Have Yarn, Will Travel

I’ve just finished shopping for fall yarns at The National NeedleArts market in Ohio, and returned to a summer season in full glory: the weather is (mostly) warm and our thoughts turn to having fun. Whether your pleasure takes you to an exotic destination or around the corner, we knitters and crocheters can enjoy ourselves anywhere, thanks to the portable nature of our craft. In July, all of us at Uncommon Threads have lots of ways to help you find your next perfect project, with beautiful new yarns, inspiring trunk shows, engaging classes and summer sales!

Lightly Does It

New on our shelves is Swans Island Yarn in fingering weight. This Maine company began selling woven blankets with locally produced, certified organic fiber in the late 1990s and has since expanded into other finished home goods as well as handknitting yarns. I love the earthy depth of their natural dyes and the organic merino feels sensational in your hands. Grab a skein and your favorite shawl pattern–maybe Marin by Ysolda Teague?–before your next trip for a memorable travel project.

Swans Island Fingering Weight

Swans Island Fingering Weight

Marin by Ysolda Teague

Marin by Ysolda Teague

We’ve also restocked fingering-weight favorites Koigu PPM in beautiful solid hues and Madelinetosh Merino Light in an exquisite spectrum of hand-dyed color–only a few are shown below.

Koigu PPM

Koigu PPM

Koigu Multi-color Scarf

Koigu Multi-color Scarf

If you’re looking for a new stashbusting scarf, the Multi-Color Koigu Scarf from Loop (above) is addictively easy–contact Loop directly for the pattern or stop by the shop to see our sample. For simple texture that shows off Tosh’s signature colorways, try the Summer Wind cowl from Irish Girlie Knits.

Summerwind Cowl by Irish Girlie Knits

Summerwind Cowl by Irish Girlie Knits

Tosh Merino Light

Tosh Merino Light

All Together Now

When you’re inspired to tackle a challenging pattern, it’s nice to know someone is along for the ride with you. Many of our staff are knitting some of the pieces from our current Isager trunk show: Amimono The Bird Collection features styles for women and children, including the Robin Pullover and Nightingale Vest shown below. The technical artistry of the Isager designers is simply amazing–try on just one of these garments and you’ll be captivated! Visit the Events page on our website to see who is knitting what and when you can expect to find them at the shop to ask questions.

Robin Pullover, The Bird Collection

Robin Pullover, The Bird Collection

Nightingale Vest, The Bird Collection

Nightingale Vest, The Bird Collection

The last of the rotating Rowan summer trunk shows is on display in the shop now through July 7, with some striking combinations of color and texture as seen in the designs Hip and Biba from Rowan Magazine 53.

Hip, Rowan Mag. 53

Hip, Rowan Mag. 53

Biba, Rowan Mag. 53

Biba, Rowan Mag. 53

First Class Tickets

Summer is somewhat quieter in the shop, which makes it an especially nice time to take classes. Sydney is keeping our popular Project Class alive all summer long and is ready to get you through your project challenges. Laura is offering our first-ever Wear it Today! One-Day Woven Scarf workshop on July 14, which is open to beginning as well as more experienced weavers. I’m looking forward to sharing my newfound addiction to lace with my Make Holes on Purpose introductory lace class on July 21. Drop by the next Small Project Saturday session on July 13, 9 – 11 a.m., for a quick project and friendly chatting with fellow stitchers. Finally, you can keep your kids hands busy too with our weeklong Yarn Camp, July 15 – 19, taught by Emily and Hilary. All classes (except Small Project Saturday) require pre-registration–please call the shop or drop by to sign up!

Sweet Savings

The clock has run out for a handful of discontinued yarns, giving you the chance to scoop up quality skeins at great prices. In July we’re clearing out Amy Butler Belle Organic DK, Classic Elite Cotton Bam Boo, Rowan Cashsoft 4 ply, and Rowan Cashsoft DK–save 30 – 50% off depending on how much you buy. We still have good color choices and quantities, so shop early for the best selection. But wait, there’s more: you’ll save 20% off everything in stock during our semi-annual sale, to be held on Friday, July 26 and Saturday, July 27. Please note, discounts cannot be combined and all clearance sales are final.

Have you taken advantage of our Thursday Fresh Picks yet? Look for these yarns at 10% off in the coming weeks: Berroco Seduce on June 27, Rowan Revive on July 11, and Knit One Crochet Too 2nd Time Cotton on July 18. You can find the complete schedule of Fresh Picks and suggested patterns for each yarn on our Ravelry group page and our website.

Berroco Seduce

Berroco Seduce

Rowan Purelife Revive

Rowan Purelife Revive

2nd Time Cotton, Knit One Crochet Too

2nd Time Cotton, Knit One Crochet Too

A few more tidbits to remember… the shop will be closed on Thursday, July 4, in honor of Independence Day. When we reopen on July 5, the Los Altos Bag Ordinance will be in effect and all stores are required to charge 10¢ per bag given out to customers.

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