Friday, November 21, 2014

Fit for a Feast 2014!!!!!!! Gobble Gobble!!!

Fit for a Feast is back and better than ever!!!! 

Thirteen amazing companies have come to join in the festivities #justatjimmys, and we couldn't be more excited (or hungry for yarn ;) wink, wink)!!!!! 

Lorna's Laces is kicking off the smorgasbord with Wild Turkey in Shepherd Worsted!!!! 

We've also got Jade Sapphire with scrumptious Cream of Mushroom Soup!!

Koigu with Pickled Pumpkin in two variations!!! 

Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light in my favorite side dish: Sage Stuffing!!!   

Fyberspates and Malabrigo have tackled the potato dishes. With a delectable Sweet Potato Cowl Kit that is accompanied by Leanne's fantastic design, and includes both Fyberspates Vivacious DK and Malabrigo Rueca Handspun!!! Malabrigo Worsted Merino Yarn in Blue Mashed Potatoes brings a smile to our faces and is sure to please!!!

And what is a Thanksgiving feast without the desserts and mulled wine? Dream in Color brought a Fruit Anthology to the party, SweetGeorgia brought Pumpkin Spice Pie, and Freia Fine Handpaints brought Guinilla's Glogg!!! 

If your sweet tooth isn't sated just yet make sure to try some Artyarns Cranberry Orange Relish or Anzula Triple Berry Pie!!!

Of course there's always leftovers, and these leftovers come with a sweet little garland project from our very own Kristen Ashbaugh-Helmreich!!! 

If you're getting hungry, don't fret, there's a recipe booklet that accompanies each yummy yarn  dish!!!!

Keep your eye out for Facebook posts as well, that will lead you to blogs about the inspiration behind every mouthwatering colorway!!!

Happy Holidays!!!!


Thursday, November 20, 2014

The Best of Liberty Wool (So Far...) Trunk Show

As each year comes to a close, it has become a tradition for all sorts of "best of" lists to be compiled.  Well we have one for you! Classic Elite Yarns book, 'Best of Liberty Wool (So Far...)'! This book is a compilation of some of the more popular patterns Classic Elite has produced since Liberty Wool was introduced 4 years ago. The book includes hats, mittens, sweaters, vests, scarves, and shawls in both knitting and crochet ... all worked up in this vibrant, super soft, machine washable, light worsted weight yarn!  We are lucky enough to be hosting their trunk show featuring 11 of these fabulous patterns through the end of November. (Be sure to check out all the great kits we've put together for you!)

When we went to snap some pictures of the garments modeled by some of our staff, we told everyone to just have fun with the yarn!  And boy did they! It is such a fun yarn!

Taylor tried on the Easy Crocheted Hat, done in color 7860 Berry Brambles, which is a variation on the granny square. Jeanne grabbed up the Easy Striped Hat worked up in colors 7873 Rosy Delight & 7823 Deep Tropical Sea. The possible color combinations using two colorways of this striping yarn are nearly endless - making each hat a unique creation!
Olivia chose the Maxime Crocheted Pullover (color 7823 Deep Tropical Sea) to try on and while it was fun on the hanger, it is so much cuter on! This pattern is for experienced crocheters, but the yarn does all the fantastic color changing for you!  The juggling should also be left to those with experience...

Gus volunteered to try out the Sawtooth Edge Scarf, which uses one ball of solid Liberty Wool (7805 Magenta) and one of Liberty Wool Print (7838 Sunset Frost). This uniquely constructed scarf is worked in two lengthwise pieces and joined up the center using a three needle bind off, just enough to push your skills but it is still considered an easy level pattern. The fun spiky look definitely makes this scarf a stand out!

Denise wore the Simple Sweater with Pockets, which can be made as either a pullover (as seen here) or as a cardigan.  This version was done in color 7834 Lilac Dream.  She decided to accessorize her look with some Liberty Wool earrings...though they might work out better knitted up! 

Mikayla was going to see if she could muster any hacky sack skills, but it was trickier than it looked!  She's wearing the Deep Rib Cardigan in 7873 Rosy Delight. 

Bethany tried out her balancing skills while showing off another version of the Easy Striped Hat as well as the Molly scarf.  This hat is done with the same two balls of yarn as the one Jeanne wore but because of the color changing nature of the yarn, they end up with different color combinations, so each hat really is totally unique! The Molly Scarf has been featured in a few Classic Elite publications and so has built up a lot of Ravelry love, where you can see it done up in tons of different colorways!

Kristen is charming the yarn balls, wearing the Garter Stitch Wrap in color 7883 Smokey Bonfire.  The color changes and scalloped edges give personality to this simple, triangular shawl!

We've all called yarns 'yummy' or 'delicious' but Leanne might be taking it a step too far!  She was wearing the three quarter sleeve Sylvan Shadow Pullover done in color 7832 Sylvan Shadow.

Terry did just fine with her balancing act until we started making her laugh.  She made a beeline for the Chromatic pullover, done in 7893 Rainforest.  The intermediate pattern does require seaming to give it its dynamic vertical and horizontal striping combo!

 Want to see more about the individual patterns? Ravelry has them all for sale individually!

Currently we carry Liberty Wool Print, Liberty Wool Light and Liberty Wool Light Print. Don't forget easy care Liberty Wool is great for kids and baby things too!

Stop by to see, feel and touch these lovely garments & yarns, or let us know by phone or email if we can answer any questions for you! 

The Retail Team - Gus, JenA, Jill, Matt, & Terry


Monday, November 10, 2014

Revisiting the ever popular Coastal Knits!

Coastal Knits by Alana Dakos and Hanna Fettig has become a perennial favorite. Not to be be too cliche, these classic styles really are timeless!  We once again are privileged to have these lovely garments in the store for your fondling pleasure!

Jessica looks smashing in the Bayside Pullover knit in Berroco Ultra Alpaca Fine in the Potting Soil colorway # 1279!

 The Branching Out Mitts are an instant favorite knit up in two shades of  Blue Sky Alpaca Melange sportweight alpaca.

Terry loves the simple rounded yoke of the Gnarled Oak cardigan she thinks she would like to work it up in MadelineTosh Tosh DK Oak.  She also loved the fit of the Rustling Leaves beret in Tosh Sock.


Jen A & Katelyn each gravitated to very different styles. Jen is in the Waters Edge Cardigan worked up in Tosh DK in Cove. And Katelyn is wearing the  Rocky Coast Cardigan which would look lovely in Fyberspates Scrumptious DK or Malabrigo Worsted Merino.

Jenny is looking as lovely as ever in the Wildflower Cardigan worked up in MadelineTosh Pashmina. And look!  There's a mini version too!

 In fact, there are mini me versions of all four cardigans so that your little one can be as stylin' as mom!

The Retail Team - Gus, JenA, Jill, Matt, & Terry


Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Arctic exploration has never been so cozy!

As the winter weather moves into full swing, the retail store will be hosting tons of fabulous trunk shows to keep you warm and inspired! We can't wait to share all of the pretty things we'll be getting in with you! Trunk shows are a wonderful way to see how yarns perform in various garments and the ideas they give us will keep our hooks, needles & looms flying all winter!

First show up, is Tundra from The Fibre Company, just in time for frigid weather!  Tundra is a lofty, bulky, 2-ply blend of baby alpaca, merino wool and silk, making it sumptuously soft and giving it a surprisingly nice drape for a thicker yarn. On loan to the shop right now are eight garments, including cowls, hats, gloves, and a shawl. Stop by if you can to check them out and give them a pet, they will be here until November 14th.

 Check out the colors of Tundra Yarn here.

Terry was immediately drawn to the Tallin done in the color Larch, since she loves both autumnal colors and the textures of the cables & moss stitches.  Jen A went straight for the Copenhagen Hood in Scotia Sea.
Jill grabbed the Auckland Hat to try on...yes, mostly because she loves the color, Boreal!  But the all over plaited cable pattern gives it just the right amount of texture, too.

Justine tried on the gorgeous detailed Arctic Circle Cowl, in Glacier.  It's not surprising that out of all the fabulous patterns from the Tundra Collection, this quick knit has received the most love on Ravelry!

Sam tried on the Permafrost cowl in Taiga, and after some debate on styling, decided she liked it best to the side.  Leslie tried on the Fairbanks in Lingonberry, a simple infinity scarf that would be a great project for beginning knitters!

Diana was all bundled up in the warehouse, but was happy to trade out her cold weather gear to try on the warm & soft  Harbin cowl in Glacier with an i-cord edging in Taiga.

Monika got to try on the Svalbard hat and gloves set, which was one of the first patterns to sell out when we got in the samples!  But we'll have more on the way, so you can get it from us or from Ravelry! ( And we know you'll ask, but the sweater was from Orvis, it wasn't one of her handmade tops!)

The Retail Team - Gus, JenA, Jill, Matt & Terry