#LKR2017 and Sunrise Ruby


Attendees of the Lancaster Knitter's Retreat took home skeins of LUMEN in a beautiful new color called 'Sunrise Ruby.' Named for a beautiful poem by Rumi, Sunrise Ruby is incandescent and RED! 

The light returns! Lumen has been re-stocked for online and in store sales.  437 yards of Superwash Merino and Silk make each skein a soft, luminous choice for shawls, garments, and accessories. 



Meet Deb Cech

Deb Cech is an excellent knitter and a longtime educator. We are happy to announce several upcoming Classes & Free Workshops being taught by Deb in our beautiful upstairs knitting studio.


Deb has recently retired from a 28 year career in public education.  She has been knitting for over 50 years!  

"I love any opportunity to frolic with fiber and I am a yarn shop junkie!  In addition to knitting, I am also hooked on hand weaving.  And yes, I have a stash for that too!"  Deb says, "Working at LYS allows me to combine my passions – teaching and creating beautiful things with yarn.  I am so eager to meet the wonderful knitters who frequent the shop."

Have a look at our schedule, register for one of the excellent Classes or Workshops and join us in making Deb feel right at home at LYS!

SEEDLING: organic cotton yarn

Cotton yarns are incredibly various, ranging from mercerized, shiny yarns to soft and fluffy plied yarns.  We’re excited to be carrying and knitting with an organic cotton yarn from Classic Elite called ‘Seedling.’  An eco-friendly yarn, Seedling is a machine washable organic cotton.  Seedling’s organic fiber is more robust and less stressed by chemicals than non-organic cotton, which increases its absorbency and color intensity.

As preparation for the Lancaster Knitter’s Retreat (#LKR2017), I’ve cast on and knit Ann Weaver’s ‘Yipes Stripes Cowl’ using five colors of Seedling. The yarn is lovely to knit with.  It’s a pleasure even when a complicated three color Latvian braid means the yarn must be twisted around a great deal. 

I’m nearly finished my knitting, I have one more braid to do, a fancy bind off and ends to weave in.  While the yarn is machine washable, I plan to hand wash my cowl for blocking. 

Yarn Details for Seedling:

110 yards (101 meters)/50 grams (1.76 ounces)
Gauge: 18.0 sts = 4 inches
Needle size: US 7 - 4.5 mm
Fiber Content: 100% Cotton
Texture: singles plied with binder thread
Machine wash? Yes

Introducing Chateau & Chalet

We are delighted to have Chateau & Chalet from Classic Elite Yarns arrive in the shop this week! A mid-winter stash pick me up, these yarns are an exquisitely soft blend of baby alpaca and bamboo.  What fun to find a chunky weight yarn that is light as a feather and so soft its like knitting a kitten!

The chainette construction provides strength and lightness while the fiber content create enviable drape in a chunky weight.  Chalet is available in undyed, natural colors and Chateau features saturated, vibrant colors.

Projects to consider: knit up a fast one or two skein hat on US#10-11 needles, a beautiful two skein cowl, or go all out and knit a shawl

Chateau & Chalet
Fiber Content
: 70% baby alpaca, 30% bamboo
3-3½ sts/inch US 10-11 (6-8 mm) needle
50 grams/approx 98 yards

Stripes! (the siren call of a favorite look)

I am crazy about stripes. Indiscriminately so. I wear wide striped sweaters with scarves featuring narrow stripes. I like fair isle patterns that resolve visually into a striped pattern, I like stitch patterns that fool the eye and create vertical, horizontal, and diagonal stripes. I like my eye to be led across and up and down and back.  I love striped, hand knit socks. LOVE them.

 Yipes Stripes by Ann Weaver

Yipes Stripes by Ann Weaver

I like stripes in my knitting, and I like them in the world, too.  I like painted crosswalks in bustling towns, the orderly vertical stripes of a bike rack, and telephone poles strung out in lines. I like the way a curled shelf fungi can radiate color to the edge.  I love the white and yellow and black stripes on monarch butterfly caterpillars, the endless variety of striping in leaves, flowers and stems, and the wonder and grandeur of colorful and textured stripes in stone formations.  Driving through Lancaster County's verdant, precious farmland, I am cheered by the contoured fields as the seasons change the colors, heights and textures of the landscape stripe by stripe. Stripes get my attention. 

Self striping yarns can be gorgeous--so much variety and color! And stripes made with leftover bits of yarn are just as appealing.  Gradients allow us to knit and crochet gently changing stripes of color in any shape or configuration.  We'll talk at length about color and strategies for knitting interesting stripes at the Lancaster Knitter's Retreat with Ann Weaver in May.  We'll also be knitting stripes in many of our upcoming Free Workshops--including the Frieze Shawl, Leventry, and the Home & Away hat.

 Ursula by Kate Davies in Kettle Dyed Sock Yarn

Ursula by Kate Davies in Kettle Dyed Sock Yarn

How do you satisfy your knitting obsessions?  I wear and knit stripes nearly all the time, in some configuration or another. Meanwhile, I add stripey patterns and knitting ideas to my endless list of favorite patterns, and scheme for more time to knit!


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.