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Thursday, December 8, 2011

New Magazines

Thank you so much to everyone who joined us for the Winter Frolic last week!  Our little shop was sure hoppin', and we truly appreciate your business.

Now for a little peek at the new books and magazines.  First up, Malabrigo Book 3.  We are in general agreement at the shop that this is by far the best Malabrigo pattern book yet.  The Scalloped Shawl on the cover was enough to get my attention.  It calls for three skeins of Malabrigo Silky Merino.  We are not carrying this particular yarn, but the Manos del Uruguay Silky Wool is a pretty close substitute, and we have a lovely stock of this yarn.

Sally whipped up a sample of the Rasta Neckwarmer in about two hours.  I'm not usually drawn to these super bulky yarns, but Rasta is really satisfying.  Stephen West's Purl Ridge Hat, designed with Malabrigo Worsted, looks pretty fabulous.  Keep your eyes out for a sample of this one, too.

I'm also loving the Twisted Cowl, the Leaf Border Hooded Jacket, the obligatory Stuffed Ostrich, and these bright and beautiful Floor Pillows.

The newest Knit Simple had a few good ones, including this Knitted Triangle Sampler Afghan.

Interweave Crochet Accessories arrived recently, too.  The cover features the big ol' Rapunzel Scarf for you crocheters who want to jump on the chunky bandwagon.

The are several cute kid's accessories, including these cupcake hats and the dino set.

The Fancywork Cloche is so sweet and romantic, as is the pretty Edie Cowl.

Check out the Twist Bag; it's fully lined with crochet for an extra little pop of color.

We also have Interweave Knits Accessories for the knitters.

There is a beautiful section on wedding-appropriate shawls.  The Cowry Shell Shawl is my favorite.

The sock/slipper patterns are pretty great, too.  The thrummed slipper boots look so toasty.

There is a crazy-good spread of man hats with something for every guy on your list.  Mustache not required.

Of course, there are plenty of pretty hats, scarves, cowls and gloves.

Interweave Knits Winter 2011 is here, too.  I had to take a copy of this one home with me for two reasons: the Meriwether Wrap Jacket, knit with a respectable amount of worsted weight yarn (maybe Cascade Eco?),

and the Petite Facile sweater knit with just two skeins of Malabrigo Worsted.

These are other good ones, too.  Including the Tempest Coat, the Pan Am Jacket, Bettie's Pullover, and Shirley Paden's Fauna Pullover.

Whew, that was a lot of stuff.  I hope you found something that inspires you.  Come on by the shop and flip through one of these great new publications.  We love to see your shining faces.

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