Show and tell: Shibui.

Time for another round of show-and-tell! I’m always collecting photos of the beautiful finished pieces knitters and crocheters bring in to share with us, garments that started their lives as HYS yarns. Going over recent photos, I spotted project after project made with Shibui yarns, proving once again that they’re some of the best-loved yarns in our shop. Let’s have a look at what folks are making with them!

Cindy knit this striking shawl with Shibui Lunar, a lace weight blend of merino and silk. The pattern is Melanie Berg’s “The Miller’s Daughter,” a shawl in three colors, alternating lace sections with garter stitch stripes.

Astrid has been working with Lunar, too, and used it to make Inbar Rofman’s intricate “Agate Lace Shawl.”

Back in May, “Torrent” was our Shibui Sample of the Month, and inspired lots of knitters to cast on for shawls of their own with Rain, Shibui’s DK weight cotton.

Above is Sidney’s “Torrent,” looking crisp and seasonless in the Ash colorway, and below is Mary’s, knit with Shibui’s limited edition shade for this year, Riviera.

Maxine was taken with the Riviera colorway, too, and selected Fern and Vine in that summery shade to knit her “Amos” tee.

Thanks to everyone who shares their projects with us, whether at the outset, after all the ends are woven in, or somewhere along the way. We can’t wait to see what you make next!

Shibui Sample of the Month: Spectrum.

Happy to report that we’ve received a new Shibui Sample of the Month! We usually offer a 10% discount on Shibui yarns featured in our monthly sample, but during July, everything is 15% off – even better!

This month’s featured sample is “Spectrum,” by Shellie Anderson, a rectangular wrap with sheer stripes. The pattern is free when you purchase Shibui yarns for the project here at our shop. It offers instruction for a scarf size, as well, if it’s a slimmer accessory you’re after.

Two Shibui yarns are paired for this design: Rain, a dk weight cotton, and Silk Cloud, Shibui’s signature lace weight blend of mohair and silk.

Come by the shop to see this exquisite knit and start a “Spectrum” of your own before July 26th!

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

Hello, Twilight.

Meet the newest color from Shibui!

Twilight is a soft lavender gray, looking more lavender in some yarns and more gray in others. Different fibers take the dye differently – it’s always interesting to see these slight variations within the same color.

Twilight is available in Lunar, Pebble, Silk Cloud, Cima, Staccato, Reed, Fern, Twig, Rain, and their newest yarn, Vine. Unlike their most recent color, Riviera, Twilight is not a limited edition shade, but a welcome addition to their long term color palette.

Arranging and rearranging our Shibui displays here at the shop, I found that Twilight pairs well with Ash and Dusk, a silvery gray and a deep purplish navy, respectively.

For lower contrast, I also like it with Graphite, a medium gray, or Shore, a saturated sky blue. For a pop of color, you might try pairing it with Shibui’s bright purple, Imperial.

Come by the shop to see all the Shibui yarns and patterns we carry. There are so many beautiful ways to use these yarns – hope you find inspiration here!

Out With the Old – Discontinued Shibui Sale!

While we’re always disappointed when well-loved yarns are discontinued, the bright side is that it means exciting new yarns are coming. We recently learned that Shibui is discontinuing production of Birch and Maai, and though we’re sad to see them go, we’re pleased to announce a sale to see them off!

We’re starting summer with an Out With the Old Sale – from this Friday, June 21st, through Sunday, June 30th, Shibui Birch and Maai will be 40% off, the deepest discount we’ve ever offered on any Shibui yarns!

Discontinued Shibui colorways will also be marked down – 40% off select shades of nearly every Shibui yarn we carry. After June 30th, these Shibui yarns will no longer be on our shelves, so come early for best selection!

Come by the shop from Friday, June 21st, through Sunday, June 30th to get these lovely yarns at a great price. Hope to see you there!

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! 

Pom Pom Quarterly: Summer 2019.

The Summer 2019 issue of Pom Pom Quarterly has arrived here at the shop!

Tessellation and repeated motifs are the theme of this issue, which features a cover sweater knit with Shibui Pebble.

Pom Pom is a beautifully designed magazine, thoughtfully put together by writers and editors who clearly love printed matter as much as they love knitwear. This issue is a bit thicker than issues past, making room for increased font sizes and a more inclusive range of sizes in their patterns – conscientious responses to feedback from readers.

Also listening to readers and to ongoing conversations in the wider knitting community, they’ve included an interview with Emi Ito about cultural appropriation, which is also reproduced in full on their website.

This rich and multifaceted issue also features designs by Amy Christoffers, Sari Norlund, Soraya García, and others, a block-printing tutorial, and a delicious-looking fudge recipe.

Come by the shop to get a closer look at this issue of Pom Pom, and pick up a copy to inspire your stitching!

Shibui Sample of the Month: Gradient.

June is here, and with it, a new Shibui Sample of the Month! Shibui sends us a new sample to share with you every month, and we offer a 10% discount on Shibui yarn purchased for that featured sample while it’s here.

June’s Shibui Sample of the Month is “Gradient,” knit with four shades of Shibui Silk Cloud, a lace weight blend of silk and mohair. The pattern is free when you purchase the yarn from our shop.

In the spirit of the Shibui Mix concept, which encourages the combining of Shibui yarns two or three strands at a time, “Gradient” is worked with three strands of Silk Cloud held together. Periodically, one of those three strands is switched out for a different color, which makes a gentle transition from one color to the next.

Here are a few color combinations I came up with, but there are so many more possibilities – we have over 25 shades of Silk Cloud in stock!

Inspired to make a “Gradient” cowl of your own? I can’t wait to see what other color combinations you creative knitters will come up with. Look for Shibui Silk Cloud in the lace weight section here at the shop, and come by before June 23 to get it at 10% off. See you there!

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

Koigu Collector’s Club: Tulips.

The Koigu Collector’s Club continues! Each month, we’ll receive 21 skeins of KPPPM in a limited edition color dyed especially for a select group of local yarn stores that carry Koigu.

May’s special colorway is called Tulips, a riot of greens with flecks of other bright colors dyed on KPPPM, Koigu’s signature fingering weight superwash merino.

This highly variegated colorway has so many different colors in it! I had fun pairing it up with solid shades in other fingering weight yarns, thinking of Andrea Mowry’s brioche “Harlow” hat, which Amy is teaching in an upcoming class here at the shop. Brooklyn Tweed Peerie and Shibui Staccato are both wonderfully soft, come in a range of rich solid shades, and are the right gauge for pairing with Koigu KPPPM.

Peerie, with its stellar elasticity, is perhaps especially well-suited to the “Harlow” hat, if your interest is piqued by that pattern. Head to our Classes page to sign up now for a fun introduction to two-color brioche!

Other two-color projects that you might consider include Craig Rosenfeld’s “Drea’s Shawl,” Stephen West’s “All the Angles” and “Clockwork,” or Christy Kamm’s “ZickZack Scarf.”

Tulips and Riviera are a nice match to my eye – two limited edition colorways aligned!

Look for Tulips in our fingering weight section here at the shop. See you there!

Shibui Limited Edition Color: Riviera.

Shibui has just released a brand new Limited Edition Color, and we’re delighted to have it on our shelves now!

Riviera is the shade, a bright teal that’s just right for the season.

Riviera comes in eight of Shibui’s yarns: lace weight Lunar, Pebble, and Silk Cloud, fingering weight Reed and Staccato, sport weight Fern, and DK weight Rain and Vine.

With so many yarns, there are lots of ways to get a bit of Riviera onto your needles; for an accessory, consider the “Sunstone Cowl” in Lunar, “Spectrum” in Rain and Silk Cloud, “Oasis” in Fern, “Simone” in Rain and Reed, “Ossa” in Silk Cloud and Pebble, or “Torrent” in Rain, all of which are free when you buy the Shibui yarns to make them.

Come by the shop soon to see Riviera for yourself, and plan your next project!

Shibui Sample of the Month: Torrent.

May is here, and with it, a new Shibui Sample of the Month! We offer a 10% discount on Shibui yarn purchased for our featured sample until the end of the month.

This month’s sample is “Torrent,” a textured triangular shawlette knit on the bias. The pattern is available for free when you buy Shibui Rain here at our shop.

It’s made with two skeins of Shibui Rain, a DK weight mercerized cotton unlike any mercerized cotton we’ve seen. Its silky lustre and chainette construction set it apart from more traditional plied cottons, adding a bit of elasticity where plant fibers typically have none.

Come by the shop to before May 26th to try on “Torrent” and get Shibui Rain at 10% off to make one of your own!

 

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

Show and tell: Shibui.

Time for another round of show-and-tell! I’m always collecting photos of the beautiful finished pieces knitters and crocheters bring in to share with us, garments that started their lives as HYS yarns. With Shibui yarns featured and discounted for tomorrow’s Local Yarn Store Day, I thought I’d share a group of projects made with some of these special yarns.

Michele knit this “Nasreen” top with Shibui Staccato held double to get the gauge she needed with the yarn she loved. Always pushing herself to try different knitting techniques and a big fan of stripes, this pattern spoke to her, and she made good use of the Staccato she had stashed away.

Shibui has a lot of fans, and Cindy is among the most ardent admirers we know. Here she is in her “Quicksilver” shawl, knit with Shibui Echo.

Astrid designed this intricate lace shawl with Shibui Silk Cloud, a lace weight mohair and silk blend. Look for her pattern, “Blue Winter Flower,” on Ravelry!

Maria visited our shop from out of town last year, and picked up some Silk Cloud for a “Gradient” cowl. We were touched that she thought of us when she was in town again last month, bringing the finished piece to show us, no less!

Last but not least, our own Anne has finished a Shibui project this week, “Amos.”

This summer tee is knit with Shibui Vine and Fern, and is even more striking in person. Look for it hanging on the wall here at our shop!

Thanks to everyone who shares their projects with us, whether at the outset, after all the ends are woven in, or somewhere along the way. We can’t wait to see what you make next!

Come by tomorrow, Saturday, April 27th, to celebrate Local Yarn Store Day with 15% off all in-stock Shibui!

 

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