close knit: the neighborhood yarn shop

Thursday, December 13, 2018


Look at this super cool new sock yarn!
Uneek Fingering from Urth Yarns is one of the most unusual sock yarns I've seen. It's 435 yards of machine washable merino, and the colors are so vibrant. We asked the Side Hustle Socksters to crank out a sock tube for us to see how it works up, and take a look at this!
We thought they had alternated skeins or something crazy, but this is just what the yarn does. Each colorway works up a little differently, but it looks like they all have semi-solid stripes (which slowly change over the course of the yarn) paired with a mutli-colored gradient situation happening in the background.
Their website gives you a good idea of what to expect form each colorway, but I doubt you'll be disappointed. Stop in and choose your favorite!

Monday, December 10, 2018

Eye Candy

New bags from Rebecca Pearcy of Queen Bee! I love these canvas tote bags. They are beefy and gorgeous and will hold a ton of stuff, yarny or otherwise.

Friday, December 7, 2018

Malabrigo Chunky

Let's start this weekend off with some Malabrigo Chunky, shall we? You can stop by the shop today to choose a few of your favorites, then head home and get started. I bet you can finish a hat by Sunday evening. Or a cowl. Or some mittens. Or a scarf. Or an octopus.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018


We have Uniform and Uniform Little in the shop!

These beautiful books feature a sewing pattern for an elegant tunic and a knitting pattern for a cardigan in two weights with so many options. Look at that hem detail!
The sweater pattern includes options for the body, sleeves, hem, and finishing techniques. The tunic can be made with or without sleeves and includes two neckline and body style choices.
After you've made your own uniform, you can make one for a smaller person! Uniform Little has the same tunic and sweater options, so you can fully customize both pieces.
These gorgeous books never last long, so pop in and take a peak!

Monday, December 3, 2018

Eye Candy

Check out these new Silver Bay Scarf kits from Blue Sky Fibers. The kits contain the yarn and pattern that you'll need to make this beautiful scarf.
The elongated stitch pattern looks fancy, but it's very easy to do and makes for some speedy knitting. These kits make lovely gifts for your favorite knitter, or you can send your people in to get one for you!

Friday, November 30, 2018

Swan's Island Sterling Fingering

This Sterling Fingering yarn from Swan's Island is sort of breathtaking. It's 85% merino, which is luxurious and lustrous, and 15% naturally black alpaca, which gives it a smokey look. Take a look at these shades.

The jewel tones all play really nicely together. I love the Zara Hat and Mitts Set, and I think you can make three whole sets with three colors of yarn.
Pic borrowed from Swan's Island website.
Look at the Newbury Scarf. Five colors and so much drapey scarf goodness.
Pic borrowed from Swan's Island website.
I really love the muted color palette and stylish patterns they've developed for this yarn, and the dark undertones are really appealing. I think I might need some of this for a hat sooner than later. Time to chose my favorite color!

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Making No. 6 Black and White

I love this magazine! We have had several of these higher-end publications in the shop recently, and I am so thrilled that you all are liking them. Making is one of my favorites. It's filled with gorgeous knitting and sewing patterns and so much inspiration.

These beautiful magazines tend to go pretty quickly! Pop in this week to take a look at this one and all of the other amazing magazines we have out on the table.

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Friday Sock Party!

Hey y'all! Don't forget about the Side Hustle Sock party happening Friday evening at Close Knit, 5-8PM. You can purchase sock yarn at 10% off during the party, and the Side Hustle folks will crank your yarn into a long tube that you can turn into socks. 
Priority will be given to yarn purchased at Close Knit, but you can bring whatever you have to be cranked up. They will provide a pattern for adding afterthought toes and heels, and Emily even has a class on the books if that's more your style. See you Friday!

Monday, November 26, 2018

Eye Candy

Cranking out a sweater for my tweenager. Tea with Jam and Bread is a house favorite, and the Cascade 220 wears like iron. Can't go wrong with this combo! Now I just need her to stop growing so fast.

Saturday, November 24, 2018

Pom Pom Quarterly

The latest issue of Pom Pom Quarterly is here! It has a very dramatic and Victorian feel to it, with lots of high-impact pieces with some seriously noticeable details. Let's have a look.

This issue includes pieces by Veronik Avery, Cirilia Rose, and Joji Locatelli, with Norah Gaughan as the guest editor. You know there will be some cult following for these pieces and designers!

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Closed Thursday, Open Friday!

Hey fiber friends! I hope this week is allowing you some time to enjoy your yarns and fibers. Here's our plan for the week.

We are open today (Wednesday) until 6PM, but there will be no Open Knit tonight. 
We are closed Thursday for the holiday.
We will be open at 10AM and ready for you on Friday! 

Looks like the weather is turning chilly and rainy this week in Portland. Perfect knitting weather, in my opinion. See you soon!

Monday, November 19, 2018

Eye Candy

Baby Llama llama and sparkles. Everyone loves it, so we stock up every fall. Perfect for hats and wraps and cozy scarves!

Friday, November 16, 2018

Side Hustle Socks

On Friday, November 30, Close Knit will host the Side Hustle Socksters for a sock machine party!
For $20, you can have a skein of sock yarn cranked into a stockinette stitch tube, ready for you to knit afterthought heels, toes, and cuffs. This will speed up holiday gift knitting (or selfish chilly weather knitting) while still allowing you the fun of knitting with some lovely sock yarn.
With your yarn cranking, the Socksters will include their own pattern for afterthought toes and heels (with a great trick to avoid holes when picking up stitches for the heel), including a photo tutorial.
Close Knit will be open for shopping and sock cranking from 5-8 PM. Priority for on-the-spot cranking will be given to yarn purchased at Close Knit that evening, but you can also bring your own sock yarn to be cranked later in the week and picked up. There will even be a discount on sock yarn during the party!
Emily will be offering a class on after-thought toes and heels in December in case you'd like some guidance as you finish those tubes into socks!

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Sparkle Tweed!

Oooo, look at this fun new stuff! I'm affectionately calling it sparkle tweed. This stuff has holiday gifts written all over it.
The Metal Tweed from Gedifra is a worsted weight alpaca, wool, cotton blend with a fluffy mohair feel to it. I think this would look really cool as a cabled hat or cozy cowl. Your finished piece would have a lovely halo and so many pretty flecks of color!
The navy and the white are my favorites. Which ones do you like?

Monday, November 12, 2018

Eye Candy

OMG rainbow socks! Hello PAIRFECT Rainbow Colors from Schachenmayr.
I love a good self-striping sock yarn, and these are just the ticket. 
Love sock yarn, but not a sock knitter? Stay tuned this week for a really cool event that you might love!