Monday, November 10, 2014

Revisiting the ever popular Coastal Knits!






Coastal Knits by Alana Dakos and Hanna Fettig has become a perennial favorite. Not to be be too cliche, these classic styles really are timeless!  We once again are privileged to have these lovely garments in the store for your fondling pleasure!



Jessica looks smashing in the Bayside Pullover knit in Berroco Ultra Alpaca Fine in the Potting Soil colorway # 1279!

 The Branching Out Mitts are an instant favorite knit up in two shades of  Blue Sky Alpaca Melange sportweight alpaca.

Terry loves the simple rounded yoke of the Gnarled Oak cardigan she thinks she would like to work it up in MadelineTosh Tosh DK Oak.  She also loved the fit of the Rustling Leaves beret in Tosh Sock.


 

Jen A & Katelyn each gravitated to very different styles. Jen is in the Waters Edge Cardigan worked up in Tosh DK in Cove. And Katelyn is wearing the  Rocky Coast Cardigan which would look lovely in Fyberspates Scrumptious DK or Malabrigo Worsted Merino.

Jenny is looking as lovely as ever in the Wildflower Cardigan worked up in MadelineTosh Pashmina. And look!  There's a mini version too!

 
 In fact, there are mini me versions of all four cardigans so that your little one can be as stylin' as mom!

The Retail Team - Gus, JenA, Jill, Matt, & Terry



 

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Arctic exploration has never been so cozy!



As the winter weather moves into full swing, the retail store will be hosting tons of fabulous trunk shows to keep you warm and inspired! We can't wait to share all of the pretty things we'll be getting in with you! Trunk shows are a wonderful way to see how yarns perform in various garments and the ideas they give us will keep our hooks, needles & looms flying all winter!

First show up, is Tundra from The Fibre Company, just in time for frigid weather!  Tundra is a lofty, bulky, 2-ply blend of baby alpaca, merino wool and silk, making it sumptuously soft and giving it a surprisingly nice drape for a thicker yarn. On loan to the shop right now are eight garments, including cowls, hats, gloves, and a shawl. Stop by if you can to check them out and give them a pet, they will be here until November 14th.



 Check out the colors of Tundra Yarn here.

Terry was immediately drawn to the Tallin done in the color Larch, since she loves both autumnal colors and the textures of the cables & moss stitches.  Jen A went straight for the Copenhagen Hood in Scotia Sea.
Jill grabbed the Auckland Hat to try on...yes, mostly because she loves the color, Boreal!  But the all over plaited cable pattern gives it just the right amount of texture, too.

Justine tried on the gorgeous detailed Arctic Circle Cowl, in Glacier.  It's not surprising that out of all the fabulous patterns from the Tundra Collection, this quick knit has received the most love on Ravelry!

Sam tried on the Permafrost cowl in Taiga, and after some debate on styling, decided she liked it best to the side.  Leslie tried on the Fairbanks in Lingonberry, a simple infinity scarf that would be a great project for beginning knitters!

Diana was all bundled up in the warehouse, but was happy to trade out her cold weather gear to try on the warm & soft  Harbin cowl in Glacier with an i-cord edging in Taiga.


Monika got to try on the Svalbard hat and gloves set, which was one of the first patterns to sell out when we got in the samples!  But we'll have more on the way, so you can get it from us or from Ravelry! ( And we know you'll ask, but the sweater was from Orvis, it wasn't one of her handmade tops!)


The Retail Team - Gus, JenA, Jill, Matt & Terry





 

Sunday, October 19, 2014

New Shibui Trunk Show in the Retail Shop!!!

We're always excited for another Shibui trunk show! This time we've received garments made from Shibui Linen and Kavo - Shibui's new unique silk wrapped cotton-core yarn!  Almost all of the patterns in the show are available on Ravelry! A few are even free with the purchase of the yarn!



The Linen collection shows off Shibui's crisp, airy, chainette constructed yarn that just keeps getting softer as you work with it and every time you wear it.  Which is sure to be often!


  L.1 is a gorgeous striped stockinette scarf, and what makes it even better is that it's a free pattern on Ravelry!





















L.2 is a lovely looped back top, so we just had to show you both beautiful sides!  This one is available for purchase on Ravelry.



Shibui Kavo's silk and cotton combo make for a perfect drape, keeping it airy, but structured.  The silk wrap also gives it a smooth feel and lovely sheen.
K.1 is a colorblock tee that's been getting lots of love on Ravelry ... go ahead queue it up and buy the pattern!




K.2 is a free pattern when you purchase Shibui Kavo yarn!  Terry fell in love with this diagonally striped scarf in fun colors!

K.3 has a two color version, or you can choose five colors of the Kavo, and while we love this combo, it's fun to see all the other possibilities on Ravelry! Or play with your own scheme to make new color stories!  This vertically striped scarf pattern is also free with the purchase of Kavo, or you can buy the pattern on Ravelry!

If you're in the area, stop by to see these elegant tops and scarves while they are here! We send the back on November 2nd! If you can't stop by please give us a call and ask us to answer any questions you have about the garments, yarns or patterns.

The Retail Team - Gus, JenA, Jill, Matt, & Terry

 
 

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Happy 25th Anniversary Zara!!!!!

We would like to wish  Filatura Di Crosa's Zara Family of Yarns a happy happy 25th anniversary!!!! We got together with Tahki Stacy Charles in the Spring of 2014 to style and work with the uber talented Brad Swonetz to photograph Zara Classics with a West Coast feel, and had a brilliant time working with the stunning and versatile pieces!!!  



I also had the privilege of asking three top designers John Brinegar, Irina Poludnenko, Cornelia Tuttle Hamilton why they love working with Zara!!!

John: For me, Zara is a knitter's/crocheter's best friend. It's a loyal yarn with amazing stitch definitions, tons of colors, and a slick, buttery feel as you're working with it. It's been on eof my staple yarns for years now, whether I'm swatching or designing. It's one of those things that should be in a roadside survival kit. Blanket, extra jugs of clean water, candles, flares, and Zara!





John Brinegar - Acros Collection for Tahki Stacy Charles








Irina: I have been using Zara Yarns for 20 years [...] and have made numerous designs in this yarn It is my favorite yarn to use because it is not only high quality, soft, pleasant to use, but also has a wide range of beautiful colors. Zara yarn can be used from anything from baby hats and blankets to elegant adult designs. After 25 years, it still remains the most popular yarn for knitters. 


Caterina Pullover by Irina Poludnenko

Cornelia: Zara showcases stitch patterns very well and has a great elasticity. A well-designed yarn and a delight to work with! 

Zara Cabled Tunic by Cornelia Tuttle-Hamilton

This has been an amazing experience working with Tahki Stacy Charles and the Filatura Di Crosa Zara Family of Yarns!!! We wish you 25 more years of success and beauty!!!

~Olivia 



Saturday, October 11, 2014

Debbie Bliss and Elsebeth Lavold and Louisa Harding... Oh My!!!!

Currently in the retail shop is an awesome trunk show featuring amazing garments knit in wonderful yarns from Debbie Bliss, Elsebeth Lavold, Louisa Harding and Araucania!

 


 The Paloma Scarf featured in Debbie Bliss magazine, Fall/Winter 2013 alternates slip stitch and moss stitch to give it this stand out texture and design.  Though we no longer have the solid colors of Paloma, their new Tweed version would be perfect for fall!



Marilyn very excited to see all the Araucania knits that arrived so she could see how the colors pool.  She tried on the Huasco Lace Top by Jenny Watson, which is a free pattern from Knitting Fever!  It feels as good as it looks: Huasco uses an extrafine Merino wool!  We currently carry their solid/tonals, but can order in the multi colored yarns upon request!



 Sam wrapped up in the Lace Triangular Wrap also by Jenny Watson knitted in Araucania Nuble, color #20.  The pattern can be purchased on Ravelry.

 Yumbrel is a lace weight cotton yarn, hand painted in Chile! Jenny Watson designed this gorgeous lightweight, V-neck Top which is perfect for layering as the seasons change!




Wow...! Several of us thought that lacy tops weren't our 'thing'... until we saw this lovely, sophisticated top, knit in Hempathy and featured in the pattern book Lazy Days Collection.  This not only sold us on wearing lace tops, but on Hempathy too!  It knits beautifully and really softens up, only getting softer with each washing and wearing!




This adorable child's dress is knit in Elsebeth Lavold's Silky Wool and can be found in her Come Closer book, which also includes an optional coordinating shrug!



This furry fun piece is the Blanche Cape from the Luzia book.  We can special order the book by request, but the Luzia yarn is one we won't be carrying much longer.  Which means less selection, but great sale prices! 


We ordered in Knits From an English Rose book after a customer requested it, and its full of fabulous vintage-style accessory patterns.  This is the Loretta collar, knit in Grace Hand Beaded yarn, which we don't currently stock, but a lovely alternative would be Artyarns Beaded Silk Light or beads added to your favorite yarn!

Be sure to stop by and take a look if your in town or let us know if we can answer any question for you while we have this trunk show!

The Retail Team - Gus, JenA, Jill, Matt, & Terry



 

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Soft, fluffy ALPACA!!! Misti Alpaca Trunk show has arrived!!!

Back in August, we had a fun and informative visit from Miguel & Lisa Paz, owners of Misti Alpaca.  We learned how four generations of Miguel's family built Misti Alpaca into the fair trade yarn company we know today.  They shared interesting information about Peru, alpacas, their ranch and the nearby village where women work hand dyeing the lovely yarns with sustainable dyes and special techniques developed by Misti! Their website has an 'about us' section with old family photos, the business history, maps, and even has an alpaca photo gallery if you'd like to see some of the sources of your yarn up close!

While he was here, Miguel agreed to film some video reviews and squeezed in some of this fascinating information!  You can find these reviews on our website under our video reviews link, found near the top of the page. Once on the video reviews page select Misti Alpaca from the manufacturer drop down menu!

You can tell how excited we were for that visit! And now, we are super excited to get finished pieces knit by the women of the village as a trunk show  to show off all the gorgeous Misti Alpaca colors!  If you can't make it into the shop to see the garments in person, here's a peek!

Enjoy! The Retail Team - Gus, JenA, Jill, Matt, & Terry

Jenny is relaxing in our yarn garden wearing the Floating Lace Top, an advanced level pattern published in Knit 'n Style of October 2010.  The yarn is Misti Alpaca Hand Paint Lace in La Boheme #LP44

This Messina Scarf is an intermediate level pattern, knitted in Misti Alpaca Hand Paint Sock Yarn in color HS 24, Tree Frog.  We don't currently have this color in our selection, but we can order you any color you see on MistiAlpaca.com, where you can also find this pattern for free!
The Rosebud Scarf is a free pattern on MistiAlpaca.com, and is shown knitted up in Misti Alpaca Handpaint Chunky, color Red Rover #CP01.


Jill modeled the Swedish Lace Beret, which can be purchased at MistiAlpaca.com, knitted in Misti Alpaca Handpaint chunky, color Winter Queen #CP21, which we can order. 

Mindy tried on the BC Ruffle Cape in Garter, a free pattern at MistiAlpaca.com.  This one is done up in Misti Alpaca Chunky Solids in Sage 1380. 
 
 This adorable baby set is the Swedish Lace Baby Cloche & Booties Set.  It's a free pattern on MistiAlpaca.com and this version is made in the Misti Alpaca Tonos Pima Silk in Shell Beach #TPS04. 


Madison slipped on the Convertible Scarf, a free pattern they describe as "so easy it's probably addictive". The pattern calls for Baby Me Boo and this one is done in Crazy Lace Agate BBH48.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Once Upon a Time MKAL!!!!



Unraveled Designs has done it again!!! This time Rachel is going to take us on an enchanted journey of six clues to knit her mystery pattern with Lorna's Laces Limited Edition October '14 "Frozen Upon a Time" Shepherd Worsted!! 



The icy blues, greys, purples, and pinks are inspired by Elsa and Anna from Disney's epic story of sisterly love "Frozen". 



Head on over to Ravelry to get involved!!! The MKAL begins October 12, 2014, and will take you to mystical places with her squishy, warm, and fanciful cowl and mitts patterns. 


Please note that clues will only be on Ravelry and Unraveled Designs Blog
Thank you :) ~Olivia