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Fibre Co.’s Knightsbridge has arrived

The gals of the Fibre Co. have created a new yarn this summer to add to their line of luxurious fiber blends that we know and love.  We’d like to introduce you to Knightsbridge.  Our skeins arrived in the shop just last week.

 

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This beautiful and delightfully soft worsted weight yarn is a plied blend of 65% Llama, 25% Merino, and 10% Silk.  It has wonderful drape, stitch definition and shine.  We were sent a care package earlier this summer so that we could preview a few skeins and try out the yarn.  Kate cast on for a chic pullover sweater designed by Carrie Bostick Hoge: Bronwen.

It features a very simple bottom up construction with picked up stitches for the sleeves.  It is a perfect pattern for those who haven’t yet tried sweater knitting.  Our sample is so luxurious that Theresa is considering casting on for one of her own this fall.  It would be her first sweater, and we know that this simple v-neck will look terrific on her.

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This pullover is part of a new pattern collection that has been released by Kelbourne Woolens.  The Knightsbridge Collection brings together 15 patterns from some of our favorite designers that all highlight this beautiful new yarn.  You can have your choice of all kinds of projects from sweaters to accessories.

We hope that you can visit us at the shop soon to take a look at our Bronwen sample, as well as the beautiful skeins of Knightsbridge. It is possible that they just may convince you to start a sweater of your own!

A special evening…

We are celebrating the shop’s 10th Birthday with an exclusive Habu Trunk Show, and we would love for you to come be a part of the festivities!

Our friend Takako of Habu Textiles will be joining us on Tuesday Sept. 9th from 5 – 7 pm.  She will be bringing dozens of samples with her giving you a unique chance to see how magical garments made from these yarns are.

You’ll find sweaters and accessories of all kinds from a variety of our favorite designers.  You’ll even have a chance to try them on, and decide how these beautifully modern pieces work for you and your wardrobe.

 

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We’ll be offering  a 15% discount off of all of our in stock Habu yarns this evening, so it will be a perfect chance for you to select your next project!

And that’s not all.  Takako will also be bringing select items from the new Ripins clothing line.  You’ll be among the first in the US to see these beautiful garments and enjoy their clean austere aesthetic.

We can’t wait to share the fun with you on the 9th.

Hope Lives collection

We are proud to be a collection site for Hope Lives! again this fall.

 

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The Hope Lives Breast Cancer Support Center was founded in 2001 by Lydia Dody, a Ft Collins businesswoman who had battled breast cancer. After her recovery, Lydia wanted to ensure that the approximately 200 women in Larimer County and Windsor, CO diagnosed each year receive complete post-diagnosis support and care. Their Mission is to support and strengthen those touched by Breast Cancer by providing Care, Guidance & Education.

We will be collecting knitted and crocheted items for local breast cancer patients to enjoy while undergoing chemo.  We currently have a bin in the shop and will gladly receive:  scarves, shawls, lap blankets/afghans, slippers, and hats.  Your hand knit items will warm and comfort women in the Fort Collins area who are in need of our support.

Please contact us at 970-407-1461 if you have any questions about a donation.  We would love your support with this cause that is near and dear to our hearts.

Wow

Every once in a while a sample comes to the shop that is so beautiful, and so much fun to wear that it deserves to stand on its own.  This week a sample of Strata designed by Diane Greenfield arrived and we wanted you to see the myriad ways in which we can imagine wearing it.

 

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Stunning, right?   “Knit on US Size 5 needles in a collection of Shibui Silk Cloud, Cima and Pebble, Strata features soothing transitions through a range of shades. Yarns are held double or triple throughout the progression of this gently textured scarf — a background of twisted stockinette makes this knit meticulous but not difficult.”

Those twisted stitches are what create that stunning texture that you can see in the photo above.  This shawl is a showstopper and the care taken every stitch is apparent.
Stop on by the shop when you can, you should wrap this around you to feel how wonderfully luxurious it is.  Who knows, you may find yet another way in which to wear it beautifully.

Behind the scenes with Jonathan of MJ Yarns (part 2)

So who is the man behind the beautiful skeins of MJ Yarn we have all fallen head over heels for?  We asked Jonathan to share some of his thoughts about his work, his yarn, and his love of knitting.

 

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What were you doing before you started MJ Yarns? ~and~ What was the inspiration for starting MJ Yarns?

My “grown up job” was as an Ops Manager for a major shipping company. While the pay and benefits were unmatched, I was miserable. It was an environment where nothing was good enough. The work we did was important but I had no passion for it. I could find no joy in processing tens of thousands of packages every night.

I’ve learned that, if a situation isn’t working, change it. I had been knitting for years by this time and found every bit of joy in it that I could hope for. I began to wonder how I could turn this passion in to a career. I talked to several people in the industry, most notably Maggie Casey. She was clear: “dye yarn!” Life has also taught me to listen to the people who have experience. I listened, and MJ Yarns was born.

What is your favorite part of your craft?

“For me, this is not a job. MJ Yarns is about creating something beautiful that makes me and others happy. Each morning I walk in to my studio to find the ever changing landscape of my drying racks. I’m always struck by the glory of the field of colors stretched out in front of me.  As I dye my yarns, I can’t help but enjoy the constantly increasing complexity that appears as each color is added.

My life now is surrounded in beauty and I wouldn’t have it any other way.”

How do you come up with the names for your yarns?

“Each colorway has a story. Some names came from suggestions from others. Cerulean Twilight got its name from a friend on Facebook. Other colors start with a name before they are ever made. Fire Dragon was made to fit in with its siblings Green and Purple Dragons.

Other colors were named because they brought to mind very specific things: Peasant is one.  When this yarn went on the drying rack for the first time, I couldn’t help but see it on the back of a medieval serf.

Yarns with proper names (like Katelyn or Mazlyn) were named for specific people who either suggested the color or the yarn brought to mind.

Then there are my favorites: the yarns that demand  that they receive a specific name. Mice and Men simply wouldn’t let me call it anything else. From the moment I put the first coat of Grey on this yarn, the name Mice and Men was in my head. I spent the entire day that I created that color trying to come up with another name that seemed more fitting or at least made some sense, and most of the next as well. My mind was blank and Mice and Men was born.

And a question we can resist asking anyone we come in contact with,
What is on your needles?

“I am something of an anomaly in the knitting world. I absolutely refuse to have more that two projects on the needles at any given time. I heard about “startitis” early on in my knitting life and decided that it would never happen to me.

That being said, I finished one project last week and another one today. At the moment, I have nothing on the needles! This is, of course, a crisis and tomorrow’s first priority will be some time on Ravelry searching for a perfect pattern. I know where I’ll get the yarn though.”

Jonathan’s skeins of yarn are featured in the shop right now and we hope that you can visit soon to take a look at his beautiful work.  We know that these skeins are destined for stunning projects and we can’t wait to share photos of those with you as they come of the needles.