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The snow is falling and the gifts are flying… Here are some great suggestions to delight fiber artists!

 

The new Maker’s Keep is a great little accessory collection that’s helpful for any fiber artist. The clever magnetic wrist band keeps metal bits and pieces handy and out of your way!

Cheerful Stitch Markers are a must have in every knitting bag!

 

Flip & Cricket Rigid Heddle Looms

Schacht’s Flip & Cricket Looms are in stock and ready to ship for Christmas! A wonderful way to weave, Rigid Heddle looms are simple to learn, portable, affordable and they offer an incredible range of weaving possibilities. Whether you’re a weaver already, or looking for a wonderful new craft, you can’t beat the craftsmanship and range of Schacht’s high-quality looms.

 

 

 

Well-crafted shuttles and tools are something weavers can never have enough of…

 

 

There’s nothing like a beautiful book for inspiration!

More than just patterns and tips (although these have plenty!), there’s something about immersing yourself in the pages to launch your mind and hands in new directions. Here are a few of our favorites!

 

Weaving Kits

 

Top winter knitting patterns!

 

LYKKE

The LYKKE needle company’s slogan is “Make Happy” and they do! Order a set now to make your favorite knitter happy this holiday season. You can even pre-order the new Indigo and Umber sets for holiday delivery. Read more and see all the LYKKE sets here!

 

Gift Certificates

Still can’t decide – or want to add a little extra something? Gift Certificates are always a favorite and they never expire!

Want more great gift suggestions – click here! Please call or email us if you’d like assistance selecting just the right items for your favorite fiber artists. We’re here to help!

Happy Holidays!

 

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How To: Pom Poms!

Here at the store we’ve been on a serious pom-pom kick, we think you will be too when you realize how easy and fun they are to make. Everything looks better with a pom-poms!

The Pom-Pom Maker is a clever little tool for making perfect pom-poms every time. Fast and easy to use, each set includes two sizes of Pom Pom Maker, approximately 2.5″ and 3.5″ each. You’ll only need about one half to one ounce of yarn, or approximately 50 yards of worsted weight yarn to make the larger size. The thicker the yarn, the less yardage you’ll need. Mix and match colors, throw in some sparkle, try making stripes… there’s no limit to the fun textures and look. Each pom pom has it’s own character – just check out the video above to see for yourself!

Go ahead, try to make just one! We think once you get rolling (or wrapping) you won’t be able to make just one of these fun little stash-busters. Of course pom-poms are the perfect finishing touch on a favorite stocking cap… They’re also great for holiday decorating – think garlands, tree ornaments, or little woolen snowballs tucked into a centerpiece on your holiday table. Add one to a zipper pull or clasp on a bag, or make a bunch and create a pretty mobile for a child’s room. We even pop them on the tops of pens here at the store to dress up our desks!

Grab a pom-pom maker now and get ready for stash-busting, decorating fun!

 

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Knit Wit – New!

We’re excited to introduce you to Knit Wit - Issue 7 Cold, an artfully curated look book for fiber artists of all kinds. Part fashion magazine, part craft journal, this collectable publication gives you a look into the busy lives of successful makers as well as offering a sneak peek at their beautiful work spaces. Articles on historic fiber related crafts and businesses offer a welcome insight into the evolution of the crafts we still practice today. PLUS this new issue introduces yet another facet to the glittering  Knit Wit lineup: Knitting patterns!

After having the opportunity to spend some time immersed in Navajo culture, Designer Noelle Sharp shares her experience with us in the article titled “Word of Mouth”. Get a glimpse of the rich history of Navajo weaving through Sharp’s eyes, and you’re sure to share her keen sense of appreciation and respect for their age-old techniques.

 

Many of you may be familiar with DMC, the famous supplier of quality embroidery thread for the last 271 years. I’d recognize those tiny hanks of colorful thread anywhere. In the article “String Theory”, we learn a little bit more about this venerable company and their long-standing dedication to creativity.

 

What’s so special about Navajo-Churro sheep? Find out in Janelle Pietrzak’s article titled “A Prairie Companion” – and here’s a hint: It’s not just about how cute they are!

 

Remember those knitting patterns I mentioned? Here’s one now! The Kimber Beret above is a jaunty cap with pinwheel shaping. Make a machine-washable version with Jo Sharp New Era Merino DK Superwash Yarn or Arroyo Yarn by Malabrigo, or go for classic wool and use Jo Sharp Classic DK Wool Yarn. If you’re looking for something a little fancier, you could use Jo Sharp Alpaca Kid Lustre Yarn for just the slightest bit of haloed sheen.
Size: Adult woman
Yarn: Approximately 250 yards DK weight yarn.

 

 

Crocheted granny square tunic? Surprisingly timely? Yes please! The Shana Mini Dress above is a fun way to show off this charmingly kitschy element, with fuzzy mohair squares and open panels along the sides. Jo Sharp Rare Comfort Kid Mohair Yarn would be perfect for this, and you could even pair that with a strand of Astra-Glow Metallic Yarn for added bling.
Sizes: 36 (38, 42)” bust, to be worn with 2″ positive ease.
Yarn: Try Jo Sharp Rare Comfort Kid Mohair Yarn, or any fingering weight yarn that has a little fluff.
10 balls (or 900 yards) Color A
10 balls (or 900 yards) Color B
6 balls (or 540 yards) Color C

 

 

Spiffy! These cute Aja Socks may be dainty and ruffled, but they’re wearable as can be knit up in Juniper Moon Farm Herriot Fine Yarn, or any of your favorite sock yarns.
Sizes: Women’s 8 (9, 10)
Yarn: One skein Juniper Moon Farm Herriot Fine Yarn, or approximately 437 yards of your favorite sock weight yarn.

 

Culture, fashion, patterns and a little bit of history come together to make this Knit Wit - Issue 7 Cold a worthy addition to any fiber artist’s library.  Start your collection now!

 

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pom pom quarterly – winter


It’s about that time again! What time, you ask? Time for the new pompom Quarterly Winter 2017 issue and all the colorful, interesting, creative wonders this publication brings with it. This issue’s collection is all about embracing the long nights of winter in order to celebrate colors that pop and spark against winter’s darkened backdrop. A feast for the eyes, each project in this issue is as clever and fresh as we’ve come to expect from our beloved pom pom magazine. PLUS: Autumn guest editor Juju Vail shares some great ideas for mixing colors, including some recommended apps that can help you with that sometimes tricky process. Here’s a peek at some of my favorite projects from this issue:


Tabular by Maja Möller

This gorgeous pullover uses the simple contrast of garter and stockinette stitch to show off its clever modular front panel. Tabular is worked in pieces and seamed. Knit up in a light fingering weight wool such as JaggerSpun Maine Line 2/8 Yarn, you can choose to make the color blocking detail as bold or subtle as desired. Not to mention, our mini cones are a great way to use multiple colors without breaking the bank.
Sizes: 33 (37, 41, 45, 49)” bust, to be worn with 1.5-3″ positive ease.
Yarn: JaggerSpun Maine Line 2/8 Yarn, or any light fingering weight wool of your choice.
Color A: 2 mini cones, or approximately 300 yards.
Color B: 2 mini cones, or approximately 300 yards.
Color C: 1 lb cone, or approximately 900 (900, 1200, 1500, 1500) yards.

 

 


Bindrune by Amy Christoffers

Lettlopi (Lite Lopi) Icelandic Wool Yarn knits up into incredibly warm garments that are not nearly as heavy as they look. The cozy cardigan above combines this hardy Icelandic wool with modern colorwork to create the perfect go-to layering piece. This sweater is worked back and forth from the bottom up; the sleeves are worked in the round from cuff to shoulder, then seamed to the body.
Sizes: 34 (39.25, 46, 50, 55.25, 61)” bust circumference, to be worn with 4-8″ of positive ease. (That means you should make a size that is 4-8″ larger than what your actual measurement is.)
Yarn: Lettlopi (Lite Lopi) Icelandic Wool Yarn in three colors:
Color A: 3 (3, 3, 4, 4, 4) skeins.
Color B: 3 (3, 3, 4, 4, 4) skeins.
Color C: 5 (5, 6, 6, 7, 8) skeins.

 


Cobaltoan by Lesley Anne Robinson

I’m endlessly impressed with two-color brioche. This stretchy fabric is wonderful for hats, and what a way to show off some fun colors! I think Cascade 220 Superwash Wool Yarn would make the perfect backdrop for a bright colorway of Malabrigo Rios Superwash Wool Yarn – or vice versa, since this hat can be fully reversible if you choose to omit the pom pom. Nervous about trying brioche for the first time? This project might be just the opportunity you’ve been looking for to give it a shot. The notes included with this pattern are very helpful, and serve to point less experienced brioche knitters in the right direction.
Sizes: 18.5 (20, 22)” head circumference, to be worn with 2″ negative ease (this means you should make a size that it 2″ smaller than your actual measurement).
Yarn: Malabrigo Rios Superwash Wool Yarn and/or Cascade 220 Superwash Wool Yarn, or any DK weight yarn.
Color A: 1 skein.
Color B: 1 skein.

 


Stellate by Julie Dubreux

This beautiful half-circle shawl offers a guarantee of (and I quote), “maximum accomplishment for effort”. That might just be my new knitting motto. What it means in relation to this deceptively easy to make piece is just that: it’s deceptively easy! Slipped stitches are worked over plain garter stitch to create the lovely crystal inspired design you see above. Consider Jo Sharp Classic DK Wool Yarn for a warm, sturdy piece that will last many winters, or pair Arroyo Yarn by Malabrigo with something solid for a lovely variegated effect.
Size: 77″ wingspan x 38.5″ deep.
Yarn: Jo Sharp Classic DK Wool Yarn and/or Arroyo Yarn by Malabrigo
Color A: 738 yards.
Color B: 738 yards.

 

Beautiful and innovative as always, this pompom Quarterly Winter 2017 issue doesn’t disappoint.  Whether you’re looking for your next project or simply looking for inspiration, you’re sure to find it in the pages of pom pom.

 

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