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We just received copies of a new book, Knit and Nibble. It starts with a section on "Knititation" (like "meditation") outlining the physical and mental benefits of knitting as a mindfulness practice. We know and love these benefits:

 

This book is written by a guy for guys, but there is information in here for every knitter. It is a comprehensive beginner knitting book, but knitters of all levels will learn something and enjoy his straightforward patterns.

 

He starts at the beginning with some info I've not seen in most knitting guides - how to measure yourself for a sweater and the importance of dye lots! He then goes into many elements of yarn - weight, fibers, and how to read a ball band. He talks about needles - types and material - then describes an extensive "Other Equipment" list down to the obvious, yet often elusive, notebook and pencil. A few "Knitting Tips and Tricks" (pretty good ones) then you're off to knitting!

 

There are knitting instructions and lots of guidance on stitches - always a challenge for new knitters.

 

 

Patterns start where almost all knitters start - a garter stitch project, in this case a cleaning cloth. The projects develop to include purling rib stitches and advancing from kitchen accessories to sweaters.

 

Then more fun! He has a few games which, of course, include yarn, then an extensive library of sweets and treats also including some common sense baking tips.

The book is published by Sirdar, a historic UK yarn company. They promote Sirdar supplies (we stock them) throughout the book, but the overall information is worth the pitch.

This craze took us by surprise! We saw this post and laughed out loud! Then we did what any knitter would do - we wrote them - available here.

 

Our fun ankle cuff.

 

 

We found one on Ravelry too knit in Bouton d'Or Lollypops.

 

 

 

 

Boy, are we excited about the bounty of new yarns coming in this fall! First on this list this time is Hedgehog Fibres! We received 20 fabulous colors of Cashmere Merino. This heavy laceweight yarns is put up in 328 yard hands. Pure beauty.

 

Another new addition is a new yarn line to us - GGH. We have GGH Sportlife - a 100% superwash merino in aran-weight. Perfect for cozy winter accessories - hats, scarves, mitts.

 

We also have GGH Kidseda. This yarn is a shimmery 70% kid mohair/30% silk blend. These solid and variegated colorways will make beautiful garments and accessories on their own or can add a fabulous luster and halo if held together with a smooth yarn.

 

Another alluring addition from GGH is Masari. This aran weight yarn is a 45% wool/45% goat mohair/10% silk blend. The sheen on this yarn needs to be seen in person. We also have great pattern book to accompany this gem.

 

A worsted weight dream! Cascade Yarns just introduced 220 Superwash Merino. Cascade 220 is a legend among yarns that comes in so many great colors. This new yarn combines the easy care of superwash and the gentle softness of merino wool.

 

Come by to see these new yarns and more! We're open every day from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm and on Thursdays from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

 

Happy knitting!