May 29, 2008

EcoYarns :: Organic Cotton

EcoYarn :: Organic Cotton

So we reach the end of our featured ecoyarns and what better way to close than with some beautiful organic cotton? This is worsted weight yarn is made up of 100% organic Peruvian cotton and leave it to the color geniuses at Malabrigo to bring out the beauty of natural dyes. There is an amazing range of colors, from an intense indigo to the most muted peach.

This is a limited edition yarn and one gets the sense that this is truly experimental, some of the colorways have delicate tonal variations. Lima is a beautiful aqua with creamy undertones. Then there is the striking combination of pewter and yellow of the Espaciado colorway. This is a very special yarn collection and the care of its production will shine through in your finished project.

ETA: It was a great shock to learn about the fire that broke out at the Malabrigo Mill. This is a terrible tragedy. We have a large backstock of all their yarns at the store, so knitters do not need to go without. Our thoughts and best wishes are with Antonio, Carla and Tobias.

Filed under: new and noteworthy yarn — Admin @ 1:52 pm

May 26, 2008

Hey Batter, Batter

Stich N' Pitch

Take your knitting out to the ball game, Stitch n’ Pitch is happening once again! On July 22nd, you can break out your orange and black yarn and support the San Francisco Giants. Come on down and purchase your tickets at the store. Buy me some peanuts and cracker jack!

Filed under: events and announcements — Admin @ 9:05 am

May 21, 2008

EcoYarns :: Upcycle

EcoYarn :: Upcycle

Recycle is a term we hear every day. Your paper bags, soda cans, all recyclable and quite possibly a product of the process. But what does “upcycle” mean? Well instead of making the same product, a soda can melted down to make more soda cans, what would otherwise be considered waste is given a new life.

As far as knitting is concerned, nowhere is this more evident than in the yarns made up from the scraps of silk and rayon. Sari Silk from Mango Moon Yarns is a gorgeous combination of color and texture.

EcoYarn :: Upcycle

The vibrancy of the 100% Recycled Rayon Yarn from Himalaya Yarns is almost electric

EcoYarn :: Upcycle

And if your color palette runs towards the more subdued, then handpainted Sari from Honeypot Yarns might just be the choice for you. With any of these choices, you help close a gap in the manufacturing process. Reuse saves resources.

Filed under: new and noteworthy yarn — Admin @ 12:46 pm

May 17, 2008

Huge yarn sale

Starting today – and on the shelves until they are all gone – an enormous selection of yarn 20-40% off. Enhance your stash! Snap up the bargains!

Filed under: events and announcements — Admin @ 8:30 am

May 14, 2008

EcoYarns :: Fique

EcoYarns :: Fique

Fique is related to the pineapple plant and its fibers have been in use for centuries in Meso-America. Leave it to Habu to douse it with colors of eye-popping vibrancy, ready to spark the creative juices of knitters and weavers alike. The scratchy texture is intriguing – think rope, but hot pink.

Habu Fique detail

But what to do with the stuff? I could imagine a knit rug in candy-color stripes. A green shoulder bag with bamboo handles. A trio of crocheted baskets. While a fiber like fique challenges knitters to think beyond their ordinary repertoire of patterns, it also plays the role, along with soy, corn, tencel and others, of increasing the general biodiversity of yarn.

In past generations, petroleum-derived yarns eclipsed natural fibers, softer than the itchy wools of the day, the wonders of easy-care acrylic were the seeming answer to every knitter’s prayers. However the production is resource-intensive and as we all know, the raw material itself is finite. We can’t keep putting all our eggs into one basket, be it cotton, wool or acrylic. The availability of choice is important to every knitter, but it is also important to the health of the planet.

Filed under: new and noteworthy yarn — Admin @ 2:52 pm

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