Off to Market

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Returning from a trip is always mildly disconcerting—even if your schedule has been thrown out of whack in an entirely pleasant way, it’s a bit of a shock to come back to your regular routine. On Monday, I didn’t realize until nearly eleven a.m. that there was a cup of coffee in the carafe, even though Mark makes a little extra for me every day.

In addition to visiting all of the participating vendors, I also took several classes. Business education for needlework professionals was offered for the first time when I attended TNNA in 2015, and the opportunity to learn alongside other shop owners is one of my favorite things. It was also so, so nice to meet vendors and online friends in person.

Heartfelt thanks to Liz for keeping things humming along at Yarn Folk. She didn’t run screaming when, barely an hour into the adventure, my point of sale system locked up. I stopped by the shop to grab my computer and a few other things on my way home on Sunday, and everything was (as expected) in great shape. While things will stay the same day-to-day, I’m very glad that having our industry tradeshow practically in our backyard provided a nudge toward having a fantastic option for occasional backup. Thank you, Liz!

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...to learn

 
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CURRENT CLASSES & EVENTS

Magic Loop: The World’s Simplest Mittens (in progress)

January 16, 23 & February 6, 5:00pm-7:00pm | Instructor: Ann Miner | $30 + materials

If you have been frustrated by using double pointed needles for small circumference projects, the Magic Loop is a method that can allow you to knit small numbers of stitches with one 32” or longer circular needle.

We will use The World’s Simplest Mitten pattern from Tin Can Knits, which will give you size options from toddler to adult large, and yarn choices from fingering to chunky.

Winter Sweater KAL (join in any time)

January 4, 11, 18, 25 & February 1, 8, 15, 22, 5:00pm-7:00pm | KAL format | materials only

We’ll be devoting Fridays during January and February to sweater knitting—possibilities include the January Gansey, something from the Strange Brew collection, or if you’re looking for a first sweater project, Flax or Harvest. Knitalong format—assistance available, but no formal instruction.

TNNA Treasure Hunt

February 8-10 | no charge

See details below!

Project Circle

February 25, 5:00pm-7:00pm | no charge

Join us to work on your longer term projects. (Concurrent with Winter Sweater KAL for January & February.)

Two Color Brioche: Rainbrioche [4 places remaining]

February 20, 27, & March 6, 5:00pm-7:00pm | $30 + materials

Using the Rainbrioche pattern, learn to knit two color brioche in the round, including brioche decreases for the crown shaping, and a fun section that uses slipped stitches to add interest to the design.

Prerequisites: While you do not need previous experience with brioche, this class requires you to be comfortable with basic knit stitches, and understand how stitches are typically mounted on the needle.

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...to anticipate

McIntosh from Apple Fiber Studios did, indeed, arrive.

McIntosh from Apple Fiber Studios did, indeed, arrive.

A number of the vendors at TNNA bring along a sampling of their wares for cash and carry purchase. The “what” and “how much” varies from vendor to vendor, but one of my goals was to bring home limited quantities of some new things.

Rather than putting the new goods out immediately, I’ve decided to host an informal event this weekend. Come in any time Friday, Saturday, or Sunday to participate in the TNNA Treasure Hunt! You’ll get an entry card where you can try to identify five new products—and if you do, you’ll be entered for a chance to win a Penelope Cowl Kit, which combines luscious yarns from Lorna’s Laces, Oink Pigments, and Anzula, and comes in either a knit or crochet version. Make a note of all eight new items, and you’ll get two extra entries into the drawing. While no purchase is required to enter, the new goodies will also be available for sale, so come early to give yourself the advantage in finding the new stuff!

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...to inspire

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There are at least three fiber-themed Instagram challenges going on during the month of February. Returning again this year is #28DaysofYourLYS, where shop owners around the country post daily tidbits about our shops. Rachel Maurer of Woolyn in Brooklyn, NY rallied us last year, and Sarah Erickson Keller of Knot Another Hat in Hood River, OR, helped refresh the list this year while Rachel was vending at Vogue Knitting Live in NY. There’s also the #fiberuarychallenge, hosted by @creativececi. And then there is the #yarnlovechallenge hosted by Ravelry’s Mary-Heather and Christina. Here is a quick explanation on how to follow hashtags on Instagram—you’ll see individual posts, even if you don’t follow their authors. Enjoy some late* winter inspiration!

*We hope.

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...to stitch

 
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January Gansey

I knit the January Gansey up to the point where the shoulders are joined using the Russian grafting technique, but haven’t had time to sit down and concentrate with the directions to actually complete it. I can do kitchener stitch in my sleep, but Russian grafting will be new to me!

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Boho Style Mosaic Shawl

The main color section Boho Style Mosaic Shawl turned out to be perfect travel/class knitting—ever longer rows of mostly-stockinette, and the worsted weight yarn was easy to work with while my attention was focused on a conversation or presentation. Upon returning home, I got to begin the garter stitch mosaic section. It’s easy to knit, rhythmic, and like any type of colorwork, it’s fun to watch the pattern emerge.

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