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!
In San Francisco, we wear scarfs 365 days a year. We love our wool, but some days we need something a bit lighter. The K.3 scarf fits the bill!
Using 5 skeins of Shibui Kavo, you can have fun colorblocking your scarf any way you choose. We chose the lengthwise version that calls for 5 colors but you can also knit it vertically with only two colors (3 skeins main, 2 skeins contrast).
Kavo is a lightweight cotton and silk blend with a unique slubby texture. In order to retain this texture, be sure NOT to block your scarf after you finish knitting it.
This pattern is normally available for $6, but you can snag a free copy with the purchase of the yarn to make it! Drop by the shop or browse the selection of Kavo online. If purchasing online, be sure to request the Shibui K.3 pattern in the Special Instructions section at checkout.
As soon as Pom Pom Quarterly (Issue 8) hit our shelves, both Jules and Kelsey knew they had to knit the cover sweater.
And that they did! They both chose two totally different yarns, each resulting in beautiful tops that they get tons of mileage out of.
Since she is allergic to wool, Jules opted for a silky soft acrylic from Cascade called Sateen. Her sweater had a beautiful sheen, great stitch definition and just a touch of drape.
Jules needed only 3 skeins of Sateen to make her top. At only $5 a ball, her total project cost of $15 is pretty impressive!
Kelsey, on the other hand, is addicted to wool. Her Waterlily was made with two skeins of Tosh Merino Light in the color Gilded.
The pattern book is now discontinued, but if you’d like to make this top we can offer a free copy of the Waterlily pattern with the purchase of the yarn to make it! Just give us a call or stop in.