Wednesday, September 27, 2006


A few entries ago, we posted about a booksigning at Rosie's. Due to less-than-ideal wording, we will try once again:

Shannon Okey and Kim Werker will be at Rosie's Yarn Cellar to promote their books:

Shannon and Kim wrote Knitggrl;
Shannon wrote Knitgrrl 2;
Kim wrote Get Hooked; and
Shannon has a forthcoming book from Interweave Press, Spin to Knit. (Holy moly, these women are prolific. They're also lots of fun, not to mention pretty darn talented.)

So stop by for booksignings and general merriment, pick up a copy of some of these titles and/or show off your projects.

October 12th, tentatively scheduled for 4 to 6 (look here or call the shop closer to the date for a definitive time).

We apologize for any confusion.

Saturday, September 23, 2006

More temptations: sinfully soft baby alpaca in luscious colors

Look what I found when I came into work this morning:

Four gorgeous shades of 100% baby alpaca, called Alpacita Fine, by Autumn House Farms, unbelievably soft....

Monday, September 18, 2006

Finished Objects of a Different Sort

Awhile back, I mentioned a new project: The Noshi Knitting Monograph Series. Well, only two months later than we thought we'd be ready, it's here. The first two monographs are available for purchase, as PDFs or hard copy.

(Let me be perfectly clear: my partner in crime was completely punctual, and her article was proofread and as-near-perfect-as-humanly-possible well before our self-set deadline. I was the one who thought a week and a half would be adequate time for what turned out to take more than a month.)

But we're now officially launched, and feeling very good about the whole idea: a forum for impassioned writing about knitting where the writing is as important as the knitting and the knitting doesn't have anything to do with what's "hot" or "hip" or "now".


Sunday, September 17, 2006

Just in.....Alchemy Haiku

Isn't it gorgeous? We just got a shipment of Alchemy Yarns Haiku. It's 40 percent silk, 60 percent mohair, and each hank is 25g/325 yds. Recommended gauge/needle size is 5 sts to an inch on US 7s but this yarn's going to have a lot of versatility. $18 per skein, in several multi and nearly solid colors. Yum!

Saturday, September 09, 2006

Philadelphia Knit Out this Sunday -- and expanded hours on Sunday here

The Philadelphia Knit Out (Crochet too) is tomorrow, Sunday Sept. 10th, from noon to five, at the Convention Center. You'll find beginning knitting and crochet lessons, a fashion show, lessons in a variety of knit and crochet techniques, door prizes and you can donate handmade items to two charities: the District Attorney's Urban Genesis program is looking for small stuffed animals and blankies to give to small children who are in chaotic circumstances (like witnessing a domestic dispute); and City Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown’s Warmth In Winter Holiday Drive is looking for handmade hats, mittens and scarves to distribute to homeless children this winter. Even better: the event is free.

Just in case you discover a burning need to purchase yarn afterward, Rosie's will stay open an extra hour on Sunday (until 6) to give you one more chance to pick up yarn, needles, whatever.

Thursday, September 07, 2006

Save the Date!

Several lucky knitters among you will be needing a sick day for Thursday, October 5. That's when Brandon Mably--author of Brilliant Knits and the forthcoming Knitting Color, and studio manager of the Kaffe Fassett Studio--will be teaching a workshop on multi-color knitting.

Brandon's class focuses on the process of putting colors together for projects that have lots of colors (like 20 or more) and on translating sources of inspiration (photographs, paintings, a pile of seashells) into knitted fabric. He's taught a similar class here before, and he's an energetic and supportive teacher.

We don't have exact info about times or cost, but the class will run all day (with a lunchbreak). To reserve a place, phone up, or backchannel me (lisa at rosiesyarncellar dot youknowwhat). It's going to be a great day!

Saturday, September 02, 2006

Fresh from the dyepot....a Rosie's exclusive

Just in: 5 skeins of miniloop boucle, from Black Bunny Fibers.

This is a new yarn, not sold on my Etsy shop, so pop in and take a look. We're open regular hours all weekend.

Friday, September 01, 2006

What are you doing for a rainy holiday?

The only thing better than having a long weekend off of work is having a chilly and rainy long weekend off of work. What better excuse do you need to curl up with a good black and white movie and knit? All your non-knitting friends and family members will be soooo sad about their cancelled trip to the shore or how they can't barbeque and while you are outwardly commiserating with them you will secretly be jumping for joy. So when you do get out that project and realize that you are suddenly short one double pointed needle or ball of yarn what will you do? It's labor day weekend, no one will be open! Oh-ho! Not quite! Rosie's will be open all weekend and Monday with regular shop hours. Bully for you! We also have in loads of new fall-y and winter-y things to make you feel cashmere level happy. We just got in two new kinds of Handmaiden Cashmere. One is the 12-ply super bulky lustrous lovely wonderfulness and the other is a 4-ply to die for! Each comes with a pattern for a one skein hat.

Imagine getting a jumpstart on Winter Holiday knitting so early in the game!