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A Knit Story

A Knit Story---Exclusive!

We are over-the-moon excited to be the exclusive US retailers of yarns from A Knit Story! This hot young Norwegian company is making its US debut at Vogue Knitting Live 2016 (Jan. 15-17)—with a sneak preview trunk show here at The Yarn Company. Specializing in baby alpaca, A Knit Story is taking over Norway with its gorgeous yarns and original designs. Outside of Norway, A Knit Story yarns could be found only in Denmark and Sweden—until now! It is our happy-ever-after to bring them overseas, right to your lap. 

Baby alpaca is light and airy, as the fibers are hollow, yet it is far more durable, and softer to the touch than wool. It breathes well and is not itchy, and offers more protection than most fibers against moisture. And, free of lanolin. alpaca is safe for those allergic to sheep’s wool. 

A Knit Story was formed a little over three years ago, when three friends sharing a workspace—Tove, Anna, and Charlotta, a photographer, graphic designer, and architect, respectively, but knitters all—decided to join creative forces and form a yarn company. Alpaca was popular in Norway, where everyone knits; but good-quality alpaca was scarce. Tove had been sponsoring an SOS child in Peru for years, and so flew there on an alpaca mission. Bingo! The partners set about creating their own designs featuring their baby alpaca yarn in natural, classic colors. (lthough A Knit Story offers a classic blue colorway, the company sticks mostly to natural hues, since earth tones stand the test of time, and, as Tove says, “this yarn lasts forever!”) As unknowns, A Knit Story snagged only ten retailers their first year at the national yarn fair. But word spread fast. The following year they landed a licensed production with NRK, Norway’s premier TV station, and their designs were worn onscreen during the primetime “Christmas Calendar” series. Now famous Norwegian actors are sporting Knit Story designs, and the company caters to 150 retailers. But The Yarn Company is the only company in the US to carry these amazing yarns. So come see!

 

 

There are three different Knit Story bases. Soft and light Brushed Alpaca is the most popular—176 meters per 50-gram skein, 16-18 sts/10cm on EU #4.5 (US #7) needles.

 

 

 

Thinner Classic Twist is perfect for more classical styles and traditional Norwegian knitting, which resembles Fair Isle: 137 meters per 50-gram skein, 27-28 stitches per 10cm on EU #3-3.5 (US 2-4) needles.

 

 

 

Lastly, chunky Chained Yarn is 75 meters per 50-gram skein, 13 stitches per 10 cm on EU #7 (US #10.5) needles. 

 

 

At our trunk show we will have all of these as well as ready-made garments  to try on, all eight Knit Story knitting kits, and Tove herself! See you at The Yarn Company!

 

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Golden Vine Shawl

Behold the ethereal Golden Vine Shawl! Oh to be entwined in this gossamer wrap---so delicate, it looks like it would melt in your mouth . . . But it is only the latest stroke of genius from Irina Poludnenko! The perfect stitch definition (and hidden strength) comes from Tilli Tomas Symphony Lace with beads and glitter ---63% mohair, 10% silk, 18% nylon, 9% wool. A marvel in its original Golden Rod, but other colorways are available as well; the shawl uses one skein (345 yards). A project for all knitters from beginner to advanced, the final piece is 1.5”at the narrowest edge and (14” at the deepest) x 64” long; gauge 3 stitches per inch, 4 rows = 1” in stockinette stitch on US #9 (5.5mm) needles. Kit includes yarn and pattern only. Deeee-Vine! 

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Missiu!

 

The Yarn Company is proud to be the only yarn store to carry the fantastical bracelets of Missiu! Handmade in Paris from lace originally intended for lingerie, each of these bracelets is “un petit luxe accessible.” Based in France and using materials from a grand old lace company,

Missiu started a trend in Europe with their peace and skull bracelets.

Their new designs, many imaginative and unusual, are now exploding into the world, and coming to us at TYC! Missiu bracelets come in a variety of fibers, with colors to suit any mode du jour, and are so reasonably priced people collect them as lucky charms.

 

They can be worn on ankle or wrist all summer and the colors will not fade! We carry must-have skull and peace bracelets just for starters. Wait till you see the rest! We have the vibrant Indian motif bracelet, the “Ethnic” bracelet with its mesmerizing circular designs,

the Star bracelet with Swarovski elements,

the wild and wonderful Sweet Miss,

and many others. Vive la France!

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