WHAT WINTER?

There has not been a lot of winter weather in Northwest Arkansas the last couple of years.  My heavier knitted items are laying, lonesome, in my cedar chest.  More and more, I find myself knitting lighter weight garments.  I love Afion,

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a fingering weight cardigan that can be layered over a tee shirt and removed if I get too hot.

Lightweight shawls are my go to project.  I always have one on my needles.  I never get tired of knitting them and wearing them and giving them as gifts.

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Melanie Berg’s Moonraker

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Ambah O’Brien’s Cardinia Wrap

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Justyna Lorkowska’s Aisling

There are plenty of wonderful things to knit regardless of the weather!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NEW STUFF

Fall yarns are arriving daily.  Each shipment is more lovely than the last.

 

New colors in Manos Alegria

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New shipment of Japanese Knot Bags by our own Tracie Rebsamen

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We’ve got the OHHIO Merino – perfect for Arm Knitting.

Mirasol has come out with a DK weight NUNA – Merino, Alpaca and Silk. It just came in and it is Heavenly! We’ve got REYWA chunky Cashmere/Yak – words fail and  HiKoo, Alpaca, Merino and Silk.

Come on down and play in the yarn!

TRUNK SHOW

We will host a Trunk Show by Oink Pigments, Wednesday, September 28th, from 2 until 6 pm.

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Helena Bristow will present her line of Hand Dyed Yarns and Fibers – 100% USA made from sheep to shelf.

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Oink Pigments line of yarns and fibers ranges from lace weight to bulky.

VACATION

Hand Held will be closed July 25 – August 8 for a little vacation.

Come on in and stock up on yarn and take 20% off your yarn purchase through July 25th and 75% off the sale wall.

Knit a shawl with one of our Done Roving Gradient Kits.

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This slip stitch Tea Towel pattern is a free download from Purl Soho.

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We knit it up with Shibui Linen.

Come in and pick out a project and take 20% to 75% off.

See you August 8th.

SUMMER SALE

Take 20% off all yarn and 75% off the sale wall until July 15th.   This sale includes summer fibers; linen and linen blends, silk, cotton, as well as winter fibers.  Come down and play in the yarn!

Summer is the perfect time to knit.

If you  are in need of inspiration, check out Dawn Joan’s, Hitofude, she knit hers with Risoni Silk in a rich gold color:

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We have knitting camp on Wednesdays from 2-4.  Work on an existing project or learn something new.  We have been learning new techniques in Brioche,

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Summertime is a great time to start your Christmas knitting.  The Sockhead Hat makes a great gift for guys or gals.  The hat below is knit with  Zauberball.

 

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Bring your needles and join us at the table.

FALL KNITTING

There is nothing like that first hint of fall to get your knitting juices into overdrive.  Scarves, sweaters, gloves, hats, blankets – bring it on!   We had a wonderful Knit Swirl knit-a-long.  Each project was unique and reflected the personality of the knitter.  We did some good work and will be strutting it all over town as soon as it cools off.

Meghan knit hers out of NORO Taiyo Sock, the colorway reminds me of river rocks.

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No knitter walks by the store sample of Fox Paws without giving up a little gasp. It’s hard to put your finger on, is it a hint of Morocco? For our Fall Knit-A-Long, we will tackle, Fox Paws, by Xandy Peters.    We will be meeting on Fridays from 2 – 4, beginning  September 18.  This is a project for the more experienced knitter.

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The possibilities for color combinations are endless.  Take a look at the projects on Ravelry and get inspired. Our Knit-A-Longs are very casual.  You don’t have to keep up with any time constraints or deadlines, just bring your project Friday afternoons and knit.

My current obsession is double knitting.  I opened the latest issue of Vogue Knitting and Tonia Richter’s, Winged Triangle Shawl, made my eyeballs practically pop out of my head.  I immediately picked my colors and began casting on 360 pairs of stitches (720 total stitches).  There is no repeating pattern on this piece.  There are 6 charts, with 60 pairs (120 stitches) per chart – so concentration is key.  I am having a lot of fun with this. I am working it, “two fisted”  much the same way I would work fair-isle.  I admit, in my haste to begin, I picked colors that do not have the contrast of Tonia’s black and white, but the positive/negative effect is beautiful.

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GOIN FISHIN

We are going on vacation beginning at close of business, Saturday, July 25, and will reopen Friday, August 7.

 

 

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Knit Camp, Wednesdays, 2-4

Sock Camp, Fridays, 2-4

Knit Swirl, Knit-a Long, Saturdays, 2-4, will all resume August 7, and will continue through the month of August.

If you need to stock up on yarn, come on down and take 25% off your yarn purchase through July 25th.

Hope to see you soon,

Cynthia

 

 

SPRING KNITTING

HAPPY SPRING!

Springtime, every year it catches me by surprise.  The Cherry Blossoms, Redbud, Saucer Magnolias and Daffodils are like giant bouquets! We are receiving vibrant new spring yarns almost daily.  Come on in and check out the new stock.

TWIG

Twig is a new offering from Shibui.  It is a silk, linen, wool blend that knits up beautifully – great for spring/summer tops, scarves and shawls.

Loom Yarn

Speck and Risoni are new yarns by, The Loom.  Speck is a raw silk, similar to cotton but without the weight.  Risoni is a thick and thin silk with all the shine and gloss you expect from this luxurious fiber.

YOKED SKIRT WITH POCKETS

The Yoked Skirt with Pockets is a Hand Held pattern, we knit it up with the Speck.

Women who knit and the men that love them – below is a picture of Jim, rolling up yarn that escaped Elizabeth’s car as she sped down the road.  Jim managed to recover all of it, though it was a little wet and had to sit in a sunny window to dry out.

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HAPPY NEW YEAR

We are going to kick off January 2015 with a Camino Bubbles workshop.  This design by Kieran Foley is stunning.  We have knit it up in a number of fiber configurations and each is exquisite.  Email the shop or give us a ring and we’ll sign you up.

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We have been knitting up a storm.  Some of the newer patterns available on Ravelry are truly innovative and fun to knit.  These designers are brilliant. The Fox Paws, designed by Xandy Peters is a great stash buster, and the result is fabulous.

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Another truly amazing design is the Knitted Shawl Autumn Lace, by Svetlana Gordon.  I knit this up in Ella Rae Lace Merino on a US 2, and it takes my breath away.

 

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Come on down to the shop and see what we’ve got cooking.  We love beginners, and will get you started on something wonderful.

 

 

WE ARE OPEN

We will have our soft opening October 28, at our new location.  We are very excited for you to see what we have been working on for soooo long.

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We have some gorgeous yarns for your next project!

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Our new shop is as cozy as your favorite old sweater.

 

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