Week in Review #2

We survived the deluge this week!  Did all of you?  I thought I might walke up in OZ on Thursday morning, but the purring black cat woke me instead of a cyclone.



Monday we had a relatively quiet night, though delightful company.  The brown is a Center-panel Vest in Reclaimed Cashmere, then a gorgeous feather and fan shawl that Karen is writing up the pattern for in Island Yarn Cashmere Parfait and Debbie Bliss Fine Donegal, and the Double-deco shawl almost finished in Debbie Bliss Fine Donegal and Filatura Gioiello from Nancy.

Btw…the spell checker doesn’t think donegal is a word.  As IF!  Hmph!


Thursday knit night, by comparison, was somewhat of a fun time at the zoo!  :)  Starting at 12 o’clock, going clockwise…a Hitofude in Magenta Pagoda, a skirt in progress from Wren (who else?!), a freshly started pair of leg-warmers inspired by the latest Sundance catalog,  another Hitofude in Midnight Thicket Pagoda, first stripe of a Lucky Cowl, a skirt “renovation” from guess who (?), a Hitofude in Antilles Pagoda, and a sneak peak at our next fun project in Velvet, all backgrounded a finished shawl that you’ll see below!  Shockingly enough, there were 2 more Hitofude‘s that walked in later!



Karen finished that gorgeous purple shawl that was in the Monday knit night picture!  I’ll be sure to post a link when she gets the pattern written up, or you can stalk her here.  Made from Island Yarn Cashmere Parfait and Debbie Bliss Fine Donegal.


She also finished this delicious shawl made from an exclusive in-store hand-dye, Dulcette and Cashmere Parfait.  It is a variation on the Sick Day Pi Shawl and  sooooo very soft and cozy!




And this wasn’t freshly finished, but I was happy to see Jen wearing her awesome Brioche hat to keep warm this blustery week!



And Mary came in to pick up her made-just-for-her Hitofude from Karen!  She was delighted!!



There are three new colors up of our lucky cowl kit!


Chocolate covered Berries






Cloudy Day



You guys shocked me last week with 4:1 saying you prefer metal needles!  I totally prefer metal needles (the more slippery and pointy, the better!), but I’ve felt totally in the minority about this lately.  Wonder what you will all say this week?

And finally….this cat.  The ultra-spoiled cashmere wrapped cat.  She wants you to know that is REALLY is a tough life.  That is all.


Week in Review!

It has been a busy week over here at Island Yarn! Now that the temps are getting chillier, it seems that everyone is gravitating to Cashmere and Bulky yarns. Luckily, that leads to a lot of fun!


First off…knit night on Monday (apologies, distraction made me forget to snap the Thursday knit-night pic):


From 12 Clockwise, we have, a freshly started shawl (which is going to have to get a hair bigger before I can identify it), a highly modified Hitofude to be warm and cozy in Cashmere Parfait, a nearly completely cardigan that hopefully we’ll see in a finished object photo soon, a so-close Hitofude in Antilles Pagoda, a freshly started Aryia in Reclaimed Cashmere, and fabulous progress on a Center-panel vest in Noro Silk Garden Solos.

And for your knit night words of wisdom…We often have a little bit of talk about all the shows we are watching.  The wisdom we gleaned this week from all that talk, don’t use a coupon when finding a hitman.  Two-for-one specials are unlikely to go well.


Jane came in wearing her finished Hitofude in Magenta Pagoda.  Fabulous job!  It was a gift, but I convinced her she needed to break it in (and show off) before shipping it to her lucky recipient.

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This beautiful, freshly designed shawl also came walking in!  Sarah from Subito Farms is the talent behind this one-skein Pagoda shawl.  Not sure she has it written up yet, but pay attention here to get it hot off the press.




And though it is an attic blocking picture, some power knitting lead to finishing a third Hitofude!




Don’t miss the appearance of our Lucky Cowl Kits both in the store and online.  This kit is 100% Reclaimed Cashmere and would make the perfect gift!  Give it to the special knitter in your life, as is, or make up the cowl and give it to a very lucky friend (or maybe realize you’ve earned it this year, and keep it for yourself)!  Tons of great color combos available.   Check out all the details here.

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And really, what is life without pet pictures?

Poof cat had something to add, but was just too darn shy when it came down to it.  2

Yarn Crawl – September 18-21!! Marks your calendars!!

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Our extended hours for 9/18/14-9/21/14:
9/18, Thursday 10am – 8pm
9/19, Friday 10am – 5pm
9/20, Saturday 10am – 5pm
9/21, Sunday 12pm – 5pm

Woohoo! It is crawl time again, and this year we are going color crazy.
Through the crawl enjoy 15% off all Noro and Island Yarn brand yarns! We’ll have yarn tasting stations and loads of samples to inspire you from both Noro and Island Yarn.

Thursday, 9/18 – From 12-2, Gayle will be demo-ing/teaching a moebius cast-on for a delicious new moebius cowl pattern that we have in store. Pick out your yarn, score the free pattern, and learn something too!

In the evening, Wren Ross will be performing from 7-8pm, during our normal knit night hours. We’ll have some snacks and refreshments for you to nibble too. Depending on weather and turn out, we may move outside so throw a folding chair in the trunk just in case. If you have seen Wren sing her wonderfully clever knitting themed songs, you know you don’t want to miss it!

Friday and Saturday, 9/19 & 9/20 – The BIG Noro Days! We’ll have Gail and Nancy here from 2-5 to show you Noro at its fullest potential for both knitting AND crochet. Small and large projects, you’ll see it all. We’ll have free patterns for log cabins blankets, lots of samples to see or try on, and the first 10 Noro buyers each day of the crawl will get a free book (one per person).

Sunday, 9/21 – It’s Hitofude day! Our recent KAL was the fabulous Hitofude cardigan. A wonderful pattern on its own, we thought it might also be a great gateway for making friends with charts. And so, Karen will be here from 1 – 5 for tutorials on chart reading. I also have a faint goal/hope of having Pagoda (our yarn of choice) dyed and ready to go in all 76 of our colors for the crawl!

Free patterns, special prizes, and everything else I forgot to write up! Hope to see you for this fun weekend! :)

Hitofude Knit-A-Long!!

 Hitofude Knit-A-Long


After being taunted with the gorgeousness of this pattern for months, I think it is time to KAL!   It seems like the perfect knit for July…light, lacy and the perfect sweater to have ready just as those August evenings start to cool down again. 

One of the best parts?  It takes just 2-3 skeins of Pagoda which we have chosen as the yarn of choice because of its gorgeous drape, delightful hand, and practical washability.  It is win, win, win! 

 Since we always want to encourage you to buy locally, here is a list of local stores where you can find Pagoda:

Auburn Needleworks

839 Lincoln Way

Auburn, CA 95603

Eileen’s Treasures 

859 Oakpark Blvd.

Pismo Beach, CA 93449


Fiber Frolics

637 First Street

Benicia, CA 94510


Needlepoints West

6227 W. 87th St,

Los Angeles, Ca 90045


A Perfect Yarn

124 U S Hwy 101, North

Crescent City, CA 95531



564 S. Murphy Avenue

Sunnyvale, CA 94086


The Twisted Stitch

400 Foam St, Suite 8

Monterey, CA 93940


A Little Bit Sheepish

2 South Main St.

Berlin, MD  21811


Two Rivers Yarns

17 W. Potomac St.

Brunswick, MD  21716


The Yarn Barn
849 Stillwater Ave
Bangor, ME  04401


Island Yarn Company
85 River St
Waltham, MA  02453


Labor of Love Yarn

246 N Main St

Romeo, MI 48065


StillWater Fibers

302 Market Street

Oxford, PA  19363


Yarn Gallery
628 Penn Ave
West Reading, PA  19611


Baa Baa Sheep LLC

754 West 22nd Street

Norfolk, VA  23517

Knitting B LLC

8801L Three Chopt Road
Richmond, VA  23229



945 Providence Square Shopping Ctr

Virginia Beach, VA  23464


Yarn Explosion

5227 Airport Road

Roanoke, VA  24012



219 S. Duke Street

Shepherdstown, WV  25443


If all of these store are, sadly, out of your reach, you can place a special order here.  The deadline for special ordering is June 16th so that we have hope of getting it to you in time for casting on June 26th!

You’ll see our progress pics on our Knit-night pictures, and we hope that you respond with your progress pics too! 

 If you are curious, I’m going to be using Sea Mist Pagoda.

 Now, don’t be mad at me, but I’m going to get a bit of a head start on you guys just because this is a very cleverly written, seamless pattern, so I want to have worked through a bit before any questions start rolling in.  But you can start plotting and planning…ready, set, go!

Instant Gratification Sale!

Katia Peru, Ella Rae Mega, Cascade 128, and Cascade Magnum are all 30% off this week!  Knock off a few quick projects for yourself or for the ever-looming holiday gift box with these delicious bulky yarns!  I’m planning a pile of cute cable-y hats myself…always great emergency gifts for men or women and satisfy all the instant gratification whims!

Sale ends June 7th.

Happy Patriot’s Day!

Happy Patriot’s Day everyone!  We will be open regular hours today, so if you are on this side on the marathon, come on by!

We will be CLOSED this Saturday, April 26th because will be set up at the Gore Sheepshearing Festival!!  It is just around the corner from the store and a delightful event for adults and kids!  We hope to see you there!  We will have loads of free patterns for you yarn buyers, including 3 brand new ones.  You can take a sneak peak here.
We’ve gotten some delicious new yarns in recently, so if you haven’t come in to check them out, it might be time to come take a feel of NoemaZooeyBloom, and Phoenix!
Our Spring KAL’s are returning on May 8th!  This one is especially great because it can be for knitter’s or crocheters and I’m willing to bet that a whole lot of you have had this in your queue for a while….why not cast it on now?  Lizard Ridge!  And the crochet version is available here – Chameleon.  As always, our KAL’s are free, but we do require that you purchase your yarn at Island Yarn to participate.

Great Boston Yarn Crawl!


We are very, very pleased to be participating in the Greater Boston Yarn Crawl on October 4, 5, and 6th again this year!  It is always such a fun weekend meeting loads of new knitters!  Here’s just some of the fun we have in store for you!

All weekend long:

All Island Yarn brand yarns will be 20% off!  If you haven’t tried our hand-dyes, combo fibers, or reclaimed cashmere, THIS is the time to do it!

With every purchase, you get to draw from our jar of prizes!  Everyone wins!

Sample sale….that’s right!  Don’t think you’re going to get done all those gifts?  Check out our table of samples that we are selling!

Free patterns, tons of inspiration…what better way to kick off fall?

October 4th:  From 11 to 4, our delightful teacher Gayle will be available teaching the Moebius Cast-on!  If you love to knit cowls, this is a must have technique in your arsenal and only takes a few minutes to learn.  She’ll be using in for our Combo Moebius Cowl, which makes a wonderful, quick knit (gift it or keep it for yourself)!

October 5th:  From 2pm to 6pm, A Hundred Ravens will be here with fantastic designer Rachel Henry!  Gorgeous yarns, gorgeous designs….see them on on Saturday!

October 6th: From 1 to 5, another of our local artists that we’ve been stocking will be in!  Kate from Harrison Wheelworks will be here with her wheel, her yarn, and her lovely self!  Come in and meet her and get first dibs on the yarns she is bringing for the crawl!

A word (or a bunch of words) about local businesses

In the past 6-8 months, we have had to say goodbye to many, many local yarn stores in our area.  Some were only around for a few years, some were present in our lives for decades and make us mourn the end of an era when their closure is announced.  It has me thinking a lot about the role of local businesses and worried that many don’t understand.

And I have a confession to make.  I used to not get it.  I used to have an severe Amazon addiction problem, and it probably accounted for about 90% of my spending.  As I grew to know the lys that I eventually bought, I started to understand.  I couldn’t walk into Amazon, feel welcome and liked, and have a rant about my day like I could my lys.  I could get stuff cheap.  And almost anything, to be fair.  I can’t even begin to tell you the piles of junk I got….so very cheap and, well, didn’t need.  But the thing that I couldn’t get and did need?  A neighborhood.  An investment in my life, home, and community.  In fact, now, I feel like every dollar I ever spent online decreased multiple times over the amount of neighborhood connection that I could have gotten by paying a bit more, for better stuff, and the relationships that come with it.  And though I’ve long worried about the deterioration of neighborhoods (being a mother will do that to you) I hadn’t quite understood the role of local businesses until I got to know my lys, and eventually became a lys owner.

There are studies in the world that tell you that local businesses put exponentially more of their money back into the community than their big box/internet counterparts and I believe that to be true.  But it isn’t what I am talking about.  I’m talking about being human.  About the interaction that inevitably happens when you are helping someone learn to fix a dropped stitch and you learn about their child with autism or their spouse with cancer.  I’m talking about the moment when people are allowed to learn, create, inspire and be inspired and be who they are, if they are in a bad place or a good place and to have somewhere that can happen with real live 3D people (no glasses required).  Local businesses are invested.  Not in stocks.  Not in funds.  But in the community and its well being…in you.  Which is more valuable (and since becoming ever-more rare…increasingly more valuable) than anything you could think of.

And when I hear about a competitor closing, it gets tricky.  I know my response on a business level is supposed to be “Yay!  Less competition!”  But as a person, and as a mother, I mourn for the loss of another place that was invested in the community and where people could connect.  And the net result is sadness no matter what the business side of me is trying to convince me of.  And I just hope that it reinvigorates people’s commitment, to their local stores…yarn stores, books stores, restaurants, gift shops, etc…the places that yell “Norm!”  (or yuh know…what your name is) when you walk through the door.

Because at the end of the day, it is a business.  And some part of my (and all local business owner’s) eye ball has to be on the (ehhem) business end because this is how I support myself and my daughter.  And as local icons close their doors, I just hope that some tide will turn, and everyone will start to understand the value of local businesses and care about us as much as we care about you.  Because really, in the end, we are you.