Introducing Chunky Row!

13934821_1610143819282781_5386504833579761522_nHave you heard of Chunky Row yet? They are a new company promoting super chunky 100% certified Shetland Wool. Founded by Charlotte while daydreaming in an office job last year, the aim is promote British industry and sheep breeds in a fun and exciting way.

yarnWith the dropping temperatures and early nightfall, who hasn’t dreamt of a cozy blanket, but felt that knitting one would take too long? We have in the 140m giant balls, which are the perfect amount to knit a throw lap blanket, all you need is one ball! And on 25mm needles you’ll be done before you even started. They also have a few accessories patterns as well. There’s no going cold with Chunky Row in the house! 14079605_1616223902008106_4654517598372059943_n

We also have a selection of their 25mm knitting needles and crochet hooks, jumbo styles!

Yarn Pairings for Pom Pom Issue 17 Summer 2016

Issue-17-Cover-ImageThere has been so much anticipation for this latest issue of Pom Pom here at Knit with attitude, especially after hosting the samples for Yarn Shop Day at the end of April. It’s finally here! The garments fit perfectly with our Summer Top KAL, and even better, we’ve just received loads of new summer yarns here in the shop that are just right for summer knitting. We have brand new linen and cotton/linen blends, as well as top ups and new colours in lots of other summery fibres.

altair

First up we have Altair by Joanne Scrace. This triangle shawl is a take on the granny square classic, but with a more modern twist. Worked from one corner to the next, it is easily adaptable for yardage depending on what you plan to use. We think the bright colours of Botany Lace would be a fun summer piece to pull on over summer dresses.

catchfly

Catchyfly, by Wencke Lucas is a great example of how to take a tweed yarn, something usually associated with winter, and bring it into the summer months. We think that Terra, which is wool and silk would add to that lux feel while having drape as well.

hollis

Lynn Brennan’s Hollis is an unusual piece in that it is knitted with clothesline cord! We don’t have any cotton that thick to recommend, but we have some beautiful leather and metal handles by Jul Design that would be the perfect finishing touch. Check them out the next time you are in our neighbourhood.

nouri

Nouri is Maya’s favourite! Carol Feller designed this oversized pullover sweater with a lace detail over one hip. The sleeves are done in one piece with the body for maximum drape and ease of construction. We just received 6 shades of Zooey from Juniper Moon Farm. Held double this would be a wonderful summer sweater.

olivette

Knitted dresses get a bad reputation, but Thea Colman dispels all of these worries with Olivette! It comes with instructions for both a dress/tunic and t-shirt lengths for everyone’s tastes. The front lace is placed asymmetrically and the longer length includes a surprisingly sturdy pocket. Vivacious DK has just the right amount of semi-solid colour to work well for this.

redbudisle

The Red Bud Isle tank by Courtney Cedarholm would be a fantastic quick summer knit. It has contrast stripes and an overlapping split back that would be comfortable to wear while still being modest. How to choose which shades of Shiny Happy Cotton to use!

tanneryfalls

Tannery Falls is the second crochet piece from the issue. Sara Delaney has designed wearable top with a loose gauge for maximum cool weather wear. Two colours of Meadow with it’s linen content would show off the yarn and pattern beautifully.

thornett

Thornett is an all around favourite here at the shop! Sara Thornett’s top is everything you want from a summer top, easy to knit and wear with some lace for visual interest and loads of opportunity to use a fun colour. Luckily Eco-baby has lots of those to choose from!

trailbreeze

Trailbreeze is one of the more unusual garments in the issue, with it’s generous handkerchief hem over each hip. Courtney Cedarholm has done a brilliant job at keeping the lines otherwise clean to keep it looking modern. We have a brand new Swedish linen in 12 colours, from subtle neutrals to modern brights, you are sure to find a Växbo Lin Lingarn for this top.

vaara_wide

Sachiko Burgin has designed the last tee, Vaara. This simple top has a deep raglan yoke and a textured ribbed hem. We think this is another great use for the cotton/linen drape of Zooey, held singly this time.

windlass_wide

Last but not least is Windlass, by Kiyomi Burgin has draws inspiration from traditional aran sweaters with it’s cables and neckline, but brought forward a few seasons with split hems and no sleeves. The textures here would work well with Noro Tokonatsu.

Don’t forget to enter in our Summer Top KAL on Ravelry! We have a few people started already, we would love to see what you are working on. We will draw from eligible winners for prizes on July 31st.

But what does it look like…?

One of the best parts of my job is to receive deliveries, and I’m sure this goes for everyone working in a yarn shop. There is this very particular excitement when opening the boxes, being the first one to open the bags and pull out the lovely woolliness neatly winded up in fresh skeins or balls. Admiring the texture, the softness, oohing and ahhing over the colours, then rush to get everything up on the shelves in the shop, and online, to show off so everyone get the chance to see. As you can see in my previous blog post, I did the exact same thing when the WAK spring colours arrived, so exited over this chunky super soft yarn and it’s gorgeous colours.

But then I received a comment on that blog post which made me think about how we tend to present the yarns, and how what you see yourself might differ quite a lot compared to what your audience or customers see. My friend Sylvia said ‘Lovely yarn in gorgeous colours. But it is quite chunky right? (…) Maya, do you have any pictures showing us what this yarn looks like knitted up?’

What struck me with this comment were a few things. First of all it made me aware that even though I know that these balls are huge, taking a pretty picture of the ball with a bright white background might not convey the actual size of a ball, or the thickness of the yarn. In a picture like that I guess that a 25g 4Ply would look quite similar to a 200g Chunky. I’ve been playing a bit with this idea today, and I took some pictures to show you some real life photos of this yarn instead of a stylised version.

If this ball was a mug it would hold plenty of coffee...

If this ball was a mug it would hold plenty of coffee…

Then there is the question about what this yarn looks like when it is knitted up. We are Knitters make some brilliant kits, ranging from beginners to more intermediate levels. They’ve been very popular this year, especially with my younger customers. I believe this has two reasons, first, a yarn this thick will knit up quickly which is very satisfying for a beginner knitter, second, the models are stylish and on trend. So to give you an idea of how this yarn comes out when knitted, let me show you some of the kits that I stock over at Knit with attitude.

The Nolita Sweater

The Nolita Sweater

The Sienna Beanie

The Sienna Beanie

The Vertigo Sweater

The Vertigo Sweater

Can you tell I’m in love with this yarn yet? And did I mention that even though it is chunky it is still super soft, made in peruvian highland wool. Yeah, I’m showing it off, as you can see it is pretty hard to miss should you stumble by my shop these days.

WAK The Wool on the shelves, and another favourite, the gorgeous TJOKT yarn on the top.

WAK The Wool on the shelves, and another favourite, the gorgeous TJOKT yarn on the top.

Hoopla Hey!

Rarely do I get as excited as I am about this new yarn. Hooplayarn has been on my shop wish list for a long time, and finally I have them in stock.

hooplas

The definition of upcycling is ‘the process of converting waste materials or useless products into new materials or products of better quality or a higher environmental value’. Hooplayarn is an upcycled, eco-friendly product made of selvedge from the thriving textile industry. These 1 cm wide strips of fabric are wound onto cones for easy knitting or crochet. Each cone weighs approximately 500g. Due to the thickness of the yarn it grows at an amazing speed. This makes it perfect for you if you are new to crochet or knitting because you will see almost instant results, and it also lends itself perfectly to using crochet or knitting as a hand exercise! Its a workout your hands have never tried before! You really won’t believe how quickly projects can be finished, and more importantly how much you get from just one bobbin. I just couldn’t help myself and had to get some for me to bring home last night. This is how far I got in one evening, and as you can see I haven’t even used one whole cone yet. I’m making a pouf, and will make sure to publish the pattern as soon as it is completed.

pouf1

Speaking about patterns, there isn’t much pattern support for this type of yarns yet, due to it’s popularity I guess most people would just get started freehand and then see what comes out of it. I did a quick search and managed to find a few examples though, and if this doesn’t inspire you I don’t know what will…
A couple of these pattern are in Norwegian though, but the projects themselves should be fairly simple, so if you don’t speak Norwegian, try Google Translate or just try to reconstruct the design by looking at the pictures. You can use Hooplayarn for all of these projects.