Lancaster Knitter's Retreat 2017


We are delighted to announce that Ann Weaver and Melissa Leapman will be teaching at #LKR2017 in April! 

Ann Weaver sees knitting patterns in container ships, Tom Waits lyrics, Moby-Dick, classic cocktails, and the work of artists like Josef Albers and Mark Rothko. When she is not traveling to teach knitting workshops, Ann lives in Baltimore, Maryland.  Ann comes to LKR highly recommended by knitters who have studied with her at other events in the mid-Atlantic and beyond. 

Melissa Leapman joins us from New York City!  With over 1000 designs in print, Melissa Leapman is one of the most widely-published American crochet and knit designers at work today.  Nationally, her workshops are popular with crafters of all levels. She teaches at every major knitting and crochet event, including STITCHES, VKLive, and the CGOA/TKGA shows, as well as at nearly every TNNA industry trade show for the past twelve years.

Ann and Melissa will be teaching at the Lancaster Knitter's Retreat in Bird-in-Hand,  Pennsylvania.  Let's knit together!
Sign up HERE.

Winter Knitting

My knitting bag has a haphazard, weary look these days.  Truth be told, I'm not entirely sure I know what exactly is in there. It certainly is full though--and I bet there's some good stuff in there!  

I think I'll take a little time to sort through it and uncover which projects didn't get finished.  I need to get it done, I have a new project ready to start that needs to fit in the bag!

Wishing you a happy and healthy New Year--and one that's filled with beautiful yarns, patterns that interest you and push you a little, and time to spend on things, people, and projects that are important to you! 

Happy New Year!



When a Pattern Speaks to You...

You know what I mean.  You browse Ravelry, or Knitty, or pinterest, Instagram, Twist Collective--and you idle over new patterns as older patterns drift by in your 'favorites' or pile up in your knitting queue.  Some patterns wait quietly for the day when you match them up with a beautiful yarn, and others are more insistent. They show up over and over! 

That has been the case for me since I first saw the graphica's 'Inspira Cowl' (right) on Ravelry nearly five years ago. I 'favorited' it. I downloaded it. I read it. I looked at all three versions, and pored over many of the 3,500 projects posted on Ravelry since it was published.

And this week, the pattern came together with two beautiful yarns, and I cast on!  I'm making the Mesa Rock version which is written for Aran weight yarn.  I'm following the pattern as written, except that instead of using two ombre' style color changing yarns, I'm using Reggae Ombre' with a coordinating solid color of Kenzie.  It's already incredibly soft and appealing--and I can't stop knitting!

 photo c graphica

photo c graphica

Reggae Ombre'

What's new in the shop?  We've brought in Reggae Ombre' from Schoppel!  This might be our favorite merino yarn ever!

Reggae Ombre' is a worsted/aran weight, slightly felted single ply yarn.  You'll love it dyed in instantly recognizable, vibrant Schoppel colorways. 

Just in time for brilliant, colorful fall and holiday knitting!

Next week: pattern ideas for Reggae Ombre'!

Kettle Dyed Sock--a new color just snuck in!

We're happy to have a new color on the shelves today!  'Dragonfly' is named for the common Green Darner Dragonfly.  Bright and intense with shades of blue and green, this is a hand painted, variegated yarn that will stripe, pool, and flash depending on your pattern and gauge.  Available in limited quantities here in the shop.  We'll add it to the online shop soon!

(Can't live without it? Call the shop, we'll take phone orders until we're sold out!)


Summer days bring Lancaster County's usually orderly flower beds into full bloom. Visited by butterflies that travel incredible distances, including a beautiful blue butterfly, the Red-spotted Purple (Limenitis arthemis astyanax), perennial and annual flower beds are a point of pride for Lancaster gardeners.

LUMEN is 50% silk and 50% merino in a fingering weight, and the color Lapis is a nod to these rare, fine flying visitors.  Each 100 gram skein is a generous 437 yards, enough for most one skein shawlettes, a beautiful scarf, or a pair of fingerless gloves.  Knit, weave or crochet something beautiful with LUMEN yarn.

Stop by the shop in Intercourse, Pennyslvania, or shop HERE in our online store.