Showing posts with label wool. Show all posts
Showing posts with label wool. Show all posts

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Amber's Olive-tastic Waterlily

Summer is for knitting cute tees!

Amber's Waterlily
Pattern: Waterlily by Meghan Fernandez for Pom Pom Magazine Issue 8
Yarn: 4 skeins Tern by Quince and Co in color Seaweed
Size Made: 36
Alterations: Lengthened the body by 2"

I just finished knitting Waterlily by Meghan Fernandez, a summery knit tee pattern from the cover of the spring issue of Pom Pom Quarterly.

I couldn't resist the simple shape and the pretty lace yoke. The pattern called for a silk/wool fingering weight yarn. I've been hankering to try Quince & Co's Tern, and I knew it was perfect for this pattern. A blend of US raised wool and silk, Tern comes in Quince's classic, garment friendly palette. I chose the muted olive Seaweed colorway for my Waterlily.

I made a few tiny tweaks to the pattern--I knit the body a few inches longer than the suggested length.

I also switched to a much smaller needle when knitting the collar across the back. The first time I worked the back collar edging it was really loose and wavy, so I ripped back and went down several needle sizes to make it cinch in more neatly.

I love how breathable and soft the Tern yarn is! This is my first summer sweater made from wool--I worried the wool/silk blend might be a bit warm for summer, but really it is so comfortable and cool! I love summer knit tees!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Local Fiber Alert! MJ Yarns is Here

We love finding locally made yarns to carry here at Fancy Tiger! The most recent to join our shop is MJ Yarns, local fiber by dyer Jonathan Berner. Jonathan's passion for yarn naturally led him down this path. He has been unstoppable since learning how to dye fiber in our very own yarn dyeing class here at Fancy Tiger.

Jonathan and his hand dyed goods!

We now carry three of Jonathan's hand-dyed goodies in eight debut colorways.

Jonathan's hand-dyed MJ Roving is a dreamy blend of Merino and tussah silk.

MJ Yarns Rustic Fingering Weight is a 100% Blue Face Leicester wool. It is gently spun and so very lofty, giving handknits made from this yarn a rustic texture that is soft and easy to wear against the skin. Jonathan knit the Grouchy Geisha shawl in his colorway, Purple Dragon, using just one skein of Rustic Fingering.

MJ Sock is a hearty Corriedale wool with the added strength of a bit of nylon, for resilient handknitted socks that you won't be afraid to wear.

We hope you love Jonathan's yarn as much as we do. We can't wait to see what he dyes up next!

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Amber's Reverb Cardigan

When we recently hosted the Wool People 5 trunk show from Brooklyn Tweed, I have to admit, I tried on every single sweater. That's the great thing about trunk shows--you get to see in person and try on the handknits that you are considering spending a considerable amount of time making. (Note to reader--we have the BT Men trunk show coming at the end of this month, so come try on some knits!)

The sweater I fell hard for is Tanis Lavallee's Reverb cardigan. I didn't want to take it off. I needed it to be mine all mine. So I swatched and cast on immediately.

This tweedy cabled cardigan only took me about a month to knit, if you account for the couple of weeks that our Aranami KAL took me away from it. The worsted weight yarn knit up quickly and the zig-zag cables kept it interesting and kept me knitting "just a few more rows" every evening.

I chose nine leather knotted buttons to accentuate the grandpa-chic style, and I love it!

One thought on the pattern--were I to knit this sweater again I would deviate slightly from the pattern by knitting the button bands along with the body of the sweater. I think this makes for a neater finish and a more satisfying construction for those of us that don't love seaming.

I do love my new sweater and you'll probably see me wearing it next time you are in the shop!

Thanks to Bread Bar in Silver Plume for the beautiful photo setting!

Friday, November 22, 2013

Amber's Emery Dress In Pendleton Wool Shirting


With winter weather finally here, it's the perfect time for a Pendleton wool dress!

Christine Haynes recently released her new Emery dress pattern, and it was the talk of the town at Quilt Market. Lizzy House wore one in her soon-to-be-here Catnap fabric, and at Robert Kaufman there was a sample made up in Carolyn Freelander's upcoming Botanics collection. Christine, herself, was there with a whole menagerie of cute Emerys.

Needless to say, I was swooning over all these cute frocks and had to make myself one when I got home.

I've been eyeing the Pendleton plaid shirtings for winter garment sewing and had stashed a couple yards of this blue and rust woolly plaid. I was able to squeak this dress out of just two yards of Pendleton by lining the bodice with a coordinating shot cotton.

I love the fully lined bodice on the Emery Dress. It makes a neat and smooth fitted bodice, and the lining will be much appreciated as an extra layer of warmth on my new wool dress.

The wool was easy as pie to sew with--perhaps even more forgiving than cotton, with the little bit of stretch that wool provides.

Winter parties, here I come in my cozy cute wool dress!

Thanks to Weathervane Cafe for the photoshoot location!

Monday, September 23, 2013

Jill Draper's Mohonk and Nimbus Yarns are Here!

We have a bit of a craft crush on Jill Draper. We fell in love with Jill Draper's hand-dyed yarns when we saw our friend, Stephen, knitting a shawl with Nimbus, a lace weight angora silk. Jill's colors are stunning and unusual, and the base yarns she uses are unique. Jill Draper makes her home in upstate New York and mostly dyes on US grown and milled wools.

Nimbus Angora Silk Laceweight

Mohonk is Jill's 2 ply sport weight Cormo wool made from US Cormo wool. It is springy and soft, perfect for sweaters. The colors are almost solid, but with a beautiful gentle color variegation from being dyed in the skein. The wool is minimally processed--you'll find a bit of hay here and there due to the absence of harsh chemicals during the cleansing process at the mill. This also leaves a bit of moisture rich lanolin in the yarn, the better to knit with!

We love these spacial yarns from Jill Draper and hope you do to!

Friday, March 22, 2013

Brooklyn Tweed Loft Yarn at Fancy Tiger Crafts!

A few weeks ago we received an email from Jared Flood which included the most exciting news of all time. Fancy Tiger Crafts was chosen to be one of ten shops in the US to carry his Brooklyn Tweed yarns, Loft and Shelter. We are so honored to be chosen and are thrilled to be able to share this lovely yarn with our customers here in Colorado! Welcome Loft!

Loft is everything you could love in a yarn. It is grown in Wyoming and milled in the historic Harrisville mill in New Hampshire. You can read an extensive look at the mill process here on the Brooklyn Tweed blog. Loft is a woolen-spun, fingering weight yarn made up of soft and springy Targhee-Columbia X wool. The color palette is heathers in 10 neutrals (you know how I love that) and 22 beautiful hues. The colors are absolutely gorgeous, and the names of the colors perfectly encapsulate their mysterious tweedy shades. Postcard is a pale tweed that looks like a found stack of vintage french love letters, Foothills is the color of Leprechaun tears, and Sap is reminiscent of a Maple Tree Fairy's hair. Can you even imagine what color Old World is? or Bird Book?! Here are the 32 tweedy, woolly yarns that are just waiting to become your next project! You will have to stop by to check them all out in person to see just how magical they are.

One of the best things about this yarn is the amazing pattern support. Jared Flood and his team of designers at Brooklyn Tweed are constantly releasing patterns that are sophisticated, smart, and beautiful. Whether you want to knit a shawl, scarf, cardigan, or baby blanket, we can help you find the right Brooklyn Tweed pattern. Jared and Leila were kind enough to send us a few samples to display in the shop to help welcome Loft. Please stop by to have a look at these lovelies in person!

Burnham Mittens by Leila Raabe

Farthing Scarf by Jared Flood

Leaves of Grass by Jared Flood

Thayer by Leila Raabe

Sakura Shawl by Leila Raabe

Stonecrop by Jared Flood
Stay tuned for Brooklyn Tweed Shelter's arrival this summer!

Monday, December 24, 2012

Peace and Good Wool!

Happiest of holidays and warmest wishes to you and yours for a crafty New Year!

xoxo, Amber, Jaime & all the Fancy Tiger folks

Monday, November 05, 2012

Donegal Tweed is Here from Ireland!

When Carol Feller visited us, she gushed about one of her favorite yarns, Soft Donegal Irish tweed. We fell head over heels for it when we saw her beautiful sweater designs in all this tweedy, soft goodness.

So we decided we must have it! It turned out to be quite the adventure, as this classic yarn isn't distributed here in the US. We went straight to the source and sought out Studio Donegal in Ireland.

This tweed has a softer hand than traditional tweeds. Soft Donegal uses a merino wool for this tweed, which means it is soft and cozy against the skin. It is the perfect tweed for sensitive skin.

We are already swatching in this yarn, so stay tuned to see what we make!

Friday, September 28, 2012

Icelandic Lopi wool is here!

We have been in love with Lopi wool since our first trip to Iceland and are thrilled to be offering it at Fancy Tiger!

L├ęttlopi is the worsted weight yarn that Icelanders use for traditional yoked sweaters. The Icelandic sheep have adapted to Iceland's cold wet climate and Lopi sweaters keep people warm and dry, too. Jaime made a Lopi sweater last year. On her recent trip to Iceland she wore it every day and it looks as good as the day it was finished. The rest of us at Fancy Tiger can hardly wait to make our own!

Our dear friend Ragga will be here this weekend teaching classes on traditional Icelandic knitting. Want to make your own Lopi sweater? Come join us for her classes!

10 reasons we love Lopi yarn:
  • Icelandic wool is the warmest
  • keeps you dry in cold wet weather
  • comes in beautiful solid and heathered colors
  • a strong single ply
  • loosely spun and lofty
  • wears well and hardly pills
  • knits up fast
  • perfect for adorable colorwork
  • affordable
  • comes from the cutest sheep!

Thanks sheepies!

Thursday, September 13, 2012

New Anise + Juniper Colette Patterns are Here!

Two new patterns are here from Colette!

Perfect for your fall/winter handmade wardrobe, the Anise pattern is a classic and ladylike double-breasted jacket with a cozy collar.

We think these wools would suit this pattern perfectly!

The Juniper pants have a wide leg and tailored hip--a classic fit for classy ladies!

We think the Essex cotton/linens, the hemp ticking or hemp denims would be lovely for Juniper.

Happy sewing!

Thursday, November 03, 2011

New Pollika Wool and Wope!

New felting wools are here in a rainbow of magical colors. These little bundles of Dutch wool are wrapped in paper which is dyed to match the colorful wool inside--little bundles of woolly joy, they are!

And can it get any cuter? Why, yes it can. Also from Denmark, these portable little palettes of wool have their own adorable totes printed with fairies. These could be the perfect gift for your favorite young felting enthusiast.

Wool + Rope = Wope!

Wope is here in a gorgeous array of hues! This thick and sturdy yarn is amazing for making bright rugs, ottomans, purse handles, hot pads...we are way into Wope.


And now here is Joey Lawrence with a special shout out.

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Mary Flanagan Woolens are Here!

Mary Flanagan's 100% wool precuts are here! We are in love with the rich, hand-dyed hues. The felted twill won't ravel and has the beautiful, classic texture of woven wool.

Each package comes with six coordinating colors. They are fantastic for applique projects, or use them for woolly patchwork, handsewn toys or sewing projects!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

New Isager Spinni Lace Yarn!

Isager Spinni is a lace weight yarn for hardcore wool fans, which means we love it! This wonderfully sturdy wool is both delicate and strong, and will hold up beautifully to lots of wear. Isager is a Danish wool and is much like the Icelandic Lopi yarn which Jaime and I brought back from Iceland and have been knitting up into beautiful shawls.

This yarn gets the award for our favorite palette of woolly colors ever! We fell hard for this Danish wool and ordered it in every hue. Many of the colors are over-dyed onto natural heathered wool, creating muted, speckled hues that are just stunning!

Looking for a modern shawl to knit? The Fine Line is currently on our shelf and is chock full of amazing geometric shawls patterns written especially for Isager Spinni.