4509 Tolt Ave, Carnation, WA
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  • Tolt Studio

    Be Inspired, Learn, and Create with Tolt Studio
    We've had a lot of time to reflect and refocus here during this pandemic, and one big discussion we keep having is: how do we help our customers that are largely online now?  We need a new way to share the supportive things we normally do in the shop. Here at Tolt Yarn and Wool, we are constantly, and caringly, educating our customers on a multitude of topics- from yarn substitutions; where different fibers come from; how to prepare for a project; and so on. We have a lot to share!

    Our shop and our interactions with customers is the true heartbeat of Tolt Yarn and Wool. During this time away, when we don't have in-person customer service and stitch circles, we need another avenue to extend community connection and belonging. We are now pleased to bring you Tolt Studio.

    Tolt Studio is our new education space; a space where we can connect with you every month with special guests: teachers, designers, creators, and community voices to further the enrichment of your craft and yourself. Until we are back in person, our studio will be complimentary to all who want to attend. We hope you will join us in the spirit of learning, connection and exploration into this amazing community of knitters, crocheters, sewists, creators and makers. 

  • Brusca Umpqua

    It's August and we had a few days of cool weather here in the Pacific Northwest before the summer heat returned.  I finished my Umpqua sweater and was actually able to wear it couple of early mornings while taking my new puppy out for a walk.  I'm loving the sweater knit up in the Brusca yarn that I brought home from my Portugal trip in June (we also now carry it at Tolt!).  Brusca yarn is the newest yarn from Retrosaria and I couldn't wait to try it!  

    Visiting Portugal has been at the top of my list, I have wanted to visit the country where my Nana's family is from and also to meet the lovely Rosa Pomar of Retrosaria.  We have been working with Rosa for a few years now, importing her beautiful Portuguese wool yarn that she has worked so hard to create.  Rosa has been turning the wool industry around in her home country and distributing her yarn to yarn shops across the world.  So when the opportunity to travel to Portugal with a group of fiber friends came up, I jumped on it!

    Retrosaria, in Lisbon, is more than just a yarn shop.  Rosa carries goods from local crafts people, from handmade shoes, baskets, wool pillows, to jeans from a local factory. She also offers bolts of fabric, including some beautiful wool from the Burel Wool Factory.  Rosa treated us to a Portuguese knitting lesson which was fun, it is a really enjoyable and comfortable way to knit (I need to keep practicing!).  I purchased a beautiful pair of handmade leather sandals, a basket, a pillow case, and, of course, yarn for my Umpqua sweater.  If you find yourself in Lisbon, be sure to visit this gorgeous shop!

    Meeting Rosa for the first time and wearing my Tecumsah sweater (pattern by Caitlin Hunter) knit in João yarn.

    Rosa teaching us how to knit the Portuguese way.

    One of the highlights of this trip was meeting Theresa, a hand spinner from Bucos who makes the yarn Bucos that Rosa stocks in her shop and distributes to us.  Theresa has been spinning since she was a child and still spins yarn today for her  sock knitting and blanket weaving (which she does with her friend Ana) and for Retrosaria. 

    We also spent time up in the mountains, near the Burel Wool Factory (which we visited and I purchased a large wrap). Being up in the mountain town allowed us the opportunity to go on a hike.  A few of us set out on a 13 mile day hike, which was beautiful and hot. We took pleasure in filling up our water bottles from the mountain springs.  Water never tasted so good!  

    The Port-ewe-gals on our way up to the mountains.

    Towards the end of the trip Rosa took us to the small town of Folgosa da Madalena for the São João's Day sheep blessing.  This event was an absolute wonder to experience, and I feel so honored to have been able to witness it! (please visit our Instagram account where you can see more from this trip including my collection Portugal stories).

    On the flight home I cast on my Umpqua sweater using the newly purchased Brusca yarn which I carried on the plane in my new basket from Retrosaria.  I am so happy with the way this yarn knits up, and with my new sweater.  I'm happy to add this sweater to my collection of Portuguese wool knits!


    Please visit our Instagram account for more photos from this trip and my dear friend, and roommate in Portugal, Karen Templer, wrote a wonderful series of blog posts about our trip.

  • La Bien Aimée Fade Ideas

    Lindsay is wearing the Free Your Fade shawl by Andrea Mowry knit with 3 skeins of La Bien Aimée Merino DK (colors Vespa Graffiti, Vespipeia and Drea)

    We are thrilled to have another La Bien Aimée yarn release on June 5th!  Our online shop will be updated at 7am Pacific Time with Merino DK in a beautiful selection of spring colors and Fading Point Kits in three fades, La Belle Epoque, For the Love of Grey and Peach Pom Pom.

    Aimée, owner and dyer of La Bien Aimée, suggested these fades from the palette of Merino Dk that we will have in stock.

    Peach Pom Pom, La Belle Epoque, Fiori and Winter Garden.

    Primrose, Romance, Souvenir
    and Victorian Mauve.

    Tuilleries, Lavande, Peche Mignon, and Liesl.

    Sentimental, Aimee's Birthday, Ballet, and Andromeda.

    Vespa Graffiti, Vespiopeia, Drea, and Cassiopeia.


  • Harlow Hat by Andrea Mowry

    Photo courtesy of Andrea Mowry

    As soon as we saw Harlow, the new hat pattern by Andrea Mowry, we started to play with some fun yarn combinations!  Harlow is a fun brioche hat designed for any age and gender.  If you're new to brioche and want a fun and fast project, Harlow is for you!

    YOTH Little Brother in the color Rhubarb & Mondim Color 208

    Spincycle Dyed in the Wool in the color Payback and YOTH Little Brother in the color Lavender 

    Brooklyn Tweed Loft in the color Tent and Farmers Daughter Rocky Mountain Purls in the color Rough Customer

    YOTH Little Brother in the color Blueberry and Farmer Daughter Rocky Mountain Purls in the color Whiskey River

    Woolfolk Tynd in color 18 (Light Mauve) and 20 (Eggplant)

    There are so many fun combinations to choose and we want to see your Harlow Hat!  Please tag us on Instagram at #toltknits so we can see your project!
  • It's a great time to be a knitter!

    It's such great time to be a knitter!  Today with the release of the new Pom Pom and Laine Magazine, and the newest issues of By Hand, Knit Wit and Taproot hitting our shelves, I am surrounded by inspiration.  We are so lucky to have so many beautiful publications that celebrate this craft that we love so much!

    The new Pom Pom Quarterly is all about stripes! They've got you covered with no fewer than eight tops to take you from sunny days to summer nights, two elegant shawls to wrap around you when days turn breezy, and the most pretty and practical knot bag to take your WIPs safely to the beach and back. We are loving the Tarmac tank by Anna Maltz knit in YOTH Best Friend!

    We look forward to every issue of Laine Magazine!  This new one does not disappoint!  Included in this issue are ten gorgeous patterns and stories including one with Rosa Pomar of Retrosaria.

    BREEZE is the second book in Making Stories' European Nature series which combines  environmentally-friendly made yarns that are sourced and processed in Europe.  This issue includes 11 knitwear patterns ranging from socks to summery tops as well as sweaters and cardigans perfect for layering in the warmer seasons.

    The newest issue of By Hand features the Blue Ridge Mountain community.  This lovely issue includes patterns and craft tutorials, stories of makers and yarn producers including Cestari Yarn.

    Taproot is such a special publication that features recipes, stories, and crafts.  The current issue Bloom, contains a knitting pattern by Leah B. Thibault - "Polka Dot Party Socks" .

    Knit Wit Issue 8 has stories about makers, such as Emily Katz, and includes five knitting patterns.  We also enjoyed the stories on natural dyeing.  

    Be sure to stop by the shop or visit our online store to grab these wonderful publications!

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