Arcadia Knitting

Welcome to the blog of Arcadia Knitting, Chicago's largest yarn store! Owned by sisters Kathy and Sharon Kelly, Arcadia has been serving the Chicago knitting and crocheting community for over six years. Keep up with shop news and read more about our ongoing adventures in yarn...

Thursday, October 26, 2006

More Roving!

We got even more roving, this time from Pear Tree. It is 100% Australian Merino. We have 6 colors plus natural white. I spun some up on the wheel and on my spindle. It is very slippery. I did a much better job on the wheel versus the spindle.

I spun some of the cormo on both the wheel and the spindle. It went much better on the spindle than the wheel.

I gauge my success on how thin I can get the yarn and how consistent my yarn is. The cormo has tons of crimp so I can draft with a heavy hand and get the yarn I want. The merino is so much smoother so my heavy handed drafting causes problems.

The dyed roving from Pear Tree is beautiful. The shades are pale, not saturated. Lovely. The dyed cormo has much more vibrant shades. The variegated has both low contrast and high contrast colorways.

Stop in and see it.


Tuesday, October 24, 2006


It's here! The cormo! And it is all dyed and pretty. I have to weigh it and price it and then I can start spinning.

What we have: dyed cormo, about 12 color, variegated. About 4 - 5 ozs per colors. I may be making up some sampler packs.


Thursday, October 19, 2006

Special events!!!

Saturday, November 4th, Shannon Okey, author of "Knit to Spin" is coming to the store. We have the whole day!!! She'll be signing books at noon. At 1 pm is a class in spinning alternative fiber such as bamboo, soy and more. At 4 pm we're going upstairs to Sharon's apartment for dishwasher dyeing. Who knew you could do more with that machine. I may have to get one now.

Sunday, December 10th, Bonne Marie Burns of ChicKnits, will show her sweaters and offer a Tips & Techniques clinic. If you've made a Chic Knits sweater, wear it and show off. If you have one still on the needles or in pieces, bring it in for some help because "The Doctor Is In." We will also start a knit along of Bonne Marie's latest pattern: Ariann.

Want more details? Visit for event details. Visit to learn about Shannon. Visit to learn about Bonne Marie. These ladies are active!

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

We're spinning with excitement here. Shannon Okey, knitgrrl, is coming here on November 4th. She will sign her new book: "Spin to Knit", and gvie two classes. One class in spinnig and another in dyeing. See for more info.

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

More Yarn!

I just went out to run errands. I came back. Guess what? More yarn! This time the one and only great stuff: Jo Sharp Silk Road Aran and the new Jo Sharp Pattern Book. Great yarn and great patterns. And another box of Malabrigo.


Monday, October 02, 2006

Hi -

The yarn is here! The yarn is here! We have Misty Chunky Alpaca, Malabrigo worsted and their two new yarns: Aquarella and Gruesa. We got a huge box of Blue Sky Alpaca: worsted, cotton, silk & alpaca mix, bulky, plus the superlucious Suri Alpaca. We've got Gems Opal from Louet, and lots and lots of RYC Cashsoft DK. Plus the traditional Brown Sheep Lamb's Pride in Bulky & Worsted. Boxes arriving everyday. There will be even more when you visit.

Need ideas? We have plenty of books and patterns to chose from.

So come on in. We have yarn and lots of it. For gifts or for yourself.