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Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Winter Wonders!

Snuggle up in a chair with a cup of hot cocoa and yummy new yarn.....
Create some sparkle for New Year's with Classic Shades' Sequins Lite,
an acrylic/wool blend color change yarn dotted with sequins!
Or make unique socks in Alexandra's Baby Silver Falls,
a fingering blend of superwash wool, bamboo, and nylon.
Shown at right above in Tangled Purls colors!

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Happy Holidays!

We love hand-dyed yarns, and look what just arrived:
L-R:  Maxima by Manos; new Diamond Lake by Alexandra's Crafts.
Heather can't stop hugging the new Manos Maxima, a SOFTmerino worsted.
Alexandra's Diamond Lake is a fingering weight merino/Tussah silk blend.
Silk saturates with dye like no other fiber--gorgeous!

With needles flying fast and furious in short rows,
Vivian made a Turbulence Cowl in Eco Duo and Highland Duo:
Please join us in welcoming Caroline, the newest member of our Tangled Purls team.
She knits, crochets, dyes, spins, and does a little weaving to boot--come by and meet her!
Off her needles:  Vivian knit a jazzy Turbulence Cowl
Best wishes to all our friends for a warm and wonderful holiday!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Deck the Halls!

It's not too late to make a small gift for someone special......
......such as beaded ornaments.
We have gift certificates.
Treat yourself or someone you love to a class for the holidays!
Two of Sharon's upcoming classes include:
L-R:  Chunky Crochet Mobius;
Brown Eyed Susan Shawl (shown in beautiful new Acadia yarn).
We offer classes every month--check our newsletter for the schedule.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Gifts Galore!

We have gift ideas everywhere you turn--come and see....
Gifts to knit:  Leaves Shawlette; Watershed Vest and Lucatape Necklace  
When the whirl of the holidays is too much, stop by the shop and relax.....
               Louise and Debbie knitting at the shop.......            

Thursday, November 29, 2012

New Acadia Yarn!

You have to feel this yarn.
Soft and silky.  Beautiful hand. 
Wide assortment of subtle two-tone colors.
Carol knit a Quaking Aspen shawl in new Acadia.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving!

Grab some yarn and make a gift for someone you love--or for yourself!.
Kelsey models the gorgeous Selbu beret she knit in Pediboo fingering;
She also made these pretty fair isle fingerless gloves with Mini Mochi and Pediboo;
Kathy knit her beautiful Autumn Fern Mobius in Dream in Color's 'Absolutely Marvelous'. 
And marvelous it is, Kathy!
We offer classes every month.....see what's coming up in our newsletter.
We are thankful for the friendship and patronage of all our customers.
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!


Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Thick and Thin!

In a hurry to make a holiday gift? Thicker yarns work up faster. 
'Heirloom Deluxe Tweed' is a single ply super bulky (6) yarn from Universal. 
We have it in soft, tweedy multi-colors. (90% wool and 10% acrylic/viscose)
If thinner yarns appeal to you, socks make great gifts!
We now have Black Trillium's 'Pebble Sock' yarn (100% superwash merino).
Exquisite handpainted colors.
L-R:  'Heirloom Deluxe Tweed'; Black Trillium 'Pebble Sock'.


Wednesday, November 7, 2012


Hats are for everyone.
They keep your head (and ears) warm on chilly days.
They make great gifts for the holidays--or any time of year.
They're quick and easy to make, no matter your skill level.
Some hats are very special.
If you enjoy making hats, consider also making some for Calvin's Hats,
a local charity that provides tiny hats to parents mourning a baby that didn't survive.    
Calvin's Hats take only an hour to make.  Ask us how you can help.
 clockwise from left:
Basic hat in new 'Casablanca', a long color change yarn;
'Brambles' hat pattern (Knitty-free) in soft Cloud yarn;
Calvin's Hats made by friends of Tangled Purls.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Touch of Class(es)!

Friends of Tangled Purls have a great time in our classes.
Here's a sample of what's ahead in November:
L-R:  Ice Queen and Mariposa Shawl.
We list upcoming classes in the monthly e-mail newsletter.
You can sign up for the newsletter on the right side of this web page. 
Our classes are fun!
L-R:  Janae proudly shows off her first sock;
Linda takes a stab at needle felting in Vivian's new felting class.
The old pink washing machine is a giggle to use for felting!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Glorious Autumn!

When the air's nippy cold outside, curl up in a warm place with a yarn project
like these that Vivian just finished:
Left:  Cadence pullover by Jordana Page (Ravelry-free) in soft Highlander,
a tweed-flecked  aran weight by Alpaca with a Twist.
Right:  Diamond Ring Baby Hat in Simplicity, a wool/acrylic blend by Hikoo.
New yarn -- visitors welcome!
Top:  No. 10 crochet cotton in lots of colors--even metallic for the holidays;
Bottom L-R:  Felicity, a railroad track yarn; Art by Ewe's laceweight 'Anne'
in utterly soft 70% alpaca and 30% silk---fabulous!


Wednesday, October 17, 2012

New Sock Yarn!

Knitting socks is addictive.  But you knew that.
Sock addicts crave new sock yarn, and we've got it for you!
Introducing La Jolla's handpainted Baah,
a fingering wt superwash Merino (400 yds):
And that's not all........
here's Black Trillium's Pebble Sock Yarn,
another new handpainted superwash Merino in fingering wt (380 yds):
Come in and see these beautiful colors!
By the way, have you tried sock yarn in a lace shawl or fingerless gloves yet? 
They're gorgeous in the handpainteds! 
While you're here, check out our books on the many ways 
you can use sock yarn--not just for socks!
If you haven't learned to knit socks yet, Sharon and Carol offer sock classes regularly.
It's never too late to learn.......

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Fall Fever!

The air's getting a little nippy....Fall's in the air!
Keep warm with a cowl around your neck like this one
knit in utterly soft Baby Alpaca Chunky and accented with wood buttons:
Let everyone see your beautiful handmade socks in these clear rain boots!
Available in sizes 6-11.....we'll special order for you.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Oh Baby!

We have lots of ideas for Fall projects!
Clockwise from top left:
'Oh Baby' afghan knit by Debbie in Cascade 220;
Felted Clog - Fiber Trends pattern;
Piega Cowl - Shibui pattern - easy on big needles;
handspun by Colorful Life;
Monroe bags - many sizes & colors.
Take a class in October and learn a new technique or two:
Sharon:  How to Knit and Purl;
Carol:  You Can Do Socks, Before and After Scarf, Buttonholes;
Helen:  Rosemarkie vest and GAKAL continues.
See newsletter for schedule or stop by the shop.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Flying Needles!

Look at what these two talented ladies have made!
L-R:  Dee looks sharp in her Aranami shoulder wrap knit with Frog Tree's 'Pediboo'.
We have the pattern and a display model knit in Spud & Chloe sock yarn. 
Susan wears her On the Moor shawl (Ravelry) knit in 'Smooshy'.
The Faroese style shawl features lots of tiny cables on the front
 and a large Celtic cable design on the back--magnificent!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Fall's Here!

September is such a great month.
The kids are back in school.  The leaves have begun to turn color.
The feeling of Fall is in the air!
Come by and see what's new:
Clockwise from left:
Before and After Scarf with beaded edge in lacy 'Wisp' (October class);
new colors of popular 'Ambiente' sock yarn just arrived;
dusky lavender Kid Seta--new color;
Oak Grove glove by Alana Dakos in Malabrigo 'Arroyo'--perfect for Fall.
Our class schedule stays busy.  This week:
Sharon's Common Ground hooded cardigan starts Friday.
Carol's Selbu Beret (2-color knitting) starts Thursday
and her Tea Leaves cardigan class begins Saturday.
Sign up for our newsletter to get the class schedule.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

New Yarn Rolling In!

Fall's in the air and we have lots of new yarn for you!
clockwise from top left:
ADORABLE new Onesies (sizes 6 months to 24 months) with dyed-to-match yarn by Twisted Sisters. The Happy Kids pattern set is also included;
Dream in Color's September project - Twilight Accessories pattern
in 'Baby Lace Weight' yarn.....soft blue and beautiful;
new shipment of unspun wool from Abstract Fiber and Dicentra in gorgeous colors;
new shipment of hand-dyed sock yarn from Alexandra's Crafts;
new shipment of hand dyed 'Super Sock' by Abstract Fiber;
and Madeline Tosh's exquisite 'Pashmina'.......glorious colors!
Off her needles: 
L-R: Common Ground hooded sweater.....Sharon's class starts in September;
Carol knit Romi Hill's Bitterroot shawl (Ravelry-free) in Malabrigo's new 'Silkpaca',
 a soft alpaca/silk laceweight blend available in over a dozen colors.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

New Patterns!

Need ideas for something to make this Fall?
Clockwise from top left:
Shawl Collared Cowl - Sharon's class starts Sept. 14;
'Bamboo Bloom' scarf - free pattern with yarn purchase;
Stackers Cowl in 'Seda Rustica' - soft baby alpaca / silk;
Gingko Shoulderette in Malabrigo 'Arroyo' - beautiful!
Stephen West's 'Daybreak' shawl has subtle shaping:
Vivian knit it in Malabrigo's 'Finito'.-- wonderful!

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Beautiful Days of August

You've got to love August.
Warm days filled with blue skies, sunshine, and.........yarn!!!
New yarn keeps rolling in every week.
Pagewood Farm's Denali 4 DK yarn is hand-dyed
in lovely color combinations and it feels good in your hands--nice and soft.
We have a shipment of new colors.  Come in and enjoy!
clockwise from far left:
Pagewood Farm's Denali 4; Be Sweet beaded yarn from Africa;
boy's fair isle vest in Cascade Pacific; and Barb's Koigu Ruffled Scarf
pattern knit in Alexandra's custom dyed cashmere blend yarn--yummy!

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Warm Fuzzies

Helping people is heartwarming.
We want you to know about some special activities we do
and invite you to join us in them!
We're a dropoff site for school supplies for needy children. 
We're collecting pencils, erasers, paper, backpacks--
just about anything a kid needs for school.
Please help us fill the collection box!
Our family of customers knits and crochets tiny hats for Calvin's Hats,
a charity that connects with couples who have lost a baby before it's born.
The hats are easy to make and couples who receive them are deeply touched.
We have yarn that's been donated for making new hats, if you'd like to lend a hand.
L-R:  School supplies box; Calvin's hats.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Beautiful Baskets!

New at Tangled Purls! Beautiful Bolga Baskets hand-woven in the historic town of Bolgatanga, Ghana in West Africa. The weavers of our Bolga Baskets are mostly farm families who supplement their unpredictable crop income by weaving and selling these handcrafted works of art. They make great knitting baskets, as well as a green alternative to shopping bags.

Sold through a farmer in Oregon, the weavers set their own prices. All baskets are made from elephant grass, dyed with plant pigments and finished with goat handles.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Summer News!

Casablanca is more than a movie.
It's also a new multi-color yarn in a wool-silk-mohair blend. 
Worsted weight.  We have it in lots of colors:

Warm weather won't stop our fingers from flying.........
L-R:  Carol knit a beaded shawl in 'Wisp', a lace weight wool/silk blend.
(Rosemary Hill's 'Bitterroot' pattern free on Ravelry)
Vivian knit this cute pillow with button accents in Amy Butler's 'Sweet Harmony'. 
She found the pattern in a book we carry, One More Skein.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Glorious Summer!

Always something new for you........
Clockwise from top left:
New colors of Pagewood Denali 4 DK--great for socks;
new display board for the truly One of a Kind buttons by Candace;
Janice relaxes at our new outdoor tables;
new books--Knit Noro Accessories and Cast On Bind Off.
Lots more new items at the shop......stop by and visit!

On (and off) their needles.....
L-R:  Paul's working on a scarf in soft Eco Duo;
Carol knit this colorful Latvian fingerless glove in Frog Tree's alpaca sport  
and models her Selbu beret knit in Socrates sock yarn (class in Sept.).

We are a drop-off donation site for school supplies to help local children.
The Women's Assistance League is spearheading this worthy cause.
Won't you join us?  Any typical school supply will help,
such as paper, pencils, pens, erasers, crayolas, etc. 
Thank you!

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

More Malabrigo!

Need some lightweight yarn for warmer August days?
Then take a look at Malabrigo's brand new Baby Silkpaca.
It's 70% baby alpaca and 30% silk laceweight--soooo soft.....
We have it in 15 colors!
We also have new stock of other beautiful Malabrigo yarn
to tantalize your creative juices:  Silky Merino, Rios, and Aquarella. 

top:  Baby Silkpaca   bottom:  Aquarella

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

On and Off Her Needles!

clockwise from upper left:
Sharon whipped up the beautiful 'Aranami' shoulder wrap in pretty summer colors. 
She used Spud & Chloe 'Fine'.  Watch for her Aranami class coming soon.
The rest are Vivian's and she's on a roll........
She's knitting Shibui's Gradient Cowl in Epiphany yarn......gorgeous.
The new silk/wool 'Casablanca' is a perfect match for Jarod Flood's striped scarf.
Casablanca has long color changes and is a great value in 100 gm hanks.
She made the cabled Brambles hat (Knitty pattern) in light green 'Cloud' by Cascade. 
She chose Dream in Color's 'Everlasting' DK for the dark blue 'Carom' hat.
Last but not least, she's knitting a cowl in terracotta colored 'Epiphany'. 

New yarn and fiber just arrived! 
Cascade 'Cloud'--new colors, Kollage Sockalicious in Stitch Red color,
and new fibers for spinning from Dicentra Designs.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Look Here!

So much to share......hard to keep up!
While you're visiting the Salem Art Fair this weekend,
stop by for our Art Fair Weekend Specials (Fri-Sat, Jul 20-21).
On sale:  all Chiaogoo & Crystal Palace needles, plus many yarns--
come early for best selection!
Classic Worsted - buy 2, get 1 free - Art Fair Weekend Special

Those handy Knit Kits have been improved and we have them in Hot Pink!
What more could they pack into these nifty tool carry-alls?
They've added a needle sizer on the back cover:

Yarn keeps flowing in.......
NEW - Seda Rustica silk and baby llama -- wonderful
NEW - Baby Alpaca Chunky - super soft
Silk Cloud - new colors       Zauberball sock - more stock
Clockwise from top left:  Baby Alpaca Chunky, Seda Rustica,
Silk Cloud, and Zauberball.

Happy Knitting!

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

New Arrivals!

You've loved the Monroe bags. They're so roomy and smart looking--
wonderful for hand craft projects or even for overnight trips. 
We've stocked more, including a lovely new color, pumpkin.
And we have more compact needle cases for organizing your circular needles.
The needle cases color coordinate with the Monroe bags.
Plus, we have a  new deep brown case color, espresso.  Mix and match - hard to choose!
Stay tuned for more arrivals........rumor has it......more Malabrigo Rios and Aquarella are on the way........

Winging it!

Wingspan, a popular free pattern on Ravelry, has landed at Tangled Purls!
Wingspan is easy, mindless knitting--perfect for lazy summer days.
We've done ours in Zauberball multi-color sock yarn:
What color will your Wingspan be?

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Tosh is Here!

Madelinetosh! Vintage, Sport, Sock, and great patterns! We have received a partial order and it is lovely. It sells quickly, so stop by soon before it is gone!

Wednesday, June 27, 2012


....and the livin' is are jumpin'........and the cotton is high.
Gershwin got it right.  Cotton's the fiber for summer!
We have a new non-wool corner filled with a rainbow of cotton yarns:

It's time to kick back and relax with a summer knitting or crochet project!
Many of you enjoy making dishcloths--so easy and useful.
Portable, too.  Just right for traveling!
'Creme de la Creme' worsted cotton is great for dishcloths.
We have lots of new colors to choose from:
Creme de la Creme cotton - perfect for dishcloths
Whatever you choose for your summer project, enjoy!!!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

New for You!

One can never have enough sock yarn.....drop by and see new 'Ambiente'.......
Ambiente multi-color sock yarn
 .......and new colors of popular Pagewood Farm 'Denali 4'  that just arrived:
Pagewood Farm 'Denali 4' (DK weight)
Talk about unusual.....the 'Carousel' sock wraps around your leg as you knit it!
We made it in our new 'Biscotte & Cie' sock yarn from Canada. 
Watch for a class on this sock in July....... 
Carousel Sock