Friday, June 29, 2012

 

Knitting and Spinning and Weaving, Oh My!

There's so much going on in the fiber world this summer!

Knitting:
Have you seen the Color Affection KAL that we've been doing in the shop and in our shop Ravelry group?  There have been some fantastic shawls being knit (and finished too!).  We've had such a good time that we're going to have another one starting July 13th - We are going to participate in the Stephen West Mystery Shawl KAL.  Click here to find out more information on this fun KAL.  (Link will bring you to our Ravelry group).


Spinning:
Tomorrow is the start of the Tour de Fleece.  For those that are wondering what I'm talking about, the TdF is a spinning event that corresponds with the Tour de France bike race.  You set your own goals, and spin during the length of the bike race!  You should set a goal that will be somewhat of a challenge, even if it is to spin for 15 minutes a day.  
Do you have your fiber prepped and ready to spin?  
My goal is to spin up a sweaters worth of yarn in a cream colored BFL wool.  I plied and soaked my test skein this morning and should be ready to go tomorrow.

(For those that are participating, I have a winding station set up in the shop if you need to wind off some of your singles onto storage bobbins.)

Weaving:
We have two weaving classes on the schedule in July.  One is an introduction into Rigid Heddle Weaving for those that have never touched a loom before.  Don't have a loom, but you're interested in giving this a try to see if you even like weaving?  Don't worry, we have rental looms available.  
For those that have warped their looms and have done basic weave structures on their loom, but are asking what else they can do with their loom, we have a lace scarf weaving class on the schedule.  Make yourself a stunning lace scarf for summer and fall, and get those looms warped up!


With so much going on this summer, we're opening up more "Open Knitting/Spinning Sessions".  Join us Sundays from 1 -3 or Thursday evenings from 6 - 8 to get in some quality spinning or knitting time!  Of course, SPATS (SPinning At The Shop) meets the first and 3rd Monday of every month too from 6 - 8 for some great spinning time.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

 

Summertime = Weaving time!

Have you walked into the shop and noticed the looms that we have in the front?  Are you intrigued, but don't know where to start?

We have another Beginning Weaving Class on the schedule in July!  Learn how to warp your rigid heddle loom and see how fast you can weave a beautiful scarf!

Don't have a loom, but are still interested?  We have a limited amount of looms that we rent out for the class.   If you decide after the end of class that you would like to purchase one, the rental price goes towards the price of your loom!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

 

Misc. and Assorted!

Once again, it appears that I've been neglecting the shop blog!  My apologies!

So, let's start in with the new goodies that have arrived in the past week or so......

The latest arrival is Knit.Wear Magazine.  

This is a special publication from Interweave Press and has some very knittable and wearable patterns in it!  As we were paging through it on the arrival day, we were all oohing and aahing over many of the patterns inside.  I especially love the cover sweater - inside they show different ways of wearing it.....so cute.  









Are your hands taking a beating this summer with gardening, housework, knitting and spinning (our priorities, right?) and other things.  Brought to you by the makers of Soak woolwash, we have Handmaid.  Your hands do a lot for you - take care of them!

We also have a new yarn and spinning fiber in the shop from someone local!  All For Love Of Yarn is here!  

We have two types of her fingering weight hand dyed sock yarns, and three different blends of her spinning fiber.  I have one of her braids on my wheel at the shop and it spins up so nicely!  Her colors are breathtaking!  

And speaking of spinning.......The Tour de Fleece is right around the corner.  It starts on Saturday, June 30th.  I have a thread started in the Ravelry Tour de Fleece group - please join in and let us know what you plan on spinning for the Tour.  Do you know what your goal is going to be?  

If you're in the market for a spinning wheel, our Louet Julia that we have had for a floor model is available for purchase!  This wheel normally retails for $750.00, and ours is priced at $600.00.  The lazy kate and 4 bobbins also are included in the price.  Let me know if you have any questions!

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

 

Whoops!

I sent our June newsletter out today (you can view it here), but forgot to add one of our new classes!

We have a great sweater class that was just added to the class schedule -

The Gnarled Oak Cardigan - details and sign ups can be found here.

We have a sample in the shop, so come on in and try it on!

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

 

It's a Good Week in Deliveries!

We've been keeping UPS and Fed Ex hoppin' so far this week!  

The ever favorite Classic Elite Liberty Wool Print's new colorways for June arrived today!  

We have Rosy Autumn and Bronze Sky.  Just to remind everyone, this is a nice soft, superwash wool, with a recommended gauge of 5 stitches per inch on US #7 needles.  I've used it numerous times, in a cardigan for me, a baby sweater (sample is on display), and a scarf - it knits up wonderfully.  
As always, when we receive a new colorway, we always receive new patterns each month that we can pass along to our customers with the purchase of the yarn.  This month, the patterns are an adult cardigan and an adult pullover.  I have a feeling that the cardigan will be on my needles very soon!

We also had another delivery today with a great new book!  I know, I know, I'm always talking about new books.....BUT, this one has some GREAT patterns!  

Essentially Feminine Knits comes to us from Interweave Press.  There are 25 patterns and honestly, they are all Knit-Worthy (if you know what I mean!).  The book is divided up into sections:  Garter Stitch Patterns (lovely patterns), Leaf (I love leaf motifs) Patterns, Structure Patterns, Cable Patterns and Lace Patterns.  There are cardigans, tops, scarves, hats, mittens and more.  For you spinners - many of these patterns I could see being knit out of handspun (if you're still looking for a TdF and Ravelypics combo project) including a very cute, cabled short vest!  

I know a copy of this book will be leaving the shop today with me!  It's that good. 



Monday, June 4, 2012

 

June?????

Isn't it CRAZY that it's JUNE? 
I don't know where the spring went, and here we are, unofficially into Summer!

It's a good thing that we're still receiving some great yarns, books and fiber for our summer crafting -


Late last week we received some gorgeous batts from Hello Purl.  These are super fun, and super colorful!  Some will spin up in a more textured yarn and some smooth, but they're clearly marked.  They are also made from a variety of fibers, including various wools, silks, angelina, and more.  Can you say "Eye Candy"?

We also received a few more books for our book shelves:
- Scarlet by Kim Hargreaves features 21 classic designs.
- Knit Socks for All Seasons by Stephanie van der Linden has 20 all-new patterns, instructions, and great photos and charts.  
- The Sock Knitter's Handbook by Charlene Schurch and Beth Parrott features expert advice, tips, tricks and instructions for all yoru sock knitting needs.  

.....and we also received a new yarn from Rowan called Creative Linen.  This is a blend of 50% cotton and 50% linen which is great for those summer tanks, tops and cardigans.  It would also make up into a great market bag for the beach or farmer's market this summer!  The 100 gram hank has 219 yards with a recommended gauge of 5.25 stitches per inch on a US #7 needle.  

Good thing summer is just starting!  I have LOTS of knitting and spinning to get done!



 

SPATS Tonight!

Don't forget, tonight is SPATS!  Starts at 6 tonight. 

For those of you wondering what SPATS is, it stands for SPinning At The Shop.  Bring in your wheel, drop spindle, fiber (or pick some up at the shop - one of the new batts that we just received would be fun), and get an hour or two of spinning time in! 

And, as always, there is no fee!