Interweave Crochet.

The latest issue of Interweave Crochet has arrived!

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This, their 10th anniversary issue, features a variety of crocheted accessories and garments, from shawls and jewelry to tunics and cardigans.

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The shawl above was crocheted in Fibre Company Road to China Lace for a buttery soft, lightweight fabric.IMG_1324

I happen to think that crochet is particularly well-suited to blanket-making; here’s a nice specimen from that department.

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Look for Interweave Crochet on the teacart here at the shop, amongst the newest books and magazines for crocheters, weavers, and knitters. See you there!

Interweave Crochet.

The latest issue of Interweave Crochet is here!

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Patterns in this issue are inspired by the four elements, earth, air, fire, and water.

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The textured sweater above was crocheted in Malabrigo Arroyo, a sport weight superwash merino wool hand-dyed in rich variegated colorways. The playful armwarmers below are made with Fibre Company Acadia, a tweedy dk weight blend of merino, alpaca, and silk.

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You’ll find Interweave Crochet on the teacart here at the shop, surrounded by the latest magazines and books for crocheters, knitters, and weavers. See you there!

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Recent books.

Over the past few weeks, a couple of new books have arrived here at the shop, each with its own unique tone.

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Courtney Spainhower’s Family Friendly Knits is full of practical garments and accessories for children and adults, and has a rustic, wholesome look. Look here for tweedy sweaters for fall and winter, practical pieces for layering in transitional seasons, and colorful cold-weather accessories.

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These “Choose Your Own Adventure” hats are knit in Jamieson’s Shetland Spindrift, a favorite yarn of mine that we now have in more colors than ever. I love that this pattern encourages the knitter to improvise a bit when it comes to the color choice and assignment, stitch pattern, and other elements, like Latvian braids and pom-poms. Choose your own adventure, indeed!

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Marlaina “Marly” Bird’s Cold Weather Crochet is a beginner-friendly collection of brightly-colored crocheted garments designed to keep you warm. If holiday gift-making is your aim for this year or next, look here for a variety of casual crocheted hats, scarves, cowls, and mitts. The hat below is made with Berroco Ultra Alpaca, a yarn you’ll find in abundance here at the shop. If you’re looking to dig into a larger project, there are a couple of colorful afghans here, too.

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Anne Podlesak’s Free Spirit Knits is a collection of designs inspired by the American Southwest, which means warm desert earth tones punctuated by bright turquoise and purple, hats and shawls inspired by cactus and agave plants, and colorwork informed by the Navajo rug-weaving tradition.

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The shawl above is knit in Fibre Company Canopy Fingering, a perfect choice for a gently draping fabric. Look for it in the fingering weight section here at the shop, and look for the latest books on our teacart as you come in. See you there!

Interweave Crochet Accessories.

The latest issue of Interweave Crochet Accessories is here!

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Crochet Accessories is a special issue published annually, a longer-than-usual magazine with extra patterns and articles. We especially love this particular issue because it features an article on one of our friends and knitters, Kathleen, who organized an outrageous crochet fashion show and fundraiser for the local radio station here in Hillsborough.

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Crochet Accessories also features patterns, of course, and perhaps with holiday gift-making in mind, they’re sorted not only by type but by the length of time it takes to make them.

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This textured “Bobbles to Infinity Cowl” is crocheted with Shibui Maai, a lofty chainette yarn. All in-stock Shibui yarns are 10% off during our Friends of Shibui Trunk Show, so hurry in before November 24th, 2015, if this catches your eye!

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Look for Crochet Accessories on the teacart, where we keep all the latest books and magazines here at the shop. Come by to browse for inspiration and to find all you need for your next project!

New books for knitters and crocheters.

For the past couple of months, we’ve been all about the new yarns, but new books have been coming in, too. Read on for a peek at the latest publications to find a home here at the shop.

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Faina Goberstein and Simone Merchant-Dest have compiled a wide variety of slip-stitch patterns in their newest book, The Art of Slip-Stitch Knitting. Look here for sweater and accessory patterns, as well as stitch patterns you can apply to your own designs.

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Romi Hill’s New Lace Knitting is a collection of patterns for sweaters, scarves, hats, shawls, and more, all decorated with the kind of lacy openwork that Hill is best known for.

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I noticed two of our favorite fingering weight yarns put to use in this collection, both of which are excellent for lace knitting: the “Williwaw Cardigan” in Shibui Staccato, and the “Fallen Leaf Shell” in Swans Island Natural Colors Merino Fingering.
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Poetic Crochet, by Sara Kay Hartman, is full of crochet garments inspired by classic poems. Hartman also makes use of a favorite Shibui yarn: Shibui Silk Cloud.

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Come by the shop to treat yourself to a new book!

Knitted Knockers.

A knitter friend of ours came in some months ago seeking Cascade Ultra Pima for a special project. We’re nosy, so we asked, “What are you planning to make?” Her answer surprised us: Knitted Knockers. She went on to explain that Knitted Knockers are soft, comfortable, knit prosthetics for breast cancer survivors, and our surprise turned to delight. What a good, kind use of one’s knitting time.

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Ana has since been making bunches of them, and enlisting her knitter friends to do the same. She’s offered to be a liaison between our shop and the UNC Cancer Center, delivering Knitted Knockers collected here at the shop before October 25th.

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Here are the first of our collection, knit by Marian in Cascade Ultra Pima. There are a variety of free patterns available on the Knitted Knockers website, so whether you prefer to knit in the round on double points or use magic loop, knit flat and seam, or crochet, there’s a Knitted Knockers pattern for you.

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The knit patterns call for Cascade Ultra Pima, a dk weight 100% cotton that comes in a wide range of colors.

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Because crochet is inherently thicker than knitting, the crochet pattern calls for Cascade Ultra Pima Fine, a sport weight version of the same soft, smooth cotton.

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Come by to pick out some Cascade Ultra Pima or Ultra Pima Fine to make a pair of Knitted Knockers yourself, and bring the completed pair to the shop by October 25th, 2015. See you there!

Interweave Crochet.

The latest issue of Interweave Crochet just landed at the shop!

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The Fall 2015 issue features sweaters inspired by the tailored fashions of the 1960’s.

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I also spotted a series of patterns crocheted in bulky weight yarns, which are sure to work up quickly–just the thing for winter holiday gift-giving, which it’s high time to begin planning.

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Come by the shop to peruse the latest publications and plan your next project!

New books for all.

We’re halfway through our Annual Inventory Sale, and folks have been taking advantage of our 15% discount in many different ways. Some are stocking up on their favorite needles, others are snapping up Cricket Looms (which are now temporarily out of stock!), and still more are planning ahead for holiday gift-making, while there’s still plenty of time to start and complete those gifts. Here’s another idea: treat yourself to a few new books this month, for a book is another kind of indulgence, one that can instruct and inspire.

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Over the past few weeks, we’ve received new publications for all kinds of crafts. For weavers, 100 Pin Loom Squares shows the many possibilities of Schacht’s Zoom Loom.

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For crocheters, we have two new titles. Colorful Crochet Lace is exactly what it sounds like: a collection of brightly colored crocheted garments and accessories in openwork patterns.

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Honk! Beep! Vroom! is a book of crocheted toy vehicles with wheels that actually turn.

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Knitters, meanwhile, should peruse Sheryl Thies’ Slip-Stitch Knits, and Amy Herzog’s newest book, Knit Wear Love.

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Knit Wear Love is a collection of basic sweater shapes in a range of gauges, with lots of useful tips about modifying those basic shapes to make unique sweaters that suit your personal style.

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Come by the shop to check out the latest publications, and do so during July to shop our entire inventory at 15% off!

 

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

New crochet publications.

This week brought two new publications for crocheters, a book and a magazine.

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The Summer 2015 issue of Interweave Crochet features crocheted dresses and other warm-weather garments, along with a spread of crocheted floral arrangements and wedding accessories.

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Quick Crocheted Accessories is a new collection from Sharon Zientara, full of patterns that require just one, two, or three skeins of yarn. I spotted a familiar yarn in this colorful shawl, the self-striping Schoppel-Wolle Zauberball.

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Come by the shop to browse the latest books and magazines, and to plan your next crochet project!

For crocheters.

The last couple of weeks have seen a trio of new publications for crocheters here at the shop.

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The Spring 2015 issue of Interweave Crochet features a range of projects, from blankets and bags to sweaters and skirts.

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Kristin Omdahl’s Crochet So Lovely is all about crocheted lace. She covers lace motifs and allover lace patterns, as well as how to achieve a lacy look by playing with gauge.

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I spotted some familiar yarns in this book in the form of two tunics: one in Fibre Company Meadow, and another in Alchemy Silken Straw, pictured above.

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Boho Crochet is a colorful collection of crocheted home goods and accessories. It looks like a great source of patterns and inspiration for crocheters of all levels, with guidance to help beginners make sense of unfamiliar stitches and techniques.

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Come by the shop to browse the latest books and magazines, and pick one or two for your own crochet library! See you there.