close knit: the neighborhood yarn shop

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Summer Sale and Fall Interweave

Hey Close Knitters!  We're having a sale this weekend.  Sally has been a busy little bee ordering some amazing things for the fall.  With so much beautiful yarn set to arrive in August and September, we are making space on the shelves.

Here's the skinny.  There will be a store-wide discount on all books, patterns, and needles in the shop.  We will also have many beautiful yarns around the shop tagged at an even more significant discount, including our famous super sale table.  This deal will apply Saturday, August 4 from 10-5 and Sunday, August 5 from 11-4.  To make things even better, our friends at Bolt are having a sale, too.  Here are the details of their sale.

We just received the Fall Interweave Knits.  Pretty stuff in here people.  Take a look.

I know August is just getting started, but the yarn people are already thinking about cozy sweaters, hats, cowls, and mittens.  Come see us this weekend and help us prepare for the fall goodies!

Friday, July 27, 2012

Are You Knitting?

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Have you all been following the stink about the Ravelympics this year?  I'm watching the incredibly long and slightly confusing opening ceremonies right now...thank goodness Matt Lauer is giving me a play-by-play explanation.  David Beckham is currently navigating a speedboat up the Thames with the Olympic torch bearer.  Obviously.  

Challenge yourself to knit something during the games: an entire scarf, a hat in the round, your first sweater, or the most complicated lace shawl on the planet.  Anyway, if you'd like to join in the knitting and crocheting fun, check out the Ravlery group for the Ravellinic Games.  There are many many smaller teams on Ravelry, too.  Join a group, make some friends, and get to work.  If you run out of yarn, lose your needles, or just need a pep talk, you know where to find us.

Also, mark your calendars for next weekend.  There might be a yarn sale...

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Fall Kitscene

The Fall 2012 Knitscene is pretty cool.

Check out my favorites...



Take a look at the Ravelry page for the magazine for full details of the projects.

Also, check out our friend Nancy!  Her new patterns for Jade Sapphire are very pretty, and it's so nice to see her beautiful face.


Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Blue Sky Worsted Cotton

We have a fresh supply of Blue Sky Alpacas Worsted Cotton in the best colors.

I recently used this yarn for the Chevron Baby Blanket, and the final product is squishy and spectacular.  (I skipped the bright white in the center and went with six stripes rather than seven.)

photo by Emily (aka Mama-to-be)
The blanket is knit on US11s with the yarn held doubled, so it knits up quickly.  Come put together your favorite color combo!

Tuesday, July 10, 2012


I wanted to entice you all with photos from the second issue of knit.wear, but we only have a few copies left!  I'll show you my favorites anyway.

The magazine is divided up into beautifully-styled sections, each with a nice coherent theme.  Knit Minimal showcases some simple stitch patterns with big impact.  The Linen Stitch Jacket has a pretty shape.  This would be amazing in Cascade Venezia, a wool and silk blend with the perfect drape and shine.

The Chevron Vest would be nice in one of our many bulky wools, especially Debbie Bliss Glen for a little added color interest.  Classic Elite Sprout would make a great summer version.

The One-Seam Shrug is very weird and cool. 

The Tulip Sleeve Pullover is part of With Dimension.  Check out those amazing twisted sleeves.  This would be so pretty in Berroco Ultra Alpaca or Flicker for a little sparkle.

The Froth Moebius is knit with pretty Cascade Alpaca Lace, and would be perfect in Classic Elite Silky Alpaca Lace, too.

The Nonesuch Cowl is made with Rowan Lima, a luscious chained alpaca.  Just three balls and a relatively straightforward pattern...this looks like a winner.

The Twist Pullover can be worn twisted up or open, as shown on the cover.  It is knit with fingering yarn, so the possibilities are kind of endless.  We have a gorgeous silk blend from Kollage called Silk-a-Licious that would be amazing.

The Cinched Sweater Coat has a lovely little cabled back detail.  Oh, it looks so warm and cozy, doesn't it?

On Air is a lovely collection of lightweight pieces knit with pretty yarns.  The Medallion Edge Cardigan is knit with Scrumptious Lace, which we have in many shades.

I LOVE the Linen and Lace Cardigan, knit in Classic Elite Soft Linen.  Love.  Look at that beautiful detail.

Ruche is a collection of pieces with some interesting textural details.  The Crimped Cardigan is really pretty, don't you think?

The Origami Pullover begs to be knit with Elsbeth Lavold Silky Wool.

The Ripple Cowl is knit with your favorite sock yarn.

Seamless is a collection of interesting pieces, too.  The Deep-V Tee would be cool in Tahki Ripple, I think.

The Bias Lace Shell would be really great in Cascade Ultra Pima.

These are just my favorites.  Which ones caught your attention?

Friday, July 6, 2012

Little Sweetness

Looking for a little summertime project?  May I interest you in a sweet little dress?

This is the Spanish Dress from Debbie Bliss made with two balls of Debbie Bliss EcoBaby Fairtrade and some lovely coordinating cotton from our friends at Bolt.

What a perfect little project for these warm days which have finally arrived.  The pattern can be found in Design It, Knit It: Babies and the Spring/Summer 2012 issue of the Debbie Bliss Magazine, both available at the shop.

If you're not a knitter, we have a crochet version, too!  This sample lives at Bolt right now, and the top is crocheted with Classic Elite Firefly.  The pattern is a freebie from the HGTV website.

These patterns obviously work well for sweet and casual sundresses, and I think either one would also make a perfect little flowergirl dress or special birthday dress.  Come on up to our little corner and let your creativity run wild with yarn and fabric combinations.