September 2014 KnitWit News


Welcome to our end of August/early September newsletter! I hope you have all enjoyed some lovely summer weather.  Here in Maine, the weather has been cooling just a bit, the day seeming just a bit shorter than a few weeks ago, and there seems to be a slight (very slight!) feel of fall in the air on some of the chillier mornings. Fall means time for classes and we’ve lined up some fun learning opportunities for those of you looking to augment your knitting skills.

In September, we have a few spaces left in Stephanie from Dirty Water Dyeworks’ Thrumming Workshop on 9/13!  Once the workshop is over, we’ll clear the table to make room for a yarn tasting.  Stephanie will bring her fall colors in new and familiar bases for you to touch and ponder future projects. I’ll provide some goodies to eat and hopefully a fun time will be had by all!

In October, Judy Warde is offering her Toe Up Sock class (a 2-part class, on 10/11 & 10/18). Come learn the magic cast on, Fleegle heel, and super stretchy bind-off.  Toe Up Socks are a great way to use that one special skein of yarn in a way guaranteed to net you a pair of socks (not just one sock and an anklet!).  Start in October and you might be able to knit a few pairs of super special socks by that gift giving time of the year!
If socks seem like a large commitment, consider Judy’s fingerless mitt workshop on Sat, 10/25 from 10-12.  You will learn how to add colors to your project as well as sew in ends as you seam the mitt!  Click here for details on the latest class offerings for the Fall.

For those of you who enjoy knitting in a group atmosphere, Open Knitting will move to Thursday nights from 4-6 — please join us as we sit around the back table and work on our projects. First Open Knitting is September 4th from 4-6 — I”ll be there working on my Penny vest out of Brooklyn Tweed’s Loft yarn. It’s a nice project and perfect for a knitting group —not so challenging that I’ll have to refrain from talking or else resign myself to frogging some rows the next morning!  Please note:  KnitWit will be closing at 5:00 p.m. on Fridays beginning September 5th.

Which brings me to new yarns —- we have become a Flagship shop for Brooklyn Tweed — stop in and check out this made in America, spun in New England, and shipped from Portland wonderful yarn. Some other new yarn arrivals are listed below!

I hope you all enjoy these last few weeks of summer!

Happy Knitting,



New Arrivals

We are so excited to now be carrying Brooklyn Tweed! We have 18 beautiful colorways in each of their weights. Loft is their fingering-weight that can work up anywhere between 6-8 stitches per inch and Shelter is their worsted-weight that can work up between 4.25-5 stitches per inch. If you need some pattern inspiration, check out their Wool People collections on Ravelry.

Quince & Co’s newest bird is Piper, a heavy lace-weight Texas Mohair/Texas Merino blend. This yarn is unbelievably soft and knits up beautifully. The Love & Lemons shawl pattern uses just 3 skeins and makes a perfect fall/winter transition shawl/scarf.

Jaggerspun’s Green Line is not only a great organic sport/dk-weight but it’s also made in Maine! It knits up beautifully at either 6 stitches or 5.5 stitches to the inch. We love these adorable baby/kid hats designed by Mare! This yarn would also make a great choice for adult sweaters, such as Princess Fiona, Vodka Lemonade, or Miriam Cardigan.

On the Needles

I am thoroughly enjoying knitting The Brown Stitch’s Penny Vest in Brooklyn Tweed’s Loft, such a great yarn to use for a fall version of this design. The colors are so much fun and I’m am loving the rustic feel of the yarn! 

Weekly Events
Thursday Open Knitting

Open Knitting will move to Thursday nights from 4-6 pm! Please join us as we sit around the back table and work on our projects. First Open Knitting is Thursday Sept 4 from 4-6 pm.

Please note: this means that we will be closing at 5:00 on Fridays beginning September 5th.

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    Portland, Maine 04101


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    Please note we will be closing early at 2PM on Wednesday 11/26 and re-opening Friday 11/28 at 10AM


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    Tuesday -Wednesday 10:00 - 5:00

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  • Quince & Co. Yarns at KnitWit

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    KnitWit Yarn Shop is honored to be Quince & Co.'s original flagship shop.
    We carry all 37 original colors and 4 heather colors of bulky Puffin, chunky Osprey, worsted Lark, sport weight Chickadee, and
    fingering weight Finch. KnitWit also has Tern: Quince & Co.'s wool/silk blend, in fingering weight, as well as beautiful 100% Belgium
    linen yarn: Sparrow. Owl, the newest addition, a wool/alpaca blend is also on the KnitWit shelves.

    Quince yarns are made primarily from US-grown wool. The wool is spun and dyed in Biddeford, Maine, just 20 minutes south of Portland.
    They come with their own line of simple yet sophisticated patterns. For the whole Quince story,
    click here. Quince & Co.

    If you're not in Portland, Quince yarns may be ordered through their website.

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