We’re off to TNNA!

Lisa and I are off on our annual shopping trip to TNNA in Columbus, Ohio tomorrow where we’ll order mountains of yarn, notions, and accessories for the fall and winter seasons. TNNA is one of the largest industry trade shows of the year where retailers, wholesalers, manufacturers, publishers, and designers all come together to show and discover new products, designs, trends, and techniques. It’s our mission to bring the latest and greatest on the knit and crochet scene back to Espace Tricot – new yarns, must-have gadgets, unique accessories, and more!

Blogging will be quiet through next Wednesday but stay tuned for exciting updates after the show.

:-)

– Melissa

New store samples

Lakeside Anniversary Wrap by CYNTHIA CUSHING

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We love the simple construction of the Lakeside Anniversary Wrap by Cynthia Cushing. Although this is essentially a rectangle (folded in half and then partially seamed along one edge), the designer thoughtfully addressed the tendency of stockinette to roll by knitting it  on the bias and incorporating an I-cord edge. Our version combines a glowing strand of Berroco Captiva with a strand of Shibui Silk Cloud (silk and mohair) for a luxurious wrap  that is open and airy and so very soft.

Click here for additional photos and project details on our Ravelry page.
Shibui Silk Cloud and Berroco Captiva can be purchased in our online store here and here.

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 Ship to Shore Shawl by Katie Rempie

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The Ship to Shore Shawl by Katie Rempie combines different stitch patterns and a larger needle size for a beautifully textured and lightweight accessory. This is our second version of this shawl; our first was knit with cashmere but we were curious to see how this would work with Sparrow from Quince & Co. As expected, the linen gives the shawl a crisp structure, lovely drape, and a cool, dry hand – all wonderful qualities in a summertime accessory.

Click here for additional photos and project details on our Ravelry page.
Quince & Co. Sparrow can be purchased in our online store here.

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New store sample: Botanical Cowl(s)

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The Botanical Cowl by Megan Goodacre is a lovely warm-weather project featuring an airy double-eyelet pattern bordered by 4×4 rib at top and bottom. We knit both of our samples with Handmaiden Fine Yarn Sea Silk (Above: Salt Spray / Below: Turkish Delight) which is soft and cool with beautiful drape.  The designer provides instructions for either a single or double loop size – we opted to knit the longer versions for both but doubled the height of the grey / blue one above to create a more substantial piece and to maximize our yarn usage (1 full skein).  These make gorgeous summer accessories!

Click here for additional photos and project details on our Ravelry page.
Click here to purchase Handmaiden Sea Silk in our online store.

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Click here for additional photos and project details on our Ravelry page.
Click here to purchase Handmaiden Sea Silk in our online store.

– Melissa

Free pattern Friday: Outline

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(Photos: Hedgehog Fibres)

Outline by Beata Jezek is a brilliant pattern for showcasing your coveted, hand-dyed skeins of fingering (sock) weight yarns. Use up leftovers, use all new skeins, or combine remnants with new indulgences to knit this simple but stunning wrap. As the designer says “this wrap lets your yarns shine and your mind rest. It’s a very easy, enjoyable knit, with a great knitting rhythm”.

The pattern can be easily customized in terms of length and width and the sky’s the limit where colour is concerned. Try using yarns that are of similar weight for best results.

– Melissa

Chevron Baby Blanket Class

Still a few spots left in our Chevron Baby Blanket class beginning this Sunday evening – call us at 514-486-5648 to reserve your spot!


CHEVRON BABY BLANKET (Bilingual Class)
Francoise Richard-Devereaux
$90 for three 2-hour sessions
Sundays, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm: May 24, 31, June 7

Chevron Baby Blanket

Come join us and knit our beautiful Chevron Baby Blanket. This simple pattern is ideal for a first time blanket experience; you will learn several skills while  creating a fun and modern project. Required materials: Worsted weight yarn – 5 colours at 140 meters each (or more if you wish to make a larger version) and needles required to obtain gauge (usually 5 – 5.5mm circular needles). Prerequisites: Cast on, knit, purl, bind off

– Melissa

New store sample: Davis

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Davis by Pam Allen is a simple, boxy pullover which perfectly blends stockinette stitch and Quince and Co’s beautiful Kestrel yarn (100% linen) in a modern silhouette . We love the fact that the nature of this yarn keeps the edges from rolling, allowing for an unstructured yet pulled-together look. An incredibly comfortable piece with great drape and a cool textureAlthough the wide profile is balanced by very fitted sleeves for esthetic balance, we felt they were a little too narrow for the average gal and increased them a little in size. All modifications are listed on our Ravelry page.

Click here for additional photos and project details on our Ravelry page.
Buy Quince & Co. Kestrel on our website here.

– Melissa

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New store sample: Spring Lace Infinity Scarf

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The Spring Lace Infinity Scarf by Linda Thach is a lovely spring / summer project with a light, crisp structure. Knit with 2.5 skeins of Shibui Linen (20 colours currently in stock), the fabric is light and breathable – ideal for warm-weather wear. Although some will find it a little rough at first, be assured that this will become softer with every wear. The combination of leafy lace borders with stockinette and elongated stockinette sections creates a delicately textured loop that makes a pretty addition to any outfit!

Click here for additional photos and project details on our Ravelry page.
Shibui Linen is available in our online store here!

– Melissa

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Free pattern Friday: Sunray Shawl

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The Sunray Shawl by designer Dunkelgrün is one of those easily customizable patterns that lends itself well to adjustments in size as well as just about any yarn weight. Although the one pictured is knit with a fingering to sport weight yarn (370m / wingspan 65″), you can use any other weight (be sure to adjust your needle size) and / or knit additional repeats for a larger shawl. With a semicircular shape, decorative yarn-overs arranged like sunrays, and a picot edge, this shawl is pretty and feminine and beautifully textured.

The designer includes a link to a video tutorial for the picot-edge bind-off and notes that this pattern is suitable for beginners – including first-time shawl knitters, first-time lace knitters, and first-time picot-edge bind-off knitters – so, if you’ve been putting off trying out these types of projects, no more excuses. It’s time to take the leap :-)

– Melissa

Re-stocked: Woolfolk!

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The launch of Woolfolk last year by Kristin Ford took the knitting community by storm.  And after a stellar review of Woolfolk’s Får by Clara Parke’s on Knitter’s Review it sold out at many retailers within weeks. Thankfully, Kristin has increased production and we are happy to report that we are again fully stocked with all colours of both Tynd and Får.

Exquisitely soft and lustrous, Woolfolk yarn is made from Ultimate Merino®, an ecologically sourced and produced yarn which has been developed as part of a partnership between the Ovis 21 biodiversity and grasslands regeneration project and Patagonian farmers, the Nature Conservancy, and outdoor retailer Patagonia Inc. Ultimate Merino® has a micron count of 17.5, and combines the hand of cashmere with the wear of merino.

Woolfolk yarns are available exclusively at only a small number of hand-selected retail partners and we are honoured to be one of them.

Available in store and online here.

– Melissa

New store sample: Hamlin Peak

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Hamlin Peak by Pam Allen is a perfectly casual summer cardigan. This easy top-down sweater has clean lines and strategic shaping for a flattering fit.  Although this pattern originally calls for Quince and Co. Kestrel, because we’re already working up a store sample in that yarn (blog post coming soon), we opted for Rowan Pure Linen for this instead. We think  it works beautifully at this looser gauge giving the sweater a gorgeous drape, subtle sheen, and a very summery feel. At 16 1/2 stitches per 4″, Hamlin Peak knits up quickly and the straightforward raglan-style yoke and simple eyelet increases make for a minimalist yet pretty silhouette. So many wins!

Click here for additional photos and project details on our Ravelry page.
Click here to purchase Rowan Pure Linen in our online store.

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– Melissa

 

Our picks for Mother’s Day!

Mother’s Day is just around the corner but there’s still time to pick up the perfect gift! While choosing yarn for a knitter can sometimes be a tricky prospect, there are loads of other useful tools and accessories that are sure to be appreciated.

Here are just a few ideas:


SOAK

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Gentle and lightly scented, Soak is an ideal wash for cashmere, wool, cotton and other delicate fabrics.  Available in large (425 ml) and small bottles (90 ml) in the following scents: Aquae, Yuzu, Celebration, Lacey, and Scentless.

Purchase in store or online here.


ZigZag Stitches Boxy Bag

boxy_bags_2015Boxy Bags are handmade using designer Japanese fabrics. Each one is fully lined and beautifully crafted with reinforced seams. Great for storing and transporting knitting or craft projects, the bigger boxy bag will easily accommodate a shawl or small sweater. An interior pocket can hold notions and the bag itself will fit knitting needles or crochet hooks up to 10 inches long.
Approximately 10.5 inches x 5 inches x 5 inches (26cm x 13 cm x 13 cm)

Available in store and online.


DIGITAL ROW COUNTERS

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A digital row counter is the perfect accessory for hands free counting while you knit or crochet. No more stopping to make a mark on a piece of paper or cranking a manual row counter. The electronic counter has a 5 digit LCD screen display that can count from 0 up to 99999 rows with 2 soft touch rubberized silver buttons to control it. Made from ABS plastic, the same material used for Lego. The row counter uses a standard AG10 1.5v button cell battery, so when it wears out, simply unscrew the back of the counter to replace it.

Purchase in store or online here.


Bookhou “Knit Stitch” Tall Tote or Bucket Tote

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Bookhou’s hand-drawn, hand-screened prints on beautiful multi-purpose tote bags!
Purchase in store or online here and here.

 HiyaHiya Swarovski Crystal Stitch Markers

Put a little sparkle in your knitting with these handcrafted Swarovski Crystal Stitch Markers! Each set of 12 contains 11 stitch markers with a clear Swarovski Crystal bead, and 1 specialty stitch marker with a colored or shaped Swarovski Crystal Bead. Stitch markers come inside a useful accessory tin.
Purchase in store or online here.

SNAP ‘N GO NOTIONS CASES – JUMBO

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Jumbo-sized Snap ‘n Go Notions Cases™ have eight little compartments to keep all your knitting and crocheting notions neatly separated. Organize your life in a snap and go! The first side features four small rectangular compartments that are perfect for storing stitch markers, buttons, and other tiny knitting notions. Flip apart the second half to reveal three long compartments that are great for holding things like stitch holders, darning needles, and point protectors. Finally, the big single compartment sandwiched in the center is perfect for larger items like mini crochet hooks, cable needles, T-pins, and tape measures. This compact little beauty has a hard, sturdy outer shell made of heavy-duty plastic. A hole for a lanyard or key chain is located near the hinge. Notions not included.

Purchase in store or online here.


NEEDLE KITS

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Available in-store only.


THE GLEENER

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We couldn’t live without this wonder tool. Fuzzing and pilling are a fact of life with knitted garments and some fibers and blends are worse than others. Regular use of the Gleener will keep your pieces looking new and will even resuscitate some you thought were beyond repair. Not convinced? See before and after photos and product videos on the Gleener website.

Purchase in store or online here.


 “Keep Calm and Carry Yarn” Project Bags

Keep calm and carry yarn in these great project bags. Each cotton muslin bag is hand-dyed and screen printed by hand. Perfect for keeping your project organized and easy to grab when you’re on your way out. Image is printed on both sides of bag. Small version measures approximately 11″ x 10.5” / Large version 16″ x 16″.  Available in 11 colours.
Purchase in store or online here (Small) and here (Large).

Loqi Bags & Zip Pockets

 

loqi_bagsStrong , eco-friendly, reusable, chemical-free, long-lasting, water-resistant, washable. And extremely good looking.  A great on-the-go bag for all your shopping (and knitting / crafting) needs! Weighs just 1.9 oz but can carry up to 44 lbs.

Loqi ZIP Pockets

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Cellphone, wallet, and keys.  Stitch markers, cable needle, extra yarn. Each new adventure calls for its own set of tools. Loqi Zip Pockets come in families of 3.

Available in store or online here.


 Gingher Stork Scissors

Beautiful design and precise function are combined in these 3½ inch Stork Embroidery Scissors from Gingher. Each pair of scissors comes with a fitted leather sheath for storage.
Available in store or online here.

HIGHLIGHTER TAPEstocking_highlighter

A removable alternative to highlighter pens, LEE Highlighter Tape is great for use with knitting charts and patterns.

Purchase in store or online here.


 Espace Tricot Tote

Show your love for Espace Tricot. Our roomy eco-tote is made from 100% recycled cotton and is printed in the US. All seams and stress points are double stitched for durability.
16″W x 15.5″H; 5″ bottom gusset
Purchase in store or online here.

ESPACE TRICOT GIFT CARD

stocking_giftcardAvailable in any denomination! Can’t make it into the store to pick one up? Can also be purchased over the telephone and delivered by regular post or e-mail. Just give us a ring at 514 486-5648.


 

Happy Mother’s Day from all of us at Espace Tricot!

– Melissa

Free pattern Friday: Sweet Mama

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Note: This pattern is only free through end of day Mother’s Day 2015 (May 10) with coupon code MD2015.

J. L. Finkelstein’s Sweet Mama scarflette is a very easy and fun little confection that requires only a little bit of lace weight yarn to work up. If you have about 20g left in your stash from any of your previous projects, then you have enough! If you prefer something a little more substantial, simply adjust your needle-size and use a heavier weight yarn.

The pattern is easily adjusted in terms of size just by continuing the pattern past the specified dimensions – the result will be a lovely triangular shawl.  The scarflette is worked on a diagonal and can be easily ended at any size.

While the scarflette itself would make a great Mother’s Day gift, whipping this up in time for Sunday is probably not feasible for most of us.  That said, If the woman you plan to honour this weekend is a knitter, why not gift the pattern along with a beautifully indulgent skein of yarn?

Remember, Sweet Mama is only free through Sunday so be sure to download it in the next day or two even if you don’t plan to knit it right away.

Wishing everyone a lovely weekend!!

– Melissa

New Kestrel colours from Quince & Co.

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We blogged the arrival of Quince & Co’s original nine Kestrel colourways back in March but five more colours have been added this season and we now have them available both in-store and online.

Kestrel is a new take on Quince’s simple Sparrow yarn – the same Belgium-grown organic linen but spun this time in a ribbon structure.  The yarn’s flat surface adds a slight texture to knit and purl stitches and the finished fabric has incredible drape.  And at at 3½ to 4 stitches to the inch, Kestrel knits up quickly for satisfying projects that will surely be finished before summer is.

Have a look at our previous post for project ideas or browse Kestrel patterns on Ravelry for inspiration.

Lisa just finished Davis by Pam Allen with this yarn and it’s great – photos coming soon!

– Melissa

New in store: Sail Shawl Kits from SweetGeorgia

Sail Shawl Kit

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With a simple, modern construction, SweetGeorgia’s gently asymmetrical Sail Shawl evokes a nautical, summertime feel. The entire shawl is worked with knit stitches only, making for an easy, relaxing project. Pick your favorite colours and watch the colourblocks come to life!

Sail Shawl Kit

Kit includes the Sail Shawl pattern as well as three skeins of yarn (Tough Love Sock + Glitterati Sock). Choose from the following colourways:

  • Shoots & Leaves (Basil, Melon, Laurel)
  • Caramel Pecan (Auburn, Ginger, Tumbled Stone)
  • Citrus Sparkler (Coral Rose, Grapefruit, Birch)
  • Evening Song (Ultraviolet, Mulberry, Wisteria)
  • Dark & Stormy (Nightshade, Sapphire, Dreamboat)

Shoots & Leaves

Caramel Pecan

Citrus Sparkler

Evening Song

Dark & Stormy

Finished measurements

  • Width: 63” / 160 cm at top edge
  • Height: 19.75” / 50 cm at center spine

Kits can be purchased in-store or online here.

– Melissa

Now online: Keep Calm and Carry Yarn Project Bags

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Keep calm and carry yarn in these great project bags from JennieGee. Each cotton muslin bag is hand-dyed and screen printed by hand. Perfect for keeping your project organized and easy to grab when you’re on your way out. Image is printed on both sides. Large version measures approximately 16″ x 16” / Small version 10.5″ x 11″.

Now available in our online store here and here!

– Melissa

Now online: Handmaiden Maiden Hair

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Maiden Hair is finally available in our online store along with Handmaiden Lino, Mini Maiden, Swiss Mountain Cashmere and Silk, and Sea Silk.

Maiden Hair is a luscious blend of pure mulberry silk wrapped in a soft hazy strand of kid mohair. This single ply yarn is soft and fuzzy with a stunningly beautiful inner “glow” that will light up your projects.  A lovely choice for cowls, shawls, wraps, and sweaters.

See what we mean below…

Ocean Breeze by Boo Knits

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Here, Maiden Hair is beautifully combined with Sea Silk in the same colourway.

Capture by Lisa Mutch

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This version of Capture is one of our most popular store samples!

The Age of Brass and Steam Kerchief by Orange Flower Yarn

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This kerchief-size version of the Age of Brass and Steam is made with just half a skein of Maiden Hair.  You can make two and gift one or add repeats to create a larger shawl.

Sabine by Julie Weisenberger

(Project photo: Espace Tricot)

Sabine is another very popular store sample – luxurious, sophisticated, and flattering on nearly every body type.

Circumnavigate by Heidi Kirrmaier

(Project photo: UandIKnit)

This has just been added to my queue and a skein in the Torngat colourway has been stashed!

– Melissa

Now online: Handmaiden Lino

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The exquisite Lino from Handmaiden has just been re-stocked (25 colours) and is now available in our online store!  Lino is a 2-ply laceweight yarn that combines shiny silk and crisp linen for a fresh and light summer yarn. The generous yardage (800 m / 875 y) makes Lino ideal for larger lace projects as well as for beautiful tops and elegant wraps. It can also be knit double for a thicker fabric.

Click here to purchase Lino in our online store.

A few projects to inspire:

Holey Square Shawl by Marianne Sigg

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I have the Holey Square Shawl on my needles right now and am loving the texture and airy feel of this piece!

Swiss Cheese Scarf by Winnie Shih

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This looks fun!

Muji Painting by Lies Vandesande

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A great pattern for easy, mindless knitting. Perfect for showing off the beautiful hand-dyed variations.

Groovy by JumperCablesKnitting

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We’ve knit several Groovy shawls already but this one in Lino is making us feel like there may be another one in our future :-)

– Melissa

Free pattern Friday: Spring Fever

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Spring Fever by Amy Miller is a fresh take on the traditional rugby scarf. With endless striping possibilities this gorgeous accessory is the perfect canvas to reflect your colour personality. Work it as a gradient or opt for 8 completely different shades. The beauty of a simple concept like this one is its versatility – it can be as wild or as sophisticated as you like depending on your colour choices and the size makes it wearable as both a scarf or a wrap.  A great way to use up any fingering weight bases in your stash – especially leftovers from previous projects.

Uses 1 skein each of 8 different colours – approximately 220 yds / 201 m each

Yarn options we’re considering (because you know we can’t resist this kind of project) are Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light, Julie Asselin Fino, Shibui Staccato, SweetGeorgia Yarns CashLuxe Fine,  or even Sandnesgarn Mandarin Petit.  Or what about Shibui Linen for a true summer version. Stay tuned… :-)

Let us know if you cast on for Spring Fever and what yarns and colours you choose. We can’t wait to see finished versions of these as they are added to Ravelry!

– Melissa

Re-stocked: Handmaiden Sea Silk

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Just because warmer weather is around the corner doesn’t mean yarn deliveries slow down around here.  In the last couple of weeks we’ve received large orders from Handmaiden, Habu Textiles, Quince & Co., Rowan, Shibui, and Julie Asselin (more on that last one soon!).

Our latest Handmaiden delivery included Sea Silk, Maiden Hair, and Lino. Only Sea Silk is currently available in our online store but Maiden Hair and Lino should be added by the end of the week. Until then, a focus on Sea Silk… :-)

Sea Silk is one of our favourite fingering-weight yarns for shawls and smaller accessories. A lustrous blend of silk and Seacell® – a cellulose based fiber derived from seaweed – Sea Silk has beautiful stitch definition and incredible drape making it a perfect choice for luxurious lace projects. This yarn is especially nice for use in spring and summer.

A few knit and crochet projects ideas to inspire you below.

Elowen Shawl by Judy Marples

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Chickadee Cowl by Kirsten Kapur

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Holden Shawlette by Mindy Wilkes

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Botanical Cowl by Megan Goodacre

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Curry Cuff by Karen Borrel

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Sweet November by Guylaine Godin

(Project photo: 783Nora)

– Melissa

 

 

 

New store sample: Pebble Beach

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The Pebble Beach Shawlette by Helen Stewart is a lovely crescent-shaped summer accessory which we’ve knit here with Handmaiden’s exquisite Sea Silk. This luxurious shawl has extraordinary drape and sheen and the picot edge finishes off the simple lace pattern beautifully! The pattern is clearly written and makes for a great travel and holiday knitting project.

Visit our Ravelry page for additional photos and project details!

Handmaiden Sea Silk has just been re-stocked and is now available in our online store.

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– Melissa

Free pattern Friday (+ new store sample): Boneyard

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The Boneyard Shawl by Stephen West is the simplest of triangle shawls featuring repeated sections of garter and stockinette stitch. A great project for beautiful hand-dyed yarns with subtle shading.  We knit our version with Manos del Ururguay’s Fino – a luscious blend of extra fine merino and silk in a lightweight yarn that’s ideal for accessories or luxurious garments. The combination of colour depth variations and stitch textures produces a minimalist shawl with a modern feel.

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

Manos Fino can be purchased in our online store here.

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– Melissa

New store sample: Tier

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Tier is a gorgeous summer scarf from Shellie Anderson knit with one of Shibui’s newest yarns – Twig (46% linen, 42% recycled silk, 12% wool). The sections of elongated rows of dropped stitches on either end create interest in this simple, light accessory. Elegant and versatile, Tier can be worn many ways and will play well with almost any outfit. A very basic pattern that knits up quickly for seriously high-impact results!

Twig can be purchased in our online store here!

Pattern available for free with yarn purchase (in-store or online).

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

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– Melissa