Tuesday, September 24, 2013

 

It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like........

It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like KNITTING SEASON!

Our Fall/Winter yarns are arriving fast and furious (and we're getting them out on the shelves just as fast and furiously as they are coming in!).

The Rowan collection for this season is stellar including the new Rowan Magazine.  There are some great patterns in this one this time around, including an article on steeking and an article about Kate Davies (one of my favorite designers).  AND there are even some patterns that can be knit in the round!  (If you are a fan of Rowan, you will know that they typically don't have patterns for knitting in the round UNTIL this issue!)
Two more Rowan books worth mentioning are Alpaca Colour and Angora Haze.  These are yarn specific books to go with the new yarns from Rowan with the same name:
Rowan Angora Haze is soft, cuddly and like holding a baby bunny!  This one is a blend of 69% angora, 20% nylon and 11% wool and knits up to a fingering weight gauge on a US 3 needle.  There are 150 super soft yards in each skein.  This one has some beautiful colors - stop in and check them out!

Alpaca Colour from Rowan is another super soft yarn.  100% baby alpaca and a color gradient with rich, saturated colors - great for a sweater, scarf, cowl - really anything.  The pattern book for this yarn has some great ideas for you.   DK weight and 131 yards per hank.

If you have any baby knitting to do, you should check out the booklets for Regia's My First Regia yarn.  Baby hats, booties, socks, and more all knit up in Regia's My First Regia yarn which was introduced last season.  Now it's available in nice, fun, bright colors too and we have LOTS in stock.

If you're a sock knitter, whoa baby, do we have sock yarn for you!  Regia and Opal yarns have arrived and our shelves are overflowing with self-striping sock yarn goodness!

Lastly, for today (but I still have yet more new arrivals to post about), we get lots of people coming in looking for kitchen cotton to knit up dish cloths, so I finally bit the bullet and ordered a TON (ok, maybe not a ton, but about 350 skeins) of kitchen cotton!  Solids and multis in just about any color you could want.



Thursday, September 19, 2013

 

Yarn!

OK, so it's not the most creative blog post title, but sometimes it is.....Just All About The Yarn!

Yesterday was a good delivery day at the shop with our Fall Cascade Yarns order arriving!

We have restocks of the good stuff like Cascade 220, Cascade 220 Paints, Cascade EcoDuo (soooo soft), Cascade Eco and Eco+, Cascade 128 Superwash, and more, but we also have some NEW yarns that have arrived too!

One of the nicest chunky weight yarns in my opinion is Cascade 128 Superwash.  It's 100% superwash Merino, so it is nice and soft to the touch, and it is reasonably priced.  Now they've added varigated yarns to this line and we have received some in yesterday's order!
This is Cascade 128 Superwash Multi's!  Same great yardage of 128 yards per hank, same 100% Merino Superwash wool (so it will make some great children's items) and now with some fun multi colored skeins! 

About this time of year, I have people coming in asking for yarn with a bit of "sparkle" or "glitz" to knit up some fun accessories.  We have brought in Cascade Yarn's Hollywood yarn.  
Hollywood is a worsted weight blend of 87% Superwash Wool/10% Acrylic and 3% Polyester.  And yes---there is sparkle!  The photo just really doesn't do this yarn justice - there is good sparkle factor in each 208 yard skein.  The recommended gauge for this one is 4.5 stitches per inch on a US 7 - 8 needle.  

Fall (it is Fall, isn't it?  The weather sure isn't cooperating this September, is it?) always brings us some great special issue magazines.  Earlier this week we received The Unofficial Downton Abbey Magazine. 
This magazine contains 17 knitting projects with that "Downton Abbey" style.  Our initial order of this magazine sold out, but I have another order heading its' way to the shop.  Let me know if you would like a copy!  

Another magazine that just came in is the Fall/Winter issue of Knit.Wear.  This one has 24 patterns including some sweaters, scarves, hats, vests, and more.  

And with that, I'm off!  UPS just pulled up and it's ANOTHER BIG DELIVERY DAY!  





Thursday, September 12, 2013

 

CLEARANCE!!!

Our Sale Section at the shop is overflowing with wonderful yarns!  I want to add more, but there isn't any room......SO:

ALL YARNS AND BOOKS IN THE SALE SECTION OF THE SHOP ARE NOW 40% OFF!  

(All sales final in clearance section.  Other discounts do not apply.)



Friday, September 6, 2013

 

Baaaaaa!!!!

Baa Ram Ewe, that is!

One of our new Fall Yarns to the shop is Titus, from Baa Ram Ewe.


Titus is a fingering weight yarn with a blend of wool and alpaca.  What I love about this yarn is the blend of wools used.  Now, I'm a fan of merino ----- in fact, I love merino wool.  But, as a spinner and a knitter, I also love trying new-to-me wool fibers.  That's what I LOVE about Titus - it's a blend of 50% Wensleydale wool, 20% Bluefaced Leicester and 20% UK Alpaca.  (This yarn is 100% british fibers and spun in Yorkshire.)  It's nice and soft, will be perfect for accessories (fingerless gloves, hats, mittens, scarves, shawls, etc.), but will also be great for a small gauge sweater.  In fact, one of my favorite knitting designers, Kate Davies, has several sweater patterns using this beautiful yarn - Paper Dolls and Catkin.

Come in for a fondle!  I think you'll love it too.