Fair Entry Info!



Time to think about the Fair! If you're a Kittitas County resident, online and in person entries are accepted from August 1st through August 15, and the late entry period is from August 16-18 for online entries and August 16-24 for in person entries.  Entries after August 22 require approval from Fair Director of the Department. There is no cost to enter during the regular entry period, and the fee for late entry is only $3. 

Here's the secret: there is no penalty if you don't submit your items! So if you think you might like to enter an item in the fair, go ahead and do it! You can always change your mind later.

Home Arts exhibits are received in the Home Arts building between 10am and 7pm on Friday, August 24th. Pick up is on September 3rd (Labor Day), from 6-8pm. 

You can find Fair 101 and the Exhibitor's Guide here. Enter your things--it's fun to see a big range of projects on display, and that only happens if you participate!

(Not a resident of Kittitas County? Here are links to info for the Central Washington State FairChelan County, and The Puyallup. (Grant and Douglas County deadlines have passed.)

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Crocheted Linen Stitch Scarf [WAITLIST]

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 [two spaces]

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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July 2018 HerStory Sock Club

July's colorway, "Time Flies Like an Arrow, Fruit Flies Like a Banana" is on the shelves, and was created with genetic researcher Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard as its inspiration. Her work with fruit flies connected genetic mutation with embryonic development, and you can read more about her career here.

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A few weeks ago, I highlighted the Dressed Podcast, and I recently listened to the first of two episodes devoted to the history of swimwear. An important player in the development of modern swimwear was Portland, Oregon based Jantzen, originally called the Portland Knitting Co. Some of the earliest suits they produced were made on just a few hand-knitting machines using wool yarns, and were made at the request of a friend who rowed competitively. The company's timeline, featured on their website, provides an interesting view of how swimwear has changed through the decades.

(There are 859 patterns in the "swimwear" category on Ravelry, knit and crochet combined. Here's a look (with the "mature content" filter enabled).

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...to stitch



Carnivore, machine-washed and dried, then steamed with the iron. Yarn is Knit One Crochet Too's 2nd Time (recycled) Cotton. Great free pattern! 


Through the Loops MKAL 2018

Here is the Through the Loops Mystery Shawl 2018.  This was such a pleasant pattern to knit--each new section provided new variation, and the different lace patterns flowed beautifully from one to the next. There are additional detail photos on my project page.

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