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...
Hope everyone had a fabulous Thanksgiving holiday. I've posted a page with some XMAS gift ideas for kids, grandkids, and yourself!!
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!
New colors of Nadeshiko by Noro arrived.....lots of one skein projects for this yarn that knit up quickly and make great gifts!
This little garment is quick & easy knit &t akes just 2 skeins of this cotton blend yarn, Uluru. The photo doesn't really show off the drop stitch rows that break up the stockinette stitch garment and provide a bit of textural interest. This is a really lightweight garment and the pattern (which is free with the yarn purchase) features a rolled bottom edge, so I started to add a beaded crochet picot edge to it and decided it wasn't necessary, but at some point, if I wanted to dress it up a bit, that is an option.
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.
The other yarn that arrived, but I'll have to wait until Tuesday to get it online, is Swan Island's Nature's Colors. It too arrived in worsted and some fingering colors. These are naturally dyed in Maine in a range of spectacular colors and it is spun from 100% organic merino. Check back next week to see that yarn.
In the meantime, I've posted some photos from the Silk Paper Making Class last weekend so you can see the gorgeous papers, notebooks and baskets participants created with their silk paper.
Uluru, a mostly cotton yarn (US 3 - 6) has great yardage. It takes just 2 sks (at $11.99/sk) to knit this cute shoulder cover. It is also a great option for the Painted Desert Shawl project I introduced a couple of weeks ago that has been really popular.
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!
I'm rearranging the store next month .....looking forward to a few new items and I need to make room for them....so this Saturday (June 22) I'm having a Tent Sale to clear out some nice cottons, wools, blends and alpacas......all yarns I'm clearing out will be etiher $2 or $3 per skein!!! from Encore colorspun, what is left of the Amity Prints, Cool Wool & Whitney, to Art Yarns Cotton Spring, Luna, Pasea, Sensual Alpaca, Ella Rae Superwash Wool, Kudo, and others as well....so spread the word! I've got to get rid of some fibers too.....so if you're new to spinning and want to pick up some good deals to practice on, come on over Saturday!
Malabrigo Sock is back in stock. Great choice for a shawl too!
New colors of Malabrigo Arroyo arrived as well...this is basically the sock yarn, but at a heavier gauge.....machine washable, plied for durability and very soft.
Some new colors of Bliss Rialto d.k. , Baby Cashmereno & Rialto 4 ply arrived this week...I'll try to get them up for next week.
Sir Dar's Baby Bamboo arrived as well...perfect for babies, but also an incredible drape for a shawl.
Two new colors of the popular Bamboo Ribbon by Southwest Trading arrived. The Mariposa Shawl remains popular, but I've got some new contemporary top patterns by Art Yarns that work beautifully with it as well.
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.
Painted Desert is a replacement for another yarn I was stocking. This version is also machine washable wool and has the long repeats of the Jo Jo yarn, but is put up in 100gm balls, seems to be stocked a bit better and has a really nice "spring" to it so the shawl I have knit out of it drapes well and just feels lively.Really nice.
I knit up the popular Color Affection shawl from Ravelry using 2 solid colors of Bliss Rialto 4 ply and a long repeat striping (i.e. Painted Desert, Taiyo Sock, Silk Garden Sock for example). I chose these colors wanting something to throw on with jeans and for a casual affair and am pleased with it.
May 15th...the latest Knits and Noro Magazines arrived, along with a new book on Seamless Knitting. Plus 3 new inventory items shown below....
Neysa has designed 3 great new kits for needle felting. Everything you need is included and it is all packaged nicely so these make a fabulous gift idea - or treat for yourself!
Handy tool every handspinner should have! Get your singles the right thickness so your plied yarn comes out EXACTLY how you need/want it!
Apparently not all pearls are of a quality that warrant setting into jewelry....so they are pulverized and the "dust" spun into fiber!
I've posted some new photos of silk paper on the "classes" page of the website and have added a weaving class, based on popular request. We are working on some other fun classes for the fall/winter and hope to have them all posted by the end of May....for the time being, check out the Silk Paper and Weaving classes.
Before heading off on vacation, I dyed up a few new colors of the Vermont Border Leicester but didn't get them online until today! We now have 30 available.
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.
Amity Print is on clearance while supply lasts.
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!
New colors of Taiyo cotton blend by Noro
KAP Wool -really short staple....great for felting
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.
Perfect for the little girl in your life! These fun sun dresses for girls (18 months - 6T) come all kitted up with yarn, pattern, buttons etc. There is an assortment of styles, colors and sizes.....On special this week: usually $48....now just $36.
Some new colors of the popular Debbie Bliss Eco Baby organic Cotton arrived....No price increases, so still the same great value....organic, soft, great pattern support and lovely range of over 20 colors.
Several new colors of this popular bamboo/merino yarn, Pediboo, arrived this week. Great for scarves, shawls & socks!
Easter Egg Kits.....$5.99
In anticipation of Sally Melville's classes here next month, I was looking thru her book, The Knit Stitch, and was reminded of how great, versatile and classic a simple garter stitch is. And with so many new knitters in recently, I wanted to highlight some easy garter stitch projects. So I pulled out this alpaca jacket model for Show & Tell. Knit in Frog Tree's sport alpaca yarn, this is an easy project that you'd get TONS of wear out of for YEARS to come.
Lots of show & tell in the Gallery!
Jeanne Worsted arrived from Plymouth....this is a great choice for any baby knitting you might have on the docket....it's a great value, soft (cotton/acrylic), machine washable and tumble dry!
For other baby knits you might have coming up, be sure to check out Debbie Bliss's Eco Baby Cotton (pictured left) for an organic 100% cotton alternative and also Debbie Bliss's Rialto 4 ply (pictured right)- 100% extrafine, machine washable merino. More colors of both of these gorgeous baby yarns are on their way....even now, the palette is so spring like!
I'm running a contest thru Facebook for felters and spinners this week....three lucky customers who "shared" the contest post with their facebook friends will win a free Art Batt....we just got a new shipment of them in and even after adding a separate display unit for them, had 3 that didn't fit in!). If you missed out on this contest, be sure to "like" the store's Facebook page (you can do so from the homepage) because we'll be running more random drawings, contests and offering exclusive savings thru Facebook in the future! Next week.....one for knitters!
We also received our first 13 colors of a short stapled merino from Germany that we are now stocking......beautiful for felting - both needle and wet. The batts are thick and uniform so we've packed the new fiber in 100 gm increments for you wet felters that want to quickly & easily lay out large areas, but also we've packed 15 gm packages for those of you needle felting or making smaller items like jewelry.
I got all twisted around trying to get this crocheted skirt (from Noro Crochet book) started about a month ago, when my friend Lou-Ann stopped by for a visit and some inspiration. As she was in between knitting projects herself and I was behind on mine, she offered to take the project home as a challenge. She brought it by yesterday and says she LOVED working on it .It is so CUTE (sorry...new camera and I'm trying to figure out it's settings!). The skirt will look great over leggings and the diagonal striping is flattering. Her husband loved it. Her twenty-someting daughter loved it. Everyone at her work loved it. She and I (both 40-something!:)) love it...so it seems appealing to a whole range of tastes! And now that she has assured me it was a brain spasm on my part and no reflection of the pattern (isn't it weird how you can look at a pattern sometimes and just totally misinterpret it?!) I wanted to bring the book to your attention! There are so many fun projects in the book, it is worth buying (I know that with so many books on the market today and so many "been there, done that" being repeated over and over again in new books, it is refreshing when one is published and there are more than 5 or 6 projects in it that you'd like to do! And we'll have some colors of Silk Garden and Kureyon on sale Saturday.....so come on by and take advantage of the savings!
No new yarns, but more buttons arrived this week. And grommets too! Oh, and also some lovely satin frogs (sorry, forgot the picture of these...but we have them in several colors and sizes)! The frogs can really nicely finish off a handknit sweater or jacket (anyone knitting the Kimono jacket from Painter's Palette?) and the grommets are great for adding some polish to your felt bags or felt boots!
Spring babies are on the way, so this is the time to start knitting for the showers you'll be attending in April and May! I knit these little booties up for a new grand nephew and when picking a pattern, was reminded how many great pattern books we stock for babies. From the fabulously popular Sublime pattern books, to the 50 Baby Booties to Knit book that was the inspiration for these booties, to the always classic Debbie Bliss books for babies....you can't go wrong. So thru this weekend.....come on in and pick up any of our baby pattern books and the yarn to knit a project in the book and enjoy a 15% discount on the book.
This warm and lovely cowl is knit using many of the 10 natural colors of Juniper Moon's Herriot alpaca yarn.
still having trouble with the camera....so sorry about the off-colors here. I guess it's time to retire it and buy anew!
This Maria Diaz alpaca yarn, Helena, arrived a couple of months ago and it took a while to find a place for it on the floor. Now my sister has had a chance to knit up a skein......with 1 skein she knit this great slouch hat and a pair of long wristwarmers....and there is enough yarn left to make a head band. It feels really nice...softness but with some structure....shows stitch definition well, and at $27.99 per skein is a reasonable value given you can knit so much from it! The patterns are free with the yarn purchase.
We've had Findley Dappled in the store for a year now. Being a true lace weight gauge, it is not everyone's go-to yarn for a quick knit! But this new model shows how nicely the variegated colors work even in lace patterns. And this is an intriguing garment....a long shawl with short sleeves....so many ways to wear it!
Thru Saturday, enjoy 25% off Plymouth's Loden Tweed!!! A great classic tweed yarn.
Sorry for the missing "gallery" photo of BJs Faroese shawl. I shot the picture, cropped and edited it, but couldn't find what file I put it in last week!
Just pulled the Treacle Tart out of the oven for tonight's Downton Abbey Knit-Along social....if the batter is any indication of what the finished product is like, I'm going to love it. Why have I not pursued finding Lyles Golden Syrup until now!! It is so tasty. And, although I found many Treacle Tart recipies using just Golden Syrup, I ended up using a recipie that includes a bit of molasses too, since that is what I always remember my dad talking about in relation to Treacle Tarts. Anyway.....if you're looking for an excuse to knit (who needs that!) come on by tonight at 7. You don't have to be a Downton fan to join in!
So, new this week:
I used a skein of the new Marlowe (silk /wool) by Juniper Moon to knit a cowl. I'm providing the pattern free with the yarn purchase....so soft and silky....this yarn has been a real eye catcher and finger fondler at the store!
We just received a new yarn....in fact of a totally new fiber...in yesterday. . Soft and warm, like cashmere, this 100% mink Mimi is less expensive than cashmere. Shorn from minks raised for their fiber.
100% reeled Silk, hand-dyed threads in 28 colors for embroidery/surface design on felt. After stitching on the cuffs and yurt bags we made when Annimie Koenen was here this last fall, and given the machine embroidery I've been working into felt since Christine Fries offered her expertise to us the year before, I decided it was time to add some specialty threads to the store. So far, these lovely little skeins for hand stitching and surface design have arrived. Soon, Valdani threads for machine and hand stitching!
II heard or read someone explain over the holidays that if you really want to feel rested in 2013, that instead of planning a 1 or 2 week vacation, you should plan several shorter 4 day weekends....because when you are closing/vacationing for 2 weeks, you hustle extra hard for 2 weeks leading into the vacation and then are so swamped the week you reopen, that your vacation is lost in the stress of preparation and re-entry!
I understand their point!