Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Muench Touch Me guest blog and giveaway!

Red Velvet
The ever irresistible Touch Me Yarn has been making our fingertips swoon since 1991. In order to celebrate the 20 year anniversary, we sat down with good friend to Jimmy Beans Wool and owner of Muench Yarns, Kirstin Muench, to talk about this amazing fiber! 

JBW: Tell us a little about Touch Me. 
Kirstin: Touch me was inspired by an old friend of the Muench Family, and actually helped develop the yarn in Italy in 1989-1990…..we have been selling Touch Me since 1991 and we don't see that stopping any time soon!

JBW:What is it about Touch Me that you think appeals to so many people? 
Kirstin:The softness, and richness of color, its like velvet, and every girl loves velvet!

JBW: We LOVE this super cute slouch hat pattern! Can you tell us a little about it? 
Kirstin: Lisa Daniels of Lafayette California designed this beauty! She owns a LYS and has lots of ladies coming in wanting to knit chemo caps….well having way too much experience with Chemo, she knew that Chemo leaves the scalp hurting an awful lot once the hair has fallen out, so she wanted to knit a cap that would lay softly on the head and not bind too much, well not only did she achieve that, it’s a wonderful fashion Item as well. Chemo or no Chemo it’s a darn adorable hat!  (Pictured here in color #3610)

JBW: How does Muench find designers for your yarns?
Kirstin: We have many designers contact us, every week, with ideas for our yarns, or ideas where they are looking to find a yarn to match the characteristics of what they need to create the correct knitted fabric. We are open to encouraging new designers and hope knitters will post pictures on our Facebook page, if its original and we like it, you many be hearing from us!

JBW: Have people approached you about designing with Touch Me? What do they say? 
Kirstin: Touch me has been around such a long time, it’s a funny thing….some customers say oh, I’m done with that yarn when they get bored with something, but not Touch me! We sell it consistently all year long and we sell it well! Because it’s sold so well, lots of ideas are generated by shops, designers and the public, it’s really exciting! Here's a Poncho pattern that a customer sent us that everyone loves!!

In honor of the 20 year anniversary, we have put together a SWEET Touch Me giveaway for all of you loyal readers! We are giving away a Slouchy Hat Kit! The winner will receive 3 skeins Touch Me, the hat pattern and a set of the new Dreams knitting needles and double points to do the job- and all on a super cute Kit bag!

To enter, leave a comment on this blog telling us why you love Touch Me by Monday, September 26th at midnight PST. (Only one per person please!) We will announce the winner on Tuesday, September 27th, so be sure to check back!

We want to give a huge thank you to Kirstin at Muench. She is one of our favorite people of all time and we couldn't be more excited and honored to be around her!! If you want to learn more about Muench Yarns and Touch Me, be sure to check them out here:


Happy Knitting and Crocheting!

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