Big Apple Bound!

These lovely ladies set off on Monday for a two-week long trip across the country! 

Sabrina & Lacie have the truck packed with yarn!

Sabrina & Lacie have the truck packed with yarn!

Hopefully you Coloradans follow us on Facebook, because Sabrina posted info about a surprise trunk show at My Sister Knits yesterday! Those lucky knitters were the first to get their hands on our extremely limited run of variegated yarn. 

If you're on the East Coast, it's no surprise, you'll be able to visit the trunk show at one of these great shops:

Saturday, 7/26 - Flaming Ice Cube, Boardman, OH - 3 to 6 p.m.

Tuesday, 7/29 - Knit New Haven, New Haven, CT - 3 to 6 p.m.

Wednesday, 7/30 - Yarn Barn, Woodbridge, CT - 3 to 6 p.m.

Friday, 8/1 - The Village Knitter, Babylon, NY - 5 to 8 p.m.

Saturday, 8/2 - The Knitting Place, Port Washington, NY - 12 to 3 p.m.

Sunday, 8/3 - Do Ewe Knit, Westfield, NJ - 1 to 4 p.m.

Monday, 8/4 - Annie & Co., New York, NY - 4 to 7 p.m.

Will we see you there? Come visit us on Facebook, Instagram, or Ravelry - we love to see what you're knitting/crocheting/spinning/weaving!

Meet the Yarn: Cloud

Over the next couple of months, I will be sharing short posts about each of our yarns in a lead up to our sweater KAL/CAL in October. Many of us at the warehouse will be knitting a sweater during that month, whether from a pattern or the 30 Day Sweater plan, and we hope you'll be joining us!

When Sabrina first decided to start dyeing Cloud, she wasn't sure what to call it. The only thing that seemed fitting was to call it Heaven. It was Chris from Urban Sheep that told her "it's as soft as a cloud," and the rest is history.

Glacier Point by Irish Girlie Knits, shown in Charcoal, Taffy, and Seaside.

Glacier Point by Irish Girlie Knits, shown in Charcoal, Taffy, and Seaside.

Cloud is a light fingering-weight yarn. Although it works well in some lace-weight applications, it is slightly too heavy to be considered a lace-weight, due to its body and bounce. It is a soft two-ply, and unlike most of our other yarns, it is plied for luxury rather than heritage. It is not plied so loosely that it is difficult to knit with ("splitty"), but it is also not plied tightly enough to really resist showing wear over time. 

It has good stitch definition for lacework, and is great for light shawls and sweaters. Sabrina had originally advised against using it for socks, but then Purl Soho released the Perfect Fit Socks. Knit at this gauge, she was impressed with the crispness, and now we are happy to advise that with proper care, you can create incredibly lightweight and luxurious socks with Cloud. 

Perfect Fit Socks by Purl Soho, shown in Seaside. 

Perfect Fit Socks by Purl Soho, shown in Seaside. 

Each skein has 575 yards, which will knit a medium-sized shawl. Sweaters can be knit from just 2 or 3 skeins. 

Knit an Anthi in any size written, in fewer than 3 skeins! Anthi pullover by Hilary Smith Callis, shown in Mulberry. 

Knit an Anthi in any size written, in fewer than 3 skeins! Anthi pullover by Hilary Smith Callis, shown in Mulberry. 

It is our lightest weight MCN. MCN is our shorthand for our Superwash Merino, Cashmere, and Nylon blend. What's great about our MCNs? Obviously, the inclusion of Cashmere lets you know that this yarn will be soft. Our mill also works to find the highest quality Superwash Merino to supplement that softness. Cashmere has a short staple, so the addition of a high quality Nylon adds more strength to the yarn. 

Find Cloud today at your LYS or online. If your LYS doesn't carry Cloud, or not in the colorway you'd like, be sure to ask them about placing a special order for you!

Unboxing the Schacht Cricket Loom

It's no secret that we're Schacht fans. Charlie was interested in trying out one of their spinning wheels at TNNA and she brought me along to their booth, remembering my idle interest in weaving. I tried the Cricket loom and fell in love instantly, but I thought of the limited space in my house as well as the lengthy knitting queue I have, so I reluctantly pulled myself away from the booth. Fast forward several months. Denise from Schacht was visiting family in Fresno and she stopped by to visit us. I was floored when she brought along a loom! It was so thoughtful; I was so excited!

I was also a little nervous. It's one thing to do a couple of passes while an expert weaver is standing behind you; it's quite another to warp and weave a project from start to finish on your own. Weaving has its own elaborate language that I am going to have to learn. And that was before I really thought about... I'm going to have to put this thing together.

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My skills with assembly are so-so. I wouldn't say I'm completely inept at it, but the door on my nightstand doesn't open, and assembling a piece of flat-pack furniture with my husband once really took our marriage bond to the limit. So I looked at the loom, unopened, for a couple of weeks before deciding to jump in. 

With some trepidation, I popped the box open. I think I was still hoping that Schacht had developed space-bending technology to make the inside of the box big enough for the assembled loom, TARDIS-style.

I had so many ideas for woven projects, though, I had to press on and start assembling the loom.

First I set out all of the pieces to make sure I had them all. They easily fit on a card table, as you can see in the photo. The only item not included in the box that you will need is a Phillips-head screwdriver. I have also read others' suggestions to use a power tool to screw the loom together, but I managed just fine with my standard screwdriver. 

I took a deep breath, read through the instructions, and started assembling. I was amazed at how quickly it came together. All of the pieces fit really well together - none of the holes were drilled crookedly, or anything like that. All of my worries were for nothing.

The only step that gave me a little pause was how to attach the apron cords. Thankfully I was able to find help on YouTube and was able to very quickly get back to assembly.

I was able to assemble the loom, warp it, and start weaving my first project in a single evening. Two more sessions of weaving later, and I had completed my first scarf. 

My reasons for not getting a Cricket earlier proved unfounded. The Cricket takes up very little room - I was able to make a place for it on a (deep) shelf. And although it might not do much to shorten my knitting queue, it will definitely be quickly reducing both my stash and my gift queue! 

I'm looking forward to sharing more of my weaving adventure with you. Are you a weaver? Visit our Ravelry group to share your projects and thoughts about weaving with Anzula!