August 31: Progress on the new store is continuing, but at a slower pace than we would like. The contractor has advised us this morning that they anticipate being done by the end of next week, but the Labor Day Holiday may impact that date as it may be impossible to get the final inspection done due to the 7th being a holiday. It's always something If they adhere to their revised schedule we will most likely be opening at some time during the week of September 14. As soon as we know for certain we will send an email to our subscribers, and post it on our website. We appreciate your petience, and do believe that the new store will definitely be worth the wait.
Fall is fastly approaching, and with it comes many excitinig things, including Halloween! The Knitting Patch is please to announce that on Saturday, October 31 we will be hosting a very special guest - Beverly Johnson of Boo Knits! How ironic to have "Boo" visit on Halloween. She will be in the store from about noon until the last person leaves. She will be happy to meet with you, discuss your knitting, and especially discuss her patterns. She will be happy to autograph any Boo Knits patterns you have. Beverly is a very engaging, and knowledgeable person, who is a lot of fun to spend time with. Mark this date on your calendar, and plan to stop by and meet "Boo."
July 17: Our Moving Sale has been well received, and will continue thru July 29, which is our last day of business in our Westmonte Plaza location. We look back fondly on our experiences here, and look forward with great anticipation to our new location, which we believe you will find to be exceptional. Our retail space will almost double, which affords us the opportunity to significantly expand our offerings. There are many new yarn lines we are looking to stock. Our new address is:
1425 West State Road 434, Suite 101
Longwood, FL 32750-7206
Roughly translated, this is approximately 1 mile East of the Interstate 4/SR-434 intersection on the North side of SR-434. The significant landmark to look for is the extremely large Watson Real Estate sign. We are located within the Watson complex, in the first buil;ding to your right as you turn in to the complex, in the very first suite directly facing SR-434. Our contact information will remain unchanged. We are not yet certain about our opening date, but it should be in early August. We anticipate a few days where we will not be opened. We will send an email to our subscribers informing them of our opening date, as well as posting it on our website. So, please keep checking our website for the latest news on our opening date.
On Thursday we received notice from Trendsetter Yarns that they have formally issued a recall for their mink yarn, which is under the "Mimi" name, which was produced by Lotus Yarns due to a discrepancy in the actual fiber content not matching that which was represented on the label. If you purchased this yarn from The Knitting Patch, and wish to return it, please bring it to the store by July 29, and a full refund will be given in the form of store credit. Time is of the essence in this, as Trendsetter has set a time within which they will accept these yarns back. If you have any questions, please call the store.
The shawl shown in the adjacent photo is delightfully simple to knit, and yet it is extremely delicate, and appealing showcasing what appears to be advanced knitting skills. This shawl is in the store and can be inspected. However, due to our pending move, it is not on a manequin and you must ask to view it.
June 26: After almost 6 years at our present location, The Knitting Patch is moving and expanding. We have outgrown our present location, and need to expand to allow us to continually expand our inventory, and take on new lines of yarns. Moreover, Westmonte Drive is about to be disrupted for an extended period of time as part of the I-4 expansion. Accordingly, it is time for us to move to a location that will allow us to continue serving our customers' needs. In view of this, we are having a "Moving Sale" starting immediately. During this sale, you will receive 20% off your entire purchase of regularly priced merchandise. The only exclusions to this discount are Gift Cards; Custom Orders; Classes; & Sale Items. All sales where this discount is applied are "Final Sales" and are not subject to returns, refunds, or exchanges.
We will be announcing our new location in the near future on our website, so please check it periodically for the latest news. We are not quite ready to disclose the new location but it will be within close proximity in Longwood. We are excited by this development, and look forward to serving your needs in our new store. We are confident that you too will be pleased with the new store and new location, which has great proximity to I-4. We expect to be opened at our new location before the end of July.
We look forward to seeing you during our Moving Sale, and to serving you in our new location.
June 26: Yesterday we completed what is one of the most beautiful shawls we have ever made. It required only a single skein of Madelinetosh Lace yarn. There are 3 distinct designs in the shawl which are essentially two side panels and a different design for the center panel. There are many different stitches within each, which produces a truly stunning shawl, that is certain to be an attention getter wherever it is worn. This shawl is not for a beginner, and anyone who knits this must pay close attention because at places it is tricky. However, the effort to make it is a great investment of your time.
June 11: The shawl shown in the adjacent photo was made using a free pattern, which required one skein of sock weight yarn, and a single skein of Zauberball yarn. The shawl was quite easy to knit, and the result is truly remarkable producing a gradient type of color transition within the shawl that is reminiscent of a rainbow effect. This shawl is on display in the store, and we have an incredible selection of Zauberball and sock yarns which gives you near limitless possibilities when making your selection(s).
May 11: Shown in the adjacent photo is an incredibly beautiful "Shawlette" which was easy to knit using 2 skeins of sock weight yarn. The final piece turned out to be quite striking, as well as an attention getter. We just put it on display this morning, and a customer was so taken with it, that she purchased the yarn to make it for herself. We also received additional colors of "Zooey" this morning.
May 5: Shown left are the five colors of "Zooey" we received this morning. Zooey is a blend of 60% Cotton and 40% Linen making it absolutely one of the best yarns for our warm summer weather here in Florida. Zooey is a DK weight yarn. Each ball is approximately 284 yards (260 m) of yarn.
May 5: Shown right, is our 5th "Seascape" shawl. As suggested by the number we have made, we have found this pattern, and shawl to be exceptionally fun to make, and the results are nothing short of stunning. We have made all of them with different yarns. This particular Seascape was made using "Fino" yarn, which is a dlightful (and beautiful) blend of 65% Silk & 35% Linen, makiong the finished piece both beautiful, with the unmistakable sheen that only comes from Silk, and the linen providinig durability, and added comfort. This shawl only required a single skein to make. We also enhanced the shawl by adding beads to it, which really makes it stand out from the ordinary.
April 21: As shown in the photo (left) we recently received 15 colors of "CoBaSI" from HiKoo. We have both variegated, and solid colors of this fine yarn available. HiKoo is a new vendor for us, and we are excited about this really great yarn. CoBaSi is a blend of Cotton (55%), Bamboo (16%), and Silk (8%) with an additional Elastic Nylon (21%) which ensures that your finished piece will hold its form for many years to come. The silk content provides that unmistakable luster that only comes from silk content. Each skein of CoBaSi is approximately 220 yards in length. Amazingly, CoBaSi is machine washable using cold water. This is an exciting yarn for summer knitting projects, and is well suited to a variety of projects such as: Scarves; Shawls; Socks; and other summer projects.
Shown in the photo (right) is a shawl we recently finished, which was made using 4 skeins of Koigu KPM yarn.Koigu was a dream to knit, and the finished result speaks for itself. This shawl is on display in the store, so please stop by and see it for yourself.
April 14: We recently completed two projects and want to share them with you. Both are really great projects, and both produce stunning results.
Shown in the photo (left) is a really unique top, that is intended to be one of "generous proportions." When knitting there were concerns because of the size, but when finished it turned out to be an incredibly beautiful, and practical top. Quite literally the proporations are such that this could be used by someone who is pregnant! Forgetting about the proporations, it was easy to knit, and as you can see it turned out to be quite attractive. We selected Madelinetosh "Dandelion" for this project, and it was a great yarn. However, depending on your fiber and/or manufacturer prefences, there are numerous yarns available which would produce great results. This top is on display in the store, so please stop by and see for yourself. If you don not feel quite up to making this, we offer classes and individual assistance to ensure your success.
The photo (right) shows a Lacy Cape or Capelet, which is really beautiful. It embodies a magnificent design, and the beads really set off the appearance and elegance of this very beautiful piece, which is perfect to use year round, even here in Florida!!! You are destined to capture attention when you wear this. Casual or upscale, it will work beautifully in both situations. We used a single skein of Road to China lace to make this, and the pattern is readily available through Ravelry. We have a rainbow of colors available in Road to China Lace. This piece is on display in the store, so please stop by and see for yourself. If you don not feel quite up to making this, we offer classes and assistance to ensure your success.
February 20: We recently completed the shawl shown in the adjacent photo. This was made using 2 skeins of Hand Maiden yarn, along with coordinating beads, which are triangular in shape. The result speaks for itself. This shawl is on display in the store, and we have a great inventory of yarns & beads from which to choose if you would like to make one for you or as a gift.
February 7: We just received "Poppy", which is a new novelty yarn. Poppy is really a delightful product, and it comes with the pattern to make the hat shown on the right side of the adjacent image. It is an excellent single skein product, and promises to knit very quickly given the large size of needles used. The possibilities are nearly endless. This is just in time for Valentines, and it will absolutely knit up very quickly. Poppy is a blend of 53% Acrylic; 45% Wool; and 2% Mohair. Each skein is approx 43 yards in length.
Shown in the adjacent image is our 2nd shawl of this particular design. If you compare it to the shawl in the next images below, you are right - it is the same. When we made the shawl shown below, we had sufficient yarn left over to make another, so we did. The only difference is that we changed the sequence of colors, and used different beads, and while the appearance is similar, it is also quite different. Both of these shawls are on display in the store, and available for you to see. They are both elegant, appealing to the touch, and not terribly difficult to make. If you feel that your knitting skills are not up to this task, inquire about a class tailored to your making this shawl.
February 5: Shown in the adjacent photo[right] is an incredible brown shawl we just completed. The shawl is quite striking, and the beads absolutely set off the creation. We knitted this shawl using "Filisilk" which is a new yarn in our inventory. Filisilk is from Germany, and is of the highest quality. It is a blend of 70% merino wool, and 30% silk, giving it that unmistakable sheen that only comes from silk content. We actually used three different colors in making the shawl. You really must see this shawl in person to appreciate its beauty, and discern the color gradients, which are subtle, but are definitely there. Additionally, beads really set this shawl off. We offer a class if anyone is interested in making this shawl, but feels as if they are not quite up to the task.
Shown left, are the 19 colors of Filisilk we received yesterday, which gives you an incredible selection from which to choose. The response to the Filisilk Shawl has been incredible!
January 12: In issue 78 of The Knitter magazine we saw a shawl, featured on the cover, which was beautiful, and decided to make this. The result is featured on the photo (left). Albertine was made using a single skein of Fyberspates Gleem Lace yarn, and complimentary triangular beads. The shawl took less than the full skein. We have this shawl on display in the store, and also have The Knitter magazine available for anyone interested in making one for themselves, along with a great selection of Gleem Lace (recommended by the designer).
January 8: Happy New Year!!! During the holidays, we worked on making the "Serendipity Lace Shawl" which is shown in the adjacent photo. As all knitters realize, not all projects are the same. For us, Serendipity was one of the most wonderful projects we have ever undertaken, and the result speaks for itself, and for the designer of this awesome shawl. We used Jade Sapphire Silk/Cashmere yarn, and the shawl took 2 skeins (as shown). We also just received a shipment of this incredible yarn in a variety of colors. We also used triangular beads to give the shawl an unmistakbeable elegance. The pattern is available via Ravelry, and if you wish, you can simply click on the adjacent photo and you will be taken to the Ravelry page where you can purchase and download this incredible shawl. While the finished shawl looks like you would need a Ph.D. in knitting to make, it is in reality not a difficult pattern to master. Serendipity is on display in the store. If you have interesting in making this for yourself, and feel that you need assistance, we offer custom instruction tailored to your specific needs. In the alternative, if there is interest within the community, we are considering offering a"Knit Along" for a group not to exceed 4 participants. If you have such interest, please call the store at 407-331-5648.
December 30; Shown in the photo (left) is our recently completed "Advent Scarf" which we provided a link to below. It tured out so perfect that Boris insisted that this was his Christmas present. The scarf really is beautiful, and is a very worthwhile knitting project. Shown in the photo (right) is our recently completed "Wintersweet" shawl, which was part of a KAL from Boo Knits. The shawl is quite elegant, and speaks for itself. It was also not very difficult to make. Both of these new additions are on display in the store. Don't try to take the Advent away from Boris as he may get grouchy....
December 12: We recently discovered a wonderful "project", which is produced by very talented designer in Germany. This is a holiday related project, and something that she has produced for the ast few years. The project covers 24 days of Advent, and produces an "Advent Scarf." Each day, she releases a new set of instructions on her website. At this juncture, we are now on our 12th day,and hence we are about half way through. The result is stunning, and produces a scarf to clearly will be treasured for years to come. If you have interest, click on the adjacent image and you will be taken to the website where you can download the instructions. The scarf requires 3 balls of Zauberball yarn to complete.
Yesterday we received a long awaited, and much anticipated new lace yarn from Kelbourne Woolens- "Road to China - Lace." We received 12 colors of this exciting new yarn, as shown in the adjacent photo. Road to China Lace is a delightful blend of 65% Baby Alpaca; 10% Cashmere; 10% Camel; and 15% Silk, which makes this a blend to die for in terms of its elegance, and adaptability to your lace knitting projects. It feels incredible to the touch. Each skein is approximately 656 yards in length.
Shown in the photo (left) are the 10 colors of "Tundra" we received. Tundra is a blend of 50% Baby Alpaca; 30% Merino Wool; and 10% Silk. It is a delightful bulky weight yarn that absolutely is wonderful against your skin, and to the touch.
December 8, 2014: We have been waiting for our last shipment of Madelinetosh "Tosh Lace" for over 5 months. The wait is now over, the exceptionally large shipment arrived this morning, and it includes 45 colors of this incredible yarn. If you are an affecianado of Madelinetosh yarns, and an affecionado of lace knitting, it is time to stock up, as Madelinetosh announced last summer that they are discontinuing this yarn. This is the very last shipment of Tosh Lace that we will receive. We have at least 3 skeins of each of the 45 colors, and in some cases more. However, when they are gone, they are gone, and it is not possible to order more. If you, or someone you know loves lace knitting, and Madelinetosh yarns, this is the time to stock up.
As the holidays are right around the corner, remember that Knitting Patch gift certificates make perfect gifts for the knitters in your life. They are available in any denomination, and never expire.
November 29: Shown in the adjacent photo is a shawl we completed yesterday that was make using a pattern in the current edition of Noro Magazine (#5). The finished result is really wonderful, and surprisingly the pattern is relatively easy to knit. Our example is on display in the store, and we have both the Noro magazine as well as the Noro yarn in stock to ensure that you can complete yours in time for the holidays which are now officially right around the corner.
November 17: Shown in the photo [right] is another shawl from Boo Knits, entitled "Intrepid Spirit" from her Spirit Collection. We made our Intrepid Spirit using three skeins of Jade Sapphire "Silk/Cashmere" which produced a stunning result, which is a beautiful to look at as it is comfortable to wear. Our Intrepid Spirit is on display in the store, so please stop by and see for yourself how magnificent this shawl is. Typical of Boo Knits patterns, this shawl was not difficult to make.
November 6: The adjacent photo shows our "Fragile Heart" shawlfrom Boo Knits we recently completed. Like all of our recent projects from Book Knits, Fragile Heart was a relatively easy project, and the pattern was absolutely a dream to knit. The result speaks for itself. Fragile Heart is a timeless shawl that would absolutely be a stand out anywhere you wear it. As shown, we used a single skein of Sweet Georgia "Spun Silk" (100% Silk) in making this shawl.
The adjacent photo shows the eleven colors of Jade Sapphire "Silk Cashmere" we received. At the far right of the photo is a shawl which was made using this absolutely wonderful yarn. Silk Cashmere is an incredible blend of 55% Silk & 45% Cashmere, making for a feel and appearance that is nearly impossible to beat. It is soft and cozy to the touch, and that unmistakable sheen that comes only from silk gives the yarn an elegance that puts it in a category by itself.
October 28: We recently received two great new yarns which are perfect for your fall and winter knitting projects. Shown left is 100% Cashmere from Jade Sapphire. Each skein of this luxurious yarn is approx 400 yards in length. We have ten colors from which to choose.
From Anzula we received ten colors of their "Breeze" lace weight yarn, which is conveniently already wound into a ball. Each ball of Breeze is approx 750 yards in length. Breeze is a very appealing blend of 65% Silk; & 35% Linen assuring that your finished pieces will be stunning to look at, and durable assuring years of wear, while retaining its beauty.
October 14: It's "Almost Autumn," here in Central Florida, and by coincidence, it is also the name of our latest project shawl, which is shown in the photo [left]. The pattern is from Boo Knits! Close to You Collection. Like the other recent projects we have knitted from Boo Knits, Almost Autumn was exciting to make, and actually a lot of fun to knit. For this shawl, and in consonance with it's name, we selected a color of yarn that reflects the colorful beauty of the Autumn season. We chose Sweet Georgia "Sea Mist" (blend of Silk & Mohair) in their Woodland color. We used 2 skeins making the shawl as shown. Almost Autumn is on display in the store. We have the yarn available, as well as the pattern to make this truly elegant shawl.
October 6: We just completed a project that was inspired by our Breast Cancer Awareness Month, hence, the pink color we selected. The shawlette shown in the adjacent photo is named "Fragile Heart," and the pattern comes from Boo Knits. We selected Anzula "Cloud" yarn for the project, which is a delightful blend of 80% Superwash Merino; 10% Cashmere, and 10% Nylon giving the piece incredible properties, and is very wonderful to the touch. Like our recent projects knitted using Boo Knits patterns, Fragile Heart was quite simple to knit, and an exceptionally fun project to knit. The results achieved are far greater than the effort put into knitting the Boo Knits patterns we have recently knitted. This tends to accentuate your knitting skills. FYI, Fragile Heart only required a single skein to make.
October 3: From Jaggerspun Yarns, we received 10 beautiful colors of their "Zephyr" (Wool/Silk Lace weight) yarn as shown in the photo (left). This yarn knits beautifully as the image at the far right shows a skirt that we knitted using this fine yarn. This yarn, is truly enjoyable to knit, and dreamy to the touch, with that unmistakable sheen that only comes from Silk content. Each skein is approx 1120 yards in length. We have more colors on the way. This yarn is also available in cones, which are approx 5,040 yards in length.
October 2: Another incredible shawl from Boo Knits is shown in the adjacent photo. This shawl is named "Snow Angel," and that name is really perfect for this really beautiful shawl. As knitted we used a single skein of Sweet Georgia Silky Merino yarn. The result speaks for itself. The shawl iselegant, delicate, feminine, increibly soft and alluring - in short it is near perfection. It is on display in the store, so please stop by and have a look for yourself. Like the other Boo Knits patterns we have made lately, this one was very easy to knit, and it was fun to make. While the photos do not showcase the beads, there are beads in the shawl.
September 30: A wonderful shawl from Boo Knits "Out of Darkness" is featured in the adjacent photo. As with other Boo Knits patterns we have knitted, this one was incredibly fun to knit, and the result speaks for itself. Out of Darkness is on display in the store, so please stop by and see this shawl for yourself, and realize that you too can make this incredibly fun, and beautiful shawl. Our example was knitted using 100% silk yarn.
September 15: We are very pleased to announce that we have received the color Black from Hand Maiden in their Maiden Hair (shown in adjacent photo [top]; and in their Swiss Silk. Until now, they did not offer these yarns in black, but they acquiesced to our repeated requests and made it for us. Both of these yarns are the best of the best, and perfectly suited to more knitting projects than we dare imagine. Black iss a universal color, and one that is well suited to upscale attire. Can you imagine setting off an elegant evening ensemble with a magnificent lace shawl made with these yarns, and accented with beads? It is hard tio imagine that you could create anything that would be more beautiful or garner more attention that this shawl. These yarns arrived in plenty of time for you to make your own creation in tme for the holiday season that is just around the corner. This is your opportunity to make certain that you absolutely stand out in any crowd.
September 9: Shown left is our "Peaseblossom Shawl" which was knitted using Fleeceartist "Lino" yarn, using a pattern created by Boo Knits, which is a part of her "Dream Collection" that was comissioned by Hand Maiden/Fleece Artist to showcase their yarns. This shawl only required a single skein of yarn, and slightly over 1 bag of beads to create. From beginning to end, we invested about 45 hours in knitting this shawl, and that was 45 hours of pleasure. Both the pattern, and the yarn were delightful to work with. This is one project that I did not look forward to finishing due to the fact that it was such a pleasure to knit. We have a large inventory of Lino in a rainbow of colors available, as well as the pattern. Lino is a blend of 65% Silk, and 35% Linen making it as perfect a yarn as one could imagine. When we blocked the shawl this morning, the yarn did not stretch much at all, and it maintained its form. This shawl is on display in the store. Stop by and see for yourself. Plan ahead for the upscale events that are just around the corner during the holidays, and imagine how spectacular you would look with your own Peaseblossom shawl highlighting your attire.
September 1: Yarn manufacturers dream of introducing a new yarn, and have it receive the reception that Noro's new Silk Garden "Solo" has received. We placed our order on the very day it was announced early this year, and we only just received our initial shipment of this highly anticipated yarn. It was worth the wait, and it upholds the quality of the Noro brand, as well as the heritage of the Silk Garden series. Silk Garden Solo is a blend of 45% Silk; 45% Mohair; and 10% Wool making it a nearly perfect blend for our warm weather. The blend is versatile in that you can make upscale pieces of more casual and they will all turn out beautifully. The photo (right) shows the 9 colors of Silk Garden Solo that we have in stock. If you have interest in this yarn, you should not hesitate, because it is selling very briskly, and due to limited availability it is hard to find.
Shown in the photo (left) are the 3 colors of "Gradient" we received. Gradient is made by Schoeppel in Germany, and is of the absolute highest quality. It is 100% Merino Wool, and is very soft and alluring, with a beautiful texture, and coloring that is striking. Each ball is approximately 260 meters/284 yards in length. Gradient is quite adaptable to many knitting projects, and promises to make afinished piece that you will be proud of, and that will last many years.
We also received 29 colors of Lorna's Laces "Helen's Lace" this past week, all of which are shown in the 2 adjacent photos. Helen's Lace is a favorite amongst serious lace knitters. It is renowned for its quality, durability, and its vibrant colorations, which are perfect. We have stocked Helen's Lace for a long time now, and it has proven to be a yarn that lace knitters relish. Each skein of Helen's Lace is approximately 1,250 yards in length and is a blend of 50% Silk & 50% Wool, which is a wonderful blend for lace knitting projects. There is an unmistakable elegance that comes naturally from silk content.
We frequently say that The Knitting Patch is "The Place for Lace," perhaps you can now understand why we make this statement. In addition to Lorna's Laces we also stock many high quality lace weight yarns from which to choose.
August 29: We just completed an incredibly fun project which is shown in the photo (left). This shawl is named "Spellbound" and it is the creation of Boo Knits. The finished result is nothing short of stunning, and this applies to every aspect of the shawl. The beads really set off this shawl, and gives it a magical presence that seems to almost be calling out to you. Our example was knitted using Sweet Georgia's Merino Silk yarn, which is the yarn that Boo Knits recommended. Our example is on display in the store. We have the yarn, and the pattern available for purchase. This is a project that promises to be fun, and will also give you bragging rights as the finished shawl looks far more complicated than it is to knit. With the holiday's right around the corner, a Spellbound shawl would make a perfect gift that promises to become a family heirloom.
August 26: We recently completed our "Lady Lilith Shawl" as shown in the photo (right) The result speaks for itself, and the shawl is absolutely a stunner. As knitted, the shawl required two skeins of Anzula "Sebastian" yarn, which is a delightful blend of Superwash Merino and Sea Silk, which makes the yarn heavenly to touch, and stunning to admire. There are beads as well, which do not show well in the photo due to the size of the image, but they really do set off this shawl. This wasa fun project to knit, and not too difficult. Hence, it is well within the reach of many knitters. The great thing is when finished it will definitely make you look to be an expert knitter, due to the design, and how stunning the shawl is. Stop by the store and see this one for yourself.
August 13: Today is a great day, as received the 2nd part of our order from Hand Maiden. Shown in the photo (left) are the 6 colors of Swiss Silk, which as the name suggests is 100%. This yarn is so incredible that it is impossible to describe how perfect a yarn it truly is. Silk as a fiber for knitting is amongst the most elegant available. Given our weather here in Florida tending to be warm (relatively) year around, silk makes a perfect garment or accessory that you can use year around. Each skein of Swiss Silk is approx 437 yards in length.
Shown in the photo (right) are the 15 colors of Maiden Hair we received today. Maiden Hair is a blend of 67% Silk; 23% Kid Mohair; & 10% Nylon, which is an incredible blend that is both luxurious in appearance and to the touch, and durable. Each skein of Maiden Hair is approximately 328 yards in length.
August 5: Yesterday we received another shipment from Sweet Georgia, this time it contained 13 beautiful colors of their "Spun Silk Lace" yarn. Spun Silk Lace is 100% Silk, and is absolute lucious to touch, and as elegant as any yarn could ever hope to be. The colorations are stunning, which is something legendary Sweet Georgia. Each skein is approx 485 yards. This is an excellent yarn to consider for holiday gifts for special people in your life. Whatever you make using Spun Silk Lace is destined to become a family heirloom.
July 29: Featured in the photo (left) is our recently completed "Clarity Shawl," which was made using Noro Taiyo Sock yarn. The result speaks reams about how perfectly suited this yarn is for this shawl. The colorations within the yarn are absolutely perfect for this project. Moreover, this pattern is not difficult to follow, and is an ideal project for most knitters. Stop by the store and see this shawl for yourself. You may find yourself making one for yourself, or someone special.
July 15: Today we received
11 colors of "Lacey Lamb" from Jade Sapphire. Lacey lamb, as the name implies, is an exceptionally elegant lace weight yarn, which is 100% Extrafine Lambswool, each ball is approximately 825 yards in length. Lacey Lamb is heavenly to touch and feels wonderful against your skin. As the adjacent photo attests, the results that can be achieved with this yarn are nothing short of spectacular. The shawl shown is in a book which we have on order having sold out our first three orders. It is an exceptional book that would be a welcome addition to your lace knitting library.
July 11: Yesterday we received new yarns from Jade Sapphire and Manos Del Uruguay. These yarns are really beautiful, and worth of consideration for your knitting projects. We are also pleased to announse that The Knitting Patch is now a stocking retailer of Jade Sapphire products. If you are not familiar with their yarns, you should take a close look, as they are absolutely elegant in every sense of the word.
Shown in the photo (left) are the 9 colors of Serena we received from Manos Del Uruguay. At the far right of this photo is a suit that was created using this very wonderful yarn. The pattern for this suit is available in the Vogue Knitting Early Fall 2014 edition, which we have available in the store. This edition contains some incredible patterns and is a worthwhile addition to any knitters collection. Serena is a blend of 60% Baby Alpaca, and 40% Pima Cotton making the yarn have very enduring qualities, ensuring that you finished pieces will last for many years. Each skein is approximately 170 yards in length.
Shown in the adjacent photo are the 8 colors of Jade Sapphire "Sylph" we received. Sylph is a wonderful blend of 58% Cashmere and 42% Linen that must be felt to be appreciated. This is a near perfect blend that feels wonderful against your skin. Each skein of Sylph is approximately 309 yards in length.
The photo (left) shows the 6 colors of Jade Sapphire "Khata" we received yesterdaqy. Khata is a blend of 50% Yak, and 50% Silk, making it another yarn that has wonderful properties, including feeling incredible against your skin. At the far left of the photo is a cardigan that was knitted using Khata, and attests to how beautiful this yarn knits. This particular cardigan is taken from Vogue Knitting Early Fall 2014 edition, which we have available in the store. The Knitting Patch is pleased to be your resource for Jade Sapphire in Central Florida. Stop by and have a look at their incredible yarns. You will be glad you did.
July 7: We just completed our "Ocean Breeze" shawl, which was a Knit Along project from Boo! Knits. The results speak for themselves. This was a fun project, and not too difficult, making it an ideal consideration for most knitters. As knitted we used 2 different Fyberspates yarns for this project. Ocean Breeze is on display in the store. Stop by and see for yourself. The pattern is available directly from Boo! Knits via Ravelry. You can also click on the Boo! Knits logo below, and go to the appropriate Ravelry page to purchase this wonderful pattern.
July 4: Happy Independence Day!!! Stop by and spend some time knitting with us today, and enjoy our celebration.
We have been asked many times about the rules governing what is and is not allowed [knitting tools] to be carried aboard commercial aircraft. This morning we came accross an article which addresses this question directly, and have decided to post it here for you to review:
The Knitting Patch will be open on Friday, July 4th from 10:00am until 5:00pm. Feel free to join us for our celebration of Independence Day. Bring along some knitting projects, and spend time knitting with us..
June 23: On Saturday we received a large shipment from Hand Maiden Yarns. While this is a large shipment, we still have 2 more orders pending! We love Hand Maiden Yarns, and we are striving to have an extensive inventory of their yarns available to you.
Shown left are the 15 colors of Flaxen we received. Flaxen has been a favorite among our customers, as it knits so beautifully, and the finished pieces are timeless, durable, and lasting. Flaxen is a blend of 65% Silk; & 35% Linen making it a near perfect blend for our warm weather.
Shown in the adjacent photo are the 16 colors of Lino we received. Lino, much like Flaxen, is a blend of 65% Silk & 35% Linen, the major difference being that Lino is a lace weight yarn. All of the positive attributes of Flaxen apply to Lino in terms of the sheer beauty of the yarn, its durability, and being very well suited to warm weather knitting projects. Add to those attributes the elgance of lace....
Shown left are the 10 colors of Sea Silk we received. Sea Silk is a blend of 70% Silk & 30% Seacell. Sea Silk is also well suited to our warm climate, and promises to maketimeless pieces that will be cherished forever.
The adjacent photo shows the eight colors of Rumple we received. Rumple, as the name suggests, has a unique texture that is actually quite pleasing. Rumple is 100% Silk, making it beautiful, durable, and well suited for warm weather knitting projects.
Shown in the adjacent photo are the 14 colors of Mini Maiden we received. Mini Maiden is a blend of 50% Silk & 50% Wool. Although there is wool content, it is more than offset by the silk, making Mini Maiden an excellent choice for warm weather knitting projects. Moreover, wool is extremely durable, and assures that your investment will last for generations to come.
June 13: We have discovered a most extraordinary designer from the UK, her trade name is "Boo Knits." The patterns created by Boo Knits! are truly exceptional. When we discovered them, we immediately placed an order (through Ravelry) for a variety of them, including one that will be released later this month named "Ocean Breeze" that promises to be awesome. We urge you to visit Ravelry, and see the magnificent patterns available from Boo Knits! You will be glad that you did. Her patterns are available exclusively through Ravelry by clicking on the Boo Knits logo below (you will need to login to Ravelry for access):
June 10: A recent Japanese television show called "Great Gear" filmed an excellent and inspirational piece at the Noro headquarters in the Aichi prefecture in central Japan.
The segment is about 6 minutes long, but packed full of visually stimulating images and interesting information about how Noro yarns are created. For Noro fans, you will find this to be very interesting. Click on the following link will take you watch the segment: Noro "Great Gear".
Yesterday we received some incredible new inventory, including our initial stock from Koigu Yarns and new colors of Euroflax on cones. Details below:
Shown in the adjacent photo are the 12 colors of "KPM [Koigu Premium Merino]" from Koigu Yarns. While the photos look great, and showcase the incredible colorations in this incredible yarn, you really must see it in person to fully appreciate this incredible fingering weight yarn. KPM is 100% Merino Wool, and each skein is approximately 175 yards in length.
Also from Koigu are the 11 colors of Koigu Lace Merino shown in the photo (right). Koigu Lace Merino is 100% Merino Wool, and each skein is approximately 292 yards in length. Again, the coloring of this yarn is spectacular, which is precisely the reputation that Koigu has within the industry. Nobody does coloring the way that Koigu does, and it really does show in all of their products. If you are unfamiliary with Koigu, you owe it to yourself to learn, and find out for yourself.
Euroflax is as near perfect a yarn for our warm/hot climate that exists. It is 100% Linen in content, which is as comfortable and durable a yarn as one could possibly hope for to make garments to wear year around here in Florida. We are stocking this incredible yarn in cones to make your knitting easier, as this eliminates the need to make connections and hide ends in your knitting. While the specific weight of each cone varies slightly, the content is approximately 1,300 yards, which is sufficient for many knitting projects. We presently have 15 colors of this yarn in our inventory, as several colors were sold yesterday upon arrival! This is our second shipment of this fine yarn, and if the results of our first shipment are an indication, these will not last long either. This yarn is from Belgium.
June 3: Today we received some long yarns which are absolutely perfect for your summer (year around) knitting here in Central Florida.
Shown in the photo (right) are the 5 colors of trilogie we received. trilogie is an extremely high quality yarn from zGermany that is a blend of 75% Virgin Wool; 15% Silk; & 10% Linen. As far as perfect blends for our hot weather, you can't want for much better than trilogie. It is very pleasing to the touch. Each skein of trilogie is approximately 400 meters (437 yards) in length.
The photo (left) shows the 3 colors of Rylie we received. Rylie is another yarn from Germany that is ideally suited for your warm weather knitting projects being a blend of 50% Baby Alpaca; 25% Mulberry Silk; & 25% Linen. Each skein of Rylie is approx 274 yards in length. Rylie is a DK weight yarn, that is incredibly soft to the touch. Rylie is amazingly soft and appealing, and is a yarn that is hard to adequately describe.
Shown in the photo (right) are the 3 colors of Nina we received. Nina is from Italy, and is a perfect yarn for warm weather knitting. Nina is a blend of 77% Linen and 23% Cotton making for a finished piece that allow you to breathe while wearing it. Each ball of Nina is approximately 136 yards in length.
Shown in the photo left are the 12 colors of Cotton Classic Lite we received. As the name implies, this is 100% cotton, and is from Greece. Cotton is one of our most popular fibers for warm weather projects, as it is as comfortable as it is durable. Moreover it is durable ensuring that your finished pieces will be usable for you for many years to come.
If you are looking for a perfect yarn for your summer knitting project(s) this is a perfect time to come to The Knitting Patch. In addition to these new arrivals, we have an already extenswive inventory of yarns which are well suited to warm weather. Stop by the store and see for yourself.
The Knitting Patch is pleased to be an authorized retailer for patterns designed by Ilga Leja. Ilga's designs are legendary, and exceptionally beautiful. We are pleased to welcome Ilga to our inventory. Please visit Ilga's website by clicking on the following link, and see for yourself her incrdible creations: Ilga Leja. Select the patterns you like, and stop by the store and purchase them. We have an example of Ilga's "Bermuda" shawl on display in the store. It is made with Noro Silk Garden Sock yarn, ad is one of the most beautiful shawls we have ever seen. She quite elegantly captured the motion of the ocean and sky in this awesome shawl. To visit Ilga Leja's website, you may click on any place where the words Ilga Leja appear or by clicking on Ilga's logo below.
The adjacent photo is of a truly exceptional shawl we completed. It is incredibly vibrant, very unusual in the manner in which the colorations are woven into the design, which symbolically represents water and waves. This shawl was made using two skeins of Noro Silk Garden Sock yarn. We have the pattern is available for purchase in the store. While the pattern is lengthy, it is not too complex as there is a lot of repitition. The results are nothing short of stunning and speak for themselves. This one is definitely a head turner, and you will be asked where you got it when you wear this one out.
The skirt shown in the photo (left) is an original design, and it is truly stunning. Lace knitting produces the most spectacular results, and allows for individual creativity in designing a unique, one of a kind creation. This skirt used 1.79 miles of yarn! We absolutely love lace knitting, and achieving these kind of results from the effort we put into our examples.
Boris, who has so faithfully served as our store mascot turned model was recently promoted to Director of Security. Our belief was that as our security officer, someone would have to be crazy to pick a fight with a Polar Bear! Boris was sworn in yesterday, and received his official credentials as you can see in the photo below. He was overwhelmed by this turn of events, and promised to keep modelling for us. Those of you who know Boris are certain to be happy with the news of his promotion.
To Steam (Block) or Not to Steam (Blosk) That is the question... We hear this question frequently. Some customers have said that other stores have told them it is not necessary. In a few cases (depending in fiber) this is true, but almost universally, you need to steam and blok in order to finish your project. In the context of a picture paints a thousand words, below is a photo of a recently completed knitted afghan, and we have taken photographs before and after the steaming, and the results speak for themselves. Steaming will "reset" the yarns memory, and allow it to relax. Accordingly the steaming process will make your finished project larger, in the case of this afghan, it grew by about 25%! Look at the before and after photos below, and judge for yourself - is steaming/blocking necessary?
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