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,

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

On Needles and Off

We had a fantastic time at TNNA.  We saw lots of new products:  yarn, patterns, closures even new needles!  Some things have already come in like the fantastic closure pictured below from Jul.  We couldn't wait to start knitting with it all.  Here are some photos of a few things we've been working on.  I couldn't resist going outside to snap pictures, it's just so nice out, finally!

Jul leather closure on The Boyfriend Sweater designed by Wendy Bernard*
Ridgeline by Andrea Marquis knit in Shibui Staccato
Gorgeous Cabled Tank in All Seasons Cotton
Building in Color -- a class starting on June 15th
*Wendy has a new book!  It's my favorite of the new books Up, Down, All-Around.  A compendium of stitch patterns with instructions for knitting them from the bottom up, the top down or in the round.  So many ideas swirling in my head while swatching from this cool (mine's autographed!) new addition to the library.

Please stop in and see us on your way to the garden center.  If it's hot out, our air is on.  Plus, new classes online designed to work with your summer schedule.


Thursday, April 24, 2014

Spring + Road Trip

Thanks to our friends, A Vintage Bloom, we have new planters!  I'm just so happy to see color outside the store.  Has anyone else noticed that as the seasons and the light change your personal palette changes?  I'm gravitating to lighter colors, more pale neutrals and less saturated shades.  We got our new shipment of Ultra Pima Cotton and there are some really pretty colors and they all look great together.  The pale blues and greens are fantastic and I love this yarn for crochet.  It makes really great market bags.

We decided to carry Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino.  The Cashmerino Aran is such a great go-to yarn for all things baby that we thought you all would like the sportweight version.  There are over 30,000 projects using it on Ravelry, and many of them free.  Check it out here.

Next weekend we'll be closed while we're at the Needle Arts show in Indianapolis.  We'll be checking out trends in the knitting and crochet world plus ordering inventory for fall and winter.  I can't wait to see what's new, hot and trendy.  I'll Tweet and post on Facebook while we're gone. 

My goal for today is to post all the new classes on the website.  If not today, then tomorrow.  And, if anyone wants a class comment or email me, we are always looking for inspiration from all of you!  Just to tempt you, there's going to be Building in ColorBuilding Blocks was really popular and people who took it have grown their skills exponentially. 

In the meantime, enjoy the transition to spring!