July 18, 2020

Wildflower Shop Update at adKnits!

  • A blue flower in clear resin.

AdKnits, a line of nature-inspired goods for knitters and makers, recently added a bunch of new wildflower-themed items to the shop! This fabulously floral update includes honeybee stitch markers, a dogwood flower project bag, and progress keepers with charms featuring dried flowers cast in resin! Visit the adKnits website to see these and lots of other flower-inspired goodies!

June 27, 2020

Seriously handy, handmade bags

  • A purple patchwork tote.

Are you looking for a colorful, unique, high-quality project bag that will carry your WIP’s from socks to bulky sweaters? My online shop was just updated with many colorful, summery project bags of all sizes.

You will notice that most of my bags are one of a kind in design and color combination. I block print, paint, splatter or stamp all my own fabric by hand in my Boston studio. I use waxed canvas fabric for the sturdy bottom, and handles of all the bags.

For this shop update I added a bigger size of my popular notion zipper bag and many quilty-scrappy tote bags that will carry many, many skeins of yarn. The scrappy bags make use of all my fabric cut-offs so reduces waist in the studio. I use waxed canvas fabric for the sturdy bottomland handles of all the bags.

Zipper bags all have a super sweet, handy dandy, 1-inch ruler as a zipper pull.

June 24, 2020

The Summer Collection is here!

  • A white and blue bucket back with a white strap.

Summer is here!

Imagine the birds singing, the crickets joining them, the wind soughing, and a nice shadowy spot, maybe under a tree. ⁠

And not imagine taking out your knitting…⁠

But wait! From what are you taking it? ⁠From a sad and old plastic bag, filled with holes made by your needles?⁠ Or from an elegant bag, handmade with soft cotton in small batches in France?⁠

Life is made of choices, isn’t it?⁠

At La Cave à Laine, we made some:

– 100% cotton! No plastic or animal-derivate materials! All our bags are made of natural fabrics!
– 100% practical, without compromising on style: pockets, small details and big spaces, our project bags are the ultimate practical bag.
– 100% zero waste, as we use to the last bit of fabric. We develop all our bag lines with a very pragmatic approach, designing each shape to make the most out of our fabrics!

Are you ready to pack your summer knitting for an adventure?

June 19, 2020

Good news for needle collectors

  • A gold zippered case with a magenta pocket.
  • A gray and black case holding metal knitting needle tips.

The Knitter’s Book Case has gotten an expansion pack!

Earlier this spring, I introduced the Knitter’s Book Case, designed to hold multiple sets of interchangeable needles and leave lots of room for extras. But what if slots for up to 24 needle tips just isn’t enough? Introducing the Knitter’s Brief Case. This versatile interchangeable needle case can work as a standalone or as an add-on for the larger Knitter’s Book Case. With two pockets for cables, a large zippered pouch for notions and slots for up to nine pairs of needle tips, the Brief Case expands the capacity of the Knitter’s Book Case by more than a third, and has two slots devoted to really big needles – up to 15 mm.

Even when completely full, the Brief Case folds easily inside a jammed Book Case, adding only about 1″ to the width.

The Brief Case is also ideal for putting together a project-specific toolkit. Working on a pattern that calls for two needle sizes, three cord lengths, snips, stitch holders and a darning needle? Move them from your larger case to the Brief Case for the duration of the project.

Just like the Book Case, the Brief Case is made from 100% wool felt and suede and is cut and assembled by hand in Montreal.

Tavolozza Shawl & Bag Bundles

  • Skeins of blue and silver yarn over a hand-dyed tote bag.
  • A cream-colored shawl with orange, navy and mustard stripes.

We’re delighted to share our collaboration with our dear friend Sara of La Cave à Laine!

To celebrate the release of Tavolozza, a cozy shawlette that Sara has designed with our yarns, we’ll have a special shop update with lots of bundles, that were to be brought to Woollin – Ireland’s Festival of Yarn this weekend.

The yarn required for this mindless, relaxing summer shawl consists of a full skein of A Heavenly Blend in undyed Avena Heathery Pearl and three minis of A Chic Blend in different combinations we chose from our hand dyed palette, including some shades of the From Home Collection.

The gorgeous kits will include yarn and a code to download the shawl pattern on Ravelry, plus you’ll be able to choose between a hand-sewn zippered pouch or a hand-dyed organic cotton tote bag that Sara prepared for this special collab.

We assembled many yarns + accessory options to cover a wide range of colors from bold to pastel, but please note that they’re all limited quantities, as we’ve composed for this occasion from hand-dyed yarn and handcrafted accessories.

Kits will go live on our web shop on Friday, June 12 at 6 p.m. CEST

Some details you may find useful:

Pouches are made of 100% cotton, are hand sewn in different fabrics and feature a full zippered closure and multiple pockets inside.

Totes are made of 100% sturdy organic cotton, feature two long handles and are hand dyed in subtle gradients with fibre reactive dyes.

A Heavenly Blend is made of:
50% Aquilana wool
25% Italian alpaca
25% Italian cashmere

A Chic Blend is made of:
60% Brogna wool
20% Italian alpaca
20% Italian mohair

Fingering (uk 4 ply) weight; Mini skeins are 20g – 90 m – Gauge: 10cm in 24-26 sts and 3,5mm needles

Please remember that each hand dyed batch is fairly unique because we apply several layers of colors, to get the perfect deep hues of our range.

May 18, 2020

Keep all those new WIPs organized!

  • A green box bag with pictures of honey.

In some places, we are going on month three of social distancing/isolation/sitting at home. I don’t know about everyone else, but spring always causes my Startitis to go crazy anyway, and with having little else to do, well… there are a lot of new projects on my needles! :/

So to help with that, we’ve restocked the shop with project bags! There are cute wintery llamas and sweet honeybees that remind us of all the time we get to spend outdoors (distantly) right now, cheerful yellow poppies, and reminders of how much we miss traveling.

These bags are available in our Kellie style, in all three sizes, along with some other favorites! Keep all your new projects organized and tidy with its very own bag to hang out in, while you cast on yet another fun item.

A fiber festival in your living room!

  • A laptop with a ball of yarn advertising the Virtu-wool Fiber Festival.

Come experience a new kind of fiber show, one that comes straight to your house! Introducing the inaugural Virtu-Wool Fiber Festival, a live streaming show featuring 20 vendors from all over the United States. As fiber festivals and shows are canceled due to the pandemic, vendors are looking for new and creative ways to still interact with fiber enthusiasts. This two-day event will run Saturday, May 2nd and Sunday May 3rd from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. EDT each day. Every hour on the hour, our vendors will be presenting their hand-dyed fibers, yarns, patterns, bags and stitch markers, as well as tips and tricks and demonstrations.

Follow the @virtuwoolfiberfestival on Instagram, then check out the Virtu-Wool Fiber Festival Event Page on Facebook and click Interested so you can stay up to date, and see the new livestreams as they pop up!

April Bag of the Month: Snarky to Sweary!

  • Bags and accessories in pink yarn ball fabric.
  • An aqua drawstring bag with cartoon sloths.

Happy April! As we all get used to this new way of life, we thought sometimes a little snark can help us get through the tough times! And who better to help the medicine go down with a spoon full of sugar than Cynthia Frenette?!

This month we are spotlighting 18 — that’s right, 18 — of Cynthia Frenette’s best fabrics! From Snarky to Sweary there is something to make everyone smile!

You can pick from any items we sew, mix and match, and make your own awesome sets for the year!

Orders go LIVE Friday April 3rd at 9 a.m. PDT. Shop early, because the window for orders closes Monday at midnight! That gives us just enough time to order, sew and ship by the week of May 11th (or earlier).

Preorders give you the chance to get any item in our shop made custom without additional fees! After we ship, there will be extras, but they are not always available in every item. Shopping the preorder allows you to get exactly what you want without having to stalk the shop later or miss out!

April 2, 2020

KnitSpinQuilt Carries On

  • A purple and black drawstring bag.

Hello to everyone. I hope you and your loved ones are holding up in these trying circumstances. I won’t tell you to be chipper or keep your chin up: I will tell you that I wish you all the best.

Things have been exciting here: I am holed up out of NYC with a dear friend. Since the shop is my only form of income, and most of it is in Brooklyn, I have been scrambling to get ducks in a row. I am safe: I am sheltering in place at home. I have arranged mail runs as part of my grocery run once a week, and I sew in my bedroom, so I am able to keep going for the time being.

I will be focusing on drawstring bags and DPN cases at first. If you have a particular request, PLEASE tell me. My contact form, Instagram DMs, Twitter DMs and email are all open to you, dear customers. If I have access to the fabric in question, I will be happy to sew up a custom bag at no additional cost. (I do hope you’ll understand that my access to fabric is limited at the moment.)

Because I believe strongly in putting my money where my mouth is, KnitSpinQuilt will continue to donate 15% of item prices to charity. In 2020, I have chosen the Ali Forney Center, a charity that works to alleviate homelessness in LGBTQ youth in New  York City. The Ali Forney Center cannot close under current circumstances, because it provides housing to at-risk youth, and is in need of support now more than ever.

Please keep safe, keep indoors, and keep on keeping on. This is going to be hard, but the only way forward is through.

Much care, Alisa

Yarnies to the bone!

  • A purple, blue and black shoulder bag.

We are so happy to get to pair up with Pandia’s Jewels again! Not only does she make amazingly vibrant and beautiful colorways, but she is also a skilled artist — and with our favorite subject matter: YARN! You have loved her Llamicorns, her Yarn Goddess, and Mystic Knitter designs — now we have Knitter to the Bone!

Live Friday at 9 a.m. PDT — while supplies last!

(These bags are made & ready to ship immediately!)

Pandia’s Jewels has a limited preorder for the matching yarn going on now on her website!

And thank you for supporting our small businesses!!! We are so grateful!!

A teal bag with a lining of gray yarn balls and a tan leather strap.No algorithm — only beautiful yarn.
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