Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Look What's Coming Soon

We sure hope you like all the new stuff we bought at the TNNA show because there's a ton of it! Listed in random order, check out some of the great products that will soon be arriving in our stores. There's a shortage of photos because cameras aren't allowed at the show. Also, many of these products are so new that the photos aren't yet shown on the companies' websites. We'll try to post photos as the products arrive.

From Art Yarns, we ordered the stunning Beaded Rhapsody yarn that's 70% mohair, 30% silk, with glass beads. This photo doesn't really capture the beauty of this yarn, you have to fondle it to fully appreciate it:


We'll finally have some of the fantastic Louet yarns. We like to support our fellow Canadian companies whenever possible. There's the Euroflax sportweight that's 100% linen, machine washable and dryable. Also the Gems sportweight that's 100% wool. Both of these yarns have a beautiful contemporary colour palette. There are some great patterns available on the Louet website, like Lacey, a lovely feather and fan stole that's knit with Euroflax.

There's a great new Skinny Organic Cotton from Blue Sky Alpacas, together with some superb new patterns for this yarn including the Lacy Wrap Sweater, Skinny Cardigan, Sleeveless Wrap Top and Tie Sweater. These products aren't yet on the BSA website but they'll show up sometime soon.

We re-stocked our Koigu yarn supply and added some of the beautiful Kersti yarn to our collection.

We also re-stocked our Alchemy yarn supply of Silken Straw, Haiku and Silk Purse, the yarns used in Alchemy's new book, Destination Alchemy, with twenty of their best-selling designs. Coming soon.

The Spring Rowan Magazine 43 will be shipped to us this week and you'll like the lower price tag. The stronger Canadian dollar is finally resulting in lower pricing for some of our products. We've ordered Rowan's new organic cotton yarn, Purelife, together with the accompanying pattern book, The Organic Cotton Collection. We've also ordered the new pattern book for Rowan All Seasons Cotton, All Seasons at the Mill. And we're finally able to order some of the Rowan books you've been requesting, like Classic Knits for Real Women and Knitting For Him. All coming very soon.

We've broken into the Nashua yarn line with a big order of their Creative Focus Cotton that's 100% mercerized cotton. We think you'll like this yarn and the accompanying kids' pattern book.

And we ordered some of the gorgeous Misti Alpaca handpainted baby alpaca. This family company goes back four generations and remains linked to all stages of the alpaca industry in Peru, from raising alpacas to processing and marketing the alpaca yarn.

There are bunches of new kits on their way. From Bully Woolies, there's the Three Blind Mice kit with enough yarn, bells and catnip to make five felted mice cat toys. Knitwhits has some very cute new Easter Egg kits. Make them with or without the basket:



From Pick Up Sticks, we'll soon have the attractive new Ripple Tote Bag kit and we've re-stocked some of the popular Snugs kits. And we ordered the cutest new Happy Bunnies kits from Appalachian Baby Designs, with enough bright cotton yarn to knit either a sweater or a hat, mitts and booties. These kits are beautifully packaged in a gift box with a matching gift card.

We also ordered a few new pattern collections, including the adorable little dinosaur designs from the Knitting at KNoon collection:


And we'll soon have the fantastic Circular Clutches and Zhivago Bags from Offhand Designs. Knitty called the Circular Clutch "..the best case I've found anywhere for storing circular needles, period." Anina and I will each be taking home a Clutch and a Bag. A girl just can't have too many bags.

All this (and much more) will be arriving over the next few weeks. Feel free to phone and reserve any items that you can't live without. We'll call you when they arrive.

Almost forgot to report on the fashion show which opened with a stunning crocheted evening dress from Blue Sky Alpacas. We've ordered the pattern for anyone who'd like to crochet a brand new gown for summer parties. Just shorten it up if you'd rather have a knee-length dress than a floor-length gown. There were three gorgeous wedding pieces from Vogue Knitting - a wedding section will be part of Vogue's Spring issue. We also loved the striking crocheted top that's featured on the cover of the new Gedifra Highlights book. Gedifra always has a few cutting-edge designs in it's collection and this year is no exception. Crochet is definitely working it's way into the mainstream thanks to the efforts of Kim Werker and others. There were almost 100 garments in total, very inspiring!

And one last thing, our special this week is Rowan Scottish Tweed Aran, at 30% off. Check out the Brooklyn Tweed blog for Jared Flood's version of the Zeebee hat, knit with the discontinued Rowan Yorkshire Tweed Aran. Scottish Tweed Aran would be a great substitute. Here's Schmeebot's pattern for the Zeebee hat.

Wait til you see all these lovely new things. We think you'll be very inspired...

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