New store sample: Inspira Cowl


The Inspira Cowl by graphica is a gorgeous cowl pattern that has enjoyed continuous popularity on Ravelry since 2011.  Worked in the round on circular needles, this is a fun way to learn stranded knitting since the corrugated rib pattern is very forgiving and any variations in tension can be blocked out. There are three options for the cowl provided which vary by ribbing height – we followed instructions for the Mesa Rock (aran weight) version. After two plain knit rows, the corrugated ribbing pattern shifts so that previous knit columns become purl columns creating a graphic change in colour and texture that give the cowl a dynamic flow. Quick, addictive, and beautiful.

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

Giovanna knit this store sample for us and will be teaching an Inspira Cowl class at the store in October. Unfortunately, this course is already full with a waiting list. We will be scheduling a second one early in the new year so, if you’re interested, do be sure to check our course schedule again at the beginning of January.

- Melissa

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Winging their way to us – British Telephone Boxy Bags!

zigzagbritish2zigzagbritish3If you’ve been to our store, you know we are long-time fans of Boxy Bags from ZigZag Stitches. In addition to being beautifully made with quality fabrics and impeccable craftsmanship, they make absolutely ideal carrying cases for a wide range of knitting and crochet projects.  When we caught wind of this fantastic new British Telephone Box version we swooned and then immediately placed an order. The phone box is printed on organic cotton sateen fabric and features illustrations of windows on three sides, with a “view” of the interior. The back displays the banner “Keep Calm and Cast On”.  The zipper pull is a metal British-themed charm on a lobster clasp, which can be used as a removable stitch marker (it fits a needle up to 4.5 mm or US size 7).  These will be available later this week in limited supply.
zigzag_british1Also arriving are more Cable Needle Cases

zigzag_cablecases and Zippered Wedge Pouches!

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New classes just added

By popular demand we have added a second Effortless Cowl workshop to our course schedule. This workshop is filling up quickly so, if you’re interested in participating, don’t delay!

courses_effortlessWORKSHOP: EFFORTLESS COWL / COL CHIC AU CROCHET (Bilingual Class)
Giovanna Clementi
$45 for one 3-hour session / 45 $ pour une session de 3 heures
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, October 25 / 18h à 21h le 25 octobre

See class schedule for details.

We’ve also added a new Tricot 101 (Learn to Knit) class in November.

TRICOT 101 (Bilingual Class)
Francoise Richard-Devereaux       
$90 for three 2-hour sessions / 90 $ pour trois séances de 2 heures
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, November 16, 23, 30 / 18h à 20h, les 16, 23, 30 novembre

See class schedule for details.


New in store: Weepaca from Big Bad Wool

weepaca_woolWe fell in love with Big Bad Wool’s Weepaca yarn at a trade show last May and we’re excited to finally be adding this incredibly soft and natural blend of baby alpaca and merino wool to our growing collection of yarns ideal for babies and kids.  Weighing in at light worsted, Weepaca is perfect for every day wear and is machine washable for easy care.  Weepaca comes in 23 shades (15 pictured) ranging from soft pastels to fun brights. We are also now stocking several child-friendly patterns designed with Weepaca – most of which are suitable for both boys and girls. Lisa is already flying along on the Watercolours blanket and we should have some finished project photos for you soon!

Knotted Cabled Cap by Kate Oates
weepaca5Watercolours by Susan Barsteinweepaca3Fireside Cardigan by Kate Oates
weepaca7Granny Smith by Donna Higgins weepaca4Wonky Log Cabin by Susan Barsteinweepaca6Wee Baby Blocks by Susan Barstein weepaca2 Basketweave Blanket by Donna Higginsweepaca8Add a Label!

The best compliment comes from actual use. Big Bad Wool reminds you that Weepaca products are meant to be used, gently washed and cherished.  Embellish your finished projects with a sewn in ‘wear it out’ tag!  Also in stock.

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New magazines!

Knit.Purl – Fall/Winter 2014

Click here to preview projects on Ravelry.

knit_purl2014From the Interweave website: “knit.wear takes a big step forward with the name change to knit.purl and a new cover design. The mission and vision for this special issue remains the same, however-a focus on simpler, stylish, contemporary knit designs with fresh studio photography and interesting articles. In this issue, we explore striking knit-purl combinations, big gauges, bold colorwork, tailored sweaters, cool accessories, and more. Michelle Hunter introduces us to “Navajo ply knitting,” an innovative technique that allows for quick changes between single and triple-strand knitting, and then we step into the world of New York Fashion Week with the work of a budding knitwear designer. Handknit designer John Brinegar brings us two exclusive designs and talks to us about his work, life, and favorite yarns.”

Make it! Knits – Special issue

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makeit_knitsFrom the Interweave website: “From the editors of Interweave Knits comes this special issue, Make it! Knits, filled with favorite projects from past Knits and Knitscene issues. Heavier yarn weights and simpler patterns ease new knitters into the craft and make yarn substitutions clear and uncomplicated. In addition to the 33 projects, this issue includes four useful and straightforward articles on reading knitting patterns, how to knit-in-the-round, reading charts, and calculating the amount of yarn needed for a project. Make it! Knits suits a a range of knitters in skill and style, whether a beginner or someone in need of stash-busting projects in worsted- to bulky-weight yarns.”

- Melissa

New store sample: Global Nomad


Hot off Lisa’s needles this week is the Global Nomad Cowl by Helen Stewart – a quick but highly effective cowl project! Knit in-the-round, this pattern pulls you forward with interesting stitch changes and and a colour switch right in the middle. Note that this cowl looks small when it first comes off the needles but grows to a comfortable size with blocking and wear. The MillaMia Naturally Soft Merino yarn is lovely against the skin and will keep your neck warm without too much bulk – perfect for Fall. Twenty-two colours in stock.

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

- Melissa


New store sample: Drachenschwanz

drachenschwanz7I blogged the fledgling beginning of this scarf /shawl a few weeks ago when our fall order of Mille Colori Baby arrived and finally cast off my version of Drachenschwanz this weekend. It really didn’t take long to knit but a few distractions along the way delayed progress… you know how that goes. These photos were taken just after a good steaming and I think they give an impression of the beautiful drape and texture of the finished piece.  The simple pattern turned out to be just as mesmerizing to knit as expected with the colour changes coming faster and faster as the shawl grew in width. The overall effect is bright and beautiful and will provide a much needed visual pick-me-up through the grey days of winter.

Sixteen Mille Colori Baby colourways currently in stock.

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

- Melissa



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