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...
As those of you who follow the store on Facebook, or who have been into the store know, I lost my constant companion and official store greeter of 17+ years on Friday. I will miss her dearly, but take comfort in knowing she had a fabulous and long life with daily swims, lots of fetching and hiking, belly rubs, ear scratches, adventures, and tons of love. AND.... treats galore....as many of you could attest to the veracity of her nose scouting out the biscuit crumbs that lurked in your pockets! Thanks to so many customers who were so generous sharing biscuits with her!
And thank you for the many notes and condolences I've received and the many happy recollections of Chloe you've shared with me - they have been truly appreciated.
Here are a few updates. I know I'm missing something. Maybe I'll remember it by next week!
I managed to get a bit more dyeing done early last week.....Gems Merino Sport in 13 vibrant and saturated colors is available again.
And there are lots of freshly dyed silk mawattas (hankies) and caps too!
This simple cowl is knit in Hi-Koo, one of the Simpli Natural yarns that is a luscious alpaca/silk blend in gorgeous neutrals and some very intense dyed colors.
I am now stocking the Ashford Blending Board. I LOVE Love love to blend fibers on my drum carders - for both felting and spinning. This offers a less expensive way to play with colors and blending fibers if you're not quite sure you want to invest in a drum carder.
Oops...missed a week! I've been dyeing .... got the rest of the VT Border Leceister dyed up into a couple of colors that were sold out and I finished off the last of the NFAC Fingering Merino shown above (boo-hoo! this has been such a great yarn to work with and a great price....the replacement yarn is going to be a couple dollars more per skein, so just a heads up to nab this now while you can if you're one of this yarns dye-hard fans!).
Two new tools arrived last week for spinners.....the ABLK (Anything But Lazy Kate) and the WPI (wraps per inch) Tool. Both must have tools for spinners. If you're a wannabe spinner, be sure to check out our classes page as I've just posted the dates for the fall Learn to Spin class!
And, Ooooh! This Red Eri Silk just arrived....so gorgeous (this is undyed). Sold in 1 oz increments, like the regular Eri Silk and the Muga Silk Here's a pic showing it squished between the tan colored Muga and the white Eri:
This cute and simple lace cardi takes just 3 sks of Toria (or for if you want it in solid, you could use 3 sks of Bliss Angel or if you want it kettle dyed but not variegated like the Toria, you could use 3 sks of Kid Gloss too!). No matter how you approach it, its simple to knit, a lovely pattern, can be worn several ways (check out Toria page for more photos), is lightweight and really inexpensive (even if you splurge on one of the gorgeous silk blend colors of Bliss's Angel, it only costs $45 to knit).
Happy Fourth everyone!
This cowl uses 1 skein of the new Zumie (supersoft wool/acrylic chunky) or 1.5 sks of Lana Grande 100% wool. I used the Lana Grande since I had these sks left from a different project. A quick and mindless knit I took to Lake Sebago last week....done over 2 cups of coffee watching the sun rise in the morning and 1 gin & tonic watching it set (swimming, reading and working on Sally Melville's L'envelope using Maxima in between!).
A small batch of locks drying out back from a couple of weeks ago, when I washed and dyed about 25 pounds of locks. Great for needle and wet felting....and rug hooking...these are locks from BFLs, Leicester Longwools....so lustrous and with great curl! It's best if you can come in and pick them yourself since I dyed so many colors and there are so many rich variations in each batch...I can't really photograph them all for the website. If you're not local and want to order, you can order on line by general hue...or you can call and describe what you're looking for.
This fun and festive chunky gauge acrylic/wool blend, Zumie, comes in some fashionable neons....free pattern for a 1 skein cowl on the label!
Putting up the Zumie made me realize that I never let you know that Encore Mega is back in stock.....another 2 st/inch like Zumie....it made it onto the shelves here, but I never got it uploaded until today!
Swan Island introduced a new color earlier this spring and we posted it on Facebook when it arrived, but I just realized this morning that I hadn't updated the web to reflect it! It's called Black Cherry.......both fingering and worsted are in stock!
My sister Joan knit up the Twin Leaf pattern using Meadow by The Fiber Co. and dropped it off this weekend when she was in town.....great hand and elegant look! Lightweight and knit in garter stitch....so a great summer project .
Between customers the last few months, Chris (and Carol knit a few rows too) knit this shoulder wrap (can also be worn as a cowl) using just 2 sks of Malabrigo Meche!
My niece designed a couple new needle felting kits.....a sweet sheep and a new fiery dragon!
Kid Gloss, Plymouth's latest laceweight kid mohair and silk yarn, is available in 12 kettle dyed colorways.
Homestead, 100% wool, by Plymouth offers a similar ply and "style" as the popular Eco Wool Bulky by Cascade, but at a finer gauge of 4-4.5 sts/inch. Like Eco-Wool Bulky, this is a great value yarn, too!
This lovely and light scarf took just 2 sks of Sublime Lace merino. It was chilly in here the other day and was the perfect thing to put on over my shoulders to keep the cold off my neck.
Rylie by Hi-Koo arrived. Well, just 2 colors, but they are gorgeous! Driftwood and Pearl. Gorgeous linen and silk blend....a bit heavier (sport) than the Meadow I posted on line last week.
Meadow, by the Fiber Co., isn't exactly new but I'm a few weeks behind getting some things on the website! I've already reordered several colors of this yarn and a popular shawl pattern for it and am only now getting it posted. Lovely merino/llama/silk/linen laceweight with gorgeous drape in 10 great colors.
Juniper Moon's Findley dk arrived about a month ago and I finished the store model last week (pattern from the latest KnitScene magazine). Gorgeous drape and hand....a "must knit with"!
Odin is not exactly new.....I've had it in the store since late winter but only got it online this week so I thought I'd use it as a way of featuring/introducing the Viking Line of yarns. Each of the 3 Viking yarns I am stocking have long repeats of color and are all machine washable.....so they've been really popular for kids knits. Nordlys (which is the only one which is NOT 100% wool since it has 25% nylon added in case you want to knit socks) is a fingering 7 sts/inch yarn that has been popular for gloves, wristlets and shawls and Balder is a bulky gauge yarn that has been popular for cowls and sweaters for kids. And the US distributor has lots of free patterns for all these yarns...lots of great accessories. So be sure to check them out if you've got kids to knit for as they are machine washable and very soft!
A few more colors of Juniper Moon's Moonshine alpaca/merino/silk blend arrived. It is so incredibly soft and silky, well, its just delicious to knit with. Great yardage, so if you're looking for a little project to take on the drive to Maryland Sheep and Wool pick up a skein for a lovely cowl or scarf!
And don't forget that our First Friday Clearance Bin is open in the back workshop tomorrow (Friday May 2nd) from 10 - 5. Great discounts of some beautiful yarns.
Apr 22nd....where did the month go?
So I usually update weekly, but this month has been crazy between workshops and computer issues for which hours upon hours struggling on the phone with tech support in India has still not resolved.
But the weather this weekend was great so I stepped back and away from it all for the last 2 days and enjoyed some gardening, reading, and catching up with a niece who was visiting from out of town. Which meant that today I had the strength to face the computer again and update the website before another 10 hours on the phone with tech support does me in!
So a few new things have arrived since the last update.....
Findley d.k. merino-silk by Juniper Moon....gorgeous hand!
4 more colors of the Zooey Linen by Juniper Moon finally came in - and 2 more have shipped, so we're now at 8 and soon to be 10.
Moonshine alpaca/merino/silk by Juniper Moon is also in stock. Absolutely divine.
We have 5 new colors of pre/partial felts for you felters.....
And the light pink Kap wool that was out of stock is back in stock and we added a light grey to the mix of this popular felter.
And, finally.......this next product isn't online, but if you're a felter (wet or needle) & local you've got to come in and check out my new CC Wool .....46 fabulous colors that I've also got packed in 4 colors/bag.
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.