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One year later

A year after our last look into the shop, we’ve rearranged and expanded and grown!

Red Heart in the front room.
Red Heart in the front room.

Red Heart yarns are still in the front room, along with our books and a few spotlighted items in the front window.

Wool room, north end
Wool room, north end

We’ve added Kraemer and Skacel yarns and fibers to our products, as well as some lovely small-farm Tunis wool for spinning. We also have Opal sock yarn and some Dark Horse yarns.

South end of the wool room, January 2016
South end of the wool room, January 2016

We’ve also upgraded the lighting in some of the main rooms not only in brightness but also in light “temperature,” to give truer colors.

Needle and notions boards
Needle and notions boards

We’ve built our own display boards for our needles and notions; they’re easily rearranged when we get new or different items in and have to move things around. We also have smaller traveling versions of these that you’ll see at fiber festivals.

Needles and snacks
Needles and snacks

The notions boards are slowly invading the snack area!

Multnomah

Our recently-finished Multnomah shawl was very popular at our booth at both the Fiber Event at Greencastle and the Indiana Fiber and Music Festival; its bright color drew people in to touch it.

An orange knit shawl
Multnomah shawl

It’s a great pattern for a beginner, using one skein of fingering-weight yarn and only knit, purl, knit two together, and yarn over but producing a beautiful result. It’s also free from Hello Knitty (the designer’s website) or Ravelry.

Feather and fan and garter stitch
Detail shot of Multnomah

This one was knit from Mallibou, our Merino-bamboo blend, in the Creamsicle colorway. It only took 85% of the skein, meaning there was at least one more lace repeat worth left.

Feather and fan in orange yarn
Feather and fan

To Pool or Not to Pool

Pooling.

Some people love it and some people hate it. Some people mathematically plan their projects to take advantage of it or avoid it.

And so a question that’s commonly asked at yarn shops and fiber festivals, especially of dyers, is “How does this knit up?” Shop samples to the rescue!

A Faroese-influenced shawl in purple, green, and white.
A Gulf Breezes shawl knit in the Mr. J colorway.

This is the Gulf Breezes shawl from Tabitha’s Heart Designs in our Mr. J colorway, though any of our three-colorways (such as Blue & Green or Alice) will work up similarly; there’s minimal pooling, just a few places where the colors happened to align as the rows got longer.

A pair of socks in purple, green, and white.
Socks knit in the Mr. J colorway

Here’s the same colorway in a pair of socks (approximately a women’s US size 7 1/2); due to the size of the socks the colors produced thin stripes about two and a half rows wide. The Sweet Tomato heel makes an interesting cat’s eye shape as you do the short rows.

Two square knit swatches in purple, green, and white.
Two small swatches in the Mr. J colorway.

Last but not least is a pair of small square swatches knit up for a machine-washing/-drying experiment, the results of which are a post for another day. Just due to their size, the colors aligned apparently randomly.

So in these situations, three-color colorways don’t pool, but as always, your mileage (and yardage) may vary.

And if you’re in the Akron, Ohio area at the end of March, we’ll be at the Mineral City Volunteer Fire Department craft fair on Saturday, March 28.