close knit: the neighborhood yarn shop


Monday, July 24, 2017

Eye Candy

I realize that swatching is not everyone's favorite part of a project. But when you get to use a beautiful shade of Harrisville Flywheel, it's really not so bad. This is the Stonewall colorway, but I think I bought all of it. Don't worry. The other shades are gorgeous, too.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Brioche Scarf Class

Emily wants to teach you knitting magic! Brioche stitch creates this gorgeous, double-sided fabric that is thick and squishy and so satisfying to knit and wear. I made a brioche cowl years ago, and the finished product reminded me of a sea creature.
Emily used the Brioche Basix pattern, a freebie on Ravelry. You can use that pattern for the class, or any other brioche pattern that you like. My cowl is a mashup of the Purl Soho Brioche Cowl and the Newsprint Cowl, if that one looks appealing.

Class starts August 1 at 6:30! Give us a call at the shop or pop in to sign up.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Alpaca Speckles!

We love a good speckled yarn, and the Baby Alpaca Hand Dyes are always just perfect. The whole range of hand dyes is really beautiful, but the speckles always get me. I'm in love with all five. The Plymouth website gives you an idea of how they will knit up when you scroll over each colorway, but it seems to me that the skeins we have in stock have more white background showing through than the swatches on the website. I did a little Ravelry search to give you a better idea of what to expect.
The photo above shows 141 (blues and brights) and 145 (pinks and purples).
These two are 142 (blues and blacks) and 144 (browns and oranges and yellows). And this one below is 143 (PINK).
Obviously, they are not going to knit up the same way between dye lots, so you might get some slight variations from what you see on Ravelry. But they are all so beautiful, you are guaranteed a lovely finished product!

Monday, July 17, 2017

Eye Candy

My week has started with a whirlwind! How about you all? I'm hoping to squeeze in a little calming knitting this evening to soothe my soul. In the meantime, here's a lovely hat and some pretty Swans Island yarn for your viewing pleasure.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

More Cotton! It's Supreme

Look at this big ol' batch of Cotton Supreme! Such pretty colors, and the yarn is so very squishy. I've used this for cute little baby hats, which are in the shop as samples, and I know a few knitters have used it for blankets. I have face cloths and washcloths on the brain, though, so that needs to happen.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Eye Candy

There are at least six fresh shades of Kureyon in the shop. It took us a few minutes to find them all, but they are sure pretty. All you Noromanicas out there, come and get it!

Friday, July 7, 2017

Flax Linen Sport and Lace

Yes, I did look a little crazy as I took these pictures out on the street corner. But this beautiful Fibra Natura Flax deserved to be seen in some sunlight! This beautiful sport/DK weight pure linen is available in a range of summery shades for all kinds of great projects...pullovers, cardigans, wraps, bags, facecloths. Your finished items will be machine washable and dryable. In fact, whatever you create with this yarn will soften up appreciably with each washing.
We are also happy to see Flax Lace in the shop this season. It's a much lighter weight, and a much softer color palette. So lovely and sophisticated.
Imagine a floaty wrap using this beautiful yarn. Lace patterns, garter stitch...either one would be really lovely to wear, and the perfect thing to be knitting on this summer.

The linen always goes fast, so if you see colors that you love, pop in soon and make them yours!