YARNMARKET.COM NEWS ISSUE #2
Renowned forecaster of modern trends, Faith Popcorn, believes it is our growing desire for simple living and a renewed appreciation of handmade articles that has fueled the new popularity of knitting. She says, "Smooth, shiny and uniform is now equated with crude and cheap, especially when compared with the individuality of hand crafted products." She adds, "Any craft as applicable and pragmatic as knitting has a great future."
Faith Popcorn is famous for her predictions about consumer behavior, and is perhaps best known for coining the phrase "cocooning" in reference to our increasing desire to entertain and relax in our own homes.
Another popular theory as to why knitting has suddenly become cool is that the pace of life and mass market consumerism has heralded renewed interest in home and family -- and that translates into greater interest in crafts and creativity.
While most of us turn to knitting to relax and unwind, wouldn’t you know that someone somewhere would turn it into a competitor sport? Recently, David Letterman featured the world’s fastest crocheter, and Good Morning America hosted a competition between an American and a British knitter.
More celebrity knitters!
It seems that everyone’s getting in on the fun: designer Isaac Mizrahi, Lauren Ambrose of ‘Six Feet Under,’ Rebecca Budig of ‘All My Children’ and Madelaine Albright. Hand-knitted sweaters have recently been featured in movies such as Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, and Cider House Rules. Those of you who appreciated the wonderful costume designs of ‘Lord of the Rings’ will be interested to know that the knitted tunics took a team of six to create – 50 items in all, including tunics, leggings and hoods to be worn with chain mail.
With 10 different needle heads and 6 cords, the Denise Interchangeable Knitting Needle Kit is an absolute must-have – especially for travelers who’ve had difficulty with their regular size knitting needles. Denise knitters report they’ve had no problems passing with them through security checks at the airport. They’re comfortable to use and are guaranteed for a lifetime of normal use. Yarnmarket price is only $44.80. Get more information about our Denise Interchangeable Knitting Needle Kit.
The newest yarns have just arrived!
Each week, we’re receiving huge shipments of beautiful yarns from throughout the world. Berroco, Gedifra, and Lana Grossa from Italy. Rowan and Sirdar from the U.K. Noro from Japan. These are the yarns you’ll be seeing in high-fashion magazines and on stylish trend-setters this spring, so start on your projects now and be ready for the warmer weather.
The Italians know how to live – great food, great wine, and great fashions. Each year, yarn manufacturers from throughout the world descend upon Florence, Italy for the Pitti Immagine Filati trade show. Over 150 of the world’s best creative talents present their upcoming designs in one of the most fashionable cities in the world. If you plan to be in Florence in July, you may want to visit
The Suede looks and feels like the real thing, and comes in ten fabulous colors. It’s in a washable 100% nylon.
Candy FX is a mouth-watering confection in 100% nylon -- to provide a decorative effect in combination with other yarns. Available in six delicious colors. See below for our scarf project that includes Candy FX and Plume FX.
You’re putting on the Glitz with this soft, washable yarn of 100% nylon. It literally shimmers in ten colors that range from rainbow pastels to rich jewel tones.
Softwist comes in color after color after color – thirty in total that range from a pale Moon Blue to Deep Viridian. It’s a 40% wool, 59% rayon mix that is such a versatile yarn that it can be used for virtually everything, from a sexy little tank top to a cozy afghan for cold winter nights.
Berroco Opulent FX is so beautiful and unique we were anxious to try it ourselves. And, as we suspected, the look is sensational. While the maker considers it a stand-alone yarn, we found it a little challenging, and suggest it be used in harmony with another yarn – especially with Berroco Quest (see inset on right). With puffs of satin and metallics on a woven strand, this is one yarn that’s guaranteed to provoke the question, “Where on earth did you get that?! ” Opulent FX is washable, 100% nylon in six colors.
Berroco Quest is a 100% nylon yarn that pairs perfectly with Opulent FX. (When we saw Opulent FX in color 7808 combined with Quest in 9811, we all sighed, “Ahhhhhh…”) This is sheer elegance in a shimmery, rich yarn we can’t resist. Available in six sparkling metallics.
Be sure to check out our collection of Berroco pattern books for some great ideas for these yarns.
There’s nobody anywhere in the world who can surpass the spectacular beauty of the handpainted yarns of Cherry Tree Hill This proud American line includes the supersoft Glitter Alpaca, the giant 400g superhank of Oceania which is large enough to knit a whole sweater, the unique Possum Lightweight made from 40% possum, 40% sueprwash Merino wool, and 20% silk, the novelty ladder yarn Windsong, the colorful Superwash, and the feathery light Baby Loop Mohair which contains 1075 yards yet weighs in at only 8 ounces!
Cherry Tree Hill makes much more than a yarn. They make knitting dreams come true!
How soft is a cloud?
Sirdar Designer Knits has created softness that you’ve got to feel to believe in its wonderful Gigi collection. This is a fusion of hot colors and textures that you’ll want to try for sweaters, scarves and one-of-a-kind accessories. 100% hand-washable nylon in six delightful color combinations of baby-soft pastels with neon accents.
Love that chunky look!
Rowan does it again with 100% wool Chunky Print. We love it, and you will, too. It’s soft, warm, and easy to work with. Now available at www.yarnmarket.com in eight colors. And just in time for your summer knitting projects, we introduce the chainette ribbon yarn Linen Print
The textured Brushed Alpaca yarn is perfect for snuggly warm sweaters and scarves. It’s soft and sumptuous…a real winner from Karabella yarns available in five basic colors including camel. Also in this prestigious line are the nearly 50 colors of Aurora 8 in ultra fine Merino wool, the incredible designer eyelash Butterfly, and the light, airy, and sparkly Gossamer.
No one does color like Noro.
Throughout the world, Noro is renowned for their fabulous colors and methods: the fibers are dyed to their beautiful hues before they’re spun into yarn. At www.yarnmarket.com, we’re very proud to be able to offer you so wide a selection of these coveted Noro yarns. We’ve recently added three to our ever-expanding collection: Big Kureyon, Kochoran, and Blossom. Big Kureyon is a variegated 100% wool available in seven colors. Soft, luxurious Kochoran is a 50% wool, 20% silk and 30% angora blend in three colors. And Blossom boasts four unique color and texture combinations in 40% wool, 30% kid mohair, 20% silk and 10% nylon. These are yarns you won’t find everywhere to create fashions that are one-of-a-kind.
We’ve just added an array of cuddly, soft and pretty yarns for baby clothes and accessories. Sirdar’s Snowflake Chunky Magic is a thick, machine-washable polyester yarn available in eleven soft colors. Sirdar’s Tiny Tots is a washable confetti-colored yarn in 90% acrylic and 10% polyester. Seven color combinations available.
At www.yarnmarket.com we pride ourselves on our customer service. Each order is processed with pride by Lori, Jodi, Lynn, Alma, Susan or Vita – and we’re happy to say that although we have the occasional glitch, we have an almost 99% accuracy rate. And if something does go wrong, we’ll do everything we can to make it right for you…right away! Just send us an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call us at 888.996.9276 and we’ll take care of the problem. Our Customer Service hours are 9 AM to 5 PM ET Monday to Friday. While we do work the weekends, we’re unable to take most calls on Saturday and Sunday because we’re busy re-stocking shelves and adding new yarns to our selection.
Knitting for Kids
Although we know that knitting has become unbelievably popular among the younger crowd, we were surprised when we learned that Matthew, the 7-year old son of our Customer Service Rep Lynn, arrived home from school with a bag containing yarn and needles. His teacher at Brice Christian Academy, had provided the class with the supplies so she could teach them all – boys and girls – how to knit. She thinks it’s a great way for them to learn eye-hand coordination while participating in an activity that will help them relax. And what a constructive way to do it! They’ll each end up with a completed project they can be proud of…and they’ll have learned a new skill they can use for the rest of their life. If you’ve got a young boy or girl who would benefit from this relaxing hobby, we suggest you start off with one of the thicker wools, like Rowan Polar because it’s so much easier for tiny hands.
This gorgeous sweater is perfect paired with jeans, dress pants, or even a skirt. It’s made with Rowan Linen Print yarn – the perfect yarn for your summer knitting projects. Click here if you’d like to purchase the complete project that includes yarn, needles, and Rowan ‘Linen Print Collection’ pattern book.
Delicious pastel scarf has style and texture.
This 60” scarf from Berroco is a fashion must-have – especially when it’s paired with all the beautiful icy colors that are so popular right now. It’s so easy, a beginner can complete it in just a few hours. Click here if you’d like to purchase the complete project that includes yarn, needles and Berroco #225 Scarves and More pattern book.
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