close knit: the neighborhood yarn shop

Monday, April 29, 2019

Eye Candy

New shades of Beiroa from Retrosaria. And these new labels are perfect.

Friday, April 26, 2019


And for something completely opposite of the Nightshade from the last's Berroco Nebula! It appears that this sample piece shows a color repeat from several (all?) colorways, but it's hard to tell.
This is a single ply superwash merino in a light sport to fingering weight. Lots of folks have used it to make a Zick Zack scarf, a freebie on Ravelry. 
Pic borrowed from janetwynne's Rav project page.
You'll just need 2 skeins in different shades to get a really cool effect. Looks like the Hitchhiker and Daybreak shawls are popular choices, too. It would be cool to just knit a tube scarf using a few skeins and a 16" circular. You'd end up with a really cool scarf without having to think about it much at all. 
Pic borrowed from Rav pattern page.

Emily's Mini Fade would be fun, too! If you need some color after all of those grey months, maybe Nebula is what you're looking for.

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Nightshades Trunk Show

We have some fabulous Nightshades pieces in the shop from Harrisville Designs. These knitted items have such a nice hand, and the yarn has a lovely crunch to it. 
The cables and ribbing and texture really pop with the Nightshades, and the designs are so cool.

I love how different these shades all look even though they all have the same black base. Each sone has a different color added in, and it's great to see how them all worked up.
This yarn is nearly impossible to photograph, though, so it's best in person. You should come on down to the shop and see for yourself. You are also welcome to try on the pieces. If you figure out the best way to wear this cowl/shawl/wrap, please let me know!

Monday, April 22, 2019

Eye Candy

Lang Lace...mohair and silk in sweet spring shades.

Friday, April 19, 2019


The newest from Retrosaria is on the shelves! Vovó is a stunning sport weight wool in some lovely shades. How do they make it shiny? I don't know but I love it!
My favorites are this beautiful red and this green.
What would you call this one? Barn red? Crimson? Ruby? 

How about the green? Moss? Forest? Army? I suppose the names don't matter.
Pic borrowed from Rav pattern page.

This hard-wearing yarn would be fabulous for mittens or gloves. How about the Fiddlehead Mittens? This pattern has been around since 2008 and has over 3,500 projects on Ravelry. Seems legit.
Pic borrowed from Rav pattern page.
There are so many gorgeous colorwork sweaters out there in sport weight. The world is your oyster on that front. How about The twigs? I had forgotten that this one was a sport weight. Now I can only imagine it in Vovó.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019


The Summer 2019 Knitscene is fun! Can I show you some of the things that caught my eye?
These hat and socks look like great basics on their own, but the visible mending look adds a little something extra to this set.
My 90's teenage self is jonesing for this lace tube/tank top.
Summer is a great time to knit wraps and with some color and texture and interesting stitches on a not-sweater-sized project.

This cute biased top is so springy and cute, too!
And a cotton tote bag is never a bad idea for summer.
We love to knit all summer long! What do you all like to knit in the warmer months?

Monday, April 15, 2019

Eye Candy

Back in stock!

Friday, April 12, 2019


I have wanted to tell you all about these lovely products from Kiriko, but they keep disappearing. The folks at this Portland-based company are thinking about textiles as part of a larger story and working to show respect to that story through processes and products. And making some beautiful items in the process.
We have a collection of very well-made totes, zipper bags, and a few pillows made from really gorgeous fabrics in the shop for you to see. We are trying to keep these products in stock, but they are finding homes very quickly. 

These would make really sweet gifts for yourself or anyone in your life who needs to carry things. If this sort of thing appeals to you, come by this weekend and see what we have!

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Daruma Geek

Look at this gloriously weird stuff.
Daruma Geek is a light and fluffy bulky wool/poly/alpaca yarn. This stuff has a cool halo wrapped around a core of an entirely different color. Take a look at these combos...

What to make with this? Something fabulous. I just added Capo to my Ravelry favorites this morning. Only six balls to make the medium size, which looks quite generous.
Pic borrowed from Rav pattern page.
This would be light as air and so so warm. The pictures of this yarn on Ravelry look really cool, and I would love to see how this knits up in person. Has anyone worked with Geek? Anything to report?

Monday, April 8, 2019

Eye Candy

You will want to put your nose right in here when you come in to the shop. That's exactly what I did and my senses were soothed by all of these lovely aromas. 
The Sock Soap (not just for socks) and the Hand Balm from Tuft Woolens are lovely. I was pretty excited about the Mossy Woods scent, and Melissa is loving the Vetiver and Cedarwood. I don't really think you can go wrong.

Friday, April 5, 2019


My daughter would call these Mixed Matched Mitts, but they are really the Virginia Mitts from Blue Sky Fibers.
Knit in the softest of soft Baby Alpaca, these would be fun to knit and to give to a happy friend with chilly hands...also an ideal on the go project this spring and summer. Sitting at practices and games? Riding the max to work? Waiting for an appointment? Never hurts to have some mittens to knit.

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Pom Pom for Spring!

The new Pom Pom is really cute! Let's take a peek at my favorites.

Loving that cover sweater, Woodwardia, in a good ol' worsted weight. The raglan details and that cozy turtleneck might not say spring, but I can see this being a great sweater to pull over my PJs on those chilly mornings.
How about a lovely crocheted top? I know we have a nice selection of sport weight linens and cottons in the shop for this Water Clover.
The Sweetfern hat has a little bit of brioche and some beautiful texture. So many fingering weight yarns to choose from.
The lovely Adiantum is sweet and unusual. That colorwork is so delicate!
I am loving the structural lines of Ginkophyte, worked in a fingering weight yarn with that pretty panel of texture.
Finally, Vivarium, designed with the fabulous Retrosaria Beiroa, which we are loving in the shop. This rustic wool in gorgeous shades is just perfect for a graphic colorwork design like this one. There are some fun color swatches in the magazine so you can visualize different combinations.
I like the pop of neon in the green version, but that black one with the neutral shades really gets me. 

Pom Pom is such a great publication, and these are just a few of the pieces in this issue. It's great to see such lovely spring designs!

Monday, April 1, 2019

Eye Candy

Sometimes I walk through the shop and some little corner of color grabs my attention. This time it was the combo of this buttery yellow and the sky blue. The garnet red doesn't hurt either. This Malabrigo Chunky is some lovely yarn.