Posts Categorized: New Arrivals

We still love stripes!

Julie has just received a new yarn in that she thinks she’s in love with.  We’d like to introduce you to Scrumptiouspurl’s Stripe Me Up.


Everything about these bright beautiful balls of yarn is fun, from the hand written tags, the stitch marker with each ball, and the great names.  These self striping fingering weight skeins contain 400 yards of a deliciously soft blend of 80% fine Merino and 20% Nylon for strength.

Julie cast on without delay for a pair of socks and Robin is knitting a infinity scarf as we speak.

Kristin is using the skeins pictured above for a cowl of her own.  She cast on 96 stitches with a provisional cast on and is knitting in the round on a size US5 16″ circular needle.

She intends to use both colorways and will end up with something similar to our shop favorite: Rayures.  And best of all, the yarn makes the stripes on its own!

Scrumptiouspurl’s yarn designer Samantha provided us with a couple of terrific pattern suggestions for her beautiful yarn.

“I really love this pattern for hats! The stripes knit up to about 2 rows. Another big favorite is mittens!  This pattern is a perfect one for someone who is knitting their first pair.”

We already have another order placed because we are certain this yarn will be a HUGE hit.  It will probably be about 8 weeks before our next order arrives, and you won’t want to wait that long to start playing. So stop on by this week and pick out your favorite color today!

Travel knitting

At the New Year, Kate resolved to postpone starting any new projects until she completed all of the projects that she has begun.  In a flurry of organizing she found 13(?!) projects on the needles in various stages of completion.  She’s been working away at them one at a time and has already completed two sweaters in 3 weeks.

Her Lila is in the shop and her [BIG]rubble is blocking.

Kate is headed to a tropical paradise later this week to visit her family and so is looking at about 18 hours of travel time.  With that much time to knit, selecting which project(s) to bring along becomes a more pressing decision than what else to put in her suitcase.

She’s decided to take along another couple of projects that are on the needles.


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© amachael

When our friend Amy brought her completed Carpino into the shop last winter all of us wanted to cast on for this sweater.  Both Kate and Dawn are working on versions that are sure to be just as beautiful.  Kate’s version is a heathery brick red created with two strands of Shibui Pebble held together throughout.

And just because variety offers the spice of life, Kate is also planning on bringing along her Jet Stream shawl that she is working on with Habu A-1 2/17 Tsumugi Silk.  This will be the perfect shawl to wear for warm weather, and perhaps she’ll make enough progress that she’ll be able to cast off before returning home…

Do you have any travel plans that will take you to warmer weather this winter? And what will you take with you to work on when you go?

A sweater worth repeating

Occasionally we come across a pattern that is a pleasure to work and finishes as we hoped (or even better).  When that happens it can be very tempting to knit more than one.  Kate just recently finished working on a sweater that has her interested in making a second.

She knit this sweater with two strands of Madelinetosh’s fingering weight Merino Light held double throughout.  The reindeer color struck her as a perfect match for the pattern’s simple design with garter stitch details.



Carrie Bostick Hoge’s Lila pullover sweater is a bottom up pattern that was first published last January.  As Kate completed the finishing touches on this sweater, Carrie made two new versions of this sweater available.

Lila Top Down and Lila Winter are two of the 15 patterns included in the new Madder Anthology 2: Simple Pleasures.  The first version has a top down seamless pattern that calls for Aran weight yarn.  The second is also top down and calls for chunky yarn to be worked with a US11 instead of a US7.  It will work up very quickly and be a pleasure to snuggle into on cold winter mornings.

The collection is currently available only as a pre-order ebook for $24 in Madder’s shop.  If you pre-order the book you’ll get a signed copy, the ebook right away, and a 30% off coupon for Carrie’s Simple Pleasures Spring/Summer ebook that is due out in March!

We hope that if any of Carrie’s patterns inspire you to get started you pop into the shop and let us help you find the perfect skeins to cast on with.  We look forward to seeing you!


The girls have done it again

Dawn and Theresa were busy last week coming up with  bundles of five colorways for our new Rayures cowl designed by Amy Miller and knit up for us by Angie.  What fun!


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We’ve collected a mouthwatering selection of Madelinetosh Unicorn Tails, 52 yard mini skeins of her fingering weight Tosh Merino Light.  Her super saturated colors are like no others so you’ll need to visit the shop to see the selection and choose your favorite from the wonderful palettes that we’ve created.


rayeur kit

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Treat yourself

I started buying myself a little holiday gift each year about 20 years ago.  It is a tradition that I continue as a way to celebrate the spirit of giving and taking an opportunity to give myself a treat.

This year I will be wrapping up a pair of our new scissors that just arrived at the shop.


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These beauties are from Studio Carta, all sourced in Italy.  Shown top to bottom- crane, small 3 1/2″, and medium 4 1/2″.  These are absolutely gorgeous and are tempting Theresa as well.

She is also considering some Anzula Cricket to make another poncho since she gifted hers away.  And she is also flirting with the idea of getting one of the stunning handcrafted barn wood trays that arrived several weeks ago.


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Dawn has her heart set on Bijou Basin Sport Weight yak down in grey.  She is also eagerly awaiting the Fringe Supply tote we are expected to receive sometime soon.


dawn wish

What is on your wish list?  You may want to consider a quick visit to the shop to ensure that what you most desire finds it’s way under your tree this year.