Ready for Me-Made-May?

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Zoe Edwards of the So, Zo...What Do You Know sewing blog established the Me-Made-May challenge in 2011, after having experimented with it herself in March of 2010.  As she describes it, "Me-Made-May is a challenge designed to encourage people who make their own clothes to develop a better relationship with their handmade wardrobe. You decide the specifics of your own challenge to make it suitable and useful for YOU. For example, a very common pledge is for a participant to aim to wear one self-stitched or refashioned garment each day for the duration of May."

I wear something I've made most days as it is, but this May, I'll be thinking specifically about what's missing from my wardrobe that I'd like to incorporate. What's the sweet spot between what I want to wear, and what I want to make? Do I have stuff I need to fix, and could I do the mending in a creative way?

Here is a FAQ about Me-Made-May, with more background, and more inspiration. An optional part of the challenge is people documenting their participation online, so expect to find bountiful inspiration on Instagram and elsewhere, tagged #MMMay18.

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...to learn

 
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CURRENT CLASSES & EVENTS

 

 

Project Circle

April 27, 5-7pm | no charge

Join us for the monthly session dedicated to working on those long-term projects that can sometimes fall by the wayside!

Uh-Oh! (2 enrollments remaining)

May 12, 10am-2pm | $40 + materials | Sandy Buzzelli

Have you experienced that moment of dread and disappointment when something goes wrong in your knitting? Do you feel nervous as you knit because you fear making a mistake?

You’ll become a more confident and relaxed knitter if you know how to handle those inevitable mis-knits. In this class, we’ll learn how stitches are formed, how to unknit and unpurl, how to unravel multiple rows and get our work back onto the needles, how to pick up dropped stitches, and much more! Prerequisite: you should know how to cast on, knit, purl and bind off.

Magic Loop: Maize Mitts (3 enrollments remaining)

May 16, 23, 30, 5-7pm | $30 + materials | Ann Miner

The Maize Mitts from Tin Can Knits are sized for toddlers to large adults, and are a perfect vehicle for learning the magic loop technique for knitting small circumference tubes on one long circular needle. You should be comfortable with casting on, knitting, purling, and casting off.

Worldwide Knit in Public Day

June 9, 1-4pm | all welcome

Weather permitting, we'll gather on the sidewalk in front of Yarn Folk for an afternoon of knitting, crochet, and, invariably, questions from passersby!

Crochet Market Bag (or Hat!)

June 16, 10am-2pm | $40 + materials | Sandy Buzzelli

Learn to crochet in the round as you make a hat or a market bag (or both!).  We'll learn how to do the magic ring, how to increase and how to read basic crochet patterns.

Prerequisite:  you should know how to chain and half double crochet. 

Choose Your Own Sweater

June 6, 13, 20, 27 5-7pm | $40 + materials | Ann Miner

You'll choose your own baby, child, or adult sweater pattern, and work at your own pace in a supported environment. A portion of each class meeting will feature a demonstration and discussion of a basic technique commonly used in sweater patterns.

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...to anticipate

 
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Woodi & Gradient

Woodi is an interesting fiber--53% abaca pulp, 47% cotton. We're planning to use it for the Crochet Market Bag (or Hat!) class in June, but it would also be perfect for baskets, because stuff--it needs a place, right?

We've also got fresh colors of Schoppel Gradient, and with road trip season upon us, the Backseat Passenger Cowl remains one of the all-time great meditative and portable knitting projects.

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Making No. 5

Release date was April 20th; mine arrived just a few days later. Issue No. 5 focuses on color, and there are so many appealing projects inside. We also have issues 1-4 available in limited quantities.

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...to inspire

 
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Poncho Season

Last week, there were several days where it was 35 degrees in the morning, and in the mid-seventies by late afternoon. What's a better easy-on/easy-off layer than a poncho? Take a look at this Ravelry bundle, and see if anything strikes your fancy. 

(Four years later, I still wear my Easy Folded Poncho all the time, and I'm really tempted by this....)

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...to stitch

 
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Thurmont

Thurmont is a textured lace shawl that I'm working up in a hemp, linen, and silk blend--Daisy, from Knit One, Crochet Too. The yarn was so well-received that the K1C2's first batch sold out, and we'll be happy to have it at Yarn Folk when the new stock arrives from Italy early in May. Meanwhile, I'm enjoying both the yarn and the pattern--when it's finished and blocked, it promises to be a marvelously drapey wrap indeed!

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Spruce Point

Spruce Point is cruising right along--three pieces are finished, and the fourth is about 30% complete. Of course, when the sweater is seamed (and sometimes, even when it's not) the finishing work is a significant portion of the project. (Seaming is one of the skills that will be covered in the Choose Your Own Sweater class.) 

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