1. We had a great time at Knit City last weekend and we are so thankful to everyone who came by our booth to say hi and show your support and buy yarn and talk shawls. An extra special high five to you wonderful enablers who bought some yarn and them came back later with friends. And one of those windmill high fives to you folks who have already cast on and shared on Ravelry or instagram!
2. Shawl yarn! Due to the wild success of Knit City, this week's update will be a smaller one, but we do have shawls for you. This link takes you directly the part of our shop that is all shawls all the time. Except not actually all the time, because right before an update, I hide the products so I can have them appear, in stock, at exactly the right time.
2a. Today's update includes large (~600 yard) skeins of shawl yarn in our Concrete and Tulips and Easter Egg colourways. There's also a handful of sock yarns.
3. Our next update will be Sunday October 26 at noon PST. We will bust a move in the "studio" to dye as much shawl yarn as we can in the next two weeks.
4. If you are interested in receiving this type of update direct to your mailbox, you can sign up for our (new!) newsletter. Just scroll all the way down to the footer of this page and enter your email in the box at the bottom left. Presto. We will be in touch once or twice a month with previews of shop updates and, hopefully, other exciting news.
5. If you don't find what you're looking for in our shop, please let us know what we should include in the next update! The easiest way to do this is to use the (new!) Notify Me option at the right hand side of a product page. This lets you select exactly what you'd like and then click on Notify Me to enter your email address. This, hopefully, will be win-win: it lets us know what you'd like, and we will send you an email the moment that product hits the shop.
5a. This isn't a pre-order so there's no pressure for you to buy the yarn later on.
5b. If you can't find the Notify Me button, it's because the yarn you're looking at is in stock.
5c. As if anyone needed extra proof that I'm a nerd, I am currently typing out item 5c of my random shop update. I am a strong believer in ordered lists.
6. Pattern details! Since you asked, the pattern for the Concrete and Tulips shawl at the top of this post is Stephen West's Boneyard Shawl with garter "bones" added at the start of each new colour. The pattern for the Hillside shawl is Laura Chau's Simple Yet Effective Shawl. Both were knit using size 4.0mm (US 6) circular needles. The shawl stripes are designed to work for any triangular shawl that has the same regular increases as either of these two options.
7. I just googled and "windmill" is, in fact, an accepted term for the high/low five I had in mind back in point 1. Urban Dictionary also calls it a Top Gun Five and adds that "Shirtlessness and volleyball are voluntary but may add to the awesomeness of this move."