Hello to Darnie, Sale on Cascade

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Stocking a retail specialty store presents an ongoing series of related--and always interesting-- challenges. Beyond guessing which colors and fibers you all will be excited by, there are lots of other factors to consider, many of which are less exciting but still extremely relevant to making a shop run smoothly. What are a vendor's minimum order requirements, how many skeins are in a bag, and where are they shipping from? How secure is the supply chain? What kinds of yarns are designers using for their patterns? (This one is always changing, and unpredictable!) Where do I have gaps, either in color or yarn weight, or type of fiber? I could go on, but you get the idea.

At times, it becomes necessary to make larger changes, and these are a challenge to execute smoothly. Please know that I'm undertaking this transition with a lot of forethought, and if you're not immediately thrilled about the change, it's my sincere hope that in time, you will be.

Going forward, I will be stocking Berroco's Ultra Wool as my primary, solid colored superwash wool. I have swatched it, and tested how well it can be both machine washed and dried. It is soft, pleasant to knit with, and reasonably priced. The entire production process happens in Peru, including the superwash processing. With the potential for tariffs affecting yarn from China on the horizon, this was a significant consideration. 

In the realm of untreated wools, I will be adding Plymouth Galway, focusing on the solid colors in the extensive palette. For some of the more beautiful heathered colors around, I will be adding all 21 colors of Blue Sky Alpacas Woolstok. 

In anticipation of these changes (which will begin taking place mid-late September), Cascade Yarns are 25% through the month of September, with an additional 5% discount extended if you purchase all remaining skeins in a dyelot. This offer is limited to stock on hand, and there are no returns on sale merchandise.

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...to learn

 
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CURRENT CLASSES & EVENTS

 

Double Knit 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 Bipolar Cowl.

(View pattern here.)

Tunisian Crochet Cowl [FULL]

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.

Turbulence (Short Row) Cowl

October 6, 10:00am-2:00pm | $40 + materials | Sandy Buzzelli

Combining short rows and two colors, the Turbulence Cowl creates playful waves, wedges and
stripes that dance along the surface of the cowl. While the pattern uses Wrap & Turn short rows, we'll learn how to substitute German short rows to create this fun-to-knit cowl.

Prerequisites: You should know how to cast on, knit, purl, and bind off.

(View pattern here.)

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.

(View pattern here.)

Garter Geometry Hat

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

The Garter Geometry Hat is an intriguing twist on modular knitting, a technique in which a larger piece is created by knitting a series of smaller pieces that are joined as they are knit. In this class, we'll learn many useful knitting skills: short rows, double decreases, picking up stitches, and pattern reading.


Prerequisite: you should know how to cast on, knit, purl, bind off and how to knit in the round on
a 16" circular needle.

(View pattern here.)

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...to anticipate

 
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Darnie is a two-ply, tweedy, lambswool fingering weight yarn, just released from Studio Donegal, makers of one of my favorites, Soft Donegal. Each skein has approximately 450 yards, and I have ten gorgeous, classic colors. This is Knit, a shop in Dublin, has had the yarn since May, and has had a bit more time to play with it. It shows lace and cables equally beautifully--take a look at this blog post featuring a few beautiful projects!

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I recently changed distributors for knitting and crochet books, and got my first order from my new vendor this week--some beginners' books, some sock options, a few stitch dictionaries, and more. Come have a browse, and see if you don't come away inspired.

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...to inspire

 
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Just a sampling of all there was to enjoy at the fair! Clockwise from top left, Joan CawleyCrane and Lynn Bethke demonstrating wheel and spindle spinning in the Fiber Arts booth; the Needlework booth; Knitting & Crochet 4-H projects; Wool & Fiber Show; and a painting from Youth Arts Crafts & Hobbies. 

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...to stitch

 
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Silverfox

Just about finished with Silverfox--it needs an underarm grafted, both sleeve seams sewn, and blocked. It's been a pleasure to knit--the way the cables alternate keeps the knitting interesting, but is easy enough to memorize after a couple of repeats. Also, since it has i-cord edging and an i-cord bind off, the finishing is minimal!

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