A year after our last look into the shop, we’ve rearranged and expanded and grown!
Red Heart yarns are still in the front room, along with our books and a few spotlighted items in the front window.
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.
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.
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.
The notions boards are slowly invading the snack area!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.