Greetings fellow knit-cicles! New arrivals at the shop yesterday include Linsey, a cotton linen blend from Berroco. The solids are heathery due tot he different rates at which the cotton and linen fibers take up dye. The multis are self-striping (similar to TyDy). At 114 yards and $8.00 per skein, Linsey is a deal.
Pattern support for Linsey is fabulous! Not only does Berroco have some killer patterns in their new booklet, but I also have the Nora Gaughan volume 8, and this is packed with gorgeous patterns for Linsey. It also has patterns for Pure Pima, Berroco's 100% pima cotton yarn, which will be arriving at the shop later this spring.
I have several new individual patterns in, too, mostly for summery garments. A new pattern vendor is C2knit, who produces amazingly simple and classic patterns that are perfect for cotton or linen blends.
Lest the thought of summer-weight garments make you shiver as you look outside, I have also gotten in some very cool hat patterns from Nancy's Knit Knacks. These are Fair Isle patterns, and very classic. One is reminiscent of the hat worn by Flick in "A Christmas Story"; another has a thistle pattern that will appeal to anyone with a drop of Scottish blood.
Later this week a new shipment of Artyarns should be arriving - Cottonspring, the only cotton yarn I have ever lusted for. It is lovely, soft, and the Artyarns colors, of course, and to swoon over (does anybody actually swoon anymore?).
Any SciFi fans out there? I am a total scifi and fantasy geek. A customer ordered some bulky yarn for a hat and it turns out that the hat in question is the one worn by Jayne Cobb in Firefly! I got the free pattern on-line and am offering the yarn and pattern in kits for $30, including a pom-pom maker (the hat MUST have a pom-pom to be an authentic Mrs. Cobb's cunning hat!).
I am also pleased to say that last Saturday's Super Scarf Knit In and Potluck Lunch was a huge success. So many beautiful scarves being knitted, and so many really nice knitters. We had a blast - I may make this a regular event, perhaps on the first Saturday of every month. Of course it wouldn't be as elaborate, but I'm sure I could manage to bring in a crock pot of stew or chili or such once a month.
Well, off to the showers with me. Knit happy!