July 12, 2014

Customer Creation: Vera + Mohair = Love

Vera makes the most amazing creations out of laceweight yarns.  They continue to blow our minds year after year, but she always assures us they are “sooo easy”.

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We are pretty sure she just makes it look easy!  Vera crafted this stunning full length dress using Rowan’s Kidsilk Haze.  The skirt on this dress is out of this world.

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Vera stopped in earlier this season with a new poncho as well as another mohair skirt.  This skirt also opens out to a full circle (Vera says she got up to about 2000 stitches in the round!) and she added elastic in the waist for stretch.

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Thanks for sharing your beautiful creations, Vera!


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July 11, 2014

Free Pattern Friday: Boneyard Shawl

Diane is hosting Free Pattern Friday this week!  To help get her in the spirit of our Stephen & Steven Fiberlicious Tour last week, she cast on for Stephen West’s Boneyard shawl.

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The Boneyard shawl is one of those patterns you can knit up with almost anything.  It calls for a DK weight yarn but looks great in anything from fingering to a heavy worsted.  When Diane first saw the gorgeous samples of Shibui Heichi from our yarn rep, she knew she had to have some.  100% recycled silk in a worsted weight – what can be better for warm weather knitting?   And the colors are gorgeous!

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She was looking to knit a scarf to wear to her son’s games and found the perfect brown and gold (Grounds and Solar) to represent his school’s colors.  She grabbed two skeins of each color and whipped this up in no time.

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Gorgeous!  Jules was happy to model the finished product.  The Boneyard shawl is a perfect beginner to intermediate project that knits up quick and can be easily adjusted.  Snag the free copy here and browse our wide selection of Heichi to see if there’s a color combo you can’t live without.

Happy knitting!


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July 10, 2014

Customer Creation: Rococo Shawl

Sure it’s summer in most of the United States, but if you live in San Francisco you know this is the time to bundle up.  When the temps drop, what do you grab before leaving the house?

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Stefanie is always cranking out cute accessories to keep her family bundled up through the seasons.  When she waltzed in to the shop wearing this dramatic shawl, we all fawned over it.  She used Elena Rosenberg’s Rococo shawl pattern (available online or in Debbie Stoller’s Superstar Knitting book) and 4 skeins of Cascade 220.

Pick your favorite worsted weight yarn and start your own Rococo shawl before “summer” is over!


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July 9, 2014

Stephen & Steven Fiberlicious Tour Recap

Last week we had the pleasure of hosting Stephen West and Steven Berg here at the shop!  It was an absolute blast.

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On Tuesday, Stephen West taught a workshop on shawl-making.  Here he is decked out in a few of his fabulous creations!  Thank goodness he is a math whiz – it’s amazing how many advanced calculations go in to his design work.

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On Monday, Stephen and Steven brought dozens of samples and suitcases full of gorgeous yarns to the shop for their Trunk Show Extravaganza.

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We had tons of fun playing dress up with all the beautiful samples!  Jules grabbed the Dotted Rays shawl and Anja enjoyed StevenBe’s colorful Ponchini.  The staff definitely picked out their next project(s)…

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Of course, the participants didn’t hesitate to get involved either!  It was so much fun to watch them try on different accessories.  It was love at first sight with Lisa (right) and this bamboo blend Ponchini!

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The guys were always on hand to help style the accessories and advise on yarn choice.  On the left, StevenBe is demoing one of his multi-use pieces and on the right, Stephen West shows off his new shawl Welty.

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Audrey certainly didn’t leave empty handed that evening!  She stocked up on a few summer projects.  We can’t wait to see how they turn out.

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Look at all those yummy, yummy yarns!  We still have a few skeins left that were dyed exclusively for the tour.  Drop by the shop to check them out!

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“Never match. Just complement!”

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Until next time!

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July 8, 2014

Pattern Release: Three New Cowls

Allison is at it again!  We are excited to announce the release of three brand new cowls that feature the Yarns of Rhichard Devrieze.

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Rain Dancer (on the left) is an infinity cowl calling for two skeins of Merino Worsted Superwash.  We love how quickly it works up on a size 10 needle!

In the middle is our Flower Shower cowl.  It takes only one skein of Merino Worsted Superwash and also calls for a size 10 needle.

On the right side, you will find our Crossover Cowl.  This petite cowl will keep your neck warm and snug with a thick, squishy stitch pattern.  It also calls for only one skein of yarn paired with size 10.5 circular needle.

All of Allison’s patterns can be downloaded or purchased in store for $3.99.  See her full collection here!


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