close knit: the neighborhood yarn shop

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Jogging Stripes Scarf

Emily has a new pattern using the Noro Silk Garden Sock. Choose two skeins that contrast but still play nicely together for the best effect, and go purchase the Jogging Stripes Scarf pattern on Ravelry. If you are not a Raveler, stop by the shop and we are happy to get this pattern into your hands so you can get it on to your needles!
Emily uses alternating bands of texture to really show off the gradient of the Silk Garden Sock, and we have lots of fun colorways to choose from. You could also easily make this into a wider wrap if that's more your style. What a fabulous way to use a gradient or self-striping yarn!

Monday, October 28, 2019

Eye Candy

We have a fresh batch of Lang Cashmere Light on the counter, and it's the perfect thing for making a squishy and cozy ribbed cowl using this easy pattern.
Sadly, our sweet blue sample has disappeared from the shop! While we hope it is doing someone good out there on these chilly days, we are sad that it is gone.
Good thing we have so many new shades to choose from for a new one! These do make fabulous and easy gifts. Maybe someone you love needs a warm neck this winter...

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Amirisu Issue 19

This newest issue of Amirisu is just so nice. I want to live in its pages. They have switched to a larger format, and it's full of good stuff. My favorites are at the bottom...

These last two are the ones I've got my eye on. A subtly striped pullover in fingering yarn and a stranded yoked psweater in pencil roving. Because my love of knitting spans all the gauges and techniques apparently. Happy knitting!

Monday, October 21, 2019

Eye Candy

On this Monday morning, wishing I was back on my couch knitting away on this 1966 Blanket out of Cascade Magnum.

Friday, October 18, 2019

Kelbourne Perennial

If you need a neon pink fingering yarn, we have you covered. The Kelbourne Woolens Perennial is a really vibrant superwash merino/alpaca blend with just enough nylon to give it some strength. Between the nylon and the superwash, you can make some really cool socks with this stuff! Maybe some mustard yellow and hot pink stripes?
If it's not socks you're after, there are so many other options. I love the delicate colorwork on this Stonecrop Pullover.
Pic borrowed from Rav project page.
How about this Soldotna Crop?
Photo borrowed from Rav project page.
I've been longing for an Oslo Hat. You'd need to hold the Perennial with some silk mohair for that magical halo. Do I need a hot pink one or a more subtle one like this pretty hat?
Photo borrowed from Rav project page.

I think we should all make one. Which color do you like best?

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Laine No. 9

The newest Laine Magazine is in the shop and full of pretty things! So many cozy sweaters and wraps for these chilly days. I love all of the texture and interesting colorwork.

Monday, October 14, 2019

Eye Candy

Oh, the beautiful jewel tones of Malabrigo Worsted...

Friday, October 11, 2019

New Shibui

The two new yarns from Shibui Knits are really cool! Nest is a lovely wool alpaca blend with a modern marled look. All of the shades work up into a really cool fabric, but I love the black and white one the best. I have been loving the mid-weight DK yarns lately, and this one is a keeper.

Take a peek at this beautiful Sindi cowl worked up with Nest and Silk Cloud. What a luxury!
Pic borrowed from Shibui Knits
We also have Tweed Silk Cloud in the shop, and it is so unusual. It's like a more rustic version of the Silk Cloud that has been around for awhile. Just like the original, this yarn looks great on its own or paired with other yarns.

If you are a fan of the luxurious Shibui shades and textures, you will want to stop in and see these new yarns.

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Night Rainbow

I love this beautiful yarn. Nightshades from Harrisville Designs makes the prettiest moody rainbow, with subtle colors blended in with the black base. The yarn is American Cormo and wool, and it has the most lovely hand when it's worked up, substantial and lofty at the same time. It's technically a DK yarn, but it knits up at a range of gauges. Nightshades is all grown, processed, and dyed in the United States, which makes me love it even more.

I have some of this stashed away to make myself a Cline (I think), but I have also been perusing Ravelry for inspiration. I ran across this gorgeous Night Rainbow dreamed up by katrampant (@kat.rampant on Instagram).
Photo by @kat.rampant
Kat used the Blank Slate pattern by Ysolda Teague to make this super cool Night Rainbow pullover, and I love how the stripe pattern shows off the subtle colors of this yarn. Thanks, Kat, for letting me share your photo and your rad sweater!

Monday, October 7, 2019

Eye Candy

Look at the cuties from local friends, Nerd Bird Makery. These enamel pins are perfect for your yarn bag, jean jacket, knitted hat, whatever. Pink sparkly sheep, knitting mermaids, yarn sushi, and gorgeous yarn hair!

Friday, October 4, 2019

Electra Lite

Look at the sparkles! The Electra Lite from Plymouth Yarns is the sparkly sock yarn of your dreams. As long as your dreams are pink, purple, blue, and silver. Then we have you covered.

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Ascutney Pullover

Ummmm, what is this lovely creation from Amy Christoffers? Is it a super cool pullover using short rows to create a gorgeous landscape look? I think it is.
Pic borrowed from Rav pattern page

The Ascutney Pullover is (free) pattern from Knitty (who are definitely still around and putting out really great stuff). We have two new yarns in the shop that would really be perfect for this. They are both fluffy and light for being thicker yarns.

The Aireado from Plymouth is just the perfect thing. And those colors all play so nicely together. This sweater would knit up so quickly and your final garment would be so soft and cuddly. I'm envisioning light grey pullover with touches of red, white, and black. Or the oatmeal as the main with purple, white, and black. Whatever you choose would be so cool.
We also have the Aereo from Cascade. It's a little bit closer to Aran weight than bulky, but I think you could make it work. We have a wider range of colors, including the variegated shades of Aereo Duo. Imagine the gold and green and a few grey together. Or maybe pinks and purples for a sunset kind of thing. So many possibilities!

As the designer points out, this sweater does not involve any intarsia. It's all short rows, which are fun and relatively easy to do. The sweater is knitted from the bottom up and all the parts are joined at the yoke with raglan decreases up to the neckline. If you've never tried this kind of colorwork, I think this would be a really fun place to start!