Holiday knitting ideas and a new yarn, Halloween 👽 and Live PC Give PC Kickoff Knit Nights, New Classes and Help Hours with Susan

Welcome to knitting season! Of course, I think all seasons are knitting season but this time of year you get to enjoy knitting in front of a fireplace while you realize that you only have a month and a half until gift giving starts. If you’re just starting on your holiday knitting, we have some wonderful suggestions…

Lights going up across the street – maybe a bit too early?

One of new fall yarns is Chibi Paka Chunky from Ikigai Fiber. Ikigai is a Japanese concept that means “a reason for being.” In English it would roughly translate to “things that you live for” or “the reason for which you wake up in the morning.” It can also be viewed as the things that make one’s life worth living. Well-known designer Pam Powers developed her line of yarn to be happy and fresh with joyful hues offset by a strong neutral palette.  Every color has a “twist” counterpart that is a little more neutral than color. This gives you endless options of creating ombré, fade and shadow patterns. Wasatch and Wool carries all 15 colors of this beautiful 75% Merino 25% Alpaca bulky weight yarn.

Shown below is Ms Royalty designed by Pam Powers. It can be purchased as a kit which includes the yarn and crystals and comes in a felt tote bag. We also stock Ikigai faux raccoon pom-poms.

Paka is another hat designed by Pam Powers that we have available as a kit or yarn that can be purchased separately.

An adorable cowl in Ikigai is Ripple Cowl also by Pam Powers.

Amy Opie whose hats we featured in the last newsletter has also designed with Chiba Paka Chunky. Below is Trinity, a fun cable and colorwork cowl perfect for colder weather.

Tuesday Night Knit Nights 6-8pm

We are having our first movie night this Tuesday, October 29. Since it is Halloween on Thursday, we are going with something suspenseful. It is going to be a surprise though I promise it won’t be gory.

Tuesday, November 5 is going to be a very special one for us at the store. We will be celebrating the upcoming Live PC Give PC on Friday, November 8 with Champagne, sparkling water and a few hors d’oeuvres. We will have a few representatives from some of the non-profits in our community who are doing vital and impactful work coming by to tell us about their organization. If you are interested in attending, please email or call the store so we can put you on our “guest list”.

The website to donate to Live PC Give PC is http://www.livepcgivepc.org/giving-events/pc19/home. I’m also excited that Sally Tauber from Peace House http://peacehouse.org/, Barbara Wirostko from the Joseph James Morelli Legacy Foundtion http://morelli.foundation/ and Taylor Flanders from the Park City Institute will be joining us.

Classes with Susan LewinMagic Loop
Saturday, November 2, 10-11:30am – $20

Magic Loop is a method for working in the round on projects that have very small circumferences like socks, baby hats or tops of regular sized hats, mitts and socks. Many knitters prefer this method to double pointed needles. Knowledge of Magic Loop is required for Susan’s sock.

Drops of Spring Mitts
Saturday, November 16, 10am-noon – $20

A great gift or keep them for yourself, these fingerless mitts are a fun way to learn colorwork, chart reading and knitting in the round using Magic Loop. The yarn used for this project is Alegria Grande Bocados. “Bocados” means little bites in Spanish. Each skein of this scrumptiously soft superwash yarn is 25grams making them perfect for adding a splash of color to projects.

Festival Hat
Wednesday, November 20, 10-11:30am – $20
 This hat is Susan’s version of Festival Hat designed by Cecilia Losada in Spanish. Worked on larger size needles, it is a quick knit and a great choice if you need to make multiple ones for gifts. In the class, Susan will go over working in the round, using two strands at a time and other hat knitting techniques. Her hat shown above uses Sequoia from Baah and Manos del Uruguay’s Serpentina.

If you are interested in any of the above classes, please call or stop by the store to sign up at least three days prior to the start of class. We will also provide you with a list of materials needed for the class.

Help Hours with Susan Lewin

We have some changes to Help Hours with Susan starting in November.

Class and Knit-Along Help Session
Tuesdays and certain *Saturdays, 11am-1pm
(*Please call/email the store ahead of time to check on Saturday sessions.)
No fee if using yarn purchased at Wasatch and Wool – $15 if using yarn not purchased at the store which can be applied to the purchase of yarn or needles immediately following the help session.

This is a wonderful time to join with other knitters as you work on knit-alongs or projects you learned in classes here at the store. We have no deadlines on knit-along completion dates so don’t worry if it was a project from 3 years ago.
Examples of past projects are: Granito by Joji Locatelli, Florence by A. Opie Designs and any sweater from Marie Greene’s Seamless Knit Sweaters in 2 Weeks.

If you are just looking for knitting camaraderie and will not need assistance with your project, Tuesdays from 11-1pm are a great time to sit and knit here at the store as well.

Choose Your Own Project Help Session
Tuesdays and certain *Saturdays, 1pm-3pm
(*Please call/email the store ahead of time to check on Saturday sessions.)
$7 per session. Multi-session passes are available for 5 sessions for $25 – $15 per session fee if using yarn not purchased from Wasatch and Wool which can be applied to the purchase of yarn or needles immediately following the help session.

Of course, all staff at the store are happy to help with quick 3 minute or less questions. If you need more detailed help, we are happy to work with you though we ask for your patience if we are working with customers purchasing yarn or other store items. For customers working with yarn not purchased at the store, there is a fee of $10 per half hour. That fee can be applied to the purchase of yarn or needles immediately following the help session.

It’s going to be a chilly Halloween. There is still time to knit Amber Darling’s Ghosts and Widows hat in Ewe Ewe Yarns Wooly Worsted.

If you like a particular yarn or a featured project but you aren’t currently in town, please email, message or give the store a call (435)575-0999. We would be happy to send you a knitting care package from Park City. 

Welcome STITCHES Salt Lake! We’ll be at the Market with Mode at Rowan, Three Irish Girls Yarns and A. Opie Designs trunk shows.(Spincycle too!)

STITCHES Salt Lake

Wednesday, October 2 – Saturday, October 5

Everyone here at the store is excited to welcome STITCHES to Utah. Think of Stitches as a convention for fiber enthusiasts.

There are:

  • Classes in knitting, crochet, weaving, spinning and even sewing.
  • A spectacular fashion show that will include two Rowan Mode submissions from Wasatch and Wool.
  • A student banquet and style show where makers share and model their favorite projects as well as inspire with their creativity.
  • A pajama party with laughter, games and prizes as you knit and crochet.
  • And finally, a spectacular market where you will find Wasatch and Wool’s booth. We will be showing new samples from designers and yarns that are new to the store as well as current favorites. We will also have totes and other accessories that make knitting so much fun.

Whichever events you choose, STITCHES is the place for all people to share and enjoy their passion for the fiber arts.

MODE at Rowan – Collection One
 STITCHES Salt Lake is the first time that Rowan’s new collection MODE will be in Utah and we will have it on display in our booth. MODE is a fashion reflective collection of contemporary “catwalk” designs of timeless classics. The color palette is soft neutrals including camel browns, greys, soft pinks and blues. The patterns are designed to be layered but also work when worn alone. Please take a moment to view this gorgeous video that summarizes the collection. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wdno3yJZ-qE.

Highlights of the collection are shown below.

007 Cowl Cardigan by Lisa Richardson knit in Rowan Kid Classic.
002 Cardigan by Martin Storey knit in Rowan Kid Classic.
013 Sweater by Martin Storey knit in Rowan Cocoon.
018 Scarf by Georgia Farrell knit in Rowan Alpaca Soft DK.
001 Wrap by Annika Andrea Wolke knit in Rowan Alpaca Classic.

Three Irish Girls Yarn

Back in August, I stopped by STITCHES Midwest. and spent a bit of time with Erin and Kelly of Three Irish Girls. Though they won’t be able to make it to STITCHES Salt Lake, they sent me some beautiful yarn and samples for the event including the sweaters they are wearing in the photo. Erin has on The Throwback by Andrea Mowry and in the second photo Kelly is wearing Caitlin Hunter’s Soldotna.

Margaux’s STITCHES Class Recommendation:
Brioche Basics with Gwen Bortner

Gwen Bortner is teaching a class on Brioche Basics – learn the basics of classic brioche, as well as alternative techniques while creating a sampler of several brioche patterns. If you have been interested in trying brioche (or tried and are still struggling) this is the class for you. 

After the class, stop by our booth. You’ll want to start using you’re newly acquired skills, and we are well-stocked in wonderfully soft and fun kits. Two of them are from Manos del Uruguay and designed by Lisa Myers. The first is Conspiring, this basic one-color brioche hat is knit in Feliz, a happy blend of superwash merino wool and modal.

The second project is the beautiful Byberry Scarf which uses Fino and one Fino Mini-Skein Kit. Elegant and refined, Fino combines the softness of merino wool with the luster of silk in a lightweight yarn that’s perfect for luxurious garments.

If you are ready for something a bit more advanced, I currently have Andrea Mowry’s Baubles on my needles, and it is a very fun knit. I’m knitting mine in Foxy Lady from The Farmer’s Daughter Fibers. Our inventory has been restocked and we are bringing the most of it to the show.

I’ve enjoyed taking numerous classes with Gwen over the past ten years. Her enthusiasm and clear approach to knitting always resulted in my becoming proficient at a new technique or finally learning one that I had struggled with and hadn’t achieved. Those of you who have been a customer of Wasatch and Wool from the very beginning might remember Gwen coming by to teach a Moebius class here at the store. We are currently planning an event with Gwen later in 2020. Her classes at STITCHES will be a great opportunity to get to know Gwen before her next Park City visit.

A. Opie Degins Trunk Show

Though we have stocked Weepaca from Big Bad Wool for over a year, we haven’t highlighted A. Opie Designs until now. These colorful hats are the perfect for snowy mountain-town living. Make one for yourself or make several as gifts. Weepaca is a supersoft fine washable merino and baby alpaca blend that can be machine washed on delicate and laid flat to dry though we still recommend hand-washing these gorgeous hand knits.
Florence, the hat shown above, is just one hat that A.Opie Designs and Big Bad Wool sent us. You’ll have to stop by the booth to see the others.

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This newsletter has just a small sample of what we are bringing to STITCHES Salt Lake. Be sure to follow us on Instagram and Facebook to see more. 

Help Hours with Susan Lewin

Tuesdays from 11:00am-1:30pm.
If you are having problems finishing a sweater or your colorwork has you all tangled up, Susan will keep your project moving forward. The cost of the drop-in help is free if you have purchased your project from the store. If not, it is $10 per half hour or purchase $10 worth of yarn or other knitting supplies from the store.

Tuesday Night Knit Night

Knit nights are now on Tuesdays from 6-8pm, The one scheduled for Tuesday, October 1 is cancelled though as we will need the time to prepare for STITCHES.

If you like a particular yarn or a featured project but you aren’t currently in town, please email, message or give the store a call (435)575-0999. We would be happy to send you a knitting care package from Park City. 

Labor day hours, New fall yarns and Marie Greene “Best Sweater Ever” online class with in-store Knit-Along

It has been a wonderful summer here at Wasatch and Wool yarns. We would like to thank everyone who stopped by to find a new project, joined in on one of our classes or participated in the Utah Yarn Crawl.

Indie-dyed yarn continues to be very popular. We recently received shipments from Spincycle, Three Irish Girls, Apple Fiber Studios and Dream in Color/Dream Color to Life including a Local Yarn Store Day favorite, Grand Canyon. Our first shipment from Yarnaceous, a local dyer, and additional shipments from The Farmer’s Daughter Fibers and Spincycle Yarns are expected soon.

Yarnaceous Yarn’s Apatosaurus

Two changes in store hours:

  1. Labor Day Hours – We will be open from noon-5pm on Labor Day.
  2. Knit-Nights – This fall, we are changing Knit-Night to Tuesday evenings. Please join us for a relaxing mid-week break of sitting, knitting (or any other fiber art) and chatting.

New Yarn

Fall is definitely upon us. Utah played BYU in their first football game of the year, the MLB Wild Card race has heated up and possibly more important- depending on your point of view, we have received two new yarns from Rowan. The first is Cashmere Haze. Taking inspiration from longtime favorite Kidsilk Haze,Cashmere Haze is an exquisite blend of 40% baby alpaca, 30% cashmere and 30% silk. It is a fluffy lightweight yarn which is available in a beautiful selection of neutral and timeless colors.Ease and Harmony, done in crochet, are all designed by Lisa Richardson.

The second new yarn is Island Blend which is a unique blend of Falkland fine merino, baby alpaca and silk. The fabric created from this yarn will be insulating, cosy and will show a subtle sheen. We stock this yarn in an array of colorful shades. It is a perfect choice for fairisle, intarsia and other colorwork projects. I love Linda Pratt’s #03 Cowl and Hat which is featured in Vogue Knitting Fall 2019, Rhythm is another gorgeous pattern that uses both Island Blend and Cashmere Haze held together.

Best Sweater Workshop and Knit-Along with Marie Greene

Every other Tuesday Beginning September 3 and ending November 12. No fee for the T.A. sessions but you must purchase the online class from Marie and your yarn from Wasatch and Wool.

Back in April, we had a fantastic weekend with Marie Greene. She came by to teach two great sweater classes and brought with her her new book, Seamless Knit Sweaters in 2 Weeks as well as all the samples shown in it. While she won’t physically be in our store this fall, she is teaching a new online class Best Sweater Workshop, and we will be knitting along. Think of it as an online class, and Margaux is your T.A. We will be meeting every other Tuesday. You get to pick your sweater, though I would highly recommend one of Marie’s. More information on the class can be found athttps://mariegreene.thinkific.com/courses/best-sweater-ever-workshop.
Shown below are a few Marie Greene pattern ideas: Tradewind PulloverBentley Cardigan, and Bourbon Street.

Help Hours with Susan Lewin

Tuesdays from 11:00am-1:30pm.
If you are having problems finishing a sweater or your colorwork has you all tangled up, Susan will keep your project moving forward. The cost of the drop-in help is free if you have purchased your project from the store. If not, it is $10 per half hour or purchase $10 worth of yarn or other knitting supplies from the store.

If you like a project but you aren’t currently in town, please give the store a call (435)575-0999 or email wasatchandwool@outlook.com. We would be happy to send you a knitting care package from Park City. 

Apple Fiber Studio Trunk Show (and Andrew’s Birthday Celebration) Saturday, August 10th

Save the date:
Saturday, August 10th from 11am to 5pm 

Andrea and Andrew Evans of Apple Fiber Studio in Bellingham, Washington will be stopping by Wasatch and Wool Yarns and bringing with them a beautiful selection of yarn (dyed by Andrea) and samples. This will be one of our most colorful trunk shows! It is also Andrew’s birthday, so we will be celebrating with giveaways with a purchase of Apple Fiber Studio yarn and treats from Windy Ridge Bakery 

They will have two fingering weight yarns, McIntosh, a blend of Superwash Merino, Alpaca and Nylon, and Sparkling Cider, a Superwash Merino, Nylon and Stellina (think sparkle) blend. Both are great for socks, hats, mitts, cowls scarves and shawls. I’m also insisting they bring Jonagold, a DK-weight blend of Superwash Merino, Cashmere and Nylon. If you like soft, thick socks, squishy scarves, cowls or shawls in brilliant colors, Jonagold is the perfect choice. 

Shown below is Mixed Media in Jonagold and Ripple Effect in McIntosh both by Claudia Barbo. 

Help Hours with Susan Lewin

Tuesdays from 11:00am-1:30pm.

If you are having problems finishing a sweater or your colorwork has you all tangled up, Susan will keep your project moving forward. The cost of the drop-in help is free if you have purchased your project from the store. If not, it is $10 per half hour or purchase $10 worth of yarn or other knitting supplies from the store.

If you like a project but you aren’t currently in town, please give the store a call (435)575-0999. We would be happy to send you a knitting care package from Park City. 

Utah Yarn Crawl, Brooklyn Tweed Accessories Trunk Show,Shop Pattern, Wool And The Gang

Our Utah Yarn Crawl is back, and this year the theme is us, your LYS (local yarn store). Shops will be showcasing different kits, yarns and patterns. Here at Wasatch and Wool, we have a special store pattern knit up in Rowan’s Alpaca Classic. We are also hosting a trunk show with Brooklyn Tweed and just received a new shipment of cotton yarns from Wool and the Gang. 

Stop by a participating store starting July 13th and pick up your punch card. Visit all the shops in the Salt Lake City vicinity by July 27th, getting your card punched at each one. Turn your card in (at the shop of your choice) and you will receive a special store gift bag. In addition, each shop will have a GRAND PRIZE WINNER, who will receive a $100 store gift certificate. 

This year we have two participating shops in Southern Utah but think of them as extra credit; you don’t have to visit them to earn the kit or be entered in the raffle. However if you are in the vicinity of these new stores, be sure to stop by as they have their own specials that you will want to see. 

Store hours vary so please call each shop to verify times. Wasatch and Wool is the only store open on Sunday, July 14th.

Brooklyn Tweed Accessories Trunk Show
If getting started on holiday knitting is on your to-do list or if you’re a fan of Brooklyn Tweed like I am and just want to enjoy knitting a special something for yourself, please come by to see the beautiful accessories that can be knit in Brooklyn TweedLoft and Shelter. The trunk show starts July 13, the same day as the Yarn Crawl. Shown below are a few of my favorites from the show::
Rosebud and Guernsey Wrap both designed by Jared Flood knit in Shelter, and Warren Street Cowl by Michele Wang and Vectorby Tanis Lavallee both knit in Loft.

Cindy Said to Keep Knitting
Cindy Said to Keep Knitting is actually the name of our store pattern for the yarn crawl. It is designed to be knit in RowanAlpaca Classic, a dk weight blend of superfine alpaca and cotton that is light, airy and wonderful for colorwork with just the right amount of halo. Cindy said to keep knitting but did not mention finishing in time. But no worries, the pattern will be written up in time for the crawl.

Yarn-of-the-Month
Alpaca Classic from Rowan is our Yarn-of-the-Month and is 10% off the entire month of July. Other patterns that use Alpaca Classic are: WoodbineTeesdaleHoughton and Arabella all by Lisa Richardson.

New cotton yarn from Wool and the Gang

We recently received a shipment of two summery, aran weight yarns from Wool and the Gang. The first, Hand Painted Shiny Happy Cotton, is a soft, lustrous, fashion-forward cotton spectacular in sweaters, blankets and just about everything else. Jolie, the high-end women’s clothing store two doors down from Wasatch and Wool had a sweater that looked and felt just like Hand Painted Shiny Happy Cotton.
Shown below is the Vivienne Cardigan from Wool and the Gang.

The second yarn in from Wool and the Gang is Billie Jean, a 100% upcycled, chemical free, sustainable yarn. Billie Jean looks and feels like a light, smooth cotton, but it’s actually leftover denim. Off-cuts get scooped up and re-spun rather than heading to a landfill. This also saves 20,000 liters of water for every kilogram of upcycled denim. Billie Jean is a year-round yarn that is especially perfect for the warmer months. 
Shown below is the Mesh Sleeve Jumper by Irene Lin knit inBillie Jean.

Summer Shawl KAL
Courage Shawl by Shannon Cook
This summer looks to be a bit cooler than ones in the recent past. Having something warm to throw around your shoulders in the evening is a wonderful idea. We just receivedGermantown from Kelbourne Woolens and Dream State from Spincycle Yarn (with a few more colors arriving soon.) Karen is busy kitting up some beautiful colors for this inspiring project from Shannon Cook.

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Help Hours with Susan Lewin

Tuesdays from 11:00am-1:30pm.
(No session Tuesday, July 16.)
If you are having problems finishing a sweater or your colorwork has you all tangled up, Susan will keep your project moving forward. The cost of the drop-in help is free if you have purchased your project from the store. If not, it is $10 per half hour or purchase $10 worth of yarn or other knitting supplies from the store.

If you like a project but you aren’t currently in town, please give the store a call (435)575-0999. We would be happy to send you a knitting care package from Park City.

Wool People Thirteen, Ronoculus, Spincycle And Three Irish Girls Restock Squares

Brooklyn Tweed Wool People 13

Inspired by the interplay of “nature and structure such as modern gardens, urban oases and other constructed spaces where nature invites itself in and people seek daily refuge”, Brooklyn Tweed’s Wool People 13 uses lace and cable motifs to create curve and twine with crisp lines and architectural silhouettes. The mood is playful but still hardy, soft and just a bit untamed like wisteria climbing up vines.

The sweater shown above is Culm by Fiona Alice knit in Peerie.Peerie is one my favorite yarns from Brooklyn Tweed. It is a bouncy, fingering weight worsted spun made from western sheep. It’s great for cables, lots of stockinette and lace. Shown below is the Runnel Scarf by illitilli also in Peerie. Other Peerieprojects from Wool People 13 are Laceleaf by Alejandra Graterol and the Ensata ScarfHat and Cowl by Amy van de Laar.

Spincycle is back in stock!
We just received a new shipment from Spincycle Yarns. If you have been thinking about knitting Andrea Rangel’s Dissent or Caitlin Hunter’s Koivua in Dream State or Newleaf by Jennifer Steingass or Shiftalong by Andrea Mowry in Dyed in the Woolthis is a great time to stock up.

New shipment of The Farmer’s Daughter Fibers
We also just received a new shipment of The Farmer’s Daughter Fibers including new colors of Craggy Tweed and Foxy Lady. As a reminder, our Knit-and Crochet along with The Farmer’s Daughter Fibers is just beginning. When you purchase any of our The Farmer’s Daughter yarns and then show us your finished project by Labor Day, you will be entered to win a gift basket worth $75 in TFDF yarn. The winner from Wasatch and Wool will then be entered in the Grand Prize drawing with winners from other select TFDF stockists to win a guest spot at The Farmer’s Daughter Fibers 2020 Montana Mountain Retreat.  In past years, Andrea Mowry, Caitlin Hunter and Bristol Ivy have been teachers. You can enter up to 3 times to improve your chances. Rules and Frequently Asked Questions  can be found at https://thefarmersdaughterfibers.com/summer-lys-kal. The project I’m working on is Baubles from Andrea Mowry. Baubles is a mix of brioche and bobbles and certainly more of a challenge. If you are thinking about taking it easy this summer, Waiting for Rainby Sylvia McFadden is a lovely choice.

Help support Idle Knot and “Babies without Borders” and join us for a potluck Knit Night on Tuesday, June 25 from 6-8pm.

We will be hosting a very special knit night to knit 5″ squares that will be blended with other squares to create baby blankets for newborns in Lesvos, Greece refugee camps as they and their families await in overcrowded camps for asylum in whatever country will open their doors to them in order to escape the violence and strife of their previous lives.
Please bring some stash yarn and an appetizer, entree, dessert or beverage that you would like to share. (What – no stash? Just let us know that you will need some and we will make sure to have extra.) Be sure to RSVP to let us know if you are able to join us. If there is a lot of interest, we will definitely schedule a second evening.
Visit https://idleknot.weebly.com/about.html for more information or if you can’t join us, instructions on how to participate in other ways.

Help Hours with Susan Lewin

Tuesdays from 11:00am-1:30pm.
If you are having problems finishing a sweater or your colorwork has you all tangled up, Susan will keep your project moving forward. The cost of the drop-in help is free if you have purchased your project from the store. If not, it is $10 per half hour or purchase $10 worth of yarn or other knitting supplies from the store.

If you like a project but you aren’t currently in town, please give the store a call (435)575-0999. We would be happy to send you a knitting care package from Park City. 

WWKIP Day And Granito KAL, Milo, Easy Folded Poncho Two At A Time Socks With Susan And Qing Fiber

World Wide Knit in Public  Day Returns
Saturday, June 8!

June 8th 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.

This past month there was a lot of excitement about knitting Joji Locatelli’s Granito using Milo, the favorite from our Manos del Uruguay yarn tasting. Granito is a basic, relaxed fit sweater with big pockets on the sides making it a wonderful garment for lounging and relaxing. Our shipment of Milo is arriving on Monday and World Wide Knit in Public Day on Saturday is the perfect day to start this knit-along. Even better, Milo, a gorgeous 65% merino and 35% linen single ply, is our yarn of the month and 10% off in June.
Another beautiful sweater that uses Milo is Sunset Primrose by Heidi Reszies.

If a sweater is a bit much for your summer knitting or if you’re looking for something that is perfect for a long car trip, Churchmouse Yarns, Easy Folded Poncho is another great project to start on World Wide Knit in Public Day. Saturday only we are doing 10% off the yarn for this project as well. We recommend Felted Tweed from Rowan.

Two-at-a-Time Socks with Susan using Magic Loop 

Saturday, June 15, 22 and 29 from 10-11:30am

Class fee is $45 
Yarn must be purchased from Wasatch and Wool

Knit a pair of top down socks at the same time! This great summer knitting and second sock syndrome preventing class has been often requested and we are excited to finally have Susan teaching it.

The class will be broken down into the following three sessions:
1. Magic loop review and cast on for two-at-a-time socks.
2. Heel flap techniques and gussets in magic loop.
3. Finishing the toes -painless grafting  

Each class will be 60-90 minutes long, and the socks should be done by the end of the third session as long as you complete the leg and foot sections between classes.

*The only prerequisite for the class is that you must be able to knit  in the round using Magic Loop (Susan is very strict about this. If you are interested in taking the class but do not know how to do Magic Loop, Susan is offering a class on Saturday, June 8 from 10am-11am. The cost is $10.
*Please call or stop by the store to reserve your spot, purchase and wind your yarn into two equal balls before Thursday, June 13.

New Yarn

Layla from Qing Fibre is our newest indie-dyer. 
Qing Fibre is an indie hand-dyed yarn brand based in London, United Kingdom. She is known for her wide selection of unusual variegated colours, big range of vibrant colours as well as luxury fiber bases. The first base of hers that we stock is Silky Merino Singles, a single ply, fingering weight yarn with a gorgeous lustre and beautiful drape. It knits up well on 3mm or US 2.5 – but a larger needle will give you a delicate, lacey look.

Qing Fibre Silky Merino Singles is the suggested yarn in several Stephen West patterns. Shown below are Stripescape, Marled Mania Sweater and Stripified.

West knits, original knit patterns by Stephen West

Help Hours with Susan Lewin

Tuesdays from 11:00am-1:30pm.
If you are having problems finishing a sweater or your colorwork has you all tangled up, Susan will keep your project moving forward. The cost of the drop-in help is free if you have purchased your project from the store. If not, it is $10 per half hour or purchase $10 worth of yarn or other knitting supplies from the store.

If you like a project but you aren’t currently in town, please give the store a call (435)575-0999. We would be happy to send you a knitting care package from Park City. 

Join us for a fun evening of “tasting” Manos del Uruguay yarns (and other savory bites) as well as gorgeous new Manos del Uruguay patterns.

Manos del Uruguay Yarn “Tasting”
Wednesday, May 15 from 6-8pm

We have wonderful knit-night planned for Wednesday, May 15. My friend and Manos del Uruguay yarn rep, Heather McVicker is stopping by with yarn for us to try out. She is bringing by 10 different yarns from the Manos del Uruguay line. Some of these yarns we already stock, and a few others are ones that we will soon be bringing in. We will look at project ideas and colors. This is a great time to pick out a summer project or to begin your holiday knitting.
If you would like to join us, please just give the store a call so we can reserve your spot.

So why Manos?

The Manos Cooperatives, which celebrated its 50th anniversary last 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. 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.
And their yarns are lovely to work with.

A few of my favorite new patterns that use Manos del Uruguay yarns are shown below:

  • The first is Incise, a collection of hats from Hunter Hammersen which uses either Maxima or 
    Alegria Grande
  • If you are thinking about knitting something for the home,Snap, Crackle and Pop from Lindsay Ingram includes three different pillow patterns so you can make one or all three in Maxima;
  • A spectacular crochet project is Pensdale from Angelia Robinson which is crocheted in Serena.
  • Sunset Primrose is a garden inspired cardigan from Heidi Reszies that uses Milo,
  • and finally Meseta Cardigan from Susanna IC that also uses Alegria Grande.

We still have a few of our exclusive Fino Mini-Skein color sets. The five mini-skeins add up to one skein of Fino, a single-ply 70% Merino 30% Silk scrumptious and elegant light-fingering weight yarn.  Pattern suggestions are Charnley Scarf and Rings of Rings Cowl by Lisa R. Myers.

Help Hours with Susan Lewin
Tuesdays from 11:00am-1:30pm.
If you are having problems finishing a sweater or your colorwork has you all tangled up, Susan will keep your project moving forward. The cost of the drop-in help is free if you have purchased your project from the store. If not, it is $10 per half hour or purchase $10 worth of yarn or other knitting supplies from the store.
Susan is also guiding our current Knit-Along, a sweater of your choice from Marie Greene’s new book, Seamless Knit Sweaters in 2 Weeks or from Ravelry.

If you like a project but you aren’t currently in town, please give the store a call (435)575-0999. We would be happy to send you a knitting care package from Park City. 

Local Yarn Store Day Saturday April 27 including special yarn and patterns, upcoming Brioche Class and Marie Greene sweater knit-along continues.

Local Yarn Store Day is a brick and mortar shop appreciation day created by the TNNA Yarn Group. Launched in 2018, the second annual Local Yarn Store Day will take place on April 27 and is designed to show support for small businesses while bringing together a unique community of knitters, crocheters, weavers and spinners to drive awareness and celebrate the craft. Vendors and retailers alike are coming together to showcase the benefits of locally owned yarn stores through an array of special products, classes and more!

Wasatch and Wool will be celebrating Local Yarn Store Day from 11am-5pm this Saturday. Wear or bring (even if only a photo) your favorite knit/crochet project from this past year and join us on this special day to support and celebrate local brick and mortar yarn stores. We will have exclusive new colors from Three Irish Girls Yarns, Dream Color to Life (formerly Dream in Color), Manos del Uruguay and Alexandra’s Crafts and free (for Saturday only) patterns from Brooklyn Tweed, Manos del Uruguay and Casapinka. We will also have prizes, giveaways and special one day only discounts.


Riotous Shawl by Jessica Correa is knit in Dream Color to Life’s Centennial.

Dream Color to Life is celebrating Local Yarn Store Day by creating a one-time-only color Grand Canyon Centennial in honor of Grand Canyon National Park’s 100th Birthday. Ten percent of her proceeds of this colorway are being donated to the Grand Canyon Conservancy. There are two patterns, which will be free on LYS Day, designed to highlight this colorway as well. The first is Riotous Shawl by Jessica Correa which usesSmooshy with Cashmere in the following colors: True to Life, Tex Mex and Grand Canyon Centennial. The second pattern isMagical Thinking by Casapinka which also uses Smooshy with Cashmere in Joshua Tree, Prickly Pear and Grand Canyon Centennial.

Three Irish Girls Yarn designed an entire collection for this year’s Local Yarn Store Day. The colors in the collection are:

Variegated- Ewe Keep Us In Stitches
Gray- Brick and Mortar
Yellow- Sunny Side Of The Street
Speckled- Big Baller
Pink- Stitch N’ Bitch
These colors so reminded me of spring that I’m stocking them in Adorn Luxe, Springvale DK and Springvale Worsted.

Casapinka’s Magical Thinking is one suggested pattern for the Adorn Luxe. My favorite for these yarns is Purless by Rosemary (Romi) Hill. This pattern can be knit in all three gauges of our Three Irish Girls Local Yarn Store Day yarn.

We also restocked our Three Irish Girls Springvale Worsted Cable Hat Kits.

Manos del Uruguay has a brick-and-mortar shop exclusive Fino Mini-Skein color set just for Local Yarn Store Day. The five mini-skeins add up to one skein of Fino, a single-ply 70% Merino 30% Silk scrumptious and elegant light-fingering weight yarn. Manos del Uruguay is also providing two free patterns, one is Rainbow Showers which is crocheted and the second one is Mesh which is knit.

Rowan Yarns is also supporting local yarn stores. The patterns for Corinthian and Arabella will be free with the purchase of Rowan Yarn but only on Saturday and Sunday. The Corinthian,designed by Martin Storey, uses Rowan Felted Tweed DK, a wonderful, tweedy yarn with a felted look. Arabella by Lisa Richardson is an adorable multi-color infinity cowl that usesRowan Alpaca Classic, made up of soft alpaca fibers blown into a delicate cotton core creating an airy DK yarn that is a delight to knit.

Brioche Refresher Class

Friday, April 26 from 9:30-11:30am
Class fee $33.50 which includes 2 skeins of Brooklyn Tweed Loft and the Skipp hat pattern.
*Please call or stop by the store to reserve your spot and pick out your yarn before Thursday, April 25 at 6pm. 

We will have a special Brioche class on Friday which will be focused on knitting the Skipp hat by Jared Flood. Skills that will be covered are knitting two color brioche and the Rib Cable Cast On. The class fee includes two skeins of Brooklyn Tweed Loftwhich should be picked out and wound before the start of class.
If you don’t need the class and just want to start knitting Skipp, we will give you a download code with the purchase of Loft. The coupon is valid through April 30.

Help Hours with Susan Lewin
Tuesdays from 11:00am-1:30pm.
If you are having problems finishing a sweater or your colorwork has you all tangled up, Susan will keep your project moving forward. The cost of the drop-in help is free if you have purchased your project from the store. If not, it is $10 per half hour or purchase $10 worth of yarn or other knitting supplies from the store.
Susan is also guiding our current Knit-Along, a sweater of your choice from Marie Greene’s new book, Seamless Knit Sweaters in 2 Weeks or from Ravelry.

If you like a project but you aren’t currently in town, please give the store a call (435)575-0999. We would be happy to send you a knitting care package from Park City.