close knit: the neighborhood yarn shop


Monday, December 17, 2018

Eye Candy

So maybe this isn't exactly eye candy, but this lanolin from Cestari Sheep and Wool Company is pretty amazing stuff. If your hands are feeling dry and cracked, just rub a tiny bit into your skin. You might smell a little bit like a barn for a few minutes, but that's a small price to pay in my opinion!
It's also good for your woolies! I'm going to give it a go in my next round of wool washing to see if I can make some of my most-worn hats a little more waterproof. I think a pinch of this and some of my regular Eucalan wool wash will be just the thing. Has anyone tried this? Let me know if it works!

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Uneek

Look at this super cool new sock yarn!
Uneek Fingering from Urth Yarns is one of the most unusual sock yarns I've seen. It's 435 yards of machine washable merino, and the colors are so vibrant. We asked the Side Hustle Socksters to crank out a sock tube for us to see how it works up, and take a look at this!
We thought they had alternated skeins or something crazy, but this is just what the yarn does. Each colorway works up a little differently, but it looks like they all have semi-solid stripes (which slowly change over the course of the yarn) paired with a mutli-colored gradient situation happening in the background.
Their website gives you a good idea of what to expect form each colorway, but I doubt you'll be disappointed. Stop in and choose your favorite!

Monday, December 10, 2018

Eye Candy

New bags from Rebecca Pearcy of Queen Bee! I love these canvas tote bags. They are beefy and gorgeous and will hold a ton of stuff, yarny or otherwise.

Friday, December 7, 2018

Malabrigo Chunky

Let's start this weekend off with some Malabrigo Chunky, shall we? You can stop by the shop today to choose a few of your favorites, then head home and get started. I bet you can finish a hat by Sunday evening. Or a cowl. Or some mittens. Or a scarf. Or an octopus.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Uniform

We have Uniform and Uniform Little in the shop!

These beautiful books feature a sewing pattern for an elegant tunic and a knitting pattern for a cardigan in two weights with so many options. Look at that hem detail!
The sweater pattern includes options for the body, sleeves, hem, and finishing techniques. The tunic can be made with or without sleeves and includes two neckline and body style choices.
After you've made your own uniform, you can make one for a smaller person! Uniform Little has the same tunic and sweater options, so you can fully customize both pieces.
These gorgeous books never last long, so pop in and take a peak!

Monday, December 3, 2018

Eye Candy

Check out these new Silver Bay Scarf kits from Blue Sky Fibers. The kits contain the yarn and pattern that you'll need to make this beautiful scarf.
The elongated stitch pattern looks fancy, but it's very easy to do and makes for some speedy knitting. These kits make lovely gifts for your favorite knitter, or you can send your people in to get one for you!

Friday, November 30, 2018

Swan's Island Sterling Fingering

This Sterling Fingering yarn from Swan's Island is sort of breathtaking. It's 85% merino, which is luxurious and lustrous, and 15% naturally black alpaca, which gives it a smokey look. Take a look at these shades.

The jewel tones all play really nicely together. I love the Zara Hat and Mitts Set, and I think you can make three whole sets with three colors of yarn.
Pic borrowed from Swan's Island website.
Look at the Newbury Scarf. Five colors and so much drapey scarf goodness.
Pic borrowed from Swan's Island website.
I really love the muted color palette and stylish patterns they've developed for this yarn, and the dark undertones are really appealing. I think I might need some of this for a hat sooner than later. Time to chose my favorite color!