June 21, 2017

The Skinny and the Fat

The Skinny and the Fat We have a couple new arrivals at Wool & Grace that have me tickled beyond belief.  Blue Sky Fibers’ Skinny Cotton and Loopy Mango are two yarns that have been on my radar since I first started knitting.  When I was a newbie, these brands and yarns were on my radar, but I didn’t have access via my local yarn shops.  I’d flip through the glossy pages of Vogue Knitting, see ads or projects and think “I want to do that.”  I never did… but now that they are both at Wool & Grace I ABSOLUTELY WILL!!! Ok, I’m going to get my excitement under control and tell you why I love this stuff so much. Loopy Mango is the brand that brought super fat yarns to the market.  This trend is everywhere now, but they were the innovators, and they still happen to make the best quality version of the product.  I personally love their basic super-bulky yarn, Merino No. 5, because one can’t help but make something that is chic and fun.  I […]
June 21, 2017

Needlepoint Love from TNNA and Beyond

Needlepoint Love from TNNA and Beyond A big part of TNNA for Wool & Grace is checking out the needlepoint canvases and bringing a bunch home.  It makes all the difference to see these in person, and it’s why we’re reluctant to just order from vendors based on pictures and books.  This year, fewer needlepoint vendors were at TNNA – sad for us – but we still found some beautiful and fun stuff to bring home.  Plus, we just received a fantastic order from the gals at Tess & Thorn, with their reliably modern and fresh pieces!   Kate Dickerson always brings us great needlepoint canvases.  Her bright, light-hearted designs are fun (and easy) and always find an easy place in the home.  We brought home some lovely floral tray inserts (and we have new trays to accompany them) and eyeglass cases.  For sailing buffs, we have a great “Keep Calm and Sail On” canvas – an easy project for any  skill level.  We also love a bright Kilim motif.     Voila Designs has awesome kits, which are absolutely […]
June 15, 2017

Shibui Trunk Show at Wool & Grace

Shibui Trunk Show at Wool & Grace Patty and I had a lot of excitement over the weekend at TNNA (did anyone see our pics of the alpacas!?!) – but we’re going to hold off on getting into all of that and talk about the Shibui S/S 2016 Trunk Show that is at Wool & Grace until July 1.  It’s easy to admire these things in photograph. The only tough part about appreciating them in person is deciding which one (or ones, in my greedy case) you have to make.  We hope you stop by to see these amazing pieces in person.  To be able to touch and experience the beauty of the Shibui fabrics firsthand is completely different than seeing them in pictures. Spectrum is the biggest no brainer of the bunch.  This pattern can be knit up as a scarf or shawl.  One of our knitters brought in her finished Spectrum scarf a few weeks ago and I almost lost it out of sheer excitement.  The combination of Silk Cloud with the cotton Rain makes a fabric with […]
June 7, 2017

Knitting in Pieces

Knitting in Pieces As a sweater knitter, I got hooked with the top-down construction, making tiny/adorable sweaters for my kids.  Top-down, seamless construction is a little like magic: you follow the directions and knit non-stop, and when it’s all said and done, you have a sweater!  And since seaming and finishing often feels like a tedious last step, it’s nice to forgo that altogether.  However, the more sweaters I knit, the more I appreciate knitting sweaters in pieces, and there are a few reasons for this. To begin, I think it’s easy to see what you’re doing when you knit your pieces flat.  When you have 200 stitches on a circular needle, it’s sometimes difficult to see where you did your last increases on your raglan or yoke shaping.  When you’re knitting the back or sleeve of your sweater, it’s relatively easy to lay it flat, look at the piece as a whole, and keep track of where your knitting is going.  Although I learned to knit sweaters top-down and in one piece, I am realizing that a lot of […]