Seamless Knit Sweaters in 2 Weeks by Marie Greene now in stock, Three Irish Girls Trunk Show, new Knit-along (KAL) and store hours for Saturday, April 6

Marie Greene’s Seamless Knit Sweaters in 2 Weeksis now in stock!

If you are interested in purchasing our book but are unable to come in this weekend, we can still have Marie sign a copy for you. Please give the store a call today or Friday.

Beginning Tuesday morning, April 9, we are going to host a Seamless Knit Sweaters – Pick Your Favorite Knit-along (KAL). It looks like the weather will be wonderful for knitting next week, so please come and join Susan Lewin and myself at the store. (No pressure to finish in two weeks, I plan on something closer to two months…)


Cobble Beach Dotted Tee

Marie’s morning workshop Knitting Dutch Gansey’s is full but there are still two spaces in her afternoon class, The Pickup Artist.

The Pickup Artist
Saturday, April 6 from 2:00pm to 5:00pm
Class fee $75
Join us for Marie’s mind-blowing sweater finishing class – you will learn her unique, renegade finishing techniques that you’ll not see anywhere else. You will never dread sweater finishing again! You’ll learn:
• Marie’s formula for button band stitches
• An untraditional approach to picking up stitches (with incredible results)
• Three techniques for getting a better neckline on your sweaters
• How finishing can change the fit (for the better, or the worse)
• Why finishing starts when you cast on.
 All students who enroll for a class will receive a 10% off coupon that can be used the day of class. Also, if you enroll in both classes, you will receive a special Wasatch and Wool Swag bag. 


North Channel Collared Cardigan

Three Irish Girls Trunk Show

The Three Irish Girls Yarn trunk show including knit samples of a few Marie Greene patterns have arrived! The colors are spectacular. My favorites are Controversy and Sleight of Hand. Adorn Luxe, Springvale DK and Springvale Worsted knit up beautifully in Marie’s patterns.

If you can’t make it April 5th or 6th, we will have samples and Three Irish Girls Yarn through the following week.

Store Hours
Because of the classes on Saturday, we will have abbreviated store hours. The store will be open from 12:30pm to 1:45pm. It will reopen again at 5pm and close for the day at 7pm.


Stowaway Chevron Pullover

Over the past few months, we have become a Brooklyn Tweed stockist and a Rowan Flagship Store. This means that it’s time to put some of our older favorites on sale at 40% off. These include all our Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino, Encore, Swans Island Natural Colors as well as a few others that we no longer have room. Please stop by and stock up for holiday knitting/crochet projects.


Alouette by Lisa Chemery knit in Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino

If you like a project but you aren’t currently in town, please give the store a call (435)575-0999. We would be happy to send you a knitting care package from Park City.

Knit NightsKnit Nights, held on Wednesdays, are a great, relaxing mid-week break. They are from 6pm-8pm.

Marie Greene Knit, Sip and Sign Evening, and Workshops (including a new workshop on Saturday!) Weekend/Retreat


Marie Greene Weekend/Retreat
Marie Greene the designer, blogger and teacher behind Olive Knits is coming by the store on April 5th and 6th! We have some importantupdates for the weekend so please keep reading. I first wrote about Marie back in June when she was hosting her Beekeeper Cardigan(shown above) KAL challenge. 
Marie also writes a very informative bi-weekly newsletter called Olive the Things and has a blog. Her latest, The Worst that Can Happen, is about letting go of worry in our knitting. This blog really hit home because I find it so often in myself and in customers who spend too much time being bogged down by uncertainty and the fear of failure that they don’t allow themselves to experience the joy of trying new things. Her article can be found here at Olive Knits.
Below is Brookings by Marie which I’ve almost finished. I’m thrilled with the fit and I’m just waiting to take her new afternoon class, The Pickup Artist before finishing the neckline.

Seamless Knit Sweaters in 2 Weeks
Knit, Sip and Sign

Friday, April 5 5:30-7:30pm
Please call the store to RSVP by April 4.
(*No walk-ins will be allowed.)

Our weekend/retreat is going to start with a chance to knit, enjoy some wine or sparkling water and have Marie sign your own copy of her new book, Seamless Knit Sweaters in 2 Weeks: 20 Patterns for Flawless Cardigans, Pullovers, Tees and More.

If you’re visiting from out of town, I’ve arranged for a discounted hotel rate at the Hyatt Place Park City. Please use this link to make a reservation https://www.hyatt.com/en-US/hotel/utah/hyatt-place-park-city/slczp?corp_id=G-WW19, or call the store and we can give you more information.     

If you’ve ever struggled complete a pullover or been too intimidated to start one, Marie’s designs in this book will help you achieve stylish, long-lasting, professional-quality knits in less time than you thought possible. You will also relax and have fun while knitting them.
There is no fee for this wonderful opportunity to meet Marie. Also, with the purchase of Seamless Knit Sweaters in 2 Weeks, you will receive a coupon for 10% off your purchases that evening.

Below are more patterns from Seamless Knit Sweaters in 2 Weeksshown in yarns that we stock at the store: Seaside Pleated Cardigan in The Fibre Co. CumbriaShoreline Textured Cardigan in Magpie FibersSolsticeAbbey Pier Eyelet Pullover in Three Irish Girls Springvale DK, and Riverbank Cropped Pullover in Brooklyn Tweed Arbor.

Marie Greene’s Classes

Knitting Dutch Ganseys

Saturday, April 6 from 9:30am to 12:30pm
Class fee $75
On Saturday, April 6, Marie will offer two classes at the store. The first is Knitting Dutch Ganseys. In this brand-new class from Marie, you will learn the fundamentals and history of this beautiful, traditional seamless sweater style. You’ll even knit a tiny gansey in class! Marie will discuss Gansey history and traditions and an overview of Gansey construction. She will show you how to knit bragworthy sweater armpits and two techniques for shoulder grafting. Information will also be given on understanding gussets as well as fabric density and gauge.
The photo below is of Marie’s January Gansey. What isn’t shown is the back of the sweater which is adorable. Please take a moment to view other knitters’ projects, particularly the one by YarnFolkAnn. https://www.ravelry.com/projects/YarnFolkAnn/january-gansey

The Pickup Artist
*new afternoon class*

Saturday, April 6 from 2:00pm to 5:00pm
Class fee $75
Join us for Marie’s mind-blowing sweater finishing class – you will learn her unique, renegade finishing techniques that you’ll not see anywhere else. You will never dread sweater finishing again! You’ll learn:
• Marie’s formula for button band stitches
• An untraditional approach to picking up stitches (with incredible results)
• Three techniques for getting a better neckline on your sweaters
• How finishing can change the fit (for the better, or the worse)
• Why finishing starts when you cast on.
 All students who enroll for a class will receive a 10% off coupon that can be used the day of class. Also, if you enroll in both classes, you will receive a special Wasatch and Wool Swag bag. 

Three Irish Girls Trunk Show
Another of my favorite patterns from Marie is her Petra knit in Three Irish Girls Adorn Luxe which is a custom milled 85% Merino 15% Nylon extra silky smooth fingering weight yarn. I have been hoping to have a Three Irish Girls Trunk Show and Marie’s visit gave me the perfect opportunity. In case you can’t make it April 5th or 6th, we will have samples and Three Irish Girls Yarn through the following week.

Marie Greene Book Signing/Wine Tasting and Workshops, Three Irish Girls Trunk Show and Brooklyn Tweed

Marie Greene
Marie Greene is coming by the store on April 5th and 6th! Marie Greene is the designer, blogger and teacher behind Olive Knits. I first wrote about Marie back in June when she was hosting her BeeKeeper Cardigan (shown above) KAL challenge – to knit the entire sweater in 4 days though not necessarily consecutively.
I decided against the challenge, but I did knit one of her other patterns, Brookings (shown below) which has become one of my all-time favorite knit sweaters. I chose Rowan Kid Classic for my project. The fit is wonderful, and I love the cable detail down both the front and on the sleeves. 
Marie also writes a very informative bi-weekly newsletter called Olive the Things and has a blog. Her latest, Break up with the Ball Band, can be found here at Olive Knits.

Seamless Knit Sweaters in 2 Weeks
Book Signing and Wine Tasting

Friday, April 5 5:30-7:30pm
Please call the store to RSVP by April 4.
(*No walk-ins will be allowed.)

Marie’s visit is going to start with a book signing and wine tasting on Friday, April 5. Her new book, Seamless Knit Sweaters in 2 Weeks: 20 Patterns for Flawless Cardigans, Pullovers, Tees and More was just published last month. If you’ve ever struggled complete a pullover or been too intimidated to start one, Marie’s designs in this book will help you achieve stylish, long-lasting, professional-quality knits in less time than you thought possible. You will also relax and have fun while knitting them.
There is no fee for this wonderful opportunity to meet Marie. Also, with the purchase of Seamless Knit Sweaters in 2 Weeks, you will receive a coupon for 10% off your purchases that evening.

Below are more patterns from Seamless Knit Sweaters in 2 Weeks shown in yarns that we stock at the store: Seaside Pleated Cardigan in The Fibre Co. CumbriaShoreline Textured Cardigan in Magpie Fibers SolsticeAbbey Pier Eyelet Pullover in Three Irish Girls Springvale DK, and Riverbank Cropped Pullover in Brooklyn Tweed Arbor.

Marie Greene’s Classes

Knitting Dutch Ganseys

Saturday, April 6 from 9:30am to 12:30pm
Class fee $75
On Saturday, April 6, Marie will offer two classes at the store. The first is Knitting Dutch Ganseys. In this brand-new class from Marie, you will learn the fundamentals and history of this beautiful, traditional seamless sweater style. You’ll even knit a tiny gansey in class! Marie will discuss Gansey history and traditions and an overview of Gansey construction. She will show you how to knit bragworthy sweater armpits and two techniques for shoulder grafting. Information will also be given on understanding gussets as well as fabric density and gauge.
The photo below is of Marie’s January Gansey. What isn’t shown is the back of the sweater which is adorable. Please take a moment to view other knitters’ projects, particularly the one by YarnFolkAnn. https://www.ravelry.com/projects/YarnFolkAnn/january-gansey

Knitting on a Timeline
Saturday, April 6 from 2:00pm to 5:00pm
Class fee $75
In Knitting on a Timeline, Marie will show you how to gauge your knitting speed and break your projects into a manageable timeline so you can set realistic knitting goals and finish what you start. This new class is a companion to Seamless Knit Sweaters in 2 Weeks. Marie will show you:

  1. How to knit a “time swatch”.
  2. How to calculate your knitting speed.
  3. How to break down a project into manageable goals.
  4. Why any size sweater can be knit more quickly than you might think!
  5. How to keep knitting fun – without feeling rushed – while knitting on a deadline (or in time for the holidays.)

All students who enroll for a class will receive a 10% off coupon that can be used the day of class. Also, if you enroll in both classes, you will receive a special Wasatch and Wool Swag bag. 

Three Irish Girls Trunk Show
Another of my favorite patterns from Marie is her Petra knit in Three Irish Girls Adorn Luxe which is a custom milled 85% Merino 15% Nylon extra silky smooth fingering weight yarn. I have been hoping to have a Three Irish Girls Trunk Show and Marie’s visit gave me the perfect opportunity. In case you can’t make it April 5th or 6th, we will have samples and Three Irish Girls Yarn through the following week.

New Yarn at the Store!
Brooklyn Tweed

I am so excited that Wasatch and Wool is now a Brooklyn Tweed Stockist. I am a supporter of American made wool and am very happy that my store can encourage mills such as Harrisville Designs in Harrisville, New Hampshire which has been in operation since 1794. We carry Loft, Peerie, Vale, ArborShelter and Quarry. I will be featuring more designs and projects in upcoming newsletters but wanted to include Stillwater by Marie Greene shown above which is knit in Brooklyn Tweed Shelter and Ludlow by Julie Hoover which is currently on my needles and knit in Loft.

Help Hours with Susan Lewin
Tuesdays from 11:30am-2:00pm.
If you are having problems finishing a sweater or your colorwork has you all tangled up, Susan will keep your project moving forward. The cost of the drop-in help is free if you have purchased your project from the store. If not, it is $10 per half hour or purchase $10 worth of yarn or other knitting supplies from the store.

If you like a project but you aren’t currently in town, please give the store a call (435)575-0999. We would be happy to send you a knitting care package from Park City. 

Knit NightsKnit Nights, held on Wednesdays, are a great, relaxing mid-week break. They are from 6pm-8pm.

Class Update, New Yarns And Project Ideas For Late February And Early March

Class Updates

We still have openings in the two classes taught by Miriam Felton  at the store on Tuesday, February 26.

Miriam or “Mim” but never “Mimi” lives, knits, crochets, designs, and sews in Salt Lake City. She teaches knitting classes all over the country and has had patterns published by Interweave Press in magazines in magazines and books. Her designs have also been in online magazines, Knitty and Twist Collective. She has also done several designs for Manos del Uruguay.

The first class, Short Row Exploration, which will run from 9:30am until 1:30pm is a must for any knitter getting into knitting sweaters with shaping.
I have found that short rows tend to cause confusion and even a bit of fear in knitters. They are used to create wedges in your knitting. Because the rows are knit only part way, several times in a row, knitters’ counts tend to get off. Also, the process of the turn can cause holes if not done properly. (There is so much here that neither Susan or Margaux can adequately cover it a help session.)  In this class Miriam will cover the best methods of how to knit a show row for your project.  Wrap & Turn short rows, Japanese short rows, the Yarnover method, Shadow Wraps (aka Mother-Daughter Short Rows), and German Short Rows will be explored as well as they plusses and minuses of each. Students in the class must be able to knit and purl, cast on, bind off, increase and decrease. Having done any kind of short rows is helpful.
The second class which will be held from 2:30pm-5:30pm is  Fearless Lace Knitting: How to Fix Mistakes.
Do you dread making a mistake in your lace knitting? Even the best lace knitters make mistakes, but the key to fearless lace knitting is knowing how to recognize and fix mistakes. Miriam will cover how to fix missing yarnovers, how to correct mis-leaning decreases, how to unknit one stitch at a time, how to rip whole rows without losing your stitches, and dropping down individual repeats to correct mistakes. For each of the techniques Miriam will discuss when to use them and how to determine which mistake has been made.
The cost of each class is $60 which is a tremendous value because early next month, Miriam will be teaching at Interweave Yarn Fest and her classes are more than double that amount. Also, I’m limiting the size of the classes to only 10 people.  If you sign up for both classes, there is a $5 discount per class.
We are also offering a 10% storewide discount to all students for that day.
The photos above are all of my favorite Mim pattern, Vinculum Cardigan.

Easy Mittens Class with Thrums

Wednesday, February 27 from 10am-4pm
Price $30
Because the first class sold out so quickly, Susan Lewin will be teaching a second one-day intensive class to learn how to knit thrummed mittens based on a pattern written by Debi Wilbur. Thrums add soft and cushy warmth for cold winter days. The class will be 6 hours long but most of your time will be spent working on your mittens. Ideally, you will have at least one mitten knit by the time you leave.
Please contact the store to reserve your space. We expect it to be a very popular class again.

We ask that you please use materials purchased from Wasatch and Wool Yarns.

Help Hours with Susan Lewin
Tuesdays from 11:30am-2:00pm.
If you are having problems finishing a sweater or your colorwork has you all tangled up, Susan will keep your project moving forward. The cost of the drop-in help is free if you have purchased your project from the store. If not, it is $10 per half hour or purchase $10 worth of yarn or other knitting supplies from the store.

Help hours are cancelled for February 26 due to the classes with Miriam Felton.

New Yarn

You may have read about the saga of the Clinton Hill Cashmere falling off the chairlift at Deer Valley, if not please check out either the store’s post on Instagram or Facebook. Now that we’ve recovered from the mid-air acrobatics, I’m excited to announce that we stock Clinton Hill Cashmere.

Bespoke from Clinton Hill Cashmere is the softest and most luxurious yarn we have ever had in the store. The loft, softness and sheen on this yarn is just incredible. New York Magazine actually rated it the best cashmere. Clinton Hill Cashmere is located in Brooklyn, New York and Rebecca Kevelson, the owner, has worked for Vogue Knitting Magazine and String Yarns.  Bespoke, a new yarn that launched in late 2017 is created by one of the most exclusive Italian mills. Accompanying the fabulous yarn are exclusive designs with fashion forward, yet classic styling.

Shown above are just a few of my favorite designs knit in  Bespoke from Clinton Hill Cashmere. They are Gold Street,  Uncle John’s BeanieWestern Wrap and Cityscape.

March Knit-Along
It’s been a while since the store has done a knit-along (KAL). Joji Locatelli, one of my favorite designers just released a gorgeous shawl pattern, Odyssey Shawl, which is free as a thank you to the knitting community that has embraced her. (If you have a moment, please read her project description post on Ravelry.) I can’t think of a better project to be our first KAL of 2019.
We also just received a new shipment of The Farmer’s Daughter Fibers  Craggy Tweed. That would be a great yarn choice for the project as would Versus from Spincycle.

If you like a project but you aren’t currently in town, please give the store a call (435)575-0999. We would be happy to send you a knitting care package from Park City.

Knit Nights
Knit Nights, held on Wednesdays, are a great, relaxing mid-week break. They are from 6pm-8pm.

 

Please Join Us For Two Great Classes Taught By Miriam Felton. Short Rows And Fixing Lace Mistakes

Mark your calendar for an educational and fun day here at the store. If you feel as if your knitting isn’t advancing as quickly as you would like or that you would like the knowledge to take on new types of projects, particularly sweaters, you will enjoy and benefit from the classes we are offering this month.

Miriam Felton will be teaching two classes at the store on Tuesday, February 26.

Miriam or “Mim” but never “Mimi” lives, knits, crochets, designs, and sews in Salt Lake City. She teaches knitting classes all over the country and has had patterns published by Interweave Press in magazines in magazines and books. Her designs have also been in online magazines, Knitty and Twist Collective. She has also done several designs for Manos del Uruguay.

Short Row Exploration is the first class she will be teaching and will run from 9:30am until 12:30pm.

Since opening the store, I have found that short rows tend to cause confusion and even a bit of fear in knitters. They are used to create wedges in your knitting that are important for shaping everything from bust darts to ear flaps. In this class Miriam will cover Wrap & Turn short rows, Japanese short rows, the Yarnover method, Shadow Wraps (aka Mother-Daughter Short Rows), and German Short Rows. Each type of short row has its pros and cons and Miriam will discuss the best method for a particular type of project. Students must be able to knit and purl, cast on, bind off, increase and decrease. Having done any kind of short rows is helpful.

The second class which will be held from 2:30pm-5:30pm is Fearless Lace Knitting: How to Fix Mistakes.
Do you dread making a mistake in your lace knitting? Never fear! Even the best lace knitters make mistakes, but the key to fearless lace knitting is knowing how to recognize and fix mistakes. In this class Miriam will cover how to fix missing yarnovers, how to correct mis-leaning decreases, how to unknit one stitch at a time, how to rip whole rows without losing your stitches, and dropping down individual repeats to correct mistakes. For each of the techniques Miriam will discuss when to use them and how to determine which mistake has been made.

The cost of each class is $60 which is a tremendous value because early next month, Miriam will be teaching at Interweave Yarn Fest and her classes are more than double that amount. Also, I’m limiting the size of the classes to only 10 people.  If you sign up for both classes, there is a $5 discount per class.
We are also offering a 10% storewide discount to all students for that day.

The photos above are all of my favorite Mim pattern, Vinculum Cardigan. The details on this sweater or so feminine and elegant yet it’s a versatile addition to any wardrobe. The V neck shaping is echoed by a V at the back of the neck. The smocking is continuous across the front shoulder and the back shoulder, where it’s attached to an angled back for a better fit. The pattern calls for Swans Island Natural Colors Collection Worsted which we still have some skeins of in our sale basket. Other yarns we carry that would be beautiful in this sweater areCumbria from the Fibre Company, Woolstok from Blue Sky Fibers, Malabrigo Rios and Kid Classic from Rowan.

Other Mim favorites of mine are: Dimorphous Mittens which use Manos del Uruguay’s Silk Blend combined with a sock yarn; Chromaticity CowlBroadwyn ShawlAdamas ShawlPorifera SocksRivel Cardigan and Solis which also calls for Manos del Uruguay’s Silk Blend.

If you like a project but you aren’t currently in town, please give the store a call (435)575-0999. We would be happy to send you a knitting care package from Park City.

Help Hours with Susan Lewin
Tuesdays from 11:30am-2:00pm.
If you are having problems finishing a sweater or your colorwork has you all tangled up, Susan will keep your project moving forward. The cost of the drop-in help is very reasonable, just $5 for the hour and a half.

Help hours are cancelled for February 26 due to the classes with Miriam Felton.

Knit Nights
Knit Nights, held on Wednesdays, are a great, relaxing mid-week break. They are from 6pm-8pm.

What are you doing New Year’s Day?

What are you doing New Year’s Day?
How about joining us at the store for some relaxing knitting or even to start a brand new 2019 project. A good friend of mine once told me that January is “Knit for Me” month. I couldn’t agree more!

The store will be open from 10:30am to 3:00pm and we will also have light refreshments. If you are still in your pajamas (or even last night’s party clothes) no worries. Just come as you are.

Need new ideas? Some of my favorite projects are shown below.

We currently have all the colors of Spincycle Yarns’ Dream State used in Andrea Mowry’s Nightshift. We can even kit it up for you in a special Wasatch and Wool Yarns knitting bag.

This beautiful crocheted cowl can also be done as an infinity scarf. Churchmouse Yarns and Teas designed their Mobius Cowlusing Rowan’s Kidsilk Haze which we stock in several lovely colors. Another option would be Loft from Neighborhood Fibers.

Belle, a design by Quail Studio, uses Rowan’s luxurious yarn,Brushed Fleece (a bulky weight wool and alpaca blend.) With a contrasting yoke, stand up neckline and raglan sleeves, this sweater is super soft and easy to wear.

This lovely, easy to wear scarf uses one of our newest yarns,June Cashmere Lace Weight. The team behind June Cashmere bring 100% cashmere sustainably sourced from small family farms in Kyrgyzstan, Central Asia to the US market. The cashmere is gathered in Kyrgyzstan, processed by artisans in Europe, then finished and dyed in Maine.
Rainfall Scarf, designed by Kristin Eksuzian, uses two skeins of this luxurious light fingering weight yarn.

Ribbed Lace Scarf also from Churchmouse Yarns and Teas uses Rowan’s Cocoon, a bulky weight, soft blend of merino and kid mohair. Knit on size #10 needles and an easy to remember stitch pattern makes this a great on-the-go project.

Ready to get back to Brioche? Kotte from Jonna Hietala, the editor-in-chief of Laine Magazine, was in such demand that she had to release the pattern ahead of the magazine publication date. Kotte means cone in Swedish evoking her love of pine trees.
The pattern for the gorgeous sweater will be released early as well.

 

If you like a project but you aren’t currently in town, please give the store a call (435)575-0999. We would be happy to send you a knitting care package from Park City.

 

Help Hours
Susan will be returning for her Tuesday help hours on Tuesday January 8th from 11:30am-2:00pm.
If you are having problems finishing a sweater or your colorwork has you all tangled up, Susan will keep your project moving forward. The cost of the drop-in help is very reasonable, just $5 for the hour and a half.

Classes
New classes for the new year will be announced in our upcoming January newsletter. 

Small Business Saturday

Small Business Saturday Update:
In addition to our Black Friday discounts and our Mega Wool Winder giveaway, we are giving away patterns with a purchase of the corresponding yarn (but only for today, Small Business Saturday.)

Llumeneres from Kate Gagnon Osborn is an adorable and versatile cabled hat knit with Kelbourne Woolens’ yarn Andorra.Andorra is a 2-ply merino wool, highland wool and mohair blend that comes in assortment of beautiful colors.

On a cold winter’s day, nothing beats the comfort, practicality, and vintage charm of a classic crocheted beanie especially when adorned with a pompom. Hedgerow hat designed by Abbey Swanson at The Firefly Hook uses Juniper Moon FarmMoonshine Chunky to create a lovely hat reminiscent of a hedgerow mounded with snow.

#08 Marled Cowl is from Noro Knitting Magazine’s Fall/Winter 2017 edition and was designed by Audrey Drysdale. Its colorful textured honeycomb pattern strikes a balance between cushion and drape. The yarns used on the project are Noro’s Silk Gardenand Silk Garden Solo. Worked in the round on a size #11 needle, this is a quick project.

 

If you’re a bit more ambitious and want to knit an entire set of fingerless mitts, hat, cowl and socks, Jenny Watson’s Umiña Collection is a wonderful place to start.Umiña from Marisol is a warm and scrumptious blend of alpaca and merino. Stop by the store just to give this luxurious yarn a squeeze.

Happy Thanksgiving from Wasatch and Wool Yarns ***Plus a Black Friday Preview

Thank you!
With sincere gratitude to all my wonderful customers from here in Park City to several continents around the world, Wasatch and Wool is now embarking on its fifth year in business. Most recently, we just became a Rowan Flagship Store. As a flagship store, Wasatch and Wool will be able to bring to Utah more trunk shows, store models, in-store only patterns and other special events providing access to the best in yarn and design. If you are a fan of Blue Sky Fibers, The Fibre Company, String@ or wonderful hand dyed yarn, not to worry. We will continue to stock a beautiful and expansive collection of those yarns as well.
Store hours this week:
Monday 11-6
Tuesday 11-6
Wednesday 11-6 (Knit-night is cancelled as we will be home cooking!)
Thursday Closed for Thanksgiving
Friday 11-6
Saturday 11-5
Sunday noon-5

Holiday Knitting Ideas:
It’s going to be seasonable snowy this weekend (hopefully!). If you have some time to sit in front of a fire or intend to watch a bit of football, below are a few cozy project ideas.

Ribbed Lace Scarf from Churchmouse Yarns and Teas which uses Rowan’s Cocoon, a bulky weight, soft blend of merino and kid mohair. Knit on size #10 needles, you or a lucky recipient will soon be wearing this gorgeous scarf.

The adorable Cosy Merino Cabled Beanie double pompom hat from Quail Studio is made using Rowan’s Cosy Merino. Truly cozy, it’s made from merino, cashmere and yak. This bulky weight boucle is light-weight, warm and wonderfully snuggly.

In case you need to burn off a few calories after too much pumpkin pie, we recommend arm knitting. (There are several instructional YouTube videos.) We recently received a shipment of Blue Sky Fibers’ Jumbo Woolstok. Crafted from the highest quality Peruvian Highland sheep, Woolstok Jumbo is a very big yarn, soft and sturdy with a unique braided construction. Bobbi Intveld’s Arm Knit Wrap should take about an hour to complete.

Slightly more traditional, Lisa Hoffman’s Carey Cabled Hatcombines a bit of colorwork and cables. Two balls of String@Dolcetto yarn make two hats in opposite colors. (The main color becomes the contrast color in the second hat.) Dolcetto is a 70/30 blend of merino and cashmere. But the finished feel of a project knit in Dolcetto, seems much more like pure cashmere. For that reason, this yarn has become a store favorite.

Black Friday and Small Business Saturday Specials:

This year for Black Friday and Small Business Saturday, each customer at check-out will draw a ticket for 5,10 or 15% off their entire purchase including sale items.

We will also have an opportunity drawing for a Knitter’s Pride Signature Series Mega Wool Winder. (No more having to use the backs of chairs or your significant others’ unwilling arms.) It is made from a colorful combination of laminated and natural birch wood seen on Dreamz knitting needles and crochet hooks. For every purchase, you will receive an entry for the drawing. This is a great prize because the wool winder sells for $135.

If you like a project but you aren’t currently in town, please give the store a call (435)575-0999. We would be happy to send you a knitting care package from Park City.

 

 

November Knitting News: A Rowan And Wasatch & Wool Anniversary Party, New Yarns, Classes And KAL.

This month we are celebrating Rowan’s 40th and Wasatch and Wool’s 4th Anniversary. Whereas the traditional gift for four years is fruit and flowers, forty years merit rubies. Starting the second week of November, we are hosting a trunk show from Rowan featuring “gems” of their special Ruby Anniversary Magazine 64 Collection.

Please join us from 11-6pm on Thursday, November 15 for this special anniversary celebration. In addition to the trunk show, browse through Rowan’s 40th Anniversary Book that is like a trip through Britain and British knitting history. It showcases past magazine covers and has patterns for updated versions of some of their most loved designs. There will also be gifts with purchase and drawings for Rowan and Wasatch and Wool “swag”.

                 

New Yarns
We now stock several different yarns from Rowan. Below are just a few of my current favorites.

Alpaca Soft DK
Alpaca Soft DK is a premium blend of extra fine merino, super fine merino and baby alpaca. Because it has great stitch definition, it is an ideal yarn for fair isle and other color knitting. Alpaca Soft DK’s softness makes it a great choice for sweaters, scarves and hats.
The stunning two-color projects shown above are Carise,(a cropped sweater) and Folly (an infinity scarf) by Arne and Carlos. Folly is one of the patterns included in our trunk show this month. Below is Riversdale Hat, a wonderful winter hat from Tatsiana Matsiuk. It can be knitted as a beanie with short ribbing or a slouch with longer ribbing that can be folded two or even three times.
Cosy Merino
Each year, Rowan produces a few select yarns that are available for a limited time. Cosy Merino is one of this year’s and it more than deserves its name. Truly cozy, it’s made from merino but also cashmere and yak. This bulky weight boucle is light-weight, warm and wonderfully snuggly. Quail Studio put together a booklet of patterns for this yarn. Shown below areStocking Stitch BeanieStriped Snood and Textured Snood.
                    
Softyak DK
A best-of-both-worlds combination, Rowan’s Softyak DK is a blend of yak and cotton (with a touch of nylon). Its chainette construction and gives it a gentle springiness, warmth while still being light weight and reduces pilling. We have many colors in stock and it’s machine washable. This yarn is a great choice for sweater, shawls, cowls and hats. Shown below are Tiny Tot (hat by Kristen Rettig) and French Macaroon (sweater by The Noble Thread), Docking by Martin Storey and Mullion by Sarah Hatton.
                    
10,000 New Knitters
Saturday, November 10 from10-11:30am
Price $0 (kits included!)
**Please call the store to reserve a seat as space is limited.**
Do you have friends who would like to learn how to knit? Skacel Yarns, the company that distributes Addi Needles and HiKoo, Schoppel Wolle and Zitron yarn, is working with local yarn stores and sponsoring a day of Learn to Knit classes. They sent us kits which include both the yarn and the needles. The morning of the 10th, Susan will teach a free class and hopefully we will have 10,000 new knitters across the country by the end of the day.
Classes and Knit-Alongs (KAL’s):
We now have a weekly knit-along time scheduled on Wednesdays from noon to 2pm. Please stop by to get started, instruction on a technique you don’t understand. The only thing we ask is that you please use materials purchased from Wasatch and Wool Yarns.
November Softyak DK KAL
Our November KAL features a pattern from Quail Studio. The adorable Binx Beanie calls for Softyak DK (and a great pom-pom!) We are going to start the KAL on Wednesday, November 14th.
Learn to Knit Classes and Help Hours
Learn to Knit Two Part Class with Susan
Tuesdays November 13 and 20 from 10-11:30am
Price $45.
Make some fingerless mitts while learning to cast on, knit, purl and bind off. Then sew the mitt seams and voila! – your Christmas and Holiday gifts have been started. Please call or stop by the store to reserve your seat in the class.
Help Hours
Following classes, Susan is available for drop-in help from 11:30-2pm. If you are having problems finishing a sweater or your colorwork has you all tangled up, Susan will keep your project moving forward. The cost of the drop-in help is very reasonable, just $5 for the hour and a half.

Blocking
One other service Susan offers is blocking. If you just don’t have time for the last and still very important part of finishing your knitted projects, just drop by the store and talk to Susan.

          

Woolstok 21 Color or Fair Isle Hat Class with Susan
Learn to knit either the 21 Color Slouch Hat or, if you are interested in learning Fair Isle Knitting, the 21 Color Fair Isle Hatby William Dristas. We are having two separate classes but if you are a color work beginner, we recommend you sign up for the first class just in case you need instruction from second class to finish the hat.
Session #1 Tuesday, November 27 from 10-11:30am
Session #2 Tuesday, December 4 from 10-11:30am
Price $20 per session.
Please call or stop by the store to reserve your seat and purchase your Blue Sky Fibers’ 21 Color Slouch kit ahead of time as the kits sell out quickly.

If you like a project but you aren’t currently in town, please give the store a call. We would be happy to send you a knitting care package from Park City.

Knit Nights, held on Wednesdays, are a great, relaxing mid-week break. They are from 6pm-8pm.  We also host Project Wednesdays from noon-2pm, a time set aside for knit-along assistance and new knitter encouragement. We hope to see you here!

September Knitting: new yarns, classes, knit-alongs and a special knit-night for Peace House

September Knitting

I took some time off earlier this month to for a family vacation and a bit of relaxation. Along the way, I picked Vogue Magazine’s iconic September Issue and had a lot of fun perusing the ads and the articles. Miu Miu’s The Conversationadvertisement caught my attention.

Photographed by Alasdair McLellan, the ad presents the women at home in Miu Miu’s version of suburbia surrounded by velvet drapes and furniture and sitting atop Aubusson rugs.
I fell in love with these photos. The red mohair sweater and the angora socks that the models, in their bouffant hairdos, are wearing have become this year’s knitting inspiration.

Raglan Sweater Class with Betti
Wednesdays October 10, 17, 24 and 31
10am-11:30am
Cost: $80. (Yarn must be purchased from Wasatch and Wool.)
If knitting a red mohair sweater just became #1 in your knitting que or if you’re looking to knit something a bit more subtle, long-time instructor and one of the store’s favorite customers Betti Richter is going to teach a Knit Your Own Raglan Class. In this class, students will learn how to create their own raglan sweater, one that fits them, using just a bit of basic math. Betti recommends that students bring a favorite well-fitting sweater to make measuring a bit easier. This class will fill up very quickly as spots are very limited. Please call or stop by the store to reserve your seat in the class.
Magpie Fibers

After two years of trying to bring in her yarn, I’m finally happy to say Wasatch and Wool stocks Dami Hunter’s Magpie Fibers!

The sweater shown above is Thea Coleman’s Desert Sunrise that is knit in Magpie’s Solstice, a light, fluffy, silky blend of domestic superwash Merino wool, domestic cotton and silk. Spun with moderate twist and a slightly rustic thick/thin texture, its DK weight easily bridges the gap from Sport to Light Worsted. It’s excellent year-round yarn, perfect for sweaters and accessories. Because of the superwash Merino, it’s also machine washable.

Dami’s yarns that first caught my attention are Magpie FibersSwanky Sock and Swanky DK. Both are silky blends of Merino, Cashmere and nylon with a nice sheen and beautiful drape. They are perfect in sweaters, hats, shawls, scarves, mitts and cowls. The patterns above are Teroldego by Caitlin Hunter andBraddock by Christina Danaee
The yarn can be machine washed, but we always recommend hand washing your knits.

October Knit-Along (KAL) – The Princeton Capelet

Blue Sky Fibers’ brand new yarn for fall 2018 is Eco-Cashmere, a  DK weight 100% cashmere blend of Recycled Cashmere and Virgin Cashmere that is spun at an environmentally conscious mill in Italy.

The Princeton Capelet KAL is a wonderful opportunity for the advanced beginner knitter (or a more advanced knitter who loves to work with cashmere) to knit a simple but elegant piece that can be worn all seasons here in Park City either over the shoulders as a cozy or around the neck as a cowl. Our KAL is being held in conjunction with Blue Sky Fibers’ nationalPrinceton Capelet knit-along. Beginning October 1st, we can offer the pattern for free with the purchase of the yarn. Also, Blue Sky Fibers will be giving away a skein of their other new yarn, Woolstok Jumbo, to two lucky winners.

We are offering a 10% discount on the yarn to all customers who purchase or order their yarn prior to October 1st.

New Classes and help hours

Starting September 18, Susan Lewin, knitting teacher and outgoing Salt Lake Knitting Guild President, will offer knitting classes for all different levels of knitters.

Class sessions will begin on September 18 from 10-11:30am with a Learn to Knit two-part series. The second class is one week later at the same time. Make some fingerless mitts while learning to cast on, knit, purl and bind off. Then sew the mitt seams and voila! – your Christmas and Holiday gifts have been started!

The cost of the class is $45. Registration and materials must be purchased by September 16.

Following classes, Susan is available for drop-in help from 11:30-2pm. If you are having problems finishing a sweater or your colorwork has you all tangled up, Susan will keep your project moving forward. The cost of the drop in help is very reasonable, just $5 for the hour and a half.

One other service Susan offers is blocking. If you just don’t have time for the last and still very important part of finishing your knitted projects, just drop by the store and talk to Susan.

Support Peace House at our October 10th Knit-Night
The store is having a special knit-night on Wednesday, October 10th. We will be collecting gently used hand bags, belts, scarves and jewelry. Items will be sold at the Bling Fling Boutique, November 2nd and 3rd, 2018 at the Park City Community Church.

 

 

Mark your calendars for Rowan’s 40th Anniversary Celebration for Thursday November 15th.

In conjunction with a Rowan Trunk show, we will have an all-day birthday party celebrating Rowan’s 40 years of beautiful yarn and gorgeous patterns. There will be raffles for Rowan swag and copies of the Rowan 40th Anniversary Book that looks back at some of their most loved designs will be available for purchase.

If you like a project but you aren’t currently in town, please give the store a call. We would be happy to send you a knitting care package from Park City.

Knit Nights, held on Wednesdays, are a great, relaxing mid-week break. They are from 6pm-8pm.  We also host Project Wednesdays from noon-2pm, a time set aside for knit-along assistance and new knitter encouragement. We hope to see you here!

Store Hours 

Sunday noon-5
Monday 11-6
Tuesday 11-6
Wednesday 11-8
Thursday 11-6
Friday 11-6
Saturday 11-5