Tuesday, August 19, 2014

The Habu Department + Japanese Knitting and Crochet

Many years ago I came across a Japanese Knitting book in a book store.  It was exquisite -- like Haiku -- evocative and perfectly crafted.  Ever since, I've been enamored of Japanese crafts.  I'm always hunting for things Japanese so when I discovered Habu I was smitten.  Slowly, we have created quite a collection of their beautiful yarns.  Often customers will come in and ask what they can make with the cones of yarn with the lovely little paper labels.  We now have a vast resource of patterns we've been collecting to help guide you. 

While at the Needle Arts Trade show in May, I chanced on a company from California that sells unusual accessories and books and they had a first-rate selection of Japanese knitting and crochet books.  I ordered the titles that intrigued me most and I'm not disappointed -- they are endlessly inspiring.  I hope you'll come in and look at them and the Habu yarns and embark on one of these compelling projects.


Saturday, July 26, 2014

Knit 1 Hearts Chicagoland Yarn Crawl!

It's July and new yarn and samples are coming through the door at lightning speed!?  It can only mean one thing -- Yarn Crawl starts next weekend.  Here are the highlights:

Friday, August 1 from 6PM - 8PM Customer Appreciation Party
We will be debuting a limited edition, Private Label Knit 1 Yarn.  It's exclusive and artisanal and gorgeous.  The party features door prizes, a $50 gift certificate for the winner of the evening's raffle, refreshments and a chance to pick up your Passport.

We are featuring the wonderful yarn and concept that is Shibui.  Come see a selection of model garments made with mixes of Shibui fiber.  The mix idea, in the words of Shibui fuses modern taste with classic silhouettes, creating a line of elegant and functional designs.  Affordable luxury yarns and inventive, elegant patterns with  creative and accomplished designers like Julie Hoover, Kirsten Johnstone and Lori Versace just to name a few, is what Shibui is all about.  On Wednesday, August 6 you will have a chance to explore the concept yourself during The Mix Party.  Each participant receives mini skeins of each fiber.  You will have the chance to try your own mixes and try on garments; it's akin to mixing paint colors, but it's fiber!  This party is for knitters of every level and budget; you can't make a mistake and you can make a wonderful and unique piece for under $50.  There is a $10 charge for participating, but you can apply it to your Shibui purchase of $20 or more on the day of the party. Please call to register 773-244-1646 or send me an email at info@knit1chgo.com.

A new shipment of Madelinetosh is in the house!  We also have a fantastic selection of Jul closures, a great selection of the new Addi Rocket needles and a whole lot more!  And as with each Yarn Crawl, everything in the store is 10% off. 

We love Yarn Crawl and we can't wait to see all of you friends, new and old!


Sunday, June 22, 2014

Anzula Takes it on the Road (and brings it to us!)

Just when you thought summer in Chicago was all fests and no knitting along comes the Anzula Trunk Show!  Sabrina from Anzula is coming to Knit 1 this Wednesday, June 25 from 4PM - 7PM.  She's driving here from California to visit us.  Judging by her pictures she's got suitcases loaded with product and sample garments.  At the moment, we only carry 2 of Anzula's yarns, our beloved Cricket and the lovely lace weight Breeze, so we are excited to see the rest of her line in all of her hand dyed colors.  Please join us for this special opportunity to see and buy their beautiful yarns and meet Sabrina.  If you have projects in mind bring your patterns and we'll help you with yarn amounts.  We also have lots of patterns that we know will produce beautiful garments, so we're happy to help you choose a project.

Happy Summer Solstice,