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July 2017 Newsletter

It's been a year since our move!!

Can you believe that soon we will be celebrating our First Anniversary in our new location in Sorrento Valley? We can't believe it either! We offer heartfelt thanks to all our loyal customers who followed us from Encinitas and to all the new friends we've made during this past year.
WHAT'S NEW AT THE BLACK SHEEP:

New to us is Sublime's Evie Prints, a worsted weight cotton/nylon blend (94% cotton, 6% nylon, 126 yards/50 gram ball). With a soft cabled, nubbly, lightly brushed texture and variegated appearance that is both striped and speckled, this promises to be a fun yarn that could be particularly effective for baby items that can be hand washed and dried flat.



From Mountain Colors we have received three new yarns:

We have multiple colors of Winter Lace Jr. a lovely 50% wool/50% silk blend (600 yds.) laceweight yarn. The slightly variegated colors of Winter Lace Jr. go handsomely with the solid color laceweights we carry if you're contemplating a multi-color lace project. It will stand alone as well to show off any lovely lace pattern.

For knitters who love fingering/sock weight yarns (we sure do!) we were lucky to receive several colors of their newest yarn, Silkdance (75% Merino, 25% silk, 430 yds./100 gram skein), which is just flying out the door, so come in for a look soon. The vibrant colors of this yarn are enhanced by its intrinsic sheen, soft hand and elegant drape.

We also have a limited stock of River Twist, which is a multicolored, springy 100% merino wool that is not superwash (240 yds./100 gram skein). The colors will produce a subtle striped and tweedy effect.

We also recently received from Frabjous Fibers a large number of silk hankies in wonderful colors. The silk hankies just glow; there is no other description for their beauty. A silk hanky is a very thin piece of silk filament that has been stretched over a frame and dyed; each 1 oz. package contains a compressed stack of 30 or more single hankies. Some of our hankies from Frabjous Fibers are in solid colors, and others are in multicolor gradients. You can use silk hankies in felt-making, you can spin yarn from them, or you can even just draw out the fibers and knit straight from the hanky.

AND WE'VE BEEN RESTOCKING SOME FAVORITES

In June we sold out of our first shipment of Beet Street Yarn's Shifting Silk Scarf kits, and we happily ordered more! These charming kits include three coordinating balls of Thai silk along with a pattern that combines the yarns in a long, narrow color-blocked scarf. The yarns in the kit are Fusilli-80, a silk/cotton blend; Speck, a matte silk; and Risoni, a thick and thin shiny silk. Each kit is packaged in a clear plastic cup, and we have the kits in 12 distinctive colorways.

If you like soft hands when you work on your craft of choice, we have the answer: Lo-Lo lotion bars. These solid lotion bars are made in Vancouver, Washington, from essential oils and locally-sourced beeswax. Each lotion bar is packed in a small tin that fits easily into your notions bag. Before you sit down to work, just rub a little on your hands! We also carry Lo-Lo Lips, a lip conditioner. Who can resist a spicy "Betty Boo" lotion bar or a fruity "Bling Cherry" lip conditioner? Not us!

EXTRA -- EXTRA!

Hot out of the box:

Two fingering/sock weight yarns in shaded solid colors from Sweet Georgia (a very talented independent dyer in Vancouver, BC)! First up is Bulletproof Sock (50% superwash merino, 15% silk, 15% mohair, 20% nylon; 437 yds./100 grams). This lovely yarn has drape and shimmer from the silk married to longevity from the mohair and nylon, wrapped together in soft merino. We can't wait to work with it! Next is Flaxen Silk Fine. This yarn is a smooth, lush blend of 65% silk and 35% linen (480 yds./4 ounces) and promises to have fabulous drape. Flaxen Silk Fine is a luxurious blend of fibers that is perfect for lightweight summer wear in Southern California.

COMING ATTRACTIONS:

In the near future we should also receive two fingering/sock weight yarns from the Apple Fibers Studio in Bellingham, Washington: McIntosh (60% Merino wool, 20% superfine alpaca, 20% nylon; 437 yards/100 gram skein) and Sparkling Cider (75% Merino wool, 20% nylon, 5% Stellina; 438 yards/100 gram skein). The owner of Apple Fibers Studio tells us that McIntosh, even though it has alpaca in it, can be machine laundered!

An order from the lovely folks at Shibui should be arriving shortly. We're restocking their fingering-weight linen Reed, glossy cotton chainette Rain, and tweedy Twig. Also along for the ride are a couple of colors of lofty silk/mohair blend Silk Cloud.

We'll keep you posted on our latest acquisitions!

WHAT'S ON OUR NEEDLES?

Shhh! Maggie and Kathy are working diligently on our new patterns for the upcoming San Diego Yarn Crawl. For now our lips are sealed!

And Karen is planning an anniversary event beginning on Sat. July 22nd. Details to follow next week!

June 2017 Newsletter

It's summer knitting season!

Whether you're thinking of knitting a lightweight shawl to cover your shoulders in an over-air conditioned room or looking forward to autumn with a wool or silk scarf, shawl, or sweater in mind, The Black Sheep has a wide variety of yarns to support your special project.
New arrivals!

Three kinds of magic! That is, three different varieties of Zauberball from Schoppel. "Zauber" means "magic" in German, so these yarns are called "magic yarn," and we agree. Our three types of Zauberball are: the original Zauberball, Zauberball 100, and Crazy Zauberball. Each of these yarns is fingering-weight and has long color repeats. The original Zauberball is 75% superwash wool, 25% nylon, and comes in single-strand 460 yd. balls. Zauberball 100 is also a single-strand yarn, and has 440 yds. of 100% superwash merino wool. Lastly, Crazy Zauberball has the same fiber content and yardage as the original Zauberball, but it is a two-ply yarn, with each ply of the fiber carrying the colors from a slightly different place in the color sequence, giving the finished yarn a fun, marled appearance



We have received another shipment of The Fibre Company's incredibly soft and luxurious Road to China yarns. Both yarns must be seen --and touched-- to appreciate how special they are. Both of them are fabulous blends of 65% baby alpaca, 10% cashmere, 10% camel, and 15% silk. Road to China Light is DK-weight and has a more heathered appearance than Road to China Lace. We think you'll enjoy seeing and feeling the new colors of both of these fabulous yarns.

More gradient Transitions shawl kits from Trendsetter have arrived, as well as two other kinds of kits using two new yarns: Transitions Tweed and Transitions Smoothies. All three of these cotton-and-acrylic 4-ply yarns includes color changes that produce an ombre. The Transitions Tweed includes bits of tweedy cotton fleck in the yarn and comes in a 660 yd. cake. Smoothies is a version of Transitions that is composed of "5 colors that move into 12 transitioning blocks without solids," giving a marled appearance. Smoothies comes in an 880 yd. cake. Each yarn kit comes in its own clear plastic carry box and includes a pattern.

We can't get enough Malabrigo ... and it seems like you can't either. We recently got in a shipment from Malabrigo that included some of the ever-popular Rios and Arroyo, as well as replenishing our supply of Sock in those beautiful and difficult-to-keep-in-stock blue colorways.

BIG NEWS!! We've been notified that 16 colors of Dos Tierras are due to arrive on June 19. We will work very hard to get it on the shelves by Tuesday, June 20th. This beautiful new Malabrigo yarn (50% merino wool and 50% baby alpaca) comes in 210 yard skeins. It knits with an interesting, slightly pebbly surface. Come in and pat it.

More of those interesting Japanese yarns have arrived from Ito, including the popular lace-weight mohair/silk blend Sensai at 262 yds. per ball. Kin Gin (328 yds. on each cone) is a fine sparkly yarn that can be carried along with another yarn to provide subtle--but effective--visual interest. We carry Kin Gin in several metallic colorways. Also in the shipment is Serishin, a glowing 100% silk tape; its 317 yds. come on a cone.

 

For all you spinners, weavers, and felters out there, a shipment just arrived that includes many colors of 100% merino roving, several colors of merino/silk roving, a few drop spindles, and a small loom. The loom is an Ashford Sample-It rigid heddle with a 10"-wide weaving area. This little loom is a great way to learn a lot about weaving and to produce interesting projects without investing in a more complicated and expensive floor- or table-loom.

New buttons! More equipment! A small selection of shell and metal buttons from Skacel Buttons has arrived. In addition to buttons, we have replenished our stock of crochet hooks, wooden knitting needles, darning needles, Eucalan delicate wash, and lots of other notions.

New colors of old favorites: we've replenished our stock of sport-weight Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino with popular colors of pinks, blue, gray, and white, and restocked 2 different reds in Debbie Bliss Fine Donegal. We also received new colors of popular Juniper Moon yarns: 2 new colors (dark teal and light blue) of lace-weight Findley, and a new dark aqua color of cotton/linen blend Zooey. Finally, we have restocked the extremely popular #S349 colorway (charcoal/rust/orange/gold) of Noro's Silk Garden Sock, as well as adding a lovely new color called "Moonstones" (#S436 - soft grays/blue/pink/purple/green).



We have restocked two very popular Berroco yarns: Folio and Indigo. Folio is a sport-weight alpaca/rayon blend with a lovely soft hand. It has long been a staple component of our popular Grab and Go Cowl kits. We have put together a fresh new glamorous version of the Grab and Go Cowl: welcome the "Glam and Go" Cowl! The Glam and Go Cowl kits pairs Folio with Filatura di Crosa's Gioiello, a kid mohair/extra-fine merino blend with a shimmering strand of nubbly metallic running through it. If you're thinking about getting ready for the holidays (yes, we know some of you are planning ahead!), the new Glam and Go Cowl is perfect, let's-stock-up, easy summer vacation knitting. Indigo is a cotton yarn made from recycled jeans. Yes indeed! It works up at a worsted weight and has a slightly nubbly, rustic appearance. Both Folio and Indigo come in 219 yd. skeins.
Just in time to hold your summer projects, several new bags have arrived from Binkwaffle! Created and sewn in Oklahoma from designer fabrics, these fun, reversible project bags come in 2 sizes: large and small "dumpling" bags. The last shipment brought bags made from some of our --and your-- favorite fabric designs, like "Love Bus," "Cat's Meow," and "Hooty."

Coming Attractions

If you like silk, we have good news. Some silk yarn and silk hankies are coming from Frabjous Fibers. The silk hankies are suitable for use in felting or spinning, or you can even knit the fiber from them without spinning them first!

We have two fingering-weight yarns on order from Apple Yarns, a small independent dyer in Bellingham, Washington. Coming is a sock yarn with sparkle, as well as a merino blend sock yarn with some alpaca in it. Machine washable too!

If you like soft hands when you work on your craft of choice, we have the answer: Lo-Lo lotion bars. These solid lotion bars are made of locally-sourced beeswax and essential oils in Vancouver, Washington. Each lotion bar is packed in a small tin that fits easily into your notions bag. Before you sit down to work, just rub a little on your hands! We also carry Lo-Lo Lips, a lip conditioner. Our new order should be arriving soon.

Reminder -- Knit Clinic with Kathy continues on Saturday mornings from 10:00 to noon. The cost is $10 for a 30 minute one-on-one session with Kathy to help fix your knitting problems. Give us a call to reserve a time, or come in during those hours.

What's on our needles?

Kathy and Maggie have finished their Kallara shawls (designed by Ambah O'Brien). We're both pleased with the results! Kathy is finishing her Sorrento Valley Shawl in Risoni, a Thai silk thick and thin yarn, with some Alchemy Sparky thrown in. Maggie is working on a Shifting Silk Scarf kit (more of these kits are on order). Next for both our intrepid knitters is the Simple Tee by Churchmouse Yarns. What's on your needles -- or hooks? We would love to know and want to see!

It's hard to believe, but The Black Sheep is approaching our first anniversary in our new location in Sorrento Valley. We're thinking some kind of celebration is in order. Stay tuned for more details!

 

The Black Sheep will be closed Tuesday, July 4th in observance of Independence Day.

May 2017 Newsletter

REMINDER!

Mother's Day, May 14th, is almost upon us! If you are looking for a gift for a mom in your life, please come in and see us for some suggestions. If you are a mom with a love of all things fibery, send the aspiring gift-givers in your life along to us, especially if you have filled out a wish list with us.

KNITTING CLINICS TO CONTINUE AT THE BLACK SHEEP WITH EXPANDED SESSIONS & HOURS!

ANOTHER REMINDER-- Knit Clinics continue on Saturday mornings from 10:00 until noon and during May from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. (Please note: Teacher Kathy will be out of town on Sat. May 27th, so there will not be a Clinic that day.) You can give us a call to pre-register for a time slot in advance, or just stop by, and we will fit you in to the schedule. The cost is $10 for up to 30 minutes of one-on-one assistance from Kathy.

Just in!

Dos Tierras from Malabrigo! A small selection from our order has finally arrived. Hooray! We've been waiting months to get our hands on this yarn, and our patience has been rewarded. This lovely DK-weight yarn is 50% merino wool and 50% alpaca, and comes in 210 yd. skeins. Because the alpaca and wool fibers absorb the dye slightly differently, the skeins have a softly heathered appearance. In addition to the Dos Tierras, two new colors of Malabrigo's Mechita came in. Mechita is a fingering-weight single-ply 100% superwash merino; these new colors are intense tonals with some speckling. Mechita comes in 420 yd. super-soft skeins.

 

 

Calling all speckled yarn lovers! A shipment of Crazyfoot and Twizzlefoot from Mountain Colors in their "berry" series have arrived. We even have skeins of the newest "berry" color, Juneberry, in both Crazyfoot and Twizzlefoot. These bright and colorful fingering-weight skeins just make you smile. If you like a little nylon in your sock yarn, Crazyfoot is a good choice. It is 90% superwash merino / 10% nylon, and it is spun to have a lot of bounce in each 425 yd. skein. Twizzlefoot is Crazyfoot's slightly more refined sibling. Each 450 yd. skein is 53% superwash merino, 17% domestic wool (non-superwash), 17% silk and 13% nylon. Twizzlefoot feels softer and is less bouncy than Crazyfoot; because of its fiber content, it should be hand washed.

Along with the Crazyfoot and Twizzlefoot, we added several new afghan/throw kits from Mountain Colors. Each afghan kit contains 7 coordinating skeins of lovely yarn, along with a pattern booklet containing two knitted patterns and one crocheted pattern.

We recently received raku yarn bowls, buttons and pins from Lickin'Flames, a small pottery about an hour from Sacramento. These pieces have to be seen in person to do them justice; a photograph just can't capture the amazing iridescence of the glazes. We have several beautiful yarn bowls, along with shawl pins (with sticks), forked shawl pins, buttons, and pins. Some of the pins and all the forked shawl pins are decorated with black sheep (both ewes and rams). Of course!
We loved the needle cases in our last shipment from DellaQ so much that we had to order some more things. We have more of the silk zipped pouches and Tagalong notions pouches, and we have added Hanging Circular Needle Cases. The hanging cases are long silken rectangles with marked slots to hold your circular needles; you push the needle through the slot and let the tips dangle while the slot holds the cable securely and relatively straight, reducing the tendency of the cables to curl up. The cases come with ties, so you can tie the case onto a clothes hanger and keep it in a closet or behind a door./td>

We have also replenished our stock of Addi circular needles--Turbos, Rockets, and Lace-- in a variety of sizes and lengths, so if you are an Addi fan, we should be able to support you.

FINISHED PROJECT!
 
In our April newsletter, we told you about Trendsetter's Autumn Wind Confetti, a lovely blend of cotton and just a touch of cashmere. It's available in several speckled colorways. Since then Maggie got busy designing and knitting a summer-weight scarf that she's calling the Tutti Frutti Mesh Scarf to show off this special yarn (when you see it you'll understand the name), and her pattern will be available soon as well. As for the pattern mentioned last month for Kathy's self-fringing scarf made from Queensland's Savanna, it's now available in the shop.

AND IN THE FUTURE: Maggie and Kathy are making enough progress on their Kallara wraps that they're already dreaming about their next shared project, which is -- The Simple Tee from Churchmouse. We'll keep you posted.

The Black Sheep will be closed Monday, May 29th in observance of Memorial Day.

And finally, the dates for the 2017 San Diego Yarn Crawl have been set -- Thursday, September 14, through Sunday, September 17. Mark your calendars, and we'll be providing more information as plans unfold.  
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April 2017 Newsletter

KNITTING CLINICS TO CONTINUE AT THE BLACK SHEEP WITH EXPANDED SESSIONS & HOURS!

Good news! We intend to continue our Saturday morning knitting clinics with two modest changes that were suggested by participants.

1. Beginning on April 22, each person will have 30 minutes of individual attention.

2. Pre-registration: You can phone (858-481-6708) and sign-up in advance to reserve time in a specific hour, 10 - 11 a.m., 11 a.m. to noon, or 3 - 4 p.m. (Notice that we're adding an afternoon session.) We will take 2 people in each hour-long time-slot, and the person who arrives first will have the first 30-minute one-on-one session. Please arrive on time for your session, knowing that the longest you will need to wait is 30 minutes. If the hour you request is already full, please consider reserving in a different hour.

3. If you drop in without making a reservation, we will gladly accommodate you if we have time available, but customers who made prior reservations will have precedence. 

Thanks to all the participants in our trial month. You made the experiment a success!

MOTHER'S DAY IS MAY 14!

Calling all moms (or husbands, daughters, sons, grandkids, etc)! Here are a few ideas for giving or requesting (don't forget our Big Black Book containing wish lists--yours or for someone you love):

A gift certificate

A set of interchangeable needles

An umbrella swift and/or a ball winder

Favorite YARN or accessories

Please come in for more suggestions!

 

 

NEW STUFF

Perfect for summer scarves and wraps is Risoni, by The Loom (distributed by Ryn Yarns). Risoni is a thick-and-thin 100% silk laceweight yarn from Thailand, and is available in 17 gorgeous colors. Each ball is 25 gr., which contains approximately 154-165 yards of radiantly colored silk. In addition to the Risoni, we also have a limited number of "Shifting Silk Scarf" kits from The Loom. Each kit includes a ball of Risoni, a ball of Speck (100% matte silk), a ball of Fusilli-80 (80% silk/20% cotton), and the scarf pattern, charmingly packaged up in a clear plastic cup. Each yarn has a unique texture, and the three yarns are color-coordinated to go together.

For lovers of speckled yarns, Trendsetter now offers Autumn Wind Confetti, a DK-weight yarn in an unusual fiber blend: 90% cotton/10% cashmere. This yarn promises to produce soft comfortable summer garments and accessories. Each skein has 175 yards of multi-colored fun. Maggie is quite taken with this yarn and plans to start a summer scarf to show it off.

Another yarn perfect for Southern California is Savanna from Queensland. This yarn is 66% silk/34% linen, and works up at DK-weight (20-22 sts. per inch on US 5-6 needles). Each skein contains 250 yards, and we stock 19 beautiful saturated colors. Kathy has created a self-fringing, striped, long rectangular scarf using three colors of Savanna (and some Toreador glitter from Lane Borgosesia) and is very pleased with the feel of the fabric produced. Kathy intends to have her scarf pattern available for sale at the shop soon. Meanwhile, please come in and check out the scarf and this new yarn.
New bags and needle cases from DellaQ! To help you get organized this spring, we suggest that you try one or more of our new DellaQ bags and cases. The Travel Wallet has slots for crochet hooks, DPNs, and circular needles, a zipped pocket for notions, and a small snapped strap to hold stitch markers. The Solely Socks Roll has slots to hold DPNs, and has a tiny zipper pocket for notions. The Tagalong zipped bag holds all your notions and can be combined with other pieces in the collection. The wallet, roll and Tagalong are all made of lovely silk. The Pippa Yarn Dispenser is made of interesting figured cotton fabric, and holds a ball of yarn. Ribbon ties cinch it closed at the neck, making an impromptu yarn bowl! Who knew that getting organized could be such fun?

 

RESTOCKING!

We've added 5 new colors to our Gleem Lace selection, in addition to restocking several popular colors. This glowing laceweight blend of silk and Blue Faced Leicester wool from the British company Fyberspates has us all under its spell for its soft hand and amazing colors. The new colors include Spiced Plum, Mixed Magentas, Peacock, Crocus, Lavender Haze and Sea Green. They join old color favorites Tweed Imps, Pebble Beach, Deep Forest and Verdegris. This yarn has got to be seen to be believed-- and touched to appreciate its softness.

Just in time for spring and summer, new Transitions shawl kits from Trendsetter have arrived. This multi-strand cotton/acrylic blend is surprisingly plush and offers the true ombre effect, shading gradually from color to color along its length. Each shawl kit comes with its own box holding the yarn and a free knitted shawl pattern. Maggie knitted up a sample shawl for the shop, so come on in to check it out.

We have more Squishy in stock! Hooray! We've just received a shipment of Anzula Squishy. This fingering-weight yarn is perfect for socks, shawls and other accessories. Known for its lovely shaded semi-solid colors, this super soft superwash merino/cashmere/nylon yarn is one of our favorites. Everyone who handles it has to squish it in their hands; truth in advertising here!

More silk "Knit out" boxes and striped cotton zipper bags have come in from Lantern Moon. The Knit Out boxes are beautiful, soft versions of yarn bowls; they have a hole in the front of the box to feed the yarn end through and fabric knot buttons to hold the box closed. The zipper bags are oval-shaped and have a rustic, brightly striped fabric exterior and solid color interior lining. They are big enough to hold multiple balls of yarn (perfect for the popular striped shawls requiring two colors of yarn).

COMING ATTRACTIONS!

We're STILL awaiting the arrival of "Dos Tierras", a new alpaca/merino blend from Malabrigo. The latest word from Malabrigo is "soon." Stay tuned for further developments . . .

More Twizzlefoot and Crazyfoot sock yarns from Mountain Colors in their "Berry" (that is, speckled) series are on order, including a new color for 2017.

Lovely Raku yarn bowls, buttons and shawl pins from LickinFlames should be arriving very soon.

WHAT'S ON OUR NEEDLES?

Kathy and Maggie have started a two-woman knit-along! Our pattern is a striped shawl by Ambah O'Brien called "Kallara." Kathy's shawl features the strong colors of rust, orange, gold, blue, and brown, while Maggie is using softer colors, a speckled white and slately blues. What yarns are we using, you ask? Kathy is using Malabrigo Sock (color: Marte) with Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks that Rock (color: Sock Club 2017, it's a secret) and Maggie is using Mountain Colors Twizzlefoot (color: Snowberry) and Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks that Rock (color: Dusty Blues; a Christmas present from Kathy; she knew, didn't she?). We'll keep you posted on our progress.

What's on YOUR needles? We'd love to know!
 

OUR LATEST WINNERS

Congratulations to the winners in our final "Four Seasons of Fiber" gift basket drawing: Cheryl, Ian, Patty, and Rebecca! In addition, congratulations to the winners of the "Four Seasons of Fiber" guessing game: Grace, Jeff, Irina, and Tessa. Each winner receives a $25 gift certificate to The Black Sheep. For the curious, we'll post in the shop the intended identity of each character, along with selected alternative guesses from our very creative customers. Stop by the shop to see them.

NEW STUFF!

From The Fibre Co., we offer Road to China Lace and Road to China Light. Each yarn is a luxurious blend of 65% alpaca, 15% silk, 10% camel and 10% cashmere and is sumptuously soft. We can't stop patting it. Road to China Light is a sport-weight yarn (159 yds. per skein), works up at 6 - 6.5 sts. per inch on US 3 - 4 needles, and comes in softly heathered colors. Road to China Lace comes in 656 yd. skeins and works up at 8 - 10 sts. per inch on US 0 - 2 needles. We currently have Lace in a number of beautiful colors. Come in soon to touch these lovely yarns. You won't want to put them down!

 

We mentioned in our last newsletter that Shibui's Silk Cloud was expected soon. It's here! We currently have 11 colors of this soft, glowing 60% kid mohair, 40% silk yarn, and you'll discover that the generous amount of silk in this yarn makes it softer than many other mohair/silk blends. Silk Cloud is considered a lace-weight yarn, with 330 yds. per skein. Also from Shibui, we've received some Reed, which replaces their Linen (no longer available due to mill issues, not to a defect in the yarn). Reed is a fingering-weight, 100% linen chainette yarn, and we find it softer and drapier than the original Linen. We have some Linen in stock, and several colors of Reed. The 2 yarns have the same yardage and are interchangeable for gauge, so you can use them together.  
For fans of Classic Elite's cotton yarns Sprout and Seedling, there is now Mika! Super-soft Mika is 100% organic cotton and has a nubbly matte finish, just like cousins Sprout and Seedling. It is sport-weight at 165 yds. per hank and works up at 5.5 - 6 sts. per inch on US 2 - 4 needles. We have Mika in a wide range of colors. Mika will be perfect for baby items and other lightweight projects.

If you're looking for a fingering-weight merino baby yarn, we have a soft new yarn for you: DMC's aptly named 100% Baby. Each 245 yd. (50 gr.) ball is 100% superwash merino wool. We offer 100% Baby in 8 colors: white, cream, pastel yellow, pink, mint green, denim blue, pale gray, and medium gray.

Fun new project bags from Mybaggees have arrived. These mesh bags come in 3 sizes, have snap closures (a nice detail for anyone who has ever gotten their yarn caught in the zipper teeth of a zipped bag), and detachable wrist straps. We carry 3 colors--black, silver and burgundy--in each size.

RESTOCKINGS!

Our back ordered shipment of Malabrigo's Caracol came in! We now have Caracol in several popular colors, including Aniversario, Archangel, Solis, Piedras, Indiecita, Diana, and Natural. Plus, we added a new purple/magenta color: Hollyhock. In addition to the Caracol, we restocked Malabrigo Sock, Arroyo, and Baby Silkpaca Lace, along with the ever-popular Rios and Mecha. Malabrigo Book #11 is hot off the presses and filled with fun projects celebrating Malabrigo's 10th anniversary! The patterns in the book showcase their anniversary colorway Aniversario, a stunning color blend of magenta and blue violet with a twist of yellow and green. We offer the Aniversario colorway in several of Malabrigo's yarns.

Everyone loved our first shipment of Fyberspates' Gleem Lace so much that we sold out of it! Naturally, we had to order more. Our new shipment has arrived, and it is beautiful. Gleem Lace is a luxurious laceweight yarn in a blend of 55% superwash Blue-faced Leicester wool and 45% silk. It comes in a generous 874 yd. hank. Gleem Lace glows; there is no other word for it. We currently have it in 7 variegated and semi-solid colorways. Come in soon to touch and see this amazing yarn.

Just in! Pink worsted weight yarn in three different shades plus cream! If you're planning to make a hat from one of the downloadable patterns, we can support your project!

We've restocked our Noro Silk Garden Sock and expanded our collection of kits for Stephen West's very popular Spectra scarf. (We also have lots of colorways of this multi-colored yarn so you aren't limited to our kits: you can design your own!)

We also restocked two of our favorite cotton yarns: Classic Elite's Sprout and Seedling (cousins to our new Mika). Made of 100% matte-finished organic cotton, these yarns are wonderfully soft and slightly textured. They are very popular for baby blankets and clothes, and also for chemo caps. Sprout is the chunky yarn, working up on US 10 needle, while Seedling is the worsted weight version, using a US 7 needle. In addition to restocking some of the colors we usually carry, we added some new colors for 2017, including "bracken," an unusual greeny brown (Kathy calls it "breen."), "navy," and "cerulean," both lovely blues

For those who have asked for Juniper Moon's Zooey in neutral colors, we heard you and now have some in stock. We added 8 colors ranging from white to oatmeal, plus gray and aqua. Zooey is a sport-weight, textured blend of cotton and linen with a subtle marled appearance. It comes in 284 yd. balls and is perfect for crisp spring/summer garments and accessories.

If you're looking for thin metallic yarn to carry along with another yarn to boost your project's sparkle quotient, we've just received a shipment of Toreador by Lane Borgosesia. Each 198 yd. ball is a blend of viscose and polyester (that's the sparkle). Our shipment of 10 colors included silver, gold, pewter, charcoal, fuchsia, dark blue, light blue, copper, aqua multi, and teal multi.

A selection of small dumpling bags from Binkwaffle have arrived, including a couple of new fabrics for 2017. For all you cat lovers out there, one of the new fabric patterns is "Cat's Meow," featuring stylized cat faces in orange and white.
In the accessories department, we've restocked both fixed and interchangeable knitting needles from Addi and Knitter's Pride (including Dreamz, Naturalz, and Cubics). We've also made up charming little accessory tins that hold darning needles, stitch markers, snips, and point protectors, and some tins include a fun black sheep magnet.

COMING ATTRACTIONS!

"Dos Tierras," a new alpaca/merino blend from Malabrigo. The latest word from Malabrigo is that they expect to ship our yarn at the end of March or early in April. More Hempathy (blend of hemp, cotton and Modal, a man-made fiber) from Elsebeth Lavold is expected, in lots of colors.
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