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

 

 

Labor Day Spinathon With Martha, New Knitting Classes & Rowan’s 40th Anniversary Celebration

Labor Day Spinathon with Martha:

Please join Martha for a Labor Day full of spinning fun. Martha is a kind and encouraging teacher who will help the brand-new spinner create some beautiful yarn. She will also guide you through blending colors and fibers. If you have a wheel, bring yours and plan to stay for the afternoon. We also have drop spindles which are free with purchase of either Alexandra’s Crafts or SweetGeorgia fiber.
Store hours on Labor Day are noon-5pm

Wasatch and Wool now has a Spinzilla team! Spinzilla is a celebration of spinning. It is a world-wide spinning event where competing teams and individuals challenge each other to see who can spin the most yarn in a week. The competition is designed to motivate spinners to learn new skills, take risks, and connect with spinners across the globe.

The store is offering all Team Wasatch and Wool Spinners discounts on fiber and Schacht products to gear up for the event the first week of October.

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.

Mark your calendars for Rowan’s 40th Anniversary Celebration:

Wasatch and Wool Yarns will have an all-day birthday party celebrating Rowan’s 40 years of beautiful yarn and gorgeous patterns.

I have admired their yarn and designs prior to taking up knitting. It is the elegant English country style that so appeals to me. Their yarns are classic while still being luxurious, a perfect choice for hats to scarves to sweaters and even baby apparel.  I am excited to be part of the celebration as well as expanding the number of Rowan yarns we stock at the store.

We will have raffles for Rowan swag and have copies of theRowan 40th Anniversary Book that looks back at some of their most loved designs 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!

Brioche Night is the second Tuesday of the month from 5:30-7:30pm.

New Store Hours *

The store hours listed in the last newsletter were incorrect. The actual hours are:

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

Alexandra’s Crafts Pop-up Shop, new knit-along and farewell party for Deb

Alexandra’s Crafts Pop-Up Shop:

          

The past few Augusts, Alexandra Baldwin of Alexandra’s Craftshas stopped by the store bringing all of her wonderfully colorful and luxurious yarn. She couldn’t make it this year, but she did us a very big shipment that we are displaying now through Labor Day. It included some favorites we have stocked for a while including Black Butte (a fingering-weight superwash merino, yak and silk blend) as well as new gorgeous yarns.

Treat yourself. These blends of color and fiber should be seen and felt in person.

Agate Beach:
a fingering-weight yarn for those who like some bling in their knitting.

Newport:
a sumptuous single-ply that is wonderful for soft and squishy shawls and cowls.

Dark Side of the Moon:
Now in several new colorways. Some skeins have bold streaks while others have just subtle shading.

Sun River:
The newest yarn from Alexandra. These beautiful hand-dyed skeins are a blend of merino, silk and cashmere.

Farewell party for Deb Pollard:

Wednesday, August 15 from 5-8pm

If you have ever attended a knit-night or taken a class at the store, chances are that Deb was there to encourage and guide you. She is moving back to Minnesota to spend more time with family. Please join us on Wednesday as we wish her all the best and say goodbye to this wonderful friend to all of us at the store.

August Knit-Along – 3 Color Cashmere Cowlby Joji Locatelli

Wednesday, August 22 at 10am, then all following Wednesdays during regular store hours.

I have admired this cowl from designer Joji Locatelli for a few years and it is time that we have a knit-along featuring it at the store. It’s a fun little knit that features just a bit of striping, texture and lace. As I write this I haven’t decided if I’m going to use Black Butte from Alexandra’s Crafts or move up to sport weight and chose Lux Adorna’s Ménage a TroisRoad to China Light from The Fibre Co. or Rosy Green Wool’s Cheeky Merino Joy.

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!

Brioche Night is the second Tuesday of the month from 5:30-7:30pm.

New Store Hours:

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

 

Wasatch and Wool Yarns June Events, Knit in Public Day and Summer Knitting

June 9th is World Wide Knit in Public Day. From Australia to Ireland and even Africa, knitters and crocheters take this day to get together and knit/crochet in public. Please join us at the store as we host a knitting get together with homemade cookies and lemonade. Bring a project and a lawn chair as we knit or crochet from 11am-5pm.

If you aren’t in the Park City area, there may be an event near you, or find a few fiber friends and start your own.

Wasatch and Wool’s Sockapalooza Summer:

This past month there has been a lot of interest at the store in knitting socks. Always useful and even a bit decadent, hand knitted socks are a luxury as well as a wonderful gift for someone you love. Over the next couple of months, we are offering sock knitting mini-classes and knit alongs.

Sockapalooza summer is kicking off the morning of World Wide Knit in Public Day with a mini class on knitting Mara Catherine Bryner’s Rose City Rollers. These roll-top ankle socks are perfect for summer knitting and summer wearing. The class will discuss sock anatomy and tips and tricks on how to knit top-down socks. Super bright variegated yarns look great with this pattern and make it easier to learn
sock knitting. I’m knitting a pair for myself in Dragonfly Fibers’Dragon Sock. Other suggestions are Adorn Luxe from Three Irish Girls, Twisted Owl 2-ply Sock as well as a couple of locally dyed yarns, Simply Sock from Greenwood Fiberworks andClassic Sock from The Yarnbrary.

Class Details:
9:30am-10:45am on Saturday June 9. Because we will be knitting the Rose City Rollers, experience working in the round and working with fingering weight yarn is required. There is no fee for this mini-session but please purchase your yarn from Wasatch and Wool. This class will fill up quickly so please call or stop by the store soon to reserve your spot.

Brioche Night:

Tuesday, June 12 from 5:30-7:30pm
Brioche night continues during the summer though we are now meeting the second Tuesday of the month. Though this won’t be a time for formal instruction, there will be plenty of encouragement and opportunity to have questions answered. I started Andrea Mowry’sHarlow Hat over Memorial Day weekend and was really impressed by how well the pattern was written and the video tutorials she included. It’s a great project for the Brioche newbie.

Holiday Knitting Planning and Idea Sharing Night:
Tuesday, June 26 from 6-8pm

Though it seems early because it is early June, this is the perfect time to start your holiday knitting. Bring a notebook to write down new ideas as well as suggestions or samples of past popular gifts. We will even have Christmas cookies though it will hopefully be too warm for hot chocolate.

Shown above are one of my gift giving ideas, a collection of mittens from Matilda Kruse that are knit in Cheeky Merino Joy. The patterns are IskristallVinterland and Snöfall.

Have you heard the BUZZZZ?
4-Day Sweater KAL
If you are up for a bigger challenge this summer, Marie Greene from Olive Knits is doing another 4-Day Sweater Challenge. Her last 4 day KAL challenge caught on like wildfire and Lux Adorna and Wasatch and Wool are joining in on the fun. The Beekeeper Cardigan has simple, all-over texture. No lace, no cables. Top-down, seamless construction. 3/4 sleeves with an option for long sleeves. It is suitable for advanced beginners and beyond.

We are taking pre-orders through June 17th for Lux Adorna’s 100% DK yarn in the colors and swatches below. Other yarn ideas are Acadia from The Fibre Company and Three Irish Girls’ Springvale DK.

The KAL begins July 1st and runs through July 15th with a sliding timeline for different sizes (up to 8 days). Pick and choose your days (they don’t have to be consecutive).

In case four days seems just a bit too intense, our store KAL will continue through August 15.

 

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!

New Store Hours:
Beginning Saturday May 5, the store will close at 5pm on Saturdays.

 

 

Wasatch and Wool Yarns Mothers Day Gifts and May Events

If your mom (or you) are at all like me, knitting and other fiber arts gifts are at the top of her mother’s day wish list. And again, if she is like me, features that would make the gift even more wonderful are if it encourages good stewardship of the land and animals or if it supports and encourages the people who produce them.

Cheeky Merino Joy – Rosy Green Wool:

Seven years ago Rosy Stegmann, a passionate knitter and proponent of organic food, was looking for a soft, organic wool for handknitting. When she couldn’t find one that met her beliefs in sustainability and concerns over the use of pesticides and mis-treatment of sheep, she founded Rosy Green Wool. The wool in Cheeky Merino Joy is 100% Merino from Patagonia and is GOTS certified. This means:

  • the sheep do not have to suffer painful mulesing surgery
  • the wool production does not pollute the environment with dangerous chemicals
  • the workers are treated fairly
  • the yarn is under strict controls for harmful residues.

In addition to the wool, Rosy and her husband Patrick found a mill and dyer in England that were also GOTS certified.
One way to think of GOTS is: Good for Sheep, Good for the Environment, and Good for Humans!

Cheeky Merino Joy is soft, bouncy and wonderful for children as it is machine washable.

One pattern that we will have as a knit-along this summer isShrug & More by Martina Behm. It’s easy to knit, multifunctional and fun.

 

A very cute and Park City style sweater is Hamble from Isabell Kraemer.

As the yarn is washable, mittens are a great project idea. Shown below are a collection of mittens from Matilda Kruse that are knit in Cheeky Merino Joy. The patterns are IskristallVinterlandand Snofall.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fino – Manos del Uruguay:

The Manos Cooperatives, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, was founded by five women whose goal was to develop economic opportunities for women in a country where there were, and are still, few opportunities for work. Though Manos initially sold handicraft at local shops, the business gravitated to spinning, dying, weaving and knitting. The “faded”, striated colors of Manos yarn were the result of heating yarn for dyeing in large, iron kettles over wood fires, and over the years, the dying process has been refined to provide consistency of color without losing what has become the trademark stria shading.
The Manos Cooperatives provide health insurance, retirement pensions, paid vacations and paid maternity leave for their members. Moreover, members enjoy a sense of achievement and of self-determination. Also, the first kindergartens in Uruguay were begun by the Manos Cooperative, to provide childcare for the artisans.

Wasatch and Wool stocks several yarns from Manos del Uruguay. My favorite right now is Fino. I just finished Isabell Kraemer’s A Girl’s Best Friend and the yarn was such a pleasure to knit with.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Like the shawl, Fino is elegant, refined and a spectacular way to dress up a simple white shirt.
Fino combines the softness of merino wool with the luster of silk in a lightweight yarn that’s perfect for heirloom accessories or luxurious garments. Fino features a new dye process that yields complex, subtle, tonal colors. Manos also produces sets of five mini 20-gram skeins what are wonderful for knitting shawls, cowls and other accessories especially when combined with full sized skeins. A few of my favorite that use this yarn areCharnley ScarfChurros and Rings of Rings Cowl by Lisa R. Myers, Arwen from Isabell Kraemer and finally Onete from the Fairmont Fibers Design Team. Onete, a free pattern, is the simplest of all the projects and uses one skein of Fino.

   

    

Classes:

Two Great Summer Cardigans  – Pick one that’s best for you!
May 16, 30 and June 13 from 1:30pm-4:30pm. (Please let us know if other dates or times are better for you.)
Class fee $60
Please stop by the store to register.
If you register and purchase your yarn by May 9th, there will be a 10% discount on materials. (Deb asks that you use yarn purchased at Wasatch and Wool.)

Deb will be teaching a class featuring your choice of two cardigans.  The first is Staring at Stars by Alicia Plummer. The yarn we recommend for this sweater is Elsebeth Lavold’s Silky Wool, a silk, wool and nylon blend that has generous yardage at a very good price point and comes in numerous colors. Staring at Stars has raglan sleeves and tends to look better on women with broader shoulders;

Staring at Stars is worked as one piece, from the top down.  Learn how to pick up stitches on the front edge and around the neck for knitting the ribbed band.

The second cardigan choice is Pintuck Cardigan by Bristol Ivy which has set-in sleeves (and looks better on those without those broad shoulders.) Slip-stitch columns gradually travel across the fronts of this jacket, pulling the fabric together to create both its shaping and its swinging hem. Bristol Ivy designed this cardigan in Rylie from Hikoo. We carry Rylie as well as other yarns that would result in a gorgeous cardigan.

A Girl’s Best Friend Knit-along:
We 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 or even assistance on getting out of an “oops”. The only thing we ask is that you please use materials purchased from Wasatch and Wool Yarns.

A beautiful way to welcome spring, Isabell Kraemer’s A Girl’s Best Friend is a triangular shawl worked flat from the top down. The project was a fun, and at times slightly challenging, knit but so worth the effort as I love my finished project. Please join us here at the store.

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!

New Store Hours:
Beginning Saturday May 5, the store will close at 5pm on Saturdays.

 

 

 

 

Local Yarn Store Day, welcome Farmer’s Daughter Fibers and Deb’s new class:

Plans are coming together for our first Local Yarn Store Day which is being held this Saturday, April 21, from 11am-6pm at the store. You may have heard of Record Store Day or Independent Book Store day. Local Yarn Store Day is a day to celebrate and appreciate your local brick and mortar yarn stores like Wasatch and Wool Yarns! This day is designed to bring together our unique community of knitters, crocheters, weavers and spinners to drive awareness of and show off our enjoyment of the fiber arts.

LYS Day Activities:

We have a full day of classes and mini-seminars planned covering several fiber topics.

The day begins at 9:30am with a Learn to Crochet class taught by Zoey. Students will learn crochet basics so that they can make the Augusta Shawl designed by Andrea Mules. The suggested yarn is Serena from Manos del Uruguay, a beautiful alpaca pima cotton blend. We also have many other yarns that would be wonderful in this project.

The class will meet twice; April 21and April 28 from 9:30am-11am. Class fee is $30 ($65 if you do not use yarn purchased at Wasatch and Wool.)
Please stop by the store to register.

At noon, Zoey will lead a mini-session on tips and tricks for crocheting Edward’s Menagerie amigurumi toy animals. Wasatch has stocked Edward’s Menagerie kits for a few years. We now stock books including the latest book, Dogs, and TOFT DK yarn. Featured below are some photos from Dogs and another new publication we carry from TOFT, Sheep.

At 1 pm, local fiber artist Martha Taggart will hold a spinning demonstration. If you’ve ever been interested in learning to spin or have a few technique questions, please stop by and talk to Martha. We have some beautiful yak down and merino wool roving from Palouse Yarn Company and just received a new shipment of fiber from SweetGeorgia.

At 2pm, Karen will have a mini-session on helping you get over your fear of mixing colors and yarn in a project. If you have a skein in your stash, please bring it. She will help you pick out a project that will incorporate that yarn as well as others from the store. Below is a photo of Karen modeling her version of Andrea Mowry’s Find Your Fade. In this project she used multiple colors, different types of beads, and yarns that ranged from fingering to worsted. It is spectacular to see.

At 3pm Patty Horie will have a session on how to use Knit Companion app. If you are tired of printing out patterns, especially up here in the high desert where our ink is perpetually dried out, Knit Companion offers a wonderful way you can work straight from your IOS or Android phone or tablet. It even offers a built-in counter, ruler and sticky notes.

At 4pm, Deb will present an overview on colorwork. She will discuss different ways of using color in our projects from very simple to more complex, and why we should choose one method versus another. Below are photos of projects that Deb has taught during the past twelve months. The first is Ski Skate Snowshoe Hockey Too by Julie Stone; followed by Classic Family Hat by John Crane, and finally Arboreal by Jennifer Steingass.

LYS Day Specials:

                                   

Some of my favorite vendors are offering special yarns, patterns and giveaways in honor of LYS Day. Shown above is Celebrationfrom Mary Gavan, an indie dyer whose work is inspired by the Southwest. Celebration is a 100% superwash merino that is 2-ply with a tight twist. It is only available this month beginning on LYS Day, April 21. The yarn can be pre-ordered now, but come the end of April, it will no longer be available. The Hyde Park Cowlette by Taiga Hilliard is a one skein project that is beautiful when knit in Celebration.

Trendsetter Yarns is putting together a kit which contains one skein each of four colors of Holika and the patterns to make all three garments. (The vest and scarf take one kit each and the oversized wrap will use two kits.)  Holika is an worsted weight cotton blend yarn wonderful for spring and summer projects.

                                            

                                             

The Adventura Shawl from Laura Nelkin is a choose your own shawl adventure knit. All three Adventuras start the same: from the tip, with a neutral color, you will knit a boomerang shape until you have knit up almost all of that first color. Then you work a few transition garter rows, and it is time to begin your journey! Adventura Shawl usesAndorra from Kelbourne Woolens, a classic versatile 2-ply merino wool, highland wool, and mohair blend with a vintage feel in a gorgeous color palette.

The Adventura Shawl pattern is free on April 21 with the purchase of two or more skeins of Andorra.

We just received the latest issue of Pom Pom Quarterly and it is full of adorable patterns for hats, sweaters and socks! For LYS day, Pom Pom Publishing is offering a code for a free download of an out of print PPQ issue with every purchase of a current issue.

Post LYS Day Special Champagne Cast-on Party:
May 1 from 6-8pm.
To make this event last even longer, we are having a special cast-on party. Enjoy Prosecco or sparkling water as you work on one (or multiple!) LYS Day purchases. Please give the store a call to reserve a spot if you are planning on attending.

LYS Day Raffle:
And finally, if none of the above inspires you to join us on LYS Day, we are also offering a raffle for a gift basket of wonderful knitting items worth more than $250!

Welcome Farmer’s Daughter Fibers!

Wasatch and Wool is now stocking Farmer’s Daughter yarns.Candice English, the owner and operator at The Farmer’s Daughter Fibers, embodies her heritage & home state of Montana into all aspects of her work. We currently stock three of her yarns. The first isCraggy Tweed which was a favorite of my Knit Night group. Craggy Tweed is a soft, smooth, and lofty fiber made up of 85% Superwash BFL and 15% NEP. The rich and dynamic colors will make this modern tweed pop for any garment. A project that is beautiful in Craggy Tweed is Ninilchik Swoncho by Caitlin Hunter.

The second yarn is Foxy Lady, a silky, smooth 70% SW Merino and 30% Silk High Twist sock weight yarn, with a glorious 428 yards. Foxy Lady is delicate and classy, the high twist gives the yarn support and structure making it perfect for any farm or city girl. Andrea Mowry loves this yarn for Find Your FadeFree Your Fade and What the Fade?!.

The third yarn is Willow Sock. Willow, 75% Bluefaced Leicester and 25% Nylon, is cushy but still strong and has a beautiful innate sheen. Willow Sock’s twist helps create a durable garment with gorgeous stitch definition. Starting Point by Joji Locatelli has been a popular pattern for Willow Sock. Another pattern idea is Apogean, a light weight tee or long-sleeved sweater depending on which option you choose, designed by Marie Greene from Olive Knits.

Classes:

Two Great Summer Cardigans  – Pick One Best for You!
May 16, 30 and June 13 from 1:30pm-4:30pm. (Please let us know if other dates or times are better for you.)
Class fee $60
Please stop by the store to register.
If you register and purchase your yarn by May 9th, there will be a 10% discount on materials. (Deb asks that you use yarn purchased at Wasatch and Wool.)

Deb will be teaching a class featuring your choice of two cardigans.  The first is Staring at Stars by Alicia Plummer. The yarn we recommend for this sweater is Elsebeth Lavold’s Silky Wool, a silk, wool and nylon blend that has generous yardage at a very good price point and comes in numerous colors. Staring at Stars has raglan sleeves and tends to look better on women with broader shoulders;

Staring at Stars is worked as one piece, from the top down.  Learn how to pick up stitches on the front edge and around the neck for knitting the ribbed band.

The second cardigan choice is Pintuck Cardigan by Bristol Ivy which has set-in sleeves (and looks better on those without those broad shoulders.) Slip-stitch columns gradually travel across the fronts of this jacket, pulling the fabric together to create both its shaping and its swinging hem. Bristol Ivy designed this cardigan in Rylie from Hikoo. We carry Rylie as well as other yarns that would result in a gorgeous cardigan.

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!

 

Local Yarn Store Day and Learn to Crochet with Zoey

You may have heard of Record Store Day or Independent Book Store day. This year on April 21, we will all be celebrating the inaugural Local Yarn Store Day, a day to celebrate and appreciate your local brick and mortar yarn stores like Wasatch and Wool Yarns! This day is designed to bring together our unique community of knitters, crocheters, weavers and spinners to drive awareness of and show off our enjoyment of the fiber crafts.

A full list of LYS Day participants – both retailers and vendors – is available at http://www.tnna.org/?page=LYSDayRetailers, but I want to share with you what we’re doing here at Wasatch and Wool Yarns.

LYS Day Activities:

The day begins at 9:30 with a Learn to Crochet class taught by Zoey. (See below for more information). The store will open at its regular time of 11am.

At noon, Zoey will talk about crocheting Edward’s Menagerie amigurumi toy animals. Wasatch has stocked Edward’s Menagerie kits for a few years. We now stock books including the latest book, Dogs, and TOFT DK yarn. Kerry Lord, the designer of the patterns and Edward’s mum, recommends TOFT DK because it’s a soft and natural fiber that enhances the finished project. If you are a fan of the movie Isle of Dogs like I am, you will love her new book. Featured below are some photos from Dogs and another new publication we carry from TOFT, Sheep.

             

At 2pm, Karen is going to do a presentation on mixing colors and yarn in a project. Shown below is Karen modeling her version of Andrea Mowry’s Find Your Fade. In this project she used multiple colors, different types of beads, and yarns that ranged from fingering to worsted. It is spectacular to see.

We will have other presentations during the day from Deb Pollard and Patty Horie as well. Please check my calendar athttp://www.wasatchandwool.com/wp/calendar/ for more information as times are finalized.

LYS Day Specials:

          

Some of my favorite vendors are offering special yarns, patterns and giveaways in honor of LYS Day. Shown above is Celebrationfrom Mary Gavan, an indie dyer whose work is inspired by the Southwest. Celebration is a 100% superwash merino that is 2-ply with a tight twist. It is only available this month beginning on LYS Day, April 21. The yarn can be pre-ordered now, but come the end of April, it will no longer be available. The Hyde Park Cowlette by Taiga Hilliard is a one skein project that uses Celebration.

                 

Trendsetter Yarns is putting together a kit which contains one skein each of four colors of Holika and the patterns to make all three garments. (The vest and scarf take one kit each and the oversized wrap will use two kits.)  Holika is an aran weight cotton blend yarn wonderful for spring and summer projects.

           

We just received our first shipment of Andorra from Kelbourne Woolens. Andorra is a classic versatile 2-ply merino wool, highland wool, and mohair blend. Designed with a vintage feel in a gorgeous color palette, Andorra is perfect for garments and accessories alike.

The Adventura Shawl from Laura Nelkin is a choose your own shawl adventure knit. All three Adventuras start the same: from the tip, with a neutral color, you will knit a boomerang shape until you have knit up almost all of that first color. Then you work a few transition garter rows, and it is time to begin your journey!

The Adventura Shawl pattern is free on April 21 with the purchase of two or more skeins of Andorra.

          

We just received the latest issue of Pom Pom Quarterly and it is full of adorable patterns for hats, sweaters and socks! For LYS day, Pom Pom Publishing is offering a code for a free download of an out of print PPQ issue with every purchase of a current issue.

Post LYS Day Special Champagne Cast-on Party:
May 1 from 6-8pm.
To make this event last even longer, we are having a special cast-on party. Enjoy Prosecco or sparkling water as you work on one (or multiple!) LYS Day purchases. Please give the store a call to reserve a spot if you are planning on attending.

LYS Day Raffle:
And finally, if none of the above inspires you to join us on LYS Day, we are also offering a raffle for a gift basket of wonderful knitting items worth more than $250!

Classes:

Augusta Shawl Learn to Crochet Class with Zoey
April 21and 28 from 9:30am-11am.
Class fee $30 ($65 if you do not use yarn purchased at Wasatch and Wool.)
Please stop by the store to register.
Wasatch and Wool is excited to offer our very first crochet class. In this class, students will learn crochet basics so that they can make this beautiful shawl designed by Andrea Mules. The suggested yarn is Serena from Manos del Uruguay, a beautiful alpaca pima cotton blend. We also have many other yarns that would be wonderful in this project.

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.