We are closed for Thanksgiving but will be back Friday for a BIG BIG Sale. And Saturday too. The hours on Friday are 9-3, Saturday hours are normal 10-4. There is no group on Friday night but come on in during the day to sit and knit, rest from the shopping craziness and enjoy your afternoon.
There is still time to weave all those gifts. Everyone loves hand woven scarves, dishtowels, pillows etc. They're easy and faster than knitting. Plus weaving is a great way to quickly bust the stash and use leftovers.
The next class is Saturday Nov. 21st. You use our looms to weave a piece of fabric to take home. Make a bag, a table runner, a cowl...
Just the thing you'd want to wrap around you as you are walking outside in the rain... and perhaps jumping in a puddle or two.
This one is made of chunky yarn - mine is Brown Sheep Lamb's Pride Bulky - The great thing about those ties hanging is that you can use them to tie the shawl in back and not worry about it slipping off. Pattern is on Ravelry, by Amanda Kaffka who was sweet enough to give me permission to use her picture above.
Hand dyed yarn is a joy to knit with. You can do your own without too much mess and chemical knowledge - just use Kool-Aid. No need for dedicated dye pots and microwave and the kids can help out. There are tons of tutorials on line for how to do this. But here's how I usually dye with Kool-Aid and it seems to be a bit different method than most. Use the one that you have to add sugar to, not the artificial sweetener kind. Set your yarn (wool or silk or fiber to spin) to soak in water. No vinegar needed - Kool-Aid is acid enough by itself. Seriously, don't drink the stuff. Get a large pot and fill it with water, heat to boiling. Turn off the heat, pour in a packet or 5 of Kool-Aid depending on how intense you want your color and how much wool you have. Squeeze most of the water from your yarn and gently place it in the water, cover and let set about 20 - 30 minutes until the dye is absorbed. If you gently stir it a time or two you will be sure to get the dye onto it evenly, but for a kettle dyed look, just let it set in one place. You can also sprinkle another color onto the wool and if you leave it set with no stirring, you'll have spots of different color on your yarn. Let it cool, rinse, hang to dry and you can knit your pretty yarn.
This bag was made from Kool-Aid dyed yarn before I opened the store (10 years this week). Never fades...
Oh and the point of all this.......I got a LOT of dyeable yarn from Brown Sheep last week and thought I'd put it on sale for a bit. The weather might hold for a while yet to do some outside dyeing so come get it. There's Burly Spun, Bulky and Worsted Lamb's Pride and it is 15% off through Saturday this week.
This is a shawl I just finished in Andean Mist from Berroco. It is yummy. They say it's a DK, but it knits like lace weight and really it is so soft. The pattern is free from Berroco - Squelette - Don't get the name unless it is for the Squeals you emit while knitting with it.
Mine is in a soft grey and currently hanging on a mannequin, can't wait til I get to wear it. I need to block it still though.
This is a new yarn from Crystal Palace. Alpaca and Wool and Nylon in a boucle. The pattern is free on www.straw.com. Made with 2 balls of Inca Clouds. Inca Clouds comes in solids and striping and is on butter soft. The pattern is simple to learn and is fairly quick on #10 needles.
Here's what I did weaving the other day. I put flowers in it. Okay it probably would have been smarter to do this at the other end of the scarf....but I guess I will cushion it with tissue paper when I roll it on to the beam and it'll be fine.
These little looms come in various sizes and quite versatile. We do layaway too.
The next weaving class is November 21st. That would also still give you time to weave LOTS of scarves for gifts....just sayin'