Scarf Yarns

Sunday, January 15, 2017


There will be a new yarn coming our way in February.
Life in the Long Grass
We are an Irish artisan hand dyed yarn and art studio in the countryside in Ireland. I am a keen knitter and was taught to knit and crochet by my Mum and our crafty neighbour Mrs Ryan. I love working with natural fibres and incorporate them in our home and what we wear as much as possible.

We worked as a graphic designer (Caroline) and architect (Jonny) in London and Spain before moving back to Ireland and living in the countryside – from there it was a natural transition to take our love of colour, art and design and apply it to our love of yarn.
All the yarn in our first shipment will be Fine Sock 75/25
75% Superwash Merino & 25% Nylon, 4ply Fingering weight yarn, 425m (467 yards) and 100g
75/25 4ply yarn is smooth, soft and the most durable sock yarn making it the perfect choice for all projects:  socks, baby clothing, shawls, cardigans, and sweaters.  The softness and drape is fab next to the skin.
As I was downloading the pictures of the yarn for the website I kept thinking to myself "that would look beautiful in Find Your Fade."
There will be semi-solid colourways as well.

This is just a sample of the great colours coming. There will be 13 mottled colours and 15 solids. Watch for updates here and on our Instagram account - needleemporium.

I cast off the last stitch just as the football game was ending. Tomorrow we'll sew in the ends and then I'll get more pictures.

Saturday, January 14, 2017


I made it to the last colour. Two football games, hockey and golf have been perfect for knitting. I have less than 30 rows and it's finished.

I was going to write about a new yarn coming in February but now it's late so I'm just going to give you a teaser and I'll tell more tomorrow.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Ambah O'Brien Mystery KAL

It's always a good day when new yarn arrives.

From Lang
Our classic amongst the multi-coloured yarns: now in a wheel-like cake. With the 200g presentation you will have fewer breaks in the colour sequence. The latest shades display more matte-shiny effects and even more complex colour combinations. You will be enchanted!
50% virgin wool
50% acrylic
380m in a 200gram cake
6-7mm needles
$40 a cake
One cake will make the hat, cowl and fingerless gloves. The pattern is purchased on Ravelry.

Wendy Evolution kits arrived earlier this week.
Scarf/shawl kit in a box. Super soft, hand knotted colour changing yarn (the colour change is produced by dyeing each colour separately and then hand tying set lengths of yarn together), packaged to work straight from the box.

Ambah O'Brien is hosting a Mystery KAL starting the beginning of February.
Choose 3 skeins of gorgeous sock yarn and head over here to join Ambah and friends in a fun mystery knit-a-long. Over 6 weeks, four clues will reveal a shawl, that will keep you guessing. Enjoy the company of others as you solve the mystery and finish yours on time to be in the running to win some great prizes.
Ambah is one of my favourite designers and we have lots of her shawls hanging in the store. Her patterns are very well written and I highly suggest joining the fun. Here is a link to her designs on Ravelry so you can see her work...

I'm almost finished the sixth colour on Find Your Fade. A bit of knitting tonight and then lots on the weekend. I hope to have it finished by Sunday evening. Speaking of Sunday evening - the next season of Homeland is starting. 

Thursday, January 12, 2017


Churchmouse Yarns took their very popular Shoulder Cozy Pattern and adapted it for Rowan's Brushed Fleece. 3 balls is all you need and it's on sale in the store right now for $10.13 a ball. You need to purchase the original pattern (in the store or on Ravelry) and then download the addendum from the Churchmouse website.
We’ve called it a capelet. And a poncho. And a cowl. And perhaps … a snood? We’ve always wondered what would happen if we just kept knitting away at our cherished Shoulder Cozy. Now we know! It’s a Cozy that doubles as a cowl for those colder days.

And using only one strand of Rowan’s Brushed Fleece, it is a generously fluffy guard against the frigid chill of mid-winter. A super soft blend of extra-fine merino wool and baby alpaca, Brushed Fleece is chunky and insulating, but remarkably light. The easy garter stitch has a rustic charm in this range of natural colors and ensures you’ll soon be all snuggled up in your Cozy.

Mr. Canpar just brought in a huge box of Pompoms.

We received 15 colours of the 10cm pompoms.

24 Cream/Black

27 Grey

12 Berry

 10 Petrol

 23 Azure
5 Silver
The Spicer Hat from Blue Sky Fibers would look great with a pompom on it.

In the 13cm pompoms we received 5 colours including Aubergine.

This is the size that we put on Beth's hat.

We've been waiting a while for these and I have no clue if/when we can get anymore. If you're looking for pompoms, please don't wait.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

New Store Sample

Diana was busy over the Christmas holidays and made a new sample for the store.
Pattern: Kallara (purchased on Ravelry)
Yarn: Hedgehog Skinny Singles - 1 skein each of Naive and Boombox
Go subtle or go bold with this fun shawl. Opt for gentle stripes for a neutral shawl, perfect for any occasion, then knit another in your favourite brights, neons, gradient or speckled hues teamed with a strong solid for a show-stopping accessory.
Kallara features a slightly asymmetrical, shallow triangular shape with long tapered ends. Sitting comfortably on the shoulders without too much bulk, it’s adaptable enough to be worn as a wrap, shawl, or scarf.

I asked Lynn to put it on so we could see how it looked and she didn't take it off.
If I don't get my knitting finished for next week then I'll take this to wear.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017


Alex dropped in this morning to pick up yarn for her next project.

She is going to make the Assana Wrap for me the store. The stripes will be the two speckled colours. The lace section will be solid purple. We are combining Mrs. Crosby Train Case with Lorna's Laces Solemate.
55% Superwash Merino Wool
15% Nylon
30% Outlast® viscose
Approx. 390m / 425 yds in a 100g skein
Fingering weight

Alex brought in her finished Outline that she knit in Skinny Singles from Hedgehog. I love her colours. Perfect for the snowy, wet day we're having today.

A customer commented today that there haven't been any Lucy pictures lately.
This is from her visit to the store last week. She's still growing :)

Monday, January 09, 2017

Single Ply

Freia Fibers has discontinued their Ombre Fingering yarn so we are marking it down in the store and online - 20% off. The yarn was $40 a ball - now $32 a ball.
Freia Ombré Fingering is a gorgeous single ply that is available in wonderful ombre colors. As your project progresses, the color will change. Great for interesting garments and accessories
75% wool
25% nylon
75 grams
294 m
We used 2 balls and 4.5mm needles to make Auburn Wave (pattern purchased on Ravelry)
Here are some more pattern suggestions

Dangling Conversation
Quaker Yarn Stretcher
Quaker Lines
Crazy Magic Boomerang
Crazy Magic (Classic Cowl)
Crazy Magic Bias

It's wool and nylon so you can make socks with it as well. 

We received 3 new colours of Malabrigo Mechita today.

From Malabrigo
We liked Mecha so much, we hit it with a shrink ray! Mechita is a fingering-weight version of our beautifully-dyed single-ply superwash yarn. Just as soft and rich as the original, but great for lighter projects!

Great for: Shawls, scarves, garments, accessories, baby and kids items, lace, cables, textured stitches.
384m (420 yards) on a 100gram skein
100% superwash merino wool

Mechita is a single ply yarn - I'm kind of addicted to those. Merino light. Hedgehog Skinny Singles. Zen Serenity Silk Singles.

A parcel went to Lynda today with three skeins of Mechita. The project is a secret until it's finished but I'm pretty sure it will be a hit.