Lorna’s Laces, Namaste, Blue Q, Shalimar, and More!

Lorna's-Laces-Shepherd-Worsted-SheridanHappy Monday to you. We just put lots up for tonight’s Monday Update! 

Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Worsted – a worsted weight yarn that is 100% Superwash Merino. When people walk down our Worsted aisle feeling the yarn, they always stop at the Shepherd Worsted and comment on how soft it is. I’ve used it for fingerless mitts and scarves, because I want it close! It’s also great for sweaters, vests, and baby items. Here are some pattern ideas: Abalone, Linen Weave Boomerang (love this – just added it to my favs), 5th Avenue Infinity Scarf, Katrina Ballerina Lace Layering Cardigan (maybe I should make this, since I can’t seem to finish a sweater), Deephaven, Abate, or Sunset Shaw. (Shown here in Sheridan.)

Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock -a fingering weight that is 80% Superwash Merino and 20% Nylon, with 430 yards in the skein. This makes it great for socks, as well as shawls, cowls and scarves. Need some ideas? Level Up Socks, Mojo (fun textures in there), Old Joe, Rivers of Mars, or Ananke.

Shalimar-Breathless-MelbaShalimar Breathless – a fingering weight yarn that is 75% Superwash Merino, 15% Cashmere, and 10% Silk. You can use it for socks (and they’d be luscious), but many people are using it for things like cowls, scarves, and shawls. It’s so soft. Equally wonderful to work with and wear. I think it would be beautiful in Imagine When, Tempest Shawlette, Bryce Canyon Shawl, Elowen Shawl (two colors – gorgeous), or January Scarf. (Shown here in Melba.)

ChiaoGoo Interchangeable Sets – More of the Large, Small, and Complete Twist sets. The Small set has needle sizes 2 (2.75) – 8 (5.0), the Large set has sizes 9 (5.5) – 15 (10.0), and the Complete set has everything.

Sajou-Scissors-TortoiseshellSajou Scissors – If you want something truly beautiful to add to your notions case, check out these scissors. They’re pricey because of the labor that goes into each one. It takes a dozen people to make each pair! We have them in several styles. (Shown here in Tortoiseshell.)

Clover Beading Hooks – I don’t know about you, but I always have a hard time figuring out hook sizes. To add to the confusion, some hooks seem to have different sizing than others. We have added in two sizes of hooks for the two sizes of beads that we carry. You’ll want the 1.0 mm for the 6/0 beads (that’s the size bead that fits well on fingering weight yarn) and you’ll want the .75 mm for the 8/0 beads (that’s the size bead that fits well on laceweight yarn.) I ordered every one of the hooks they had in stock and put more on backorder. So if we run out, just know that we hope to have more again soon.

Namaste – re-stocks in Boardwalk Bags, Hermosas, Harlows, Laguna, Mini Messengers, Monroes, Zumas, Buddy Cases, Circular Cases (some of those colors are on backorder), and Oh Snap bags in Eggplant.

blue-q-bagsSoak – Handmaid Creme (in the perfect size for purses and knitting bags) in Aquae, Celebration, Lacey, Yuzu and Scentless. Soak Wash in large and small sizes in Aquae, Celebration, Lacey, and Scentless, as well as Yuzu in the small size and Travel Kits that contain 8 mini Soaks.

Blue Q Bags – We continue to have a lot of fun with these bags! We’ve re-stocked and added more. You’ll find them in the Handy Totes (the perfect project sized bag, although I’ve heard some of you are using these as gift bags, too), Shoulder Totes (the perfect multi-project sized bag with a zipper on top), Messenger Bags (great for one-skein shawls and scarves), and Large and Small Pouches for your notions and DPN’s.

Have fun checking out the new stuff, and we’ll get your orders packed up and shipped out asap!

Sheri lookingatnewprojectbagsagain,asusual

Malabrigo, Shibui, Kauni, Beads, and More

primaveraIt’s February! February means all diets are off, right? (Food diets, yarn diets, etc.) February is Celebration Month because it’s the shortest month of the year and moves us right on into March, which means Spring is just around the corner. See? Lots to celebrate. And we have plenty of new things up on the website tonight, to help you get your celebration off to the right start. Just up, you’ll find:

Malabrigo Rios – this worsted weight is 100% Superwash Merino, making it great for sweaters, blankets, baby items, and anything else you want to be able to toss in the washer. (Shown here in Primavera.)

Malabrigo Silkpaca – a lighter-than-clouds laceweight that is 70% Baby Alpaca and 30% Silk. 420 yards in the skein make it great for many simple one-skein shawl patterns.  You might think of picking one that you can add beads to as well.

kauniKauni Multi Colors and Solids – a sportweight yarn that is 100% wool and is nice for sweaters and shawls. The multi-color balls are sold by weight (120 grams up to 180 grams). We weigh the balls when they arrive to insure that you’re getting the correct weight/yaradage. Try a multi-color shawl with a solid edging. Beautiful. (Shown here in E-EQ).

Shibui Baby Alpaca – this DK weight is 100% Baby Alpaca and so wonderful to knit with. I’m currently making the a wrap that is knit holding 1 skein of the Alpaca and 1 skein of the Silk. I love working on it.

appleShibui Silk Cloud – a laceweight yarn made of 60% Kid Mohair and 40% Silk. I’m a little anti-mohair, just because sometimes I find it itchy. But I love this particular yarn and don’t find it itchy at all. And it’s fun to combine with other yarn options for a little extra warmth and texture. (Shown here in Apple).

Shibui Staccato – a fingering weight that is 70% Superwash Merino and 30% Silk. Great for socks (you’ll need 2 skeins for a pair) or shawls. The silk gives it a little extra strength and shine.

Shibui Cima – a new (to us) laceweight that is 70% BabyAlpaca and 30% Merino Wool. This yarn gives great stitch definition and is perfect for shawls, cowls, and scarves, as well as a great carry-along yarn for knitting double.

thistleShalimar Missy – more colors to add to the ones we put up a few weeks ago. Missy is 100% Superwash Merino in a Bulky weight and comes 120 yards to the skein. You’ll find hats, scarves, cowls and mitts knit up quickly with Missy. (Shown here in Thistle).

Stitch Savers – You have one of these in each of your project bags, right? For all those times when stitches just jump right off the end of the needles (through no fault of your own) and you need to wrangle them back into place. Or does that just happen to me?

ivorySajou Scissors – Oh, these are gorgeous. A bit pricey, but you might feel like splurging on yourself. (Remember – it’s Celebration Month.) They’d also make a great Valentine gift, in case you want to hint to someone who loves you. Why so expensive? These are made in France and the blades are hand matched for a perfect adjustment. Each pair takes a dozen qualified people to make them. Hide these in your project bag so no one borrows them. (Shown here in Veined (faux) Ivory.)

Miyuki Beads in 6/0 and 8/0 sizes – Beads, beads, beads! If you don’t yet knit with beads, you’ll want to after you see all of these fun colors. Size 6/0 is great for fingering weight yarns, and 8/0 is great for laceweight yarns. (The bigger the size number, the smaller the bead. That’s a bit confusing.) These come in tubes (thanks to your great feedback on our Facebook page, when we asked which you preferred). The 8/0 tubes contain approx. 10 grams/400 beads. The 6/0 tubes contain approx. 20 grams/220 beads. Beads are fun in shawls, edgings, mitts, cowls, and more. Jump in and give them a try.

Have fun checking out the new things, and we’ll get your orders out asap. We love seeing what you pick out!

Sheri whoislookingforwardtoaddingbeadstoherknitting