“Season of Self Care” Knitting, Sock Knitters Inspiration Group and $20 for 10% – Gift Cards for Peace House

Spincycle Yarns recently renamed “Selfish Knitting Season” as the “Season of Self Care”. I agree. In December, we knit or crocheted hats, sweaters, scarves and mittens as gifts, baked countless cookies, prepared over-the-top meals and entertained numerous in-laws.

Let’s start the new year taking some time for ourselves. If Dyed in the Wool or Dream State from Spincycle Yarns are a favorite or if you’ve ever wanted to give a project with them a try, we just received a large shipment. I’ve always wanted to knit one of Jennifer Steingass’ beautiful colorwork sweaters which highlight the gorgeous shades of Spincycle yarns.

One of her most recent patterns is Hinterland, inspired by the northern lights in Norway, which is shown above. I also fell in love with Newleaf shown below. I’m working on Newleaf and am very impressed with the techniques Jennifer incorporates for increases, short rows, and very few stitches to pick-up.

More project ideas using Spincycle Yarns’ Dyed in the Wool and Dream State are The Shift and Nightshift shown below by Andrea Mowry. Both patterns are fun and meditative as they are done in slipped-stitch mosaic knitting.

Help Hours with Susan:

Susan will be taking off a few weeks from the store in February. Instead, Margaux will be focusing on the patterns shown in this newsletter Tuesday mornings from 10:00am to 12:30pm. If you need to work with Susan, please contact the store so we can help you set up some private time with her.

Sock Knitters Inspirational or SKI for short:

Sock knitting has become such a favorite of our knitters that we are starting an informal sock knitting club. For now, the meet up time is going to be 11am on Tuesdays. If you would like to discuss new patterns, techniques or just need a bit of sock-knitting comradery, this is a great group for you. This group will also meet on Saturdays starting the second week of March. 

A couple of very cute sock patterns that I recently found are Staying in Socks by Virginia Sattler-Reimer who many of you know because she also designed the Blue Sky Fibers 21 Color Slouch and 21 Color Mitts in Woolstok. The other is Flibbertigibbet by Lisa K Ross which was designed using Three Irish Girls Adorn Sock.

We are also proud and excited to announce our 20 for 10 initiative. If you followed Wasatch and Wool this past year, you may have noticed that we had an evening featuring local non-profits. That night I learned a lot about Peace House and how important gift cards are to the domestic abuse victims and their families who have fled there. The gift cards bring back a sense of normalcy and control to their lives because they can shop locally for clothes and other necessities. When people arrive at Peace House, they often have only the clothes that they are wearing.

The 20 for 10 initiative encourages everyone to bring in a $20 gift card from TJ Maxx or Walmart that these people can use. In return, you will receive 10% off your entire purchase (including sale yarn) that day. Please don’t hesitate to contact the shop if you have any questions or would like additional information.

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. 

Last minute gifts to make your holidays sparkle and glow.

The countdown is near its end and it’s time to let the festivities begin!

If you’re still looking for some last-minute gift ideas, we have some great suggestions. Shown above (and already bedecked in holiday ribbon) is the Strata Cowl kit, a fun and colorful knit from Baah Yarn which uses their Shasta, a worsted weight 100% Superwash Merino in beautiful hand-dyed colors.

We recently received a new shipment of yarns from Anzula, and they are gorgeous! The first one is Lucero, a DK-weight blend of Superwash Merino, Cashmere and Sparkling Stellina. Lucero is a dream come true because not only does it sparkle, it is also sumptuously soft and delightful to stitch. Use Lucero for any project you’d like to shine!

Shown below is Earthshine by Hilary Smith Callis knit in Lucero. It is a semi-circular shawl which is joined to work in the round to create a cowl that mimics the look of a big, squishy shawl wrapped around the shoulders.

The second yarn from Anzula, Katara, is one that will make you glow. Katara is a DK weight 50% Merino and 50% Yak blend. It is wonderful in any project that touches your skin be it a sweater, hat, cowl or scarf. 

A beautiful, flattering and decadently soft hat knit in Katara is Javelina by Stephannie Tallent. The color of the hat in the photo is Natural, the actual color of the yak fiber before it is dyed.

Another gorgeous pattern designed using Katara is Sokolata also by Hilary Smith Callis. Warm, calming, and rich as a cup of cocoa, Sokolata is an oversized garter stitch shawl that will soothe your soul. It would be a perfect project for January when we get the chance to knit something for ourselves.

Stocking stuffers – always the last-second purchase.
Here are a few ideas:

The world-famous Shozaburo scissors are made with time-honored tradition and devotion, one pair at a time, by artisans who do not compromise on quality.
The handles of these smooth-cutting Shozaburo thread scissors are finished in modern style and wrapped in Iga braids, a material made primarily for use in armor-making since 710 AD.
The beautifully dyed silk threads are gentle on the hands, bringing about a unique texture and experience. These snipes would be a wonderful and very special gift for any knitter or crocheter. 
The Gleener On the Go is a great gift even if they’re not a knitter or crocheter. It removes those dreaded pills from soft knitted garments. The three abrasive edges and lint brush make it easy and safe to use on almost all fabrics.
These adjustable sock blockers are great for knitters who wash and block their socks. They are sold in pairs that are easy to assemble. The leg, foot, and heel are adjustable for the perfect fit.

It’s a Wonderful Life
December 23, 7pm – doors open at 6pm.

We are excited to be joining Park City Film to sponsor It’s A Wonderful Life at the Park City Library on Monday, December 23. This will be a free screening of the beloved holiday classic. Come early for cookies, crafts, hot coco, Santa and PUPPIES! (Or just a bit of extra time to finish holiday knitting!) Doors open at 6pm.

December Holiday Store Hours

Regular store hours this month except for the following days:
Tuesday, December 24 – 11:00am – 3pm
(Help hours with Susan will end at 1pm.)
Wednesday, December 25 – CLOSED
Merry Christmas!

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. 

Our Five Year Anniversary and a big Rowan celebration!

It’s been five years since the dream of owning a yarn store in Park City came true. A very heartfelt thank you to all who have come in and been part of this dream. You’ve been my friends, knitting companions and inspiration along the way. I’m so thankful for the wonderful people who have worked in this store. The fact that we are here and going strong five years later is in large part because of you.

Rowan featured Wasatch and Wool Yarns in their Autumn/Winter 2019 Newsletter which was a tremendous honor for our store. Here is a link if you would like to read the newsletter online: https://knitrowan.com/en/news-events/newsletters/rowan-autumn-winter-2019-newsletter.

It has been a year since we have become Rowan’s Utah flagship store and Rowan yarns have been a wonderful addition to the depth of yarn choices we offer. Their yarns range from great for baby (Softyak DK) to big, chunky and warm (Big Wool) to rustic and heathered (Felted Tweed) to seductively soft and decadent (Sultano.)

We just received a Mode Collection trunk show at the store that includes some pieces that we showed at Stitches as well as a few new ones. Shown below is one of my absolute favorites, Cropped Sweater by Georgia Farrell knit in Alpaca Soft DK.

November Knit Along #1
Lingmoor by Lisa Richardson
Tuesdays 11-2 starting November 19.

One of my favorite yarns from Rowan is Moordale, a 70% wool and 30% alpaca blend that is all sourced and milled in the British Isles. The color range is comprised of a range of neutrals and on-trend brights. The shades work beautifully on their own for lace cables and texture or combined in colorwork. The wool has a low micron count which means that it is soft to the touch. If you are looking for a fun colorwork project, I highly recommend Lingmoor by Lisa Richardson. It was a fun knit, and if you are interested in casting on your own, I would be happy to share a few tips I learned while knitting mine.

A few other ideas to knit using Moordale are Buckler Hat – which Karen knit up as a sample for the store, Fingle (and Buckler Sweater) and Curlew all designed by Martin Storey.

November Knit Along #2Ribbed Lace Scarf by Churchmouse Yarns and Teas
Tuesdays 11-2 starting November 19.

My customer Joanne recently finished her first Ribbed Lace Scarf using Cocoon from Rowan. The scarf came out so beautiful that I need to cast-one and make one. Rowan Cocoon is such a gorgeous yarn that a simple stitch pattern is all that is needed to make this warm and cozy scarf. Because it is knit on size 10 needles, it is a relatively quick project.

One way that I can say thank you for the last five years is to offer 15% off all Rowan yarn through Christmas Eve, December 24th if you are a reader of my newsletter. Just be sure to let us know when you checkout.

We recently added a new line of needles, addi Rocket Squared and they’ve quickly become a store favorite. The combination of slightly rounded squared edges and a textured tip surface promote positive ergonomics when in use – stimulating circulation and reducing tension which is helpful to those who struggle with grip issues. Plus, the needles just feel really good in your hands.

Holiday Ornament Class with Deanna – $20
(*includes all materials though please sign up at least 5 days in advance.)

Saturday, December 14 9:30-11am.
These ornaments are adorable on trees and also as a little gift for fiber loving friends. There is even an option to make a crochet version.

Classes with Susan Lewin

Tiny Sweaters –  
Saturday, November 23 10-11:30am or
Wednesday, December 4 10-11:30am

(We may be able to add more class times if requested.)

Fun to knit and even more fun to give, these tiny sweaters designed by Miriam Felton can be used as ornaments, package or wine bottle toppers, or even cozies for soft-boiled eggs.

Top Down Socks for Beginners – $45 ($60 if not using yarn purchased from Wasatch and Wool)

Four class sessions all from10-11:30am:
Saturday, December 7
Monday, December 9
Friday, December 13
Monday, December 16

There is a prerequisite magic loop, flexiflip or knitting in the round on two circular needles class for any student who is not confident using at least one of these techniques. It will be held on Monday, December 2 from 10-11:30am. There is no additional charge for this class.

If you are interested in taking one or all of these classes, please stop by, email or call the store at least three days prior to class to get your materials list.

Help Sessions with Susan Lewin

Below is a chart that will clarify how Help Sessions with Susan are structured. Our goal is to make the sessions easier to attend and help the knitter more efficiently. It is not meant to restrict access to anyone and aims to prioritize those who are participating in shop activities. If you know you need more in depth help, please try to pre-schedule with Susan.

Come on in and work on your project at any time. For all hours that aren’t Susan’s help hours, the Wasatch and Wool staff are happy to help with quick fixes though if the shop is busy, we ask for your patience as you may need to wait or come back at a quieter time for assistance.

November store hours
Regular store hours this month except for the following days:
Monday, November 25 – 11:30am – 6pm
Wednesday, November 27 – 11am – 5pm
Thursday, November 28 – CLOSED
Friday, November 29 – 11am-5pm.

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!)


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.

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.

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.