Christmas Countdown

There’s only 7 days left til Christmas, which means many busy bees buzzing around the shop for that last ball for their projects, or last minute bulky projects! It’s also meant record numbers of gift cards flying out our door and possibly into YOUR stocking. Let’s look at some of the most recent shop arrivals you might want to spend it on…

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King Cole Shine DK

100g/310yds/282m
97% Premium Acrylic, 3% Polyester

A sparkly self-striper, we’ve brought in Shine DK at the bequest of many of our regulars. It is perfect for the spring cardigan you’ll be working on to remind you that spring is actually eventually going to come. Eventually.

King Cole Tinsel Chunky
50g/79.5yds, 70m
75% Polyester, 25% Lurex

This yarn is infamous already for the adorable hedgehog & owl patterns knitters have been using it for. I love the idea of using it for edging/pompoms on children’s hats to make them sparkle! Basically, people are magpies, everyone loves sparkles.

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King Cole Drifter for Baby
100g/ 402yds, 368m
%25 Cotton, 6% Wool, 69% Premium

An awesomely squishy baby blend, Drifter knits up in a nifty self-striping pattern. I love the colour in top-center (called Shrimp!), an excellent example of a colour I would not be able to pull off but a baby definitely could.

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Cascade Swaddle
200g/197yds, 180m
100% Polyester

Now in a range of modern solids – something that has been much requested by those crafters already acquainted with the multis – Swaddle’s chunky yardage has been very popular for baby blankets. The solid colours would look fanastic in a colour block blanket, or put together in granny square motifs.

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Miss Tricot Filati Tecnosoks Boreale
100g/458yds, 420m
75% Superwash Wool, 25%Nylon

A self-striping 4ply sock yarn in four classic colourways, Boreale is our newest sock yarn. I’m super excited to see it knit up – the colour palette reminds me of what you might have seen a couple decades ago, and you don’t really see them in these combinations anymore!

Coming from the same mill as customer-favourite Uptown Worsted, we have a couple new worsted-weight acrylic yarns. Nako’s Vizon & Vizon Anatolia are 100% Premium Acrylic and are sure to become the pet of every economical/machine wash & dry crafter.

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Meanwhile, their cousin Spaghetti Effect (yes, that’s its name, don’t ask me why) is an attractive bulky weight that has been FLYING off of the shelves.  It is 25% wool and 75% acrylic, so it’s warm without the full-wool cost to your wallet and sensitive skin.

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Last but definitely not least, from Manos Del Uruguay we have Pastel Tiza, a new Alegria colour, and three new Fino colours; Fascinator, Gilt, and Tincture. These are all sumptuous fingering weights ready to be worked up into jaw-dropping shawls!

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In other shop news…

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We do have an Emergency Yarn Social this Saturday, December 19th, from 1-3pm, for anyone and everyone who wants to escape the Christmas shopping madness for a bit of knit & natter.

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Just a reminder that we are open Christmas Eve 10 – 4, and are closed Christmas through January 1st, re-opening Saturday, January 2nd with our regular hours.

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Speaking of Christmas Eve, stay tuned for the release of our 2016 Winter Class Schedule, full of fun knitting and crochet classes for everyone from the absolute beginner to the jaded expert!

Cheers!

-Chloe

December Madness

Yarn lovers! It’s December! There’s less than 25 days left to finish our projects! Madness, madness, madness. Let’s look at some new things around the shop that might help ease some of the madness.

As the nights continue to get longer, I’m spending more of them thinking about making winter socks. Nothing’s worse than cold feet. Physically, emotionally. Now I just have to decide whether to dig into the new Regia 6ply or Sandnesgarn’s Alpakka Strompegarn, both of which are back in stock this week!

If you’re looking to inject some colour into dark wintery sock knitting, we’ve also recieved 7 new colours in Lana Grossa’s Neon sock line, and new colours in Drops Fabel!
Fabel’s a recent line for us, and I have been entirely won over by projects that stripe their different print colours against themselves, such as these by Ravelry users Happy-go-knitty, sigrun, and Saermae, respectively;

Maybe sock yarns are a bit too mad for you? How about something just as colourful that will work up fast?

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Noro Kureyon Air! A bulky, 100% wool blend, Air is perfect for what December is infamous for – weekend knitting/crochet marathons! I just want to know big garter stitch cowls in this stuff. Speaking of which, Victoria Myers has a free pattern for one called #Warm, shown here worked up by Ravelry user Shenadodson.

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Now, if you have gotten this far without casting something on, I can only presume you have your own maddening Works-In-Progress that demand your attention!

You should know…

We have rescheduled Effie’s Finishing Class to Thursday, December 10th 1-3PM. This means there’s still plenty of time to get in on the action if you missed the initial date! There are only one or two spots left~

We also have Yarn Socials at both 1-3pm & 6-8pm December 17th, the last Thursday before Christmas Eve- and an EMERGENCY Yarn Social Saturday, December 19th from 1-3pm. Lots of opportunities for safe family-free space for project finishing~!

Save the dates, and I’ll see ya around!

-Chloe