Book Sale!

Local Yarn Store Day is coming up, and we’re celebrating all week long with a Book Sale!

All in-stock books and magazines are 25% off from April 13 – 17, making this a great time to indulge in an exciting new publication, or pick up an older title that escaped notice the first time around – we have an awful lot of books to choose from!

Browse some of the latest and most popular publications below:

… and so much more! Place orders by phone or online for local pickup or shipping; we’ll take 25% all in-stock books and magazines ordered now through April 17. We’re more than happy to check our supply for any titles not listed here, just ask us – thanks for helping us make room for new books and magazines!

 

A reminder: all sales are final on discounted items; there will be no exchanges or returns. Thanks!

Strands of Joy, by Anna Johanna.

Anna Johanna’s Strands of Joy is here!

This beautifully produced hardcover book boasts 20 fresh colorwork patterns, worked seamlessly from the top down.

Laine is the publisher, known for the lush photography of their popular knitting and lifestyle magazine, which we were thrilled to welcome back with a new issue in December.

Johanna uses a variety of yarns throughout this collection for different effects – from sturdy solids to subtle heathers, from painterly hand-dyes to self-stripers.

Anne fell in love with “Lehto” (below) long before Strands of Joy arrived, and by the time she could hold the book in her hands, she was already picking out yarn to make it – can’t wait to show you what she’s considering, but it’s not landing at our shop until mid-March… stay tuned!

Strands of Joy is $45Order online for local pickup here at the shop or USPS Priority Mail shipping.

Knitting Needles & Chopsticks, by Marianne Isager and Jens Rahbek Hansen.

Marianne Isager’s new book is another intriguing mix of recipes and knitting patterns, like Eat & Knit before it. Let’s take a peek inside Knitting Needles & Chopsticks!

Knitting Needles & Chopsticks is a collaboration with Danish-Japanese chef Jens Rahbek Hansen, featuring Japanese recipes along with scarves and shawls knit with all manner of Isager yarns.

We keep many 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.

Isager is known for combining yarns to create interesting color and fiber blends, and the “Sapporo” scarf/wrap is a great example.

Here, two lace weight yarns are held together – Japansk Bomuld, a unique cotton tape, and Alpaca 1, a fuzzy alpaca yarn. I’m intrigued by the combination, which sounds like a balance of cool and warm – the perfect accessory for early spring.

Knitting Needles & Chopsticks is $21.95; order online for local pickup or shipping via USPS Priority Mail!

Norah Gaughan’s Twisted Stitch Sourcebook.

Norah Gaughan’s new book is here! Let’s look inside her Twisted Stitch Sourcebook.

In this book, designer Norah Gaughan introduces over 125 twisted stitch patterns with both written and charted instructions.

I’m a huge fan of stitch dictionaries like this one, with its lovingly-photographed swatches, detailed notes and numbers, and guidance for creating original designs.

There are patterns for twisted stitch garments, too, if design isn’t your thing – this one shines in Brooklyn Tweed Peerie, whose tight twist makes for excellent stitch definition.

Norah Gaughan’s Twisted Stitch Sourcebook is $29.99Order online for local pickup or shipping!

Ready Set Raglan.

Ready Set Raglan is here!

This new book from Pom Pom Press is all about raglan-sleeve pullovers, complete with patterns, tutorials, and inspiring modifications.

It’s a follow-up to Pom Pom’s excellent beginner book, Knit How, and invites improving knitters to take another step forward in their knitting skills.

The patterns are beautiful in their simplicity, which also makes them a blank slate for modifications – the section on “Variations and Adjustments” will see you through different sleeve and body lengths, necklines, and more, while the “Exploring Color” chapter covers stripes, marling, and color combinations.

Any knitters on your list this holiday season? Ready Set Raglan makes an excellent gift. Copies are $26.50 each – order online for local pickup or shipping!

Fair Isle Weekend, by Mary Jane Mucklestone.

It’s been a long wait, but Mary Jane Mucklestone’s new book has finally arrived!
In Fair Isle Weekend, Mary Jane Mucklestone takes us on a virtual trip to Shetland. This beautifully produced hardcover book features 8 colorwork designs, a steeking tutorial, and a few essays on life and knitting traditions in Shetland.
Laine is the publisher, known for their popular knitting and lifestyle magazine, which we’re delighted will be back with a new issue in December. Mucklestone’s designs are shown clearly in tantalizing photographs that highlight the knitterly details as much as the striking landscape.
Fair Isle Weekend is $42.95 and available for local pickup here at the shop or USPS Priority Mail shipping (an additional $8). Order online to get a copy for yourself or a colorwork-loving friend – inspiring knitting books make excellent gifts!

Back in stock: Knit How.

We’re delighted to have our very favorite learn-to-knit book back in stock – Pom Pom’s Knit How!

Since we’ve all been encouraged to stay home during the pandemic, we’ve noticed an increase in new knitters, looking to dig into a new hobby. Knit How is a fresh book for knitters just getting started, one that’s as enticing and beautifully designed as books and magazines for more experienced knitters.

It begins with the fundamentals of knitting: casting on, knitting, purling, and binding off. The instructions are friendly and the photos and illustrations are clear, and helpful tips are sprinkled throughout.

From there, the book guides knitters through 10 patterns, each of which introduces a new technique, like increasing and decreasing, working in the round, cables, and lace.

Know someone seeking a new pastime? Knit How makes an excellent gift. Copies are $26.50 each – order online for local pickup or shipping!

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!

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!

52 Weeks of Socks.

Update: We are totally sold out of 52 Weeks of Socks, and Laine has no more copies to sell to us. Good luck on your search!

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We are delighted to announce that we finally have some copies of Laine’s new book, 52 Weeks of Socks!

This is our second batch, actually – the first came and went quickly, every copy spoken for before we could even breathe word of its arrival. This 256 page tome includes 52 patterns for knitting socks and slippers, an astonishingly large collection, and a beautiful one. You can see them all on Ravelry, a virtual way to browse the book; the list of designers is impressive, including Joji Locatelli, Isabell Kraemer, Rachel Coopey, Andrea Mowry, and Caitlin Hunter.

Laine no longer produces their popular knitting and lifestyle magazine, having shifted their focus to book making, but their reputation for pleasing designs and tantalizing photography remains. 52 Weeks of Socks is heavy with inspiring patterns using a variety of techniques, but it is also a beautiful object unto itself.

The book is $47, and while we’re closed to foot-traffic, it’s only available via mail-order. Shipping for this weighty hardcover is $15, but there’s definitely room in the box for a couple of skeins of sock yarn, if you’d like to make the most of it!

We have limited copies of 52 Weeks of Socks available, and Laine has announced that this was their fourth and final printing of the book, so get in touch soon if you’d like to order it from us!