Just a reminder that we are offering a limited slate of appointment times this coming Sunday morning fro 9-11am for Fiber Expo attendees who'd like to check out the shop. With the latest bad news on COVID, we are limiting capacity in the shop to 10 people at a time. If you'd like to avoid a potential wait and set up a time to come see us, just email email@example.com.
Local Yarn Shop Day Preview
The first LYS Day 2021 is slated for Saturday, April 17 (there are rumors of a second one coming in September--we're not sure how it's all being sorted out but figure "the more the merrier!"). Designers and yarn makers and dyers are coming through with some great giveaways, and we've got a limited, custom colorway coming from Denise at Fig & Posy. Check next week's enews for the big reveal and for more surprises!
Here's what you can look forward to next weekend: Noncho Kits from Casapinka:Casapinka's annual LYS day pattern will be released at the end of the month (no codes will be available or sent until later this month!), and dyed-to-order kits from Emma's Yarn are available now. See the details below! Free patterns from Blue Sky and Woolfolk: Two of our favorite makers are offering free patterns from their collection when you buy their yarn. Upon purchase next weekend, you'll receive a download code to pick up the pattern of your choice. Annual Spun Commemorative LYS Day Button Designed by Pete: Everyone who makes a purchase on Saturday, online or in the shop, will receive Pete's latest LYS Day button!
Casapinka's LYS Day Latest: Noncho! Dyed-to-order kits from Emma's Yarn now available!
Casapinka, one of Spun’s favorite designers and a friend to LYSs everywhere, has created the Noncho (as in: not-a-poncho), a fun new pattern that will keep you knitting happily through the spring and leave you prepared with the perfect accessory to keep you warm on unpredictable Michigan summer nights. With COVID-19 continuing to make in-person shopping challenging for many of our customers, we are pleased to be able to offer a limited-time, vendor-direct kit for Noncho in beautiful hand-dyed combinations from Emma’s Yarn. Yarn combos are pictured below (clockwise: Better Than the Hype, Glamping, Security, Remote). The top-down, striped poncho is kitted up in Simply Spectacular DK, a gorgeous 4-ply DK weight (75% superwash merino, 25% nylon), in your choice of 4 appealing color combinations.
This vendor-direct kit is only available for a limited time, and these kits, which will ship directly to you from Florida, are not returnable. To receive one, you must place your orders by Friday, April 30. Noncho is available in 7 sizes (all sizes are the same length: 17.75” from neckline to point), and each kit includes yarn sufficient to make the indicated size. You will receive a download code for the pattern when they become available to us; they can be redeemed from April 30-May 2.
If you'd like to knit your Noncho out of an alternate yarn, we can help you find one that works. Robin has pulled together a few pretty combos out of both Kelbourne Woolens Scout and Berroco Vintage DK (see swatches below for inspiration). Look here for information about yardage and skein requirements for both yarns. Need help? Just come into the shop, or drop us a line, or give us a call.
Project of the Week! Irish Sea Designed by Susanna Winter and knit by Julie H. in Fibre Co. Meadow
Susanna Winter’s Irish Sea is a super-wearable triangular shawl with beautiful drape and fluidity. The crisp stitch definition of Meadow emphasizes the rhythmic garter stitch and delicate lace as it travels down the edge of this summer shawl. Each kit includes 1 skein of the Fibre Co.’s Meadow (40% merino wool, 25% baby llama, 20% silk, 15% linen) in your choice of color and the pattern for Susanna Winter’s Irish Sea, which will make one shawl approximately 18” deep with a 63” wingspan. If you'd like to make your Irish Sea in the larger size (instructions are included in the pattern), simply add another skein of Meadow in the color of your choice.
Shop Irish Sea kits here. Add another skein of Meadow for a larger size here.
Selbu Modern Designed by Kate Gagnon Osborne and
knit by Amanda in Kelbourne Woolens Camper
Kate Gagnon Osborn’s Selbu Modern is a colorwork beret with a delicate all-over floral design using a traditional Norwegian motif. Play with color while you practice stranded colorwork and knitting from charts before moving on to a larger project! (If you can't get enough of the motif and the technique, we suggest queuing up the Lilias Day sweater!) We’ve kitted up Selbu Modern in Kelbourne Woolens Camper, a soft 2-ply yarn in a beautiful, heathered palette. New to Camper? So are we! Scroll down a few inches for more.
We've been waiting for this hand-dyed, innovative beauty, and it's finally here! Roan is a wonder: a custom-milled 3-ply from Pennsylvania, spun at a local mill from 100 percent US wool. Its tightly plied construction makes it perfect for cables, colorwork, and smooth stockinette, while its unique blend of superwash and non-superwash fibers ensures rich color, a soft hand, and sturdy resistance to pilling. Hand-dyer Kelsey describes Roan DK as her "dream yarn"! Enjoy!
New in the shop this week! Kelbourne Woolens Camper
Cute! It’s little-bitty baby Scout! Camper is Scout made wee, down to the colors. This sturdy, classic 2-ply from Pennsylvania’s Kelbourne Woolens is straightforward and of very high quality, featuring a beautiful, heathered palette. It is designed to craft garments and accessories with longevity.
Vintage Baby brings in extra-fine acrylic for added softness, in smaller skeins perfect for baby goods (or for colorwork in adult garments). This easy-care gem gives you wool’s bounce without the sometimes “sticky” hand evident in synthetics. Bonus: These cuties are only $4.75/skein!
In addition to her regular YouTube contributions, Annri has also been posting short videos on our Instagram feed most Tuesdays that focus on basic and oft-used techniques, each in her trademark calm, cool, and caring style.
May we say: so many talented Andrews! These French Knitters, used to make a simple knitted cord, are handmade in Michigan by Mr. Scott. Find some easy-to-follow tutorials on how French Knitters work here.