close knit: the neighborhood yarn shop

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Cashmere Queen

How about this pretty cashmere? The Cashmere Queen is a merino/cashmere/silk blend from Schoppel. This cool yarn is just as soft as you'd expect, but with a really cool almost-felted texture that Schoppel does so well.

Sally is using two balls to create the Purl Bee Lovely Ribbed Cowl in a super simple 2x2 rib. She will block this out aggressively to flatten out the rib a bit and create a nice drape.
I was also smitten with this pretty Fields of Wheat cowl I found on Ravelry. It looks like the knitter did fewer repeats than the original (free) pattern calls for, so she was able to get a nice length with one ball.
We have a lovely earthy, springy color range in stock, and I think you will all really love this stuff. But, fair warning from the yarn label...

Monday, May 22, 2017

Eye Candy

This sweet little sweater is gracing our shelves right now. It's knit up using Plymouth DK Merino Superwash, a lovely superwash in some great colors. Stop in and say hi!

Friday, May 19, 2017

Fiora Kerchief

Take a look at this cute little kerchief that Sally whipped up for us. She used just one ball of Lang Fiora, and the pattern is free when you purchase the yarn. Fiora is a cotton/rayon/acrylic blend, and the colors are really gorgeous knit up.
It's often hard to tell what you'll get when you start working with unusual yarns like this, but I was pleasntly surprised when I saw this little kerchief wrapped around the Gingham Gal's neck. We don't usually go in for a lot of novelty yarns anymore, so when we do, you know it's going to be a good one.

Stop in and let us know what you think of this new beauty!

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Summer Home Dec!

It looks like the weather might be taking a turn for the sunny this week. We have declared it home dec weather! Also, summer is a great time to learn some new techniques. Let's start off with a fun short row pillow class.
Emily will walk you through the magic of short rows to create this beautiful pillow using three balls of Noro Kureopatora. Short rows have so many uses. If you've ever shied away from a pattern because of short rows, now is the time to learn! Once you have it mastered with this fun pillow, you will be able to use short rows for garment shaping, design features, color manipulations...all the applications! Her class starts in a few weeks, so give us a call or stop in to sign up.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Eye Candy

...neutral alpaca edition. The addition of Imperial Yarns means we get this gorgeous alpaca, too.
Our Back 40 is 200 yards of sport weight alpaca in natural alpaca-y shades. You'll want to handle this stuff yourself to fully appreciate it.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Imperial Yarns Columbia

We are so excited to welcome Imperial Yarn back into the shop! We have a few stunning samples for you to try on and oggle. The Arrowhead Cardigan above is a serious project, and the results are certainly impressive. Colorwork, steeks...all the fancy techniques in this one. The Essential Sweater Dress below is a much simpler knit, but the look is gorgeous, too. This one can be knit as a dress or tunic with either a cowl neck or a hood.
The Raindrop Bag is very cool, with its elaborate cables and ample size. The bag is lined with fabric, so it's nice and stable. All of these beauties are designed and knit with Columbia, a soft and squishy 100% wool yarn, grown in Eastern Oregon.
We have a small range of colors for now, but I'm hoping that we will see more Imperial Yarn soon. If you love local yarns, stop in and take a look!

Monday, May 8, 2017

Eye Candy

There's a basket of Blue Sky Fibers Organic Cotton in the shop. There's not a lot, but the colors are so good. You only need one of each shade to make a Purl Bee Chevron Baby Blanket
I've made two! The pattern is really fun, and the yarn is amazing. Need a baby gift? This could be your go-to.

Friday, May 5, 2017

The Sale Tower

The sale tower is currently full of this gorgeous stuff. The Debbie Bliss Blue Faced Leicester Aran has been discontinued, but what we have in the shop is ready to be yours at 40% off. Cables, colorwork, good ol' garter stitch...this yarn can do it all. It's still knitting weather, friends. Be prepared.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Make Happy with Lykke

I've seen this gorgeous interchangeable set from Lykke Crafts popping up on Instagram and blogs lately, so I was thrilled when Sally decided to carry them in the shop. Look at these beautiful birch needles!
The case that comes with the set is really lovely, too. It's a grey sueded denim with a pocket for all the bits and bobs that you need for interchangeables. This set includes US sizes 4-17, with two 24" cords, two 32" cords, and one 40" cord.

We are also carrying the regular circulars in this beautiful driftwood line. I have not had the pleasure of using these needles yet, but I look forward to hearing what you all think of them. Any of these beauties would make lovely gifts for yourself or your favorite knitter!

Monday, May 1, 2017

Eye Candy

Back in March, I showed you the beginnings of our slight obsession with the Paper Bag Hat. There's a finished product in the shop for you to see, and I think you'll like it, too. It's a free pattern on Ravelry, and we have had great luck with the Spun Right Round Sport Sock. Check out the great speckles and colors of this yarn!
I think I'm ready to jump on the bandwagon, too. Maybe we still have some Bug Jar left for me!

Friday, April 28, 2017


Three and a half years since we first talked about it on the blog, the Noromania Blanket is still a hot topic at Close Knit. This pattern is so easy and fun to knit. It's all garter stitch, two rows of one color and then two rows of another. It's also very adaptable to your personal taste. Some folks have made theirs with all neutral Kureyon, some use one unifying color and add in splashes of other shades, some use just two colorways throughout, and some crazy people just knit whatever pops out of the knitting basket next!
It seems like we talk with knitters daily who are anxiously awaiting our next shipment of Noro Kureyon. It's your lucky day! Our shelves are full of a lovely range of colors.
Come on in and get it while the selection is good. And if you're working on a blanket, consider adding some photos to the Ravelry pattern page to inspire other knitters!

Monday, April 24, 2017

Eye Candy

Dream in Color Smooshy. Look at those colors! Such a great sock yarn.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Knit Socks Two-at-a-time!

Our May sock class is all about two-at-a-time! If you've ever wanted to learn this fun technique, now is the time. You'll impress everyone around you with your knitting skills, and you will avoid the dreaded Second Sock Syndrome, which invariable leaves you with one cold foot. It always seems like the socks go faster with this technique, too, but maybe my knitting is playing tricks on me.

It's preferred that you have some experience with sock knitting before you learn two-at-once, but if you simply must learn about socks in May, Emily will teach you one-at-a-time. As usual, all sock knitting styles and patterns are welcome. You can use Emily's pattern or bring your own, as most patterns are easily adapted to this method.

Give us a call or pop in the shop to sign up!

Thursday, April 20, 2017


Classic Elite Firefly has been a favorite of mine since we first started to carry it years ago. It's such a lovely, rustic linen yarn, and it's really a joy to knit with. Linen can be a little hard on the hands, but Firefly is definitely not. In fact, Emily solved the only unpleasant aspect of this yarn by winding it into these little skeins! The yarn arrives in balls which fall apart and get all tangled. These are so much better!

The subtle sheen of this yarn is really something to behold, and the little bits of coarse linen add character to the finished knitted fabric. I used three balls for my Firefly Bias Scarf years ago, and now we have the beautiful Lampyridae Scarf, a freebie in the shop with the purchase of the yarn.
Here's a little special throwback to two of my favorite Firefly projects: Laura's Axil and Sienna's Smilla's Dress.

Pop in and have a look at our sweet skeins of Firefly. I hope you love this yarn as much as we do!

Monday, April 17, 2017

Eye Candy

Check out this cute basket of Edition 3. So many fun projects with this yarn on Ravelry. Love this cute hat, this gorgeous Baktus, and lots of cute socks.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Simply Stripes Kit

We don't do a lot of kits in the shop, but this one was too lovely to pass up. This is the Simply Stripes Cowl using a cool yarn called SimpliCria from Skacel. This yarn is a gorgeous and soft chained alpaca. It is really luxurious and has such a nice halo.
The kit contains six balls of yarn and the pattern for the multi-colored striped cowl. We only have a few kits in the shop, so pop in soon and take a look!

Tuesday, April 11, 2017


We have a brand new cotton yarn in the shop. This is Pendenza, a lovely mercerized cotton from Plymouth Yarn. This pretty stuff knits up into such a soft and silky fabric. 
There are subtle, earthy shades and bright, tropical shades.

The colors are really rich, with a watercolor sort of look when they are all knit up. Adrienne used our Bias Scarf pattern to create this beautiful sample. The bias-knit scarf is just the perfect way to show off the cool color changes of Pendenza.

This pattern has been around since the earliest days of the blog, and it's still a great design! If you're looking for a fun little project for a quick summer scarf, pop in and check out the Pendenza!

Monday, April 10, 2017

Eye Candy

This hat is made from Unicorn Farts. Knitted Wit Victory Sock Unicorn Farts, to be exact. I'm using a cool pattern from a past issue of Knitting Traditions. The hat is basically a tube with closed up ends. I'll fold the hat in on itself to create a cozy double-layered cap. Pretty cool. And it's a nice way to use up a whole skein of cool sock yarn without knitting actual socks.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Soft Donegal

The Soft Donegal is back! I know it looks like it's going to be rustic and scratchy (which apparently not everyone loves), but it is so buttery. The colors are rich and each of these lovely skeins is over 200 yards of Aran weight yarn. This yarn is ideal for cables and color work, but it's also perfect in plain and simple stockinette.
We used it to knit up our Heathcliff Hat. I love the ribbing and the structure of this hat. The brim can be folded over for more of a skullcap look, too. This pattern is available for sale on Ravelry as part of our first Close Knit Collection from the fall, A Warm Welcome. More on these collections soon!

Monday, April 3, 2017

Eye Candy

Shibui Knits Twig is ready for spring! This beautiful sport weigh is made with linen, recycled silk, and a touch of wool. If you caught the Shibui trunk show at the yarn crawl, you saw and felt how beautifully this yarn knits up. Perfect for spring and summer. 
You can scroll down on the link above to see the Shibui patterns that use Twig, including the lovely Aalto and Slope, two of my favorites.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

knit.wear 2017

The spring and summer knit.wear is so good. This magazine continues to impress us with timeless sweater designs made modern. These are my four favorites: Amherst Pullover, Marblehead Poncho, Chatham Pullover, and Hyannis Port Pullover.
But there are so many more!
Thank you knit.wear for continuing to bring us such gorgeous and inspiring designs!