23 August 2016 Crazy for Ewe this week ▪ Sweet and spicy, soft and crisp▪ Don't miss Shibui this time▪ Jessamyn Knitalong▪ Noro Crescent Shawl KA

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23 August 2016

Crazy for Ewe this week


My son brought home a bag of Utz Red Hot potato chips the other day. They were amazing. Spicy, yes, but not so spicy that I couldn't have eaten the whole bag. I wondered what it was about them that was so addictive. Most spicy things you can only eat a little bit, but this was another story. Looking at the ingredients I saw that after potatoes, the next ingredient was "dextrose" a form of sugar. Plain old sugar was on the list soon after - even before the spices. It makes sense, really, the sugar and spice have a way of balancing each other so that the effect is neither sweet nor too spicy.

Lots of our other favorite foods use a similar balancing of flavors for a combination that's better than either one alone. Maple ham, Chocolate covered pretzels, Gin and tonic, Pad thai, and salted caramel ice cream are just a few. I'm sure you can think of lots more! Hungry yet?

Fibers for handknitting are created in much the same way. Wool and silk continue reading

Shibui FW 2015 postcard reverse

We are so fortunate to have another Shibui Trunk Show starting August 30th. Join us for this one that focuses on Twig and other plant-based fibers in garments that you can knit and wear right now and into the fall. .

Mark your calendars! August 30 -- September 13

376 jessamyn lg

This gorgeous cardigan was my favorite from the Ginkgo trunk show last month, Worked in elegant Berroco Ginkgo, Jessamyn is exactly what you want to take you gracefully into the fall season, Worked in one piece with only two small seams at the shoulder, Jessamyn is as fun to knit as it is to wear.

The fabric is nice and squishy and really highlights Ginkgo's beautiful texture. It looks like ribbing, but there's no purling. In fact, you can knit the entire body of Jessamyn with no purling at all! Sounds like magic, but, I promise it's super easy.

I've been champing at the bit to start this project, and I thought I'd invite you to knit along with me. Several of you have even bought the yarn already! We'll meet in the shop to work on it, but I'm also going to blog about it regularly so that folks who are not local can be part of the fun. I'll send out the blog posts at least weekly, and occasionally more often if I find out something important. If you're interested, click on the link below, and I'll include you in all the posts and plans and fun!

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Last week designer Lisa Barnes joined us via Skype which was lots of fun. I know some of you are impatient and have already finished, but for most of us it's week three. Lisa has some great tips each week, which you can keep up with on her blog, and Mary is live and in person right here in the shop to help you along. This week's post is great with lots of good tips, so check it out here!

Coming soon

September First Friday

Mystery Sock knit along


Noro Event

and more!