Sunday, March 30, 2014

Filatura Di Crosa Superior Yarn makes Amazing Garments that are Soft and Cuddly

Hello Everyone!!!

Let me introduce you (or reintroduce you) to another of my favorite yarns.

Filatura Di Crosa Superior yarn is a luscious blend of 70% Cashmere and 30% Schappe Silk - this yarn is irrestible when touched! Superior yarn knits to a gauge of 6 sts = 1 inches on a recommended US #4 (3.5 mm) needle, although many garments are knit loosely using this yarn and have a beautiful drape and handle to the finished item.   Recommended care for garments made with this yarn is to hand wash and lay flat to dry.    Each skein weights 0.88 oz (25 g) and has a length of 330 yds (300 m) which results in a lightweight garment from this soft and airy yarn.

Not sure what to make with this yarn?   Here are three free patterns to get your creative juices flowing.

A great project for all levels of knitters is the Ruffled Collar Pullover.  This ribbed sweater is an easy knit using the beautiful Superior Cashmere/Silk yarn. This sweater is knit loosely using a larger needle than normally required on a US #7 making this a fast knit project.  And, if the scrumptious yarn and the ease of the pattern didn't convince you, the pattern is sized from a 37 - 52 bust (94 - 132 cm)!   This is a gorgeous design and perfect to wear anywhere including fancy events, out to dinner, to work or just if you are in the mood to wear a lightweight sweater.  Entire garment is worked on one needle size - US 7 (4.5mm) 24 inches long and calls for 3-4 balls (3 balls for size 37 and 4 balls for remainder of sizes up to a 52 bust) of Filatura Di Crosa Superior Yarn in your favorite color.

More amazing  patterns from Filatura Di Crosa Superior Yarn are the Diamond Ruffled Scarf and the Lacy Sampler Scarf - each of which require only one ball of yarn!

The Diamond Ruffled scarf features a repeating pattern creating a light and airy accessory.  Finished scarf measures 72 inches long x 7 inches wide (183 x 18 cm) and this is a beautiful scarf made using only one ball of Superior Yarn.  This scarf calls for a US 6 (4 mm).

Sunday, March 23, 2014

New Yarn, New Teacher, New Classes, and Extended Hours on Sunday

Hi Everyone!!!!

We have lots of NEW things for you to know about including yarn, classes, teachers and open hours. Let's start with our newest teacher - introducing (drum roll) - Theresa. Theresa is now teaching Sunday classes in our open project class from 12:30 to 2:30. Theresa, whom we fondly call T, loves all things knit and crocheted.... she especially likes to work on little tiny needles on beautiful lace designs - she is quite amazing. Call now for a seat in this new class on Sundays from 12:30 to 2:30 and start building your knitting foundation skills.   

Special on all classes - mention this newsletter entry and receive (7) classes for the price of six when signing (or resigning) up to your classes. This special will continue through the end of April and is available for all class signups of the open project classes which run seven days a week - new or continuing.

We have newly extended hours on Sundays - we now open at 10:00 on Sunday mornings! Our new location provides us with plenty of parking, both on street in front and through the back door in the municipal lot. So now there are even more hours of the week to enjoy the beautiful yarns, fibers and the great deals on the fabric consignment which we continue to work through so every week there are new and exciting fabrics to see.

We have lots of new yarns arriving each week as we settle into our new location in downtown Derry - 14 East Broadway, Derry, NH

Ivy Brambles Silky Merino Light has just been completely restocked in all your favorite colors.... this yarn is perfect for spring and summer garments and shawlettes. Silky Merino Light is silky elegance which comes in the form of yarn with three plies of super soft and silky fine Merino wool and Mulberry Silk making this one luxury yarn you will be sure to enjoy. Perfect for drapey cowls, garments, and shawls calling for a fingering to dk weight yarn. Each skein is a generous light and lofty 380 yards in Ivy Brambles hand dyed colorways.

New Opal Sock yarns have arrived and they are very, very cool! Each skein provides 465 yards of a superwash merino and nylon blend that has been colored in just the right way to create really cool self patterning effects. These socks are fun to make as you never know what pattern will pop up as well as creating socks that will be loved and worn for years! Perfect also for any project that requires fingering yarn such as baby sweaters, scarfs and mittens.

Also, back on the shop floor is Louisa Harding Glisten and Merletto as well as Katia Gatsby in many colors.... during the move we found several boxes that were not available previously on the floor. These were a perfect find as they make gorgeous summer garments! Check them out on line or in the store!

See you soon either online or here! Happy Fibering!

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Star Cowl is Layers of Fun and a Free Knitting Hour for Newbies Who Want to Try Something New!

Hello Everyone!

New yarn and patterns are arriving daily and they are fun, fun, fun!   The Prism Star Cowl is so amazing!    Three pointy layers are made easily using either sock or worsted weight variegated or self-striping yarns.    The Star Cowl is a wonderful accessory to add to your wardrobe or a unique gift for someone special.   Directions are provided for either sock/fingering weight yarn or worsted weight yarn.   

The featured yarn for this cowl is Merino Mio Sock yarn or Symphony worsted weight yarn.   Merino Mia comes in 100% Superwash Merino 50 gram hanks in a variety of colors and has 190 yards per skein.    Symphony Yarn is a worsted weight 80% Superwash Merino Wool, 10% Cashmere, 10% Nylon which makes an amazing fabric that is soft and drapey.   Each 50 gram skein has 118 yards.   Cowl takes 4 skeins of Merino Mia or 5 skeins of Symphony yarn.    We have created project kits for this fun and beautiful cowl on the website in the colors that it is shown in - or choose your own favorite color.  All available colors are listed on our site.

Know someone who wants try knitting?   We have a FREE 1-Hour Learn to Knit this Sunday, March 16 in our new shop on 14 East Broadway, Derry, NH.    This free lesson is available for all newbie knitters who will learn to cast on and knit.   Class will run at 10:30 AM and again at 3:00 PM.   We look forward to seeing anyone who would like a chance to learn the very basics.      Bring your friends and family who always admire your work and should be knitting, but haven't yet.    Two trained instructors will be available for questions and help during the two sessions.   We look forward to sharing the joy of knitting and making more knitters in the world.  

See you soon and Happy Fibering!!!!