close knit: the neighborhood yarn shop

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Self-Patterning Socks

There are those folks in the world who love a handknit sock in self-patterning yarn. My mother is one of those people. She herself no longer knits, so I am tasked with knitting (and repairing) her favorite socks. While I have PLENTY of sock yarn waiting to become socks, I am giving in to temptation and taking a few balls of this new yarn home with me.
The colors were designed by these two fabulously off-the-wall dudes from Norway, Arne and Carlos. Their books and designs are really something to see, and I love the color combinations they are using for this line from Regia. I've knit with Regia sock yarn several times, and I can tell you that it holds up to some serious wear. If you are going to put all that energy into knitting socks, it pays to use the sturdy stuff.
Plus, self-patterning sock yarn is kind of magical. You will easily impress anyone and everyone who sees you working with it. The pattern emerges as you knit, and it doesn't really matter how many stitches you are using. It pretty much always looks cool. I often use a coordinating solid color for the toes and heels, but you certainly don't need to. This kind of yarn is also ideal for baby sweaters and pants, thanks to its durability in the wash and fun colors. I, of course, will be making mom socks with this. What sounds fun to you?

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

$20 Off Loopy Mango Big Skeins

Retail Happy Hour happens again today on Alberta Street, with so many fabulous shops participating. Join us on Alberta from 3-6PM every Wednesday for great deals from some of your favorite locally-owned businesses.
We are offering $20 off the big skeins of Loopy Mango BIG LOOP, starting at 3 today until close on Sunday. We affectionately call these yarn babies, and we are always happy to see them go to a good home. One skein makes the stunning Nantucket Throw, a free pattern from Loopy Mango.
This gorgeous yarn is produced in the USA, and it is truly unlike anything else I've seen. If you have oggled it in the shop, you know how cool it is. This is a great chance to get your hands on some coveted stuff at a generous discount!

Monday, June 29, 2015

Knit With Us!

We are ready for our Meadow Knit-a-long! Are you?
So many knitters have trouble finding the perfect summer project. Never fear! We have found it for you. We will be knitting the Augustine Shawlette over the course of the summer. The project uses just one skein of the beautiful Fibre Company Meadow, a perfectly airy blend of merino, baby llama, silk, and linen.
Ann has been working away on a sample for us. The shawl is knit side to side with dropped stitches, creating an light and lofty finished product.The knitting is pretty simple, so it's a great project for beginners or for those of us looking for a nice mindless project. The piece seems like it will be small until you start dropping stitches...very satisfying. 
Adrienne is kicking things off on Wednesday night at Open Knit Night. The pattern is available on Ravelry, and you can purchase it on your own or through our shop. Come on in and choose your favorite shade of this beautiful yarn. If we all start now, we can have the perfect thing to wrap around our shoulders when this heat finally breaks!

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Sock Weight Yarns on Sale

The Alberta Main Street Retail Happy Hour starts today, and we are offering 10% off all sock weight yarns. This means a discount on Malabrigo Sock, Misti Alpaca Hand-Dyes (above), Misti Alpaca Tonos (below), Noro Taiyo Sock, Noro Silk Garden Sock, and all of those lovely hand-dyed skeins from Knitted Wit...the sock wall is busting at the seams with gorgeous stuff. This is a good sale, my friends. And, since Sally loves you, she is willing to carry the sale from 3:00 today through Sunday afternoon.
Take some time to wander up and down Alberta Street and appreciate some of the wonderful small businesses participating in the Retail Happy Hour. And then come hoard sock yarn at 10% off. See you soon!

We have the next few weeks planned out, too.
July 1: $20 off the large Loopy Mango skeins
July 8: 10% off all Rowan Yarns
July 15: $10 off on every $50 spent

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Fancy Buttons

The right button adds the perfect finishing touch to a project. Lucky for you, we have a whole slew of really nice ones. Particularly fabulous are these handmade lovelies from Lynn Rothan, the artist behind Peyote Beads and Buttons. Sally was rather enamored with her work and selected several beautiful items for the shop. The blue one up top is my favorite, but they are all really pretty.
Each button is handmade in Oregon in the Bend and Sisters area, and no two are the same.
These would be perfect for a bag closure, a funky hat, or a drapey cardigan that just needs one big beautiful button. So many knitters and crocheters come in looking for Oregon-made goods. We are pleased to be able to show off these little pieces of art in our shop!

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Bucheron Mitts

We have been enjoying our collection of Harrisville Watershed and Flywheel. Have you all had a chance to try it out? Ann whipped up a pair of Mary Jane Mucklestone's Bucheron Mitts using Watershed. This yarn is so great for colorwork like this. The yarn is nice and toothy, so it sticks to itself well and makes the patterning a breeze. The heathery flecks in each shade add a lot of depth to the colors, too.
Ann reports that three skeins of Watershed will make two pairs of gloves. What a lovely gift idea, don't you think? And great summer knitting, too...small project, interesting techniques, fabulous yarn. Perfect.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Retail Happy Hour

There is a lot happening on our little street. I often hear customers remark about how much Alberta Street has changed and grown over the last several years. There are street fairs, murals, art installations, a slew of new restaurants, and many amazing small retail businesses. We are so happy to be part of this thriving community, and we love that so many of you come out to support us.
The Alberta Main Street movement has organized a Retail Happy Hour for the summer, and many of our (and your?) favorite spots are playing along. On Wednesdays from 3 to 6 PM, nearly 40 participating shops will be offering a sale or special of some kind. We will be offering a discount on a specific yarn, and Sally might even carry the discount through the weekend. It all starts June 24, and I will let you know what the first few specials will be later this week.

The weather is gorgeous, the shops are fabulous, and the discounts should be good. Can't wait to get started!