Yarn of the Month - June 2015

15 % OFF throughout June


70% Extrafine Merino Wool, 25% Nylon, 5% Cashmere with approx 437 yards per 150g that knits to 5.5-6.5 sts per inch on a US 3-6 needle
http://knittingfever.com/kfi-luxury-collection/yarn/indulgence-cashmere/
 
This machine washable, self striping yarn is perfect for socks as well has baby sweaters, hats, or cowls, which are all very portable, small summer projects.  The colors are fabulous, very Missoni, so do a chevron pattern! Here's some great ideas for using it...

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/blueberry-waffle-socks striped socks
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/broadripple  ripple striped socks
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/baby-missoni-inspired-chevron-blanket chevron baby blanket
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/chevron-lace-infinity-scarf Crochet chevron double wrap cowl
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/young-einstein top down baby thru child cardigan
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/groovy-dk-and-aran-weight fabulous welted shawl (see our sample)

Update - June 11, 2015

Many knitters and crocheters put down their needles and hooks in the summer, feeling that having wool or any fiber in your hands is just too hot.  I have never felt this way.  I love the feel of wool in my fingers during any season.  While I may not bring a wool blanket to knit on the beach, I love to knit a sweater over the summer to have fresh and new for the fall.  I try to pick something made in pieces so that I don't have anything too heavy in my lap.  This summer there are too many reasons not to put aside your favorite hobby!

Read more: Update - June 11, 2015

Trending - June 11, 2015

Trending Projects

1. Ravello, Adult pullover, http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/ravello

15 people have started this in April and May, using Fino and Tosh Light, fingering weight PLEASE SEE RAVELRY GROUP Knit Along (KAL) HERE http://www.ravelry.com/discuss/out-of-the-loop-yarn-shop/3197561/1-25#13 

 
2. Frisson, small shawl, http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/frisson

9 people have started this in April and May, using Fino, Tosh Light, and Calbucco, fingering weight

 

3. Chevron Baby Blanket, http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/chevron-baby-blanket

4 people have started this in April and May, all using Sprout, bulky organic cotton by Classic Elite

 

4. Quick Sands Cardi, http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/quick-sand

4 people started this fabulous cardigan in May.  It is available in both an aran weight and dk weight.  It's fast, easy and has beautiful drape.  There are loads of yarn choices. Stop by and see them.

Trending - April 15, 2015

Trending Projects

1. Ravello, Adult pullover, http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/ravello
11 people have started this in April, all using Fino, fingering weight wool and silk blend by Manos Del Uruguay

2. Frisson, small shawl, http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/frisson
7 people have started this in April, using Fino and Calbucco, fingering weight cotton by Araucania Yarns

3. Chevron Baby Blanket, http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/chevron-baby-blanket
3 people have started this in April, all using Sprout, bulky organic cotton by Classic Elite

Yarn of the Month - April 2015

Yarn of the Month!
 
Malabrigo Chunky
15 % OFF throughout April

This super soft chunky merino makes the only hat my better half will wear.  It took years to find the perfect combination of yarn and pattern. Since then several of you have treated your men to this very warm winter hat.  It makes a quick and portable project for spring and summer knitting.  Ask me for the pattern, free with purchase of the yarn.  Stop by to see several samples.

Also check out these popular samples of this gorgeous yarn next time you're here!
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/shifted-eyelet-yoke-sweater
http://www.ravelry.com/projects/usagibiker/fishbone-snood

Update - April 15, 2015

It finally feels like spring is here and I'm excited to put away the boots for shoes and replace sweaters with long sleeve shirts and a shawl.

Spring Sidewalk Sale

With spring in mind, I want to clean out the shop to make room for new yarns.  Starting this Saturday, through next Friday, April 24, stop by to check out the Spring Sidewalk Sale.  I'm making a long list of beautiful yarns to move out to the sidewalk and mark down to 20% - 30% OFF.  Come in to see some surprise sales inside as well.

New Classes/Workshops

Read more: Update - April 15, 2015

Update - March 17, 2015

Happy St. Patty's Day! Here's a slightly modified limerick by Celia Warren.

Needing socks, should a gal feel a twit
If she sits down to circular knit?
Balls of wool - just unfurl one,
Cast on - knit one, purl one -
Five needles - turn heels - and that's it!

That's it!  Spring and Summer are the perfect time for knitting socks.  If you're looking for a class, look for a toe up sock class that will be on the schedule ASAP.
 
In shop news, there's so much I'm liable to forget it all!  I'm thrilled that Filati magazine is now available and has arrived with many of the Lana Grossa yarns that are used.  The summer yarns are beautiful!  Sasha is using Cashsilk Metallic to make a gorgeous summer cardigan.

Read more: Update - March 17, 2015

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