<![CDATA[WESTPORT YARNS - Blog]]>Mon, 24 Jun 2019 13:18:06 -0400Weebly<![CDATA[Knit in Public Day is Saturday, Hedgehog Fibres Has Arrived + Our Workshop Schedule!]]>Thu, 06 Jun 2019 04:00:00 GMThttp://westportyarns.com/blog/knit-in-public-day-is-saturday-hedgehog-fibres-has-arrived-our-workshop-scheduleHedgehog Fibres Has Arrived!!
All the way from Cork, Ireland, Hedgehog Fibres has arrived! Its been flying out the door, so if you'd like to check out these gorgeous new skeins, don't delay! We have an assortment of both Merino DK and Sock yarn available. 
We featured all fifteen of the new Spring 2019 colorways in our newsletter a few weeks ago. Here's a link if you'd like a reminder...

Workshops Galore!!

Summer is the perfect time to hone your knitting skills in preparation for the colder months to come - when you'll be ready to wear and gift your creations!

We have many affordable and flexible workshops on deck for you this year, with a little something to fit every skill level and every schedule. 

Each week will focus on a new skill with four time slots to choose from. Best of all, each hour long workshop is only $10. You can sign up by stopping by the store, or calling us at (203) 454-4300. The schedule will also be posted on the Classes tab of our website for future reference. 

Workshops will meet on...
Mondays 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Wednesdays 2:30pm - 3:30pm 
Fridays 11:00am - 12:00pm
Saturdays 2:30pm - 3:30pm

Knit in Public Day is this Saturday June 8th!

This is a day to bring awareness to our beloved craft by knitting in public - at the park, your local coffee shop, while eating out, while riding the bus or train...or atEileen Fisher in Westport where we will be co-sponsoring a local Knit in Public event from 2:00-4:00pm (160 Main Street, Westport, CT)

Rachel, from Westport Yarns, will be there with 10% off discount coupons for participating in the event, and Eileen Fisher will also be raffling off balls of their signature yarn!

We want everyone to show their knitting pride, so if you knit in public anywhere, please take a pic and upload it to Instagram. Tag #westportyarns and be entered to win a special kit! Don't forget to add the hashtag #WWKIPDAY2019 to your soclal media posts this Saturday!

We can’t wait to see all of you knitting in public!
<![CDATA[Knit in Public Day 2019 with Westport Yarns + Eileen Fisher]]>Thu, 23 May 2019 04:00:00 GMThttp://westportyarns.com/blog/knit-in-public-day-2019-with-westport-yarns-eileen-fisher

Knit in Public Day 2019 is coming!!

Mark your calendars for June 8th - aka, Worldwide Knit In Public Day!

This year we are partnering with Eileen Fisher to hold a Knit in Public Event at their store at 160 Main Street, Westport from 2pm to 4pm on June 8th.

Westport Yarns will be participating in this exciting event with several fun activities:
▻ Anyone who sits and knits in public at Eileen Fisher for at least 30 mins will receive a 10% discount card from Westport Yarns!

▻ Eileen Fisher will also be raffling off balls of their signature yarn for the event!

▻ We want everyone to show their knitting pride, so if you knit in public anywhere, please take a pic and upload it to Instagram. Tag @westportyarns and be entered to win a special kit! Don't forget to add the hashtag #WWKIPDAY to your soclal media posts that day!

We can’t wait to see all of you knitting in public on June 8th!!!
<![CDATA[NEW Hedgehog Fibres 2019 Colors + NEW Mini Workshops Coming Soon...]]>Thu, 16 May 2019 04:00:00 GMThttp://westportyarns.com/blog/new-hedgehog-fibres-2019-colors-new-mini-workshops-coming-soon

New Hedgehog Fibres Colors Arriving Soon!!

Beata Jezek, the mastermind behind the hand-dyed yarn company, Hedgehog Fibres, has released a gorgeous batch of new colorways for Spring 2019 and Westport Yarns will have them all!
(clockwise, from top left) Brigid, Bloom, Cedar, Dune, Dew + Clay
(clockwise, from top left) Echo, Kelp, Liebling, Purr, Plume + Ozone
Our delivery from Cork, Ireland is expected by the end of May, and we will have all fifteen new colors on two of Hedgehog Fibres' most popular bases - Sock and Merino DK
(left to right) Rosewood, Serengeti + Zenith
The new colors would be fantastic for any "fade" project, as many work well with one another. They'd also be great for anyone who's taking Pam's Comfort Fade Cardi class this summer...and a few other classes that will be posted soon!
Each skein is a work of art in itself, so it's not a challenge to find something to knit with these amazing yarns. But should you need some help deciding, see below for some ideas!
HHF Sock Yarn Pattern Ideas -  Rievaulx by Josée Paquin // Love Note by Tin Can Knits // Zweig by Caitlin Hunter
HHF Merino DK Pattern Ideas Ostinato by Leah Prestamo // Soldotna Crop by Caitlin Hunter // Earthen by Amy Christoffers

New Workshops!

Improve and expand your knitting skills this summer with our NEW Workshop Series. Join us for these laid-back "mini classes" throughout the summer, and come fall you'll feel empowered to take on new challenges and knit with confidence.
Each workshop will be approximately 90 min long and the cost is only $10! Below is a list of the subjects we'll be covering...

Magic Loop
Intro to Lace
German Short Rows
Fixing Mistakes
Top-Down Sweaters
Reading Patterns + Charts

Stay Tuned for exact dates and times, along with announcements regarding some fantastic Summer 2019 Classes, including some fun Crochet classes!
<![CDATA[Rowan Denim Revive, Berroco Linen Stonewashed + a New Colorwork Club!]]>Fri, 10 May 2019 04:00:00 GMThttp://westportyarns.com/blog/rowan-denim-revive-berroco-linen-stonewashed-a-new-colorwork-club

Rowan Denim Revive

"Revive" your love of summer knitting with this wonderful DK weight yarn made from recycled cotton and recycled denim. It's a perfect three season yarn for projects that provide warmth but at the same time breathe. Rowan has a dedicated pattern book "Ocean Blue" which has amazing patterns to knit in Revive. So, save the environment - knit a sweater!
Pattern Ideas - Bondi Cardigan by Martin Storey / Monica Pullover by Martin
Storey / Oakley Pullover by Martin Storey

Berroco Linen Stonewashed

One of the many joys of summer are all the wonderful light yarns that go into knitting quick tees and other casual tops. Stonewashed is fantastic linen with the slightest of sheens to dress it up a little. Its chainette construction gives it added strength and durability while the linen fiber makes it perfect for warm weather projects.
Pattern Ideas Water Clover by Isa Catepillan / Mirror by Yumiko Alexander / Odeleite by Amy Christoffers

Colorwork Club with Julie

A new, monthly club for knitters who love colorwork and are looking for like minded folk to share ideas, patterns and tips. Julie Van Norden will lead the group and be on hand to discuss projects and yarn choices as well as help with any problems that may arise. Last Sunday of the month, 10 am - noon. $25. Call the store to reserve your spot at the table.

Pom Pom Quarterly Issue 29: Summer 2019

Summer is just around the corner! The nine designs this issue were inspired by ceramic tiles, terracotta, and sand, so expect earthy shades with splashes of colour and organic, repeating patterns. For your summer wardrobe, we have essential summer tops and tees, a cardigan, a shawl, and a crochet bag – all light and breezy for warmer days.


Stop by or call the store to reserve your copy! Issue 29 will be released on May 31st.
<![CDATA[Our Annual Sample Sale Begins Friday 5/3, Laine Issue 8 + Photos from Block Island!]]>Thu, 02 May 2019 04:00:00 GMThttp://westportyarns.com/blog/our-annual-sample-sale-begins-friday-53-laine-issue-8-photos-from-block-island

Sample Sale Begins This Friday!!

Loads and loads of Westport Yarns hand knit samples will go on sale beginning tomorrow - Friday May 3rd. There will be sweaters, shawls, hats, throw blankets, baby knits and more! This is the largest Sample Sale ever, and there's no silent auction as has been done in the past -  all items will be priced to sell, as is. Now is your chance to wear hand knits without investing the time it takes to make them yourself!
Above is just a sampling of some of the patterns we have hand knit samples of. Patterns shown (clockwise from top left) - Rhapsody in Cables Pullover by Joji Locatelli  |   Balmy Breeze Poncho by Wool Addicts  |  Stone Point Poncho by Courtney Kelly  | Breezy Point Hooded Scarf by Sarah Smuland

Laine Issue 9 : Kelo Pre-Orders Available Now

Laine Magazine Issue 8 : Kelo will be here at the end of May, but pre-orders for this amazing knitting periodical are available now! The upcoming issue will feature 11 knitting patterns from a talented group of designers: Justyna LorkowskaDenise BayronLibby JonsonJulie DubreuxLeeni HoimelaAstrid TrolandSus GepardÉveline Cantin-BergeronJenny Sauselein and Marjorie Martin.
Other features include: an interview with Susan Crawford, a long-format story about Ocean Rose, my story by Pauline Copin-Herriot of Lain'amourée, a column by Jeanette Sloan; seasonal recipes and a travel guide to our dear hometown, Tampere, featuring the best spots to stay, eat and shop

Another Wonderful Knitting Retreat in Block Island!

Another amazing knitting retreat is in the books. We were so happy to see return retreaters as well as so many new participants. It’s such a great opportunity to share our love and enthusiasm for all things wooly!

Despite a couple of curve balls from Mother Nature, everything ran smoothly, thanks in large part to our friend Sven from North Light Fibers and delightful Rita from The 1661 Inn. But the true energy behind the retreat was our own Beth who worked tirelessly to make everyone happy. We look forward to seeing everyone again next year!
(these two cuties kept Katie company while she was winding yarn for the workshops)
(our brioche and cable knit hat classes in progress)
(Justice - the yak, and fluffy alpacas!)
<![CDATA[ArtYarns Sparkles, Baby Softcotton, Happy Easter + Happy Passover!]]>Thu, 18 Apr 2019 04:00:00 GMThttp://westportyarns.com/blog/artyarns-sparkles-baby-softcotton-happy-easter-happy-passover

ArtYarns Spring Colors!

Since 2002, Iris Schreier of ArtYarns in White Plains, NY, has been mixing up one of a kind colorways that are among the most beautiful we have ever seen. Not only that but she uses only the finest materials sourced from  the most reputable providers.

These yarns make the perfect Mother's Day gift for the knitter in your life. As pretty as a bouquet of flowers and much more permanent!
Pattern Idea : Sparkle Ridge Wrap by Iris Schreier (shown below)
Tulip Gardens Limited Edition Colorway (above)
a special LYS Day 2019 Colorway! (above)
Other Pattern Ideas Gemstone Scarf by Iris Schreier | Where Oceans and Sky Collide Shawl by Francoise Danoy | Free Your Fade by Andrea Mowry

Euro Baby Babe Softcotton Worsted

Euro Baby Babe Softcotton Worsted is the perfect washable yarn for baby/child gifts. A cotton/acrylic blend that feels great in the hand, it's as nice to knit with as it is to wear. And it's budget friendly so you can knit lots of matching accessories! 

Currently in the store we have a sample of the adorable Watermelon Cardigan + Hat set. It's a perfect gift for the little one in your life. And there are so many other things that can be knit in the versatile yarn.Come in and take a look and get inspired.
Pattern - Watermelon Hat and Watermelon Cardigan by Stitchylinda Designs
Other Pattern Ideas - In Threes: A Baby Cardigan by Kelly Herdrich | Sasha Cardigan by Leanne Prouse | Entrechat Shrug by Lisa Chemery

News + Links

  • Save the Date! LYS Day 2019 (Local Yarn Store Day) is Saturday April 27, 2019. We have the special edition LYS Day colorway from ArtYarns (pictured above) to celebrate!
  • Hedgehog Fibres NEW Spring 2019 Colors will be here in mid-May!! Stay tuned for more information in the coming weeks, as well as pre-orders!
  • Westport Yarns will be hosting $10 Mini Workshops this Spring. The schedule will be released soon!
  • Last Chance to sign up for Julie's Scandinavian Slippers class! These would make a great Mother's Day gift and are a great intro to colorwork knitting
  • Have a wonderful holiday weekend!
<![CDATA[Brooklyn Tweed Marls, NEW Scottish Lambswool + More...]]>Thu, 11 Apr 2019 04:00:00 GMThttp://westportyarns.com/blog/brooklyn-tweed-marls-new-scottish-lambswool-more

Brooklyn Tweed Marls Have Arrived!

The new Brooklyn Tweed Marls are in stock now at Westport Yarns. All five marled colorways - Amaranth, Narwhal, Caraway, Caribou and Newsprint are available in both Shelter and Loft
The launch of these new colorways is accompanied by a new Jared Flood hat pattern, called Skipp. The Skipp pattern is available for free through the end of the month, with any purchase of two skeins of Loft (the yarn used in the hat)
Westport Yarns will be participating in Brooklyn Tweed's Knit-a-Long that begins on April 17th. Join us by sharing your WIPs on social media using the hashtags #SkippKAL #westportyarns

Pattern : Skipp Hat by Jared Flood
Other Pattern Ideas - Mason Cowl by Julie Hoover  |  Peaks Pullover by Jared Flood  |  Meyer Pullover by Veronik Avery

Di Gilpin Lalland

Lalland is a sport weight, 100% Scottish lambswool yarn from Di Gilpin. This yarn, which is new to the store, is soft and airy, and comes in a gorgeous palette of fun colors. Spun with a unique double twist, Lalland has great stitch definition, making it ideal for cables, lace or colorwork designs.
(Photo: Moray Star Sweater via Di Gilpin Ltd.)
Pattern Ideas - Geo Snood by Di Gilpin  |  Ammon Shawl by Julie Knits in Paris  |  Seol Tunic by Di Gilpin

(Photo via Fringe Supply Co)

News + Links

Top 5 Reasons To Knit a Swatch by Fringe Supply Co. 

- Andrea Mowry of Drea Renee Knits and Caitlin Hunter of Boyland Knitworks have started a fun hashtag on Instagram for showing off how you wear your hand knits. The hashtag #todaysknitoutfit (or #todaysknitoutfitPATTERNNAME) is giving us
great ideas for patterns and color combos! 

Making Magazine Issue 7 : Desert will be released on April 17th! Don't wait...they'll be gone fast! You can check out the patterns available in this issue here.

- We also want to remind you that we are still accepting preemie hats through the end of the month for our current charity knit! You can use any yarn and any pattern, so check your stash and use those leftovers to make something beautiful for The Tiny Miracles Foundation.
<![CDATA[New Linen Yarns, Making Issue 7 : Desert Pre-Orders + More...]]>Thu, 04 Apr 2019 04:00:00 GMThttp://westportyarns.com/blog/new-linen-yarns-making-issue-7-desert-pre-orders-more

Lana Grossa Solo Lino

Solo Lino is a lovely linen yarn that uses both recycled linen (viscose) and new linen.  It’s light weight with the beautiful drape like silk or bamboo. It knits up as a sport weight which makes it perfect for summer wraps and shawls when you need that slight warmth for cool summer evenings. Despite it’s delicate drape it has wonderful stitch definition and the color selection is delicious. Two projects we love for this are The Diagonal Lace Scarf and Wrap from Churchmouse and Andrea Mowry’s Goldfinch (see below).

Juniper Moon Farms Zooey

Ahhh, Spring! Soft Breezes, the smell of newly mown grass and the joy of knitting lightweight projects like tank tops, light sweaters and wraps for those twilight walks on the beach. One perfect yarn for these types of projects is Zooey by Juniper Moon Farms. Zooey is a DK weight that combines cotton and linen (60%/40%) to create the perfect blend of softness and strength. And with each washing (machine washable - hurrah!) it softens up until it feels soft as air. Available in loads of colors, come in and pick your favorite today!
Some Great Summer Sweater Ideas - Cullum by Isabell Kraemer Bolan by Leila Raabe | Tegna by Caitlin Hunter

Making Issue 7 : Desert Pre-Orders Now Open!

Making Magazine Issue No. 7 : DESERT is now available for pre-orders. The biannual magazine for knitters and fiber makers is released only twice a year. The wait is long, but so worth it! 
This issue is packed full of gorgeous summer patterns - many that would work perfectly with our new linen and cotton yarns! The issue will be released on April 19th, but you can reserve your copy now by stopping in or calling the store. 

Some of the patterns available in the upcoming issue are shown and listed below...
Cereus Socks by Fiona Alice  |  Desert Tunic by Carrie Bostick Hoge  |  Huala Tee by Paula Pereira  |  Knitted 4-Corner Bag by Julie Weisenberger  |  Mariposa Jacket by Helga Isager  |  Rag Jackrabbit by Susan B. Anderson  |  Shifting Sands Pullover by Norah Gaughan  |  Xerophyte Shawl by Amy van de Laar  |  Yardang Shawl by Bristol Ivy
<![CDATA[New Store Hours, Yarncatcher Trunk Show 4/6, Anzula Squishy and More...]]>Sat, 30 Mar 2019 04:00:00 GMThttp://westportyarns.com/blog/new-store-hours-yarncatcher-trunk-show-46-anzula-squishy-and-more

New Store Hours

Our Store Hours are changing effective April 1st. Please take note! 
Monday  Closed
Tuesday 10am-4pm
Wednesday 10am - 4pm
Thursday 10am - 8pm
Friday 10am - 4pm
Saturday 10am - 4pm
Sunday 12pm - 4pm

(please see the About page of our website for the NEW Drop-In Help hours)

Anzula Squishy!

Squishy is a heavenly blend of merino and cashmere that lives up to its name. This hand-dyed yarn is such a dream to knit with, and comes in such a broad array of tonal colorways, that we decided to carry full and half-skeins at the store! The half-skeins are bundled in sets of five - a total of 835yds of yarn! Plenty to knit up an entire shawl or a child-sized sweater. These sets would make amazing sweater yokes too!

Pamela - Mariana, Nimbus, Clay, Rosebud and Plum
Katherine - Claret, Mauve, Madam, Shiitake and Frankle
Jennifer - Riot, Hibiscus, Elephant, Seafoam and Emerald
Elizabeth - Victoria, Dany, Bark, Keola and Herb
Juliana - Raspberry, Heidi, Irene, Au Natural and Navy

Pattern Ideas | Colourblind Shawl by Jana HuckLamina Wrap by Ambah O'BrienTaurid Shawl by Taiga Hilliard Designs
Full Skeins Above (clockwise from top left) - Lapis, Lenore, Ballerina, Candy Apple, Pewter, Sexy, Seaside, Pesto

Yarncatcher Trunk Show Saturday April 6th!

Yarncatcher is one of our favorite indie dyers. Jacqueline's aesthetic is to die for (or is that to dye for?). Beautiful fingering weight that is perfect for so many projects. The yarn used for our Baubles samples is an example of Yarncatcher yarns and color combos. Come in and see all the beautiful choices!
If you're planning on taking our Baubles Shawl class with Pam Grushkin this would be the perfect time to pick out the yarn for your project!

Shown here - Bauble Shawl pattern by Andrea Mowry

News + Links

Brooklyn Tweed is launching a new collection of marled colorways on April 10th! The new marls will be available in both Shelter and Loft.  A free copy of the new Skipp Hat pattern will also be available with any purchase of two skeins of Loft!

- Making Magazine Issue 7: Desert will be available for pre-orders on April 1st. This issue is not to be missed, so reserve your copy soon!

- Do you ever wonder if your obsessed with knitting? Read 16 Signs You're Obsessed with Knitting to find out for sure. 

- a North Carolina Water Fowl Group needs hand-knit, or crocheted nests for their baby birds. How sweet is this? Check out their website for information - including patterns and where to mail your finished nests.

- While on the subject of charity knitting, we have extended our deadline for Preemie Hats for The Tiny Miracles Foundation to April 31st.
<![CDATA[NEW Spring Classes, NEW Spring Yarns, a Spring SALE and More...]]>Tue, 19 Mar 2019 04:00:00 GMThttp://westportyarns.com/blog/new-spring-classes-new-spring-yarns-a-spring-sale-and-more

Spring Sale!!

We need to make room for all of the amazing new spring yarns we have coming in daily! To do so, we are having a 20% - 50% off SPRING SALE. The sale will be running from this Friday 3/22 to Sunday 3/24. We'll have a large selection of everything from cashmere to cotton, jumbo weight to sock weight. Come in early for the best selection!

Araucania Yumbrel DK

If you’re a fan of knitting or crocheting using cotton yarns, you’ll know that finding them in hand-dyed variegated, or speckled, colors is not an easy task! Katie, our resident crochet expert, loved the idea of stitching up a reusable market bag using our newest cotton yarn - Yumbrel DK from Araucania Yarns. It’s just one example of the many ways to use this super soft, brushed cotton yarn. Cotton is a fantastic choice for baby knits - as it’s easy to care for, machine washable,and breathable. Yumbrel DK would be a great choice for baby blankets, cardigans or pretty summer dresses. 
Pattern : Market Bag by Haley Waxberg 

New 7th Floor Yarns!

We recently received a delivery of Merino DK in brand new spring colorways from 7th Floor Yarns. They're available in both full skeins and 20g mini skeins! We also have their new Bejeweled Collection - a Merino Yak DK yarn dyed in an array of rich jewel tones. Its absolutely gorgeous! 7th Floor Yarns is a local independent yarn dyer in Mt. Kisco, NY. This mother/daughter duo really has a way with colors and we know you'll love using them for your spring projects!

New Spring Classes

We've added lots of new courses to our Class Schedule! Hop over to our website to peruse the latest offerings. Flat Foot Floogie, Skew Socks, Baubles Shawl, Intro to Brioche and Magic Loop Socks are some of Pam Grushkin's upcoming classes. We also have a Knitting III group with knitting extraordinaire, Jane Elliott. 

Links n' Stuff

Save the Date!! :: Yarncatcher Yarns will be at Westport Yarns for a Trunk Show on Saturday, April 6th! She'll be bringing her beautiful hand-dyed fingering weight yarns, which are perfect for anyone taking our Baubles Shawl class!

New Store Hours :: Westport Yarns will be changing their store hours, effective April 1st. We will also be changing our free Knitting Drop-In help hours and policies, so stay tuned for more info soon...

MDK March Madness :: Kay Gardiner and Ann Shayne of Mason Dixon Knitting have been fixtures in the knit blogging world for years.  Not to be missed, their annual March Mayhem contest features a wonderful collection of some of the year’s best patterns by independent designers..  Check them out.  Vote for your favorites.  Discover your next (perhaps next 3!) project!  Then stop by Westport Yarns and let us work with you to find the perfect yarn.  

Lever Knitting :: Ever wish you could knit faster? Felicia of SweetGeorgia Yarns has shared this fantastic video about Lever Knitting on her latest vlog. Also called Irish Cottage knitting, once mastered, this technique can really speed up your WIPs!

The Year of Hats! :: Kelbourne Woolens is releasing a free hat pattern a month in their Year of Hats series. We love the two patterns they've released so far, and wanted to share them with you! You gotta love free hat patterns!

(image via Mason Dixon Knitting)