Goodbye, Gudrun!

Posted by on April 8, 2014 / Leave a Comment


We bid Gudrun Johnston adieu last night after a delightfully challenging evening of learning Shetland lace.  Our classroom was brimming with students and Gudrun kept us all on our toes with her class on “true lace”–that is, garter stitch lace on both sides of a project.

IMG_5511Full house: Learn that Lace!

She taught us a nifty cast on/increase method for shawls using yarn overs–this trick adds lace edging to your work right at the beginning of the project.  Last night’s class was one of the quietest we’ve witnessed in our four-plus-years of business–true lace requires so much focus that usual class banter was forgone for concentration.  Maybe the most charming element of the class was Gudrun’s firsthand knowledge of the Shetland Islands (the geographic origin of Shetland lace)–her historical and cultural anecdotes of the region broadened our perspective of this particular knitting style.


Gudrun (left) teaches HK regular, Mary, a cast on technique

The name Gudrun Johnston is synonymous with traditional yet chic lace patterns, from intricate shawls to must-knit sweaters.  Now a resident of western Massachusetts, Gudrun was born in Shetland in the ’70s, and many years later, she took over her mother’s knitwear design company, The Shetland Trader.  Gudrun travels the globe teaching classes and workshops, publishes her patterns in several prominent magazines online, including and Twist Collective, and writes The Shetland Trader blog.  Happy Knits was so lucky to be able to host Gudrun in her whirlwind West Coast tour, and we look forward to hosting her again in the future!  Thanks Gudrun, and we’ll see you next time!

Season of Vitamin D

Posted by on March 12, 2014 / 1 Comment

Now that we’re all recovering from Daylight Savings, we citizens of Rose City are finally waking up from from our overcast reverie.  The long-forgotten sun’s been shining down the past few days; on our way to work we’re smelling the newly-bloomed cherry blossoms and daffodils.  Spring’s spell is upon us and, in a city ruled perpetually by rain and clouds, we’re ready to be spellbound.


Spring Bouquet: New Madtosh Colorways from L to R: Chicory, Sun Rose, Red Phoenix, Farmhouse White, Cape Town Rainbow, Purple Basil, Medieval, Hosta Blue, Log Cabin Brown

Spring bewitched Madelinetosh as well–last week we received a shipment of their 11 new Spring Colorways in almost all the bases.  Our shelves are brimming with these new colorways in A.S.A.P., Tosh Merino Worsted, Vintage Worsted, Tosh DK, Tosh Sport, Tosh Sock, Tosh Merino Light, and the gorgeous linen/wool blend Dandelion.

miss Emma

Emma’s new faves: TML in Chicory, Purple Basil, and Black Walnut

Also brand new at our store are some fun spring-inspired patterns.  Beth’s making the adorable Dogwood by Tincanknits in Madelinetosh Vintage in Leaf.  I’m starting the Robin Hood by Grace Akrhem using the ridiculously luxurious Road to China Worsted in Apatite.  The Snowcloud, Abalone (free on Ravelry!), and Scalene all smack of springtime magic.


Beth’s sporting the Abalone in Tosh Vintage Grasshopper

In anticipation of sunnier days, we also recently restocked our Fibre Company lines–including our two warm weather favorites Savannah and Acadia.  The brand new Meltwater Pullover by Kate Osborn uses Savannah in Natural, Denim and Seafoam for a classic, stylish look that’s made a quite splash on Ravelry.

Last but not least:  keep your eyes peeled for new spring/summer yarns that will be sauntering into the shop over the next few months.  We’ll be doing some major restocking of old favorites, including Manos del Uruguay Serena and Cascade Luna, but we’ll also be adding some unique newbies that I can’t wait to see!  Stay tuned for updates!  Until then, go soak up some Vitamin D while you can….




Who’s Got That Spring Fever?

Posted by on February 19, 2014 / Leave a Comment

Hello readers and happy Tuesday!  Boy howdy do we have some news for you!

“First off,” as our coworker Beth would say, we’re so excited to announce the arrival of Madelinetosh‘s BRAND NEW YARN: Dandelion!  This drop-dead-gorgeous single-ply blend of 90/10 merino/linen looks spectacular!  Its drape is absolutely lovely for shawls, scarves, tunics, and spring inspired knits.  Annette has already whipped up a Chevron-inspired shawlette using only one skein.


Annette’s new Chevron Shawlette in Chicory. Check back on our blog for the upcoming pattern release

We’re all drooling (metaphorically, of course) over this new line and we immediately fixated on our faves when it arrived.  The Dandelion shipment also included nearly all the new MadTosh spring colors.  Here are some tasters:


Beth’s pick: Red Phoenix (new), Purple Basil (new), Ink, Happiness


Emma’s pick: Winter Wheat, Magnolia Leaf (new), Saffron, Log Cabin Brown (new)


Annette’s pick: Chicory (new), Mare, Alizarin, Rose (new)


Rose’s pick: Sun Rose (new), Medieval (new), Ink, Jade

Get a skein of the good stuff today!  We’re one of the first U.S. stores to get our hands on this brand new line–supplies are going fast!

Second off (I’m channeling Beth again), HK will be hosting a super fun and informative class with a Big Name Designer in early April!  We are the only shop in Portland hosting this particular person–stay tuned to discover their identity!  Class and teacher will be announced in the next few days in our monthly email.  Keep your eyes peeled–seats won’t last long.  Hasta la vista, internetors!  Until our URLs meet again….

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