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Because you have been very, very good this year…

The Yarn Spot has lots of wonderful new yarns and gift ideas! We have stocked up on old favorites like Dragonfly Fibers–beautiful, local, hand-dyed yarn to make your projects sing. Or Baby Alpaca Grande, the world’s softest, squishiest bulky for a last-minute treat of a scarf or cowl.  Simpliworsted and CoBaSi from Hikoo are overflowing with beautiful colors. But we didn’t stop there. We have beautiful new yarns from Araucania–Huasco Chunky and DK are both lovely artisan-dyed 100%… read more »

FAQs about KALs, CALs, MCALs, and MKALs

1. What is a KAL/CAL? A knit-along/crochet-along is when multiple stitchers make the same project at the same time, which is fun and helpful. It is interesting to see what other people are doing and to talk over questions about the pattern together. 2. What is an MKAL/MCAL? The addition of the letter M is for mystery. A mystery knit- or crochet-along means that the stitcher doesn’t know exactly what the finished product will look like. The pattern… read more »

Our Apologies!!

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Baby Knitting, the Second

Hats are one of the first things I think of when I want to knit a baby gift. They are quick and often easy. And there is a wide variety of patterns to chose from. Some of them are classic– Simple Baby Hat                                     Baby Beanie Others reveal a cruel truth. We can’t resist putting babies in goofy hats because they look so cute in them. And, they can’t say no.  For example–                                         Little Mouse Hat                                                                                      Fauxhawk Baby… read more »

Oooh, Baby!

As you have undoubtedly heard if you have been anywhere near me lately, I am going to become a grandmother soon! From the moment my daughter told me I have been thinking of little else. What to knit for the baby; which patterns and yarns do I want to use?  Hats, sweaters, blankets, and booties are falling from my needles. Since many of you knit baby things from time to time I’d like to share what I have… read more »

Fall Yarns and Inspiration

Are your fingers itching to have yarn flowing through them? To have your needles and hooks busy once again? We thought so. Back in May when Victoria, Marianne and I went to TNNA this is what we were plannning for. And every day for a while now the boxes have been coming in. Big ones and small. From old, familiar companies and newbies alike. Bringing to us all the things we thought you would love and be inspired… read more »

Tweed-le-Dee-Dee

I love fall. The colors, the cool weather, the pumpkin spice lattes. And tweed yarns seem to me to perfectly capture all that is good about the season. A touch rustic, a tad masculine, and oh so British. And so, thanks to me, The Yarn Spot is brimming over with beautiful tweeds. Let me introduce you! On the finer end of things we have Kenzie from Hikoo and Felted Tweed DK from Rowan. These offer a more subtle… read more »

Flags, Fireworks, and Dragonfly Fibers

We are excited to announce that we are becoming Dragonfly Fibers’ Flagship Store! That means that we will always have a generous supply of all Dragonfly base yarns in many, many colorways. There will be models in every base and some to try on a variety of needles at our new yarn bar.  The installation event will take place Friday, July 4th from 9 AM to 3 PM, followed by an entire celebratory weekend! On Friday the 4th… read more »

Guest Post: Ito Yarns

We are so lucky to have talented and generous staff members.  When  we received a shipment of Ito yarns, a new to us and to the US Japanese yarn company, Norah Howley volunteered to knit a sample.  She choose the Irokata Tee and has made a beautiful and wearable summer top. A great addition to her wardrobe (when we let her have it back!)  Here are the details: From Nora: Many of us have come across a pattern… read more »

Summer Stitching

What do you like to make in the summer? I know some stalwarts who keep working on the woolies–sweaters, blankets and the like.  They are the prepared among us. Some turn to socks and, you have to admit, socks are pretty great for summer. Lightweight and portable, and yet hours of stitching fun.  And sock yarns and patterns range from staid barristers to crazy clowns. Socks for Him     or   Drip Candles     Sock yarn… read more »

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