KnitWit Summer News


Welcome to summer at KnitWit Yarn Shop!  We are finally having some lovely summer-like weather here in Maine.  I have resolved to not complain about the heat this summer (we’ll see how long that resolution lasts!). 

We’ve been busy the last few months adding some summer yarns and working on some projects for summer knitting.  For those of you wanting to knit socks, we just received a shipment from String Theory – several new colors as well as your old favorites in the lovely Caper Sock blend…. Nothing like a little cashmere on your feet! If you are in the mood for a slightly larger project but not wanting to carry a lot around, we are starting a Bees to Honey shawl – ours is going to be out of Caper Sock but we have lots of other sock yarn options too. We are also having a lot of fun knitting Elizabeth’s newest pattern, the Penny vest – we’ve got samples in Soie et Lin (silk and linen blend by Knit One Crochet Too) as well as Quince and Co.’s new Kestral (organic aran-weight linen) yarn. Penny is a great pattern for those of you who have made scarves and cowls and are wondering what’s next – how about a rectangle with armholes…. and a little lace, a little stockinette, and a little garter – all very fun and relaxing to knit.

For those of you wanting a head-start on some holiday knitting, we have several new kits in stock.  Made by Stephanie of Dirty Water Dyeworks, we have a shawl kit, a fingerless mitt kit and a baby sweater kit.  I’m knitting the Brush Creek Shawl kit and am thoroughly enjoying knitting with the Mavis yarn as well as the whole kit (meaning all the decisions are made for you) idea! And, if garter stitch is your thing, you might find yourself “trapped” by the Garter Trap Shawl designed by Andra Asars – we’re using Folio (alpaca/rayon blend) and Milli Colori Baby (a self striping yarn) and it’s kind of addicting to knit…. not sure if we’ll be able to limit ourselves to just one sample as there are so many color combinations to consider.

We also have some new yarns in the store:  Covet  by Knit One Crochet Too (sport-weight, 100% Superbaby alpaca),  Jaggerspun yarn‘s Green Line (organic sport weight) and Super Lamb (worsted-weight superwash Merino yarn) – both yarns are spun and dyed here in Maine. 

And this note wouldn’t be complete without mentioning Quince and Co.’s latest little “bird” Piper (50% Super kid mohair and 50% merino, all sourced from Texas – so completely American made!). It’s absolutely fabulous to touch and pretty sweet to knit with also!

Please note KnitWit will be closed on Friday, July 4th.  We’ll open  at 10:00 on Saturday July 5th!  Have a wonderful 4th of July and a fun summer.

Happy Knitting,



Summer Project Ideas

We had a lot of fun picking out yarn combinations for this Bees to Honey shawl! You can pick any two fingering-weight colors – we went with String Theory’s Caper Sock yarn in a fun variegated and semi-solid.

The Penny vest makes for great summer knitting because it’s perfect for linen or linen-blend yarns. And, it’s written for all yarn-weights so it’s super versatile. We have it knit up at the shop in Knit One Crochet Too’s Soie et Lin as well as Quince & Co.’s Kestrel. But Quince’s Sparrow or Piper or Classic Elite’s Firefly would all make good options too!

Another great option for linen is Quince & Co’s Emma Shrug. A perfect little layer over summer dresses and tanks for those breezy summer nights. You can knit it up in their Sparrow yarn, or try their new mohair/merino blend Piper!

The Garter Trap shawl/scarf is the perfect summer project and is surprisingly addicting! Combine a solid yarn (like Berroco’s Folio) with a self-striping yarn (like Mille Colori Baby) and watch a rainbow of color unfold as you happily knit along!

The Hitchhiker is a great go-to easy summer knitting project, so how about casting on using one of Done Roving’s new bright and colorful skeins of Frolicking Feet? Not sure how to wear shawlettes such as this? We recently tried it on after attaching the ends together and found it makes a great cowl too!

We have lots of great kits from Dirty Water Dyeworks, including the Brush Creek Shawl kit that we’ve started on in these beautiful purple colorways. Our other kits include these patterns: Sweet Bunting Cardigan and X-Mitts, all using Dirty Water Dyeworks lovely hand-dyed yarn

If you have been excited to knit with Quince & Co’s newest bird Piper, why not knit up this cute summer shrug, Ella! This makes a great little layer, perfect for the summer months or the fall too.

New Arrivals

We are now carrying Jaggerspun’s sport-weight Green Line yarn, an 100% organic wool in a sport/dk weight. And, it’s made in Maine too! For some pattern inspiration, perhaps Princess Fiona, Vodka Lemonade, or Caramel.

We are also carrying Jaggerspun’s Super Lamb, a worsted-weight, washable, 100% wool. If you are looking for a Maine-made, washable wool to knit up some baby or kid sweaters this summer, then this is the yarn for you! And, you will love the modern, bright color palette.

Covet is a sport-weight, 100% super baby alpaca yarn that is oh-so-soft! Two skeins is all you need to make up this cute bandana. Or, Dawn’s Garden Wall Shawlette would drape wonderfully in this yarn too!

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

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