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.
Eleanor's Hands. We're thinking about people--and knitters--we admire. Those are Eleanor Roosevelt's hands you see above, on the cover of a World War II-era Life Magazine. She's on a train, going somewhere, but she isn't wasting time. The train is moving, and so is she, knitting, keeping busy. It's a good image for knitters, really: going somewhere, keeping our hands and our minds busy on the journey.
In this issue, we have much to keep you busy, growing and expanding in the craft we all love. You know our motto: learning is growing. It's vital to keep active in our craft, expanding the limits of both our skills and our creativity. Take a look at our class offerings, and see what might be calling to you. Is it Crochet For Knitters? Is it Kirsten Kapur's lacy (and mathematical!) Cladonia shawl? A quick lunchtime learning workshop? A project-based skills intensive like Jeannie Drury's Shadow Knitting? We just know there's something there for you. Let's get busy!
Julia, June and Linda
Millamia Naturally Soft Merino Trunk Show
One squeeze and you'll know why we loved this yarn from the moment we saw it. It's springy, soft, multi-plied, with a clean finish for great stitch definition. A clear, bright palette makes it ideal for children or adults, and the pattern support is sophisticated and varied. It's a dream to knit with, pure and simple. We have a trunk show up for the month to kick off this new line: garments, accessories, books, patterns.
Isager Alpaca 2
When we order a new yarn in every single color it's dyed in, you know we're sold. This lightweight alpaca/merino blend is perfect for so many things: colorwork, soft drapey lace projects, even super-soft baby items (natural dyes only!) You can find us on any given day playing with this yarn, combining and recombining colors in its lovely, soft palette. You just can't go wrong. It's fingering weight, and at $12 for 275 yards, it's easy to grab a skein or two and follow your muse . . .
Farm To Table Knitting
This is a brand new yarn from a brand new dyer: Feederbrook Farm in Freeland, Maryland. We met Lisa--chief shepherd, farmer, mom and dyer--at TNNA this spring, where she made a big splash. We are proud to be one of the first shops to carry her gorgeous multicolors, and we can't wait to cast on for our first project.
The yarn? It's 100% BFL for a soft, lustrous finish. The colors are soft but strong, dyed with organic dyes, then re-combined in the plying process to make a sprightly, variegated yarn. It knits at a DK weight on 5-ish needles. Ravelry users can find out more about Lisa her farm, and her yarns here. Or come in, grab a skein and cast on!
It's tough to capture the glow of Berroco Elements in a photograph. It's a subtle sheen, almost metallic but more like an overtone: deep, integral, and quite captivating. Elements is a wool/nylon blend, chainette construction for great stitch definition, and comes in a very subtle, sophisticated color palette for either accessories or garments. We're working on a slinky, assymetrical poncho that sits just over the collarbones--yum! Need more project ideas? Try Norah Gaughan's new design collection, available in the shop, previews here.
Remember Your Knit Bucks!
If you're receiving this newsletter, you're already enrolled in our new-this-year, customer loyalty program called Knit Bucks. Here's what you need to know:
* Every time you spend $250 in the shop, we will give you $25 worth of Knit Bucks. There's no time limits on earning them, and no limit to how many Knit Bucks you can earn.
* You can use your Knit Bucks in the shop for anything we sell with just a few exceptions (sale items, gift certificates, and classes)
*Your Knit Bucks are good for 60 days from their date of issue--plenty of time to plan your next project!
* We'll even help you keep track: every receipt you get from us will tell you how near you are to earning your next Knit Bucks coupon. So you know!
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!