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12 March 2019

6 things to know about cotton yarn

Hi there,

Here comes spring, and with it the plant-based fibers so many of us love to hate. Sunday in the shop, Bonnie, a ten-year old new knitter, was practicing her knitting. Her stitches were perfect, but she was struggling against her yarn. It was dishcloth cotton, which is no treat to use. She soldiered on valiantly, but you could tell it wasn't much fun. Because my goal is to create a hoard of dedicated new knitters -- I couldn't possibly sit by and watch this lovely child get frustrated and lose interest in knitting simply because she was fighting with her materials. I swapped her dishcloth cotton out for a soft, more loosely spun cotton, and pretty soon she looked up and proclaimed it to be much easier now! Yeah Bonnie!

That's because there's cotton, and then there's cotton. I wrote a post about cotton several years ago that I've re-posted here to explain what I mean.

Cotton yarn is different from wool, that's for sure, and cotton sometimes gets a bad rap. The cotton yarn you'll find at the big box store feels like string and you wouldn't want to wear it against your skin, let alone spend hours knitting with it. But not all cotton is like that. Good cotton feel silky smooth and is a pleasure to knit. Here are some facts about cotton that will help you understand continue

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Wooladdicts Trunk Show and Yarn Tasting

Wooladdicts, the stunning new line that captured everyone's attention last fall has introduced its spring line with two beautiful new yarns -- Sunshine and Happiness! Both beautiful cottons, each with its own special appeal, and lots of chic new patterns too.

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Nightshift has been a super popular project, but I think our version is the best. Keidi, who knit the shop sample in 7 different colors of Kureyon, has graciously accepted my invitation to get everyone started on your own Kureyon Nightshift. It's a fun project that looks complicated, but is actually pretty easy, using slipped stitches to create the intricate color work. There's even a neat i-cord knit right along for a smooth edge.

Join us Friday, March 22nd 5-7 pm
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Spring Mystery Knit

Mary has a brand new, wild and fun mystery knit for you starting April 12th. The project is a shawl featuring Silk Degrade, a beautiful gradient yarn in 100% silk. This mystery knit includes beautiful coordinating beads, and I guarantee it's like nothing you've ever knit before. There will be ten weekly clues, so you shouldn't have any trouble keeping up!

We have a limited number of kits available, so when they go on sale next week, be sure to pick yours up right away!

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Cowl Shell Knitalong

Melissa of the Flying Feathers fame is back for a new spring knitalong of the Cowl Shell. This is a beautiful and timeless sweater that flatters a the feminine form and takes advantage of the kinds of yarns we love for warmer weather.

Worked in the round up to the armholes, with a lovely draping neckline created by German short rows, this is a quick project and a fun knit. I can see this becoming a wardrobe staple to wear under a jacket for work or on its own. Might need on in every color. We're using Rustic Silk, a lightweight silk yarn with beautiful tonal colors.
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NSL036 Kureyon lace trimmed pullover

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Gina loves this stunning sweater that's been featured in our front window, and you will too! Kureyon is a beautiful fun yarn. Japanese for Crayon, it makes you happy just looking at it. Get started on this easy sweater with Gina Wednesday evenings 6 to 8 starting February 27th. Stop by and choose your color of Kureyon!


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Love to crochet? Join us for a fun CrochetAlong to work this lovely shawl in Louisa Harding's new yarn, Giardino, a beautiful multicolored cotton blend. We rarely see great looking variegated cotton, so we grabbed this as soon as we saw it. The colors look amazing in this crochet stitch pattern, and it's such a cute design. Come by the shop and pick up your yarn, or order it on line through the link below.

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Our selection for this March is The Last Painting of Sara de Vos, by Sarah Crichton.

In 1631, Sara de Vos is admitted as a master painter to the Guild of St. Luke's in Holland, the first woman to be so recognized. Three hundred years later, only one work attributed to de Vos is known to remain - a haunting winter scene, At the Edge of a Wood, which hangs over the bed of a wealthy descendant of the original owner. An Australian grad student, Ellie Shipley, struggling to stay afloat in New York, agrees to paint a forgery of the landscape, a decision that will haunt her. Because now, half a century later, she's curating an exhibit of female Dutch painters, and both versions threaten to arrive.

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