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Anniversary Cast-On Party!

April 21, 2017

It's hard to believe that May 1st will be a year since we bought the store!  To celebrate we are going to do a Cast-On Day on Monday the 1st.  We have chosen some really cute summery top patterns that we'll start on May 1st and work on them through the month, with the goal of finishing in time to wear this summer.
Sunshine coast Heidi kirrmaier
Sunshine Coast by Heidi Kirrmaier has a classic design that would flatter many shapes with very attractive details.  We have chosen Cascade Yarns Anchor Bay, a blend of 50% wool and 50% cotton.  The wool helps the cotton hold a shape while keeping it cooler than 100% wool.  It has a lovely hand, good stitch definition and creates a very nice finished fabric. 
cancun boxy top cascade hampton
Cancun Boxy Lace Top by Erin Kate Archer is a loose-fitting top designed to layer.  We have modified the pattern to fit a little better and longer.  If you join us for our KAL, we will share these modifications with you.  We have chosen Cascade Yarns Hampton, a blend of Pima Cotton and Linen to keep the fabric nice and summery!
jordan wendy bernard
Jordan by Wendy Bernard is knit in the round with easy-to-memorize lace patterns.  It creates a light and airy layer that's fun to wear.  We suggest Elsabeth Lavold Hempathy and Silky Wool or Tahki Baja
gemini jane richmond
Gemini by Jane Richmond is knit top down in one piece with a lacy accent around the neck.  Great versatile wardrobe staple.  We suggest Elsabeth Lavold Silky Wool.
cap sleeve lattice top purl soho
Cap Sleeve Lattice Top by Purl Soho is a fun one-piece sweater with a mesh neckline and seamed at the sides.  We suggest Ewe Ewe Yarns Ewe so Sporty
musselshell cardi berroco suede
Musselshell Cardi by the Berroco team features their re-released suede in a cropped length.

Waiting for Summer!

April 21, 2017

sanibel cowl tahki stacy charles catalina mercerized cotton

This beautiful weather today is making us think about the upcoming summer with warmer temperatures and the sun out, so we're knitting some summery accessories with plant fiber yarns to keep them light and cool.

This week we're going to feature Catalina from Tahki Stacy Charles.  It's 100% Mercerized Cotton which gives it a beautiful sheen, but what gives it even more textural interest is that it has a thick/thin texture that knits up into soft, subtle stripes.  In stockinette or garter stitch it would be much more pronounced, but in the lace pattern in Sanibel Cowl it gives it an airy and light feel, even a little whimsical, perfect for summer!  This yarn comes in 50g balls with 131 yds, and our store sample took a skein and a half.  The color palette is a nice blend of neutrals so this cowl is certain to become your go-to accessory for the summer.


Little Girl's Shrug

April 14, 2017

 

little girls shrug berroco comfort

Our Project Inspiration this week is for a really adorable Little Girl's Shrug by Knitting Pure and Simple.  It's a sweater we've had in the store since we opened, but we reknit it in Berroco Comfort in a cheery berry color, and finished it off with a ceramic button handmade and painted by A Merry Heart, a local company run by a customer!  Knitting Pure and Simple writes a really good pattern for sweaters, making it a great option if you're wanting to try your first sweater.  This shrug is very customizable to have longer sleeves or a longer body to make it more of a sweater.   

We chose Berroco Comfort because it is a really good for little ones.  It's blend of Fine Acrylic and Fine Nylon which makes it very incredibly soft and washable.  It comes in a palette of vibrant colors and also pastels. 


New Yarn from Canon Hand Dyes

April 07, 2017

Amy Lee of Canon Hand Dyes recently debuted a new color palette inspired by Beatrix Potter characters.  The subtle tonality of each color is absolutely beautiful!  The palette is designed to complement the other colors, making it a perfect choice for multi-colored projects!

The William yarn base is a blend of Merino and Nylon with 460 yes, making it soft for shawls and scarves but plied well enough for socks.

canon hand dyes william fingering beatrix potter lady mouse   canon hand dyes william fingering beatrix potter pig robinson

canon hand dyes william fingering beatrix potter samuel whiskers   canon hand dyes william fingering beatrix potter mrs. rabbit

canon hand dyes william fingering beatrix potter ribby