#MeMadeMay2019 & Girls Night Out (This Thursday)

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Girls Night Out, presented by the Ellensburg Downtown Association, is this Thursday, May 9th, from 5-9pm. Join us for regular Thursday social knitting, with some extra flair—refreshments, including truffles from Roslyn Candy Company, 20% off selected kits, an in-store door prize, and of course, your purchases qualify you to win one of the event-wide gift baskets, filled with prizes from all participating locations. With warm weather predicted for the week ahead, step out to enjoy an evening of shopping with your downtown merchants!

 
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CURRENT CLASSES & EVENTS

Girls Night Out

May 9, 5:00pm-9:00pm | presented by the Ellensburg Downtown Association

Join us for a fun evening throughout Downtown Ellensburg—in addition to hosting our regular Thursday Social Stitching, we’ll have refreshments, prizes, and more!

Project Circle

May 31, 5:00pm-7:00pm | no charge

Join us to work on your longer term projects.

Knit or Crochet Wall Hanging Make-and-Take

June 8, 10:00am-2:00pm | $40 + materials | Sandy Buzzelli

In this Make-and-Take Class, you'll create a beautiful and chic wall hanging, ready to display the moment you arrive home. Whether you'd like to learn a new stitch or just take some creative time for yourself, you'll learn tips and tricks for embellishing and displaying your new wall art, and you'll be inspired to design more of them on your own!

Prerequisites: Knit: you should know how to cast on, knit and purl, and bind off. Crochet: you should know how to chain and single crochet.

High Relief Cables Hat

June 15 & 22, 10:00am-12:30pm | $40 + materials | Sandy Buzzelli

Whether you’re brand new to knitting cables or you’re an old hand, you’ll delight in knitting the Magic HRC hat! High Relief Cables take advantage of strategically placed purl stitch to add depth and reversibility to standard cables. We’ll start with the basics of cable knitting and then explore how High Relief Cables work and how we can apply the concepts to other cable patterns.

Prerequisites: you should know how to cast on, how to knit and purl, and how to knit in the round on a 16” circular needle.

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...to anticipate

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Spring means time for a restock of Bamboo Pop! Focus this time is on the soft colors introduced for 2019. Subtle and pretty, and this is a yarn that works up beautifully in both knit and crochet. We’ve also got a tasting of new Bamboo Pop Sock, a self-striping bamboo/cotton blend, with a small amount of synthetic in the blend.

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We also picked up a few Bird Leg Bags Tall Skinny Sock wedges. These are limited, and when they are gone, they’re gone. Adorable fabrics, beautifully made, and a nice shape that sits up well when your project is inside.

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...to inspire

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Time again for #MeMadeMay, with a focus on wearing the things we make!

Zoe Edwards of the So, Zo...What Do You Know sewing blog established the Me-Made-May challenge in 2011, after having experimented with it herself in March of 2010.  As she describes it, "Me-Made-May is a challenge designed to encourage people who make their own clothes to develop a better relationship with their handmade wardrobe. You decide the specifics of your own challenge to make it suitable and useful for YOU. For example, a very common pledge is for a participant to aim to wear one self-stitched or refashioned garment each day for the duration of May."

Here is a FAQ about Me-Made-May, with more background, and more inspiration. An optional part of the challenge is people documenting their participation online, so expect to find bountiful inspiration on Instagram and elsewhere, tagged #memademay2019.

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...to stitch

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Bradford Road

Bradford Road wasn’t hibernating, exactly, but I did pause briefly after finishing the first (smaller) mitered section. The second mitered piece is larger, which makes it a nice choice for auto-pilot knitting. I’m using Malabrigo Lace held double on US 6 needles; fingering weight worked with a single strand produces a similarly squishy fabric (and is what the pattern calls for). There are five colors total in the design—the stripes provide visual and knitting interest, and not *too* many ends to weave in.

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Arcana

Arcana: two Brioche Moon repeats! (There are six total, plus more Mosaic Moon and Pearl Brioche stripes at the end.) Lots of knitting; very fun.

Yarns are Malabrigo Sock (Cote d’Azure (navy) and Marte (rust red), and a skein of Neighborhood Fiber Co. Studio Sock in Basquiat.

 
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