Coming Soon: Berroco Fall Yarn Tastings

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The Berroco Yarn Tasting returns for Fall! While it was great fun to have a huge group last time, this time around, I’ll be offering two (slightly) smaller sessions—Wednesday, August 14th, 5-7pm, and Friday, August 23rd, 5-7 pm. The fee is $12 and includes refreshments and knittable sample balls of six different yarns. There will be a combined door prize for both sessions—a nice kit containing a pattern booklet and several balls of one of the yarns. This was a popular event in the spring—sign up early to secure your spot!

 
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CURRENT CLASSES & EVENTS

Cast On/Bind Off

July 27, 10:00am-2:00pm | Instructor: Sandy Buzzelli | $40 + materials

The look and fit of our knitted items is greatly influenced by the cast on and bind off methods we choose. If we need stretch for the cuff of a sock, we might choose one of several variations of the long tail cast on for cuff-down socks or the suspended bind off for toe-up socks. For a beautiful finish on a ribbed collar, we might choose the tubular cast on/bind off. If we are binding off after knitting garter stitch, we might use the sewn bind off.

We’ll explore these and many more ways to get stitches on and off our needles (crochet cast on and bind off, Emily Ocker’s cast on, 3-needle bind off, I-cord bind off), and we’ll come away with a general understanding of when and how to use each method.

As an added bonus, we’ll also discuss how to deal with two pesky issues that crop up when binding off: that loose last stitch when doing the traditional bind off and the jog that happens when binding off in circular knitting.

Prerequisite: you should know how to cast on, knit, purl, and bind off.

Felting By Hand [DATE CORRECTION]

August 3, 10:00am-1:00pm | Instructor: Sandy Buzzelli | $30 + materials

You’ll never run out of uses for this adorable little felted basket! It’s perfect for holding jewelry, keys, business cards or your favorite candy. Tucked near your knitting spot, it’s an especially pretty way to keep your knitting notions handy.

The basket knits up very quickly and easily, and felting it by hand gives it a classic, finished look.

You’ll be knitting your basket on your own before class meets so that we’ll be ready to jump right in to exploring in-depth how to felt by hand (vs. felting in a washing machine).

Please note: felting by hand is a mildly physical activity. It involves standing, bending over a sink, and lifting a large bowl of water. In addition, we’ll be swishing our knitted baskets in hot water for up to 30 minutes (with the opportunity to take short rests if needed). Please be sure you’re physically ready to felt by hand.

Prerequisite: you should know how to cast on, knit, purl and bind off.

Kumihimo Bracelet [DATE CORRECTION]

August 10, 10:00am-2:30pm | Instructor: Sandy Buzzelli | $40 + materials

As knitters and crocheters, we all have leftover bits of yarn in our stashes. Kumihimo, a Japanese form of braiding, can be a perfect way to use up some of those leftovers. In this class, you'll have the choice of making an 8-strand spiral bracelet or a 20-strand flower bracelet.

A kumihimo bracelet kit is available for purchase at Yarn Folk -- it contains all the supplies needed to make the kumihimo bracelet class project.

Berroco Fall Yarn Tasting

August 14, 5:00-7:00pm | $12

Berroco Fall Yarn Tasting

August 14, 5:00-7:00pm | $12

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...to anticipate

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Regatta is a 100% cotton super bulky ribbon yarn, available in four colors with a twill look. Just one skein makes the comfortable summer and transitional cowl, Praia. See the finished sample below.

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Whee! New designs in enamel pins from Nerd Bird Makery—WoolSabi, Craft with Care, Haute Sauce, Lucky Ewe (Got Gauge)!, Bauble Tea, Slay All Day, and more. I emailed Thao a handwritten order, she responded “Yes!”, and I had the pins just a couple of days later!

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...to inspire

used with permission of Briana Thompson

used with permission of Briana Thompson

Need a sheepy laugh? Head over to Briana Thompson’s Instagram account, where you’ll find her Woolen Spun cartoons. Who knew Alex Trebek could be so perfectly portrayed as a sheep? Briana also loves Scandinavian and Fair Isle knitting, and has designed some wonderful mittens—find them here.

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...to stitch

 
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Foxtrot

Here is Foxtrot (the Olive Knits 2019 4 Day KAL) as of Sunday morning. With the rest of the body, the neck edging, and the front bands left to go, will I finish by Monday (the last day of the “official” knitalong? 🤷‍♀️🤷‍♀️🤷‍♀️

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Praia

Working with US13 needles and Regatta, a super bulky (but very lightweight) cotton ribbon yarn, the Praia worked up quickly. Perfect if you need a quick and easy project, the biggest challenge is adjusting to working with the ribbon yarn. If I were making a second one, I would use the yarn from the outside of the ball, rather than pulling from the center, and you’ll have an easier time of things if you resist the urge to pull your stitches tight.

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