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15 January 2019

Your brain on knitting

Thisis your brain on knitting

Hi there,

Sally Melville, is one wise woman. A pioneering knitwear designer, Sally's mantra is "knit what you wear and wear what you knit" I love the way she teaches, the way she writes, and the way she thinks. She spent a number of years at Canada's University of Waterloo teaching study skills and she has done some wonderful work on learning and remembering. In studying how to study, one of the things she addressed was how the two sides of our brain function. Everyone is familiar with the analytical left brain/creative right brain concept, and specifically how our left brains are the controllers, keeping pesky irrationality at bay.

Certainly, our left brains serve us well in our daily life. Our left brain is careful, analytical, and precise. It knows and follows the rules and keeps irrational fears from paralyzing us. And it is where language continue reading

All the fun things going on!


Fabulous Cardigan for now and later

A perfect and pretty way to start the new year is this swingy cardigan. If you love an all in one piece construction, this is right up your alley. With angled fronts and an easy lace motif on the back, this sweater is stylish and flattering. We're using a beautiful alpaca yarn that adds to the drape on this garment. Melissa, our No Plain Jane pro will be leading this knitalong Saturday afternoons at 2 pm through February 9th. Jump in anytime!

Stay Soft

Are you the kind of person who reads the last page of a book first? Just can't stand not knowing how it all comes out?I get it. So, instead of a mystery knit, Mary is doing a Certainty Shawl Knitalong. It'll still be fun but you'll know how it all comes out before you start, so you know you'll like it. You fast knitters can read ahead and work ahead if you like.

The pattern is Stay Soft by Veera Välimäki, who brought us the wildly popular Color Affection Shawl. Stay soft is easy and fun in a two-color garter stitch stripe and a sweet almost ruffled edge. The yarn is continue reading

Mindfulness retreat

Join us for a wonderful, refreshing mini-retreat with yoga instructor MaryEllen Steveling. This is a day for you. It is a day to learn about and practice mindfulness, awareness, and gratitude through yoga, knitting, and journaling. While knitting was touted some years back as the new yoga. I think that's perhaps pushing it a bit, but knitting, yoga, and journaling are definitely linked. Yoga is an ancient practice widely recognized for its ability to soothe and create a sensation of peace. Knitting has much the same ability to create calm, put you in a relaxed state, and open your mind more info and to register

Our selection for this month is Educated, by Tara Westover. It's the gripping story of a young girl living in a separatist family in rural Idaho. I don't want to spoil it for you, I won't say much about the plot, but it is a fascinating glimpse into an alien lifestyle. At times, it's hard to hear what happens to the various family members, and even harder to accept that this is a memoir of the real life of a survivor. Beautifully and honestly written, it's poignant, frightening, and in the end, continue reading
Please note that this month is a little off our usual schedule of the last Wednesday of the month. Please Join us Wednesday, January 23rd - details

brioche hat

Brioche is everywhere, and no wonder - it's soft, stretchy, and dowright squooshy -- and worked in two colors, it seems almost magical. Ginni introduced the basics of brioche last year, and this fun knitalong is for knitters who want to take the next step with brioche. You'll begin with a basic in-the-round brioche, but because it's a hat, you'll be decreasing - not that hard, but a little tricky, so the comfort ant security of a knitalong is perfect. Join us for the continue reading

Ginni s Dryad

Wrap your love - or yourself- up in this cozy cabled scarf that's big enough to be a shawl. Ginni will show you the ins and outs of this cable pattern that's interesting and fun to knit. The yarn is Cestari Mt. Vernon merino, grown and spun right next door in the mountains of Virginia. Read more and sign up to get started February First Friday

Mary with crocheted afghan

Always wanted to learn to crochet? Or maybe you used to know how and want to get back into it. This is the class to get you going! Mary will give you all the basics as you start this beautiful and fun afghan. You'll be using gorgeous Noro Ito, a wonderfully colorful yarn that really shows off your stitches and keeps you interested in the project as continue

Valentine Party 2018

Join us for a fun party at Elements Eatery on Saturday, February 9th. We'll have a project show and share, with a special selection of treats prepared just for us. Afterwards, Chef Robert Plant will do a demonstration showing us how to temper chocolate and how to do chocolate dipped fruit and other goodies

Wear or bring your proudest knitting accomplishments and share them with us. You'll never find a more appreciative audience! more info and to register

Learn Fair Isle and Lace Forensics

We're thrilled to welcome designer and teacher, Tanis Gray to Crazy for Ewe February 22-23, 2019. Tanis' designs have been featured in Vogue Knitting, Interweave Knits, Knit Scene, Vogue Knitting books, and more. She is best known for her work in Fair Isle and lace, and now you have the opportunity to learn from her, first more info

map and ship

You still have a chance to join me on a fabulous Viking River Cruise through the Bordeaux region of France - home of legendary castles, chateaux, and wine. I'm not big cruise ship kinda girl, but this is a small, luxury ship built for the Gironde, a very small waterway where the Dordogne and Garonne Rivers meet. I've always wanted to do a trip like this -- it's going to be amazing! We'll have beautiful sights, delicious food, and legendary wine. If you are thinking of signing up, there is still space. Please contact Shirley at Cole Travel to see what cabins are available and to make sure you get our
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