It’s a (Knit-a-)Long, Hot Summer

When the mercury goes up, keep your knitting light and carefree–and most of all, share it with friends! Need a sidekick for your knitting adventure, a mentor for a new technique, a chatty group to pass the time? We’ve got it all in our dynamic series of knit-a-longs, plus a spectacular range of yarns, projects and techniques to keep you inspired through the summer and into fall.

Grace Akhrem Weekend Workshops & Trunk Show

I’m truly excited to welcome designer Grace Akhrem to our shop June 20 – 22, for a weekend of workshops and a trunk show of her versatile and wearable garments. Join us Friday afternoon for Gaugeless Toe-Up Socks, followed by the Trunk Show Open House. Saturday will be devoted to Secrets of Perfect Garment Construction–amaze your friends and family with your professional finishing! On Sunday, face down your fears with Mistakes and More Mistakes. You can find the full details of the weekend schedule online–space is limited for the workshops, so register early and take advantage of the weekend package for the best value. Shown below: Tangled Branches Cowl and Sweetheart Cardigan.

Tangled Branches Cowl by Grace Akhrem

Tangled Branches Cowl by Grace Akhrem

Sweetheart Cardigan by Grace Akhrem

Sweetheart Cardigan by Grace Akhrem

Harvest Cardigan KAL

Are you a new-ish knitter looking for a more challenging project? The Harvest Cardigan from Tin Can Knits is a simple, seamless cardigan perfect for beginning knitters. The pattern is sized for babies through adults, and works up quickly in worsted weight yarn. And it looks good, too! Join Jean on Saturday mornings starting June 7 to work through the pattern and enjoy the company of other knitters. She’ll demonstrate techniques and answer any questions you may have. Our sample below is knit in Malabrigo Rios, a gorgeous and soft superwash merino–we have newly-arrived colors on the shelves!

Harvest Cardigan, Tin Can Knits (Malabrigo Rios)

Harvest Cardigan, Tin Can Knits (Malabrigo Rios)

Malabrigo Rios

Malabrigo Rios

Flip Your Knit! Top-Down Tee KAL

Turn your knitting upside-down and learn this fast and easy way to knit a simple tee starting from the neck down to the hem. Once you’ve learned the basics of top-down construction, you can take on more complicated stitch patterns and cardigans. Minimal finishing and the ability to try it on as you go are only two reasons this method is so popular! Recommended patterns: Knitting Pure & Simple 233283993 or 1303, or try Rondeur by Mercedes Tarasovich-Clark, from knitty.com.

Knitting Pure & Simple #233

Knitting Pure & Simple #233

Knitting Pure & Simple #1303

Knitting Pure & Simple #1303

Rondeur by Mercedes Tarasovich-Clark (knitty.com)

Rondeur by Mercedes Tarasovich-Clark (knitty.com)

Mother Bear KAL

Every child appreciates the comfort of a cozy bear, and the Mother Bear Project has delivered almost 100,000 hand-knit and crocheted bears to children affected by HIV/AIDS. Join Esther and Ellen in July to knit or crochet a bear to donate, or give to a special child in your life. Let your imagination run free as you create a one-of-a-kind bear!

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Soiree Tricot

Attention francophiles and francophones: soyez les bienvenues pour une soiree tricot a l’occasion du Jour de la Bastille! While I’m grateful to the French for their assistance in our American Revolution, I’m more recently thankful for their infallible sense of style and effortless joie de vivre. Share your passion for “le tricot francais” at this French-themed Knit Night on Friday, July 11in time for Bastille Day celebrations. We’ll enjoy a light aperitif, snacks, and couture-inspired designs from Bergere de France, such as the pullover in Coton Fifty below (Creations 13/14). Or follow your heart to Paris with the Dinner in the Eiffel Tower Shawl by Jessie Dodington–I’ve set aside two skeins of Handwerks Silky DK for this beauty. Venez nombreuses! (Come one and all!)

#774, Creations 2013/14 (Bergere de France Coton Fifty)

#774, Creations 2013/14 (Bergere de France Coton Fifty)

Dinner in the Eiffel Tower Shawl by Jessie Dodington (Ravelry)

Dinner in the Eiffel Tower Shawl by Jessie Dodington (Ravelry)

Of Course, We Have New Yarns

There’s nothing like a new yarn to spark your imagination. Bergere de France’s Bigarelle is an intriguing, light fingering-weight blend of organic cotton, linen and other plant fiber in sun-washed pastels. Simple stockinette pieces show off the colorful slubs and marled strands (from Bergere de France 172, below), but the yarn is subtle enough to let a lace pattern be the star.

Bergere de France Bigarelle

Bergere de France Bigarelle

#02, Bergere de France 172

#02, Bergere de France 172

Habu Kasuri is a perfectly charming 14 grams of lace-weight hand-dyed mohair and silk. One or two balls are enough for a simple scarf or cowl, and it will gracefully replace or pair with our in-house favorite for solid colors, Rowan Kidsilk Haze. The Horai Scarf by Hiroko Fukatsu promises airy warmth with a sweet lace pattern; or you can play with color combinations with Churchmouse’s Inside Outside Cowl.

Habu Kasuri

Habu Kasuri

Horai Scarf

Horai Scarf

Inside Outside Cowl, Churchmouse

Inside Outside Cowl, Churchmouse

Shhh…. We’re Counting

Please note: the shop will be closed on Monday, June 2 for carpet installation, and also on Tuesday, June 3 and Wednesday, June 4 for inventory.  We’ll open again Thursday morning refreshed, orderly and eager to help you!