Friday, November 30, 2012

fino.

Happy Friday!! and guess what?!

We have pretty new yarn...just in time for Sunday's Open House!! It's fino, the fingering weight version of manos del uruguay's ever-so-popular silk blend yarn; a 70% merino/50% silk single and the put-up is a very generous 450 meters (about 490 yards) per 100 g skein (please note that this is like a double skein of the yarn described on Ravelry).
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Of course the colors are beautiful. And with that much yardage per skein, I'd be tempted to grab just one and cast on a Honey Cowl (220 stitches on a size 8 needle for a finished cowl approximately 7-8" wide and 60" around).
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Or maybe another Summer Flies?  (and I'd follow the modifications so nicely described by raveler thetanull to use up every last yard of the yarn).
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Then again, maybe I'm feeling lucky about my chances for a nice discount on Sunday so I decide to grab two skeins... I could knit Veera Valimaki's (remember all the fun we had knitting Color Affection this past summer?) Line Break .  Or another Panoramic Stole .

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Or maybe I'm just itching to knit a sweater. (which, if you know me, isn't really all that hard to imagine!) Any of the patterns that suggest Madelinetosh's Tosh Merino Light would work. My current favorite is Joji Locatelli's Boxy . But Hannah Fettig's Featherweight is a classic (and a lot less knitting).
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Honestly, even if I didn't have plans to knit this right away, I'd still be tempted... how about you? What's tempting you for the Open House?

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Shibui Yarn Tasting.

Believe it or not, there are still a few spaces open* for tomorrow's yarn tasting event. We can only imagine that's because we haven't done a good job explaining what it is. Because surely spending a few hours swatching any or all of Shibui's seven yarns, trying on the latest Shibui Mix trunk show, perhaps winning a kit to knit one of them, and eating and drinking...in a yarn shop....see what I mean?

First up, the swatching.
We've got tasting-sized balls of each yarn rolled and ready to go. You can try them singly, or mix and match. I'm looking forward to trying the linen and the lace.  Don't forget to bring needles; I suggest sizes 5, 6, 7 and 8.

Then the trunk show of the latest Mix patterns (those are the ones on the bottom row of the photo below). It's a perfect opportunity to try on the pieces and to see how they look in real life. Photos are great, but you know it's always better to see knitwear in person.

Of course there are prizes - we've kitted up two of our favorite patterns from the latest Mix release (No. 8 and No. 10) and we just might have another skein or two of yarn, as well.


...and refreshments. You know the Cottage puts on a great party and this one will be no exception.

The fun starts at 2pm and while I'm planning to stay until 6 (when the shop closes) even if you have just an hour or two to stop by, it will be worth your time! Hope to see you there!

*call the shop at (770) 998-3483 to reserve your spot; the fee is $10.