close knit: the neighborhood yarn shop

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Pretty Pink Alpaca (Other Colors, Too)

Look at this beautiful new alpaca from Plymouth! Baby Alpaca Worsted Collage is pure baby alpaca in a palette of gorgeous subtle shades. I poked around on Ravelry to try to get and idea of how it knits up, and I found this gorgeous set.
Pic from Ravelry page
Take a look at how the pink and gold knits up! I never would have picked that shade as my favorite, but I'm sort of loving it. (The one project on Ravelry really shows it off, too.) Which one is your favorite?

Monday, September 18, 2017

Eye Candy

How about some new Noro? Hello, Kotori! And look! It does some subtle self-patterning. This one is going to be popular.
Pic borrowed from KFI

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Galway Worsted

We have stocked up on Galway Worsted from Plymouth Yarn Company for your workhorse yarn needs. We've had the Sport weight for a bit (still do), and it's just such a great staple yarn. And look at that bright yellow...just the thing for Oregon. The shelves are full and the colors are well-stocked. Time to knit a sweater, crochet a blanket, felt some slippers...whatever you want, Galway has you covered.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Eye Candy

New stuff is pouring in. This Noro Kureyon Air wants to be your next blanket.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Sale Tower!

We have lots of new stuff on the way for fall, and I can't wait to tell you all about it. First, we need clear some shelves. Come take advantage of our sale tower while the goods are good! 
Debbie Bliss BFL DK and Aran, Rowan Kid Classic, Rowan Cocoon, and lot of other amazing stuff, 40% off for you!

Monday, September 4, 2017

Eye Candy

Pic borrowed from pattern Ravelry page.
I know fall is right around the corner. I would be a happy camper all wrapped up in this awesome blanket, Burgoo by Elizabeth Elliot. We have some good Harrisville options in the shop, including Highland and Watershed. Picking out the shades is half the fun!

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Swans Island Inspiration

I was poking around Ravelry recently, and I came upon a slew of patterns for the beautiful Swans Island All American Collection sport weight yarn that has been gracing our shelves for some time. I know we had a trunk show at one point, but I don't think we had all of these gorgeous sweaters. Take a look at the awesome colors we have in stock and the amazing designs!
The one up top is Bridget, and then Erika, Ingrid, Simone, Sonja, and Ella.

If you love colorwork, these beauties might be calling your name. We are happy to help you buy the patterns when you come into the shop to see us. We have a great range of colors right now, so pop in and see what inspires you!

All pics borrowed from the Ravelry pattern pages.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Eye Candy

Looks like we have some more warm weather ahead of us, but we just want to remind you that winter is coming. Eventually you will need a wooly sweater! This little human is excited about her Tea With Jam and Bread in Cascade 220. Looks like I need to finish some sleeves!

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Fall 2017 Interweave

I mentioned my new favorite sweater design last week...let's take a look at the rest of the Fall Interweave Knits. There are so many pretty things.

There is also a great article on how to do set in sleeve caps without seaming. This article can help you convert any pattern to use this method. And it works!

This is one of the best issues we've seen in a long time! Let us know what you think of these gorgeous designs.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Eye Candy

The tub is full of Bumblebirch! Come and get it!

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Black Cat Custom Yarn

We have a new hand-dyed sock yarn in the shop! And the logo is adorable. Black Cat Custom Yarn joins us from British Columbia. Take a look at Kim's gorgeous colorways.
I have a particular crush on Jigglypuff, the white/pink blend at the top, and Overwatch, the grey/white/gold mix below. But they are all gorgeous. Just pop in and have a look.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Eye Candy

Pic borrowed from Rav pattern page because my photos were too grainy!
How about a beautiful design for this Monday morning? This is the Angelina Pullover from the newest Interweave Knits. This issue is full of pretty things. More soon! Look at this gorgeous hem in the meantime.
Pic borrowed from Rav pattern page.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Plump! And Some Great Free Patterns

Plump has been in the shop for a while, but I don't think we've ever talked about it. I recently stumbled upon a set of free patterns from Churchmouse that use Plump Superchunky and Plump DK, so it seems like the right time! Even if it is August.
We have some pretty shades of the big stuff left in the shop (mixed in here with some Big Rad Bulky), and a nice full range of the DK.
These patterns from Churchmouse Yarn and Teas are free and available on their site. The have a great Fisherman's Rib Beanie, a Fisherman's Rib Cowl, and a Fisherman's Rib Muffler.
Pic borrowed from shop Ravelry page.
Pic borrowed from shop Ravelry page.
Pic borrowed from shop Ravelry page.
The great thing about these patterns, aside from being super simple and classic designs, is that they are all written for four gauges! You can knit the beanie if the DK and a big ol' scarf in the superchunky, and they will be matchy, if that's your thing.

If you've never tried fisherman's rib, I promise that it's fun and easy. The resulting fabric is extra squishy and thick, making it the perfect thing for the cold weather that will eventually return to Portland.

Churchmouse also offers this sweet Garter Stripe Scarf, and Mrs. Moon, the manufacturers of Plump, offer several patterns for sale using their yarns.