Sunday, May 29, 2011

Here are two outfits for the American Girl doll. The dress was made with Tofutsies Sock Weight Yarn (currently onsale for 40% off). The Sweater was made with Limbo by Schoeller + Stahl. Both patterns are from the book Sock Yarn One Skein Wonders which is available in the shop.

This is the Patches sweater designed by Christiane from Lismi Knits. Renie made this adorable sweater out of sock yarn from our great selection. This pattern is another one that is available in the Sock Yarn One Skein Wonder book. This is one book you might want to consider adding to your collection.

JOSU sweater (above) knitted with Linsey yarn by Sheila. Linsey is a worsted weight yarn with a fiber content of Cotton, Acrylic and Linen. This pattern is from Berroco Book #307 Linsey.

Sheila also knitted the ESPENSON sweater (below). Sheila will be teaching the Espenson class on Saturday, June 4th at 9:30am and space is still available. If you would like to join her, please call the shop to reserve your spot and stop in before the class to select your yarn.

Aside from LINSEY yarn, Berroco REMIX yarn has quickly become a shop favorite yarn.  Sandee knitted a beautiful dress for her granddaughter and is now knitting a sweater using Remix. Barbara is also using Remix to knit the Big Easy Gansey sweater pattern designed by Beth Brown-Reinsel. Barbara recently attended a workshop in Leesburg, VA led by Beth Brown-Reinsel. Beth has designed many beautiful Gansey sweater patterns and the workshop focused on learning Traditional Gansey Techniques. It was a fun weekend and Barbara is eager to show off what she learned. Photos of these works-in-progress will be posted soon.


Give your feet a treat with a pair of socks knitted with Dream in Color Smooshy with Cashmere. One skein of this superwash blend of merino, cashmere and nylon will make a pair of soft and beautiful socks. Other suggestions are shawls or even a sweater. This yarn is so nice to work with, even at the cost, you will want more than one pair of socks in your drawer for next winter.

Fiber: 70% Superwash Merino Wool/20% Cashmere/10% Nylon
Weight/Yardage:  4oz/400yd  
Knitting Weight: Sock

Beginning in late July and continuing throughout fall and winter we will be featuring classes for Hats, Scarves and Mittens

This Brioche Hat and Mitten set (there is a scarf pattern also available) will be one of the first. This set was knitted with Ella Rae Latte. The pattern, Brioche Twist with Latte by Victoria Myers is available for sale on Ravelry. Brioche knitting is fun and easier than it looks. The set knits up quickly. Once you make one, we know you will be back to knit more.
What is Brioche Knitting?
From Wikipedia: Brioche knitting is a family of knitting patterns involving tucked stitches, i.e., yarn overs that are knitted together with a slipped stitch from the previous row. Such stitches may also be made by knitting into the row below (equivalent to the slipped stitch) and dropping the stitch above (equivalent to the yarn over).
The tucked stitches may form a second layer of knitting in front of the first layer, resembling an array of arches or (seen upside-down) of fish scales.
Brioche knitting may have originated in the Middle East. However, the term "brioche" seems to have derived from French slang for "mistake". The name might be a reference to the brioche dinner roll, which is formed of two pieces, one stacked atop the other.

Monday, May 16, 2011

News & Classes - June & July 2011

We are so excited about many new fun yarns and wonderful needles that have arrived. Watch for new garments being made much to see. Let's get creative!

We also have two exciting new events in store for you, one being a sock contest and the second is a yarn dying workshop. Keep watching our blog or follow us on Facebook, as it will keep you up to date on what's happening here.

Sock Contest

From May 19th to June 30th "IT'S ALL ABOUT SOCKS". Come into the shop, get some gorgeous yarn to make a pair of socks. Take it home and knit, or crochet, those gorgeous socks. Bring them in to be entered into our drawing. The winner will get to choose enough yarn to make another pair of socks from our abundant selection of sock yarn.
The drawing will take place on Thursday, June 30th at 8pm at the shop.

Dying Workshop

Always wanted to dye your own yarn? Try this fun workshop and learn how to dye sock yarn with Kool-Aid.

When: Saturday, June 18th, 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
     Teacher: Christiane
     Fees: Please get your sock yarn prior to the class at the shop.
     There will be $15 additional fee for material needs to be paid prior to class.

Dyeing sometimes can get messy. Please wear clothes which can get stained or bring an apron or old shirt. We will provide gloves. (bring your own in case you are alergic against Latex. There is limited space available, so please sign up early.


Espenson Caftan Tee

Imagine a soft, loose-fitting caftan drifting around you this summer. Knit in Linsey, a blend of cotton and linen, the drape of this caftan tee flatters every figure. Don’t be fooled by the sizes! Make one size smaller than you would normally wear. Each garment will have a unique color stripe based on the size and your selection of yarn. Pattern is available with the purchase of yarn.
Date: Saturday, June 4th,
9:30 am - 11:30 am
Level: Easy
Instructor: Sheila

Elisabeth Zimmerman"s Baby Surprise Jacket

This is one of our all time favorite patterns. The baby sweater is worked in one piece and uses garter stitch.
When: Wednesday June 8th & 15th
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Level: easy
Teacher: Christiane

Attention Crochet Lovers

Come play with us. Come join our ongoing monthly crochet class and work on keeping our edges straight. We're here to help you learn different aspects of crochet.
When: Saturday, June 18th and July 16th.
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm.
Teacher: Sue

Sally’s Favorite Summer Sweater
from the book "The Knitting Experience: Book 1: The Knit Stitch"  This fun piece is designed by Sally Mellville. It is oversized to make it the perfect, comfortable garment for warm weather wearing.

DK weight yarn – Yarn suggestions include: Tahki Cotton Classic and Elsebeth Lavold Silky Wool.
Needles: Size 5 and 10 ½ (either straight or circular)

(Needle Suggestion – the opaque section of the sweater calls for using both size 5 and size 10 ½ needle. Instead of purchasing two sets of needles, purchase the 5 and 10 ½ tips and one cable from our Knit Pick collection. You can afix one needle of each size at the ends of the cable. Makes knitting these sections very simple.)
When: Saturday, June 11th, 9:30 am - 11:30 am
Instructor: Barbara
Level: Beginner/Intermediate.
You should know how to cast on and the knit stitch.
The Knitting Experience: Book 1 – The Knit Stitch available at Yarns With A Twist and all class participants will receive a 10% discount on it.

Viveca Cardigan
Make this lovely cardigan in a bulky weight, either cotton or wool and you have a sophisticated European-style garment. But, of course! This is another Elsebeth Lavold design from her Book Twelve, The Walk in the Park Collection!
When: Saturday, July 9th
9:30 - 11:30 am
Level: Intermediate
Teacher: Sheila


The make up class for the Ran Sweater will be Saturday, May 21st with Sheila. Time 9:30 am - 11:30 am


Tuesdays, 9:30 - 11:30 open class with Christiane
Wednesday, during opening hours socks and 3:00 - 5:00 pm with Carol
Wednesday, 7:00 - 9:00 pm class night.
Thursday, 7:00 pm - ????? open sit'n knit.
Please sign up for the classes and get your yarn prior to the actual class date.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

575 Buttons

Did you know that Yarns with a Twist carries 575 different kinds of buttons?
Here have a look at some of them:

 Pewter buttons and closures handcrafted in New England

Create an eye catching accent to your project with our stackable buttons.

Kids love fun buttons!!

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Winner(s) of the Scribble Lace Shawl Contest and MORE New Yarns


It was so difficult to choose between the three entries that the decision was made to award all of participants with a $25.00 gift certificate to Yarns With A Twist. Photos of the prize winning shawls below -

Maralen LeBaron

Carol Riordan
Kim MacWay


If you loved knitting scarves with Flounce yarn last fall, you will love the new TRIANA yarn. The colors and texture of Katia Triana combine to create a unique accessory. Free pattern available with yarn purchase. More colors will be arriving soon.
Content: 100% Acrylic
Care: Machine Wash Gentle Cold, Dry Flat.
Weight/Yardage: 100g/33yd
Gauge: US 7-8 needes
Knitting Weight: Novelty

Yarn Content: 53% Wool, 47% Acrylic

Yarn Gauge: 2.5 sts = 1"/US11 needle
Yarn Weight: Bulky
Yarn Length: 55 yds/50g ball

Kudo is a cotton blend yarn perfect for slightly warmer garments. The yarn knits up into stripes with a tweedy look. This photo does not do the colors of this yarn justice. Stop by the shop to see this beautiful yarn up close and personal.
Content: 55% Cotton/40% Rayon/5% Silk
Care: Hand Wash, Dry Flat
Weight/Yardage: 100g/198yd
Gauge: 4.5 sts = 1" on US 7
Knitting Weight: - Worsted

Look at all these beautiful colors, many of them new! Tahki Cotton Classic is one of the classics. A mercerized cotton yarn that is perfect for all kinds of projects; from baby to adult - accessories to sweaters to blankets.
Content: 100% Mercerized Cotton
Care: Machine Wash Gentle Cold, Dry Flat.
Weight/Yardage: 50g/108yd
Gauge: 5 sts = 1" on US 6 or G-6 hook
Knitting Weight: DK

More New Yarns --

Sublime Baby Cashmere Merino Silk DK
Baby Hat (right) made with less than one skein of yarn. This soft, smooth yarn is a pleasure to work it. A good choice not only for baby garments, but for children and adults too.
Content: 75% Extra Fine Merino/20% Silk/5% Cashmere
Care: Hand Wash
Weight/Yardage: 50g/127yd
Gauge: 5.5 sts = 1" on US 6
Knitting Weight: DK.

Sublime Tussah Silk DK
Great texture!
Content: 50% Silk/50% Viscose
Care: Machine Wash Gentle Cold, Dry Flat.
Weight/Yardage: 50g/109yd
Gauge: 5.5 sts = 1" on US 6; US F-5 Hook
Knitting Weight: DK.

Berroco Remix is a wonderfully soft, non-wool tweed made from 5 recycled fibers! Great tweed option for those who can’t use, or prefer not to use wool.
Content: 30% Nylon/27% Cotton/24% Acrylic/10% Silk/9% Linen
Care: Machine Wash Gentle Cold, Dry Flat.
Weight/Yardage: 100g/216yd
Gauge: 4.25 sts = 1" on US 8
Knitting Weight: Worsted.