Zen Yarn Garden & a Quick Cowl!

One of our most popular yarns is the custom-dyed “Tahoe” colorway by Zen Yarn Gardens. This gorgeous yarn is unique to The Knitting Nest, and makes a fabulous gift or keepsake. We love this quick, go-to cowl pattern to show off the vibrant colors (and it knits up so quickly, there’s still time to make at least one for the holidays!). This Fisherman’s Stitch Cowl is FREE with purchase of the yarn!


The pattern also looks beautiful in this Malabrigo Rios yarn:


Happy knitting, and happy holidays!

P.S. Our shop hours are currently shortened while Lauren cares for baby Sofia, and due to winter road conditions, so please remember to check the website or call ahead for our most up-to-date schedule. Thank you!


Quick Knits for Holiday Gifts

There’s still time to make some beautiful, quick knits for your holiday gifting! Here are some of our favorites (these also make wonderful gifts for the other knitters in your life):


Kits! We adore this slouchy hat and matching mittens.



This 1 skein project also makes a gorgeous and unique gift!


Beautiful colors options!


The Blue Sky Fibers Lilydale sock would also make a truly special gift.


We have many other quick projects and other gift ideas for you, so stop by soon!

Happy knitting!

P.S. Our shop hours are currently shortened while Lauren cares for baby Sofia, and due to winter road conditions, so please remember to check the website or call ahead for our most up-to-date schedule. Thank you!

More Designs by Knit Collage!

These beautiful creations by Knit Collage are quick to knit and so fun to wear! We have gorgeous¬†colors in simple, fast designs — perfect for these chilly winter days (and fast enough to finish and wear before spring)! Here are just a few ideas:


One skein of Wanderlust yarn, on size 50 needles!



Spun Cloud + Twirl yarn


Happy knitting!

How to Use Left-Over Yarn

So you have left-over yarn, perhaps remnant skeins from two (or twenty) completely different projects? We understand! And we’ve found the perfect solution: knit them into a cowl!

This is “Jenny’s” Cowl, created with¬†our friend and customer Jenny. By alternating rows of knits and purls in the round, she created a woven-like fabric that is as soft as it is beautiful. (Her cowl used Classic Elite’s Chalet and Fibre Company’s Terra.) Come in to receive the pattern with any purchase!



Here are some other yarn combinations we think would be lovely:




Happy knitting!

Knit Collage Scarves: Fast & Fun!


Pom Pom Scarf by Knit Collage

Knit Collage’s Marled Chunky Cocoon Scarf and Pom Pom Scarf are two of our current favorites! They knit up fast — think 2-4 hours fast — on LARGE needles (35). This is a fun, quick project that’s just as much fun to wear as it is to knit. And we’ve got tons of great color combinations to choose from…

These bright and beautiful fibers are a perfect way to brighten up these cold winter days. Why not make one of each?

Happy knitting!



Marled Chunky Cocoon Scarf by Knit Collage

Time for a Quick Holiday Knit?

Every year, around this time, we suddenly realize that the holidays are fast approaching and we’d better get cracking on those holiday knitted gifts! To help you create something special and beautiful in a short amount of time, we’re currently featuring some really lovely small projects. These are knit in just 1 to 3 skeins and come in some truly decadent, gift-worthy fibers.

One of our favorites this year is the Quaking Aspen Cowl by Tahki Stacy Charles. It’s a quick, 3 skein project in their Vermont Yarn (50% Merino / 50% Alpaca). It would make a perfect holiday gift.


We’ve also just received some new kits for the Puffy Cable Cowl by ArtYarns. For $58, these kits have everything you need to make a truly unique gift: 1 skein of Cashmere Glitter (100% Italian Cashmere with Lurex) and a free downloadable pattern. All you’ll need to add is a set of US 6 needles. Just mention this blog post to receive 15% off!


If neither of these is quite right, we have plenty of other options for you, in Alpaca, Cashmere, Cotton and more! Come in soon and get those holiday projects started!

Happy knitting!