close knit: the neighborhood yarn shop

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Bumblebirch on the Table

Our supply of Bumblebirch Heartwood has been replenished!
This gorgeous fingering weight yarn is 75% superwash merino and 25% nylon for strength and durability. With 463 yards in each skein, you have plenty to make some sizable socks or a lovely shawl or scarf.
Sarah dyes this yarn right here in Portland, and she does a lovely job. The tonal shades are subtly variegated, and the depth of the colors is really something.
These are not going to be in the shop long, so come choose your favorite. That poppy pink in the center bottom row is calling my name. So is the the gold, and all the greys. And the blues.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Nancy Hat

I recently tested out Nancy's newest pattern, the Nancy Hat. So simple, so slouchy, so perfect.

I used one skein of the really lovely Berroco Ultra Alpaca Chunky for my hat. This yarn is kinda perfect. It has the softness of alpaca and the structure of wool. I expected my hat to come out a little bit more drapey, but I am actually really pleased with the shape. My tied-up hair fits perfectly in the hat! The natural color that I used actually feels like it still has some lanolin in the fiber, and my hands were so smooth after knitting with it.
I used a US8 for the ribbing, and a US10 for the body of the hat. Nancy's patterns are always well-written, and I appreciate her simple impactful stitch patterns. 

The design is available as a Ravelry download for just $6, and it's totally worth every penny. You will make this hat many times for many people in lots of colors. It's a good one!

Friday, March 13, 2015

Jilly and Jilly Lace

Did you all enjoy the yarn crawl? We had a great time, but we are exhausted. I hope you all found some fabulous yarn, had a blast and made some friends. We have some new yarns at the shop to show you now that the dust has settled a bit.
Say hey to Jilly (above) and Jilly Lace (below) from Dream in Color.
These yarns remind me quite a bit of Tosh Merino Light and Prairie from Madeline Tosh. These are both single ply yarns with rich, saturated colors.
Jilly is a light fingering with 440 yards per skein, and the Jilly Lace is a lace weight, obviously, with 880 yards per skein. I was kind of surprised that the colors weren't exactly the same on both yarns, since we have the same shades in each yarn. These two are both the Gilt colorway, and they aren't quite the same. Both stunning, though.
All of the colors are really gorgeous. How about a few more shots? So pretty.
Stop by and see these new friends at the shop!

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

WATERshed and flyWHEEL

I mentioned that we had gone all in on Harrisville WATERshed and flyWHEEL. Well it's on the shelves and it's gorgeous. Sally and I were commenting how we would happily knit with each and every one of the colors. They are subtle and rich and so beautiful. I think you'll agree.
The samples are lovely, too. Lisa made this perfect Habitat out of WATERshed, and the Winding Water Cowl is worked up in flyWHEEL.
The beautiful bright green Jaffrey is knit up in Highland, and Henniker is worked up in the lovely WATERshed.
These two are really amazing. Wren has the beautiful lace and cable panels up the front and back, and the shaping on Antrim is stunning. Check out the link for more great views, or come on in and see for yourself.
We are so excited to have these gorgeous yarns on the shelves for the Rose City Yarn Crawl. The excitement all starts tomorrow. See you soon!

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Beauty is a Shibui Trunk Show

Yes, friends, it is that time again. The Rose City Yarn Crawl starts on Thursday, March 5th and runs through Sunday the 8th. We are geared up with trunk shows, special guests, new yarn, and lots of prize baskets.
We just received a Shibui trunk show featuring several items from their Fall 2014 Mix line. We have Mix No. 31-35 at the shop now, and I can tell you that I am in love with No. 35. I tried on the sample and kind of had a difficult time taking it off. I love it.
The cowl (above), wrap, hat and tunic are also stunning. The interesting shaping and shirt-tail hem on No. 31 are really cool.

If these lovely sample aren't enough to get you excited, I unpacked three huge boxes of Harrisville WATERshed and flyWHEEL with their accompanying trunk show for you to oggle as well. Sally went all in on these, and we have all 20 colors of both yarns. 
More photos to come soon once it's all on the shelves!

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Color Therapy Cowl

When we received the Kureopatora in January, we all kind of fell in love with it. So soft for Noro, and the colors and yardage are quite impressive. I keep thinking I need a striped scarf, but Sally went all cowl with this one.
She was inspired by Adrienne's Noromania Blanket that sososo many of y'all are working on. She finished her blanket awhile back, and was clearly missing the gartery goodness. Her new Color Therapy Cowl solved that problem! She used colors 1001 and 1011 to make this cozy colorful cowl. Look how pretty. Come choose your two favorites and cast on!

Color Therapy Cowl

by Sally Palin
Yarn: Noro Kureopatora, 2 balls in contrasting/complementary colors
Needles: US7 24" circular

Finished Size: Cowl-sized, large enough for double-looping

Cast on 250 stitches. Join in the round.
Knit one row.
Purl one row.
Change colors.
Knit one row.
Purl one row.
Go back to first color and repeat. Loop the color not in use up the back of work.
Repeat the rows until you near the end of both balls of yarn.
Make sure to have enough yarn to finish the two row sequence and bind off loosely!

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Postcards from Portland

Our Rose City Yarn Crawl shop patterns have been listed on Ravelry!
Sally's gorgeous and ample Kumori Cowl is knit up using two skeins of Blue Sky Alpacas Extra. Oh man, this yarn is luxurious. Our sample hat has become one of my new favorites. The shadow knitting technique produces a really cool effect, which can be played up with highly-contrasting colors, or made more subtle with similar shades. This large cowl is like a warm, cozy alpaca hug.
New this year, we also have a crochet pattern! Ann created the Sori Bashi Scarf using two balls of Noro Taiyo Sport, an unusual wool/cotton blend. This stuff is lovely, too. The cotton really adds a lovely texture and softness, and the Noro colors are impossible to beat.
We have so many nice colorways of this yarn to chose from, your scarf will be a stunner for sure. Ann designed the scarf to echo the arched bridges in Portland's Japanese Gardens. This is enough to make me want to learn to crochet!
These will be available in the shop during the crawl as free patterns with the purchase of the lovely, lovely yarn for each project, which will each be 10% off during the crawl, by the way!

P.S. Last year's eBook is available as a free download until February 28.