Fair Drop Off is Friday!

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This Friday, all Needlework and Fiber Arts entries will be physically accepted at the Home Arts Building (above!) from 10:00 am – 7:00 pm ONLY.  This allows for both judging and exhibit set up to happen before the Kittitas County Fair opens Thursday, August 30th at 10 am!  All exhibits remain on display until the close of Fair, and must be picked up between 6:00 and 8:00 pm on Monday, Labor Day. 

Superintendents remind you that items should be blocked, pressed, clean and free of animal hair! (Reminder: turn your items inside out to check for neatness.)

There is a small late entry fee, but entries can still be made at the Fair Office (in the Armory, 901 E 7th Ave).

It's a great time to celebrate the creativity and artisanry of Kittitas County!

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...to learn

 
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CURRENT CLASSES & EVENTS

 

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 Houndstooth Cowl [pattern photo pictured]

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

While there are many ways to add colors and motifs to your knitting — intarsia, color stranding, and mosaic knitting, to name a few — double-knitting might just be the most intriguing of all!

Double-knitting creates a two-color, double-layer fabric that is knit all at one time and is also completely reversible.  In this class, we’ll learn to double-knit with the Houndstooth Cowl.

Tunisian Crochet Cowl [one space]

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.

Thrummed Mittens

October 13 & 27, 10:00am-12:30pm | $40 + materials | Sandy Buzzelli

Thrumming is a technique that involves knitting bits of unspun wool into stitches to create ultra-warm, ultra-cozy, insulated knitwear. In this class, we'll learn how to make thrums and how to knit them into stitches, how to knit a pair of mittens, and we'll explore several different methods for knitting thumbs.

Prerequisite: you should know how to cast on, knit, purl, bind off and how to knit small tubes on double-pointed needles, two circulars, or magic loop.

Garter Geometry Hat

October 13 & 27, 1:00pm-3:30pm | $40 + materials | Sandy Buzzelli

Details forthcoming.

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...to anticipate

 
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While I usually use this space to highlight new arrivals, yarn restocks, special tools, and more, today I am featuring what remains of a very special yarn. Phydeaux Designs Soie is a merino and silk fingering weight yarn, beautifully hand-dyed by Brenda Lavell in northern California. Recently, Brenda announced that she is stepping back into her previous career, and is taking an extended break from dyeing yarn. I have used Soie to make a couple of shawls--Geology (1 skein) and Beautiful Together (2 skeins)--and it is an absolute joy to work with. What you see here is what remains!

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...to inspire

 
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© Cindy Pilon

 

I've been relying on my sewn Japanese knot bags as project bags lately--slipping the larger handle through the smaller loop makes a very secure closure, and the contents never threaten to escape! Looking through a variety of felted bags on Ravelry, I happened on this version of the same style bag. Then diving deeper into that particular rabbit hole, I took a look at all of Cindy Pilon's felted bags--there are some very nice designs there!

Knit at a loose gauge on big needles, felted projects work up fast--and then there is the fun of turning a cartoonish, floppy object into its firm, finished form.

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...to stitch

 
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The Shift

One of the things I appreciated about The Shift was its elegant use of built-in i-cord--it's incorporated into the edges as you knit, and the final bind off is an i-cord bind off. There are two short edges that don't get this treatment, but they are the edges that get seamed together at the end.

The finished size is generous, but not overwheming, and the asymmetrical shape looks like a shawl worn bandana-style, but stays put like a cowl.

Whether you're an experienced mosaic knitter, or have wanted to try the technique for the first time, put together three colors of Mountain Meadows Cody, and play around!

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