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.

 

Wasatch And Wool Yarns July Events

Summer in Park City! I’m not certain that I could name a nicer place to spend the summer. I know many people don’t knit in the summer but I love knitting on long summer evenings, watching the sunset or even at a concert at Deer Valley.

Classes and Knit-alongs (KAL’s):

*If you would like to join us for any of our upcoming classes and knit-a-longs, please use materials purchased from Wasatch and Wool Yarns.

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Goldfinch by Andrea Mowry

Our first KAL for July incorporates short-rows, working on a bias and colorwork making it a great choice for knitters who are participating in the Wasatch and Wool Pentathlon. (If you don’t know what that is, please check my webpagehttp://www.wasatchandwool.com/wp/events/, facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/WasatchandWool/ or call the store for more details.)

Fridays are set aside for Pentathlon projects especially between 1-2:30pm when we will be working on this KAL as well. This is a bit more challenging than the other summer KAL projects so please don’t hesitate to come on Fridays. My yarn for this project is Yellowstone from Stitch Sprouts, an 80% wool 20% silk sport weight blend of 3-ply luxury.

Audrey Gloves

Audrey Gloves by Nancy Ricci

If you are interested in getting a jump start on your holiday projects, please join us here at the store for the Audrey Glove KAL. Inspired by the grace and style of Audrey Hepburn, these fingerless mitts are adorned with a classy little bow. They are knit flat then seamed. Though they look complicated, they are a great project for beginners as each mitt is just 2 rectangles. The yarn I am using is 8-ply cashmere from Jade Sapphire. Another option is Moonshine from Juniper Moon Farm. This KAL will start Tuesday, July 19 from 4:30-6pm and will continue as we will add other quick holiday knit projects during this time.

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Cool Hemp Ponchette by Lana Hames

If you are looking for a fun little summer project that you can throw in your backpack, this little poncho is a great choice. The 8 row stitch pattern includes a lot of garter stitch and is easily memorized. I chose to knit mine in a bright fuchsia linen cotton blend from Juniper Moon Farm named Zooey. Please drop by the store to take a look at mine.

Beginner Knitting Saturdays
July 16, 23 and 30 from 9:30-11am.

From your first knitting lesson, help with an ongoing project or even picking out something new, this time is for the new or returning knitter. The fee per session is $15 but cards for 5 sessions are available for $60. In conjunction with the Olympic Pentathlon challenge, you will receive a coupon for 15% off your next yarn purchase for every Learn to Knit class taken.

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BUILDING BLOCKS  
Improve your knitting skills one square and one month at a time. Every pattern in Building Blocks focuses on the development of a skill while knitting a lovely square that can be seamed into a beautiful afghan. The Building Blocks workshop allows participants to work on their blocks at their own pace throughout the year. Instruction will be one-on-one as needed during the class.

*In July and August we will meet the fourth Monday of the month, July 25 and August 22 from 6-8pm.  As a special incentive, there is no fee for the class as long as you purchase your supplies from Wasatch and Wool Yarns. Otherwise, it is a $20 fee for the class.

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New Arrivals:

Apu Maria Cowl

Apu from Amano Yarn:

We are beginning to receive some of our new fall yarn. The first one to come in is Apu from Amano Yarns. Apu only comes in a natural cream color but is the softest yarn that I have ever felt. It is a sport weight 100% alpaca. Apu in Quechua (the native language of the Incas) means Mountain God. The Incas believed that the finest alpaca textiles were comparable in value to gold and the finest jewelry. For Amano, Apu represents a gift from the Gods, the finest alpaca in the world. The cowl featured above is the Maria Cowl by Laura Zukaite. Apu is the first of several yarns from Amano that we will be stocking.

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Woolstok from Blue Sky Fibers:

Given that knitters cannot exist on alpaca alone, we are bringing in a new yarn from Blue Sky Fibers. Woolstok is a 100% worsted weight premium Peruvian wool. Blue Sky Fibers (formerly Blue Sky Alpacas but with the addition of Woolstok, they changed their name) is well known for their quality yarn and this worsted wool lives up to their name. The Spicer Hat designed by Nancy Ekvall uses just one 50 gram skein of Woolstok. This yarn will be arriving Wednesday, July 20.

Alexandra’s Crafts Trunk Show:
Mark your calendar for a special trunk show that we will soon host at the store with Alexandra’s Crafts on August 24. Alexandra’s yarns are wonderfully colorful and feel good in your hands as you knit/crochet with them. Her line of yarn includes superwash merino, yak, silk and cashmere blends. If you can’t wait until August 24th, we already stock a nice selection of her yarn. Shown below is the Rimrock Shawl designed by Kelly Forster in Alexandra’s Crafts Black Butte.

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