Thursday, May 31, 2007

Beautiful Yarn

Today's beautiful yarn shot is brought to you by Colinette. These are the folks that make the "Absolutely Fabulous Throw Kit". This shot is one cubby full of Point Five. Thick-thin yarn, it comes in skeins, and knits up quickly at 2 stitches per inch.
It is decidedly different. It is dramatic, and colorful, and wonderful. Come and see it in person. You will have dreams about it afterwards.

Friday, May 25, 2007

Gauge Talk

The single thing we talk about the most in the store is gauge. How something will fit or look, or how big something will be is critical to the success of the project. There is such a wide variety of terminology that has been used to describe weights of yarn that it can be daunting. What is "baby" yarn?
The Craft Yarn Council of America has set out a standard chart to try to remove some confusion. Some designers have adopted this chart for their patterns, notably, Sally Melville, for one. And some yarn companies have started using these symbols on their label.
The existence of a chart just highlights the fact that there is some discrepancy. European yarns are discussed using words like DK and Aran. And while "DK" yarn is pretty consistantly 22 stitches over 4 inches, I have heard "bulky" used to describe about half the store.
As always, if you have any questions about gauge or needle size, we would be happy to discuss them with you, and help you to pair up yarns that would be successful with patterns. That is our pleasure. After all, yarn shopping vicariously is the single greatest thing about working at a knitting store!

Monday, May 21, 2007

Maker Faire recap

We had a great time at the Maker Faire last weekend. Bunnie was in town helping. And Kathy demoed for HOURS on end! We had a lot of fun! The Makers and Crafters that we saw there presenting have definitely taken things to new levels. There was some amazing silk screening, some great needle felting, and of course, robot wars and power tool races. It was an amazing weekend on the whole.

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Maker Faire

This weekend is the Maker Faire! It is a mix a wonderful mix of robots, electronics, and the almighty "craft". Noe Knit will be there with a booth and some fun stuff. It's at the San Mateo fairgrounds and sounds like it will be the high school science fair meets the state fair. We'll be in the building called the "Craft Pavillion". That sounds like a slice of heaven to me!

Sunday, May 06, 2007

Mr. & Mrs. Cornish!

Congrats Susi & Rob!