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Small Business Saturday at Knit Locally features Yarn Cafe Creations Trunk Show and more!

Celebrate your favorite small business on November 30!

Shop the trunk show, and get rewarded (see store for details) or take a free hat class when you purchase one ball of Wool and the Gang Super Bulky yarn!  Classes begin at 1pm or 3pm, so come early for the best selection of yarns!  Size 17 circular needles, bring your own or buy them at the shop!

Hurry for the best selection of Yarn Cafe Creations and Wool and the Gang fibers!

NEW ARRIVAL! Colors of Reywa Cowl Kits

We are thrilled to offer the Colors of Reywa Cowl in the shop and our online store! We fell in love with this gorgeous cowl and the ethical work Reywa Fibers does to support the fiber industry in Tibet. We have a limited number of these kits available, and you can check out our shop sample to see it knit up and feel the softness of the yak down.

From the colorways of the yarn to the geometric motif, the Colors of Reywa Cowl is a tribute to the nomads who roam the Tibetan Plateau and to the yaks which sustain them.

Designed by Rebecca Hall, the cowl is knit from 13 mini-cakes of Reywa Fiber’s Harmony yarn, which is a light, sport-weight blend of 50% Yak Down, 50% Fine Wool. Each nature-inspired colorway evokes an element of the Plateau’s rough and rugged terrain, from its rocky, snow-covered peaks to its sweeping grassy hillsides teaming with summer wildflowers. For her design, Rebecca was inspired by the the colorful geometric patterns found in Tibetan architecture, rugs, and fabric.

Reywa Fiber’s 100% yak down yarns are hypoallergenic, will never pill, are warmer than merino wool, get softer and softer with each wear, and develop a lovely halo over time.

Kit Price: $128. Kit includes:

  • Printed pattern
  • 13 mini-cakes in 12 colors
  • 700+ yards of 50/50 yak/wool yarn
  • Reusable kit bag

Reywa Fibers is a small, family-owned business dedicated to helping the Tibetan people benefit directly from the development and sale of the fiber their animals produce. Profits are invested into Tibetan communities. To learn more, visit Reywa Fibers online.

Tibetan architecture inspired the geometric designs of the Colors of Reywa Cowl
The colors of the yarn are inspired by the colors of nature in the Tibetan Plateau.
Be sure to pick up your Colors of Reywa Kit from us and treat yourself to a gorgeous design, indulge in a luxurious yarn, and support a socially-conscious fiber company.

NEW ARRIVAL! Yankee Wisp by Yankee Dyer

We’re excited to welcome Yankee Wisp by Yankee Dyer to Knit Locally. This luscious mohair/silk blend is hand-dyed right here in Maryland, and is SO FLUFFY! Carry it with a fingering weight yarn, or use it on its own and admire the angelic halo. We have ten colors available!

Yarn Details:
Yankee Wisp
Lace Weight
50g / 459 yards
For best results, hand wash and lay flat to dry.
$28

Click here to purchase this yarn in our online store.

Customer FO Spotlight: Joyce’s Elton Cardigan

We love how happy Joyce is wearing her finished Elton cardigan! Thanks for sharing.

Joyce is showing off her finished Elton Cardigan, which she knit using “Dream Kitchen” and a coordinating black mohair she picked up at the Once Upon A Corgi trunk show. We LOVE seeing your finished creations — not only to show of your beautiful stitching, but also to see the joy it brings you! Joyce made some modifications to the design of the cardigan that created an elegant design detail, and she was kind enough to write up those modifications to share with our customers who may want to knit this piece in a similar style.

From Joyce: “The color pattern on this design is very simple. Four rows MC and four rows CC. However, because my contrasting color was black, I decided I wanted more of the main color. So, beginning more or less under the arms, I began the following modification:
   4 rows CC then 4 rows MC  (twice)   
4 rows CC then 6 rows MC (twice)
   4 rows CC then 8 rows MC  (twice)   
4 rows CC then 10 rows MC (twice)   
4 rows CC then 12 rows MC  (once)
I didn’t do the 2nd repeat of the last 12 rows because the length of the piece was where I wanted it. I also incorporated the ribbing into the last 12 rows. This can easily be modified to suit tastes (I.e. begin earlier, or increase both MC and CC —there are lots of possibilities.) “

The Elton Cardigan by Joji Locatelli

The Elton Caridgan by Joji Locatelli is available to purchase on Ravelry or in the shop. It uses 2-4 skeins of fingering yarn and 1-2 skeins of lace-weight mohair, and is available in sizes XS-4XL. We have hand-dyed combinations from Less Traveled Yarn that are perfect for this project. Choose two of the same color for a subtle effect (as in Joji’s picture), or two different colors for a more striking stripe effect, as Joyce did.

New Arrival: Casapinka Perfect Blend MKAL Kits from Dream in Color

We have received a limited number of kits from Dream in Color for Casapinka’s “Perfect Blend MKAL” which begins on July 8. Find details for the MKAL here!
Each kit features 12 100-yard mini skeins of the scrumptious Smooshy with Cashmere base, with goregous colors selected for the ‘tea’ them of this MKAL. Smooshy with Cashmere is 70% superwash merino / 20% fine cashmere / 10% nylon, fingering weight.
You can reserve kits in our online shop. Only 2 of each set are available, so be sure to grab yours now. Click here to go to our online shop, or visit us this weekend.

New Arrival: Forbidden Fiber Co.

We love the gorgeous, saturated colors from Forbidden Fiber Co., hand-dyed in Tennessee.

We’re so excited to welcome Forbidden Fiber Co. to our collection of indie dyers. We had the pleasure of meeting Leann in person at TNNA, and brought back a beautiful collection of her colors on her Fortitude Fingering (100% SW Merino) and Pride Fingering (Merino and nylon with a subtle hint of sparkle!)

She has colors inspired by Harry Potter, Outlander, and Steam Punk, as well as stunning tonals and neutrals. Yarn details below:

Fortitude Fingering:

A soft, strong 4-ply fingering weight yarn.
100% superwash merino
Approx. 435 yards/100 grams
Gauge:7-8 sts = 1 inch on US1-3
Machine Wash Cold/Tumble Dry Low
Hand-dyed in Tennessee
$29

Pride Fingering:

Just a hint of sparkle!
75% superwash merino, 20% nylon, 5% stellina
Approx. 495 yards/4 oz
Fingering weight
Gauge: 7-8 sts = 1 inch on US1-3
Hand dyed in Tennessee
$29

Knit Locally Sweater Society

Knit Locally Sweater Society

When: Every Thursday, 2-6 p.m.

Who: Everyone is welcome.

Cost: Free! Please support the shop by using yarn from the store.

Join our new Sweater Society and create gorgeous knit or crochet garments! Our Sweater Society is a social stitching group focused on all aspects of sweater knitting. Get advice on pattern/yarn selection, measuring for fit, swatching, construction, and finishing. We will motivate you to make it to the finish line with support along the way–all in great company. We will also have special presentations about sweater knitting techniques.
You CAN knit a sweater!

FAQ

What if I’ve never knit a sweater before?

Everyone has to start somewhere! If you can knit, purl, increase, and decrease, you can definitely knit a sweater! Most sweater knitting is just plain knitting and purling.

What do you recommend for a first-time sweater knitter?

Our go-to pattern is Flax by Tin Can Knits. It is an easy, free first sweater pattern that comes in a huge range of sizes.

If that doesn’t interest you, we can recommend other styles.

Can you help me choose a pattern or size?

Absolutely! We would love to help with pattern and yarn suggestions, and will help you measure to determine your size, and suggest modifications for a better fit. Not all bodies were created identically, and that’s what makes us uniquely beautiful.

Does it have to be a sweater? Could it be a top?

Yes, all garments are welcome, from tank tops to cardigans. You are also welcome to knit sweaters for the tiny humans in your life, or your furry friends. Those are great ways to start, since they are so much smaller but use the same techniques.

I can’t come every Thursday. Can I still join?

Please! Whether you visit us every week, or every month, or just when you’re in town, you are always welcome.

Do I really have to swatch?

We are not the sweater police and won’t come after you if you don’t. But at least let us try to convince you why it is a good idea, and give you some tips for swatching success.

 

Upcoming Presentations:

Check back as we announce presentation topics for future society meetings. Have a suggested topic? Contact us to let us know.

 

 

Featured Pattern: Lovella Shawl by Ambah O’Brein

The Lovella Shawl by Ambah O’Brein is knit with 3 skeins of DK (two skeins solid color, one skein speckled.) We have so many beautiful yarns in the shop to choose from!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From the designer:

Be still my heart. Lovella has all the suggestions of a lacy valentine. With contrasting colours in garter row stripes and a delightfully simple section of eyelet, it forms a substantial shawl that curves like an embrace around the shoulders. This charming design in DK weight yarn is quick to knit and begs to be cast on more than once. Knit one for yourself in your favorite colours, then make another for a loved one, tie it up with a ribbon, and send it as a hug.

DIMENSIONS
Wingspan: 102”/259 cm
Depth: 19”/48.5 cm
Measurements taken after blocking.

NEEDLES
US 7/4.5 mm long circular needle, or size required to obtain gauge

We think this shawl would be simply lovely knit in our Yankee Harbor DK! We have a range of one-of-a-kind speckles and complimentary solids for you to find your perfect combo. The shawl requires 3 skeins (2 of a solid MC, and 1 of a speckled CC.) Here are some of our favorites:

Yarn Details:

Yankee Harbor DK

100% Superwash Superfine Merino

250 yards / 115 grams

$26.95 each

3 skein kit + free pattern (through February 25) = $80.85 plus tax

Contact peggy@knitlocally.com for shipping information.

Project Idea: Gryer Shawl by Isabell Kraemer

New Project Spotlight: The Gryer Shawl by Isabell Kraemer

Knit by Peggy

 

From the designer:

“Gryer is a simple but elegant tricolored triangular shawl. It is worked in worsted weight yarn starting at the narrow point of the left edge and increasing on every other row to a full side of the right edge. It is worked predominantly in garter stitch making it super soft and squishy. Eyelet rows and thin stripes are added when shifting to the next color to give it extra interest and the opportunity for individuality.”

Our newest shop sample is the large and luxurious Gryer shawl. This asymmetrical triangle wrap can be worn in multiple ways, and is perfect for cool evenings or crisp days. Worked in worsted weight yarn, it is a fast and mindless knit that will fly off of your needles. Soft and squishy garter stitch is combined with simple eyelet rows that allow the beauty of hand-dyed yarns to take the spotlight in this easy project.

Peggy knit our sample using 2 skeins each of Blue Sky Woolstok in Thermal Spring and Midnight Sea, and 2 skeins of Granola Bar Aran in Dark and Dangerous Teal.  Here are her modifications for adding a striped border design to the final rows, adding a little flair to the finished shawl:

Modifications:
After last eyelet row, to elongate the shawl, I added:
10 rows of garter, alternating 2 each of light blue/dark blue Woolstok, beginning and ending with light blue
6 rows Kim Dyes Yarn
2 rows dark blue
6 rows Kim Dyes Yarn
2 rows dk blue
6 rows Kim Dyes Yarn
2 rows dark blue
2 rows light blue
2 rows Kim Dyes Yarn
BO in Kim Dyes Yarn
We’ve put together some gorgeous color combos featuring Kim Dyes Yarn Cannoli Worsted and either Blue Sky Woolstok or Lorna’s Laces Shepard’s Worsted. Contact us to purchase your favorite, or come to the store to pick out your own stunning selection.
From now until February 18, buy the yarn to make the shawl, and the pattern is our gift to you!

Combo 1: FIg Compote. 4 skeins Blue Sky Woolstok and 1 skein Kim Dyes Yarn Cannoli Worsted $58.75

Combo 2: 4 skeins Blue Sky Woolstok, 1 skein Kim Dyes Yarn Cannoli Worsted $58.75

Combo 3: 3 skeins Kim Dyes Yarn Cannoli Worsted $80.85

Combo 4: 2 skeins Lorna’s Laces Shepard’s Worsted, 1 skein Kim Dyes Yarn Cannoli Worsted. $68.95

Combo 5: 2 skeins Blue Sky Woolstok, 1 skein Kim Dyes Yarn Cannoli Worsted, 1 skein Lorna’s Laces Shepard’s Worsted. $63.85

New Arrival: Welcome Rosy Green Wool Merino d’Arles Organic Yarn

We’re pleased to stock Merino d’Arles yarn from Rosy Green Wool, a 100% Organic Yarn.

Details:

Fingering Weight

218 yards / 50 grams

100% Virgin Wool

100% Organic

$12.95

Click here for a complete list of colors and purchasing options.

The Yarn Story

This new arrival is a truly special yarn with an important backstory. The yarn is made from the wool of the Merino d’Arles sheep from Southern France, one of the softest European sheep breeds. These sheep are guided to mountain pastures every summer, following a centuries-old tradition. The wool from these sheep has a fineness of less than 22 microns. Recently, breeders joined forces with traders to improve quality and adhere to strict rules for keeping the sheep, shearing, and packing the wool. It is then processed by small spinning mill and dyer in England.

This yarn is guaranteed good for the environment, sheep and humans, and is organic-certified by the GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard.) Thie means that:

  • the sheep are kept according to organic farming standards and do not have to suffer painful mulesing surgery
  • the wool production does not pollute the environment with dangerous chemicals
  • energy consumption is controlled and residual waters are cleaned professionally
  • the workers are treated fairly and child labour is prohibited
  • minimum wages and standardised working hours are met
  • the yarn is free from harmful residues

The final design of the yarn and color palettes were chosen in collaboration with international designer Melanie Berg. This color palette is modern and easy to combine into multi-color combinations.

Patterns:

Melanie Berg has designed two shawl patterns especially for this yarn. Both are available for purchase on Ravelry or in-store.

The Verdon Shawl

From designer Melanie Berg:

“Verdon is knit with Rosy Green Wool’s new yarn, Merino d’Arles, and was inspired by the seasonal migration of this traditional sheep breed between Alpine meadows and protected valleys like the stunning Verdon Gorge.It’s a generous rectangular shawl knit from four different colors, using short rows to seamlessly combine textures like stripes and lace into a garment that captures the steep lines and beautiful color play of the Verdon Gorge itself.”

Yarn: 4 colors of Rosy Green Wool Merino d’Arles, 2 skeins each color

Shown in: Mistral, Montagne, Houlette, and Rivière

Click here for a complete list of colors and ordering options.

La Crau Shawl

From designer Melanie Berg:

“For millennia, migratory herds of Merino d’Arles sheep and their humans have roamed the fertile countryside across France, choosing the high meadows of the Alps during the summer and the lush plains of La Crau when winter’s chill hits.

This asymmetrical triangle shawl is knit in Rosy Green Wool’s new Merino d’Arles yarn, and pays tribute to the breed with a playful mosaic stitch pattern and contrast of summery and wintery hues.”

Yarn: 3 colors of Rosy Green Wool Merino d’Arles, 2 skeins of each color

Shown in Mistral, Camargue, and Ocre

Click here for a complete list of colors and ordering options.