Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Back to work - but not until Thursday!

I'm sitting in a cafe in Ashland waiting for my lunch! I won't make it back in time for knit night tonight but I'll be back in the shop tomorrow.

A successful family trip to CA though it means that our daughter is now a resident of the UK.

Come see me soon & bring your knitting!


Monday, November 22, 2010

Some New Yarns

If you haven't been in lately then there will be some new yarns to greet you next time you visit!

Ella Rae Chunky Heathers is a new 100% superwash wool that feels great & knits up in a snap.

I couldn't resist Remix - a new yarn from Berroco that is made from 100% recycled fibers. These 100g balls contain 30% Nylon, 27% Cotton,
24% Acrylic, 10% Silk, 9% Linen. It's machine washable and a great all around multi-season yarn.

I'm canceling Wednesday knit night this week so that I can go home & peel potatoes for Thanksgiving! Have a wonderful holiday & I hope to see you soon.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Class: Arans From the Top Down

Aran Knitting From the Top Down offered in cooperation with the Mission Mill Museum Textile Learning Center.

Helen Burros, instructor

Four Saturday Sessions: November 13th and 27th, Noon to 2pm and January 15th and 29th from Noon to 2pm.

Fee: $60 for Willamette Heritage Center members

$65 for non-members

Supplies available from Teaselwick Wools and should be purchased in advance.

Aran knitting is beautiful and timeless and Alice Staremore's amazing book, Aran Knitting, has just been updated and re-released! Students will choose a design from the book and, with the guidance provided in the class, alter it to be knit from the top down in one piece. One of the largest pitfalls for many knitters is sewing a sweater together after the knitting is finished. By knitting from the top down in one piece, this pitfall is eliminated!

There will be a bibliography furnished with the class information so students have other resources to assist them. The gap in class times allows for the holiday season and gives the students time to make real knitting progress on their sweaters, so more are able to complete them during the time of the class.

Helen has been knitting since she was five years old and has received many ribbons on knitted items entered in the Marion County and the Oregon State Fairs. She moderates several groups on and a group on Sign up in person at the Mission Mill Museum office or by phone (503) 585-7012.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

She's at it again!

Caitlin is on a tea cozy binge! The sea horses are knit from some baby yarn she had in her stash - she doubled it.

The elephant is knit from the sublime DK we carry in the shop - it's a wedding gift.

Both were knit from patterns in Tea Cozies 2.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Starting Sept. 15th - Open Wednesday Evenings until 8pm

Wednesdays at the Wick - Mark your Calendars! Starting Wednesday, September 15th Teaselwick Wools will stay open on Wednesdays until 8pm(ish) for knitting, visiting and shopping. Bring your current project and we will share our skills and enjoy each others company. For those who work and can't come in on Saturdays I hope this is good news! Note to Wednesday knitters at the Ike Box: This is not meant to disrupt your routine - maybe you can stop by before or after...

Other news: There are lots of new yarns on the shelf! Here are a few from Classic Elite.

Alpaca Sox from Classic Elite

Product Information
60% Alpaca, 20% Merino Wool, 20% Nylon
handwash cold, dry flat
8 sts/inch on #2 needles
1/pair of socks
Put up
Skein Weight
100 grams
Skein Yardage
approx 450

Waterlily from Classic Elite

Product Information
100% Extra Fine Merino
handwash cold/dry flat
4½ sts/inch on #8
Put up
Skein Weight
50 grams
Skein Yardage

Magnolia from Classic Elite

Product Information
70% merino, 30% silk
machine wash gentle, partially machine dry on low setting, dry flat to complete
5½ sts/inch on US 6 (4 mm) needles
Put up
Skein Weight
50 grams
Skein Yardage

Fresco from Classic Elite

Product Information
60% wool, 30% baby alpaca, 10% angora
handwash cold, dry flat
6½ sts/inch on US 5 needles
Put up
Skein Weight
50 grams
Skein Yardage
approx 164

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Caitlin is knitting tea cozies.

She's on a roll. Here is a photo of one that she gave as a gift. I got one to display in the shop but I need a teapot!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Teasel Loves Nettles!

One of the new yarns I have ordered for Fall is Woodland from Classic Elite. Part of their Verde Collection of eco conscious yarns, Woodland is a combination of wool and environmentally-friendly nettles. Each of these fibers takes the dye differently, giving both the neutral and vibrant colors of Woodland a heathered look.

Nettles are a fiber that was used in pre-stone age times to weave cloth. They are a perennial that require low levels of water and little or no pesticides. Nettle fibers are similar to linen and hemp but produce a softer, silkier fiber. Nettle fiber is naturally resistant to stains, bacteria, mildew, light and insects. Nettles show color well and, when mixed with wool, add lightness, minimize shrinkage and are breathable.

My friend Karen knit up a swatch from the samples my rep. left me and it feels great! I can wait to get this new yarn on the shelves!

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Who Knew?!!!

With all of the new yarns I've ordered & am waiting for I told the rep. from Southwest Trading Company that I was going to wait until September to order from her. Then I caved in.

I couldn't resist TOFUtsies!

  • 50% Superwash Wool/ 25% SOYSILK brand fiber/ 22.5% Cotton/ 2.5% Chitin (made from shrimp and crab shells!)
  • 8 sts = 1"
  • needles: US 2 (2.75mm)
  • 425m / 100g ball
  • machine wash and dry!

That's right, shrimp & crab shells! And they are reportedly naturally antibacterial. If you are allergic to shellfish I think you're safe here, unless you plan on eating your socks...

The yarn is soft, absorbant, and comes in wonderful colors. It ships from Arizona so I should have it in about a week.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Another New Yarn - Boreale

New this week is the St. Denis Boreale. This is a fingering weight version of the popular Nordique. 100% wool, this yarn is great for lace and for fair aisle color work.

The gauge is 7 st/" on # 2 needles and the 50 gram, 225 yard skeins sell for $7.50.

The book features patterns for both the Nordique and the Boreale including a awesome triangle shawl by Jared Flood.

Boreale is made in the USA.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Betsy's Bunnies

Local spinner, knitter and bunny breeder, Betsy Bailey, is having babies and they are for sale!!!!

As I write this she has 4 fawn does, 1 agouti doe, 1 fawn buck and 1 agouti buck. They are 8 weeks old and there are more on the way.

If you are interested send Betsy an email at

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

New Stuff!

New Yarns have arrived and are on the shelf! Here is some information on them:

Rustic Wool and Rustic Tweed from Queensland (pictured above) - The Rustic Wool knits up 4.5st/in on needle size: 8, comes in muted variegated colors and is 100% superwash. The Rustic Tweed is a hand-dyed blend of 63% Wool, 27% Alpaca & 10% Donegal with a yardage of 278 and knits up at 4.5st/in on needle size: 5.

Noro Kureyon Sock
is a durable fingering wt. yarn in typical fabulous noro color combinations. Suitable for more than just socks the yarn comes in 462 yard skeins and knits up at 7.5st/in on needle size 2.

Not Just For Babies: Louisa Harding's Kashmir Baby is a super soft 55% Merino Wool, 10% Cashmere, & 35% Microfiber The yardage is 143 and this delicately cabled yarn knits up at 6st/in on needle size 5. It's machine washable!

Debbie Bliss fans will be glad to see the Baby Cashmerino. Another washable yarn made from 55% Merino Wool, 33% Microfiber & 12% Cashmere, the yardage is 137 it knits up at 6st/in on needle size 4.

Two washable DK yarns from Sublime are the Cashmere Merino Silk DK and the Baby Cashmere Merino Silk DK. They are essentially the same yarn with the difference being only the color choices. With 75% Extrafine Merino Wool, 20% Silk, & 5% Cashmere the yardage is 127and it knits up at 5.5st/in on needle size 6 and - yes - it's washable.

Also from Sublime is the the Organic Merino Wool dk. With 100% Organic Merino Wool, this soft single-ply yarn has 113 yards and knits up at a recommended 5.5st/in on Needle size 6. This yarn comes in a array of soft, muted shades.

Also new on the shelves: Louisa Harding Kashmir Aran, Sublime Wooly Merino, and Sublime Bamboo Pearls.

I'm excited about these yarns and patterns and there are more newbies on order!

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

A Striped Cardigan

Here is a a completed cardigan from yarn bought at the shop. The yarn is Cool Wool, a 50/50 wool cotton blend, and it is machine washable.

For details on the pattern, etc. see her project page on ravelry.

Too cute!!

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Spring Forward

News flash! if you are planning a project for your favorite leprechaun the luck of the Irish will be with you on Wednesday, March 17th. All green yarn will be 10% off!

What’s new? If you haven’t been to Teaselwick in the last couple of weeks then you’ll be happy to hear that there is MUCH more yarn available after a flurry of shelf building, unpacking and labeling.

This week I had several knitters seeking machine washable yarns. In addition to the sock yarns – and yes, the Malabrigo Sock finally arrived – we’ve got a couple of new yarns that are machine wash

The Minnow Merino is a super soft single ply from designer Jil Eaton. If you’ve enjoyed her children’s patterns you’ll love her colors. The gauge is 4.5 sts/inch on #8 needles.

In an attempt to lure knitters & crocheters away from – well you know – I ordered a newer yarn from Berroco called Vintage. It is 50% Acrylic, 40% Wool and 10% Nylon. I was very excited about the color selection when I was ordering but when it arrived what really struck me was how great it feels! I only got a portion of my order because apparently it’s selling like crazy but Berroco assures me that more is on the way. It lists two gauges: KNITTING GAUGE #1, 5 sts = 1" on a #7 needle, and KNITTING GAUGE #2: 4.5 sts = 1" on a # 8.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

A customer was nice enough to send me a this picture of a baby hat she knit from the Malabrigo Twist.

The pattern is from Baby Beanies - which she bought here.

Here's what she wrote: "First knit from your yarn and I love it! Plus I see myself knitting many hats from the book!"

Friday, February 19, 2010


Thanks to a reader I became aware that the link to the Mirasol website in my previous entry had been hyjacked & was sending people to a very strange website! I have fixed the link and appreciate the heads up. If it happens again I may have to recreate the blog via a different hosting site.

The good news - I got a call & my Malabrigo Sock yarn is finally shipping - Hooray!

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Who has time to blog???

Who has time to blog?? The shop is open with some lovely yarns for sale and much, much more on order. There is now Cascade Heritage sock yarn and Malabrigo Twist available.

Last week I ordered so much that without the paperwork in front of me I can only remember a few!

Hmmm, lets see... I know I ordered Portland Tweed, Jill Eaton's MinnowMerino, TyDye sock yarn, A gorgeous lace yarn, Elsebeth Lavold's Silky Wool & her two newest pattern books, a thick-n-thin cotton called Mia from Tahki, a fun chunky organic cotton called Sprout. Also several yarns from Mirasol, A portion of every purchase is dedicated directly to funding a school in the remote area of Munani in the region of Puno, Peru to educate the children of the shepherds (visit

Here's my neighbor who dropped by to shop last week.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Something to smile about.

Although I am focusing on the basics for the shop and haven't ordered anything this "funky" I thought I just had to share. This is the packaging for a German yarn called Rellana Hair.

Saturday, January 9, 2010


?? Tencel - I was recently asked if I had researched how it is made. It is touted as an eco fiber, but is it? Here's a little more info: "Tencel is made from wood pulp that is spun down to make the fiber. The process boasts environmental claims as the pulp that is harvested comes from tree farms that are continuously replanted and the spinning process uses non-toxic solvents." I suppose it is then up to the dyers to carry forth eco-friendly practices.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

On Order

Today I placed an order for some Malabrigo Twist and here is one of the wonderful hand-dyed colorways. The skeins are 100g with 150 yards. The gauge is 3.5 to 4.5 st per inch on 8.5 to 11 needle.

This yarn has more twist than their well known worsted (thus the name) and is more resistant to the "fuzz factor".

Malabrigo can take 5 weeks to ship to I'm crossing my fingers that I will have it soon!