What's New at STRAW.COM
& Crystal Palace Yarns
Free Knitting Patterns, Yarn
News and More
This started as a "scratch pad" for me to
keep track of what I was working on, but I realized that return visitors to STRAW.COM
would find a list of changes and additions helpful in finding what was new. The
earliest entry in 'What's New?' is from Dec. 1995 when this web site first
opened. This web site is maintained by Susan Druding. [ last addition made to page:
28 February, 2011 ]
Want to go back in time
and read earlier "What's New" Entries?
- they are all still here, back to 1995.
Click HERE to start going back in time.
What's New for 2008 is here
Below is All of the 2007 "What's New"
December 16, 2007 - Panda Silk Ribbons Socks have
a lovely turn-down lace cuff with unusual vertical "ribbons" running up the
Panda Silk comes in colors paired: tonal colors + coordinating solid color
- this Ribbon design makes use of the pair of colors.
Plus, you'll have yarn left over to make a shorty pair as well.
The free Panda Silk
Ribbon Sock pattern is here.
See all the colors of Panda Silk here.
December 15, 2007 - a sweet, airy lace shawl knit with
only two balls of Kid Merino lace weight yarn
- a blend of kid merino, kid mohair and micro nylon.
This Sweet Alyssum shawl makes a gossamer layer
to dress up even the plainest outfit.
The retail cost of the yarn is an amazing $12-14!
The free Sweet Alyssum
Shawl pattern is here.
The very wide range of Kid Merino
colors can be seen here.
December 10, 2007 - A beautiful new sock pattern
shown knit in either
MAIZY, corn fiber sock yarn
or Panda Wool
This Sydney sock pattern has a lovely over all
pattern of arches reminiscent of the Sydney Opera House
- it's for experienced sock knitters.
See the free pattern
Here for the Sydney Socks.
December 3, 2007 -
Panda Wool or
can be knit into this lovely Weekender Lace Wrap stole
- it uses 4 balls [approx. retail cost $32-36].
The free Lace
Stole pattern is here,
including a chart for the lace pattern.
December 1, 2007 - A very easy scarf to knit
with just one ball of our new Panda Silk
(blend of bamboo, superwash merino and silk).
The sheen of the yarn gives a dressy look to this
simple scarf and the retail cost will be under $9.00.
The free Panda
Silk scarf pattern is here
See all the
colors of Panda Silk here.
Panda Silk has arrived and is being shipped to shops now.
November 19, 2007 - Here's a cute pair of
A wonderful gift set for a new baby gift.
These socks are knit with Panda
Cotton trimmed with
pattern for both socks is here.
November 12, 2007 - A fun, easy colorful project
Bamboo blend, Bamboozle yarn.
Choose 4 colors from the wide range
of fashion colors and knit this up quickly. No armhole shaping makes it a quick
The elastic content of the Bamboozle means your knits will hold their shape
The free Bamboozle Stripes
pattern is Here.
You'll have some of the stripe colors leftover, so check out
the Bamboozle patterns and make a baby hat, booties or jacket with your
Links to all the Bamboozle patterns are here.
Here is one of 4 strips
of colors for Panda Silk
October 30, 2007
Panda Silk Sample Card is HERE -
See all 24 colors
The first shipment of Panda Silk is due in late Nov. 2007
October 25, 2007 - Merino
5 (100% superwash merino wool)
shows off stitches beautifully and this ripple stitch pattern
has a wonderfully sculpted look to the surface.
There are 48 colors of Merino 5 to choose from, too!
The Free pattern
for this Merino 5 Ripple Pullover is Here.
October 24, 2007 - This Cropped Eyelet Pullover with
little shoulder straps at neckline has simple shaping
and matching front and back pieces so you can concentrate
on the Branching Eyelet pattern (20 row repeat).
Knit in Merino 5 superwash, it has a
lovely feel and luster.
The free Cropped Eyelet Pullover
pattern is HERE.
October 23, 2007 - Here's a project
that only uses one ball
of Merino 5 -
superwash. A great stocking stuffer or gift for
your favorite child. Knit it in "boy" colors or "girl" colors
and please any child on your gift list.
Earflap Hat Pattern is here.
October 20, 2007 - All babies love teddy bears,
here is a bear silhouette block baby blanket knit
with doubled Merino 5 superwash wool.
are made with simple St st and Rev St st arrangement.
A perfect gift for a baby shower and it knits quickly
since the yarn is doubled. We show it in pink,
but there are many colors of Merino 5 available.
Teddy Bear Blanket pattern is here.
October 15, 2007 - Doubled
Bamboozle in Ridge Pattern
makes a quick-to-knit baby blanket in
a cheerful combination of 3 colors.
The free Bamboozle
Baby Blanket Pattern is Here.
4 New Colors of Panda Wool
See names & larger image version
Four new colors of Panda Wool added for Winter '07-Spring '08
Rich tones with gleams of highlights from the bamboo. Already in stock in
October 14, 2007
October 10, 2007 - SEVEN new dotty-spotty colors
coming for Panda Cotton for Spring 2008.
The first delivery will be in November -
see knitdowns of all 7
October 8, 2007 - Puffin is
so soft and quick to knit -
perfect for making baby gifts. Here is a cute
Loopy Baby Hat + a matching pair of Mittens.
Make them in boy colors, too - with or without the loops.
Baby Hat Pattern + Mitten Pattern is here.
See Puffin colors here -
including the 6 new colors coming for Spring 2008.
October 6, 2007 - A cute Bunny Hop Baby Hat
made with just one ball of yarn.
Perfect for the baby in your life or as a gift for a baby shower.
The free baby hat
pattern is here.
See all the colors of Bunny Hop here.
October 3, 2007 - Here's a cute sleeveless vest
for your favorite child. It's a fast knit so you can
make 2-3 in different colors. Merino 5 is machine washable and soft.
The free Vest pattern is
See all the printed colors of Merino 5
and the solid colors are here.
Baby Hat & Kimono Wrap
September 24, 2007 - This pattern isn't on our
it's a "for sale" pattern on one of our CPY Shop sites,
and it's so cute, we thought you'd want a chance to buy it.
It uses 3 balls of the main color of Bamboozle
and 1 ball of a
Knit on a size US 6 needle.
link to the Pattern to purchase is HERE.
September 15, 2007 - Laura Andersson does it
again! A great looking sock design and sized to fit a range of sizes from women
through men's feet! (and for those of us women with large feet, this is a boon).
This Diagonal Stitch Sock is knit with CPY's new Merino 5 superwash wool
(worsted weight knitting) so the socks knit quickly and the colors are
spectacular (the yarn also comes in a wide range of solid colors if you prefer
no patterning of the colors).
Stitch Merino 5 Sock pattern is here
Color card for Merino 5 printed colors is
Color card for Merino 5 solid
colors is here.
September 11, 2007 - This unisex pattern can be
for either man or woman in a range of sizes.
The front is subtly textured, the back is plain stockinette.
The Free Pattern for this Kaya
pullover is here.
September 10, 2007 - Entrelac sounds complicated as
you read how to do it, but once you start - it's a matter
of following the triangles and squares and a lot of fun.
This vest is designed to show off the subtle, striated
color changes in Taos. The entrelac section is limited
to the bottom front of the vest, the rest is all plain
stockinette stitch. An excellent project to learn entrelac!
The free Taos Entrelac Vest
pattern is here.
See the 20 color
combinations of Taos here.
September 4, 2007 - Ripple Scarf in Merino 5
A simple 4 row pattern can make a lovely ripple scarf
in our new Merino 5
machine washable wool.
4 balls at an approx. retail cost of $25 makes a
reasonably priced gift scarf - or treat yourself to one.
A perfect Netflix-movie-watching knitting project as
only one of the 4 rows has a pattern in it.
The free Ripple Scarf
Pattern is here.
August 29, 2007 - Classic cables & Bobbles in
Aran style knit with our
new KAYA wool is a shrug that
looks more like a jacket than a shrug.
The band of cables and bobbles is worked straight,
all shaping is done in the Stockinette stitch area.
The free Aran Cabled Shrug
Pattern is here.
August 24, 2007 - a softly
textured pullover knit with the new KAYA,
100% wool striated yarn in a chunky weight. This sweater was
originally designed to be a men's sweater, but we
liked it enough to call it Unisex. It'll knit up quickly at 14 sts/4 inch gauge
and the subtle changing colors make the simple pattern interesting.
Kaya comes in subtle shades men will also appreciate -
see the Kaya sample card here.
And the free Kaya Funnel Neck
pullover pattern is here.
August 21, 2007 - We are excited about the
Merino 5 Kimono Jacket
pattern just finished for us by Sandi Rosner.
It's stunning and fun to knit in 4 pieces that go together
to make this softly draped kimono style jacket in our new
Merino 5 Superwash wool
With the 49 colors available in Merino 5 you'll have a many
wonderful possible combinations.
The Kimono Jacket uses 1 print and 2 solid colors.
The Free Pattern for this
Merino 5 Kimono Jacket is here.
August 12, 2007 - This Taos vest is a unisex pattern
and is sized for both men and women. The checkerboard blocks
break up the surface at the same time that Taos gives
the subtle changes of color.
The Free Pattern for the Vest
and shows both the women's and men's and
in 4 different colors of Taos.
Crystal Palace Yarns is pleased to announce that we are
now a wholesale distributor
for Ann Norling Patterns, a popular collection of more than 65 patterns for
knitting and crocheting.
Click here for information and a link to a
4-page color PDF file showing thumbnails
of the entire collection of Ann Norling Patterns.
August 8, 2007 - If you are new to lace knitting
or want a lovely, quick project this is the perfect project.
It is also ideal for teaching a lace knitting class.
The model shown uses one ball of Kid Merino (under $6 retail cost),
or use two balls to make a longer scarf or a wider stole.
The free Kid Merino
MIST Lace Scarf pattern is HERE.
Choose from many colors of Kid
Merino - see the colors HERE.
August 7, 2007 -
A soft V-neck in Merino Stripes
- in the new color #68 "flame", see another colorway
knit in #69 "dreamy" HERE.
Here is the free pattern
for this V-Neck pattern.
August 4, 2007 - Easy to knit,
these little textured Cotton Chenille wash cloths
make great gifts, wrap with a fancy bar of soap
and make a friend or hostess happy!
They also make great learning projects.
Choose Solid Colors as shown or
use Cotton Chenille in Printed Colors.
The 3 free patterns are
July 31, 2007 - Knit with extra-soft Taos.
This interesting funnel neck vest
knit in 2 directions.
The color changes in Taos give this bi-directional vest
additional interest and texture.
We show you 4 different colorways for this vest
in the four newest colors added to Taos.
The free vest pattern is here
and uses only 4-7 balls
of Taos. [approx. retail cost to knit $31.20-$54.60]
July 22, 2007 - A mosaic stitch
pullover hoodie knit in our new PUFFIN yarn.
The feel of Puffin is so soft and cozy,
like a favorite sweatshirt!
Any baby would love this one.
See all the Puffin colors HERE.
The free pullover
Hoodie Pattern is HERE.
July 6, 2007 - This large scale Lace Stole is knit lengthwise
and the color changes happen automatically by using Merino Stripes.
It knits up quickly on size 13 needles for a fast lace project.
With 18 different color combinations in Merino Stripes you can
knit several in different colors. See
all the colors here, including
four new Merino Stripes
color combinations for Fall 2007.
The free pattern is here for this stole.
June 28, 2007 -
Stripes makes color changes easy!
Just knit and they appear. The softness of the brushed Merino wool
means a great feel and using less yarn.
This Cowl Pullover can be knit with only 6-9 balls from small to X-Lg sizes.
The free pattern for
this Merino Stripes Cowl Pullover is here.
June 22, 2007 - Four New Taos colors
We're adding four more interesting color combinations to our popular
Taos yarn - see the swatches here for
17-'Sea of Cortez', 18-'Mineral', 19-'Cochineal', 20-'Mossy Pinks'
June 13, 2007 -
Panda Cotton isn't just for socks! It's a perfect yarn for baby
Here's an entrelac project that makes a lovely baby hat.
Combine a print color and a solid, or two solids.
Here is the Free
Baby Hat Pattern
(and a tip on using the pattern for an adult hat, too.)
May 24, 2007 - A Baby-Toddler Hoodie in
CPY's new PUFFIN yarn
- made from polar fleece to form a soft knit quickly on size 10.75 needles.
The hoodie is sized from 3 mos baby size up to 2 yr toddler size.
The free pattern for the
hoodie is here.
Kaya Yarn -
color shown is #110 - "potpourri"
May 19, 2007 -
See the featured photos of patterns
coming for the new
See the pattern photos HERE.
See the Kaya sample card HERE.
May 8, 2007 -
A new Panda Cotton
(bamboo-cotton-elastic nylon) sock pattern
- the interesting eyelet pattern shows off nicely in this light,
solid color of Panda Cotton.
The free Periwinkle
Socks pattern is here
(written for circular knitting needles),
but of course you may choose a different color!
Be sure to visit the Sock Index
for many more Panda Sock Yarn patterns.
May 7, 2007 - CPY has added a new Japanese made bamboo needle range to our
We call them Star Bamboo and each is marked with size and a little star
logo. We have 7" double points in sets of 5 which include the sock knitter's
needed sizes of US 1.5 and 2.5. Single points come in two lengths: 10" and 13".
We are working with the Japanese manufacturer to add circulars, too.
We, of course, continue to offer our Original CPY
Bamboo Needles in the dark brown color which have pleased knitters for more
than 20 years. The new STAR Bamboo are lighter in color, and also made from top
quality hard bamboo and treated with a natural vegetable wax to finish and
See the sizes and more photos of Star Bamboo
May 7, 2007 - Karin in Snohomish, WA knit a lovely version of CPY's
shawl using not just Merino Stripes (as our original),
but adding Merino Frappe in a solid color to emphasize the color changes.
Read more about it on
Karin's blog HERE and you can see a larger view.
The original pattern is
here for the mitered shawl.
May 5, 2007 - Our first pattern in the new Kaya yarn
(due late July-early Aug.).
This chunky yarn is fun and fast to knit and watch the
random striated colors move across the surface of the knit fabric.
Approx. garment cost to knit would be $69-83.
The free pattern for this knit top is
See all the other colors of Kaya HERE.
May 4, 2007 - Musique
(wool-acrylic-cotton) with multi-color
effects has a new pattern added: a Deep-V Neck pullover.
It's knit at a chunky gauge and works up quickly.
You'll see Deep V's in many of the popular fashion catalogs
these days and now you can knit one.
The free Musique V-Neck pattern is
April 22, 2007 - A cute baby pullover
sized from 6 months to 2+ years.
Knit with our very soft angora blend, Bunny Hop.
pattern for this baby sweater is here.
April 11, 2007 - a preview of another of our
new 100% wool yarns for Fall '07:
The striated color dyeing techniques are the same as used
for our popular Taos yarn and the yarn is just as soft with softer
colors than Taos.
Kaya is a chunky plied weight that will knit up quickly at 3-3.5
See the colors and how
they look in swatches - HERE.
Kaya will arrive in early August. We will have several knitting patterns
A complete sample card of Kaya colors is
April 7, 2007 - A preview of our new Merino 5, in 49 colors!
a superwash, very soft Merino wool yarn that knits
at a classic gauge of 5 sts/inch (20 sts/10 cm).
See the 18 printed colors here.
A PDF showing all the 31 solid
colors is here.
The solid colors coordinate with the prints.
Merino 5 will be perfect for adults and children's knits.
We'll also show sock patterns, too - for cozy, quick knit socks.
April 5, 2007 - We are adding 4 new yarns for Fall 2007 (which means
they arrive in late summer).
We know the sock knitters
will enjoy our new sock yarn :
MAIZY- 82% Corn Fiber + 18% Elastic
(same elastic as used in our popular Panda Cotton).
An entire new range of colors, too, including some for men's socks.
Samples of the printed
colors are here!
A page showing the
17 solid colors is here.
March 21, 2007 - Pretend you're in Lucy Ricardo's kitchen
or maybe June Cleaver in Leave it to Beaver with this
great looking retro apron knit with soft
Cotton Chenille's huge color range has colors to complement
every kitchen decor!
The free Apron Pattern is
here (and includes an optional pocket.)
March 17, 2007 - Bunny
Hop is our soft, cozy angora blend yarn.
It's popular for baby items, but no reason a mom can't be cozy, too!
Here is a classically styled short sleeved cardigan with cable trim.
The free pattern for
this Bunny Hop Cardigan is here.
March 11, 2007 - A lace
panel set into a raglan style short sleeve sweater.
Bamboozle makes it a lovely
and with its elastic content, it won't stretch out of shape.
The free pattern for
this lace raglan is here.
March 11, 2007 - our newest
Panda Wool Sock Pattern:
Hearts & Shamrocks by Laura Andersson.
Have fun making socks with colored motifs.
The free pattern
for this sock is here.
NEW NEW - SOCK INDEX
We are building an Index linked to many free
Visit it here
March 4, 2007 - A cozy sock in
Creme (60% wool/40% silk)
with a heart motif to keep your feet warm and feeling elegant.
You can knit a pair these high-silk content socks for under $20!
Here's the free pattern
by Nancy Wild
for knitting the Creme Heart
March 1, 2007 - Here's a fun mitered sweater with only 4 squares
each forming the front and back. If you haven't knit a mitered project before,
this is a good one for beginning. Using
Taos makes miters fun as the colors
form a great design as they meet and
We show two colors on the pattern page,
but any of the Taos colors will
look super! The sleeves are a simple wide rib.
mitered Taos pullover pattern is here.
February 25, 2007 - A cropped lace cardigan with
in our new Bamboozle
bamboo blend yarn.
The free sweater pattern includes instructions
for making a longer version, too. The hat takes 2 balls and
has the same lace pattern as the sweater.
The free pattern for the
lace cardigan and hat is here
February 24, 2007 - A textured ribbed vest in Fjord, printed color.
The model shown is in the new "rose musk" color of Fjord,
in a masculine color it would be a fine vest for a man.
The free Fjord vest pattern
February 21, 2007 - Another wonderful bag by
This WILD THING bag is large enough to hold your knitting projects or
The vertical stripes give it a different look.
Embellish as suggested or leave plain, it's up to you.
A combination of Fjord, Iceland & Taos.
The free felted Wild
Thing Bag pattern is here.
February 20, 2007 - a new felted handbag from Terry Ross!
Sweet Dreams is knit with Fjord
and Taos with a CPY handle
and trefoil embellishment made of I-cord.
The free felted bag
pattern for the Sweet Dreams bag is here.
February 19, 2007 - NINE new colors coming
for Panda Cotton.
Our new bamboo-cotton-elastic sock yarn has been such a hit that
we decided to add some mid-season new colors.
See them HERE.
Florals, fruit, Reggae and official Mardigras colors!
February 13, 2007 - Here's a new Taos
pattern that is quite easy to knit.
It's a garter stitch separated with single knit sts, so we call it a 'garter
The simple stitch and boat neck pullover design make for minimal shaping and
The striated colors of the Taos make the design seem more complicated.
The free pattern for the Taos Garter
Stitch Rib is HERE.
February 8, 2007 - Maybe you want to knit your
"Easter Bonnet" and a bag to match?
Even if you aren't a "Red Hat Lady" you can enjoy
these patterns in a wide range of colors
available in Iceland and Fjord yarns.
The Pillbox Hat pattern
The Red Hat Bag Suite is here.
February 3, 2007
- Our newest Taos pattern is this updated cropped jacket with asymmetrical
front. The striated pattern of color all happens naturally with Taos yarn. Shown
are two of the 4 new colors of Taos.
The free Asymmetrical Jacket
pattern is HERE. It uses 8-10 balls and is sized from Small to X-Large.
February 1, 2007 - We owe a huge debt to
Laura Andersson, Ph.D.
who has helped us in so many ways
with the launch of our first sock yarns.
She's tested yarns, knit mini-socks, developed patterns,
and put us in touch with other sock-obsessed knitters
and been an all-around wonderful email correspondent
about more-than-socks, too! Kudos abound!
And here is one of her versatile sock patterns -
she's knit this in both Panda Cotton and Panda Wool.
Scallops Sock Pattern.
There are more of her patterns coming soon!
Jan. 31, 2007 -
And Panda Wool socks are
Here is a design called Tumbling Blocks based on a traditional quilt pattern.
Panda Wool is a blend of bamboo-wool-nylon and has a lovely luster and feel.
The free pattern for
these Tumbling Blocks socks by Nancy Wild is HERE.
I'll be setting
up an Index of Sock Designs soon
as we gather all the sock patterns.
I'll post the link here when available.
Jan 30, 2007 - We are beginning to publish our first sock patterns
using our new sock yarns, Panda Cotton and Panda Wool.
Here is a
beautiful sock in Panda Cotton "Early Spring"
by a very talented sock designer, Janice Kang.
The free pattern is written in excellent detail and
is available as a PDF file.
January 20, 2007 - We are ever so pleased to announce
the imminent arrival of the self-published book:
TWELVE BAGS FULLED by Terry Ross, our favorite bag designer.
The book will feature a year's worth of 12 felted bags,
each themed for the month.
Plus instructions and tips on felting and a mini-bag for practice.
SEE photos and more details
about the book HERE.
Terry's book will begin arriving at shops in early Feb.
January 9, 2007 - Sock Knitters!
We have wonderful socks coming to CPY Web site!
With help from Laura Andersson and her sock-knitting-pals and some of our other
sock contacts we gathered up a group of fabulous sock knitters to try out our
new yarns (and some other of our yarns, too) and I'm busy photographing them and
editing patterns for this site. So check back soon for some truly exciting and
free sock patterns! We have received some of our Panda Cotton, but all the
Panda Cotton and
Panda Wool will arrive in early
February and I should have the patterns ready for the yarn arrival.
Bamboozle yarn is already in stock
and shipping. You'll love knitting our 3 new Bamboo yarns on CPY Bamboo Needles!
Here are some mini-photos of just a few socks in the collection:
with great stitch
Sock - we'll show 2
To read more of "What's
New" items from 2006 - Click here