…You Deserve More Yarn!
Stepping into Uncommon Threads will stimulate all your senses: beautiful colors, delicious textures, and even an aromatic hint of sheepy lanolin or vinegar from a new batch of hand-dyed yarn. Our newest yarns for fall and winter marry the right amount of warmth with airy-soft texture, the perfect pairing for our changeable weather. And the yarns are so beautiful, you need only a simple pattern to make your project shine. Read on to meet these newcomers, or skip to the end for upcoming classes and events. Join us and get “warm fuzzies” for your heart as well as your hands!
When I first laid eyes on Malabrigo Mora, I was starstruck. The sheen! The color saturation! Wowza. 225 yards of 4-ply fingering weight in 100% mulberry silk is just breathtaking–and a fantastic alternative for people with wool sensitivities. Keep the knitting simple to highlight Mora’s spectacular qualities; Antarktis by Janina Kallio is a great choice. At least one of our staffers has selected colors of Mora for the new Stephen West Mystery KAL–if you’re planning to participate in this knit-a-long, please drop in to the shop this Friday, November 6 after 2 p.m. for an informal cast-on party.
Stacy Charles Luna Effects is like Rowan Kidsilk Haze Stripe’s moody cousin: the color evolutions are more subtle and deep rather than clear and bright. Worked alone in the Turtle Bay Scarf/Shawl by Lidia Karabinech, it creates a light and cozy wrap with a stitch pattern reminiscent of the plaids that are in boutiques everywhere. Or pair it with Stacy Charles Luna in Churchmouse’s Color Play Mohair Scarf and Wrap for a hint of warm sparkle.
I’ve been eagerly awaiting our two newest yarns from Shibui and they finally arrived this week! Maai is a DK-weight, alpaca/merino chainette in a rich color palette. I love the casual openwork pattern and easy shape of the Cormac Sweater by Leah B. Thibault from Knitscene Fall 2015; Shellie Anderson’s versatile tunic Truss is both cozy and elegant.
Shibui Dune is a luxurious blend of alpaca, silk and camel in a finely twisted DK-weight strand. Shellie Anderson’s Motif wrap shows off the sumptuous drape of this exquisite yarn, while her Cornice pullover looks effortless and sophisticated.
Holiday Gifts for Beginners
Even if you’re a new knitter, you can gift something warm and fuzzy to your loved ones this holiday season. Shellye has assembled a library full of simple yet stunning patterns–many of them free–that gently build your skills. Join her on Wednesday, December 3 from 7 – 9 p.m. to get started on one of her suggested patterns. Just a few of them are shown below: Boneyard Shawl by Stephen West knit in Malabrigo Sock; Ridged Lace Cowl by Elinor Brown, knit in Rowan Lima Colour; Silky Scallops Lace Scarf by Joann Marie in Malabrigo Arroyo. (I wonder what Shellye’s favorite color is?)
Quick and easy gifts are for crocheters too: in my two-session Learn to Crochet class starting this Sunday, November 8, you’ll learn the basics of crochet, then apply them to make a cloche-style hat or small basket (Churchmouse Crocheted Baskets shown below) and even some flower embellishments. You’ll be amazed at how quickly you catch on and finish your project…and once you get started, it’s hard to stop!
A quick note about project help: as the shop gets busier around the holidays, it becomes harder for us to give on-the-spot assistance. For problems or questions needing more than a few minutes time, I encourage you to take advantage of our $10 drop-in help on Wednesdays from 3-4 p.m. when we have a staffer dedicated to project help; as well as Sydney’s Thursday evening Project Class which will run on a $15-per-session basis through the end of December. I’m also looking to add a few more drop-in help times throughout the week to make it as convenient as possible–stay tuned.
Sip, Knit, Stroll
In just one week, I’ll be celebrating 6 years here at Uncommon Threads–where does the time go? Although that means my laptop is a tech dinosaur, I feel like I’m just getting rolling! I invite you to join me and our wonderful staff on Friday, November 13 for cake and coffee in the afternoon, followed by wine and chocolate in the evening as part of the Los Altos Holiday Stroll. As a thank you for your support these past years, and with a nod to the year ahead, I’m holding a one-day sale: for every 6 balls of yarn you buy, you’ll get one ball of equal or lesser value for free. Treat yourself to a new sweater, a week’s worth of socks, or get your gift shopping done early–in any case, it’s always a fun day and I look forward to toasting with you!