What's New at STRAW.COM
& Crystal Palace Yarns
THIS PAGE covers 1995-2010
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For the most Recent What's New,
click the link at the top of this page for "What's New"
This started as a "scratch pad" for me to
keep track of what I was working on, but I realized that return visitors to STRAW.COM
would find a list of changes and additions helpful in finding what was new. The
earliest entry in 'What's New?' is from Dec. 1995 when this web site first
opened. This web site is maintained by Susan Druding. [ last additions made to page:
28 February, 2011 ]
Dec 28, 2002 - Added scanned Sample Cards of
Mikado Ribbon (both printed and solid
Dec 26, 2002 - Added 2 new scarf patterns: A
Bias Knit in Waikiki and a
Merino Frappe cabled scarf.
Added a cute Teddy Bear photo knit with
Shag eyelash to the Gallery.
Dec 14, 2002 -
a new scarf pattern using Mikado
Ribbon and Splash eyelash (Mikado will be available in February)
Dec. 2002 - a
new Labrador scarf pattern shared
by a San Francisco knitter (Erica) is up with photos. A complete handmade
color card for Choo-Choo yarn. A
Gallery photo of Betsy in her fun
Labrador hat that lets her ponytails escape.
November Trip to Taiwan! A wonderful time seeing
the factories and dyehouses where our new yarns are being spun and dyed. Plus
seeing a lot of Taiwan, a very interesting and wonderful place. I'll be putting
photos up soon.
Nov. 2002 - 4 new colors each for:
Splash and Deco-Ribbon (all prints)
Nov 10 2002 - New yarn previews:
Choo-Choo (railroad style ribbon) and
Mikado Ribbon (the return of an old
favorite). We are adding 4 new yarns, the other
2 will be shown soon.
Oct 2002 -
Vegan Fox kit online at
FuzzyGalore - we love all the colors
these foxes can be made it. (combining Splash, Fizz and Merino Frappe)
Oct 2, 2002 - Added photos of the
3 new colors of Waikiki HERE and a
Labrador Pillow to the Knitters
Oct 1, 2002 - Put up photos of the
2 new, top whorl spindles from Ashford
Handicrafts. Great for fast spinning of all
types of fibers.
Sept 29, 2002 - Started a new
GALLERY for showing photos of
projects knit, woven, crocheted or any technique using our yarns. We hope that
customers using Crystal Palace yarns and fibers will submit for showing off
their work here.
Sept 26, 2002 - added two new free knitting
patterns for either Iceland or Tekapo doubled. A
Large Collared Jacket and a
Lattice Patterned Pullover.
Sept 27, 2002 - Added scans of
11 new printed colors of Labrador
wool (thick and thin, handspun look) due at the end of the month. The same 16
prints from Labrador will also be available in
Iceland Merino wool yarn.
Sept 22, 2002 - added a new free knitting pattern,
Lattice Pullover knit
with Iceland (Australian Merino wool) or with Tekapo New Zealand wool doubled.
An easy to knit pattern.
Sept 3, 2002 -
scans of the 33 colors of Ashford's NZ dyed, carded wool sliver for
handspinning and felt making.
Sept. 1, 2002 - Added
page of photos showing 15 of the 50 steps of
manufacturing of Crystal Palace Bamboo Knitting Needles - photos show
cutting bamboo and many hand steps done in the factory in Japan.
August 22, 2002 - Added a free knitting pattern for
a felted scarf of Fizz and
Tekapo Wool. And a baby hat pattern in Baby Georgia for a
cute, easy pixie hat.
August 10-12, 2002 - Added new
Merino Frappe cardigan and
Baby Teddy Bear sweaters in Breeze mercerized cotton.
August 1, 2002 - Added a
color card for super soft Merino
July 28, 2002 - Added 3 more Waikiki patterns: 3
different vests, see the Free Patterns list.
July 26, 2002 - Added a
new Tips section to the site - knitting, spinning, weaving tips will be
collected here. We hope visitors will send in suggestions, too. Added a free
knitting pattern for a Waikiki drop
shoulder, VNeck vest pattern. Also can knit in Breeze cotton.
July 22, 2002 - Added Montery card, updated
Waikiki, Cotton Chenille, Tekapo all to the
newest shade cards.
July 21, 2002 - Added a new
Index to Online Yarn Samples to help
visitors find visual samples of Crystal Palace Yarns here on the site.
July 20, 2002 - on a roll.... added free knitting
patterns for a Waikiki
vest and 2 Cotton Chenille patterns. See the
Free Patterns list. Also a new Fizz sample
card scan and new Deco-Ribbon sample
July 18, 2002 - added
free knitting pattern for Monterey
pullover, a tumbling block pattern taken from a quilt pattern
July 16, 2002 - Added
sample page for SixTwo mercerized cotton on
July 14, 2002 - Happy Bastille Day! And, I've
started adding photos of the fun and easy-to-make
Fiber Designer Necklaces.
Using Crystal Palace Yarns you can make them wild or tame. And we distribute the
Ann Norling Finding kit
that has instructions and metal findings for making these fashionable necklaces.
We also have the Cone Nosed
Pliers if you don't have a local bead or craft shop that carries them.
July 11, 2002
Added a free knitting pattern for a Cotton
Chenille Sampler Stitch vest - easy to make and teaches a variety of
New crocheted and knit purse patterns added
for Deco-Ribbon. An Index Page of Free Patterns
started to make finding projects easier.
April - May 2002
We've been so busy adding 7 new yarns that I haven't updated with page in a few
months. You can see the new yarns for Spring (Fizz
eyelash and Deco-Ribbon HERE, plus link to
free knit scarf patterns). I'm just adding samples and free knitting
patterns for scarves for
the 5 new Fall 2002 yarns, too. See Splash page
and links to Labrador and Shag - HERE. Shag and Splash are both eyelash
yarns. Labrador is a thick-thin 100% wool.
CPY Bamboo Knitting Needles with new, added sizes,
including 17s and 19s. Crystal Palace Bamboos now include
2 new exciting Crystal Palace Yarns for Spring 2002!
Deco-Ribbon and FIZZ - both in many
colors. See photos and details posted as well as free knitting patterns
for scarves knit in
Deco-Ribbon and in FIZZ combined with Waikiki.
A Free Cotton Flamme vest pattern
Updated with a new 2-page Sample Card
of Cotton Chenille
Added a sample card for Cotton Flamme yarn.
New Free Madeira Cascade Lace Knit Scarf Pattern.
Added photos of two new double treadle models of Ashford Wheels: Joy and
Traveller. See photos here.
late July 2001
Added a page of photos and prices for Point Protectors
and Stitch Holders from France.
early July 2001
We are starting to do a major overhaul on the pages here - since this site was
opened in 1995 things have just been added as we went along and it's time to
organize and make some things easier to find. So, as they say, watch this space.
New Ashford product photos up - Mini Niddy Noddy -
a cute and functional new tool.
Added 6 pages of Straw Into Gold Retail mailorder price pages in PDF (Adobe)
format for printing out from the site.
PDF Retail Price Pages are here.
More photos posted of new Richmond warehouse on Bissell (now 3 pages up)
Revised prices of various products on site.
Began posting photos of the new location in
Richmond as we started moving in.
Announced that Straw Into Gold, after 30 years in the textile arts retail
business will be closing its doors forever. We simply are priced out of the
retail market for real estate. We will be mailorder only for retail (plus some
2-3X a year outlet sales) and moving to Richmond, Calif. as Wholesale Only
(Crystal Palace Yarns - Ashford USA) in April 2001.
Added photos of Straw Into Gold from Berkeley
location and news about the upcoming move.
coming in late winter 2000 - we are adding crochet hooks to the Crystal
Palace Bamboo Needle range.
Free knitting pattern for Tekapo Wool yarn
- turtleneck sleeveless top, Easy to Knit.
New history and use of fiber reactive dyes
and about their chemistry pages added from old TAN issue - Textile Artists'
Newsletter. All about Cibacron F dyes.
Straw Into Gold - Crystal Palace Yarns lost our lease after 20 years in our
building on San Pablo! Sign up for news of big sales
and where we will be moving (the present location will be left in Spring
Inventory Cleanout of old Cibacron F and other dyes.
Sale list posted.
Straw will no longer be offering the Japanese Quilting Magazines - contact www.gloriouspatchwork.com
to ask about them.
New photo added of the Ashford Country Spinner,
now with a double treadle.
Announcement of beginning a closeout sale of old
warehouse inventory of dyes from Spectrum Dyestuffs inventory. Added
color sample card for Tekapo Wool Yarn - 26
Andy and Susan attended the Black Sheep Gathering in Eugene and lots
of photos are going up.
Added a new free knit pattern for Italian Tee Shirt
here and a sample card for Crystal Palace Yarn's Breeze
cotton yarn here. A sample
card of Waikiki rayon/cotton printed yarn is here.
Added information about the "Spinning &
Weaving the Ashford Way" Video. Recent additions are links
to Messages on TAF (Textile Arts Forum).
July 6, 1999
A scanned set of Cotton Chenille color cards
- showing 60+ colors, names and numbers
July 4, 1999
Lots and lots of new Ashford Weaving and Spinning Product Photos up. Weaving Here and Spinning
July 1, 1999
Started putting up the Photo Gallery of digital photo taken
at Maryland Sheep and Wool 1999.
Added a chart showing the folded sizes of the new Ashford
Table Loom. Links being continually added to photos of products from the Ashford Products Price page.
Added link to my new Quilting Forum
message boards (located on Delphi, but attached to the Quilting
at About.com site)
Just for fun (and handy for myself) I added a page which will have travel links on it - feel free to use it.
Straw no longer selling Kaffe striped fabric when current stocks are gone, set new links
to Glorious Patchwork web site as referral.
1st Quarter 1999
Added new images and links to the Ashford-USA pages. New photos of Ashford's folding table
loom and updated other images linked to the Ashford product
descriptions. Revised the Ashford Dealer links and
New Free: Lace
Scarf Pattern - "Arches & Columns". An easy lace pattern
for those new to lace, fun for experts, too. Uses Crystal Palace's 100% wool "Lace
Added Loom information to Ashford-USA section, including new
folding table loom, and price list of looms &
Sept 11, 1998
Added some links and removed some dead links from the Straw
Sept 2, 1998
Added to EBHQ pages an article about members' trip to Sisters,
Oregon Outdoor Quilt Show.
I haven't been keeping this listing completely updated - so here is a summary: Added new Aluminum (HOBI-Pearl) knitting needle price list, added
photo of Cotton Chenille yarn taken with my new
Nikon Coolpix digital camera, added updates to WILPF pages, updated Swallow Casein knitting needles (6" dp needles
added) and added some new links here and there.
Updated the entire Ashford Dealers' Listings with drops and
adds in all USA.
Adjusted Search Engine - it will now be found at the top in small
line of links on 80% of pages on the site. It allows searching for any term or words.
Finally got the Kaffe Fassett striped fabric swatches
up (more to come) these are scanned from the fabric Also information on buying Kaffe
& Liza's Kits and Patterns for quilts from their
Glorious Patchwork book.
March 5, 1998
New BOOKSTORE started here. For now just a search engine
link to Barnes and Noble, but book reviews and recommendations to arrive soon.
Feb 28, 1998
Last day of the almost 3-yr old Ashford-Spinners Mailing list, sponsored by Crystal
Palace. Move to the Web for customer support (see items below). Ashford-Spinners Wisdom started, a collection of topics
from the archives of the A-S List.
Feb 24, 1998
Opened signups for two new Free Email Newsletters
for Crystal Palace Yarns - Ashford-USA: one for spinners and one for wholesale customers.
late Jan - Feb 1998
Many major revisions in the CPY pages: new Ashford-USA page
linking to Spinning-Fiber Clip Art, Ashford-Spinners Collected Wisdom, a FAQ of spinning information and Links to Spinning.
Jan 17. 1998
Added a page to the Quilting pages showing an
art quilt I recently finished. Added new links to the SIG Links page. Added new feature article links to
the list of Quilting articles on my Mining Co. Quilting site.
Added page about the new Kiwi Spinning Wheel from
Ashford. Did assorted housekeeping and updating of pages. Added announcement of
Mo'fessionals winning the MUSICIAN Magazine contest as "One of Best 12 Unsigned Bands
in the World"!
Sept 14, 1997
Added Mo'fessionals' information, including link to SF Bay Guardian Review
July 27, 1997
Added a Free Crystal Palace Cotton Chenille
Pattern, revised the Ashford "Just in Case"
Manual, added a page of Daddy Goddus pictures from
a gig at the Claremont Hotel, Berkeley - June 1997. Corrected a typo on date of DG gig -
July 31 not Aug 31 !
July 18, 1997
Added new Quilting articles
link page, updated gig dates for Mo'fo and Daddy Goddus pages, fixed small typos. Updated
the Table of Contents (TOC) page. Now using the new Beta version of FrontPage 98.
June 27, 1997
Added pages to Straw Mail order on how to place standing order for
Japanese Quilt magazines: Quilts Japan and Patchwork Quilt
Tsushin. Updated the Table of Contents (TOC) page.
June 3, 1997
Added WILPF-Tucson pages, Swallow Casein Knitting Needles Prices,
East Bay Heritage Quilters, updated odds and ends of things on
various pages. Put link on Straw.com page to my new Quilting
at About.com site. Updated the Table of Contents (TOC) page.
April 28, 1997
Added dates to Mo'fessionals and
Daddy Goddus pages and Birth
Announcement on Bee.Jones page for Marco Walker Bloom, born April 27.
April 27, 1997
Added link to my new Quilting Topic site at About.com (formerly
called the Mining Company) at http://quilting.about.com
April 18, 1997
Updated font style on the main front page to Georgia font, one of the
Microsoft "designed for the Web" fonts (get them free at http://www.microsoft.com in the Font Collection area).
This page is, by the way, set in Trebuchet from that same collection.
Added new links to the WebLinks page
(having to do with linen, Bayeaux tapestry, Cotswold sheep, the Mining Co).
April 4, 1997
A New Mo'fessionals' Page with a video .MOV (1600K) of part of a performance of "Slow
Down" filmed at Great American Music Hall by OM-Records,
San Francisco - spring 1997. Included 3 still photos from video on this page.
Revised Mo'fo pages to make finding How-to-Order
"Finally Over" CD instructions more easily.
March 6, 1997
Posted Announcement of Winner of World's Longest Thread Contest,
Added Table of Crystal Palace Bamboo Knitting
Needles, shows all sizes & prices
Updated links and added new dealers and new email addresses to
Added new dates for gigs and links to Mo'fessionals' Page
January 1, 1997
Posted Ashford Handicrafts
Spinning Related Products retail price list (in US
Specifically added: Mo'fessionals'
Scrap Book: 3 pages of photos from Record Release Party at Slim's, a Table of Contents for STRAW.COM, added Review of new Mo'fo CD-Finally Over, How to Buy CD's, created new Mo'Media page, cleaned up Ashford
Spinning Wheels lineart, new header for Summercorn
page, and general clearn up of links, mail-to addresses, new artwork for banners of Straw.Com, Mo'fessionals, added
new information on TAF-Textile Arts Forum, made an
easier-to-find link for my History of Dyes: 3500BC-1970's
December 26-29, 1996
I'd been planning and designing new banners for a major re-working of STRAW.COM and
decided, with the help of Front Page, so I spent 4 days re-doing it and using FP to check
and find bad links and fixed them all. FP will also make and keep updated a complete Table
of Contents for this site. (see above)
December 14, 1996
The Mo'fessionals had their Record-CD Release party at Slim's in San Francisco and I took
lots of pictures which I sent to Seattle Filmworks for processing and to get digitized
pics to make creating the Scrapbook easier. For $3.95 a roll you can go get your pictures
from the Seattle FW web site.
Delphi (where I started TAF, Textile Arts Forum, now hosted by Rita Levine) has moved to the Web as well as
keeping a text interface. Rita and I decided it was time to give Front Page a whirl. Wow!
The whole site was organized in an intense week of work. This couldn't have been
done without FP (and I'm not a big fan of Microsoft, but they've got a winner going for
complicated site maintenance.) Check out TAF at http://www.delphi.com/textile
I downloaded Microsoft's Front Page program
to give it a try. I'd been using HTML Assistant Pro and Home Site for HTML and liked
working with the coding directly, but the links and details of STRAW.COM were getting
harder and harder to deal with and Hank Haquist, who maintains a great site at http://www.hobbie.com and does Web pages "for
hire" had been recommending Front Page.
- December 1995
- STRAW.COM was first opened as a very basic web page!
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