February 2, 2013

Yarn Review: Pashmina Worsted

Like its sport weight little sister Pashmina, Pashmina Worsted is a scrumptious blend of 75% merino wool, 15% silk, and 10% cashmere.  Did we mention that it’s machine washable?  Consider a merino-silk-cashmere baby blanket, or a merino-silk-cashmere cardigan, or maybe a merino-silk-cashmere plushie for that extra special child (or child at heart).  The possibilities, as they say, are endless.

Due to the silk content, projects made from Pashmina Worsted have a sheen to them.  A cowl in Pashmina Worsted is squishy, lustrous, and oh, so soft.  Consider a double-wrap cowl to keep this loveliness as close to your neck as possible.  You will not regret it.

Pashmina Worsted — in both its fiber content and gorgeous colorways —  makes it an ideal choice for handmade keepsakes.  Paired with its easy-care wash instructions, gifts in Pashmina Worsted (for yourself or for others) couple practicality with preciousness.

Pashmina Worsted in Briar

4.5-5 stitches per inch

Machine wash, lay flat to dry

Filed under: new and noteworthy yarn,Yarn Review — Admin @ 10:17 pm

January 2, 2013

Malabrigo Rastita


Rastita, the latest from Malabrigo, is a smaller version of their popular chunky yarn Rasta. Like Rasta, Rastita is a soft single-ply 100% merino wool with a slightly felted feel. It’s also available in a range of beautiful colors, including existing favorites and some brand new. Pick up this fabulous DK weight today, and get started on your next project!

Fiber: 100% merino wool
Yardage: 310 yards
Gauge: 5 to 5.5 st = 1 inch
Care: Hand wash, lay flat to dry.

Filed under: new and noteworthy yarn — Admin @ 9:00 am

December 13, 2012

Cowl Season: Lake Street Cowl

Lake Street Cowl

Our last cowl to highlight this year is the Lake Street Cowl, designed by our very own Katelyn Cowan. An incredibly easy to knit, easy to wear cowl, that is a perfect holiday gift idea. It’s lightweight, warm and will pull together any outfit. This cowl is a great way to sample a beautiful, luxurious yarn. Best of all, you’ll be weaving in the ends after just a couple of hours!

The cowl shown above is knit using Misti Alpaca Hand Paint Chunky in Granite. Misti Alpaca is 100% baby alpaca. Soft and lofty, it’s the perfect shield from the chilly bay breezes. For a twist on this pattern, try using a solid color and adding a strand of Kidsilk Haze Glamour or Kid Paillettes for a little sparkle here and there.

The pattern is available with the purchase of 1 skein of Misti Alpaca Chunky (solid colors) or Misti Alpaca Hand Paint Chunky. If you’re ordering from us online, please mention that you would like us to include the Lake Street Cowl pattern in the “Special Instructions” section at check out.

Skill level:  Beginner
Finished measurements:  Approximately 30″ x 7″
Materials: 1 skein of Misti Alpaca Chunky or Hand Paint in your favorite color,  16 or 24″ circular needles US#11, ring marker, tapestry needle, scissors.

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December 6, 2012

Sparkles for the Holidays

a pile of Rowan kidsilk haze glamour and schulana kid-paillettes

Wear something with a little sparkle for New Years Eve. Kid Paillettes from Schulana and Kidsilk Haze Glamour from Rowan are both airy blends of kid mohair and silk with small sequins tastefully placed throughout. They are available in an array of beautiful colors. Soft and sweet, these yarns won’t disappoint.

Cowl made with Schulana Kid-Pailettes

The cowl pictured above uses one skein of Kid Paillettes and is a free pattern available from Schulana. For more pattern ideas check out The Glamour Collection from Rowan.

Kid Paillettes Yarn Stats:
Fiber: 42% Kid Mohair, 40% Polyester, 18% Silk
Yardage: 137 yards
Gauge: 5.5 st = 1 inch
Care: Hand wash, lay flat to dry

Kidsilk Haze Glamour Yarn Stats:
Fiber: 55% Mohair, 22% Silk, 20% Nylon, 3% Polyester
Yardage: 177 yards
Gauge: 4.5 to 6.25 st = 1 inch
Care: Hand wash, lay flat to dry

Filed under: beautiful things to make,new and noteworthy yarn — Admin @ 9:00 am

November 1, 2012

Ewe Ewe: Wooly Worsted

Ewe Ewe Wooly Worsted

The latest superwash worsted weight wool to hit our shelves is Wooly Worsted by Ewe Ewe. Wooly Worsted is incredibly soft and springy with great stitch definition. “This is the Charmin of yarns,” says Clara Parkes of Knitter’s Review. Try it out on your next baby gift or colorwork project.

Fiber: 100% Merino Wool
Yardage: 95 yards
Gauge: 4.5 st = 1 inch
Care: Machine wash, lay flat to dry.

Ewe Ewe Wooly Worsted

Filed under: new and noteworthy yarn — Admin @ 1:44 pm

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