Woolyn - a new yarn store in Brooklyn

Posted on September 21, 2016 | 0 Comments

My friend Rachel has opened a yarn store in Brooklyn called Woolyn (Get it? Wool + Brooklyn = Woolyn).  It's a great name for a pretty nice place.  

Woolyn - a new yarn store in Brooklyn Heights

 

(FYI - I've know Rachel for a while, we were roommates for Sock Summit and Woolyn is selling my project bags.)

Chiagu Project Bags at Woolyn Yarn Shop

 

Rachel has a wonderful background for a yarn store owner: she has worked in a local yarn store and she has designed knitwear that has been featured in Vogue Knitting and Interweave Knits. And she hand dyed yarn for her previous business venture, Studio Avenue Six.  She knows her textiles!

 

Yarns at Woolyn Yarn Shop

Woolyn is stocked with industry workhorse yarns from Cascade 220 and new indie dyers -  in fact both Mollygirl and Narwhal Needlework dyed special color ways for Woolyn.

Lux Adorna Sport Kit

In addition to wool and cotton fiber Rachel also carries the cashmere kit from Lux Adorna Knits which Clara Parkes has just blogged about for Knitter's Review.  

 

Roving and braids at Woolyn

Woolyn also stocks roving (Sweet Georgia!) for those who use drop spindles and spinning wheels.  There is an area where you can sit down and have some refreshments.  And don't forget to browse the highly curated books.

The store opened in mid August which may have been too late to be included in the New York City Yarn Crawl that is happening this weekend (Sept 24-25).  If you are exploring the city's yarn stores Woolyn is definitely worth the visit.  Near the Brooklyn Bridge Park, the area has great eating, shopping and calling all cat lovers - it's one block from the Brooklyn Cat Cafe.

 

Woolyn

105 Atlantic Ave (between Henry and Hicks Streets)

718-522-5820

By Subway: R to Court Street , 2/3/4/5 to Borough Hall, F/G to Bergen St

By Bus: B63, B61 (Atlantic Ave and Henry St stop)

www.woolyn.com

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September's New Colors and Koigu Pairings

Posted on September 16, 2016 | 0 Comments

September's new colors chiagu.com

Striking new KPPPM colors are 15% off until September 23rd! From left to right: P106, P112B, P134, P370 and P603. 

  • We had P106 earlier this year; however it was more blue with less pink and yellow. Another good choice for baby projects.
  • P112B is a fantastic purple with green and violet - fabulous color for folks who love strong colors.
  • I like to describe P134 as a "dark rainbow", a nice complement to those jackets we wear when it gets cooler.
  • We had P370 previously but it was more grey and not as speckled as this dyelot. It's a lovely blue with teal occasionally peeking out.
  • I'm loving P603 which is orange with some curry yellow. It goes well with our newest KPM color - 2400-0013 which is the color black. (Halloween colors anyone?)

Speaking of KPM - I'm adding the solid colors throughout the year and move the KPM yarn to their own section on the website.

 

Koigu Pairings KPM/KPPPM yarn

See how the KPM plum picks up the plum in the multicolor skein? One of the customer I know in real life has already scoop up this pairing for her Koigu collection.

I've started to pair up single skeins of KPPPM (multicolors) with single skeins of KPM (solid colors). I call them Koigu Pairings . Let me know how you like them.

New York Sheep and Wool (Rhinebeck) is around the corner and for the second year I will be a vendor at the Indie Untangled Rhinebeck Trunk Show Friday evening. I've been sewing up a storm - there are new prints for the drawstring project bags and (hopefully) I can sneak in one or two new bag styles. I love meeting you guys - stop by and say hello!

Posted in black, blue, indie untangled, koigu pairings, KPM, KPM2400, KPPPM, new colors, NY, NYSW, orange, P106, P112B, P134, P370, P603, pastels, project bags, purple, rhinebeck, sheep, wool

August's New Colors

Posted on August 18, 2016 | 0 Comments

We have three pretty blues for the dog days of summer.  From left to right the colors are P446, P409, P303. They are 15% off until August 24th.

Color P446-0003 is gorgeous, I would make something that I could look at while I wore it, like gloves or a shawl. 

Color P409-200 is beautiful, it's very close to a Koigu blue that I used for my Clapotis scarf. 

Color P303-0002 is hard to photograph. There is more of a brown/violet cast to it, not beige or yellow.  Pretty, muted and subtle would be the three words to describe the color - it would be a gorgeous sweater.

As the summer winds down, we are finalizing plans to be at the Indie Untangled Rhinebeck Show (October 2016) as well as Vogue Knitting Live NY (January 2017).

And we're excited to have our projects bags find a home at a new Brooklyn yarn store (more about this tomorrow)!

Posted in blue, Clapotis, fingering, Indie Untangled, merino, P303, P409, P446, Project bags, Rhinebeck, sock yarn, Trunk Show, VKL, Vogue Knitting Live, weight

It's Inventory Time...

Posted on January 28, 2016 | 0 Comments

When Vogue Knitting Live officially ends at 4pm on Sunday there is a mad rush by all the vendors to pack up their booth.  Those who traveled to the show have to deal with the package delivery services once their boxes and pallets are ready.  We locals dealt with getting all our stuff into a rental car on a snowy evening.

I took a couple of days off to recoup and then started an extended inventory.  This means counting and reviewing yarn colors, knitting kits, project bags, and yes, even patterns.  I'm running a bit behind with photos, but once they are done updates will happen in both shops, probably this weekend.  Believe me, I am making sure that next year the photos are done before Vogue Knitting Live takes place.

I also review the comments and requests that customers gave me.  Color-wise there will be new kits and new samples.  There are many new ideas for bags that hold your knitting, crochet, and drop spinning. There will (finally) be new patterns.  And of course I need to put an order in for more Koigu. A big thanks to Koigu for making sure I got more beautiful colors in time for the Vogue show.

Posted in bags, crochet, knitting, knitting kits, koigu, new york, ny, patterns, project bags, updates, vk live, vogue knitting live, yarn

Vogue Knitting Live 2015 Recap

Posted on January 23, 2015 | 0 Comments

(Yes, this post would have been up a couple of days ago if not for the fact that I lost it while I was in final proofread mode.  I gave myself a timeout before writing it again).

Vogue Knitting Live and I have a bit of history with one another.  I was a volunteer for the first VKLive, working the Marketplace entrance.  I worked for a vendor in 2012. The third year I injured my leg and missed all the classes I paid for. And last year I barely spent time in the Marketplace because I took machine knitting classes.

So when VKLive 2015 was announced I considered volunteering again.  Then I thought about taking classes.  But as New York Sheep and Wool (aka Rhinebeck) and the holidays rolled around I dragged my feet about doing something at VKLive. Well as fate would have it it was good that I hesitated: at the last minute my friend Marsha and I got a Marketplace booth.

Marsha sells stitch markers and jewelry at her Etsy store, One Geek to Craft Them All.  I had just acquired Chiagu and I had the inventory from my Etsy store, Sooze In The City.  We both had inventory and we had one month to make this work.  Up until this point we had shared a table at various holiday fairs but this was our first time working a booth.  We had to up our game and I'm glad we took the risk.

Here is the Chiagu side of the booth:

It was an exciting experience.  I loved meeting and talking to all the current Chiagu customers (thank you for visiting!)  And we enjoyed meeting all the new knitters and crocheters who found us.  The Tramonto Shawl was a big hit and the Runners Watchcap and Eldridge Hat patterns sold well. I almost out of everything from my Etsy shop.  And quite a bit of Koigu yarn found new homes.

I want to mention our lovely neighbors, MollyGirl yarns and Bar-Maids skincare.  They helped us stay fed and sane. The Bar-Maids owner provided insight on doing these shows and MollyGirl provided a view of gorgeous yarn:

 

And even with short notice we managed to have guests visit us on Saturday. Many thanks to podcasters Maria (SubwayKnits) and Kristin (YarnGasm) for coming by the booth.  Maria gave out buttons and Kristin gave out mini skeins of her yarn, Voolenvine.

We were busy most of the weekend.  On Sunday Marsha and I took turns walking around the Marketplace and got some shopping done. 

I picked up a pattern writing book by Kate Atherley (you can always pick up tips from one of the technical editors of knitty.com), an Orla Kiely print pouch from Splityarn and a couple of Hiya Hiya 11" circular needles for knitting sleeves, socks, and baby items:

But my absolutely favorite purchase is this wood yarn bowl from the Wools of Whimsy:

I love that the bowl is signed, numbered and that there are two holes to rest your needles. Wools of Whimsy provided the bowls for the Yarn Tasting area and they were able to sell the bowls when VKLive was closing on Sunday.

Well that's it.  I've been following up on some of the contacts I made and I've updated the shop's Koigu inventory.  In the next few days I will post new colors for the Loreley Kits and the Freemans Alley Kits.  And I'm working on getting the February Koigu Mini Skein Club packages out.  See you next week.

Posted in bar-maids, Eldridge, Etsy, Freemans Alley, Kate Atherley, Koigu, loreley, mollygirl, One Geek, podcast, project bags, Runners, Sooze in the City, Splityarn, Subway knits, Tramonto, VKL, Vogue Knitting Live, Voolenvine, Watchcap, Wools of Whimsy, yarn bowl, YarnGasm

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