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 25, 2014

Free Pattern Friday: Desertstar Tank

Summer in San Francisco often means you’re hot one minute and chilly the next.  This sleeveless pullover from Berroco is the perfect layering piece!

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Desertstar is perfect for San Francisco because you can either pop in over a breezy maxi dress during the day or wear it with a long sleeve tee at night.  The drapey high-low hem makes it a statement piece.  The best news yet?  The pattern is totally free.

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This top calls for a cotton and alpaca blend called Maya that will provide just the right amount of warmth.  Since it is cable spun, you’ll find the yarn much lighter and springier than your typical cotton.

Click here to download a free copy of the Desertstar top and then browse our selection of Maya to find the perfect shade to complement your summer wardrobe.  Happy knitting!


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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 23, 2014

Customer Creation: Max’s Nuvem Shawl

We must have some pretty patient customers!  After picking up 5 skeins of laceweight yarn from us, Max reappeared 3 months later with this magnificent creation.

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Max decided to knit the Nuvem shawl for a friend and chose a gorgeous emerald color in the Malabrigo Lace.

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Though this shawl may seem daunting, you should know that it requires absolutely no purling!  It’s soft, super warm and light as a cloud.  Max’s version was so decadent we all wanted to curl up in it and fall asleep.

Max told us he got to a mind-blowing 1200 stitches by the end.  Since it is worked from the center out, it got larger and larger by the row.  Guess how long it took him to bind off the shawl?  5.5 hours!

Thanks for sharing your finished project with us, Max!  If you want to make your own, you can check out the Nuvem shawl here and our full selection of gorgeous laceweight yarns.


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July 22, 2014

Fibre Company Yarn Tasting Recap

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.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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!


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