So happy to welcome Earl Grey Fiber Co.!

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earl grey fiber company

We had fun at Yarn Folk's World Wide Knit in Public Day, and it just so happened that Heather, from Earl Grey Fiber Company, delivered my order of Darjeeling and Chamomile (sparkly!) Sock. Heather and her family are originally from the East Coast, and are relatively new arrivals to our beloved Pacific Northwest. If this gorgeous yarn is any indication, they will fit *right* in!

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...to learn

 
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CURRENT CLASSES & EVENTS

 

Project Circle

June 29, 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!

Beekeeper 4(ish) Day KAL

July 1-15 (informal)

July 1 will be my Beekeeper Day 1--come on down to regular Social Stitching if you want to join in!

Choose Your Own Sweater

July 6, 11, 18, 25 (note: 1st session only is on a Friday; remaining classes are Wednesdays), 5-7 | $40 + mate

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. (NOTE: this is a new session; June session is full.)

Entrelac Scarf

July 7, 10:00am-2:00pm  | $40 + materials | Sandy Buzzelli

Entrelac knitting creates a unique and intriguing woven-look fabric, and it’s rather fun and easy to do!

The art of entrelac knitting requires just a few special skills: picking up stitches, increasing, decreasing, and working short rows, all of which we’ll learn as we knit a stunning entrelac scarf. We’ll also have a chance to practice “knitting back backwards” – a skill that makes entrelac knitting easier to do and will have your friends thinking you’re a knitting genius!


Prerequisite: you should know how to cast on, knit, purl and bind off.

Kumihimo Bracelet

July 14, 10:00am-2:00pm | $40 + materials | Sandy Buzzelli

Ephemeris Hat

 

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

Details coming soon!

Two at a Time Toe Up Socks

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

Details coming soon!

Crocheted Linen Stitch Scarf

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

Details coming soon!

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...to anticipate

 
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2nd Time cotton

Made from recycled textile waste, 2nd Time Cotton is 75% cotton & 25% acrylic. It's not too dear for washcloths, but I think it would work up as a nice summer cardi--maybe this one? Also of note is the fact that not only is the yarn made from recycled fiber, its manufacture does not involve any wet processing, so there is no runoff or water contamination. 

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...to inspire

 
 (c) 2015 Laurel Roth Hope

(c) 2015 Laurel Roth Hope

Textile recycling

The Environmental Protection Agency measured the amount of textile waste in the United States at 16,220 tons in 2014, and 64% of that total entered in the municipal solid waste stream. In other words, it was landfilled.  The Council for Textile Recycling estimates that the average US citizen discards 70 pounds of clothing annually. When used clothing is diverted into the recycling stream, however, only 5% is not recoverable.

When it comes to recycling clothing, reuse is the first option, and there are a number of good options in Ellensburg. The United Methodist Church operates the Community Clothing Closet, and Mercer Creek Church sponsors Fostering Hope's Compassion Closet, which provides children's clothing to foster families in the community. Career Services at CWU accepts gently used professional clothing for the CWU Professional Clothing Closet which provides business clothing to students and alumni in need of suitable attire for events like interviews, presentations, and career fairs. The Goodwill store also accepts donations of used clothing; of note here is that items in poor condition, as well as textile scraps, can be donated, as long as they are clean.  

 

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...to stitch

 
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Slope

Slope is coming along. I worked the high-low hem with the dark grey, then continued with it through two skeins, then switched to a deep teal for the rest of the tank. It is an A-line silhouette, worked from the bottom up, and I am nearly finished with the decreases that give the body its shape. Linen is very apt to slide off the needle when left unattended, so my Needle Keeper is getting a workout!

One thing that is interesting here is that even though there is no trim to prevent rolling at the hemline, the linen steams out almost completely flat. This project will be interesting to block, since linen softens so dramatically when it is machine laundered.

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Rikke Hat

Although the Slope tank is very straightforward knitting, those slippery stitches were not the right choice for Knitting in Public with lots of putting-things-down-and-picking-them-back-up. I've had a skein of Mrs. Crosby's Steamer Trunk sitting on my desk to test out, so I quickly cast on a Rikke Hat. Even though there are 10, 470 of them in the world--plus however many don't have project pages on Ravelry!--I've never made one. The colorway, Hummingbird, is so cheerful, and the yarn base is very springy, and a pleasure to knit with. Mrs. Crosby offers a range of both nearly-solids and multis. Which is your favorite?

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