Cascade Sale continues!


The sale on Cascade 220 and Cascade 220 Superwash continues, and as you can see progress has been made on freeing up space for new yarns. Thank you for your help! (Note: there will surely be a few days of "please excuse the mess" when new stock begins to arrive, as some things that used to be on shelves will be on the wall, and vice versa, and fitting the jigsaw pieces together will be its own special challenge.)

While the neutrals are in much shorter supply, there are a number of brights available. Cascade 220 Superwash is a good choice for blankets--consider Bounce , Fly Away, or Vivid from Tin Can Knits. It's also works well for kid sweaters--the size 18 month Silverfox and the 2 year old Lancelot both used just two balls. 

For the regular (handwashable) 220, consider a DK or worsted weight shawl. 600-800 yards at this this weight makes a generously-sized shawl, so think 3-4 skeins. As the temperatures drop at night, having something cozy and wool to wrap your shoulders in starts to seem like a fine idea! I’ve assembled a Ravelry bundle of pattern options here.Another option if the color you like isn't available in a sweater quantity is DK or worsted weight vests--have a look at a few designs I thought would be interesting here.

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Double Knit Cowl [Last Call]

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 [pictured, (c) Laura Chau]

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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Silk 3-Ways is a truly elegant silk scarf featuring three different silk yarns--each has a unique color, and a unique texture, and the three sections of the scarf use different stitch patterns to keep the knitting interesting. The kits are packaged adorably, and include the pattern. There are six different colorways to choose from!

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A short entry from the "Blocking is Magic!" files. Top left, Silk 3-Ways, fresh off the needles, and a hot mess. Top right, after light pressing with the iron, it is a fluid and sophisticated scarf. Bottom left, Silverfox is finished except for buttons and blocking, but the neckline and fronts are VERY wobbly.  Bottom right, after a quick steam blocking, all is right with the neck, the fronts look fine, and all is right with the world!

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Oh, this is going to be fun--colorwork, lace, and texture all in one sweater! Zweig is knit from the top down and uses circular yoke shaping techniques. Darnie is the type of yarn that shows off nearly any type of knitting, so this pattern was insistently shouting "PICK ME" when I was browsing Ravelry.

After knitting my swatch, I blocked it, and then sometime during the following afternoon, I tucked it into the neckline of the shirt I was wearing to test its feel against the skin...and forgot about it for several hours, until I happened to notice it in the mirror. This is one of those yarns that has a drier, crisper hand, and more texture when you feel it in the skein, but it is still good quality fiber from the animal's first shearing, and it is soft and comfortable to wear.

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