Vintage Knits Update

August 2, 2007

New and Notable!

Filed under: Vintage Meanderings — sadie @ 8:26 pm

You are probably familiar with the wonderful Noro Silk Garden and Kureyon yarns. They are filled with vibrant colors, and knit into a wonderful striped pattern. Noro is known for its bold color combinations; so well known that many manufacturers are trying to copy the “Noro look.” Many people have longed for more subtle shades for that special man in their life. Noro has heard your request, and has come out with a wonderful subtle shade of their popular Silk Garden and Kureyon yarns. The newest color combination is a neutral shade, composed of tan, beige, and a hint of gray.

Take a look at Noro’s new neutral colors. While at first glance the photo appears to be two skeins of the same yarn, a closer look shows that the yarns are different. Picture from top to bottom are:

Noro Kureyon in color #211, and Silk Garden in color #269.

Noro and Silk Garden Neutrals

Tomorrow we are expecting our first shipment from Cherry Hill Tree Yarns. We ordered a tester of their new sock yarn, Sockittome, in five shades. This yarn is a merino yarn with a bit of nylon for durability. We will update you when the package arrives and we actually feel the yarn. From the feedback that we have heard on the web, this yarn is a winner!

This weekend I attended the Northwest Needle Arts Market. This is a trade show put on by the Skacel company. No, we do not sell their needles or products, but that is another story. Anyway, I am really excited about the new yarns that we ordered. First, we ordered about ten shades of Karabella Aurora 8. This is the softest and most coveted merino yarn on the market. We have been meaning to restock this yarn for a long time, but something always came up. We also ordered a new yarn from Karabella, called Margritte. This is a merino/cashmere blend. I touched a shawl made from Margritte, and it was so soft, and glamorous feeling. We scheduled shipment for these yarns in October. This will give up time to unpack the boxes that we have stacked in the hallways, and get our patterns on the website.

We also place a huge order at the Needle Arts Market from SR Kertzer. This company is known for its quality yarns sold at a great price point. One yarn that has received a lot of “chatter” on the internet is their Freedom Spirit yarn from Twilley. Twilley’s Freedom Spirit is a self-striping, 100% wool yarn in nature-inspired shades. This yarn is really soft, and suitable for next to your skin wear. Freedom Spirit is a dk weight yarn, with 130 yards, and will sell for about $5.00 per skein. We will have 2 pattern books to support this yarn. All of the patterns are really fresh, with many garments that you will want to knit.

In addition to Freedom Spirit, we ordered Freedom Wool. This is the same yarn, but in a heavier weight. While Freedom Spirit is a variegated yarn, most of the Freedom Wool colors are solid colors. We ordered two variegated colors in Freedom Wool, and the bulk of our order is in solid colors. Freedom Wool is a Lopi like yarn, but it is very soft, light weight, and does not have the Lopi scratchiness.

Last but not least, we do listen to our customers. One customer wanted more information on the fantastic Ella Rae patterns pictured on our website home page. This made us do something that we should have done a long time ago, put the Ella Rae books on the website (or at least one of her books). Ella Rae Book 8 is now on our website, and sell for 10% off the normal retail price. This book is dedicated to bags. It has 14 bags to knit and felt. Here are a few of the projects included in this pattern book. Picture from left to right:

Black Rose Bag and Bon-Bon Purse

black rose bag bon-bon purse

Bubble Bag and Shaggy Bag

bubble bag shaggy bag

To purchase any of our yarns, visit our online catalogue.

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