close knit: the neighborhood yarn shop

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Fridays are for New Stuff (Wednesdays, Too)

I love working on Fridays.  I used to miss out on all of the big packages when I only worked weekends.  Last week was especially good.

The new Rowan Knitting & Crochet Magazine 50 is at the shop.  The Rowan site has a great slide show with all of the important details.  These are some of the pretties that caught my eye.

Have you guys seen this stuff?

Rowan Kidsilk Creation is a pre-knitted tube of Kidsilk Haze that you can use to make these crazy twisty scarves in about 20 minutes.

Seriously.  You can knit or crochet them, and the yarn comes with a pattern.  Rowan offers a tutorial on their website, which I highly recommend checking.  The process is not really even knitting, but the results are getting a lot of attention.  This yarn is a limited edition offering from Rowan, and we have all available colors at the shop right now, so get it while we have it.  It might not come back.

New and well-loved books arrived as well.  Ysolda Teague's Little Red in the City continues to be a popular choice.  The two copies we had left are likely gone by now, but we do keep ordering it.  Classic Elite Quick Knits is chock full of some of the best little projects that Classic Elite has offered over the past several years.  This would make a great gift, too, for a fellow knitter.

Connie Chang Chinchio's Textured Stitches is hot off the presses.  She has designed some very popular sweaters for Interweave Knits, Twist Collective, and a variety of books.  Her designs are classic with a little something to keep you engaged.  We are also freshly stocked with the ever popular Last Minute Knitted Gifts and More Last Minute Knitted Gifts, if you are so inclined.

Brand new to Close Knit: Cascade Lana Grande.  This yarn is similar to Rowan Big Wool for half the price.  At two stitches per inch on a US15, I think this is going to be a popular choice for our last minute knitters.  Sally used two balls of Lana Grande and a US15 to whip up Nancy's Charly Infinity Scarf

Also new to us, we have Cascade Kid Seta and Kid Seta Noir.  The Noir has little sparkles, which are notoriously difficult to photograph.

These would be great for Nancy's Poppy Flowers.  They knit up quickly and work really well as gift toppers or as gifts on their own.  We also have a shelf full of Magnum, some new colors of Noro Silk Garden, and these beautiful interchangable Dreamz needle sets from Knitter's Pride.  They are really reasonably priced, and they are very nice to work with.

And this week, a whole bunch of Classic Elite Liberty Wool!  If you fell in love with the little hats we have at the shop, come and get some while it's here, because the Liberty Wool does not last long.  These are the Umbilical Cord Hats from Stitch n' Bitch, and they are adorable.  These hats came from the same ball of yarn (yes, one ball = two baby hats), and they are definitely fraternal rather than identical.

Next time I will tell you about something beautiful that starts with "S" and ends with "crumptious".  I love Fridays.

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