Sunday, November 22, 2020
Saturday, November 21, 2020
There is a guidebook with a basic pattern and a lot of design options as well!
Wednesday, November 4, 2020
Sally has some lovely shots on the IG page, and you purchase it through our online shop!
Loving the gorgeous and floaty Birch Creek Bandana Sally posted about on Instagram! Pop on over to see the pretty. It require two skeins of Soka'pii and one skein of Foxy Lady from Farmer's Daughter, both of which we have in stock in a beautiful range. Take a look!
Wednesday, October 28, 2020
Is it time to take your sweater knitting up a notch? Let Lisa help you get there!
Learn to knit the stylish Yume sweater from Isabell Kraemer. This pretty piece has a lace yoke and can be knit with short or long sleeves. It's knit from the top-down, so you can try it on as you go and there is no seaming or finishing!
Take a look at the class page for more information! Give us a call at 503-288-4568 to sign up!
It's sweater weather! Want to knit your first sweater to impress your friends and ward off the chill? Well now is your time. Adrienne will teach you how to make the fabulous Tea with Jam and Bread sweater, which offers so many options to fit your style.
I have knit this sweater four times, and it's the absolute
favorite of my teenage daughter. I have knit her the exact same sweater
twice in the same colors as she has grown over the years. She is sitting next me wearing hers right now.
You can do stripes or solid, pockets or none, and the length and fit are easily customizable. You can make it more cropped and swingy or longer and fitted. It 's a great pattern.
You should be able to knit and purl to have fun in this class, and Adrienne will teach you how to increase and decrease, how to use double-pointed needles, how to read a pattern, and all kinds of other general tips and tricks to make you a better knitter.
Take a look at the class page here, and give us a call at 503-288-4568 to sign up!
Thursday, October 22, 2020
We are ready for classes again! All online for now, but we cannot wait to see you and help you along your knitting journey.
We are starting out with an old favorite! Check out Adrienne's Beginning and Intermediate Blanket Class that we are offering online. You will need to choose and order your yarn by the end of November so you have it in time for your first class in December.
Take a look at the schedule and course description. Give us a call to sign up!
Monday, October 19, 2020
We are resurrecting the blog to bring you info about classes and what's new in the shop. Sally has been doing such a great job sharing all the pretty new things over on Instagram, so I'm going to link to her posts so you can see what she is sharing.
We are also trying out online classes, so stay tuned for more about that, too! I added Adrienne's blanket class already, perfect for beginning and intermediate knitters.
Let's start out by ending you to Instagram to see my all time favorite book if you like knitting for babies. Just check out the Balloon Pants. Looks like we have it listed for sale online, too!
I hope you have all been taking care of yourselves and finding some solace in your fiber arts.
Friday, June 12, 2020
Monday, May 25, 2020
So sorry to be absent for the last several weeks! I (Leah) have been a little swamped with my other job as a science teacher, and the blog has languished a bit as I tried to keep up there.
The Close Knit staff has been busy at work, taking your phone and email orders, popping packages in the mail, and facilitating safe curb-side pick-ups. We have been posting on our Instagram page with lots of ideas and new stuff and inspiration, and we have all certainly been knitting!
Our shop website looks a little different these days, as we join the world of online shopping! It is a slow process, but new yarns and kits are appearing regularly on the front page. We hope these will inspire you and give you an idea of what we have to offer in the shop, even if it's not time for all of you to join us there in the physical space yet.
Right now, we have someone in the shop from 11-1 every day to facilitate ordering and get packages ready, and you can email Sally at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions about yarn or ordering. We are monitoring and considering all of the factors as we move ahead, and we will certianly keep you posted about what our next steps will be.
We thank you all so much for your continued support of our little shop and our fiber community in Portland. It means the world to us that you continue to turn to us for your yarny needs!
Wednesday, April 15, 2020
So, I don't know about you all, but I am pretty much living in the same limited range of clothing right now. My daughter is calling my daytime sweatpants my "pandemic day pants," and I have been mostly been cycling through different versions of PJs with layers depending on how chilly it is. But this sweater has been with me since that surprising snow storm that graced us that first weird weekend before we knew what was coming.
This orange Felix Pullover is like a cozy hug on our chilly mornings, and it's light as a feather. I love the color that our sweet Melissa helped me choose. It's nice and cheerful, but still heathered and interesting. My dear friend made one in the loveliest of deep bottle greens, which she is also pairing with sweatpants.
The pattern is an easy knit by a fabulous designer, and my size large only used 8 balls of Lopi, which we have in lots of great shades. Just give Sally a call at the shop between 11 and 1 during the week or email her anytime to find out what we have in stock.
The design was so popular, the designer released a cardigan version, which I am pretty sure I need to make next. I'll definitely need to choose a color that goes with my pandemic day pants.
Call 503.288.4568 between 11 and 1 Monday-Friday!
Email email@example.com anytime!
Wednesday, April 8, 2020
|Pic borrowed from Rav pattern page.|
Sally is thinking about making this cardigan in this yarn.
It's the Ginny cardigan from Andrea Mowry in Harrisville Designs nightshades, a gorgeous black Cormo base with a colored wool for a really cool and subtle tweedy effect.You will love this yarn, I promise. And we have all of the shades! Give us a call if you are thinking this yarn (and maybe this sweater) are for you.
I brought some of this home awhile back with a few possible plans, but now that I see that shawl collar, I think I might be sold on Ginny, too!
Monday, April 6, 2020
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Saturday, March 28, 2020
Someone will be in the shop today (Saturday!) from 11AM-1PM to help you choose yarn and colors and get orders packed up for you. We are also going to be available Monday-Friday next week from 11AM-1PM. That's every day next week!
Thank you so much for your patience as we navigate this whole crazy process. We know that it's not perfect every time, but we so appreciate your love and support. It is keeping us going! We are hoping these added hours will help make the process easier for all of us.
Give us a call at 503.288.4568, email Sally at firstname.lastname@example.org, or DM us on Instagram. We can ship packages or coordinate a curb-side pick up for you. We love you all!
Wednesday, March 25, 2020
|Pic borrowed from Purl Soho site.|
Maybe Cascade Hampton, a nice pima cotton/linen blend. Perhaps Cascade Noble, a mercerized cotton in lots of vivid colors. For a more rustic and slubby linen look, Zooey from Juniper Moon Farms might be really cool. I know we have a lot of nice shades of these yarns in the shop, and this project is a great way to use up every little bit of each color with the stripes and blocks.
Sally is thinking bigger projects on our IG page. Want to tackle an Isager sweater? Well we have plenty of Isager yarn and several books in stock. Call us or email Sally, and we can get a whole kit set up for you.
We cannot begin to tell you how thankful we are for your continued support during this unprecedented time. Our little shop is bursting with love for all of you!
Monday, March 23, 2020
Want to work on a blanket on this chilly, rainy morning? We have lots of Noro on the shelves, and we are eagerly awaiting more. Our Noromania Blanket is the perfect therapy for this uncertain time. Rows and rows of colorful garter stitch, and your colorways never need to match. Just keep knitting, friends!
Sunday, March 22, 2020
Monday, March 16, 2020
Adreinne will be in touch with the monthly blanket class participants about a remote video class that she has been preparing for you. Don't want to miss out on that blanket square!
Since our fiber arts are what keeps some of us functioning, we want to be here for you! Give us a call (503.288.4568) and we can figure out how to safely get your yarn and supplies into your hands with as little contact as possible. We can make sales over the phone and meet you at the curb with your goodies, ship items, or even deliver to your doorstep within a few miles of the shop.
In the meantime, post your project pics on Instagram and use the #washyourhandsandkal tag to join the online knit-a-long. Let's keep our community strong, even though we all need to stay home to keep ourselves and our communities safe. Take care of yourselves, friends, and wash your hands.
Friday, March 13, 2020
It's a single ply fingering weight yarn with some lovely dark halo action happening thanks to the 15% yak content. Several folks on Ravelry are making a Belmina lace cowl/kerchief sort of thing.
I think I would try holding this yarn together with some mohair to pump up the dark halo affect.
I love this combo. It would make a nice Oslo hat too, perhaps? Any excuse to knit another hat.
Wednesday, March 11, 2020
I don't know about you all, but January and February were some long months for me! I was lucky enough to ring in March at the lovely Oregon coast with a fire pit and a whole ocean close by.
I was working on my Childhood pullover in Harrisville Shetland, and I am just smitten with these tidy increases along the shoulder. It's a good thing I like this yarn so much, because this is not going to be a speedy knit! Totally worth it, though.