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Think of the Birds!

May 6, 2014

Though spring is just arriving in Duluth and the birds are just starting to sing (at o’dark thirty), WildCare in the Bay Area is holding a Baby Bird Nest Craft-along. This organization is collecting 1,200 knitted bird nests to help nuture orphaned baby birds that come in to their center (and other registered wildlife rescue organizations) during the late spring and summer months. 

These nests are used to keep the birds warm and supported while they grow up. Why so many? Well, birds make messes and use more than one nest a day. These nests can then be easily washed and used again.

Look at these little cuties!

Photo Credit: WildCare

Want to help? Click here for specific pattern instructions. What a great way to use scrap yarn!

On the Duluth front, we still have some yarn bits for nest building. Bring in a non-perishable food item and get a small bag of yarn bits to hang outside. Help the birds make warm and colorful nests! Once we’re out of bags, we’re out, so make sure to stop by soon!

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Summer Newsletter Has Arrived!

May 1, 2014

Despite Mother Nature’s attempts to fool us into thinking otherwise, summer is just around the corner. With that, we bring you the Summer Newsletter and class listings for June through September. We hope you’ll find something that piques your interest. Please call the store or stop by to register for classes and workshops. We hope to see you, soon!

Knitting at the Beach

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january knitalongs

December 22, 2013

I have to admit, at the beginning of December, fresh off that friends-and-family/Thanksgiving high, I was JACKED UP for Christmas knitting. “Ahhhh, the joy my family members will experience upon being presented with all these lovely hand knitted items!” I though, whilst knitting away happily in a proverbial bonnet like some sap from a Louisa May Alcott novel. Not to say that I’m not still feelin’ it, because basically I am. It’s exciting to give hand knitted gifts, especially for people you love – every moment you spend with that object is a meditation on them as a person, and on the things they might do with it once presented with said object. I just finished knitting a Norwegian hat for my dad (well, besides the lining) and the whole time I was imagining him whizzing down a ski slope in it. Anyway, where am I going with this? Oh, right. Gift giving is great. Gift knitting is fun. But some people, namely me, are getting seriously geared up for that glorious moment after Christmas is over when we can start KNITTING FOR OURSELVES. Yes. Yes. Yes!

I have lots (too many) projects planned for myself, and I’m sure you do too. But in the spirit of personal knitting (some would say selfish knitting, but I think that’s a little bit bonkers – calling knitting for yourself selfish seems to imply that knitting is always supposed to be for other people which is hogwash! Give a man a fish, and he’ll eat for a day! Teach a man to knit and he’ll be warm! But still out of fish. This is a long ellipses. I’m getting carried away, but you people get my drift I think), IN THE SPIRIT OF KNITTING FOR YOURSELF, let’s talk about some of the knitalongs that are kickin’ off in January.

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So, we all know and love Ysolda Teague. Amirite??? She’s great. Her designs are super cute. Her instructions are incredibly clear. Shots all around! January 13 marks the date of the first clue of this sure to be fun knitalong. It’s pretty cool because for every clue you receive, there are actually two options, and thirty-two possible outcomes. I’m excited to see all the different shawls that come out of it, and also to see the person who knits all 32 of them.

Michelle Hunter is doing a sock knitalong! She hasn’t released much information about the pattern, but her sock designs from previous KALs are all very interesting and this one is sure to keep your attention. She is featuring the Cobasi sock yarn for this project, which we happen to have in the shop in a rainbow of colors. Check our her blog to sign up for her newsletter and receive more information!

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Finally, Dream in Color, one of my personal favorite companies, will be running a knitalong for their new pattern Dreamy Valentine, designed by Ambah. If you head over to their facebook page by the end of Christmas Day, there is a drawing for a free copy of the pattern that you can enter if you like. Why not? After all, who doesn’t have a stash of Smooshy lying around? Head over to facebook to get a peek at this seriously gorgeous shawl and enter their drawing!

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Happy Solstice

December 16, 2013

As the year inches to a close and we find ourselves in the midst of the holiday pile up, we at Yarn Harbor would like to say a special thank you to all of our wonderful friends and customers. We wouldn’t be here without you. The community created by you guys continues to be a gift throughout the year. It is pretty magical to get to work in a store that people want just to be in – a place that brings people together. We really have something good going, and it wouldn’t be possible without all of you, our wonderful extended family of fiber enthusiasts

We hope that you are all able to ring in the new year with your friends and family and loved ones, and we look forward to seeing you in January.

 

Peace!

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New Dale Books

November 17, 2013

Dale is known for its classic Norwegian colorwork patterns, and these new books do not disappoint.

photo 1(1)In fact, these books are a bit unique for Dale because the colowork patterns are so large. Many of our current patterns by the company offer only a small colowork motif – these do not skimp. Every inch of the sweater is accounted for.

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I am particularly fond of this striped sweater – darling for boys and girls alike.

We also received a book featuring the official jumpers for the Norwegian ski team from 1956-2010. It’s so fun to see how the designs have morphed over the years, and to be able to take a look at some of these old photos.

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The designs are so classic – so appropriate now as well as then.

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I love this design from 1972. Groovy!

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This sweater from 1988 looks almost identical to a Norwegian sweater my mom used to wear in the 90s.

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Streamlined in ’06.

These books are worth a look, even if you don’t plan to make any of them, just for the pictures. Come on in and take a look! Hopefully, someone will knit one of these – they are totally gorgeous.

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Shoes for your Gnome Home

October 6, 2013

The October Felt-It project is in full swing!

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A little bit Fraggle Rock, and a little bit Lord of the Rings, these comfy cozy slippers from Tiny Owl Knits are a quick knit with maximum snuggly potential. Available in four boot lengths – up to knee-high length – these slippers will keep you toasty warm in your (probably) freezing home. Or is it just my apartment that is always ten degrees colder than outside…..

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Sweet as can be!

If you completed last month’s Felt-It project, bring it in to show it off and receive 10% off supplies for these slippers.

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KAL updates!!

September 15, 2013

It has been an exciting week of yarn choosing and pattern buying!

I’ve already gotten pretty far on mine – the rib pattern is addictive!

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This was taken a few days ago – I think it’s twice as long now.

I am using Wildfoote by Brown Sheep. It is a lovely, tough yarn, with an old-fashioned tooth to it. It feels like yarn my Oma would use.

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I’m especially fond of the goldenrod/ochre colorway.

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Isn’t it just the perfect fall color? *swoon*

We also restocked our wall of Regia!

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I know I talked about the Angora Merino last week, but I after seeing that gorgeous green up there I just have to talk about it again. So pretty! So soft!

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I can’t even deal right now.

Ok, so maybe you’re not playing the fingering game. I am here to tell you – I understand. I’m here to help.

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Hachito is an awesome self-striping option. And it’s superwash – can’t beat that! It is closer to a DK weight than a sport weight but I think you could certainly knit it up in a sport gauge.

Our worsted options are also seriously great.

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Malabrigo Rios is out of control gorgeous. It is also superwash! The yarn in the upper left hand corner is Mochi Mochi, a superwash and acrylic blend that is as soft as can be and gives a stripey effect. Also a great choice!

I’m still keeping my fingers crossed that someone does a Noro sock:

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Kureyon, guys! It’s worsted! It’s beautiful! Give it a bath in some Eucalan, and you’ve got yourself a super duper beautiful winter sock! Yeah, a Kureyon sock is definitely in my future. Silk Garden would also be nice for a slipper or bed sock. Or if silk socks for daily wear is your jam, hey, I ain’t mad.

The ravelry group is growing and yarn is being purchased and I can’t wait to start featuring everyone’s progress as things get going!

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