Last Update: February 15, 2017
We recently completed our first knitting project using Apple Tree's lace yarn, which is a gradient yarn, and a blend of 51% Mulberry Silk & 49% Merino Wool, giving anything made with this yarn some enviable characteristics. The Silk content ensures that unmistakeable sheen that only comes from Silk, and the Merino Wool provides durability which ensures that whatever you make using this product will remain in your wardrobe for many years to come. Our "Spring Allegro" beaded lace shawl as featured on the photo (right) is stunning no matter how you look at it. Hence, you will garner many compliments when you wear something that is as striking in appearance is this shawl is. As shown, this shawl required on a single skein of Apple Tree's Luxe Fingering yarn to make. Spring Allegro is on display in the store for your perusal.
February 2, 2017 - Groundhog Day Edition Happy Groundhog Day!!! Knit something warm for the extra six weeks of winter!!!
February 2: When we find a pattern that we really like, it is not unusual that we will make moe than one example from it. After all, different yans/fibers produce different looking results. In this case, the pattern is names Color Block Cardigan, and we first knitted it using HandMaiden Flaxen yarn, which is a blend of Silk & Linen. The second example was knitted using Louet Euroflax, which is 100% Linen. We just completed the 2nd Cardigan, and hence we are ready to introduce both of these to you. Both are really exceptional garments, that anyone would be proud to wear. The differences between the Silk Linen Blend and 100% Linen are evident, eith the Linen having a more relaxed, casual appearance. Due to the 100% linen content, this garment will be considerably easier to care for than the one made with the Silk+Linen blend. Shown in the photos below are both of these cardigans. Shown in the left photo is the Cardigan made with the Silk+Linen blend, the image on the right is the Cardigan mad from 100% Linen. There are subtle differences in the knitting, as the variegated colors used in the top of the one on the left, and they appear at the bottom of the one made with 100% Linen. The yardage requirements vary depending on the size you wish to knit and how you want to knit it. As shown these cardigans used approximately 1,200 yards, and that is a total of both variegated and solid colors. The pattern provides guidance for yarn of between 800 yards and 1,500 yards. This cardigan is really a stylish creation that is certain to pair itself with a variety of other garments. You will likely receive many compliments when you wear this cardigan.
January 31: Today we are formally introducing a new line of knitting accessories and tools which are truly pieces of art themselves. In reality we have been selling these tools since October, but demand has been so high, that we have been unable to have any examples available for anyone to see. While demand remains high, production has increased to the point wherein we have some examples available for your inspection and purchase. Presently these accessories are limited to hand crafted cups to use to hold beads while you are knitting, and a specially designed turntable to hold your ball of yarn while you are knitting. While these may seem to be simple creations, they are anything but, and when you see these for yourself you will understand how special these accessories are. The best part is that they are incredibly functional! The craftsmanship and quality are evident every way you look. We have customers, who recently purchased a similar "ball holder/buddy" on Etsy, but when they saw the ours they instantly purchased another one based entirely on quality. There is no sound or feel of the ball bearings moving as the table turns, which is due to the fact that our ball holder uses special high quality bearings, ensuring a long life span, and flawless operation for years to come. We accept special orders built to your specifications using whatever wood(s) you specify, as well as making special sizes/finishes as may be applicable. The Knitting Patch has exclusive distribution rights to these unique artistic, knitting accessories. These offerings will be expanding later in the year to include custom made knitting needles available in a wide variety of woods. It is very difficult to assess quality from picture on a website. Seeing is believing. Accordingly, we invite you to visit the store and see these incredible creations for yourself, and in all likelihood you will see one in use on our project table, as we have become addicted to using a ball holder when we are knitting.
Shown in the photos left, and the row above are samples of "Bead Cups" which are available. These images use different types of wood, which produce different style results, which can be enhanced further by the application of engraving on the exterior of the cup. These cups are shaped such that picking up a bead is easy, as it will slide up the side of the cup without slipping away, making the process quite easy. There is almost no limit to the varieties of woods that are well suited for a bead cup. We do caution that as a matter of practicality and durability a realtively hard wood should be selected.
These samples are representative of the types of ball valets we offer. Thesedevices are iknown by name names, including "Ball Buddy," "Yarn Buddy," and presummably others. The types of wood we use is also seemingly endless (we use onlyhard woods). Represented in the images above are Bird's Eye Maple; Purple Heart; Rosewood; Walnut, Mahogony; Katalox (Multi-Color). There are several shots taken from the side which very clearly shows the distance separating the two levels (base & turnstile). This space is minimal, and this is due in part to the exceptional bearing assemblies that are used, and the extreme craftsmanship that goes into each and every piece made. There are other options available for finishing your valet, as depicted in some of these photos, such as edge finishing and/or the finishing of the turnstil portion, and whether or not you prefer a rounded edge at the top of the turnstile piece. The Birds Eye Maple(featured in the last 3 images above)is arguably the most stunning wood we have available. It makes a statment just be its presence. With these knitting accessories, you can feel proud to leave them sitting out in your knitting area, even if it is in a public area of your home, and look like pieces of fine art. We presently have a few in stock. However if you do not see exactly what you want, we can order one created precisely to your specifications. Special orders, depending on availability of the wood(s) you select, may take anywhere from 2 weeks to 2 months to be delivered. The valet comes in 2 sizes as well.
These accessories are of the highest quality, and more closely resemble hand crafted objects de arte. Add them to your knitting repertoire today. They are also a perfect gift for the knitter(s) in your life. You will not find our knitting accessories anywhere else, nor for that matter will you find the quality of these knitting accessories.
The photo (right) shows a really nice, casual cardigan that is perfect for many different occasions. This pattern for "Color Block Cardigan" is available for purchase on Raverly. It was knitted using Handmaiden/Fleece Artist Flaxen yarn. This cardigan required 2 different colors, and further required 2 skeins of each color chosen. We viewed Flaxen's fiber content as nearly perfect for this cardigan as it is 65% silk, and 35% linen. Perfect for beginners, as the stitches used in making this piece are basic Knit & Purl, without tricky combinations. Visit the store and see our "Color Block Cardigan" which is on display, then start looking for the perfect colors to make yours.
2016-12-13 - Yesterday, The Knitting Patch became your "Go To Place" for Hedgehog Fibres as we received a large shipment that included 45 colors (many new ones) that have never before been available. We have the on the shelf, waiting for you to come and give them a new home. This is an awesome selection of yarn, hence, we could easily proclaim that "Tis the season for Hedgehog...." Get a head start on your shopping for the knitters in your life, and buy them Hedgehog Fobres, one of the most popular yarns available. Hedgehog comes with a hint of Ireland in each skein, as that is where it comes from.
If you are too unsure of what to get the knitter in your life, a safe alternative that ensures that they get preclsely what they both want and need is topurchase a Gift Card from The Knitting Patch, which are available in any denomination. These cards never expire, nor are there any service charges/assessments placed against them. A Knitting Patch gift card is the one way you can be certain that you get "credit" for getting your knitter the perfect gift which shows just how much you really care. Besides, rthere is always the possibility that they will knit something for you.....
Tis the season to be Jolly.... The Knitting Patch is decked out in our finest Holiday regalia. To borrow a phrase, it really is "Beginning to look a lot like Christmas" when you step into our world. We are excited to announce that on December 14th, Santa Claus has agreed to spend some time with us. He indicated that he would try to be here about 12:00 noon, and stay for about 2 hours. Like he reminded us, he has far more requests that he can accommodate at this time of year, and we are exceedingly fortunate that his schedule allowed him to stop for a visit. Since Santa will be here, it is a perfect time to bring your children and grandchildren to meet Santa. If desired, photographs will be taken, and provided to you gratuitously by email. If you prefer prints, we can accommodate that, but there will be a nominal charge for them. Mark your calendars - December 14th from 12:00 until 2:00pm - Santa Claus will be at The Knitting Patch. We are confident that everyone of every age will have a wonderful time. We look forward to seeing you and your entire family on the 14th.
We recently received some very cute kits for making specialty hats for children. Each kit comes with everything needed (except needles) to make 1 of 3 variations of a hat. The patterns are quite easy to follow and understand. Moreover, these kits are quite simple to knit, and does not require much knitting knowledge to make. Even a beginner should be able to make a hat in one evening. We have 19 variations of kits available, selection is based upon the character that your children/grandchildren want. Many characters are based on quintessential cartoon characters, which are timeless. If you do not feel up to making a selection, bring the children with you. These hats will absolutely make wonderful Holiday gifts, that will be cherished as heirlooms as the years pass. The supplied yarn is a blend of 78% Acrylic and 22% Nylon ensuring that the finished hat will give many years of service, and will stand up to repeated washings. Come by and see these incredible hat kits for yourself. Best of all, they are in time for the Holiday.
Advent Shawl MKAL is generating a lot of excitement in the local knitting community. Thus far, the response to Brigit Kok's Advent MKAL has been remarkable. As an adjunct to this MKAL, The Knitting Patch is offering special "classes" and assistance after the release of each clue. Our assistance will be held on Saturday at 2:00pm, on the Saturday following the release of the clue. Given the nature of MKAL, it is essential that you make progress immediately upon the release of each clue. Our "class" is not intended to be a formal class in how to make this shawl, but to provide assistance to you on problematic aspects of the pattern, and to help you learn how to resolve them. If you wish to take advantage of this companion class for Brigit's Advent MKAL, please come by the store, or call and sign up. You must sign up in advance to participate. The original announcement of this MKAL is below on our home page, just scroll down to see it, and to explore purchasing it via Ravelry. We do have an example of a different Advent Scarf from a previous year on display in the store. Just say "Hello" to Boris and look at it wrapped around his neck.
The Knitting Patch is pleased to announce that we are stocking exquisite gradient yarns from Apple Tree Yarns. Apple Tree is known for their exceptional coloring and blending of colors for their entire line of gradient yarns. The quality of the fibers themselves is truly top tier, and the yanrs are without exception extremely appealing to the touch. Add to this the gradient colorations and you have a truly remarkable yarn, which is well suited to just about every knitting task. Moreover, gidfts you make with Apple Tree are almost assured to be treasured by the recipient, and worn for many years. Apple Tree is new to our inventory. Shown right are the 12 colors of "Stellar Lace" from Apple Tree we received. If you are a lace knitter, this is a yarn that you really must evaluate, as it is incredibly worthwhile. Each slein of Stellar Lace is approximately 1,085 yards in length of a luxurious blend of 70% superwash merino and 30% mulberry silk, making this an exquisite yarn.
Shown left are the three colors of "Silk Lace" we received from Apple Tree. Silk Lace is 100% Mulberry Silk, and as such has all of the wonderful traits of silk, especially that unmistakable sheen that only comes from silk. Each skein of Silk Lace contains approximately 1,094 yards of yarn. The look and feel of Silk Lace tells you instantly that this is an extremely high quality yarn that ensures that it will give many years of wear to the lucky owner of a knitted piece made with this yarn. While we presently have limited colors of this yarn in our inventory, we have other colors on order.
We love fingering weight yarns due to their versatility, they are one of the most universally useful yarns. Shown in the photo [right] are the 11 colors of "Luxe Fingering" that we received from Apple Tree. Luxe Fingering is a blend of 51% Mulberry Silk and 49% Merino Wool, giving this yarn the absolute best of both of these exceptional fibers. Your finished garments are assured to have the unmistakable sheen that only comes from silk, which ensures that it will have a very distinguished look, and can be work in just about any setting. Each skein of Luxe Fingering contains about 500 yards of fingering weight yarn.
We we wrote above, we really do love fingering weight yarns due to their versatility. Pictured left are the 13 colors of Plush Fingering from Apple Tree. This yarn is 100% Superwash Merino, which assures it will remain durable for many years to come. Superwash makes taking care of the finished piece will likewise be easy. Each skein of Plush Fingering is approximately 560 yards in length.
Although we just received our initial inventory of Apple Tree Yarns, they are selling very quickly. Stop by The Knitting Patch and take a look at these exquisite yarns and see for yourself why they are highly prized additions for knitters. While in the store take the time to look at the exceptional variety of exceptionally high quality yarns and knitting products we stock.
We have some really exciting news, and it involves what was promising to become a Christmas tradition for knitting. A really talented designer in Germany created a gratuitous KAL wherein on each day of the Advent, you received a clue for your "Advent Scarf." The designs were always exciting andf the result as beautiful as it was to knit. Last year, the original force behind this creation became quite ill, and was unable to create an Advent Scarf for 2015. This year, the original creator is still unable to carry on the tradition. However, this year, another brilliantly talented knitter has stepped into that role, and is planning her own MKAL wherein you will make a Christmas Advent Scaf/Stole. This years creation is being created by Brigit Kok, who lives in The Netherlands. Brigit is retired, and has a lot of time that she devotes to her various knitting, and arts interests. Brigit is more than up to this task, and her involvement promises to make this year's creation the best. The logo to the left is Brigit's logo for this project. If you click on this image, it will open a new tab and take you to Brigit's Ravelry page for this project where you can sign up for the project. The cost for this pattern is roughly $3.33 (the project is priced in Euros 2.95). You will receive the master schedule for the releases when you sign up for the project. Clue #1 will be released on 12/1 with the final release on 12/23. The skill level for this project as established by Brigit is Advanced Beginner. You will need circular needles in sizes US4/3.5mm for all patterns and US3/3.25mm for the “Interlude” parts, depending on your knitting tension and a tapestry needle. Beads are optional. Adding beads to the Interlude parts requires 176 beads. Pattern includes charts and full written instructions. There will also be suggestions for bead placement. Join in this project and create what is certain to become a family heirloom.
Timing is everything or so the saying goes.... In this case, it definitely applies. Last, well in advance of Halloween, we finished our Boo Knits! "Taboo" shawl, which is featured in the photo (right). Taboo was fun to knit, and the result is nothing short of stunning. In terms of complexity, one needs to pay attention when knitting anything, and that applies to this shawl as well. However, it is not a terribly difficult pattern to knit successfully.which is one of the hallmarks of Boo's designs. Stunning results with requiring an advanced degree in knitting. We used a single skein of Hedgehog Fibres Merino Silk Lace yarn, and added leftovers from another project to provide the ciontrast color. This pattern also knits relatively quickly making this shawl as a possibility for a holiday gift for someone special. We have a wide selection of yarns appropriate for this shawl, and can also provide a class if you are not persuaded that this is not over your capability. Taboo is on display in the store. Please stop by and see for yourself. You will be glad that you did.
The shawl shown left was knitted using 2 skeins of Freia gradient lace yarn. The blend of Alpaca & Silk makes this shawl incredibly soft and appealing to the touch, and it feels wonderful against you skin. The gradient colors also makes the finished piece visually appealing as well. We have the yarn in stock, and the pattern is available through Ravelry. This shawl is on display, so stop by the store and see it for yourself. You may also elect to schedule a class for this project while you are in the store.
We have been patiently waiting for our formal sign, announcing our location for all to see when transiting SR-434 has finally appeared. Quite surprising to us when we arrived at the store yesterday, the large truck was parked out front adjacent to the tall sign, and even more surprising, was the fact that a sign had been added which graphically shows that The Knitting Patch is a part of the Watson complex. A photo of the sign is featured (right) which shows The Knitting Patch. Our presence is on both sides of this sign making our presence visible whether you are east bound or west bound. When you are passing the area, have a look, better than that, stop in and visit. We also want to thank those of you who were here for our Columbus Day celebration. It appeared that everyone who was here enjoyed themselves immensely.
We want to remind everyone that on October 1 we will start our concurrent classes that coincide with Boo! Knits mystery KAL. This KAL is to produce Boo's Taboo shawl. Our class is to provide assistance to you in knitting this specific KAL, and to help ensure that you get every step along the way correct and stay corrent week by week over the 3 weeks that the KAL will be active. You may signup in the store or by calling us at 407-331-5648 to reserve your spot. Our KAL classes will be held on Saturdays at 2:00pm, commencing on 10/1 and running thru 10/22. You are certain to produce a beautiful shawl, and likely learn a few knitting tricks along the way over these 3 weeks.
It's finally fall, and that makes it so easy to get motivated to knit. To help with your motivation we are receiving new inventory to make your yarn selections much more bountiful. This week we received a large selection of gradient yarns, which have become increasingly popular with knitters everywhere.
Shown in the photo [left] are the 18 colors of lace weight gradient yarns we received. This lace weight yarn is 80% alpaca and 20% silk giving the yarn a soft, inviting feel that is extremely pleasant to the touch and/or wrapped around your neck. Eack ball is approximately 572 yds. For most shawls you would need 2 balls. The photo [right} shows the 10 colors of fingering weight gradient yarns we received. Each ball of fingering weight is approximately 313 yds. Both of these yarns are of the highest quality, and the coloring is absolutely impeccable. The effects you can achie3ve using a gradient yarn are like no other.
Shown in the photo (left) are two new yarns in our inventory. These are exceptional yarns, that promise stunning results with your knitting projects. Shown in the photo (right) is a shawl we recently completed. We used a fingering weight yarns for this project, and it really produced eye catching results. This shawl is on display in our store, so if you have interest stop by and see for yourself, and explore the seemingly endless possibilities to make this "your" shawl. With the holidays approaching, now is the time to make your list of gifts handmade by you that really us the ultimate gift that will provide a lifetime of memories for you and the lucky recipient. Better start shopping early..
The two adjacent (left & right) are from two recently completed projects.We are quite pleased with the results and we have received a multitude of compliments from visitors to our shop. Featured in the photo (left) is a really fun lace weight, knit shawl that was made using a gradient yarn. While the pattern we chose did not call for beads we added them in the belief that beads make a substantial difference in how the finished piece shows. Beads definitely cause the finished piece to have a special panache that is otherwise missing. This shawl is on display in the store. You will only need to skeins to complete this shawl, and most of all it is a fun project to knit.
Shown right is a great, scarf knitted using Noro Yarn. This scarf required a skein of solid and variegated Noro yarn. While the result looks magnificent, it is in fact a very simple piece to knit with many short rows. If you consider yourself to be a beginner, this is a great project to consider.
Don't forget to consider participating in our Boo Knits! "Taboo" KAL. If you have interest please call the store and register, or do so at the counter the next time you visit.
Knitting is an extremely fun way to express your individuality. Not just with the selection of your pattern, and colors of yarns, but your own knitting idioscyncracies. No two hand knitted garments are the same, even when knitted using the same pattern, by the same knitter. To demonstrate this individuality, we recently knitted 2 variants of the same pattern at the same time. The only difference we made between the two was the size of needles used, and the yarns. The results are quite stunning, and are on display in the store for you to see for yourself. The image below shows both front and back perspectives of the two shawls, which were knitted using the "Peony" shawl pattern available on Ravelry. You can easily see the liknesses between these two shawls, but just as easily you can see the differences. The image below vividly shows these differences:
The Red shawl was knitted using Hedgehog Cashmere yarn, and it required 2 skeins to complete. This is a light fingering weight yarn, and US 5 needles were used. The image on the right of the photo was knitted using Silky Merino Lace yarn, and it required one skein to knit using size US 3 needles. If you are as compelled by the unique beauty of this shawl, you can purchase and download the pattern directly from Ravelry by clicking on the photo (left). As this is not a simple pattern to knit, we recommend it for advanced knitters.
Shown left are the 13 brilliant colors of Traum we received last week. Traum is 100% silk, and therefore has all of the wonderful attributes associated with silk and silk blend yarns. The coloring in this yarn is exceptional. The book featured to the right is available in the store and is a collection of patterns suited for this yarn. These patterns are timeless, and appear to be projects that most knitters could reasonablt expect to make. However, we always offer help if it it is needed.
Shown right are the 5 delightful colors of Filigran we received last week. Filigran is 100% Extra Fine Merino Lace that is exceptionally nice to the touch, and whose colorations are equally compelling.
Today has been thwe start of an absolutely perfect week. We received a long awaited major shipment of yarns from Hedgehog Fibres in Cork Ireland. We are in the process of inventorying this yarn, after which we will photograph it and post details on our website. But included are many new colors that have only recently become available. The photo (right) shows this order, and how massive it is. If you have been waiting for something new from Hedgehog, wait no more, it is here...
Yesterday was an absolutely wonderful day as we received an anticipated shipment of Freia Yarns as shown in the photo (right), as well as the photos below. Shown right are the 20 colors of Lace yarn we received. Freia yarns are quite unique in the coloring. Not to mention that their colors are themselves quite remarkable, as are their fibers. Since we started stocking Freia, these yarns have become quite popular, and included in this recent shipment are additional weights of their yarns. While those additional weights are presently limited in the quantity we have in inventory, we already have orders placed for additional colors in these weights. Thus far, all of our projects knitted using Freia have turned out extremely beautiful, and knitting with Freia was itself a pleasurable experience. Given the unique mechanism Freia uses in coloring their yarns, our pending order will take some time to complete. Keep checking our website for news of additional Freia yarns.
Shown in the photo left are two delightful colors of Freia Worsted weight yarns we received. Each ball of Worsted is approx 75 grams, and 165 yards in length.
Shown left are the two colors of Freia Fingering weight we received. Each ball of Fingering is approx 75 grams, and approx 330 yards in length. Shwown in the photo right are the two colors of Freia Sport weight yarn. Each ball of Freia Sport is approximately 75 grams, and 256 yards in length. While our inventory of Sport, Fingering, and Worsted are presently limited, we have placed an order for virtually all available colors of these exceptional yarns. Keep checking our website for an announcement when they arrive.
Lana Gatto Yarns will always hold a special place in my heart. I was travelling in Italy and discovered this yarn there. It seemed like I was buying out the Lana Gatrto store's complete inventory. I loved it there, and I love it here and now. Everything I have knitted using this yarn has turned out quite well, and I can attest to its durability. Shown left are the 5 colors of Lana Gatto "Juan Les Pens we received today. This yarn is a blend of 82% cotton and 18% polymide ensuring the durability of your finished garmets. Lana Gatto has recently been reintroduced to the US market by KFI. This yarn is well suited to our climate here in Central Florida.
We recently completed knitting our "Winter Largo" s pattern available through Ravelry. This shawl was made using a single skein of Hedgehog yarns, and a bag of complimentary beads. The result is nothing short of stunning. If you would like to order this pattern for your future knitting, you can simply click on the adjacent photo and a new screen will open for you and loaded with the correct Ravelry page to order this shawl pattern. This was an extremely entertaining knittingproject that was actually fun to knit. We could see early on that the finished shawl was going to be breathtaking, and it is. This shawl is on display in the store, and we encourage you to stop by and see for yourself. Perhaps the example will inspire you to create one for yourself. After all it's almost St. Patricks Day, and you can justify rewarding yourself. If you feel guitly about this rationalization, then by all means knit it using green yarn!
Lorna's Laces has recently introduced Shawl Kits referred to as "String Quintets" in 12 distinctive colors, which are sure to please just about everyones color pallette. String Quintets are mini skein sets. Each set includes five 25g hanks of Shepherd Sock for a total of 535 yards. Throughout the year a different pattern will be introduced. The first pattern is named "Isn't it Romantic?", and is shown in the adjacent photo . The 12 colors available are shown in the photo below, right.
Shown left, is a shawl we recently completed using Hedgehog 100% Cashmere Lace yarn using the Snow Drop pattern.. As shown, this shawl required 2 skeins to complete, and turned out quite elegant. This shawl was made using the same pattern as the one featured below, and the pattern for this shawl is available for purchase on the Ravelry website. You can go directly to the purchase page by clicking on the pattern image to the left. It is hard to describe how absolutely wonderful this shawl fees, and how appealking this yarn is. Rarely in our temperate climate can you effective use Cashmere, but a lace shawl made with Cashmere is a perfect answer to this dilemma. This shawl is on display in the store, please stop by and see for yourself. We have 8 colors of Hedgehog Cashmere Lace from which to choose.
We also recently finished our "Lace Eater" shawl featured in the photo right, using Galler Yarns, which is a new product for us. We are more than pleased with Galler Yarns, and they truly have exceeded our expectations in every way, especially in how comfortable they are to knit with. As shown, we used a single skein of Galler Prime Alpaca Natural, which is 100% Superfine Alpaca. Each skein is approx 660 yards in length.
Yesterday we received our long awaited major shipment from Hedgehog Fibers in Cork, Ireland. We actually placed this order the day we received our first order as the quality of these yarns was amongst the finst we have seen anywhere. Judging by our customers response to our initial order, there are obviously a lot of customers who share our opinion. Shown in the photo (left) is our "Snowdrop Shawl" which we made using Hedgehog Cashmere Lace yarn. If you click on the image (left) you will be taken to the page on Ravelry where you can purchase this beautiful pattern. As shown, the shawl took 2 skeins of yarn to make. Everything about Hedgehog Cashmere Lace is took magnificent to describe, as this one yarn that you really must see to fully appreciate. Best of all, if affords those of us who love Cashmere to integrate it into our attire as lace is ideal for our temperate climate, as well as providing a perfect finish to your outfit. It is certain to capture attention wherever you go. Snowdrop is on display in the store, please feel free to stop by and see this incredible yarn, and equally incredible pattern. We presently have 8 colors of Hedgehog Cashmere Lace in stock as shown in the photo (right).
Shown in the adjacent photos are the 29 colors of Hedgehog Sock Yarn we received. Each skein of this yarn is approximately 400 meters (1312 feet) in length, and is a blend of 90% Superwash Merino and 10% Nylon. This yarn typifies the incredible quality of Hedgehog Fibers in both fiber quality, and colorations.
We received 33 colors of Hedgehog's Silk Lace Merino as shown in the adjacent photos. Eack skein of Silk Lace Merino is approx 700 meters ( 2296 feet) in length. Silk Lace Merino is a blend of 50% Silk and 50% Merino Wool. As with the other Hedgehog fibers, Silk Lace Merino is of the highest quality, whose coloring is superb. The quality of this yarn ensures that whatever you make is destined to be cherished for years to come.
Shown in the photo (right) are the 10 colors of Hedgehog DK we received. Each skein of DK is approx 200 meters (656 feet) in length. DK is 100% Springy Twist Merino Wool, and is well suited to a multitude of knitting projects, especially where warmer attire is a requirement. DK is a new addition to our inventory of Hedgehog fibers, and is a very welcomed addition. With this shipment we have broadened our inventory of Hedgehog yarns considerably. Our one experience knitting using Hedgehog yarns persuades us that these yarns are destined to be a favorite among our knitters. Please stop by the store and see these fine yarns for yourself, as well as others we feature. Below, are new yarns we just received from Illimani, which are also quite remarkable yarns in their own right.
Illimani is a new line of yarns for us, and our first impressions of these fine yarns is nothing short of remarkable. We also encourage you to visit the Illimani website yourself, and read about the evolution of these fine yarns. We have a link to their website on our "Yarns" page if you have such interest. Shown in the adjacent photos are 2 variants of the same yarn, their "Royal I", which is 100% Alpaca. While it is Alpaca, it could easily be mistaken for Chashmere given its luxurious feel, and texture which is nearly identical to Cashmere. Each skein of Royal I is approx 220 yards in length. This yarn is definitely worthy of your consideration. Wearing anything made with this yarn would be a wonderful experience.
Response to Hedgehog Fibers has been overwhelming. We recently completed 2 shawls made using Hedgehog Fibers Silk Lace Merino, which are featured in the photos left and below right. These shawls are exceptional in every way, and speak reams about the quality of Hedgehog yarns. We are presently working on another shawl using Hedgehog Cashmere Lace, which promises to be an exceptional shawl, and one that is perfect in every way for our moderate climate. We will post photos of it as soon as it is finished.
The Knitting Patch is pleased to introduce Hedgehog Fibers, from County Cork, Ireland to Central Florida's knitters. In Europe Hedgehog is renown for their extremely high quality yarns and magnificent coloring, and is a highly sought after product. We received our first shipment yesterday, and already have more on the way. Shown left are the 2 colors of Pure Cashmere we received. Finding lace weight Cashmere is difficult, especially of this quality. Cashmere is usually reserved for colder climates, but in lace weight projects, like shawls, it makes an ideal garment that is very practical in our warmer climate. Each skein is approximately 400 meters in length.
We have 18 colors of Hedgehog's Silk Merino Lace yarn in stock. This is an extremely beautiful, and high quality yarn that promises to make perfectly elegant creations that will last a lifetime. Eack skein is approx 700 meters in length. Silk Merino is a blend of 50% Silk and 50% Merino Wool making it as practical as it is elegant.
Featured in the adjacent photos as well as the one below are the 26 colors of Hedgehog's Sock yarn. This is an amazing yarn, that is perfectly suited to many knitting projects, and not just socks. Each skein is approximately 400 meters of 90% Superwash Merino and 10% Nylon ensuring that the yarn is as durable as it is elegant. The possibilities are almost unlimited for this very wonderful yarn.
Shown in the adjacent photo is our "Mustardseed" shawl from Boo Knits! This project was an incredible amount of fun to knit, and the pattern was easy to understand and follow. The result speaks reams about the designer. We elected to make Mustardseed using a single skein of Maiden Hair yarn, and coordinating beads. The result is nothing short of stunning. This shawl, along with many more are available for inspection in the store. If you do not see what you are looking for, just ask. Mustardseed is a pattern that highly recommend, as you need not be an advanced knitter to produce advanced knitter results. In this regard, Beverly Johnson (Boo Knits!) is a genius, it also accounts for the popularity of her designs.
December 11: Today we received our first shipment from Galler Yarns, and we have already placed another order as we love these yarns, and you will see why. Shown left are the 3 colors of Alpaca we received. Each skein is 100% Superfine Alpaca, and is approximately 660 yards in length. The quality of the fiber is hard to describe, as well as how it feels to the touch and against you skin.n the photo (right) are the 6 colors of Angora we received. And "Oui" this fiber comes to us from France! Each ball is approximately 33 yards in length. When you must use Angora, this is the yarn you are looking for. Stop by and see these exciting new yarns for yourself. We are pleased to feature Galler Yarns in our inventory.
Tis the Season, and we are working to make The Knitting Patch into a holiday showcase. We are still focused on providing you with the best selection of fine yarns, and increasing our ever expanding line of yarns. Yesterday we received a major shipment from Anzula, and we are quite excited to add these yarns to our inventory.
Featured in the adjacent photo are the 16 colors of Anzula Lace yarn. Eack skein of Anzula Lace is approc 980 yards in length and is 100% Superwash Merino. Anzula does an exceptional job coloring their yarns, as well as offering some truly dramatic colors, which makes their yarns exciting to ponder. In addition to their superior coloring, the underlying yarn is also of exceptional quality, and will provide many years to wear for the lucky owner of a garmet made with this fine yarn.
Shown in the photo (right) are the 13 colors of Anzula Silken we received. Silken is a blend of 50% Superwash Merino and 50% Tussah Silk, making for an exceptionally beautiful yarn, as well as one that assures that whatever you make using this yarn will be very comfortable to wear. It will also prove to be durable and provide many years of wear. Each skein of Silken is approx 370 yards in length. The coloring of this yarn is exceptional, and must be seen to be fully appreciated.
The photo (left) shows the 12 colors of Alzula Squishy we received. Squishy is a delightful blend of 80% Superwash Merino; 10% Cashmere, and 10% Nylon making squishy as durable as it is elegant and comfortable. Each skeing of Squishy is approx 385 yards in length, and is well suited to seasonal knitting projects. While it does contain cashmere, that content is sufficient to make your finished garment nearly perfect for our moderate climate here in Central Florida, which also providing that exquisite feeling that only comes from Cashmere.
Yesterday we received a shipment of an entirely new yarn named "Cambria." We received 13 colors of this yarn, which forst caught out attention as a result of Boo Knits! having recommended this yarn in her Pleasant Valley Shawl, which is part of her Memory Tree Collection. The photo at the left below is from the Boo Knits! pattern, which was made using this yarn. The image below right, shows the 13 colors we have in stock, which is all of the colors that are available. Cambria is a very practical blend of 90% wool and 10% mohair, making Cambria be an extremely durable yarn that will withstand many years of use without distorting how it looks. Each skein is approximately 236 yards in length. Cambria is a yarn worthy of consideration for your projects. Stop by the store and see for yourself.
Shown left is our "Love & madness" Shawl, which was knitted using a single skein of Freia Fibers "Ombre Grande" yarn. The Freia yarns are a delight to knit, and the finished results speak for themselves. The pattern is available on Ravelry, and the Freia yarns are available at The Knitting Patch. This shawl is on display in the store. You may click on the image left and you will be taken to the Ravelry page where you can purchase this intriguing shawl pattern.
Yesterday we received a huge order from Hand Maiden, which included Maiden Hair & Sea Silk, who of our favorite yarns. Shown in the photo (right and 2 photos below) are the 30 colors of Maiden Hair we received. Maiden Hair is a blend of 67% Silk; 23% Kid Mohair; and 10% Nylon. Each skein is approx 328 yard in length.
Shown in the photo (left & below) are the 28 colors of Sea Silk we received. Sea Silk is a blend of 70% Silk & 30% Seacell, making for an incredibly elegant yarn. Each skein of Sea Silk is approx 437 yards in length. Boo Knits uses both of these exceptional Hand Maiden yarns in many of her patterns, and recommends these yarns for those patterns.
The Knitting Patch extends our most sincere thanks to Beverly Johnson, and everyone who participated in our "Boo Day" event. It appeared that everyone had a great time, and clearly many engaged with Beverly throughout the day. Throughout the day we took photos of the festivities, and want to make those photos available to anyone who would like to have copies of the photos. If you would like to receive them by email, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line "Photos" and we will send them to you early next week. Thank you for participating in Boo Day. We look forward to seeing you in the future.
At last, It is BOO DAY!!!!
Just in time for Boo Knits! (Beverly Johnson's) visit to The Knitting Patch we just finished Beverly's latest KAL - VooDoo as shown in the adjacent photo. In making Voodoo we use 2 skeins of Handmaiden Swiss Silk, and black/gold beads. This shawl is really stunning, and is wonderful to knit. VooDoo is on display in the store, so have a look at it while you are here meeting its creator.
In advance of Boo Knits! visit to The Knitting Patch on Saturday, October 21, we have just created our "Bootique", which showcases examples we have knitted based upon Boo Knits! patterns. To have a look at the Bootique, simply click on the "Boo" image above and you will be taken to that page. Most of the examples in the Bootique are available for inspection in the store, just ask for assistance. Boo Knits! patters are both elegant, and much easier to knit than they appear. We also offer classes in making any pattern(s) you select.
Speaking of Boo Knits! We just completed Boo's "Mimosa" Shawl as shown in the photo (left). This was a relatively simple project to knit, and the resulting shawl is really an eye catcher. The triangular beads really capture the light, and make it a stand out. Mimosa is on display in the store for you to see. Mark your calendar for Saturday, October 31, and plan to attend our special "Boo Day" celebration as Beverly Johnson (Boo Knits! will be in the store meeting with knitters, and sharing her perspectives with everyone. What better way to get your Halloween celebration off to a perfect start than meeting with BOO!
Shown in the adjacent is our "Wedding Shawl," which was completed earlier in the day. This shawl was made using a single skein of Madelinetosh Lace yarn, but any high quality lace yarn would produce similar results. However, we recommend only using rectangular beads for this project, as they make a substantial difference in the appearance of the shawl. This shawl is on display in the store. The pattern for this shawl is available on Ravelry.
What is a proper and befitting way to end an otherwise perfect week? You receive a long awaited, and quite special order from Fyberspates, which contains Faery Wings yarn! That is the perfect ending of this week. Faery Wings has always been as highly sought after yarn. It has always had limited supply due to the difficulties in producing this yarn. By special arrangement with Fyberspates, The Knitting Patch was able to secure this order, and in all likelihood it is the last Faery Wings to be had anywhere. We have 6 delightful colors available as shown in the adjacent photos. Faery Wings is a blend of 63% Silk; 23% Mohair; & 23% Nylon. Each skein is approximately 365 meters (400 yards). Given the fiber content, you can only imagine how wonderful, and elegant Faery Wings. In this case, it is best to shop early because Faery Wings will not last.
As promised, we are adding photos of the Freia yarns we received yesterday.
Shown in the photo (right) are the 16 exquisite colors of Ombre Grande we received from Freia yesterday. Ombre Grande is blend of 75% Wool and 25% Nylon making this yarn as durable as it is elegant in its appearance. The gradiant coloring process employed by Freia is very unique to Freia, and produces outstanding colorations that must be seen to be apprecaited. If you scroll down, you can see a shawl made using Freia, which is red in color and is entitled "Alberta Shawl."
Shown in the adjacent images are the 16 colors of Ombre we received yesterday. Ombre is a blend of 80% Alpaca and 20% Silk making Ombre as wonderful to the touch as it is elegant in its appearance. Moreover, the quality of the fibers used ensures a durable and lasting garment that will be cherished for years to come.
Shown right are the 7 colors of "Flux" we received from Freia yesterday. Flux is a blend of 75% Wool and 25% Nylon making for a practical, and durable yarn which assures you will receive many years of enjoyment (and compliments) from anything you choose to make using this wonderful yarn. The grandiant color process is unique to Freia and is used in all of their yarns.
Stop by the store to see these unique yarns, and see the shawl we have on dsplay which was knitted using Freia Fibers yarn during our down time.
The new yarns that we ordered have started arriving, with much more on the way in the coming days. Below are details of what has arrived in the last day or two.
Shown in the photo (right) are the 8 colors of Rylie we received. Rylie is a delightful blend of 50% Baby Alpaca, 25% Mulberry Silk, & 25% Linen, which makes this yarn particularly adaptable to a wide variety of knitting projects, and especially well suited to our warm weather here in Central Florida. It is wonderful to the touch, and this blend assures a long life, and durable product that ensures that your finished piece will provide many years of wear. Each skein of Rylie is approx 274 yards in length. Rylie is from Germany.
Shown in the photo (left) are the 4 colors of Lino we received. Lino is a blend of 85% Wool, and 15% Linen, making this yarn durable, and one that will produce finished knitted pieces that will have a long life. Linen is an incredible fiber, and one that is especially well suited to our warm weather here in Central Florida. Each ball of Lino is approx 100 meters in length. Lino is produced in Germany.
Shown in the photo (right) are the 7 colors of Lace Ball we received. Lace Ball is made in Germany, and is a blend of 75% Wook (superwash), and 25% Polymide. Each ball contaions approx 800 meters of yarn. The colorations of this yarn and really beautiful, and it knits easily into striking garments. It really is a delightful yarn to knit.
Shown in the photo (left) are the 5 colors of Gradient we received. Like the yarns described aboce, Gradient is a product of Germany of the highest quality materials and workmanship. Each ball of Gradient is 100% wool, with each ball being approx 280 meters in length. The coloring of this yarn is really exceptional, which is also what inspired its name.
Shown in the photo (right) is a unique yarn, whose name was taken from its packaging - "Big Disk." We were curious about this yarn, and decided to order it and have a first hand look. All of our surprises were very positive. Physically its packaging closely resembles the hard disk drives that IBM used on its System 3 computers back in the 1970's. In this case, however, the yarn is really exciting, and beautifully colored. Each "Big Disk" contains approx 430 meters of 100% Virgin Wool which is of the highest quality, ensuring that your finished piece will provide years of enjoyment. This is a unique packaging for yarn, and the underlying yarn is really compelling. Stop by and see this for yourself. This is a new to the market yarn.
Caribou, as shown in the adjacent photo, is 100% Nylon, and is an excellent novelty type yarn product, made in Germany. We received 15 colors of this very soft yarn.
Ambiente, shown in the photo (right) is an exciting yarn, that has a wide variety of uses. Most of all the colorations in Ambiente are really incredible, as is its quality. Ambiente is 100% Wool. Ambiente is made in Germany. Each ball of Ambiente is approx 155 meters in length.
From Anzula we received a wide variety of their colors of their "Wash My Lace" yarn as shown in the adjacent photo. We have much more Anzula on order, and expect it in late November. Anzula's hand dyeing is in a class all by itself. Their underlying yarns are also of exceptional quality, adding to those traits are their keen attention to details in their dyeing process. Garments made with Anzula yarns will prove themselves over the test of time. Hence, creating heirlooms using Anzula yarns is a smart decision, and one that ensured that your pieces will be treasured for decades to come. Wash My Lace is 100% Merino Wool, and each skein is approx 980 yards in length.
Also from Anzula we received new colors of "Dreamy" as shown in the photo right. Dreamy is a blend of 75% Superwash Wool, 15% Cashmere, and 10% Silk - it is hard to imagine a more pleasing blend that this. This is an ideal time to shop for holiday gifts while we have a large inventory from which to choose. If you did not see anything in this update, keep checking because we have a lot more inbound, including from new vendrors. In one case, The Knitting Patch is the exclusive vendor for this company's yarns in Central Florida. These yarns are reallt "Hot" and of the highest quality, with very unique coloring.
During the time that our store was closed during our relocation, does not mean that we took a "Knitting Holiday." Quite the contrary, as many shawls were made, as featured below:
Shown left, is a shawl made using Mille Fiori pattern using Koigu Lace Merino yarn. It is really beautiful, and the Koigu yarn is exceptional in every way. This shawl is available for inspection in the store, just ask to see it.
Shown in the image (right) is our "Mookwalk" shawl made using Anzula Milky Way yarn. The result is very dramatic, and compelling. This shawl is the perfect complement for upscal or casual - it can really go either way and be be the perfect accessory for your outfit.
Shown left is our "Princess Peacock" shawl, which was made using Schoppel yarn. The coloring of this yarn is really perfect for this shawl, and makes an instant impression, and causes people to look (likely with envy) at your stunning appearance.
Featured in the photo (right) is our Quadratische Decke Shawl, made using Madelinetosh Prairie yarn. The result speaks reams about the pattern and the yarn. This is one that you really need to see to fully appreciate. It is in the store, and available for you to see.
The adjacent photo shows another variant of the Quadratische Decke Shawl. However, this one was made using Madelinetosh Pashmina yarn. The yarn makes a difference, and the difference is far beyond the colour. Both examples are stunning. The difference in yarn makes a big difference in the outcome.
Shown in the photo (right) is our Alberta Shawl made using Freia yarn. The way this yarn changes its colors in a very subtle manner makes a big difference in the final result. The Freia coloring is something that they are noted for. Making yarn this way is an extremely time consumming process, and is done entirely by hand. Watch our website for more news about Freia yarns in the coming week. This is a shawl that definitely must be seen to appreciate, and to understand how the Freia colors and blending of their colors is so unique, and the difference it makes in your finished project.
We continue to settle into our new store. To take advantage of our increased space, we are currently establishing relationships with new manufacturers that we are confident will be well ereceived by our customers. Hopefully we will start receiving "new" inventory in the next 10 days. Watch our website for more details to be posted when these exciting new yarns arrive.
As everyone knows, we are approaching All Hallows Eve, or what we traditionally call Halloween. This year, The Knitting Patch is pleased to have Beverly Johnson, of "Boo Knits" to be joining us for the day. Beverly will be here to meet with customers, autograph her patterns, and discuss her patterns with you, and perhaps share some ideas with you. From past experience we know that Beverly is an incredibly gracious person, who is as delightful as she is talented as a designer. We encourage you to mark your calendar for October 31, and join us for this most special day. How ironic that "Boo Knits" will be here on October 31????? What are the chances of this happening???? We are really excited to have here for the day, and look forward to seeing you as well. It would be really nice if you wear or bring pieces you have knitted using Boo Knits patterns.
Our grand opening yesterday was a stunning success, and it appeared that everyone really enjoyed themselves. As everyone found out, we were also having a "lottery", wherein you received a ticket with every purchase.The winners receive The Knitting Patch Gift Certidficates of varying denominations. We are please to post the winnings numbers, and the value of the gift certificate below. Please be mindful of the fact that your lottery ticket must be surrendered for your gift certificate on or before October 31, 2015. The gift certificates do not expire, so please stop by and exchange your ticket at the store. The winners are:
$100 Gift Certificate: 620115;
$50 Gift Certificate: 620133 & 620128;
$25 Gift Certificate: 620121; 620120; 620117; 620123; 620127;
$15 Gift Certificate: 620135;620138; 620136; 620116; 620130; 620124; 620131;
$10 Gift Card: 620119; 620129; 620137; 620139; 620118; 620125; 620122,620134; 620132.
We want to thank everyone who came yesterday. It was very gratifying to have such an incredible turnout for this day. The feedback we received from many was that it was very enjoyable. We look forward to seeing you on a regular basis.
Be sure to mark your calendar for October 31, as Beverly Johnson of Boo Knits (UK) will be in the store from noon until closing. This will be an exciting day, and will afford you the opportunity to meet this very creative designer. What could be more coopelling that having "Boo Knits on October 31?????? It will qualify as a Spooktacular event!!
Fall is fastly approaching, and with it comes many excitinig things, including Halloween! The Knitting Patch is please to announce that on Saturday, October 31 we will be hosting a very special guest - Beverly Johnson of Boo Knits! How ironic to have "Boo" visit on Halloween. She will be in the store from about noon until the last person leaves. She will be happy to meet with you, discuss your knitting, and especially discuss her patterns. She will be happy to autograph any Boo Knits patterns you have. Beverly is a very engaging, and knowledgeable person, who is a lot of fun to spend time with. Mark this date on your calendar, and plan to stop by and meet "Boo."
The shawl shown in the adjacent photo is delightfully simple to knit, and yet it is extremely delicate, and appealing showcasing what appears to be advanced knitting skills. This shawl is in the store and can be inspected. However, due to our pending move, it is not on a manequin and you must ask to view it.
iber and/or manufacturer prefences, there are numerous yarns available which would produce great results. This top is on display in the store, so please stop by and see for yourself. If you don not feel quite up to making this, we offer classes and individual assistance to ensure your success.
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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