Tuesday, May 02, 2006

I got pics!

Ok, here are some pictures -- FINALLY. ;)
This first one is the moebius bag that I'm doing a class on this Month. This is the little guy NOT felted. It stays up *much* better once it's felted. Which is the second picture. Ah. The one on the left is Arucana Nature Wool doubled and the one to the right is knit up single strand. Both on size 10.5 Addi Turbo - 60". This is a great illustration, folks, about gauge. The one on left was done to gauge, the one on right not. :) We thought this would be a both a good demo for next month's gauge class and also to show how they feel different if knit single or double stranded and then felted. Either way, we love 'em both.

Now, here we have a sweater. The pics came out terrible. The one on the left is the full thing. It fits me, although it barely gets to my waist (I *swear* it did before I bound off!! argh). It has one fat cable down each sleeve and one down the center chest. The neck is a crochet shell all around. The wrists are a good 2.5 inches of k2p2 ribbing as is the bottom. It is out of Plymouth's Alpaca Boucle and I LOVE it. I wore nearly daily back when it was still cool. Ah, the fond memories of NOT sweating. ;) The second photo is a close up of a sleeve and the cable. I hope. The flash did as much good as not sadly. Let's face it. I'm not great at this picture stuff. :)

Now these lovely dears are the pair of socks I made for my man. They are mainly Lola, by Schaeffer yarns, which is hand dyed and each skein unique. The cuffs, heels and toes are Cascade 220 superwash black. The leg is a whopping 10" of k2p2. Do you remember I don't like ribbing? I don't, but my love does. Ah well. Anyway, I knit them both at the same time on my trusty size 2 Addi Turbo 60" using the Crazy Toes and Heels method -- my fav. :)

In addition, I finished, yes FINISHED the Cascade pearls sweater. And I got to wear for one day -- well, the car ride home from work -- and then it was too hot to wear again. Sigh. Finished it Friday. I'll get a pic up as soon as I, ahem, take one. ;)

More later, and until then HAPPY KNITTING and CROCHETING! Remember -- this is THE time to start Holiday gifts. You'll be sorry later if you don't start soon! We all remember previous years and they weren't pretty.


Yarn Shoppe Newsletter May 2006

Welcome to Yarn Shoppe’s Newsletter! Within you shall find advance notice of items about to hit the Sales Baskets, and news about new patterns, classes and other assorted goodies.

Can you find the SALE Yarn of the Moment? It moves about rather randomly. At the moment I am typing, it is a great fashion yarn called Stars. It’s very soft, with a hint of sparkle, and an overall fun eyelash to add pizzazz to a garment, or to make entire garments.

What’s new?
We have a new super wash cashmere blend, Ksar by Bouton d‘Or, out on the shelves. It is SO yummy to work with. We also have a few new fashion yarns -- eyelashes with lots of sparkle or soft fun -- Wink and Hairy respectively, by Dark Horse. Then we have Marble by SR Kertzer, a variegated acrylic yarn great for babies, afghans, or the wool-allergic you love. There is also a great new cotton-blend tape, Papagena, which Chrisanne is knitting up into an awesome summer/spring sweater. And perhaps one or two more . . . But those you have to come in to learn about (like a really soft, really bulky baby yarn)!

We also have a few new books -- Pursenalities and Pursenalities Plus -- both of which just beg you to knit up a new bag. Then 220 Projects for Cascade 220 is a great idea book and is just what is says it is -- 220 projects for worsted weight yarn. This is sure to be a basic book in your knitting library.

In the accessory world, we are getting in a new knit check gauge, by Nancy’s Knit Knacks, a great plastic gauge that measures from 000 up to size 35!! And this is supposed to be an extremely accurate gauge.

This is the time to start thinking about beginning your Holiday Knitting -- before it’s too hot to think!! (Pippin will be getting something in Ksar -- but, hush, he doesn’t know about it yet.)

May Class: This class is separated in TWO parts, second of which is optional.
Thursday Class: May 25th, June 1st from 2-4 pm
Saturday Class (repeat of Thursdays) May 27th, June 3rd from 10-12. **Please note that our social Knit Togethers are from 2-5 and are not conducive to lesson time, and so class stops at noon.**

Prerequisites: Familiarity with knitting, purling and circular needles
You need: Cat Bordhi’s A Second Treasury of Magical Knitting is a required text. Addi Turbo needles, 40-60” and a 16“, are highly recommended. Come in BEFORE the class to choose yarn and get gauge!

Moebius! Yes, Briony loves these things and is having a go at the magic Felted Moebius Baskets. Join her in exploring the fun of these one-sided wonders. The main trick to these darlings is the cast-on, and so that is what we will be focusing on. The rest is simple knitting. Therefore, the second class will be optional and available for those who want more help. You need to be comfortable with knitting, purling and circular needles.

This class has 2 parts, one of which is optional. Cat Bordhi’s A Second Treasury of Magical Knitting is a required text. Addi Turbo needles, 40-60” and a 16“, are highly recommended (although if you can do the “Magic Loop“ only one needle is needed).

Nancy’s Knit Knacks New Needle & Hook Gauge
Image from http://www.nancysknitknacks.com/

June Class Gauge and Adjusting Pattern Gauge! This class is FREE !!!

Thursday Class: June 22nd from 2-4 pm
Saturday Class (repeat of Thursdays) June 24th from 10-12. **Please note that our social Knit Togethers are from 2-5 and are not conducive to lesson time, and so class stops at noon.**

Prerequisites: You need to be comfortable with knitting, purling.
You need: Needles, yarn. A completed swatch is very good. Better: several sizes of needles and weights of yarn!

Learn to figure out the mysteries of gauge. Learn to see if you are “on gauge”. Learn to achieve gauge. And . . . Learn to adjust pattern gauge so you can change yarn weights from those suggested in the pattern, or make a different size that those listed on the pattern. This is the main secret to sweaters that actually FIT! And remember . . . This class is FREE of charge!!!!

Do you have a suggestion or wish to have a certain class? Let us know!
Knit togethers! As always, Saturday afternoons from 2-5pm are our Knit togethers, where people of all ages and levels of experience are welcome to come together and knit or crochet while socializing. We hope to see you there!

Birthdays! Did you know that if you come in on your Birthday you get 10% off? It’s our way of celebrating the day with you.

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