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    The trees have finally started showing off their fall colors and the temperature has stayed consistently cooler, so it's fair to say fall has finally arrived. The change of seasons has inspired us to get cranking out holiday gifts, from quilts to knitted hats and more. If you're ready to ramp up your craftiness, you won't want to miss some of the latest classes and kits to arrive at IQ! 

    Thanksgiving is next week and our hours will be different for the holiday week. We will be closed as usual on Monday, 11/25, as well as Thursday, 11/28. On Wednesday, 11/27, we will be closing at 2 p.m.

    The holiday season has us thinking of those less fortunate, especially as the temperatures drop. We are using our crafting skills for others' benefit and knitting/crocheting hats for the homeless, starting with an in-store sit-and-stitch on Small Business Saturday, 11/30, from noon until 4 pm. Bring yarn and your needles/hooks. We also have a limited amount of donated yarn you can use to make a hat or two. We think Louis Boria's Bushwick Convertible is a great pattern for this (big yarn, fast knit) and we'll even give a free copy of the pattern to the first five people who come to sit and knit with us that day. If you've never made a hat, that's fine! We'll have someone on hand who can help you get going and give a little help if you run into a problem. Let's warm up the winter for those in need!

    Our friend Christine Cox (indigo_madder on Instagram) is an enthusiastic knitter and we're looking forward to her first knitting class for us in December. She's teaching an introduction to cable knitting via the 
Vancouver Fox Fingerless Gloves. This project uses worsted weight yarn which is a great weight to use when tackling a new technique. You'll be surprised at how quickly they knit up, which means you can cast on and finish in time to wrap up and give a pair for the holidays (if you can give them up, that is)!

    New shop sample alert! It was love at first sight when we saw Miss Make's Looper Quilt pattern pop up in our social media feed and we couldn't wait to pull together a sample and kit for the shop. Our Looper Quilt kit uses a softer rainbow of Add it Up blenders by Alexia Abegg for Ruby Star Society with a Kona Snow background. Grab your kit now and then sign up for our Looper Quilt class in January 2020 with Miss Make herself, Devon IottDevon is the Brand Manager for Ruby Star Society and a talented sewist who has taught at a variety of shops and workshops around the country. 

     We were inspired to create another new kit and forthcoming sample while looking at versions of Modern Handcraft's Snowflake quilt on Instagram. You wouldn't believe how quickly we were pulling a range of aquas and whites to cut into! Sandy is hard at work on the sample but we already have the Blue Snowflake Quilt Kits available for purchase so you, too, can get started on this striking quilt.

    We are excited to host Cornelia Hamilton of Hamilton Yarns on Saturday, 12/7, from 10 am-1 pm! Cornelia is a well-known knitting designer whose work is featured in the latest edition of Vogue Knitting. She also has a lovely line of yarn that she will have in the shop 12/7 & 8 that you will be able to check out in person and even purchase. Stop in to meet Cornelia, see some beautiful yarn and chat about classes at IQF&Y with her for 2020!

    Have you looked at the line up of classes on our shop calendar? We've got some great ones coming up soon, as well as can't-miss classes in early 2020. Check out this great line up:

    * Bust Your Stash with Creative Grids
    * Bust Your Stash with Creative Grids: Medallion Rulers
    * Fringed Flannel Blanket Scarf 
    * Looper Quilt with Miss Make new class!
    * Quick Corky Wallet 

    * Ten-Minute Table Runner last chance!
    * Vancouver Fog Fingerless Gloves new class!
    * Zipper Pouch last chance!
    Happy stitching
    Sarah & the IQF&Y crew

    P.S.  Time is running out to get discounted pricing on Jen Kingwell's 2020 template-of-the-month program, Psychedelia! Reserve your set of templates now at a discounted price of $300*.  Be sure to include your interest in a Psychedelia fabric kit (additional charge) for the BOM in the notes section of your purchase. *Introductory discounted price for templates through 11/30/2019. Shipping and fabric not included.