close knit: the neighborhood yarn shop

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Closed Monday!

Close Knit friends! I am not even sure what day it is...this week is so weird. But we are open regular hours all weekend, closed Monday for New Year's Day, and then open again regular hours starting Tuesday. See you soon!

Everyone Loves the Sparkles

We have the ever-popular Plymouth DFM Baby Alpaca Glow back in the shop. This yarn is a favorite...perfectly snowy white with just a little frost-kissed sparkle. The DFM stands for Dye For Me, since this yarn is intended to be a base for hand-dyers to create their own lovely colorways. That would be fun, too, but I love it just as it is!

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Lucky You!

Did you receive a lovely Close Knit gift certificate in your holiday loot this year? (I did!) Pop in to the shop and choose something you'll love to make and use. Nothing like having a new project ready for the new year! 
We are open 10-6 today (Wednesday), but no Open Knit this week. Thursday, Friday and Saturday will be regular hours this week as well. See you soon!

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Holiday Hours

Hey fiber friends! We are closing up a little early today, and we will be closed tomorrow. Come in and see us today for any last minute gifts or supplies. Or just because you want more yarn for yourself!

Saturday, December 23, 2017

IK Winter 2018

The Winter 2018 issue of Interweave Knits is gorgeous. Especially if you love to knit sweaters. Or cables. Or colorwork. Here's a look.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Lopi Knit-a-long

Pic borrowed from Ravelry page.
Any Lopi lovers out there??? We are hosting a knit-a-long for this gorgeous Kate Davies sweater, Ásta Sóllilja. The knit-a-long starts January 10 during Open Knit Night, 6-9PM. If you want to use Lopi, come in before Christmas to order your colors. If you aren't a Lopi lover, you can make it out of any Aran weight yarn. Adrienne will be hosting the knit-a-long, and is even willing to help you steek this into a cardigan if that's more your jam. Give us a call with any questions, and come join us for the knit-a-long!

Monday, December 18, 2017

Eye Candy

Take a look at this cozy Wave sock! Worked up in the worsted weight 220 Superwash Wave, you could crank these out as a gift for yourself or someone you like. The pattern is a sort-of-made-up one by Emily. Give us a call or stop in to get the details. Love the way the colors worked up!

Friday, December 15, 2017

Quick Cowl

It's the time of year for warm and quick projects! How about the Paco Cowl? One skein and some US19 circular needles and you (or someone you love) will be warm and toasty. We have a nice range of lovely neutrals for you to choose from!
And here is the comprehensive pattern ;)

Monday, December 11, 2017

Eye Candy

It's a tub full of Knitted Wit Smarties for your Monday morning. Perfect for sock heels and toes or striping anything with lots of different colors. Enjoy!

Saturday, December 9, 2017

It's Time for Blankets!

Hey knitters! It's time to sign up for the 2018 Blanket Class!
In this class, you'll meet up once a month on Monday or Tuesday nights, depending on which sessions you choose. Each month, you'll work on a new square using an interesting stitch pattern that Adrienne will teach you. At the end of it all, she will show you how to put it all together into your new favorite blanket. And just like that, you have a blanket!

We are gearing up to order yarn for the class, which starts in January. This class is really fun, and your blanket will be awesome! If this sounds like fun to you, please give us a call or stop in to sign up and pre-order your yarn. You can use a solid color or mix it up with whatever you like. Sally needs to get the orders in soon, so please call or stop in this week.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Wool Wash!

Do your woolies need washing? The Farmer's Daughter Wool Wash is just the ticket! With lanonin to replenish and tea tree oil to protect, you wool items will be so happy. All of the scents are amazing, but I think the bergamont chamomile is my favorite. Pop in for a sniff and choose the ones you like best!

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Bounce Baby Blanket

We are not big kit people at the shop, but sometimes a really good one comes along. Like this Bounce Baby Blanket kit from Knitted Wit and tincanknits

These blankets kits use Knitted Wit Victory DK, a sproingy and bouncy machine-washable merino. We have a rainbow variegated kit called Happy Birthday. Look at all of those bright and fun colors!
We also have a more muted option for your hipster baby called So Hip it Hurts. Love that olive brown background colors. And all of the accent colors. This would be so cool!
They were difficult to photograph in the bags, and I was afraid I'd lose a wee skein if I started unpacking. So come on by and see the lovely colors for yourself!
P.S. There are several gorgeous examples of this knit up on Ravelry using these kits! Aghh, now I want one, too!

Monday, December 4, 2017

Eye Candy

Look at the stunning fade shawl one of our lovely gals is knitting up with the Spun Right Round Fade Kits. Thanks for sharing, Amanda!

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Crochet Workshop Starts This Weekend!

Melissa has created some lovely new samples to lure you into her Crochet Workshop, starting this Sunday afternoon! If you've ever wanted to learn to crochet, this is your chance. You'll learn the basics during the first week, creating a cute chunky cowl. Then onto fingerless mitts and a beanie! Three accessories by the middle of December. Perfect! Give us a call or pop in to sign up.

Monday, November 27, 2017

Eye Candy

Sparkle sock yarn from Knitted Wit. The Pixie Plied is 400 yards of awesome sock yarn with sparkles. The solid colors are so pretty, too!

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Holiday Hours and Cotton Candy

Hopefully you are all finding some time to relax this weekend. If you need to stock up on your knitting supplies, we are open today from 10AM-6PM. (No Open Knit Night tonight though.) We are happy to set you up with a fun and satisfying project for traveling or just hanging out. Maybe a fun hat with this Knitted Wit Cotton Candy? Or these cozy slippers?
Pic borrowed from Rav pattern page.
We will be closed on Thursday, but open again at 10AM on Friday and regular hours all weekend. Pop in and say hi!

Monday, November 20, 2017

Eye Candy

Talk about eye candy. Yum.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Spun Right Round Fade Kits

Have you all jumped on the fade bandwagon? You can fade hats, shawls (so many shawls), sweaters (for kids and grown ups) many possibilities. Basically, you choose a range of yarns that all play nicely together and knit them into something that makes you happy.
This seems to work really nicely with hand-dyed yarns. Lucky you! We have a bunch of gorgeous sets all ready for you from Spun Right Round
We have some neons, some earthtones, some pastels, and some black and whites with a pop. These have been packaged up in sets of six or five, so you can choose what you need based on the size of your projects. 
These will make great gifts (hint, hint) and they are going fast! Stop in and find your favorite fade!

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Jagger Heather

This Jagger Heather yarn is such a dream all knit up. We have this gorgeous hat sample in the shop...look at all that beautiful variation. It's a weighty Aran weight, but I can't figure out which yarn it is on Ravelry! Regardless, it's amazing. Look at these colors! (Especially that red...oh my.)

Monday, November 13, 2017

Eye Candy

Silk and wool? Yes, please. The DK Zephyr is something to love.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Cestari is Here

I'm so excited to see this rustic barny wool in the shop!
I've been oggling the Cestari Traditional Collection 2 Ply online for some time now, and I am beyond excited that I now have easy access to it. Look at all that marled goodness.
This yarn is 100% Targhee/Columbia wool, and it's crunchy and rustic and made in the USA. Cestari claims that it will hold up to a cold machine wash, as the yarn does not felt easily, but I don't think I'd chance it. Avoid dry cleaning to retain the lovely natural lanolin. Your knitted garment will soften up as you wear it and with each cold hand washing.

We have a pretty little swatch to show off how nicely this Aran weight wool knits up.
Sally is working on some nice cozy Hyak socks with the Cestari. They are going to be perfect for staying cozy by the fire at home.
Photo from Rav pattern page.
I've been holding on to this Sounds of Life Cardigan pattern for awhile now, looking for good alternative yarns in our shop. But now I can just knit it with the intended Cestari.
Photo from Rav pattern page.
If you like rustic and marled, this yarn is calling your name. Pop in and take a look!