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Berroco Brielle

Berroco Brielle

This Sunday is your last chance to see the beautiful Berroco Brielle Trunk Show,, and I really hope you do. Things always look so different knit up, even in a swatch, and when you have garments, that's a real bonus. 

Brielle is a sophisticated fiber - a cotton base with a subtle rayon shimmer more

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Aalta Yarns Trunk Show

Aalta Yarns Trunk Show

I'm super excited about the Aalta Yarn Trunk Show this Saturday!  Christine Forester, owner of Aalta Yarns will be here to talk about the company and share with you her vision and some of her fabulous products.  You already know Aalta Truth, the delicious blend of merino and baby alpaca.  She's launching a line of Truth Hand-dyes that are just beautiful.  She'll have some on hand that will be more

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Fall's first blush

Fall's first blush

Berroco Yarns has a lovely line up for fall 2016.  We liked them in April when our rep, Mark, had only swatches, sample skeins, and color cards.  We liked the garments in the photographs.  At TNNA, however, we had a chance to see the yarns and the garments in person - SO nice.

You can tell a lot about a yarn from a swatch, and about a design from the photo, but there's nothing like seeing the actual garments.  In the Berroco booth we petted the yarn and tried on the garments.  Doesn't Mary look great in the Essex capelet!  

We really liked this garment.  It's easy to wear, flattering, and right on trend.  Worked in a Cotolana, a blend of equal parts cotton and wool, it's perfect for summer and will take you nicely into fall.  

Berroco Cotolana

 

Berroco Cotolana swatch

Another fiber we loved is Ginkgo, a luxe blend of 52% silk and 48% wool. For this yarn, rather than the fibers being combed together prior to spinning, they are spun separately and plied gently so each fiber type is visible in the finished yarn.  The silk and wool take the dye differently, giving you a beautifully subtle monochromatic marled effect. 

 Berroco Ginkgo

Sound nice?  It is! They are both great yarns that work up beautifully. You'll have the chance to touch and and try on the garments we loved at TNNA.  Come see what all the fuss is about at the Berroco Cotolana and Ginkgo trunk show.  We'll have the yarns and dozens of knitted sweaters and accessories in these beautiful fibers in the shop starting July 8th.

Want an even more special experience with these fibers? Join us for a special yarn-tasting and show opening event Thursday evening, July 7th from 5:30-7.  Enjoy light refreshments, the best selection of yarns, and other surprises!  The event is free, but space is limited, so please RSVP to claim your spot

I look forward to seeing you at the yarn tasting and the trunk show - or just in the shop and around the table.  You are always welcome here.

Ellen

Back to 22 June 2016 Newsletter

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Not knit round

As those of you who follow us on Facebook know, we received (finally) our shipment of beautiful Malabrigo Rios.  A gorgeous 210 yard hank of hand-dyed merino.  Oh, and did I mention that it's machine wash and dry?

Malabrigo Rios

 

Mary whipped up this adorable topper with just two skeins of the Lotus colorway.  The pattern is "The Not Knit Round Scarf" from Sally Melville's The Purl Stitch, terrific book with great patterns and even better guidance.

Not knit round scarf

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Hazel Knits dk Lively

 

 Part of our order from Hazel Knits arrived last week.  I was most excited about their dk weight yarn, a relatively new weight for them.  It's called DK Lively, but it really should be called "DK Lovely"  This is one gorgeous yarn - nice and round with a great spin.  It's plied and has a perfect twist - not too much, not too little - like Baby Bear's porridge, it's just right.  It has a terrific hand - smooth and elastic without feeling overly stretchy.

Then there are the colors.  Wendee, owner of Hazel Knits, really gets color.  She manages to get colors that are at once brilliant and sophisticated.  There is nothing garish or clownish about Hazel Knits colors. She is truly and artist - and a really nice person too.

I was in love with this yarn just from the feel and look of it in the skein, but you know we like to put the yarn through its paces.  Jenny and Lynne have both swatched it, and they agree that it more than hits the mark.  Jenny has chosen it for her Vodka Lemonade knit along coming up in a couple of weeks.  Lynne did a nice generous swatch on several needle sizes and in several stitch patterns and then washed it in the washing machine and ran it through the dryer.

DK Lively swatch machine washed and dried

In her email about the swatch, Lynne said, "What you can't tell just from the photo is that after wash and dry, the fabric feels like VELVET!!  Swatch sections at 5 st/inch and 5.5 st/inch. No shrinkage, no change in gauge. Just lovely bloom from the fiber.  Based on post-wash feel, I suspect that this yarn would work at 4.5 and at 6 as well, depending on the project."  

I mentioned that it might make a nice Swirl Coat, and she said, that "nice" would be a cosmic understatement! 

A swirl in the DK Lively would take between 6 and 8 skeins, depending on which style and which size you choose.  It would be a little pricey, but so worth it.  I think it's calling me.

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New Noro Magazine

 

Okay, you know that I am a hopeless Noro addict.  The colors, the fibers, the whole aesthetic just me.  So, you know I was super jazzed about the new magazine.  This is the Spring Summer issue, and it has so many adorable garments and accessories I just can't believe it.

They've focused on smaller, lighter weight projects using their fingering weight yarns.  While the labels call sock yarns, I think something was lost in the translation, because as lovely as they are, these fibers are not really great for socks.  They are, however, spectacular for lacy shawls like these

 

Perfect for relaxed summer projects, these shawls use only the simplest of pattern stitches, relying instead on gorgeous Noro colors to make the statement.  Fun to knit, fabulous to wear.  All the colors of Taiyo Sock in stock at both stores now!

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Piewhacket

Mary's Piewhacket in Huasco

At our last staff meeting, Mary was wearing this adorable little shawlette.  We all loved it and asked her how long it had taken her to knit.   Here reply was, "I'm not going to tell you."

I can tell you she probably whipped it up in one evening, because when Mary gets going on something, she just works it until it's done.  Gotta love that Mary.  Most normal mortals can knit it in less that a week - it is just one skein...


Cool asymmetrical shape Cool asymmetrical shape

Details:

Pattern: Piewhacket by Jennifer Dassau
Yarn: 1 skein Huasco hand dyed 100% merino fingering
Needle size - about a 6, depending on your gauge
Gauge is 18 stitches/4 inches (after blocking)

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Simply beautiful sweater

Several of our La Plata ladies are in love with a classic sweater by Sally Melville from her book, The Purl Stitch called the Simple Cardigan. I know, not a glamorous or exciting name, but like everything in Sally Melville's books, it is exactly the kind of thing you want in your wardrobe.  Very wearable and comfortable, it's a garment that fits into your life and makes you wonder what you ever wore before you knit it.  Here it is in blue.

This sweater's simple styling is enhanced by a beautiful pattern stitch that's easy to do and makes a wonderfully plushy fabric.  Lynne swatched the pattern (actually the entire left front in miniature), in gorgeous Aurora 8.

The fabric is so beautiful and plushy, it made me remember why this is one of my favorite yarns.  I love the way the twist of this yarn makes even plain stockinette look interesting.

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Kelmscott progress

As I told you, I decided to work the sleeves of my Kelmscott first because I seem to have sleeve issues.  I finished them earlier this week and blocked them last night.

 

 

I LOVE this yarn.  Rowan Softknit Cotton.  Exactly what it says - soft.  But not soft and droopy or soft and pilly.  This yarn is soft and bouncy.  Smooth, soft, and bouncy, it's a pleasure to knit and makes a beautiful fabric.  We're featuring it this week at 20% off - because I really want you to try it!

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