Annual Inventory Sale!

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As many of you know, July is our annual inventory sale month. From the 1st to the 31st, everything in the shop is discounted by 15%, with the exception of classes and yarns that have already been discounted. If you’ve had your eye on a special skein, or have been planning a big project or two, now is the time to take the leap!

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Pick up a Zoom Loom or Cricket Loom, stock up on your favorite needles and hooks, treat yourself to a special book or two, or snag the makings of a Shibui sweater at the sale price. Have you tried Vivacious 4ply, challenged yourself to a fair isle hat, or succumbed to the appeal of an Acadia poncho? Give yourself permission, it’s on sale.

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Whatever it is you’ve been wanting, come by the shop during the month of July to get 15% off your purchase! We’ll be closed on July 4th and 5th for the holiday, but otherwise open at our regular business hours.

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

Araucania Ranco and Queensland Bebe Cotsoy: now on sale!

UPDATE: As of 4/22/2016, we are totally sold out of Araucania Ranco and Queensland Bebe Cotsoy!

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Two more discontinued yarns have moved to the Sale Trunk here at the shop: Araucania Ranco and Queensland Bebe Cotsoy. Lovely yarns, both, but since they’re no longer manufactured, we’re offering them now at a deep discount of about 30% off their original price!

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Araucania Ranco is a fingering weight yarn from Chile, hand-dyed in variegated and semi-solid colorways.

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It’s composed of 75% wool and 25% nylon, and though that nylon makes it nice and sturdy for socks, it’s still a hand-wash-only yarn, as the wool is not superwash. Also consider Ranco for shawls and scarves, mitts and lightweight hats. In some colors, we may even have sweater quantities.

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Queensland Bebe Cotsoy is a worsted weight blend of cotton and soy.

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Soft, smooth, and machine-washable, Bebe Cotsoy is ideal for baby sweaters and blankets.

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Though we’re sad to see good yarns go, we love sharing them with you at a discounted price. Come by to pick up some Ranco and Bebe Cotsoy at a great price before they disappear!

 

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: Louisa Harding Kashmir DK.

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 Louisa Harding Kashmir DK.

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Louisa Harding Kashmir DK is a machine-washable blend of merino, microfiber, and cashmere. Kashmir DK is a chainette, basically a knitted tube, which makes a lofty and elastic yarn. Each 50 gram skein has 116 yards, and knits up at about 5.5 stitches per inch on a US #6 needle.

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Kashmir DK is the same gauge as the Grace Silk & Wool I wrote about last week, so it’s equally well-suited to the two- and three-color patterns I recommended there.

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Browsing Kashmir DK projects on Ravelry, I noticed a few of Thea Colman’s “Vodka Lemonade” cardigans knit in this yarn, another great use.

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Because Kashmir DK is machine washable, you might find it especially useful for baby and children’s things. I’ve made two modified “Milo” vests now, which are quickly and seamlessly knit in DK weight yarn; Kashmir DK would do nicely there. Also consider Jennifer Hoel’s “Garter Yoke Baby Cardi,” and Elizabeth Zimmermann’s classic “Baby Surprise Jacket.”

DSCN4569We’re in the final days of the Pre-Market Sale, but there are still lots of great sale yarns left. Come by this weekend to take advantage of these deep discounts as you plan your next projects!

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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 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: Louisa Harding Grace Silk & Wool.

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 Louisa Harding Grace Silk & Wool.

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Louisa Harding Grace Silk & Wool is a single ply, DK weight blend of equal parts merino wool and silk. Each 50 gram ball has 110 yards (enough for a pair of Churchmouse “Welted Fingerless Gloves”), and knits up at about 5.5 stitches per inch on a US #6 needle.

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Everything about this yarn is soft, from its fiber content to its construction; single ply yarns tend to be soft and delicate, a good reason to invest in a Lilly Brush for de-pilling.

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Just a week and a half into the sale, we still have a good selection of colors in Grace Silk & Wool, and in good quantity.

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There are so many great patterns out there for DK weight yarn, and sifting through them on Ravelry, I was particularly drawn to those using two (or more!) colors, as color-combining is a pastime of mine.

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If two-color stripes strike your fancy, consider Veera Välimäki’s “Square and Stripe” pullover, Courtney Kelley’s “Quaking Aspen Shawl,” and Orange Flower Yarn’s “Duotone Cowl.” For stranded colorwork, try Kate Davies’ “Epistrophy” cardigan (from her marvelous book, Yokes) and the matching “Epistropheid” hat.

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If it’s a color trio you prefer, check out Lynn Di Cristina’s striped “Edison” shawl, tincanknit’s “Clayoquot” sweater, and the matching “Clayoquot Toque,” a free hat pattern.

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Come by the shop to put your own colorways together, and come before May 27th to get Louisa Harding Grace Silk & Wool at a deep discount!

 

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: 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! 

Triangle Yarn Crawl.

The Triangle Yarn Crawl is a self-guided tour of local yarn shops, where yarn-lovers get together and hop from one shop to the next, shopping, entering raffles, and seeing the full breadth of available fibers. They happen twice a year, and the time has come again: the Spring 2015 crawl is coming up soon on March 21st and 22nd! 

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Each local yarn shop has something special to offer, and we’re no exception: all of the books we currently have in stock will be 25% off during the weekend of the Triangle Yarn Crawl! Indulge in some of the latest publications, or pick up a handy resource you’ve been needing. If you’re looking for recommendations, Anne and I are more than happy to oblige–we love our books almost as much as we love our yarns.

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There’s a raffle prize at each of the participating shops, a Lantern Moon rice basket filled with goodies generously donated by Triangle Yarn Crawl sponsors. We added this little Fibre Company project bag to the Hillsborough Yarn Shop raffle prize, with something special from Fibre Company tucked inside.

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We’re lucky to live in such a fiber-friendly part of the world, with so many choices available to us, and the Triangle Yarn Crawl is a great time to see all of those choices. Come see us as you’re crawling along!

 

A reminder: all sales are final on sale items; there can be no exchanges, no returns, nor will we special order. Discount applies only to in-store purchases. Thanks! 

Select Opal sock yarns: now on sale!

UPDATE: As of 4/22/2016, we are totally sold out of these Select Opal sock yarns!

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In an effort to clear space for new Spring yarns, we’ve moved some of our Opal sock yarns into the sale trunk, and discounted them by over 30%!

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These Opal yarns are fingering weight blends of superwash wool and nylon, tightly-plied to make sturdy, long-lasting socks. Like many Opal yarns, they’re also self-patterning, meaning that the yarn is dyed to create a color pattern in the knitted fabric. This makes for fun and sometimes surprising socks, entertaining to knit even in simple stitch patterns. Above is Opal Mosaik, with short lengths of each color that make wild patterned stripes, and below is Opal Krokodil, with longer stretches of color that pool for staggered, irregular stripes.

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Check out our sale trunk for great yarns at a discount, and help us make room for new yarns to come!

 

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!