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.
December 28: We have the winner of the "Gold" Gift Basket; the "Silver" basket is yet to be claimed. Check your tickets and see if you are the lucky winner. Congratulations to Bel for her win, and Happy Knitting !
December 23: THE WINNERS ARE ???? The 2 winning tickets for our Christmas Baskets have been drawn. They are as follows: The First Place winner (Gold Basket) is ticket number 619946, and the second place winner (Silver Basket) is: 620034. If you are holding either (or both) of these tickets, please call The Knitting Patch [407-331-5648], and identify yourself. You must redeem your winning ticket in person at the store to claim your basket by December 31. We want to congratulate our two lucky winners.
"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.
September 24: Yesterday we received a long awaited, major "Re-Supply" from Fleece Artist. While we term this a re-supply, in reality it contains many colors we have previously not had in inventory. Shown in the photo (left) are the 10 colors of Lady Godiva we received. Lady Godiva is an elegant blend of 50% Silk & 50% Wool, making Lady Godiva and incredibly versatile yarn that is well suited to many knitting projects. Hown in the photo (right) are the 9 colors of Flaxen we received. Flaxen is an elegant blend of 65% Silk & 35% Linen, making Flaxen another yarn with incredible versatility. Both Lady Godiva and Flaxen are both incredible yarns, that are hand dyed, with quality that is impeccale. These yarn are just in time for your holiday knitting projects, and promise to make timeless heirlooms that will be treasured for years to come.
September 6: Fall is fast approaching, and before you know it, the holidays will be here. Plan your knitting projects early, and get a head start on creating gifts that are surely destined to be family heirlooms. At The Knitting Patch, we have been building inventory all summer long in anticipation of the holidays. If you need ideas, we have a lot to offer. Stop by the store and see for yourself.
Featured in the photo (left) is a beautiful lace shawl, which was made from The Knitting atch brand 100% silk. The finished shawl speaks for itself, and words can't begin to describe how beautiful it is. As shown the shawl required approximately 800 yards of lace weight yarn. As mentioned, we used our proprietary brand, and this was a wise decision as 100% silk was absolutely perfect for this shawl. It is on display in the store. We also offer a class in how to knit this shawl for anyone intersted. As we have said before, we ARE the place for lace knitting instruction, and supplies, with a large selection of fine lace weight yarns as well as knitted examples of lace projects.
August 28: Today we received a fresh shipment of Karabella Aurora8, which is absolutely perfect for making scarves Aurora8 is a favorite amongst knitters, and is especially well suited to making "Gator" scarves as their colors are perfect matches for the Florida Gators team colors. Shown left are 5 colors of an exceptional 100% Silk, lace weight yar that is of exceptional quality. Each skein is approximately 800 meters (875 yards). Silk is a perfect fiber for our warm climate, and it has a unique luster that only comes from silk.
August 27: The Knitting Patch will be open on Monday, September 2 from 10:00am until 5:00pm. Please feel free to join us on this day and enjoy the art of knitting and sharing your perspectives with like minded others.
August 12: For quite w hile now, "Kiki" our Koala has been feeling slighted, believing that we were always paying attention to Boris while she just sat on top of a cabinet, quitely wathing things. Kiki had grown quite weary of this, and was pleading for us to make her life more rewarding. You can imagine her shock yesterday when we brought her her very own tree. She quickly climbed to the top, and feels like she is on top of everything now. We added scarves on the branches, which makes the tree look somewhat like a Willow Tree, only the extended branches are scarves. Stop by and introduce yourself to Kiki, and while you are at it have a look at the wide variety of scarves that you can make. You have abundant time to make them for holiday gifts, even if you do not presently know how to knit. We offer classes on just about every aspect of knitting, and can have you producing knitted garments very quickly.
We received two new designs/colors of Tecido Trico as shown in the photo (right). Tecido Trico is an unusual "yarn" that produces quick and easy results that are nothing short of stunning. Scarves knitted using Tecido Trico make wonderful gifts for friends and family. We have an extensive of Tecido Trico is a wide variety of designs and colors. The ones featured in the photo are new releases from the manufacturer.
Baby yarms are popular all year. Shown in the photo (right) are two new offerings. The image on the left side of the image is a chunky weight product, while the images on the right side are DK weight. These are very high quality yarns, that assures that they will last many years, and quite likely become family heirlooms.
August 2: From Manos Del Uruguay we received five delightful colors of "Fino", which is a sport/fingering weight yarn, that is extremely versatile, and would be perfect for many knitting projects, especially for warm weather knitting due to its light weight, and delicate texture. Fino is a blend of 30% Silk; & 70% Extrafine Merino Wool. Given the silk content, this yarn has the unmistakable sheen that only comes from silk, which really adds a touch of elegance to its appearance. Each skein is aproximately 490 yards in length. Fino is a new addition to our Manos Del Uruguay stock.
July 29: On Saturday we received a long awaited shipment of yarns. Shown in the photo (right) are te six colors of lace weight, which are 100% Merino Wool. Each 100gr skein is approximately 1000 meters (1093 yards) in length. This is an extremely high quality, hand dyed yarn, which promises stunning results. These colors are stunning, and it would be hard to find any yarn whose dying is superior to this yarn. Stop by the store and see for yourself.
Shown in the photo (left) are the seven colors of a blend of 65% Silk; and 35% Linen. This is an incredibly versatile yarn, that is absolutely radiant in appearance and perfectly suited to a very wide variety of knitting projects. Each 100 gram skein is approximately 250 meters (273 yards) in length. The hand dying is incredible which is readily apparent when you examine this yarn.
Shown in the photo (left) are the seven colors of another fine blend of 50% Silk; & 50% Wool. This is another extremely versatile yarn that is well suited to a wide range of knitting projects, from casual to dressy/elegant. Each 100 gram skein is approximately 250 meters (273 yards) in length. Again, the hand dying of this fine yarn really sets it apart from others.
July 25: Today we received major shipments from Feza, and Manos Del Uruguay. From Feza we received some exciting new colors of ALP Premier, bringing our current inventory to 39 incredible colors of this magnificent yarn. We also received new inventory of existing colors. From Manos Del Uruguay we received 10 exciting new colors of Alegria, adding to our existing inventory of this beautiful yarn. Stop by the store and see this yarns for yourself.
July 20: If you have followed our new yarns, you have without a doubt noticed that we have a great affinity for yarns which are silk based. For quite a while we have searched for an extremely fine, high quality, lace weight yarn which is 100% silk. We were not successful in that search, and decided to create our own yarn that would meet our demanding specifications. It has taken a while to create, but at last it has arrived, and we have it in the store for yor inspection. We have 15 colors to choose from, and all 15 are magnificent. Above all, the quality of these lace weight yarns is impeccable. While we normally place images of our new products on our website, in this case we are not, as we hope that our serious lace knitters, who share our love of silk, will stop by the store and see these yarns for themselves. These yarns are offered under our "Knitting Patch" brand.
July 18: If you have been looking for Madelinetosh Pashmina, look no further as we received a major shipment of this incredible yarn yesterday. We have a great inventory, incliding other yarns by Madelinetosh.
July 15: Shown in the photo (left) is our "Gray Striped Wrap," whhich was made using 3 skeins of Feza "Alp" yarn. The finished wrap makes a stunning appearance, and is versatile enough to wear with many different dress styles, from casual to upscale. It will definitely make a statement about your discriminating taste in attire. It is not difficult to make. This is a "Hybrid" design of our own making. Stop by the store and see this exceptional wrap for yourself and imagine how it would look on you in a color scheme of your choosing..
July 8: Featured in the adjacent photo is our "Sea Lettuce Shawl," which was ade using 7 skeins of Louisa Harding "Grace Wool," which is a delightful blend of 50% Silk & 50% Merino Wool, once again bringing out that remarkable sheen that only comes from silk. We have this yarn in stock, as well as many others which would be well suited for this project, as well as the pattern. Stop by the store and see this for yourself. If you are not confident in your ability to make this, schedule a tailored, one on one class to ensure that you create a masterpiece.
June 24: Shown in the photo (left) are 5 grat colors of a sock yar from one of the most renowned yarn makers in the US. Each skein is 100% superwash merino, with an approximate length of 440 yards. The colorings of this yarn is hard to over state as it is perfection personified.
June 21 (Summer Solstice): The ZigZag Shawl shown in the photo (right) is an incredible design, that embodies everything that is so beautiful about lace knitting. Moreover, while it looks like it would be very difficult to make, it is simple! In fact it is so simple that a beginner could master the pattern very quickly, and produce this shawl. As pictured, it was made using 3 skeins of Nirvana yarn. It maks the perfect accessory for your summer attire, and one that is certain to garner a lot of attention. We have the book with the pattern available, and a custom class available to help you master this shawl. It is on display in the store for your inspection.
June 13: Today through Saturday, June 15 The Knitting Patch is having a S-A-L-E on ALL ruffle type yarns for this week only! These novelty type yarns have been incredibly popular. They are very easy to knit, and are single skein projects, making them very quick projects. This sale applies only to yarns which are currently in our inventory, and does not apply to special orders. During this sale, you will receive 35% off your purchase of these extraordinary yarns. The ruffle yarns we have in stock and are included in this sale include: Triana; Triana Lux; Ondas; Ondas Lux; Tinseltown; Broadway; Rocio; Ronda; Park Avenue; Sophie; Marilyn; Starstruck; Rizos; Poppy; & ChaCha. We have a large variety of colors of each of these yarns from which to choose. Shop early for the best selection.
Shown in the photo (left) are eight beautiful colors of a new DK weight, silky merino yarn we just received today. Each skein is approximately 110 yards in length. This yarn is a blend of 50% Merino Wool, and 50% Silk, which gives it that unmistakable elegance that only comes from silk. This yarn is nearly perfect for out climate, and assures that whatever you make will stand out. From dress u to casual, this is a yarn worthy of consideration. Shown in the photo (right) is a worsted weight yarn, that is quite unmistakeabl silk. Its blend is 99% silk and 1% lurex. Silk is a wonderful yar for our warm climate and makes incredibly beautiful dress up pieces, ad equally elegant casual pieces. This is a very high quality yarn that must be seen and touched to fully appreciate its beauty.
June 11: Today we received 4 colors of what for us is a new product in the Zauberball family of yarns. Zauberball has become a favorite. It is of exceptional quality, with wonderful coloring, and it represents a great value. These four colors are shown in the photo (left). This Zauberball is a blend of Polymide; Virgin Wool; & Nylon ensuring that whatever you knit using this yarn will last a long time, and retain it's shape. Each ball is approximately 420 meters (460 yards) in length.
June 10: Can you think of a "Sweeter" way to begin a week than by starting with a major new shipment of Swee Georgia Yarns? That is how our week started this morning. We received a major restock of Sweet Georgia sock yarn (which has been a very popular yarn), ad a restock of CashLux, which has also been a very popular yarn, which has produced stunning results for some of our customers. Moreover, we received some new colors of these yarns. If you treasure extremely fine yarns, that produce stunning results, then you owe it to yourself to stop by and look at our extensive inventory of Sweet Georgia yarns. In addition to Sweet Georgia, we also received a restock of Noro Silk Garden, which is a perennial favorite that is absolutely perfect for so many knitting projects, especially in our warm climate.
June 7: If you have been looking for the perfect color of Malabrigo Sock Yarn - look no further. Today we received a major shipment of Malabrigo Sock Yarn, in some really awesome colors. This is the perfect tie to shop. Next week we are expectig major shipments from some other vendors, with some incredibly exciting yarns. Watch our website for details when they arrive. Whileit is June, this is the absolute perfect time to start planning your holiday knitted gifts. While many stores let their inventories languish during the summer, at The Knitting Patch we use this time to order, and increase our inventory. Remember, if you are an affecionado of Lace Knitting remember that The Knitting Patch truly is "The Place for Lace." Coming soon, our large inventory of Vintage knitting publications will be fully inventoried, and available for purchase.We believe that we have the largest such inventory in the country, and many of these publications are routinely sold on eBay. We will be creating a new aspect on our website where you will be able to review our inventory of these highly sought after publications. Our collection dates back to the 1940's!
June 5: In keeping with our commitment to be the place for lace knitting, we just received 12 colors of a yarn that is entirely new to the market. This hand painted yarn is very appealing, and extremely well suited to summer knitting projects here in Florida. There are many words that can describe this yarn, but to make it simple, we think "perfection" is appropriate. It is a blend of 40% Merino Wool; 25% Baby Llama; 20% Silk; and 15% Linen, which makes this yarn: elegant, wonderful to the touch, durable, and extremely comfortable to wear. Each skein is approximately 545 yards in length. We were so impressed by this yarn, that we have already placed aother order!
June 3: We just completed another project, as shown n the adjacent photo. This time, our "Venice Stole" was made using three skeins of Malabrigo Lace yarn. The finished result speaks reams about the pattern which is featured in the book "The Art of Knitted Lace," and especially about the results we achieved using Malabrigo Lace yarn. This stole is one display in the store. Stop by and see for yourself what you can achieve.ace projects are especially appropriate for our warm weather, and can add a magical touch to any outfit.
May 31: Receiving a shipment of Lorna's Laces is about the best way to end a week that we can imagine. Shown in the photo (left) are the 16 incredible colors of "Helen's Lace" we received. Helen's Lace is an incredibly appealing yarn, and you really need to touch and feel it to fully understand how magnificent a product this is. Helen's Lace is a blend of 50% Silk & 50% Wool. The silk content explains the elegant sheen associated with this yarn. Each skein is approximately 1,250 yards.
Shown in the photo (right) are the five colors of "Honor" we received. Much like Helen's Lace featured above, Honor is another yarn that really must be felt to truly appreciate the beauty of this yarn. Honor is a blend of 70% Baby Alpaca, and 30% Silk, making Honor as soft, and caressable as any yarn could possibly be. It is hard to emphasize how absolutely incredible this fine yarn is. The colorations on both of these yarns are absolutely flawless, and the colors themselves are also quite spectacular and must be seen to appreciate. Lorna's Laces is legendary in making amongst the highest quality yarns available, and this especially applies to their lace yarns, which are their heritage, and part of their name. Remember, that The Knitting Patch, truly is "The Place for Lace."
May 23: As shown in te adjacent photo, we just received 7 exciting colors of an exciting yarn from Manos Del Uruguay. The colorations are really quite spectacular, and consistent with Manos reputation for hand dyed yarns. Each skein is approximately 445 yards of a blend that is 75% Superwash Merino Wool, and 25% Polymide, meaning that this yarn will stand up quite well, and hold its form over a long life of use. Also today we received some new books, which are themselves quite exciting.
We also want to remind everyone that we will be open on Monday, May 27 from 10:00am until 5:00pm. If you are not engaged with family, please stop by and be a part of our extended knitting family.
May 22: We received many new colors of Malabrigo Lace yarn as shown in the photo (right). As depicted we received 15 new colors of this absolutely wonderful lace weight yarn. Shown at the far right of the image is a shawl that was made using this yarn We also have the book containing this pattern available. Malabrigo is a perennial favorite among serious knitters, and their lace weight yarn is an excellent choice for your summer kitting projects.
May 21: The Knitting Patch will be pen on Monday, May 27 from 10:00am until 5:0pm. We look forward to seeing you then. If you have time on your hands, please feel free to join us, and sit and knit an enjoy the company of like minded knitters.
May 17: As the sun sets on another week, it also set on another lace project featuring Trendsetter's "Kid Chić" mohair yarn as shown in the photo (left). The finished results is really pleasant to look at, and even more compelling to the touch, as this yarn is truly a "magnet" for your senses. It contains a very slight "hint" of sparkle with a silver metallic content that is well balanced against this beautiful yarn. It is that slight metallic content that really sets off the finised piece, and maks it so compelling to your senses. This particular shawl was knitted using three balls of this yarn. This shawl is on display in the store for you to see. If you happen to miss it, just ask and we will be happy to show it to you. The perriwinkle color also adds to to the mystique of this piece.
May 15: We usually do not post "reorders" on our website, UNLESS they are exceptional. In this case, we received seven entirely new colors of an existing yarn, and these new colors are striking (photo right). These new colors of Viva speak for themselves, as they are really stunning, and promise to make any knitting project come alive with a high degree of vibrance. The metallic content provides a distinct sparkle that accenuates the beautiful colors of ths exceptional yarn. Viva has been a popular yarn, and we are certain that these exciting new colors will be very popular. Viva is a blend of 85% Rayon and 15% Metallic.
May 14: Yesterday we completed blocking of the laceshawl we recently finished knitting as shown in the photo (left). It turned out to be quite exquisite, and perfect for a variety of environmets where a touch of elegance is appropriate. The length of the shawl in the back is quite out of the ordinary, an actually is a major aspect of this shawl. This was knitted using 1 skein of "Filigran Lace," and then at the end the border was completed using Schulana Mohair, which makes for a stunning appearance.
May 13: From Trendsetter Yarns we received 2 new yarns, both of which are quite unique, and are worthy of consideration for your projects. Shown in the photo (rigt) are the four colors of Phoenix we received. Phoenix is an abslutely efect yarn for tose spring and summer knitting projects. It is incredibly appealing to the touch, and the colors we have are also well suited to those projects. It is light and is a blend of 66% Viscose; and 34% Cotton making it an ideal candidte for warm weather knits, that will be as attention getting as it is durable and functional. Each ball of Phoenix is aproximately 100 yards in length.
We have three colors of "Grace" as shown in the photo (left). Grace is a novelty type yarn, and can be used to really add "Pizzaz" to an otherwise ordinary project. Grace is 100% Polyester, and each ball is approximately 275 yards in length. Grace would also make an incredible finished piece, like a top that would really make a statement. Within the genré of "Novelty" yarns there are many products available, but Grace seems to have staked out a Niche within that genré, and is certain to be a successful product. Grace will definitely make a statement about the person wearing something made with it. It is bold, chiché, and classy, all at the same time.
May 12: Yesterday we received a very unique, and apealing shipment of a novelty yarn, which is ideal for every season. In this case, spring is here, flowers are blooming, and new life is evident everywhere you look. This yarn clearly reflects that newness with its embedded flower blooms, which are very evident in the lower portion of the adjacent photo (right). We have eight clors of this very unique yarn to choose from. Put your creative thinking cap on and imagine what you can accomplish using this very delightful yarn. It is absolutely perfect for making a very unique, one of a kind gift for someone who adores nature and life.
May 2: Today is "Fleece Artist Day" as we got a long awaited shipment of four different yarns in today. Shown in the adjacent photo (left)are the 6 colors of Casbah we received. Casbah is a blend of 81% Merino Wool; 9% Cashmere; & 10% Nylon making Casbah a versatile yarn, that is as durable as it is beautiful and comfortable. Each skein of Casbah is approximately 355 yards in length. Casbah has an elegant feel and appearance, making it a perfect yarn for more elegant attire, which is suited to all seasons due to its weight.
Shown in the photo (rigth) is the single color of "Flaxen" we received. Flaxen is a blend of 65% Silk; and 35% Linen making Flaxen an exceptionally durable yarn. Given the Linen content Flaxen is a bit more "stiff" thereby making it less soft as other yarns with diffferent fiber content. However, Linen does tend to soften after washing. Flaxen is ideal for summer knitting projects, and given the large silk content, Flaxen has an unmistakable sheen that only silk provides. Each skein of Flaxen is approximately 273 yards in length.
The two colors of Lady Godiva shown in the adjacent image are beautiful yarns, and like Flaxen, the silk content is instantly evident due to the elegant sheen associated with the silk fiber. Lady Godiva is a blend of 50% Silk; & 50% Wool making Lady Godiva an extreely versatile yarn that is ideally suited to a wide variety of knitting projects from upscale to casual. Each skein of Lady Godiva is approximately 273 yards in legth. Like all Fleece Artist yarns, Lady Godiva has magnificent colorations that can only be achied using the finest materials, and implemented by seasoned artisans.
The twelve colors of Camelspin, shown in the photo (right) are not a new yarn for us, but the colors are, hence we are showcasing them now. Camelspin has been well received by our customers, and many have expressed a desire for other colors. Camelspin is a lend of 70% Silk; & 30% Camel making Camelspin an incredibly desirable yarn that you really must feel to appreciate, and see to really be captured by its elegance. The high silk content gives Camelspin that unmistakable luminescence that only comes from silk. Camelspin is very adaptable, ad is perfect for making upscale garments, or casual attire. Each skein of Camelspin is approximately 328 yards in length. If none of these six new colors appeal to you, we have other colors of Camelspin in stock. Fleece Artist yarns are exceptionally high quality yarns which produce stunning results.
May 1: Shown in the photo (left) are three perspectives of a shawl we recently completed, and have on display in the store. This shawl was made using two skeins of Madelinetosh Sock yarn. While we started using a pattern we found that we liked, it became quickly apparent that to achieve the results we were seeking that a high degree of "customization" was required. The finished shawl speaks for itself.
We are frequently asked the question about the importance of blocking your finished garment. We always give the same answer - your knitting project is NOT finished until you have blocked it. To graphically demonstrate this, we took photos both before and after blocking of a scarf we just recently completed. The photo (right) shows both perspectives. Now we ask, which "version"would you want to wear - "blocked or unblocked"? During the recent Central Florida Fair which we attended we couldn't help but notice that many of the crocheted/knitted pieces which were submitted for judging in the competition were NOT blocked! You can imagine how they looked, especially if they happened to be placed adjacent to pieces which had been blocked. In this case, what kind of impression would your unblocked pieces make on any judge? If you were judging, which do you think would make the most favorable impression on you, and attest to the fact that you pay attention to details, and finish your projects in the best manner possibe? Clearly, if you want for your knitted pieces to make the best presentation possible, they must be blocked.
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.
Do the words "Be True to Your School" ring a bell with you? Living in the heart of "Gator" country means that our "Gator" fans are always looking for some way to stand out in the crowd. Previously we have had our "Gator Scarves," which have been a big hit, now we have a new variation on the venerable "Gator Scarf." This new variant, sown in the photo (right) is easily made with a novelty yarn, which is both quick, and easy to knit. The possibilities are endless. We have a great inventory of this new yarn, and it is just in time for you to make your new "Gator" attire in advance of the season. Boris is very excited by this, and is anxious for it to be finished so that he can model it in the store.
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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