Dreaming of Wool

Have you ever woken up early, your mind buzzing with ideas for a yarn or pattern you saw recently? It’s an occupational hazard for us here at Uncommon Threads, especially this time of year when beautiful new yarns arrive weekly. This month we have the perfect yarn for every occasion, as well as an exciting Shetland theme for October and great clearance yarns. There’s plenty of inspiration to keep you awake at night, and daydreaming too!

From Rustic to Glamorous

Several months ago, I wrote about the amazing Vogue Knitting weekend with Imperial Yarn in Oregon, and now we finally have the yarns on our shelves. Imperial Tracie Too is a deceptively basic sport/DK weight wool, but be warned: once you put it on your needles or hook, you’ll fall in love. This yarn has so much character and spring!


Columbia is a mule-spun aran weight wool, a kind of big brother to Tracie Too, full of vitality and woolly goodness. Bulky 2-Strand is a pencil roving that knits up with intriguing texture and softness–I love their Moonshine Hat and Mitten set, but it would be equally great for warm outer layers and felting, of course. All three yarns come in a beautiful range of colors inspired by the Oregon high desert.

Bergere de France Naturelle rounds out the more rustic additions to our winter inventory. With dramatic thick-and-thin texture, this bulky roving yarn is 50/50% wool/alpaca dyed with only natural dyes. Conventional wisdom says you shouldn’t pair a textured yarn with a cable pattern, but I couldn’t resist the playful twist on this bulky cabled hat from Ravelry. Thanks to Ravelry’s in-store pattern sales program, you can now buy Ravelry patterns through Uncommon Threads and they will be stored in your online library as usual.


Fine gauge knitters and crocheters have two irresistible new choices this winter, as enjoyable to work up as they are to wear. Malabrigo Silkpaca blends ultimate softness and rich color into pure elegance in laceweight silk and alpaca. Madeline Tosh’s signature single-ply superwash merino, Tosh Merino Light, is back in stock with breathtaking colorways.  Come in to the shop soon for the best selection–this yarn sells out quickly!

Rowan has literally written the book on glamour this fall, with their stunning Parisian Nights booklet (featuring Kidsilk Haze) and sensual mohair/viscose blend Frost. The patterns strike the right balance of wearability and high style, and you can gain confidence knitting with beads by taking Anne’s Bead It class in October. Winter favorites Wool Cotton and Cocoon have had a rejuvenating makeover with appealing, fresh new colors in their palettes.


And for something completely different, Katia’s Rocio Plus adds a bit of extra froth to the popular ruffle yarns with teensy bobbles on the rippling edge and vibrant new colors. The ruffle yarns are definitely a quick knit, but you can also try working them with a crochet hook for a slightly different ruffle effect in half the time.


Celebrate Shetland

In our world dominated by soft yarns, the Shetland wools are often overlooked because they are “too scratchy.” While Jamieson Spindrift may never become your favorite yarn, there are many reasons to give Shetland a try: unsurpassed color range, superior blending for colorwork, and a durable, firm hand that relaxes over time like an lifelong friendship. Fair Isle is fashionable too: from Ralph Lauren to Los Altos boutiques, you can find stunning examples of stranded and intarsia colorwork. (Shown below: Tobamorry in Kid Classic from Rowan Magazine 52 and The Sun in Isager Highland Wool from Japanese Inspired Knits.)


Although we can’t cross the pond for the annual Shetland Wool Week festival (October 8 – 14), we’ll celebrate in our own way throughout the month of October. Bring your in-progress or completed Shetland and Fair Isle projects to Open Knit Night next Wednesday, October 3 for an informal show-and-tell; find inspiration in the many knitted samples on display; join Darcie’s Fair Isle Hat project class; and enter a prize drawing just by wearing your Shetland garment while you shop or starting a Fair Isle project. More details to follow!

Just one of those things…

It was great fun, but now the end has come for Berroco Sundae and Campus, Noro Kogarashi, Rowan Kidsilk Aura and Katia Fabula. All of these yarns have been discontinued by their manufacturers, so we’ll have them on clearance sale in October or until stock runs out. Save 30% on 1-9 balls of the same yarn, 40% off 10 or more, and 50% when you buy all the remaining balls of a color, regardless of dye lot. All clearance sales are final and discounts cannot be combined.


Keeping House

In a few weeks, I’ll be celebrating my third year at Uncommon Threads, and the shop will have been in business for nearly thirty years. I’m honored to be carrying this torch on behalf of the knitters and crocheters in the Bay Area, and I’m dedicated to keeping the business strong for another generation. With that goal in mind, I am implementing some changes to our loyalty discount program, which has been virtually the same since 1984. Effective October 1, you’ll earn a 15% discount on a future purchase after reaching 250 points ($1 of full-priced merchandise = 1 point.) We will store the discount in our computer system until you are ready to redeem it–no more receipts to keep track of! No additional discounts will be given for purchases over $100. Of course, we will continue to honor existing coupons and punch cards. I deeply appreciate your loyalty to Uncommon Threads and will always strive to provide you outstanding yarn choices and expertise for your projects.

Happy knitting,