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Spring Selections

Category: pattern

Happy Tuesday, wonderful readers! I’m in a good mood today — we have exciting new things coming your way, I’m almost done with my Goldfish sweater, and I’ve just been looking at the beautiful new yarns and patterns some of our suppliers are releasing for spring. Also, last night, it was still light out at 5:15 pm! Woot!

Bubble cables on my Goldfish sweater!

Last week I wrote a cryptic Facebook post about news from Quince & Co. that I couldn’t share yet. You see, they sometimes send me top-secret emails with drool-worthy photos of soon-to-be-released yarns/patterns/kits/plans for world domination. Quince has finally done their own post about this news, so now I’m allowed to share: behold, the Linen Noir collection! They’re doing a series of breathtaking patterns in black linen, both Sparrow (fingering) and Kestrel (worsted). These patterns are described as “summer-night-worthy knits”, and I can safely say that you will not be disappointed. Here’s the first pattern, Deschain, by Leila Raabe:

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We currently carry Sparrow, but not Kestrel. However, this collection has captured my heart, so I wanted to make you an offer: if you want to make something from the Linen Noir collection, I will order you any color of Sparrow OR Kestrel between now and April 1st. (No joke!)

The other company that really has me excited is Universal Yarn. You may have seen our newest cowl sample on the needles, the Hanasaku Cowl by Tori Gurbisz, using Bamboo Bloom Handpaints and Plymouth Yarn Gina — it’s going to be beautiful! And Universal Yarn has made it so that if you buy the yarn from us, we can give you the pattern for free. Come by and check out your (many, many) color options!

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Universal has also just released a fabulous ebook collection featuring Bamboo Pop accessories. I love Bamboo Pop, in all its lightweight, summery glory, and I’m intrigued by several of these patterns. I think my favorite is Philodendron, also by Tori Gurbisz (apparently she’s my new favorite designer).

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I’ve been knitting cozy, bulky things all winter, but now I’m ready for spring. Bring on the cute accessories, bright colors, and cool fibers of spring — and summer! Sooner or later (hopefully sooner), the Deschain top will be mine!

(As a reward for those of you who made it all the way to the end of this post: We’re having a huge Spring Cleaning Sale starting this Friday. I’m putting Cascade 220 on sale. Now you know.)

Love, Thy Name is Double-Points

Category: pattern

When I first came to work at the store almost two years ago, all I could knit was a garter stitch rectangle. I didn’t know how to increase or decrease, I could barely manage a purl, and the mere concept of knitting in the round baffled me. I would learn all of these things– and many more– over time, and found my confidence. Until a few months ago, however, there was still one area of the store I would glimpse at in terror:  the double pointed needles.  

After trudging through those few unsuccessful, unfinished projects to get the hang of them, I can now say that double pointed needles are my absolute favorite type to use, and I’m even more in love with using them to knit dolls. 

Need 6″ US 7s? I’ve got you covered. Maybe a little TOO covered.

I think I can safely say I have more projects started on double points that I need to finish than on any other needles. Here are a few that I’ve been able to finish!

If you’ve been reading since October (or maybe you’re a new reader that’s gone back through the archives) you may remember that for a while I was making little felted pumpkins out of Quince&Co. Lark and Osprey for Halloween decorations! These were my second finished double pointed projects, and I’m still thrilled with them. 

What was the first finished project you ask? Well, a little felted Bluebird of Happiness of course! It was a wonderful little project I could finish in a few hours, and on top of that I also got to learn how to wrap-and-turn. This little guy was made out of Quince&Co. Chickadee. See what I did there? I amuse myself. 

 

My most recent completed dolls were slightly modified versions of the Mushroom Sprite pattern. (Which are seriously super cute and you should make them.) The first one I made was out of Bartlett, and it truly was the best choice to get that rough, rustic feel I was going for. Not to mention, it smells wonderful!

His little brother, made of Malabrigo Rasta and Caracol (only one skein of each!!!), was requested by my fiancé. His name is Bindle. There was so much left over, I might have to make another one for myself!

 

New Yarns, New Projects

Category: pattern

It’s officially pumpkin-carving, hot cider & cozy pajamas weather! While I’m grumpy and slow to get out of my warm bed this time of year, my better half is capering around, crowing about how much he loves fall. For me, the one thing that makes fall more bearable is that it is also officially knitting weather. Here at the shop, we’ve started seeing reps, and we just received our first big yarn order of the season, from Plymouth! We’ve added a few new colors to existing lines, and brought in three brand-new lines.

Chunky Merino Superwash is a machine-washable, 100% merino yarn that knits to 3.5 stitches to the inch on a U.S. 10. It’s soft and lovely, and I’m already knitting with it! I’ve cast on for a hat, and I’m really enjoying working with it. We got a beautiful rainbow in this yarn, including perfect colors for a Gryffindor scarf! Our rep (also a Jennifer) is using Chunky Merino Superwash for the Biscotti Sweater by Kiyomi Burgin, which is absolutely stunning.

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© Knitscene/Harper Point Photography

I’m excited to announce that we also just got Gina Chunky, the big sister to our regular worsted weight Gina! Gina Chunky captured my heart right away with its fun, bold colors, and will make for some quick knits this holiday season. I fell in love with the Zig Zag Cowl by Vanessa Ewing, and it’s only a matter of time before I give in, shove my dirty laundry in the closet, hide my dirty dishes in the oven, and cast on for this one. Honestly, just look at those delicious colors:

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© Plymouth Yarn Company, Inc

And now for something completely different: we’ve been bitten by the speckled yarn craze! We now have Happy Feet 100 Splash, a hand-dyed yarn with pops of color sprinkled throughout. This yarn is machine washable and has 10% nylon for durability. Come try out a skein — it would make splendid socks, or an adorable lightweight baby sweater.

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Happy Feet 100 Splash in the skein…

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…and knit up. Like confetti cake!

We’re excited for you to try these new yarns and let us know what you think! Don’t hesitate to ask us for pattern suggestions!