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This week’s newsletter (6/20)

The Lattes and Llamas trunk show was a success!

This past weekend we had our trunk show with Lattes & Llamas, an independent yarn company! We met Megan-Anne and Jac, and they were awesome! They dye all of their yarn by hand, and dyed 300 mini-skeins just for us for our July KAL (see below). It was a crazy, busy day, and so much fun! Thanks to everyone who came to support our local yarn shop! Here are a few pictures from the day:
Jac and Megan-Anne!
1 out of 5 baskets of mini-skein colors!
Megan-Anne teaching the Advanced Colorwork in Socks class with Mary Corbett, Trudy O’Nan, Sue Lazaroff, and Susan Burkett.
Jac, Laura, Megan-Anne, and I became fast friends!
Lattes and Llamas provided yarn for our July KAL – On the Spice Market by Melanie Berg! Don’t worry, if you couldn’t make the trunk show on Saturday, you can still get the yarn! We bought some extras but they won’t last long! This KAL will take place each Wednesday evening from 6-8pm as well as each Sunday from 3-5pm, starting Sunday July 3rd. Check out the pattern here.
Here is Laura’s finished On the Spice Market – so beautiful!!!

Knit One Movie Night – screening You’ve Got Mail!

In case you didn’t already know, Knit One now has a tv! We are planning some summer movie nights, and will be having our first one on Friday, June 24th! You’ve Got Mail received the most amount of votes, so we’ll be watching it this Friday!
We will have our regular Friday store hours (12-5pm), then re-open at 7pm for a little shopping! Customers who attend the movie night will get 10% off their purchases! The movie will start promptly at 8pm, and please bring your knitting/crocheting of course! You may also bring any snacks or beverages you wish. See you there!

Sleeveless Summer Top: Knit to Fit!

How often do we knitters fall in love with a yarn only to discover it’s not the right gauge for our project?  Learning how to design your own garment is a great way around that, and it doesn’t get easier than a sleeveless top that will make a great layering piece for your summer outfits. Join Wendy for this 3-session class where students will learn how to translate their measurements and fit preferences to a written pattern – either simple stockinette or using a design element such as the sample’s central lace panel.
Please come to the first class with your washed 6×6″ (or larger!) gauge swatch (please take measurements before and after blocking), a flexible tape measure, paper/pen, a top whose length/fit you’d like to emulate, and a calculator (Wendy promises to make the math as painless as possible!)
Cost: $75 plus supplies
Saturday, July 9, 1-3 PM
Saturday, July 23, 1-3 PM
3rd class: TBD (August 20?)
If you’d like to take this class but aren’t available for one of the classes, we’re happy to schedule a 1-hour individual session on an alternate Saturday – we know how summer can be! You can register for this class here!

June KALs

Join us for our June knit-alongs! We have air conditioning, good snacks, and great company!
 
 
Vested Interest by Jamie Thomas
Kylen will be leading this KAL on Thursday evenings from 6-8 pm (June 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, & 30th)! You’ll need approximately 250-400 yards of worsted or aran weight yarn; I’ll be using the lovely Rowan Cotton Lustre! Check out more information about this pattern here.
Compulsive Cowl by Katy H. Carroll
 
Laura will be leading this KAL on Wednesday evenings from 6-8 pm (June 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, & 29th). You’ll need approximately 245 yards of your MC and 175 yards of your CC in sport weight yarn. Laura will be using Hikoo Rylie, in dark blue and light blue! More information about this pattern is available here.

Featured customer projects…

Below is Trudy O’Nan rocking her amazing 14 Carat poncho! She participated in Aliya’s April KAL, designed by by Michelle Hunter. Trudy used Juniper Moon Farm Herriot Fine, which is made of 100% baby alpaca. Well done, Trudy!

 

 

March’s KALs & CAL!

As many of you have seen in previous newsletters or on our instagram, February brought tons of new spring yarns into the shop! Linens, cottons, & silks are now available in multiple colorways for you to start your spring/summer projects! Here are a few ideas to inspire you…

Turbulence Cowl by Laura Chau

Turbulence Cowl

Kylen will be leading this unique cowl on Thursday evenings from 6-8 pm (March 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th & 31st)! We’ll be using short rows in this project, which is one of my favorite techniques! You’ll need approximately 120 yards of your main color (MC), and 90 yards of your contrasting color (CC) in a worsted or aran weight yarn! I’ll be using our new Juniper Moon Zooey Aran (linen/cotton) but you can use any fiber you want! Check out more information about this pattern here.

Pop Fizzle by Lesley Anne Robinson

Pop Fizzle

Aliya will be leading this two-color brioche hat on Wednesday afternoons from 12-2 pm (March 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd & 30th)! This is a way to take your brioche to the next level (knitters who took Wendy’s brioche cowl class, I’m looking at you!!!) Please pay special attention to the yarn options given on the ravelry page, shown here.

CAL – Dowager Shawl by Downton Abbey Yarn Collection Design Team

Dowager Shawl

Are you a fan of the show Downton Abbey? Ruth will be leading a crochet-along for this awesome Downton Abbey inspired shawl! You’ll need approximately 760 yards of sport weight yarn, though other weights of yarn can easily be substituted in this pattern! This CAL will take place on Thursday afternoons from 4-6 pm (March 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th & 31st)! Check out this FREE pattern on ravelry here!

 

High Tea Doily by Vicki Square

Hight Tea Doily

Laura will be leading this beautiful hand-knit doily from the newest issue of Interweave Knits! This is a great project for learning how to read charts! The doily will end up being approximately 22 inches in diameter. This KAL will take place on Wednesday evenings from 6-8pm (March 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd & 30th!) More information about this pattern is available here. (Please be sure to follow the link at the bottom of the ravelry page to get the pattern.)

February KALs!

Stars Falling by Lauria Kincaid & Alasdair Post-Quinnunnamed (2)

Kylen will be leading this double-knit cowl on Wednesday evenings from 6-8 pm (Feb 3rd, 10th, 17th, & 24th)! Double-knitting is a really cool technique that produces two layers of fabric. You’ll need approximately 130 yards each of two colors of a bulky weight yarn. Check out more information about this pattern here.

 

 

Cupid Valentine Cushions by Sandra Nesbittunnamed

Aliya will be leading this stranded colorwork heart cushion! This KAL has been changed to Saturday afternoons from 3-5 pm (Feb 6th, 13th, 20th, & 27th)! You will need about 600 yards of a DK weight yarn in two colors. For more information about this pattern, visit ravelry here.

 

CAL – Daisy Hat

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Ruth will be leading a crochet-along for a hat! You’ll need approximately 200 yards to complete this top-down hat! This will take place on Thursday afternoons from 2-4 pm(Feb 4th, 11th, 18th, & 25th)! This pattern is provided at the shop!

January KALs

Cabled Eyelet Baby Blanket by Nancy Hearne
Sundays 3-5pm (Jan. 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th & 31st)
Aliya is leading this baby blanket KAL, and is planning to use Rylie by Hikoo! You’ll need 1100-1195 yards of a DK weight yarn, and a needle to obtain the gauge of 5 sts & 6 rows =1 inch. For more information about this pattern, click here.
A Bonnet for Every Little Princess by Linda Castles
Wednesdays 6-8pm (Jan. 6th, 13th, 20th & 27th)

 
Laura is leading this baby bonnet and booties KAL, and recommends Rowan 4-ply Merino yarn! You’ll need 131 yards of a fingering/sport weight yarn and a needle to obtain the gauge of 7 sts & 14 rows = 1 inch. All information on this pattern is here.

December KALs!

Dustland – by Stephen West
Images and description found here.
Join us on Wednesday evenings in December (starting December 2nd) from 6-8pm for this KAL! Take your knitting to the next level with this textured hat; it’ll keep you interested but won’t take too long! This unisex slouchy hat is a perfect gift for a loved one, if you can bear to part with it! You’ll need between 160-200 yards of a light worsted weight yarn (20sts/4in).
 
 

The Love of Spiders – by Melanie Berg
Images and description found here.
If you’ve admired the work of Melanie Berg (designer of Drachenfels and The Joker and the Thief) then you may be interested in joining our KAL in December!
“Friendship, love, and joy are the words woven into this whimsical shawl. It’s designed in collaboration with Little Skein’s line of knitting kits influenced by children’s novels, and is inspired by Charlotte’s Web, a beautiful story about finding love, growing up, and saying goodbye.
The delicate spiderweb lines are made with slipped stitches, as is the two-color section meant to evoke Charlotte’s 514 children ballooning in the wind. This creates a beautiful stitch pattern without the need to work two strands of yarn at a time.
The shawl is knit down and out from the center of the top edge, with increases at the center and sides. It’s finished with a garter stitch border.”
Join us on Thursday afternoons in December (starting Thursday December 3rd) from 1-4pm for this KAL! **If you are interested but cannot attend at the published time, please notify us; we may be able to start another group on weekends. Be prepared to learn the garter tab on this beautiful shawl! You’ll need about 375 yards of two different colors. Solids from Baa Ram Ewe Titus, variegated yarns from Manos del Uruguay Alegria, or saturated tonals from Baah La Jolla would be perfect!