Back in stock: Zauberball Crazy.

After nearly selling out of the stuff during our July sale, Schoppel-Wolle Zauberball Crazy is back!

Zauberball Crazy is a marled fingering weight yarn that slowly changes from one color to the next several yards at a time, so that whatever you’re knitting or crocheting with it comes out striped.

I love to see patterns that set off a self-striping yarn with a solid color – it can break up the stripes, softening the appearance, or draw attention to the construction of the garment. Here are a few pattern ideas:

We’re happy to help you find just the right solid color to set off the Zauberball Crazy in your next project, sending photos of several options, helping calculate yardage, and so on. We also keep the single-ply Schoppel-Wolle Zauberball in stock, along with the sport weight Zauberball Starke 6 – get in touch with questions or to place an order!

Dream in Color Sock-It Club: August.

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.

Dyer Veronica was inspired by shimmering red and teal Betta fish when she developed August’s colorway.

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 last year’s Sock-It Club skein sets on hand, all at $36 each – order online for local pickup or shipping!

Sporty + Arroyo + The Shift.

Ewe Ewe Sporty is back in stock! This sport weight superwash merino has been popular lately, especially for Heather Walpole’s free “Temperature Tee,” so we’re pleased to have refreshed our supply.

Ewe Ewe Sporty:

  • sport weight
  • solid colors
  • 100% superwash merino
  • 145 yards/50 grams
  • $10 each

Sporty is a good fit for Andrea Mowry’s “The Shift,” a cousin of her popular “Nightshift” shawl. “The Shift” is smaller in gauge and in scale, and while it looks like a triangular shawl wrapped around the neck, it’s actually a cowl, which many find easier to wear. You’ll need 200 yards each in three colors, and while there are plenty of tempting combinations in Sporty, I couldn’t resist adding some Malabrigo Arroyo to the mix. These two yarns match in terms of gauge and fiber content, and they bring out the best in one another – here are a few color combinations for “The Shift” cowl!

Malabrigo Arroyo:

  • sport weight
  • hand-dyed, speckled and variegated colorways
  • 100% superwash merino
  • 335 yards/100 g
  • $18.60 each

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!

Back in stock: the Lilly Brush.

I’m happy to report that Lilly Brushes are back in stock here at the shop!

The Lilly Brush is not a glamorous tool, but a practical one, a brush designed to remove pills from knitted fabric. The bristles on the Lilly Brush pick up stray fibers and pills as you brush it across your garment.

Many of us who love working with squishy, soft yarns have had to face the fact that those yarns often pill. Fine, short fibers feel soft to the touch, and it’s those fibers that are the first to be pulled out of the yarn with abrasion, creating little puffs that stand out from the fabric while clinging to it. Fibers with longer staple lengths will not pill as quickly, and the same goes for tightly plied yarns, but the sad reality is that pilling is a part of life for nearly all knitted garments, especially those that get lots of wear – sweater armpits, for example. If we can’t avoid pills altogether, our best defense against them is removing them once they arise. The Lilly Brush is a great tool for this job!

Lilly Brushes are $12.95 each and come in either red or black – order online for local pickup or USPS Priority Mail shipping, we’re happy to tuck one of these handy tools into your next order!

Modern Daily Knitting Field Guide No. 15: Open.

The fifteenth installment of the Modern Daily Knitting Field Guide series is here! Let’s take a peek inside.

Yes, Ann Shayne and Kaye Gardiner are now Modern Daily Knitting, a welcome name change that they wrote about on their blog. MDK’s series of Field Guides are pocket-sized booklets focused on a particular theme, knitting technique, or designer. This latest one, Open, features five patterns from designer Jeanette Sloan.

Open in this case refers to openwork, the eyelets and negative spaces of lace knitting. Sloan’s designs for Field Guide No. 15 are an invitation to lace knitting for knitters of all levels, building on skills from one pattern to the next.

MDK Field Guides are $14.95 each; order online for local pickup or shipping, and let us know if we can recommend a yarn for any of these patterns – happy to make suggestions and send photos of what we have available!

Cocoknits Needle Gauge.

Cocoknits’ new needle gauge is now in stock!

This compact and cleverly designed gadget is beautiful and practical, a rainbow stack of connected discs for sizing knitting needles between sizes US 0 – 15. Julie Weisenberger, knitwear designer and founder of Cocoknits, was inspired by a jeweler’s tool for sizing diamonds.

It’s made of PLA, a 100% biodegradable, plant-based plastic substitute, and costs $15.

Our own HYS needle gauge is much larger, by comparison, but covers a wider range of needle sizes and costs only $5. We’re happy to have both in stock, since different knitters have different preferences when it comes to tools of the trade, and some of us like having both in our notions bag.

We have lots of other Cocoknits notions in stock – all kinds of stitch markers, Maker’s Keeps, Accessory Rolls, Stitch Stoppers, Stitch Fixers, Claw Clips, Natural Mesh Bags, and more. You can see all of these notions and then some on our Instagram highlights. Order online for local pickup or USPS Priority Mail shipping!

Back in stock: Kelbourne Woolens Scout.

Mills around the world have been closed or working at lower capacity due to COVID-19, causing delays in shipping and short supply on some of our favorite yarns. Kelbourne Woolens Scout is one such yarn, but after months of waiting, we are delighted to have it back in stock!

Kelbourne Woolens Scout

  • DK weight
  • 2ply, worsted spun
  • 100% wool
  • 274 yards/100 grams
  • $16 each

Marie Greene’s new “Soundtrack” is a circular yoke pullover, knit from the top-down in 2 shades of Scout. It was the subject of a recent Knit-Along, so hundreds of knitters have already made it, though it’s very recently published – this means you can see lots of great color combinations on Ravelry! Here are some more ideas:

Order online for local pickup or shipping via USPS Priority Mail!

Eat & Knit, by Marianne Isager & Camillo’s Kitchen.

When we’re not talking about yarn, Anne and I often chat about food as we work – we both love to cook and share intriguing recipes. Thus, we find Marianne Isager’s new book especially enticing – let’s take a look inside Eat & Knit!

Eat & Knit is a collaboration between knitwear designer Marianne Isager and Camillo’s Kitchen, a pop-up restaurant in Tversted, Denmark.

The knitting patterns and recipes in this collection are all organized around a particular ingredient – cauliflower, beet, lemon, and so on. It’s fun to see the fruits and vegetables reflected in the knitwear!

We keep a variety of Isager yarns in stock here at the shop, though not every single one – ask us and we’ll help connect you with the yarn you’re looking for or a good substitute.

Eat & Knit is $21.95; order online for local pickup or shipping via USPS Priority Mail!

Koigu Collector’s Club: Glass Art.

The Koigu Collector’s Club continues! Each month, we’ll receive 21 skeins of KPPPM in a limited edition color dyed especially for a select group of local yarn stores that carry Koigu.

Our most recent shipment from Koigu is Glass Art, another playful variegated colorway. These special skeins are predominantly silver gray, streaked and spotted with whimsical pops of purple, aqua, pink, and blue. It looks a lot like last month’s Barn Art colorway, which sold out in record time!

What to make with these pretty skeins? For a small project, try Laura Chau’s “Serviceberry Mitts,” knit with just one or two skeins of Koigu KPPPM, depending on the size. Want to play with more than one color? Check out Fatimah Hinds’ “Pigdale,” a striped hat with a bit of texture. We still have some Koigu KPPPM Ballet in stock, which pairs well with Glass Art.

Glass Art also pops against a true solid, like these three in Brooklyn Tweed Peerie.

For a larger project, check out Rebecca McKenzie’s new “Francy Shawl,” or pair Glass Art with a semisolid hand-dyed yarn for Tamy Gore’s “Kymani” shawl. Here are a few color ideas with Fyberspates Vivacious 4ply!

  • Koigu KPPPM: $15.50 each
  • Fyberspates Vivacious 4ply: $24.20 each
  • Brooklyn Tweed Peerie: $15.25 each

Get in touch if you’d like to place an order – we can ship these directly to you or hold your purchase here for pickup while our storefront is temporarily closed!

Sale Spotlight: Kauni Effektgarn.

Everything in our shop is 15% off during July, our Annual Inventory Sale! All month, I’ll be shining a spotlight on the yarns we have in stock – today, let’s look at Kauni Effektgarn!

Kauni Effektgarn:

  • sport weight
  • 2 ply, self-striping
  • 100% wool
  • 440 yards/100 grams – sold in 140, 150, and 160 gram balls
  • prices vary by weight – $29 – $36 each

Kauni is unique even among its fellow self-striping yarns at the shop for its long stretches of color. It can be difficult to visualize exactly how the colors are going to play out in a gradually self-striping yarn like Kauni – this octopus-like book of swatches helps, showing what each colorway looks like when it’s knit up.

This kind of yarn lends itself to patterns shaped with short rows, like “Wingspan,” “Dreambird,” and “Bermuda Scarf,” where the changing color highlights the construction of the piece.

Order online for local pickup or shipping via USPS Priority Mail!

Just a reminder–all sales are final on discounted items; there can be no exchanges or returns. Thanks!