Wednesday, July 20, 2011

'Nother NEW YARN

Plymouth Juli Alpaca Blend Yarn

Julie is a new yarn, just arrived.
Juli is an Italian yarn. A loosely corded yarn with silver wraps, which look like beads from a distance. This soft alpaca blend yarn is very drapy and would be ideal for short vests, and wraps. This yarn is perfect in a knit or crochet scarf, with a matching hat.

Fiber: 63% Alpaca, 32% Nylon, 5% Polyester
Yardage: 50g - 101 yds
Gauge: 3.5 sts = 1"/ US 10 needle
Care: Hand Wash, Dry Flat

Take a look at this awesome yarn on my Juli Yarn Page.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Just had to share!!

This is a quick shot of the new ball winder. When I opened up the box I found the yarn winder comes with its own screwdriver. Sometimes it is the little stuff that tickles us all day long. I just had to share this with you. This just isn't any screwdriver! It is quite nice and a woman's dream as it is magnetized. Sure made putting the yarn winder together so much easier!

This is greatly needed size ball winder, at a reasonable price. Your can order yours now on my Yarn Winder & Swifts Page.

Henry (much to his disgruntlement) was drafted into moving yarn yesterday. He is much more comfortable glued to the computer. And he has been as he's been remodeling the web site. But I've been groaning how the Cascade 220 Superwash Wool Yarn is overflowing to total distraction! at 5:30 last night, I said "I'm doing it". "Bet it takes 1 hr". He just rolled his eyes. By 6:30 it was done with only the new Cascade Yarns freight that came in yesterday to be put away.

So now, when you come into the store the 220 Superwash Yarn is in a much happier, brighter lit spot, with lots of elbow room.

Saturday will be a special day, as I will be attending (finally!) the Metropolitan Machine Knitters Guild's monthly meeting. I'm so looking forward to seeing what everyone has been doing. One of the topics we will be discussing is the planning of next years knitting machine seminar here in Portland. As "headmaster" of this event, and new to Portland, I've a lot of information to gather then research. The biggest is finding a location that meets my criteria, followed by selecting a small group of teachers. I'm looking forward to finding teachers that feature younger styles, but styles that can easily be modified for a more conservative look as well. So exciting!

If you would like to stay on top of the progress for this seminar, you can sign up for Notification News at

We'll talk soon!!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Cat Bordhi Class--here in Portland

Hello Knitters--

Please see the attached PDF re Cat’s Bordhi’s 2-day workshop – Forensic Knitting.

The class is being sponsored by Lisa @ HandWorks NW, LLC and is being held in SW Portland in Multnomah Village.

Please contact Lisa via e-mail-- if you are interested in attending.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Cherry Chocolate!!

Yarn Store has a new look!
In an attempt to stay current, and to keep "house" clean, Henry has created a new look. It will be months before all the hundreds of pages are remodeled, but we are rolling things out daily. Always thinking in terms of food (the sweeter, the better) I've been referring to my new look as the Cherry Chocolate version. We are adding what Henry calls "breadcrumbs". That's a trail of where you are. This has already helped me jump around the site.

Let me know what you think!

New Colors in Cascade Sierra Yarn are arriving into stock. All the shopping scripts (along with the new Cherry Chocolate look) are up. Took me about 4 nights and 2 mornings to get all the yarn scripts done. But the way Henry showed me to do it, makes it simple for future additions and removals. Take a peak at my new Sierra Yarn pages.

My newsletter went out last week. If you aren't signed up for it, you can read it online on my YARN BLOGS & NEWSLETTERS page.

If you are a machine knitter, you may want to sign up for my Seminar notification letter. The research is afoot for a 2012 Biennial Knitting Machine Seminar. I've a couple meetings to attend, then I hit the ground running hoping to procure a location. Sign up here: This is a opt-in and opt-out newsletter purely and totally for letting machine knitters know the progress, dates and locations of my knitting machine events.

sorry no pics today!! Just information! Keep in touch (and those of you in the hot hot weather.....send some my way....I'm tired of wearing sweatshirts! )

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

New Large Ball Winder

Just arrived, a new large ball winder, at a great price!

I saw this winder at the June trade show, and loved the quality, loved the price. They just arrived into the US last week, and I have them in stock, ready to ship today!!

FREE SHIPPING on it too!!

Monday, July 11, 2011

New Yarn

Plymouth Yarn Stiletto Sock Yarn
Yarn Content: 70% Merino Superwash Yarn, 23% Nylon, 7% Lurex
Yarn Gauge: 7.5 sts = 1"/US2 needle
Yarn Weight: DK
Yarn Length: 384 yds/110g ball

Stiletto yarn is a fingering weight yarn. Knit mainly for socks, it would also knit or crochet up beautifully in a lightweight scarf, top or baby's garment. I can see it crocheted in a lacy wrap. This would make it a perfect Gift for the holidays coming up. The 7% Lurex puts a bit of sparkle into your piece. The summer sun or the evening lights would make it sparkle.

Block it heavily with a hot steamy iron (or kill it by pressing it) to make a whispy flowing fabric.

I stock ALL colors of Plymouth Yarn Stiletto Sock Yarn! It is online and ready to for your hooks and needles.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

NEW Knitting Pure & Simple

These are the newest patterns from Knitting Pure and Simple. Start early with gift knitting. Two of these projects are perfect for summer knitting. Small, easy to tote when traveling, or onto your patio, finish up fast, and take up only a small space while waiting to be given as gifts.
Neckdown Swing Cardigan #118 An easy to knit and wear cardigan, flattering to all in DK weight yarn at a gauge of 20 sts to 4 inches. The v neck is deep, and the sleeves are kimono style. Sizes x-small through xx-large.

Mukluk Slippers #116 A thick warm shipper for men and women, knitted tightly in bulky yarn for long wear. Sizes to fit women’s size 6 to men’s 14. Knitted from the bottom up, you can make the tops as long as you wish.

Chemo Caps for My Sister #119 A group of fast to knit hats, with shaping to flatter and comfort women who have hair loss from chemotherapy. They do look good on women with hair also! Bulky and worsted yarns.

Bulky Neckdown Pullover for Men #1110 Fast to knit and very warm, this pullover can have ribbed or rolled edges. Men’s sizes x-small through xx-large using bulky weight yarn at a gauge of 12 sts to 4 inches.