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30 April 2019

Hockey and knitting? Really?

Hi there,
When my friend selected Beartown, a book about hocky, for our book club, I was pretty sure I would hate it. I ordered it anyway, because that's what you do when you're in a book club. You read the stupid book even though you know you're going to hate it. But sometimes you're wrong. In tiny Beartown, on the outskirts of nowhere, there is an ice hockey club on which the town has pinned all of its hopes and dreams. Through this fierce sport Frederik Backman dives deep into each character, pulling you in as he gently unfolds their world and their reason for needing hockey like they need air. Backman tells a powerful story not just about hockey, but about life - which is kind of the same thing in Beartown.

The coach, David, thinks at one point, how hard he has tried to keep the hockey world separate from the outside world for his players. Outside, real life is frightening and complicated, but inside the rink, things are straightforward and comprehensible. He knows that if he hadn't kept the two worlds apart, with all the crap these boys had to deal with, they'd have been broken a long time ago. continue reading

Going on and coming up


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 Monticello 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.

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Dusty road
Cowl Shell

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. Melissa is using using Rustic Silk, a lightweight silk yarn with beautiful tonal colors. You could also choose beautiful Pollock. Join Melissa Saturdays starting April 27th at 2 pm

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!

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Noro Party spring 2019

The Noro Spring Event is finally coming! We have the garments from the latest issue and other beautiful things in the spring and summer Noro. We always think of Noro as winter, but they've really upped their summer game with soft organic cottons and silky rayon blends. Come see and taste the new summer Noro. Register here

Cocoknits Method Class 3

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.

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Francis Cestari

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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