close knit: the neighborhood yarn shop


Friday, January 17, 2020

Pretty Shades of Lana Grande

The new shades of Cascade Lana Grande caught my eye the moment I stepped into the shop. This pile up top has me thinking about Neapolitan ice cream, and these neon shades below are the bright neon shades of sorbet. Hmmm, maybe it's time for ice cream?
This yarn is so big and cozy! Perfect for warm hats and thick cowls. Maybe a bright pink hat to get us through the winter?

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Craggy Hat


We finally have a sample for the Craggy Tweed! This yarn is really unusual, with its smooth texture and little tweedy bits. The hat is Shady Grove, and it's $5 on Ravelry. 


We have a nice batch of Craggy Tweed in the shop, including all of these pretty shades. This yarn is really worth seeing in person. Pop in and give it a squeeze!

Monday, January 13, 2020

Eye Candy

Look at these pretty new colorways from Knitted Wit! These two are called Dancing Queen and Mammoth Caves. This sock yarn is so squishy and durable and vibrant. I can definitely recommend.

Saturday, January 11, 2020

The Red Things

It would seem that January is the month I will knit red things.

I have begun to knit Childhood. I am going to be at it for a while. The neck is knit on US1.5 needles, which I miraculously had on hand over the holidays. The rest of it is knit on US3s. At first glance, it seems like a very simple sweater, but this designer always incorporates some really cool and unusual construction techniques which make the process more interesting. Needless to say, once I finish this neck ribbing, I will need to pay attention for a bit.


I originally fell in love with some pretty cherry red Cestari Fingering yarn, but the color was just not quite right that close to my face. (I might go back for a different shade.) This gorgeous Harrisville Shetland captured my heart once I started shifting my attention away from the Cestari. My most stylish and color-minded friend joined me to make this decision, and we agreed that this slightly tweedy red would be just the right thing. There is so much stockinette, and the tweed really helps make it more sophisticated.

On New Year's Day, I had a need for a nerdy vest and some instant gratification, so I bought this Calidez Vest pattern and cast on with a pile of bulky yarn from my stash. While this is probably not my perfect red, I love it anyhow. The yarn has some subtle purpley heathered bits, and it's nice and warm. I would suggest Ultra Alpaca Chunky for a close match.


I knit the whole body of the vest in 3 days while recovering from a nasty cold, and I'm picking up armholes and button bands this weekend. I am looking forward to finishing this up and blocking it this week!

What red thing will I cast on next? A hat? Some socks? Apparently it must be red this month.


Monday, January 6, 2020

Eye Candy

I love this dusty pink shade of Herriot from Juniper Moon Farm. It's so rich and smokey and classy. This DK alpaca yarn would be so lovely for a cozy scarf or cowl.

Friday, January 3, 2020

Daruma Falkland

We have this gorgeous new yarn from Daruma, and we were surprised to realize this is the first Falkland yarn we have had in the shop.
The Falkland Islands are located in the South Atlantic Ocean, and this yarn from the islands is soft and quite substantial. It is absolutely ideal for cables and textures stitches. I poked around Ravelry and was blown away by some of the projects using this yarn. Take a peek at this cabled beauty.
Pic borrowed from Rav project page.
This cardigan is really amazing, too.
Pic borrowed from Rav pattern page.
Sally is using a few shades to knit up the June Hat from Kelbourne Woolens' A Year of Hats. It is knitting up into a soft and luxurious fabric.
If you love a natural wool with a lot of body and oomph, you might really love this new yarn from the Falkland Islands!

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Farmer's Daughter Restock

Our latest restock from Farmer's Daughter Fibers in Montana is full of some lovely yarns. 

The Craggy Tweed is always a wonderful treat. I didn't really understand this yarn until I saw it knitted up. Take a look at all of these Swonchos knit up in Craggy. It's also really nice in a single shade of good ol' stockinette.

Pic borrowed from Rav project page.

The Soka'pii is such a nice rustic single ply.
There are plenty of multi-colored projects on Ravelry, but I really love this sweet little Cape Perpetua Shawl in this rich caramel color.
Pic borrwed from Rav project page.
And the sock yarns are just so beautiful!
I love seeing these Farmer's Daughters yarns on the shelves. Come on in and see these beauties for yourself!