Oodles of inventory & gobs of inspiration...
We update our new merchandise & colors MOST weeks, and usually on Thursday
so check back frequently to see what's new...
Manos Maxima arrived....some fun new neons AND some lovely neutrals. More on the way.
If someone who joined us for the Felter's Meet & Greet this past Saturday is missing something that they left behind....we have it here safe and sound! Give us a call - 802-288-8081
Spring is coming.....in anticipation, we planted some knitted and some felted flowers in the window boxes out front. Just a bit of whimsey and color for the store front! We ran out of steam after about 16 of them (so little time and so many things to spin and felt and knit!) so we didn't get close to the 50+ flowers I felted a few years back for the boxes, but it's enough to see us thru until we can actually put live plants out!
A few new summer yarns arrived this week.....
Debbie Bliss's new cotton-wool blend arrived - Mia - in 16 lovely colors.
Another new color of the Juniper Moon Zooey linen-cotton arrived. This is what most might call "oatmeal".....white with flecks of natural linen color.
Hand-dyed Teeswater top arrived at the end of last week. Eight great new colorways to start with. This breed of sheep produces a long and lustrous fiber....think Wenslydale...that is lovely to spin.
A bunch of new colors of the Blue Faced Leceister top we stock have arrived. Lovely to spin and great for felting too!
And in the same shipment, new colors of the luxury blend Opulence (alpaca, silk, merino, etc) arrived. Gorgeous felting and spinning!
For you felters who like to use the merino top for nuno felting, this superfine merino has arrived and is available in 8 new heathery tones.....19 micron (the usual merino top I stock in 45 colors is 21.5 micron). Some lovely new shades!
A big shipment of Malabrigo Meche arrived last week. Several new colors are in stock, as well as a restock of existing.
Just in time for St. Patrick's day....two new colors of short stapled merino KAP wool arrived and one of them is a great shamrock/kelly green! The other is a fleshtone....plus a restock of the other 16 or so colors.
And some gorgeous new colors of Ultra Pima
and of Luna Paints cotton, as well.
I I missed the update last week due to some ftp errors I still don't understand but seem to have fixed!
Still, I'm behind so haven't gotten everything updated yet. Here are a few things:
A few new colors of Cascade's superwash sport yarn have arrived
've finally updated the photos/colors for the short stapled merino
We've got some new patterns in stock....some individual leaflets by Juniper Moon for the Herriot and several new Knit-Bot patterns.
Plus, the latest Sublime yarn has arrived: Sublime Extrafine Lace Merino!
Available in some lovely neutrals as well as these neon/brights which seem to be making a big splash this season!
I just got about 35 pounds of fiber back from the mill, including these lovely grey felting batts. Light grey, primarily Cotswold, quick felting (Carol felted up a sample on Thursday and said it was quick and easy) and to a dense and solid structure....so I think it would be great for boots, hats, vessels, rugs. We have them packed in 8 oz and 1 pound sheets (the 1 pound sheets are a table and a half wide and about 3/4-7/8 of a table in length....so we tried to keep them large enough for those who might want to use them for rugs).
And for spinners.....these 3 gorgeous rovings!
Vermont BFL & Kid Mohair-lustrous and soft and creamy white!
Two heathery, mostly Corriedale, blends.
A couple new spring-time colors arrived in the Swan Island: Coral in the worsted and Early Thyme in the fingering
II finished the Taiyo Sport model.....I really enjoyed knitting it and hope some niece will enjoy wearing it at some point since it is too small for me.....but I used on ly 2 sks and it is a 39" chest.
Some new colors of the KAP wool arrived....great felting fiber
Jan 20th...finally getting restocked after the holiday rush.....3 big boxes of Lambs Pride worsted arrived late yesterday, what little Malabrigo was available to order (next shipment from SA expected in a few weeks) arrived, the Ball Brausers finally arrived in a much beaten up box that looked like it had gone around the world several times over (!), new Turbo circ order is on its way, etc.....
A simple knit you can work on thru the Superbowl and/or Olympics and still watch and enjoy the sports! This versatile cape, knit in Columbia by Imperial Ranch, fits great and can be worn so many ways! Buy 4 sks for this project and I'll buy the pattern for you!
I worked up a new pattern for the Misti Alpaca....just 1 skein does this hat. I chose a stitch that gives the alpaca some structure so it works well for a hat. Pattern free with the purchase of a skein.
New yarn from Noro: Taiyo Sport.....I'm almost finished with a summer top in it and really enjoyed knitting with this cotton blend yarn - 5.5 sts/inch.
8 new colors of Sir Dar Baby Bamboo arrived over the holidays....lovely machine washable dk
Acadia by The Fiber Company also arrived in 9 or 10 colors....lovely hand and almost an irridescence to the colors!
If you enjoy sock (or shawl) knitting, Manos del Uruguay's Alegria Sock arrived...3 old colors and 3 brand new colors they've introduced.
And based on the popularity of Painted Desert, I have added 6 more colors to the line.
Bliss BFL - four new colors in stock....and somehow I'm only just realizing this yarn is machine washable!
I now have available a pattern for an adorable Child's Felt Jacket.
Be sure to check out some photos of samples done in this past weekends Layered Resist Dye workshop with Linda Van Alstyne.
Mecha by Malabrigo features the usual that knitters love about this brand....softness and the gorgeous colors. But unlike the other singles Malabrigo, this one seems to wear better (less pilling).
Cascade Sport Superwash is now in stock....we've had the non-superwash for a while and just recently added Cascades Aran Superwash, so this last addition to that line rounds it out nicely: now we have superwash in 6, 5.5, 5, 4 and 3.5 sts/inch and a non-superwash Cascade yarns for 5 , 4 and 3.5 sts/inch, plus their Heritage sock yarn
Swan Island alpaca/merino is now available in seasmoke (grey) and natural (as shown knit here in this sweet pullover)
Juniper Moon Herriot is now available in heathers....same lovely hand and some great leaflet pattern support on its way!
Jade is a wool/viscose/acrylic blend that is fun and colorful for those who need to knit some colorful cowls or scarves for holiday gifts!
Lots of new colors of Nadeshiko by Noro arrived a few weeks ago so my sister knit up a pair of mittens and hat and I threw them in the dryer for a bit last Saturday to raise the angora....check out the before and after! There's no way you could feel these and say that Noro is "scratchy"....they are so soft and warm. One skein knits either the hat or the mittens and the pattern is free with the yarn purchase.
Superfine Merino - hand dyed colorways great for felting or spinning.
Blocking wires and matt...if you do a lot of lace/shawl knitting, you'll want to invest in these!
Eight great new colors arrived in a new brand of needle felt / partial felt fabrics I'm stocking. And we used this opportunity to introduce some new sizes.....some small pieces for those of you who want a range of colors to play with for embellishment without breaking the bank!
Sept 17th....a few new project ideas & some new inventory to share
Using Plymouth's Superwash Merino, this hat (pattern free with yarn purchase) takes just 1 sk.
This cowl (pattern free with yarn purchase) was knit using less than 1/2 skein of Mink.... Wow...for just $11 you can wrap a friend or family member in a mink cowl!
This fair isle hat is knit using Juniper Moon's Herriot alpaca.....its a splurge because you need 7 colors to do it. BUT....buy 6 and you get the 7th free.
And with 7 skeins you can also knit this cowl, 2 more hats and a pair of mittens...bringing the cost per item down to the $23-$28 range!
3 sks of Baby Alpaca Grande were used to knit this lovely cowl (wear it 3 ways) using a pattern from the new Scarf Style 2 book.
This fingering weight Swan Island scarf pattern is a simple knit that is totally reversible.
Dyed Bamboo Top....great for spinning and felting
Both merino and BFL with nylon are in stock for those of you spinners wanting to spin for socks.
15.5 micron merino - a bit of dyed left after Dagmar's class and lots of white available (until I get another chance to get back to the dyepot!)
Ball Brausers are in stock ... just $18.99
Astral Alpaca/Tencel arrived this week.....lusciously soft and dreamy. It's not part of the Holiday Gift Knitting program, but you could use your discount earned thru that program to treat yourself to an Astral project after the New Year!
Cascade Aran superwash just arrived. This is a new line addition Cascade introduced for this fall and we're stocking 15 colors. Featuring 138 yards, it knits at 4 sts/inch and provides a great 100% wool option for those garments you want machine washable. And although I haven't had a chance to update the web to reflect this....a bunch of new colors of regular 220, 220 superwash and 128 arrived. Oh, and Heritage sock as well!
This sweet little hat (pattern called "Erin") is quick to knit. From 1 skein of the new Swans Island organic, naturally dyed merino, you can knit 2 of these. And you can vary the design a bit by choosing different increases - here I chose to use a YO in place of the M1 because I wanted the eyelet to accentuate the migrating ridge of stitches. For a different look on the second hat, work a ribbed edge, use the M1 and instead of truncating the "stem" at the top of the hat as shown, you could eliminate it completely or you could knit it longer and tie it into a knot. This was lovely yarn to knit with.
The Sir Dar Baby Bamboo has been stocked for a while, but it wasn't until more colors arrived last week that we've had a chance to add it to the web. Lovely and soft d.k. (5.5 st/inch) gauge with great pattern support for baby sweaters, tho' it seems that most has sold for adult projects so far!
Six lively new colors of Debbie Bliss's Rialto dk arrived too.
Misti Alpaca Chunky arrived yesterday
Karbonz interchangeable needles arrived last week
Swan Island Organic merino - naturally dyed colors - is here too! Great pattern support.
Several new yarns arrived this past week which are supported by great patterns! Imperial Ranch's Columbia yarn arrived in 2 different weights (fingering and worsted) & is supported by the Circles Hat and Essential Sweater Dress patterns shown above, as well asl several other great patterns that I don't have room to share here. This lovely yarn, spun in Idaho from the wool of the Columbia breed of sheep raised right there on the ranch, gently processed and dyed, is soft and available in 12 beautiful colors.
Zoom Looms are here....fun easy looms that are portable....just perfect way to keep children busy, learning, creating and enjoying themselves this summer!
Some new reds, greens, greys and off whites of Silky Wool arrived too! Great yarn for summer knitting!
How cute are these little guys? If you need to knit for an upcoming baby shower, I've "kitted" a skein of Indulgence d.k. weight self patterning sock yarn (so so soft!) with one of these patterns to make it really simple for you to knock off something special for every baby in your life.
Handy tool every handspinner should have! Get your singles the right thickness so your plied yarn comes out EXACTLY how you need/want it!
While on vacation, I took a new yarn we're stocking - raised, dyed & spun in the US - to knit up. It is Columbia wool. I started off knitting a simple garter stitch, top down shawl but got so bored with it on our trip to Iceland that on the plane home I started adding a lace pattern to it. And just to do something a little different, last night I used a crochet bind off to add loops to the edge... similar to what I saw on some shawls in Iceland. In this photo,the shawlette is still blocking, so check back to see it on a manneguin. This prototype is a nice size (even tho' you'd have enough yarn in the skein to knit it half again as large since I had almost a half skein leftover when I finished this model) and stays around the neck nicely. Although it was warm enough out I didn't need it, I wore it around my neck/shoulders last night walking Chloe just to see how it "fit" and it was perfect for a little something around the neck, but since there was quite a bit of yarn left over, you could easily make the shawl larger (this one measures 16.5 inches deep at the V).
New colors of Lavold's Hempathy have arrived for spring....fun colors great for a summer cap sleeved top or tank....quick knits, great drape, machine washable.
Vermont Shetland.....just back from the mill.....I'm really pleased with this yarn.....it was challenging to get the range of colors and it came out with a gorgeous hand, nice luster and great color range if you're interested in doing some fair isle knitting in all natural colors. Help me choose a pattern for the store model and you could win some naturally dyed Vermont merino!
Neysa knit this shawl using 2 sks of the 100% Mink we have in the store.....it is so lightweight, cozy, drapey (sp? - or is this even a word?!) and oh so soft. She used a Fiber Trends pattern we have here at the store for which there is a "scarf" option too, that would only take 1 sk.
Lontue is a linen/cotton hand-dyed yarn that is perfect knit in simple garter stitch on a large needle...throw the tank on over a tee to dress it up a bit. LIght, airy, textural...great drape.
Targhee Pencil Roving arrived .... Spin it , Knit it, or Felt it!
The weekend's Felt Jewelry workshop was lots of fun....very inspirational. Be sure to check out the Gallery for some photos of the fun.
Plans to travel this summer? Whether it is to the beach or the ballgame, this hanging accessory pouch will keep all your knitting accessories organized and simplified for you. I've packed everything I need for knitting during our trip to Iceland in it, so all my carryon needs to hold is some chocolate and my yarn. Easy to clean, durable, efficient (4 zippered clear pockets make it easy to find things), lightweight, etc. A must if you pack your knitting to go anywhere.