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A few new samples for you

Julie recently finished working on Joji Locatelli’s new cowl that had Raverly all abuzz last week.

The 3 Color Cashmere Cowl is more of a recipe with suggestions about how to combine simple texture and lace to create a deliciously comfy cowl that that combines color and texture to their best advantage

 

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Julie created her with several colors of Madelinetosh Merino Light and size US 2 1/2 needles.  Thank you Haven for acting as our lovely model!

 

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This Saturday this delightful gentleman stopped into the shop with his Mom.  He is snuggled into his Shale Baby Blanket and a coordinating hat to match!

 

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And Theresa is ready to cast off on the Moonstone Wrap she started earlier this month using 3 skeins of the Fibre Company’s Tundra and a size US 15 needle.  Leave it to the Fibre Co. girls to create a yarn blend so lush that it can make basic navy look this stunning.

Do you have a project close to completion?  Please bring it by the shop for a little show and tell.  We’d love to see what you’ve been working on!

February classes for you to consider

We put our heads together over the past couple of weeks to dream up some great new class ideas to get you excited about your craft this Spring. Please take a closer look at our webpage that includes all the details.

We are offering an intro crochet class that will give you a solid foundation that you could use for other upcoming classes such as the one that will have you making a darling owl basket like this one.  Julie and our new teacher Lauren each have a sample basket on their hooks this week and LOVE the pattern.

Our monthly Learn to Knit and Fixing Mistakes classes are always a hit and can either get you started or strengthen your basic understanding and leave you ready for upcoming intermediate classes you will enjoy.

 

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We are also offering 2 FREE demonstrations next month that you won’t want to miss.

Kimberly will be demonstrating Arm Knitting on Saturday February 7th from 9-10:00am.  This is the quickest knitting we have ever done, ensuring a finished scarf or cowl in under an hour (?!).

And Julie will be making pom poms on Tuesday February 17th from 6-7:30pm and sharing her fun ideas of how they can be added to your knitwear, your gift packaging and even brighten your decor.

Our class sizes are intentionally small, so you’ll want to register as soon as possible to ensure you have a spot at our project table.  Give us a call at 970-407-1461 or stop by the shop to get signed up today!

We still love stripes!

Julie has just received a new yarn in that she thinks she’s in love with.  We’d like to introduce you to Scrumptiouspurl’s Stripe Me Up.

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Everything about these bright beautiful balls of yarn is fun, from the hand written tags, the stitch marker with each ball, and the great names.  These self striping fingering weight skeins contain 400 yards of a deliciously soft blend of 80% fine Merino and 20% Nylon for strength.

Julie cast on without delay for a pair of socks and Robin is knitting a infinity scarf as we speak.

Kristin is using the skeins pictured above for a cowl of her own.  She cast on 96 stitches with a provisional cast on and is knitting in the round on a size US5 16″ circular needle.

She intends to use both colorways and will end up with something similar to our shop favorite: Rayures.  And best of all, the yarn makes the stripes on its own!

Scrumptiouspurl’s yarn designer Samantha provided us with a couple of terrific pattern suggestions for her beautiful yarn.

“I really love this pattern for hats! The stripes knit up to about 2 rows. Another big favorite is mittens!  This pattern is a perfect one for someone who is knitting their first pair.”

We already have another order placed because we are certain this yarn will be a HUGE hit.  It will probably be about 8 weeks before our next order arrives, and you won’t want to wait that long to start playing. So stop on by this week and pick out your favorite color today!

Travel knitting

At the New Year, Kate resolved to postpone starting any new projects until she completed all of the projects that she has begun.  In a flurry of organizing she found 13(?!) projects on the needles in various stages of completion.  She’s been working away at them one at a time and has already completed two sweaters in 3 weeks.

Her Lila is in the shop and her [BIG]rubble is blocking.

Kate is headed to a tropical paradise later this week to visit her family and so is looking at about 18 hours of travel time.  With that much time to knit, selecting which project(s) to bring along becomes a more pressing decision than what else to put in her suitcase.

She’s decided to take along another couple of projects that are on the needles.

 

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When our friend Amy brought her completed Carpino into the shop last winter all of us wanted to cast on for this sweater.  Both Kate and Dawn are working on versions that are sure to be just as beautiful.  Kate’s version is a heathery brick red created with two strands of Shibui Pebble held together throughout.

And just because variety offers the spice of life, Kate is also planning on bringing along her Jet Stream shawl that she is working on with Habu A-1 2/17 Tsumugi Silk.  This will be the perfect shawl to wear for warm weather, and perhaps she’ll make enough progress that she’ll be able to cast off before returning home…

Do you have any travel plans that will take you to warmer weather this winter? And what will you take with you to work on when you go?

A sweater worth repeating

Occasionally we come across a pattern that is a pleasure to work and finishes as we hoped (or even better).  When that happens it can be very tempting to knit more than one.  Kate just recently finished working on a sweater that has her interested in making a second.

She knit this sweater with two strands of Madelinetosh’s fingering weight Merino Light held double throughout.  The reindeer color struck her as a perfect match for the pattern’s simple design with garter stitch details.

 

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Carrie Bostick Hoge’s Lila pullover sweater is a bottom up pattern that was first published last January.  As Kate completed the finishing touches on this sweater, Carrie made two new versions of this sweater available.

Lila Top Down and Lila Winter are two of the 15 patterns included in the new Madder Anthology 2: Simple Pleasures.  The first version has a top down seamless pattern that calls for Aran weight yarn.  The second is also top down and calls for chunky yarn to be worked with a US11 instead of a US7.  It will work up very quickly and be a pleasure to snuggle into on cold winter mornings.

The collection is currently available only as a pre-order ebook for $24 in Madder’s shop.  If you pre-order the book you’ll get a signed copy, the ebook right away, and a 30% off coupon for Carrie’s Simple Pleasures Spring/Summer ebook that is due out in March!

We hope that if any of Carrie’s patterns inspire you to get started you pop into the shop and let us help you find the perfect skeins to cast on with.  We look forward to seeing you!