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       Hours: Tuesday - Saturday 10 - 5, Thursday 10 - 9, Sunday  12 - 4, closed Monday 


In This Issue
Knitting for Peace
New Classes
Fashion Show
Free Patterns  
for Fresco 
Classic Elite Fresco is the perfect yarn for fall knitting: lightweight but cozy.  Check out these free patterns for inspiration.  Then stop in to select your favorite colors.
September 2011

It isn't enough to talk about peace. One must believe in it.


And it isn't enough to believe in it. One must work at it.


Eleanor Roosevelt 

Knitting for Peace
afghanistan cashmere

String Theory was founded as a direct result of September 11.  As I knit myself through incredible grief, I realized how therapeutic knitting could be and I wanted to bring that to others.  However, it wasn't enough to create peace locally, I also wanted some impact on a global level.  So I set out to stock the store with products from companies that are working to make the world a better place.

For years we've carried great products from Frog Tree, Manos del Uruguay, Lantern Moon, Be Sweet and Peace Fleece, all companies with social agendas.

My latest discovery is Afghanistan Cashmere, which provides women the opportunity to work in war-torn Afghanistan. The yarn is spun by Afghan women from their homes and they are paid a fair wage for their labor.  So, in between doing house chores, dealing with kids and getting dinner on the table, they are spinning raw cashmere into beautiful skeins of hand-knitting yarn.  Some of them are even using a drop spindle!  It can take up to 5 days to get through one kilo.

In the Early Fall edition of Vogue Knitting, there is a great article about what it takes to get cashmere from the goat to people like Kate Spade, J. Crew and handknitters like you.  "Afghanistan may be the third largest cashmere producer in the world but first somebody had to tell the shepherds."

This yarn is so soft and warm, it will be perfect for headbands, hats, neckwarmers, and fingerless mitts.  I'm making these.  I can't think of a better gift.

To encourage you to try the newest addition to our fair trade yarns, Afghanistan Cashmere will be 15% off Sept. 11 - Sept. 16.

How you choose to spend your money
makes all the difference in the world. 
Contest Winners
Thanks to everyone who participated in our "What would you do with a skein or two of Pediboo?" contest.  Pediboo is a machine washable blend of merino wool and bamboo.  It is technically sportweight, but achieves multiple gauges with style. Take a look.

Fan Favorite: 
Wednesday Sweater by Mary Ann Zeitz
This cropped cardigan is available in sizes 6 months - 8 years.

First Prize:
Unnamed Cowl by Susie Kline
An original design by Susie, this cowl took one skein.

Second Prize:
Shawl by Sharon Wussow
An original design by Sharon, this triangular shawl took 2 skeins.

Third Prize (tie):
Catfish by Kelly Hoyle
An original design by Kelly, this child's vest took 2 skeins plus a little contrast yarn.

Third Prize (tie):
Heart Hat and Mitts by Ellen Briske
These patterns are available in 60 Quick Baby Knits.  They take two skeins for the two colors.  Ellen used the "leftovers" to make the Ruffle Cloche from the same book.

Thanks to everyone who voted!


New Classes for Fall

We've got a great line up for classes this fall.  New projects, new techniques and some old favorites that you've asked us to repeat.  Take a look.

Remember, you can register over the phone with a credit card.

Stash Donations

At the end of our annual stash sale we pack up the leftovers and donate them to a worthy organization.  Over the years the yarn has been used for kids learning to knit, prayer shawls, scarves which are then sold in our scarf sale and more. 

This year I gave the yarn to Jo Anne Smith, who I first read about in the Chicago Tribune.  Jo Anne teaches learn to knit classes in the Cook County jail. Jo Anne starts everyone on a cotton washcloth and they progress from there.  When they leave the jail, Jo Anne sends them a package of yarn, needles and all the things they've made.  It is an amazing project and I was so pleased to make this donation on your behalf.
Annual Fall Fashion Show

Friday, September 28 or Saturday, September 29

7 - 9pm



Treat yourself to an evening of fun and fiber.  Sip, snack, chat with friends, sit back and relax as we show you what our new yarns can do. After the show, you'll have a chance to try on your favorites.  We've got just the thing to energize your fall wardrobe.    


Click here to see highlights from last year's fashion show.   


Call early to register - this event sells out every year.  



Sit & Knit Sundays
Every Sunday from 12 - 4 people gather at String Theory to knit, crochet and visit.  Sometimes people work on the project of the week and sometimes not. The setting is informal and social so bring a project that you can work on while you talk.  If you don't have one, we have plenty to suggest.

September 9th - Welcome Back  

We are so excited to be open again that we are having a party, complete with party favors and home made ice cream.  We would love to see what you've been working on over the break.  Come join the fun.  We've missed you. 


September 16th - Felted Bowls - Free Pattern from Classic Elite - Any 100% wool will do.  We made our samples out of Manos and the self striping Casablanca. Bring 100 yards of worsted weight yarn and 24" circular needles and dpns in size 13. 


September 23rd  - Knotted Yarn Scarves - No Knitting or Crochet Skill required.  This is a great stash buster so bring your leftovers.  We'll be combining 12 strands of various yarns together: some bling, some eyelash - some regular. 


September 30th - Fashion Show Redux  - Get started on your favorite project from the fashion show.   




Save 30%
Three of our favorite yarns are no longer available.  So while supplies last, they will be 30% off.

O-wool Balance is half organic cotton and half organic wool.  Each fiber takes the dye differently, resulting in a tweedy look.  It has the softness of cotton, but it won't grow.

Baby Alpaka Naturbellasen is a wool and alpaca blend in natural colors.  Instead of offering it at a discount, I'm tempted to auction it off to the highest bidder.  We've made several wonderful projects - take a look.

Classic Elite Katydid is an organic cotton tape that we just discovered this year.  Several people made sweaters or try this scarf pattern for your friends that just can do wool in the winter.