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KNITTED WIT POLWARTH SHIMMER

Well that was exciting! My order of Polwarth Shimmer, from Knitted Wit, arrived on Thursday. Over the next few days, nearly all of it went to Beekeeper Cardigan KAL participants. (There is enough Ex's Flannel Shirt, a pretty deep rose, left with enough yardage to knit up to the size 40.) Everyone who has swatched with it (including me) has commented on how pleasant it is to knit with. If you're a Beekeeper, and want help measuring your swatch or interpreting anything in the pattern, please feel free to reach out--in addition to last year's Four Day KAL for Stillwater, I've knit several other of Marie's designs and am familiar with how she builds a beautiful sweater you'll want to reach for again and again.

If you want to get in on the fun without a commitment to a full sweater, the Beekeeper Cowl was just released this weekend, and features the stitch pattern that the cardigan is based on. The cowl only requires one skein, and is a nice way to sample both the stitch and the gorgeous yarn.

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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 [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

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

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

Details coming soon!

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...to anticipate

 
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WOOLBUDDY

Woolbuddy needle felting kits are whimsical, and contain everything you need to explore this fun fiber craft, with the exception of a foam work surface. These make nice birthday gifts, or could be a fun way to spend time with a visiting family member age 8+. 

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JUNIPER & GINGER STITCH MARKERS

These are such a great combination of characteristics: pretty, and removable! They work like a keyring, and if you're skeptical about how smoothly they twist into a stitch, Cheryl of Juniper & Ginger has provided sample markers and a swatch to demonstrate--they are remarkably snag-free! They are available in three sizes (small, up to 4mm needles, medium, up to 6mm, and large, up to 9mm) and a variety of colors!

 

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...to inspire

 
 (c) 2015 Laurel Roth Hope

(c) 2015 Laurel Roth Hope

CYCLO KNITTER

 

Tip of the hat to knitter Lynn for calling my attention to the Cyclo Knitter. Built by George Barratt-Jones, it is a human-powered knitting machine driven by pedaling a stationary bike. George has set it up in the Eindhoven train station in the Netherlands, where he invites people waiting for the train to make a scarf in about five minutes. Watch the video--it's wonderful!

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...to stitch

 
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Slope

Slope is finished, with the expected transformation from stiff, crunchy fabric to something very fluid and soft. 

The small changes I made to the design were to knit it in two colors, and to finish the neckline with slip stitch crochet. The pattern does not specify any edging for the neck or armholes, but I felt that the neck needed just a bit of refinement. I tried picking up and knitting first, but liked the very minimal crochet option better.

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Rikke Hat

Finished! And it's clear why this is such a popular hat pattern--it's easy to knit, and variegated yarns look great in garter stitch. And in addition to that, it hugs the head comfortably, without feeling constricting at all. Five stars, would knit again.

 

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Ann