April 26, 2012

A Yarn Tasting

Join us May 3rd from 5–8 PM for an evening of witty conversation and yarn tasting.

Our Cascade rep will be here with as many as 20 different Cascade yarns to sample and knit up as well as some fun door prizes.

Some of the yarns featured will be, but aren’t limited to:
Heritage Silk, a sock weight wool and mulberry silk blend
Fixation, a sock yarn with elastic built right in
Ultra Pima, super soft sport weight 100% pima cotton
Venezia, a silk and wool blend in both sport and worsted weight
Eco Cloud, a lofty aran weight blend of alpaca and wool

Call us with any questions about the event. Hope to see you there!

 

 


Filed under: events and announcements — Courtney @ 9:00 am

April 24, 2012

Silk Hankies from Tactile

A Handful of Tactile Hankies

3 Hanks of Tactile Silk

What is a silk Hankie?
“A hankie (also known as a mawata) is shaped over a frame (think of a small picture frame) with nails at each corner to create a square shape. A single silk cocoon is pulled into a square sheet and held in place by putting the corners of the sheet over the nails. Multiple sheets are built up to create a stack of hankies.” –Tactile Fiber Arts Studio

These silk Hankies were dyed by Maia Discoe of Tactile Fiber Arts Studio. Tactile is based in the East Bay and dyes their fibers naturally using plants and bugs to create their beautiful colors. Some pretty cool yarn can be made from these without even knowing how to spin. Instructions for knitting from these silk sheets come with the purchase of a hankie.

If silk isn’t  really your thing we are also carrying two different sock weight wools (already spun) from Tactile both naturally dyed. One is Bolinas Sock, a Blue Faced Leicester Wool and the other, Sierra Sock, a Merino Wool. You can check them out in our online store, or stop by for a visit.


Filed under: beautiful things to make,new and noteworthy yarn — Courtney @ 5:37 pm

April 11, 2012

Project Bags

From top left clockwise: Many different Project bags hanging in the shop; Pretty Cheap Project Bag; Spring Butterflies tote; French Market bag

From top left clockwise: Many different Project bags hanging in the shop; Pretty Cheap Project Bag; Spring Butterflies tote; French Market bag

Where do you store your current projects? Project bags come in many shapes and sizes. Pretty Cheap bags (pictured above) are great for small projects and are light enough to stuff into another bag which makes them ideal for projects on the go.  Tote sized bags are great for larger projects and look lovely sitting next to the couch full of yarn.

If making your own bag is more your style, and you’ve been looking for a felting project. I recommend the French Market Bag by Polly Outhwaite. The pattern is available for free over on Knitty.com. This was a great first felting project for me because it was hard to screw up. Cascade 220 is what I used, but any 100% animal fiber will work for felting. It comes in many great colors and large quantities, which you will need for this felting project. The original pattern uses only 2 colors, but  I wanted something fancier so I added some stripes. There are many variations on this bag out there. Check them out!


Filed under: beautiful things to make — Courtney @ 11:27 am

April 10, 2012

Knitting Tips: How to Find Free Knitting Patterns


Filed under: videos — Admin @ 8:01 pm

April 6, 2012

Happy Spring!

Images of Spring around the shop

Spring has sprung at ImagiKnit! Just a reminder we will be closed this Sunday while we hunt for eggs in our own backyards. We will be back and ready to help you pick out just the right color at our usual time Monday morning. See you then, and Happy Holidays!

—The ImagiKnit Crew


Filed under: Holidays — Courtney @ 10:01 am

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