Why Woolstok?!?February 24, 2017
Blue Sky Fibers refers to Woolstok as “The Wonder Yarn”. This is not hyperbole. The yarn has been a favorite since it was introduced last Fall. We were first drawn to Woolstok because of the glorious patterns in the 2016 Blue Sky Look Book, like the 21-Color Slouch, Endless Wrap and Trimont Snood – but we have stayed because of the fiber.
The worsted weight yarn is 100% pure wool. It is breed specific from the fleece of select Peruvian Highland sheep and processed in a state-of-the-art mill. It is strong and sturdy, as you would expect with wool. Yet it is surprisingly soft to the touch and has a remarkably light loft. The stitch definition is dramatic, the yarn is easy to work with and the colors are rich and deep.
Everyone should take a journey through Woolstok. In looking for my next big project the Scandia Throw caught my attention. Everyone needs at least one great throw. It is necessary when the house has a chill in the Fall and Winter or there is too much air conditioning in the Spring and Summer. A wool throw keeps you cozy – and this one is perfection.
As with all things Blue Sky Fibers, the Woolstok is offered with great thought to the knitter and the patterns are designed to make life fun and easy. The neutral colors (cream, brown, light grey, medium grey and dark grey) are offered in large skeins – 3X the yardage of the regular 123 yard single skein.
What this means for the Throw is (hooray) with the neutral colors you need only one single skein for the borders, 3 triples for the body, and one single for the tassels! So few ends to weave in (this makes me very happy).
We offer in our online store the neutrals with some color options (as the one in the picture). But, of course, the world is your oyster and you may play with color to your hearts content. Any way you choose, trust me, this will be the throw everyone will envy! It is a classic.
The pattern is easy and the wool is of the highest quality – one of the most consciously crafted wools on the market. Join us on a journey with Woolstok and see why we are fans. We promise you will be too!
kathy – in wool heaven!January 20, 2017
I am traveling the world without ever leaving my couch. My journey is from Cork, Ireland to the Hebrides Islands and Isle of Man with a side trip to Patagonia. I am using our two newest yarns which are among the softest, most luxurious wool I have ever felt. They are beautiful and there is so much to tell:
Hedgehog Fibres – The unique name comes from the translation of the dyer’s Slovakian name, Beata Jezek – no hedgehogs harmed.
Beata’s colors are spectacular, and range from “dark, rich and earthy to crazy, fluorescent and vibrant “ (her words) depending on her mood! And her mood makes me happy!
Beata now lives in Cork, Ireland, and we are proud to carry her vibrant, hand-dyed yarns.
The yarns are rich in color and oh so soft! I am knitting her Outline Shawl using 5 colors – it is a joy! Easy and never boring, with frequent color changes. The hardest part is choosing your colors!
Rosy Green Heb Merino and Manx Merino from the islands: Fowlescombe Farm in Devon, England, processes wool from the endangered sheep species Manx and Heb (see Patsy’s blog post). The wool is refined with the softest organic merino from Patagonia.
I was somewhat skeptical about how the wool would feel when knit. WOW! The hand of the knit fabric is wonderfully soft! I chose Quicksilver, a Melanie Berg pattern (my third – we like her!) and it is a delight to see the beautiful colors come to life.
For those who can’t visit us in the shop and experience these incredible yarns in person, we’ve created a Quicksilver Shawl Kit in four colorways and a Rheinlust Shawl Kit (another fabulous pattern from Melanie Berg), all available online. We also have new colors from Hedgehog on their way and will be offering the Outline Shawl as a kit in the coming weeks. We’ll keep you posted!
a rare breed indeed!January 13, 2017
If those faces do not excite you…well, that would be sad! With great joy and enthusiasm, we welcome to Knit1 the wool of the Hebridean and Manx Loaghtan sheep. These two glorious animals have been on the endangered species list and their survival depends on the production and sale of the wool they produce. That is just one reason for you to use this amazing fingering weight fiber.
Rosy Green Wool supplies us – just one time a year – with a limited selection from each breed. Their wool is mixed with the softest Patagonian Merino wool (also a rare fiber) to produce a yarn that Kathy exclaims is as soft as any she has used.
I want to tell you everything about these glorious animals but Rosy Green already has described it well and there is no reason for me to edit. If you are interested in reading about endangered species and how they are being saved please use these links. manx merino fine heb merino fine
The yarns are in the Shop in 14 colors – all that are offered. They sell out almost immediately. As I write this, three colors already are unavailable except in the few local yarns shops that may still have them – like Knit1. We can get no more until next year and not in the same colorways.
All of this is to say that what you knit with this great yarn will be beautiful and will come with a rich and extraordinary story.
Celebrate this rare opportunity and rare breeds with us!
Did I say “never socks”?December 15, 2016
Are there two kinds of knitters – sock knitters and never-sock knitters? Maybe life is not that simple but it does seem that those who knit socks love creating them and then there are those others. I am “the other” – the never sock kind.
That is, I WAS a never sock kind. Tina introduced me to the TUBE SOCK. I am now knitting my second fabulous pair. The sock has no heel or toe. It is just one long (or short if you prefer) tube. It required me to learn a new cast on – WOWIE! And I learned to knit using two circular needles. WHY did I not know of this before?!?
Trust me. This two circs thing is the best new thing (I mean new to me) ever. I love it so much that I now am one of those knitters who will always have a sock in my purse so that I am never without something to knit.
Kathy is going to show you the magic of the tubular cast on and the wonder of knitting with two circular needles on Saturday, December 17 from 10:30-Noon OR Thursday, December 22 from 10:30-Noon. ($20 per class) Join us and soon there will be only one kind of knitter – the ones who love socks!
Click here for Knit1 Classes.
Seventh Annual Oxford Fiber Arts FestivalDecember 14, 2016
A new year is approaching and those who love Knit1 Oxford know what that means – the Oxford Fiber Arts Festival! This year, the Yoknapatawpha Arts Council is producing the Festival and we are very excited about what they are doing.
Classes are up, vendors are booked – some new, some familiar. You can learn more about the 2017 Oxford Fiber Arts Festival here.
As in years past, Knit1 will have a booth to sell shop models and the Shop will be open throughout the Festival. Kathy is conducting two very fun workshops on Friday and Saturday.
We hope to see you on January 26-28!
The Absolute Joy of GivingDecember 7, 2016
Last week Lynn and I delivered the nearly 800 hats you created this Fall during our Yarn Bowl Challenge. We brought them all to More Than A Meal. This wonderful organization serves families in our area that are in need. Volunteers bring supper and it is a raucous and happy evening. This particular evening was happier than usual. My only regret is that every one of you could not be there with us.
You had knit and crocheted and loomed nearly 800 hats to give away. We brought them to the dinner. The children were called in to the back room where we had organized the hats into sizes.
They went crazy – in a very good way! They laughed. They loved. They chose just the right fashion statement to fit each personality. They came back and brought younger brothers and sisters. They came back to pick out hats for baby siblings. It was a riot of happiness.
You did a very good thing, our dear knitting community. Look at those smiles.
There may be hats left over which will be brought to the Food Pantry for distribution to more families in need.
This is the Christmas season and you reminded us of what it really means…happy children and giving.
THANK YOU for BEING WONDERFUL!!!!
These are a few of our…November 21, 2016
We like it when you are happy. Making you happy motivates us. Perhaps we cannot help with the big things in your life, but we would like to help you with what brings you peace – your knitting.
At the Shop we see all of the knitting possibilities. We hear, see and feel things and we knit things constantly in an effort to find the best for you.
We thought – why not pass along to you some of our favorite things? Now, with a little help from Britta, who has the brain and moxie to navigate cyberspace, we can do just that. Through a series of emails we will pass along what we have come to love from head to toe – hats, scarves, fingerless gloves, and socks. Each email will include three favorites and each will include patterns suitable for the men in your lives.
Our biggest challenge was to recommend only three. We begin with the simple!
Each item will be offered to you as a kit. All you have to do is decide which one you would like and in which color. You will be able to order from our online shop or, of course, you may call or stop by the Shop. If you do not see exactly what you want – you would like another color or a different fiber than we recommend – we can work that out too.
The first email – 3 of our favorite hats – will go out this week. Our hope is that our favorite things will soon become your favorite things. Enjoy!
Your Local Yarn Shop – Just A Click Away!October 26, 2016
What does one do without a local yarn shop nearby? My growth and courage to take on new knitting challenges is attributable solely to the women of my LYS. I can only imagine how hard it would be without them.
We know that many of you who regularly read our emails do not live near Knit1 or any other LYS. We regret that you cannot spend time at our table and that we do not get to know you better.
We commiserate with your loneliness and understand how difficult it must be to live far from a great yarn shop. We want to help and make it possible for you to become our “local customer” and for us be your LYS.
Of course, you can go online to one of the big box sites and find everything that is available in the fiber world. But there are tangible advantages to buying from an LYS even remotely. While we do not offer everything, we do offer the best of what is possible – a curated experience. We have knit the pattern and worked with the yarn. We offer knowledgeable advice about any elements of the project before you buy. We can wind your yarn so that you can start as soon as it arrives at your door. We soon will have short videos available online so you can meet most challenges in any project. And MOST importantly, we are only a phone call or a visit away for help.
Buying from an LYS whether live or remotely helps the Shop and helps you. It is most definitely a win-win. We hope to be a part of your knitting circle. We may not be in your real neighborhood but we can be your neighbor!
A Lovely Evening at Knit1October 12, 2016
October 12 is the day Lynn and I celebrate our birth. We started together years ago and sharing this day just adds to the magic of our new, but very old-feeling, friendship. We share a birthday and joy, laughter, color, passion, and a mutual delight in knowing each other.
We also are very happy that the last two weeks are over. We had several “circumstances beyond our control” happen to the people we love. Now everyone is pretty much where they should be – in each others lives.
And, in celebration all of that, we had chocolate. That always makes the day go by with a little bit extra joy. It is a perfect Wednesday evening.
We hope you can join us for Knit Night sometime. We chat and laugh and knit. If you are stuck on a project, we help. If you need yarn, we have it for you. If you need chocolate, we can supply that too.
See you at the table.
Welcome Knit Collage to Knit1…September 5, 2016
We can carry on about the joy of Knit Collage. The yarns are dreamy, funky, colorful and full of whimsy. The young company owners and their beautiful small child are so much fun we kept returning to play with them and their fibers at the trade show. The KC designer is a joy who creates delightful fashion pieces. They have built a company with a deep commitment to make fabulous yarn while helping to make the world a little bit better. Each of their yarns is handcrafted with love and care.
The truth is that until you can touch the yarn for yourself, the pictures say all you need to know. We have the yarns available to make any of these glorious pieces and more. Get your big needles ready!
Knit Collage Trunk Show
Tuesday, September 13
4 – 6 pm