We Love To Party.
Are you planning a wedding gift, a baby shower, or a gathering of old friends? We have plenty of ideas for knitted gifts and group projects - and we love to teach!
Ask us about scheduling a group class, communal knitting project, or other special event. We have plenty of inspiration, and we're all ears.
The Way In
We've been thinking recently about the doors people use to find their way into knitting. Some of us come through the color door--brights and neutrals, juicy tones and elegant muted palettes. We could play all day here. Some people come in through the texture door: soft and fluffy, silky, drapey, stretchy, tweedy, glossy, matte. Some come through the fashion door, with a look in mind and a pattern in hand that looks like "them." And some come through the door of one of knitting's folk traditions: Icelandic or Norwegian, Russian or Shetland.
Which knitter are you? Pick a door, and come knocking. We're here, and we'll be so happy to see you.
Julia, June and Linda
The Fiber Company
The Fibre Co. Comes To Knit New Haven We treasure our friendship with Kate Gagnon Osborne and Courtney Kelley of the Fibre Company, and when we heard about their latest yarn, Knightsbridge, we had a question - actually, two questions. Would you design a pattern in Knightsbridge, just for us? And pleaaaase, would you come teach a workshop here for our talented, creative knitters? YES AND YES, said Kate and Courtney. YAY!! said we. You can see the gorgeous hat they designed at left, where we made it our fall knitalong. We have Knightsbridge in stock in every color. And if you want to learn fair isle techniques, color theory, and colorwork construction from the designing women who know 'em best, come take Kate and Courtney's Fair Isle Knitting Adventure!
Note: This workshop will begin with informal snacks and social time at 11:30, with teaching beginning at 12:00 prompt. See you there!
Sunday, September 28th
JOIN UP: Dream Club 2014 Is Underway!
Dream In Color Yarns has made an offer we can't refuse: an exclusive colorway in one of their signature yarn bases, dyed and made available to club members every month. Also included: along with a free, special edition club pattern by a prominent designer (think Laura Nelkin, Connie Chang, Ann Weaver . . .). Sounds like a mouthful, but for our customers it's easy. Here's what you do:
1) Tell us you'd like to join! It's a six-month subscription, and your cost is $216.
2) We'll email you monthly to let you know when our Dream Club shipment arrives.
3) You'll pick up one super-sized skein (this month's skein is 620 yds!) of club-dyed yarn. With your yarn you'll receive a Ravelry code to download the pattern of the month, designed exclusively for Dream Club 2014 (not a Ravelry member? No worries, we'll print your pattern for you!)
4) You can connect with other club members on Facebook or through the Dream Club 2014 Ravelry group here.
4) You can also purchase Dream Club yarn and patterns month-by-month, at $38/month. We can't take reservations, and we can't guarantee availability of club colors, but this can be a great way to pick and choose without a club commitment. Monthly patterns are not available without Club yarn.
5) Dream Club skeins are not returnable, but they do count towards Knit Bucks here at the shop.
We love Dream in Color, and we're excited to bring a little SURPRISE! into our monthly knitting. No spoiler alerts here, but September's yarn and patterns HAVE ARRIVED: they are beauties, and we're itching to try 'em. Come see, and join us in a Dream In Color adventure...
September is Manos Trunk Show Month
We have two delicious new yarns from Manos on the shelves--and now we have a trunk show to go with them! Manos lace, which debuted in June, is a soft and sensuous blend of alpaca, silk and cashmere (think of the super-popular Gradiente). And just in is Fino, a single ply of merino and silk , kettle-dyed and ready to work up into something luscious (see Churros, at left? See what we're talking about?) We'll have plenty of pieces to fire your imagination, in both yarns. Come see, and get your Manos on with us.
New Tosh Alert: A.S.A.P!
How can we describe this latest color confection from Madeline Tosh? It's a super-bulky merino, fluffy, puffy, squishy, silky, glowy, cheerful, painterly, and GORGEOUS. Perfect for quick accessories and a dash of winter warmth and color. No more talking--just come see!
More Designers To Love: Lori Versaci
We've followed Lori's work for years, and when we met her this year at TNNA, we knew we'd found a kindred spirit. Her designs are versatile, upbeat, and always impeccably written (that's Lori on the left wearing Pour Moi, a new design available at the shop). We picked up a varied selection of pieces from her collection for the fall, and yes, we're working on grabbing some time in her busy teaching schedule! In the meantime, come see Lori's work, and see what we mean.
Cepa is another gem from the Fibre Company--surprised? It's a striking piece, and we can see the geometry of the chevron stripes lending themselves to all sorts of yarns and color combinations. Chevron patterns are everywhere in the fashion world this fall, and we think they're a great way to play with striping and to give your colorwork a playful KICK!
Cepa is written for three colors of The Fibre Company's Meadow, a unique blend of merino, baby llama, silk, and linen. We could also see a stunning variation in Isager Alpaca 2, or Rowan Felted Tweed, or some of the new Claudia Handpaint semi-solids, or... you see where we're going?
We have copies of the pattern here at the shop, and we'll be casting on for our Cepa this week. Grab a pattern and yarn for the KAL, and you get 10% off.
Sound good? Then what are you waiting for?
Rowan Felted Tweed: PERFECT.
The quest: to find the perfect tweed, in a broad enough palette to please any knitter, at a knittable weight, and NO SCRATCHINESS. And the winner: Rowan Felted Tweed, a richly-colored, DK weight, super-soft tweedy confection. Twenty-four colors all around the spectrum. Ahhhhhhhhh.
What's that you ask? Did we order Rowan Magazine and patterns to go with Felted Tweed? Of course we did!