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...

Monday, August 27, 2007

We have Tulip Kits

Made famous by the Stephanie Pearl McPhee, the Yarn Harlot and Franklin of the Panopticon, we now have four different colorways of the Tulip Kit in stock. $32.50 plus shipping of $5.50.

Get them now before they are all gone.


Yarn Swap was fabulous

We had a great time yesterday swapping old yarn for other people's old yarn. And we have tons left for charity knitting. We will be donating some to the Crochet Coral Reef and then to some women's shelters.

Watch the website for the date of a Crochet the Coral Reef put together. We're coordinating that now.

Mark your calendar for Oct 6 & 7th for Brandon Mably's color workshop and Kaffe Fassett's creativity lecture. The color workshop is about creativity, not technique. It is a workshop people take again and again.

Kaffe Fassett's lecture will be an inspiration for all kinds of needlework: knitting, quilting, needlepoint and more. Kaffe will be signing his new book: "Kaffe Knits Again".

Our new class schedule is available online, too.

Visit for details.


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Saturday, August 11, 2007

Prayer Socks and I Coulda Been Done Already

It appears that the Cubbies have a shot at playing post season.
How about cheering them along with some prayer socks?
Just like a prayer shawl, but socks. Stitch and pray for homers, strikeouts, and stolen bases.
We have some Lorna's Laces in sport and sock weight
in Cub colors as well as some Louet Gems in the right colors.
Just an idea. One of our customers is doing
it and swears that the 10 - 1 victory was due to her knitting.
Go Cubbies.

I am making this:

This is from the Teva Durham pattern book from Tahki/Stacy
Charles. I started Thursday but am still not done because I never did a
gauge swatch and I used the wrong size needles twice.
It uses three yarns held together for a big stitch but it is still very light.
So many big knits are soooo heavy and stiff.
This is very drapey and soft.
I will finish today or tomorrow.

My colors are orange, mustard and brown. Sharon picked them out after
every combo I showed her produced this reply: "Are you still going to
have the same hair color? That does not go with your hair."
It really is a great combination.
I have a great vintage button picked out, too.

I love these patterns from Teva Durham and am looking
at doing something else out of the book.


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Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Brandon Mably: "Concentrating on Color & Design"

Are you afraid of color? Do you find yourself choosing green, again? Do you see paintings in your head that you want to knit? Are you over lace and counting all the time? Do you want to break free and break some rules?

If you answer yes to any of these questions, you need to take this workshop with Brandon Mably. He has worked with Kaffa Fasset for years and is a regular contributor to Rowan Magazines. Brandon has a knack for pushing and challenging students to see more and do more.

Brandon's teaching style is very much in the Tim Gunn/Project Runway mode. Plus, Brandon has an adorable accent that makes the comments so much sweeter.

Visit for dates, times and registration information.


Teva Durham's luscious yarns have arrived as well as her outstanding book of patterns. She has large projects - ankle length duster, anyone - or small projects - tiny shrugs. The colors are very fashion forward and will coordinate well with many of the hot fall colors: browns, a blue green, rich eggplant, grey, cream, and raspberry.

Another great arrival is the Superior from Filatura di Crossa. Superior got a superior review from Knitter's Review. It is a brushed cashmere with silk. Superior substitutes for Kid Silk Haze. It has great yardage, too: 329 yds per ball. One ball will make a lovely lace scarf. Four can make a sweater. It is under $30 per ball. For cashmere and that yardage, it is a good deal.

Last but not least, Sublime. We have two yarns in the Sublime line of yarns. A DK made of cashmere, silk and merino and lovely mohair. The colors are rich and subtle. Come quickly it has been flying off the shelves.

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