Places You Can Knit: Seahawks Training Camp



Places You Can Knit: Seahawks Training Camp Edition

On Monday, we had the opportunity to attend a Seahawks training camp practice at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center--only because I remembered a few days before registration opened in June, and managed to connect in the two minute window before tickets sell out. Going through the security line, the man examining my bag said, "Oh! You do what I do while I'm watching--crochet!" Close enough, friend, close enough.

To mark the occasion, I decided to re-knit the popular Hawks Hat pattern in HiKoo Simpliworsted. The original called for Cascade 220 Superwash, and I occasionally heard that the sizing was just a little on the snug side. Using Simpliworsted and sizing up to US8 needles is producing a slightly larger hat, and the green and blue available in Simpliworsted (and its DK version, Simplicity) match my jersey as closely as anything I've found. 

Lots of new faces on the field; time for a new sample. Go Hawks!

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Ephemeris Hat [FINAL CALL]

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. Revised: pre-class knitting will not be required due to a change in the teaching sequence for this project.

Two at a Time Toe Up Socks [waitlist]

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 [pictured]

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. 

Project Circle

August 31, 5:00-7:00pm | No charge

Join us on the last Friday of each month to work on those larger projects that sometimes don't get as much attention!

Double Knit Cowl

September 15, 10:00am-2:00pm | $40 + materials | Sandy Buzzelli

Details forthcoming.

Tunisian Crochet Cowl

September 29, 10:00am-2:00pm | $40 + materials | Sandy Buzzelli

Worked in the round using a double-ended crochet hook, the Strata Cowl is the perfect project for learning the basic Tunisian crochet stitches. Using two colors, this beautifully textured cowl is also reversible!

Prerequisite: you should be generally comfortable with regular crochet and know how to chain
and single crochet.

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I think that it's no coincidence that "Wollmeise" rhymes with "heart eyes." And having used it in Purlbreak, I can confirm that it's just as wonderful to knit with as it is to look at! This most recent shipment added colors--and neutrals--and don't forget that these are 150g skeins, so each one has 575 yards!


Following our Kumihimo braiding class, I made up a few extra kits, which contain the kumihimo discs, eight yarn bobbins, enough yarn for a couple of bracelets, and a magnetic clasp. There are lots of tutorials on YouTube--not as much fun as taking a class, but if you're curious about this technique for making cord, we have the supplies!

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Who knew? Pom Pom Quarterly has been releasing patterns that catch my eye since 2012, and I only just realized that the magazines are not only available as digital editions, they are enabled for Ravelry in-store sales! (Some, but far from all, of the patterns are also available as single patterns.

This information brought to you by my obsession with the lines of this tank. I can imagine it in CoBaSi, or Nettle Grove, or maybe a wool fingering as a layering piece. The shaping lines are just so elegant!

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Now we're cooking with gas! Past the armhole divide and into the v-neck shaping, Carnivore starts to fly! 


The Shift

I'll have final photos of the Through the Loops Mystery Shawl 2018 next week. Besides the inherent pleasure of finishing the project, doing so will also free up some Yarn Cozies for The Shift, a mosaic cowl I cast on using Mountain Meadow Cody. Mosaic knitting gives you the look of two-color knitting, but you are only knitting with one color per row, and it's fun to combine colors you might not put together otherwise. The cowl is knit flat, then joined with a seam, and gives the effect of an asymmetrical shawl, while staying in place effortlessly. (I think it would also work really well under a coat!)

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