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We update our new merchandise & colors MOST weeks, and usually on Thursday

so check back frequently to see what's new...

Nov 20th...

This cowl is knit using Aireado, from Plymouth. Such a soft and lightweight alpaca blend, but knit at at bulky gauge it is perfect for the quick knit projects you need for the holidays!

Umina, by Mirasol, is a lovely alpaca/wool blend with a nice tight twist and gorgeous hand.....rich jewel tone palette complemented by a lovely neutral range 5 sts/inch

Peru Tweed is another alpaca/wool blend, but with a bit of a brushed halo surface and a viscose nub tweed. And the range of colors is very autumnal, deep and dark! 4 sts/inch US 9

Three colors of faux fur, BIG, pompomsarrived - $19.99 each. Snap them into a hat for a great finish and just unsnap to wash!

Nov 6th....

Sorry that I don't have buttons online, but for those of you who are local, I did get a new shipment with restock of some existing as well as these new designs. In particulat, I brought in more scandinavian-style pewter/metal buttons based on customer request. We've got several of the standard snowflake designs as well as dragonflies, moose, shells and several abstract designs in pewter.

Oct 30th...

We have some pumpkin/jackolantern needle felting kits ready to go if you're looking for a fun project to do with your kids this evening....

Some new colors of both 220 Sport and the regular 220 worsted arrived with a restock this week. If you are looking to do some color knitting at a d.k./sport gauge, you cannot find a better value than the 220 sport. Great for wristlets or mittens or hats. We now have about 50 colors in stock to work with!

And a lovely new heathery rust color in Eco Wool Bulky.

 

Oct 23rd...

Chris noticed today as we were getting another order in to Malabrigo that I didn't have a lot of colors of Rios online that we actually stock! So we've updated the Rios page to more accurately reflect all the colors we have in stock!

Two new colors of Shibui yarns arrived in Cima, Lunar, Silk Cloud and Pebble - Dusk and Deepwater. Be sure to check them out. In addition, I added Bordeaux and Brick colors to the Lunar merino/silk range.

A few new colors of Homestead Tweed and the original Homestead arrived. This is a great value, homespun style yarn that knits at 4-4.5 sts/inch

Oct16th....

I got a restock of Juniper Moon along with some new colors -

Eggplant and brick in the worsted Moonshine

A lovely new red-orange shown in the uber soft baby alpaca Herriot Great shawl pictured above

A gorgeous hemlock (or is it cypress) olive green in Moonshine Chunky.

And a lovely new 3.5 st/inch alpaca/merino blend, Aireado, arrived from Plymouth. 5 lovely natural shades and a gorgeous garnet and rich raisin color. Super soft and cozy....

And we finished a fe new store models - a hat in Katia's cotton/merino, a big cowl/wrap in Noro's Ito, and the top down sweater Princess Fiona (detail shown closeup) knit in Arranmore light....

AND...

..I fixed the KAP Wool page! I didn't realize that 4 of the colors I stock were not even shown....and that we are out of 3 of the colors shown (just until the new order arrives). Anyway, I added the new colors and updated the page for easier ordering!

 

Oct 9th....

Apparenlty this is the 30th year for Noro Kureyon! In honor of this anniversary, the company has come out with a new book of patterns and we have 5 new colors in stock. If you're dreading the long winter nights, what could possibly get you thru it better than to knit this colorful afghan?! But if your decor is more muted and you want something neutral, knitting a few of these pillows might be just what you need!

I f you haven't knit with Kureyon in a few years, you might want to give it another go. Mr. Noro has been adding a higher percentage of the finer wools to the mix to soften the yarn up over the last 4-5 years so you may feel differently about it. Even before he softened it up, I enjoyed working with it for items that weren't right next to the skin, but now I'd use it for hats and cowls too.

Several new colors of both the merino/silk Fino and the Fino mini packs arrived as well.

 

Oct 2nd...

A lovely rich, deep burgundy and a straw color of Incan Spice (merino, yak, silk blend) arrived....

I've posted a new needle felting class I'm hosting with author/artist Neysa Russo is November . More details about the workshop can be found here.

Sept 25th...

Reserve Sport, a bamboo/silk/merino blend arrived. Lovely drape and super soft and silky.

new colors of Camello arrived. Just in time too, since this was going to be my next "sleeper yarn" to feature in the next newsletter - but out of nowhere it took off last week and I sold out of almost every color! So the new shipment to restock it arrived, along with 4 new soft pastel colors. I'm still partial to the original set of colors, but I know that these gentle pastels appeal to a lot of people so it is nice to have a broader range to offer customers since it is such a gorgeous yarn - lovely spring and nice and soft - to knit with. PERFECT for a classic garment , a hat or wristlets. The lovely ply on this yarn makes it a great choice for a pattern with stitches since the stitch definition is lovely.

Sept 21st...

We have some lovely new knitting accessory pouches in stock - lined with a pocket, zipper closure, nice quality. They are selling quickly - I think the first two shown left are already sold out? We'll get more, but the existing stock is at a special introductory offer since the company sent me larger ones at the price of the smaller. So grab one now - just $14.99 since the next shipment will either be the smaller ones for the same price or this size but at the regular price! Since they are selling so fast, they are not online - just at the store. Update 9/25 - the orange and blues are sold out. And we're getting low on the purples and tan/neutral colorways...but there are a few left!

The Katia Balloon yarn has been popular - chunky gauge (1.5 - 2sts/inch) but not dense and stiff like some other chunkies. This hat took just 1 skein

We have a couple of new cowl ideas for your holiday knitting - Cozy Alpaca Reversible Cable Cowl and the Amitola Kid Silk Feather and Fan.

Just finished this pullover using Stratus by juniper Moon. What a lovely yarn to knit with - cozy, soft, quick knit, lightweight but big gauge. Kind of sorry I'm done I enjoyed knitting it so much! My own pattern - free when you buy the yarn for the sweater.

Sept 11...

Sashiko thread (in large and small sks as shown here) and needles are in stock now. Traditionally used as a decorative mending on cotton kimonos, this simple stitching technique adds visual interest in both line and texture to felt too!

The patterns for both this classic simple cabled cardigan and the bias knit color block shawl are free with the Silk Garden Solo yarn purchase to make one of them! I have a bunch of new colors - all richly deep and saturated with a lovely fleck of tweediness - of this yarn in stock - you must check them out to appreciate the gorgeous colors available!

 

Sept 4th...

For those who prefer cotton to wool, we have Zauberball Cotton in stock now for those lovely long repeat shawls and baby blankets!

This 100% silk shawl used just 2 sks of Aine by Juniper Moon.

The new fall Noro magazine arrived - some nice knits inside and featured on the cover is a 1 ball cowl that is sure to keep you warm thru even the coldest of winters! It is knit in Noro Ito.

August 28th...

Edition Three - machine washable wool sport weight in long repeat, tweed - 7 lovely colors! Each sweet ball packs a whopping 165 yards!

August 23rd,

Juniper Moon's newest yarn, Patagonia, arrived a couple of weeks ago but I've been so busy hosting customers from across the country for an Indigo/Shibori workshop for the last 10 days, that I never managed to get it online until now! It is a lovely 100% organic wool - twelve great colors and a super value!

Katia's Inifinity Shawl Balls are here - 5 colors to start. If you're a fan of the Freia Ombre Balls I've had, these offer an alternative range of colors and a bit of tweediness!

July 31st...

Ito by Noro is a new 100% wool, packed in 200 gm balls and featuring 45 color changes/ball in a bulky/aran weight!

New colors of both the Silk Garden Solos (solid colors) and the original variegated/long repeat, arrived. A couple of ladies were in over the weekend admiring Noro's Sonata (new cotton/silk/rayon for the summer) and expressing surprise that it was Noro! That's because they worked with Noro a decade ago and thought it was too scratchy for them.....but over the last 5-6 years Noro has been improving the fiber content of his yarns and they "aren't your grandma's Noro" anymore! So you might want to consider a new fall project to give this brand another go.

A bunch of new Custom Batts are available at the store - makes for some interesting spinning and/or felting!

 

July 24th...

Katia Cotton Merino -cozy, brushed, and as easily dressed up as down!

Cozy Alpaca - what a lovely and luxurious option for a super soft and cozy knit that you need to be Machine Washable!!

 

 

July 10th..

Pima Rino is a 70/30 blend of pima cotton and machine washable wool for a lovely soft hand and easy care at a great price point for worsted gauge of 5 sts/inch.

4 new colors of the lovely Hi-Koo Simpli Natural yarn arrived, brightening up the palette a bit. 1 skein makes a great cowl - super soft and uber luxurious at an affordable splurge for gift giving!

Zauberball Crazy - 460 yards with long repeats in a great shawl weight. Perfect for short row shaped shawls, mosaic knitting, brioche and "faux" fair isle!

 

June 27th...

I dyed up 10 new colors of my Vermont Coopworth yarn last week, using up the end of the white. So get it while you can. This beautiful yarn is lustrous, has a nice hand, is long wearing and comes in 2 gorgeous natural browns, plus white and 12 dyed colors. The sheep were raised in VT, the yarn spun next door in Richmond and I dye it here at the store!

June 19th...

I've been a bit delinquent updating the website - but in the last 3 weeks I've been preoccupied dyeing 100 yds of silk fabric (see some of the Margelin silk pictured here), washing and dyeing almost 60 pounds of locks, another 20 pounds of yarn and getting my orders for the new fall yarns in order!

Hopefully I'll be better at updating in the next couple of months - although I still have 100 yards of silk fabric and 240 sks left to dye!

Because of the time of year (I let my inventory dwindle from May - June and then the new fall yarns start arriving in July), I have only a few new colors of existing yarns that are new this week:

6 new colors of this really popular cotton/acrylic yarn, Calico, have arrived...just as I sold out of two existing! This super soft, easy care, and affordable yarn has been a hit with customers knitting for kids/babies.

Two of the Shibui yarns had arrived in this new color, Shore, last month. But the remaining yarns just arrived. So now each of the 6 Shibui yarns I stock are available in this new color. This photo shows each of the yarns in the new color. It's been hard to keep in stock!

 

New colors of Moonshine arrived....this is a little out of season since it is merino/alpaca/silk, but it is a popular seller and the color selection seemed "picked over" to me, so we restocked the existing colors and I added these four new ones.

 

 

 

May 29th...

Teeswater locks...I purchased a bunch of Teeswater X (some pure, some X BFL and some X Wenslydale) fleeces at Maryland Sheep & Wool and have been washing up, dyeing some, and packing it all for the shop! These are the loveliest fleeces ever! So silky and lustrous and a nice lock structure whehter you want to needle felt hair or beard or use them in wet felting for a dramatic collar! I've been noticiing one of the trends for winter coats in 2018 is big faux fur/shearling collars and big cuffs! So felters - get your lovely locks now!

Gotland X Locks....because it was grey locks that I ran out of first this past year, I purchased several more grey fleeces than I have in the past! Hopefully this will last me thru the fall season - but if you want some lovely grey locks, buy now. These are gorgeous Gotland X.. What I love most about them - well, beyond the silky lustre, is that because they are only about half way to becoming Gotland, there are still hints of the foundation breed coming thru in the locks so these have a lovely variation in color (cream, brown curlicue tips, silvery grey body) throughout. I love 100% Gotland too, but that is usually completely silver grey. These locks show off some interesting variation.

 

May22nd...

Between taking vacation the last two weeks of April and a trip to the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival this past weekend, I'm afraid I fell behind updating the website! I've got lots of new ideas for classes and merchandise -something about vacation that lets loose the creative muse - but for now, a quick update on what arrived while I was away!

We just received a new shipment of the lovely Merino-Bombyx hand-dyed top!

Also, a new color of the Noro Sonata cotton/viscose blend yarn arrived.

 

While I was at MD Sheep & Wool, Chris carded up some new lovely batts for felters and spinners. Actually, some of the tapestry weavers that are using roving in their weavings would find these interesting to use as well! Lovely merino wool as a base, combined with great color accents of corriedale, romney, BFL, and featuring embellishments of tussah silk, locks, angelina, ramie, flax, thrums, etc ! I don't have these online - just another reason to stop by the shop!!!!

And I'm just posting this as a teaser for now - please check back next week since by then I hope to have caught my breath enough to get more information posted on the website about this new line of drum carders I'll be carrying! Big drums, deep teeth, well thought out design, work horses that will be every felter and spinners favorite tool!

My sisters picked up an alkanet and a Japanese Indigo plant for me at Maryland S&W this weekend. And now that the weather is looking a bit more like spring, I can't wait to plant them in the dye garden with all the lovely bloodroot, tansy, black eyed-susans, etc!

Apr 17th...

A new shipment of 21.5 micron merino top arrived, including 3 new colors: graphite (shown here), camellia, and cabbage rose!

I haven't been ordering books much at all for the last couple of years, but for the handful of customers who have been faithfully still buying books about the ethnic traditions of knitting, I brought in 4 new books to feed their inspiration. From Faroese Knits to Lithuanian Designs and from traditional Norwegian mittens and hats to some really fun mittens with a contemporary twist! So the books are available at the store and I've added a class for the fall and a few free events for the summer for those of you interested in learning some techniques and tricks for knitting some of these designs!

shibui pattern mirage Shibui Yarns! Here's a new summer knit suggestion....the pattern includes a short sleeved option. This lovely new pattern is available at the shop. It features a couple of Shibui yarns - my sister just knit it up using Twig and Silk Cloud.

Apr 10th...

Sunkissed, a 100% cotton arrived in 5 solid and 3 striping/speckled colors. The solids are tonal and really lovely and this yarn is supported by a free pattern for a great cowl that uses 2 solids and 1 of the speckled/variegated versions. I have it under kits for now - will get the yarn itself online next week but my time is a bit short today!

Here's another great spring knit .simple rectangle vest with a great drape in 100% Rustic Silk

Apr 3rd...

Several new patterns arrived in support of the Shibui yarns, as well as a new color they came out with for the spring - Shore.

 

Shore arrived in both the Silk Cloud and in the Reed 100% linen - the Pebble and the Cima and Twig are on backorder. .

Mar 27th...

Noro's newest cotton/silk yarn - Sonata arrived in 11 or 12 nicely saturated and heathery colors. 5.5 - 6 sts/inch and a lovely soft hand in huge skeins!

Indulgence Handpaint Speckles arrived in 8 great summer/spring colors for thos easy no-brainer shawls and scarves you want to have on hand for a summer road trip!

I still have a decent choice of colors from my fall batch of dying the store's exclusive NFAC Merino on hand, but now that the weather is getting good for drying I'm planning for another round of dyeing when I get back from Maryland Sheep & Wool in early May. So if anyone is interested in particular colors, now is the time to let me know! This lovely shawl was knit usin the red, black and white. The yarn has such a lovely hand and is so lightweight and soft. It is a great choice for colorwork - or mosaic knitting as in this shawl!

13th...

Aine, 100% silk by Juniper Moon is here. Stop by today for your pick - or wait until Saturday and take advantage of a special Introductory Offer (see our facebook page for details!)

Mar 6th...

Lots of new sculptural animal needle felting kits arrived - guinea pigs, dinosaurs, squirrels.....check them all out here!

Feb 27th...

I discovered (well, really, Chris discovered) that I have 6 more colors of the 19 micron merino than I've previously posted online. Not sure how I missed showing these options, but I added the additional 6 colors today. I still will plan on expanding the color range in my next order,but for now you can see the 38 colors I have in stock.

Chris also discovered that I had never posted the picture of these 2 of the colors of the extrafine merino "sugar spuns". So don't forget to check out both the "sugar spuns" and the "tempera" collections of 19 micron merino.

The Addi Flexi-Flip needles are in stock at the store. I am not putting them online because I have already sold out of size 7 so expect that they would be hard to keep the website up to date from an inventory standpoint, but if you are interested in purchasing them you can stop by or call us directly and we can ship. 802 288 8081. I do have another order in the queue, but don't expect the next batch for a month or so. There are 3 needles per set and the price is $23.95.

Feb 20th...

Shibui Lunar - merino/silk in 5 lovely colors. Makes a great lightweight pullover -with a beautiful drape and hand - perfect for cool spring days/nights

Ok...so this isn't exactly new! But re-introduced! I am packing more of this great needle felting fiber in Mixed Bags now - 3 colors to a bag. We also have LOTS of randomly mixed bags at the shop - many of which have smaller amounts of more colors. But for online purposes, I am going to commit to keeping 3 color bags available for those who can't commit to buying the 3 oz of a single color bags that I have always stocked. There are many more colors available in 3 oz bags, but I have reintroduced this option of 3 color bags.

Some of you may have seen this thru a Facebook post last week - it is 1 skein of a Dipped & Dapple Dyed La Jolla merino by Baah yarns. If you cast on 42 sts (Us 6-7 depending on how you knit) you will get this dramatic "planned pooling" effect.

Feb 13th..

8 new colors of Rasta by Malabrigo arrived - 2 of them shown in this picture - follow the link to see them all, including the hot new Fuschia!

 

In the new pattern book from Malabrigo, there is a nice mosaic cowl pattern for Mecha as well as this fun rik-rak, zig-zagt pullover using 2 colors of Arroyo.

Feb 6th...

I finally got uploaded three photos showing the original 9 color ways of Cheshire Cat hand-dyed that arrived - so now the full complement, including the latest speckled skeins are shown!

Jan 30th...

Neysa's second needle felting book arrived with lots of fun animal motif table toppers - mug rugs, hot plates, table runners..... lots of creative possibilities.

A couple of new colors of the lovely Fino (merino-silk) mini skein packs arrived.

Some new shades of Moonshine Chunky arrived so I've updated that page to reflect what is available today.

 

Jan 23rd...

A restock with some new colors of Cheshire Cat arrived - I guess I never got the original ones onto the website last fall when I started stocking this yarn! But the new ones are up now and next week I'll get photos of the existing!

Joan knit up this simple cowl - just a 10 stitch repeat - using Amore, by Cascade.. Great stitch definition and a lovely hand.

And for you spinners and felters out there.....this top is really nice for a garment that you want to wear next to the skin, but that will wear better and has a bit more luster than the hand-dyed merino I stock. So be sure to check out the Dyed Blue Faced Leceister - 10 new colors in stock

Jan 16th...

These adorable little heart shaped stitch markers are a perfect Valentine gift for the special knitter in your family .

This winter's Spin Off is a really great issue and we have it in stock at the store. Lots of interesting articles to read. We have a spinning class scheduled for Feb 24th and there are still 2 spots open in it....so come join us and learn to spin right before all the fleeces are shorn for the spring lambing! Perfect timing!

9TH...

Chris whipped off this hat between customers. Just 1 skein of Lush by Ella Rae (super soft hand-dyed merino). The pattern is a design by Nomad Yarns - super simple and super fast.

A few new colors of Happy Feet sock yarn arrived....great for scarves and shawls too!

Jan 2nd ...

Lopi Lite arrived - 2 great pattern books supporting this yarn. A bit too scratchy for next to the skin wear, in most knitter's opinion, but a great classic and a terrific value that is perfect for an outerwear sweater. From traditional yoked designs to more contemporary constructions.

Merino Textura arrived from Plymouth - lovely texture, soft hand, and a bit of tonal color variation makes for an interesting knit even if you keep it simple in garter or stockinette stitch! I sold out of one color entirely within the first hour of hanging this yarn out...but no worries. It has already been reordered!

Thinking ahead to knitting for the new spring babies? Babe Cotton Soft arrived in a worsted weight - soft, easy care and no wool for the new mothers that are worried about putting wool next to their new babe's skin!

Dec 19th...

18 colors of La Jolla hand dyed yarn arrived last week...just in time to pick yourself up a 1 skein project to knit while you're visiting with family and friends over the holidays!

 

Dec 5th...

A new shipment arrived from Malabrigo including lots of new colors of both Mechita and Malabrigo sock weight = both lovely for shawl knitting. As well as new colors of Rasta, Rios and Arroyo!

 

Nov 28th...

I have a couple new quick knit hat projects to share with you in case you're still looking for some ideas for holiday gift knitting. The Nunki Hat shown left is soooo incredibly soft and warm (yak and merino) and could be gender neutral (if you omit the angora pompom!).

And the Bliss Odin Cloche shown right, is a sweet hat that adds a touch of femininity to the standard winter toque idea! And what a great way to showcase one of our great buttons!

And for all of us shawl knitters.....

The mini-packs of Fino by Manos have arrived (well, 2 are still backordered) but 5 lovely colorways to choose from in stock today!

Nov 21st...

Two new fibers arrived...Chubut (available only in white) and NZ Merino (available in 12 colors). The NZ merino is in batt form and is short stapled - great for slippers, boots, vessels or if spun, for a great outer sweater. The Chubut is 16.5 microns - WOW - almost as fine as cashmere! And this is lovely to felt or spin!

This Fino Shawl took just one skein of the lovely kettle dyed silk/merino fingering weight yarn. It was a pleasure to knit with and the shawl has a lovely hand. I used a Juniper Moon pattern that was super simple.

I knit this Slipstitch Moonshine Cowl using up an open skein I had of this gorgeous silk/merino yarn. So this width cowl used 2/3 of the skein and it is a simple to knit and quick to knit project that you still could easily get done in time for some holiday gift giving!

 

Oct 31st

Looking for a simple and quick knit for the family this year? I have patterns for both felted and non-felted, but machine washable slippers! Knit a simple pair for just $20 - kids, women's or mens!

This wrap used less than 1 skein of the new Eco Wool Peruvian Tones speckled yarn. The pattern is by Knitting Pure and simple and the cowl neckline you see rolled, is long enough to come up over the head like a hood!

This reversible cable cowl used just 2 sks of alpaca/silk Moonshine - oh la la! It is so warm and cozy. Free pattern.

 

Oct 24th...

There are still a couple of openings in this Saturday's intro to felting workshop where you'll make a pair of fingerless mitts of lovely soft merino and the design of your choice!

I'll be putting in an order for Candide XMAS Stocking kits on Monday October 30th. They should arrive by the end of that week (Nov 3-4th-ish). I am only ordering for those customers who want a specific kit and want to prepay (i.e. I am not going to stock these, but am offering an opportunity for customers to pick and pre-order). The kits are $36 and include the yarn and pattern as shown on the poster.

This latest version of Eco Wool Bulky knits up into an interesting speckled fabric - I have it available in 3 different colors - all blues or teals.

A new shipment of Malabrigo Rios and Arroyo arrived featuring a couple of new colors - Matisse Blue and Cyan, for example. And when updating the site to reflect the new colors I realized that a lot of the colors I stock were not shown - so you can see the full complement there now!

Oct 17th...

 

Not exactly new, but restocked! These needle felted pumpkin kits include needles, instruction and fiber to create several jack-o-lanterns or pumpkins for your holiday decorations!

And if you're local - you are welcome to join us Thurs Oct 26th at the shop at 5:30 and make one with some guidance. Materials provided free of charge as part of the store's 20th Anniversary!

A few new packages of merino mini skeins arrived this week - a lovely gradient each of pastels and reds. The 'splatter" gradient sent was the wrong gauge (worsted) so it is being re-shipped this week. These two new colorways of mini skeins complement the existing ones we already stock and gives you a big range of gorgeous colorways to choose from!

 

Oct 10th...

Just 1 skein of Heritage Wave (or you could use Bliss Rialto Luxury Sock as well) knit this lovely scarf/wrap

The lovely new yarn by Fiber Co - Arranmore Light - has both great stitch definition if you want to use a single color and gussy it up with a cable as well as a great range of fun colors to work in multi-color projects! And although these projects are knit at a d.k./sport gauge, it is lovely on a US 8-9 for a shawl too!

 

Oct 3rd...

Kureyon Air arrived, along with the latest Noro Magazine - free cowl pattern with Kureyon Air....

new colors of Herriot great arrived and inspired me to knit some cozy new mittens for the winter!

Don't forget the Arranmore Light Trunk Show this Saturday -

Sept 19th...

Absolu French angora arrived in 3 lovely natural shades. Indulge for your own pleasure knitting - or pick one up for a very special knitting friend! Want to gain points with a mother-in-law? Knit her mittens or a cowl with this and you'll be on her good side forever!

Juniper Moon's new Fourteen sets a new standard for what we put next to our skin!!! Extrafine merino and cashmere - and great yardage too!

Nunki. I'd buy this yarn for the name alone! I love saying it....but seriously, this is so luscious. 29% yak down (not the yak hair you find in some yarns!) and very fine merino combine for a garment that will be 10-15% warmer than wool alone!

Sept 7th...

Arranmore Light has arrived in the full color range offered by Fiber Co. - 18 colors from brights to neutrals to soft pastels and deep darks!

Amore, recycled wool, has arrived and offers a great value for those of you wanting to do some color work!

 

 

 

August 29th...

A few new colors of Manos Maxima arrived with a much needed restock!

And along with new Maxima, arrived a couple new colors of Fino, a lovely fine weight wool/silk!

This rocking new color of Heritage Paint sock arrived along with these 3 new "wave" versions of Heritage!

And for felters......we have 4 or 5 new bright colors of pre-felts to add to the mix of existing colors and we have packaged all the colors in a new size - 15" square so you can pick up lots of colors to use as embellishments!

 

August 15th....

A few of the new yarns have started to arrive:

Bliss's daughter has a line of yarns and I've brought in Odin, her chunky, for those of you planning some quick knit cowls and hats this fall! Lovely 75% wool/25% acrylic featuring 92 yards.

Katia Paints are "cakes" that grade thru various colors (like the lovely Freia Shawl Balls I stock), but this yarn is an easy care wool/acrylic blend just like Encore. At just $17.95 each - and with a free pattern for a shawl to boot! - they are sure to be popular. Great for a kids sweater too!

Several new colors of EFM (extra fine merino) 19 micron top, 19 micron merino batts, ramie and flax all arrived!

Camello - indulgently soft and silky 6 sts/inch

Woca - hemp/wool blend with great drape 5 sts/inch

Incan Spice - I've already reordered this item but realized today that I never got it up online when it first arrived a couple of months ago! Incredibly soft and silky - EFM, baby alpaca, silk and yak!!!

 

 

July 6th...

My perenial favorite summer yarn to knit is Lavold's Hempathy. It has such a great drape, lovely feel and it wears so well. Every summer I have knit up a new store model in the solid colors. But after 8 - 10 years of stocking the solids, I was afraid this yarn had run its course. So I brought in her new variegateds. Just 6 color ways, but classic ones that will suit every taste for a lovely summer shell. The pattern is free with the yarn purchase - this took 2.5 skeins and it is a 44-46" chest size.

 

I updated the colors of both Bliss's Angel and Eco Baby that we stock - I didn't realize how our color selection had changed over time. So be sure to check these pages for the updated color range!

 

June 27th...

I knit this hat using just 1 skein of Maxima - it reminded me how much I love to knit this yarn. It is soft, like butta', because it is Extrafine merino. But unlike other singles merinos which pill pretty quickly, this one has a tighter twist and so can withstand some pretty extensive frogging!

Maxima was really popular for the Pussy Hats....I think this hat (pattern free with the yarn purchase) is a great "guy's hat". The pattern is well written and features short row shaping. The garter stitch design gives it lots of stretch to accommodate a variety of head sizes ....so if you have some people to knit hats for and you don't know their exact size...this is a great pattern.

Apparently I was into this khaki color last week - 'cause this is one of the hats I felted last week too!

A bunch of new colors of Alegria sock yarn arrived - from soft pinks and peaches, to neon Locura and Carnaval thru some deep jewel tones to lots of blues! Not just for socks, tho'. I've had a lot of customers using it for shawls and wristlets, too!

This new needle - Lykke Driftwoods - was introduced last year - I've had the original interchangeable set in stock for months now and it has been very popular! Now they've introduced a set perfect for hats. This kit features shorter needles so that when knitting on a 16" - 20" cord (as for a hat) you have more bend in your circle than you can achieve with the longer needles. Sizes 3 - 10.5 with 3 cords and a nice case

 

 

June 12th...

This lovely new extra fine merino d.k. yarn by Plymouth, called Collage, is gorgeous on it's own - or pair it with the popular extra fine merino dk solids by Debbie Bliss.

 

May 30th...The week before the Shibori and Collaged Nuno Felt Wraps workshops here, I had a chance to dye some silk bricks, lots of lovely locks, and a kilo of silk mawattas (hankies) too! So we are restocked on locks, hankies and silk bricks - all lovely for felting and spinning!

All these teeswater lamb fleeces have been washed and dyed into lovely locks for hooking, spinning, felting and santa beards!

We've repackaged these lovely gradients of superwash merino yarn - 6 colors in each gradient for a total of over 400 yards in each bundle.

May 9th...

This kids sweater is knit using 100% cotton Nurture - pattern is free with the yarn purchase.

So I introduced this yarn last week or the week before, but 4 of the colors originally sent were not what I ordered! So it is so nice to finally have in stock the range I ordered. So be sure to check this page to see the accurate and updated color selection for this incredibly soft and light aran weight cotton by Juniper Moon - Cumulus!

 

May 3rd:

Fusili, textured cotton/silk

New colors of Cumulus by Juniper Moon

Apr 27th...a bit on the run with lots going on here, but a few updates of some very fun kits I have for easy summer knitting! Featuring silk and yak and all things lovely!

Shifting Silk Scarf Model...

Manistique Silk Shawl Kit

Incan Spice Yak/Silk/Alpaca/ EFM blend - just one skein and a free pattern in this kit yields a lovely cowl!

Apr 13th...

Twig and Reed (linen blend and 100% linen) yarns from Shibui arrived with some lovely pattern support.

Calico Jak and Calico (solids) in a d.k. gauge cotton/acrylic blend arrived for all that baby/kids knitting you want to do without breaking the bank!

 

Apr 4th...

This car seat snuggly took just 1 skein of Indulgence machine washable merino/cashmere blend dk gauge yarn. Perfect baby shower gift idea at just $24.95/skein, plus use up a bit of leftover for a fun contrasting trim!

This shawl took just 1 skein of the Freia Shawl Balls. Lovely yarn to knit with and so many different ways to use it, as you can see from the 2 very different shawls we have on display to show it off!

Juniper Moon's new yarn for the spring, Cumulus, is a 96% cotton that is sooooo cozy and soft! Perfect for a baby blanket or chemo cap as it is for a kids sweater or vest.

ATTN spinners and felters!

I got in a new shipment of the Noro Pin-drafted roving and we wound it into smaller balls for spinners and felters who want to play with it but don't want a full 4 ozs - since a little can go a long way if you're a needle felter! So we literally have hundreds of these in stock now and every single one is unique!! I pulled out a few that reminded me of spring flowers/gardens to show today - since it is rainy and overcast I thought the bright cheerful colors would do us all some good! These are not online, but stop by see all the color options from bright and spring-like to jeweltones, forests, cloudy skies, carnival, spices......you name.

I have 3 new colors of Knit-Col - each one chosen to give more choices for those of you knitting for boys! And while putting it out on the shelf, I came across this adorable dog sweater knit using this popular yarn and so thought I'd show another project idea for it!

 

 

MAR 21ST....

This summer poncho/wrap (it is essentially a rectangle like most shawls but it is attached at the shoulder so it won't fall off!) is knit using 1 skein of Linaza linen blend by Plymouth. This is essentially the same yarn as the hand-dyed Meadow I stock by Fiber Co. (slightly different blend, but similar gauge and drape). So whether you like the variegated of Linaza or the solids of Meadow, this garment makes a great spring project. Easy and quick to knit and perfect to throw on over a Tee or tank!

Two new Isager cottons arrived....along with some interesting summer patterns. Japansk Bomuld and Kvartet can be used on their own, or combined for a heavier gauge and lovely color interactions.

 

 

Mar 14th....

3 new colors of Freia Ombres arrived .....

3 new colors of Juniper Moon's Zooey and 2 new Zooey Twists arrived.....

I now have over 30 options for 3-D needle felting kits - complete with needles, instructions and wool - available at the shop. This is one of the 12 newest that arrived....and just in time to include in an Easter Basket? Give the kit in place of some candy to the grandchild, niece or nephew this year! Or get the kit for yourself, have some fun creating this cute group of holiday bunnies and then gift the finished product in the Easter Basket!

 

 

Mar 7th....It's been a bit cold this past week to be thinking too much about spring....but some of the new yarns for the season have begun arriving!

Hempathy Prints! 100 gm balls of this favorite cotton blend are in stock!

A new line of my favorite, Supersocke Cotton, arrived. It is a Cotton blend sock yarn in some lovely spring-like colors. Great for baby sweaters as well as socks!

 

 

Feb 28th.....

I finally had a chance to update the Bliss Rialto dk page....lots of new colors and better photos depicted!

A couple new colors of the popular silk-wool blend Amitola Grande arrived. I'm knitting it right now with a skein of Moonshine chunky and love the cowl - now, if I could only find my copy of the Barbara Walker book that I took the stitch pattern from, I could finish it!

I have a few new sweaters on display showing the gorgeous Arranmore yarn by Fiber Co. Thru March 7th, when you buy the yarn to knit a sweater, you can enjoy a 15% discount! You'll need to buy the yarn in person - or pick up the phone and call since I didn't put the discount on the website.

 

 

 

 

Feb 21st...

Twelve new colors of Indulgence dk sock yarn (merino, cashmere, poly) arrived. I have it with the sock yarns, but since this one knits at a dk gauge of 5.5/inch, it is a perfect choice for a baby sweater or hat, as well! Super soft, machine washable, and durable!

With what was left over from a single Merino Gradient kit after knitting a great cowl, my sister knit up a pair of wristlets. Wow- a cowl and wristlets for under $40 in a machine washable merino wool!

Malabrigo's Mechita singles fingering weight superwash yarn arrived in 6 colors.

Feb14th...

If you're ready to start knitting for the spring....Luma just arrived. It is Fiber Co.'s newest yarn. It arrived last week and is a cotton/linen/silk/merino blend yarn that knits at a dk gauge

 

But based on all the snow on the ground today and the forecast for more coming later this week, you may want to check out one of the new colors of Misti Handpaint Chunky Alpaca that arrived yesterday! You may need a new cowl to get thru the rest of winter!

 

Feb 7th...

This cowl (Ravelry pattern) was knit using just half of one of the

merino Gradient kits we stock. With the other half, my sister is knitting some fingerless mitts - check back for photo of those shortly!

Some lovely gentle shades of Manos' Fino silk-merino blend yarn arrived. With a whopping almost 500 yds/skein, one hank will make a lovely shawl!

A few class updates -

Just wanted to point out the special savings I'm offering to anyone registering for both of Melissa Arnold's wonderful workhops here in May - $680 for 6 incredible days of felting and dyeing with this shibori expert are not to be missed! With a small class size (no more than 8) you will have lots of time and attention to really learn the nuances of her amazing collaged techniques to create complex cloth!

here is a new photo of a felted pillbox hat. I'll be teaching a 3 day felt hat making workshop in August. More details can be found at feltersfling.com

 

Jan 31st...

After selling thru so many pinks in Dec and early Jan, I had a chance to restock and in the process brought in a new "petal" pink in Maxima which I hadn't stocked before. This would be a lovely pink for a cowl or sweater or hat - and offers a contrast to the Shocking Pink in Maxima which was so popular for the pussy hats!

This shawl was knit using 1 of the Freia Ombre Shawl Balls.

 

254th...

We had a chance to pack some mixed bags of felting fiber and did up some "reds & pinks" with Valentines day in mind! Check the Gallery page for some ideas of projects to knit or felt for Valentines day.

We also packed some mixed bags of "bright" and some "autumnal" to complement the "animal color mixes" we already had in stock. So stop on by (or call if you want to order some mixed bags)

I am offering a special on three great books for hand spinners interested in learning to create some "art" skeins. Intertwined, Spin Art and Hand Spun Art all are 50% off. You'll have to call in your order or stop by to take advantage since I don't have books on the website anymore.

 

17th...

Maria Friese forwarded some new pics of her vessels and surface design possibilities for her workshop here in July. I can't wait for her to share her expertise and creativity with us here! You can get more details about her class on the Classes page.

 

. I needed a no brainer knit over the holidays and so worked a simple gradient cowl in an easy and repetitive stitch. I used 3 different colors of a silk-mohair blend - you could choose between - or mix and match! Bliss Angel, Shibui's Silk Cloud and/or Plymouth's Kid Bloss. We send the pattern free when 3 sks of any of these are ordered. In fact, you could also do what Jody Racht did (pictured below) in another sort of "gradient" where she used Shibui's Silk Cloud throughout and then alternated blocks of stockinette stitch and reverse stockinette stich using the Silk Cloud with Shibui Pebble and Shibui Cima

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Jan 9th

8 new colors of the lovely 19 micron merino solids I've been stocking arrived with the variegateds last week. They, like the "sugars merino" are on special thru Jan 15th so I can pass along some savings I got from the stronger dollar on this last shipment! So don't wait - get it now!

Neysa's book is out and expected by the end of the week. You can order it now and it will ship on Saturday. I also put together an introductory kit of pre-felt and fibers and needle so you can get started right out of the gate on one of either of 2 of the smaller projects in the book. The combo purchase makes a great gift idea if you have a family member of friend birthday coming soon. Or what about a Valentines gift?

 

 

 

Jan 3rd, 2017! Hope everyone had a lovely holiday.

Big announcement on the extrafine merino! I just got a new shipment before XMAS, including 9 new blended colors as shown above. But in that same order, I restocked some colors of the original extrafine merino solid colors and the extrafine heathery Sugars. And because the exchange rate was better on this order, since my stock is now a blend of the previously more expensive and the new less expensive solids and the sugars - I'm offering them at a sale price thru Jan 15th! So save a dollar per 50 gms on the Solids and Sugars this week!

It took 9 months, but I finally got back my latest run of Vermont raised Coopworth. This long and lustrous and soft yarn I've been offering since the spring in a dyed range of colors but this run I kept some naturals! This is gorgeous yarn so if you're looking for a special Vermont sweater to knit, consider this as a soft but durable option!

 

Dec 20th....

Happy Holidays everyone!

I loved knitting this fair isle hat using Moonshine Chunky! It is so soft and warm and since I ripped this hat out about 10 times while trying to decide what patterns to use...I can attest to how well this yarn holds up to frogging (even tho' it is a singles!)

A few weeks back, Chris finished knitting the popular Hitchiker pattern from Ravelry using Louisa Harding's Amitola. This pattern is an oldie but goodie that lots of people knit over and over again so we wanted to show it in a different yarn than we've displayed it in before. It's a great no-brainer knit if you need a quick project to have over the holidays while you're visiting with family and friends.

Dec 13th...

while supply lasts - 35% off silk needle cases

YIKES...where does the time go?!

If you have some last minute gift needs for knitting family and friends - or if your family is bewildered about what to get you - check this page out!

For some lovely last minute finishing of your holiday knits:

Vermont Yarn Caddy -lightweight and turns on ball bearings - holds 2 skeins

French Rabbit Pom Poms -hot this season and available in this lovely Moroccan blue and some gorgeous neutrals and just $7.99

A restock of Eucalan arrived with 2 of the traditional scents, plus unscented and the newest one - Grapefruit!

 

 

Nov 22nd....

Amitola Grande arrived....lots of great colors in long repear in a lovely wool/silk blend so very soft! Perfect for a gradient shawl, to use with a solid in a faux fair isle effect and wonderful for brioche or mosaic knitting too!

Moonshine Chunky has been at the store for almost a year now, but I'm just getting it online! How time flies.....same lovely alpaca/silk/merino blend as the original but with a heavier gauge for those quick knit holiday gifts you want to knock off. I've got lots of great pattern support for this yarn.

A new color of Misti Chunky Alpca also arrived....

Nov 8th....

These lovely ombre gradients arrived, hand-dyed by Freia! Twelve colorways to choose from - and lots of possible combinations if you want to blend 2 different ones together.

I was finally able to get these new needle felting kits online......$20 each....lots of birds, animals, gnomes, etc to choose from here

I also have a couple of new needle felt tapestry kits designed by my niece, in stock too! Check out her kits here

 

 

Nov 1st....

Superwash merino gradients are in stock....fun for colorwork hats and mittens as well as some of the lovely Ravelry shawls that work in gradients.

We have a lot of new needle felting kits in stock....ran out of time today to put them online, but check back next week if you aren't local. OR stop in if you live in the area - they are selling like crazy....perfect holiday gift ideas for kids and adults alike!

Oct 28th...

Finally got some good photos of Shibui Yarns & garments -Silk Cloud

and Pebble....

and Cima!

Bliss's Stratus is here too! Big Quick Knit....but lightweight and a FAB price!

Oct 19th...

What's new this week? Technical difficulties!!!

I so wish on weeks like this that I was still in the pharmaceutical industry and could just call the IT dept to figure it out!

Anyway....my phone can't download the photos of the Shibui Trunk Show which is here - it wants a new driver and when I try to download the new driver it says it can't - argh! And my camera battery died (of course, right after filming 8 videos for some new how-to tutorials) and can't be recharged and nobody in town has that type of battery!

So in the meantime....no new photos or page updates. BUT I encourage those of you who are local to stop in by Saturday to see all the Shibui models on display here - from cowls to sweaters - all elegant, classic and gorgeous!

And - also if you're local - don't forget that both the Rug Show and the local guild's Quilt Show are at the Fairgrounds this weekend. I'm giving a talk at the rug show on Sunday about different types of wool if you're interested in that. If not, just be sure you get to both of these events featuring AMAZING local artists!

 

 

Oct11th...

I've finally gotten this new pattern I designed written up for my NFAC Kettle Dyed Merino yarn. The pattern is free with the yarn purchase. It technically only takes 2 sks to make. If you want to play with color as I did here, you'll need 4 sks but then you can make 2. The pattern is also available to purchase online.

Shibui Yarns arrived - I'm now stocking Silk Cloud, Pebble and Cima. And currently 8 colors are in stock. We have a Shibui Yarn Tasting this Saturday, so if you'd like a chance to knit with samples of each of these yarns and try them out in different combinations and in different stitches, gives us a call to register. 802-288-8081

Three Shibui yarns have arrived - Silk Cloud, Pebble and Cima. I fyou want to join us this Saturday morning, we're having a yarn tasting.

Noro's new alpaca blend yarn has arrived. Tennen

I know hunting season is about (or already has) begun and we've got a great soft worsted weight sock yarn perfect for knitting a pair of boot socks for the hunter in your family! Check out Raggen.

 

Sept 27th...

Nuble by Araucania has arrived in 2 handpaints and these 6 vibrant solids. A lovely merino - silk blend with great yardage. 1 skein knits a lovely shawl.

 

New colors of Moonshine arrived and that prompted me to update that page so it looks so much better now! I didn't realize how out of date it was!

 

I I just discovered that I never put up this worsted weight sock yarn that I've had in stock for 2 years running now! Raggen is a great boot-weight sock yarn that is soft and durable. If you have a hunter or winter sportsman or sportswoman in the family, this is a great yarn for a thick and warm boot sock! Solids, this marl pictured, and some fair isle variations availble!

 

Sept 13th....So a lot of new colors of existing yarns arrived while I was gone, but I only had time to load the new colors of Herriot Fine and the newest yarn, Bliss Sock! I've added a new Event, so be sure to keep your eye on that page as well. A few more are in the works!

Debbie Bliss Sock Yarn - the usual 75/25 blend in some lovely tweeds!

This lovely alpaca by Juniper Moon - Herriot Fine - has 3 new colors!

Apparently, I never loaded the new Heritage Wave sock yarn by Cascade, which came out in August!

I love this sweater my sister knit using a solid Silk Garden and a variegated Silk Garden. The pattern is in the last Noro Magazine, which has some other great patterns as well.