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

 

 

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.