Olympic fashion & Ravellenic knitting


I'm unreasonably annoyed by the price of Valentine's Day Cards, but I *will* spend hours on a handmade valentine. All the better if it's fiber-y and three-dimensional...

(These are Luvbots, by Anna Hrachovec of MochiMochiLand) (Her Love Gnome was the #1 GIF of 2017.)

... to learn

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Intarsia Child's Sweater
February 14, 21 & 28, (Wednesdays) 5-7pm
$30 + materials

Intarsia, or "picture knitting" allows you to work images larger than stranded knitting motifs. This sweater is sized from six months to six years, and the neck opening features a button band on one side. You should be comfortable casting on, knitting, purling, and binding off.

All Class Follow-up
February 16,  (Friday) 5-7pm
no charge
Have a project from a prior class you need help finishing up? This workshop provides support to get you back on track. There is no charge, but pre-registration is required, as space is limited.

Project Circle
Febuary 23 (Friday), 5-7pm
No charge

Join us for monthly large-project circle on Friday. Need inspiration for a new throw? Check here!

Log Cabin Fingerless Mitts (pictured above)
March 7 & 14, (Wednesdays) 5-7pm
$20 + materials

This project is perfect for relatively new knitters--while it primarily uses the knit stitch, you'll learn some basic techniques of modular knitting--including the pick-up-and-knit technique that is used in many sock patterns. You'll also learn the three needle bind off, and get the tiniest of introductions to seaming pieces together. If you've considered the Log Cabin Afghan, this project lets you sample the basic construction.

Brioche Scarf
March 21 & 28, (Wednesdays) 5-7pm
$20 + materials

We'll be using my Brioche Frenzy scarf pattern to learn basic brioche rib, along with built-in i-cord edging, and an i-cord cast on and cast off. We'll also look at how to prevent problems, and how to tink brioche.

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...to inspire

Olympic Fashion

I was watching the Men's Snowboard Slopestyle qualifying runs, and the Team Canada parkas caught my eye--they were made for the team by Burton, and use the regular sort of technical fabric, but that fabric was printed with high definition photographs of the handknit sweaters the athletes wear around the Olympic Village. Picture of the (really cool) sweaters can be viewed here.

Bonus Team USA content: Susan Rainey reverse engineered the hats worn by Team USA during the Opening Ceremonies parade, and the free pattern is available on Ravelry.

...to anticipate


Coming Soon

Akerworks has begun making their swatch gauges. Designed to make it easier to count the stitches and rows in your knitted swatches, these are on order.


Also Coming Soon

NeedleKeepers are made in the US, and are designed to protect your needles and they keep your stitches from sliding off the needles when you're not working on your project. (I recently discovered a wood needle broken with stitches popping off, so this seems like a very good idea indeed.)

The NeedleKeepers come in a large array of bright colors, and will fit two needle tips up to US 9.

...to stitch


I'm a sucker for a knitting challenge, so my 2018 Ravellenics project is a fingering weight sweater, Guernsey Girl for Ladies, using JaggerSpun Mousam Falls Sock. I cast on first thing Friday morning, beginning with 3" of twisted 1x1 ribbing. 

If things go *really* well, I might try to knit the Guernsey Girl for Children as well. 

Chi-Town Crochet Cowl

I needed a small beginning crochet project for teaching purposes, and Sandy suggested the Chi-Town Crochet Cowl. It calls for just one skein of aran weight yarn and a K hook, so it went quickly. I had enough Plymouth Homestead Tweed left over from another project, so that's what I used.

I also started the Carbeth KAL while waiting for the opening ceremonies of the Olympics (which signaled the official cast on for the Ravellenics). While it will take a back seat to #eventsweater, the fact that it's knit up on US 10 1/2 needles means that I got several inches of the body done before putting it aside. I'm using some leftover yarn, and the quantity available means that this will be a cropped sweater, but there are a number of knitters who've lengthened theirs, and they look great! Pattern is not available for in-store sales, but take a look here, and the Instagram hashtag is #bangoutacarbeth.

Sara LeHoullier