Learn to Cable

Because with Cabled Boot Cuffs, even your Bogs can be cute.

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New stuff

New colors of Schoppel Wolle Gradient, plus some Zauberball. Back to unpacking boxes.

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It’s an iliuuuuuusion…

Illusion knitting is a fairly simple technique, but it can yield fascinating results.  This class will be working with a pattern from Wooly Thoughts–check out their amazing applications of the technique here.

The purple heart pillow is a sample of the class project (other simple shapes are options), and the teddy bear is one of instructor Sandy’s more involved samples.

Illusion Knitting, October 4th, 10am-1:30pm, $35 + supplies.  Please call, email, or stop in to enroll!

 

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And from an angle…

 

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Oh hey, Bear, I REALLY see you!

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Class samples

The Learn to Knit Hat series starts next Tuesday (September 13) from 7-9 pm, and meets at the same time for the following two weeks.  Learn to cast on, knit, purl, do left- and right-slanting decreases, knit flat, knit in the round, knit in the round using two circulars, and read a pattern!  $60 + supplies.  Call, email, or stop in to enroll!

 

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Need warm feet?  Socks are what made me want to learn to knit.  You know how to cast on, knit, purl, and work in the round.  You will learn to work a slip-stitch heel flap, turn a short-row heel, pick up gusset stitches and decrease the gusset, shape a toe, and kitchener the toe opening.  $60 + supplies.

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Or maybe you were thinking of learning to crochet?  Or if you know a little, you’d like to improve your skills? One hook, one stitch at a time.  One four-hour session, September 20th, 10 am-2 pm.  Class project is an adorable baby blanket, suitable for stroller or car seat. $40 + supplies.

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A day in the life

Monday at home. Ordering yarn. Coffee required.

 

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Malabrigo

Pile of Malabrigo. There’s some Rios, some Worsted, and a bunch of Sock in there.

Also, check out class info for September and October.

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Frabjous Fibers Color Pack of the Month

 

 

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Frabjous Fibers mini skein Color Pack of the month. “With What Porpoise?” Indeed. I have five of these. They are spectacular.    Spearmint Tea is a free pattern that the team at Frabjous highlighted with this shipment.

Also, if you missed this morning’s email from Yarn Folk, you can find it here.

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Story of a sweater

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This sweater is Berenice, designed by Julie Hoover for the Brooklyn Tweed Kids collection. I love the yarn (Mountain Meadow Wool’s sport weight Cody), and the design, and how well the pattern is written. Still, I’m not 100% happy with the finished sweater, and guess whose fault that is? Yup, mine.

I’ve used Mountain Meadow Wools–both Cody and Jackson (a substantial DK) in a number of different projects. It is a super soft, lively, bouncy wool that is FUN to knit with. It’s hard to explain it without saying that it feels alive, somehow. I’ve used it for the Wurm Hat, a Vector scarf, a Baby Surprise Jacket, Lempster, and Barrett. So I’m not lacking experience with it. And I know that it is hand-dyed, and there can be variations in tone within the same dye lot. No problem, right? It’s a small sweater!

Wrong, wrong, wrong. The first two skeins were so closely matched that they were virtually indistinguishable. Those two carried me through all of the back, and up to the armhole of the front. (Because it’s a dolman style short sleeve, those two pieces are all there is, except for the added ribbing.) I changed added a third skein at the sleeve shaping on the front, and then proceeded to finish knitting the front. Mostly in dim lighting, and I was concentrating on some “at the same time” shaping–sleeves, shoulders, neckline. And when I finished, you could see where I’d changed skeins, clear as day.

For the two adult sweaters I made, I alternated skeins throughout. Grown-up sweaters–it was just the smart thing to do. I don’t know why I thought I didn’t need to for the smaller one. My solution was to pull both pieces back to the underarm, and start alternating there. You can still see the transition, but it is at least the same on front and back, and it’s much less prominent than it was.

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But you can still see it. You never know; someday, I might reknit the whole thing. I’m not up to it right now. It’s a gorgeous pattern, knit with a wonderful yarn–made imperfect by an imperfect knitter. That’s how things go sometimes, right?

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Just a little back order…

The two newest colors of Plymouth Yarn Company’s Mushishi–Indigo Black and Lipstick Black

How about this
or this
or this
or this

I could go on.

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