Custom Shawls.

We welcomed a new book to our teacart this week – let’s take a peek inside Custom Shawls, by Kate Atherly and Kim McBrien Evans!

As the title suggests, Custom Shawls is a book about design, a resource that encourages knitters to create their own special shawls and gives them the tools to do so.

 

Custom Shawls introduces a variety of shawl shapes and stitch patterns, along with guidance on how to combine them for a finished piece that perfectly suits the yarn at hand.

Yarn itself is an important factor in shawl design, of course, and Atherly and McBrien Evans spend time discussing fiber, gauge, color, and yarn construction, showing how each of these variables affects the knit fabric.

Custom Shawls is $27.50; order online for local pickup or shipping via USPS Priority Mail!

New colors in Malabrigo Rasta!

Malabrigo recently released a bunch of new colors in their super bulky Rasta yarn, and with our cooling weather, we’re especially excited to have them in stock!

Malabrigo Rasta:

  • super bulky weight
  • single ply
  • hand-dyed
  • 100% merino wool
  • 90 yards/150 g
  • $22 each

Rasta is plush and squishy, perfectly suited to cold-weather accessories, and one skein makes a hat or cowl in a hurry!

Here are a few hat pattern ideas for Rasta:

And a few cowls:

Along with the Pintada collection, we also have Malabrigo Rasta in the semisolid and variegated colorways pictured below.

Order online for local pickup or shipping!

Pom Pom Quarterly: Autumn 2020.

The Autumn 2020 issue of Pom Pom Quarterly has arrived here at the shop!

This issue is guest edited by Ocean Rose, who chose the theme “home,” so appropriate for the season any year, but especially this year. For safety and also in keeping with the theme, the folks at Pom Pom had models take their own photos at home, and the results are truly beautiful.

The cover sweater is a striking intarsia pullover by Sylvia Watts-Cherry, knit with Jamieson’s Shetland Spindrift.

Pick up this issue for essays by Sukrita Mahon and Elliot Maud, designs by Tressa Weidenaar, Audrey Borrego, thepetiteknitter, and others, and even a spectacular cheesecake recipe!

Pom Pom Quarterly is $18.50order online and we can ship it to you, or you can come by to pick it up here at the shop! Along with this issue, we also have the Summer 2019, Autumn 2019Spring 2020, and Summer 2020 issues in stock – preview them on our blog and get in touch if you’d like to add them to your Pom Pom collection!

Malabrigo Rios is here!

Malabrigo Rios is back in stock! We recently received a big box of some of our favorite colors, along with a couple we hadn’t seen before. The photos below show every color we have on our shelf right now, but place your orders quickly if there’s something here you’re interested in – Rios is one of the most popular yarns at our shop, and it sells fast!

Malabrigo Rios:

  • worsted weight
  • hand-dyed in variegated and semi-solid colorways
  • 100% superwash merino wool
  • 210 yards/100g
  • $15.40 each

Lisa Hannes is an avid designer of shawls, and I noticed two in her portfolio that recommend Malabrigo Rios – “Interlude” and “Ice Cream Shawl.” I’ve put together some color combinations with these shawls in mind, though there are so many other possibilities!

Order online if one of these colorways sparks your curiosity, or if you’d like to see a special combination just for you! We’re happy to help you plan your next project, and can ship your order or hold it here at the shop for local pickup. Thanks for all your support through our temporary closure!

Sale Trunk!

Back when we were open in the usual way, our Sale Trunk was a special place where discontinued yarns would pop up at deep discounts. The selection changed frequently, and you never knew what treasures might be found there at 30% – 40% off.

Now that we’re closed to walk-in visits due to COVID-19, we’re delighted to bring our Sale Trunk to our website! You can browse it virtually on this page, then use our online order form to place requests. Quantities vary from color to color and yarn to yarn – some we have lots of, while others are the last of their kind. If you’re curious about any of them, reach out and ask!

Rowan Wool Cotton:

  • DK weight
  • 50% merino wool, 50% cotton
  • machine-washable
  • 124 yards/50 g
  • Sale price: $9 each

Rowan Pure Wool Superwash DK:

  • DK weight
  • 100% superwash wool
  • 137 yards/50 g
  • Sale price: $5 each

Rowan Pure Wool Worsted:

  • worsted weight
  • 100% superwash wool
  • 219 yards/100 g
  • Sale price: $8 each

Shibui Staccato:

  • fingering weight
  • solid colors
  • 70% superwash merino, 30% silk
  • 191 yards/50 g
  • Sale price: $9.90 each

Shibui Rain:

  • DK weight
  • solid colors
  • 100% mercerized cotton
  • 135 yards/50 g
  • Sale price: $11.70 each

Shibui Drift:

  • worsted weight
  • solid colors
  • 85% merino, 15% cashmere
  • 110 yards/50 g
  • Sale price: $14.40

Punta del Este Linen Soft:

  • aran weight
  • solid colors
  • 100% linen
  • 85 yards/50 g
  • Sale price: $10 each

Noro Yuzen:

  • DK weight
  • self-striping
  • 56% wool, 34% silk, 10% mohair
  • 122 yards/50 g
  • Sale price: $6 each

Noro Cash Island:

  • DK weight
  • self-striping
  • 60% wool, 30% cashmere, 10% nylon
  • 110 yards/40 g
  • Sale price: $7.25 each

Geilsk Wool/Cotton:

  • fingering weight
  • solid colors
  • 55% wool, 45% cotton
  • 255 yards/50 g
  • Sale price: $8 each

Katia Fabula:

  • super bulky weight
  • variegated colors
  • 100% superwash merino
  • 38 yards/50 g
  • Sale price: $8 each

Berroco Peruvia Quick:

  • super bulky weight
  • solid color
  • 100% Peruvian highland wool
  • 103 yards/100 g
  • Sale price: $6.60 each

Get in touch if you’d like to place an order!

By Hand Lookbook No. 13: Northern California.

The latest volume of By Hand is here!

By Hand is a series of lookbooks where each issue focuses on a city or region. The subject matter is the makers of that community, the designers, hand-dyers, and fiber artists that both shape and draw inspiration from the place they call home.

This issue is all about Northern California, a beautiful part of the country that has been on our minds and in our hearts as wildfire season continues.

This region is home to a few familiar faces, including Julie Weisenberger of cocoknits, and natural dyer Brooke Sinnes of Sincere Sheep. We’re lucky to have some of her Cormo Fingering, Equity Fingering, Equity Sport, and Luminous DK in stock here at the shop – get in touch if you’re interested in what’s available!

Along with maker profiles and knitting patterns, By Hand also features recipes and other crafty projects. So many of us partake in a variety of handiwork, though we may call one or another a favorite; it’s nice to see a diversity of interests on display in this publication. That said, the knitting patterns in this issue are what caught our eye!

Order a copy through our website for a bit of armchair travel!

Dream in Color Sock-It Club: September.

The Dream in Color Sock-It Club is back! This time around, each limited edition skein of Smooshy comes with a 100-yard mini skein for coordinating heels and toes. $36 each, order while supplies last!

September’s colorway is autumn in a skein, a variegated mix of plummy brown, golden yellow, and silver gray, with a semisolid burgundy mini skein that beautifully sets off the main colors. Dyer Veronica was inspired by a bit of wanderlust, imagining what it would be like to see the leaves change in Paris.

Smooshy is a tightly-plied fingering weight yarn that’s ideal for sock knitting, composed of 85% superwash merino and 15% nylon for strength. There are so many wonderful sock patterns out there, but sometimes something simple is best, especially with such a highly variegated colorway – Madeline Gannon’s “Afterthought Heel Socks” are just the ticket.

We still have a handful of older Sock-It Club skein sets on hand, all at $36 each – order online for local pickup or shipping!

Show and tell at a distance.

Since we closed our doors to walk-in visits back in March, we’ve seen a lot less of our community, and though it’s the right thing to do in terms of safety, we sure miss seeing all of you! We also miss the inspiring works-in-progress and finished projects you’d bring in for show and tell. Fortunately, we can still see your creations from a safe distance – we’ve had some folks send photos, and others bring their knits with them when they pick up their orders outside the shop! Let’s have a look.

Amy made this “Juneberry” shawl with Brooklyn Tweed Arbor, a DK weight Targhee wool yarn whose sharp stitch definition does this pattern justice.

Katherine used Malabrigo Rios to knit this “Scalloped Shawl,” which looks just lovely in this pastoral setting. Rios has been more popular than ever, and we’re doing our best to keep it in stock in spite of production delays and backorders!

 

Sue has a fondness for Rios, too – she’s been keeping herself busy knitting hat after hat with this soft and squishy yarn! Here are some of the patterns she’s used, all free downloads from Ravelry:

Yet another project in Malabrigo Rios is above, at right – Margaretta’s second (or third, or fourth? I’ve lost count!) “Umaro” blanket. She made the one on the left with Berroco Ultra Wool DK.

Here’s another of Margaretta’s projects, a “Furrow Cowl” knit with Austermann Merino Silk.

Nancy was the first of many to order yarn from us for “Katie’s Kep,” the Shetland Wool Week hat for 2020. We helped her pick colors of Jamieson’s Shetland Spindrift, and it’s delightful to see how beautifully they came together in the finished hat.

 

Thanks to Amy, Katherine, Sue, Margaretta, and Nancy, for sharing your work with us! We can’t wait to see what comes off your needles next, and encourage anyone working with yarn from our shop to send photos or bring along your projects when you’re picking up an order. Stay in touch, and keep stitching!

Revisiting Room 606.

As I created colorways for Isager Spinni and Highland Wool over the past couple of weeks, I found myself paging through an older book by Helga Isager, Amimono: Room 606. It’s a stylish collection of garments and accessories inspired by Danish modernist design and architecture of the 1960s, and makes use of a variety of Isager yarns.

Amimono: Room 606, by Helga Isager – $29

The “Vivi” pullover caught my eye in particular because it happened to pair the two Isager yarns I’d been playing with, Spinni and Highland Wool.

Isager Spinni: lace weight, single ply, 100% Danish wool, 328 yards/50 g; $12.50 each

Isager Highland Wool: light fingering weight, 2ply, 100% Peruvian Highland wool, 301 yards/50 g; $10 each

The two yarns have a slight difference in thickness and in texture, bringing interest to the overall slip stitch pattern.

Both Marianne and Helga Isager have a fondness for combining their yarns two or three strands at a time – this creates interesting color combinations and unique fiber blends. The Isagers share this with the folks at Shibui, so I’ve brought them together in the colorways that follow, for the “Malene” hat.

Shibui Silk Cloud: lace weight, 60% mohair, 40% silk, 330 yards/25 g; $26.50 each

Get in touch to order a copy of Room 606 for yourself – use our online order form!

Shibui Haven + Malabrigo Caprino.

As soon as we saw Shibui Haven, another DK weight merino/cashmere blend came to mind – Malabrigo Caprino. Though these yarns have gauge, fiber content, yardage, and texture in common, they have such different looks simply because of how they’re dyed.

Malabrigo Caprino:

  • DK weight
  • hand-dyed, variegated, speckled, and semi-solid colorways
  • 80% merino, 20% cashmere
  • 159 yards/50 g
  • $18 each

I’m intrigued by the contrast between Shibui’s austere solids and Malabrigo’s wild hand-dyed shades, and I think they’d play beautifully together.

Here are a few pattern ideas for Haven and Caprino:

Eager to get these squishy cashmere yarns into your hands and onto your needles? Order online for local pickup or shipping!