Thursday, July 06, 2006

Our Final Selections!

We have a lot of yarns coming from now through December. We’ll tell you what but we won’t tell you when: You have to keep coming into the shop and being surprised.

First, we have two new fingering-weight merinos: One is “Pearl” by Louet. It is a classic, solid, superwash merino wool. It will be great for crocheting or knitting beautiful sweaters (including baby clothes)!

The other is a gorgeous hand-dyed fingering merino from Claudia’s Handpainted Fibers. We have 8 colors coming. We dare you to choose just one. Claudia herself was wearing a stunning mitered-squares coat-sweater at her booth. She took a liking to us for some reason. When we left, she gave us each a big hug. We loved her too. We loved her yarns even more.

Our new sportweight yarn is also from Louet. It’s a fabulous blend of merino and linen. The drape is phenomenal when it’s stitched up.

Our DK yarns are also beautiful! First, we added new colors of Silky Wool to our line up. This is a great year-round yarn. The sales rep, who was from Texas, said that her customers use it for Huston summers and it keeps them cool even in the Texas sunshine.

We also have a great classic cotton yarn coming in—what else but Tahki’s Cotton Classic. We chose many colors, each more glorious than the other. Still want DK? We’ve got another interesting one called “Pure,” which is made from Soy fibers. It’s pure soysilk. (We've got that one in the store now. Hurry in to see it!)

We have several new worsted-weight yarns: Berroco’s Ultra Alpaca, an alpaca-wool blend (very soft--and in the store already); Tahki’s Torino, a merino blend; and Southwest Trading Company’s Karaoke, a soysilk-wool blend. (Psssst! That one is in the shop now too!) We also will have new colors of Kureyon and Silk Garden.

We were sure that even all of this wasn’t enough choice for you, so we picked up some new bulky yarns: Mondial’s Seven, a self-striping merino/acrylic blend that stitches like heaven; Torino, a merino-blend bulky from Tahki; Vanere, a colorful yarn from Mondial; Indra, from On Line Linie, and Larissa, a really cool boucle also from On Line. Here's a sneak peak of a few of them:

We didn’t want to forget pure Alpaca! We love the new one from Misti Alpaca company. At knitting market, it’s hard to score any treats from companies, other than chocolate at the booths (Mountain Colors has the best chocolate-covered huckleberries), but this time Cynthia snagged a little stuffed alpaca at that booth. Her name is Sabrina. She is sassy and cute, and only about 5 inches tall.

There’s more. Cashmere is coming—enough said. New sock yarn. Patterns from Lisa Knits, Fiber Trends, Oat Couture, Knitting Pure and Simple, and a new company, Black Purl. (Psssst: The patterns are all in.)

And we met a few celebrities along the way. Debbie Bliss, who is from England, impressed us with her knowledge that the “PA” on our badges stood for “Pennsylvania.” We chatted with Maggie Jackson. Cynthia took a class on creativity from Sally Melville. (Sally was kind enough to turn in Cynthia’s purse that she had left behind in the class. Thank you, Sally.)

And we got autographed copies of Debbie Stoller’s Happy Hooker. Debbie was wearing a t-shirt that was a skull and crossbones, with knitting needles as the crossbones and yarn in the head of the skull. She was very friendly. We caught glimpses of Melissa Leapman, Frank Bielic from Trading Spaces (he was sitting crossed-legged on the floor in a purple shirt), Lucy Neatby, Rick Mondragon, Jo Sharp, Louisa Harding, Nicky Epstein, Chris Bylsma (we carry many of her fantastic patterns), and Candace Eisner Strick.

Okay. Our shopping is done. Now it’s your turn.

1 comment:

The_Add_Knitter said...

Cool I can't wait to get some of that Claudia's Hand painted--I saw it in Pitsburgh and love it!