close knit: the neighborhood yarn shop

Monday, August 13, 2018

Eye Candy

We are loving the gorgeous indie pattern books lately! Plain & Simple from Quince & Co is full of gorgeous sweaters and accessories, Within has six lovely and classic pieces, and A Sense of Place contains four sweet designs for a cozy fall wardrobe. Stop in for some indie inspiration!

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Fun Little Things!

We have fun stuff arriving almost daily at the shop, including lots of non-yarn items. Take a look at these cool leather bracelets! The longer ones wrap around and include a needle gauge and measuring tape (metric and imperial units), and the smaller ones with the mountains include the latitude and longitude coordinates for Portland. So cool, and handmade in Sandpoint, Idaho.
These sweet little project bags are all made with love and some adorable fabrics, too. Foxes and squirrels, oh my!
Are you an enamel pin kind of person? Put one on your knitting bag or jacket? Maybe you need one of these cute ones... 
These sweet needle gauges from Katrinkles are stinking adorable. Who doesn't want a hedgehog in their knitting bag? Or a sheep or a fox?
And finally, tiny sheep sheep buttons. I mean...
Sally always does such a lovely job of curating the beautiful things in the shop, and this sweet selection is just right!

Monday, August 6, 2018

Eye Candy

Say hey to the beautiful Darjeeling Sock from Earl Grey Fiber Company. I want to combine the pink and green into something...

Friday, August 3, 2018


The newest Herstory yarn from Knitted Wit is in the shop!
This one is inspired by Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard. She studied molecular biology and genetics, publishing a seminal paper on the genetics of fruit flies in 1980. She then went on to study the genetics of more complex organisms and was the director of the Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology for many years. She was also an advocate for women in science and worked hard to address many ethical issues in science during her career.
Her fruit fly work inspired this yarn, Time Flies Like an Arrow, but Fruit Flies like a Banana. Ha! Christiane is certainly an inspirational scientist and advocate for women in science, and I love that this fun yarn series is giving us the opportunity to learn more about people like her!

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Eco Cashmere

Blue Sky Fibers has a line of beautiful sustainably-crafted cashmere, and it's gorgeous! Eco Cashmere is made from both recycled and virgin cashmere, but it's still 100% luxurious cashmere. This yarn is light as a feather and squishably soft. 
Sally used our Simple Slouch pattern (free in the shop with your yarn purchase) to make this awesome cap while she was backpacking a few weeks back, and it's pretty much perfect. She is currently working on one in the reverse colors. Stop in and squish the cashmere to truly appreciate this lovely new yarn!

Monday, July 30, 2018

Eye Candy

Ooooo...look at these pretty Jilly Petities. I think they look like little jewels or candies. These would be a fun addition to a scarf or hat project!

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

More New Bags and Baskets

Who loves a nice project bag for containing and organizing all those things you are currently making? Probably not the best way to "clean," but it seems to help!
Loving these huge baskets for containing all of my works-in-progress. Or farmer's market haul or beach gear or legos or library books...whatever.

And these guys! Oh man they are cool. These are handmade by Wende of By The Bay Yarn Co. Bright canvas, drawstring, and a nice sturdy webbed handle. We have a ton of colors, but I only took a picture of the safety orange for some reason.

My house feels like a clutter of half-finished things...perhaps shoving them all in pretty bags will make it all better?

Monday, July 23, 2018

Eye Candy

Norah Gaughan and Knit.wear? Yes, please. The newest Wool Studio book is lovely! (The last pic is my favorite.)

Friday, July 20, 2018

Not Socks

So we have a lot of sock yarn. The shop is full of beautiful hand-dyed yarn that is perfect for socks. But what if you don't know how to knit socks? Well, you can take a sock class! We have one happening right now, but there will be more on the calendar soon.

What if you have no desire to knit socks? There are other options for this gorgeous stuff! Lots of people knit shawls and wraps. So many options out there. 
Pic borrowed from Rav pattern page.
The Find Your Fade is so popular. I love the stripey Terre et Mer.
Pic borrowed from Rav pattern page.

Did you know you can knit fabulous hats in sock yarn, too? We have this awesome Midas Hat in the shop now. It was knit with Highland Bling, but you can use pretty much any sock yarn for a project like this. I have made the Bristol Hat as few times, although the textured pattern would be best in a solid or semi-solid colorway.
My personal favorite? Baby sweaters. 
I love the Gry's Jacket from All You Knit is Love, but I also adore the classic Baby Surprise Jacket. I have made several over the years.
I am almost finished with this one for a beloved teacher friend, just need a few little buttons. This pattern is really unusual, and the size you make mostly depends on your gauge. Sock yarn typically makes a perfect newborn size, just right for those first several weeks when everything seems too big and overwhelming for a tiny body.

What do you all like to make? Tell me about your favorite patterns for these beautiful hand-dyed yarns!

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

National Parks

Have you seen the National Parks line from Knitted Wit
I don't know what it is about the clever, thematic names, but they get me every time! This is all Victory Sock, which is a fabulous yarn. It's thick and squishy with vibrant colors.
Want to know more about these yarn colors and their inspiration? The Knitted Wit blog has more to tell you about all of these beauties! Stop in to choose your favorites. You will want to have some of this in your knitting bag as soon as possible.

Monday, July 16, 2018

Eye Candy

Pretty stuff in the new Knitscene
A few great articles, too, I especially love the slow fashion movement. 

Come by and take a peek at the mag. We will need to knit for cold weather eventually!


Friday, July 13, 2018

Modern Gingham

Have you all seen Emily's latest design?
Her Modern Gingham cowl seems like just the right kind of thing to be knitting in this heat! It's designed with Berroco Remix Light, a mix of all kinds of recycled and non-wooly fibers in a DK weight. The yarn has a really nice and interesting hand to it, and it's just right for this cowl.
The mix of fibers also gives the yarn a little bit of a tweed or faded denim look, which I really like, and I think it looks really cool in this low-key colorwork pattern. I love the gold, charcoal, and natural shades that Emily used for her sample...strong contrast and so classy.
If you want to try out some nice beginner colorwork this summer, the Modern Gingham is a great place to begin! Emily's pattern is for sale on Ravelry, and we can always help you purchase it in the shop if you prefer. We have a nice array of colors in the Remix Light, so stop by to choose your favorites!

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Sparkle Sock Yarn

My youngest daughter was delighted with this new yarn from Anzula Yarn Company.
She wanted to make sure you could see the sparkles!
Are you loving all of the beautiful sock yarns, but sock knitting just isn't your thing? Stay tuned for a few fabulous suggestions!

Monday, July 9, 2018

Eye Candy

We have lots of cute bags in the shop!
Tote bags and notions bags, graphic prints and waxed canvas...everything your heart desires.

Stop in and choose your favorite!