Wasatch And Wool Yarns March 2017 Events

We have a fantastic month of March planned and it includes one of my favorite times of the year. Even if you’re not a college basketball fan, you can still have a great time with March Madness at Wasatch and Wool.

Patty Lyons coming to Wasatch and Wool:

Patty Lyons

Patty Lyons is heading up to Park City on Monday, March 13, 2017 to teach two classes. The classes are sold out but we are celebrating her joining us by having a 15% off everything in the entire store on Monday, March 13 but only from 6-9pm. The store will be closed the rest of the day in order to conduct the classes. (Students enrolled in either one or both of Patty’s sessions can take advantage of the sale all day long.)

LickinFlames Trunk Show and Reception with Jim Atchison:

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Reception with Jim Atchison:
Tuesday, March 28 at 5pm
LickinFlames Trunk Show:
Tuesday March 28, beginning at 2pm through Sunday, April 2

Many of you have fallen in love with and purchased the gorgeous LickinFlames yarn bowls that we have at the store. Jim Atchison, the artist behind these bowls, will be at the store on Tuesday March 28 to speak about how his ceramics are made. Beginning Tuesday afternoon and continuing for five days following the reception, we will have a trunk show including more bowls, shawl pins and other pieces I haven’t carried in the past.

Please let us know if you will be joining us here at the store for this wonderful event.

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Merino March Madness
Last year we celebrated Malabrigo March Madness. This year we’re celebrating Merino March Madness. There are so many wonderful yarns made from merino wool that is seems unfortunate to just limit ourselves to just Malabrigo.

First, we are hosting a Cheeky Merino Joy trunk show from March 23–  April 3.

Rosy Green Wool’s Cheeky Merino Joy is a lovely organic merino yarn that is GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) certified which means: the sheep do not have to suffer painful mulesing; no dangerous chemicals are used, and the workers are treated fairly. The yarn is very soft (much like cashmere), machine washable, spun and dyed by small producers in England and available in beautiful colors.

The samples we will have in the store are Girl in Me,Drachenfels and Heidschnuke from Melanie Berg, Vitamin Dcardigan by Heidi Kirrmaier which is one of our current knit-alongs, and Turks and Caicos from Amy Herzog.

(Shown below are Girl in Me and Heidshnuke.)

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Second, we’re also really excited because we just received a shipment of new colors as well as gradient packs from Koigu in their Painter’s Palette Premium Merino (KPPPM) colors. To celebrate, we will be hosting a Find Your Fade knit-along. Andrea Mowry’s fun and creative shawl will be beautiful knit with this one of a kind merino yarn.

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.

The Find Your Fade Merino March Madness KAL

Though I’m knitting mine in the Koigu KPPPM mentioned above, we carry numerous merino yarns that would be wonderful options for Find Your Fade. These include, Mechita from Malabrigo, Twisted Owl Fiber Studio’s  2-Ply and Supersock, Rhapsody Fiber Arts’ Perfect Sock and Three Irish Girls’ Adorn Luxe.

This KAL will start with a “Champagne Cast-On” on  Wednesday, March 29 from 6-8pm. Enjoy some sparkling wine (or water) and other refreshments as you pick out yarn and begin this great project. As space is limited, please call or drop by the store to let us know you will be joining us.

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Vitamin D Knit-along continues..
Vitamin D, designed by Heidi Kirrmaier, is a swingy cardigan is worked from the top down in one piece. The yoke involves classic raglan shaping for the sleeves, and radial eyelet increases for the back. The pattern is very well written making this a just a wonderful project for an advanced beginner/intermediate knitter.

We carry several yarns that will knit up beautifully into this sweater. A few suggestions are Silky Wool from Elsebeth Lavold,Kimono from Zitron, Yellowstone from Stitch Sprouts, Sulka Nina from Mirasol, Cheeky Merino Joy from Rosy Green Wool and Road to China Light from The Fibre Company which is the yarn I’m using. If you’re beginning to plan for spring/summer, a couple of our new yarns (Bamboo Pop from Universal andHempathy from Elsebeth Lavold) would be perfect and both are at wonderful price points.

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Classes:

Beginner Knitting Saturdays
March 18 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. The recommended first project is the Garter-Stitch Scarf and Sideways Handwarmers from Churchmouse Yarns. Please call or stop by the store to reserve your spot.

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
Monday, March 20 from 6-8pm.

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.

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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Knit Nights, held on Tuesdays, 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 February Events

If you feel like I do today, you are very much craving the sun and are looking forward to better weather ahead. Though I can’t charter a plane and fly us off to a tropical beach, our upcoming events and knit-alongs will hopefully be the next best thing.

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Our next Knit Night falls on Valentine’s Day and what could be a better way to celebrate the friends you’ve made here at the store than with a Valentine’s/Galentine’s Day Party. Making the event even sweeter, everything in the store will be 10% off.

Patty Lyons at Wasatch and Wool:

Patty Lyons

We are thrilled to announce that Patty Lyons is heading up to Park City on Monday, March 13, 2017 to teach two classes.

Magic of Perfect Blocking
9:30am-12:30pm
Why spend all that time knitting a garment only to stop short of making it look great? Blocking is an essential part of finishing your garment off perfectly. Blocking evens out your stitches, sets your size and in some cases can even mask your mistakes. In this workshop, we will go over the three main methods of blocking (wet, steam and spray) and learn how to use all the tools such as blocking boards and wires. We’ll also discuss blocking unusual shapes, special stitch patterns as well as learn a bit about different fiber properties. Come on, don’t stop short of the perfect finish.
Improve Your Knitting Technique
2:30-5:30pm
There’s always room for improvement! Does your knitting “row out” (your purl stitch looser than your knit stitch), are you looking for a better way to control your knitting gauge? What about alternative ways to tension your yarn when working with stiff yarn or slippery yarn? We’ll explore ways to improve your knitting technique by looking at stitch sizing, the correct exit path of your stitch, a better way to make a clean edge, neater increases and decreases and look at things like which cast ons and bind offs to use when. The last part of the class will be open for all knitting questions, so come with your questions and let’s explore our knitting.

This is very exciting for me because I’ve learned from Patty in formal classes at knitting conventions as well as in yarn stores that she used to manage in New York. The price for each class is $50, but if you sign up for both it will be $90 for the day. This is actually a great price for the caliber of teacher that Patty is. Spots are very limited so please call or drop by the store to reserve your place.

LickinFlames Trunk Show and Reception with Jim Actchison

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Reception with Jim Atchison:
Tuesday, March 28 at 5pm
LickinFlames Trunk Show:
Tuesday March 28, beginning at 2pm through Sunday, April 2

Many of you have fallen in love with and purchased the gorgeous LickinFlames yarn bowls that we have at the store. Jim Atchison the artist behind these bowls will be at the store on Tuesday March 28 to speak about how his ceramics are made. Beginning Tuesday afternoon and continuing for five days following the reception, we will have a trunk show including more bowls and shawl pins as well as pieces I haven’t carried in the past.

Please join us here at the store for this wonderful event.

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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.

Vitamin D Knit-along
Vitamin D, designed by Heidi Kirrmaier, is a swingy cardigan is worked from the top down in one piece. The yoke involves classic raglan shaping for the sleeves, and radial eyelet increases for the back. The pattern is very well written making this a just a wonderful project for an advanced beginner/intermediate knitter.

We carry several yarns that will knit up beautifully into this sweater. A few suggestions are Silky Wool from Elsebeth Lavold,Kimono from Zitron, Yellowstone from Stitch Sprouts, Sulka Nina from Mirasol, Cheeky Merino Joy from Rosy Green Wool and Road to China Light from The Fibre Company which is the yarn I’m using.

Vitamin D

Liguria Class, Champagne Cast-on and Knit-along
March 1, 6pm-8pm
Liguria, from Katrin Schubert Designs was inspired bythe landscape, people and food of the Mediterranean region of Italy. This slightly slouchy beanie is knitted in an easy brioche stitch pattern, four repeating pattern rounds form a leaf pattern around the hat. This is a perfect beanie to use two-color brioche and a great way to fulfill one of the events of the Wasatch and Wool Olympic Pentathlon Challenge.

On Wednesday, March 1, we will meet at 6pm to review the Brioche stitch and then at 7pm cast on for the hat while enjoying some sparkling wine (or water) and other refreshments. As space is limited, please call or drop by the store to sign up. Class fee is $10. Experience knitting in the round is required.

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Wasatch And Wool Yarns January And Early February Events, Snow Closings And Knit-Alongs

* 2016-2017 has been a wonderful yearn for skiing here in Park City. We are getting a lot of snow and that can cause scary driving conditions. Because I want everyone to be happy, healthy and knitting, I occasionally will need to change my store hours. For example, today Tuesday, January 10, I am closing the store at 4pm and Knit Night is canceled. If the weather is bad, please call the store ahead of time or check the calendar on my web page to make sure we are open.

We are really excited that we will soon be a vendor at the Vogue Knitting Live in New York January 13-15. We are bringing some of our beautiful local yarns (Rhapsody Fiber Arts and Greenwood Fiberworks) as well as some of not quite as local favorites including Marianated Yarns, Three Irish Girls, Blue Sky Fibers and The Fibre Company
If you are attending, please stop by and say “hi”. If you know anyone in the area, it would be wonderful if you could encourage them to drop by.

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Patty Lyons at Wasatch and Wool:

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We are thrilled to announce that Patty Lyons is heading up to Park City on Monday, March 13, 2017 to teach two classes.

Magic of Perfect Blocking
9:30am-12:30pm
Why spend all that time knitting a garment only to stop short of making it look great. Blocking is an essential part of finishing your garment off perfectly. Blocking evens out your stitches, sets your size and in some cases can even mask your mistakes. In this workshop, we will go over the three main methods of blocking (wet, steam and spray) and learn how to use all the tools such as blocking boards and wires. We’ll also discuss blocking unusual shapes, special stitch patterns as well as learn a bit about different fiber properties. Come on, don’t stop short of the perfect finish.

Improve Your Knitting Technique
2:30-5:30pm
There’s always room for improvement! Does your knitting “row out” (your purl stitch looser than your knit stitch), are you looking for a better way to control your knitting gauge? What about alternative ways to tension your yarn when working with stiff yarn or slippery yarn? We’ll explore ways to improve your knitting technique by looking at stitch sizing, the correct exit path of your stitch, a better way to make a clean edge, neater increases and decreases and look at things like which cast ons and bind offs to use when. The last part of the class will be open for all knitting questions, so come with your questions and let’s explore our knitting.

This is very exciting for me because I’ve learned from Patty in formal classes at knitting conventions as well as in yarn stores that she used to manage in New York. The price for each class is $50, but if you sign up for both it will be $90 for the day. This is actually a great price for the caliber of teacher that Patty is. Spots are very limited so please call or drop by the store to reserve your place.

Knit -Alongs (KAL’s):

Endless Wrap by Sylvia Hager
Wrap yourself in yards of cozy Woolstok with this knit-along. This is a fun to knit, fun to wear project perfect for this time of year and a great project for a new knitter. Repetitive knit purl sections, moss stitch and just a bit of lace make it an easy pattern to memorize and wonderful to knit in front of a nice warm fire.
My sample is coming with me to Vogue Knitting Live but will be back in the store January 17.

Endless Wrap

Eponymuff  by Lisa Lucia
If you are a fan of Gilmour Girls, you may have seen Paris wearing this scarf knit in The Fibre Co.’s Road to China Light.
The second of our two KAL’s, it is not for the novice knitter. If it were a ski run I would mark it as a diamond. You would want to have a fair amount of skiing (knitting) experience before jumping in. It starts with a provisional Judy’s Magic cast on and moves into corrugated two color ribbing. If you this is a project you would like to try and need a bit of help, please don’t hesitate to stop by the store. Like the Endless Wrap, mine is making the trip to Vogue Knitting Live but will soon be back in the store.

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Classes:

Two at a Time Sock Knitting Class
Wednesdays February 1, 15 and March 1
9:30-11am 

February is sock knitting month at Wasatch and Wool. We will be kicking this off with a workshop every other Wednesday morning giving us time to knit two socks at the same time. If you’ve ever had “second sock syndrome”, this is the class for you.
The price of this class is $45. Please call or drop by the store to get more information and register for the class.

Beginner Knitting Saturdays
January 28 and February 11 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. The recommended first project is the Garter-Stitch Scarf and Sideways Handwarmers from Churchmouse Yarns. Please call or stop by the store to reserve your spot.

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
Monday, January 30 from 6-8pm.

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.

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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Knit Nights, held on Tuesdays, are a great, relaxing mid-week break. They are from 6pm-8pm.  Starting this month, we are hosting 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 Holiday Newsletter

Wishing you a very merry Christmas, a happy Hanukkah and a sparkling new year!

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Holiday Hours:
Christmas Eve 11am-3pm
Christmas Day Closed
New Year’s Eve 11am-4pm
New Year’s Day Closed

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We are hosting a holiday trunk show with Anzula Luxury Fibers featuring three of their yarns. For Better or Worsted is a 80% merino, 10% cashmere and 10% nylon blend worsted weight yarn that is incredibly versatile, soft and long lasting. It is wonderful in sweaters, hats, scarves, blankets, toys, cowls and more. Cricket is the same blend as For Better or Worsted but in a DK weight. Both yarns come in vivid tonal colors that make them fun to work with and even more fun to wear. The third yarn is Nebula a soft fingering weight merino that is spun with a bit of stardust (stellina). Shawls are stunning in Nebula but so are hats, cowls, sweaters and socks.
Below are patterns that we have samples of in the store knit in these yarns. Chintz from Karinknits Designs is a shawl that uses a textured floral stitch to convey the essence of Victorian Chintz fabric. The Dayap hat and cowl are knit in two colors of Nebula. Not seen in the photo is a cute pom-pom on the top of the hat. 
Frons (Latin for foliage) is a quick, single-skein cowl with a pretty, leafy, allover lace pattern.

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New Yarns:

Phoebe from Stacy Charles Fine Yarns

Brilliant  jewel tone colors and a subtly glowing matte/sheen contrast enhance this supple striated worsted weight tape yarn that is a blend of fine merino and silk. Shown below is theTribeca Capelet by Irina Poludnenko knit in Phoebe.

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Worsted Hand Dyes from Blue Sky Fibers
This worsted weight 50% alpaca 50% wool blend is luxuriously soft and has great stitch definition. We have samples in the store of a hat, scarf and mittens. Once you feel these pieces you will immediately want to cast on a project of your own.
Shown below are the Peruvian Cabled Scarf by Colleen Powley and Two Button Hat Set by Sylvia Hager. Both projects are knit in Worsted Hand Dyes.

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Please be on the lookout for an upcoming email with more information on classes and Knit-alongs (KAL’s).

Beginner Knitting Saturdays
January 7 and 28 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. The recommended first project is the Garter-Stitch Scarf and Sideways Handwarmers from Churchmouse Yarns. Please call or stop by the store to reserve your spot.

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
Monday, January 30 from 6-8pm.

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.

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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Knit Nights, held on Tuesdays, are a great, relaxing mid-week break. They are from 6pm-8pm.  We also now 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 Thanksgiving Newsletter

This past weekend the store celebrated its two year anniversary. Having my store “birthday” this time of year makes me think of so many things that I am very, very thankful for. First of course, are my supportive and extraordinarily patient family (one has even made crochet samples for the store). Best friends from back East have been amazing cheerleaders and anyone who has spent time at the store has heard about “My Friend Sue”. Ria has been a godsend as well as an enormous help keeping me organized. Many thanks to Liz Myers for coming in every Sunday (and a beautiful “Bianca Wrap” model) and Lyn Nadel who I look forward to having back in the store next spring.  I’ve been lucky enough to work with some really encouraging and professional reps, indie dyers and employees of the best yarn producers in the industry.  My customers though are what has inspired me the most. Some have such historic and fascinating backgrounds that movies should be made about them. Others are heroes refusing to give in to medical issues that have befallen them. I love rejoicing with customers who are expecting new members in their families or have just passed an important professional exam. The best part though are the “aha!” moments. From the new knitter who gets the basic knit stitch to someone trying a new cast-on or at the end of the project when someone realizes that they just knit a fabulous project. Everyday at the store is a true pleasure.

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And of course, it actually is Thanksgiving!
The store this week week will be closed on Thanksgiving Thursday but will be back to our regular schedule Friday and Saturday (11am-6pm) and Sunday (noon-5pm). On Friday and Saturday, we will have refreshments as well as a special sale of 10% off all purchases.

Kits:
To make holiday shopping easier, we have set up a table just for kits.

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After selling out in less than a week, the 21 Color Slouch hat from Blue Sky Fibers is back. Knit in all 21 introductory Woolstok colors, this striped slouch hat is light enough to be worn in any season. It’s as fun to knit as it is to wear.

Other kits we are featuring at the store are the Clementine cowl (check out my sample at the store) and the Hank hat designed by Kate Burge and Rachel Price knit in Spincycle Yarns’ Dyed in the Wool, a hand dyed 100% American sport weight wool. Little Earthquakes designed by Jen Geigley knit in Wool and the Gang’s Crazy Sexy Wool is a really quick knit and perfect for last minute gift knitting.

Though not shown below, my friend Sue designed a quick and easy cowl pattern using Outer and Stripey Fine from Spud & Chloe. I’ll post a picture on Facebook or even better, stop by the store and try it on.

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For those who are crocheters, we have some beautiful kits from the Edward’s Menagerie Collection of amigurumi crochet toys designed by Kerry Lord. The kits contain 100g of DK yarn wrapped up in a TOFT cotton tote with everything you need to complete your project – a printed postcard pattern, 20g of toy stuffing, TOFT branded 3mm crochet hook, wool needle for sewing up and a small black thread to sew on the eyes.

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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, receive 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.

Paris Toujours by Isabell Kraemer

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I love the name (kind of a theme this year) and I love the shawl.  It’s a warm, easy to knit in front of the fireplace with friends project. The pattern calls for either DK or fingering weight yarn. It would also be beautiful in sport weight.

 

Snowfall by GCB Designs

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I was beginning to be a bit nervous this year about our snowfall though things are looking much more promising tonight. Snowfall by Gus Baxter is our snow rally cap. Knit up in Moonshine from Juniper Moon Farms it’s wonderfully soft and warm as well as a fun and relatively quick knit.

Beginner Knitting Saturdays
December 10 and 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. The recommended first project is the Garter-Stitch Scarf and Sideways Handwarmers from Churchmouse Yarns. Please call or stop by the store to reserve your spot.

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
(We are taking a one month break from our Monday night class but please join us on Tuesdays at Knit Night from 6-8pm or Project Wednesdays from noon-2pm.)

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.

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

 

October Events

Hello and bonjour mes amis,
I apologize that this October newsletter is so late but I left the store in Ria’s, Liz’s and Lyn’s capable hands for almost two weeks and snuck off to France. It was wonderful being there and I’ve come back inspired by so many of the french fashion trends.
Though sometimes fashion moves west to east (such as sneakers – everyone was wearing sneakers!), it is most often east to west. Below are photos of a few knit wear trends that I observed:

Bulky and even super-bulky yarns used in sweaters and accessories.

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Knit handbags (again bulky weight yarns – one with bobbles and the other felted) and leg warmers.

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Ponchos and capes. (The capes I saw were all woven so I didn’t get a picture.) Cables were also very popular as you can see in the poncho below and the sweater up above.

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Hats:
Fur pom-poms were everywhere. Most often they were on hats like the ones shown below, but they were also on handbags and even shoes. The hats also underscore the color story that I observed, soft woodsy neutrals used with black and an occasional pops of color. (One of the windows I took photos of would make a Green Bay Packers fan rejoice.) There was a strong emphasis on chartreuse and dark olive and khaki greens. These colors were often blended with navy and grey. Though not in my photos, burgundy and soft pink were also popular. True red and a shade of cobalt blue were also used mostly in accessories and coats.

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Speaking of hats:
Yes, that’s me. I had just finished my G14 using Berroco Fiora and the weather was a bit chilly. I saw a young woman wearing the most beautiful lace hat similar to mine but not as slouchy. She even had a small fabric brooch pinned to it.  I would have loved to have taken a photo but felt much too awkward to ask.

With the exception of the over-sized fur pom-poms which I am trying to find here in the US, Wasatch and Wool stocks yarn to knit any of the projects shown above. Please stop by the store and we can put a kit together.

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Baktus by Strikkelise or Lacy Baktus by Terhi Montonen

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My daughter and I saw a scarf very similar to the Baktus scarf while out shopping in Paris. I briefly though about buying it as a Christmas present but then realized it would be much more meaningful as a hand-made Christmas gift. The only difference between the one shown here and the one I saw were tassels added at the two ends. Shown above is the lace version. The original Baktus is alll garter stitch (knit every row) which makes it a great choice for a new knitter. The other great thing about this scarf is that it can be knit in almost any yarn though bulky and super-bulky might be a bit too heavy.  Though I plan to knit mine in a solid color Herriot Fine, the scarf is beautiful in Noro Silk Garden Sock or Shiraito because of the long color changes as well as gradient and ombre yarns such as Alexandra’s Yarns yarn cakes, Freia Fibers Ombre Sport or Schoppel-Wolle Zauberball.

Fractal Cowl by Kirsten Johnstone

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A field of reverse stockinette stitch creates the perfect canvas for this unique cabled cowl. Inspired by the architecture of Australia, this cowl is worked in the round (each row is unique) to create sharp, geometric patterns and clear linear designs.  The recommended yarn is Blue Sky Fibers’ Extra,  a light, springy and incredibly soft 55% alpaca and 45% merino aran weight blend. This cowl is challenging because of the cables and that you are working on the opposite side though the pattern is only 52 rows. I’m halfway through mine and I’ve been really enjoying it. Come by for advice, encouragement or a bit of help getting started.

Cat, Spider or Bat Candle Holder from MillaMia Sweden

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Let’s not forget Halloween…
These votive candle holders are a great quick knit, wonderful Halloween decorations and definitely something you don’t see everywhere!.

Featured new yarn:

Rosy Green Wool – We are really excited that Cheeky Merino Joy has finally arrived!  Rosy Green Wool produces lovely organic merino yarn that is GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) certified which means: the sheep do not have to suffer painful mulesing; no dangerous chemicals are used, and the workers are treated fairly. The yarn is very soft, machine washable, spun and dyed by small producers in England and available in beautiful colors.

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Drachenfels  and Eifelgold by Melanie Berg are a couple of gorgeous patterns that were designed using Cheeky Merino Joy. Odds are good that we will be doing Eifelgold or another beautiful pattern in Cheeky Merino Joy as a KAL in the not so distant future.

Beginner Knitting Saturdays
October 8, 15 and 29 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. The recommended first project is the Garter-Stitch Scarf and Sideways Handwarmers from Churchmouse Yarns. Please call or stop by the store to reserve your spot.

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
Monday, October 17 from 6-8pm
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.

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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Knit Nights, held on Tuesdays, are a great, relaxing mid-week break. They are from 6pm-8pm.  Starting this month, we are hosting 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 September Events

I love fall. Though it has been years, there will always be the excitement of the new school year and new possibilities: what will I learn; what new projects will I accomplish; who will I meet and most importantly what will be the results of all of this.

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A Very Special Sale
Be the Voice to #StopSuicide
On Saturday, September 10, in recognition of National Suicide Prevention Week, we will host a sale that will also support the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP). Everything in the store is an additional 15 % off and 15% of all sales will be donated to the Utah Chapter of AFSP. Some numbers that I found staggering: suicide is the 8th leading cause of death in Utah; it is the 2nd leading cause of death for people between 15-44, and on average one person dies by suicide every 15.6 hours in the state.
Also, there is a movement to do something good in memory of September 11. How great is it that you can buy yarn and do something good simultaneously. Think about holiday knitting and get stocked up on Saturday.

Trunk Shows:

Manos del Uruguay 
We currently have a wonderful collection of sweaters and accessories in Maxima, Silk Blend and Gloria from Manos del Uruguay. An upcoming knit-along (KAL) will be the Jalapeno sweater by Michele Wang in Silk Blend though you might be enticed to try the Cebada by Laura Grutzek also in Silk Blend or Centeno  by Michele Wang in Gloria. These sweaters are much cuter in person and even better when you try them on. We will have samples of these sweaters and accessories in the store through September 17.

Jalapeno      Centeno      Cebado

Marianated Yarns
Mark your calendar for a special trunk show that we will soon host at the store with Marianated Yarns on Wednesday, September 21. Marian will be bringing Scrumptious HT-150 in beautiful colors, Harley which is used in Katy Carroll’s Snake River Poncho as wells as a few kits including Melanie Berg’s On the Spice Market and Ambah O’Brien’s Torquata. Katy will be joining us that day as well. (This is a great opportunity to talk to Katy if you are participating in the Wasatch and Wool Yarns Pentathlon!) If your purchase is over $50, it will be a “Free Pattern Wednesday” for any of the corresponding designs. Shown below are Kate Carroll’s Snake River Poncho and Torquata by Ambah O’Brien.

Katy Carroll Snake River Poncho     Torquata

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.

G14 by Amy Miller

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Knit in Berroco’s Fiora, G14 is a wonderful knit now/wear now
cabled slightly slouchy hat that can be worn by both men and women.
Fiora a cotton, wool, viscose, alpaca blend gives the cables on the hat wonderful stitch definition as well as slight shimmer. Though a bit much for complete beginners, the hat is great for anyone wanting to try cables. Mine is started and you can come by for advice, encouragement or a bit of help getting started.

Alexandra’s Crafts Agate Beach KAL

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This past month Alexandra from Alexandra’s Crafts came by the store with a selection of her beautiful yarns. I fell in love withAgate Beach, a superwash fingering weight yarn with a bold Lurex bling. I’m currently knitting it in Brickless (above right) by Martina Behm though it would be just as stunning in Rain by Kelly Forster (the beads in the photo on the left would be too much with the yarn so leave those out.) Drop by the store to see my Brickless and be inspired by the gorgeous colors of Alexandra’s Agate Beach. We have a few colors in stock and more will be coming in the next 10 days,

Beginner Knitting Saturdays
September 10 and 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. The recommended first project is the Garter-Stitch Scarf and Sideways Handwarmers from Churchmouse Yarns. Please call or stop by the store to reserve your spot.

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
Monday, September 19
6-8pm
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.

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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Knit Nights, held on Tuesdays, are a great, relaxing mid-week break. They are from 6pm-8pm.  Starting this month, we are hosting 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 August Events

The last full month of summer is here. It’s been warm and sunny but still a great time to knit.

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End of Summer Sale:

Our beautiful new fall yarns are arriving and we need to make room. All of our Classic Elite Liberty Wool is now 40% off. This is a wonderful yarn for hats and scarves, a perfect choice for those of you who want to get a jump start on holiday knitting. Below are Fannie designed by Tonia Barry  and Liberty Wool Hats designed by Susan Mills.

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Other great yarns will be 40% off as well. Please stop by the store to check it out!

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.

Caledonia Cowl by Nancy Ekvall

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In case you want to stay away from anything too complicated because it is still summer and you might be planning to watch some of the Rio Olympics, the Caledonia Cowl is a great project to knit now. Even better, Blue Sky Fibers is entering anyone who knits this cowl in their Organic Cotton Worsted and posts the finished project on their Ravelry thread by August 31, 2016 into a drawing to win a kit for the Endless Wrap.

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The Endless Wrap kit includes the pattern and 9 hanks of 50 gram Woolstok yarn (or 3 hanks of 150 gram Woolstok.) We just brought in this new yarn if you would like to see and feel it. The lucky winner can select any one of Blue Sky Fiber’s 21 great color options.

The Caledonia Cowl is beginner friendly. Easy color changes make it a great choice for a new knitter who is 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.)

Smaug Socks by Claire Ellen

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If you are interested in something a bit more complicated and want to knit socks (also an event in the Pentathlon), Smaug Socks are a great choice. I’m planning on knitting mine inCorrie Sock from Happy Fuzzy Yarn. If there is interest, we may have to have a Champagne knitting session to compare notes and encourage each other.

Beginner Knitting Saturdays
August 13 from 9:30-11am.
(Other sessions may be planned this month. Please check the events calendar on my website for more dates.)

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. The recommended first project is the “Garter-Stitch Scarf and Sideways Handwarmers” from Churchmouse Yarns. Please call or stop by the store to reserve your spot.

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 August we will meet the fourth Monday of the month, 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:

Herriot Fine from Juniper Moon Farm:

We just received a new yarn from Juniper Moon Farm. Super-soft Herriot Fine is a blend of baby alpaca with a touch of nylon for durability. A fingering-weight yarn, it is available in a range of heathered colors. This yarn would be beautiful in airy, warm shawls and wraps or even lightweight sweaters. Shown above is the Hedera Smoke Ring cowl by Pamela Wynne.

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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 Wednesday, 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 Shawldesigned by Kelly Forster in Alexandra’s Crafts Black Butte.

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Knit Nights, now on Tuesdays, are a great mid-week break. They are from 6pm-8pm.  We hope to see you here!

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.

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.

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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.

Cool Hemp Ponchette

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. The recommended first project is the “Garter-Stitch Scarf and Sideways Handwarmers” from Churchmouse Yarns. 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. Please call the store ahead of time to reserve your spot.

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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

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.

Rimrock Shawl

Knit Nights, now on Tuesdays, are a great mid-week break. They are from 6pm-8pm.  We hope to see you here!

Wasatch And Wool Yarns “Olympic” Knitting Pentathlon

You don’t need to travel to Rio to find the Olympic spirit and compete for a gold medal. Here at the store we are hosting theWasatch and Wool “Olympic” Knitting Pentathlon. The prize that everyone who completes the events wins is the awesome Wasatch and Wool Yarns Swag Bag. The tote bag is for sale here at the store but only those who have earned the Swag bag will receive it with all the cool knitting things inside*.

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*This is just an example of what will be inside the swag bag. The value of the bag plus what is inside will be $75 or greater.

The Five Rings:
Like the five rings on the Olympic flag, there are five goals (reasons) to join the Pentathlon and five events that each knitter must complete.
The reasons for joining us are:

  1. Have fun
  2. Meet new people
  3. Learn new skills
  4. Inspire others
  5. Surprise yourself with what you can create.

As this is meant to be a challenge, try things that you’ve been hesitant to try in the past. We will offer classes, knit-alongs and maybe even a couple of “Champagne” Cast-on parties that will help you complete the challenge.
If you are a new or returning knitter, you can still join in. There are easier options for each event. If you don’t know or remember how to do the long tail cast on, the knit stitch and the purl stitch, I would strongly recommend attending the Saturday morning Learn to Knit class which takes place a few Saturdays each month. (Please check my calendar for specific dates.) In conjunction with this challenge. you will receive a coupon for 15% off your next yarn purchase for every Learn to Knit class taken.

The Five Events:

Event #1: Support a local designer by knitting one of their patterns.
We have some great designers right here in our community whose work we should know and enjoy. At the top of my list are Katie Carroll, Pat Ronneburg who has taught several classes through the Compass in here Park City and Cathy Miller. The patterns below are the Compulsive Loop and Headband and Snake River Poncho by Katy Carroll and  the Mountain Cozy Cowl by Cathy Miller.

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Katy Carroll Snake River Poncho      Cowl 2

Event #2: Brioche or Bead.
Both the Brioche stitch and knitting with beads have become very popular knitting techniques. Brioche stitch creates a cushy reversible fabric. Beading adds sparkle to your knits. In this event, you only need to tackle one of these. (You will earn extra credit if you knit projects in both.) Earlier in the year, I offered a class on Brioche and that will be offered again. Next month, we will begin carrying beads and will offer a class then. The patterns below are the Deadwood Cowl by Mercedes Tarasovich, the Squish Brioche Scarf by Pamela Wynne and Foundry by Shannon Sanchez.

Deadwoods Cowl

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Event #3: Socks.
When I was a new knitter, a friend who was a very experienced knitter was working on a pair of socks. Was she crazy? Why would anyone put that much effort into something that you wear on your feet! But not long after that, I decided to take a class on sock knitting and I was hooked. Nothing is as warm, loving and decadent as a pair of hand knit socks. Knitting them is fun; they are easy to bring with you, and sock yarn comes in wonderful colors and sometimes cashmere. We will have sock knitting classes in the upcoming months. Clockwise from top left are Rye by Tin Can Knits, Rushing Tide Socks by Felicia Lo, Scylla by Fiona Bennett, and Dave by Rachel Coopey.

 

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Event #4: Colorwork.
There are numerous ways to knit in color and not all of them involve expert knitting though I always encourage you to try new techniques. From simple striping to stranded knitting, it is always rewarding to see multiple colors and yarns in your projects. The projects below are: Ambiguous Cowl by Michelle Hunter; Inspira Cowl by Graphica; Goldfinch by Andrea Mowry, and Metalouse by Stephen West.

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Event #5: Learn a new fiber craft.
If you’ve always been a knitter, this is a great time to try crochet. (Shown below are One Big Granny Square from Churchmouse Yarns and Tembetari by Angelia Robinson.) If you knit and crochet, give needle felting a try. We also carry portable weaving looms from Purl and Loop on which you can quickly weave up a mug rug, table placemats or even a woven tapestry for the wall. There are so many wonderful projects you can create.

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The events can be worked on in any order and can be done consecutively or simultaneously. There is a notebook at the store with pattern suggestions. If there has been something that you have been interested in knitting and you think it might fulfill one of the events, please let us know. You will  need to register with us ahead of time so we know you are working on the Pentathlon. The only rule is that you will need to buy your yarn from us in order to qualify for the swag bag. The Pentathlon starts Friday, July 8 and all events need to be finished by December 31, 2017. This gives you almost 18 months to take classes, participate in KAL’s and enjoy the challenges.
This will be a lot of fun. We hope you can join us.