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1 May 2018

Learning, memory, and talking to yourself

underthe fence

Every good boy does fine, Kings prefer chocolate over fudge generally speaking, Roy G. Biv. These crazy nonsensical phrases are all a type of mnemonic device that helped me remember things I had to learn in school. The notes of a treble staff, the 7 levels of biological taxonomy, and the colors of light in the visible spectrum. None of these lists has been particularly useful to me as an adult, but still I remember them 40 or more years later. Even now when I need to think about upcoming months, I hear myself thinking, Thirty days, hath September... That's how powerful, and useful, mnemonic devices are.

If you've taken beginning knitting with me, you are probably laughing and thinking to yourself, Under the fence; Catch the sheep; Back you go, and Off you leap. Some students love the rhyme and say it over and over as they knit. Sometimes they feel silly at first, but it really works. Students who more

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Sock U - Two-at-a-Time Toe Up

Jenny likes to knit her socks from the toe up, and if you've tried it with her on worsted weight, you probably do too. As you know, toe up socks let you use every last yard of your beautiful sock yarn without fear of running out. And you'll probably love not having to end the lovely sock knitting process by grafting that toe. Am I right?

If you've done the toe-up worsted weight class with Jenny, or if you're already a sock knitter and want to try it from the toe up, or if you're already working toe up but want to learn two-at-a-time, this class is More info and to register


Maras Lookalike Knitalong

The beautiful Peruvian Connection catalog arrived in my mailbox recently, and I fell in love with their Maras Cardigan. I knew it would be easy enough to knit, and sure enough, I found a great Amy Herzog design that would be a perfect copycat. We'll knit ours in beautiful self-striping Medina. I'm going to start mine Saturday, May 12th at 1:30. Want to knit along? I'll share with you some of the mods I plan to make so that my sweater will look just like Maras.

Join me for a fun afternoon to get started. It's going to be tons of fun! Click here for more info.

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Stash Series - Sweater Quantity

Stash Series - Sweater Quantity

The first in our Stash Series, What to do with what you've got, this class is about Sweater Quantity Stash. In this class we'll look at many multiple skeins of one yarn, commonly referred to as sweater quantities. So often we buy yarn without really having a plan, or we buy with a plan and then plans change. Maybe you realized that you don't actually enjoy knitting lace or cables, or maybe you found out that you just don't like working at that gauge. It happens. It's okay. Things change, but you can adapt, and we will help you learn how. You'll learn how to listen to your yarn and hear what it's telling you about what it wants to be. You'll learn how to figure out whether you have enough yarn to knit a sweater, and if not, how you can knit a sweater with it anyway. More info and to register

7th Annual Crazy for Ewe Retreat

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We're already more than half full for the 7th annual Crazy for Ewe Retreat, Friday, June 22 through Sunday, June 24 and it's going to be fabulous! We're going to Winchester, Virginia, and staying at the elegant historic George Washington Wyndham Hotel right in the center of Winchester's downtown close to the pedestrian mall.

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Enjoy a beautiful drive across Virginia's rolling countryside and check in at the hotel Friday afternoon. You can come early and book a massage at the hotel's spa, take a stroll around the town, or enjoy a cup of tea or a glass of wine at the hotel's Half Note Lounge. We'll gather in the elegant Lord Fairfax Room for dinner around 5:30. We'll have the room to ourselves all weekend, so after dinner you can hang more info

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A Gentleman in Moscow

May Book Club selection

May Book Club Selection

The May book is A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles. I read this book earlier this year and thoroughly enjoyed it. A beautiful story of a Russian aristocrat imprisoned in a Mosow hotel who manages to build a wonderful life and find great happiness despite losing his wealth, position, and liberty. I listened to the audiobook, and the voice actor was absolutely delightful. Although his accent is more

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