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We can’t wait to start hooking

We are always eager to try our hands at crochet.  And next month we have a FREE demonstration and a fun intermediate class that will have you crocheting like a natural by the end of the month.

 

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Join Julie on Saturday March 7th from 9-10am to learn how to crochet basic Granny Squares.  This fun technique will cover the basics of beginning crochet and get you started working on a little project that could grow into a big one.  These squares can be combined into heirloom throw blankets that will eat up your leftover yarn and create a stunning addition to your decor!

And with these skills in your creative “tool belt” you’ll be able to join Lauren for our Intermediate Crochet Owl Basket class.

 

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When: (Fridays) March 13th (9-10am), March 27th (9-11am) & April 3rd (9-11am)

Cost: $55 (excluding yarn and supplies)

Julie has found a crochet pattern that we all want to start.  Join Lauren to hook up a darling basket that you’ll find myriad uses for in your home. During our first session, Lauren will cover the basics of reading a crochet pattern and get you started.  On week two she will cover shaping and once you’ve had another week to complete your basket at home, she will work on the embellishments that make this basket unique.  Students should be familiar with Basic Chain, Single, Double, and Half Double. Class limit: 6

Yarn, pattern, and necessary hooks will be available at a 20% discount upon sign up.

Give us a call at your earliest convenience to get signed up at 970-407-1461 so that you don’t miss out on joining the fun!

Postcards from Santa Clara

Julie and Theresa spent last weekend in Santa Clara California at Stitches WEST getting some fresh inspiration for the shop.  They took classes, met with friends new and old and found some treasures that will be appearing in the shop over the next several weeks.

They sent back some photos that we thought we’d share with you.

 

Theresa stole a moment with Stephen West!

Theresa stole a moment with Stephen West!

We'll be stocking Merino worsted weight yarn from Western Sky Knits.  Julie loves the work that Heather is doing with the same yarn base as Miss Babbs' Yowza.

We’ll be stocking Merino worsted weight yarn from Western Sky Knits. Julie loves the work that Heather is doing with the same yarn base as Miss Babbs’ Yowza.

 

Julie got to meet Karida of Neighborhood Fiber Arts (a new arrival for MSK that should appear on our shelves early next month!)

Julie got to meet Karida of Neighborhood Fiber Arts (a new arrival for the shop that should appear on our shelves early next month!)

 

Julie got to thank the founder and owner of Chica bags for all her beautiful work

Julie got to thank the founder and owner of Chica bags for all her beautiful work.

Heidi from Pebberberry Knits helped Julie find the perfect sport weight cashmere cowl kits that will arrive soon.

Heidi from Pebberberry Knits helped Julie find the perfect sport weight cashmere cowl kits that will arrive soon.

Here Julie is with our dear friend Sabrina from Anzula.

Here Julie is with our dear friend Sabrina from Anzula.  Don’t you love her apron?!

Julie will be modelling a new apron from Ribbon Street when she returns.

Julie will be modeling a new apron from Ribbon Street when she returns.  The fabric selection was mouthwatering.

Julie and Dawn found some project insiration among the samples in the Tutto knits booth (one of the the design resources of the Isager and Geilsk lines).

Julie and Theresa found some project inspiration among the samples in the Tutto knits booth (one of the the design resources of the Isager and Geilsk lines).

 

We’ll keep you posted on the new arrivals as they hit our shelves.  Be sure to check our Facebook page as well.  We can’t wait to share what’s new with you!

We heart our Adama cowls

Sometimes a pattern comes to our attention and we all become smitten.  Dawn and Kate both just recently finished a delicious lace cowl pattern designed by Hilary Smith Callis.

 

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Her Adama cowl is cleverly written so that the pattern is begun by working back and forth, effectively creating short rows that provide the generous volume to the front of the cowl.  After several rows, you transition to working in the round creating a shawl that wraps snuggly around your shoulders without any trailing ends.  (This construction is similar to her Starshower and Appia cowls).

The majority of the cowl is done in a simple diamond lace pattern, with bands of Stockinette and Garter stitch breaking things up.   The pattern provides lace directions in written and charted form so that you can work the pattern to your preference.

It calls for worsted weight yarn and knits up in no time.  A quiet day at home on the couch could result in a completed project!  We can’t recommend this pattern more enthusiastically.  We hope that you’ll give it a try.

Among the first

We are very pleased to be among the first yarn shops in the country to stock and be able to introduce you to Twig, Shibui’s newest yarn. (It’s so new that it is not yet in the Ravelry database!)

 

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From left to right we have some of our favorite Shibui colors: abyss, tar, ash, graphite, fjord, brick, poppy, apple, and ivory.  Aren’t they mouthwatering?

This sport weight yarn is a blend of 46% linen, 42% recycled silk, and 12% wool rendering a 190 yd skein of crisp textured heaven.

This will be a perfect yarn to use for mid-weight spring and summer knits that will benefit from drape and crisp stitch definition.  We are eager to cast on for tunics that will no doubt become our favorite wardrobe staple.

We hope that you can stop by the shop to see these beauties for yourself.  We can help you find a perfect pattern for this yarn to be knit up singly or held together with another Shibui blend for a bulkier gauge that will have a different look and feel depending on what you pair it with.

We look forward to seeing you soon.

 

Nesting

Does the change of season have you as eager to brighten things up as it does us?  We find ourselves wanting to do a bit of Spring cleaning and bring some fresh new brightness and warmth into our homes.

And to help with that, Julie has found some delightful pillow covers from one of our favorite local crafters, Heather of Elevated Scraps.

elevated pillowsWe now have these beauties in the shop!  These pillow covers are 18 x 18 size.  And just the thing to bring a fresh bit of spring into your decor.

Our carefully selected supply is limited, so we hope that you’ll get a chance to come it to see them soon!