In the blink of an eye, we’ve put our freshest colors and lightest fibers up front where they can enjoy the sunshine and spread a little spring fever. I invite you to come browse our new spring yarns–the glorious colors on the shelves are like a spa treatment for your mind. Feeling re-energized? We have a great selection of classes this season and a new way to knit and crochet socially at our Small Project Saturdays. Finally, it wouldn’t be spring without some cleaning, so plan to drop by in April to see the odds, ends and treasures we’ll have on clearance sale.
Cheerful spring buds are begging us to follow their example: put on some color and celebrate your femininity! Choose a flirty hue for a basic top, go for ladylike details and figure-flattering shapes–or put them all together to unleash your inner bombshell. I don’t usually think of Aran sweaters as especially feminine, but Martin Storey proved me wrong with his lovely collection of Aran-inspired knits in Rowan’s new Softknit Cotton. It is indeed very soft and light, thanks to its chainette construction–a cousin to the ever-popular Lima. Ranging from bright colors to yummy pastels in worsted weight, this yarn is a must-knit for anyone who tends to avoid cotton.
New from Berroco, Maya is a similar chainette with a hint of alpaca for even more loft. The sun-washed colors work for casual or dressy projects, and Norah Gaughan brings out its best qualities in gorgeous patterns sized for every body.
If Holly Golightly were a knitter today, she would have this Chanel-inspired jacket knit up in–of course–Tiffany from Filatura di Crosa. I adore the refined tweediness of this cotton/rayon blend with a whisper of sparkle, and simple styling keeps the look modern. Tempo is back this season with creative and sophisticated designs to show off its signature color transitions.
You may already know that the Uncommon Threads staff is barmy over Shetland wool, no matter the season, so it’s no surprise that Kate Davies’ Colours of Shetland book and several of her single patterns are among our spring picks. The adorable Peerie Floers hat features sweet blossoms of stranded color, and I love the feminine details of the Manu cardigan: soft gathers around the neck and cozy, practical pockets.
Take the Next Step
Wherever you are in your knitting, crocheting or weaving skills, we’re ready to help you get to the next level! Learn to Knit “graduates” can have confidence in the wider world of knitting with Shellye’s Learn to Read Patterns class, or learn new techniques step-by-step with Laura and Jean’s Building Blocks class series. If you’re ready to challenge yourself, Darcie will help you navigate the unusual construction techniques of Isager patterns (such as the Bump Stole below) in May, and the color complexities of a Fair Isle hat pattern in June. For everything in-between, we offer ongoing Project Classes (bring a project of your choice to work on) and a new, Drop-in Knitting Help session every Monday afternoon from 3-4 p.m. Crocheters can experiment with different stitches by making a market bag, hearts and flowers, granny squares, or a spring shrug. Look for more weaving classes later this spring and summer!
Small is Beautiful
Many people tell me they don’t have the patience for knitting. While it certainly helps to have it, patience is optional at our new Small Project Saturday group kicking off on April 11! Imagine the thrill of finishing (or almost finishing) a project in a morning–just drop in on the second Saturday of the month from 9-11 a.m. with a small project of your choice (hat, cowl, mitts, etc.) You can find inspiration in one of our suggested projects, or better yet, join us for a once-in-a-lifetime trunk show from Classic Elite on Sunday, April 21. You won’t want to miss this incredible opportunity to meet Betsy Perry, President of Classic Elite Yarns, and see, touch and try on all 60 pieces from their new accessories book, Classic Elite Shawls, Wraps and Scarves.
In April, we’re saying “au revoir” to some lovely yarns that have been discontinued by their manufacturer. Berroco Bonsai, Amy Butler Belle Organic Aran and Classic Elite Wool Bam Boo will be on clearance sale all month or until stock runs out. You’ll save 30-50% depending on how much you buy, and all clearance sales are final. In addition, buttons on cards are 50% off; select books are 75% off, and our baskets of sale pattern booklets have been restocked, priced as marked.