close knit: the neighborhood yarn shop


Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Aegean Tweed

I love a nice sport weight tweed, and we have quite a few options in the shop if that's your jam. I would like to introduce you to the workhorse of the bunch. The Aegean Tweed from Cascade is a budget-friendly, 100% pure organic wool tweed in some classic colors for all of your sport weight needs. 
At 328 yards each, you can make an ample sweater with four or five balls. I spied a lovely Pomme de pin Cardigan on Ravelry knit up with just four and now I feel that I should definitely add that to my knitting queue.

The Aegean Tweed would be ideal for colorwork, as well. The perfect amount of stick and colors that will play nicely together. Maybe the Twigs by Junko Okamoto?
Pic borrowed from Rav pattern page
Or a twist on the classic yoked sweater, perhaps something like the Tucson Pullover?
Pic borrowed from Rav pattern page
More of a cardigan person? I've been lusting over Nr 10 for years.
Pic borrowed from Rav pattern page
I like to use sport weight when I knit for my guy because he gets too hot in heavier yarns. The Rockland Crewneck is on my list and would be great in Aegean Tweed.
Pic borrowed from Rav pattern page
Whatever you decide to make with this fabulous yarn, I think you're going to like it!

Monday, September 16, 2019

Eye Candy

My favorite baby knitting book is back in the shop! All You Knit is Love is chock full of sweet little things that will make you want to cast on a project for every unsuspecting baby you see. I have knit Gry's Jakke three times, I think? No, wait, four times. Here's the most recent one.


And we cannot forget the Balloon Pants of 2013. Must find another baby who can rock this look.

This is the best book, with projects for a range of time commitment and knitting ability. If you like to knit for babies, you should pop in and take a look!

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Pom Pom Quarterly

Hello, pretty new Pom Pom Quarterly, where everything is lovely and beachy and serene.







Monday, September 9, 2019

Eye Candy


If you've been in the shop lately, you have likely seen the return of the "yarn babies." 
These huge packs of Manos del Uruguay Clasica Wool are back and just as good as ever. Just let us know which ones you love and we will pull out the skeins you need!

P.S. We switch to fall hours today!

Monday - Friday 10-6
Wednesday Open Knit Nights 6-9PM
Saturday 10-5
Sunday 11-4

Friday, September 6, 2019

Fall IK

The newest Interweave Knits has some gorgeous designs! Blankets and sweaters and hats galore. Here are a few that I really liked. Pop in and have a look to see more!






Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Eco+ Hemp

This new Eco+ Hemp from Cascade is so rustic and pretty! I love the natural shades. Each skein is 328 yards of a wool/hemp blend DK weight. The yarn is a bit crunchy in the skein, but it will soften up quite a bit with a good washing.

Hemp is gaining popularity among farmers, partly due to some of the ecological and environmental benefits of the crop. It has lots of benefits for fiber artists, too. Hemp has natural anti-bacterial properties, softens up considerable with wash and use, and it will help wool and alpaca garments retain their shape.
It reminds me a bit of the yarn I used to make A Little Ruffle years and years ago. Perhaps we need to recreate that beloved shop sample in this new yarn!

Monday, September 2, 2019

Eye Candy

My knitting out in the woods this weekend

Hey friends! We are closed Monday, September 2 for the Labor Day holiday. See you back in the shop on Tuesday! 

Normally, we switch to fall hours after Labor Day, but we are going to squeeze one more week out of this summer. Starting Monday, September 9, our fall hours will resume:

Monday - Friday 10-6
Wednesday Open Knit Nights 6-9PM
Saturday 10-5
Sunday 11-4