Monday, November 30, 2009

Sale of the Week

We have a weakness for alpaca. Its incredible softness and drape and its beautiful natural colors intoxicate us. So we were powerless to resist this latest yarn from Cascade. Eco Duo is a 70/30 blend of alpaca and merino wool. Both are left undyed and combined into gorgeous natural marled shades. Eco Duo is a softly spun singles yarn that knits up to 4.45 sts/in. Each skein is 3.5 oz. and 197 yards.

Eco Duo is 15% off through December 6.


Tuesday, November 24, 2009

New from Interweave

Both Interweave Knits and Spin Off arrived at the shop today. This winter issue of Interweave Knits is filled with great sweaters and accessories.

Alpaca Pleats, knit in Alpaca Silk from Blue Sky Alpacas.

Icelandic Star would look stunning in Portland Tweed.

Whimsical shades knit in Euroflax Linen from Louet.

The new Spin Off has articles on spinning coil yarns, spinning wild fibers including mountain goat and milkweed, a lovely knit cardigan, stranded colorwork socks and a great hat for all those small bits of handspun.


Monday, November 23, 2009

Sale of the Week

As the holiday crunch approaches Kaya is a wonderful yarn to turn to. A variegated, bulky, 100% wool, Kaya knits up quickly into warm and colorful accessories and sweaters.

And did you know that Crystal Palace has pages of free patterns available for all their yarns including Kaya?

Kaya is 15% off through November 29.


Monday, November 16, 2009

Sale of the Week

Big Softie, from Sirdar, is all about ease. This wool/acrylic blend is easy to care for. It's machine-washable and dryable. It's easy to knit with. At 2 sts/in it knits up quickly. And we have two great pattern booklets full off fun, easy to knit patterns that still have lots of style. What could be easier?

Big Softie is 15% off through November 22.


Thursday, November 12, 2009

Knit Local

You've probably heard of the movement to eat local. What about knitting local?

We are very pleased to carry yarns from Lollipop Cabin. Each skein of Lollipop Merino Superwash and Organic Sock is hand-dyed nearby in small cabin in the Cascade Mountains.

The Organic Sock is also local wool. Lollipop Cabin uses a blend of Leicester, Romney, Black Welsh Mountain and Romanov breeds that are raised nearby and has it combined and spun into an earthy, hearty single yarn.

All the yarn is dyed using collected rain water and the cabin itself is built from recycled materials. Though colorful, this yarn is really "green."


Monday, November 9, 2009

Sale of the Week

We've had requests at the shop for an aran-weight yarn that's machine-washable in solid colors. Debbie Bliss Rialto Aran fills that gap perfectly. This tightly-twisted 100% merino yarn has great stitch definiton and comes in a lovely range of colors.

Debbie Bliss has designed many gorgeous garments from Rialto Aran.

This adorable colorwork cardigan for girls can be found in one of her latest books, 9 to 5, which features designs for children. And there are sweaters for men, women and children in her Rialto Aran book.

Rialto Aran is 15% from now until November 15.


Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Basic Chic Hoodie

Bonne Marie Burns, the designer behind Chicknits, has a great sense for what women want to wear. Her designs are stylish, tailored and the first thing you reach for in your closet.

Her Basic Chic Hoodie is an easy knit. It's seamless and knit from the top down. It's written with a plain variation (shown above) and a lace variation (below).

You can see examples of both styles in the shop right now. Our lace version, knit by Cathy, is in Brown Sheep Lana Loft Worsted. The plain style is part of our Dream in Color/Chicknits trunk show from now until November 12. It's knit in Dream in Color's fantastic Classy, a machine-washable, veil-dyed, merino wool.

Feeling inspired? There are still spaces available in our Basic Chic Hoodie class. The class meets Saturday, November 7, 21 and December 5, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Give us a call at (206) 706-4197 to reserve your spot.

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Monday, November 2, 2009

Sale of the Week

This week's sale yarn is Organik from the Fiber Company. It's a sumptuous blend of 70% Organic Merino, 15% Baby Alpaca and 15% Silk. Organik is a single, meaning it isn't plied, that knits up to 4.5 sts/inch. It has wonderful shine, drape and softness.

Cathy knit this great traditional Scandanavian ski hat from Charlene Schurch's Hats On! in a great chocolate mint colorway.

Another great pattern idea for Organik is Wesley, a colorful, slouchy beret, offered as a free pattern from Kellbourne Woolens.

Organik is 15% off through Sunday, November 8.