Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Happy Holidays from Patricia's Yarns

We wish everyone a wonderful holiday season with family and friends. Please remember Patricia's Yarns will be closed Christmas Day until January 4th. We look forward to seeing everyone again in 2011.

All the best,
Patricia, Adam, Grace... and Riley

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

after 324 votes the winner is...

Felted Tweed by Rowan!!

It was a tight race between Lima & Felted Tweed but our Yarn of the Month for December is officially Felted Tweed.

Stay tuned to vote for January's YOM...

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Superior Cowl Part Two

This cowl has quickly become a shop favorite as it is so soft and luxurious to knit and wear!! So... without further ado, here is the pattern

Superior Cowl
by, Patricia Scribner

Yarn: Superior by Filatura Di Crosa Golden Line
Needles: US 6 - 16" or 24" circular

Loosely cast on 100 stitches. Place marker & join for working in the round being careful not to twist stitches.

Work 6 rounds in garter stitch (knit 1 round & purl 1 round).
Knit in Stockinette Stitch for about 21" & finish off with 6 rounds garter stitch.

Bind off very loosely - consider using a larger needle in your right hand to make the bind off as flexible as possible.

Sew in your ends & put it on - now you know why this yarn is named "superior".


Sunday, November 14, 2010

Surprise Package

We were treated to a wonderful surprise! A good friend, Kirsten, living in Norway, sent us a beautiful gift for our daughter.

We met Kirsten a few years ago when she moved here temporarily to participate in a program at Stevens University. While in Hoboken, she would visit us at the shop and knit regularly.

This sweater is beautiful! Grace will be able to wear it all winter long.

I love owning the shop for many reasons, but it is the people I meet that matter the most. I have been very fortunate to meet wonderful friends and customers like Kirsten.

Thank you Kirsten! We miss you!

Sunday, November 07, 2010

Thank You Fibre Company!

Kate and Courtney, the incredibly talented and wonderful owners of Kelbourne Woolens, the ladies who bring us Fibre Company, came to Patricia's Yarns yesterday. Fibre Company makes the gorgeous Canopy, Terra, and Road to China yarns, and Kelbourne Woolens produces some of our favorite new designs and patterns for those yarns. Among them is the Maritursas hat. Kate and Courtney led an adventurous group of Patricia's Yarns knitters through the fair-isle pattern to produce these beautiful hats - just in time for the cold winter weather.

We want to personally thank Kate and Courtney for their visit. We all had a wonderful time!

Finished Projects

Jeff, above, knit up this beautiful shawl by Stephen West out of Madeleine Tosh sock and Koigu KPPPM (he calls it his "Made-gu Koi Tosh"). The pattern is titled Daybreak. Although he made it for a friend, we think he looks great in it!
David, knit up this incredible hat, his own design, out of the work-horse yarn, Shepherd's Wool (a shop favorite worsted weight that comes in hanks of 250 yards for $9.95). Unfortunately for David, he knit it too small, but fortunately for Adam (pictured) it fits perfectly!

Friday, November 05, 2010

Knit Night Wine Tasting

We have had such a busy and wonderful fall here at Patricia's Yarns. From our bus trip to the Sheep and Wool festival in Rhinebeck, NY to tomorrow's visit from Kate and Courtney, owners of the Fibre Company, we are having such a great time! Last night was no exception. Clark, owner of Hoboken Vine (the best wine and spirit store in Hoboken, 400 Newark Street) , came by with some absolutely fabulous wines to taste. Our personal fave was an inexpensive Saladini Pilastri, Falerio - a nicely balanced white (whites are perfect for knitting as spills won't destroy projects). Thanks again, Clark, for hosting a wonderful evening!

Sheep for Sale

Stop in Patricia's Yarns between now and Christmas and help families in developing countries. For $1, you can purchase a paper sheep, write your name on it, and we will hang it up. All proceeds will benefit Heifer International, a non-profit that helps impoverished families by purchasing livestock and agricultural goods. For every $120 we raise, we will be able to purchase a sheep for a needy family. The gift of a sheep is a wonderful way to share the warmth of the season!

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Halloween

There is nothing like Halloween in Hoboken! We were thrilled to see some of our favorite kids looking festive.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Fibre Company Event

We are so excited to announce that the lovely ladies from The Fibre Company will be here on Saturday November 6th. They will be showcasing their patterns and owners Kate and Courtney will talk about their yarns and knitting.

And for those looking to learn something new they are teaching a wonderful hat class. The class will feature Kate's original design Meritursas.

This is a great opportunity to learn fair isle or fine tune your fair isle skills with two fantastic knitwear designers. The course will also utilize gorgeous Fibre Company Yarns.

Call the shop for details - 201.213.1432. We hope to see you soon!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Fallen for Cowls

This fall cowls are everywhere and I have definitely been bit by the bug.

It all started with the "Burberry Inspired Cowl" by Julianne Smith. This is a gorgeous knit that is wonderfully designed and so fun to do. Rowan Lima was begging to be knit into a cowl and finally it had found its perfect match.

Next, is a shop original. When Taos from Thaki Stacy Charles came in I was itching to make a cowl with it. The beauty of Taos is that it shines with the simplest stitch pattern. We reached for our copy of our favorite Treasury of Knitting Patterns by Barbara Walker and this is what was created.
Finally, when simplicity is what you want but desire something luxurious then the superior cowl is what you want to make. Just cast on and knit in the round to the end of the ball. Pure. Simple. Luxe.
If you also caught the cowl fever this fall, pop on in - we got your medicine.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Classic Elite Kumara Trunk Show

We are very excited about a new yarn that we picked up for fall from Classic Elite, Kumara. It is a gorgeous blend of extra fine merino & baby camel and is so soft to touch - it is lovely to knit with.

We have all the garments from the Bistro collection on display for a limited time. Come by and try them on to see how the yarn knits up. It is a fantastic yarn that knits to about 4.5 stitches per inch and the color palette is perfect for a new fall project.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

New Fall Yarns at Patricia's

The new fall yarns are arriving daily! See you soon!

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Lorna's, Lorna's, Lorna's!

Lorna's Laces has arrived!

We have so much fun ordering Lorna's yarn with Beth and Michael (owners of Lorna's Laces) at TNNA! We wait all summer for the boxes of scrumptious yarn to arrive. Today, we are giddy!

This gorgeous yarn is the perfect weight - shepard worsted - for sweaters, scarves, hats, mittens... you name it! The hand-dyed colors will brighten up any dreary fall or winter day. They are the perfect colors to keep you smiling after labor day!

Drop by the shop to see and feel this beautiful artisan yarn.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Mac is Back!

Our Mac & Me patterns have arrived just in time for these fall temperatures to tempt us with cool weather knitting. Leslie has done it again with great new patterns we are thrilled to have and can't wait to knit!

We love the cabled leg warmers or socks:

They are very cute for yourself or a gift for a friend. Hello, holiday knitting!

Speaking of cute, check out Natalie's Slippers!! They are adorable - a fantastic gift for a baby shower or favorite niece or nephew. A quick knit on large needles with Blue Sky Alpaca's Bulky yarn.

A final favorite is the Outer Throw - a large version of the Outer Baby Blanket which is a shop favorite.
This is such a great pattern and its no wonder that that Leslie expanded the pattern for a full size throw that would be a great addition to any living room.

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Deliveries from TNNA begin to roll in...

The annual trip to Ohio for TNNA is something I look forward to with great anticipation. It is so fun seeing all the friends like Beth & Michael from Lorna's Laces or Rhichard & Taiu from Koigu. Our friends at the Blue Sky Alpacas booth, Ria & Val, Stacy from Thaki Stacy Charles and Jacques from Soak. It is a great time to catch up with everyone and see what new things they have brought to market for the upcoming season.

The fun continues as packages begin to roll in with the orders from the show. Newcomer, Alpaca with a Twist arrived first. This dk weight baby alpaca comes in 16 gorgeous colors and has been received with overwhelming approval.

Yesterday, Madeline Tosh Sock arrived. We now have over 20 colors in stock for your sock, shawl, scarf knitting pleasure. It is a shop favorite & skeins are being snatched up quickly!!

Lastly, we are happy to share with you another new yarn, Shepherd's Wool. There's so much we love about this yarn. It's soft, comes in great colors and is 250 yards a skein. It also comes from a mom & pop mill in Michigan! Margaux & I love this 100% wool worsted weight yarn - we hope you will too!

Today we received a shipment of Soak Wool-wash which is a shop favorite as well - it makes hand washing super easy as you do not have to rinse it out!! We are fully stocked now with Soak including Unleash - a ravelry inspired soak scent.

These are just the beginning of new things that will be adorning the shelves of Patricia's Yarns - keep checking to see what else we have in store for the fall!!

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Summer with Spud & Chloe

Spud & Chloe has brought us new patterns and great new colors for fun summer knitting!

The Buga Baby Bunting will make for a great gift for a baby on the way. Knit in Spud & Chloe Outer this is a super quick knit just in time for a new baby! Spud & Chloe Outer has had a color explosion - the original palette was comprised of 5 colors has expanded to 12 wonderful colors so there is something for everyone!

Pack-o-Puppies Mitts is an adorable crochet puppet pattern using Spud & Chloe Sweater yarns which come in 17 colors so the possibilities are endless!! What a great quick summer project!

The Spud & Chloe Sweater is a shop favorite as we've mentioned and they have added two new beautiful colors, Grape Jelly & Cider, giving us more options than ever!

All colors of the Sweater & Outer weight are in stock so if something sparks your knitterly interest stop on in & pick some up!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

New Baby Alpaca is Here!

One of our new yarn lines has arrived and we are thrilled to have it. It is called baby twist - a baby alpaca yarn in a dk weight with 17 colors to choose from. It is so soft and pleasant to have running through your fingers as you work with it.

This yarn is fantastic for cozy winter accessories like scarves, hats or mittens and alpaca is the perfect fiber to keep you warm when the frigid winter returns. Stop by to check it out soon!!

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Greetings from TNNA

If I tell Margaux one more time how happy I am about this June's TNNA she might smack me. But to be honest it's been a fabulous show and I am so excited for the Fall!

We visited old friends and met new ones and we're all excited about what's in store for you all this Fall!

First we visited Michael & Beth at Lorna's Laces. We will once again be stocking their Shepherd's Worsted and Helen's Lace in more colors than we've ever had before!

Next was Koigu.

It was fun picking out colors again this year and that is only half of what we are bringing to you! We love Koigu for so many reasons and we love them even more now that Rhichard bestowed lil
Scribner with their first toy!
Thank you again Rhichard for being so thoughful and generous. We know our lil' Scribner is going to love it!

Next up, Blue Sky and Spud & Chloe. There's so much we love about this company. The yarns are delicious, the patterns lovely and their brand - genius! Margaux showed them her latest sweater creation to their delight! I think they got the idea of how much she loves their skinny cotton! Now get cracking on that pattern, Miss Margaux. We ordered all their new colors in Brushed Suri, S&C Outer and Sweater and a little limited edition surprise.

Even though we're still in the midst of the summer warmth we do have our sights set on the fall and all it's pattern offerings! Margaux enjoyed this great hat from Mac & Me. Made with 4 balls of the Blue Sky Bulky, we think its going to be a hit.

We had great expectations going into this year's trade show and we left with so much more than we could have expected. Our "to-do" list was long and we managed to check every item off in what feels like a whirlwind visit. As for the new yarn 'friends', we hope you pop in to the shop to meet them - we will be sure to let you know when they arrive.

Looking forward to cast on and seeing you all of you soon!

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

New Amy Butler Yarn!

A new shipment from Rowan has arrived bringing us yarn from Amy Butler! Her name may sound familiar if you look at fabric as she has beautiful designs. Fortunately for us knitters she has expanded her repertoire to include a gorgeous palette of yarn in a dk weight.

The yarn is a beautiful blend of organic wool & organic cotton that is fantastic to the touch and is a dream to knit with. Come by and check it out!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Que Sera knit by Mia

Knitty is a favorite online magazine at Patricia's Yarns as it always provides great knit-spiration. This edition has a particular pattern that has become a shop favorite, Que Sera designed by Kirsten Kapur that was immediately knit up by one of our fastest knitters, Mia. It is a beautiful sweater for upcoming spring and summer nights.

Mia used Spud & Chloe sweater in color 7512 Watermelon, a great happy color that shows off the stitch detail very well.

What a beautiful sweater! Great Job Mia!

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Sweet Knits from Spud & Chloe

Spud & Chloe was introduced at Patricia's about a year ago and we were thrilled at the news. Although the 'newness' may have subsided, the love isn't going anywhere! Spud & Chloe generously offer a bunch of free patterns on their blog, two of which have been made & currently reside on the table.

First, the watermelon hat which is an adorable fast knit.

Second, ribbit.

The watermelon hat is a great hat pattern for beginners who know how to knit in the round. Ribbit also is a great pattern, however not necessarily for beginners. Both are undeniably cute. Knit out of Spud & Chloe sweater they are machine washable making for easy care. Stop by to check them out!