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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!

Julie Hoover + Shibui Knits, Winter 2020.

Designer Julie Hoover has collaborated on something special with Shibui this season – a pattern collection and three special colorways which we are thrilled to have on our shelves now! Hoover’s three shades are Glacier, Vintage Rose, and Black Plum, an icy pale blue, a pink, and a deep purple. They fit beautifully in Shibui’s … [more]


Hello, Malabrigo Caprino.

This week, we welcome a brand new yarn from Malabrigo – meet Caprino! Caprino is a DK weight blend of 80% merino wool and 20% cashmere, and just as you’d expect from those fibers, it’s soft as can be. Each 50 gram skein has 159 yards, enough for a pair of mitts or small hat; … [more]


Dream in Color Pop Up! Club: January.

Dream in Color’s Pop Up! Club is back! Every month, we’re getting a special new colorway from Dream in Color, a Tuscon-based producer of small batch hand-dyed yarns. January’s new limited edition colorway is here while supplies last! January’s special colorway is a variegated mix of purples, from light lavender to deep plum. It’s dyed … [more]


Brooklyn Tweed Wool People 13 Trunk Show!

We are delighted to announce that a new trunk show from Brooklyn Tweed is here to spend a couple of weeks at our shop. Come by before January 26 to see the Wool People 13 collection! Wool People is an annual collaboration between Brooklyn Tweed and a variety of independent knitwear designers from around the world. … [more]


Shibui Sample of the Month: Virga.

January is here, and with it, a new Shibui Sample of the Month! We offer a 10% discount on the Shibui yarn used in our featured sample til the end of the month.     January’s sample is “Virga,” by Jennifer Miller Comstock, an airy cardigan with voluminous sleeves and luxurious drape. It’s knit with … [more]


Brooklyn Tweed Sample of the Month: Slade.

Our Brooklyn Tweed Sample of the Month for January is here! Come by this month to see “Slade.” “Slade” is a cardigan designed by Michele Wang for BT Men in 2013, which was then and is still now a rarity in hand knitting: a collection of garments for men. This shawl-collared cardigan is knit with … [more]


Hello, Tweed Silk Cloud.

Back in November, a new yarn from Shibui arrived without nearly the fanfare it deserved. Today I’m here to shine a light on it – meet Tweed Silk Cloud! Tweed Silk Cloud is a luxurious lace weight yarn with the same fiber content as Shibui’s beloved Silk Cloud – mohair and silk – but the … [more]


New year’s eve.

2019 was a big year for us here at the shop, full of exciting new yarns, books, bags, and classes. We celebrated our thirteenth year in business with an exclusive Malabrigo colorway, delighted in an informal knitalong, and worked every day toward our goal of bringing the best quality yarns and information to the wonderful … [more]


Back in stock: Schoolhouse Press.

Some of our favorite Schoolhouse Press titles are now back in stock! The Opinionated Knitter is a collection of Elizabeth Zimmermann’s original newsletters and the clever designs within. It also includes updates from her daughter, Meg Swansen, and new photos of these classic designs. This is an inspiring book, and a bit sentimental for me … [more]


Hello, Ultra Wool Chunky.

Brand new from Berroco, meet the newest member of the Ultra Wool family – hello, Ultra Wool Chunky! Like Ultra Wool, Ultra Wool DK, and Ultra Wool Fine, Ultra Wool Chunky is a 100% superwash wool that’s soft, sturdy, and economical. Ultra Wool Chunky is a bulky weight, perfect for cozy garments and accessories for adults … [more]