September 26, 2014

Free Pattern Friday: Cascade Cowl

What to knit something truly decadent this season?  Grab a skein of the incredibly soft 100% yak down yarn from Reywa Fibers and score a copy of the Cascade Cowl pattern!

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The Cascade Cowl features an elegant lace pattern that is surprisingly easy to memorize.  You can make the small version (pictured) with just one skein.  If you want a longer cowl, grab 2 skeins instead!

This luxurious cowl will keep your neck toasty warm all winter long.  If you are knitting for any true fiber fans this h0liday season, this cowl would be the ideal gift.  Knitting with yak is truly a treat!Cascade_1_smCheck out the available colors of Embrace here.  The pattern is free with the purchase of Embrace, so just request the “Cascade Cowl” pattern in the Special Instructions section at check out to receive the pattern.  You can also visit us in store to pick up your supplies.Have a happy, yarn-filled weekend!


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September 20, 2014

Staff Creation: Anja’s Cima Sweater

In honor of our upcoming Shibui Mix party, Anja completed Shibui Mix Pattern #8 using the luscious Cima.

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The ombre effect is achieved by holding three strands of laceweight yarn together and gradually shifting colors.  Considering you only use two colors, the end result is quite remarkable!  Anja chose a neutral palette, but the design looks great in a variety of combinations.

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The resulting fabric is plush, warm and beautifully draped.  Wear it casually over slacks or tucked into a skirt for a more polished look.  This top will make it into your regular rotation for sure!

Grab a copy of the pattern here and view all the available colors of Shibui Cima.  Don’t miss our Shibui Mix trunk show coming up this October for even more pattern inspiration!


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September 19, 2014

Free Pattern Friday: Llama Una Slouch

Winter is on the way!  Are you ready?  Keep your noggin warm and cozy with this 100% llama slouch hat.

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Whether you’re a fairisle pro or are looking for a foray into color knitting, this ombre hat is the perfect pick.

It calls for two balls (one of each color) of the new Mirasol yarn Llama Una.  This DK weight yarn is made from 100% soft baby llama.  Similar to alpaca, it is fluffy, warm and totally addictive.  Llama has a natural drape, making it a great choice for slouchy hats.  Take a peek at our color selection and grab the free pattern here!


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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?

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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.


Filed under: Diane's Corner,Yarn Review — Admin @ 11:33 am

September 15, 2014

Shibui Mix Party: Register Now!

Join us on Sunday, October 5 from 9-11 AM for a Shibui Mix party!  What’s a Shibui Mix party, you ask?

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The purpose of this event is to learn how to combine different yarns, textures and even colors to create entirely new fabrics.  Marge Oakley (Shibui yarn rep) and designer Julie Weisenberger of Cocoknits will be here to guide participants through the process of mixing.  Take a chance on some unlikely combinations and see where your creativity will take you!  Yarn and patterns will be provided.  Just bring a selection of needles!

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There is a $10 registration fee for the event and space is limited.  Call us at 415-621-6642 or stop in to reserve your spot.

Join us for two trunk shows following the event that feature Shibui Mix patterns.  Our Cocoknits/Shibui Trunk Show will run from September 29 through October 10.  Our Shibui Mix Trunk Show will run from October 14 through October 28.  We can’t wait to see these beautiful samples in person!


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