Night Shades, the October Limited Edition Denise2Gos are now available! Perfect for all you Halloween lovers out there (as well as appreciators of flowers and magic!), this month's set features grey acrylic needle tips, lavender cords and a stylish fabric case made from Tula Pink's Nightshade Collection. We only have 50 of these sets made, and once they are gone, they're gone! As you may have suspected, Atropa Belladonna (commonly known as Deadly Nightshade) helped to inspire this collection. The delicate purple flowers of the belladonna are beautiful, but the plant itself is poisonous. Throughout the ages, Deadly Nighshade has been used both as a poison and as an ingredient in herbal remedies.
Fun fact: potatoes are in the same plant family as Deadly Nightshade. I had no idea until Barbara from Denise filled me in. Proof you learn something new every day!
If you fancy the fabric used for the Night Shades case, you can find them, and several other prints from Tula's Nightshade Collection on sale now!
We have a winner! None of the Above (pictured left) was the first of four Lorna's Limited Edition election-themed colors to sell out this month. While we may have a victor declared, runner up and honorable mentions still need to be determined. Currently Blue State is in the lead, but could easily be overtaken by Red State. Personally I'm a sucker for the underdog, Indie!
You can still "vote" by purchasing one of the 3 remaining colors. With the race for second place still undetermined, we will continue to keep a running tally of all '12 October colors sold in both Shepherd Sock and Shepherd Worsted through Election Day, November 6th.
Lots of new yarns here from Classic Elite! Already flying out the door are Liberty Wool Light (the fingering weight version of Liberty Wool Print) and Majestic Tweed. Liberty Wool Light comes with 200 yards per 50g ball and knits up on a US 4 needle. We love the bright print colorways and the awesome pattern names like "Zigzagatory" and "Cardiganism" found in CEY's pattern booklet, 9184 Liberty Wool Light. Majestic Tweed holds a little more sophistication with its tweedy silk flecks and wool, angora, silk and nylon composition. A deliciously soft heavy worsted weight yarn, Majestic Tweed is great for hats, scarves and cowls!
Made from all-natural fibers, this wool, alpaca, and mohair blend is the ideal all-purpose yarn for your knitting this fall. Color By Kristin features a lush palette of rich, complimentary colors, chosen specifically by Kristin Nicolas. If you aren't familiar with her, Kristin was the Creative Director at Classic Elite from 1984 to 2000. A prolific knitwear designer and decorative artist, Kristin is a born colorist and finds inspiration just about everywhere from her old farmhouse home to ethnic textiles and impressionist-era paintings! Love Kristin's colors but in need of some project inspiration? Check out Color By Kristin: Book 1! Brimming with projects like the Sebastian Gloves and Ginger Pullover, it is difficult not to be inspired!
Last but not least are Classic Elite's latest additions to their Mountain Top Collection! Chalet is an exotic alpaca and bamboo blend with a chainette construction that makes this chunky yarn lighter than you might expect... and gives the yarn a plush, squishy soft feel you'll love to cuddle up with! A chunkier version of the popular Vista yarn, Blackthorn is a heavy worsted weight wool and alpaca blend that knits up in no time on a US 11 needle. As per usual, CEY has some amazing pattern support for this yarn including the Birchfield Cardigan and Widgeon Hill Wrap!
Lovers of ruffle yarn take note! There is a new kid on the ruffle block! Knitting Fever's Tricor and Trico Lux yarns are similar in structure to the open webbing of Katia's ever-popular Triana and Triana Lux, but come in a new set of stunning colorways. I'm particularly drawn to the tonal shades of the Tricor Lux palette. Whether or not you are a fan of sparkle, it is impossible to deny that hint of glitter adds a certain je ne sais quoi to this particular ruffle yarn. For something a little more understated, Tricor (sans Lux) offers several solid and eye-catching multi choices that are sure to fit the bill!
It is never too soon to start your holiday knitting! Get a jump on those gifts with the dozens of project ideas in the latest issue of Knit Simple Holiday 2012. Projects range from stylish accessories and socks, to hats and home decor, and so much more, all categorized by the recipient. So there's gift ideas for mom, dad, the grandparents, the kids, and even the dog! We love the infinity cowl featured on the front page knit in Koigu's new Bulky yarn, as well as the Koigu KPPPM Tassled Shawl and the Blue Sky Worsted Hand Dyes Tassled Hat!
Getting started on your holiday knitting? Make sure it doesn't get tangled or lost with a handy project bag from della Q! Available in both Large and Small, the Eden Cotton Project bags are the perfect place to store your latest WIP (and they are also make great gifts/gift packaging for your fiber arts buddies!). The latest fall prints are here, including the cutesy Pansy Bliss, geometric mod Stem and the intricate black and white paisley Emboss.
I think this may be about as close as you can get to knitting with metal, without actually knitting with metal. Blue Sky Alpaca's Metalico yarn is a opulent blend of baby alpaca and mulberry silk. The soft, natural colors of the alpaca combined with the shine and glow of silk really does give this yarn a metallic sheen. Metalico is great for stylish mitts or a luxurious cowl, though I'm partial to the Etched Rio Wrap pattern with its simple lines and elegant edging.
This stylish necklace design from Javori Designs was recently featured in Vogue Knitting! Verona is a simple, elegant accessory featuring alternating bands of stockinette and garter stitch for a sophisticated texture accentuated by glistening glass pearl beads. Eachg you need except the knitting needles! A quick project you can finish in an afternoon, the Verona makes a wonderful gift. Be sure to check out the other designs by Javori including Tiffany and Venus!
I designed this shawl on a recent vacation to Hawaii. In the Hawaiian language, "Ohana"
means "family" whether it be a blood-relation, adopted, or those you choose to make your
family. Whatever the case may be, it's a sentiment that perfectly embodies the intention behind this shawl design! I selected Berroco Remix yarn for this design for several reasons. For starters, this yarn has a soft, tweedy cotton feel, which makes it perfect for every member of your family, and is comfortable for just about any season. And, an exciting and fun reason is that we've spent the last seven months collaborating with Berroco on a new catalog that will debut this November.
We've learned so much about Berroco during the process, for example, Berroco has been owned by the Wheelock family for six generations! So cool! It's this time spent in collaboration that has only further solidified Berroco's place in the Jimmy Beans Wool family. So you can see how the Ohana Shawl is truly all about family. It's also a super quick knit with simple patterning that is done on US 8 needles, so there is still plenty of time to make a few as gifts for the holidays!
From our family to yours, happy knitting!
To download this pattern or add it to your Ravelry Queue, be sure to check out the Ohana Shawl pattern page on Ravelry. Don't use Ravelry? No problem! Feel free to download the PDF directly from our website, just click here!
This technique is used to carry alternating yarns up the side of your work, and a good one to know if you decide to make Kristen's striped Ohana Shawl! You can use the same technique for alternating hanks of hand dyed yarns or when utilizing different dye lots.
1) Cast on and knit an even number of rows in the first color.
2) Join the second color and work two rows.
3) To change back to your first color, hold your work so that the right side is facing you (keep track of the RS by placing a locking stitch marker on that side.) Pick up the working end of your first color by reaching underneath the second color, bring the yarn to the front and knit the first stitch.
4) Repeat this partial wrap after every two rows, even if you aren't changing colors, to lock the carried strands in place.
Note: Give your fabric a little tug along the edge where you've wrapped the yarns after the first couple of partial wraps, to make sure you're leaving enough slack in the carried yarn so that it doesn't pull the edge tighter than the opposite edge.
We have so many wonderful yarns (and fabrics!) are sale, but here are just a few of our favorites...
Lorna's Laces Black Sheep: 50% Off! Lorna's Laces' Black Sheep, a worsted weight wool and viscose blend, features one strand of black yarn that is plied with some of your favorite Lorna's dyed yarn! Here are some of the current most popular colors...
Tosh Onesies and Shorties: Starting at 15% Off! We've still got Onesies and Shorties! Tosh Onesies are still here, but they won't be for long -make sure to grab your favorite colors before they disappear! Also from Tosh, Prairie Short Skeins don't show up in the sale section, but are definitely worth perusing at your leisure. Just 50 yards short from a regular skein of Prairie (790 yards vs 840), these skeins are dyed to first-quality perfection in dozens of the most popular Tosh colorways!
Discontinued Colors from Manos: 40%-50% Off! Check out the beautiful hand spun Wool Clasica in Naturals and Semi-Solid colors. There are also a few colors of Rittenhouse left, but you'd better be quick, we're already almost out! This gorgeous wool comes from Uruguay where the yarn is crafted by local women in co-ops designed to bring social and economic opportunities to rural women. Available in many stunning colorways, Wool Clasica is perfect for cozy sweaters and throws, as well as winter accessories such as mittens and hats!
More Hand Maiden Onesies: 30% Off! Did you miss out on the first round of Hand Maiden Onesies? Don't worry, we've got more! More colors, more bases and more of your favorites! These skeins are mis-dyes, meaning they are one-of-a-kind originals. The pictures you see below and on our website are a general representation rather than an exact likeness, but you better believe they're still as gorgeous! Available in Sea Silk, Double Sea (DK weight Sea Silk), Sea Three (worsted weight Sea Silk), Sea Three 150g (a bigger hank, yippee!), and introducing Lady Godiva (a luxurious worsted wool and silk blend), there is plenty of choices for you next project or adding something special to your stash!
Stitch Nation Yarns: 35% Off! Grab some while you can! Sadly, the Stitch Nation yarns -Alpaca Love, Bamboo Ewe, Full o' Sheep, and Washable Ewe- are being discontinued. But the good news is they are now on sale! These affordable yarns are even MORE affordable and great for making gifts, afghans, stylish accessories... you name it! Made from all-natural fibers like wool, alpaca and bamboo, all four Stitch Nation Yarns come in a fun, colorful palette of cheery colors you'll love working with!
Terry made the Windschief hat for her oldest son for his birthday in February. She wanted him to have a warm hat for when he climbed South Sister in the Oregon Cascades later in the spring. She saw this pattern by Stephen West and loved the complex way it looked without being too frivolous for most guys to wear. He really loves it, so it was a success!
While traversing through China, Ailene wanted to bring a project that was easy to carry but that would keep her interest. She had her eye on the Koigu Linen Stitch Scarf pattern for quite awhile and decided it was perfect for her trip abroad. She used three skeins of Koigu KPPPM yarn that were mill ends and were on sale. She loved how the scarf turned out and would definitely make another one!
We just love Nicole's Dandy Neckerchief by Ariane Caron-Lacoste that she just knit up! She said it was fun and kept her interest the entire way through (which is always important!). It is a great project for people who want to try charts for the first time. She loves the Lorna's Laces Lion and Lamb Yarn but warns customers to keep in mind that the project will grow substantially when blocked.
In-shop event alert! Please join us for a very special Knit for Charity knit night on Thursday, November 15th from 6-8pm. We will have lots of exciting things to share while we all knit for good causes, plus attendees will get a sneak preview of our Friday Before Black Friday surprise on November 16th! We like to call it "Operation Turkey Trot". If you won't be able to attend the knit night, but want to know more, keep an eye on our blog, Facebook page and the next newsletter for more hints as to what Operation Turkey Trot is all about!
We know her as The Girl Who Got Everyone Hooked On Dr. Who (a British TV drama), but our local customers know her as their personal Yarn Addition Enabler. Jenn currently manages our retail space and can help you with just about anything from yarn choices to knitting conundrums! Also known as the Wizard of Languages, Jenn helps translate emails from our international customers, using the mad language skill she picked up while earning her Bachelor's in English and Spanish and her Master's in Linguistics. If you can't tell, Jenn is a woman of many talents and passions!
Jenn's favorite holiday, Halloween, is fast approaching. And so is her wedding, which will also take place this month! She and her fiance/soon-to-be-husband plan on dressing up as a zombie bride and groom in honor of their nuptials. I asked Jenn if she'd be knitting any part of her costume, and she told me she was considering making one of the Javori necklaces to add a bit of bling. Due in part to their love of Halloween, and being located in a good neighborhood for trick-or-treating, Jenn's house has become Halloween Home Base for her family and friends. This year they plan on eating meatball subs with olives sliced to make the meatballs look like eyeballs!
Here are some of Jenn's favorite new things at the shop: