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7 May 2019

The price of perfection

Hi there,

I talk a lot about how nice it is that we can go back and fix our knitting. It's awesome that we can rip back as many times as we like, but there is a cost. Depending on the nature of the yarn, how we knit, and how we rip there is wear and a certain amount of structural damage to the fiber. You'll see it right away on fuzzy fabrics like mohair, and you'll see it plenty soon on softly spun fibers. So, it's important to know whether the mistake you're going back to fix is worth going back and fixing. If it's a glaring error that will prevent you from wearing the item, absolutely fix it.

Something that will impact the long term integrity of the fabric like a split stitch, by all means, fix it. But if it's a little something that maybe only you can see -- probably better to just leave it, learn from it, and move on. continue reading

Going on and coming up

For Mothers' Day weekend, isn't it fitting that we would be hosting Baad Mom Yarns! I think you'll enjoy meeting Melanie, the Baad Mom, and seeing her colorful creations with a Celtic flair. Melanie will be here Saturday only - we're closed Sunday so all the other Baad moms can be home and relax, so don't miss your chance!

Saturday, 10 am -2 pm

Spring Fling 2019 1

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!

summer K1s2

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

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

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.

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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