Northeast Fiber Arts Center

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New This Week

New This Week

Nov 15th..

There are still 2 spots available in this Saturday's (11/19) Learn to Spin workshop. You'll not only learn a lot about wool and yarn and the fundamental "how-tos" of spinning your own yarn, but we'll examine a fleece, review how to skirt is, sort it, wash it, card (or comb) it and you'll have lots of hands on spinning time. Take your knitting to a whole new level and experience the wonder of spinning your own yarn! You can read more about it and can register here!


Nov 8th..

Malabrigo Mohair arrived last week - just four colors for now, tho' more are on the way! As usual, their yarns feature lovely hand dyed colors and a really reasonable price point!

Classes - The following three, and last classes for the year, are all definitely a "go" and each has 1-2 spaces still available! So if you are interested in joining us to either Learn to Spin, for Needle Felted Pet Portrais, or to learn all about Nuno Felting, register here!


Oct 25th..

CLASSES - Of course, as soon as I cancel a bunch of classes for low registration and announce thru the email newsletter last week that I won't be offering classes from Jan - Apr 2023, Chris has 4 relatively new knitters in yesterday requesting classes! While I've already made the decision and committed to not spend the time and effort to schedule and plan classes for the 1st Qtr and into the early spring of 2023, if you have a group of at least 4 (the max dependent on what you are interested in learning) who are interested in a particular class, you can email me what you want, how many of you there are, and some potential dates and I can get back to you with a cost.

To see some potential class outlines (we can tweek it to adjust to your group's particular needs/interest/skill level) that you could request, check out the overview here.


Looking to add some warmth and softness to a hat but afraid that a mohair will be too itchy? We now stock a brushed alpaca - Suri Stratus. This hat was knit using a strand each of Cumbria wool by Fiber Co and a strand of Suri Stratus. There is enough yarn left to knit a second adult hat - so 1 sk each of the two yarns and you get 2 adult hats!

The new Freia SoleMate sock kits are here. I've got 12 different colors in stock. Each kit is handdyed so each sock comes out the same and in a gradient of color - from dark browns and blacks or black to grey neutrals, thru some lovely blues, autumnal colorways and some eye popping brights! Because the next batch of totally new colors is expected in another month and I expect to keep changing up the colors, I have not put this item online, but it is available at the shop. If you want, you can call and we can ship, but I'm not going thru the photos and editing for colors that are going to change in a few weeks! So stop by or call to pick up one of these now.

Oh, and if the colors weren't enticing enough, these kits are made up with 100% US based wool and it is the Shaniko merino wool which is raised with very strick standards for how the animals are raised, the wool is treated and the ranch and mill workers are paid and treated. So you can feel really good about this US made and ethical organization! And the wool (which is a nice tight 3 ply so it will wear well) is dyed here in New England using an environmentally gentle process.


Oct 18th..

A few new colors of the lovely New Zealand yarn, Huanui, arrived. These three new ones are more to the "taupe" side of brown than the original ones, giving knitters a great range of 8 natural colors to work with.

And this is a free pattern we have for those of you interested in knitting a new Silk Garden sweater. This design (for a size 46" chest) uses 10 sks of Silk Garden Solo (solid colors) and 3 of one of the original Silk Garden gradations. It's a lovely design and a simple knit if you're looking ahead to a winter project! Or, really even a holiday gift idea - there's still time!!

And we got a new shipment of felting fiber this week so we've made up a hundred mixed bags of colors for all you needle felters looking for bits of multiple colors! So come on in and grab a stash for your winter projects!


Oct 11th..

The crochet animal kits (and a couple of knit ones too) have been popular, but lots of customers have wondered about the size of them. And since the instructions give you no idea about that, my sister crocheted up the fox. If you measure it paw to paw across it is about 6" wide and from paw to top of the head, about 8". So that gives you an idea. And there was excess yarn - my sister had enough to crochet a second tail (by request of my grand nephew). I tried to photograph just the one tail, but if you see evidence of a second don't try to find the logic. When I arrived at the shop this morning, I found Chris puzzling over the two tails - there is no logic to be found behind the whim of a 4 year old!



Oct 4th..

The Introduction to Felting class is this Saturday and there's still room! And calling it an introduction is underselling it since you will learn so much more beyond the basics! And have time to explore color and design! You'll learn to work with several different types of wool and since they felt quite differently, this is important. And, you'll learn to work with both batts and top while making three fun little projects - each of which teaches you a different technique. You'll have a chance to play with all sorts of colors and surface embellishments from silk fabric (a la nuno felt) to pre-felts, nepps to yarn, flax and ramie to see how best to use each element. You'll work with resists in two different ways and you'll learn how to heal edges and learn several different ways to lay out fibers for different effects and projects! So if you want to take our bag or boot, slipper or hat workshops next year, you'll want to join us for this class first!






Sept 27th...

Clearance Sale this Saturday, Oct 1st 10 - 5!!

A few colors of the new Homestead Hearty arrived - great hand and super price point for this bulky gauge hand wash wool.

Some lovely new colors of Road To China Light arrived from Fiber co....along with some new colors of Cumbria and Cumbria Light, as well! The Road to China is so scrumptious, it is the ultimate in soft luxury and the Cumbria and Cumbria Light have such a great twist and hand - if like me you enjoy a yarn that is NOT superwash and has a really nice structure and twist, you NEED TO KNIT with Cumbria!

And another favorite of mine is the Juniper Moon BFL, which arrived in 5 new colors yesterday - we now have 2 whites to choose from and 3 greys, plus a fabulous Dragonfruit pink (reminds me of my morning smoothie when I add dragonfruit powder to it!!), and a couple of great blues to complement the existing teals and smoking hot VT "autumnal" shades of crimson, dijon and jasper!

These great new Tapestry Weaving kits arrived - a small warp is already on the loom so you can dig right in! Loom comes with two shuttles, a cone of tapestry warp, little scissors, a tapestry beater and a shed regulator.

Wow! Chunky is here! This 2 st/inch acrylic/alpaca/wool yarn is machine washable, soft and a quick knit!




Sept 20th...

Chris knit this top down henley (Knitting Pure and Simple pattern) between customers this month. It is a size 4 and used 2 sks of machine washable 100% wool, Painted Sky.

Three or four new needle felting kits arrived with a restock of high density mats and the usual kits. In addition to these voodoo dolls, which seemed appropriate for the upcoming Halloween season, are a new kangaroo (with pouch and all!), sea otter, puppies and a new bumblebee and lady bug kit!

I'm not bothering to put these lovely little jewels online, but they are available at the shop. Freia Mini balls feature about 107 yards of a fingering weight 100% merino gradient. Perfect size to play with color - great for brioche, corrugated ribbing, and all those shawls that use gradients in short rows!

A new Rowan yarn arrived - well, new to the store. Alpaca Classic has been around for a while and I decided to bring it in this year. It is a cozy alpaca/cotton blend - soft and cozy and lightweight. We've got some 20 colors in stock today!

Sept 13th...

One of the new Katia yarns arrived this morning - Poema. Barely on the shelf yet and already one color, in particular, is selling! This 100% wool yarn is a great value - under $35 for 656 yards! And the label says it is a worsted weight - tho' for anything but a shawl I think I'd knit it at a dk or sport! Anyway the gorgeous gradients - especially the blue violet - are real eye catchers. So if you're in the market to knit a simple shawl or cowl with spectacular eye-catching colors, this will be your fall go-to!

And a restock of the perennial favorite, Juniper Moon's Herriot Great baby alpaca, arrived with a few new colors (including a very gentle pink that seems to hit a cord with customers) to round out the palette.


Sept 7th...

Shibui Yarn's new bulky gauge alpaca and "oh-so-soft" yarn, Murmur, arrived last week. Check out this lovely yarn here - 3 sks will make 2 hats or 4 will make a hat and a large cowl!


Aug 31st...

New colors of Shibui's silkl/merino Lunar and the cashmere blend, Haven, arrived today along with a restock of Silk Cloud!


This summer model is now on display, knit in Summer Solstice by Juniper Moon. And putting this out on the floor brought to my attention that I'd never put this yarn on the website - so here it is: Summer Solstice linen/cotton/viscose by Juniper Moon.

And I started a new store model to show off the new Sweet Georgia Sock blanks and discovered that they weren't made at all as I had assumed (based on how I used to dye these up for the store a decade ago)! So now that I've familiarized myself with the way that Sweet Georgia has done theirs, I have tweeked the web page to help you better understand how to take advantage of the opportunity to get a gradient of color from this really popular Sock Yarn!





Aug 31st...

This summer model is now on display, knit in Summer Solstice by Juniper Moon. And putting this out on the floor brought to my attention that I'd never put this yarn on the website - so here it is: Summer Solstice linen/cotton/viscose by Juniper Moon.

And I started a new store model to show off the new Sweet Georgia Sock blanks and discovered that they weren't made at all as I had assumed (based on how I used to dye these up for the store a decade ago)! So now that I've familiarized myself with the way that Sweet Georgia has done theirs, I have tweeked the web page to help you better understand how to take advantage of the opportunity to get a gradient of color from this really popular Sock Yarn!





Aug 21st...

A couple new Juniper Moon colors arrived this week, so I just updated the pages for Patagonia (icicle blue is the new color that arrived), as well as Cumulus and Herriot Fine.

A new blue as well as several shades of grey arrived in this uber soft cotton Cumulus great for baby blankets!

And a lovely cornflower/periwinkle blue and a rich heathery aster color arrived helping to brighten up the Herriot Fine for some gorgeous shawls this fall!


Aug 17th...

New fall restocks and shipments of new yarns are starting to arrive. Shibui is shipping tomorrow; Cascade restock arrived yesterday. While last year I cut back the Cascade colors to the basics (mostly neutrals and "sweater" colors), this year I brought back in a lot of the brights for those of you looking to add a bit of "pop" into your accessories!

I got a jump start knitting the new Shibui yarn (shipping tomorrow, so it will be here next week!) and knit up this hat for a store model. It was so lovely to work with - a bulky gauge and Oh So Soft!!! Mark your calendars for a visit next weekend to check out this lovely new yarn!


Aug 10th...

Two new fibers for spinning and felting arrived this week - Handpainted Corriedale and a lovely Handpainted Polwarth-Silk. 8 colors available in each. Dyed by the popular Sweet Georgia yarn co, both fibers would be great for either felting or spinning. Personally, I'd prefer spinning the Polwarth-silk and using that to knit a lovely soft cowl, hat, or shawl or if felting, I'd use it in nuno felt garments since its micrometer is finer than the Corrie and the silk gives it a lovely hand and just a touch of lustre. And the Corriedale I'd use to spin or felt items like mittens, gloves, slippers and items that might warrant more structure and durability. But that's me! Have fun trying both out and deciding for yourself!

This lovely merino/cashmere blend arrived from Skacel this week. Feels like cashmere but priced like merino, it is another quality yarn from the Zauberball mill in Germany!


Aug 2nd....

This beautiful new store model is knit in Homestead. This is a 100% wool that is a GREAT value. The pattern (Big Love from Ravelry) is fun to knit and the garment really shows off the lovely hand that this yarn has. And since my photographic skills are too limited to do justice to this particular color (which has lovely heatheriness) OR to the lovely stitch detail in the photo, stop in today to check it out for yourself! Or, follow the link above to enlarge the photo for a better view!






July 26th...

We have a new alpaca yarn in stock - Suri Stratus. This brushed alpaca yarn arrived in 9 colors. The soft halo that comes from the brushing step makes this fluffy like mohair, but without the "prick" or "itch" factor since it's soft alpaca! So whether you're looking for a soft cozy halo for a cowl or to give animal like texture to some stuffed animals you're knitting, this is a great choice!

We also received a new line of Sashiko Threads (both variegated and solids) as well as new patterns (the pattern is in washable ink so you can follow it to stitch, but then it washes out) to sashiko. From fun "tumbling blocks" to creating your own design (with great instructions) for a traditional Japanese bag, we've got lots more options for you to choose from. The "bag" pattern comes with GREAT instruction for beginners, so pair that with a card of sashiko thread and a set of needles and you've got a fabulous starter kit! These aren't online, but available at the shop.





July 12th...

Four new colors of Shibui Silk Cloud arrived last week.

A few new colors of Rasta and Arroyo arrived last week -

And for tapestry weavers - or those who want to give this approach to weaving a try - we are now stocking table top stands that work for either of the Harrisville Lap Looms that we stock and also for the Small Ashford Frame Loom we carry. The "large" Ashford frame loom will not work with this stand.

A And we now have these great little tapestry weaving kits available in various color options - the loom is die cut with stick shuttles and a weaving needle included as well as 5 skeins of yarn and instructions!



July 6th...

These beautiful stuffed animal kits (both crochet and knit) arrived this week. What a fun project to make for your own creative pleasure and then how sweet to gift to the new baby in your life!

20 different colorways of these Zauberperlen rings arrived this week. 440 yards per ring of gradient beads in 100% wool. Perfect for shawls, cowls and scarves.....and what fun to get creative with! In the shop only -





June 30th....

the Great Northern Yarn Haul begins next Friday, July 8th. We've added some special events for the month. You can check them out here. Hope to see you in July (we will be closed Monday July 4th)






June 21st....

A happy new sock yarn arrived - well, it's a line I've had before but in new colorways! Socks have always been a popular summer knitting project for customers - easy to pick up and put down and small and simple to carry around while you're out and about!






June 15th...

Joany knit this cute cabled sweater (Miquelon by Pam Allen avail on Ravelry) using Ushya by Mirasol. This chunky gauge yarn is still lightweight because its a chainette yarn - so you get the big stitch look in a quick knit project but that doesn't weigh a ton to wear and is still warm, cozy and insulating!

Oddly for this time of year, it seems like we're knitting a lot of chunky yarns! This new store model is a quick knit and might make for a great gift giving idea if you want to start stockpiling for the holiday season by knitting small projects over the summer months. Just 1 ball of Rasta knits this great Ravelry pattern.

ok.....this is more "seasonal"!! Two new colors of this lovely linen gradient yarn arrived this week: Soft Lino Shawl Balls. One ball knits or crochets a gorgeous shawl or scarf.....or summer top!

Organic merino sock yarn arrived - just 3 colors, but classic colors that suit men and women.

In addition to the worsted weight Vt grown Icelandic lamb's wool I posted last week, we have a lighter weight (dk) version available in 3 lovely shades.



June 7th...

A few new books arrived while I was on vacation - all three provide great introductions to their respective crafts if you're either looking to learn something new yourself or are interested in introducing your school age child to something new and engaging this summer!

We have a couple of 24" rigid heddle looms in stock - our reorder will reflect the recent price increase. So if you're thinking about taking up weaving this summer, why not pair the first book (lots of great projects) with a rigid heddle loom this week!

We have a lovely locally raised and spun, VT Icelandic Lamb's yarn at the shop now. This simple hat used 1 skein (it's a worsted weight) and the hat pattern is free with the yarn purchase.

The latest Noro yarn, Uchiwa, is a lovely blend of silk and cotton. There are some great patterns for it in the latest Noro magazine, but Chris downloaded one of Stephen West's patterns (Dotted Rays) to knit for a store model. It used just 1 skein of Uchiwa.


May 10th...

Uchiwa, by Noro, is 50% cotton, 20% silk, 30% viscose blend - perfect for a summer top.

Ciao, by Jody Long, keeps dribbling in! We're up to around 15 colors now with these latest four in this gorgeous Extra Fine Merino d.k. yarn that is machine washable!

Five new colors of the machine washable Painted Sky worsted weight yarn arrived - perfect for a soft easy care baby blanket!

Cottontails, a soft 100% cotton that knits at a 4 st/inch gauge without being dense or heavy like some traditional cottons at this gauge, is available in 8 colors. The model baby blanket shown here is a pattery by Jody Long.


April 12th...

Several new colors of Juniper Moon's Moonshine (alpaca/merino/silk) arrived so I've updated the website to reflect the currrent colors - gorgeous choice for a soft and warm cowl!

I had one ball of Akari of an older dyelot left over and I wanted to remind customers how beautiful knitting on the bias is - both because it delivers such a great drape and also because it shows off the lovely color gradations of a Noro yarn. So my sister knit, using 1 ball, two scarves each about 48" long - one a simple garter stitch bias (left photo) and the other the Triangles Scarf. Of course, each could be done longer and wider with just 1 ball if you prefer that to having two scarves from one ball. And, of course, each pattern could easily be worked into a cowl in place of a scarf - I just wanted to show this yarn two ways and chose to have scarves knit. Anyway, both patterns are free with the purchase of 1 Akari (or pick Kakaigori, if you prefer!).


April 5th...

We got new colors of several Malabrigo yarns in stock this week....

Yeah.....finally some lighter colors in Mecha!

And some new brights in Arroyo.....

And in Sweet Georgia Tough Love Sock too!

Mar 29th...

We just got a restock of white felting fiber delivered so we've made up some Ukrainian Easter Egg bundles - lots of bright bits of color with white so you and your family can have hours of fun needle felting decorative eggs this year. Pinterest has lots of Ukrainian egg design ideas for you to browse - so stop by for some needles and some fun spring colors today! If you don't live nearby, you can purchase bags of a color here.

Just a reminder that these popular needle felting kits include sheep and bunnies - appropriate for the Easter season - as well as ocean critters, various dogs, birds, farm animals, dinosaurs, gnomes and fairies! Something for everyone. And they make a great addition to an Easter basket - they take up lots of room that would otherwise be full of sugar and they provide hours of creative time for the recipient!


Mar 23rd...

Cottontails - a 4.5 st/inch 100% cotton that knits as light as a feather - arrived in 10 colros. A few more are expected. For those of you who want a quicker knit at this gauge, but want the lightness and drape of a summer top that you usually only get with a dk or lighter, COTTONTAILS should be your go-to yarn!

The Kathmandu Aran colors keep straggling in! Two more arrived as one sold out! So I'm not sure I'll ever have the entire complement of colors to show you! But there are at least 8 in stock at any one time. And this is a lovely aran weight yarn to knit a classic sweater in for next fall/winter. Start now and you'll have it done in time to wear this fall!!

Mar 16th...

More colors of VIP arrived on Friday. This lovely merino/cashmere yarn is as great a choice for knitting colorwork mittens for warmth as it is for knitting a lovely delicate cowl or scarf for softness or an heirloom sweater - so soft, cozy, insulating, and some great new colors.

This sweet vest is a size 8 and used 2 sks of Felted Tweed by Rowan. So many gorgeous colors to choose from and machine washable!!

Three new colors of Cairns cotton/acrylic arrived. A perfect choice to knit or crochet a market bag - make some great gifts in time for the farmer's markets!

And a new blue (whew.....there were so many oranges in the colors last year!) arrived in the linen/cotton/viscose blend, Brighton Beach! Just in time for a great summer wrap or top


Mar 8th...

Ollagua, 100% linen, is hand dyed by Araucania and arrived in 5 great brights and these elegant neutrals. Lovely to weave, knit or crochet with! I cast onto a US 9 needle and am knitting a simple top to layer over a tee this summer!

Tussah Kissed , by Plymouth Yarns, features a lovely palette of alpaca/linen blend yarn that is great for either a transitional season (spring/fall) sweater or shawl. Two new colors arrived yesterday.


Mar 1st...

This popular cotton yarn by Katia is the perfect choice for a 1 ball project that's mindless and quick if you're feeling "done" with winter but not quite sure what to knit for summer. Just 1 Project Ball of this cotton and a standard top down pattern (we used Ann Norling's top down) will knit up to Age 6. And this color is gender neutral, making it a great project for the grandchild whom you might be thinking will have siblings down the line! The first can wear it this summer and then it can be passed down the family as more arrive. No fussing with stripes - its all in the yarn! Just start from the outside and the stripes will come appear in the yoke and then the body will be a solid color.

And this is the Harmonia version of the above yarn that is stripes throughout! Great for baby blankets or spring cowls too (knit a zig zag pattern for a great effect).

A new shipment arrived this week from Malabrigo and I was surprsied that we hadn't had either color "cian" or "frank ochre" in Rios before! They've been big sellers in Arroyo, Malabrigo Sock and we have them in Rios too!

Feb 22nd...

We received a restock of some Malabrigo yarns yesterday, and along with them, 7 new colors of Malabrigo Sock. Be sure to check them out thru that link! If you're looking to work a nice spring shawl up in hand dyed fingering/shawl weight machine washable wools, we have over 120 colors to choose from between the Malabrigo Sock, Malabrigo Mechita, and Sweet Georgia Tough Love Sock!

Feb 8th...

A new color of the lovely cashmere blend, VIP, arrived this week. Looking to knit an heirloom cashmere blend sweater at a fine gauge in a color that everyone looks good in? This is the yarn, VIP, and the color since periwinkle is supposedly the color that every skin tone/hair color looks good in!

New colors of Ciao, like the VIP, are arriving bit by bit. This latest is called "fig" and is a lovely deep purple. This easy care 5.5 st/inch merino superwash has lots of great pattern support too!

After the Discover Silk class ended on Saturday, I decided to try to finish reeling the cocoons that participants in class started as part of their 'hands on" harvesting of silk. So even tho' they each reeled a sample for their notebooks, there was still so much silk left on those cocoons, I decided to reel the rest off. I reeled for just over an hour and still didn't finish the length of a single cocoon! What I did reel is shown on a niddy noddy in the first photo. The second photo shows the strand I reeled under the microscope (even tho' I was reeling 12 cocoons at once, it was still so fine you could only see it well under the scope). And the third picture I took at the end of the piece I reeled where I tried to fluff open the reeling to show the individual cocoons that were going into the single thread I reeled - if you click on that last photo to enlarge it, you will see several of the individual cocoon fibers. There were 12 cocoons in total that I was reeling together to make up this 30 denier silk. Notice how lovely and lustrous the silk on the niddy noddy is! No doubt it will make it into some dyepot this summer after I've thrown and doubled it....and then ultimately into some stitch work, I think. Or if I'm lazy, I'll chop it up and use it for a great felting embellishment!




Feb 1st...

A few new colors of Knit-Col arrived yesterday. Perfect timing if you have some new spring arrivals expected in your family - or among colleagues at work. Just 1 skein knits up this great little newborn hat!




Jan 25th...

Kathmandu Aran started arriving this week - a lovely blend of wool, silk and cashmere I still wear a sweater I knit in this over a decade ago and it still looks great!

Some of you have seen Chris knitting this sweet little 18 mo old cardigan between customers at the register this month. It's done and took 4 sks of Pima Rino cotton/wool blend by Plymouth - a perfect yarn for easy care kids clothes. Mostly cotton, but a bit of wool that gives the yarn more resiliency and makes it easier for most to knit with!

And for those of you anxious to start knitting with cotton in anticipation of the spring or a new baby arriving, this new cotton by Katia, Harmonia, has arrived. It nicely complements the popular Fair Cotton Project Balls (great for a 1 ball baby afghan or quick top down pullover for 4-6 year old!).



Jan 18th...

Thanks to all who came to the social knitting group to knit hats for our new Afghan refugee neighbors! Here are the hats that the store donated from our displays, plus another 4 or 5 that customers knit using yarn we donated to the cause. And another 6-8 hats came in after this photo but before we sent them off to their new home on Saturday. So there must have been 26-30 hats donated.

VIP by Lana Gato arrived last week. This lovely 80% extrafine merino / 20% cashmere knits at 7 sts/inch and offers a jet black (which several of you have been in looking for at this gauge lately!). Only a few colors have arrived so far, but several more have been shipped, so the color range will be expanding! Super soft. A lovely yarn for a sweater!

Animal/Skin Tone Baker's Dozen Needle FElting Fibers - back in stock and now even more colors! We are now offering two different Baker's Dozen - a dark and a light version! Plus each of the 26 animal/skin tones are available in 50 gm bags too!!

A new superwash merino d.k. weight yarn by Jody Long, Ciao, has arrived. Great pattern support for cute kids / baby knits came with it. So if you've got some new members of the family arriving this spring, this is a great option to complement the Ella Rae Baby Cashmerino!

Bergschaf wool - great for wet and needle felting


Jan 4th...

Before the holidays, Chris and I repackaged this popular needle felting fiber from 3 oz into 2 oz packages based on customer requests. I feel badly since it requires more bags and it definitely takes more time on our part, but many of you asked for smaller bags, so here it is!

I have two new sweater models out on the floor for display. This cabled beauty is knit using Juniper Moon's Blue Faced Leicester. This sweater shows off the great stitch definition this yarn yields - a great option for a sweater that you are putting a lot of time into and want to be able to wear for years to come without it looking pilled and ratty!

This second model, knit in Noro's Huanui, was sent to me by the company and I'd never look a gift horse in the mouth since I've got 3 sweaters on needles now so not having to knit this one is a HUGE help! But I'll be honest - I would have knit it on a smaller needle, myself! The pattern is great and the sweater gorgeous, but I like a tighter fabric than the model shows this yarn to create. Just one needle size down and the garment would still feel as lusciously soft as it feels and I think it would look a bit better. It is so soft to the touch! And both this pattern, and another great gansey style sweater pattern for this yarn, are in the latest Noro Magazine. Several of the participants in the Knit Around the World in 8 Breeds of Sheep class before the holidays really enjoyed this yarn and went home with balls of it in their bags!

Dec 21st...

You still have time to needle felt some XMAS ornaments for the tree - or to add something unique to your gift wrappings?! These are simple, needle felt into a cookie cutter examples!

And we just transitioned our fabulous needle felting wool into 2 oz bags (from the larger 3 oz bags that we have been offering for the last 20 years!). So now you can purchase a smaller increment of each color!

Check out the colors here

And since we just got several hundreds of pounds of felting batts from Italy last week, when we reopen in January, we'll have lots of the Animal/Skin Tone mixed bags etc back out on the shelf for you after the New Year!



Dec 14th...

OK, so this is a bit of a rehash of some "oldies, but goodies" that I thought I'd point out in case you were looking for some quick, but eye catching knits for holiday gifts!

All knit in garter stitch and using a Noro yarn (shown in either Silk Garden or Noro, although Ito, Akari, etc would also work great), these 4 scarves are all simple and pleasing and quick! All four scarf patterns are free with the yarn purchase. The first three scarves shown use 3 sks of either Kureyon or Silk Garden and 1 of Ito or Akari. The fourth shown uses 2 sks each of 2 colors of Silk Garden or Kureyon.



Dec 7th...

Some classes are filling up really quickly, so don't delay if you're thinking about one!

8 new colors of Malabrigo Rios arrived - 7 solids and one new variegated.

A few new colors of Felted Tweed arrived with a big restock of existing colors last week.

And here's a new sweater idea; knit in Kureyon using a pattern in the last Noro Magazine!



Nov 30th...

Again, some restocks and new colors of existing yarns arrived.

I updated the Herriot Great baby alpaca page to reflect a couple of new colors. This is a gorgeously soft and luxurious yarn to knit a holiday gift in. Perfect for a hat, mittens or cowl and it will knit quickly at 4 sts/inch on US 10! Indulge your loved ones with a hat or cowl knit from this lovely yarn!!

And a lot of customers have been in getting yarn for new babies expected this year so I wanted to point out that 5 new colors of machine washable Fair Isle arrived this week as well! Also a quick knit at 4-5 sts/inch and super soft and easy to care for.

Nov 23rd...

Some restocks and new colors of existing yarns arrived this week -

This lovely "warm" color of Akari by Noro arrived along with this "happy" color of Kakigori by Noro. Both yarns are cotton blends with some silk.....lovely for a shawl or blanket/afghan. And just 1 of these big balls will do a cowl or shoulder wrap!

And although I'm sorry to say that the out-of-stock "ivory" of this popular Baby Cashmerino yarn by Ella Rae is still on backorder, these 4 new primary colors arrived. So if you have some new additions to the family coming late winter or spring, pick some up today and get ahead of the curve!

A few new (and one restock) of books arrived this week. Both Mending Matters and Make Thrift Mend are great books for those interested (and this interest spans the 20-something to over 60 crowd!) in adding some creative stitching or natural dyeing to old favorites from their wardrobe to keep them going longer. Make Thrift Mend, which is new, gives lots of tips for overdyeing and also for handling stitching reparis creatively around cuffs, front and back pockets, elbows and thighs! PLUS, The Ultimate Sweater Book and the Knitting All Around stitch dictionary are great books for those you know that are new to knitting and want guidance working thru their first sweater, or want a compendium of stitches to use to give hats, mittens, cowls their own unique twist! These are all available at the store.



Nov 16th...

We have 5 new needle felting Tapestry kits in stock - perfect gifts for the holiday season! An adorable gnome, fox, moose, glamingos and a floral medallion!

And another new inventory item that is "perfect for the holiday gift-giving season" - Ashford's Complete WEaving Kit. This rigid heddle loom comes with all the necessary accessories, PLUS both the Ashford Book of Weaving AND a beautiful merino wool so you can follow the easy instructions and weave a gorgeous shawl right out of the gate!!



Nov 3rd

Haunui by Noro arrived in 5 natural colors this past week. This special 100% wool from New Zealand features the length and durability of Romney with the softness of merino!

8 new colors of potholder loops arrived for the traditional loom and 4 new ones for the PRO size. So now in addition to the popular mixed bags of "brights", we are selling around 15 colors of individual colors so you can really customize your potholders to match kitchen decor if you'd like!


Oct 26th...

new colors arrived in both Juniper Moon's Santa Cruz organic merino and her newest yarn, Blue Faced Leceister.

And for the spinners and felters that have been disappointed by how wiped out of Nube merino handpaint roving I have been the last couple of weeks, we finally got a shipment in. Not every color is back in stock, but 15 are! So check them out here and nab them while you can!

And a web order for Noro's Ito this week helped us recognize that while we are out of 5 of the colors we had pictured on the website, we have 4 more in stock that we never uploaded! So I've updated the Ito page to better reflect our current stock and Chris is looking to see if the US distributor has a couple of the brighter, lighter, yellows and pinks that we're out of so we can restock those.

I've dedicated this fall to finishing off a couple of sweaters that have been on needles for a year (or more!). And not allowing myself to cast on 1 new project until I finish off 2 old ones! So I finished Cirrus - a cowl necked swoncho garment that is cozy and soft and feels like pure elegance to wear! I knit it using a strand each of Shibui's Silk Cloud and Pebble.

And this afternoon, if I just sew in the shawl collar to this new Kureyon pullover, then I get to start something new..woohoo! There are so many new yarns on the market, its been a while since I knit with Kureyon (I knit the pieces for this sweater a couple of years ago, lost the pattern when I needed to know how many to cast on for the shawl collar and then lost track of it, only to rediscover it in a bag last week while I was hunting for something else!). Anyway, I was reminded how nice this yarn is - so many knitters dismiss it because they remember the Kureyon of a decade or more ago which used coarser wools. But Mr. Noro upped the percentage of merino in this wool yarn - and it is ORGANIC and NON-MULESING for those of you concerned about the sheep and the environment! If you've got some hats or mittens to knit for holiday gift giving, stop by and give this yarn another go!

Oct 19th...

7 colors of Juniper Moon's new Blue Faced Leceister yarn arrived - 2 more colors on their way! Lustrous and featuring a long fiber, this yarn should wear really well if you're looking to knit a sweater that you'll enjoy for many years.


Oct 12th...

9 colors of Sweet Georgia Mist, a hand-dyed silk/kid mohair blend arrived last week. Like Shibui's Silk Cloud, it has a lot more silk content than many of the kid/silk blends. It is soft, lustrous and beautifully dyed! Beautiful on its own, or paired with a light fingering for a gorgeous knit!

A new shipment arrived of Potholder loops and looms (both Traditional and Pro sizes) arrived for the holiday shopping season. We now stock, in addition to the mixed bags of pastels, brights, and black/white, between 8 - 13 colors of solid colored loops for both the traditional and Pro sized looms!

plus red, turquoise, etc.....

Plus, we have lots of lap looms, peg looms, weaving frames, backstrap weaving kits, crochet kits, etc that are great for kids gift giving this season.....Stop by today to check these new kits out

We have a few new store models featuring small accessories that you might consider knitting for the holiday gift giving season - a brioche hat using Amitola Grande, a single cowl using Felted Tweed Colour and a double wrap cowl that is crocheted using Katia's UBER SOFT Ultralight Merino!!





Oct 5th...

Five new colors of Juniper Moon's Beatrix arrived last week - this angora blend yarn is so soft and cozy. It's just perfect for start making a list of friends and family that need a new cowl for the season!





Sept 28th

Ella Rae's new Chunky Alpaca (machine washable) arrived last week. Recommended knit at 3-3.5 st/inch, this incredibly soft acrylic/alpaca blend comes in 8 great colors that are perfect for cowls and hats to accent or coordinate with your winter coat!

10 or 12 new colors of Sweet Georgia's Tough Love Sock yarn arrived on Saturday, including a gentle palette of soft semi-solids! Fantastically durable for socks, but equally soft for shawls, this yarn has been popular for a lot of 1 skein projects, even tho' I've had a few customers use it for sweaters too.




Sept 21st...

Andeamo Light by Jody Long arrived - 85 fine wool/15 took just 1 skein to make this really generous cowl. And there was leftover, so with a narrower cowl you could also make a hat!




Sept 14th...

5 new colors of Patagonia, by Juniper Moon, arrived while I was on vacation and I just got the site updated to reflect them.

Check out how perfectly this next photo of some of the Patagonia colors reflects Vermont's fall foliage!

Or this one, our winters!!!




Sept 10th...

A lot has transpired in the 24 days I was traveling the Silk Road thru Central Asia, but I only had time this week for a quick update. So check back next week for more and be sure to sign up for our email newsletter if you haven't already, since I'll be updating more in that next week as well!

Felted Tweed by Rowan arrived while I was gone. Over 30 colors to choose from! But I sold out of a couple of colors already and when I went to reorder, the US distributor was already out of them! So of course, they are on backorder, but my word of advice to everyone this fall season is if you have a project in mind, nab the yarn while you can. We will always have a lot of gorgeous yarns for you to choose from, but if you have a very specific color and requirements for a project you have in mind, then your options will be limited as the season progresses since "the early bird gets the worm"!

Along with Felted TWeed, arrived the newest line extension for Rowan, Felted Tweed Colours. These 8 colorways grade thru several colours. They make for an interesting knit on their own, pair well with the solids, and can be used for some dramatic effects if you alternate two contrasting colorways!

as are the DPN cases that hold your work securely when you're not knitting.

And these clever leather tape measure bracelets - perfect if you're planning a trip somewhere and plan on knitting a lot in the plane, train, bus, ship or automobile and want a tape measure handy without having to dig thru your bags!

And lastly, this key chain with the kitchener stitch directions on one side and the "anatomy of the sock" on the other. Perfect to attach to the key fob in your knitting bag so your kitchener directions are always handy! I am not putting these online, but they are available at the shop.

July 20th... and 28th!

I got the class list finally posted for the fall. Check it out here. A few of the classes scheduled for after the New Year are included, but Im in contact with a few teachers for some other workshops to offer after the New Year, so more will be coming. The fall schedule is set for now.

I was restocking some needles (and bringing in the Chiao Goo bamboo-so now we have Knitter's Pride Dreamz wood, Addi Rockets and both the Chiao Goo Stainless and bamboo to choose from) and decided to bring in a few fun accessories that caught my eye -

Sock Blockers are now in stock,

as are the DPN cases that hold your work securely when you're not knitting.

And these clever leather tape measure bracelets - perfect if you're planning a trip somewhere and plan on knitting a lot in the plane, train, bus, ship or automobile and want a tape measure handy without having to dig thru your bags!

And lastly, this key chain with the kitchener stitch directions on one side and the "anatomy of the sock" on the other. Perfect to attach to the key fob in your knitting bag so your kitchener directions are always handy! I am not putting these online, but they are available at the shop.

June 29th...

This was truly a group effort - I picked the pattern and knew I wanted to use 2 solids of Zooey linen/cotton by Juniper Moon and a Brighton Beach for the variegated, but I asked Chris to pick the colors and then my sister Joany knit it!

The pattern is called Temperance and it was originally designed for Malabrigo Sock, but I wanted to show how great Zooey and Brighton Beach would work together. And do they ever! What a great drape and hand this shawl has.

Three new colors of Kureyon arrived this week, too!

June 8th

Mark your Calendars! I've planned a Juniper Moon Trunk Show Event for Sat June 19th.

The company has loaned me a bunch of great garments knit out of Zooey, Summer Solstice and Cumulus summer yarns! And they'll be here all next week on display for you to see, feel, and try on if you like! And on Saturday 19th, I'll be offering some promotions on the Zooey and Cumulus yarn purchased to knit or crochet yourself a new summer project. As well as offering a few fun door prizes thru random drawing among participants! So mark your calendar and come on by to see the show and pick yourself up a wonderful new summer knitting project.

June 2nd

I like to see the glass half full. So the fact that it has been DEAD at the store (where is everyone?) these past two weeks, the bright side is we've managed to package up over 257 pounds of silk, extrafine merino and merino pre/partial felts! So we've replenished the prefelts this last week and added a new item - Pre Felt Mixed Packs. You get 1 6"x6" square each of 7 colors - 3 blues, 2 greens, a gold and a red (I looks orange, but it is red). Great for embellishments in either needle, wet, or nuno felting, everyone should have a stash of assorted colors to play with next time they are felting!

I also spent yesterday dyeing up a couple kilos of 100% Silk Mawattas (Hankies) - also a great embellishment for wet and nuno felting. And you can knit directly from these as well! From black to hot pink and every color in between!

May 26th..

Chris knit this store model between customers this spring using Noro's Sonata (pattern from Noro's spring magazine). She just finished weaving in the ends this morning and it has a beautiful drape and with the different stitches and 2 color pattern, kept Chris' attention and never bored her!

We now have 40 colors of this gorgeous 100% tussah silk top for spinning, felting and silk paper making! After a week of packaging it into 2 oz hands, all the colors are now available online and at the store.

And with the weather being so nice last week, I was able to get some Silk Bricks dyed up. Next week.....hankies/mawattas!

May 18th..


We got the restock of the 19 micron merino "Tempera" collection from DHG mill in Italy packaged and out on the floor - a few new colors to choose from offering these warm tones, a series of cooler greens and blues and a couple of neutrals.

And if you prefer a more subtle variation in color, we've also expanded the "Sugar Spun" heathers in the same 19 micron merino that is so wonderful for nuno felting.

And, finally, we got out the greatly expanded range of EFM Solid colors of this same lovely 19 micron merino from DHG. We've packaged it in 50 and 100 gm packages as before, but now you have over 75 colors to choose from !!

May 11th..


Chris is still packaging the latest shipment of DHG EFM (extra fine merino). We've added quite a few new colors and restocked the most popular that we were low or out of - so we have 25 bins now filled each with 3 or 4 colors of a hue! So that's over 75 colors to inspire your next wet felting or nuno project! I hope to have the new colors added to the page by next week's update....but for now you can view the existing colors thru the link above!

My sister knit this shawl using my naturally dyed Silky Yak yarn. It is the "Inauguration Shawl" and I chose logwood (purple), osage orange with iron (bronze) and cochenile (pink) for the colors. Check out the stitch details and other color options of this gorgeous yarn here

Here is an example of one of the Baker's Dozen mixed packs of animal/skin tones of felting fiber we have packaged for the needlers out there! 13 colors and at least 12 gms per color for a whopping 150 gms. While I had the scale out last week, I also packed up more of the colorful mixed bags. I call them Jackpot Fibers . This packaging use to include very small bits of 21 colors, but with this batch I packed more of fewer colors for a total of 100 gms/pack.

Apr 28th....

I just received a shipment of fiber from DHG in Italy, including this new fiber I'm stocking for needle felters. The New Zealand Wool arrived in 13 great animal and skin tones and we're packaging it in both mixed bags (which I'm calling Baker's Dozen since you get 12 gms each of 13 colors) and also 50 gm packages.

And for those of you who have been in looking for EFM (extra fine merino) in white (which we've been out of for a while) for your nuno felting projects, I just got over 2 pounds each of "natural", "acacia", "milk", "snow", "ivory" to keep you covered for a while! In addition to restocks (and several new colors) you now have over 65 colors to choose from! It may take a week for us to get it all weighed out and packaged up, but we're working on the whites first! Check back next week online to see the new colors!

Apr 28th....

The last couple colors of Rowan Handknit Cotton arrived - a lovely slate grey and a silvery grey (they call feather)!

This handy little Sashiko Pocket Guide to stitches and a Sashiko Stencil Kit arrived this week for those of you having fun with this creative approach to mending and embellishing. We have the needles and Sashiko thread here as well.

Apr 20th....

. I got a new shipment of KAP wool (very short stapled merino fiber) last week, including three new colors - navy, maroon, and a darker green. Anyway, that caused me to take all new photos and adjust some of the color names to correspond to the mill's nomenclature (even tho' they don't all make sense to me!). So if you're a felter, be sure to check out the updated page to see the new colors and improved photos of this popular fiber (p.s. it is NOT good for spinning as it is very short).

I had Chris knit up a couple of gauge swatches in both Noro's Akari and Noro Kakigori yarns since there was confusion between what the label suggested for gauge and what the US importer suggested on their website! So she knit up both yarns using US 4, 6 and 8 needles and with each yarn, got 5.5, 5 and 4.5 sts/inch, respectively. Hence, the confusion! Both these yarns knit nicely at all three gauges - just depending on what you are making and what sort of fabric you desire, you may prefer one gauge or another! You can't go wrong - both are lovely blends of silk and cotton!




Apr 6th....

Chris had time between customers yesterday to knit up a wash cloth using the new Rowan Handknit Cotton that arrived last week. The pattern is from a great little book ($12.99) we have for beginners which includes all the basics of "how to" cast on, knit, purl, etc along with several nice patterns for wash/dish cloths to practice stitches. As you can see from this pattern, the Rowan Handknit has lovely stitch definition. Chris really liked knitting with it - it's got a good twist so it doesn't split. And we're blocking it now so next time you're in you can feel how nice the hand is as well! Technically, the patterns in this book are written for a fingering (7 st/inch) cotton, but by simply eliminating 1 or 2 repeats of the pattern, it is perfect for this Rowan gauge cotton.

And if you're anxious to start a lovely summer top, the Rowan Mode pattern book arrived as well.

We've started bagging up some natural dyes and mordants in preparation for the spring and summer dyeing season. So far, we've got alum, madder, logwood, osage orange ready to go! Available at the shop only - not online yet!

Mar 31st....

Sweet Georgia Tough Love Sock yarn arrived in 12 new colors last week.

Rowan Handknit Cotton arrived in 21 colors this week.

Noro's new Kakigori cotton/silk dk-sport gauge yarn arrived in 2 colors (including this one featured in Noro's latest magazine).

And a lovely new teal and gorgeous "southwest adobe" colorway arrived in Brighton Beach (linen/cotton/viscose) blend this week.




Mar 16th...

Soft Lino from the Katia Concept line arrived this week. This 100% linen features a very long ombre of color over the 820 yards of yarn in each cake! A pattern booklet including directions for a lovely crochet scarf or crochet shawl is offered with the purchase.

The Ella Rae Cotton Trunk Show is still scheduled to arrive this week, but because all the new colors of Denim DK for this season are late in arriving and now not scheduled to get here until around Mar 25th, I have postponed the Trunk Show Event to Sat Mar 27th (from the 20th) for those of you who follow us on Facebook and were planning on stopping by for it. Just mark your calendar for the following Saturday instead!




Mar 9th...

6 new colors of Ella Rae Baby Cashmerino arrived - spring babies are coming so stop by to pick up a baby blanket, bootie or sweater project today!

The three new colors of Shibui arrived last week - Canary, Trellis, and Pacific. They came in the lovely silk/merino Lunar, Pebble cashmere blend, and Silk Cloud kid mohair/silk.


Finally, our shipment of KAP wool (sitting in customs since Jan 20th) arrived. Two new colors along with a restock. Stop by to see chocolate and meliert (oatmeal) and to restock today!



Feb 24th...

See the yarns on clearance here

I had ordered 20 colors of Rasta (2 bags each of 20) but received only 2 bags each of 6 colors - but at least there are some fresh colors in stock! A few shown here. Stop by to grab them while they last!

In the same shipment, I received new colors of both Mechita and of Malabrigo Sock.

And a new "medallion" pattern for you needle felters! And if you've never needled before, this is great fun and a super project for the kids home on school break this week! Make this lovely tapestry for a wall hanging or to be used as a pillow front or bag front. Or even a large trivet - tho' it's so beautiful I'd hate to cover it over myself!


Feb 16th...

Yarn Clearance all month!I just added another 5-10% discount off all the clearance yarns for this coming week. So be sure to check them out here. Freia Shawl balls are just about sold out so I removed them from the website (just a couple balls left at the shop) and I removed the colors of Llamerino, Stratus and Tennen that are sold out. So the choices are getting smaller, tho' still great! And the discounts are deeper this week...

See the yarns on clearance here - and check back each Tuesday night to see what the new discounts are - or what yarns might be added!!

Four new colors of the 100% cotton Zauberballs arrived. The labels now have a photo of the color sequence as knit up in a swatch, so you can see how the long repeat will knit up! GREAT choice for a summer shawl!

The newest color of Noro's Sonata as featured in the popular shawl from the latest magazine also arrived.

4 new colors of Painted Sky arrived along with this interesting shawl pattern featuring this yarn and several textural stitches - a great project if you're looking to learn some new stitches!

Plymouth's new Pima Rino Tweed arrived last week. This line extension of the solid colors of Pima Rino offers a classic tweed option in a 70% cotton/30% wool yarn that's great for transitional season sweaters. Machine washable, I also think the "white" color (with flecks of the rainbow) may be popular for babies?


Feb 2nd

Yarn Clearance all month! Discounts are progressive, so each Tuesday when I update the website, I'll discount the remaining colors further!

Buy now to get the best color choices or wait until the colors are picked over but save huge amounts!

See the yarns on clearance here - and check back each Tuesday night to see what the new discounts are - or what yarns might be added!!

Shibui's new extrafine merino/cashmere blend yarn, Haven, arrived last week and I knit up this Ravelry headband pattern (Strickvetter) using a skein of the lovely new Syrrah color! I have almost 1/2 of the 160 yd skein left - so enough to knit a kids headband too. Or, I could pick up around one edge and knit the crown to make it into a hat! What a great Valentine's day gift to knit for someone special in your life!

The latest Noro Magazine arrived yesterday. Featuring a great shawl in this year's Pantone colors knit in Sonata, as well as several cute crochet patterns (see top in blue/orange and crocheted shawl in greens above) and a couple of knit tops featuring Sonata and also Akari (the last photo done in a new color of Akari that arrived last week!

Jan 19th

A couple new colors of Painted Sky worsted weight machine washable wool arrived. Great for kids knitting and for lap blankets as well as for the many Ravelry patterns that feature long repeats like the Mowry Shift and Night Shift patterns.

With our restock of Cascade 220 worsted wool, we received 7 new colors. Still a great basic value wool to use for garment knitting.

And if you want to do some colorwork, you can't beat the 220 Sport for value and color options. These two new colors arrived with our restock.

Jan 5th

While packing some pre holiday orders, Chris discovered that these 6 colors of Kureyon which we stock were not on the website, so I've updated the site to reflect that these colors are also available!

I'm spending this week restocking the store after the holiday blitz! And also zooming with yarn reps each Tuesday this month to choose some new cottons/linens for the spring/summer season. If anyone has a cotton/linen yarn they'd like to see here, email me at and let me know. I can't promise anything, but if I hear from enough customers about a particular yarn, I'll add it into the mix!

Jan 26th

Shibui's newest yarn, Haven, arrived. This lovely extrafine merino/cashmere blend would make a gorgeous cowl or an "heirloom" sweater!


Jan 19th

A couple new colors of Painted Sky worsted weight machine washable wool arrived. Great for kids knitting and for lap blankets as well as for the many Ravelry patterns that feature long repeats like the Mowry Shift and Night Shift patterns.

With our restock of Cascade 220 worsted wool, we received 7 new colors. Still a great basic value wool to use for garment knitting.

And if you want to do some colorwork, you can't beat the 220 Sport for value and color options. These two new colors arrived with our restock.

Jan 5th

While packing some pre holiday orders, Chris discovered that these 6 colors of Kureyon which we stock were not on the website, so I've updated the site to reflect that these colors are also available!

I'm spending this week restocking the store after the holiday blitz! And also zooming with yarn reps each Tuesday this month to choose some new cottons/linens for the spring/summer season. If anyone has a cotton/linen yarn they'd like to see here, email me at and let me know. I can't promise anything, but if I hear from enough customers about a particular yarn, I'll add it into the mix!

Dec 22nd

My friend Kim knit this shawl for her mother in law using 1 ball of Noro's Akari (silk, wool) blend. I've always known this pattern as the "tilting ladder". It is one of several shawl/scarf stitch patterns on a Fiber Trends pattern we have here at the shop. This yarn has a lovely drape because of the silk content. The shawl could also be done with 1 ball of Noro's Ito if you prefer a woolier version.

This new color of Perth arrived. This machine washable merino/nylon blend yarn is designed for socks, but is used a lot of shawls and scarves because it is so soft and drapey. This newest color has a splash of "illuminating yellow" in it (the Pantone color of the year!). It's a great choice for weaving too - use it in the warp for longitudinal stripes or use it both warp and weft for a plaid effect. And of course, as warp it will yield horizontal fades of color!


Nov 27th

One ball of Noro Ito will knit 2 pair of adult felted slippers. This is a free pattern that I offer with the yarn purchase and it is super simple. Looking for a last minute project to knit for holiday gift giving - these whip up really quickly! For those of you who are local, I still have some great solid colors of Eco Wool Bulky at 40% off and that would be perfect for these slippers as well - with one skein of that you'd probably get 2 adult and 1 child's pair!

My niece just introduced another new needle felting kit - the Smoky Mtn Black Bear! These kits make great gifts for the holidays season - check out her latest 6 new designs here!

I finished the Starburst Cowl using Amitola Grande (instead of the Silk Garden, which also knits up beautifully in this pattern). If using Amitola Grande for the long repeat, you can get 2 cowls from 1 skein. If you choose to use Silk Garden for the long repeat, you'll need 2 sks of the Silk Garden (same price as 1 of the Amitola). Anyway, with either purchase, I'll send the pattern free. But you'll need about 100 yds of a solid color as well - I just used up a partial skein from my stash

Nov 14th

Four new needle felting tapestry kits are being offered at the shop-all designed by my ever creative niece, Neysa. Sunflowers, Swedish Geese, Indian Elephant and Gloucester Mermaid will give stiff competition to the ever popular Scandinavian Reindeer, Sheep and Heron! Check all her kits out here

As featured on the cover of the Fall 2020 Noro Magazine, this mitered square jacket knit in Ito is the latest store model for this yarn - which I seem to be going gangbusters with this fall! Check out all the great colors here.

Here are a couple of great Silk Garden small project ideas for the upcoming gift giving season! The hat is featured in the latest Noro Magazine (Fall 2020) and took 2 sks of Silk Garden Solo. The Starburst Cowl uses 1 skein of a "solo" solid in Silk Garden and 2 of an "original" long repeat Silk Garden. But 3 sks and I'll send along the pattern for free. You can choose colors here on the Silk Garden page.


Nov 4th....wanted to start giving you some Holiday Wish List ideas!

I updated the Accessories page to reflect more of the range of interchangeable needle sets we offer here at the shop - from Lykee bamboo and driftwoods, to ChaioGoo metal and bamboo, deluxe and shorties to Dreamz! Something for everyone - including dpn sets and crochet hook sets!

I stock these gorgeous pattern holders in 2 sizes. They are a must have for every knitting bag - magnets hold your pattern up and you can prop the case horizontally or vertically depending on your pattern. Long magnet bars help you keep your place in a chart or thru text.


Oct 24th....

Just 1 skein of lovely Homestead 100% wool knits up this hat, with enough left over to knit a child's cap as well! The pattern is Able Cable from Ravelry. It feels so soft and Chris, who knit it between helping customers this week, said it was a really easy pattern to follow.

I knit up this cowl in the super cozy and soft Phullu from Mirasol. I took the 4 colors on as a "challenge" (both because of how they look together and none of them really being my favs to begin with!) and used fibonacci numbers to create the stripe sequences. I've written up the pattern sequence of stripes so you can have fun picking colors you LIKE to work with. Because I used 4 colors, it is an investment up front - but you will have enough yarn to knit a wide assortment of cowls, hats, mittens, or wristlets so that each "project" ends up costing in the $20-$25 range so it doesn't break the bank!

Oct 13th....

With October being Breast Cancer Awareness month, I'm offering a 15% discount on the pale pink color of the newest Juniper Moon yarn (uber soft Beatrix) so you can knit up (or crochet, as the hat on the left is done in Cumulus) a hat in honor of the month. Beatrix is really soft and warm and insulating, so if you know someone going thru cancer and radiation treatment who has lost their hair, this would be a wonderful gift to keep them warm thru the upcoming chill of fall and winter! Since I'm not sure how to arrange a discount online for just one color, you'll have to call in or stop by this month to take advantage of the Breast Cancer Awareness discount!

Between customers this fall, Chris has been knitting this 2 ball wrap in Noro's Ito. We've got 4 or 5 new colors new for this fall in stock, plus some of the popular "oldies but goodies", like color 12 shown above.

My niece has come out with several new Vermont Needle Felting Tapestry kits and I've got them in stock today! From these festive holiday reindeer monochromatics to the more colorful Alpaca and Thunderbird motif!


Sept 29th....

Phullu by Mirasol arrived this week. An aran weight (knitting at 4 sts/inch US 9-10), this soft and cozy yarn is perfect for a cowl, scarf, hat, afghan or comfy sweater! Features a whopping 284 yards/sk.

4 new colors of Ushya by Mirasol arrived. Knitting at 2 sts/inch this offers some rich jewel tones in a quick knit gauge and uber soft hand that is perfect for the holiday projects you have planned for this season!


Sept 25th

I finished this simple pullover using Tennen by Noro. It has such an artistic and lovely color gradation speckled with hints of tweed. Dress it up or knock about the house in it - it will be a go-to garment!


Sept 22nd

I finished this cozy sweater (2 left photos) using Aereo (Cascade). You could also use Airado by Plymouth (similar to Aereo but I stock it also to get a full range of colors from between the two companies) or knit it in Stratus, by Juniper Moon. The grey sweater shown above illustrates a variation on the pattern I knit last year using Stratus by Juniper Moon (also a super cozy yarn to curl up with this winter). I had customers knitting this pattern two and three times over so I decided to show a slight variation in case someone wanted to "mix it up a bit"! So instead of the garter stitch trim as the pattern calls for, in last year's model I introduced a mistake rib for the bottom, cuffs and neckline. And I added a pocket. This year, I went back to the garter stitch, but made it tunic length to wear over yoga pants or leggings. All three of these yarns: Aereo, Airado and Stratus are super cozy and super soft. And none of them breaks the bank! It took me 3.5 sks to knit this long tunic length in Aereo! And, if you don't want a funnel or cowl neck, this is an easy pattern to just pick up and knit 8 rows of garter and bind off and voila, you have a round neck!

Uber soft and warm! A few new colors of Aereo and Airado arrived...lots of lovely jewel tones and a few heathers (two more heathers in green should be arriving later this week).

Rasta has not been very available this spring/summer, so when they came out with a new dye approach and had some in Rasta, I jumped on it! So a few colors of this new speckled Rasta arrived. Along with three new colors of Malabrigo Sock - bringing the colors stocked to 27 for Sock and 16 for Rasta.


And here is a closeup of the sweater I introduced last week. It's been really hard to get a good photo of it. Not sure if it's the color or what. But maybe this gives a better idea of it. It has such a gorgeous drape and would be easy to dress up or knock about the house in. Knit in Mirasol's Umina 50/50 alpaca/merino blend yarn it is scrumptiously soft and buttery. Chris keeps saying she just wants to wrap herself up in it! The pattern is Climb Every Mountain (Ravelry). It took 4 sks in Umina - at $25/sk it's not an inexpensive sweater, but if you live in it (which I could imagine would be the case for me if it wasn't on a mannequin), that's not a bad "cost per wear", making this a good value. And yet, it will feel like such a luxury!



Sept 8th

This photograph doesn't do this sweater justice, unfortunately. But this A-line sweater design is simple and elegant (little eyelets sprinkling down the front, so be sure to enlarge the photo for a closer look) and INCREDIBLY soft and cozy knit in Umina by Mirasol. This buttery soft yarn (50/50 wool alpaca) has a GORGEOUS drape. This top only used 4 sks and is a large size - and since it is A-line it has a lot of swing at the bottom even if my photo doesn't show it well. Be sure to check out Umina and add it to your bucket list of yarns to work with if you haven't already. You really need to feel it to understand how cozy and soft this yarn (5.5-6 sts/inch) is. And the sweater can be dressed up or worn daily with jeans - it is so versatile. The pattern is Climb Every Mountain on Ravelry.


A few new colors of Patagonia 100% organic merino by Juniper Moon arrived.

Along with a few new colors in the aran weight version, Santa Cruz, of Juniper moon's organic merino yarn.

After laying prone and delerious with fever and chills for 6 days, I managed to sit upright long enough in the following days of convalesence to knit (barely) this hat using Beatrix. Beatrix is the new angora blend yarn that arrived 2 weeks ago before I got sick - lots of great colors and oh-so-soft! There's enough yarn left from the skein to make a pompom if I decide I want one. Soft, insulating, quick knit on a 10.5 needle and really comfy to wear.



Aug 25th...

Beatrix - Juniper Moon Farm's new yarn for the fall/winter 2020 season arrived. With some nice pattern support, this cozy "blown-in" yarn is the perfect fiber blend and yarn to wrap yourself up in for cozy comfort and security this winter! From 3 lovely greys, to some gorgeous deeply saturated "fall" colors, to this gorgeous & gentle "rose" which is perfect for knits you might want to plan in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month in October!

We also received another shipment of even more colors of Rios, Mechita, and Rasta this week but I haven't had time to update the new colors online - that will have to wait for next week! In the meantime....

I did manage to get up the new Malabrigo Sock colors that arrived yesterday, along with a free shawl pattern I am giving out with a 2 skein purchase.




Aug 18th...

We received 5 new colors of Rios this week - Almond Blossom, Cosmos, Aquamarine, Pines, and Blue Jeans....

With our restock of Malabrigo Mechita, we received pattern booklets for both the cabled fingerless mitts shown here, as well as for a mosaic knit wrap/shawl. I'm offering the pattern free with the 2 sk (or more) purchase of Mechita while supply lasts.

A customer came in to look at the Katia Kid Mohair (50 colors to pick from!) with the idea of knitting this gorgeous wrap designed by Mags Kandis. Those of you who have been around the knitting block a while, like me, will remember her from the great pattern support and fun colors she put together in support of her yarn company Mission Falls - I still miss that cotton!! Anyway, this is a remake of a popular wrap she did years ago, updated for a fine kid mohair yarn.



Aug 11th...

I have three new textured cowl patterns I'm offering free for anyone buying one of the big and chunky 2 st/inch yarns like Rasta, Ushya, or Mega....

I've updated the Amitola (silk-wool) to reflect a few colors that were in the store, but missing from the website (and vice versa- a few I was out of that were still on the site!)

A couple ranges of "gradients" arrived from Sweet Georgia in their popular Tough Love Sock yarn. Don't let the name pigeon hole this yarn - it's beautiful for shawls, scarves and cowls too!

A few new colors of Juniper Moon's Stratus arrived, including a lovely teal and a purple! This is a great value wool that knits up nicely anywhere from 3.5 sts/inch to 4.5 st/inch and is cozy and warm. A great value yarn that is soft, insulating, and lightweight but at a big gauge!!


July 28th...

If there are any "yarn haulers" still making their way about this Saturday, don't forget that I will put on a pot of natural dyes at both 11 am and at 2 p.m. - so if you want to purchase some white yarn here and dye it naturally for a special project memorializing this "covid era yarn haul", you can.

I've posted some photos from the Eco=Print a Silk Scarf class here last Saturday on the Gallery page if you're interested in seeing more.

Since I missed a week of updates - there are 2 new yarns to feature today and a few new colors of an existing yarn to talk about:

Ushya, by Mirasol, is a lightweight 2 st/inch knit - equally perfect for a cozy cowl or sweater for this winter as it is for a hat or mittens!

Katia's Kid Mohair arrived - 50 colors to choose from!! Wow.

A few new colors of Sweet Georgia's Tough Love Sock yarn arrived. It's a favorite for shawls too!

A few new colors of Juniper Moon's Stratus arrived, including a lovely teal and a purple! This is a great value wool that knits up nicely anywhere from 3.5 sts/inch to 4.5 st/inch and is cozy and warm. A great value yarn that is soft, insulating, and lightweight but at a big gauge!!


GNYH 2020 Special Sat July 18th

This lovely brushed alpaca blend yarn, Peru Tweed, is on special while supply lasts - 35% off!


July 14th

I have a couple of new needle felting kits in stock - this Tatoo Dragon (larger than normal) and the traditional size Bird in the Bush. Check out the new needle felting kits here - or better yet, stop by! We're open Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri & Sat 10 - 5!

Also, in case some of you are wondering how to access the Nalbinding Tutorial since I removed it from the homepage - it is available thru the Tutorials page on my website now.

Also, a few customers have asked me to sell my handcrafted wooden nalbinding needles - so those are now available here.

June 30th

Last Call to register for any of the July classes....

The last day to register for any of the July classes is this Friday, July 3rd!

  • Natural Dyeing Workshop July 11 & 12
  • Drop Spindle Spinning July 9
  • Shibori n' Sashiko Face Masks - July 8, 15 & 22nd

So don't delay if you're interested or they will be canceled by the weekend.


June 23rd


Chris knit this lace shawl while sheltering at home last month. She used just 1 skein of Rustic Silk and LOVED knitting with this yarn. With 1 skein it makes a nice size for wrapping around the neck and covering a bit of shoulders and the decoletage. With 2 skeins you could really make a large "wrap yourself entirely up in it" shawl!. And since there is also a new color or two in this yarn this year, be sure to check out the page thru the link above.

Also, I added two new classes for July - Give it a Whorl: Introduction to Spinning on a Drop Spindle and Shibori N' Sashiko Face Masks. Since we can do these out of doors in the garden (beneath the dye canopies if it is sprinkling) I thought they might be of interest even if some customers are still feeling a bit uncertain about getting back out in public. Masks are required and we will social distance. And I am limiting classes to 6 participants - so we can still enjoy getting together and learning new things safely!

I also added a couple of new "kits" -a new baby blanket option in sweet pastels or festive brights and a lovely gradient wrap!

June 16th

Woohoo! Chris is back at work, so we're open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Fri and Sat 10 - 5. Just closed Sun & Wed for now.

This is "one" of my (YIKES, is it really 17?) projects I have going (that covers knitting, spinning, felting, and dyeding!). Anyway, Elemental Cormo is such a lovely yarn to work with I wanted to be sure you added it to your bucket list. I'm knitting Ravelli (Ravelry pattern) and doing a large and it is a boxy sweater and I'm going to use 4 sks. AND, I have enough of the white and grey to knit a hat (at least!). So despite this yarn seeming like a luxury at $30 a skein, it goes a long way. And for the quality and softness that it is, to get both a great sweater and a hat out of it is a really great value.

I finally had a chance to update the Baby Cashmerino page to show all the colors of this popular Ella Rae yarn that we stock to replace the Debbie Bliss Baby Cash.

I received a restock of Lamb's Pride Bulky and Worsted, including a few new colors I'm stocking: Navy Sailor, Willow and Glacier.


June 10th

A couple new colors of the lovely organic cotton by Ella Rae arrived. Several customers in last week picked up a skein each to knit washcloths. This yarn is really soft, long stapled (so it should wear really well), and organic - a perfect choice for sensitive skin.

I added an update to the free Nalbinding tutorial....

May 27th

I've put some lovely collections of hand dyed, 100% wool rug swatches for rug hooking online here, if any of you also rug hook and are looking for some new colors. There are also a few patterns on monkscloth.

May 13th

Another new Afghan Kit is available this week - and you have an option of machine washable wool or uber luxurious alpaca!

Three new colors of Juniper Moon Zooey arrived, including this striking red!

A new linen/cotton blend by Queensland arrived - Brighton Beach. The way the yarn is dyed and spun results in a very sophisticated grading of colors in the fabric so you can go simple on the stitch if you want. Or add even more interest with a simple lace pattern Tee (pattern free with the yarn purchase).

May 6th

This new kit is available for a limited time. I am not stocking the yarn, but offer the kit as a colorful, happy, simple and gratifying project to undertake while we are still working thru the covid dilemma. Whatever our new normal will turn out to be, for the rest of this year anyway until there is a vaccine, it seems to me that we will be cautiously social (with masks and distancing and lots of hand washing!) and still really hunkering down at home a lot. So this is a wonderful project to undertake - easy to pick up and put down, a happy joy to knit as you see the colors develop, simple to knit while you binge the new season of Last Kingdom or Lion King (?) and giving you lots of positive feedback with each square completed!

April 13th

For those of you wanting to work thru my free shibori tutorial, you can link to the lovely Bamboo shawls below and here is where you can get the sashiko needles!

For those of you interested in trying a simple Shibori Stitch project - Stitch in Place while we Shelter in Place - I've added these gorgeous Bamboo-Wool shawls that I sell here at the shop to the website. These have a beautiful drape and are a lovely when shibori stitched and indigo dipped!

Alternatively, as you can see in the Stitch in Place while we Shelter in Place video I uploaded on the Tutorials page, I also offer a link to an easy Grocery Market Bag that you could sew with the yard of fabric you recycle from an old pillow case or sheet for the Stitch in Place and Post-Covid Indigo dip! The bag shown left is obviouslt made using commercial fabric - but it gives you the idea of the shape and style (4" gusset and T-shirt style). I did one with a reject shibori (its not the stitch I'm showing you so I don't show it opened up) and show it above so you can see that the pattern includes an elastic so the bag can be rolled up and kept neatly between grocery (or yarn!) purchases!

The bag is super simple to sew - trust me - my sewing skills are novice, at best. The bag features French Seams so it looks as good inside as outside. Sturdy, will be pretty in the shibori fabric, practical to have and easy to make

So why not Stitch in Place while we Shelter in place - either buy a lovely white shawl or recycle an old pillow case - and then join me after this is behind us for a Post Covid Indigo Dip! You can find the video on the Tutorials page.!

This is not a "new thing" at the store, but I point it out because I've had a lot of needle felter wannabies who are using this isolation time to learn needle felting and they want small amounts of a range of colors. So just a reminder that I have Jackpot Bags as well as Assorted Mixed Bags available. The Jackpot bags have a small amount each of 21 colors; The Assorted Mixed Batt Bags have 3-5 colors each in them and there is more of each one compared to the Jackpot Bags. Anyway - buying either a Jackpot Bag or a couple of Assorted Mixed Batt Bags will give you a range of colors to work with.

Just 1 skein of Caprino cashmere by Malabrigo made this wide headband (which is also great for a neckwarmer) with yarn to spare - so if you don't like your headbands as wide as this, you could get two headbands from 1 skein. Pattern is super easy - I was even able to knit it that first week of isolation when I didn't seem able to focus on much of anything!

April 8th

I added a couple more videos to the free Nalbinding tutorial - how to figure out which loop goes where if you put your project down for a while and can't figure out which loop is which and how to start in the round, as well as a summary of the history of nalbinding.

Check out

April 3rd

I uploaded the tutorial on Nalbinding if anyone is interested in learning - you can access it thru this link:

March 30th

Nalbinding is an ancient, single needle looping technique used widely by Vikings, Egyptians, Romans, etc. There are several pretty stitches and it is a pleasing process to do. On Friday I'll be making available a free "tutorial" for those interested in learning something new. In the meantime, I've put together a basic "nalbinding hat kit" -including yarn and a nalbinding needle - for those who want to get "set up" to partkae of the free tutorial later in the week.

March 27th

Eco Organic Cotton arrived in 4 solid colors and 2 variegateds. Perfect for those spring babies you're expecting in the family or among friends. This baby blanket pattern - which you can see better on the page when you enlarge the model - features a lovely herringbone stitch and is a freebie with the yarn and it takes 4 balls.

March 26th

Two great kits that both adults and kids will have fun with. I learned this morning that my 5 year old grand niece is needle felting a bunch of hearts (using a cookie cutter to get the shape) and making a bunch of flowers like the one below (or, helping grandma do so) to put into neighbors mail boxes to cheer them up!

So why not buy a kit and use this family time to learn something new (needle or wet felting) together and bring cheer to your neighbors to help the community get thru all this!

With Easter around the corner and an egg treasure hunt likely, why not use this down time to get the kids needle felting?

And if you're more interested in wet felting - this flower kit is a great way to get even little hands into felting! Make a bunch of small ones and build a bouquet for a neighbor or make really tiny ones and use to embellish pins, earrings, or barettes.

And for older children and adults that want to play with design, why not invest in the Angel kit and start building up for a special garland for your 2020 holiday decorations!

All three kits can be ordered here.

March 25th

This hat pattern that I designed a couple of years ago and call the Stairstepper because of the stitch involved, has been a popular hat for sale on Ravelry and at the store. I used 1 skein of Rios - I figure every knitter probably has a stray skein of either Rios, Lamb's Pride Bulky, Cascade 220 or Encore at home that they could use while we're stuck home, so I've put the pattern up as a freebie on my Free Patterns page.

Don't forget how engaging these needle felting kits can be! And there are a few that are perfectly suited to decorating for the Easter season!

March 24th

I put together a couple of "learn to knit" kits for kids thinking that while they are home from school you might want to have something new and different to offer them. I have a limited number of these "learn to knit" animal hat kits. And, if that idea doesn't resonate with you, I also put together a second "learn to knit" kit for kids that might appeal to an older kid! This second "learn to knit kit" offers a book with lots of great beginner knitting projects (along with how-tos) and a skein of Encore Colorspun yarn so that the first project could be either a pair of fingerless wrist warmers or a regular, "non-animal-topped", hat!

March 22nd

I'm trying to get some easy, fun, and soul-feeding projects online as kits in case anyone is in need of a fresh project!

This 1 ball shawll is an oldie, but goodie at the store! My friend Maureen has knit 3 of these in the last month and was in on Saturday to pick up another Freia shawl ball for a fourth! She brought in show and tell of the last two she did....and they were just so joyful, bright and cheerie, I wanted to share them with you all. And I thought I'd remind everyone what a fun project this is, so I've "kitted" it up at a bit of a discount here. Or you can purchase the yarn itself if you already have a scarf or shawl pattern you'd prefer to use.

Another new project idea that I've "kitted" this week is an interesting lap blanket to knit. So soft, machine washable and an interesting knit that will keep you engaged - but easy enough you can still stream your favorite on Netflix while knitting! Painted Sky Lap Blanket.

March 17th

Are you a felter looking for something productive to bide your time while you home isolate?

Why not join me for one of my online workshops, which I'm hosting at a discounted rate during this covid-19 home isolation period. Find out more details below by clicking on either the Felt Hat or FElt Boot workshop ad!

5 or 6 new colors of Cairn cotton/acrylic arrived this week so your options for knitting a colorful market bag or this shawl are up to 15!

The Reveal Party for the Quinquennial Fiber Challenge was Saturday. I've posted the designs (at least those that came back!)if you'd like to see some great creativity!

March 10th

I updated the Kureyon page to reflect the newest colors and also a few that are no longer available. We do have some stock beyond the colors you see on the page, but since we cannot replenish them when they are gone, I've removed them from the website.

The "work-in-progress" Square Market Bag knit in Cairns is done. I knit the smaller of the 2 sizes (so it took 1 sk each of 2 different colors) and it has 600 gms of yarn in it and there is still room for more. I have a few new colors on order, too.

February 18th

A new free pattern and a couple of new colors of the Ella Rae 100% cotton denim arrived. We now have 4 or 5 blues, a lovely white, a couple of greys and a sand color - all classics for a summer top or poncho.

Noro's Tennen (alpaca, silk, wool) is back in stock. Chris knit this hat and a pair of warm fingerless mitts up uwing just 1 skein!

February 11th

Malabrigo's new cashmere blend yarn, Caprino, arrived.

New colors of Rustic Silk arrived.

February 4th

Believe it or not, these neutral afghans are knit with Noro! So many people think of Noro for his fabulous colors - but if you prefer neutrals you shouldn't count these yarns out. In recent years several of his new introductions (Akari, Tennen, Sonata, etc) have featured solids, semi solids and some colorways with very neutral tones! So whether you're looking to knit something cheerful and colorful, or neutral and elegant....don't forget that this Saturday is the Noro Trunk Show event! So many wonderful pillows and afghans to see, feel and be inspired by! I'll be offering incentives to those customers buying the yarnto knit (or crochet) one of the items on display as well as offering a free tutorial next week for those who have purchased the yarn and want to learn some tips and tricks for either knitting intarsia or for assembling their strips or squares (not all the pattterns require this, but a few do!)

Cairns is a new cotton/acrylic yarn that has arrived for the spring. Colorful, nice to knit with (both Chris and I are knitting up models in it right now and are both enjoying the experience!). Five of the colors arrived yesterday - more were shipped yesterday so by the weekend, we should have an exciting display of it if you're looking for a fresh new project!

January 28th

The Noro Trunk Show of pillows and afghans arrived! So many I can't keep them all out at one time, so I'm rotating examples during the week but will have them all out at once on Sat Feb 8th for the Trunk Show Event.

Please check out my Events my for more details - I am offering a few free tutorials to support those of you who take on one of the Trunk Show designs, will be handing out some fabulous door prizes to customers who purchase the yarn to make one of these fabulous home decor items.

Whether you want to cheer up the rest of your winter knitting with a colorful choice as pictured above, or would prefer to knit one of the designs on display that feature more elegant neutrals, your choice will get you thru the gray days of winter and the rainy days of spring.....and enhance any den, library or living room

No need to wait until Feb 8th to get going - whenever you purchase the materials for one of the Trunk Show items your name will go in the drawing for great door prizes on Feb 8th and you'll receive the same incentives on your yarn/pattern ahead of the event.

January 21st

Tussah Kissed alpaca/linen/silk blend arrived in a lovely palette of colors that will be wonderful knitting for any garment you'd like drape for - think shawl or wrap, summer tee or swing vest! Elegant colors, lovely drape and soft hand.

If you haven't knit with Incan Spice yet, you should! It is a lovely yarn with a soft and silky hand and is a great price point at just $11.99/ball of 280 yds!! Yak, silk, and merino - what's not to like! This brioche cowl took just 1 skein each of two colors and measures about 54" long and 7" wide. All for under $25!!!

Introducting Yakima - kettle dyed for subtle tonal variation. Richly saturated colors, this yak/superwash merino yarn is lovely and packs a lot of yardage at 384 yds/sk!!

January 9th

Some fun colors of this new grading sock yarn arrived - prewound so its perfect for knitting 2 at once on one circular needle....and for those of you who like your socks to match exactly, these balls are wound to grade at the same rate as each other!

There is still room in February's Latvian Wrist Warmer workshop. And 1 spot open in next Saturday's Wet N' Needle Felted Wristwarmers! Check out the details.

I finished the brioche cowl sweater in Noro's Kiri. Love the drape....and so many ways to wear it. Super simple.

December 17th

A couple new colors of Tenderfoot sock yarn arrived to complement the batch that arrived last week.

Blending Boards are back in stock - if you are a felter or a spinner and you can't justify (yet) investing in a drum carder, you might consider a Blending Board. Or put it on your list for the last minute shoppers in your family that are looking for the fiber tool that will give you years of joy to come! Honestly, I can't imagine felting without having a drum carder or blending board to blend my own colors....and for spinning it is essential if you want to prepare your own fibers or blend fibers and colors for spinning batts like those shown above! So much fun!!!

The Quinquennial Fiber Challenge is on!

Starting Jan 11th. Read more about this fun event.

December 10th


A couple new needle felting kits arrived just in time for fun with fiber! Worried about having the kids home from school before the holidays when excitement levels have them bouncing off the walls? Well, why not get the Angel Ornament kit and keep them creatively busy and having fun getting in the spirit by needle felting new ornaments for the tree!

Three new colors of Amitola silk/merino arrived

Tenderfoot arrived - 75% merino lambswool (wow) and 25% poly make this super soft yarn a good durable choice for socks. Tho' both Chris and I have been thinking of it for vests!

Perth, a machine washable merino/nylon blend is another great option for socks, but I'm betting will be used more for shawls and cowls! Soft, lovely drape and some great colorways.

December 2nd

Joany knit this fun pattern from Ravelry (Dreamcatcher) using a mix of Mechita, Shibui Silk Cloud, Fiber Co.'s Canopy and Shibui Pebble. I'm waiting for her to get here tomorrrow to weigh how much yarn of each she had left to give you a more definitive idea, but with what she had leftover of the various colors, she thought at least a cowl could also be knit. For months I'd wanted something showing tShibui's mustard yellow (pollen) and deep plum (velvet) together with a grey. I could have chosen "fog" or "ash" grey colors by Shibui, but I had a skein of grey Canopy already wound, so Canopy it was! And what a lovely soft drape that adds! I believe I chose the color "Illusion" in Mechita for the variegated since this particular lot in stock had both the plum and mustard tones in it.

A new shipment from Malabrigo arrived with a restock of existing colors (well, not all were available, but most!) and I brought in some new ones too!

Mechita, Malabrigo Sock, Rios and Mecha have new colors!

I made up a few pillows testing new shibori designs in advance of the shibori class here after the holidays. Whether you want to make a pillow with the fabric you shibori in class or use the fabric you do instead in a quilt, some other home furnishing or garment is up to you. I'm just calling it a "Shibori Pillow" class because that is the amount of fabric we can do in this 2 week class and also because I designed one of the pillows to not require either a sewing machine or much handstitching for those of you who may want to participate but neither enjoy hand sewing nor have a machine at your disposal!