Thursday, March 21, 2013

Spring has Sprung!

Happy Spring everyone! I am so glad that Springtime is here, and I wanted to share with you today 9 brand new  yarns that we have in at the shop for Spring 2013!

Debbie Bliss Luxury Silk DK:

100% Silk, DK Weight, 100m/50g

Florafil Super Soft Bulky:

97% Cotton, 3% Nylon, Bulky Weight, 125y/100g

Berroco Floret:

75% Arylic, 25% Cotton, Worsted Weight, 109y/50g

Berroco Maya:

85% Pima Cotton, 15% Baby Alpaca, Worsted Weight, 137y/50g

Juniper Moon Moonshine:

40% Wool, 40% Alpaca, 20% Silk, Worsted Weight, 197y/100g

Knit One Crochet Too Cozette:

62% Silk, 30% Cotton, 8% Polymide, Fingering Weight, 273y/50g

Araucania Malipulli:

30% Cotton, 25% Bamboo, 30% Linen, 10% Silk, Sport Weight, 237y/100g

Knitting Fever Tristan:

65% Viscose, 35% Linen, DK Weight, 250y/100g

Knitting Fever Luxury Silk:

100% Silk, DK Weight, 252y/100g

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Color Inspiration: Scarlet Macaw

Photo by flickr user “jmlawlor”, used under Creative Commons license.

Yarn from Left to Right: HiKoo "Cobasi"  in color #54, Berroco "Maya" in color #5628, Juniper Moon "Moonshine" in color #13, and Debbie Bliss "Luxury Silk DK" in color #5.

That handsome guy up there is a Scarlet Macaw, and this photo was taken at the Santa Barbara Zoo.

This week's Color Inspiration yarns are all brand new yarns that we have in at the shop for Spring! Come in and see them in person, we have a TON of new stuff!

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Craftcation 2013

Hey guys! I hope you all had a wonderful and safe St. Patrick's Day! Today I want to write a quick post to tell you about Craftcation! If you haven't heard of Craftcation, it's a crafy conference that happens here in our hometown of Ventura, California!

Craftcation Conference - Craft Convention and Small Business Conference 

 Craftcation is a four-day indie business and DIY conference featuring lectures and DIY workshops with leading industry professionals on art, craft, and food-centered small businesses, taking place this weekend. Craftcation features more than 50 workshops, lectures, and events!

If you are going this weekend, look for our ad in the brochure, and maybe a little goody! Also, if you are taking the Beer Tasting and Crochet Workshop (which sounds like way too much fun!) your supplies will be courtesy of us at Anacapa Fine Yarns!

Unfortunately, Craftcation is sold out for this year, but go check out their website and find out how you can find out more about next year's conference!

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Knit, Swirl! Trunk Show

Hi everyone! If you haven't already heard, we have a trunk show in the shop right now of samples from Sandra McIver's wonderful new book, Knit, Swirl! Anne is teaching a Knit Swirl class (stay tuned to the end of the post for more details), and it has been so very popular!

Here are the samples we have in the shop right now of what Cat Bordhi calls the "Miracle Sweater"


"Winter Waves":

"Golden Glow":

"Coat of Many Colors":

"Sheer Beauty":

Stop by the shop soon to check these out, we will have them until the 24th of March. If you are interested in taking a class on how to knit a Knit Swirl sweater, the next open class starts in May and will run through the end of July. Give us a call for more info and to save your spot.

Happy Knitting!

Friday, March 8, 2013

Easy as Pie Blanket

Just the other day the newest issue of Knitty went live at, and there are a ton of cute, fun, and free patterns this month! My favorite is the Easy as Pie Blanket, check it out:

This blanket is designed by OneHandKnits, and I just think it looks like so much fun to knit! The yarn used is the wonderful Sirdar Snuggly Baby Bamboo DK, one of our favorites! We have a lot of colors to choose from, and even more on the way. Here's my picks for the color scheme I would use:


Monday, March 4, 2013

Dyeing with Food Color, part five

We had a great time on Saturday dyeing yarn. I wanted to share one of my student's successful results; here's Marsha's yarn -
 The wonderful surprises that can emerge from your dye pot.
 You can see that she was dyeing over a peachy, tan color (a great way to save a less than lovable shade of a wonderful yarn).
Here we are on the final rinse (plus Synthrapol).
Thanks for the pics, Karin. Thanks for coming to play, Julie and Marsha.
Happy Needling,

Friday, March 1, 2013

Dyeing with Food Coloring, part four

Here is my fourth project from my stash of hand dyed yarn. This project represents how  you could plan your stripes to stretch over an entire project. The pattern is Dipped in a Bit of Lace Cowl by Danielle Romanetti. The yarn is Manos Del Uruguay Rittenhouse in a light tan color (you can see the original color in one of the stripes).

Tomorrow, Saturday, Mar. 2, join me for a class in Dyeing with Food Coloring @ 12 pm. It is going to be fun and you will leave with a unique addition to your stash.

Happy Needling,