close knit: the neighborhood yarn shop

Tuesday, August 9, 2011


Our army of sample knitters has been busy creating some new pretties for the shop.  These pieces would all make great gifts, if you were so inclined.

Emily knit up a cold-weather version of my Firefly Bias Scarf using Classic Elite Fresco, an angora, alpaca and wool blend with a soft halo.  We have a really nice range of colors on this yarn.  Knit with only three skeins, this whole project costs about $25.

Have you tried The Fibre Company yarns?  I'm a believer.  Ashley knit the Poplar Cowl (a free pattern from Kelbourne Woolens) with two skeins of Organik.  The stitch pattern is pretty simple, but the texture and contrasting colors have a big impact.  Plus, this yarn feels like butter, in the best way.  Less than $25 for this one.

Several of you have already appreciated the Just Enough Ruffles scarf in Manos del Uruguay Rittenhouse Merino 5-ply.  So many, in fact, that we are out of the pattern!  Never fear, we have more patterns on the way and a wide range of solid and variegated colors in this beautiful yarn.  Ashley used less than two skeins (maybe even one and a half), putting this pretty little scarf in the $30 range.

The Shetland Trader's Shoormal in Rowan Cocoon.  This yarn is pure Rowan luxury, and the pattern is interesting but not too complicated.  After knitting this sample, Emily (another one) is now in love with this stuff.  Knit with three balls, the yarn for this project comes in under $50.

Sally made this beautiful cowl from Ravelry designer Lisa Mutch of Northboundknitting.  Lisa also designed the capelet I made earlier this year and many other beauties.  This is Berroco Peruvia, which we are expecting to have in great supply soon.  Two skeins for this cowl will cost you about $17.

Now that our shop is well-dressed in new samples, stop by and see what inspires you.  I wonder, which one is your favorite?

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