If you watched us on Instagram and Facebook about 2 weeks ago, you know we (Angela + I) went to TNNA (The National NeedleArts Association) in Columbus, Ohio. This is a trade show that gathers together some of the most exciting vendors that the yarn world has to offer, and boy, did we find some pretty things! Don't you want to know what we ordered?! Get ready for an exciting few months..... ASAP by Madelinetosh:
This arrived yesterday!! It's a chunky weight done by Madelinetosh and is perfect for cowls and chunky mittens, etc. Of course the colors are gorgeous (as we've come to expect from Madelinetosh). I found this sample on Ravelry... Isn't it pretty? Click the photo above for the deets.
Unicorn Tails by Madelinetosh:
This comes any day now! Unicorn Tails are not new to Finch, but we decided to order the entire line of Unicorn goodness so that we could do this really fun Chevron Scarf Knit Along. We also ordered the patterns, and those will be available for FREE with your yarn purchase.
You may have seen this on the interwebs.... We saw several folks wearing Unicorn Tail scarves (infinity and long styles) at TNNA, and I think there is general consensus that it's a pretty magical project. Stay tuned for an upcoming announcement on our magical knit along!
Blue Sky Alpaca:
Blue Sky Alpaca came out with a few new colors of Extra, one of our favorite alpaca yarns around here.... and they're gorgeous (and currently in stock)! As usual, their blues come in a beautiful range, and there are a couple of new browns and greys that are just so delicious.
The new patterns are really not over done and are very wearable (and knittable). That poncho above is only 4 skeins of Extra! Also, Blue Sky came out with a new set up for their always patterns- they are now booklet style and less cumbersome to unfold and read. All Blue Sky patterns are FREE! with your purchase of yarn!
Spud & Chloe:
We just beefed up our stock of Spud & Chloe, and we have a lovely display of the yarn and new patterns they just released. Brace yourself... it's too cute to handle!
How cute are these pieces??! The Boo Boo Bottoms are knit with machine washable Fine yarn, a blend of 80% superwash wool and 20% silk (we have loads of colors to choose from). Also included in this one pattern booklet is the Tiny Topper Hat in Spud & Chloë Stripey Fine yarn.
The Bundle Me Blankie is knit with machine washable Outer yarn, a blend of 65% Superwash Wool and 35% Organic Cotton. There are endless options for color play on this snuggly blanket, from soft neutrals to playful bright hues. This yarn is so yummy to knit with, and with size 13 needles, you'll be done in no time.
Ok, I'm sorry (no I'm not). I had to do it. These guys were too cute not to have. I'm working on Hector the Hippo right now (bottom right)..... These are small, so while there are a few parts to knit, none of them are very time consuming (I finished all the limbs while watching the telly last night). Baby Finch will definitely have a couple to snuggle up with! These are made with Blue Sky's Royal Alpaca yarn (which is a rare and very luxe feeling yarn), have little plastic beads in their bums to help them sit, and are complete with screw in eye balls so they are baby safe. Here's a look inside the beautiful packaging... Even the box will be a great bed for the finished animal.
Lastly from Blue Sky... They are kings of packaging (as you can see), and knocked it out of the park with these gorgeous new rosewood DPNS in beautiful tin cases... I'm using them to knit Hector right now. What a great gift these would be for your favorite knitter.
Soak Baby kits (can you tell someone is having a baby):
These kits from Soak include one small bottle of Soak and a matching set of two wee balls of machine washable 100% British Bluefaced Leicester. This wool is perfect for babies and anything you want to wear next to your skin. The Bluefaced Leicester sheep breed is known for long fibers that spin into a soft, woolly wool. Included in the box is a pattern and enough yarn for your choice of either baby leg warmers or a baby hat.
Be still my gypsy heart! I love Knit Collage. Above is Angela and Amy (Amy is the original gypsy of Knit Collage). The first time I saw this yarn, I knew it had to come home with me. Spun very carefully (it won't fall apart), many of their yarns include bits of found things such as lace, ribbon, braids, flowers, etc. We are stocking most of their yarns, so you'll see there are options for adults and kids alike. We also have a selection of free one-skein patterns with purchase of yarn.
You may recall that Angela and I went to New York last year. One of the highlights of that trip was going to the Loopy Mango store in Soho. It has since closed, but don't worry, they are happily spinning their exaggeratedly large scale yarns in Key Largo. And even more happily, they are wholesaling said fat yarn to us!
I knitted this the other night... that's right, it's a quick one. We are carrying large skeins (enough to make a throw or a shawl), shawl pins (imagine oversized, silver diaper pins), the small balls (large enough for a cowl), and the size 50 circular needles (not the straights pictured above). If you want to forgo buying the needles, just borrow ours. We think you might not need them often. :)
Madelinetosh Silk + Merino plus New Colors:
Have you heard?! Tosh is now doing a silk + merino blend... It's so pretty!! We ordered the new base and all the new colors from Madelinetosh, and we expect them to arrive in about 12 weeks (just in time for fall knitting). We also have an order coming in July.... You'll notice that I'm building our stock of Tosh over here, so we'll be the LYS to go to for all your Tosh needs. (Really, for all your knitting needs, amiright?!)
You may have noticed the sweet little beanie on a shelf in our shop that has a gradiant striping effect.... it was done in this yarn years ago (by me, for my second baby). I have always wanted to stock this yarn because I think the colors are really fun, and it's fun to see how the yarn pools and knits up as the color changes. Also, it's super wash.... SO that's a plus. We also will be stocking some of Classic Elite's other bases such as Chalet and Tiverton among others. This will be here in the fall.
Freia is a really fun (and super hard to get) yarn that we are really excited we'll be stocking starting in August! The yarn comes in balls as you see pictured, and grades continuously (never repeating colors). We ordered this in all their bases, so there will be lots of options for a wide variety of projects. Socks anybody?! Shawls, sweaters and scarves would be fun too!
Wool and the Gang:
Wool and the Gang puts the cool in knitting, that is for sure. They are a UK based company that makes great yarn (we're getting some really awesome bulky weight yarn and worsted alpaca yarn) and amazing kits. Their kits are sold in a bag like the one you see above, and they include the pattern, the needles (really nice, rosewood needles), and the yarn... but not to worry- you pick your colors and fill your bag all by yourself. This will be a fall release for us.
Isn't this bag cute? It's a kit!
Koigu is another one of those yarns that I've always wanted to stock. Their color range is, bar none, the widest range I've seen of hand dyed yarns. It's nuts. Hundreds. Of. Colors. Imagine picking out a small fraction of those colors! Not to worry- we have plenty coming, but there's no way we'll ever be able to stock their entire line. It's colossal, vast.... ok, you get it (you really can't get it until you see it, but anyway). We ordered their worsted weight yarn in merino. It's incredibly soft and plush. But the colors... well, they're stunning. This will be a fall arrival at Finch as well.
Manos Del Uruguay
Manos del Uruguay released a new yarn called Clara... here are the stats: 100% Merino Superwash approx: 385 yards / 350 meters per 100 grs skein Machine washable (whaaa??!!! I can hardly believe it- it sure doesn't look washable, but it is... which is awesome!)
We will be getting this amazing yarn in most of their bright colors any day now. We also ordered some of their sock yarn (high time, I know) which does include nylon for a better wearing, longer lasting sock.
Some of these aren't actually new to the market, but they are new to the shop... From top left, going clockwise:
Vintage Baby Knits- a classic collection of beautiful baby things.
Knits Men Want- I'm so thankful someone has demystified this for us!
Last Minute Knitted Gifts- one of my all time faves- so many great (and quick) gifts in this little book.
More Last Minute Knitted Gifts- the elf hat on the front sealed the deal for me when I bought this book a million years ago. Again, so many great gifts here.
Sequence Knitting- this book is really interesting... you'll have to come and sit and look at it sometime. The author shows how to change patterns with ease and knit more improvisationally.
The Pom Pom book- this is my all-time favorite Japanese pattern book. It shows you how to do all manner of amazingly intricate pom poms, elevating the already appealing pom pom to a really exciting level. This is fun for all ages (and would make an awesome gift)!
Buttons and Shawl Pins:
We met an absolutely delightful woman from Vermont who hand crafts all of her gorgeous wooden and antler buttons and shawl pins.
They come in many different shapes, shades, and sizes, and would look amazing on so many of our hand dyed yarns. Try them out on your next handmade creation.
A Sneak Peak of Something Great!
Quince & Co. is coming out with a line of product called Twig & Horn. I can't tell you more than that, but I can tell you that we ordered all of it, and it will be here when the line releases. Also, I'll tell you that it's goooooood, real good!
Lastly, when you come in to scoop up some kind of loveliness in the next couple of days, be sure to check out the side of the building. I am lucky to have romantically old fashioned plantings that I like to think were lovingly planted a century or so ago. This plant below is one of two enormous holly hocks we have growing. Aren't they pretty?!
We'll see you all very soon!