Friday, November 30, 2012


Fiber Meet-up, Trunk Show & Demo
Sunday, December 2, 1-4pm
Fiber Meetup, Trunk Show and Tea with Deborah Castellano of La Sirene et Le Corbeau. She will bring in her own spectacular handspun and hand dyed yarns and roving to ogle, and give drop spindle and wheel demonstrations. Bring your drop spindles, wheels, knitting crocheting - whatever you're up to - and come spend the afternoon hiding out with us.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Black Friday / Small Business Saturday Sale!

20% off all yarns and 15% all books

Lots of new additions to the 40% off basket
and the 50% off books and patterns table!

See you all there!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Friday, November 16 - open at 1pm

Today, we'll open at 1pm, but we're open until 8:30pm, so you'll have plenty of time to pick up your holiday projects and get them started. We have had several big shipments lately: after the storm cleared, we got all the deliveries at once! Among them were:

Swan's Island: more fingering (including limited edition Sugar Maple, a gorgeous fiery orange), more worsted and new for us: bulky, which is even more beautiful in person.

Hiya Hiya (everyone's favorite interchangeables) in bamboo! So pretty and wonderful to work with. And some regular circulars, too. We love them.

We also got some new Malabrigo Twist, Sock and Bulky, along with a couple new colors of the incomparably beautiful Rasta.

Just in: the new Crochet Accessories from Interweave Knits and both the new and old Knit.wear.

So many great ideas for holiday gift giving - you'll have to come in and see for yourself!

Monday, November 5, 2012

The sale after the storm

Well, we made it. As of today, we have heat and power, and so tomorrow we re-open. As a treat for those of you who've been holed up at home with your (hopefully still) loved ones - and for us, too, because let's face it, we've missed you - we are having a post-Sandy Frankensale: 15% off everything in stock (including books!) and lots of new additions to the 50% off sale bin. In addition, I will donate 5% of every sale for the month of November to the NJ Red Cross.

For those of you still without power, please feel free to come in and charge up and warm up.

Stay safe and warm!

Thursday, November 1, 2012

The post-Sandy Frankensale!

I hope that you're all safe and well and managing to find some peace and fun in the aftermath of Sandy. The store is still without power, and will remain closed until further notice, (though is still up and running!)

The good news is that after all we've been through, I've decided to treat us all to a post-Sandy Frankensale! I will be in touch soon with the details. Until then, stay safe and warm!

Friday, October 19, 2012

A few good things

Tonight's the big Friday night open house. We're always open on Friday night, so that's old news, but the rest of the house will be open tonight. That means chocolate, and candy and wine! And lovely things in Mia Dennis and Maria herself. And Bettina Bierly will be on hand. Her workshop, next to the candy store, is really something to see. 

And a little more incentive for you: I've just received shipment of a new line. Knitter's Pride, which makes all manner of gorgeous tools for knitters and crocheters at every level. Included:

Have you seen these? They are Cubics single points from Knitter's Pride. I've been hearing nothing but great things about them. I just got them yesterday, so I haven't had a chance to try them out, but I can't wait. I hear they're really comfortable to use and create very even stitches. I'm told they're wonderful for beginning knitters. Everyone I know who's used them love them. For now, I'm only carrying the single points, but I'm toying with the idea of carrying the interchangeables, too. What do you think?

I also have the Symfonie Dreamz double-points in all the sizes. Not only are these beautiful to look at, they are wonderful to work with. If you haven't tried them yet, you've got to get in here. What are you waiting for?

These wonderful crochet hooks are also from Knitter's Pride. Word is that the ergonomic handles allow you to crochet for hours comfortably. I'm working on a big project, so I'm about to find out firsthand if that's true. I will let you all know.

I've been wanting to get these in for such a long time. They are wonderful, especially for lace knitters. The small magnets hold your chart to the magnetic binder and the magnetic bar keeps your place in the chart or written pattern. Makes me want to knit some complicated lace just to get to use one of these babies.

Come on in and check these out. I'm getting a couple deliveries every day, so there's always something new.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Friday Night Open House

Heads up!

Friday night, all the shops in our building will be open. I hope you can come by to visit all of us. I have lots of new things on hand to show you, and more coming every day.

If you haven't stopped into Mia Dennis and visited with Maria, you're missing out. She has an amazing eye for new and unique clothing and accessories. I bought a gorgeous gray sequin and silk dress there last month for a special occasion. It was perfect and I can't wait to wear it again. She has so many amazing things, including some really interesting jewelry and lots of gorgeous felted bags and even some stationery.

Of course, there's the candy store and the chocolate shop, but did you know that they also sell wine? Steve will be on hand to show you the ropes, and with any luck, there will be samples!

So come a little early and grab a bottle and come upstairs to knit with us. We're rearranging the back room so we can hold the classes in there when the front room is busy, so there's plenty of space there for all of us.

Looking forward to seeing all of you there!

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Louisa Harding hat patterns

Just came across some lovely hat patterns from Louisa Harding, who is offering them for a donation to MacMillan Cancer Support group, an organization that helped her family through her husband's recent battle with lymphoma. Great hats for a great cause!

This one might be my favorite. I think it would look great in Blue Sky Suri Merino or Fibre Company Terra. So far it looks like there are 7 downloadable patterns and you can donate here.

What a great idea for holiday gifts!

Friday, September 21, 2012

Fall Class Schedule

Announcing: the new fall class and workshop schedule. Space is limited so call and register to reserve your spot. Feel free to suggest a workshop or class for later in the fall, as well. We will create a custom class for 3 or more people.

Knitting for Beginners
with Karen Bailey
Learn the basics of knitting, including casting on, knitting, purling, and binding off. In addition, students will learn the basics of reading a knitting pattern, gain a basic understanding of a variety of yarns, checking gauge, weaving seams and learn the art of machine felting. You will complete a Felted Purse or IPAD case during class. All supplies can be purchased at studio on or before the first class for approximately $35.
4 Classes   Tuesdays, October 9, 16, 23 and 30   11am - 12:30pm   Fee: $60

Felted Christmas Stockings: AKA introduction to sock knitting
with Karen Bailey
Learn the anatomy of a sock while making a giant one to be felted into a Christmas stocking. Students will make a top-down sock, turn a heel, form the gusset and decrease for the toe, just like a regular sock, only with this one, any mistakes will be forgiven in the felting process and you will have your choice of 3 edgings at the top and learn to needle felt a name or an image on the finished, felted stocking. Start in October and you'll have one for every member of you family by Christmas!
4 Classes   Tuesdays, October 9, 16, 23 and 30   11am - 12:30pm   Fee: $60
4 Classes   Tuesdays, November 6, 13, 20 and 27   11am - 12:30pm   Fee: $60

Crochet for Beginners
with Karen Bailey Learn the basic stitches including: chaining, single crochet, double crochet and more. Students will learn to: read a pattern, read a chart with universal symbols, check gauge, weave end, and finish the project. All supplies can be purchased on or before the first class for approximately $35. 
4 Classes   Thursdays, October 11, 18, 25 and November 1    11am - 12:30pm   Fee: $60

Introduction to Top Down Triangular Shawls - with Japarta's Journey by Nimara & Japarta
with Karen Bailey
Take the mystery out of those beautiful triangular top down shawls you've seen and learn how it's done. From the center cast on, through the beautiful rice pattern stitch to the simple lace, you'll learn how to read a pattern's written instructions and charts. The talented designer of this shawl will be here during one of the classes to lend a hand! All proceeds from the sale of this pattern (and all of her others) go to the Minoru Hokari Memorial Scholarship Fund to help those studying Indigenous Australians as her brother did.
4 Classes   Thursdays, October 11, 18, 25 and November 1    1pm - 2:30pm   Fee: $60

Crochet for Beginners 
with Carolyn Hanson
Learn the basic stitches including: chaining, single crochet, double crochet and more.Students will learn to: read a pattern, read a chart with universal symbols, check gauge, weave end, and finish the project. All supplies can be purchased on or before the first class for approximately $35. 
3 Classes   Thursdays, September 20, 27, October 4   7:00-9:00pm   Fee: $60

Knitting for Beginners
with Carolyn Hanson
Learn the basics of knitting, including casting on, knitting, purling, and binding off. In addition, students will learn the basics of reading a knitting pattern, gain a basic understanding of a variety of yarns, checking gauge, weaving seams and learn the art of machine felting. You will complete a Felted Purse or iPad case during class. All supplies can be purchased at studio on or before the first night of class for approximately $35.
3 Classes   Mondays, September 17, 24, October 2   7:00-9:00pm   Fee: $60


Introduction to Spinning: Drop Spindle
with Deborah Castellano
Learn to spin your own yarns on a drop spindle. All materials may be purchased here before class, so plan to arrive about 15 minutes early
Saturday, October 13 1-3pm         Fee: $20

Plying on the Drop Spindle
with Deborah Castellano
Step 2: Now that you have some beautiful singles, learn to combine them on the drop spindle, for a beautifully plied handspun yarn.
Saturday, October 27 1-3pm         Fee: $20

Introduction to Spinning on the Wheel
with Deborah Castellano
Now that you're hooked on spinning, let's step it up a notch and try spinning on the wheel! 
Saturday, November 17 1-3pm         Fee: $20

Introduction to Dyeing 
with Deborah Castellano
Let's take that lovely undyed fiber and turn it into something really spectacular. Whether it's fibers you'll be spinning and plying or a couple skeins of undyed yarn to knit with you'll really make that fiber your own when you dye it yourself. 
Saturday, December 1 1-3pm         Fee: $20

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Emily's Hats for Hope Hat-a-thon!

Emily, a high school senior from New Jersey, has been making a difference throughout the United States, one hat at a time. In December 2011, Emily, 17, realized she could help the homeless and working poor in her community by knitting warm winter hats for them and Emily's Hats For Hope Initiative was born. In less than a year, Emily's group has knit and collected thousands of hats, and has inspired many 'spin-off' groups in 15 states and in Canada!

Please join us in helping her reach her goal of 3,000 hats by her 18th birthday (in December). Trillium Yarns is delighted to be hosting Emily's Hats for Hope Initiative's first Hat-a-thon of the season, Sunday, September 23rd, 2012, from 11am to 6pm (drop in anytime and stay as long as you like). Cost of entry: one canned food item, and/or something warm to donate.) Weather permitting, we will be outside, so bring a lawn chair!

This kicks off a weekly Sunday knitting group at Trillium Yarns to make and collect winter hats, scarves, afghans, gloves and other warm things for the homeless and working poor in the United States with Emily's Hats for Hope Initiative. This season, the hats collected will be going to the people living in Tent City, in Lakewood, NJ.

Join her on Facebook.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Blue Moon Labor Day Sale!

Two blog posts in as many days: it must be a Blue Moon! And with it comes our Blue Moon Labor Day Sale, a way to say thanks for a wonderful welcome to the new neighborhood by offering 15% off all yarns in store, 30% off a few others, and new additions to the 50% off sale basket.

Note: Trillium will be closed on Saturday and will resume normal summer hours on Tuesday, September 4.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Count 'em! 18 colors of Madelinetosh!

I had to snatch the colors I'll need for the Half Log Cabin Ombre Blanket before they were gone. Come by and grab the colors you've been waiting for!

Meanwhile, I'll be working on the class schedule for September. There will be daytime courses and evening courses; beginning knitting and crochet, but if you have any suggestions for classes or projects, please feel free to contact me with your ideas.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Thank you! And now: bridge contruction!

I would like to thank old friends and new who have been so supportive and understanding of the bit of chaos surrounding to our move to the beautiful Country Mile in Morristown. I have seen so many familiar faces and so many new ones and have had such a positive response from all the faces that it's impossible not to see a bright future for Trillium Yarns as the reincarnation of Angelfire Studios. We will be completing our transition in the next couple weeks, and hope to have a little Grand Opening party to celebrate (date to be announced).

But speaking of chaos...

Wouldn't you just know that only a few weeks after I move the store, the powers-that-be have decided that something about the bridge down the street needs to be reconstructed? It's not really a big deal; we're just a little tougher to get to for a few days. We will be closed this Thursday, August 23 due to construction but we will be open the rest of the week during normal summer hours:
(Tues, Wed - 10:30-4:30 and Friday - 10:30-8:30pm and Sat - 11-4pm)

Janice wrote up some great directions for getting to us from 287, and here they are!:

1007 Mt. Kemble Avenue, Morristown, NJ    (973) 425-0480

m 287:

Take the Exit for U.S. 202 & N Maple Ave

Head south on N Maple Ave (passing Verizon)

Turn left at the traffic light Madisonville Rd (Bamboo Grille/Country Club)

Continue onto Lees Hill Rd

Slight let on to Baileys Mill Rd

Turn left onto US-202 S/Mt Kemble Ave

Trillium Yarns will be on the right.

Hope to see you all soon!

Thursday, August 9, 2012

If it's Friday, August 10...

this must be opening day of Trillium Yarns. Must get back to work, but please stop by and see us tomorrow for our Opening Day Sale - 15% off everything storewide (and the store is a lot wider, now) through Saturday afternoon, door prizes, goodies from the chocolate shop downstairs (worth the trip all by itself) and featuring Kirsten Kapur Designs trunk show! And the unveiling of the new show:

Our new location is:

1007 Mt Kemble Ave, on the Country Mile in Morristown, NJ. We are between Jockey Hollow and 287. If you're coming from 287, we are on the left, after Country Mile Gardens. If you are coming from Morristown, we are on the right just after (seriously - put on your indicator right after you see it) the Minuteman Restaurant.

I look forward to seeing old friends and new and to the beginning of a wonderful new adventure.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Betty heads are on the move

The Betty heads have been packed and moved to the new location.

Wait. What?

Yes, Angelfire is experiencing yet another big change. We've moved to Harding Township (Morristown) from the previous location in Basking Ridge. We are in a charming building that dates back to  the 1700s, which also houses a candy store / chocolate shop, Mia Dennis - a gorgeous women's clothing store - and Bettina Bierly, a world-class designer and costumer for the New York City Opera, who has a little space where she does the alterations nobody else will tackle and teaches kids to love sewing. In fact, it's Bettina who made this move happen, for which I will be ever grateful.

The space is warm and inviting, with plenty of room for the spinning and weaving I've been wanting to do. There's plenty of space in the gardens outside for working al fresco (next to a little waterfall, don't ya know), and the weather is perfect for that right now. Friday Night Knit Club is on as usual this Friday, so come by if you'd like to see what we've been up to. We will reopen on Friday, August 10 and have a Grand Opening, along with party, sometime after that. Please give us a call if you need anything before then: 973-425-0480

The Bettys and I look forward to seeing you in our new home soon!

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

4th of July Sale, String Theory, new classes and Klimt again!

And that includes the new String Theory Caper Sock in some gorgeous colorways. A few of them are almost gone, so come see them soon! One skein is enough to make Kirsten Kapur Design's beautiful Cerasifera shawl. Speaking of which, we still have Kirsten's trunk show in the shop. So many of her beautiful designs from her own personal collection. If you haven't seen it, you'll have to stop by.

Also in the works: A few new classes have been added to the line-up:

Klimt shrug hairpin lace class and KAL
with Carolyn Hanson.

We are beginning this class/KAL in earnest on Monday evening, July 9th, though a few people have already started theirs. There are 6 lessons to go along with the Klimt shrug and we'll offer them every other Monday with a KAL/make-up class in between. This way if you can't make it the first Monday the lesson's offered, you can make the other one.  Or come to all of them - this looks like it's going to be a lot of fun - and we can catch you up during the day or at Friday Night Knit Club. Come in anytime before class meets on July 9 and we'll set you up with everything you'll need to get started.

We're hoping wear our gorgeous works of art to the Neue Galerie for their 150th anniversary celebration of Gustav Klimt's life and art. Class will be $120.

Kid's Beginning Crochet
Crochet is hot! Learn the basic stitches including: chaining, single crochet, double crochet and more. This is students will learn to: read a pattern, read a chart with universal symbols, check gauge, weave ends, and finish the project. All supplies can be purchased on or before the first class for approximately $35. Offered 10, 17 and 24, cost: $75.

Kid/s Beginning KnittingLearn the basics of knitting, including casting on, knitting, purling, and binding off. In addition, students will learn the basics of reading a knitting pattern, gain a basic understanding of a variety of yarns, checking gauge, weaving seams and learn the art of machine felting. You will complete a Felted Purse or IPAD case during class. All supplies can be purchased at studio on or before the first night of class for approximately $35. Offered August 7, 14, and 21, cost: $75.


Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Help a sister (and a small business) out

I promise I will fill you all in on my adventures at TNNA (yes, it's as wonderful as you imagine) but first I have to ask you for a favor:

I've applied for a $250,000 grant from Chase and Living Social for Angelfire Studios so that I can take this business to the next level and do a lot more of the community-building and outreach that I so love. I need your help, though: to get to the next stage in the competition, I need to get 250 votes by June 30.

To vote for Angelfire Studios:

1. Go to:

2. Log in on the bottom right of the page with your Facebook account (that's how they're trying to keep everyone from voting more than once)

3. Scroll down and search for Angelfire Studios and cast your vote.

It takes only a few seconds but would change everything for Angelfire Studios. Thank you so much for your support!

Next up: TNNA - oh the swag, oh the swag, oh the swag, swag, swag, swag!

Monday, June 18, 2012


It was a little like Christmas in the shop this morning, when the Madelinetosh showed up. This box was packed with Merino Light and DK, and each layer was like another present! The colors are wonderful - I think they get better and better. Come on in and get yours while the getting's good!

I will spend this weekend at the TNNA (The National Needle Arts Association) summer trade show, where I will be shopping for lots of new things for fall. I can't wait to share all of the goodness I find there with you. In the meantime, there will be photos!

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Friday Night Knit Club and Kirsten Kapur Designs in the House

We will once again be hosting the Friday Night Knit Club from 6-8:30pm. Grab a friend and a slice or some sushi and a beverage (adult or otherwise) and spend the evening knitting with us. Enjoy  10% off all yarn purchases for the evening!

We also have a trunk show of Kirsten Kapur's gorgeous designs. It's worth the trip just to see these beauties in person. Here's a sneak peek...

See you there!

Monday, June 4, 2012

Melissa's Tallit

Our friend Melissa came by the store to show us the progress she's made on the beautiful tallit (Jewish prayer shawl) she's making for her son's upcoming bar mitzvah. She's using Swan's Island Fingering for the background and Madeline Tosh Silk for the stripes. As soon as this one's done, she has to start another for her second son! It's really a work of art. The pattern was written on the fly by Dori, the talented owner of Wooly Monmouth in Red Bank, NJ. (I have to get down there.) Melissa says that Dori might be making a written pattern available soon. Wouldn't it be great to have a knitting group for people organizing Bar and Bat Mitzvahs?

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

When Lisa dropped by...

I love it when people come by to show off their FOs, especially if I was there when they picked out the yarn. Yesterday, my dear friend Lisa came by to show me these adorable baby jackets she'd made, using Manos Silk Blend. The pattern is from Shibui: the Two Color Baby Cardigan, and would be gorgeous in one of our new Shibui Staccato colors, too.

Then she pulled out this gorgeous blanket she'd knit as a wedding present for two very lucky friends of the family. It is the Sequoia Blanket by Manos and the colors are even more gorgeous in person.

You can see more of Lisa's knitting at the shop. She has generously allowed us to display some of her beautiful pieces here for the last several weeks. Thank you, Lisa! See you soon!

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Grand Opening: Update!

We were a little optimistic in our goal to open on Monday, April 16! We've had a few setbacks, but we will be up and running this week sometime and our Grand Opening will coincide with the Garden State Yarn Crawl, which starts Friday, April 20, and lasts the whole weekend. Feel free to stop by and take a peek at the changes we've made in the meantime. And here's a peek at what's on my needles - or in this case, hook:

And I bet you'd like to know what's in these boxes, wouldn't you? All will be revealed soon!

Looking forward to seeing  you soon!

xo Bev

Saturday, March 31, 2012


The store will be closed for business until April 16, when it will reopen as… Angelfire Studios! We are doing some renovations and the store is changing hands. Justine and Toby and Beverly are all happy and excited about the changes and we hope you will be too!

We will reopen first thing Monday morning, the week of the Garden State Yarn Crawl (April 20-22). Meanwhile, we will be there most days getting things together, so if you have a knitting emergency or just want to stop by and take a peek - feel free to give us a call at the store or send us a message.
See you soon!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Garden State Yarn Crawl

Please join us for the Garden State Yarn Crawl, Friday, April 20 through Sunday, April 22, 2012. We are one of 15 stores in New Jersey participating in the fun. We can't speak for the other stores, but there will be plenty of surprises in store at Angelfire Studios! We look forward to seeing you!

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

8 Years!!!

Ok everybody, this is a big one for me! With the undying support of our many loyal knitters and the dearest of friends, we’re now celebrating our 8th year of business! Please join us this weekend for our annual anniversary sale. All of the yarn is 20% off ALL WEEKEND LONG!! Store hours for the sale are this Saturday, March 10th 11-5 and Sunday March 11th 12-4. There are big changes about to take place over at the shop, and we’re all so very excited. I can’t wait to see everyone, and from the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU!!!

Monday, January 23, 2012

Aidez and Snowbird...

Happy New Year! ....while it's been a little quiet from me blog wise, I have been doing quite a bit of knitting since the holidays (for myself!).  So, unlike some of my past posts where I've just talked about projects I wanted to be working on, I actually have some show and tell! 

Aidez, a free pattern from Berrocco, yep free... A pleasure to knit with a combination of different cables along the fronts and back. Fits beautifully, it definitely brought me back to sweater knitting mode.  I'm SO happy about that, because there are some new, really beautiful cabled sweater patterns floating around, and if you haven't browsed through the latest Vogue issue, you may want to, some of the designs are really sweet... My favorite is #9, that's next after my Snowbird...

I've had my eye on this Malabrigo Twist in Applewood for quite some time now, and I'm so happy I chose it after all, despite my mentioning on my project page  that I might have had to dye this sweater a darker color.  My project details are here on ravelry...  Believe it or not, this sweater knits up easily and rather quick.  One of the knitters here in the shop knit it along with me (she beat me... but I was knitting other things along the way lol), she knit hers out of Terra in Shale... So gorgeous....

In the middle of knitting Aidez, I whipped up Cladonia, a recent design from our dear friend Through The Loops....  I love the lace edging and my ever favorite Road to China Light knits up like a dream...... This shawl is another fabulous quick knit, I want one in a solid color now, maybe in one of these new Madelinetosh merino light colors (that I have yet to upload onto the website).......

Now, I'm about to start the sleeves on my Snowbird, a design by Heidi Kirrmaier.  It's a top down, loose fitting cozy sweater that I can not wait to finish and wear!  I'm knitting it out in Terra's new Black Locust Bark.  If you're looking for a mindless knit, this is just that.  I'll make sure I blog my finished project!  Back to knitting and back to blogging for sure.  Oh, and if you love the luxurious fibers of The Fibre Company like I do, make sure you swing by and grab a copy of the Latest Knitscene, there are a few patterns in this new issue that you'll love. Happy knitting everyone!