New Shop Sample: Hitchhiker in Koigu

by Craig on July 30, 2015


Hitchhiker Scarf in Koigu

Last week, Kathy finished knitting Martina Behm’s Hitchhiker Scarf in Koigu KPPPM color P839-67. It’s so much fun to play with different combinations of Koigu yarn that I sometimes forget how beautiful a piece is in just one colorway. The shades of blue and purple look like an Impressionist painting.

Hitchhiker Scarf

Hitchhiker is a shallow triangle made in garter stitch, so the knitting is easy. It’s stepped edge is made by binding off stitches – also easy. You don’t need to count stitches, just bind off all stitches when you have the length you want. Kathy’s version is 60 inches long and 11 inches at the deepest point.

Hitchhiker's stepped edge

To knit your own, you’ll need 3 skeins of Koigu KPPPM, a 32-inch size US 4 circular needle, and the Hitchhiker pattern.

Learn to Felt with Artfelt!

by Craig on July 28, 2015


Learn to use Artfelt with Chuck Wilmesher of Skacel Collection on Sunday, September 13 from 12-2pm. The cost is $25 and includes a kit to make one of three projects:

an eyeglass case,


a cellphone or camera case,


or a mini catchall.


Artfelt uses a patented paper for a new and easier way felt. It’s not needle felting, wet felting, or fulling – and you can make anything from thin scarves to thick trivets.

Chuck will walk you through the process and you’ll be given instructions to finish at home. Because Artfelt doesn’t involve knitting or crocheting, this is a great class to take with non-knitting friends!

Call us at 215-893-9939 or stop in to reserve your space!

Hikoo Yarn Tasting

by Craig on July 22, 2015


Join us Saturday, September 12 from 2-4pm for a yarn tasting featuring Hikoo Yarns. We’ll sample 5 yarns – CoBaSi, Simplicity, Kenzie, SimpliWorsted and Zumi – with Addi knitting needles and crochet hooks.

selection of Hikoo Yarns

Chuck Wilmesher of Skacel Collection, Hikoo’s creator and Addi’s distributor, will be our guide. He’s bringing us yarn samples, garments to see and feel, and pattern suggestions for each of the yarns.

Chuck Wilmesher

Chuck learned to knit in 2007 and has been knitting ever since. He left corporate life in Los Angeles (where he worked marketing toys for a large manufacturer), and after a few years working in a yarn shop, was hired by Skacel where he’s the Director of Product Research and Development.

Chuck played a key role in creating each of these yarns. While we swatch, he’ll tell us how each came to be, how they are made, and about the mills that make them.

The cost of the tasting is $10. Call us at 215-893-9939 to reserve your space!

Brooklyn Tweed Introduces 5 New Shades

by Craig on July 15, 2015


New BT Colors

Brooklyn Tweed introduces five new colors to Shelter and Loft today: Cinnabar, Bale, Tartan, Flannel & Tallow. I hardly feel like I’ve exhausted the possibilities of the existing 32 shades, but who can resist more colors!

To give you a sense of the new shades in action, I grouped them with some of the existing ones.

Camper, Long Johns, and Cinnabar


Plume, Wool Socks, and Cinnabar


Almanac, Flannel, and Faded Quilt


Fauna, Hayloft, and Bale


Fauna, Hayloft, Bale, and Tartan


All five new shades are in-store and online now – come plan your next project!


independence day sale

Whether you’re going to the beach or the mountains or just staying home, there’s nothing like having a new project – or two – at your side!

We’re at the height of summer, so there’s plenty of time for a top in a cool cotton or a new shawl in a beautiful hand dyed fingering weight yarn.

If you’re really on top of things (and I’m not, though I wish I was), get a jump on your holiday gift knitting and save at the same time!

Everything in-store & online is 15% off – even already marked-down items. Use promo code JULY4 online. And remember, US shipping is only $5.95 and FREE on orders over $75!

The shop schedule for the holiday weekend is:

Thursday & Friday – open 11am to 6pm.
Saturday – closed.
Sunday – open 11am to 4pm.

Of course, the online shop is always open!

PLEASE NOTE: The sale applies to in-stock merchandise only. We’re unable to make prior purchase adjustments or to issue rain checks. Sale ends 7/5/15 at 11:59PM EST. All sales final.

New Shop Sample: Hiawatha

by Craig on June 23, 2015


Tonia Barry's Hiawatha Vest Pattern

Laura recently finished knitting the Hiawatha Vest in Classic Elite’s Firefly yarn. It’s a wonderful, three-season layering piece – wear it with a tank dress for a little extra coverage at air conditioned summer events, or use it to dress up jeans and a long-sleeved tee in the fall and early spring.

The long draped fronts create a soft, flattering line and the reverse stockinette on the collar is a smart detail.

Classic Elite Yarn's Firefly

Firefly is blend of viscose and linen that makes a finished fabric with soft sheen and wonderful drape. It comes in warm and cool neutrals, soft mid-range tones, and rich shades.

Hiawatha Vest detail

This was a simple knit with clear directions – perfectly suited for poolside knitting! You can knit it with an open or closed back style. Laura knit the 36-inch size, closed back version with 6 balls of Firefly in silver.

Sized for 32 (36, 40, 44, 48, 52) inch busts, you’ll need 6 (6, 7, 8, 8, 9) balls of Firefly for the corresponding size and US 5 needles to knit your own.

Choose your shade of Firefly and get the pattern here!