• heavenly yarns

We've had a lot of new yarn arriving in the past few weeks and we are trying to get them all on the website. Some of the yarns have been around -- tried and true -- as we say. Others are yarns we loved from years ago that left our shop when their sales reps went away. We tried to get a variety of new yarns with a range of price points. We will introduce them to you in our newsletters as we make them available on our website; however, most of them are already on our shelves. (Putting new yarn on our shelves means that more yarn has been put in our sale section.) Vento is a new dk weight yarn by Berroco. It is very soft, lightweight and warm, and has nice colors and a good price point.

If you haven't knit lace before, the Maze Mitts pattern may be a good first project because the pattern is charted as well as having written instructions. Worked in Vento, the bloom of the yarn makes for a cozy pair of mitts and the lace pattern shows up beautifully. Another option would be to do a little stash diving. Do you already have some Kidsilk Haze or thin mohair? Add it to some fingering weight yarn (or thicker yarn for a big hand) and try this pattern out! Mohair, or a brushed yarn like Vento, fills in the holes that the lace creates.

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  • heavenly yarns

If you have never worn fingerless mitts, we encourage you to make a pair! They are a perfect accessory when you are outdoors in the fall and spring (or in the winter if you live in warmer climates). If you live in a cool house, a finely knit pair worn inside will keep you warm and won't get in your way while doing tasks such as paperwork, keyboarding or reading. We spent many hours on Ravelry trying to find both knit and crochet (free) patterns that are interesting but somewhat of a mindless project for this busy time of year. We will be sharing these in this newsletter and the next. And of course they will be on display at the shop.

We knit Onyx Mitts with one skein of Lana Grossa's Cashmere 16 Fine. This pattern was designed for a cashmere blend yarn so we just had to knit with a cashmere blend too! This yarn is so soft, and the resulting mitt is simple elegance -- and a price point that is more reflective of wool than cashmere. A sport weight yarn is a perfect weight for an indoor mitt in a cool house.

Dead Simple Fingerless Mitts are an easy crochet pattern. If you are new to crochet or want to bravely jump right in, consider this pattern! Noro's Silk Garden gave us the perfect opportunity to have some color fun with this mitt pattern. We needed to work with a hook one size up because the yarn was aran weight, slightly too heavy for the recommended hook size. The mitts came out lovely and they fit a larger hand.

  • heavenly yarns

Oceanside Shrug is a new pattern by Alice Dunn Smith, who visits our shop a few times a year.

If you are a fairly new knitter, or someone who has shied away from knitting a fitted garment like a sweater, a shrug may be the bridge you are looking for. It is also a practical garment: useful for a cool summer evening in Maine, a cold air-conditioned room, or for days in the spring and fall. Our shrug is knitted with three skeins of Peace Fleece DK, which currently has most colors on back order. However, since the gauge of this pattern is 5 sts = 1", any heavy dk or worsted weight yarn would work.