Madelinetosh, Jade Sapphire, Swan’s Island and More!

It’s one of those “luscious” Monday Updates today. I know there is a lot of yarn out there that is wool and slightly scratchy and knits up beautifully into all kinds of projects. But there is some yarn out there that is a combination of wool and other things (like cashmere and silk) that knits up into beautiful things but also feels heavenly while you’re working with it. Those are the types of things we have for you in today’s update. We just added in:

Madelinetosh Pashmina Worsted – We have this for you in 40 colors, and it’s something you’ll want to make a sweater with. (Ok – you can also use if for hats and scarves and mittens and warm shawls.) This is a worsted weight 4-ply yarn with 75% merino wool, 15% silk and 10% cashmere. It has 210 yards to the skein and can be machine washed in cold water, and air-dried flat. (Shown above in Stargazing.) Try knitting this up in the Debaser Scarf, or a Knotty But Nice Hat, or a Deephaven Cowl, or a Moody Sweater.

Jade Sapphire – This 4-ply heavy fingering (maybe even edging into the sport category) weight yarn comes 200 yards to the skein and is 100% cashmere from Inner Mongolia. Perfect for cowls, scarves, gloves or shawls. You’ll love the feel of this yarn. (Shown here in Seeing Red.) You could try it in the Parquet Tiles Shawl (I love the texture), the Eleanor Cowl, or Straightforward Mitts.

Swan’s Island – re-stocks in the soldout colors of Lace, Fingering, and Worsted. Swan’s Island yarn is spun in a historic mill in Maine and then hand-dyed using all-natural dyes. This results in beautiful yarn that is wonderful to work with and kind to the environment.

ScoJo Eyewear – More of my favorite reading (and knitting and computing) glasses, this time in a pretty cobalt blue.

Cascade – we re-stocked most of our lines of Cascade last week (mid-week), so if you’ve been waiting on a color to come back in a certain base, check that out.

Happy shopping and happy knitting this week!

Sheri  wantingtohaveaBoxofFundeliveredtomyhouse
justtomakemymailladysmile. 🙂

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

What’s Up?

We’ve been busy around here, checking in new inventory, getting photos taken, and preparing for next week’s Monday Update (because I have heard from many of you about missing one this week!). We have big rolling carts full of yarn like this, to get out on the shelves and up on the website, soon.

However, we had to take a 3 hour detour yesterday to deal with our internet service, because our speed had slowed to a turtle’s pace here at the shop (in between blipping off completely every so often). Three hours of time on the phone. I am so not impressed with their customer service. Not that I’ll be mentioning the name of that particular internet company. But I’m not happy with them. (Can I help it if they like to put their logo on the modem?) We think it’s fixed now. It had better be. 🙁

Luckily, we have these jars of nourishment in the Loopy Elf Kitchen, for stressful times such as these.

And lest you worry that we will run out, let me assure you that we keep plenty in reserve for refilling.

So what’s up with you this Wednesday? Are you needing some jars of extra nourishment, too?

Sheri whostoppedafteronesmallhelping.
ButI’mnotguaranteeingthatI’mdoneyet.

Malabrigo Silkpaca, Shalimar Breathless and More

Lots of pretty colors and lots of luscious yarn up in tonight’s Monday Update! (Monday aka “Grow Your Stash Day” or “Start a New Project Day”. I think that should officially be on every calendar.) We just added in:

Malabrigo’s new Silkpaca Lace – Available in 24 colors, this  hand-dyed lace has a beautiful sheen and wonderful drape. 70% Baby Alpaca, 30% Silk, and 420 yards in a skein. Perfect for a drapey scarf or shawl. (Shown here in Abril.) Try it for a Lancet Shawl, or Good Day Sunshine, or a Montego Bay Scarf or a Spice Trade Shawl.

Shalimar Breathless – still one of my very favorites. I just picked a few more skeins for a fall project for myself! (Camp Loopy Project Three is almost done. Time to reward myself with an awesome new project!) This fingering weight yarn is 75% Superwash Merino, 15% Cashmere, and 15% Silk. At 420 yards per skein, it’s a perfect size for one-skein shawls and socks, as well as scarves and cowls. (Shown here in Tequila Sunrise.) Try a skein for socks like: Pas de Deux, or Helen Socks, or Pillars. Or try it for scarves like: Cerus, or Kernel, or To Infinity and Beyond. Of course it is also beautiful in shawls, which is probably what I’ll use it for. Thinking about another Derecho with this. (You need a light, medium and dark color for Derecho. Easy.)

Dream in Color Classy – a re-stock of all colors, just in time for fall sweater knitting. Classy is a worsted weight yarn that is machine washable and comes 250 yards to the skein. Great for sweaters, vests, hats, scarves, mittens and easy-care kid clothes. Check out these fun patterns that call for a worsted weight: Dark and Stormy (or really any sweater by Thea – I love them all), Arroyo shawl, Windschief hat, or a Pine Forest Baby Blanket.

Dream in Color Tulips Baby Sweater Kits – in both boy, girl and unisex color choices. Each kit comes with the mini skeins needed to knit one sweater, as well as the pattern. (Finished sweater shown here. Colors will vary.)

Chic Knits Patterns – Bonne Marie’s patterns are always well written, stylish and timeless. I have about 10 that I want to make for myself. I really need to get into a sweater groove and jump in.

Have fun shopping and we’ll have fun pulling your orders and packing them up just for you tomorrow!

Sheri whoalwayslovesgrowingheryarnstashonMondays