Monday, July 23, 2018

With a Little Help from Our Friends

Togetherness.  Friendship.  Companionship.  Marriage.  Contractual agreements.  Treaties.  Relationships.  Congregations.  Partnerships.  Political parties.  Social welfare groups.

What do all these have in common?

A sense of unity -- of people coming together for a common purpose, whether it be to start a family, a faith community or a company, to protect a group of workers or to identify a geographical population.

Nowadays there's a great deal of talk about 'coming together' and 'uniting' and recognizing that 'a house divided against itself cannot stand' (Matthew 12: 25).  And much of this comes from world politics -- which I'm not going to get into here!

Did you know, though, that there's unity in the textile world too?

It's found in fabric -- one made of two or more types of thread, such as cotton and silk, or silk and wool, or cotton and polyester...

And it's found in yarn!

Whenever a yarn is either plied from two different sources -- such as a wool 'single' and a synthetic metallic single' -- that's a union!

And if you want to get technical, a "blended" yarn is...a union!

It's long been said that 'two heads are better than one'.  It's why here at The Crafty Lady, we offer yarns that unite cotton and acrylic, or wool and acrylic, or alpaca and silk, or wool and silk.  One type of fibre enhances the lustre, drape, wear-ability and/or wash-ability of the other.  Sometimes the combination is more affordable than a yarn of a pure, stand-alone fibre would be.

In other words, "union" in the yarn world can mean that yarn-crafters get the best each material has to offer.

This week we have a Super Special Sale yarn feature that exemplifies just that.  It's a chunky blend of wool and synthetics, quick to knit or crochet up, and colourful too.  It will keep loved ones warm -- and is easy to hand wash and hang to dry.

This week, a yarn that lives up to its name:

Estelle Yarns "Union"

100 grams = 91 metres (100 yards)
50% wool
46% Acrylic
4% Nylon (Polyester)

Regular Price: $13.00

Sale Price: $3.25!!

Try this in a cowl or a bulky hat -- and get a head-start on your (ahem!) Holiday Gift Making!

Now...lest such a yarn isn't to your taste -- or even if it is -- don't forget that July 26 through 29 is the Annual Lacombe Days Festival

Drop by for Knit Night on Thursday from 6 p.m. onward.  For $5.00 you can enjoy a beverage (coffee, tea), a tasty treat and come together with other yarn-crafters -- as well as fondling our wide selection of yarns, exploring our stock of patterns and yarn-crafting accessories.

AND The Crafty Lady will be joining in the celebrations on Saturday, July 28, with her Annual Sidewalk Sale!  Do drop by the shop to see what the added surprise specials will be!  We'll be open 9 a.m. through 6 p.m.

P.S. The Shop is also a great place to hang out with your knitting and/or crochet and/or stitching if all the crowds and noise of the Festival just get to be a bit much.  Just sayin'!

See you then!

All together now...

*Written by Margaret, happy TCL employee who's rarely seen without her knitting -- celebrating 57 years of Yarn Unity.  😉

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