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15 May 2018

The Creative Process


Earlier this month I gave those subscription meal boxes a try. I must say that it was both convenient and extremely satisfying to have an answer for the universal question asked by nearly all men the world over: What's for dinner?

I didn't have to figure out a menu, choose side dishes, or go to the grocery store. All I had to do was open the box and cook what was in it. No thinking, no planning, no shopping. Just cooking. After 5 weeks on and off, I cancelled the subscription, because the truth is, I missed the planning and shopping. I'm one of those weird ones who actually enjoys the entire process. I even kind of enjoy the grocery store. For me, those activities are all part of the creative process that I call Cooking.

Obviously, there are lots of people who disagree. They love to cook, but the rest, maybe not so much. Theirs is a different creative experience more

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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

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Advanced Socks - Owlie Socks

Ready for the next step in socks? If you've already mastered the basics of working socks two at a time and you're looking for something a little more challenging, this class is for you! Jenny will lead you through the gorgeous Owlie Socks from designer Julie Elswick Suchomel. Jenny will show you the ins and outs of all the techniques involved.

Class meets every other Thursday evening from 5:30 - 7:30 starting May 24th.

Skills needed: Previous sock knitting experience and a sense of adventure!

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Intermediate Color Theory for Yarn Lovers

Color is an integral part of the experience knitters and crocheters have with their materials and their craft. As with fiber arts, there is a technique to the successful use and combination of colors. In this intermediate class with Carrie Patterson, Professor of Art at St. Mary's College, you'll learn a bit of the history and the culture of color,. You'll learn how to shift the value, hue, and intensity of a color by changing color chords. click here for more info and to register

7th Annual Crazy for Ewe Retreat

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We're already 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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