14 July 2015 Ugly Sweaters This cartoon makes me laugh. And then it makes me cry. Not really, but it is sad that hand knit sweaters have such a bad

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14 July 2015

Ugly Sweaters

Garfield ugly sweater

This cartoon makes me laugh. And then it makes me cry. Not really, but it is sad that hand knit sweaters have such a bad a rap. The image of the ugly, ill-fitting sweater is powerful. Wonky parts, garish colors, and itchy fibers. And oh, the guilt as you thank the well-meaning someone who knitted it just for you. The ugly sweater even has its own TV trope. It's an exaggeration, but not a wild one. Let's look at the four aspects of an ugly sweater:

Poor materials. As with anything, your finished product is only as good as the ingredients you put into it. Cheap yarn is, well, cheap. Low grade acrylic yarn [Continue reading(http://www.crazyforewe.com/blogs/newsletter/35776516-ugly-sweaters)

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Quicksilver

Quicksilver - perfect for summer

July First Friday project - Quicksilver

July First Friday was a blast - we had a great time around the table with our July First Friday KAL, Quicksilver. the rain held off, and we enjoyed live music by The Blue-Eyed Blues.

It's not too late to get in on Quicksilver, a beautiful and colorful wrap in three colors. Fun to knit, and perfect for summer. I'm suggesting Hempathy because it''s great for summer wear, and because its fabulous color range gives that you have all sorts of stunning combinations. So, come choose your palette and get started with us. Friday afternoons, 3-5 p.m.

Free

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ZickZack scarf knit along meets Thursdays

ZickZack Knit Along - meets Thursdays

We kicked off this a gorgeous scarf project last week,and wow - what fun! It looks really complicated, but it's just a simple combination of increases and decreases. The secret is in the yarn, Millie Colori Baby, a fabulous self-striping yarn with fast color shifts. Two skeins each of two colorways produces a fabulous Missoni-style accessory. The pattern is a free Ravelry download from designer Christy Kamm.

Choose your colors here, or come by the shop and join us as we kick off our knit along for this fun and addictive accessory! Thursdays, June 11th 3-5 p.m.

More info and to sign up here

Free.

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12 September -- Save the date

The St. Mary's Arts Council, in conjunction with the Leonardtown Arts and Entertainment District is hosting a fabulous day of art workshops. Painting, bead crochet, shadow knitting, poetry, needle felting, and much more! The very best artists from Southern Maryland and beyond are coming together to teach and share. Class for all skill levels - beginner and advanced. Details to follow, but plan to be in Leonardtown because this is a tremendous opportunity, and you don't want to miss it!

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