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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September 12, 2014

Free Pattern Friday: Squelette Shawl

Want a warm and light-as-air shawl to cozy up under this winter?  Check out Berroco’s Squelette featuring their scrumptious new yarn Andean Mist.

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This oversized triangular shawl works up quickly on size 8 needles.  The leaf border will keep you entertained without driving you up the wall.  Requiring only 3 balls of Andean Mist, the total project cost is less than $25!

style_berroco_andean_mistAndean Mist is a super soft blend of suri alpaca and mulberry silk.  We have a dozen colorways to tempt you with.  Check out our full selection here!


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