July 08, 2018
ChiaoGoo needles are known for their beautiful stainless steel needles and memory-free cord. Their interchangeable sets have a seamless join in a full range of sizes from 000 to 15, and lengths from 16" to 60". To add to the family, they recently created a "Shorties" interchangeable set to make 9" to 14" needles in sizes 0-3. You can mix and match needle lengths and cord lengths to get a range of lengths. They come conveniently packaged in a portable, zippered pouch that fits cords, needles and accessories.
June 11, 2018
Berroco's new workhorse yarns are a hit!
Berroco introduced their first 100% wools yarns last year along with a portfolio of patterns for the worsted weight. Ultra Wool DK is lighter version of the well-loved, worsted weight Ultra Wool – a smooth and sturdy superwash wool, one of the few that suggests “tumble dry low” rather than “lay flat to dry.” That makes it a truly easy-care yarn, perfect for baby and children’s garments, blankets, and everyday accessories.
Each weight comes in 100 gram ball. The worsted is 219 yards and the DK 292 yards, already wound into a center-pull skein, no less. The center-pull end is neatly tucked into the label, so you don’t have to reach into the depths of the skein to fumble for it, one of the pleasing features of Ultra Wool in both worsted and DK weight.
Look for Ultra Wool DK in our DK weight section and Ultra Wool in the worsted section, both in a full range of colors!
June 01, 2018
We recently expanded our selection from local dyer Candy Skein. In addition to Yummy Fingering, we now carry Tasty DK, an exclusively milled yarn for Candy Skein. It features 3 plies with an amazing high twist. Tasty is superwash merino great for house socks, sweaters, hats, gloves, mittens and more! You won’t believe the spring and squish this yarn has, and how beautifully it shows off textured knitting. The palette has been so well put together that the color combos pop off the wall!
May 04, 2018
Saturday April 21st was the first LYS day. In our online age, it can be very easy to shop online forget the benefits of an LYS.
We at Nitro Knitters count ourselves fortunate to be a part of the fiber community. We get to meet so many amazing people, see finished projects and watch brand new knitters and crocheters blossom, and friendships develop. We work hard to bring new things into the shop, have a varied selection, offer classes and events to further your skills, and social times to visit with fellow yarn enthusiasts. We try to continue the local love by supporting local dyers like Candy Skein, Canon Hand Dyes, Dragonfly Fibers and Ryberry Yarns, as well as local artists who make jewelry, project bags, stitch markers, soap and candles
Thank you for supporting local and we look forward to continuing to be your LYS!
One of our distributors put together these points on why LYSs are are special, and I thought I’d share it with all of you!
Here’s a few important reasons why you should buy from your local yarn shop.
Get expert shopping and technical advice.
Probably the most important reason to befriend your LYS is for their expert advice. Most people who own or work in these shops are there for a very good reason. They know their stuff! They can steer you toward materials and patterns that are popular or that they’ve successfully used themselves. Usually, they can answer all your questions straight away. (And if you’ve ever had to wait for an online response, you know how the value of a prompt answer.) Equally significant, their technical skills are often superior to those of the average knitter or crocheter. And even if you consider your own skills to be beyond average, there’s always some new recently discovered tip or trick to add to your knitting arsenal. Keep an open mind, it could happen!
2. True colors and fiber content (a.k.a. the undeniable “TOUCH” factor).
As any fiber enthusiast will tell you, there’s no substitute for physically touching yarn. (We do however draw the line at rolling around in it though.) The last we’ve heard, a yarn’s true fiber content cannot be imagined or felt through a computer screen. Although you can shop online for a suitable yarn in terms of gauge, color and style, slight variations in fiber content can change the look, feel and drape of a finished garment dramatically. And as we all know, computer monitors often cannot display a yarn’s true color accurately. This presents a real dilemma when you need to match a color exactly. In this case, there’s no denying the advantage of seeing the yarn in person and in the proper light. As many of us have learned the hard way, there is no substitute for hands-on shopping.
If a picture is worth a thousand words, then a knitted yarn swatch or fully finished knitted garment must be worth far more. And sometimes when seasons change, these very garments are put up for sale at very reasonable prices. (Don’t let anyone tell you that you are “cheating” by buying a finished garment. Not true! Why not occasionally enjoy the fruits of someone else’s handiwork?)
4. Learn new techniques.
Yarn shops offer a full roster of instructional classes ranging from beginner to advanced and even expert levels. Classes may be taught by experienced staff or by visiting guest instructors of national renown. Many shops offer one-on-one private lessons that can be customized to your interests. And if finishing garments isn’t your thing, some shops charge a nominal fee to do the “dirty work” for you, and you still get to enjoy all the glory!
5. What’s new?
LYSs do an excellent job of sharing the latest trends with their shoppers. Trunk shows, yarn crawls and tastings, and other fun events forecast the latest in new yarns and knit and crochet patterns. And isn’t it exciting to be the first to see, sample and buy new materials?
6. Sales, Sales, Sales!
Not only do most LYSs offer regular sales, but they may also offer other discounts.
7. Unique & local products.
More and more lately, the average LYS sources locally-made gift items that are unique to their area. Knitting needles, crochet hooks, stitch markers, pottery, stationery and herbal soaps, hand crafted by local artisans, may round out the shop’s more traditional offerings. Some shops even have custom dyed yarns with colorways that are exclusive to their particular shop. (Just be sure to purchase enough yarn to complete your project because once they’re gone, you won’t be finding them again. Ask us how we know.)
One of the best rewards of frequenting your LYS is meeting other creative folks. In addition to formal classes, many shops offer blocks of time and space for informal gathering where you can bring in your current WIP projects and chat with other like-minded individuals. Some shops offer private party space for both kids and adults. How about a Ladies’ Night Out with your new BFFs?
Lastly, a few shopping tips…
Bring a shopping list
Even the smallest LYS can become a minefield of overwhelming and colorful distraction. A thoughtfully prepared written list ensures that you return home with the items needed. (Although what fun is it to not make that unexpected impulsive purchase?)
2. Tour first, grab later
Whenever visiting a new LYS, first stroll around to get a sense of the layout before shopping. Most shops are (hopefully) arranged in some particular order, usually with yarns of the same gauge, type, etc. together. And don’t overlook the tools section. Personally, I can’t seem to leave a shop without at least a few of the latest gadgets, i.e.: stitch markers, measuring tapes, tiny scissors, etc. And honestly, can you ever have too many?
3. Get aboard Social Media.
These days, most LYSs send out regular email newsletters on a weekly or monthly basis. These newsletters typically feature new products, list classes, announce special events and sales. Websites may not always include up-to-date info but are reliable for directions and shop hours.