A yarn lover’s best friend…Stashbot!

Is your stash getting out of control? When you find a project you’d like to knit and try to use yarns you stashed without a specific pattern in mind do you come up short? Frustrated? Stashbot to the rescue!pamphlet_stashbotStashbot is your yarn shopping companion! If you find a yarn you can’t live without, this guide will help you determine how much you should buy. It will pay for itself over and over as it saves you from purchasing more skeins of yarn than you need.  Most importantly it will keep your stash useful as you’ll be sure to have enough yarn to knit the projects you would like.  Stashbot is an 8 page booklet that includes yarn requirement averages for gauges 3 – 8 stitches per inch / 2.5 cm. All yarn requirements are presented in both yards and meters.

- Melissa

More books back in stock…

We love these pattern books – fresh, modern garments and accessories designed with some of our favourite yarns!gudrun_knitwithmeKnit with me – A mother & daughter collection by Gudrun Johnston.
Click here to preview.

kb_essentialsKnitbot Essentials is a collection of six popular Hannah Fettig designs paired with three of her must have accessories.
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Knitbot Yoked is a collection of four modern round-yoke sweater patterns and two accessories. Hannah Fettig provides valuable tips and techniques for knitting round-yokes from the top down. This book also serves as an introduction to Fair Isle knitting.
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Knitbot Linen features six unstructured knits designed and knit in Quince & Co. Sparrow.  Inside the book you’ll find five garment and one accessory patterns.  I share my tips on knitting with linen, and Pam talks about the Sparrow color palette.
Click here to preview.

- Melissa

Free Pattern Friday: Honey Stitch Cowl

free_honey_stitch_cowl_3 A classic yet modern accessory, the Honey Stitch Cowl by Davina Choy is a visually interesting piece that will elevate the casual and beautifully complement the more formal.  Honey stitch cables bordered by twisted rib edges are knit scarf-style to your desired length and then seamed to create a stunning loop. Note that these cables are easily knit without a cable-needle so you won’t be slowed down in your progress to the finish line. The designer has kindly provided a great video tutorial for casting on, knitting, and finishing on the Canadian Living website.

We think our newly re-stocked Rowan Cocoon, Misti Alpaca Chunky, and Cascade 128 Superwash would all make great choices for this piece!

Enjoy!

- Melissafree_honey_stitch_cowl_4

 

Two Shibui Trunk Shows now in store!

We are thrilled to announce the arrival of two trunk shows from Shibui KnitsPebble and Mix F/W13! All the beautiful garments and accessories below are available for viewing in store through the end of September! We have loads of Pebble, Silk Cloud, and Staccato in stock for these projects. Cima and Baby Alpaca can be ordered as needed.

- Melissa

Peak Scarf

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Ridged Textured Pullover

shibui_trunk1Peak Hatshibui_trunk2Cliff Colourwork Pullovershibui_trunk4

Double Knit Cowlshibui_trunk5

Brioche Hatshibui_trunk6

Oversized V-Neck Pullovershibui_trunk7

Sideways Ribbed Topshibui_trunk8

Multi-Striped Cowlshibui_trunk9

Stripey Boxy Teeshibui_trunk10

 

Tristan’s new favourite sweater

t_flax4My 10-year-old son has been hankering after a blue sweater for ages and the Betty Draper’s Blues colourway in Madelinetosh Tosh Vintage fit the bill nicely! We perused Ravelry together and he opted for Flax by Tincanknits – a classic, unisex, top-down pullover with sections of garter stitch on the sleeves which add interest and texture. The style is perfect with jeans and khakis and the fit is relaxed and casual without excess bulk.  I only wish I had made the S instead of the XS because, even though this was a super-quick knit, I don’t think he’ll get more than a year’s worth of wear out of it. That said, the top-down design lends itself well to lengthening the body and sleeves a little as he gains some height.

Click here for additional project details and photos on our Ravelry page.

- Melissa

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Berroco Ultra Alpaca – re-stocked!

ultra_alpaca_lgUltra Alpaca is the ideal balance of luxurious super fine alpaca and Peruvian Highland wool blended together and spun up perfectly round and light. The range of colors includes solid shades, natural heather shades and dyed heather shades. Each is beautiful on its own or combined in endless possible color work combinations.

100 g / 198 m / 5 sts = 1″ on 5 mm needles / 50% Alpaca, 50% Wool

We love this affordable yarn as a go-to for warm and lofty sweaters, shawls, and winter accessories. And a browse of the over 30,000 projects knit with Ultra Alpaca on Ravelry shows that many people agree with us!

Here are just a few project ideas that caught my attention this morning:

Tea with Jam and Bread by Heidi Kirrmaier
(Project photo: ulli)

bua_tea_jamThe way from Brighton by Heidi Joji Locatelli
(Project photo: 783Nora)

bua_brightonTruly Tasha’s Shawl by Nancy Bush (Free pattern!)
(Project photo: knittimo)

bua_tashaFold and Turn by Suvi Simola
(Project photo: Suvi Simola)

This last one is not actually knit with Ultra Alpaca but I’ve already swatched and plan to knit one up with Ultra Alpaca just as soon as I can get a couple of other projects off my needles!bua_fold_turn

- Melissa 

 

 

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