close knit: the neighborhood yarn shop

Thursday, July 28, 2016


The fall issue of Knitscene has some cute stuff! I know it's July. Bear with me. The Barton Cowl on the cover looks like fun. It's knit up with light fingering yarn, but I think any fabulous sock yarn would be fun. Think of the color combinations.

Classic black, white, and grey look so good together in the Suzuri Hat, Hanshi Wrap, Sumi Sweater, and Fude Tee.
The big, relaxed fit on those pullovers looks so appealing. Perfect layers for the fall.
The Warren Cowl (above) works up in three earthy shades of Cascade Nevado. If you've never tried brioche stitch before, this would be a great place to start. This Parks Wrap is really classy, yes? Worked up in a light sport weight yarn, it would be a lovely gift.
The Alice Hoodie reminds me a bit of the wildly popular Central Park Hoodie from way back when. That garter stitch panel up the back is unusual and cool on a cabled hoodie
Since we have lots of Blue Sky Bulky in the shop, you can make this Amelia Hat in a jiffy. Plus, pom pom.
We have already discussed this gorgeous gansey-style pullover designed with flyWHEEL. The Troposphere Sweater is in my queue and waiting.
Summer seems to be upon us, but we can just keep knitting.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Eye Candy Monday

The gorgeous colors of Cumbria Worsted and Fingering caught my eye and imagination this morning, and I wanted to share. And with color names like Buttermere, Scafell Pike, and Hadrian's Wall, who could resist? Enjoy the beautiful day!

Thursday, July 21, 2016


Inspiration can come from so many places. I know several friends who have been prompted to knit entire sweaters just because of a few fabulous buttons. They can really make or break a project.
We always have such a nice selection in the shop, and it's fun to see new choices added to our collection.

Our newest batch includes lovely wood, bright colors, and cute designs. The little flowers are a shop favorite, and the slightly oblong ones are so pretty. Do any of these inspire you to cast on?

Monday, July 18, 2016

Eye Candy

The Fall issue of Knitscene is already out. Everyone is jumping! This Troposphere Sweater in Harrisville flyWHEEL has my blood pumping. More to come soon...

Friday, July 15, 2016


The newest yarn in the shop, Manos del Uruguay Alegria, is really pretty. The semi-solids are rich and saturated. The pink and gold have captured my heart. Look at those colors.
Manos always does a great job with their variegated colors as well. Take a look at these gorgeous shades. Everything from subtle pastels to crazy bright carnival colors.

I love these unusual natural-based shades, too. The speckled colors knit up in a really unusual way. I checked out some Ravelry projects using these to give you an idea. Take a look at Columbina and Aguayo.
These skeins are 445 yards of machine-washable sock yarn in some of the best colors. Stop by the big table in the shop to see for yourself!

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Blue Sky Fibers Bulky

I am loving these new labels for the Blue Sky Fibers (formerly Alpacas) Bulky. The yarn is the same lovely stuff we have come to know, and we have a little stash of our favorite shades in the drawers.
I was poking around the new Blue Sky Fibers website a bit, and I found this awesome free hat pattern using two skeins of Bulky. If you love the three-color pom, you can find a great little tutorial on their blog as well. You'll just need a little bit of the contrasting colors for the pom. Find a friend and trade scraps, perhaps?
Photo borrowed from BSF site.
The new blog is really lovely and well worth a look. The Strand represents the joining of the forces behind Blue Sky and Spud & Chloe. They include tutorials, free patterns, and knit-a-longs, as well as interesting articles on organic fibers, sheepy travels, and design inspiration. If you love fiber and yarn, I highly recommend taking a look!

Monday, July 11, 2016

Eye Candy Monday

I made a small hat using the Universal Cotton Supreme. It is sooooo soft. Tassel is forthcoming.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Summer Sale Section

As we welcome all sorts of fabulous new yarns into the shop, we are running out of space in our little nooks and crannies. We have a whole section of books and patterns on sale, as well as an ever-changing tower of sale yarns. 
I'm not sure if we will have a big summer sale this year, but these baskets will be kept full of goodies marked way down for your fibery enjoyment!

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Just in Time

Look, I finished a cozy wooly pullover just in time for July. It still needs a good blocking, but I'm so happy to finally have my Tea with Jam and Bread off the needles.
I used six skeins of Harrisville Designs Highland, four of the green and one each of the orange and blue. You know I love my crunchy yarns, and this is one of the best. The stitches are crisp, and it holds up to wear really well. I'm looking forward to giving this a good soak to make the yarn soften and bloom. Then I can tuck it away and look forward to having a new sweater in the fall!