One of the #28DaysofYourLYS prompts last week was “Throwback Thursday.,” and another was “Another View.” It was pretty shocking to me to remember the inventory I started with—the day I opened, I hadn’t even installed any grid wall to be able to hang skeins of yarn on. (In my defense, I did get cajoled into opening two or three weeks before I planned to.) Comparing pics before there were pictures, before there was yarn, when there was *some* yarn, and now, it reminds me how, through it all, it’s the knitters and crocheters who make the shop what it is. So thank you!

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Two Color Brioche: Rainbrioche [in progress]

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.

Nalya/Planina CAL/KAL

March 1, 8, 15, 22, 5:00pm-7:00pm | materials only

This -along has a crochet and a knit option, and lots of potential design choices! Use two contrasting colors, combine a main color with minis (Knitted Wit Smarties are perfect here!), or combine any of the above with leftovers from your stash! Preview the Nalya Wrap here or Planina here.

Berroco Spring Yarn Tasting

March 13, 5:00pm-7:00pm | $10 (limit 14)

Sample five of the yarns Berroco is introducing for Spring, peruse the pattern books for inspiration, and weigh in on what you love best! You’ll get a 20g sample of each yarn to test-knit, refreshments, and a chance to win a project kit from Berroco. Bring your needles, and let’s have a yarn party!

Project Circle

March 29, 5:00pm-7:00pm | no charge

Join us to work on your longer term projects.

Cable Channel Pillow MKAL

April 5, 12, 19, 26, 5:00pm-7:00pm | materials only

Here’s what Michelle Hunter of Knit Purl Hunter has to say about her April knitalong:

“Join me this April for Cable Channel, a stylish pillow featuring an original cable pattern. Knit in HiKoo Kenzie, the design creates a rich fabric to add beauty and texture to any decor. Pillows provide the perfect platform to explore new techniques and hone the finishing skills. They also make great gifts!

Cable Channel is knit in one piece with simple seaming and features a button closure to allow for easy washing and assembly. The front and back are knit in different stitch patterns to keep the project interesting and texturally charming. Both written and charted instructions, along with video support, are provided to guarantee success.”

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Among the new colors of striping sock yarn from Knitterly Things are “Finally Spring,” “Sum Sum Summertime,” and “Springtime Happy Dance.” Nobody say I’m not doing my part!!

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Jim Morris, president of Pixar Animation Studios says this about the SparkShorts program: “[It] is designed to discover new storytellers, explore new storytelling techniques, and experiment with new production workflows. These films are unlike anything we’ve ever done at Pixar, providing an opportunity to unlock the potential of individual artists and their inventive filmmaking approaches on a smaller scale than our normal fare.” 

My son was a huge fan of the Toy Story franchise as a little boy, and as a parent, I was grateful that the films were so entertaining for adults. I have a soft spot for Pixar films, as they remind me of those sweet days with a small person. And while he wasn’t the first to do so, that same kid messaged me with a link to Purl, one of the first SparkShorts films.

You can watch Purl on YouTube here. .

Bonus content: Kitbull is another of the SparkShorts, about a friendship between a wee kitten and a pitbull. It’s delightful.

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January Gansey

January Gansey is done! Kenzie knit at 25 st over 4” makes an incredibly substantial fabric. And I might want underarm gussets in all of my sweaters now! I won’t go to the trouble, but it’s wonderful to have the added ease of movement without much extra bulk.

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