Thursday, September 27, 2012

 

Catch Up Posting!

As I alluded to the other day, I have been seriously behind in posting some of the new arrivals in the shop.  This is the time of year that I always seem to get behind in the posting because there is just so much good stuff arriving!

We took a break from having Pagewood Farm sock yarn in the shop.  I like to rotate the hand-dyed companies that we carry in the shop to keep things fresh and fun for all of you shawl and scarf knitters.

But, it was definitely time to bring Pagewood Farm Denali back in!  Denali is a blend of superwash merino and nylon (80/20), packaged in 4 oz hanks with a whopping 450 yards per hank.  And the colors.......!  Spectacular!!!  Our in-stock colors can be found here.

Another favorite fingering weight yarn that I adore is Tanis Fiber Arts Red Label.  (Ok, I love all the Tanis Fiber Arts Yarn!)  This is only our second order of her Red Label that we've had in the shop and it is wonderful.  While this wouldn't be good for socks (single ply = not a good sock yarn), it would be wonderful for a shawl, cowl, scarf, or even a lightweight sweater or cardigan such as the Featherweight Cardi.  Red Label is a fingering weight luxury blend of 75% merino, 15% cashmere and 10% silk with 420 yards per 4 oz. hank.  Our in-stock colors of this one can be found here.

We have more Malabrigo reorders including lots more Rios, more Sock, and are expecting more Sock and Arroyos the beginning of next week.

In books and magazines, the boxes just keep arriving!

My favorite book so far this season is the new November Knits by Kate Gagnon Osborn and Courtney Kelley (the lovely ladies behind The Fibre Company!)
The book has 23 patterns from cardigans, scarves, hats, mittens, wraps and more.  This one definitely doesn't disappoint!

And if there was any doubt that "Knitting Season" is beginning, the number of new magazines that have shown up in the last several days will certainly put that doubt to rest!

Fall is starting out great here at the shop with lots of new yarns, books, magazines and more.........with more arriving almost everyday!  Aren't you glad you're a fiber lover?  

HEY - you spinners out there!  Yes, you!  Let's get spinning again this Fall!  Our spinner's group fell off during the busy summer months, but now that summer is a distant memory, we're going to start up again.  We'll be meeting the 1st Monday of each month from anytime after 5 pm till 8 pm.  Please join us on Monday evening, October 1st and get those wheels going again!  




Wednesday, September 26, 2012

 

Fall is a great time to sign up for a class!

The days are getting shorter and we find ourselves indoors more in the evenings, and that makes Fall a great time to jump into a new project, learn a new technique or skill, or just enjoy the company of others by taking a fun class.

We've just added a few more classes to the schedule including another Learn To Knit class, another Cardigan class, and another Weaving Class.  



Tuesday, September 25, 2012

 

There WILL be a Catch-Up Post soon!

I'm behind, once again, in posting on the shop blog.

Rest assured, there has been lots of great new items arriving in the shop from new books, new sock yarns (several different kinds), new Tanis Fiber Arts Red Label (love it!), new magazines, and so much more.

I promise to attempt a detailed blog post in the next day or so....stay tuned.

Or better yet, stop in and see (and feel!) the good new stuff in person!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

 

Scarf Style in a hurry!

From this:













To This.....!

.....in just one afternoon!  Easy-peasy!

We have lots of colors and different types of ruffled scarf yarn options.  These were very hard to keep in stock last year as we got closer to the holidays because they knit up in a hurry and make such fun scarves!



Monday, September 10, 2012

 

Who Doesn't Love Cashmere?

OK, so sometimes 100% cashmere is a little out of reach for the old bank balance.  I understand completely.  But that doesn't mean that you should deprive yourself.  Why not try knitting with a cashmere blend?  Luckily, we just happen to have a new arrival in the shop that might just tempt you to pick up the needles and make something soft and fancy out of a cashmere blend!

We have a basket brimming over with Cashmere Queen - this is a blend of 35% Cashmere, 45% Merino and 20% Silk.  Each ball of yarn has approx. 153 yards.  Browsing through Ravelry, I see quite a few small skein projects (although the price of this isn't outrageous, by any means), like fingerless gloves, cowls, hats, etc.  Why not try a pair of Welted Fingerless Gloves from Churchmouse Yarns (I'm going to!).  You just need 1 ball of yarn.  Hint......these would make a great Christmas gift.  Have you looked at the calendar lately?  It isn't that far away!

And I am still head-over-heels in love with the Herriot yarn that we received last week.  The corresponding pattern books should be here on Wednesday, but trust me, this yarn will be wonderful in anything that you make from it.  To see what the fuss is all about, and why I am swooning over this yarn, here's a link to the blog post from Juniper Moon Farm showing all the patterns and yarn.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

 

Introducing Herriot

In the summer months, the yarn reps make their way into the yarn shops to show off the multitudes of new yarns for the upcoming season.  I have to say that sometimes it can be overwhelming.  So much so, that sometimes you forget just why you're bringing a particular yarn in.

When I opened up the new big box that arrived on Friday and broke into one of the many bags of yarn  inside it, I was immediately reminded of just why I decided to bring this yarn into the shop.  

This is Herriot from Juniper Moon Farm.  It is 100% Baby Alpaca in the natural colors.  Not only is it beautiful to look at, but it is SOFT, SOFT, SOFT!  Each 100 gram hank has 219 yards, and knits up at a recommended gauge of 4.75 stitches per inch on a US #7 needle.  A scarf or cowl out of this would be so cuddly soft and warm.  

There is a pattern booklet coming in (also titled Herriot) that will be in on Wednesday.  It has great colorwork patterns including hats, scarves, mittens, sweaters, a wrap, and a stunningly beautiful double knit coat.  Really though, anything out of this yarn would be fantastic.  And with that, I'm off to browse pattern options!  I can't wait to get this one on the needles.  


Sunday, September 2, 2012

 

September!!!

I look at the calendar, and it says "September".  It's hard to believe how fast the summer can fly by - even a hot, sticky one!

The store will be open today (Sunday, Sept. 2nd) for our normal business hours of Noon - 4 pm, with Open Knitting this afternoon from 1 - 4.

We will be CLOSED on Monday for the Labor Day Holiday!

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Happy Labor Day everyone!