January 5th is a date marked on many calendars. That evening on PBS, the Downton Abbey saga continues with the premier of Season 4. This eagerly awaited program has inspired some wonderful creativity in the fiber world, and we are pleased to announce that we have a new arrival at the shop that you are going to want to work with.
Amy Lee Serradell of Portland Oregon is the creative genius behind Canon Hand Dyes. She is hand dying a delicious fingering weight yarn that is a wonderful 2 ply pebbled twist of 80% superwash merino and 20% nylon.
These skeins are all named after our favorite characters on the hit show. Each skein is 395 yards and costs $29. We had a lot of fun when these skeins arrived deciding which color best suited the character they are named after.
She has also created beautiful stitch markers to accompany these skeins. These are available for $13.
A little gift bag including a skein of this yarn and stitch markers to match might be the perfect gift for the Downton Abbey fan that is on your holiday gift list this year. Give us a call at the shop at 970-407-1461 to reserve yours soon. Our limited supply of these fun gifts are sure to be snapped up quickly.
If you have stopped by the shop in the past several weeks you might have seen Julie modeling her new favorite cowl. Kristin knit up a modified version of the Shibui Mix No. 20 pattern designed by Antonia Shankland.
This luscious cowl is created by knitting with a strand of Shibui Cima and a strand of Shibui Silk Cloud held together throughout. This combination brings the best of both yarns together to create an accessory with the warmth and drape of alpaca, the resiliency of wool, and the pop of silk. The Mohair casts a soft halo of downy fiber that makes it a cowl that Julie can’t bear to be separated from for long.
She loves encouraging folks to try it on, because it has just the right amount of warmth and comfort to make cool mornings and evenings feel comfortable instead of frigid.
Kristin made a few modifications to the pattern as she made her cowl. She decided that she’d prefer a version that is half as wide and also half as large. By working the pattern with her modifications, the cowl that Julie loves has less bulk, and uses 2 skeins fewer yarn than the pattern calls for. So it knits up in half the time.
We have copies of the pattern in the shop, and we would be happy to provide you with the notes that detail Kristin’s changes. We have also kitted up several POP colors so that you only need to purchase quarter skeins for the beautiful burst of color that you see on the edges.
Your savings can continue if you can stop by the shop today or give us a call, because our store-wide 20% off sale continues until 5pm tonight. Today’s the day to treat yourself to one of Julie’s favorite things!
We received another new addition to our amazing Shibui selection last week: Shubui Baby Alpaca DK. This is the softest, finest baby alpaca on the market. It is a 3-ply DK-weight yarn that is perfect for next-to-skin garments for even the pickiest wearer. Each skein has a generous 255 yards.
We have a beautiful color range of brights…
as well as some terrific neutrals that will complement any palette.
We are thrilled to add this yarn to the other Shibui yarn offerings that we stock including: Silk Cloud, Linen, Staccato, Heichi, Pebble, and Cima. This new addition is going to allow us to play with some of the Shibui Mix patterns for fun hats that have caught our eyes. (A quick visit to the shop these days will clearly illustrate how much we have enjoyed knitting hats this month).
Mix No. 6 designed by Kristin Spurkland is a great slouch hat that will be the softest hat you’ve ever encountered when you combine Baby Alpaca DK together with Silk Cloud. And Mix No. 24 designed by Alexandra Tinsley with it’s three pompoms is a real showstopper.
We hope that you can stop by to see all of the samples we have in the shop that highlight some of the many combinations of Shibui yarns. Any one of them could get you excited about double or even triple stranding these stunning yarns to terrific effect!
We have a new yarn at the shop that we think you are going to want to work with. We asked a couple of our sample knitters to “test drive” a few skeins by knitting up a couple of lovely Brooklyn Tweed patterns.
Rowan Tweed Aran is a 100% wool yarn that is deliciously soft. It is the largest gauge member of the Rowan Tweed family that includes our fingering weight favorite: Fine Tweed. The Aran version gets 17-19 stitches and 23-25 rows to 4 inches on US 7 – 8 needles. Each 50 gram skein has 105 yards. We think that it could be a great substitute for Brooklyn Tweed’s Shelter, for those of you looking for a tweedy yarn option to knit up these beautiful patterns.
One of our sample knitters knit up Michele Wang’s Broome. This beret and mittens set was included in the BT Fall 11 collection. She made a few pattern modifications based on the comments she found on other Ravelry pattern notes. By removing a couple of pattern repeats, she made the beret a more perfect fit for her lovely daughter.
This is Kirkwood, a scrumptious scarf designed by Julie Hover. This pattern was part of the BT Winter 13 collection published last winter. The simple cable pattern highlights the fun tweed of the yarn and makes for a rustic accessory that anyone would want to snuggle into.
We have a beautiful spectrum of colors in stock of Rowan Aran Tweed for you to choose from. We can also help you find the perfect Brooklyn Tweed pattern to knit. We hope that you can stop by to check out these samples and see what else we have in the shop for you to choose from.
It is the YARN PYRAMID, a slyly amusing and beautifully produced poster. As you can probably guess from the name, it’s a riff on the classic Food Pyramid, and it was designed to evoke an old-school educational poster. The concept and design work are by Karen Templer, with illustrations by her friend Leigh Wells. And it’s been printed by their friend Victoria Heifner of Milkfed Press on her hand-cranked letterpress — each shape and letterform pressed into elegant ecru Crane & Co cotton card stock.
• 16 x 20 inches
• two-color letterpress print (black and pale grey-blue on ecru cotton)
• $22 or $37 for one of the limited quantity that Julie is having dry mounted
Julie ordered a limited supply of these beautiful posters, and these are sure to fly out of the shop. Give us a call at 970-407-1461 to make sure you don’t miss your chance to own a bit of fiber art that requires no knitting.