close knit: the neighborhood yarn shop


Thursday, November 20, 2014

Vote for Sally!

Sally designed a fancy cowl with some really fun yarn, and you should go vote for it!
The Schachenmayr yarn company is holding a little Facebook contest, and we could win lots of amazing prizes and products for the shop if Sally wins. She used three different shades of Schachenmayr Boston to create her fabulous cowl: two solids, one marled, and one neon for the pop of color. The knitting is pretty easy, so this would be perfecto for a beginner. The yarn is machine washable, too, so you could hand this over to a teenager or college student and not have to worry.

Head on over the My Mountain Facebook page and cast your vote for Sally's Boston Cowl. You can vote once per day if you are feeling so moved, so get yourself over to Facebook and cast your vote!

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Bling

We have some holiday sparkle happening at the shop. There is always a call for some glitter around the holidays, and Diana really fits the bill.
Lisa used one skein of the gold to create this easy-peasy I-cord necklace. 
Want to make your own? Here's the pattern. Using a US15, cast on 3 stitches and work I-cord until the yarn is gone. Bind off, weave in the ends and call it done. Lisa tied a knot in the end of hers.
Knit up some holiday sparkle with this fun stuff!

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Tiverton Tweed

We have manymanymany boxes of yarn coming in to the shop this month. Lots of good staples, standbys and favorites.
But this. This is new. The Tiverton Tweed from Classic Elite is so pretty and unusual, and it's so brand new that there are only a few projects on Ravelry. Sally is working on a little cowl with a few different colors to show off this great new yarn.
I really appreciate the colorful flecks nestled in the neutral marled background. The label suggests that it's a worsted weight, knitting up at 5 stitches per inch on a 7, but it seems much thinner than that to me. Maybe closer to a DK or sport, but maybe it will bloom a bit. I'm looking forward to seeing Sally's sample.
Stay tuned for updates on all the good stuff coming in to out little shop, including more new stuff and so many old friends!

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

New Magazine November

How is it November already? So sorry for the unintentional blogging break. Between a weekend away, Halloween, and sick kids, the last two weeks have flown by. But there are things to tell, so let's get back to it.

I know many of you have been clamoring for the newest issue of knit.wear. It won't be coming. Interweave has changed the name to Knit.Purl and given it a bit of a new look.
I really like this first group of designs, particularly the Cocoon Shrug by our beloved Nancy Ricci. This would be great in the Plymouth Homestead we have in the shop. The design is open and flowy but warm and cozy...a perfect layer for our crazy weather.
 
Love the texture and the full collar.  Great work, Nancy!
The in-front-of-the-woodpile story includes several other gorgeous and highly-textured pieces, including the Equation Cowl and the Fisherman Redux. The cowl is begging for something soft and squishy, maybe Cascade 220 Aran Superwash or Shibui Merino Alpaca?
 
The Fisherman Redux is done up in a worsted weight silk and merino blend. I would try it in Berroco Ultra Alpaca myself, but I just love that stuff. 

You know how I feel about a good textured chevron pattern, so it's no surprise that I love the Chevron Cardigan by Michele Wang. Another thick and cozy knit that should fly off the needles.
There is a fun colorwork section that caught my attention. Love the Tilting Fair Isle set knit up in Jamieson's Spindrift. We have lots of colors available, but Rowan Fine Tweed and Harrisville Shetland would play nicely, too.

The Banded Sweater is unusual and interesting,don't you think? I would try Cascade 220 Sport for sure. We are anxiously awaiting our fall shipment.
Are there fingering weight colorwork mittens? Of course there are. The Minaret Mittens are perfect.
What else looks good? The Pintuck Cardigan is a stunner. Maybe in some Blue Sky Alpacas Sport Weight? Yes, please.

The Lupinus Cardigan looks like a great wardrobe staple, and I like the unusual split neckline of the Shifted Eyelet Yoke Sweater.
Sad to see the end of knit.wear, but thrilled that the new Knit.Purl has picked up where they left off!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Newest Knitscene

Knitscene Winter 2014 is looking pretty good if you ask me. Let's take a look.

Emma Welford is the featured designer in this issue, and she has created some lovely things for us. The Haubergeon Sweater is a classic. Knit up in a worsted weight, too, so it will be done in a flash.
Oh, the leg warmers. The Ornate Greaves are kind of epic, aren't they? We have a few skeins of Vivacious Handpaint DK from Fyberspates left on the shelves, or you could go solid with Plymouth DK Merino Superwash.
The Gothic Gloves would be amazing in Rowan Fine Tweed, and we have so many colors in stock.
The Mixed Media section is all about the marled yarns. Which I am loving. (Remember this sweater? I wear it all the time.) The Purbeck Pullover looks cozy, and it's done up in Cascade Eco Duo, a very popular yarn at the shop.
The Tongshan Sweater is absolutely on my list for this winter. Sally just ordered a whole bunch of the Classic Elite Crestone, too, so we will have our choice of lovely marled shades. Love the shirttail hem and the contrasting yoke. Love it.
The Carrara Shawl is worked up with a whole bunch of Shibui Cima held doubled. If you haven't worked with this yarn yet, do yourself a favor and give it a try. It's like butter.
These Siena Mittens are stinkin' adorable. They use doubled-up sock yarn in a range of shades to get the cool stripe effect.
I also love this. So much. The Kolmarden Jacket is designed using two strands of Jamieson's Shetland Spindrift. We have lots in stock for you. I love the shape and the fabric so much, but choosing colors is going to be a bear.
There is an interesting section on mosaic knitting. If that's your thing, take a look a the Tessellating Leaves scarf, knit up in Plymouth Homestead. We have a nice deep stock of this lovely yarn, too.
There are some nice classics with interesting details, too. The Hanne Sweater has a nice garter stitch section on the side.

I like the Orla Keily vibe of the Isla Cardigan and the Lisa Hat and Armwarmers. The sweater is knit up in Rowan Pure Wool Worsted, and I would use Cascade 220 Sport or Superwash Sport for the colorful accessories.
The stripes and colorblocking of the Sanna Shawl are calmly appealing to me, and I love the graphic yoke of the Meko Pullover. So many color opportunities.
Knitscene does it again with another great issue! Which one will you make?

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Brrr!

It's knitting weather folks, and we have the big stuff in the shop to keep you cozy.
Our shelves are well-stocked with Cascade Magnum and Lana Grande.  

What to knit with these yarns?  I love Nancy's Charly Infinity Scarf with the Lana Grande.  We have a sample of this at the shop in one of the marled colorways.  If you can knit and purl, you can make this.  And you could probably be wearing it by tomorrow if you knit quickly.
I also love Laura Irwin's Textured Marbled Beret, knit with just one ball of Lana Grande. Laura has several amazing magnum projects, too, including the Softwaves Cowl and the Snail Twist Cowl.  These cowls are very architectural and unusual.  If you are craving simple, just cast on 12-15 stitches on a US 17 and knit every row until your yarn is gone.  Bam, big impact scarf.
Speaking of simple and big impact, do you all remember our Seed Stitch Cowl from awhile back?  It is very nice in Magnum, and it's the perfect thing to whip up to fight the chill. I am reposting the pattern here for you all. Come get your yarn and warm up!

Close Knit Seed Stitch Cowl
By Sally Palin

Yarn: 1 skein Cascade Magnum
Needles: US17 24" circular
Finished Size: 10" high by about 32" around
 
Gauge: about 8 stitches over 4" in seed stitch
 
Seed stitch in the round:
Round 1: *K1, P1* until 1 stitch remains. K1.

Round 2: *P1, K1* until 1 stitch remains. P1.
Basically, after round 1, you will simply knit your purls and purl your knits, so it's not crucial to know what row you are on.

 
Instructions: Cast on 65 stitches.
Twist once, place marker, and join for knitting in the round. (This twist is what you usually try to avoid when joining to knit in the round. You could also join normally to create a non-twisted cowl if you prefer, but the drape is not as nice.)
Seed stitch your heart out for about 10".
Bind off and enjoy!

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Freia Lace and Sport

Quite a few of you have been asking (and calling and emailing and Facebooking) about the Freia yarns.  We are happy to announce a fresh batch of Ombre Lace and Ombre Sport.  

We currently have eight colorways of the Sport, and each is as lovely as the next.  I am still partial to Lichen (bottom left) and Vertigo (bottom right), but I can appreciate them all.
Our girl Lisa used one ball of the Lichen to knit up this adorable slouchy hat.  She was even generous enough of offer it up as a shop pattern, free with the purchase of the Ombre Sport yarn.
The hat features a sweet picot hemmed edge (which is not at all difficult to create), an easy peasy stockinette body, and a slouchy crown.  I love the way it shows off the nice range on color that occurs throughout the ball.  Nice work, Lisa.
We also have the Ombre Lace, which Adrienne used to make a Bateaux Mouches scarf.  Again, the full color range gets to come out and play in a project like this.  And that's really the point of this kind of yarn, isn't it?  So, it's on the shelves for you.  Come and get yours.