Introducing: Serenity

We're so happy to introduce Serenity!

Serenity in Hippo, Freesia, Charcoal, and Saffron

Serenity in Hippo, Freesia, Charcoal, and Saffron

Serenity is a fingering weight yarn made 4 plies of of creamy white cashmere. We had it twisted just enough to create a yarn that will be more durable than many cashmere yarns, yet still unbelievably soft, and also plump and round so that every stitch pops.

We made this yarn with stitchers of all types in mind. We wanted it to be a dream to work with. (And trust me, it is. I stretched out my secret sample knit for as long as possible).

The stitch definition on this yarn is incredible.

Serenity knit.

Serenity knit.

Just look at those cables! 

Are you dyeing to try out this yarn? (We really can't help ourselves).

You'll see this yarn appearing in shops this month, just in time to start making luxuriously cozy treasures for fall and winter. We recommend keeping these for yourself, although a particularly knitworthy/crochetworthy/weaveworthy loved one would treasure whatever you make from Serenity for-ev-er. Maybe you should make two... ya know, just in case. ;)

Serenity in Hippo, Lapis, and Elephant.

Serenity in Hippo, Lapis, and Elephant.

You can find Serenity at these shops: - Online only
Amazing Threads - Maple Grove, MN
Bliss Yarns - Brentwood, TN
Knit One Purl Two - Rockford, IL
Knitting Store - Oceanside, NY
Knitting to Know Ewe - Newton, PA
Needle Tree - Greenville, SC
Spun - Ann Arbor, MI
Woolly & Co - Birmingham, IL and online
Yarn Garden - Charlotte, MI

We have more Serenity in the dye pots for Loops and Yarn Kandy, and more shops so check back for updates.

As always, you can place a special order at your local Anzula shop for any of our yarns, we will dye it just for you and send it to your LYS.

Let's dream about what we'll make. What's your favorite type of project for super special skeins? Tell me in the comments!

Introducing the New Anzula Winter 2016 Colorways!

We're a little nutso about color here at Anzula. We'd have to be to navigate the subtle and nuanced differences between say, Bark and Rootbeer. So it should come as no surprise when we announce our new colorways, we're probably even more stoked about them than you are. (However, you should be stoked. You should be very stoked!)

These four beauties are making their debut just in time for TNNA—speaking of stoked. Even if you're not running amok at the trade show you can be among the first to see our new colorways.

Without further ado (drumroll, please.), here they are!

Bubblegum, Opal, Alice, and Lottie

Go Ask Alice

Alice is a crisp, bright blue that evokes big blue saucer-eyes and insatiable, childlike curiosity. Next stop, Wonderland!

It would mean a Lottie

Lottie is a sophisticated gal, smooth and cosmopolitan. Her friends only admit in hushed voices that they are green with jealousy over her richness and complexity. 

It's Opals to Oranges, m'dear.

A sleek gray with different hues of lavender striated throughout, Opal's multi-dimensional effect is elegant and ever changing just like the gemstone. Put this one on the list for every October birthday on your knitting list.

Bubblegum Pop Star

Frenchy from Grease called, she wants her failed cosmetology practicum back. But really, is there anything more nostalgic than a good Bubblegum pink? Gaze into the twisty ply and remember all the Bubble Tape you talked your mom into buying for you. 

So there you have it: the winter 2016 colorway line-up. We hope that if we don't see you at TNNA, we will soon as we embark on another tour! 

Remember to Keep it Small!

Shoppers at  The Sedona Knit Wits

First things first—I am totally not hating on Black Friday. I get it, a 3 foot teddy bear is totally worth camping out for. And losing sleep in the name of shelling out less cash for cool gifts makes sense. I guess. 

My sister-in-law is a die-hard Black Friday shopper. Every year we make the drive up to Morgan Hill from Fresno on Black Friday and we usually arrive right when she's just getting home from an 18 hour day of shopping. We get to see her favorite deals of the day while she tells us the tales from the mall—the people grabbing scarves off of a table and pulling on the same one, the purse that one of her shopping companions had to have, and they had to turn around after they'd left the mall because it wouldn't leave her mind, fighting the parking crowds twice. I love Black Friday when someone else is in the thick of things.

But you know what I like even more? Small Business Saturday. I'm sure you've heard about it. Shop Small Saturday is the mom-and-pop shop's answer to Black Friday. This is a chance to use your dollar to empower an entrepreneur to continue building their dream (or empire). Plus, often times when you shop small for your holiday gifts you find unique items you never would have stumbled across in a 4am daze at the mega-mall. It totally ups your gift-giving skill level from super-basic to extraordinary. 

Anzula Trunk Show at  Fuzzy Goat Yarns.

Anzula Trunk Show at Fuzzy Goat Yarns.

So why, on a yarn blog, am I talking about Small Business Saturday? Because while the craft giants are super enticing with their "Buy 1 xcraftsupplyx, get 800 xcraftsupplyx," the majority of yarn shops are Local Yarn Shops (LYS) and are part of someone's entrepreneurial dream. As you're stocking up on yarn to make gifts (or to give as gifts) your dollar will take your community further when spent in an LYS. You give a boost to a local business owner, and you usually don't have to fight anyone for anything (even though I have been in an LYS that was wall to wall with shoppers, and people had armfuls of fiber and spinning wheels and yarn and it was STILL all very civilized.) And let's face it—even the lower end yarns at an LYS are still much more fun to knit with than anything you'll ever find at MEGACRAFTSTORE. 

That's because the owners of local yarn shops are part of the community they live in. They pay attention to what their customers like, see the trends. They know that if they live in the desert, in the middle of August they probably want to have a variety of lighter yarns that won't induce heatstroke to just cast on. (I'm looking at you, alpaca.) They pay attention to the colors their customers like, they keep the patterns that appeal to their region on hand. It's a beautiful thing. 

Shoppers at an Anzula trunk show at  Fiber Cree k.

Shoppers at an Anzula trunk show at Fiber Creek.

Sure, it may be more expensive, but when I'm creating something that takes hours of my life, I like to feel good about it from start to finish. I like buying the yarn that I know directly impacts someone—and when you buy yarn like ours (subtle plug) you aren't just giving your dollar to an LYS, you're also passing that vote of confidence along to a funky little warehouse with a few handfuls of employees who love what they're doing in the middle of a revitalizing downtown. 

Don't get me wrong, there's a time and place for SUPERMEGACRAFT—7:30pm on a Sunday night when you've just broken the knitting needle and you have to finish the project for a gift tomorrow night? Yep. However, when it comes to conscientious gift giving and project making shopping small is the way to go. 

To learn more about Small Business Saturday, click here. Wanna get started right away? Well, here are a few suggestions for you.