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February Newsletter 2015

01-Feb-2015
 
 

Dear Customer:

 
 

Is it really winter?! It's been so mild here, and we are missing quite a bit of snow! Maybe February and March will be interesting months. The days are getting longer too, which is always nice. All the better to see your knitting, sewing, and projects in natural light.

Are you making a little something-something for your sweetheart for Valentine's Day? If so, we have the supplies you need. There are kits to make a french knot decoration, in the shape of a heart. We have various red fabrics cut into fat quarters. There are red, pink and white buttons as well as embroidery floss. Even yarns! All sorts of sweet things can be made with a little white, pink and red.

Come see us for inspiration!

For an neat history on the knitting machine, check out Kathleen's blog on our website. It's very interesting!

Blair, Cho, Cindy, Donna, Kathleen, LA, Lynn, Mariah and Nancy


Staff Picks: LA Bourgeois - Simplinatural Yarn

In the fall, I ordered enough of the Simplinatural by HiKoo to make myself a sweater, and I've never regretted it! This soft, worsted weight yarn sweeps across my needles effortlessly. I love the blend of Baby Alpaca, Merino Wool, and Mulberry Silk as it slips pleasantly through my fingers. Look at the beautifully defined stitches and those gorgeously elevated cables! This is going to be one of those knitting experiences where I cry just because it's over.

 


What's On Our Needles: Lynn Wunder

Blue Sky Alpaca Extra - Making Bobbles

I just started making my daughter a funky "Hunger Games" type of hooded cowl out of the much-praised Blue Sky Alpaca Extra. I fell in love with the dark espresso bean brown, which will just about go with everything. After knitting the hood flat, using the front edge as a reinforced hem, I'm onto a new skill. Bobbles! There are a lot of them in this hood. If you've never done bobbles, they can be a little tricky. There are many videos on YouTube that explain the technique. It's not easy with alpaca yarn and slippery metal needles, but I'm getting the hang of it. I think this is going to be one of those put down/pick up type of projects. Wish me luck!

 

 

Classes:

Fair Isle Mittens

Tues, Feb. 3, 10, & 17,  5 - 7 pm

Learn stranded colorwork, the kitchener graft, and afterthought thumbs while knitting up these beautiful mittens.

Instructor: LA Bourgeois

Cost: $75 plus materials


Tokyo Tower Cowl

Sat., Feb. 14th & 21st, 3 - 5 pm

In this class, participants will learn the distinctive construction of the bandana cowl, a new cast on method, and a little lace. Join us!

Instructor: LA Bourgeois

Cost: $50 plus materials

 


Technique: Reversible Cables

Sat., Feb. 28th, 3 - 5 pm

Chunky cables are great in a scarf, but what happens when the other side turns to face the world?! Learn to knit reversible cables and be able to insert them into any pattern.

Instructor: LA Bourgeois

Cost: $25 plus materials 

 

Sew Pajama Pants

Thur., Feb. 5th, 5:30 - 8:30 pm

Learn how to fit and cut a pattern, then sew up a pair of pajama pants with an elastic waist and french seams. Hurry! This class has only one seat left!

Instructor: Lynn Wunder

Cost: $40 plus materials

 

Sew A Lined Zippered Clutch

Tues., Feb. 24th, 5:30 - 7:30 pm

Learn one method of applying a zipper, and come away with a stylish, lined clutch!

Instructor: Lynn Wunder

Cost: $25 plus materials


Crocodile Crochet Stitch

Sat., Feb. 28th, 1 - 3 pm

Students will learn the fascinating and popular crocodile crochet stitch in this class. New mom-to-be-any-minute Avery is working on a project prototype at press time! Contact the store for more details.

Instructor: Avery Cavender

Cost: $50 plus materials

This is an example of what the crocodile stitch looks like:

 

 

Upcoming Events:

Classic Elite Yarn Tasting

Friday, Feb. 13th, 3 - 6 pm

Come and warm your heart with a Yarn Tasting from Classic Elite Yarns! Join us for a sampling of yarn and edibles. Featured yarns are Liberty Wool, Silky Alpaca Lace, Canyon, Cerro, and Soft Linen.

 


 

 

Mention this newsletter to receive 10% off

Simplinatural yarn on your next visit!*

*offer good through February 28th

 
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