close knit: the neighborhood yarn shop

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Laine No. 9

The newest Laine Magazine is in the shop and full of pretty things! So many cozy sweaters and wraps for these chilly days. I love all of the texture and interesting colorwork.

Monday, October 14, 2019

Eye Candy

Oh, the beautiful jewel tones of Malabrigo Worsted...

Friday, October 11, 2019

New Shibui

The two new yarns from Shibui Knits are really cool! Nest is a lovely wool alpaca blend with a modern marled look. All of the shades work up into a really cool fabric, but I love the black and white one the best. I have been loving the mid-weight DK yarns lately, and this one is a keeper.

Take a peek at this beautiful Sindi cowl worked up with Nest and Silk Cloud. What a luxury!
Pic borrowed from Shibui Knits
We also have Tweed Silk Cloud in the shop, and it is so unusual. It's like a more rustic version of the Silk Cloud that has been around for awhile. Just like the original, this yarn looks great on its own or paired with other yarns.

If you are a fan of the luxurious Shibui shades and textures, you will want to stop in and see these new yarns.

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Night Rainbow

I love this beautiful yarn. Nightshades from Harrisville Designs makes the prettiest moody rainbow, with subtle colors blended in with the black base. The yarn is American Cormo and wool, and it has the most lovely hand when it's worked up, substantial and lofty at the same time. It's technically a DK yarn, but it knits up at a range of gauges. Nightshades is all grown, processed, and dyed in the United States, which makes me love it even more.

I have some of this stashed away to make myself a Cline (I think), but I have also been perusing Ravelry for inspiration. I ran across this gorgeous Night Rainbow dreamed up by katrampant (@kat.rampant on Instagram).
Photo by @kat.rampant
Kat used the Blank Slate pattern by Ysolda Teague to make this super cool Night Rainbow pullover, and I love how the stripe pattern shows off the subtle colors of this yarn. Thanks, Kat, for letting me share your photo and your rad sweater!

Monday, October 7, 2019

Eye Candy

Look at the cuties from local friends, Nerd Bird Makery. These enamel pins are perfect for your yarn bag, jean jacket, knitted hat, whatever. Pink sparkly sheep, knitting mermaids, yarn sushi, and gorgeous yarn hair!

Friday, October 4, 2019

Electra Lite

Look at the sparkles! The Electra Lite from Plymouth Yarns is the sparkly sock yarn of your dreams. As long as your dreams are pink, purple, blue, and silver. Then we have you covered.

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Ascutney Pullover

Ummmm, what is this lovely creation from Amy Christoffers? Is it a super cool pullover using short rows to create a gorgeous landscape look? I think it is.
Pic borrowed from Rav pattern page

The Ascutney Pullover is (free) pattern from Knitty (who are definitely still around and putting out really great stuff). We have two new yarns in the shop that would really be perfect for this. They are both fluffy and light for being thicker yarns.

The Aireado from Plymouth is just the perfect thing. And those colors all play so nicely together. This sweater would knit up so quickly and your final garment would be so soft and cuddly. I'm envisioning light grey pullover with touches of red, white, and black. Or the oatmeal as the main with purple, white, and black. Whatever you choose would be so cool.
We also have the Aereo from Cascade. It's a little bit closer to Aran weight than bulky, but I think you could make it work. We have a wider range of colors, including the variegated shades of Aereo Duo. Imagine the gold and green and a few grey together. Or maybe pinks and purples for a sunset kind of thing. So many possibilities!

As the designer points out, this sweater does not involve any intarsia. It's all short rows, which are fun and relatively easy to do. The sweater is knitted from the bottom up and all the parts are joined at the yoke with raglan decreases up to the neckline. If you've never tried this kind of colorwork, I think this would be a really fun place to start!

Monday, September 30, 2019

Eye Candy

We have some adorable locally-made project bags in the shop right now. Pears and textures and florals and foxes, oh my! These are all lined and so very well made, and I think you deserve one.

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Merino Yak

This rich and pretty raspberry Merino Yak sock yarn needs to be in my sock yarn stash. This yarn is so sophisticated and fancy. I love the grey and greens and blues, too.
This yarn is great for socks, but I'm also finding some other lovely things on Ravelry, too. The colors play so nicely together.
Pic borrowed from Rav pattern page
Pic borrowed from Rav pattern page
Pic borrowed from Rav pattern page
Pic borrowed from Rav pattern page
Now that I've seen all of these lovely projects, I need to go back to the shop and take some of this Merino Yak home with me.

Monday, September 23, 2019

Eye Candy

Every time I'm in the shop, something unusual catches my eye. This week it was this gorgeous Malabrigo Mechita. Wowza, look at those speckles.

Friday, September 20, 2019

Rowan Cashmere Tweed

Um, cashmere and tweed and a free pattern book? Yes, please. Rowan Cashmere Tweed is here in a sweet range of colors.
I'm loving the pink, but this brown is so beautiful, too.

And there is a free pattern book for you with the purchase of the yarn to make the patterns! Treat yourself to some cashmere. You deserve it.

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Aegean Tweed

I love a nice sport weight tweed, and we have quite a few options in the shop if that's your jam. I would like to introduce you to the workhorse of the bunch. The Aegean Tweed from Cascade is a budget-friendly, 100% pure organic wool tweed in some classic colors for all of your sport weight needs. 
At 328 yards each, you can make an ample sweater with four or five balls. I spied a lovely Pomme de pin Cardigan on Ravelry knit up with just four and now I feel that I should definitely add that to my knitting queue.

The Aegean Tweed would be ideal for colorwork, as well. The perfect amount of stick and colors that will play nicely together. Maybe the Twigs by Junko Okamoto?
Pic borrowed from Rav pattern page
Or a twist on the classic yoked sweater, perhaps something like the Tucson Pullover?
Pic borrowed from Rav pattern page
More of a cardigan person? I've been lusting over Nr 10 for years.
Pic borrowed from Rav pattern page
I like to use sport weight when I knit for my guy because he gets too hot in heavier yarns. The Rockland Crewneck is on my list and would be great in Aegean Tweed.
Pic borrowed from Rav pattern page
Whatever you decide to make with this fabulous yarn, I think you're going to like it!

Monday, September 16, 2019

Eye Candy

My favorite baby knitting book is back in the shop! All You Knit is Love is chock full of sweet little things that will make you want to cast on a project for every unsuspecting baby you see. I have knit Gry's Jakke three times, I think? No, wait, four times. Here's the most recent one.

And we cannot forget the Balloon Pants of 2013. Must find another baby who can rock this look.

This is the best book, with projects for a range of time commitment and knitting ability. If you like to knit for babies, you should pop in and take a look!

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Pom Pom Quarterly

Hello, pretty new Pom Pom Quarterly, where everything is lovely and beachy and serene.