Let's Make a Deal

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I am so excited about my next project! Boden Girl will be such a fun sample for the Berroco Ultra Wool, which is a wonderful washable choice for kids and adults alike. The pattern is available in an adult version, too, which could be a fantastic way to combine a variegated yarn (like Malabrigo Rios) with solids.

Now, the “let’s make a deal” portion of this endeavor…I have TWO sweaters in progress, so how much do I need to get done before I start a new project?? This is a way I often entice myself to make progress on my projects: I need to finish a sleeve on this thing before I can move on to the next step of that thing. Having only one project on the needles isn’t really a viable option for me—I need to have something in progress for nearly any type of knitting opportunity: first thing in the morning, when my mind is clear; during social times when lots of conversation is happening and it’s a little harder to keep track of something complicated; late in the evening, when I might fall asleep mid-row….

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...to learn

 
 above: Wonderful Wallaby, below: Anthology sketch (c) Tin Can Knits

above: Wonderful Wallaby, below: Anthology sketch (c) Tin Can Knits

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CURRENT CLASSES & EVENTS

Primer in Lace [In progress]

October 10, 17, 24, 5:00-7:00pm | $30 + materials | Ann Miner

The Primer in Lace pattern introduces the increases and decreases which are the basis of lace knitting by combining four patterns of increasing complexity. We’ll cover the use of lifelines, markers, and more while knitting a cowl.

Prerequisites: You should be comfortable knitting, purling, casting on, and binding off.

Wonderful Wallaby

November 7, 14, 21, 28, 5:00pm-7:00pm | $40 + materials | Ann Miner

The Wonderful Wallaby is the knitted version of a classic hooded sweatshirt. It is knit in the round from the bottom up until the hood, which is knit back and forth. The stitches for the pouch pocket are picked up from the body, and knit back and forth. Sleeve shaping is done via raglan decreases. Sizing is child’s size 2-12.

Prerequisites: You should be comfortable casting on, knitting, purling, and casting off, and should be familiar with a method for knitting small tubes—double points, two circulars, or magic loop.

Anthology KAL

November 2, 9, 16, 23, 5:00pm-7:00pm | Materials only

We’ll be using the free Anthology pattern from Tin Can Knits to design unique colorwork hats or cowls. Just like the Strange Brew sweater recipe, Anthology offers a wide variety of sizes, and three gauge options. Held in the knitalong format, there will be no charge to participate beyond purchase of materials.

Prerequisites: You should be comfortable knitting, purling, casting on, and binding off. If you don’t have previous experience with two-color knitting, plan for adventure—help will be available, but this knitalong is not a formal class.

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...to anticipate

 
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In addition to sweater knitting, I made a sample for these Alaska hat kits. Combining Bella Cash in black (60% Merino, 30% Nylon, and 10% Cashmere) with Poems Sock, we’re able to get the effect of the dark outline of the trees with a colorful sky background. $31 for the pattern and yarn; add a faux fur pom for a little something extra!

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Malabrigo Sock is fully restocked—so much that we stole part of the shelf allotted to Leading Men Fiber Arts Show Stealer, since it will be another few weeks until they are ready to dye our next order.

And there’s a fresh stock of Baggu reusable bags, including some 3-pack gift sets!

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...to inspire

 
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As October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, making Knitted Knockers is a way to tangibly support survivors. Knitted Knockers is a Bellingham-based charity that provides knitted and crocheted breast prostheses to breast cancer survivors at no charge. Following a letter to Dear Abby highlighting the program which was published in December 2016, requests for Knockers have skyrocketed. There are several versions of the pattern available here. To maintain quality control, the organization has a list of yarns that work well, and in addition to the flesh-toned range of Ultra Pima, Yarn Folk also carries Plymouth Cleo and Universal Bamboo Pop. 

If you make Knitted Knockers and would like Yarn Folk to cover the cost of mailing them to Bellingham (where they are distributed free of charge to anyone who requests them), just drop them off, and I will be happy to take care of the mailing!

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...to stitch

 
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Cathedral Grove

Cathedral Grove has a place where pockets go now…so close!! I didn’t bring enough yarn home on Monday, so it will be another couple of days!

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Zweig

Zweig has two sleeves, and the once the body reaches about 14”, I switch to ribbing for about an inch, and I’m done!

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Ann