thank you,
Lisa

Friday, August 27, 2010

Price Changes

Well, we did it. We had to get a little creative, but we found a way to cut our expenses just a bit more. We did have to raise the prices on some of the yarns. But we got by with a smaller price increase than we originally figured.

The best part is that we were actually able to lower the price on other yarns!! So when you get a chance you may want to take a look.

From the looks of it I'm going to be able to lower the price on some of the custom order yarns too. I'll do that next week though.

We will continue to keep our overhead down as much as possible so we can keep our prices as low as possible.

I hope you have a fabulous weekend!! I know I will. My son is coming home on leave this weekend. He's been deployed since Feb. He'll be home for a couple of weeks before he has to go back. We're all excited to get to see him!!

Thank you all for your continued patronage!!
Lisa

Monday, August 16, 2010

Sale before the price increase.

Hi all, sorry I've been out of the loop for a few days. I got the flu!! Who gets the flu in the Summer?!?! I'm all better now though and back at it.

I wanted to remind you that within the next couple of weeks the prices on select acrylic yarns will be going up. So you might want to shop before the prices go up. AND...to help you BeatThePriceIncrease (hint: that's your coupon code.) We are running a sale. You can find out all the details by checking out the flyer posted at our web site Sale Flyer A link to this flyer can also be found on our What's On Sale Page at the website.

Also if you like cotton yarns as much as I do and you are trying to us U.S. made products as often as possible you might want to check out our latest business venture, www.cotton-corner.com

I hope you all have a fabulous day!!

Thanks again, so much for your continued patronage!!
Lisa

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Bernat Super Value

We have the new Bernat Super Value colors in!!
One color is just a pretty as the next!! I'm not sure which Ombre I like best!!

Thank you all so much for your continued patronage. We really do appreciate all of you.

Till next time!!

Thank you,
Lisa

Monday, July 26, 2010

New Handicrafter Economy Size Colors

I just wanted to let all of you know that we received new Bernat Handicrafter Cotton Economy Size colors in. Bernat did not put all of the new colors in the large balls. But they put some of them up in the larger skeins. Of course there were some colors that did not come in. We should be getting more within a couple of weeks though.

I hope you have a fabulous evening!!

Friday, July 16, 2010

Special Order Yarns

Hi all,

As promised I put up a special order page for the yarns that we have access to.
Here's a link to the page at the website;
http://www.yarn-and-threadbylisa.com/special_order_yarns.htm
I'm more than glad to order any of the yarns listed on that page for you. I know it can be so frustrating trying to find the yarn you want for a project. And then there is always the problem of finding enough in the right color or dye lot!! So, if I can help you find what you need just let me know.

I hope you all have a fabulous weekend!!

Thank you,
Lisa

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Custom Yarn Orders

I’ve had several of you contact me with concerns about being able to get your favorite Bernat or Patons Yarns. Don’t worry, just because we are not carrying all of the Bernat and Patons yarns anymore does not mean I can not get them for you. I am still more than willing to special order yarns for you. All you have to do is let me know what you need. You can call or email me. I’ll gladly take your order over the phone or I can send you a PayPal invoice by email.

I do have to ask that you order by the bag though. Since they are yarns that we are not carrying I do not want any leftovers. I can give you a price and bag quantity when you contact me. If for some reason the yarn is not available I’ll let you know as soon as I know so we can go to plan B. There is usually about a week delay for special order items to ship since I have to order the items in. I order every week though so special orders are not a problem at all.

I wish we could still carry all of the Bernat and Patons yarns. But quite frankly we are out of space!! Our warehouse is packed. So we had to make some very hard decisions. Of course only the best sellers get to stay. And we are trying to focus more on the American made products. That does not mean that the other yarns are not lovely yarns. It just means that they do not sell as well for whatever reason. And we have to be realistic here. It just does not make good business sense to tie up a lot of money on inventory that is not selling well.

As soon as I get a minute I want to put a page up at the website to list the yarns with bag counts and prices that I can special order for you. That might help for reference sake. Until I get the page up though don’t hesitate to contact me if you can not find a yarn you are looking for.

And of course if we are continually getting request for a yarn we will consider carrying it on a regular basis.

Thank you all for your continued patronage!!
Lisa

Monday, June 14, 2010

Clearance Store & Several Changes

You might want to take a minute and check the Clearance Store!! We have several good deals there.

Now, let me explain what we are doing. We have been pondering the idea of moving to more U.S. made products. You may have realized that when we put up our Made in America page. And we have picked up several more yarns in the past few months that are made in the U.S. Unfortunately several yarn types and weight classes are not available in a U.S. made yarn though. Or at least when you look at it from the perspective of price for quality. We have always tried to carry yarns that are at least a decent quality and reasonably priced. Carrying yarns that the majority can afford on a regular basis has always been our goal. After all, what good is it to carry a lot of beautiful yarns that are very pricey butno one can afford on a regular basis?? From a business perspective you have to gear your product lines to the majority.

Last week we received notification that Bernat and Patons are in a position where they have to raise their prices on several of their acrylic yarns. Their price increase will take place August 1st. And if those 2 companies are in a position where they have to raise their prices I’m guessing other companies will probably follow. Some already have raised their prices. The first of the year two of the companies we buy from raised their prices and cut the wholesale discount by at least 5%. So we’ve had to take a good hard look at what we are carrying and with a price increase would we still buy that yarn if we were the customer.

Let’s take the Bernat Super Value for instance. That is our most popular selling worsted weight acrylic. The suggested retail price is going from $3.99 to $4.99. That means our retail price will have to go up to right around $3.74 a skein. I have to be honest here. I have to question if I would pay that much if I were the customer. I hate to say that, but I have to be honest. Although with everything else going up too, I guess it could be worse. But I'm sure it would make me stop and think, "Do I really want to pay that much" Now you top the price increase with the fact that it is not a U.S. yarn. I think I might be inclined to look to another yarn that is made in the U.S. So by buying American Made it keeps our yarn companies in business and keeps the money here in the U.S. So at least if I am going to pay more it will help a U.S. company!!

Since the Bernat Super Value is such a good seller though, we have not made a final decision on it yet. You are welcome to give us your feedback on the issue. We’d love to hear what you have to say. But the other yarns that are listed in the Clearance Store we have made a decision on. We are cutting them. We either have a replacement for them or there is a replacement available. In some cases the yarn is not made in the U.S. but it is a U.S. company so the money still stays here in the U.S.

For now we will continue to carry the Lily Sugar’n Cream too. While Lily is not a U.S. company they use U.S. cotton. The Lily Company purchases an enormous amount of cotton from the U.S. So sales from this product do support our U.S. cotton growers and processors.

We have a few more yarn lines that we need to seriously take a look at. And as we make our decisions I will let you know. Or just keep an eye at the Clearance Store. Because once we decide to cut a yarn we will list it there.

I thank all of you for your continued patronage. And I do look forward to hearing from you with comments and ideas.

Thank you,
Lisa

Friday, June 11, 2010

Anchor Embroidery Floss

Well, we finally got a handle on our Anchor Embroidery Floss!! We had so much of it to count each color individually was just impossible. We have sold some of it off and we always have a count on the full boxes for each individual color. So we are using that count now and clearing it out. We’ll pull from the open stock and then adjust the counts as we have to open the boxes. So for awhile there is more available than the counts actually show.

We’ve cut the price of the Anchor Embroidery Floss to $0.25 a skein

Of course we are limited to stock on hand and no other discounts apply.
And remember our Anchor Pearl Cotton is on Clearance too!! All size are $0.99 each
I hope you all have a fabulous weekend!!

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Bernat Baby Cakes Yarn

Has anyone had a chance to try the new Bernat Baby Cakes Yarn?? We have it in, and it feels nice. But I have not had a chance to work with it. I've had some of you ask me how it works up. I can not say without having a chance to use it. So I thought if any of you have used it you could share your thoughts on it.

Thanks a bunch,
Lisa

Friday, June 4, 2010

Our New Blog

Welcome to our new blog. This is new to me!! Yarn I know, computers I do not. So I picked a blog that I thought was easy to use.

I wanted a way to keep everyone up to date with the lastest without sending out emails every couple of weeks. I know we all have busy lives and who needs more junk mail!! So now I can just post to the blog once a week or so and you can check the post at your convenience. Hopefully this will be easier for everyone.