Christmas in July

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Sometimes when the temperatures rise...and rise...the only thing for it is to try to stay cool, and think of cooler weather. 

The Slumber Hat is an interesting top-down knit, with just a bit of colorwork at the brim. Sizing is for babes through adults, and I used Plymouth Select DK on the recommended needles.

Fleece Navidad was also worked up in Plymouth Select DK, but as the pattern has a variety of options for both sizes and yarn weight, you could use HiKoo Simplicity, HiKoo Kenzie, Cascade 220, Cascade 220 Superwash, Plymouth Encore, Jaggerspun Mousam Falls, or Studio Donegal Soft Donegal.

(Psst--holiday photos!)

 

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...to learn

 
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CURRENT CLASSES & EVENTS

 

Ephemeris Hat [pictured]

August 4 & 25, 10:00am-12:30pm | $40 + materials | Sandy Buzzelli

With Ephemeris, Hunter Hammersen has designed "a simple and classic hat with a twist."
Twisted rib provides the backdrop for a stunning stitch pattern that cleverly uses what Hunter calls "lovely long loops." The end result is a hat that looks delicate yet is sturdy, warm and cozy!

Prerequisites: You should know how to cast on, how to knit and purl, and how to knit in the round on a 16" circular needle. Prior experience with a provisional cast-on is helpful but not necessary. The class supply list will include provisional cast-on instructions that will need to be completed before the first class. You should have a willingness to knit a gauge swatch. The class supply list and pattern will include information on what needs to be done before the first class.

Two at a Time Toe Up Socks

August 4 & 25, 1:00-3:30pm | $40 + materials | Sandy Buzzelli

This class presents the cure for the dreaded one-sock-itis – knit both socks at the very same time! You’re guaranteed to have two socks by the time you’re done, and both socks will be exactly the same – no more trying to remember what you did on the first sock. We’ll be
knitting our pair of socks from the toe to the cuff – making it easy to get a good fit, and we won’t have to worry about running out of yarn on the second sock.

In this class, we’ll learn how to navigate the process of knitting two at once, using Magic Loop or two circular needles, and we’ll explore several different methods for casting on, for knitting the heels, and for binding off at the cuffs.

Prerequisite: you should know how to knit one sock at a time, cuff down or toe up.

Crocheted Linen Stitch Scarf

August 11, 10:00am-2:00pm | $40 + materials | Sandy Buzzelli

Crocheted linen stitch looks very much like knitted linen stitch with the added benefit of being reversible. In this class, we'll learn how to use "foundation" stitches, which are an easier and more functional way to start our projects (no more chaining and then trying to work that first row of stitches back along that fiddly chain!).

Prerequisites: you should know how to chain and single crochet.

Stillwater Cardigan

August 15, 22, 29 & September 12, 5:00-7:00pm | $40 + materials | Ann Miner

The Stillwater Cardigan was the last year's Four Day KAL from Olive Knits, and this class will spread the four day format across four weeks. (Plus a little extra--we'll skip the week of Labor Day.) Appropriate for confident beginners (and beyond), this class will walk you through making an open front, 3/4 length sleeve, top-down sweater with a faux-cable detail. 

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...to anticipate

 
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Mountain Colors Twizzle Perspectives

I had my annual meeting with my rep for Plymouth Yarn, Mountain Colors, Knitted Wit, and Jaggerspun, and she had some Twizzle Perspectives kits with her. The cowl shown is the Twirlring; another option is the Perspective Cowl, which uses easy slipped stitch patterns to blend the colors and add texture. Twizzle is an 85/15 wool silk blend

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Yarn Bowls

Judy Rouse dropped off a few of her beautiful yarn bowls this week!

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...to inspire

 
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Christmas stockings are on the list of items you REALLY need to start well in advance, especially if you plan to make multiples! Pictured here are the Mix-It-Up Stocking (Textured) and the Cascade 220 Christmas Stocking. Many patterns provide a bounty of interchangeable charts, so you can mix and match to your heart's content. More ideas here!

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...to stitch

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Carnivore

Carnivore looks more like a vest now! Knit One Crochet Too's 2nd Time Cotton, made primarily from recycled fibers has been much more comfortable to knit with than I often find cotton yarns! Really enjoying watching the twisted stitch pattern emerge...

 
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Through the Loops MKAL

Still using the MKAL image here to avoid spoilers for those who don't want to see past their own knitting, but if you want to see through Clue 4, you can view progress on my Ravelry project page for this project.

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