We are thrilled to be able to announce to you that Shibui has created yet another new yarn: Maai. It is as wonderful as the others! And just the thing for warm snuggly soft winter knits.
Pronounced (mah-ha-ee) this DK weight chained yarn was named for the Japanese word for break or pause. We love the idea of taking a break from daily routines to steal a few moments of indulgent stitching. This yarn will be as delicious to work with as it will be to finally wear.
Maai is an entirely luxurious blend of 70% superbaby alpaca and 30% merino.
The chainette construction adds volume without weight. The yarn will have more structure you might expect from a yarn with such a high alpaca content. So you’ll be enveloped by light, cushiony knits with incredible softness – perfect for next-to-skin garments and accessories.
The chainette structure will also contribute defined stitches with a soft hand, perfect for lush cables, and sumptuous stockinette. And with the eye-catching Shibui spectrum of colors, there is much to be excited about.
These 50 gram skeins include 170 yards of yarn. We would love to help you chose a perfect pattern to play with. We hope that you can visit us and these beautiful skeins while our selection is robust. See you soon!
Julie is now offering our Learn to Knit Class for FREE! This wonderful class taught by our friend and neighbor Robin is now going to be available for FREE with the purchase of yarn and needles needed for the class.
On two consecutive Saturday mornings, you can join us at one of our crafting tables and learn the basics. We will cover casting on, the knit and purl stitch, binding off on a sample swatch; as well as various other handy skills like reading your stitches and how to create simple stitch patterns. Don’t worry if you don’t understand what all that means… Robin will teach you!
Our class sizes are kept small with just 6 students ensuring that you’ll have all the support you need to get started comfortably and easily.
This month’s class meets Saturday September 20th and 27th. You’ll want to call the shop at 970-407-1461 to get signed up before those limited spaces are filled!
Check our website or the chalkboard in the shop for dates and details of future classes. We can’t wait to help you get knitting!
We had a wonderful party on Tuesday evening! Dawn and Theresa whipped up some delicious treats for everyone to enjoy and Takako from Habu Textiles was delightful!
Here you can see her with Julie and our dear friend Amy. She filled the shop with stunning Habu samples; and we had a ball playing dress up. We loved getting a chance to see these beautiful garments. Getting the opportunity to have access to so many at once was a real treat.
Here you can see some friends getting a unique chance to see how many of these patterns are constructed, check out sizing, and figuring out which patterns best flatter their figures and sense of style.
We also were thrilled to have the opportunity to see the new Ripins Clothier line of clothing. These Japanese designs are as comfortable as they are stunning. Julie and Takako are both modeling skirts from the new line.
We want to thank all of you who joined us to celebrate our 10th year in business. And we want to send a very special thank you to Takako for joining us for our special event and making it an evening to remember.
Ysolda has designed a new subscription based pattern collection that could provide you with all of the great gift ideas you need for this holiday season! Her Knitworthy Collection features 8 patterns intended to make thoughtful gifts for everyone on your knitworthy list (because life’s too short to knit for anyone who doesn’t love what you make).
The first pattern, Bronntanas, is available to download immediately; and each of the remaining patterns will arrive as a surprise in your inbox every other Monday. (These patterns will be exclusively available to those who subscribe until the last pattern release in early December; at which point the patterns will be available to download individually).
In between the weeks when your next pattern arrives, Ysolda will provide other fun extras. Her Whimsical Little Knits collections should give you a good idea of the types of projects to expect. Some of our favorite accessories and little creatures have come from these collection (her darling Elijah comes to mind as a perfect example). All of the designs were carefully selected by Ysolda to be fun and relaxing with an excellent return of impact for effort put in.
We at the shop couldn’t resist joining the fun, and each of us will be casting on for one of the upcoming projects. Dawn cast on for Bronntanas earlier this week.
This comfy looking slouch hat combines a garter stitch background with just enough cabling and slipped stitch detailing to provide a beautiful texture that looks more complex than it is to complete. We enjoy working on patterns that look devilish, and yet knit up smoothly without too much concentration.
Dawn chose to cast on with a skein of Hikoo’s Kenzie for her project. This worsted weight yarn will make a deliciously soft hat. Whomever Dawn gives it to, will certainly treasure the softness imparted by the angora and alpaca included in the yarn’s composition. This hat will knit up quickly and we look forward to showing you more photos as her project progresses.
We hope that if you decide to join the fun and subscribe to this pattern collection you will also join Ysolda’s KAL Raverly group where you can share photos and progress reports with other knitters around the world that have cast on. We’d love to see your progress, so be sure to share your photos with us and stop by the shop when you can to show us what is on your needles!
We know how much fun it can be to find the perfect project with a carefully selected color palette all wrapped up and ready to go. And when special savings are included, it makes it even more appealing!
Dawn has created a very special kit to kick off our Fall knitting season. She has combined Julie Hoover’s Kimmswick scarf pattern (that is included in the Brooklyn Tweed’s BT Winter 13 collection) with one of our favorite fingering weight yarns. Our kit contains a total of 5.5 skeins of Isager Alpaca 2 yarn: 4 full skeins, two half skeins and two quarter skeins.
Since we were able to split skeins, providing you with the perfect amount of yardage you need for the intricate color work of the pattern, we can pass the savings on to you! Our kit will retail for $82.75, and includes a copy of the pattern.
This tube scarf is a perfect project for anyone eager to try their hand at color work this fall. It has a generous finished measurement of 8 inches wide and 72 inches long. It is worked in the round using a stranded technique that is clearly described by Julie’s carefully detailed instructions.
Dawn has found a beautiful color palette that combines flattering neutrals with fun pop colors that makes the details of the pattern’s design look stunning.
We hope that you can stop by the shop when you get a chance to take a closer look at the pattern. We know that these kits will be a big hit this season and our limited quantity are certain to fly off the shelf quickly!