Friday, March 27, 2009

Shawl Sticks back in stock!

We finally have more shawl sticks in stock! We have everything except the Dual-Light and Star-Light which, for some reason, aren't available. We only got a few of each style/color in, though, so if you have been wanting one don't wait around. These go quickly!

Monday, March 23, 2009

NEW Men's Sock Pattern

Our first Ram Club sock pattern is now available for anyone to buy! The Toe Up Men's Work Sock with a Twist is a toe up sock perfect for wearing with boots because of its length and thickness. Though its knit with fingering weight yarn, you hold two strands together so that it knits up thick and quick! Its a basic enough style to pass the standards of most men, but with a neat zigzag design element on the side to add some interest. And one of the best things is that its written for men's shoe sizes 9-15. That's a HUGE range. The pattern lists the foot/calf measurements in case you aren't sure which shoe size you are.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Free Sock Patterns!

We have just posted two new FREE sock patterns for use with our Gradiance yarn sets. They are basic ribbed, top down socks, one is written for Verve and Luxe and the other is for Tinsel Toes and Sushi Socks, which are a bit thicker. Once you have knit one pair of socks using Gradiance yarns and these patterns, you can easily adapt any sock pattern for Gradiance yarns.

We will be adding patterns for men's and children's sizes, additional yarn bases and toe up versions as we get them tested.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Knitty Review

Guess who has been reviewed by the Knitty Roundtable? Earlier this year we sent in samples of Luxe to be reviewed by the Knitty Yarn Roundtable. This is a peer-review where they get a bunch of everyday knitters together, make up little balls of all the yarns sent in, and start knitting swatches. The reviews always seem to be pretty good, probably because instead of posting negative reviews they just don't include reviews of yarns that they don't like. So my fear was that when the Spring Knitty was posted, our yarn wouldn't be included. But there it is! With glowing reviews, even! We are SO honored to be listed among such high quality yarns on such a wonderful website. I still kind of can't believe it, and have to keep going back to the page to make sure I'm not dreaming the whole thing!

I promised Amy (the founder of Knitty) that next time we would send in a non-wool yarn so she can have a chance to play with it, too!

p.s. in case you are wondering, the colors in our photo are, from left to right, Beach Sunset, a Strength Gradiance set (one of our Colors for a Cause) and Moss.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

A Talented Young Designer

Best friend, designer, and teacher extraordinaire, Merike Saarniit, has been teaching her 10 year old neighbor to knit. Elizabeth took to knitting quite quickly and decided she wants to design just like her mentor. 

She came up with this idea:

Merike thought that the idea was good enough to enter the "Think Outside the Sox Contest", so she asked us to dye some yarns for the sock. Elizabeth won her age category! Scroll down the page and you will see.

We are so happy to be able to provide yarn for such talented designers. Someday we hope that Elizabeth will design a project just for us. :)

I have a feeling that will not be too far off, as these were Elizabeth's 2nd pair of socks OTN's. When she finished these she went home and made a pair of matching socks for her doll, with no help at all from Merike!

Congratualtions to Elizabeth and all the other contest winners.

Friday, March 6, 2009

New Child's Sweater Pattern!!

I just posted a new child's sweater pattern on the website!

The Marshmallow Sweater is a great sweater for children ages 4-12yrs. Its got just enough cabling to be interesting to knit, without becoming overwhelming for either the knitter or the wearer. Raglan shaping is easy to knit and fun to wear. And because its knit in worsted weight Back to Basics it works up fast and is cuddly and warm!

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Cute new Turtle Bath Set Kits!

Turn bath time into play time with this cute entrelac turtle bath set in our yummy Pima Petite cotton! Pattern and Kits now available.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

March's Yarn Spotlight

The Yarn Spotlight for March is on Sushi Socks! Read more here.