What do you do while you're waiting for a 4(ish) Day KAL to begin? You prepare!

Gauge swatch complete? Check!

Yarn Wound? Check.

Companion Cowl made? Optional, but check. (This was a great way to practice correcting mistakes in this stitch pattern.)

Reversible project bag made? Check! (Bee fabric and orange polka dots to match the Sweet Potato Pie colorway sourced at Purple Door Fabric

Beekeeper Cardigan pattern printed and highlighted? Check! [Note to Beekeeper knitters: if you purchased your pattern prior to June 16th, make sure your pattern has been updated and you are working from the "Beekeeper Cardigan_Marie Greene_finale" file.]

Needles and notions ready? Check!

There's one other thing, but I'll show you that later.

The official KAL dates are July 1-15. Attempt the ambitious timeline, or not--your choice! Be sure to join the Olive Knits Knitters' Lounge Facebook group, as there are some really fabulous prizes available (and for all but one, you don't need to finish by July 15). You do need to set up a Ravelry page for your project, and tag it with the hashtags #4daykal #4daykal2018 #beekeepercardigan #oliveknits. 

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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 + materials

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 [WAITLIST]

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 [1 space avail]

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

As knitters and crocheters, we all have leftover bits of yarn in our stashes. Kumihimo, a Japanese form of braiding, can be a perfect way to use up some of those leftovers. In this class, we'll make a bracelet as we learn the yatsu gumi, an 8-strand round braid, and we'll explore ways to incorporate these round braids into our knit and crochet projects, too.

A kumihimo bracelet kit will be available for purchase at Yarn Folk -- it contains all the supplies needed to make the kumihimo bracelet class project.

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.

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Awhile ago, Skacel Knitting bought Renaissance Buttons, so in addition to Addi Needles, and yarn from HiKoo, Schoppel, and Zitron, they have another product line to bring a beautiful finish to the things we make. I'm very excited that we now have a great resource for perusing that selection, as there are many more options than I can stock at any given time. Behold, the Buttonlog, a complete catalog of what's available, photographed in full color (all the options) AND at actual size. There are two options for special orders: I can send them in right away for a $3 charge, or I can add them to my next order (approximately once a month) at no additional fee. Stop in to browse the button catalog any time--there are so many great options!

Bonus content: this short TED video from Isaac Mizrahi on the history of the button!

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(c) 2015 Laurel Roth Hope

(c) 2015 Laurel Roth Hope



The New York Times Style Section ran a piece on "The Glamorous Grandmas of Instagram," highlighting women who are expanding the range of archetypes we usually see in the fashion world. I had fun clicking through to the profiles and blogs of the women they featured!

Photo is @iconaccidental, Lyn Slater, used with her permission.

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Beekeeper Cowl

Do you have 280 yards of DK hanging out, wondering what you are going to do with it? The Beekeeper Cowl was designed with the same stitch pattern as the Beekeeper Cardigan.

With an eye to the potential reversibility of the cardigan, I used this technique to make enclosed buttonbands. 



Another summer day, another baby dress. Clementine is designed for CoBaSi. I've modified the striped skirt ever so slightly to use the helix striping technique. CoBaSi is cotton, bamboo, silk, and elastic (for a nice "boing"), and in addition to being a great non-wool sock option, it's a great choice for babies!

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