close knit: the neighborhood yarn shop

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Noro Ito

The newest from Noro is this big beautiful Aran weight wool, Ito

The colors are really rich and lush, and the color repeats are just perfect. Take a look at the Noro website to see how they knit up.
Each ball is 437 yards, plenty for an ample cowl or scarf. I'm loving these felted coasters, too. Noro is great for all kinds of projects, as long as you love color!

Monday, October 15, 2018

Eye Candy

This trunk show from Blue Sky Fibers is awesome! 
It's so great to see how this Woolstok Jumbo works up. We have the Arm Knit Wrap, the Jasper Jumbo Cowl (8 year old for scale), and the Odin Jumbo Hat. Pop in to see these super cool knits!

Friday, October 12, 2018

Tweed Regia

It's been agreed upon that this tweedy Regia 6-ply needs to be knit up into cabled knee socks or some cute legwarmers. Any takers?

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Knitscene Winter 2018

The newest Knitscene has some cool and modern patterns! I'm also loving the models and wacky photo shoots. Let's take a look.

See anything that inspires you?

Monday, October 8, 2018

Eye Candy

Um...this Boots yarn from Schoppel-Wolle is nice. 
It's a cotton/wool blend sock yarn, which is surprisingly difficult to find. The only reason I'm telling you about it is because I already brought home the ones I wanted. And I think I convinced Sally to get more.

Friday, October 5, 2018

Berroco Ultra Wool DK

I have to admit, I don't spend too much time in the superwash section of the shop. I'm not knitting so many baby things these days, and I don't really mind handwashing my woolies. So this Ultra Wool DK from Berroco sort of flew under my radar. It is really lovely!

Some superwash yarns can feel a bit plasticy and a little to slippery for my taste. I prefer my yarn with a little tooth to it, and this stuff is a great balance between a crunchy yarn and a really great superwash. Our newest sample, the Lane's Island Pullover from Berroco really shows off how nice it is. Plus, you know...pockets.
If you haven't visited the superwash corner of the shop, I suggest stopping by to check out the Ultra Wool. Apparently we have it in worsted weight, too!

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Awesome Sock Yarn

So, I have become a sock knitter in recent years, and I mostly blame cool self-patterning sock yarns like these. The Super Soxx from Lang are super fun! Take a closer look at the wacky stripe pattern. It's all zigzaged on top of a lovely color fade.

I am also a sucker for stripes of any kind, so the gorgeous gradient stripes of the Twin Soxx are calling to me. This one in particular is amazing...I mean, it's a pastel rainbow gradient self-striping sock yarn.
It's no wonder I was sucked onto the sock bandwagon. These are too awesome to pass up!

Monday, October 1, 2018

Eye Candy

Take a gander at this tub full of Earl Grey Fiber Company sock yarn...that blue one in the middle is speaking to me. Loving these subtle shades.

Friday, September 28, 2018

Interweave Knits, Gifts Edition

The new Interweave Knits Gifts is here! As usual, it's chock full of good stuff. Let's look...
Some great colorwork hats and mitts and cowls...

Love these cabled and textured pieces, too. (This hat is my favorite.)


How about this gorgeous hap shawl?
And, of course, the musk ox, the llama, French bull dog, and racoon.

The gifts issue is always a good one! See anything that inspires you?

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Rasta Tribeca

Take a look at these gorgeous new shades of Malabrigo Rasta.
Sally is calling this color line "adult pastels," but Malabrigo calls it TriBeCa. You can read more about their inspiration on their blog, but mostly it's all about on-trend colors. They have several cool new patterns in an eBook to showcase this yarn as well.
Rasta is so much fun to knit, and the instant gratification can't be beat. Big yarn and huge needles make for speedy knitting.
I love that this beloved yarn company is staying current and putting out these beautiful shades in addition to their classic solids and multis. Lookin' good, Malabrigo!

Monday, September 24, 2018

Eye Candy

The new project bags with cork bottoms are so cute!
Some have gold sparkle cork. Can you see it on the green one?

Friday, September 21, 2018

Felted Tweed Has Returned

Several of us are thrilled to welcome Rowan Felted Tweed back in full force. Look at that tweedy beauty. Our stock of this lovely stuff has waxed and waned over the years, but I'm very glad to see it again.
It's a wool and alpaca blend, with a little viscose for durability, and the drape on this stuff is amazing. Your finished knit will be soft, warm, and flowy. Just right for a warm but light layer. And the colors...well, just gorgeous.
The new pattern book for Felted Tweed is pretty killer, too. Yokes, cables, colorwork...all the classic stuff. Take a look at some of my favorites.

If you love Rowan yarns and patterns like we do, I hope this new haul makes you happy, too!

P.S. Remember the post about my Ravelry favorites? This gorgeous striped sweater was knit with all kinds of Felted Tweed shades! 
Pic borrowed from Rav project page.