Monday, November 9, 2009

Gifts for Knitters

Looking for something that's sure to be appreciated by any knitter?

Two of the most popular sock designers in the knitting world have new releases.

Cookie A has pioneered unusual sock construction and stitch patterns in all of her work. She travels, twists, and moves stitches in places that have never before seen that type of action. Here designs are truly unique and sure to keep an avid sock knitter excited.

Cat Bordhi is a well respected designer with a large volume of work. Her new release, Personal Footprints for Insouciant Socks Knitters, instructs readers on a new method for sock knitting -- no arithmetic, no gauge to match, and no fuss. A welcome relief for many knitters that work to relax while waiting at the doctor or watching evening television. The end result are socks that are truly custom fit to the wearer, yet a smooth and relaxing knit.

The newly reprinted Harmony Guides offer full pictures and instruction for over 250 stitch patterns in each volume. Choose from just Knit and Purl variations, cable stitches, or lace and eyelets. Finish a project with a choice from the Knit Trims and Edgings volume.

These guides are an important reference encyclopedia for knitters. Use them when adding a unique twist to an existing pattern, or in your own designs. Perfect for finding a truly unique stitch for a quick scarf, adding some detail to a plain sock, or writing up a runway style coat.

Holiday Gifts To Knit

There's still plenty of time to cast-on for holiday gifts.

Felted Clogs from Fiber Trends and Knitting Pure and Simple's Bulky Hat and Mitten Set (with or without ear flaps) are projects that will be appreciated by anyone. They are both knit on larger yarn and needles, so they can be completed in about one evening.

We're also fully restocked on Eucalan No-Rinse Wool Wash -- in both standard 16.9 oz bottles as well as 3.3 oz bottles that are perfect for including with hand knit gifts. Eucalan is so simple to use just include one of the $4 3.3 oz bottles with your hand knit gift and feel confident the recipient will properly care for it.

Friday, October 16, 2009

NY Sheep and Wool - Yarnia is Closed October 16

We just can't stay away from an opportunity to fondle lots of fleece...

We will be closed on Saturday October 16th so we can attend New York Sheep and Wool in Rhinebeck, NY.

Please call or email (we'll be checking messages) and someone will reply to any questions as soon as possible.

See you next week (hopefully with a great dark gray/black fleece to make some winter sweater coats)!

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Columbus Day Hours

We will be open from 12 - 6 PM on Columbus Day, Monday October 12th.

Come check out the new yarns, find great bargains in our sale bins (lot of 60% off and more), or see a demonstration of carding wool, combing wool, and spinning.

Enjoy your holiday weekend!

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Santa Fe - Kettle Dyed Merino Sock Yarn

I just finished the display samples of the new Aslan Trends Santa Fe Merino Sock.

The socks feel even better than I expected. The yarn is on the shelf ready for you to come look at, or buy on our web store.

Tango Reds
Pink Mist
Grape Jam
World Oceans

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Newest Arrivals!

The feedback about our pending Aslan Trends order has been fantastic. I'm pleased to let you know the first shipment has arrived and is ready to fondle.

The colors are great, the yarns feel wonderful, and the prices are very competitive. Come see for yourself!

Glaciar Del Cielo is a super soft cotton with a great hand. Aslan Trends has prepared great pattern support with garments for all ages -- baby, toddler, child, adult.

Santa Fe is a kettle hand dyed machine washable merino. It will make fantastic socks. I should have samples of all the colors ready very soon -- I'm cranking as fast as I can.

Del Cerro is a classic mega ply merino worsted weight. It's very soft and has great stitch definition. The mega ply structure will make it much more resistant to pilling.

More to come!

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Schaefer Sale - 30% Off - While It Lasts

There are still some great deals to be had in our Schaefer Yarn sale. All in stock Schaefer yarns are 30% off.

Including the following lines:

Anne: 60% Merino / 25% Mohair / 15% Nylon
Fingering / 560 yards

Nancy: 95% Merino / 5% Nylon
Light Worsted / 600 yards

Elaine: 99& Merino / 1% Nylon
Bulky Twist / 300 yards

Kathleen: 93% Merino / 7% Nylon
Super Bulky / 150 yards

Esperanza: 70% Lambswool / 30% Alpaca
Bulky / 280 yards

The Schaefer Yarns are all hand dyed in beautiful unique colors. Single skeins are great for hats, scarves, or baby/child projects. Get started on your Christmas knitting with this great sale!

Thursday, August 27, 2009

New Yarns Coming Soon - Aslan Trends

New cottons, wools, and alpaca are coming shortly from Aslan Trends. They have very good pattern support, and great prices.

I have some sample skeins that I'm working with while I wait for the shipment to arrive. Check back for a new post when they're unpacked and some photos of how the samples are working up.

Visit the Asland Trends Webite.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Fresh From The Pot Yarns and Fibers - Ladybug Wheels!

Here are some the newest items fresh from my dye pot. This batch was dry when I left for the shop this morning. In this humidity it takes longer for the fibers to dry -- so hopefully more will be coming shortly.

There is Wool and Nylon sock yarn, a 100% wool sock yarn that's dreamy soft, and some hand painted Corriedale Wool roving.

The Ladybug Spinning Wheels are also here! Please let me know if you want to visit the shop and take one for a test drive. I'll have more detailed information and a review soon, but first I need to but a few miles on it so I can get a better feel for it. So far I would say it's a very stable wheel with great balance and mechanics at a very good price point.

Monday, June 29, 2009

Eucalan - No-Rinse Clean and Condition your Knits - Back In Stock

The defacto standard to care for your woolens is now back in stock.

If you've never used Eucalan before, you're in for a treat. Fill a basin with luke warm water, add a capful of Eucalan, and gently lay your knits in. Let them soak for about 15 minutes -- and then gently squeeze out the extra water and lay flat to dry.

That's it! Your knits are now clean and conditioned.

All scents -- Eucalyptus, Lavender, Grapefruit, and Unscented are in stock.

New - Eucalan Travel Wipes!

This handy pre-moistened wipes are great to keep in your purse. Use to spot treat that sauce stain you get on your sweater when you're out to eat.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Majacraft Dolphin Niddy Noddy

Majacraft's Dolphin Niddy Noddy just arrived -- have you ever seen a niddy noddy like it?

It's really firm and stable in your hand and stands up or lays down by itself, with or without yarn on it, so you can safely put it down to answer the door.

The unique shape also makes the correct motion for winding more obvious. Almost eliminating those crossing mistakes some of us get when we can't quite remember how to wind a traditional niddy noddy. The sloping shapes hold the yarn firmly when you're winding, but allow quick removal when you're done without stretching.

Like everything else from the Majacraft workshop, it's beautifully constructed and the wood shows great character.

For easy calculations, it winds a 54" hank -- 1.5 yards per wrap.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Lots of New Items - Last Week of June

I have a lot of shipments that UPS says should be arriving next week. Including, but not limited to, the following things. Please come visit and see what's new!

Arriving Next Week

10 new solid and heathered colors of Cestari sock wool

ChiaoGoo sock needles

everything you need
short circular
long 40” for magic loop
6” dark patina double points

Euculan No-Rinse Wool Wash and Conditioner


plus “On-The-Go” packaged wipes for cleaning
a quick food spill on your knitwear

Schacht Lady Bug Spinning Wheels

Majacraft Turkish Spindles

Majacraft Universal Lazy Kates

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

New Items - Sock Needles

I've just unpacked my favorite sock needles -- Brittany 5" Double Points in sizes US 1, 1.5, 2, and 2.5.

The half sizes are the hardest to find and my favorite. Ever had a 1 be too tight, but a 2 be too loose? That's where the 1.5 is perfect.

Also in stock today are more 40" US #2 Express needles for Magic Looping socks. At $6.50, they're easier on the budget than Addi's to have multiple projects going at a time.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

New Hand Paints

Just a few more of the new hand paint sock yarns that are now in stock.

I'm also finishing up the loose ends on a new lace pattern to be released shortly.

Friday, February 27, 2009

Blackstone Sock Yarn Hand Paints - New Arrival

This is a sample of the new skeins I just received fresh out of the Blackstone Sock Yarn Hand Paints dye pot.

Each skein is unique, so get them while you can.

This yarn is a 4-ply 75% Wool / 25% Nylon superwash. It can be machine washed regular.

Lots of sock bases have only 3-plys. While not a guarantee, the 4th ply adds some durability and due to the difference in how it's spun makes this yarn dreamy soft.

Please come in and squish away.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Cestari Columbia Wool and Cotton Wool Sock Yarns

I just received my first shipment of Cestari sock yarns.

The wool comes from a breed of sheep called Columbia. It's naturally resistant to felting (not to say that it *can't* happen), so these socks can be machine washed on cold gentle and laid flat to dry.

I worked up a sock out of the light grey 100% Wool and it's gorgeous. It will soften up with each washing and wear like a brick.

I hope to have additional colors of the 100% in a short little time, they were back ordered.

I was able to get a Men's 10 with a long 10" height out of one skein (it was close).

I have all five colors of the 75% Cotton 25% Wool, which should be great for warmer weather. I was only able to get a swatch done so far -- but even though I normally dislike cotton sock yarns this felt great.

Both the cotton blend and the all wool come in 193 yard pull skeins for $7.00. They're all ready to knit with no winding, and the price is great.

I would suggest these yarns for either basic ribbed socks (like shown), or something where you're trying to put in stitch detail. Often the beautiful hand painted yarns are so busy that they hide all that work. The subtle heather in these two yarns will provide a perfect base to accentuate the stitch work.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Cranking Away

For the past few days I've been cranking away on my new-old Legare 400 Circular Sock Machine.

If you've ever wanted to see one of these machines in action, stop by the shop and I can explain how it works.

So far I've gotten three pairs and several practice orphan socks.

I can't wait until the new Cestari sock yarn arrives so I can see how that works up. 

I like my socks knit at a rather tight gauge, so even though a CSM is a lot of work -- it's a relief not to have to knit stockinette that tight by hand.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Mondays Are For Ordering

It's a quiet Monday and the other shops in the building are closed, so I have no one to bounce ideas off of when I dig out the sales materials today.

I just placed an order for more Majacraft Pioneer Spinning Wheels -- Majacraft's newest and most affordable model.

I'm also enjoying a sample swatch of Mission Falls 136 Superwash Merino. Until I sat down to ponder my order today I hadn't worked with the new Sport-weight. It's soft and squisy and has a great hand on US #5 needles.

Look at all those colors! It's going to be hard to choose -- the slightly subdued colors (that still have a punch) do me in every time I see this yarn.

Any thoughts on what to order? The Cestari Sock Wool is also on my radar -- the subtle heathered color ways are a perfect fit for sock patterns with more stitch work. Sometimes cables and lace can get lost in wild hand paints. Columbia wool should work great for socks.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Knitted Lace For Beginners - Class

A reminder that I will be having a two-session Knitted Lace for Beginners class on Saturday February 21st from 12 - 2 and Saturday March 7th from 12 - 2. Pre-registration is required.

This class will get you started on your first lace project -- you will be making a baby fern scarf with an attached lace edging.

We will look at yarn and needle selection and explain gauge differences in lace knitting. The how, when, and why of directional decreases (right, left, centered), yarn over placement, and lace chart reading will all be covered.

The second session will showcase differences between garter and stockinette knitted lace. Samples of traditional edgings and how they are attached will be explained. Finally we will cover properly finishing and blocking lace to obtain different effects.

This is a basic primer course to get you ready to conquer complicated lace projects. For speed and learning purposes, you will be using DK weight yarn for the class.

The cost is $50.00 total for both sessions.

You will require approximately 400 yards of DK weight yarn. I suggest a wool for ease in blocking.

After the first session your homework will be to complete the main body of the scarf and be prepared for edging during session two.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Intermediate Warp Techniques - Log Cabin Weave Class

I have scheduled a new weaving class on Saturday February 28th from 10AM to 12 PM that will cover some more advanced warp techniques.

Log Cabin Weave is a favorite of mine. This class will provide examples of different looks that can be achieved with a log cabin weave -- depending on whether you have an odd or even number of ends per block, the shape of the blocks, and the dominant color used in each block. Methods for taming your selvedges when using two shuttles will also be explored.

This is a longer class because a log cabin weave requires a more precise threading sequence through the heddle.

It is recommended that students are already comfortable with warping the loom by themselves and are experienced with threading and tension issues.

The cost is $20. 

Yarn and looms will be available for purchase, or please bring two contrasting colors of yarn that are the appropriate size for your heddle/reed -- worsted weight yarn at 8 dpi is suggested.

Pre-registration is required.

Monday, February 9, 2009

F.O. Monday? - Off The Loom

This past weekend I had several new weaving students. It was their first time using any type of loom. One chose to purchase a Cricket, the other a Flip.

Both did an amazing job working on their first scarf -- even going so far as to work a plaid! I was very impressed with their even beat and tension.

The first picture is a hand-dyed, hand spun scarf that I worked as a sample of the Flip's increased width. The piece measures 20 inches wide. That's a lot of scarf. The beautiful Cormo wool is extremely soft and has
 a touch of sheen. Hand spun on the loom is always a pleasant experience.

Second is the Boku and Yorkshire Tweed Aran scarf. It measures 8 inches wide and 3 yards long including the fringe. That's enough to go around the neck several times and still hang mid-calf. 

All of that from only 180 yards of Boku and less than 3/4 of a 175 ball of Yorkshire Tweed.

Friday, February 6, 2009

Merging Colors Knitting Kits - New Product

I just received the first order from Candace Eisner Strick of Strickwear and her Merging Colors Kits.

Candace has an amazing sense of color, and uses a baby soft Merino in a gorgeous blended palette to create some really neat effects.

The kit I photographed is the Old Shale Shawl -- the colors blend one way in the lace panel, and the other way in the remainder of the shawl.

I have my eye on the Rhapsody Stole and Arioso Scarf that you can see on her homepage. The rouching effect in the knit intrigues me.

The kits vary from $48 to $96, and include all of the necessary buttery-soft yarn and the pattern.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

On The Loom

I finished assembling one of the new Cricket looms this afternoon, and got it warped with some Plymouth Boku.

The long stripes of color are off-set by Rowan Yorkshire Tweed Aran in Brown that I'm using as the weft. 

At 8 threads to the inch, this will be a quick weave.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Schacht Shipment Arrives

We're finally approved as a Schacht dealership, and a shipment of Schacht Cricket and Schacht Flip Rigid Heddle Looms is in the shop now.

The Cricket and Flip are perfect for learning to weave due to their low price point, easy portability for taking to classes, and dent sizes that make great use of your knitting yarn stash.

We're having a Introduction to Weaving class on Saturday February 7th from 12PM - 2PM. Two spaces remain, please email or call the shop if you would like more information.