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14 May 2019

It always seems impossible, until it's done

Hi there,

Last week I had just cast on the front of a Triton sweater in dk weight yarn. Tubular cast on, size 4 needles, 6 rows done -- a fairly time consuming effort, without much to show for it. My husband saw it sitting on the table at breakfast. "Pretty yarn," he said, "what's it going to be?"

"A sweater," I answered.

He sort of chuckled and said, "I guess you have to start somewhere."

Yup. We do. We have to start somewhere. My husband knows I can and will do this. He's seen me knit hundreds of things, and he's seen me wear dozens of sweaters that I have knit. But for some reason, this particular project seemed especially daunting to him. Maybe he's just never seen my projects at their very start, which sounds ridiculous, but is possible. More likely, he just never pays attention to what I'm knitting until it's actually well on its way to being a thing. It's like that for non-knitters. They recognize only that in the beginning there is yarn and then Poof there is a knitted thing. It's the Poof part that separates continue reading

Going on and coming up

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Super excited to welcome Michele, The Yankee Dyer, to the shop this Saturday. Michele has a wonderful sense of color and a variety of interesting bases that you'll enjoy. Don't miss her newest base with a touch of silk.

Saturday, 10 am -- 4 pm

Melissa KAL

Summer top Knitalong - Melissa by Claudia Wersing

A perfect summer sweater in a perfect summer yarn - Melissa is worked top down, in the round with a lace inset at the raglan line. Very pretty, especially in Pollock, Juniper Moon's new crisp silk-linen yarn.

Knitalong with Ginni Friday afternoons. She's working the pattern and has taken some notes to make the pattern easier to understand and follow so you'll be successful. Get started now and have a stunning new garment before summer gets here!

Sign up for the Knitalong here

Stop by the shop, or order your Pollock here

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Thursday is the new Friday, right? Start your weekend off right with a fun evening at the shop. Bring your project and join us. There's good wine, good conversation, and good friends. Click here for more info or to let us know you're coming

beginning socks keidi

Socks - everyone wants to knit them - they're fun, and fast, and a great way to learn tons of skills and techniques that will help you in your everyday knitting. They're perfect summertime projects you can tuck in your bag and have with with you on the go. They're wonderful gifts for the knitworthy.

Keidi has been knitting socks for quite a while and has been Jenny's star student in all of the advanced sock classes. I'm thrilled she's agreed to teach this class -- she's patient and kind, and lots of fun. Sign up soon because this class is going to fill up fast. Click here for more info and to register

Cocoknits Method Class

Learn to knit sweaters the Cocoknits Way

June 15 we're offering the Cocoknits Sweater Workshop class. We will be working Emma, the beautiful basic Cocoknits design that shows you everything you need to know to knit a sweater from the top down with set in sleeves that actually fits and flatters.

I'm working my version in Gedifra Elba, a smooth cotton yarn. Because Elba is a tape yarn, it lies flat in your fabric so although it's a chunky gauge, you won't find it thick or heavy. I'm also adding a few twists to make my summer Emma extra breezy for the warm weather. Join me for this fun day-long class that includes a light lunch. More info here.

Hand-dye workshop

Want to try your hand at dyeing yarn? Of course you do - who doesn't? Well, this is your opportunity. I've asked Angela Harkness, the lovely and talented artist behind Willow Tree Yarns, to lead a workshop in which you'll create a skein of your very-own hand dyed yarn. She'll give you the instruction and guidance on the dyeing solid, variegated, and tonal yarns. After all the cooking, continue reading for more info and to sign up

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Jenny, queen of top-down, in the round sweaters has found her latest love - Dusty Road, a sweet summer sweater with lacy accents, by Carol Feller.

Jenny is using our new Ashlawn Cotton from Cestari, a local yarn company.
Monticello is made from Virginia cotton and touch of Virginia wool, kettle dyed at their little farm in Staunton, VA (where we're having our retreat this year!). You'll love the sophisticated marled colors and soft hand.

Join Jenny Sunday, May 5th to kick off the Dusty Road Knitalong. The group will meet every other Sunday and Monday nights too. Come join the fun!

Strong spirit

Strong Spirit

Strong Spirit Knitalong

This beautiful sweater is a quick knit in shimmery Sunshine. Worked with three skeins of the main color and one skein of each of two contrasting colors. The sample is white with light and dark gray, but how fun would it be in navy, light gray, and white -- or red, taupe, and black. Soooo many fun options! Come choose your colors, or you can order them online here

Get all 23 patterns in the Wooladdicts #2 Spring Collection or order the single pattern here on Ravelry

Join Gina to get started Sundays starting April 28th at 1:30 Gina is also in Thursday nights from 6-8, so join her then as well!

Retreat 2019 Staunton

Join the gang this year for our annual retreat to beautiful Staunton, VA. Nestled in the Shenandoah Valley in between the Blue Ridge and Allegheny Mountains of the Appalachian Mountains, Staunton is home to a vibrant cultural scene with lots of art and food offerings. The highlight of our trip is a special private tour of Cestari Farms with owner, Francis Chester.
We'll enjoy a lovely catered lunch at the farm and have an opportunity to see first hand how a small wool production operation works.

July 19-21, 2019. Click here for more information and to register.

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