Lamb in the house!

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Last week, I looked up on Saturday morning, as I saw a lamb on a leash strolling past my shop. I dove for my phone and snapped a photo, which I posted to Instagram and Facebook.

The lamb is named July, and was a late-season surprise at Bambi Miller's Parke Creek Farm. She was subsequently taken into the Smith household, where she is clearly well-loved, and is being raised as a bottle lamb.

This week, they stopped into the shop prior to their farmer's market visit, and July took a quick tour of the shop. Was she wondering how all the wool came to be so brightly colored??

 

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...to learn

 
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CURRENT CLASSES & EVENTS

 

Stillwater Cardigan

August 15, 22, 29 & September 12, 5:00-7:00pm | $40 + materials | Ann Miner

Still time and space to join us!

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 Houndstooth Cowl

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.

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...to anticipate

 
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Planning

Sometimes the anticipation is more...anticipatory...than other times.  This week was spent meeting with a couple of my yarn reps, and battling internet connectivity problems, in approximately equal measure.  The great news is that there a number of new yarns I will be excited to introduce in the coming months, and the bad news is that my ability to do the analysis I need to do regarding the timing of orders and selection of colors has been hampered by my tech woes, as has my ability to actually order a few of them! 

What to do instead? Dismantle the wall of Malabrigo, and reassemble it. When I originally installed that section of gridwall, I put it up backwards, which makes very little difference to your experience, but has been annoying for me. So I took everything down, flipped the grid, and put the yarn back. And it looks extra pretty!

There may not have been any new deliveries this week, but there is definitely no shortage of gorgeous yarn for your next project!

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...to inspire

 
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© Whiteberry

 

When I spot a pattern on Ravelry that is not enabled for in-store sales, I always tick a little box that is available to LYS users that says, "I'd like to sell this in my shop." Ravelry provides an easy way to follow up and see when a pattern has been enabled for in-store sales.

Justyna Lorkowska's Très Fun looks like just that to me--the cowl is worsted weight on size 8 needles, with some brioche, some bobbles, little tassels--a nice progression of techniques to keep the knitting fun. It calls for three skeins total--two in the main color, and one contrast.

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...to stitch

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Crocheted Linen Stitch Loop

We had a very full class for the Crocheted Linen Stitch Loop from Churchmouse Yarn, and I'm so grateful that Sandy's patient and methodical explanation of foundation single crochet finally "took" in my brain! 

I especially like the look of linen stitch (whether knit or crocheted) in a variegated yarn, and this is Dream in Color Jilly in Mod Squad. I originally began a different project with this yarn, but decided to frog it awhile ago. I think it will be happy in its new incarnation!

 
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The Shift

This mosaic knitting project is a fun way to do two-color knitting, but the magic is that you're only ever using one color per row. 

Mountain Meadow Cody is a favorite of mine--it's such a bouncy and lively yarn, and I like to characterize it as soft--but not smooth. The fiber itself is Rambouillet, also known as French Merino, and comes from a ranch in Wyoming. (Most Merino is ranched in Australia and New Zealand.) 

The pattern calls for three colors, and is knit flat. When complete, there is one seam to work, and the final piece looks a bit like a shawl, but stays in place like a cowl.

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Ann