May 31, 2014

Knitting the next Generation!

Students from the San Francisco Day School paid us a visit this past week.

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They run a knitting club at school and make special field trips to the shop to stock up.  It seems like they found our stash of Flutterby Chunky!  We can’t wait to see what they make with their new goodies.


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Staff Creation: Kelsey’s Aranami Shawl

We are self-proclaimed Shibui addicts around here, so as soon as Pebble hit the shelves, Kelsey snapped up 5 skeins and cast on for an Aranami Shawl.

pebble-15-sidewalkPebble is a blend of recycled silk, merino wool and cashmere and is available in fingering weight. There is a full range of tweedy colors to choose from, check them out!

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The Aranami Shawl (by Olgajazzy) asks for 5 colors of fingering weight yarn. We love the ombre look she and Kelsey chose, but bright colors could be fun as well! Snag a copy of the pattern here.

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Looking great, Kelsey!


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May 30, 2014

Free Pattern Friday: Capron Throw

As the weather starts to heat up, it’s important to find yarns to transition into summer with.  We know this isn’t our first Remix free pattern post (hello, Larry!) but we couldn’t help but share the Capron.

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Capron is a soft and textured spring throw that is easy to knit and perfect for picnics and beach days.  Using only 7 balls of Berroco Remix, it will be a perfect choice for a stress-free summer project.  If you have yet to try Remix, now is your chance.  Enjoy the tweedy texture of a cotton, acrylic, silk and linen blend that is comprised of 100% recycled materials.  It’s suitable all year long!

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Download the pattern free here and view the color options available on our web store.


Filed under: beautiful things to make,free patterns — Admin @ 11:15 am

May 29, 2014

Yarniad Trunk Show

Hilary Smith Callis is a local designer who considers The Yarniad as her knitting “epic”. You may know her by her Citron shawl, which was published in Knitty in 2009.

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After releasing Citron (her first pattern if you can believe it!), she went on to start the Yarniad. She now has an impressive collection of garments and accessories under her belt and has featured in Knitscene, Twist Collective and Brave New Knits. Her knitwear is flattering, feminine and beautifully designed. She is a staff and customer favorite!

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We have the pleasure of hosting several of Hilary’s designs right here at the shop. Stop by to try them on, preview the patterns and start your own! Follow us on Facebook as we spotlight her designs throughout the next two weeks. The trunk show will run until June 16th.


Filed under: events and announcements — Admin @ 12:30 pm

May 28, 2014

What’s on our Needles?

Have you ever wanted a glimpse into the stash of a yarn store employee? When you are surrounded by every yarn option imaginable 40 hours a week, it can be difficult to narrow down your knitting queue. Katelyn is guest blogging today about the project she most recently cast on.

twyla_brae_yarns_of_rhichard_devrieze_merino_worstedThe moment we unloaded the Merino Worsted Superwash by Rhichard Devrieze, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it. Immediately after finding out one of my best friends was expecting, I snatched up four skeins and cast on for the Big Bad Baby Blanket.

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The Big Bad Baby Blanket (from Debbie Stoller’s Stitch ‘n’ Bitch) has got to be one of the most tried and tested baby blanket patterns out there. Despite the fact that it was released almost a decade ago, we are still helping knitters find yarn for it at least once a week.  I can’t think of a better yarn for this project than the Merino Worsted Superwash. Instead of holding two strands of fingering weight yarn doubled, you can use just the one strand of worsted weight yarn and it works out perfectly. Machine washable and soft, it is available in an array of “funfetti” colorways that you’ll go gah gah over. You’ll need only 4 skeins.

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I also had the pleasure of trying the Knitter’s Pride Cubics needles. I had forgotten my needles at home but was headed out after work so naturally I figured I’d rather purchase new needles than be caught for 3 hours without my knitting. It seemed like the perfect excuse to try the square needles everyone has been buzzing about. Let me just say… I LOVE LOVE LOVE these needles! They are smooth, seamlessly joined and have perfect tips. I found I could knit on them for hours and hours with minimal discomfort to my hands. If you haven’t tried them yet, I highly recommend them.

The Cubics weren’t the only thing I treated myself to that day…

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These new stitch markers are amazing! I didn’t think I was the type of knitter who cared about my stitch markers, but I guess I was wrong. These delightful metal markers make me happy every time I get to them in my work. Handcrafted by Knitifacts, these Ringers are available in several colors and sizes. Drop by the shop and we’ll be happy to show you!

I’m knitting furiously and have just reached the halfway point in my project. I can’t wait to show you the finished product!


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