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.
May 30: We recently completed three projects, and wish to share the results with you.
Shown in the photo (left) is a very brautiful scarf made using Greak Adirondack yarn, using a pattern that can be purchawsed online. As shown, we used Great Adirondack's "Soxie" yarn, which is a fingering weight yarn, and as finished we used approx 1.5 skeins of yarn. This scarf really make a statement, and is not difficult to make. It is on display in the store.
Shown in the photo (right) is a short sleeve sweater made using Bergere De France "Bigarelle" yarn, and a pattern from Bergere De France that was published in a recent knitting publication. As knitted, we used 3 skeins of Cabourg, which is a great yarn for our weather, as it is a blend of Linen and Cotton, making the garment perfect in our hot, humid environment. This garment is on display in the store.
The cardigan shown in the adjacent photo was knitted using 7 skeinsw of Bergere De France "Carbourg" yarn, using a Bergere De France pattern that was published recently in a knitting magazine. The results speaks for themselves, as the finished piece is a very practical piece, that is as beautiful, and feminine as it is practical. This cardigan is on display in the store.
May 25: Happy Memorial Day!!!!
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Not shown, but definitely worthy of mention is a large shipment from Louet of their 100% Linen Lace weight yarn, which is provided on cones rather than skeins. We actually prefer knitting using cones as it reduces the number of connections to be made, and ends to be hid at the end of your project. Each cones is approx 1300 yards of yarn. We have placed another order for this product, as our initial order has almost completely sold out! When you visit the store, please ask to see this unique, and very exceptional yarn. This yarn is also incredibly high quality, and is certain to make your finished pieces as comfortable as they are beautiful.
Sown in the adjacent photo are the four colors of Katia "Iris" we received last week. It has proven to be very popular, as we have already placed an order for all of the colors of this exceptional yarn. The fiber content of Iris (52% Linen; 47% Polyester; 1% Polymide)makes it a near perfect yarn for our hot, humid weather. Moreover the yarn is quite elegant, and produces stunning results that are as practical as they are beautiful, as the pullover in the photo attests.
Shown in the photo (right) are the two colors of "Sublime" we received last week. Sublime is a very compelling blend of 75% Merino; 20% Silk; & 5% Cashmere, making this yarn very comfortable for almost any application, is also quite durable ensuring a long life. The silk content gives Sublime a unique sheen that only comes from silk.
We received a long awaited (and large) shitment from Madelinetosh with many new colors, and yarns for you to choose from. Shown left are the 12 colors of Madelinetosh "Dandelion." Dandelion is a new yarn fr us to stock, and we are quite pleased that we did. Dandelion is a blend of 90% Superwash Merino; and 10% Linen, making Dandelion a yarn that is exceptionally well suited to our hot, humid weather. Each skein of Dandelion is approx 325 yards in length.
The adjacent photo shows the 17 colors of Madelinetosh "Tosh Lace" yarn which we received last week. Tosh Lace is 100% Superwash Merino Wool, and each skein is approx 950 yards in length. Tosh Lace has been a very popular yarn amongst our lace knitters.
Shown in the photo (left) are the 10 colors of Madelinetosh Pashmina Worsted, which is a relative new product. Pashmina Worsted is a blend of 75% Merino Wool; 15% Silk; and 10% Cashmere, which is absolutely a heavenly blend that will be incredibly comfortable to wear. Each skein of Pashmina Worsted is approx 210 yards in length.
Shown in the three adjacent images are the 26 colors of Madelinetosh "Tosh DK" we received last week. Tosh DK is 100% Superwash Merino Wool, and each skein is approx 225 yards in length. Tosh DK has proven iself to be an incredibly popular yarn, and perfect for an exceedingly wide variety of knitting projects, and is adaptable for almost any climate. It is an extremely durable yarn, and the colorations of Tosh DK is beautiful, and so typical of the quality and coloring that Madelinetosh is known for producing.
If you are a fan of Madelinetosh yarns, this is an excellent time to shop while our selections are seemingly endless.
April 3: Late yesterday we received a shipment containing 25 colors of "Jitterbug," which is their sock weight yarn. Shown left are the 25 new colors we received into our inventory, on top of our existing colors for this exciting yarn. Jitterbug has been an extremely popular yarn since we introduced it to Central Florida. It is 100% Superwash Merino, and the coloring is absolutely superb. Each skein is approx 400 yards in length. This fingering yarn is amongst the most versatile yarns you can find and works perfectly for socks, shawls, tops, and much much more. Jitterbug is a very high quality yarn, from Colinette, who is world famous for their incredible dying, and exceptional quality of all of their yarns.
April 2: Shown in the adjacent photo are the six exciting colors of Schulana Kid-Seta Pearl. This is a beautiful yarn, that will really produce incredible results for you. The yarn is a blend of 40% Mohair; 23% Glass; 20% Cotton; & 17% Silk. The pearls really standout, as the closeup at the far right depicts, which means they will be prominent in your finished pieces. This is an exciting new yarn. Stop by and see for yourself.
March 26: Shown in the photo left are the 9 colors of Sirdar "Ella" we just received. These are entirely new colors of a very soft, comfortable, and beautiful yarn that is as durable as it is beautiful. Each skein of Ella is approx 138 yards in length, and is a blend of 49% cotton; 48% acrylic; & 3% polyester. Shown in the photo (right) are the eight new colors of "Crofter" we received. Crofter is unique yarn that gives your finished project the appearance of a Fairisle Knit automatically. The results are beautiful. Each skein of Crofter is approx 179 yards in length. Crofter is a blend of 55% nylon; & 45% acrylic, providing a very durable, and lasting piece that can stand up to the most vigorous wear.
Shown in the adjacent photo are the 3 colors of Juniper Moon's "Moonshine" we received, along with a photo of a finished piece knitted with this new yarn. Moonshine is very soft and pleasing to touch, and has a beautiful appearance, with that unique sheen that only comes from silk. Each skein of Moonshine is approx 197 yards in length, and is a blend of 40% wool; 40% alpaca; and 20% silk, all of which are wonderful fibers, and fibers that are easy to knit with.
March 25: We came across a very compelling article on the CNN website that is about beneficial effects that knitting has you your brain, and health. It is, as we suggested very compelling reading that we want to share with everyone. Click on the following link and read this article entitled "This is your brain on knitting" directly on the CNN website.
March 22: Yesterday we received a very substantial shipment of new yarns from Anzula. Shown in the adjacent photo are the 19 colors of "Cloud" we now have in stock. Cloud is a very versatile, fingering weight yarn that suited to a wide variety of knitting projects. Cloud is an exceptionally high quality yarn, which is a blend of 80% Superwash Merino Wool; 10% Cashmere; & 10% Nylon, making Cloud a very appealing yarn, that will give many years of service while retaining its beauty.
Featured in the adjacent photo are the 13 colors of "Sebastian" we received yesterday. Sebastian is a fingering weight yarn, which is a blend of 70% Superwash Merino Wool; & 30% Sea Cell. Like Cloud, Sebastian is perfectly suited to an extremely wide variety of knitting projects from lace to socks! Sebastian is very comfortable against your skin as well.
Stop by the store and check out these two exciting yarns from Anzula.
March 7: First and foremost, we want to remind everyone to remember the significance of March 8 - "International women day," which is a national holiday in many parts of the world, including most European, and Asian countries. Since we love a reason to celebrate, we naturally believe it should be celebrated here in the USA as well. What better way to celebrate than coming to The Knitting Patch and treating yourself to the finest yarns available anywhere, and patterns to create an entire new ensemble for you. After all, aren't you worth it?????
Yesterday we received some long awaited new yarns, and pattern books from Bergere De France. These new yarns are really incredible, and very much worth considering for your knitting projects. Details below:
Shown in the image (left) are the three colors of Bigarelle, which is a new yarn from Bergere De France. As the example shown on the left side of the image depicts, the results you can achieve with Bigarelle are nothing short of stunning. Moreover, we have the book from which this sample was made available. It contains many more exciting possibilities as well. Bigarelle is a blend of 55% Organic Cotton; 35% Linen; & 9% Viscose making Bigarelle and incredibly durable yarn, and one that is ideally suited to the warm weather that is just about to be here. Moreover the colorations, and textures associated with Bigarelle are really remarkable.
The second new yarn from Bergere we received is Estirale, and the four colors we received are shown in the adjacent image as well as a finished piece knitted using this exceptional yarn. In addition to the yarn, we also have Bergere DeFrance pattern books available with a large selection of knitting ideas for this yarn. Estirale is a blend of 50% Acrylic; 21% Hemp; and 29% Polyester making this an exceptionally durable yarn that is certain to look new for many years to come.
We also received three incredible Bergere De France publications of knitting ideas for babys, toddlers, and the 10 and under children in your life. From our perspective, Bergere De France produces absolutely some of the most inspired patterns available anywhere, and these are no exception to that rule. If you knit for the youngers generations, you owe it to yourself to stop by and explore these publications. Moreover, The Knitting Patch has one of the most extensive collections of vintage Knitting (and Crocheting) patters available anywhere. They are located away from the general retail area of the store, so please ask, and we will be happpy to show you what we have available. BUT, be prepared to spend some time, as we quite literally have thousands of publications to look through.
February 13: We recently received some new yarns, which are quite unusual in terms of fiber content, but they are quite extraordinary in every way.
As shown in the adjacent photo, from Manos Del Uruguay we received 5 great colors of "Fino," which is a great lace weight yarn. At the far right of the photo is a shawl made with Fino, which attests to the extraordinary results you can achieve using this yarn. Fino is a blend of 30% Silk; & 70% Extrafine Merino Wool. Each skein is approx 490 yards in length.
The next three yarns we are introducing for the first time come from our neighbors in New Zealand. Featured in the photo (left) is "Sublime Lace," which is a yarn, that is absolutely incredible, especially to the touch. Sublime Lace, the word that comes to mind is "Delicate." Sublime is 100% Extra Fine Merino Wool, and each ball is approx 383 yards in length. The coloring of this yarn is exquisite, and reflects their artistry in making their yarns.
Also from New Zealand is "Air," which is shown in the photo (right). Air is a blend of 40% Cashmere; 40% Bushtail Possum; and 20% Mulberry Silk. The "Possum" content is the unusual content, but this yarn, as well as the next one, have this content and they are incredibly elegant, and appealing yarns, that feel incredible against your skin. Again, the colorations are perfect, and the possibilities for this yarn are limited only by your imagination. Each ball of Air is approx 191 yards in length. We presently have 5 colors of Air in our inventory.
Kiwi, which is an absolutely perfect name for a yarn from New Zealand is depicted in the photo (left) along with an afghan which was made using this delightful yarn. Kiwi is actually a beautiful lace weight yarn, that can easily be used in many knitting projects as suggested by it being used in the afghan shown. The coloring of Kiwi is absolutely perfect.Each ball of Kiwi is approx 217 yards in length. Kiwi is also a blend that employs Bushtail Possum. While we had never heard of Bushtail Possum, we must admit that as a fiber it is quite compelling, as it is as beautiful as it is comfortable.
We have much more new inventory on the way. Keep checking our website for the latest. Don't forget the Central Florida Fair is amost here. Submit your items for judging, and you may be surprised by the results.
January 20:We have two recently completed knitting projects in the store for your inspection. These are both exciting projects, and if you use your imagination, you may surprise yourself at what you are capable of making.
Shown in the photo (left) is a beautiful cowl which was made using three skeins of Kelbourne Woolens Terra yarn. The result speaks for itself. This was a quick and easy project to complete, which is an added bonus, especially since we are facing some chilly weather here in Central Florida. The pattern for this cown was taken from a recent edition of a knitting magazine.
The incredibly elegant, reversible, lace cabled shawl shown in the photo (right) is absolutely breathtaking. As knitted we used 5 skeins of a cashmere silk blend yarn, which are two of the most beautiful, and elegant fibers available anywhere. Moreover, the silk provides a unique luminescence that only comes from silk, and is itself an incredibly pleasing look. As knitted, we selected white yarns, which makes this shawl blend perfectly with any other colors, as well as making it a perfect accessory for the bride to be. This pattern was a free pattern we found. It is time concumming to knit, but it is also so worth that effort. This shawl is destined to become a family heirloom.
January 10: What is "Jitterbug?" - There are many answers, including a dance from the 1930's, but the best answer is an incredibly versatile yarn from Colinette (UK). Jitterbug is a fingering/sock weight yarn, that by its nature is ideally suited to a big variety of knitting projects. We just received 25 new colors of Jitterbug as shown in the adjacent photo, all of which are breathtaking. Dynamic colors is what Colinette is known for, and nobody does it better. In addition to the 25 colors of Jitterbug we also received 5 of their afghan "Kits" which Colinette is also noted for producing. These kits contain everything you need to make the afghan depicted, including the pattern. Colinette masterfully blends various yarns to create an afghan that will be an eye catcher in your home for years to come. If you are not familiar with Colinette yarns, stop by the store and see how magnificent their yarns truly are. Each skein of Jitterbug is approximately 400 yards of 100% Merino Wool.
January 9: Time to start planning for the 2014 Central Florida Fair. This year, the fair opens on February 27, and runs thru March 9. Last year the creative arts exhibits were really exceptional, and we believe that this year will be the best ever. You may download the entry forms and rules governing the creative arts by clicking on the adjacent Central Florida Fair Logo. We encourage everyone to enter their knitting/crochet projects into the competition. We caution you to pay attention to the rules for entry and take exceptional care when selecting the category into which your item(s) will be entered. Last year we observed that many fine entries were not judged due to their being submitted into the wrong category. The Knitting Patch will have an exhibit throughout the fair, and we look forward to seeing you at the fair.
December 31: Can you think of a better way to end one year and start a new year that with a massive shipment of new yarns? That is the fortune that was bestowed on us yesterday we we received a massive shipment from Fyberspates (UK). Believe it or not, we have already put together another order, as we were incredibly impressed with these new yarns. In addition to the 3 new yarns shown, we also received a MAJOR resupply of Scrumptious, which includes some magnificent new colors. Shown in the adjacent photo are the 10 colors of Fyberspates "Vivacious - 4 Ply." This yarn is 100% Superwash Merino, and each skein is approx 399 yards in length. The colorations are perfect, and very striking.
The photo (left) shows the 7 colors of Fyberspates "Vivacious DK" we received. Much like the 4 Ply shown above, the coloring of this yarn is nothing short of absolute perfection. You must see these new yarns to fully appreciate them. Each skein is approx 251 yards of 100% Superwash Merino Wool. Both of the Vivacious yarns are incredibly soft to the touch, and feel wonderful against your skin.
For those wo are familiar with The Knitting Patch know that our passion is Lace. Accordingly, the photo (right) shows the 12 colors of Fyberspates "Gleen Lace." At the far right, there is a shawl made using this yarn. Gleen Lace is a blend of 55% Superwash Bluefaced Leicester Wool & 45% Silk (incredibly elegant blend for lace knitting). Each skein is approx 874 yards in length. This is one of the absolute finest lace yarns we stock, and we are very pleased to be featuring this, and other Fyberspates fine yarns. It is difficult to convey in words how beautiful these Fyberspates yarns are. Accordingly it is well worth a trip to visit us and see them for yourself. You will be glad you did.
"Cin Cin" is a new yarn from trendsetter Yarns, and this yarn is quite spectaculr in just about every way. First, it is stunning to look at, as well as to the touch, making it well suited to many knitting projects. Shown in the adjacent photo are the 9 colors of Cin Cin we presently have in stock. The lower part of the image attempts to show the incredible textures within this yarn. Cin Cin is a blend of 50% Viscose; 25% Cotton; 20% Acrylic; & 5% Polyester, making Cin Cin a very durable yarn, and one that assures that whatever you make using it will retain its beauty and look like new for many years to come. Each ball of Cin Cin is approx 80 yards in length. The gauge is 5 stitches/inch using a US 6 needle.
December 16: Shown in the adjacent photos of the 24 colors of 100% Kid Mohair, lace weight yarns that we received late last week. This is a new product for us, and we are very impressed with this exceptional yarn. Each skein is approximately 335 yards in length. The colors and coloring are quite vibrant, and visually very pleasing. To the touch, this is one that you must see for yourself.
Don't forget that we will be having our drawing next Monday, 12/23 at 12:00 (noon) for the two incredible Holiday Gift boxes loaded with a variety of awesome knitting items, including yarns, needles, and accessories. You receive an entry ticket with each purchase between now and next Monday when we have our drawing. You do not need to be present to win. If you are a lucky winner, we ask that you contact the store as soon as possible. Winnings must be claimed in person at the store on or before December 31, 3012. We will be posting the winning numbers on our home page on our website so you can check to see if you are one of the two lucky winners. Yes, two was not a mistake, as we decided to expand, and give away two Holiday gift boxes. Shown below are photos of the two Holiday Gift boxes being given away next Monday. The photo (left) is our "Gold" Gift to be given to the first ticket drawn, and the photo (right) is our "Silver" Gift, will be given to the second ticket drawn. Both are incredible gifts, and are packed with an assortment of yarns, needles, and accessories that are certain to be well received by the two lucky winners.
December 2: Shopping for loved ones, who also happen to be knitters can be a perplexing problem. Especially if the person doing the shopping knows nothing about knitting, yarns, needles, etc. We offer a perfect solution for people finding themselves facing this problem - a gift certificate from The Knitting Patch. Our gift certificates are available in any denomination, they never expire, and there are no service charges associated with them. The only decsion you are now facing is: How Much???? The image (right) is from the cover of our gift certificate, which makes an outstanding presentation. When all else fails, try a gift certificate rom The Knitting Patch, it is a gift that will be cherished. Who knows, your knitter may decide to knit something for you......
November 29: On Wednesday, we received a major "re-supply" shipment from Madelinetosh which is 33 colors of Madelinetosh Merino Lite. If you are looking for Madelinetosh, this is an excellent tme to shop before it is gone.
November 21: As our way of wishing all of our customers a Happy Holiday, starting today, and running through 12:00 noon on December 23, you will receive a ticket with each purchase you make. This ticket enters you in our drawing to receive an incredible Holiday gift from The Knitting Patch. A Single winning ticket will be drawn at 12:00 noon on December 23, and the winning number will be posted on our website, as well as a otice sent by email to everyone who is subscribed to our mailing list. Our Holiday gift will include a selection of various fine yarns from our extensive inventory, as well as accessories, such as a complete Knitter's Pride interchangeable needle set. Details of this gift will be posted on our website in the coming days, but you can anticipate that it will include selections of the finest yarns that we feature, including : Mink; Camel; Yak; Silk; Cashmere, Mohair, and many more. This Holiday gift is a serious knitter's dream. The value of this Holiday gift is expected to exceed $500! There is no limit to the number of entries you can have. You will receive a ticket with very purchase you make. To claim your Holiday gift, you must present your winning ticket at the store. You must claim your Holiday gift by December 31, otherwise you may forfeit your gift.
November 20: The recent magazine publiction "The Unofficial Downton Abbey Knits" has an incredible number of beautiful patterns, making it a very worthwhile addition to your knitting library. Featured in the photo right is our "Garden Bouquet Shawl," which was knitted using the pattern in this publcation. The results are simply stunning, and quite worth the effort put into making this beautiful shawl. As knitted we used 2 skeins of a white color lace yarn, and a single skein of black. This creation is certain to place you at the center of attention, as it is as stunning as it is elegant, and decidedly feminine. This shawl is on display in the store. If you have such interest, we also offer a class to assist you in making this shawl.
November 19: We have recently completed two lace shawls which are really exceptional in every way. Shown in the photo left is a Seascape shawl knitted using a single skein of Lorna's Laces "Helen's Lace" yarn. This is a real eye catcher that is certain to garner attention wherever you wear it. It is a perfect complement to your attire, whether it be upscale or more casual. Shown in the photo right is our "Marietta" shawl made using two skeins of Sweet Georgia - "Cash Silk Lace" yarn (the pattern is also Sweet Georgia). Both of these shawls are ideal projects, and we offer instruction (classes) in making them if desired. We have the yarns and patterns in stock for these exceptional shawls. You really need to see these examples to appreciate their beauty.
November 15: The Knitting Patch will be closing at 2:00pm on Wednesday, November 27, in advance of the Thanksgiving Holiday. We will be closed on Thanksgiving day, November 28, and will resume our normal hours on Friday, November 29. We wish you and your family a very Happy Thanksgiving celebration.
November 8: We have an incredible new Stitch Marker available, and it is by far the best we have ever seen. The new markers are actually metal, and gold in color. They are completely smooth ad will never catch, snag, or otherwise damage your most delicate yarns. The most compelling aspect of these markers is their metallic nature, which are very shiny. Us use them on light colord yarns, and they are easy to see due to their being highly reflective. They are also very easy to use. We have packages of 24 or 48 markers available. Stop by the store and have a look at these incredible markers. You (and your eyes) will be glad you did.
We also received a major shipment from Feza Yarns, featuring new colors, some of which are absolutely perfect for the upcoming holiday season that is right around the corer. We were so impressed with some of these new colors that upon receipt, we placed another order because we know that these will be major hits. These are yarns that you really must see to appreciate.
October 19: We have been receiving major shipments which replensih our inventory. In many of these, we are also receiving new colors that have only recently become available. Earlier this week, we just completed the shawl shown in the photo (left). This shaww was made using Madelinetosh Lace weight yarn, using a pattern in the new book "Lace One Skein Wonders," which we have available. The results speak for themselves. The beads add an unmistakable elegance to the piece, and add depth. This shawl was made using a single skein. This shawl is on display in the store. This was a fun project to make.
October 9: We have recently updated our class descriptions, and refined the terms and conditions pertaining to them. Demand for classes far exceeds our ability to satisfy due to the individual nature of all of our classes. At present we are scheduling classes in mid January. If you are planing to take a class, we urge you schedule well in advance.
We recently completed the Stole shown in the photo (right). This was a really fund project to knit, and the results are nothing short of stunning. We used 3 skeins of Malabrigo "Silk Paca" to make this stole. The image on the left shows the front presentation, while the image on the far right shows the back view, and the middle image is a close up of the front which shows the intricate details in this piece. No matter where you look, this stole is a head turer, and is certain to garner attention wherever you wear it. The lace nature of this piece is absolutely perfect for our Florida climate, especially for the holiday functions which are just around the corner.
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 Knitting Patch is also extremely pleased to announce our affiliation with Care Wear. In this regard, we want to make you aware of this incredible organization, and encourage you to volunteer your time in making hand knitted/crocheted pieces for their organization. The Care Wear organization started small, and has grown quite rapidly to the point that they have affiliates throughout the eastern seaboard. They knit for people who are medically challenged, including knitting for premature babies. The Care Wear website has all of the details and information about the organization, including patterns which they have available to suit their needs. Doing something for someone else always does more for the benefactor than the recipient. If you have time, and a desire to make a difference and put your knitting skills to a very constructive use, then consider volunteering to knit for Care Wear, and support this most worthwhile organization. The Knitting Patch is supporting Care Wear by donating yarns. To visit the Care Wear website you may click on any place where the name Care Wear appears or on their logo above.
The adjacent photo is of a truly exceptional shawl we just 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?
We have revised our mailing list subscription link, which gives you detailed instructions on how to join our mailing list, and receive special offers periodically which are not posted on our website. When sending an email to subscribe, it is crucial that you include the ** in the subject, otherwise we will not receive your email.
Knitting Patch gift certificates are the perfect gift for the knitter in your life. They are available in any denomination, never expire, and allow the knitter in your life to select exactly what they want.
We are located in The Westmonte Plaza, Suite 1108, which is 195 S. Westmonte Drive, Altamonte Springs. Our telephone number is 407-331-5648 (KNIT). We are blessed with abundant parking, and a very convenient location near the Interstate I-4 & SR 436 intersection, just west (behind) of I-4 behind McDonalds & Bojangles. South Westmonte is the third traffic light west of the I-4/SR-436 intersection.
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