We just received Rowan’s Fall/Winter 2014 collection and can’t wait to share it with you! Diane will be reviewing each of our new arrivals, starting with Chenille.
Chenille is a 100% cotton sport weight yarn. Working with Chenille is a pleasure as the yarn is soft yet has some weight. It is spun differently from other chenilles and shouldn’t “worm” as you knit with it. The resulting fabric has a velvety, luxurious touch. Chenille has great stitch definition and is available in twelve jewel-tone colors which make this yarn perfect for cables and textured stitches as well as colorwork projects. Check out the pattern book for Chenille or try it for a great home accent such as Martin Storey’s Triangle Squares Cushion.
Have you ever worked with a chenille yarn before that was difficult to knit? If so, you have to give this yarn a try. It’s so refreshing to see wearable chenille on the market! Take a look at our selection of colors here.
We must have some pretty patient customers! After picking up 5 skeins of laceweight yarn from us, Max reappeared 3 months later with this magnificent creation.
Max decided to knit the Nuvem shawl for a friend and chose a gorgeous emerald color in the Malabrigo Lace.
Though this shawl may seem daunting, you should know that it requires absolutely no purling! It’s soft, super warm and light as a cloud. Max’s version was so decadent we all wanted to curl up in it and fall asleep.
Max told us he got to a mind-blowing 1200 stitches by the end. Since it is worked from the center out, it got larger and larger by the row. Guess how long it took him to bind off the shawl? 5.5 hours!
Thanks for sharing your finished project with us, Max! If you want to make your own, you can check out the Nuvem shawl here and our full selection of gorgeous laceweight yarns.
Last weekend, we hosted a special yarn tasting workshop at the shop. Marge from the Fibre Company was here with goodie bags in hand to guide us through a swatch of 11 different Fibre Company yarns.
Starting with the heaviest yarns and working our way to the lighter yarns (which we joked was the opposite from wine tasting!), we came armed with needles from size 9 to size 3. Marge told us all about the properties of the yarns we were tasting and showed us what we could make with them.
We were able to view the entire selection of colors, too! It was so inspiring to be able to pair colors right then and there.
After a couple hours, the participants had a pretty decent swatch on the needles. Every yarn was tastier than the next. The fan favorites seemed to be Road to China (a worsted weight cashmere blend) and Acadia (a sportweight tweed).
Kim was kind enough to send over a photo of her finished swatch. Marge was adamant about blocking your swatch before measuring it. What a difference it makes!
Thanks to all who joined us for the event. Stay tuned for the next one!
It’s not too late to meet Rowan legend Sarah Hatton! Come by to see her pop up trunk show which will be here only through Tuesday evening.
She will also be in the shop from 3-4 P.M. on 7/22 for a meet-and-greet and book signing. Sarah is teaching a special workshop that evening from 4-10 P.M. on seaming. Learn professional finishing techniques from a master designer and never again be afraid of a seamed sweater pattern. Since Sarah is rarely in the States, it will be a one in a lifetime opportunity to greatly expand your knitting knowledge!
There is still space available if you would like to enroll. Check out the class schedule and give us a ring at (415) 621-6642.
All of our shop patterns are now on sale for $3.99! We have a wide variety of cowls, hats and more.
Grab a design to help bust your stash or treat yourself to something new. Many of our cowls only require one skein!