close knit: the neighborhood yarn shop

Friday, August 16, 2019


Well this pretty yarn ended up flying right under my radar, but I'm so glad we found it when I was in last week. 
The Plymouth Hearthstone is a merino and alpaca blend (80/20), so it will have just the right amount of that alpaca drape with some nice durability from the merino wool. Each skein is 436 yards of fingering weight yarn, so one or two will make an ample shawl, and you'll need to 3-5 for a sweater depending on the design and size.
I am pretty much in love with these marls and naturals, so I need to figure out what to make with these four.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019


Hello pretty Zooey! This cotton and linen blend is just the thing for the summer projects. This DK weight yarn would be fabulous for some of those produce bags we talked about recently. This would also make a lovely summer sweatshirt or drapey cardigan.
The shades are just lovely, and the subtle thick-and-thin texture knits up so nicely. We have a few patterns in the shop designed with Zooey, including this cozy pullover and some fun lace accessories.

I also found several fabulous Ranunculus sweaters done up with just two or three balls of Zooey. Also loving this cute Ursa, knit up in the most gorgeous shade. This stunning crocheted Davallia is so dramatic in black. There is still plenty of time to make and wear a summer garment, and I think you all will love this yarn!

Monday, August 12, 2019

Eye Candy

We have several new batches of Noro in the shop, but the new packaging on the Ito is particularly striking. I have no idea what these cloth bands say, but I'm guessing it's something like, "You will love this yarn." Right?

Friday, August 9, 2019

Isager Books

I was going to photograph my favorite projects from these books to show you, but I really just love them all. If you are a fan of Isager designs, then please just pop by the shop to choose your favorites: Amimono Room 606, Twelve Knitted Sweaters, K (Knit), and ALJ.

Also, a little birdie told me that we will likely be stocking Isager yarns again soon, which is a lovely development for those of us who are already planning projects from these books.

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Produce and Market Bags

I've been using some cool cloth produce bags when I head to the grocery store but they are starting to wear out! I was considering sewing myself some new ones, but I think I might like to knit or crochet a few instead and see how they turn out. Here are a few that I found that I thought you all might like, in the event that this sort of thing is on your mind, too.

Here are some nice crocheted options. All photos are borrowed from the links in the captions, which will also take you to the Ravelry page for the pattern. Most of these are freebies, too!
Hemp Produce Drawstring Bag
Edda Bag
French Market Bag
And you knitters can get in the game, too.
Weightless Produce Bag (Also a 2.0 version)
Reusable Produce Bag (with multiple sizes)

Shetland Shopper
We have so many lovely linen and cotton options at the shop for this sort of project. And it's nice when gauge doesn't really matter too much. Larger or smaller yarn? Larger or smaller bags. Either way, you are helping reduce the number of cheap single-use plastic bags that end up in the trash.

Monday, August 5, 2019

Eye Candy

Remember that cool Printed Organic Cotton from Blue Sky Fibers? Here's the sweet baby hat that Sally made with it! Love this cool effect.

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Daydreamer Ideas

Have you all seen the newest from super-designer Andrea Mowry? Oh my goodness, the Daydreamer is knit up with a strand of Farmer's Daughter Soka'pii and one strand of Mighty Mo
The Daydreamer (pic borrowed from Rav pattern page)
The Soka'pii is a fingering weight Rambouilett from Wyoming and Montana, and its slightly nubbly and rustic texture is so so cool. Mighty Mo is a gorgeous mohair and silk blend that really adds halo and highlights to the finished knit. 
I'm always impressed at how substantial and heavenly a fingering weight and a lace mohair yarn knit up. They make a fabric that is lofty but warm and snuggly all at the same time. Plus, these color combos can't be beat.

I mean...
I might also be coming around on the cropped sweater idea. As a relatively tall girl, I really don't like feeling like things are too short on me, but I have started wearing my one cropped sweater more and more frequently. I can see how something like this lovely Daydreamer might be a perfect choice. Are you all cropped sweater fans? I am seeing them more and more frequently lately.

Monday, July 29, 2019

Eye Candy

The June Hat turned out just right. Love that pom pom.

Friday, July 26, 2019


Sally finished up her gorgeous Bétula shawl, and now we all want to make one (or are already making one). I love how the knitted fabric looks like birch bark, especially in this colorway.

Three skeins of Retrosaria Beiroa makes an ample wrap, so Sally is all set for winter! She reported that the yarn blooms like none other, and softens up a great deal. Wool is so cool.
Pic borrowed from Rav project page.
Now, which color do I need? I'm wondering if a dirty pink is the right choice. This one is kind of blowing my mind.

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Craggy Tweeeeed!

We have a gorgeous batch of Farmer's Daughter Craggy Tweed on the shelves right now. If you've been itching to cast on a Swoncho, get yourself into the shop to choose your favorites.
Of course, this gorgeous machine washable DK would be great for hats, blankets, shawls, even cozy chunky socks.
If you love this modern, super cool tweed, I would get your hands on it soon. This will go quickly!

Monday, July 22, 2019

Eye Candy

Hello to this pretty light-as-a-cloud Cumulus Dappled from Juniper Moon Farm. Loving the hand-painted look of these colorways on this unusual cotton yarn.

Friday, July 19, 2019

Ravelry Stroll

I spend too much time on Ravelry, but there is such gorgeous stuff on there! Let's take a peek at some of the projects and designs that have been inspiring me lately. (All photos are borrowed from the linked pages in the photo captions.)

Big Love
Leafy Washcloth (I like the garter one best.)

Tild (knit with Retrosaria Vovo!)
Siki Shawl
Air Cardigan
Minimalist Cabled Cardigan
These are just a few of the projects knocking around on my favorites list. What has you inspired and itching to cast on these days?

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Printed Cotton

You know we love a good marl or a speckle or a variegated yarn, so we were pretty intrigued by the idea of a printed yarn. What does that even mean?
According to the folks at Blue Sky Fibers, the Printed Organic Cotton yarn is created using an "ink press and the artisan hand". Not sure what that means, but it sure sounds interesting, and the results are stunning!
I'm thinking this would make a perfect cotton sweatshirt for summer, especially in that sunny yellow. Maybe a cozy Flax or a Shellseeker. A soft baby blanket would be lovely, too, perhaps in a nice range of shades. The Purl Soho Chevron Baby Blanket is forever my favorite, and it would be so cool with 5 or 6 of these. I can't wait to see more projects using this yarn!

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Eye Candy

I love these pretty fabrics around the shop. Cute project bag from Retrosaria and some bandanas from Kiriko. These are silky soft with such perfect prints.

These gorgeous pieces below are scraps from vintage fabrics, just right for some patches. 
Now that I think about it, I blew out the knees in two pairs of jeans this spring, and these would be so cute for some visible mending.