Sunshine + Happiness
NEW!! We have just received two spring / summer yarns from the Wool Addicts Spring 2019 collection. They are both cotton based yarns that would be perfect for lightweight summer sweaters, shawls and beach cover-ups. They are also washable, which makes them great for baby knits (or crochet) projects.
While both of these new yarns are categorized as aran weight, and come in the same palette of colors, they have their own unique characteristics.
SUNSHINE is 100% mercerized organic cotton - which means it’s strong, yet soft, and has a more shiny appearance...similar to the luster of silk. Katie knit the above swatch to test drive this yarn and raved about what a joy it was to knit with. Best of all, after a run though the washing machine it came out looking perfect, without any steam blocking! The stitch pattern she used for her swatch is from the ever popular Stone Point Poncho by Courtney Kelly - which would be an amazing project for Sunshine!
HAPPINESS is an 85% cotton, 25% nylon blend. Specifically, a high-quality super soft pima cotton, which feels like a cloud. You’ve probably never felt a cotton yarn quite like it!
We’ve showcased some fun patterns above and below for both of these new yarns. There are loads more to browse through in their latest pattern collection booklet — Wool Addicts #2. We have a few copies in stock for you to flip through, and all of the patterns are available as individual downloads on Ravelry.
Lang Bloom - More Colors!
Our Berroco / Lang Trunk Show last weekend was a huge success! We had lots of customers trying on the latest spring pattern releases and getting first dibs on our newest yarns. A few of our colorways were wiped out, so we ordered more...and in more colors!
Featured here is the bright and cheerful color pallette available in Lang Bloom - a DK weight cotton / linen ombré gradient yarn, with little spots of glittery shine speckled throughout. We also reordered garment quantities of Lang Lily, so come see these great new yarns before they’re gone!
Blue Sky Fibers Kits
We couldn't resist these new kits from Blue Sky Fibers. Perfect for a quick weekend project, just for you! The Virginia Mitts kit contain 5 skeins of Blue Sky Fibers Baby Alpaca and pattern instructions for this cute pair of ribbed mittens, or fingerless gloves.
The DIY Tassel Kit contains mini skeins of Blue Sky Fibers Woolstok, Suri Merino and Brushed Suri - with instructions on how to make these fun tassel accessories. We'll be making some to clip on our knitting bags! It's also a great way to experience these gorgeous yarns, on a small scale. The kits come in three colors - Spun Gold (Shine), Cast Iron (Wander) and Red Rock (Imagine).
Berroco Try-On Trunk Show This Saturday!
This Saturday, February 16th, Westport Yarns will be hosting Andra Asars from Berroco yarns for an all day trunk show and yarn tasting event. The trunk show will feature many garments from the new Berroco Spring 2019 collection as well as a few favorites from previous seasons. It's rare to see so many garments in one afternoon; don't miss out!
There will be the opportunity to try on the samples before you buy. Please wear clothes suitable for sweater try on. Andra will help advise on size, fit, and yarn substitutions. Come for the garments; stay for the party atmosphere.
We will be sampling select Berroco and Lang yarns; test drive if you will. Experience the feel of a soft, mercerized linen; understand how colors will pattern out or not; learn how to care for superwash wools; and much more. Westport Yarns will supply the needles.
Andra, the New England Berroco sales representative for over 25 yrs, will be on hand to answer questions and share her experiences with the yarns and garments. Every yarn has a story and Andra loves an audience.
String Chantilly Yarn
The Joan Cowl by String Design Team is made with three colors of String Chantilly yarn. Chantilly is a marled, worsted weight yarn containing 70% merino wool / 30% cashmere. It's super soft, and the fun colors are a joy to knit!
Many knitters like to have more than one project going at a time - especially when they're working on a challenging pattern. Its nice to have a mindless "TV knit" on standby. Beth knit this sample up lightening fast, while recovering from knee surgery - even though she likes to remind people that she's a slow knitter!
This yarn can be purchased separately, but when purchased as a three color kit, you'll receive 20% off! The pattern is available for free with purchase of the yarn.
Zauberball Starke 6 Yarn
New in the store! Another fantastic marled yarn - Zauberball Starke 6 yarn from Schoppel-Wolle. This slow color-changing yarn is a perfect fit for The Shift Cowl by Andrea Mowry. This popular pattern is super fun to knit, as the color play surprises you as you go. Katie is currently knitting a store sample using three colors of Zauberball Starke 6 in varying shades of reds, blues and purples. It's hard to put down!
Andrea's Nightshift Shawl, and her brand new cropped pullover, called Shifty would also be wonderful options for Starke 6 yarn!
Block Island Knitting Retreat
Westport Yarns is once again happy to host our annual knitting retreat! This year we return to Block Island and the beautiful 1661 Inn. We have also added the Inn at Spring House, which is right across the street from the 1661 and just as lovely. Best of all, more room for more knitters! There will be classes but also plenty of time to work on your own projects, knit quietly or with friends, shop the amazing North Light Fibers yarn, get up close and personal with llamas, alpacas and more at the North Light Fibers menagerie or just commune with nature on this glorious island. Call the store or email email@example.com for more info.
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