Scarf Yarns

Saturday, January 21, 2017


I had a great day in San Jose at TNNA but it was a long day. I've been up since 3:30.
The Prism booth is always a treat. This shawl is knit with Delicato. The yarn is made of 100% Tencel. It is smooth and silky. Tencel is tens times more absorbent than cotton, stretches less than rayon and is environmentally friendly.
Laura Bryant's colours are amazing. We have 6 different colourways coming for the shawl. 
Laura's sweater from Vogue Knitting. We have kits in the store - it's gorgeous.
These are the new colours from Freia Fibers. More on those tomorrow. I haven't had a proper meal today so I'm going to hit Publish and head to California Pizza Kitchen.  

Friday, January 20, 2017

Hello Vegas

The flight to Vegas this morning was good. A bit rough but I knit the whole way. Cathy's bag is the perfect size. Three 50gram skeins of sock yarn. Needles. Pattern. A small bag of pretzels. Everything you need when traveling. 
The view from my room isn't very good this time but there won't be much time in the room. It is grey and raining. And only 8C. Not much better than at home.
Tonight is an early night. My flight to San Jose leaves at 6:45 in the morning. Then I'll be running to see everything. And get lots of pictures. I'm getting excited!

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Another FO

It's finished. All the ends are sewn in. I love it. I was going to take it with me but I've left it hanging in the store.

Pattern: Building Blocks (purchased on Ravelry)
Yarn: 4 skeins of tosh merino light

Mr. FedEx brought in two huge boxes from Blue Sky Fibers this afternoon.

We are well stocked on Royal Petites.

100% Royal Alpaca. There are 91m on a 35gram ball and you need 2 balls to make any of these great accessories.

The Countess Mitts.

The Catherine Cowl.

The Buckingham Hat.

I've knit with the Royal Petites and the yarn feels great in your hands. It feels even better when you wear it.

Wow. The instructors for the Toronto Knitters Frolic look amazing!

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.