Friday, July 26, 2013

We're Hiring!

Passionate about knitting & crocheting? We’re looking for an energetic sales associate with excellent computer & people skills to join our team. Applicants must be able to work Saturdays and possibly one or two weekdays come September. Applicants must also possess effective communication skills and a positive attitude, and must have solid knitting experience (crochet experience a plus!)  

PLEASE: No phone calls!
Email resume & cover letter to

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Just Fur Kicks

Can we talk about how COLD it was today? 42 degrees when I woke up and 69 and breezy this afternoon. Perfect weather for knitting and crocheting!
Sophie didn't even mind modeling our new hat out on the back deck. Made with Plymouth Just Fur Kicks yarn.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Brrr! Today's a chilly one!

What a gorgeous day we're having! It's in the high 60's with no humidity, and the breeze is actually almost chilly!

I wore a tank top into work today, since I'm so used to all the humidity we've been having. And I'm actually cold! So I'm glad my new stole is finished blocking - because it's just the perfect thing to warm me up.

This took just one skein of Noro Silk Garden Sock yarn. The pattern is free on Ravelry, and it was super easy to make. I used US 10 needles and 45 stitches. 

A generously sized stole for under $20! Not bad.

Friday, July 12, 2013

New Safety Measures in Place

We reorganized the Plymouth Encore yesterday, since we've just received a number of new colors. Some of the colors are the new neons, which have been really well received. The first day we got the Neon Pink in stock, a little girl chose it for a sweater before we even put it out on the shelf. The mom didn't love the color, but hey, she told her daughter she could pick her favorite color...
And, this week we've had a work crew outside on the sidewalk. We can't really tell what they're doing, because each time we look out the window, they aren't doing anything at all. Maybe they just get a lot of breaks? 
But it got us thinking of our new neon colors, and how maybe these folks should at least be productive with all this sitting around. Certainly they could be making themselves some accessories for when the air turns colder?

This morning we arrived to find a single cone, but no work crew. So we sent one of our employees out to work safety patrol. We told her it's okay to stay in the shade, but absolutely NO sitting down on the job!
Reporting for duty
We didn't have the proper uniform for her, but we whipped up a quick safety sash (Plymouth Encore neons), badge (tape measure), and topped her off with an eyecatching hat (Manos Maxima). 
We think she'll get noticed.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Washable Mohair Blend

Are you a mohair knitter? Some of our customers, though they love to work with different fibers, are drawn to mohair yarns. And this new mohair from Lang is one that's already been noticed by these knitters.
Lang Odeon is a super soft and light bulky mohair blend - and it's machine washable! It creates a beautiful fabric when knitted alone, but would also be perfect mixed with other yarns (like Berroco Boboli or Manos Silk Blend Multi) in accessories or throws. Come in and check it out!

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Forced Knitting

Alright kids, if you're coming to the yarn shop with mom, I'm going to force you to knit for at least an hour.
And since the Fletcher Allen NICU always needs preemie hats, that's what you're making!

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

New Sock Yarn with a Touch of Attitude

One of our favorite sock & shawl yarns is now available with a bit of glitz! Introducing Mille Colori Socks & Lace LUXE by Lang

This yarn has always been a great choice for socks - of course - but recently many customers have been using it for shawls and scarves. Here's a Multi Directional Scarf made in shade 53:
The original sock colors are beautiful, and so are the 4 new Luxe shades! These new colors also stripe, but are a bit more subtle than the originals.

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

Stashbusting Poms

We've all got a yarn stash lurking somewhere. Why not grab a multicolored yarn (or a few strands of solids) and make some fun pom-poms?
This pom was made with just a few yarns of Noro Silk Garden yarn
Keep a long strand on your poms and use them as bookmarks, or tie them onto special birthday gifts. Maybe your kitty needs a new toy? I'm sure some of your hats could use a makeover, too. Have fun!

Monday, July 01, 2013

Great Lightweight Top for Summer

Today Sophie found a new top in the shop that fits her to a T. It's the Color Block Top in Noro Taiyo Lace
And it's a free pattern! And all sizes take just 1-2 skeins of Taiyo Lace.