Thursday, February 26, 2009

A Mountain of Manos

We've just received a huge shipment from Manos del Uruguay that includes their gorgeous Wool Clasica Naturals (yep, that's how they spell it). They are simply spilling out, eager to dance with your needles.

Jumping for joy would be entirely appropriate at this juncture!

One of our most favorite patterns for Manos is Opening Night -- a swirl of a spiral with a generous shawl collar. This is the perfect season straddling piece. You can find this pattern in Manos's book Collection 8: Metropolitan Diary.

Kim is wearing hers today, fashioned in a cheery red, held closed with one of our lovely shawl pins.

Love the swirl in the back!

We have a beautiful collection of shawl pins, if we do say so!

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Now We All Want to Knit This

Lois arrived at the shop wearing her newest completed project and drew wows and raves from everyone, including the UPS guy.

So that we can spare her all the inevitable questions . . . here's the skinny (or the bulky, in this case!): The pattern -- a fun case of swirling cables with bobbles -- is by Mary Burr and was found on Known as Aibhlinn (pronounced "ave - leen") it's shown on Knitty as a cowl, but Lois likes it as a shrug (although it is still cowl-able!). She knit it with 1 skein of Blue Moon Icelandic (available in our shop or as a phone order, but not from our website) and 1 skein of Rowan Kidsilk Haze using size 13 needles. That combination of fibers makes it feel like bulky cashmere, by the way. Lois cast on 84 stitches and the rest, as they say . . .

We'd love to see what you come up with using our yarns!

Saturday, February 7, 2009

We Rock!

Yep. The Chickens Have Come Home to Roost and we mean that in a GOOD way!)

At last we have Blue Moon Fibers! This includes Socks That Rock (in medium & heavy weights and including the very sought-after Raven Series that is overlaid in black), Icelandic (chunky weight), Laci (lace weight) and Luscious Silk (DK weight.) We're loving it for all kinds of things including combining the Icelandic with Rowan Kidsilk Haze for a cashmere-like feel.

You may not know it, so we have to tell you: this is HUGE! Tina has blessed us! There aren't many LYSs that have the privilege of carrying these amazing hand-dyed yarns from Oregon. In fact, we are one of 10 shops in the whole wide world!! It took some doing (see our entries from 11/14/2007 and 09/04/2008 -- which will also explain the chicken reference), but it was so worth it.

Come into the shop to see, feel and purchase it -- or call on the phone and shop that way -- because we can't put it on our web site.

We received our first shipment at the beginning of the holiday rush and didn't have a minute to tell you about it. But now you know! Come in and check it out.