close knit: the neighborhood yarn shop

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Plymouth, Part Deux

Most of those boxes from Plymouth were full of big yarn, a few of which we have not seen before.  Say hello to Baby Alpaca Magna, the biggest of the bunch.
This is another pure alpaca yarn with a chained construction, similar to the Baby Alpaca Aire that came in.  But the Magna is much thicker and sleeker.  It does not have the halo of the Aire, and it knits up at two stitches per inch on a US17.  It's similar in thickness to Cascade Mangum, but with the light and airy texture of Debbie Bliss Paloma.  I have never seen anything quite like it in our shop.  We are currently only carrying the natural shades (quartz, black, natural, and yak), because that's what you all seem to like best.

A little thinner and much more colorful, this is Gina Chunky.  Gina is a fun, self-striping yarn with 131 yards in each ball.  The colors combinations in each colorway are really lovely.  I am looking forward to seeing this knit up.
We also replenished our stock of Plymouth Baby Alpaca Worsted.  This is such a great yarn at a great price.  Just $7.75 for 102 yards of pure alpaca in some lovely, rich colors.  Always a winner.
I think that's everything that came in last week.  Can't wait for the next big shipment!  I'll let you know as soon as it's here.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

So Much Plymouth Yarn!

On Monday, our diligent UPS driver dropped off four huge boxes from Plymouth, each one the size of a coffee table.  Poor guy.  But lucky us!  There is so much good stuff.
First up, the Baby Alpaca Grande shelf is chock full.  I unpacked 23 colors on Monday, and I can't believe Ann managed to get all of these in there.  We have tweeds, hues, hand-dyes, sparkles, and solids.  We have all the goods to make this popular cowl from Loop, too.  I know so many of you have loved this one.

We carried Coffee Beanz a few years back, and we have it in stock again now.  It's bright counterpart, Jelli Beanz, has joined the party, too.  These are great yarns for kid sweaters, hats, and scarves.  I think they would make really nice blankets, too.  The colors are fun, it's machine washable, and the yardage is ample.
Baby Alpaca Aire is new to the shop, and this is going to be popular.  It's a heavy worsted or aran weight, knitting up at 4 stitches per inch on a US9, and each ball contains almost 220 yards of chained alpaca fluffiness, and it is softsoftsoft.
It is really lovely, and the color range is sophisticated and beautiful.  The denimy blue (second from the left) and the reddish orange on the far right are competing to be my favorites.

Stay tuned for more updates from The Shipment that Broke the UPS Man's Back!

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Return to Regular Hours

Close Knit returns to regular hours beginning September 8!  We will be open 10-6 Monday through Friday, 10-5 on Saturday, and 11-4 on Sunday.  Open Knit Night continues to meet from 6 to 9PM on Wednesday evenings, and we are open for retail then as well.  See you all soon for more knitting!

Friday, September 5, 2014

Fall Vogue Knitting

I was pleasantly surprised at the Fall Vogue.  Let me show you a few nice things.  The Bateau-Neck Pullover is lovely, don't you think?  The cropped style, the tidy neckline, the classic cables...very nice.
The Eileen Fisher Dolman is so classy.  I love that they show it in two different shades of Classic Elite Sprout.
I really like the Slouchy Beanie, knit up in good ol' worsted weight.  I would try Flicker or Lima for that nice soft halo.
 How about the V-Neck Cardigan in Rowan Tumble?  That looks cozy.
There are also a few strange spreads with birds-matched-to-sweaters, but I was pleased to find these gems nestled among the distracting styling.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Knitscene Accessories

I'm always excited to crack open the newest issue of Knitscene Accessories.  This one arrived earlier this summer, and I just realized that I completely forgot to tell you all about it.  So here we go...
This issue if full of great little items to get your knitting groove back as fall approaches.  
The Kirsch Cowl would be a lovely thing to start now and have ready for the fall.  Two skeins of Shibui many opportunities to play with color here.  I really like the reversible textured stitches of the Boson Cowl.  Your favorite fingering weight would be just the thing.
The Dressel Shawl is a colorwork commitment, but so pretty.  I would try this in Cascade 220 Sport.
The Sphinx Hat would be great in Rowan Fine Tweed or Harrisville Shetland.
If you like the whole retro forties look, these beauties are just for you: the Townsend Hat, Cassandre Cowl, and the super cool Lady Lindy Headband
There are a few unusual buggy items that I really like.  The Scarab Mitts and the Arachnid Mittens are pretty weird and cool.
What do you all think?  Is it time for fall accessories?  I say it is.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Fresh Plymouth

New yarn in the shop means that fall is on the way, right?  I am all done with these high temps, and I am certainly ready for some wool.  Let's see some new stuff.
We have three colors of the Neon Now sock yarn that I used for my daughter's Angular Cap in the spring.  Such a great yarn, and perfect for a nice bright cap.
We are restocking the DK Merino Superwash, too.  This is a great machine washable yarn.  The colors are rich and saturated, and the knitted fabric is soft and supple.  I love the muted colors down at this end of the shelf.
We also have Homestead on the shelves again.
Homestead is a squishy aran weight wool, great for cozy blankets, sweaters, caps, many things.  And it's only $8.75 for almost 200 yards of wooly goodness.  Let's get started on some projects.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Summertime Sale: Angora

I realize that it's not really fuzzy angora season, but we have some lovely choices at the shop, so we are offering 15% off all angora and angora blend yarns this week.
The Noro Shiraito is 45% angora, and just one skein makes this shop favorite, the Soft Waves Hat.  We have made this up in almost every colorway, and they are all good.
This little sample has been hanging around the shop to show off the Schulana Angora Print and Rowan Angora Haze.  It's just some K1P1 ribbing, but it sure is nice in these colors.
This beautiful lace top from the Rowan Angora Haze book makes me appreciate the delicate beauty of the yarn and color.  Totally not my style, but I still think it's breathtaking.
I always forget about these sweet little poofs of angora from Plymouth.  They are just 50 yards, but perfect for little accents or pompoms.
It's not so blazing hot right now, so maybe August is angora season?