Friday, February 26, 2016

Shibui Knits... and we love it!


How about a great new knit project... Spectrum by Shibui? 


Beauty Feeds the Soul.

-- with the lovely new Rain product.... and another favorite you already know.   Silk Cloud.  It adds the slight "loft" -- like all the Shibui yarns, these are classy and make a fashion statement.

The Spectrum is a cool and classy wrap or scarf... it can be knit in two different sizes -- and a perfect knit for the shoulders when you step into that restaurant and have the AC blowing on you... and makes such an elegant statement.

Shibui is starting a Knit Along next Friday -- and due to finish on April 18th -- perfect.  Check it out here   and the Ravelry group that is coming together online to work this project.

YOUR fashion statement...

Check out all the vibrant colors at or on our website...

What will your new spring work of art be?  



Monday, February 22, 2016

Shibui Knits -- New!

Shibui doesn't do anything in a small way... always a classy, elegant confident way.  This was evident in the new products that made their debut on February 12th.  The Shibui wall at Cast on Cottage

which looks like this...

will turn into this...

and the new phrase around this product set is... Beauty Feeds the Soul.

Think elegant, classy, and confident.  We know you will find something in the new Shibui Knits line to tickle your fancy.

The new Shibui Spring Summer look book... is here. 

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Define "Floozie" .....

So a Floozie..... is a woman... and the 8 designed by Leigh Designs and interpreted by the intrepid stitchers at Cast on Cottage & Needlepoint Garden will be


Did you check out the names?  Bourbon Bette?  It does not get more descriptive than that.

Just take a look at the opportunities for embellishment!  Those pearls, that boa around the shoulders of Chardonnay Charla! 
Come join us, on Wednesday evenings this spring for a special experience.  Pick your  Floozie (she's a 10 x 10 on 18 mesh canvas) and you will get all sorts of help with stitch guides, ideas for finishing, and the "full monty."  Oops, well, maybe just a short glass of Whiskey. 
More to come, as we show you the progress on this -- and if you are at a distance, or just want to stitch at your own favorite bar, let us put a kit together for you.   Call or email the shop ( and we'll hook you up!

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Loopy Mango -- Go Big or Go Home!

We've talked a bit about our biggie yarn... Loopy Mango.  The yarn itself is lush, 100% merino and makes you want to sink into it.  The latest answer to the question


is the uptown, urban Pouf.  Yes, the ottoman, footstool, cushion, POUF.

Our "ball" (bundle?) of Big Loop is 125 yards, so you may have yarn left over.... a cowl, maybe?

And you can stuff it with anything -- old pillows, a comforters -- watch out for plastic stuff, it makes a little "plush"  noise when you put you feet on it.

We have a great selection of the neutral colors... cream, oatmeal, get the idea!

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

A Shibui Knits event -- you want to be here for this!

Those of you in the Atlanta knitting community know how much we like our upscale yarn... and the newest of trends.

Shibui is definitely on the "A" list for knowledgeable knitters (say that 3 times, really fast) -- and they are on top of their game for 2016.  First of all, they are branding themselves as "Shibui Knits" everywhere, and making some subtle changes in packaging and the appearance online.  But that does not change the quality and fashion forward look of the brand at all... and the patterns that are coming in just a few days...  oh my.

Cast on Cottage will welcome Sandy Barnes to our store for a very special event on March 5th.  Please plan to be here -- you will want to make a reservation, so that you can be a part of the "Mix" party.  The design elements are up to you -- mixing the lovely yarns and textures to make your own artisanal garment or accessory.  There will be staff from the shop and from Shibui to provide any assistance you may need or want.  And the new colors... and a new yarn!  Oh my!

Plan to join us... call to make a reservation 770 998 3483.  There is a $10 fee, which will be applied toward your purchase.  (and the best part is free pattern support on Sunday, for the follow up "Cast on" party. 

We can't wait!
You'll be hearing more about this. Save the date -- Saturday, March 5th, 2016.  New yarn launches on February 12th -- come by the shop to start dreaming!

Thursday, February 4, 2016

A few more words about Martin Storey... and a picture of SARK!

So many great patterns over the years from Martin Storey..... and here are some words about the Rowan KAL --

Remember -- Rowan started a worldwide KAL last Friday -- with another set of blocks from Martin.

“Once again, this KAL has been designed with the beginner knitter in mind.  In the first KAL, we explored simple texture created by knit & purl stitches, together with simple lace and cable techniques.  Having gained those skills, I've developed them a stage further and, in this blanket, we start to create more recognisable motifs in both one colour and two colour squares.  Delicate motifs in simple texture, lace and  a further option that introduces the beginner knitter to a simple bead technique, patterns and different stitches. Linking all these motif squares together and introducing a brand new 'colourwork' skill for this KAL, I have designed three squares using two colours, without the 'fairisle-headache' of stranding or weaving the yarns at the wrong side of work. All will be revealed in time……….!”

So many of our Cast on Cottage customers ask about color work (or is that "colour") -- I thought it might be helpful to post this -- just to show that everyone seems to be a bit apprehensive about it!  Even across the pond!  Speaking of KAL, there will be an update on the Rowan site every "fortnight."

The link to the free KAL from rowan is at

The Sark wrap is ongoing... and we continue to get good comments from our customers far away from the shop (we mailed out a lot of Rowan Kid Classic!) -- Let us know how you are doing!

Ethel came in the shop today... and here is her progress report.  Pretty impressive!

Monday, February 1, 2016

Welcome to February!

Since I write blog posts from time to time, I READ more blogs than the typical person... and there's so MUCH out there to read.  So little time!  Just like so much YARN!  and so little time....

Anyway, just a quick note to welcome you to February.  Aside from all that noise about the upcoming primaries, elections, debates, etc., there is just one thing standing between us in the Atlanta area and SPRINGTIME!  That thing is February!  And this year it is 29 days long!

So remember all the things that happen in this month... it's Black History Month, Heart month, Valentine's Day, Presidents' Day,  Ground Hog day... and a host of other things to celebrate.  Let's enjoy these last few weeks of real winter, and let's stitch those winter garments and canvases.... then get ready for a great Roswell/Atlanta springtime!

We've got some cool things coming up in the short term... stay tuned at Cast on Cottage for more threads, canvases and gadgets in the Needlepoint department.  Shibui Knits has a new website and a great new yarn launching on February 12th, and we have a party happening in the store on the weekend of March 5th!  Oops, I'm getting ahead of myself.

Also, don't forget the Spring Fling and Beyond event at the Perimeter Marriott on March 19-20.  There will be more vendors than ever, and a great "one stop" shopping experience for all sorts of artsy-craftsy!  Stay tuned, we will have more information about that in upcoming posts.

Shall we look for General Beauregard or Puxatawney Phil in the morning? I vote for the General.