Posts Categorized: Needles and Notions

The devil is in the details

We all know that the perfect accessory can make an outfit.  A similar rule can be applied to our painstakingly crafted hand knits: the perfect button, toggle or clasp can make all the difference in the world.


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Julie has brought into the shop a handful of wonderful notions from JUL Designs.  Above, is “the Lock which doubles back on itself and ‘locks’ in place, making it extremely secure. This closure is equally gorgeous on the flounces of a knitted coat or amidst the cables of a men’s cardigan.

Both The Latch and The Lock are more stable and stylish alternatives to the toggle.  (The Latch is pictured below.)  This pair of closures is the 3rd generation of a series of innovative and unique closures that screw into both sides of a garment or accessory and snap in the center making them versatile and (re)moveable.

The Latch, small and simple, evoking the rustic and homey hinge on a barn door, gains its visual power in numbers. Imagine 8 of them adorning the opening of a military-style cardigan, creating shaping at the waist and closing a split cuff.”


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These closures can be seen beautifully ornamenting items in  the Topographi Collection of patterns on Ravelry.  We hope that you will stop by the shop to see our selection.  We have clasps in both brown and black leather, as well as some round pedestal buttons that are sure to please.

The (re)moveble nature of these designs means that they can be used like shawl pins.  Dawn took a photo of our Goovy shawl to illustrate.


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We can’t wait to see how they embellish your hand knits!

Test driving some new needles

We just received a new line of knitting needles and according to Dawn, “they are smoother than butter…”  And we all know that she doesn’t lavish praise like that without just cause.

But we recognize that to really love a knitting needle, is to try it out for yourself. So we’d like to invite you to drop in and see what you think.  Kick the tires so to speak.


She started a swatch with our new Signature needles and a skein of Leading Men in dk.  You can give these new needles a spin by knitting on our swatch.  Let us know what you think.  We’re confident that you’ll have some fun with them.

Product Review: Knitter’s Pride Karbonz needles

Knitter’s Pride Karbonz are revolutionary needles that combine the premium quality of carbon fiber with perfectly shaped nickel plated brass tips.  The space age Carbon Fiber is ideal for knitting needles on account of its high tensile strength, light weight and a surface that offers excellent control over the stitches.  The product line offers a range of sizes (US 000 – US 10) and types including fixed circulars, single pointed needles, double pointed needles, and interchangeable circular needle sets and tips.  We stock all but the single pointed needles at the shop.

All of us shop girls gave these needles a test drive over the past couple of weeks and we were all thrilled with how they felt. We all loved the spectacular flex and tensile strength of the carbon fiber that has the warm feel of wood.  The nickel tips have a nice sharp point, and make for smooth stitch transition.

These needles combine the best of wood and metal needles; and so those of that have a preference for one or the other all found that we liked the feel of these needles.  Amelia and I both found that the flexible cables worked well for our preference for the magic loop.

For those of you interested in giving these needles a try, you may want to experiment with your next project that calls for circular needles or double points.  If you want to take advantage of the holiday season and treat yourself to an interchangeable set, we have several in stock for you to choose from.



The limited edition Box of Joy ( $150) comes in a very elegant, black wooden box with a laser-cut design of a tree in bloom. The Karbonz needles peer through the space where the design of the tree appears. The set includes:

9 needle tips sizes US 4 to US 11
4 Cords (to make 24″, 40″ & 2 of 32″)
1 set of cord connectors
a complimentary Shawl Pin from the new Azure Charm range

The Deluxe kit ($ 125.99) includes:

9 needle tips sizes US 2.5 to US 10
4 Cords (to make 24″, 40″ & 2 of 32″)
1 Set of size markers
8 End caps
4 Cord keys

The Starter Kit ( $73.25) includes:

5 needle tips sizes US 2.5 to US 6
2 Cords (to make 24″ & 32″)
1 Set of size markers
4 End caps
2 Cord keys

The Midi Kit ($ 67) includes:

4 needle tips sizes US 7 to US 10
2 Cords (to make 24″ & 32″)
1 Set of size markers
4 End caps
2 Cord keys

Many of us have established knitting habits and preferences; and I never thought that I would be interested in knitting with anything but Addi needles.  Trying something new was a refreshing change, and showed me that even this “old dog” could learn a new trick or two.

We hope that you will consider experimenting a little; either with a new tool, a new technique, or a new color that is outside of your box.  You’ll probably be very pleased with the results!


Mark your calendars!


Spring Cleaning Sale

We have been reorganizing the shop getting ready for warmer weather, and as a result we have some exclusive savings to share with you.

Friday May 3rd and Saturday May 4th

All Cascade Superwash Yarns

Circular Needles from:



Knit Picks


Addi Natura

Plus 20% off a single full priced item

These savings are only available for two days so plan to shop early to find the best selection.  More items may be added last minute, so be sure to stop by and see what we have included for you.

What needles do you prefer? Deal of the Day: 30% off needle sets

What is your favorite kind of needle?  Depending on whom you ask at the shop, you will get very different answers.  This week’s Deal of the Day discounts 30% off all our knitting needle and crochet hook sets; so no matter what kind you prefer, we have a set that will perfectly suit your knitting or crochet style.

Julie’s favorites are the Knitter’s Pride Dreamz. She loves the flexible cable, and the very long tapered tips that end in a sharp point that make quick work of fine stitches. Plus, the price point can’t be beat.  Katie also swears by Knitters Pride Dreamz.  She loves the sharp tapered points, the pretty colors (each size is identified with its own color making matching needles a breeze to find), and soft cords that aren’t too twisty.

This beautiful boxed set is available at the shop at can be yours with the discount for just $70.

Dawn is an Addi Lace fan.  She counts on their pointy tips, thin flexible cord, and metallic finish which ensures that her yarn glides smoothly with just enough friction (compared to the Turbo).

Our Addi Click Kit comes with 10 pairs of needle tips US siz 4 to 15 and is available with the discount for $119.

I am a pusher who works close to the tips of her needles; so I prefer blunt tipped metal needles that will allow my stitches to slide with no resistance and won’t poke a hole in my finger.  Addi Turbo needles are my favorite and I have a set of the Addi turbo clicks that I adore.  Danielle, like me chooses Addi Turbo.  They are smooth, super-fast and oh so nice.  She uses the lace needles for lacework but doesn’t care for the pointy tip for all her projects because as a continental knitter who pushes her left needle through the stitches with her right pointer finger, her fingers get sore.