Pre-Market Sale spotlight: Elsebeth Lavold Bamboucle.

From May 5th – 27th, we have Elsebeth Lavold and Louisa Harding yarns discounted during our Pre-Market Sale: single skeins are reduced by 30% and full bags of 10 are 40% off! Throughout the sale, I’ll be highlighting some of these yarns and giving ideas for what to make with them. Today: spotlight on Elsebeth Lavold Bamboucle.

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Elsebeth Lavold Bamboucle is a textured blend of 45% cotton, 30% bamboo, 17% linen, and 8% nylon. It’s an aran weight yarn, with about 87 yards on each 50 gram ball, and knits up at around 4.5 stitches per inch on a US 7 or 8.

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Because of its fiber content, Bamboucle lacks elasticity, and creates fabric with drape rather than memory. This makes it ideal for shawls and scarves, loose-fitting sweaters, and home goods.

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As I was searching Ravelry for patterns well-suited to aran-weight plant fiber yarns like Bamboucle, I found Alicia Plummer’s “Hudson,” a two-color cowl. It was this lightweight, summery pattern that inspired the color pairs I photographed for this blog post.

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If it’s a larger garment you’re interested in, consider Mags Kandis’ “Amiga” cardigan and Heidi Kirrmaier’s “Simple Summer Tweed Top Down V-Neck,” both free patterns for casual sweaters.

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For home goods, try Megan Goodacre’s “Leafy Washcloth” and Marsha’s upcoming class on the subject, Barbara Breiter’s “Optical Illusion Cloth,” and Laura Dianiska’s “Hexagonal Market Bag,” which we did as an informal Knit-Along a few years back.

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Come by the shop to check out Elsebeth Lavold Bamboucle and all our other discounted yarns during the Pre-Market Sale!

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A reminder: all sales are final on discounted yarn. There can be no returns or exchanges, nor special orders–the discount applies only to what we currently have in stock. Thanks! 

Pre-Market Sale spotlight: booklets.

Our Pre-Market Sale isn’t just on yarns this year; we’ve also discounted pattern booklets from Elsebeth Lavold and Louisa Harding by 50%!

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Flipping through this sizable stack of Louisa Harding booklets, I saw dozens of patterns for garments and accessories in yarns we now have on sale. This striped cardigan is knit in the luxurious Louisa Harding Mulberry, a slinky dk weight yarn composed of 100% silk.

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The next few sweaters that caught my eye are all knit in Louisa Harding Kashmir Aran, a soft and springy chainette yarn, made of merino, microfiber, and cashmere.

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Elsebeth Lavold’s designs tend toward the richly textured and patterned, and offer lots of inspiration for lovers of cables and lace.

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This lace top is knit in Elsebeth Lavold Hempathy, a dk weight blend of cotton, hemp, and rayon. The shawl below is knit in Silky Wool, a sport weight yarn named for its fiber content.

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I also spotted patterns knit in Silky Wool XL, an aran weight version of the same lovely stuff.

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Come by during our Pre-Market Sale to pick up a few pattern booklets at a remarkable 50% discount; there are a great many gems hiding in these pages!

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A reminder: all sales are final on discounted items. There can be no returns or exchanges, nor special orders–the discount applies only to what we currently have in stock. Thanks!

Pre-Market Sale spotlight: Elsebeth Lavold Hempathy.

From May 5th – 27th, we have Elsebeth Lavold and Louisa Harding yarns discounted during our Pre-Market Sale: single skeins are reduced by 30% and full bags of 10 are 40% off! Throughout the sale, I’ll be highlighting some of these yarns and giving ideas for what to make with them. Today: spotlight on Elsebeth Lavold Hempathy.

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Hempathy is a dk weight yarn composed of plant fibers: 34% hemp, 41% cotton, and 25% Modal rayon. It knits up into a crisp, lightweight, gently draping fabric, perfect for spring and summer stitching.

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There are so many great uses for Hempathy, from tanks and tees to shawls and scarves, from hand-towels to market bags. In the market bag department, try Hannah Ingalls’ “Ilene Bag,” Gudrun Johnston’s “Shetland Shopper,” and Amy Singer’s “Everlasting Bagstopper,” all free patterns requiring no more than three skeins of Hempathy.

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If it’s a garment you’re after, try Gudrun Johnston’s “Hip in Hemp,” a skirt sized from child to adult, Jane Richmond’s “Gemini” tee, Hannah Fettig’s “Elemental Boatneck,” or Heidi Kirrmaier’s “Buttercup,” “Vesper,” and “After the Rain” sweaters. It was one knitter’s quest for “After the Rain” colorways that got me thinking about color combinations in Elsebeth Lavold Hempathy.

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When I took these photos, I was thinking only of a two-color sweater, but projects on Ravelry attest that “After the Rain” can easily be knit in three or more colors, making the mixing and matching of Hempathy shades that much more interesting. High contrast or low, warm colors or cool, or both… this is a garment that could go in any direction. Come by the shop to create a colorway all your own!

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Come by the shop soon to have the best selection of this gorgeous yarn at this nice price. It’s still early on in the sale, and we have lots of colors to choose from, but they may not last long–hope to see you at the shop soon!

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A reminder: all sales are final on discounted yarn. There can be no returns or exchanges, nor special orders–the discount applies only to what we currently have in stock. Thanks!

Pre-Market Sale!

Our annual trip to market is coming up at the end of May, which means it’s time to make some room for new Fall and Winter yarns with a big sale. Last year we did a Post-Market Sale when we got back from our trip, but this year we’re starting early with a Pre-Market Sale!

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From May 5th – 27th, all in stock Elsebeth Lavold and Louisa Harding yarns and pattern books will be deeply discounted.  Look for 30% discounts on single skeins, 40% discounts on bags of 10, and 50% discounts on Lavold and Harding pattern books.

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Between Elsebeth Lavold and Louisa Harding, we have a wide range of gauges, fibers, and textures represented, from sport to bulky weight, from silk and cashmere to cotton and hemp, from tweeds to solids to ribbons. Pre-Market Sale yarns include: Elsebeth Lavold Angora, Bamboucle, Calm Wool, Cotton Frappe, Hempathy, Silky Cashmere, Silky Wool and Silky Wool XL, Louisa Harding Albero, Grace Silk & Wool, Jasmine, Kashmir Baby, Kashmir DK, and Kashmir Aran, Kimono Angora, Kimono Ribbon, Mariposa, Mulberry, Nautical Cotton, Rosetti, and Willow Tweed.

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These are beautiful yarns in all kinds of colors, suitable for many types of knitting, crochet, and weaving projects. Come by between May 5th and 27th to take advantage of our Pre-Market Sale, and do stop in early for best selections!

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A reminder: all sales are final on discounted yarn. There can be no returns or exchanges, nor special orders–the discount applies only to what we currently have in stock. Thanks!