Winter scents from Harmony Farm Candles.

We’re delighted to have a shelf full of Harmony Farm Candles again!

Harmony Farm Candles is run by our friend Erin in nearby Mebane, North Carolina. Erin hand-pours her candles in small batches using 100% US-sourced soy wax, with no added dyes. Their scents are fresh and bright, but not overwhelming – “delightfully fragranced,” as she puts it.

The three newest scents on our shelves are meant to evoke the season – Sweet Peppermint, Winter Wonderland, and the beloved Wintergreen.

Tuck a candle in with a few skeins of yarn, a special set of needles, or a yarn bowl this holiday season. As gifts, these candles are always warmly-received, and they’re a great little addition to a gift certificate.

Look for Harmony Farm Candles in our gifts section!

HYS Wrist Rulers.

The holidays are coming, and one of last year’s most popular gifts is back in stock, with a twist – check out our new blue Wrist Rulers!

Wrist Rulers are leather bracelets engraved with inches and centimeters, handmade in Portland, Oregon. These leather wrist rulers are beautiful and practical, a winning combination in our book.

We have three lengths available, to wrap twice around a variety of wrist sizes – 14″, 15″, and 16″. To choose a size, loosely wrap a measuring tape twice around your wrist, then add an inch, and pick the length closest to that number. They’re blue, to match our exclusive Malabrigo colorway, and they have something special engraved on the back…

Look for Wrist Rulers near our notions section here at the shop! Our shelves are brimming with potential gifts – think Harmony Farm CandlesCocoknits Maker’s KeepsAkerworks Swatch Gauges and Knitting Tool Kits, HYS zipper pouches, Baggu totes, and of course, good old Gift Certificates. Thanks for shopping locally this holiday season, and for thinking of our shop as a gift source!

Akerworks Swatch Gauge and Knitting Tool Kit.

The Akerworks Swatch Gauge is among our favorite notions, and we’re delighted to have a new batch of them on our shelves!

The Swatch Gauge is a tool for measuring gauge, a heavy plastic one with cut-outs for counting how many stitches or rows make four inches, horizontally and vertically. We first read about it on Knitter’s Review, where Clara Parkes’ enthusiasm for the product caught our eye.

The defining feature of the Akerworks Swatch Gauge is what Clara Parkes refers to as “honesty teeth.” These little teeth hold your fabric flat as you measure, simultaneously discouraging you from tugging or smoothing it this way or that to get gauge under false pretenses. We’ve all done it – you really want to get gauge, after all! – and knitted fabric is stretchy enough to accommodate our wishful thinking. This Swatch Gauge allows you to count stitches and rows hands-free for the least-biased gauge measurement possible. What a brilliant design!

The clever folks at Akerworks have also developed something new, a Knitting Tool Kit. Like a Swiss army knife for knitters, this gadget is many tools in one: a Swatch Gauge, a needle gauge, a notions case with a tape measure, mini scissors, and magnetized pockets with darning needles and locking stitch markers.

Look for the Akerworks Swatch Gauge and Knitting Tool Kit in our notions department. Pick up one for yourself, of course, but also remember them as gifts for the knitters in your life. See you at the shop!

Back in stock: Harmony Farm Candles.

As the weather starts to cool down and the leaves change color, we are now finally feeling that fall is underway. It’s a time for stitching, to be sure, and evenings with yarn in our hands are often accompanied by flickering candles in scents that evoke the season. Our friend Erin is the maker behind Harmony Farm Candles in nearby Mebane, NC, and we’ve just had a visit with her, which means – more candles!

We got three seasonal scents in – Mulled Cider, Pumpkin Spice, and Fall Foliage – along with our own signature scent, Lavender Eucalyptus.

Erin hand-pours her candles in small batches using 100% US-sourced soy wax, with no added dyes. Their scents are fresh and bright, but not overwhelming – “delightfully fragranced,” as she puts it.

As gifts, these candles are always warmly-received; keep them in mind for holiday and host gifts, birthdays, and the odd just-thinking-of-you occasion. Look for Harmony Farm Candles in our gifts section!

Hello, Baggu!

We’re excited to announce that we now carry canvas totes and denim project bags from Baggu!

Baggu is a company that’s all about bags, designed in their San Francisco studio and ethically manufactured in China. They have a long-standing partnership with that manufacturer, and both are deeply committed to ethical and environmentally responsible practices – you can read more about that on their website.

From Baggu’s extensive selection of bags, we’ve selected two that suit knitters’ needs, and pair well with our own HYS Zip Bags. The Canvas Zip Tote is a roomy one, big enough to carry a couple of project bags, notebooks, and notions.

Inside, you’ll find one zipper pocket that snaps in and out of the interior; it was designed as a container to fold the unused bag into, but the knitter in me saw that zipper pocket as a built-in notions bag. It’s big enough for a few containers of stitch markers, after all, along with your scissors, darning needles, needle gauge, and whatever else needs to come with you and your projects.

Baggu’s signature bag is styled after a plastic grocery bag, and this Medium size is just right for a knitting or crochet project. Carry it by the handles on its own, or tuck it into a larger tote.

We have four shades of Medium Baggu, an ivory/buttermilk stripe, a light and dark denim blue, and washed black.

We have Canvas Zip Totes in pecan, citron, and washed black.

Come by the shop to browse bags for yourself or for a friend – project bags make excellent gifts for stitchers, after all! See you at the shop.

New Late Bloomer yarn bowls.

Our friend Frumet recently stopped by with a brand new batch of ceramic yarn bowls. Frumet is a local potter who makes beautiful functional pieces here in the Triangle, and we’ve carried her buttons and yarn bowls for a few years now.

This time around, we requested shades of blue, and Frumet delivered – from cobalt and indigo to teal and sage, this batch is a beauty.

Yarn bowls are designed to hold your ball of yarn as you’re knitting or crocheting from it, keeping it from rolling around on the floor or getting tangled with notions in your bag. Just place the ball in the bowl and thread your working yarn through the spiral cut-out in the side.

A yarn bowl makes a special gift for a knitter or crocheter, whether it’s a treat for yourself or for someone else. Come by soon to snag one of these special bowls; we have just four in stock, though Frumet will be cooking up more in her kiln soon. See you at the shop!

New Late Bloomer yarn bowls.

Our friend Frumet stopped by this week with a brand new batch of ceramic yarn bowls. Frumet is a local potter who makes beautiful functional pieces here in the Triangle, and we’ve carried her buttons and yarn bowls for a few years now.

Yarn bowls are designed to hold your ball of yarn as you’re knitting or crocheting from it, keeping it from rolling around on the floor or getting tangled with notions in your bag. Just place the ball in the bowl and thread your working yarn through the spiral cut-out in the side.

Every one of Frumet’s yarn bowls is unique, and we’ve enjoyed seeing a variety of colors and textures over the years. She creates this stamped effect by burning a pattern into a sponge, and using that to apply glaze.

A beautiful yarn bowl makes an exquisite gift for a knitter or crocheter, something to keep in mind with graduations, Father’s and Mother’s Days approaching. Whether it’s a gift for you or someone else, come by soon to snag one of these special bowls; we have just four in stock, though Frumet will be cooking up more in her kiln soon. See you at the shop!

Back in stock: Akerworks Swatch Gauge.

The Akerworks Swatch Gauge is among our favorite notions, and we’re delighted to have a new batch of them on our shelves!

The Swatch Gauge is a tool for measuring gauge, a heavy plastic one with cut-outs for counting how many stitches or rows make four inches, horizontally and vertically. We first read about it on Knitter’s Review, where Clara Parkes’ enthusiasm for the product caught our eye.

The defining feature of the Akerworks Swatch Gauge is what Clara Parkes refers to as “honesty teeth.” These little teeth hold your fabric flat as you measure, simultaneously discouraging you from tugging or smoothing it this way or that to get gauge under false pretenses. We’ve all done it – you really want to get gauge, after all! – and knitted fabric is stretchy enough to accommodate our wishful thinking. This Swatch Gauge allows you to count stitches and rows hands-free for the least-biased gauge measurement possible. What a brilliant design!

Look for the Akerworks Swatch Gauge in our notions department. Pick up one for yourself, of course, but also remember them as clever gifts for the knitters in your life. See you at the shop!

Back in stock: Binkwaffle bags.

We’re so happy to have a fresh supply of Binkwaffle bags on our shelves!

Binkwaffles are colorful, reversible, dumpling-shaped project bags. They’re made primarily from US-made fabrics, a detail we were pleased to learn from their new tags.

Knitters and crocheters love them because they’re both functional and whimsical. Our most recent shipment boasts a variety of prints, some familiar and some brand new, in large and small sizes.

A large Binkwaffle bag is roomy enough to accommodate a big wrap, baby blanket, or sweater in progress. The small size, on the other hand, is a perfect way to tote a hat, sock, cowl, or pair of mitts in progress.

Come by the shop to see them all! Please call ahead if there’s a particular style you’d like to claim; these colorful bags sell fast, especially during the holiday season. See you at the shop!