Rain, rain...

Today is a perfect summer day for knitting on a screened porch.  

 

Maybe  you are sick of the rain and the cool summer weather, but we have noticed many of you already planning your fall knitted wardrobe!  We have three trunk shows at the moment to temp you- and they are all as different as can be;  from baby toys to luxurious wraps.

What is all this Shibori talk anyway?  It has been about 7 years since we felted our first Alchemy Project, and we have been captivated ever since.  
While the Japanese word shibori cannot be directly translated into English, it basically denotes a shape resist textile. Most people are familiar with the concept of  Tie Dye, which is the most popular understanding of shibori. Ties such as rubber bands or strings are secured on a piece of fabric, and then that fabric is dyed; the fabric resists the dye where it has been bound. 
Gina Wildes shibori design is an exploration of manipulating knit fabric, harnessing the effects of working differing types of yarns together (combing felting and non-felting fibers in one knit piece). In this shawl, the pure silk yarn (A) acts as a resist to the wool/silk felting yarn (B).  When felted in a washing machine, or dryer the pure silk yarn actually grows in the process, while the wool/silk blend shrinks and felts . The result produces a textured and dramatic knit fabric, one that is light and airy, rather than the heavy dense fabric achieved when using traditional felting methods and yarns.  Natalie prefers to felt in the dryer to keep colors vibrant, and it also seems easier and uses less resources.  She soaks the garment in cold water with a rinse free woolwash, gently squeezes out most of the water, and then tosses it in the dryer (NOT in a delicate bag) with clothes of similar colors.  You may need to re-wet it once or twice, but it will be done by the time your clothes are dry.  If  you are too scared to do this yourself, Natalie offers finishing on Alchemy projects starting at $15.

The Alchemy Trunk show is only here until July 24th!
(most of these patterns are free with yarn purchase)
If you are unable to come in, we are happy to put any of these projects together for you- tailored to your color tastes.  Our staff have all knit numerous Alchemy projects and are all familiar with these yarns.

The Carolina Shawl is simple miter triangle with a beautiful central lace panel and elegant border is knit, then lightly felted to achieve the sensational drape and drama made possible by the shibori process.  This takes 1 skein each Silken Straw and 1 skein Sanctuary (but we recommend buying two skeins of straw just to make sure you don't run out on the last section). 

 
 The Fits of Passion  wrap is  a beautiful old-fashioned lace stitch made extraordinary after the piece is lightly felted.  This wrap takes 3 skeins silken straw, 1 skein sparky, and 1 skein Sanctuary.  The Nautilus Wrap   wrap is a colorful adventure in simple short row knitting, and Shibori Felting.  This takes 4 skeins Sanctuary, and only one skein of Silken Straw, and one of Sparky

 
The Rococo Cowl combines three colors and the much loved feather and fan stitch.  This cowl takes one skein each of Sparky, Silken Straw, and Sanctuary.  The Slinky Alchemy Ascot is an updated version of the much loved original that many of you have made out of a fingering weight yarn.  This darling project takes just one skein of Sparky.
 
The Spark It up Scarf   is a riff on the ever-popular Magicians scarf.  This scarf blends  Silken Straw, Sparky and Sanctuary, with a simple length-wise cast on generates flouncy drama.   This project takes one skein each of Sparky, Silken Straw, and Sanctuary.   The Skipping Stones Wrap  b lends five harmonious colors together in a simple feather & fan lace motif made interesting with basic intarsia.  This project takes 3 skeins of silken straw in 3 similar colors, as well as 1 skein Sparky and 1 skein Sanctuary.
 
The Bon Vivant shawl is a  pleasing combination of textures; a simple feather & fan lace stitch is centered in the design, and culminates in a beautiful undulating border at the bottom of this multi-season shawl.  This project  takes 2 skeins silken straw, and 1 skein Sanctuary.
 
Another Stunning Trunk Show from Shibui until July 29th 
Come in- try on- touch!
Shibui Yarns infuses modern taste with classic silhouettes, blended with elegant and functional designs.  Shibui quite literally means "elegant with a touch of bitterness" in Japanese.  We love this yarn line because they use the highest quality fibers, and a limited color palate.  Their patterns also fully showcase all of their yarns for knitters of all skills and styles.

 

Mix No. 23  is not for the faint of heart, but it is a nice (but challenging) first double knitting project.  This plush and dense cowl uses 2 skeins each of two colors Cima held doubled.   Broad contrasting stripes meet to form chevron points, giving the cowl a cool geometric allure. Modern and stylish, No. 23 cowl is equally beautiful in soft neutrals or vibrant brights. 

 

Mix No. 21  is c constructed side to side knit in a simple rib stitch that provides luxurious stretch and drape.  No. 21s slightly lengthened back gives it a modern silhouette. Staccato held double creates a rich fabric with a silken sheen.  This sweater uses 9-14 skeins of Staccato.

 
Mix No. 20 is next up for Natalies summer knitting, and as soon as you touch it, you will know why!  
Narrow stripes intersect at perpendicular angles making this striking cowl a fun and interesting knit.  An unexpected pop of color is right on trend, and adds interest to this otherwise neutral cowl. Cima and Silk Cloud held together give No. 20 its lightweight yet warm fabric that will make you never want to take it off.  This cowl is knit using 5 skeins each of Silk Cloud and Cima (2 skeins each Color A, 2 skeins each Color B, 1 skein each Color C) on US Size 6 circular needle.

 
Mix No. 19 is figure flattering color blocked silk mohair pullover.  Silk Cloud held double knits up into a sumptuous, yet practically weightless fabric making the most perfect gauzy, drapey pullover. Contrasting hues create distinct blocks of color, providing an interesting juxtaposition to the soft, haloed fiber. Knit No. 19 in a tonal pairing for a subtle contrast, or go bold and bright for a dramatic look.  This sweater is knit using 6-7 skeins of Silk Cloud held double on US Size 4 (3.5 mm) circular needles,  Size 6 circular needle.

 

Silk Cloud and Cima, one of our favorite pairings, come together in Veer. Deceptively simple, this v-neck, tunic length sweater is knit in the round, with a flattering dropped hemline on size 6 needles. Simple increases define the shape, and fitted sleeves are juxtaposed against the loose, easy fit that you can dress up or down. Silk Cloud gives an incandescent glow to the fabric, while the high percentage of baby alpaca in Cima make this a delight to wear fall through spring.

This sweater is knit using 4-5 skeins each of Shibui Silk Cloud and Cima held together.

 
Swans Island Baby Collection trunk show until July 21st

 
The finest kind  baby blanket has been a favorite with customers for several years now.  A quick knit, with just enough details.  This blanket takes around 1250 yards of worsted weight wool.


Zoe the baby beluga  with her simple shape and sweet face is a wonderful first baby gift and is knit in the Natural Merino Worsted.  


For the adult in your life, make them Chloe the big beluga!   This adorable stuffed Beluga is a simple treasure for you to enjoy making and sharing.  Knit in the round with basic stockinette stitch from nose to tail, she has elegant shaping details and a sweet embroidered smile.  The big sister to our pint-sized Zoe, Chloe makes a wonderful gift for children of all ages knit in the Natural Merino Worsted.  We have plenty of both whale patterns in hard copy.


Flopsy the bunny is a classic toy knit in worsted weight wool.  Toys are always the right size for those on your knitting list.  



The Bunkie Blankie is not a quick knit, but it is truly a hand-crafted heirloom.  Simple linen stitch is used throughout to impart a woven look to the face of the fabric, and feels wonderfully soft. The back side of this fabric has an equally interesting texture that looks like seed stitch, so there really is no right or wrong side.  This blankie uses around 1,000 yards of the main color, and 150 yards of the contrast color shown in Swans Island Natural Merino.  

 


The new Little Spuds Collection

  We were able to see the latest at Blue Sky Alpaca and we fell in love with everything they had to offer this year!  We have decided to share this new collection with you first.  Natalie plans to have this entire collection knit up for the store by fall- and just finished the blanket, and honey bear hoodie and will have them on display June 16th! 
The little spuds collection is fun and fresh designed in washable yarns for baby's first year.  Each piece in this collection is cleverly constructed in simple silhouettes that are smart, stylish, and comfy to wear.  Perfect for baby boys or girls, these patterns are made to mix and match with infinite color choices.

Both the Honey Bear Hoodie and the Bundle me Blankie is sure to knit up quickly in Outer!

 

We brought back new Soak Boxes from the trade show!


This limited edition Soakbox includes a 3oz bottle of Yuzu Soak, stylishly matched with 2 balls of Erika Knight British Blue wool, and two patterns to choose from.  Natalie already knit up the little stripped hat!  To shop in our online store click here




Try Shibui Twig for Summer


Our latest yarn from Shibui is a  trio of favorite fibers: cashmere, fine merino, and recycled silk creating a tweedy lace-weight yarn.  To shop it in our online store click here.

 

All the staff here at Knitting off Broadway have fallen in love with the entire Shibui line this year!  We love the restrained palate, and that all the colors come in all the yarns so  you can easily mix and match!  We are also intrigued by the mix of fibers they use, and all the wonderful and modern patterns that are made just for their yarns.  We have learned that you can interchange Pebble, Twig, Cima, and Linen for most Shibui Patterns!  It depends what season you are knitting for!  Shop Twig, Shop Cima, Shop Pebble, or Shop Linen!  

 
Square uses either 3-4 skeins Twig, or Linen.  Bevel uses 3-4 skeins in two contrasting colors of Twig.


Alchemy Yarns are simply stunning to wear, and wonderful to knit with.  They use only the highest quality dyes, and yarns.  Each skein is hand dyed in California.


  

 

Our Straw into Gold shawl is in Hemlock.  We used Pagoda instead of Lust for a textured look!
Straw into Gold Shawl uses 2 skeins Sparky, 2 skeins Silken Straw, and one skein Pagoda (or Lust)  in this elegant design. Order this kit here
The shop sample will be knit using Pagoda, instead of Lust.  We stock many colors of Pagoda, and you get a nice variation in texture, just as you would if you used Lust.  Lust is a smooth yarn, and Pagoda is crinkly, but either way your garter ridges will really stand out!  We have our fingers crossed that one skein of Pagoda will be enough!  The shawl shown here is in Sand Dollar, but we have other colors available.

Sparky is our latest Alchemy yarn which adds a subtle sheen to projects.  Click here to shop it in our online store.  Most of the Alchemy Patterns are free when you buy the yarns for the project.  Many patterns are available for purchase in our store as a hard copy, but some are only available on Ravelry or as a PDF.


Madelinetosh Prairie back in stock
We just got in our spring shipment of Madelinetosh Prairie.  Prairie is the lace-weight version of Tosh Merino Light.  One of our favorite projects is Samen by Stephen West which uses five colors of Prairie held double in different combinations throughout. 
 

  Here Natalie is wearing her large version on the left, which used a variety of hand painted lace weights doubled, on a size 7 needle.  On the right, Natalie is wearing Vicki's smaller version knit with Prairie held doubled on a size 5 needle.  Tami has knit this, and Ruth just picked out yarn to knit this project.  When you use Prairie, one skein each of the five colors is more than enough to knit either version.  You can also knit this using five different colors of Tosh Merino Light.  We have a really good selection of both yarns at the moment, over 50 colors of TML in the store  (many are single skeins, so we do not have all the colors listed in our online store).

Carol Sunday Pueblo, and Sonoma Stole Kits back in stock!



 
We have three different colorways knit up in the store!  Each one is simply beautiful!  Shown above in High Country, and Ruth's in Autumn on the right.
 
Shown above in Primavera, and Sonoma on the right.

Slip-Stitch Cashmere Cowl

We designed this fun cowl for the store!  It uses two skeins of Jade Sapphire 4-ply Cashmere, but you can easily use Acadia, or a combination of your favorite DK weight yarns!

 Alchemy Yarns Projects!
We have most of the projects shown below on display in the store!  Come in and try them on. 

 
The Wisdom Wrap Can be made in Silken Straw, or in Sparky!  For the traditional wrap, you need 2 skeins Sanctuary, and either 8 skeins (2 each of 4 colors), or 6 skeins total (one each of six different colors) in Silken Straw.  For the Sparky version, Natalie used 6 skeins Sparky (one of each color), and two skeins Sanctuary in Lost Coast. Click here to see details of the Silken Straw version, and here for the Sparky Version. 

 
The Chevron Scarf knits up quickly using one skein each of Silken Straw, Sanctuary, and Sparky.  The Vineyard Rows Tunic is knit using 8-10 skeins Kozmos.  Once you try this on,  you will not want to take it off! 

 
The Calexico Wrap can be made with endless color combinations!  You need 2 skeins Sanctuary, and one skein each of 4 colors of Silken Straw.  Try the Beaded Mohair Scarf, that can also be worn as a head scarf, using only one skein of Haiku.







Four Modern Wrappers

Seven different yarns, endless possibilities, and yes they look good on 99% of customers.

Natalie,  Jan, and Vicki jumped on the modern wrapper band wagon last year knitting 7 wrappers between them!  Donna tried one this December, and also really loved it.  Why do we love this so much?  It is easy.  Yes you need to gauge swatch, but it makes you feel certain that your finished piece will look like the one in the store.  We also like this sweater because it is like wearing a bathrobe with certain yarns, and very dressy with others.  Our customers have been  very successful with this project, and many make more than one... yes, Natalie will put it together for a reasonable price.  
 
Natalie and Hoosier in this wrapper, and Jan is wearing this wrapper.  Both feature a hand-painted mohair by Hedgehog Fibers that adds depth to a solid, or tweed wool.

 
Natalie's fist wrapper is still her favorite.  A dark green tweed with a black mohair is simply stunning, and surprising.  Donna is wearing a rich combination of different shades of purple in the Isager Irish Tweed, and Shibui Silk Cloud.  Each of these sweaters take 1,200 yards of two yarns held doubled on a size 10.  The pattern is a bit pricey at $10 but it is worth it, and makes even a new knitter feel confidant.


  We still have the lovely Vittran kits in stock!



What a glorious limited edition colorway...





Lorna's Laces Pearl back in stock!  One skein is all you need to knit a beautiful scarf.

















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We are conveniently located just west of downtown at:

1309 Broadway [ map & directions ]
Fort Wayne, Indiana 46802
260-422-YARN (9276)
yarn@knittingoffbroadway.com
 
 
If you are a sock knitter, you must stop in!  We have an incredible selection of sock yarn, wooden sock needles, and all the latest sock knitting books.

 

We now have a group on Ravelry!  What is Ravelry you ask?  It is a website for knitters, by knitters.  It's a great place to get inspiration, see what everyone is knitting, check for pattern errors or send/view questions to someone who has knitted a project already!  You do need to sign up, but it's free and worth it!  (http://www.ravelry.com)

Summer is the time for wild and stylish knits

In the summer, we have more time to do the things we really love- like knit!

Just this morning, a customer came in and told us what a great time she had knitting outside yesterday!  We all couldn't agree more, weather you need a break from the garden, or family activities, grab you knitting and relax!  Natalie just joined the  Stephen West Summer Shawl KAL and it really motivated her to finish her project quickly (and it was so much fun changing colors!).  Last year we had a great time knitting  Vertices Unite,  Dotted Rays,  and  Smooth Move,  and this summer we know we will want to make more than one of Stephen West's fun projects!  This newsletter has some fun ideas that make the most of multiple colors.
 
Unicorn Parallelograms  uses 20 different colors of Tosh Merino Light from the  Unicorn Mega Bundle, but Natalie used only 17 colors, and plans to use her remaining colors to knit a smaller Unicorn Stripes Cowl.  

 
Natalie is wearing  Gloria's Unicorn Stripes Cowl  which we have in the store!  She usedall 30 colors  and followed the directions to the letter! 

Tokyo Wrap Shawl Kits back in stock!

 
Come in and see this lovely sample knit by Denise!  These patterns are only sold with the kit, but you do save by not having to buy full balls of 3 contrast colors!  To view more details click here.
 


The latest kits from Blue Sky Alpacas! 
Royal Petite Animal Kits


These adorable kits are suitable for the advanced beginner.  Each kit includes directions for knitting in the round, or back and forth.  These precious patterns are sold only in the kits.  

Collect them all!  We already have Emile in the store;  Natalie still needs to assemble her Marcel and Lisette!  Ruth is taking Hector with her on vacation!  What fun little friends!

These kits make it simple- everything you need is all in one place! Click  here  to see the free Royal Pillow pattern!

 

The Earth Stripe Wrap Kit
New and revised pattern

This is a large sumptuous striped wrap with long fringed ends, sure to keep you warm as a scarf out and about, or as a shawl at home.  The stripe sequence keeps you interested and your knitting moving!  The yarn is held doubled throughout on a size 6 needle. Finished size is 19.5 in (49 cm) wide by 58.5 in (149 cm) long, excluding fringe.  Pattern is included with this kit.  
To view this kit in our online store click  here.

We have this in our store so you too will fall in love with this silk mohair yarn.

 

 

Do you or someone you love, love color?  If so this is the sweater for you!  It has 17 different colors.

This ladies intarsia sweater from RowanMagazine 56, designed by Kaffe Fassett (who else?!).  It uses our newest yarn, Rowan Fine Tweed. With a wide neck and drop shoulder, the yarn is used double throughout so it goes fairly quickly, and there is no shaping.  This knitting pattern is for the intermediate knitter.

Each kit contains the required yarn, and Rowan Magazine 56.  To shop this in our online store click  here.

To view Natalie's progress on this sweater click here.





Introducing Bahh Ram Ewe Titus all the way from the U.K.  Click here to shop it in our online store.  

70% british Long wool, 30% UK alpaca; hand wash.
100g, 350 yds (320m); 28-30 sts = 4" on US 2-3 (2.75-3mm)

The breathless reviews for Titus are quite right!  The  artisan  makers of Baa Ram Ewe have combined the beautiful long locks of the quintessential Yorkshire Wensleydale with the finest of British sheep breeds, the Bluefaced Leicester, and gilded the lily with a touch of UK alpaca to create a luxurious fingering-weight yarn with the perfect balance of squish and drape, and is perfect for color work!  

 
Northallerton is a beautiful slouchy colourwork hat, complete with pompom. Shown in Titus Coal, Bramley Baths and Filey, it uses one hank of each colour.Carthorpe are fingerless mitts with cabled detail. Shown in Titus Bramley Baths, the pattern requires just one hank (or use leftovers from one of the hats!).  We are fully stocked on the Toasty Knits booklet, as well as all the single patterns from the book.