As I was searching for a photo to add to the header of this newsletter, I came across this one. Six year ago this month, I opened Classic Style and Company LLC in the tiny front space of Peter Kuhnlein's photography studio at 705 Commercial Avenue. I had my knitting machine, yarns and handmade vests/sweaters in the front window...and hats of course. It seems like ages ago!
Five years ago, I purchased our present shop building and this September, we will celebrate the 5th anniversary of opening Fidalgo Artisan Yarn Company. Remember walking down the alley to enter through the back door?
And here we are, newly reopened again. I shake my head at the trials and tribulations, joys and successes of these last years. It is always something new and best yet, there is more to come! (although sometimes I wonder at my mostly-optimistic outlook that has returned)
So yes, we are open seven days each week with temporary hours:
Monday-Saturday 10am-3pm and Sunday 11am-3pm.
We will be closed this Saturday to celebrate Independence Day.
We hope everyone will enjoy the holiday and stay safe. We look forward to seeing you again soon. Best wishes, Lori
Our latest Grab n'Go Kit -Designed by Emily McNeil
Sometimes, if you’re lucky, you find yourself in possession of a skein of yarn so soft, so decadent, that you just want to knit a sweet little something to snuggle up in and show it off. Fidalgo Artisan Yarn’s Kashmir 65 is such a yarn, and this simple lace cowl shows it off to perfection.
Emily designed this cowl as a one-skein project to feature our Kashmir 65 yarn. This yarn is not available in the shop these days though it's sister, Cashmere Cloud, has taken its place.
We offered this kit as a SHOW SPECIAL last year and sold out every time. As all shows have been cancelled this year, we decided to offer this special on our website for a limited time. This kit is regularly $36.50 but is priced at $22.50 for this promotion.
Our kit includes 1 skein of Kashmir 65 (65% Cashmere, 35% Silk, 50g =123 yards) and the pattern. Click here to order.
Just Off My Needles with Emily McNeil
Hunter Hammersen's Artifice worked up beautifully in our Halo yarn, a perfect fingering-weight blend of half wool and half alpaca. It's not an elegant yarn, per se, but the stitch definition is incredible and shows off the simple elegance of this pattern. (It's also cozy and soft and earthy, and quite possibly my favorite yarn of all time!)
What I love about these two photos is how they show off the before & after magic of blocking. Pre-blocking, it's a woolly blob. Post-blocking, it just blossomed -- with a little styling help from our kiddo, here adding a leaf brooch during our photo shoot.
This pattern used 1.3 skeins of Halo, and in retrospect I would have made it a little bigger... but I was too excited and wanted to get it off the needles ASAP. I added a picot bind-off (or 'nubblets,' as the kiddo admiringly calls them), my personal favorite for adding a certain 'je ne sais quoi' to a shawl.
Are you a Raveler?
If so, come join our Fidalgo Artisan Yarn Lovers group!
The group is growing as the shop continues to grow...we appreciate your support and showing us your wonderful projects!
Just look for Fidalgo, we're the only one!
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