Wednesday, March 27, 2013

27 March 2013

Don't forget!

This Saturday and Sunday are "Sit and Knit" days at the shop. Just a pleasant way to spend a holiday weekend.

See you then.......

Saturday, March 23, 2013

23 March 2013

Just arrived, sock and shawl bundles from The Unique Sheep! The shawl bundles are Green Sheep Fingering in the Tart Berry Gradients colorway. We’re going to work this up in a sample for the store very soon. At the request of a customer, we’ve brought in the Verve Gradients in color Glee. This happens to be the same yarn and colorway featured in the Gluttony Socks pattern from Sock Club: Join the Knitting Adventure. Aren’t they pretty?

Tell us what you think......
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Friday, March 22, 2013

22 March 2013

I just thought I would remind you that we will be open Easter weekend with a Sit-And-Knit both days. If it is nice outside (who can guess with this weather) the porch will  be available.

I  often see knitters trying to pull yarn from the center of a yarn ball. Most yarn balls are not made to be pulled from the center - especially the balls shaped like a bagel.

I don't advise pulling any ball from the center. If you are knitting two strands of yarn together and it is to be knitted doubled then pulling from the center and outside will not waste yarn.

The problem I see knitters having when pulling from the center is the yarn collapse rat's nest - especially if you are traveling with the yarn. If you consider that you are hollowing out the inside of a ball, then it will eventually collapse. If the yarn plays nicely, then it might not be a problem if the yarn ball is never moved. Most balls of yarn do not play nicely when they are being moved around and the collapse makes a tangled mess.

My advise, just let the ball roll around in your knitting bag. It makes for less frustration.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

21 March 2013

So much for Spring, it's cold outside!

Aside from the cold, more Summer yarn has arrived. Rowan's Softknit Cotton has arrived. This really is the softest cotton that I've ever experienced and it will hold its shape. No more droopy cotton!

The patterns for this yarn are great. We're knitting a summer vest called "Killarney" in color Lupin (a soft lavender). Just ask and we'll show you.

Rowan Magazine No. 53 has arrived with Softknit Cotton. The magazine has all of your favorite designers including several by Kaffe Fassett.

I have a new surprise yarn arriving. I just ordered a little bit to see if you'll like the fiber and the colors. I will keep you posted as to when it arrives.

Keep warm!

Friday, March 8, 2013

8 March 2013

You asked for it so I brought it in. We now carry Vineyard Silk for you needlepointers. If I don't have enough or if I am missing your favorite color don't worry. I'll just order the color I'm missing. Not a problem.

Another shipment of Prism Yarn arrived! This time it is the absolutely beautiful Euroflax Linen in lace weight. Each skein is 580 yards - enough for a shoulder wrap or a lacey shawlette for summer when the A/C is just a bit too cold.

This is a machine washable and dryable yarn. The more that it is washed and dried the softer and it will become and the drape will increase. Almost like silk.

Laura has dyed these skeins using her new Layers colors. These are just the richest colors that you can imagine. The depth of color is gorgeous. Ask to see these colors.

I am promised real color samples of the new colors. I expect them shortly.

Saturday, March 2, 2013

2 March 2013

Oops! I forgot to mention one more model being knit for the shop out of a new yarn. It is Softknit Cotton made by Rowan.

The model is being knit in color Lupin in an aran vest called "Killarney" from Rowan's new magazine Softknit Collection. The magazine is a wonderful collection of sweaters for both men and women. This magazine is a keeper!

This cotton yarn is wonderfully soft and holds its shape - hard to believe. The secret is just a small amount of polyamide (think nylon) mixed with the cotton. It makes the yarn soft and resilient.

The yarn should be here in time for your spring knitting.