Scarf Yarns

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

New Arrivals

A newsletter went out this morning. Before it goes I have Beth look at it to make sure there aren't any mistakes. She saw the 21 Color Slouch from Blue Sky Fibers and asked me to bring her a kit. Expensive proof reading :)

Magnetic Boards are back in stock. We received just a few and more are coming next week.
This indispensable pattern holder is a handy way to keep and display patterns and charts while working on a project. Useful for all knitters, but a “must-have” for lace knitters, especially
Convenient tool for keeping patterns close and easy to read
Easy to fold and unfold for storage; Lays flat when folded
Can stand upright when folded open, vertically or horizontally
Snap closure insures that materials inside stay neat and put
Extremely strong magnets keep patterns and/or charts in place
One extra long magnet strip also works as an indicator guide
Handy pocket holds patterns and charts
Pen pocket keeps marker close at hand
Black poly-jacquard fabric is sturdy and easy to keep clean
A very large box of Opal sock yarn arrived today.


Now it's time for laundry. I need to start thinking about what's going into the suitcase tomorrow night.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017


Madelinetosh is getting ready to dye an order for us. It is going to be big. 1550 skeins. That's a lot of yarn.

Here are a few of the new colours coming in merino light.
Bronze Age

February is going to be a big month for shipments. Hedgehog is getting ready to dye our next order. LITLG. Lorna's Laces...

I'm going to be a responsible person and finish a project on my trip. This is the 3 Color Cashmere Cowl in Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock. There will be knitting on the plane but not much during the trip. I think there could be some yarn coming home from the show as well so I'll have something for the ride home should I finish the cowl. How do you like my bag? It was a Christmas gift from Cathy - she made it. She's been hoarding the knitting fabric and I was lucky to be the recipient of some. It's the perfect size for plane knitting.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Find Your Fade

It's done and all the ends are sewn in. I'm not blocking it before I go for fear that it won't be dry in time.

Pattern: Find Your Fade (purchased on Ravelry)
Yarn: 7 skeins of Hedgehog Sock

This Bonnie Bishoff shawl pin is perfect.

I really, really loved making this shawl. There will be more in my future. You are joining a new colour before you get bored with the last one. 

Now I need to figure out what I'm taking to knit on the plane. I want to start something new but the Ambah O'Brien Mystery KAL starts in a few weeks. Okay, who am I kidding? I'll start two projects :)

Sunday, January 15, 2017


There will be a new yarn coming our way in February.
Life in the Long Grass
We are an Irish artisan hand dyed yarn and art studio in the countryside in Ireland. I am a keen knitter and was taught to knit and crochet by my Mum and our crafty neighbour Mrs Ryan. I love working with natural fibres and incorporate them in our home and what we wear as much as possible.

We worked as a graphic designer (Caroline) and architect (Jonny) in London and Spain before moving back to Ireland and living in the countryside – from there it was a natural transition to take our love of colour, art and design and apply it to our love of yarn.
All the yarn in our first shipment will be Fine Sock 75/25
75% Superwash Merino & 25% Nylon, 4ply Fingering weight yarn, 425m (467 yards) and 100g
75/25 4ply yarn is smooth, soft and the most durable sock yarn making it the perfect choice for all projects:  socks, baby clothing, shawls, cardigans, and sweaters.  The softness and drape is fab next to the skin.
As I was downloading the pictures of the yarn for the website I kept thinking to myself "that would look beautiful in Find Your Fade."
There will be semi-solid colourways as well.

This is just a sample of the great colours coming. There will be 13 mottled colours and 15 solids. Watch for updates here and on our Instagram account - needleemporium.

I cast off the last stitch just as the football game was ending. Tomorrow we'll sew in the ends and then I'll get more pictures.

Saturday, January 14, 2017


I made it to the last colour. Two football games, hockey and golf have been perfect for knitting. I have less than 30 rows and it's finished.

I was going to write about a new yarn coming in February but now it's late so I'm just going to give you a teaser and I'll tell more tomorrow.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Ambah O'Brien Mystery KAL

It's always a good day when new yarn arrives.

From Lang
Our classic amongst the multi-coloured yarns: now in a wheel-like cake. With the 200g presentation you will have fewer breaks in the colour sequence. The latest shades display more matte-shiny effects and even more complex colour combinations. You will be enchanted!
50% virgin wool
50% acrylic
380m in a 200gram cake
6-7mm needles
$40 a cake
One cake will make the hat, cowl and fingerless gloves. The pattern is purchased on Ravelry.

Wendy Evolution kits arrived earlier this week.
Scarf/shawl kit in a box. Super soft, hand knotted colour changing yarn (the colour change is produced by dyeing each colour separately and then hand tying set lengths of yarn together), packaged to work straight from the box.

Ambah O'Brien is hosting a Mystery KAL starting the beginning of February.
Choose 3 skeins of gorgeous sock yarn and head over here to join Ambah and friends in a fun mystery knit-a-long. Over 6 weeks, four clues will reveal a shawl, that will keep you guessing. Enjoy the company of others as you solve the mystery and finish yours on time to be in the running to win some great prizes.
Ambah is one of my favourite designers and we have lots of her shawls hanging in the store. Her patterns are very well written and I highly suggest joining the fun. Here is a link to her designs on Ravelry so you can see her work...

I'm almost finished the sixth colour on Find Your Fade. A bit of knitting tonight and then lots on the weekend. I hope to have it finished by Sunday evening. Speaking of Sunday evening - the next season of Homeland is starting. 

Thursday, January 12, 2017


Churchmouse Yarns took their very popular Shoulder Cozy Pattern and adapted it for Rowan's Brushed Fleece. 3 balls is all you need and it's on sale in the store right now for $10.13 a ball. You need to purchase the original pattern (in the store or on Ravelry) and then download the addendum from the Churchmouse website.
We’ve called it a capelet. And a poncho. And a cowl. And perhaps … a snood? We’ve always wondered what would happen if we just kept knitting away at our cherished Shoulder Cozy. Now we know! It’s a Cozy that doubles as a cowl for those colder days.

And using only one strand of Rowan’s Brushed Fleece, it is a generously fluffy guard against the frigid chill of mid-winter. A super soft blend of extra-fine merino wool and baby alpaca, Brushed Fleece is chunky and insulating, but remarkably light. The easy garter stitch has a rustic charm in this range of natural colors and ensures you’ll soon be all snuggled up in your Cozy.

Mr. Canpar just brought in a huge box of Pompoms.

We received 15 colours of the 10cm pompoms.

24 Cream/Black

27 Grey

12 Berry

 10 Petrol

 23 Azure
5 Silver
The Spicer Hat from Blue Sky Fibers would look great with a pompom on it.

In the 13cm pompoms we received 5 colours including Aubergine.

This is the size that we put on Beth's hat.

We've been waiting a while for these and I have no clue if/when we can get anymore. If you're looking for pompoms, please don't wait.