Newsletter 718

by Meg Strong

Rainbow Sprinkles for LYS Day

Local Yarn Store Day 2022 has finished up, and thank you so much for your support...both for LYS Day and the past couple of years especially. Part of the thing that keeps us going is knowing how much you value us and continue to show us as much love as you do. To say we couldn't have made it without you is the understatement of the century! 

We love supporting local, woman-owned small businesses and have long valued their friendships and support. They've returned that friendship many times over, and to help celebrate Local Yarn Store Day, we shared some project inspiration using their yarns! 

Silbia from Camellia Fiber Company dyed us up a glorious batch of her Rainbow Sprinkles in both Worsted and Silk + Mohair. It's hard to capture in photos how beautiful this is, but every color of the rainbow is represented in speckles against a backdrop of natural-hued yarn. We took a skein of each and worked up The Rainbow Sprinkles Cowl. It's an easy piece - just knits and purls - worked flat, then twisted and seamed for a Moebius look. We held a single strand of the Worsted along with two strands of the Silk + Mohair; the result one is kitten soft!

Shop Rainbow Sprinkles from Camellia Fiber Co HERE! You'll need one skein of Worsted and one skein of Silk + Mohair to complete your cowl.

The 3-Shop Shawl Returns with...Interlude!

You might remember that in 2020, we - along with Bliss Yarns and Ewe & Co. - came up with the idea of picking up a single skein of yarn from each shop and using them together in a single shawl. Wowza! The response to the idea was more than any of us could have imagined. We worked on the Gryer shawl that time around, and it continues to be one of our most popular shop samples. Each time someone asks about it, we're reminded of our amazing community. 

Well...we're doing it again and we'd love to have you join in on the fun! This time around, we put our heads together and chose the Interlude Shawl (none of us could resist that allover mesh section in the center) and each shop set to work on its own version.

The Haus sample uses Camellia Fiber Co. Rainbow Sprinkles from Haus, Malabrigo Rios in Valentina from Bliss Yarns and Dream in Color Smooshy in Mint from Ewe & Co. (though the pattern is written for 200 yards each of three different colors in a worsted weight, Meg fell in love with the mint fingering skein of Smooshy at Ewe & Co, so she just held that double and it turned out perfectly! If you decide to join us, keep that in mind as you peruse color options!). Each store has a different color combination worked up as a sample, but remember that you're shopping three stores' worth of inventory, so the combinations are almost endless!

It’s not a knitalong — there’s no start or end date, and we encourage you to work at whatever pace suits you! Simply visit one of the three shops whenever you can and they’ll get you started! Your support helps keep the doors open at all three shops, and we appreciate all of your visits to each of them — whether in the past or in the future! 


Casapinka's Ric Rac Shawl!

The Ric Rac shawl is a two color boomerang shaped shawl that requires 800 yards of fingering weight yarn - 400 yards of each color - and is worked using a US 6 circular needle. It can be variegated, speckled, solid, or whatever you like. It also doesn't need to have a lot of contrast. 

The minute we laid eyes on Ric Rac, we thought of using yarns from Old Rusted Chair, dyed right here in Nashville!  Lou definitely isn't afraid of color and her yarns are so easy to mix and match. If you're feeling starved for something bright and cheery, Lou's yarns are the perfect prescription. We love the combinations pictured above, but there are a lot of possibilities!

Click HERE to shop Old Rusted Chair. You'll need one skein each of two different colors to complete your Ric Rac Shawl.

You can find the Ric Rac pattern right HERE.