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Change in the air for the Needle Arts industry

Change in the air for the Needle Arts industry

We recently were informed of some major changes in the distribution of a few popular yarns. Twenty years ago this sort of thing would never be discussed with the end customer (you!) but our world has indeed changed dramatically because of the internet and social media.

About a month ago, Westminster Fibers Inc. announced that it would no longer be importing and distributing any yarns in North America. The brands that you will recognize are Rowan, Regia, SMC, Schachenmayr, Schachenmayr Select (aka Gedifra), Istex/Lopi wools, and Butterfly Super 10 Cotton.

Of course this doesn’t mean that these brands will no longer be available to you– not at all! There are quite a few established companies interested in providing the import and distribution of these brands.

As for Handknitting.com, you already know that we are committed to all 5 Lopi yarns, and also to Butterfly Super 10 Cotton, and we promise to continue to provide them to you if at all possible.

While we wait to hear about the possibilities for future importers, we are working on a plan to make sure we will have enough of all these yarns to fulfill your orders for the coming season.

We think it is important for you to have accurate information, not rumors. As children we all played the game “telephone line” where a message is passed from one to another and by the time the message reaches the end of the line it has changed dramatically! Well, the internet accelerates and magnifies this effect. If you have any questions at all, please contact us directly by emailing Laurel@handknitting.com.  Please do not rely on speculations on the chat and comment threads of the various social media sites for your information.  We will do our best to answer all your questions honestly and in a timely manner.

Plotulopi Knit Along

Plotulopi Knit Along

Hello Everyone! I hope you already know that we have begun importing Plötulopi, the classic unspun Icelandic wool. In celebration, I’ll be hosting a sweater knit-along in our Handknitting.com ravelry group for the beautiful Auđna pullover:

22 Audna

Isn’t that gorgeous? It is truly a special design, and has great design elements that are derived from the nature of the Plötulopi yarn.

This isn’t a beginners’ project; you should have some experience with knitting in the round, and with stranded color work like fair isle. On the other hand, you could very well learn some new techniques while we work through the sweater pattern!

Your investment in the project will depend on the materials you need, of course. You will need the yarn, Lopi Book #34, and US 7 & 9 circulars and dpns. You can see more details about this in my project listing.

There is no charge for this KAL. We have set up a kit package on Handknitting.com, but participation is not limited to people who buy the products from us. (If you are experienced with Plotulopi and have everything you need in your stash, that’s fine! We welcome your insights!)

I’ve been working and test knitting this pattern for the last month, and I will start posting my preparatory suggestions within the next week.   Please help me spread the word with your friends who might be interested. Thanks so much, Laurel

 

 

[1]: http://www.handknitting.com/Audna_Plotulopi_Sweater_Kit_p/audna.htm

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Malou BiColor Cowl

Malou BiColor Cowl

Dropstitch Cowl 1 This is the drop stitch cowl I passed along to you last year, but reworked for 2 balls of Malou Bicolor. I knit this in one evening while watching a football game! Size 13 circular needle, 24″. Cast on 67 st, join circle by slipping last st to left hand needle and start 1st round by K2tog (66 st). You can put a full twist into the cast on row (shown), or leave the twist out as you prefer. Rounds 1 & 3: K Rounds 2, 4: P Round 5: Knit, double wrapping each stitch. Tip: be sure not to pull your second wrap tight! Round 6: Purl, dropping the extra wrap on each stitch. Repeat these 6 rounds 5 times, then repeat rounds 1-4 once and bind off loosely. Weave in ends, then snuggle up!

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Vogue Knitting Live, Chicago!

Vogue Knitting Live, Chicago!

We leave for Vogue Knitting Live in Chicago on Tuesday!  It’s very exciting–we are bringing Lang there for the first time!

All of you in the area need to come see us in the Marketplace, booths 203-5.  For those of you who can’t come, the store will be open while we’re gone but shipping will be delayed until Wednesday, November 6.

Soft, with the slightest amount of haze…

Soft, with the slightest amount of haze…

MIST!     Another Hit at Stitches Midwest

Mist comes from Twilley’s of Stamford, a name known for quality throughout the UK.  Mist is an enticing blend of alpaca, wool and synthetic that fills out your stitches with a delicate halo– a Mist!  And it comes in the most becoming “misty” colors, too.

Mist Sweater

This is my design for Mist– a simple boat-neck pullover with extra long ribbing and embellished with an easy-to-knit lace accent.  The pattern is currently free with purchase, and a medium (38-40″) takes only 8 skeins–That’s a $50 project!  This shape looks great on almost everyone–the neckline is flattering and draws attention to your face.  If you need another size, just email Laurel@handknitting.com for yarn requirements based on your finished chest measurement.

What’s not to love?

What’s not to love?

We have a new website

Dyed and Gone Logo

Dyed and Gone is our new website for discontinued yarns!   We have worked with distributors to bring you the best quality yarns at very, very low prices.  The same great service you’re accustomed to getting from Handknitting.com, plus we have

  • discontinued fashion yarns– Lang, Trendsetter, Rowan, and more!
  • discontinued colors of currently produced yarns
  • & small amounts of yarns we will no longer carry

Everything on Dyed and Gone is a great  value — discounted from 40-70%, plus there is FREE SHIPPING on every order within the USA!  Wow!  New yarns coming all the time….

New Zitron has Pizzazz!

New Zitron has Pizzazz!

Brand new from Zitron, it’s Patina & Patina Color!

Zitron Patina


Wool and Rayon in a DK weight

Patina color

Four gorgeous multi color blends plus matching solids — imagine this:

Sarah Coleman

This sweater is from designer Sara Coleman shown on the Madrid runway, but this theme is everywhere in all sorts of styles — multicolored body & contrasting trim.

We suggest using Patina with the Ann Norling basic top down raglan  for a pullover with 1-2 balls in the contrast color for a piece you’ll wear for years.  Could easily be a cardigan–that’s one of the joys of hand knitting–get just what you want!!