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29 January 2019

You've got to taste it

You have to taste it

Hi there,

My husband and I had the Saturday all to ourselves as Colton was spending the weekend in DC with Johnny. Friday was a pretty wild time with me and Malcolm falling asleep around 7:30 on (or near) the sofa. But Saturday was a trip to Fredericksburg, and when in Fredericksburg, a stop at Wegman's is non-negotiable. I love everything about this store, but it's the cheese counter that calls to me most. Cheese, like wine, is a fascinating living product with a million varieties, each with its unique characteristics. Even after all these years of loving cheese, I still tend to the kinds I know because they're safe. But I want to know continue reading

All the fun things going on!


Fabulous Cardigan for now and later

A perfect and pretty way to start the new year is this swingy cardigan. If you love an all in one piece construction, this is right up your alley. With angled fronts and an easy lace motif on the back, this sweater is stylish and flattering. We're using a beautiful alpaca yarn that adds to the drape on this garment. Melissa, our No Plain Jane pro will be leading this knitalong Saturday afternoons at 2 pm through February 9th. Jump in anytime!

Stay Soft

Are you the kind of person who reads the last page of a book first? Just can't stand not knowing how it all comes out?I get it. So, instead of a mystery knit, Mary is doing a Certainty Shawl Knitalong. It'll still be fun but you'll know how it all comes out before you start, so you know you'll like it. You fast knitters can read ahead and work ahead if you like.

The pattern is Stay Soft by Veera Välimäki, who brought us the wildly popular Color Affection Shawl. Stay soft is easy and fun in a two-color garter stitch stripe and a sweet almost ruffled edge. The yarn is continue reading

Northeasterly KAL

Got scraps? Leftover fingering weight yarn? This is the project for you - use up all those lovely bits in this fun modular project. Turn those leftovers into a scarf, a shawl, or even a baby blanket - you don't even have to decide right away. Just work your strips, joining them as you knit -- did you catch that - no seaming!

Join Jenny, the Spectacular Sock Lady, for this fun knitalong. She'll be kicking it off January 23rd, but you can jump in anytime. more info and to sign up

February Book Club


Unsheltered - the latest from Barbara Kingsolver

Our selection for this February is Unsheltered, by Barbara Kingsolver.

Author of The Poisonwood Bible, Kingsolver landed her newest book on the top of every major media outlets best book list. Unsheltered asks the question, "How could two hardworking people do everything right in life, a woman asks, and end up destitute?" Please Join us Wednesday, February 27th for a lively discussion details

brioche hat

Brioche is everywhere, and no wonder - it's soft, stretchy, and dowright squooshy -- and worked in two colors, it seems almost magical. Ginni introduced the basics of brioche last year, and this fun knitalong is for knitters who want to take the next step with brioche. You'll begin with a basic in-the-round brioche, but because it's a hat, you'll be decreasing - not that hard, but a little tricky, so the comfort ant security of a knitalong is perfect. Join us for the continue reading

Ginni s Dryad

Wrap your love - or yourself- up in this cozy cabled scarf that's big enough to be a shawl. Ginni will show you the ins and outs of this cable pattern that's interesting and fun to knit. The yarn is Cestari Mt. Vernon merino, grown and spun right next door in the mountains of Virginia. Read more and sign up to get started February First Friday

Mary with crocheted afghan

Always wanted to learn to crochet? Or maybe you used to know how and want to get back into it. This is the class to get you going! Mary will give you all the basics as you start this beautiful and fun afghan. You'll be using gorgeous Noro Ito, a wonderfully colorful yarn that really shows off your stitches and keeps you interested in the project as continue

Valentine Party 2018

Join us for a fun party at Elements Eatery on Saturday, February 9th. We'll have a project show and share, with a special selection of treats prepared just for us. Afterwards, Chef Robert Plant will do a demonstration showing us how to temper chocolate and how to do chocolate dipped fruit and other goodies

Wear or bring your proudest knitting accomplishments and share them with us. You'll never find a more appreciative audience! more info and to register

Learn Fair Isle and Lace Forensics

We're thrilled to welcome designer and teacher, Tanis Gray to Crazy for Ewe February 22-23, 2019. Tanis' designs have been featured in Vogue Knitting, Interweave Knits, Knit Scene, Vogue Knitting books, and more. She is best known for her work in Fair Isle and lace, and now you have the opportunity to learn from her, first more info

map and ship

You still have a chance to join me on a fabulous Viking River Cruise through the Bordeaux region of France - home of legendary castles, chateaux, and wine. I'm not big cruise ship kinda girl, but this is a small, luxury ship built for the Gironde, a very small waterway where the Dordogne and Garonne Rivers meet. I've always wanted to do a trip like this -- it's going to be amazing! We'll have beautiful sights, delicious food, and legendary wine. If you are thinking of signing up, there is still space. Please contact Shirley at Cole Travel to see what cabins are available and to make sure you get our
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