close knit: the neighborhood yarn shop

Thursday, October 13, 2011


A lot of Cascade 220
We have new yarn!  Some big boxes of yarn arrived from Cascade, Classic Elite, and several other friendly companies.  The shop is feeling very full, with inspiration everywhere you look.  If you had a special order on the books, you should have received a call.  If you were just waiting to see what arrived, get your self down here!

Cascade Magnum
Some old friends have arrived to get you going on your fall knitting.  Magnum is a big single-ply in beautiful heathered shades.  We have a few sample sweaters knit up in this, but I prefer it for scarves, cowls, and hats.

Eco and Eco+
Eco and Eco+ are some of the best values in the any shop, for that matter.  One of these big skeins contains 478 yards for just $20.  This is a popular choice for blankets and sweaters, and it looks like some of you have already started shopping from the look of the shelf.

A fresh batch of Twinkle Soft Chunky arrived from Classic Elite.  This stuff is one of the softest big yarns there is.  I love that red and the steely gray.  Many if you used it for Sally's Seed Stitch Cowl last winter, and it's also popular for Laura Irwin's Fawn Earflap Hat from Boutique Knits.  Just one skein for the hat and two for Sally's cowl.

New from Twinkle, Baby Chunky, a slightly smaller version of Soft Chunky.  There seems to be quite a bit of confusion about the actual gauge of this yarn.  The Soft Chunky is about 1.5 to 2 stitches/inch on a US17-19, and I've seen Baby Chunky listed at about 2.5 stitches/inch on a US13.  Someone check it out and let me know.  We have some beautiful earthy colors of this one, too.

Baby Chunky on the shelf
Eco Cloud
New to the shop, Eco Cloud from Cascade.  This is another chained yarn, similar to Berroco Flicker and Rowan Lima, so the yarn actually looks a little bit like knitted i-cord.  This makes it really bouncy, sproingy, and very light.  Eco Cloud is pure alpaca, so it's also soft as a cloud.  This is the yarn used in The Purl Bee's Half Log Cabin Ombre Blanket.  I was going to make this blanket anyway, and now I have the good stuff on hand.

We received fresh copies of The Shetland Trader and Westknits Book Two.  Our beautiful sample of the Shoormal Scarf is back out for you to enjoy.  Just three balls of Rowan Cocoon to make this lovely scarf.

Ships & Seaside from Tiny Owls Knits arrived, too.  Stephanie Dosen has such a sweet wee woodland sense of style, and I think many of you will really like her stuff.  Her gorgeous oversized cowl uses Rowan Kid Classic, a wool and mohair blend that is lofty and cozy.  This is a great chance to play around with colors you might not normally choose and see if you surprise yourself.

There is more new stuff, but I don't want to give it all away at once!  Come visit us and see what else you can find.

1 comment:

  1. I love this post! I am so crazy about yarn, I want to buy it all :)