Join Us on Saturday for Local Yarn Store Day! ūüĆ∑

Local Yarn Store Day this Saturday, April 29th! 

Local Yarn Store Day is a day to join other fiber enthusiasts to bring awareness to local yarn stores around the world and appreciate the unique products and experiences they offer their local communities.

We will have gorgeous patterns from Rowan, Berroco, and Blue Sky Fibers that are free with your yarn purchase on Local Yarn Store Day only! We will be hosting a needle tasting with Lantern Moon's Ebony needles. We even have a special mystery yarn that we are putting on the shelves in time for Local Yarn Store Day. And finally, there is a special coupon only for newsletter subscribers.
Checker Weave

When I saw this spectacular pattern from Kaffe Fassett, all I could say was wow! The Checker Weave vest features both stranded-colorwork and intarsia.
Kaffe chose Felted Tweed for this design.

Rowan's Felted Tweed, a light DK blend of 50% wool, 25% viscose and 25% alpaca, has been a store favorite since we opened in 2014.  The yarn has a beautiful tweed effect and comes in colors that reflect nature. The wool, alpaca, and viscose blend makes the yarn very blockable and a gorgeous option for lacework, or when knit in garter-stitch, the fabric is drapey, squishable, and cozy.

Customers who purchase Felted Tweed for this project on Local Yarn Store Day will receive a copy of this exclusive pattern for free.
Brick and Mortar 

Brick and Mortar by Melissa Kennelly is a wonderfully accessible pattern. First, it is available in both knitting and crochet, and second, it is a good pattern for (advanced) beginners on up. (I just finished my Brick and Mortar, and it will be in the store so you can see the sample in person.) The knitted cowl uses one skein of Berroco Ultra Alpaca, and the crochet version uses two.

Ultra Alpaca is a Peruvian worsted-weight blend of 50% wool and 50% alpaca. It is an incredibly versatile yarn because of the two fibers. The alpaca makes it a soft yarn while the wool helps your garment keep its shape. 

Customers who purchase Berroco Ultra Alpaca will receive a code for a free download. If you prefer a printed pattern, we can give you a copy as well. The pattern is a Local Yarn Store Day exclusive and is not available online.
Seven Sisters Top and Tulsa Top

Blue Sky Fibers is celebrating LYS Day by giving local yarn shop customers who purchase Blue Sky Fibers yarn a free download code that can be used on Ravelry or their own website to purchase one of their patterns. Two pattern options are shown above: Seven Sisters Top by Sloane Lacasse and Tulsa Tank by J. H. Walter. Both these patterns use Blue Sky Fibers Printed Organic Cotton. 

Printed Organic Cotton
 is a worsted weight 100% certified organic cotton. It is made in Peru, using a blend of an ink press and the artisan hand. This unique printing process creates a one of a kind hank. Each strand is individually crafted to produce a delicate mosaic of color. The soft yarn is available in eight nature inspired colors. Printed Organic Cotton is the perfect yarn for fiber enthusiasts who prefer not to use wool or other non-vegan products. It is lovely in sweaters, tees, cowls, blankets and even hats. A few other project ideas that you can use the Blue Sky Fibers download code on are: Bird Island Dog Sweater by Sys Fredens which uses Blue Sky Fibers Woolstok Worsted; 27 Color Snood by Bobbi IntVeld which also uses Woolstok and one 27 Color Woolstok Bundle; Islington Sweater by Mary Pranica which uses Woolstok Tweed, and Calgary Capelet also by Mary Pranica which uses Blue Sky Skyland.



Needle Tasting

We recently started carrying Lantern Moon Ebony needles and they have quickly become my go to knitting needle. For years, I had preferred metal needles because the glide of the yarn was so much smoother. It is the glide and the satin-feel of the Lantern Moon needles that has made me convert over. The needles are light-weight, and I love how they feel in my hands being so much warmer than the cold metal. They are also much quieter than metal needles which is nice for those around us. The tips of the Lantern Moon needles are made from Ebony and the brass connectors have a 24K finish.

During LYS Day, we will have a few of our new yarns that you can test knit on the Lantern Moon Ebony needles. I would love to know what you think of them.
 
Mystery Yarn Announcement!

I am so excited to announce that our mystery yarn, actually yarns, are Merino and Soft Silk Mohair from Knitting for Olive. Knitting for Olive is a small family run business in Copenhagen Denmark. It is about a mother and daughter who are known for their high quality yarn, their beautiful designs and their respect for animals and our environment. The Merino wool they use comes from sheep bred in Patagonia where mulesing is not practiced. The wool can be traced directly back to the farm it comes from which lets them know exactly which farm, farmers and sheep made the wool. The wool is also RWS-certified (Responsible Wool Standard). To get this certification, strict requirements must be followed for both animal welfare and working conditions for the farmers. Another thing to know about Knitting for Olive is the beautiful colors their yarn comes in. 
Shown below is UNICEF Sweater by Pernille Larsen (the mother). The sweater is worked seamlessly top down in the round using 2 strands of Merino or 1 strand of Merino + 1 strand of Soft Silk Mohair held together throughout. UNICEF Sweater has a circular yoke construction, and a Fair Isle pattern of children holding hands around the yoke. 
UNICEF Sweater is inspired by, and made and designed for all the children of the world. The total sales of this pattern will be donated to UNICEF and their work for the world’s children.

Another pattern idea comes from another store favorite, Sari Nordlund. Foxberry is knit using one strand of Knitting for Olive Merino and one of Soft Silk Mohair held together. The Foxberry pullover got its name from the shape of the lace pattern, which Sari thinks looks like little fox faces stacked on one another and the small bobbles remind her of berries.

The Foxberry pullover is knitted seamlessly top-down starting at the neckband. The sleeves and body are separated at the underarm and knitted separately. The back is shaped with short-rows to give it a bit more length and to improve the fit.

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