September Knitting: new yarns, classes, knit-alongs and a special knit-night for Peace House

September Knitting

I took some time off earlier this month to for a family vacation and a bit of relaxation. Along the way, I picked Vogue Magazine’s iconic September Issue and had a lot of fun perusing the ads and the articles. Miu Miu’s The Conversationadvertisement caught my attention.

Photographed by Alasdair McLellan, the ad presents the women at home in Miu Miu’s version of suburbia surrounded by velvet drapes and furniture and sitting atop Aubusson rugs.
I fell in love with these photos. The red mohair sweater and the angora socks that the models, in their bouffant hairdos, are wearing have become this year’s knitting inspiration.

Raglan Sweater Class with Betti
Wednesdays October 10, 17, 24 and 31
10am-11:30am
Cost: $80. (Yarn must be purchased from Wasatch and Wool.)
If knitting a red mohair sweater just became #1 in your knitting que or if you’re looking to knit something a bit more subtle, long-time instructor and one of the store’s favorite customers Betti Richter is going to teach a Knit Your Own Raglan Class. In this class, students will learn how to create their own raglan sweater, one that fits them, using just a bit of basic math. Betti recommends that students bring a favorite well-fitting sweater to make measuring a bit easier. This class will fill up very quickly as spots are very limited. Please call or stop by the store to reserve your seat in the class.
Magpie Fibers

After two years of trying to bring in her yarn, I’m finally happy to say Wasatch and Wool stocks Dami Hunter’s Magpie Fibers!

The sweater shown above is Thea Coleman’s Desert Sunrise that is knit in Magpie’s Solstice, a light, fluffy, silky blend of domestic superwash Merino wool, domestic cotton and silk. Spun with moderate twist and a slightly rustic thick/thin texture, its DK weight easily bridges the gap from Sport to Light Worsted. It’s excellent year-round yarn, perfect for sweaters and accessories. Because of the superwash Merino, it’s also machine washable.

Dami’s yarns that first caught my attention are Magpie FibersSwanky Sock and Swanky DK. Both are silky blends of Merino, Cashmere and nylon with a nice sheen and beautiful drape. They are perfect in sweaters, hats, shawls, scarves, mitts and cowls. The patterns above are Teroldego by Caitlin Hunter andBraddock by Christina Danaee
The yarn can be machine washed, but we always recommend hand washing your knits.

October Knit-Along (KAL) – The Princeton Capelet

Blue Sky Fibers’ brand new yarn for fall 2018 is Eco-Cashmere, a  DK weight 100% cashmere blend of Recycled Cashmere and Virgin Cashmere that is spun at an environmentally conscious mill in Italy.

The Princeton Capelet KAL is a wonderful opportunity for the advanced beginner knitter (or a more advanced knitter who loves to work with cashmere) to knit a simple but elegant piece that can be worn all seasons here in Park City either over the shoulders as a cozy or around the neck as a cowl. Our KAL is being held in conjunction with Blue Sky Fibers’ nationalPrinceton Capelet knit-along. Beginning October 1st, we can offer the pattern for free with the purchase of the yarn. Also, Blue Sky Fibers will be giving away a skein of their other new yarn, Woolstok Jumbo, to two lucky winners.

We are offering a 10% discount on the yarn to all customers who purchase or order their yarn prior to October 1st.

New Classes and help hours

Starting September 18, Susan Lewin, knitting teacher and outgoing Salt Lake Knitting Guild President, will offer knitting classes for all different levels of knitters.

Class sessions will begin on September 18 from 10-11:30am with a Learn to Knit two-part series. The second class is one week later at the same time. Make some fingerless mitts while learning to cast on, knit, purl and bind off. Then sew the mitt seams and voila! – your Christmas and Holiday gifts have been started!

The cost of the class is $45. Registration and materials must be purchased by September 16.

Following classes, Susan is available for drop-in help from 11:30-2pm. 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 very reasonable, just $5 for the hour and a half.

One other service Susan offers is blocking. If you just don’t have time for the last and still very important part of finishing your knitted projects, just drop by the store and talk to Susan.

Support Peace House at our October 10th Knit-Night
The store is having a special knit-night on Wednesday, October 10th. We will be collecting gently used hand bags, belts, scarves and jewelry. Items will be sold at the Bling Fling Boutique, November 2nd and 3rd, 2018 at the Park City Community Church.

 

 

Mark your calendars for Rowan’s 40th Anniversary Celebration for Thursday November 15th.

In conjunction with a Rowan Trunk show, we will have an all-day birthday party celebrating Rowan’s 40 years of beautiful yarn and gorgeous patterns. There will be raffles for Rowan swag and copies of the Rowan 40th Anniversary Book that looks back at some of their most loved designs will be available for purchase.

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

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

Store Hours 

Sunday noon-5
Monday 11-6
Tuesday 11-6
Wednesday 11-8
Thursday 11-6
Friday 11-6
Saturday 11-5

 

 

Labor Day Spinathon With Martha, New Knitting Classes & Rowan’s 40th Anniversary Celebration

Labor Day Spinathon with Martha:

Please join Martha for a Labor Day full of spinning fun. Martha is a kind and encouraging teacher who will help the brand-new spinner create some beautiful yarn. She will also guide you through blending colors and fibers. If you have a wheel, bring yours and plan to stay for the afternoon. We also have drop spindles which are free with purchase of either Alexandra’s Crafts or SweetGeorgia fiber.
Store hours on Labor Day are noon-5pm

Wasatch and Wool now has a Spinzilla team! Spinzilla is a celebration of spinning. It is a world-wide spinning event where competing teams and individuals challenge each other to see who can spin the most yarn in a week. The competition is designed to motivate spinners to learn new skills, take risks, and connect with spinners across the globe.

The store is offering all Team Wasatch and Wool Spinners discounts on fiber and Schacht products to gear up for the event the first week of October.

New Classes and help hours:
Starting September 18, Susan Lewin, knitting teacher and outgoing Salt Lake Knitting Guild President, will offer knitting classes for all different levels of knitters.

Class sessions will begin on September 18 from 10-11:30am with a Learn to Knit two-part series. The second class is one week later at the same time. Make some fingerless mitts while learning to cast on, knit, purl and bind off. Then sew the mitt seams and voila! – your Christmas and Holiday gifts have been started!

The cost of the class is $45. Registration and materials must be purchased by September 16.

Following classes, Susan is available for drop in help from 11:30-2pm. 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 very reasonable, just $5 for the hour and a half.

One other service Susan offers is blocking. If you just don’t have time for the last and still very important part of finishing your knitted projects, just drop by the store and talk to Susan.

Mark your calendars for Rowan’s 40th Anniversary Celebration:

Wasatch and Wool Yarns will have an all-day birthday party celebrating Rowan’s 40 years of beautiful yarn and gorgeous patterns.

I have admired their yarn and designs prior to taking up knitting. It is the elegant English country style that so appeals to me. Their yarns are classic while still being luxurious, a perfect choice for hats to scarves to sweaters and even baby apparel.  I am excited to be part of the celebration as well as expanding the number of Rowan yarns we stock at the store.

We will have raffles for Rowan swag and have copies of theRowan 40th Anniversary Book that looks back at some of their most loved designs available for purchase.

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

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

Brioche Night is the second Tuesday of the month from 5:30-7:30pm.

New Store Hours *

The store hours listed in the last newsletter were incorrect. The actual hours are:

Sunday noon-5
Monday 11-6
Tuesday 11-6
Wednesday 11-8
Thursday 11-6
Friday 11-6
Saturday 11-5

Alexandra’s Crafts Pop-up Shop, new knit-along and farewell party for Deb

Alexandra’s Crafts Pop-Up Shop:

          

The past few Augusts, Alexandra Baldwin of Alexandra’s Craftshas stopped by the store bringing all of her wonderfully colorful and luxurious yarn. She couldn’t make it this year, but she did us a very big shipment that we are displaying now through Labor Day. It included some favorites we have stocked for a while including Black Butte (a fingering-weight superwash merino, yak and silk blend) as well as new gorgeous yarns.

Treat yourself. These blends of color and fiber should be seen and felt in person.

Agate Beach:
a fingering-weight yarn for those who like some bling in their knitting.

Newport:
a sumptuous single-ply that is wonderful for soft and squishy shawls and cowls.

Dark Side of the Moon:
Now in several new colorways. Some skeins have bold streaks while others have just subtle shading.

Sun River:
The newest yarn from Alexandra. These beautiful hand-dyed skeins are a blend of merino, silk and cashmere.

Farewell party for Deb Pollard:

Wednesday, August 15 from 5-8pm

If you have ever attended a knit-night or taken a class at the store, chances are that Deb was there to encourage and guide you. She is moving back to Minnesota to spend more time with family. Please join us on Wednesday as we wish her all the best and say goodbye to this wonderful friend to all of us at the store.

August Knit-Along – 3 Color Cashmere Cowlby Joji Locatelli

Wednesday, August 22 at 10am, then all following Wednesdays during regular store hours.

I have admired this cowl from designer Joji Locatelli for a few years and it is time that we have a knit-along featuring it at the store. It’s a fun little knit that features just a bit of striping, texture and lace. As I write this I haven’t decided if I’m going to use Black Butte from Alexandra’s Crafts or move up to sport weight and chose Lux Adorna’s Ménage a TroisRoad to China Light from The Fibre Co. or Rosy Green Wool’s Cheeky Merino Joy.

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

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

Brioche Night is the second Tuesday of the month from 5:30-7:30pm.

New Store Hours:

Sunday noon-5
Monday 11-6
Tuesday 11-6
Wednesday 11-8
Thursday 11-6
Friday 11-6
Saturday 11-5

 

Wasatch and Wool Yarns June Events, Knit in Public Day and Summer Knitting

June 9th is World Wide Knit in Public Day. From Australia to Ireland and even Africa, knitters and crocheters take this day to get together and knit/crochet in public. Please join us at the store as we host a knitting get together with homemade cookies and lemonade. Bring a project and a lawn chair as we knit or crochet from 11am-5pm.

If you aren’t in the Park City area, there may be an event near you, or find a few fiber friends and start your own.

Wasatch and Wool’s Sockapalooza Summer:

This past month there has been a lot of interest at the store in knitting socks. Always useful and even a bit decadent, hand knitted socks are a luxury as well as a wonderful gift for someone you love. Over the next couple of months, we are offering sock knitting mini-classes and knit alongs.

Sockapalooza summer is kicking off the morning of World Wide Knit in Public Day with a mini class on knitting Mara Catherine Bryner’s Rose City Rollers. These roll-top ankle socks are perfect for summer knitting and summer wearing. The class will discuss sock anatomy and tips and tricks on how to knit top-down socks. Super bright variegated yarns look great with this pattern and make it easier to learn
sock knitting. I’m knitting a pair for myself in Dragonfly Fibers’Dragon Sock. Other suggestions are Adorn Luxe from Three Irish Girls, Twisted Owl 2-ply Sock as well as a couple of locally dyed yarns, Simply Sock from Greenwood Fiberworks andClassic Sock from The Yarnbrary.

Class Details:
9:30am-10:45am on Saturday June 9. Because we will be knitting the Rose City Rollers, experience working in the round and working with fingering weight yarn is required. There is no fee for this mini-session but please purchase your yarn from Wasatch and Wool. This class will fill up quickly so please call or stop by the store soon to reserve your spot.

Brioche Night:

Tuesday, June 12 from 5:30-7:30pm
Brioche night continues during the summer though we are now meeting the second Tuesday of the month. Though this won’t be a time for formal instruction, there will be plenty of encouragement and opportunity to have questions answered. I started Andrea Mowry’sHarlow Hat over Memorial Day weekend and was really impressed by how well the pattern was written and the video tutorials she included. It’s a great project for the Brioche newbie.

Holiday Knitting Planning and Idea Sharing Night:
Tuesday, June 26 from 6-8pm

Though it seems early because it is early June, this is the perfect time to start your holiday knitting. Bring a notebook to write down new ideas as well as suggestions or samples of past popular gifts. We will even have Christmas cookies though it will hopefully be too warm for hot chocolate.

Shown above are one of my gift giving ideas, a collection of mittens from Matilda Kruse that are knit in Cheeky Merino Joy. The patterns are IskristallVinterland and Snöfall.

Have you heard the BUZZZZ?
4-Day Sweater KAL
If you are up for a bigger challenge this summer, Marie Greene from Olive Knits is doing another 4-Day Sweater Challenge. Her last 4 day KAL challenge caught on like wildfire and Lux Adorna and Wasatch and Wool are joining in on the fun. The Beekeeper Cardigan has simple, all-over texture. No lace, no cables. Top-down, seamless construction. 3/4 sleeves with an option for long sleeves. It is suitable for advanced beginners and beyond.

We are taking pre-orders through June 17th for Lux Adorna’s 100% DK yarn in the colors and swatches below. Other yarn ideas are Acadia from The Fibre Company and Three Irish Girls’ Springvale DK.

The KAL begins July 1st and runs through July 15th with a sliding timeline for different sizes (up to 8 days). Pick and choose your days (they don’t have to be consecutive).

In case four days seems just a bit too intense, our store KAL will continue through August 15.

 

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

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

New Store Hours:
Beginning Saturday May 5, the store will close at 5pm on Saturdays.

 

 

Wasatch and Wool Yarns Mothers Day Gifts and May Events

If your mom (or you) are at all like me, knitting and other fiber arts gifts are at the top of her mother’s day wish list. And again, if she is like me, features that would make the gift even more wonderful are if it encourages good stewardship of the land and animals or if it supports and encourages the people who produce them.

Cheeky Merino Joy – Rosy Green Wool:

Seven years ago Rosy Stegmann, a passionate knitter and proponent of organic food, was looking for a soft, organic wool for handknitting. When she couldn’t find one that met her beliefs in sustainability and concerns over the use of pesticides and mis-treatment of sheep, she founded Rosy Green Wool. The wool in Cheeky Merino Joy is 100% Merino from Patagonia and is GOTS certified. This means:

  • the sheep do not have to suffer painful mulesing surgery
  • the wool production does not pollute the environment with dangerous chemicals
  • the workers are treated fairly
  • the yarn is under strict controls for harmful residues.

In addition to the wool, Rosy and her husband Patrick found a mill and dyer in England that were also GOTS certified.
One way to think of GOTS is: Good for Sheep, Good for the Environment, and Good for Humans!

Cheeky Merino Joy is soft, bouncy and wonderful for children as it is machine washable.

One pattern that we will have as a knit-along this summer isShrug & More by Martina Behm. It’s easy to knit, multifunctional and fun.

 

A very cute and Park City style sweater is Hamble from Isabell Kraemer.

As the yarn is washable, mittens are a great project idea. Shown below are a collection of mittens from Matilda Kruse that are knit in Cheeky Merino Joy. The patterns are IskristallVinterlandand Snofall.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fino – Manos del Uruguay:

The Manos Cooperatives, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, was founded by five women whose goal was to develop economic opportunities for women in a country where there were, and are still, few opportunities for work. Though Manos initially sold handicraft at local shops, the business gravitated to spinning, dying, weaving and knitting. The “faded”, striated colors of Manos yarn were the result of heating yarn for dyeing in large, iron kettles over wood fires, and over the years, the dying process has been refined to provide consistency of color without losing what has become the trademark stria shading.
The Manos Cooperatives provide health insurance, retirement pensions, paid vacations and paid maternity leave for their members. Moreover, members enjoy a sense of achievement and of self-determination. Also, the first kindergartens in Uruguay were begun by the Manos Cooperative, to provide childcare for the artisans.

Wasatch and Wool stocks several yarns from Manos del Uruguay. My favorite right now is Fino. I just finished Isabell Kraemer’s A Girl’s Best Friend and the yarn was such a pleasure to knit with.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Like the shawl, Fino is elegant, refined and a spectacular way to dress up a simple white shirt.
Fino combines the softness of merino wool with the luster of silk in a lightweight yarn that’s perfect for heirloom accessories or luxurious garments. Fino features a new dye process that yields complex, subtle, tonal colors. Manos also produces sets of five mini 20-gram skeins what are wonderful for knitting shawls, cowls and other accessories especially when combined with full sized skeins. A few of my favorite that use this yarn areCharnley ScarfChurros and Rings of Rings Cowl by Lisa R. Myers, Arwen from Isabell Kraemer and finally Onete from the Fairmont Fibers Design Team. Onete, a free pattern, is the simplest of all the projects and uses one skein of Fino.

   

    

Classes:

Two Great Summer Cardigans  – Pick one that’s best for you!
May 16, 30 and June 13 from 1:30pm-4:30pm. (Please let us know if other dates or times are better for you.)
Class fee $60
Please stop by the store to register.
If you register and purchase your yarn by May 9th, there will be a 10% discount on materials. (Deb asks that you use yarn purchased at Wasatch and Wool.)

Deb will be teaching a class featuring your choice of two cardigans.  The first is Staring at Stars by Alicia Plummer. The yarn we recommend for this sweater is Elsebeth Lavold’s Silky Wool, a silk, wool and nylon blend that has generous yardage at a very good price point and comes in numerous colors. Staring at Stars has raglan sleeves and tends to look better on women with broader shoulders;

Staring at Stars is worked as one piece, from the top down.  Learn how to pick up stitches on the front edge and around the neck for knitting the ribbed band.

The second cardigan choice is Pintuck Cardigan by Bristol Ivy which has set-in sleeves (and looks better on those without those broad shoulders.) Slip-stitch columns gradually travel across the fronts of this jacket, pulling the fabric together to create both its shaping and its swinging hem. Bristol Ivy designed this cardigan in Rylie from Hikoo. We carry Rylie as well as other yarns that would result in a gorgeous cardigan.

A Girl’s Best Friend Knit-along:
We have a weekly knit-along time scheduled on Wednesdays from noon to 2pm. Please stop by to get started, instruction on a technique you don’t understand or even assistance on getting out of an “oops”. The only thing we ask is that you please use materials purchased from Wasatch and Wool Yarns.

A beautiful way to welcome spring, Isabell Kraemer’s A Girl’s Best Friend is a triangular shawl worked flat from the top down. The project was a fun, and at times slightly challenging, knit but so worth the effort as I love my finished project. Please join us here at the store.

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

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

New Store Hours:
Beginning Saturday May 5, the store will close at 5pm on Saturdays.

 

 

 

 

Local Yarn Store Day, welcome Farmer’s Daughter Fibers and Deb’s new class:

Plans are coming together for our first Local Yarn Store Day which is being held this Saturday, April 21, from 11am-6pm at the store. You may have heard of Record Store Day or Independent Book Store day. Local Yarn Store Day is a day to celebrate and appreciate your local brick and mortar yarn stores like Wasatch and Wool Yarns! This day is designed to bring together our unique community of knitters, crocheters, weavers and spinners to drive awareness of and show off our enjoyment of the fiber arts.

LYS Day Activities:

We have a full day of classes and mini-seminars planned covering several fiber topics.

The day begins at 9:30am with a Learn to Crochet class taught by Zoey. Students will learn crochet basics so that they can make the Augusta Shawl designed by Andrea Mules. The suggested yarn is Serena from Manos del Uruguay, a beautiful alpaca pima cotton blend. We also have many other yarns that would be wonderful in this project.

The class will meet twice; April 21and April 28 from 9:30am-11am. Class fee is $30 ($65 if you do not use yarn purchased at Wasatch and Wool.)
Please stop by the store to register.

At noon, Zoey will lead a mini-session on tips and tricks for crocheting Edward’s Menagerie amigurumi toy animals. Wasatch has stocked Edward’s Menagerie kits for a few years. We now stock books including the latest book, Dogs, and TOFT DK yarn. Featured below are some photos from Dogs and another new publication we carry from TOFT, Sheep.

At 1 pm, local fiber artist Martha Taggart will hold a spinning demonstration. If you’ve ever been interested in learning to spin or have a few technique questions, please stop by and talk to Martha. We have some beautiful yak down and merino wool roving from Palouse Yarn Company and just received a new shipment of fiber from SweetGeorgia.

At 2pm, Karen will have a mini-session on helping you get over your fear of mixing colors and yarn in a project. If you have a skein in your stash, please bring it. She will help you pick out a project that will incorporate that yarn as well as others from the store. Below is a photo of Karen modeling her version of Andrea Mowry’s Find Your Fade. In this project she used multiple colors, different types of beads, and yarns that ranged from fingering to worsted. It is spectacular to see.

At 3pm Patty Horie will have a session on how to use Knit Companion app. If you are tired of printing out patterns, especially up here in the high desert where our ink is perpetually dried out, Knit Companion offers a wonderful way you can work straight from your IOS or Android phone or tablet. It even offers a built-in counter, ruler and sticky notes.

At 4pm, Deb will present an overview on colorwork. She will discuss different ways of using color in our projects from very simple to more complex, and why we should choose one method versus another. Below are photos of projects that Deb has taught during the past twelve months. The first is Ski Skate Snowshoe Hockey Too by Julie Stone; followed by Classic Family Hat by John Crane, and finally Arboreal by Jennifer Steingass.

LYS Day Specials:

                                   

Some of my favorite vendors are offering special yarns, patterns and giveaways in honor of LYS Day. Shown above is Celebrationfrom Mary Gavan, an indie dyer whose work is inspired by the Southwest. Celebration is a 100% superwash merino that is 2-ply with a tight twist. It is only available this month beginning on LYS Day, April 21. The yarn can be pre-ordered now, but come the end of April, it will no longer be available. The Hyde Park Cowlette by Taiga Hilliard is a one skein project that is beautiful when knit in Celebration.

Trendsetter Yarns is putting together a kit which contains one skein each of four colors of Holika and the patterns to make all three garments. (The vest and scarf take one kit each and the oversized wrap will use two kits.)  Holika is an worsted weight cotton blend yarn wonderful for spring and summer projects.

                                            

                                             

The Adventura Shawl from Laura Nelkin is a choose your own shawl adventure knit. All three Adventuras start the same: from the tip, with a neutral color, you will knit a boomerang shape until you have knit up almost all of that first color. Then you work a few transition garter rows, and it is time to begin your journey! Adventura Shawl usesAndorra from Kelbourne Woolens, a classic versatile 2-ply merino wool, highland wool, and mohair blend with a vintage feel in a gorgeous color palette.

The Adventura Shawl pattern is free on April 21 with the purchase of two or more skeins of Andorra.

We just received the latest issue of Pom Pom Quarterly and it is full of adorable patterns for hats, sweaters and socks! For LYS day, Pom Pom Publishing is offering a code for a free download of an out of print PPQ issue with every purchase of a current issue.

Post LYS Day Special Champagne Cast-on Party:
May 1 from 6-8pm.
To make this event last even longer, we are having a special cast-on party. Enjoy Prosecco or sparkling water as you work on one (or multiple!) LYS Day purchases. Please give the store a call to reserve a spot if you are planning on attending.

LYS Day Raffle:
And finally, if none of the above inspires you to join us on LYS Day, we are also offering a raffle for a gift basket of wonderful knitting items worth more than $250!

Welcome Farmer’s Daughter Fibers!

Wasatch and Wool is now stocking Farmer’s Daughter yarns.Candice English, the owner and operator at The Farmer’s Daughter Fibers, embodies her heritage & home state of Montana into all aspects of her work. We currently stock three of her yarns. The first isCraggy Tweed which was a favorite of my Knit Night group. Craggy Tweed is a soft, smooth, and lofty fiber made up of 85% Superwash BFL and 15% NEP. The rich and dynamic colors will make this modern tweed pop for any garment. A project that is beautiful in Craggy Tweed is Ninilchik Swoncho by Caitlin Hunter.

The second yarn is Foxy Lady, a silky, smooth 70% SW Merino and 30% Silk High Twist sock weight yarn, with a glorious 428 yards. Foxy Lady is delicate and classy, the high twist gives the yarn support and structure making it perfect for any farm or city girl. Andrea Mowry loves this yarn for Find Your FadeFree Your Fade and What the Fade?!.

The third yarn is Willow Sock. Willow, 75% Bluefaced Leicester and 25% Nylon, is cushy but still strong and has a beautiful innate sheen. Willow Sock’s twist helps create a durable garment with gorgeous stitch definition. Starting Point by Joji Locatelli has been a popular pattern for Willow Sock. Another pattern idea is Apogean, a light weight tee or long-sleeved sweater depending on which option you choose, designed by Marie Greene from Olive Knits.

Classes:

Two Great Summer Cardigans  – Pick One Best for You!
May 16, 30 and June 13 from 1:30pm-4:30pm. (Please let us know if other dates or times are better for you.)
Class fee $60
Please stop by the store to register.
If you register and purchase your yarn by May 9th, there will be a 10% discount on materials. (Deb asks that you use yarn purchased at Wasatch and Wool.)

Deb will be teaching a class featuring your choice of two cardigans.  The first is Staring at Stars by Alicia Plummer. The yarn we recommend for this sweater is Elsebeth Lavold’s Silky Wool, a silk, wool and nylon blend that has generous yardage at a very good price point and comes in numerous colors. Staring at Stars has raglan sleeves and tends to look better on women with broader shoulders;

Staring at Stars is worked as one piece, from the top down.  Learn how to pick up stitches on the front edge and around the neck for knitting the ribbed band.

The second cardigan choice is Pintuck Cardigan by Bristol Ivy which has set-in sleeves (and looks better on those without those broad shoulders.) Slip-stitch columns gradually travel across the fronts of this jacket, pulling the fabric together to create both its shaping and its swinging hem. Bristol Ivy designed this cardigan in Rylie from Hikoo. We carry Rylie as well as other yarns that would result in a gorgeous cardigan.

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

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

 

Local Yarn Store Day and Learn to Crochet with Zoey

You may have heard of Record Store Day or Independent Book Store day. This year on April 21, we will all be celebrating the inaugural Local Yarn Store Day, a day to celebrate and appreciate your local brick and mortar yarn stores like Wasatch and Wool Yarns! This day is designed to bring together our unique community of knitters, crocheters, weavers and spinners to drive awareness of and show off our enjoyment of the fiber crafts.

A full list of LYS Day participants – both retailers and vendors – is available at http://www.tnna.org/?page=LYSDayRetailers, but I want to share with you what we’re doing here at Wasatch and Wool Yarns.

LYS Day Activities:

The day begins at 9:30 with a Learn to Crochet class taught by Zoey. (See below for more information). The store will open at its regular time of 11am.

At noon, Zoey will talk about crocheting Edward’s Menagerie amigurumi toy animals. Wasatch has stocked Edward’s Menagerie kits for a few years. We now stock books including the latest book, Dogs, and TOFT DK yarn. Kerry Lord, the designer of the patterns and Edward’s mum, recommends TOFT DK because it’s a soft and natural fiber that enhances the finished project. If you are a fan of the movie Isle of Dogs like I am, you will love her new book. Featured below are some photos from Dogs and another new publication we carry from TOFT, Sheep.

             

At 2pm, Karen is going to do a presentation on mixing colors and yarn in a project. Shown below is Karen modeling her version of Andrea Mowry’s Find Your Fade. In this project she used multiple colors, different types of beads, and yarns that ranged from fingering to worsted. It is spectacular to see.

We will have other presentations during the day from Deb Pollard and Patty Horie as well. Please check my calendar athttp://www.wasatchandwool.com/wp/calendar/ for more information as times are finalized.

LYS Day Specials:

          

Some of my favorite vendors are offering special yarns, patterns and giveaways in honor of LYS Day. Shown above is Celebrationfrom Mary Gavan, an indie dyer whose work is inspired by the Southwest. Celebration is a 100% superwash merino that is 2-ply with a tight twist. It is only available this month beginning on LYS Day, April 21. The yarn can be pre-ordered now, but come the end of April, it will no longer be available. The Hyde Park Cowlette by Taiga Hilliard is a one skein project that uses Celebration.

                 

Trendsetter Yarns is putting together a kit which contains one skein each of four colors of Holika and the patterns to make all three garments. (The vest and scarf take one kit each and the oversized wrap will use two kits.)  Holika is an aran weight cotton blend yarn wonderful for spring and summer projects.

           

We just received our first shipment of Andorra from Kelbourne Woolens. Andorra is a classic versatile 2-ply merino wool, highland wool, and mohair blend. Designed with a vintage feel in a gorgeous color palette, Andorra is perfect for garments and accessories alike.

The Adventura Shawl from Laura Nelkin is a choose your own shawl adventure knit. All three Adventuras start the same: from the tip, with a neutral color, you will knit a boomerang shape until you have knit up almost all of that first color. Then you work a few transition garter rows, and it is time to begin your journey!

The Adventura Shawl pattern is free on April 21 with the purchase of two or more skeins of Andorra.

          

We just received the latest issue of Pom Pom Quarterly and it is full of adorable patterns for hats, sweaters and socks! For LYS day, Pom Pom Publishing is offering a code for a free download of an out of print PPQ issue with every purchase of a current issue.

Post LYS Day Special Champagne Cast-on Party:
May 1 from 6-8pm.
To make this event last even longer, we are having a special cast-on party. Enjoy Prosecco or sparkling water as you work on one (or multiple!) LYS Day purchases. Please give the store a call to reserve a spot if you are planning on attending.

LYS Day Raffle:
And finally, if none of the above inspires you to join us on LYS Day, we are also offering a raffle for a gift basket of wonderful knitting items worth more than $250!

Classes:

Augusta Shawl Learn to Crochet Class with Zoey
April 21and 28 from 9:30am-11am.
Class fee $30 ($65 if you do not use yarn purchased at Wasatch and Wool.)
Please stop by the store to register.
Wasatch and Wool is excited to offer our very first crochet class. In this class, students will learn crochet basics so that they can make this beautiful shawl designed by Andrea Mules. The suggested yarn is Serena from Manos del Uruguay, a beautiful alpaca pima cotton blend. We also have many other yarns that would be wonderful in this project.

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

 

 

New Kits, Classes and Knit-alongs

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

          

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

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

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

          

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

                    

Classes and Knit-Alongs (KAL’s):
We now have a weekly knit-along time scheduled on Wednesdays from noon to 2pm. Please stop by to get started, instruction on a technique you don’t understand or even assistance on getting out of an “oops”. The only thing we ask is that you please use materials purchased from Wasatch and Wool Yarns.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

          

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

Beginner Knitting Saturdays
March 17 from 9:30-11am.

From your first knitting lesson, help with an ongoing project or even picking out something new, this time is for the new or returning knitter. The fee per session is $15.  Please call or stop by the store to reserve your spot.

You will receive a coupon for 15% off your next yarn purchase for every Learn to Knit class taken. Knit Nights, held on Wednesdays, are a great, relaxing mid-week break. They are from 6pm-8pm.  We also host Project Wednesdays from noon-2pm, a time set aside for knit-along assistance and new knitter encouragement. We hope to see you here!

 

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

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

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

 

Neighborhood Fiber Co.

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

         

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

         

Studio Sock and Loft

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

         

Classes and Knit-Alongs (KAL’s):
We now have a weekly knit-along time scheduled on Wednesdays from noon to 2pm. Please stop by to get started, instruction on a technique you don’t understand or even assistance on getting out of an “oops”. The only thing we ask is that you please use materials purchased from Wasatch and Wool Yarns.

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

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

Gwynn Falls Park:

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

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

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

Beginner Knitting Saturdays
January 20 from 9:30-11am.

From your first knitting lesson, help with an ongoing project or even picking out something new, this time is for the new or returning knitter. The fee per session is $15.  Please call or stop by the store to reserve your spot.

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

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