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4 June 2019

Three days in the wilderness

Hi there,

I have been listening to an article by Florence Williams called the Three Day Effect. In it she suggests that three days outside enjoying nature can radically change your mindset and your brain. To study the idea, she joins an excursion to a riverside wilderness in Utah, Her guide is charismatic veteran who leads a group of other vets on these camping, hiking, canoeing adventures to help them with PTSD and other after effects of war. He believes strongly in the power of nature to soothe and heal, which sounds pretty good to Williams, as she herself is struggling with the trauma of divorce as her 20 year marriage dissolves.

The group arrives in the wilderness on day one. Tired from the journey, they hike a bit, set up camp, cook, and share a meal together. continue reading

Going on and coming up

Cocoknits Trunk Show

Join us for an exclusive Cocoknits Trunk Show Event. Spend some quality time with each of the lovely garments designed by Julie Weisenberger. See them up close and personal - try them on, examine the beautiful details that make them so special. We'll have a selection of yarns perfect for continue

summer K1s2

Thursday is the new Friday, right? Start your weekend off right with a fun evening at the shop. Bring your project and join us. There's good wine, good conversation, and good friends. Click here for more info or to let us know you're coming

June First Friday

Join us First Friday, June 7th for Oasis, a fresh and fun project perfect for summer knitting. Oasis is worked in two colors of Fern from Shibui Knits. Choose white and bright or a more subtle palette. Whatever you choose, you'll love knitting this easy bias wrap. Pattern free with project yarn purchase.

beginning socks keidi

Socks - everyone wants to knit them - they're fun, and fast, and a great way to learn tons of skills and techniques that will help you in your everyday knitting. They're perfect summertime projects you can tuck in your bag and have with with you on the go. They're wonderful gifts for the knitworthy.

Keidi has been knitting socks for quite a while and has been Jenny's star student in all of the advanced sock classes. I'm thrilled she's agreed to teach this class -- she's patient and kind, and lots of fun. Sign up soon because this class is going to fill up fast. Click here for more info and to register

Cocoknits Method Class

Learn to knit sweaters the Cocoknits Way

June 15 we're offering the Cocoknits Sweater Workshop class. We will be working Emma, the beautiful basic Cocoknits design that shows you everything you need to know to knit a sweater from the top down with set in sleeves that actually fits and flatters.

I'm working my version in Gedifra Elba, a smooth cotton yarn. Because Elba is a tape yarn, it lies flat in your fabric so although it's a chunky gauge, you won't find it thick or heavy. I'm also adding a few twists to make my summer Emma extra breezy for the warm weather. Join me for this fun day-long class that includes a light lunch. More info here.

Hand-dye workshop

Want to try your hand at dyeing yarn? Of course you do - who doesn't? Well, this is your opportunity. I've asked Angela Harkness, the lovely and talented artist behind Willow Tree Yarns, to lead a workshop in which you'll create a skein of your very-own hand dyed yarn. She'll give you the instruction and guidance on the dyeing solid, variegated, and tonal yarns. After all the cooking, continue reading for more info and to sign up

Retreat 2019 Staunton

Join the gang this year for our annual retreat to beautiful Staunton, VA. Nestled in the Shenandoah Valley in between the Blue Ridge and Allegheny Mountains of the Appalachian Mountains, Staunton is home to a vibrant cultural scene with lots of art and food offerings. The highlight of our trip is a special private tour of Cestari Farms with owner, Francis Chester.
We'll enjoy a lovely catered lunch at the farm and have an opportunity to see first hand how a small wool production operation works.

July 19-21, 2019. Click here for more information and to register.

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