The Blue Heron event was amazing. I always forget how gorgeous those colors are and how many fun garments you can make with just a skein or two.
Although we've packed up the samples to make way for the Indigo trunk show, we still have the Blue Heron yarns on hand through Tuesday. So, you didn't have a chance to stop in over the weekend, you can still get a Blue Heron fix, but you'll have to hurry, because everything goes back home to Easton Tuesday at noon.
I enjoy going over to Easton to pick up the yarn. It's a long trip, but a nice drive up Route 4 and across the water, even if the Bay Bridge is kind of scary. The Eastern Shore is a lovely destination, and Blue Heron Yarns has some beautiful fiber art on display. My favorite is the one above with the hand-dyed silk shoreline and the heron in front. Here's another very nice three dimensional piece.
I guess Berroco knew! In case you don't receive their weekly KnitBits, Berroco is offering you free patterns this summer for doing something you already do - enjoy Berroco yarn. Between June 18 and Friday, September 18th, buy $25 or more of Berroco yarn and you'll earn a free pattern. Just email a copy or photo of your receipt to firstname.lastname@example.org, and they'll send you a voucher for a free Berroco pattern of your choice. Spending more than that? You'll get a voucher for every $25 you spend, so if you spend $100, you'll get 4 vouchers. Very cool indeed!
To get inspired, come see the Berroco Indigo trunk show this week. I'm really excited about Berroco Indigo, an earth-friendly yarn spun from recycled denim. Indigo has generous yardage, beautiful stitch definition, and a great earthy look. It's as comfortable to wear as your favorite blue jeans, and the colors will take you back to your favorite shade of fade! Here are my favorites from the trunk show. This cardigan, which we actually received as a shop sample, is the perfect thing to wear over summer tanks. I actually grabbed it Saturday and tossed it on to keep me warm at the grocery store.
I also love this cool sleeveless top -- great on its own or under a jacket for work. I tried this on, and it's absolutely perfect. The lace panel makes it a fun knit. Details here.
Another of my summer favorites is Modern Cotton - silky soft hand, 25 brilliant colors, and a tremendous value. Machine washable too. Really, in a summer yarn, who could ask for anything more? The standout favorites from the Modern Cotton trunk show were Eula, a super fast and swingy top, and Rose, a beautiful long cardigan. Both are garments you can knit now and enjoy all year long.
So come choose your favorite and enjoy free patterns courtesy of Berroco!
There is SO much going on at the shop these days between the various trunk shows, new classes, new yarns, and more, that I was a little distracted yesterday afternoon writing the newsletter. I didn't finish updating the info on the ZickZack knit along. Yes, it's a knit along, which means that you're encouraged to come in Thursday afternoons and work on it with us. It also means that even if you missed the kick-off last week, you can get started with us anytime.
So, come on and join us because it's a great project, we have tons of beautiful colors, and you deserve a little knitting break!
Mary is zipping through her ZickZack. You know how some projects plod along? Not this one - it's totally addictive. Ever-changing colors and unpredictable combinations make it fun and exciting to knit. Even if you use the same two colorways, no two ZickZacks will be the same because each set of skeins interacts differently. It's small enough to be a purse project -- whip it out and knit a few rows whenever you're sitting and waiting. The pattern is super easy. Two rows and you've got it memorized. Mille Colori Baby is beautifully soft and feels so good in your hands you just want to knit and knit!
The stitch pattern is completely reversible, so it's beautiful on both sides. It's easy to modify too - make it skinnier or wider in multiples of 12 stitches. You could even make an amazing baby blanket, because Mille Colori Baby is machine washable! Gotta love that too.
Join us this Thursday at 4 p.m. for a ZickZack Knitalong kick-off party because you'll love ZickZack.