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I wasn’t looking for a new project! Now I need to be talked into—or out of—making Arcana. The pros? Well, it’s gorgeous, and combines easy brioche lace with garter stitch mosaic, and the opportunity to play around with three different colors. The cons? It’s a rectangle, and I have a complicated relationship with rectangles.

I haven’t decided for sure whether I am going to cast on, but obviously I’m having fun playing with possible color combos!

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...to learn

 
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CURRENT CLASSES & EVENTS

Nalya/Planina CAL/KAL [join in any time]

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 [2 places remaining]

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.”

LYS Day 2019

April 27 all day

Details coming soon!

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...to anticipate

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Studio Sock

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Polwarth roving

Neighborhood Fiber Co. is based in Baltimore, and is known for incredible depth of color on high quality base yarns. Our first introductions are Studio Sock in ten colorways, and Polwarth roving in nine. Studio Sock is an 8-ply (4 sets of 2-ply) yarn spun from superwash merino wool . Because it is both springy and smooth, it works well for garments, and each single skein is enough for most sock patterns. Polwarth sheep were first bred in Victoria, Australia, with a lineage that is 1/4 Lincoln and 3/4 Merino. The fiber is quite long, but retains the fineness and softness of the Merino.

Most of the NFC colorways are named for neighborhoods in Washington, DC and Baltimore (with a few from the artist series included). You can read more about founder Karida Collins’ story here.

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...to inspire

 

Lost & Found was short-listed for Best Animated Short this Oscar season. It’s a sweet and moving story about a great love between an amigurumi dinosaur and an amigurumi fox. You can watch above, and at the film’s site, there’s also some fun “behind the scenes” material. Enjoy!

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...to stitch

 
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Ravenhill

Tamy Gore’s Ravenhill shawl design is finished, and I even made the tassels! The shape is a shallow elongated triangle, and the method of construction is semi-modular, which makes it a fun knit.

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Baby Vertebrae

I love a good multi-gauge pattern, and I’ve heard from lots of people that the Baby Vertebrae is a winner, especially for baby-wearing parents. I’ve made a fingering weight version in the past, but recently whipped up a worsted weight version out of a single skein of Malabrigo Rios. I followed the instructions for the 3-6 month size, and roughly divided the yarn before I started to knitting the sleeves to make sure they would be equal in length. It’s a sweet little knit if you need a handmade gift!

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