As of Saturday, things weren’t that bad in town. However, a person couldn’t get to Ellensburg from Yakima, or Wenatchee, or Spokane, and the roads headed in from the west weren’t great. Since nobody was going anywhere fast, I expect your needles and hooks were blazing ;) If you ran out of yarn, come see me—I’ll hook you up!

For myself, both my projects are in the home stretch, so long as you define “home stretch” as meaning knitting two full length sleeves in stockinette (12” circulars, or Flexi Flips? hmmmmm), and knitting the final two sections of an ever-increasing triangular shawl. I do find myself ready for something with a bit of piquancy to punctuate the long sessions of auto-pilot knitting on the horizon. Definitely casting about for something new to CAST ON!

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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.

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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The TNNA Treasure Hunt was fun, and although there was no penalty for incorrect answers, above are the actual items I brought back from the show! (Bonus round: a new color of Studio Donegal Soft Donegal, and three new colors of Studio Donegal Darnie.)

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A favorite prompt from the Instagram #FiberuaryChallenge has been Day 7’s Throwback Project. Here we have Evelyn Clark’s Flower Basket Shawl in a lace weight alpaca, helpfully modeled by an eight year old (who, at 19, consented to use of this photo). This project was finished in December of 2007, and while I’d been knitting for six years or so at that point, Ravelry had existed for less than a year, and it was a while longer before I reliably documented my projects. (Digital photography, and more specifically the advent of great phone cameras, helped with that.)

To view your own—or anyone else’s earliest Ravelry projects, go to a project page, choose “new to old” as the sort order, and scroll to the bottom of the page!

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January Gansey

Russian grafting was FUN (and also easy, once I took a moment to watch Marie Green’s video), and the shoulder gussets give the neckline a nice funnel shape. The back of my neck is always cold; I love this high crew neckline!


Boho Style Mosaic Shawl

The Boho Style Mosaic Shawl has been such a gratifying knit—there is something so compelling about garter stitch mosaic, and the style of the shawl suits the geometric motifs perfectly. I could knit with Blue Sky Fibers Woolstok all day long—it’s an exceptionally cozy feeling wool, and the color palette is a beautiful array of rich, heathered tones. (Try them all in the 21 Color Slouch kit!)

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