New Yarns, A Few Events for Your Calendar, A Surprising New Spinner

The Knitty Spring+Summer contest winners have been chosen. The lucky winners’ names are on the Contest page. They’ve been contacted and are excitedly awaiting their prizes! Stay tuned…more contests will be announced for our upcoming First Fall issue, which goes live any day now.


We were excited to learn of the launch of Quince and Company, a new independent US yarn company founded by Pam Allen (ex-editor of Interweave Knits, designer and author), designer Carrie Bostick Hoge and their friend Bob Rice, who happens to own a spinning mill.  They have beautiful yarns, some lovely and very accessible patterns, and a wonderful sensibility: they have focused on sourcing products as locally and as environmentally and socially responsibly as they can.  Patterns and yarn are available from their website, and they are looking forward to distribution in local yarn stores in the near future.


A rainbow of yak gorgeosity. Image courtesy Lorna's Laces & Bijou Basin.

Last week, Lorna’s Laces announced a collaboration with Bijou Basin Ranch, to dye their delicious yak yarns in fabulous Lorna’s colors. The colors are “nearly solids” with a gentle, earthy edge.  Three different yarns will get the Lorna’s treatment.

Question: Why is it that the ugliest beasties make the most beautiful yarn? The yaks, that is, not the crew at Lorna’s!

Anyway, I personally adore the Bijou Basin yarns, and this is terrific news.


Image courtesy Knitter's review.

Registration for Clara Parkes’ 2010 Knitters’ Review Retreat opens today at noon EST.  Instructors include Ann Budd on the math of knitting, Clara herself on Yarn 101, Cat Bordhi on creating new stitch patterns, and Melissa Morgan-Oakes on knitting with beads.

It all takes place in Williamstown, MA, November 12-14.


The Bust Summer Craftacular London edition runs this weekend, July 10 at York Hall near the Bethnal Green Tube Station. Shopping, crafting, workshops and dancing from noon to 7pm! What more could you want for £2 admission?

And if you’re in London, don’t forget to put the iKnit London Weekender on your schedule, September 10th & 11th.


Prince Charles learns to spin, just in time for the Tour De Fleece.


Yarn bombing your own car? Brilliant!

*Spread the joy!*

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61 thoughts on “New Yarns, A Few Events for Your Calendar, A Surprising New Spinner

  1. deedee

    I am such a fan of Pam Allen, so glad to hear of her new endeavor and cannot wait to purchase yarn/patterns

  2. Seanna Lea

    I just took a look at the Quince yarns and they look wonderful and affordable. There was a sweater in VK a couple of years back knit in Magnum, and I just couldn’t deal with the cost even though by the yard the yarn is pretty affordable. This looks a little bit better and a bit wider color selection!

  3. Cathy Briggs

    The new Quince yarns are beautiful. Love the colors. And that they are spun in the US. Wish more stores carried them.

  4. Susan Paul

    oh thankyou thankyou for the yarn maven car design…it confirms my deeply held intention to decorate the hardtop of my Miata (comes off when the rag top is up, and now, I know that I will decorate the rag top, too…i can knit something outrageous for the ragtop, and know that it will go up…and down…and up. something to do with the hemp i like to knit with, but it’s too stiff to wear. everytime i look in here, i find something i could not have thought up alone….

  5. Cristin

    I love the new First Fall Issue. Thanks for keeping things fresh and mixing things up 🙂

  6. Erin

    Love the way you’ve changed the issues. This really helps the way I plan my knitting projects for the seasons.

  7. CJ

    I love the new fall issue. I am drooling over all the patterns. I like the timing a lot better too. Thanks so much!

  8. Betsy Bradley

    Love the Mythos sweater. You’re right everyone needs this imaginary sweater in their wardrobe!

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