close knit: the neighborhood yarn shop


Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Jilly Petites

Jilly Petites! So bright and sweet.
Jilly is a gorgeous single-ply from Dream in Color, and these little mini-skeins are here to add a nice pop of color to your current project. Shawl, hat, baby sweater...anything you'd like. This yarn in silky soft and machine washable.

Monday, June 18, 2018

Eye Candy

Every single time we receive a shipment of Malabrigo Rios, I go straight for the most unusual and stunning colorway and wonder, "What beautiful shade is this??"
Spoiler alert: it's always Arco Iris (which means rainbow in English). The Ravelry project gallery will give you an idea of how it works up, but it's always good. In honor of both the Pride Parade yesterday and the rainbows brought on by those crazy thunderstorms, I think it's officially rainbow day for me.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Daruma Genmou

Have you all seen the lovely Daruma Genmou? It's light and lofty and pure merino wool. This 3-ply yarn is one ply of an untwisted, carded wool, and the other two plies are smaller strands twisted around it for strength. It's an unusual construction, but you can barely tell when it's knit up.
We have a sample of the Kagome Beanie in the shop, and the knitted fabric is so soft and airy. And look at that gorgeous texture!
I love the wide range of colors, too. From beautiful earthy neutrals to bright pops of springy shades. Durumi, the sweater of the cover of the Spring issue of Pom Pom Quarterly is knit up in Genmou, and I love the way the colors work together. 
We are so glad to be able to offer this awesome yarn to you all! Pop and and take a look.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Eye Candy

We have kits for the super cool Lumens scarf on the cover the Winter 2018 Amirisu. I've been a little obsessed with this scarf since I first saw it. So gorgeous. We don't often do kits, but these were too cool to pass up. I can't wait to see how these work up.


Friday, June 8, 2018

New Noro Magazine


So, sometimes the Noro magazine are a little weird, but this one is great! There are several great blankets, which is nothing unusual. Noro is good at blankets.
I'm liking this pretty wrap.
My favorites in this mag are the cool tops, too! Especially if you have a wacky art teacher aesthetic...








Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Lichen and Lace Single-Ply

Oh my goodness...
Look at this color explosion form Lichen and Lace. This basket of single-ply is clearly ready for spring. Not a bad color in here, my friends. This superwash single-ply would be amazing for shawls, scarves, and wraps. I'm thinking about using it for a baby sweater, too. So sweet and silky soft.
These baskets of beauty always remind me how much love and effort goes into hand-dying yarn. You can really see how much these craftspeople care about their work. Stop in and ogle the pretty new yarn!

Monday, June 4, 2018

Eye Candy

Hello Big Cotton! The Loopy Mango yarns are so much fun. We have a few of these big yarn babies, too, but they never last long!

Friday, June 1, 2018

Summer Hours

I know it doesn't exactly look like summer with our overnight sprinkles and chilly mornings, but June 1st officially signifies our switch to summer hours.

We will be open:
Monday through Friday 11-6,
Open Knit Night on most Wednesdays from 6-9, 
Saturday 10-5, 
and Sunday 12-5.

Stop in to say hi and find a perfect summer project!

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Inspiration

I love flipping through new pattern booklets, and we have some of my favorites in the shop. Some have been out for a little bit, and others are fresh and new. Making is full of knitting, sewing, cooking, and baking. I am so impressed with this publication.
I have been head over heels for Laine since I first laid eyes on it. I am powerless to resist their classic Nordic style. In addition to gorgeous classic knitting patterns, this magazine also includes cooking and baking and other fun non-knitting stuff.

The newest Pom Pom Quarterly is so cool for summer. It's all stripes, my friends. And stripes are amazing.
Finally, the Uniform books sort of flew under my radar for awhile, but here they are! This project is a collaboration between Carrie Bostick Hoge of Madder and Jen Beeman of Grainline Studios. Each book contains knitting and sewing patterns so you can create your perfect daily uniform. Uniform Little is pretty special, too. You can make a uniform for the little people in your life as well.

There is nothing like spending some time with a beautiful book to get your inspiration jump started. Pop in and take a look at these!

Monday, May 28, 2018

Eye Candy

We don't have many pure silk options in the shop, so it's nice to have the Tussah Tweed from BC Garn. It's a pure silk in a light fingering weight, just right for those floaty wraps or fine-knit sweaters. I love the nubbly texture and the rich colors. I feel like we might be waiting on a few more shades, but the ones we have now are lovely!

Friday, May 25, 2018

Summer IK


Y'all, the summer Interweave Knits is really cool. Take a look.



















It seems like the design mags often miss the mark for me, especially in the summer. But I am loving the designs in this issue! Anyone else finding inspiration here? What are you thinking about making?

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Cumulus

This new yarn is so unexpectedly soft and fluffy, I think I actually gasped a little when I picked it up. 
Cumulus from Juniper Moon Farm is a cotton yarn with a tiny bit of nylon, and it feels like squishy marshmallows. I expected this to feel snaggy and nylony based on my past experiences with yarns that look like this, but I clearly need to let go of by biases about this kind of yarn. This stuff is amazing!
We have a sample of the Rif Mountains Stole in the shop, so we can all truly appreciate how well this yarn knits up. We have hard copies of this pattern and the Riad Blanket.
I love the springy colors and the variegated shades that we have in the shop now. If you need to knit for a baby any time soon, pop in and take a look at this beautiful Cumulus!

Monday, May 21, 2018

Eye Candy

We have the newest yarn in the Knitted Wit Herstory line. I can't figure out what the name is referencing, but it's a really cool shade. Does anyone know? We only have a handful of skeins available!

Friday, May 18, 2018

FlexiFlips!

Um...what are these?
Three not exactly double-pointed and not exactly circulars? But you can still knit in a tiny circle with them? My mind is blown!
These FlexiFlips from Addi are designed to work in place of the double-pointed needles we often use for cuffs, socks, sleeves, small hats...anything smaller than the 16" circular. Your yarn stays on two needles as you use the third to knit. This means you only have two needle changes per round. It really works!
Each needle has two different tip styles to meet all of you needle tip needs. Stop in and see for yourself. We will have this little sample out for you to give them a try!

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Pima Rino

We have a great new yarn with a fun name from Plymouth Yarns!
Pima Rino is a blend of 70% pima cotton and 30% merino wool, which I think are two of the loveliest and softest fibers you can find. So, you can't really go wrong here.
This would be great for baby and kid sweaters and hats. I think it would make an amazing and weighty blanket if that's your thing. But mostly, I'm dreaming of thick cotton sweaters for me. Maybe a fisherman's rib or shaker rib cardigan in the stone or navy blue. Something modern like Flaum, maybe?
Pic borrowed from Rav pattern page.
Or perhaps a thick textured cabled sweater to wear all year-round. I'm envisioning that one in white. Heidi Kirrmaier's Catch of the Day sweater seems like the right thing here.
Pic borrowed from Rav pattern page.
I always wish I had a nice cozy cotton sweater for our chilly evenings, and I think this yarn could be the perfect place to start.