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12 May 2020

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Hi, my friend,

Okay, let me start by saying that I am not an expert in Japanese art or even a student of Japanese culture and aesthetic. I am, however, a big fan and an obsessive collector of Japanese textiles in the form of yarn. I’ve carried Noro in the shop for 15+ years and have knit literally dozens of garments with Noro. When I look at my handknit collection, it is Noro garments and accessories that have stood the test of time. Noro sweaters remain in my closet, year after year. What is it about Noro that makes it so fascinating? I have thought about it and written about it many times on the blog, each time uncovering some new aspect that deepens my love and respect for the yarn, the company, and the man behind it all, Mr. Eisaku Noro.

There is, of course, the fabulous color – that’s what first draws.continue

What's inside the newsletter

Limited Edition Shawl Kit

Sorbet shawl

Albuquerque Sunset

Leonardtown is promoting a fun way to connect during these times - you know it as a knitalong, only we're doing virtually! Order you kit here, and we'll have a fun kickoff and a couple of get togethers, and then a spashy celebration next month where we all wear our shawl and drink champagne, or whatever is your preference. More info here

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Noro Magazine 16 Trunk Show

Wednesday, May 13 at 7 pm

Join me for a look all the lovely garments from the latest Issue of Noro Magazine! I'm SO excited to host this trunk show - it's going to be fun and fabulous with fun prizes. If you would like to order a yarn tasting, click here, and I'll send you a bite sized sample of the Noro spring yarns you can knit up yourself for a super-immersive experience.

Afghans Kits

I said in a previous newsletter, lots of us are looking for comfort from our knitting, and for many of us, that means cozy afghan. These are two that I like especially - one from Noro worked in mitered squares, and one from Berroco that features lots of cables and skill-building stitches.

Noro Square in Square Afghan Kit

This lovely afghan in soft Kagayaki is a perfect knit for right. I cozy comfortable blend of cotton, wool, and silk, this is a blanket you'll love to knit and will enjoy snuggling in all year long.

A prepacked kit for the "Square in a Square Blanket" from "Noro Magazine Issue 12". Includes eight skeins of Kagayaki


Cozy Noro Afghan kit

berroco afghan

Berroco Vintage Afghan Kit

A wonderful afghan designed by Norah Gaughan. Choose either Vintage or Comfor tfor this lovely project worked skill-building sections. read more

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A discussion with Tanis Gray

Join us for a wonderful zoom meeting with Tanis Gray Saturday, May 16th. Hear her story, and find out how she thinks, what inspires her, and more.

This is a fun virtual event with lots of great information and prizes too.

Saturday, May 16 2-3 pm EDT

Facebook Live is a bit of what I call a new normal. While we're staying home and social distancing, this is the best way I have found to actually replicate the kind of interactions we have in the shop. I can tell you about the stuff -- why I love it and what you can make with it, and you can ask questions through the comments.

I've done quite a few, and there is still a learning curve, but I'm getting better.

It's like knitting - the more we do it, the better we get! I did one for the spring/summer 2020 lines of Rowan SS2020 and Shibui SS2020, which you can still see.

Ten terrific tops to knit for summer

Wednesday, May 20 at 7pm

As we get ready for the summer season, lets look at some of the best designs for warmer weather. We'll talk about designs to keep you cool even if you like to stay covered up

Lunchtime Lessons - Tuesdays at 11:45

I'll be going live to answer your questions - tips and techniques--anything you want to know. Send me your questions ahead of time, or tune in and ask in the comments section. Should be fun - I'm going for the kind of feel we get around the table when a question becomes a mini lesson. Join me.

Don't miss Crazy for Ewe Facebook Live videos

To get notified that a Crazy for Ewe Facebook Live video is starting do this:
1. , go to the Crazy for Ewe Yarns Facebook page (not the group, but Facebook page.:)
2.Underneath the picture of Ginni and Mary and me, Click on the Following button, which will open a menu
3. From the drop down menu, under Notifications, Click next to On (Highlights Post)
4. You're all done. You'll get a notification whenever I start a Facebook Live. You don't have to watch it, of course, but at least you'll know it's there if you do want to watch. You can always watch it later on if you prefer.

Click next to Notifications.
Select the type of notifications you'd like to receive:
If Standard or Highlights is selected, you'll receive live video notifications from the Page
I'm going outside my comfort zone and do a Facebook Live video every Wednesday night at 7 pm to show you all the beautiful new things you can't come see in the shop.

I'm going for relaxed and candid, un-scriped, and un-rehearsed - crazy stuff, but I think you'll enjoy it. I'll certainly enjoy sharing stuff with you. If there's something I show on Facebook Live, you can absolutely order it right then, and we'll get it out to you right away. It's going to be funny and fun, and I look forward to seeing you this Wednesday, April 22 at 7pm Eastern time.

It's not too late to order a Quaranskein Surprise with and receive one of our limited edition Earth Day Berry Shopper bags. Give me two words to guide me, and I'll pull together a surprise package just for you. Each package will contain more

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