Autumn in a Skein of Wool

Nothing expresses the fullness of fall like a gorgeous skein of wool: rich, harvest-inspired colors spun into warm and cozy textures. Our newest fall yarns are as delicious as a hearty stew, giving you just the right amount of comfort in this climate where we’re most often imagining chilly days instead of living them. This fall I invite you to meet these lovely newcomers, add some spice to your stitching with new techniques, and help us say farewell to great yarns moving out in October.

 

A Bounty of Color

Over the weekend I had the pleasure of knitting with Spincycle’s new super bulky yarn called Knit Fast Die Young. Where do I start? Just like with its skinnier sibling, Dyed in the Wool, the colors evolve and blend organically in a masterful palette. The yarn feels squishy and springy in your hands, with a nice balance of thick and thin throughout the strand. In short, I love it–and Andra Asar’s Quick Slip Cowl is the perfect way to show off the beauty of a single skein.

 

   

 

Gradients Galore

Spring’s love affair with gradient color continues into fall with Sweet Georgia’s spectacular Party of 5 gradient kits. With over 500 yards of Tough Love Sock in each kit, you have all you need for a generous shawl like Felicia Lo’s Reverb Shawl. We also have plenty of tonal colors of Tough Love Sock to create a striking backdrop, as in Melanie Berg’s The Joker and the Thief shawl.

 

       

 

The wait is over! Freia Ombre Merino Silk Sport  is back in stock, with lovely wearable colorways. A simple sweater turns playful with contrasting gradient stripes (see La Maison Rililie’s Funky Grandpa cardigan;) or try Coalescence Mobius Scarf by Nancie Wiseman for an easy, elegant cowl.

 

      

 

Crazy for Koigu

Whether you’re looking for semi-solid colors, subtle variegation or wild painterly color combinations, Koigu has it all. If you’ve been drawn to the colors on the shelf but are unsure what to make or how the variegated colors will look in a finished project–or if you have a few skeins in your stash in need of a pattern–join Sherri and Esther on Sunday, October 18 for an inspiring Koigu trunk show and presentation. We’ll have piles of sweaters, scarves, socks and more to give you plenty of ideas for choosing patterns and combining colors. Participation is limited to 20 people; the $10 fee gives you 10% off your Koigu purchases that day, and a free Koigu magazine OR three mini-skeins to take home with you. (Shown below: Oaklet Shawl by Megan Goodacre; a mini-mitered square blanket; Carlisle scarf by Craig Rosenfeld.)

 

      

 

A Stitch in Time

Set yourself up for a great season of knitting by learning new techniques now! Ellen is continuing her Top Down Sweaters class starting this Saturday, October 3–we recommend any of Diane Soucy’s well-written and reliable patterns for children or adults (1503 Girl’s Top Down Cabled Cardigan shown below.) Laura’s Fixing Mistakes class this Sunday, October 4 will make you a more confident knitter and encourage you to tackle more challenging patterns. Or, join me this Sunday for the Flapper Fabulous Beaded Necklace class, featuring the Gatsby Necklace by Shaina Bilow. This quick and versatile necklace makes a beautiful gift, and many people will be able to finish it in the class time. Caught the beading bug? Join Sherri on October 25 for more in-depth instruction on knitting with beads–just in time for Rowan’s exciting collaboration with Swarovski (shawl pattern is free with purchase of Kidsilk Haze and one package of crystals.)

 

             

 

A Commu-knitty of Stitchers

One of the things I love most about being at work is that everyone who comes in has a story to share, a reason for being there. Often it’s a happy reason: a new baby, a project for vacation, teaching a friend. Sometimes it’s more somber: waiting for results at the hospital, or making a chemo cap. I invite you to connect with the other stitchers who make up our Uncommon Threads community, whether you’re looking for a purely social connection or technical support. Open Knit/Crochet Night happens every Tuesday from 6 – 8 p.m., and starting in October I’ll be bringing treats to share on the first Tuesday of each month. An informal group of knitters and crocheters are also meeting at the shop on Wednesday afternoons from 1 – 3 p.m. and are eager to welcome other stitchers who prefer a daytime meetup. Sydney’s Project Class has long been a great place to grow as a knitter and make lifelong friends; and now Clementine is offering a similar morning Knitting Studio, taking new students in November. Come join the fun!

 

 

October Clearance Yarns

“Adorable, well-behaved yarn seeks forever home with a loving stitcher.” The yarns in our clearance sale this month will really serve you well–all are high-quality with excellent pattern support. Bergere de France Origin’ Merinos is a wonderfully soft worsted-weight merino with a springy twist; Berroco Kodiak is a fluffy and light, bulky strand of alpaca and wool; Rowan Angora Haze is downy and rich in fingering weight; Rowan Kid Classic is a versatile aran wool/mohair blend with surprising stitch definition.

 

         

 

The clearance price depends on how much you buy: 30% off for 1 – 9 balls; 40% off 10 or more; and 50% off when you buy all remaining balls of a single color, regardless of quantity or dye lot. All clearance sales are final and discounts cannot be combined.