My head is swimming with new ideas and fall knits after returning home from the fall buying show, TNNA. I had a wonderful time working in the Muench Yarns booth. I finished the Anna sweater I was working on in Lana Grossa’s Festa yarn. Elegant and asymmetrical, this cocoknits pattern works up quickly on big needles. It’s knit side to side and there is NO seaming at the end! The slight shimmer of the yarn makes it look dressy over a pair of  jeans and completely exquisite when worn with a skirt.

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I managed to sneak away to do some buying of my own. We are adding to some of the lines we already carry here at the shop, like Blue Sky Alpacas, Shibui and Plymouth. And I just had to pick up the felt balls from Handbehg Felts to make a cute curtain for the shop. Just think of all the other ways you can use them: string them on your knitting to add whimsy to a shawl or sew them to a child’s sweater for the cutest embellishments; the crafting possibilities are endless! Another new item to look for is Gleener the Ultimate Fuzz remover. This baby will have your handmade items looking like new in no time flat. It comes with three different sized blades designed to de-fuzz, de-pill, de-lint without fuss.

We’ve added one locally-made yarn to the shop … Twirl Yarns by Mary Pettis Sarley. Her salt-of-the-earth philosophy is ‘of this place’. What does this mean? The animals, which include several breeds of sheep, Angora goats, llamas and alpacas eat natural grass as part of their diet and the fleeces are then processed at the nearby Yolo Wool Mill. Mary dyes the fiber with plant-based dyes, hence her mantra, ‘of this place.’ We wanted to give her place a little place of its own, right here at Knitterly.” Twirl” arrived  in the shop wednesday and we couldn’t be happier!