September 18, 2014

Diane’s Corner: Fine Donegal

Fine Donegal (a new tweed from Debbie Bliss) has just hit our shelves!  It looks just beautiful nesting in our new Binkwaffle bags, doesn’t it?


Diane snatched up a few balls as soon as we got it in to make a Knitbot Featherweight cardigan.  She recently swatched it up for us and is here to share her thoughts.

A new yarn from Debbie Bliss – just in time for fall!  Debbie Bliss Fine Donegal is a thick and thin sport weight yarn made of 95% merino wool and 5% cashmere – what a great blend!  When we opened the box, we all gushed at the gorgeous rich colors.  There are sixteen colors in all.  The thick and thin yarn provides a rustic texture while the addition of cashmere keeps it soft.    Since it’s a sport weight yarn, garments and accessories made with Fine Donegal are light and can be worn throughout multiple seasons in our variable San Francisco climate.    The Debbie Bliss Fine Donegal book contains thirteen romantic patterns using this yarn.   Cast on the lacey shawl (the cover pattern) in the Terracotta colorway for a striking fall must-have accessory.  I can’t wait to start my new sweater!

Check out the selection of colorways available and view the pattern collection here.

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August 13, 2014

Diane’s Corner: Rowan Fur Review

Rowan Fur is just plain fun!


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.

rowan fur

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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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.

chenille-book_coverTriangle Squares Cushion

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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