Posts Categorized: Needles and Notions

A year in review

The holidays gave us some time to reflect on the past year and each of us wanted to share our favorites with you before diving into what’s next.

Julie’s favorites from 2014 include her favorite things in the shop.  She has carefully curated a selection of products that we all enjoy, and the following are some that she loves and uses regularly.

“I burn our Tatine Candles every night. Forest Floor being my favorite. I feel as though they can help create a perfect evening: music, candles burning and knitting.

I am in love with Jul Closures, especially the leather items. I can dress up even a borderline cowl with these lovelies.

 

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My current favorite pattern, The Man Hat by Haven Leavitt. I cast on last week with Blue Sky Worsted in black for University of Iowa. And I love it!

A special yarn worth highlighting would be Blue Faced Leister from Hand Maiden, Fleece Artist. Theresa hit the nail on the head with beautiful holiday wreaths, and soon to be off her needles with be pillows in this loopy knit.   We can’t wait to showcase these in the shop.

Last but not least, I will not leave out Knitters Pride Dreamz Needles, for sure my favorite go to for almost everything.”

Dawn’s list of favorites includes projects that she loves.

 

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Her favorite finished project (that she will actually wear) – is her Lattice Cap Sleeve top out of Madelinetosh Dandelion.  You can read more about this project in our earlier blog post.

Theresa and Dawn agree in their favorite event which was our evening with Takako when she filled the shop with beautiful samples from Habu.

Dawn’s favorite new yarn this year is Titus from Baa Ram Ewe.  And her favorite finished project knit by someone else is the sample of Brooklyn Tweed’s Natsumi that arrived in the shop late this summer.

Theresa’s highlight list includes the Color Block Bias Blankets that she and Dawn worked on last Spring.

Her heart is torrn between two favorite yarns: Blue Sky Extra (which she hasn’t worked with yet but has loved winding for customers) and Anzula Cricket which she’s been thinking about using again for a third bias blanket for myself as she has given away the two she made for baby gifts.

 

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Her two favorite projects that someone else knit would be the little Frozen Sweater knit up for us by our friend Helen (shown above) and the Equisetum Hat that Kristin knit with Suri Merino.  Theresa has a plan to knit a version of this hat for herself out of Shibui Alpaca DK.
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Kimberly’s favorite project that came of her needles this year would be Stephen West’s Esjan Shawl that she knit up with Dramaturg from Leading Men Fiber Arts.

Her favorite event was our wonderfully successful Underpants Drive, too cute!!

Shes decided that she is going to cast on for her first sweater with her favorite new yarn of 2014: Kenzie.

And her favorite project that someone else knit is the Color Tipped Scarf that Dawn knit out of Swan’s Island Washable Aran.

Kate shares Julie’s passion for Jul Clasps.  These have opened up a whole world of shawl knitting which she never tried before.  Her new favorite technique is the German Short Row.

 

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And the project that she most enjoyed knitting this year was the Peak Scarf by Susan Lawrence that she knit with a double strand of Shibui Pebble.  This yarn is her absolute favorite and she has two projects currently on her needles and plans for more in 2015.

Tune in later this week when we share what we’re all looking forward to working on in upcoming months!

Save the date and come shop local

We would like to invite you to our Thanksgiving Weekend Sale! Please come join us on Friday November 28th & Saturday November 29th for a whole lot of fun.

We are offering a store wide sale of 15% off.  This includes our beautiful yarn, most of our needles (with the exception of Signature needles), all of our notions, as well as our fun gift items such as bags, yarn bowls, and candles.  And additional savings are available!

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Bring an unopened package of children’s clothing to the shop during these two days and we will offer you 20% off your entire purchase!

All month long, we will be accepting donations of new unopened packages of children’s underwear, socks, tights, leggings, underpants, t-shirts, even little sweat pants. (ages 5 -12).  These items will be distributed  to under-privileged elementary school children in the Fort Collins area who are currently attending school with just the necessary outer clothes.  Please bring what you can and support the kids in our area that need our help.

Give us a call at the shop at 970-407-1461 and we can ensure you don’t miss out on the savings.

We are looking forward to your visit.

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.

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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.

 

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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!