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We offer a full range of natural fibers, organic and fair trade yarns, locally hand-dyed, and recycled yarns, as well as a range of wools, cottons, and blends for every budget.  Our easy-care,  kid friendly yarns include the popular Debbie Bliss Cashmerino, MinnowKnits, Berroco Vintage, and three weights of the affordable Berroco Comfort. We carry a full range of wools, wool blends, and cottons in all weights from the popular and affordable Cascade 220 to the trendy Malabrigo, Madelinetosh, Fiber Company, and Swans Island.

We stock Clover bamboo needles, Knitters Pride metal needles, and Pony Children’s needles; Clover and Boye crochet hooks; and a full line of knitting notions and supplies.   We also carry a selection of buttons for sewing and knitting.

We have tons of knitting patterns, knitting and crochet books, as well as an iPad for customers to browse Ravelry and other sites for patterns that we will print in the store. We participate in the Ravelry Shopkeepers program, and sell a huge selection of patterns (you get a paper copy and the digital file) from indie designers on Ravelry.

HAPPY KNITTING & CROCHETING!

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Spotlight: Dirty Water DyeWorks

On Saturday, September 20th we were so excited to host Stephanie of Dirty Water DyeWorks for a trunk show. You can bet this won’t be the last time we have this loacal dyer in the shop. But if you missed her (or need a bit more Dirty Water yarn) you’re in luck! We’re now carrying four Dirty Water bases, each fabulous in its own unique way.

Clara is a worsted weight Blue Faced Leicester. Not only is this our first BFL yarn, it comes in a delightfully gigantic skein: 250 grams and 550 yards. Make a kids sweater (it’s machine washable) or matching hat, gloves, and cowl from just one skein.

Edna is another first for us: a Polwarth wool/silk blend. It’s a soft DK weight yarn, with a tiny bit of sheen. It would be perfect for a wrap or drapey cardigan.

Bertha is a fingering weight MCN: merino, cashmere, and nylon. The merino and cashmere make it wonderfully soft, and the nylon gives it strength and machine washability! We picked earthy, complex kettle dyed colors for this one. It feels like the perfect way to get into fall, and would look stunning in a two-color shawl.

Lillian is another fingering weight. It’s 100% superwash merino with great stitch definition. This is the yarn to use for socks and knits for babies. We chose some great saturated jewel tones and some happy pastels. While Bertha’s colors are subtle and moody, Lillian’s colors ring loud and clear!

Stephanie was kind enough to leave us with a couple of gorgeous samples, and we’ve got more on the way. But what would you make with Dirty Water DyeWorks yarns?

Clara

Edna

Bertha

Lillian

Posted on September 23rd, 2014 by craftygals

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What do you call a shower of new yarns?

A cascade!

All joking aside, we are so excited about the new yarns we’re getting in for the fall, which includes Dirty Water Dye Works; Lady Dye Yarns; Cashmere from Jade Sapphire (a DK weight and gorgeous Yak (!) / silk lace weight); Tahki Aria; new bases from KnitCollage, Malabrigo, and the list goes on (including, of course, new color ways of some of our favorites). First up though, we want to showcase our six new (and new-to-us) yarns from Cascade! The same yarn company that makes classic workhorse yarns like 220 Superwash and Heritage Sock has yarns that are vibrant, cuddly, and great fun to knit! You can see–and feel–all of them in the shop right now:

Magnum is a single-ply, super bulky Peruvian Wool. The single ply keeps it soft, making for great–and super warm–accessories like scarves and mittens.

I’m still mystified by Kenai, a super-bulky alpaca-acrylic-wool blend. It’s a chainette ply, which means the light yarn traps air for extra-warm accessories, but the 200 gram skeins feel wonderfully substantial. And the pink, lime, and black Punk colorway reminds me of lanyards at camp!

We’ve carried–and loved–128 Superwash for a long time, and we’ve added three colors of 128 Superwash Multis. The green and pink colorways are perfect for baby blankets, and we couldn’t resist the vibrant teal, too.

Rabat is a bulky wool, acrylic, and silk blend, but its best feature are the long color shifts in sophisticated combinations. It’s like a more grown up version of Chunky Mochi!

Longtime JP Knit & Stitchers might remember Eco Duo from way back when we first opened. It’s back in four lovely, marled neutrals. Alpaca and a bit of merino wool combine to form a buttery-soft worsted weight yarn that’s my new favorite for cowls.

Last but definitely not least, Tangier is a little sister to Rabat. It’s a single-ply worsted weight with gorgeous long stretches of color, but it’s also totally wool-free! This surprisingly light silk-cotton-acrylic-rayon blend means that even those who don’t (or can’t) knit wool can enjoy some color fun (and us wool-lovers can join in, too)!

Posted on September 2nd, 2014 by craftygals

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MadelineTosh is here!

Posted on May 17th, 2014 by craftygals

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