Thursday, May 29, 2014

Let the summer hours begin!

This week, we start summer hours:

Tuesday & Wednesday: 12-5pm
Thursday: 12-9pm
Friday: 1-6pm
Saturday: 12-5pm

Come on in and get a quick summer project or sign up for one of our many classes and workshops. Check back often - we're always adding to the list!

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Exclusively Yours

Introducing Stone Soup, lovingly and painstakingly created by Anne Hanson for Bare Naked Wools. It's a blend of 80% heritage wools (rambouillet, lincoln, columbia, churro), 15% alpaca and 5% combination of tencel, bamboo and silk.

Sold exclusively at Trillium Yarns beginning next week.

Anne describes her yarns this way:
Our Bare Naked yarns are as close to the farm as a knitter can get, using fresh fiber produce from regional growers which is then spun into yarn at smaller artisan mills with which Anne has worked over the years. The collection is focused on single-breed pure wool yarns and exotic blends, with colors that range an entire array of natural tones—yarn the way nature made it.

I have only seen swatches and I've yet to see a skein or cast on, but I can tell you, I've never been so excited for a yarn to come into the store!

Join the email list and our Facebook and Ravelry groups and you'll know exactly when it arrives!

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Why should kids have all the back-to-school fun? 
Come in or call, 973.425.0480, to register for classes. They are filling up quickly! Here's a few of them, but please check to see a complete list of classes.

Chakra Shawls: the Healing Power of Color
September 11, 18 & 25 11am-12:30pm 
Fee: $55 ($45 when you purchase supplies at Trillium Yarns 10% off) 
In this class we’ll look at color as a tool for healing and transformation, primarily at how color is connected to chakras in the Hindu tradition, but touch on the use of color and meaning in other traditions as well. Combine color with intention and knit a chakra or prayer shawl, or another project that feels right for you.

Learn to Crochet
September 17, 24 & October 1
11-12:30pm Fee: $55  ($45 with purchase of yarn at Trillium Yarns 10% off)
Learn all the basic techniques while crocheting a ripple scarf or a blanket based on the beautiful Vintage Crocheted Throw from Churchmouse Yarns. 

Learn to Knit
September 17, 24 & October 1

1-2:30pm   Fee: $55  ($45 with purchase of yarn at Trillium Yarns at 10% off)
Learn all the basic techniques....casting on, knit and purl stitches, binding off, correcting mistakes.  You'll also learn about yarn weights, and begin pattern reading, all while completing your first project!


Learn to Knit (Continental)
September 23, 30 & October 14   7-9pm
Fee: $75  ($60 with purchase of yarn at Trillium Yarns at 10% off)

Continental knitting is the fastest method of knitting.  Learn to “pick” stitches rather than “throw”, cast on, bind off, knitting, purling, decrease and increase. In addition, students will learn the basics of pattern reading, yarn selection, gauge check, seam weaving, and machine felting.  Complete a Felted Purse/Clutch during class. 

Continental Combination for Throwers

ONE NIGHT: Monday, October 7   7-9pm 
Fee: $30   ($20 with purchase of yarn at Trillium Yarns at 10% off)
Is throwing slowing you down? Does the thought of seed stitch send you running? Is two color knitting out of the question? It’s time to learn to knit continental and put your fears behind you. Continental combination is the fastest method of knitting, and makes advanced knitting easier. Learn to knit and purl using this method and watch your speed increase. So much knitting, so little time...the solution...knit faster and enjoy.


Crocheted Beaded Wraparound Bracelet 

October 22   7-9pm
Fee: $40 
($30 with purchase of supplies at Trillium Yarns at 10% off)

Make and take! This adorable bracelet is a hit!  It could easily start you on those handmade holiday gifts. Uses a simple, but different, foundation and slip stitches. This is a fun and fast project completed in one evening. Must know how to single crochet. (Note: beads must be strung prior to class.)

Finishing Techniques  
with Keith Leonard, of Knits All Done
Sunday, September 21, 1-3pmFee: $45 
Learn to professionally assemble your knitwear from the finishing master Keith Leonard, owner of Knits All Done. In this class you will learn the tips, tricks, and secrets behind picking up stitches, weaving in your ends and the proper use of mattress stitch to seam your prepared knitted swatches together. Be amazed as the magic unfolds and walk away with the proficient skills to finish your knitwear professionally for years to come.

Weaving on the Schacht Zoom Loom 

with Angela Tong 
Sunday, September 28, 1-4pm
Fee: $45
(Loom and weaving yarn, to be purchased at Trillium Yarns, not included)

Zoom Loom Weaving and Beyond 

with Angela Tong  
Sunday, October 5, 1-4pm Fee: $45
(Loom and weaving yarn, to be purchased at Trillium Yarns, not included)
Now that you have mastered making plain squares with your Zoom Loom, I am sure you will want to learn some advanced techniques. In this class we will learn how to weave patterns, how to read a pattern, techniques on how to seam your squares together, and finishing your edges with a crochet hook for a decorative effect. I will show you examples of what can be made with your squares.
Homework: Please come to class with 6 squares, woven in a smooth plied worsted weight yarn. 

Rigid Heddle Weaving
with Angela Tong  
October 26 and November 2, 1-4pm   Fee: $120 
Weaving yarn, to be purchased at Trillium Yarns, not included)
This class will introduce you to two different looms, and guide you through preparation, the weaving process, and a range of finishing techniques. Enroll in this class, and you'll learn:

  • How to create a warp
  • How to calculate correct yardage
  • How to use different fibers and colors in one project
  • How to weave two towels at a time on a single wa
  • How to set up, use, and maintain your rigid heddle loom

  • How to produce plaid projects
  • How to finish projects with trims and fringes

  • Short Rows the Lizard Ridge Way 
    with Keith Leonard, of Knits All Done
    Sunday, November 3, 1-3pm  Fee: $45

    Short row fun anyone? In this class Keith will teach you how to properly work short rows using Noro Silk Garden to create 1 of 24 squares that combined turn into a beautiful afghan called Lizard Ridge. You not only learn short rows, you will learn how to properly read and count your stitches while working two different strands of yarn from the same ball of yarn. Disclaimer: Once you start this project, it will be very, very hard to put it down. Be prepared for addiction, laughter, and bursts of color!

    with Kirsten Kapur of Through the Loops  
    October 27   Fee: $60 each or $110 for both
    (Supplies, purchased at Trillium Yarns, not included)
    COLOR WORKSHOP:  The Best Colors for Your Projects
    11am-1:30 pm   Fee: $65
    Kirsten Kapur is renowned for her intuitive use of color. She has generously agreed to share with us some of her secrets for making color choices seem effortless.
    Having picked our colors, we will cast on one of her beautiful designs under her guidance.

    Monday, August 19, 2013

    Meet Trillium Yarns' New Associate

    Oscar is the newest (and hairiest) addition to the staff at Trillium Yarns. He's a sweet little guy, whose journey started in Tennessee. We don't know much about his first couple of years, but he was eventually rescued by Eleventh Hour and placed at the pet adoption center at the Mount Olive Petsmart, where my daughter and I met him and fell in love.

    Having just lost our old girl, Annie, who'd been with us for 14 years, I wasn't ready to give my heart - and everything that goes with it - to another dog, but we couldn't stop thinking about him and his goofy ears. We asked to bring him home for a night to see how he would be with our cats - they thought he might be a little 'enthusiastic' - and he was great.

    The next day, he came to work with me so I could see how enthusiastic he'd be around thousands of balls of yarn, and, wouldn't you know it, my friend Kirsten Kapur pulled up at exactly the same time we did. Just the week before, she'd been in the store consoling me over the loss of Annie and advising me not to get another dog right away. We were barely in the door, though, before he won her over.

    So he's ours and settling in nicely, except that he tested positive for heartworm at his new dog checkup. He's just begun treatment, which will last for the next 3 months, during which time we have to keep him very still, so I'll be keeping an eye on him at the shop for the next little while. So come on in and say hello!

    Friday, April 12, 2013

    2013 Garden State Yarn Crawl and Roma Workshop with Kirsten Kapur

    By now, I hope you've heard about the 2013 Garden State Yarn Crawl, to be held April 18-21. It starts in less than a week! Go to the website and map out your route.

    Trillium Yarns is happy to be participating in the yarn crawl for the first time as Trillium Yarns and in our new location, no less. Come by from 10-6 on Thursday, 10-9 on Friday, and 11-6 on Saturday and Sunday.

    So far we have scheduled for your amusement:

    The on-going trunk show of original samples from Kirsten Kapur of Through the Loops Designs, including both original Roma shawls. While you're here, check them out and sign up for her Roma Shawl workshop on April 28th. She will also be here that morning for a trunk show and meet-and greet. Here's Roma:

    We also have trunk shows from Spud and Chloe and Manos del Uruguay. From Spud and Chloe, we have the gorgeous Seeing Stars Blanket and the lovely Three Brr Bears along with many other of their most popular patterns. From Manos, we have the beautiful Ocaso Shawl and some really  stunning sweaters, including this one. We also have stocked up on all the Spud and Chloe and Manos Lace and Silk Blend you'll need to make any of these patterns.

    On Friday, from 11-1 and from Saturday from 2:30 - 4:30, we'll have Yuki Hokari Sim of Nimara and Japarta visiting with a trunk show of her designs, including her newest design, Artemis Japarta. She will talk about her patterns and her fund-raising efforts on behalf of the Minoru Hokari Memorial Scholarship fund.

    We will also have Deborah Castellano, of La Sirene and Le Corbeau with a spinning demonstration and some of her own gorgeous handspun yarns for sale.

    In addition to all this, you'll get 20% off all in-stock yarns and books and and additional 5% off if you bring in something warm - a hat, or a scarf (handmade or store-bought) - to donate to Emily's Hats for Hope. Of course, there will also be raffles and door prizes, as usual. Come and join us for some fun in our new space!

    Thursday, January 31, 2013

    Let's have some fun!

    20%-40% off all yarns

    15% off all books, patterns and accessories

    The superb owl above is

    the Big Snowy Owl from Purl Bee. Let's make one!

    Monday, January 21, 2013

    Nimara & Japarta Trunk Show & New Classes!

    Nimara and Japarta
    Trunk Show
    with Yuki Hokari Sim

    Saturday, January 26, 1-3pm

    Yuki will be here with lots of samples of her beautiful designs and her patterns for sale and tell you about her design process and how Nimara and Japarta came to be.

    Come and meet this wonderful designer!

    It's not too late to sign up for this class! 
    Rowan's Noelle Capelet

    Choose your favorite color of Lima and learn how to make this beautiful and versatile capelet, which works like magic on all body types. It's a great pattern for the advanced beginning knitter looking to add to their repertoire of skills:
    - top down construction
    - working in the round
    - shoulder increases
    - and for the adventurous, perhaps a little addition of fair isle along the bottom
    And, incidentally this would be a wonderful gift for the breastfeeding mother.

    This class begins 
    Thursday, January 24
    11am - 12:30pm
    and runs for 3 Thursdays.

    Come in, or call and sign up!