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.

 

 

New Kits, Classes and Knit-alongs

It’s been a couple of months since our last newsletter. My excuse for this is that I was participating in #28daysofyourlocalLYS on Instagram and Ravelry. (If you have never been active in social media and social marketing, let me tell you that it takes a lot of time!) Anyway, I wanted to share with you a couple of my favorite posts from last month.

          

The first photo was from Day 5 – Stripes. Sometimes it’s just nice when the yarn does all the work for you. Self-Striping Yarn Studio by Carol J. Sulcoski is a great reference book as well as a source for patterns and inspiration on using self-striping yarns. There are patterns for scarves, hats and even sweaters. The first item in the book that I’m making is Tracks Scarf by Erika Flory which uses Noro Silk Garden.

If you would like to follow the store on social media, it can be found at wasatchandwool on Instagram and Wasatch and Wool Yarns on Facebook.

My other favorite post was from Valentine’s Day, Day 14 -Yarn Love. It was mid- Olympics in PyeongChang and Chloe Kim had just won her gold medal in Snowboard Halfpipe. One of our favorite designers, Jen Geigley, wrote up a pattern Gold Medal Hat  replicating the hat that Chloe Kim was frequently seen wearing. (The pattern is the second photo.) We recommendOuter from Spud & Chloe for knitting Gold Medal Hat.

          

One really important post that went out about 10 days late was from Day 21 – Shop Exclusive. Marian from Marianated Yarns and Katy Carroll created the Parley’s Canyon Cowl. Parley’s Canyon is the winding mountain pass that leads from Salt Lake City up to Park City. To me, the curves look like first tracks coming down the mountain after a nice snow. The kit includes Marianated Yarns Jujubee Six Pack set, a dk weight 100% superwash merino totaling 300 yards for 120 grams. The kit includes three different options from “bunny hill” for beginner knitters to “mogul run” that is a bit more advanced.

                    

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 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.

Winter Cable Hat Knit-along:
Since Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow this year and we are in for more weeks of winter (especially here in Park City), I’m featuring a hat kit as a KAL. It is knit with Springvale Worsted, a 100% soft spring super-wash merino, and Meara, an ultra-soft lace weight kid-mohair blend. The kit even includes a matching pom-pom.

This month the store is featuring Brioche. First, we are kicking off Brioche Night the first Tuesday of the month from 5:30pm to 7:30pm. Though this won’t be a time for formal instruction, there will be plenty of encouragement and opportunity to have questions answered. Please join us this month on March 6th and April 3rd next month.

If you are a Brioche newbie or if you need a refresher class in Brioche, we have the class for you…

Two Color Brioche in the Round class with Deb
March 14 and 21 from 3-5pm
Class fee $40 ($65 if you do not use yarn purchased at Wasatch and Wool.)
Please stop by the store to register and pick up optional homework.

Students in Deb’s class will knit Lavanya Patricella’s Tundra Bandana Cowl. This stylish unisex cowl is knit using the two-color brioche stitch. The pattern is worked both in the round and flat; it is also a great pattern for learning brioche as well as a fairly quick knit. The cowl is tapered in the back so it fits nicely around the neck and under a jacket. Pick Oh! from HiKoo,Moonshine Chunky from Juniper Moon Farm, Techno from Blue Sky Fibers or Aran30 from String@ for a super soft and warm cowl. Deb has knit a few samples so please drop by the store to see them.

Well Dressed-Bunny class with Deb
March 17 and 24 from 1-3pm.
Class fee $40 ($65 if you do not use yarn purchased at Wasatch and Wool.)
Please stop by the store to register. There will be 10% discount on materials purchased by March 10 when signing up for the class.

Deb is also leading a class on knitting Barbara Prime’s Well-Dressed Bunny. In time for Easter as well as a great opportunity to learn how to knit stuffed-animals, this class will be a lot of fun. Deb is even supplying the stuffing.

          

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.

Beginner Knitting Saturdays
March 17 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.  Please call or stop by the store to reserve your spot.

You will receive a coupon for 15% off your next yarn purchase for every Learn to Knit class taken. 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!

 

Thank you Ria, sweater class with Deb and welcome Neighborhood Fibers!

Ria, thank you for being such a special part of Wasatch and Wool. We will miss you!

Everyone who is reading this newsletter has most likely been helped by Ria or inspired by the projects she has made. Ria has been with the store almost since the day I opened and became a wonderful employee, assistant and most of all a dear friend. Wonderful opportunities on the East Coast presented themselves to Ria and her husband Raj. They are leaving Park City this month. We wish them all the best.

 

Neighborhood Fiber Co.

We are really thrilled to announce that Wasatch and Wool is now stocking Neighborhood Fiber Co. yarns. Located in Baltimore, MD, Neighborhood Fiber Co. is known for wonderfully soft and squishy superwash merino yarns. Studio Worsted, which comes in an 8 ounce, 400 yard skeins has a 4-ply construction that keeps pilling to a minimum and the yardage is enough for most accessories and baby sweaters.
A couple of pattern ideas are Recoleta from Joji Locatelli. This simple but beautiful sweater is constructed with a shawl collar and a raglan sleeve. The delicate lace pattern is challenging but rewarding as it grows diagonally with the raglan shaping.

         

A couple of quicker projects which use Studio Worsted are Chaff and Carroll Park both by Lynn Di Cristina.

         

Studio Sock and Loft

Two other yarns that we also stock from Neighborhood Fiber Co. are Studio Sock and Loft. Eight plies of superwash merino make Studio Sock strong and durable. The construction of 4 sets of 2 plies make it “plenty springy”! Loft’s wonderfully soft kid mohair covers a silk core to create a wispy and light yarn that can be knit on larger needles or can act as the perfect accent when held with a heavier yarn.
Parseltongue by Corrine Walcher are very Slytherinesque inStudio Sock, and Nancy Marchant’s Autumn Lace is spectacular in Loft.

         

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 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.

Arboreal Sweater Class with Deb
Late January – more details coming soon. Please call the store for additional information.

Deb Pollard will be teaching a new sweater class this January.Arboreal, designed by Jennifer Steingass, is an Icelandic style sweater and a great choice for first time sweater knitters as it is top down and seamless. Other techniques Deb will teach are short rows and stranded color-work. Suggested yarns areArranmore Light and Cumbria from The Fibre Co. and Kenziefrom HiKoo. Students will have the opportunity to purchase the yarn at a 10% discount if purchased 10 days before the start of class.

Gwynn Falls Park:

I love projects with cables so it is no surprise that I am pickingGwynn Falls Park by Lynn Di Cristina as the first knit-along for January. Knit in Neighborhood Fibers Co. Studio Worsted, it is a completely reversible cabled cowl/infinity scarf.

Snoqualmie Hat:
The Olympics are almost here and I envision cheering on Team USA wearing this beautiful hat designed by Andrea Mowry.Snoqualmie is stunning knit in very natural neutrals as shown or much more fun in bright colors. The different textures play well together to form a flattering slouchy style hat. “Fun to knit and easy to wear.” A few recommended yarns for the project areAcadia from The Fibre Co., Springvale DK from Three Irish Girls and for the truly American hat Alpine Natural 3ply DK from Mountain Meadow Wool which is 100% Mountain Merino Targhee and made in Buffalo, WY.

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.

Beginner Knitting Saturdays
January 20 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.  Please call or stop by the store to reserve your spot.

You will receive a coupon for 15% off your next yarn purchase for every Learn to Knit class taken.

Knit Nights, now 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 knitter encouragement. We hope to see you here!

 

 

 

Because nothing says I love you like cashmere and other wonderful gifts…

We are so excited to announce that Wasatch and Wool Yarns is now part of the String@ Collection. We have teamed up with Stacy Charles and String in New York City to bring the finest cashmere to Utah. It’s the cashmere for people who love cashmere. Though some of the yarns, Classica and Strata, are 100% cashmere, others such as Dolcetto and Aran 30 are cashmere blends and are at a very good price point. Shown below are: Park City Headband and Cowl  by Annabelle Speer knit in DolcettoGold Coast Tabord/Shrug by Dina Mor knit in Strata, and Scarlett Belted Duster by Joan Forgione in Shalimar.

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Lux Adorna Cashmere

If you have a love for fine fiber, color and design, Lux Adorna is a wonderful choice. We carry several of her kits which are a great gift option because Heidi Hennessy, the creative force behind Lux Adorna, does such a beautiful job putting colors together.  Shown below are: my Audrey Cowl (which you can see in the store if Margaux isn’t wearing it) designed by Smalle which uses one Lofty Lux BraidInauguration Consolation by Casapinka in Menage a TroisEssential Striped Scarf by Xandy Peters which uses Fun Size Bundles Sport plus one skein, andGretta Mitts by Tanis Gray done in Fair Isle Box of Itty Bitties.

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Gift Cards plus one!

From now through the end of the year, receive a $5 gift certificate for yourself with every $50 or larger gift certificate purchased. It’s a nice way to treat yourself when you’re giving someone else a really nice gift.

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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 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.

Knit Hats for the Holidays Day
Saturday, December 16 from noon-5pm
Not only do hats make great gifts, they also keep you warm. Right now we need both of those things! Making this day even more special, my friend Sue is in town and will be in the store knitting. We featured some gorgeous hat patterns in this newsletter but are always happy to come up with a few other suggestions.

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Suffolk:

Designed by Jo Storie and knit in bulky weight yarn, Suffolk is a quick but still very stylish gift especially with an added pom-pom. A great yarn choice (and the one we will be using in the shop) is Aran 30 Bulky, a 70% extra-fine merino and 30% cashmere blend from the String@ Collection. This hat is also a great first cable project.

Suffolk

Bean:
One more knit hat gifting idea is Bean from Plucky Knitter Designs. This classically cute hat can be quickly knit in sport or fingering weight yarn. A few of our super soft suggestions areRoad to China Light from The Fibre Company, Telluride from Classic Elite Yarns, Cheeky Merino Joy from Rosy Green Wool or (for the very special giftee) Jade Sapphire Mongolian Cashmere 100% cashmere 4-ply.

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Felted Clogs:
If you’ve joined us recently for one of our knit-nights, you know how popular Felted Clogs have become to knit as gifts. Designed by Bev Galeskas from Fiber Trend, this is also a great project for new knitters as mistakes tend to disappear during the felting process. We recommend using Lamb’s Pride Worsted from Brown Sheep Company.

Felted Cogs

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.

Beginner Knitting Saturdays
December 16 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.  Please call or stop by the store to reserve your spot.

You will receive a coupon for 15% off your next yarn purchase for every Learn to Knit class taken.

Knit Nights, now 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!

 

Wasatch and Wool Yarns Black Friday Sale extended through Sunday

Yesterday was so much fun that we decided to extend our Black Friday Sale through today, Small Business Saturday, and even “Sofa Sunday” which I’m officially renaming “Sit-and-Knit Sunday.”

All of our Blue Sky Fibers yarns continue to be 15% off for the month of November. 

For the next two days, yarns from Noroand Debbie Bliss will also be 15% off.

Our Super Sidewalk Sale (normally 30% off), is 40% off and we’ve added additional items to the sale.  

Here are a few more project ideas:

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Turkish Bed Socks by Churchmouse Yarns and Teas in Koigu KPPPM and Moroccan Magique by Casapinka in Dragonfly Fibers’ Dragon Sock which is available in a kit.

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From Juniper Moon Farm, Snowfall by Gus Baxter in Moonshineand Between Oceans in Moonshine Chunky by Laura Aylor.

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Copenhagen Calling  by Isabell Kraemer for which I would recommend Swans Island’s Natural Colors Merino and La Crau by Melanie Berg in Rosy Green Wool’s new fingering weight yarn, Merino d’Arles.

And finally, this pullover knit in Rauma Finullgarn. (For more infomation on this sweater, please visit the store.)

Rauma Finullgarn

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.