close knit: the neighborhood yarn shop

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Summertime Sale: More Cotton Goodies

Between our Debbie Bliss event and the fall orders that Sally is placing, we need to make some room.  Our little shop cannot contain all of the good stuff coming in, and Jenni (our mistress of space management) is out on maternity leave.  Time for more sales, friends.
Since we are still very much in the middle of summer, we are offering a discount on some select cotton yarns again this week.  Starting July 28, we are offering 15% off Tahki Cotton Classic, Cascade Ultra Pima and Ultra Pima Fine, and Plymouth Cleo DK.
We have recently plumped up our selection of Cotton Classic with some lovely fresh colors.  This yarn is truly a classic choice for cottons.  Textured stitches really pop with this yarn, and the finished fabric has such a nice shine and soft finish.
Just two skeins of Cotton Classic and some basic crochet skills will get you a Grocery Tote, free on Purl Bee.

Cascade always does a nice job, and their Ultra Pimas are no exception.  I used the Fine weight for my green Bristol.  I am so impressed with the richness of the colors of these yarns.  We have a sample of Elisa's Nest Tote in the shop...just one skein of Ultra Pima.
Plymouth Cleo DK is another lovely cotton selection.  Nice colors, soft texture, good stuff.  I am searching for a reason to pair that bright orange with the greys.
It's time to get your hands on some cotton yarns and help us make some space!  (Next week...Loopy Mango.)

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Zealana Rimu

Take a look at this pretty new stuff in the shop.
This gorgeous yarn is Zealana Rimu DK, an unusual merino/possum blend from New Zealand.  Look at those rich shades and saturated colors.  The gold is really something, and those blues are amazing.

It's hard to tell from the photos, but the yarn has a subtle heathery effect and a really pretty halo.  This basic knit three/purl three scarf really shows off the fuzzy possum halo. 
Rimu works so nicely for cables and texture and ribbing, even colorwork looks great.  It's an unusual yarn, but it knits up so nicely.  Come see for yourself!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Summertime Sales: Alpaca Time!

This week are offering 15% off all alpaca and alpaca blend yarns.  We have more lovely choices that I can begin to list, so come on in and find your favorites.  See you soon!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

I Forgot About the Weekly Summertime Sale!

So sorry about that!  I got so excited about Debbie Bliss event, that I completely forgot that all Classic Elite Yarns are 15% off through Sunday, July 20.  We have so many winners from this great company. Firefly, Canyon, Sprout, and Seedling (pictured below) are all fabulous summery yarns.  
Chalet (above) and Chateau, Wynter and Blackthorn, Vail, Crestone, and Vista are woolier options, many from Classic Elite's undyed, natural fiber MountainTop Collection.
And don't forget about the Liberty Wool and Liberty Wool Light.  We have a vast selection of Liberty Wool right many colors to choose from.

Next week (7/21-7/27) we will offer 15% all alpaca and alpaca blend yarns.  Don't forget that you will get a discount on all Debbie Bliss products with your receipt from the Monday night event as well, but no doubling up please.  See you soon!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Basic Scarf and Unicorn Tails

Sorry to be away so long.  I have been doing my civic duty at the courthouse, sitting on a jury this week.  The case has been interesting, but there is a lot of sitting and waiting.  And, in true Portland style, my jury summons specifically informed me that I can bring fixed circular knitting needles.  I am cranking away on a nice basic scarf using the Churchmouse Pressed Rib Scarf pattern.  I am using about 600 yards of some llama/silk stuff that we carried years ago.
This pattern is such a great basic in any yarn.  Remember Sally's yellow and marled one in Cascade 220?  Love it.  This yarn and pattern are playing so nicely together, and the knit ribbed fabric is squishy and soft and awesome.  I cannot tell you the last time I knit a scarf for myself...the basics are often the best, aren't they?
On a completely separate note, we have TOSH.  Not a ton, but enough to get everyone riled up.  I can't promise that all of this Tosh Merino Light is still at the shop this week (jury duty), but I'm sure there is still plenty.  In addition to this stunning yarn, we have Unicorn Tails.  Yup.  Unicorn Tails.
Unicorn Tails are 52 yards of Tosh Merino Light skeined up for your colorworking pleasure.  We have a huge range of colors in these mini-skeins.
I can imagine these being the perfect thing for a shawl edging or some fancy mittens or an accent color on a cap. Or just collecting and displaying as art.  That's normal, right? 
Those neons up there are calling my name.  And the earth tones, and the warm pinks.  If this trial goes on too long, I'll be treating myself to some Tosh to keep me going.

Don't forget!  Debbie Bliss is coming to our little shop on Monday!  If you want to meet her and hang out and get inspired and see her new stuff, call us at the shop or stop by to pay your $5 and sign up!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Guess Who's Coming to Close Knit

So, Debbie Bliss is coming.  To our shop.  To chat with you about her fall pattern books, new yarn, and her design process.
Debbie is throwing out the opening pitch at the Stitch n' Pitch in Seattle on July 24, and she is making the rounds of the Pacific Northwest while she is in the neighborhood.  She has not been to the area in four years, and we are the only Portland shop that will be hosting a night with this iconic knitwear guru.
On July 21 from 6-8, we will have a chance to see her newest (not yet published) designs and try on samples from the fall books. There will be a book signing and a chance to pre-order all kinds of good stuff from her line.  Since we have such a cozy shop, the seating is limited.  We are asking that you pay a $5 class fee and sign up ahead of time by calling the shop or stopping by.
Sally is offering a 15% discount on all Debbie Bliss yarns and pattern books to all who attend the class.  Just keep your receipt from the class fee, and you can use that discount until August 21 on all Debbie Bliss goodies.  We will have a nice plump stock of our DB favorites like Baby Cashmerino, Paloma, and Cashmerino Aran.  Debbie will be bringing some of the new fall yarns with her, too.  We won't be seeing these in the shop until September or so, but we are really looking forward to checking them out in person.  Sally is particularly excited about the Fine Donegal, a tweedy sport weight with a touch of cashmere.
Debbie Bliss was instrumental in bringing knitting back, and her books, magazines, and yarns have impacted the wide world of fiber arts in countless ways.  Don't miss your chance to meet her!

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Summertime Sale: Berroco

Hey friends!  How is your summer knitting coming along?  I hope you found some great stuff at our sales.  Are you ready for the next one?  Me, too.

We will have all Berroco yarns at 15% off for the next week, July 7-13.  We have a really nice selection of stuff from Berroco, and I continue to be impressed by their yarns.  I recently rediscovered how much I love the good ol' Ultra Alpaca when I made the Little Girl's Shrug from Knitting Pure and Simple.
Just a skein and half for this little thing...I think I made the 10 year old size, and it's plenty big for my willnotstopgrowing 7 year old.  The color is rich and saturated, and I love the way the fabric knits up on a US7.  The 50% wool/alpaca blend holds its shape so nicely, but with the softness and drape that you'd expect from alpaca.  I need to make a sweater for myself using Ultra Alpaca.  Why have I not done this?
The beautiful and popular Folio (above) will be on sale, as will the well-loved Flicker
We have all been loving Weekend DK, too, and our color selection has improved since I snapped the photo above.  From crocheted pillows and doilies to amazing colorblocked sweaters, this yarn is versatile.  And a great value, too.  I have 6 skeins squirreled away to make another sweater for my girl.  The other cotton blends from Berroco, including Maya, Fuji, and Karma, will be on sale.  If you missed out on any of these during our cotton blend week, now is your time to get them on sale again.

Stay cool and keep knitting!