Treasure hunt this weekend!

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Returning from a trip is always a bit dizzying. For me, even a short disruption to my regular routines is enough to make me feel wobbly. Today, I “discovered” a cup of coffee in the carafe at nearly eleven a.m.—despite the fact that Mark makes extra for me every morning.

The National Needlearts Association tradeshow was invigorating and thoroughly enjoyable. In addition to checking out the vendors’ wares, I got to see people I see infrequently, met a few online friends, and attended several classes. Business education was added to the event for the first time in 2015, when I attended the show in Phoenix, and the opportunity to learn alongside other shop owners is one of my favorite things.

Heartfelt thanks to Liz for looking after the shop while I was away. Despite the fact that my point of sale system locked up less than an hour after the adventure began, she took care of every little thing for the duration. I stopped to pick up my computer and some paperwork on my way home from Portland, and everything was in tip-top shape. I couldn’t be more grateful for her competent help!

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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.

Please note: final class date has shifted by one week.

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

Some of this is merely my luggage.

Some of this is merely my luggage.

A number of TNNA vendors bring not only samples of their wares, but merchandise that is available for cash and carry. It’s a fun way to test out products in the shop and to offer a taste of things that may not be permanent additions to the line up.

Rather than putting my cash and carry purchases out immediately, I decided to host a treasure hunt this weekend. From Friday through Sunday, you’ll have the chance to fill out a card identifying new items I brought back from Portland. Identify five, and you will be entered into a drawing for the Penelope Cowl kit, featuring yarns from Lorna’s Laces, Oink Pigments, and Anzula, and a pattern that can be either knit or crocheted. Identify all eight, and you’ll get two extra entry tickets. The merchandise will also be available for sale, so the sooner you play, the better your chance of being able to find all the goodies!

I think you’ll find new treasures to delight in, and may the odds be ever in your favor!

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...to inspire

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February is a great month for fiber-themed Instagram challenges! There’s #28DaysofYourLYS, begun last year by Rachel of Woolyn in Brooklyn, NY. This year, Sarah from Knot Another Hat in Hood River, OR jumped in to help refresh the prompts while Rachel was vending at Vogue Knitting Live in NYC. The #FiberuaryChallenge is the brainchild of @creativececi, and the #yarnlovechallenge comes to us from Ravelry’s Mary-Heather and Christina.

You can follow a hashtag the same way you can follow an individual, so check out any of these for some late* winter inspiration.

*We hope.

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...to stitch

 
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January Gansey

While I’ve knit both the front and back of the January Gansey to the point where they are joined via Russian grafting, I haven’t had a moment to sit down, concentrate, and try this technique. I can do kitchener stitch in my sleep, but Russian grafting is new to me!

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Boho Style Mosaic Shawl

The main color section of the Boho Style Mosaic Shawl made for perfect travel/in-class knitting. Long stretches of stockinette allowed me to focus fully on what was happening inside the classroom, and the simplicity of the fabric and weight of the yarn made it easy to put down when I wanted to take notes. Upon arriving home, I started the garter stitch mosaic section. With just one color in play for each row, it’s a simple form of colorwork, but watching the pattern emerge is just as gratifying as stranded knitting.

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