August 13, 2014

Diane’s Corner: Rowan Fur Review

Rowan Fur is just plain fun!

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Fur is a chunky weight yarn made from 97% wool with 3% polyamide to bind it.  Fur is super soft and well, furry.  Although the yarn is chunky, the fabric is light with a nice drape.

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Fur is fun and easy to work with and is available in a natural palette of four shades.  Cozy up under a Fur scarf or cowl during the cold winter months.  Try Fur to make a striking statement piece.  The possibilities for this fun yarn are endless!


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August 6, 2014

Diane’s Corner: The Loom Yarn Reviews

New to the shop are three yarns from the Loom.  If you love silk (but hate the price tag!) don’t miss these three yarns that are all under $10 a skein.

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Diane tried out and reviewed two of these yarns for us and can’t wait to tell you more.

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New to the store is Speck, a 100% silk fingering weight yarn that is a great go-to for warm weather knits.  Speck has a raw texture and is dyed in delicate, muted shades.  It works up with a soft cotton-like feel and drape.  Try it on Cocoknits Veronika for a lightweight garment that you can wear all summer long.

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Fusilli is another exciting new option from the Loom.  It is an 80% silk, 20% cotton lace weight yarn that has a soft, almost hand spun quality.  The colors are strikingly vibrant with a slight marbled appearance that would give an interesting pop to the simplest pattern.  Fusilli would be perfect for a delicate scarf such as the Surf and Sand Cowl.  This accessory would spruce up a basic summer tee and keep your neck warm and cozy when the temperatures dip.


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July 26, 2014

Diane’s Corner: Finest

Diane is here with her second yarn review of Rowan’s 2014 Fall/Winter line.  She thoroughly enjoyed knitting with this sumptuous cashmere blend, Finest.

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Rowan Finest is an extra-fine merino (50%), cashmere (20%) and alpaca (30%) fingering weight blend – what a wonderful combination!  It is sure to become a favorite luxury yarn for fine handknits. The resulting fabric is so wonderfully soft with excellent stitch definition.  I recommend using pointy needles with this yarn since the yarn is so delicate.  Finest is available in twelve beautiful colors.  The Rowan Finest book has vintage inspired patterns designed by Sarah Hatton using this decadent yarn.  An item made from Rowan Finest is truly something special.  We can’t wait to see what you make!

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July 24, 2014

Diane’s Corner: Rowan Chenille

We just received Rowan’s Fall/Winter 2014 collection and can’t wait to share it with you!  Diane will be reviewing each of our new arrivals, starting with Chenille.

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Chenille is a 100% cotton sport weight yarn.  Working with Chenille is a pleasure as the yarn is soft yet has some weight.  It is spun differently from other chenilles and shouldn’t “worm” as you knit with it.  The resulting fabric has a velvety, luxurious touch.  Chenille has great stitch definition and is available in twelve jewel-tone colors which make this yarn perfect for cables and textured stitches as well as colorwork projects.  Check out the pattern book for Chenille or try it for a great home accent such as Martin Storey’s Triangle Squares Cushion.

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Have you ever worked with a chenille yarn that you found difficult to knit?  If so, you have to give this yarn a try.  It’s so refreshing to see wearable chenille on the market!  Take a look at our selection of colors here.


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July 5, 2014

Diane’s Corner: Zooey Yarn Review

Diane is no stranger to the wonders of linen blends.  Today she spotlights a new linen/cotton yarn from Juniper Moon Farm called Zooey.

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Zooey is a 60% linen, 40% cotton DK weight blend with a slight thick and thin texture.  The quintessential summer yarn, Zooey is machine washable (yay!) and softens up beautifully with washing.

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Zooey would be perfect for a summer tee such as Mari Chiba’s Garmi Top.  The Garmi Top is a great transition piece.  It can be worn alone in warmer weather or layered over a long sleeved tee through Fall.

Sizes: XS (S, M, L, 1X, 2X, 3X)
Finished Measurements: Bust: 30.5 (34.5, 38.5,42.5,46.5,50.5,54.5)”
Length: 22.5 (23.25, 24, 24.75, 25.5, 26.5, 27.5)”
Yarn: MC: 2 (3, 3, 4, 4, 5) balls Zooey in color #1 Sea Salt
CC: 1 (2, 2, 2, 2, 2) balls Zooey in color #4 Taro
Needles: US 6 – 24” circular needle, or size used to obtain gauge
US 2 – 24” circular needle
US 3 – double pointed needles or Size F (3.75 mm) crochet hook for neckline finishing
Gauge: 16 sts and 28 rows = 4” in St st in the round and in lace pattern st on larger needles


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