Lorna’s Laces, Cascade, and The Fibre Comapny

medillHappy President’s Day! We had a nice day off today (since it’s a no-mail Monday), but we’re ready to get back in the shop tomorrow to play with the yarn get your orders packed up and shipped out. In tonight’s Monday Update we added in:

Lorna’s Laces – Christmas at Downton is back in stock in Solemate, Shepherd Sock, Sportmate and Pearl. (Fitting, considering the season finale of Downton Abbey was last night. Did you see it? Oh my.)

Lorna’s Laces – We’ve also re-stocked Shepherd Sock, Shepherd Sport and Worsted. We get orders from Lorna’s almost every week. We always have a big list of colors and bases on order with them and they add them to their weekly dye rotation and send us the colors as they come up on the dye schedule. That’s why it seems like you see Lorna’s Laces on the What’s New page two or three Mondays a month! In tonight’s Update, we have their new spring colors as well. (Daley, Harrison, Mason, Medill – shown above, Ogden, Washing, and Byrne).

blues mixCascade – two bits of good news on Cascade. 1) We have re-stocked almost everything, so the shelves are full up! 2) The price has gone down on several of the Cascade bases, which is always a welcome (and rare) turn of events. We’ve lowered the price on 220, 220 Superwash, Superwash Sport, Ultra Pima, and Ultra Pima Fine. Now is a good time to stock up and get some sweater quantities.

Cascade – in addition to the re-stocks, we’ve also added in Ultra Pima Paints (their beautiful Pima cotton in multi-colors – these would make a cute summer sweater) and Cascade 220 Superwash Paints (fun for easy-care baby and kid clothes). Shown here in Ultra Pima Paints Blues Mix.

malachiteThe Fibre Company – we’ve re-stocked Tundra (their beautiful bulky weight yarn, perfect for quick-to-knit cowls, scarves, sweaters and mittens) and Road to China Light (their luxurious Alpaca/Cashmere/Camel/Silk sportweight yarn, great for drapey scarves, cowls and shawls – shown here in Malachite).

Dream in Color February Dream Club – we put up the last of our skeins of the February color – a gorgeous hot pink in their DK Everlasting yarn base. Your yarn purchase includes a free pattern for the Trinity Scarf, but it would also make a really fun pair of happy socks. This is the last installment of this round of Dream Club. We hope they offer another round again this fall. We’ll be sure to keep you posted.

If you haven’t yet had a chance to enter our Spring Fling Contest on last Friday’s blog, be sure to throw your name in the hat (or, rather, your comment in the comment section). We’re giving away a spot for you and a friend, and I know you could use a fun knitting weekend getaway this spring, right? We’ll announce the randomly drawn winner at the end of the week!

Sheri whohadfundoingalotofknittingwithKnittingDaughterthispastweekend

Skein, Shalimar, Socktopus and More

Happy Monday! We’re bringing you lots of wonderful things tonight, and then we’ll have no Monday Update next week due to Columbus Day (and a No Mail Monday). Just up today, we added in:

Skein – Top Draw Sock. This fingering weight yarn is dyed up by Kristen in Australia, and comes 437 yards to the skein. It’s 85% Superwash Merino and 15% Nylon. Kristen is known for her beautiful color blends! This would be great for socks, but also one-skein shawls, cowls and mitts as well. (Shown here in Night Owl).

Shalimar – Breathless. A few more colors from our last order. This fingering weight yarn is one of my personal favorites because the yarn base (75% Superwash Merino, 15% Cashmere, 10% Silk) is so luscious. If you’re making special holiday gifts, you might want to use this. It would be perfect for socks, shawls, scarves, cowls and hats.

Camp Loopy Colors – We had the tent groups in Camp Loopy’s Project Three come up with Camp Colorways and inspiration photos, and Lorna’s Laces took them and turned them into the most beautiful colors. We have: In The Wind, Nature’s Glory, Lilac Fields, Northern Lights, Orange Sunset and Soft Sunrise available, and you’ll find them under the Camp Loopy section in Yarn. (Shown here in Nature’s Glory).

Malabrigo – Silkpaca. You all have been having fun with this. (Or at least you’re having fun ordering it!) This laceweight yarn comes 420 yards to the skein and is 70% Baby Alpaca and 30% Silk. It’s beautiful and feels soft and wonderful. You’ll love using it for shawls and scarves.

Socktopus – Sokkusu. This yarn is hand-dyed in the UK and has a wonderful twist to it. Your patterns will really pop! The 100% super wash merino is great for shawls and scarves, and equally popular for socks. (Shown here in Ayame).

Mountain Colors – Bearfoot. More colors in this warm sock yarn base. 60% Superwash Merino, 25% Mohair, and 15% Nylon, with 400 yards to the skein. You might also try these colors for a triple-color shawl, like the Thin Ice shawl I made awhile back. Pick a multi-color that you like, and then two different solids to go with it.

Della Q – New fabric yarn caddies and yarn dispensers from Della Q, in addition to a re-stock on needle cases.

Loopy Ewe Tote bags – Project Keepers (great for 8 1/2 x 11 pattern plus yarn and needles), Purse Pals (great for notions like your tape measure, scissor, darning needle, stitch markers, etc), and Large Project Totes (holds everything).

Dream in Color – October Dream Club Yarn. (Shown here). This new base is a fingering weight with 75% wool, 25% silk and comes 440 yards to the skein. When you purchase a skein, we’ll also send you a free emailed pattern for the Autumn Fern Mobius Cowl. (Remember, we will have more skeins available again next week, so check back if we run out.) In addition to the cowl, you could also use this gorgeous yarn for shawls, scarves, socks and mitts.

Enjoy your browsing and shopping and we’ll get your orders packed up and shipped off to your house asap!

Sheri whonevergetstiredofbeautifulyarn

Lorna’s Laces, Alisha Goes Around, Mini Maiden and More

Did you notice we didn’t have a Monday Update last week, due to the Labor Day holiday? (I jest. I know you noticed, because I got emails about it!) The one benefit of taking one week off from Updating, is that the week after that is bursting with new things! So get ready for lots of temptation. Tonight, we added in:

Alisha Goes Around – in the Richness of Martens fingering weight (shown above in Agave). This beautiful yarn is kettle-dyed by Alisha in Texas and this base is 75% Superwash Merino, 15% Cashmere and 10% Silk. With 400 yards in a skein, it would be ideal for a beautiful scarf or shawl. (It also works for socks, but do you really want to hide it?) You might try the Calsada Scarf, or the Tiare Shawl & Scarf, or a Sliding Frogs Scarf (love the name).

Lorna’s Laces – we re-stocked Shepherd Sock, Shepherd Sport, Solemate and Sportmate in several colors, including the news ones that came out this summer. I think any of these colors would be fun for a Hot Tea Cowl, or a Shelley Scarf, of Lydia’s Cowl Crochet Pattern.

The Fibre Company – in their Bulky Tundra base. This is made up of 60% Baby Alpaca, 30% Merino Wool, and 10% Silk. Since it’s a bulky weight, it knits up quickly. I did their Arctic Cowl pattern with 2 skeins (shown here to the left, and below), and it’s warm and cozy. I just have to wait for winter to arrive, so I can wear it! We have it in all 12 colors. It would also make a nice hat or scarf or fingerless mitts. You might try it for a Shawl Collared Cowl, or the Chunky Dean Street Hat, or a Francine Headband, or Zephyr Fingerless Mitts/Mittens. I haven’t knit much with Bulky weight yarn. What I like about it is how fast it knits up. This would be a great yarn to use for some of those holidays gifts that you have on your list. The headband and mitts would great for teens.

Hand Maiden – Mini Maiden is back in stock! This one ply fingering weight is 50% wool and 50% silk. So soft and great to work with. It has a beautiful drape and just the right amount of sheen from the silk. With 545 yards per skein, you can make some wonderful one-skein shawls with this. How about the Sunflower Shawlette, or Ruffles and Ridges, or a Scarlet Sparkler Scarf.

Baggu – We’ve re-stocked all sizes and colors in Baby and Classic sizes, as well as the Backpacks and the accessory sets. These make such great project bags. They’re lightweight, hold a bunch, and are easy to tuck into a larger bag for a project on the run.

Scojo – I thought I bought these reading glasses mostly for me, but apparently you all like them, too! We’ve re-stocked all of the sizes and added in their cleaning cloths (which are great for glasses, but also nice for computer and iPad screens). What I like most about these glasses is how lightweight they are. I forget that I’m wearing them. (And if you have to wear reading glasses, it’s nice to at least be able to forget that they’re sitting on your nose….)

Wooden Yarn Caddies – George-from-Wyoming brought down a whole new batch of caddies, and this time we have small sizes (shown here in Walnut) as well as the large sizes. The small size is perfect for one skein of fingering weight yarn, so some of you might prefer that size for socks and small shawls. You’ll notice the price is almost the same. It’s the same amount of work for George and not really much less in materials, either. But we wanted to bring you both sizes, because we’ve found them handy ourselves. (He brought a couple down for us to try out the last time.)

Nelkin Designs – a re-stock of Laura’s popular jewelry kits. These are fun to knit up and the kits contain the yarn, beads and pattern. We have Ribband bracelets, Mudra Necklaces, Butin Collar Necklaces, Mudra Cuffs, and Rippled Necklaces in stock.

Dream in Color’s September Dream Club Yarn – We have put our final batch of the September color up on the website, and if you haven’t gotten a skein yet, you’ll want one (shown here)! There are 700 yds. in this skein of Dream in Color Baby, in a beautiful periwinkle (blue/purple) skein, with gray/brown mixed in just enough to make it interesting. We’ll be emailing you the Twilight pattern with purchase, so that you can make this skein up into a hat, cowl and mitts. Dream in Color is sponsoring a contest for anyone who wants to knit with all six of this year’s Dream Club yarns. You’re not required to use the club pattern, but at least half of each skein from each month must be used, and all six projects are to be completed by 3/31/13. To enter, post pictures of your completed projects (all six in one post, but each project in it’s own photo) in the Dream Club group on Ravelry, or on the Dream in Color Facebook page. They will be giving away 100 skeins of exclusively dyed yarn to 100 knitters who participate in the contest!

See? I told you we had a lot going up tonight for you. Enjoy the perusing and shopping, and we’ll get your orders out quickly!

Sheri whowillbeusingmoreofthatlusciousTundraagainsoon