close knit: the neighborhood yarn shop

Monday, October 22, 2018

Eye Candy

Do you all want to hear about my most epic project to date and all the neat tricks I learned to make it a success? If so, stay tuned! If not, too bad, I'm going to tell you anyway...
It definitely deserves one of these cute labels that I was gifted recently!

P.S. My fabulous hand-dyed indigo bedding come from Anna Joyce Design, a Portland artisan and author doing some beautiful and empowering stuff. Go support her!

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Noro Ito

The newest from Noro is this big beautiful Aran weight wool, Ito

The colors are really rich and lush, and the color repeats are just perfect. Take a look at the Noro website to see how they knit up.
Each ball is 437 yards, plenty for an ample cowl or scarf. I'm loving these felted coasters, too. Noro is great for all kinds of projects, as long as you love color!

Monday, October 15, 2018

Eye Candy

This trunk show from Blue Sky Fibers is awesome! 
It's so great to see how this Woolstok Jumbo works up. We have the Arm Knit Wrap, the Jasper Jumbo Cowl (8 year old for scale), and the Odin Jumbo Hat. Pop in to see these super cool knits!

Friday, October 12, 2018

Tweed Regia

It's been agreed upon that this tweedy Regia 6-ply needs to be knit up into cabled knee socks or some cute legwarmers. Any takers?

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Knitscene Winter 2018

The newest Knitscene has some cool and modern patterns! I'm also loving the models and wacky photo shoots. Let's take a look.

See anything that inspires you?

Monday, October 8, 2018

Eye Candy

Um...this Boots yarn from Schoppel-Wolle is nice. 
It's a cotton/wool blend sock yarn, which is surprisingly difficult to find. The only reason I'm telling you about it is because I already brought home the ones I wanted. And I think I convinced Sally to get more.

Friday, October 5, 2018

Berroco Ultra Wool DK

I have to admit, I don't spend too much time in the superwash section of the shop. I'm not knitting so many baby things these days, and I don't really mind handwashing my woolies. So this Ultra Wool DK from Berroco sort of flew under my radar. It is really lovely!

Some superwash yarns can feel a bit plasticy and a little to slippery for my taste. I prefer my yarn with a little tooth to it, and this stuff is a great balance between a crunchy yarn and a really great superwash. Our newest sample, the Lane's Island Pullover from Berroco really shows off how nice it is. Plus, you know...pockets.
If you haven't visited the superwash corner of the shop, I suggest stopping by to check out the Ultra Wool. Apparently we have it in worsted weight, too!