It’s almost May! I am back from my Staycation. I made stuff, stuff I usually don’t have time to do. It was great. It is gardening time, so lots of folks like small knitting/crochet projects that don’t require too much thought or energy after a day out working, or that you can transport to the porch and sit and knit, drink a glass of wine and talk to the kids and hubby/friends. The first dishcloth pattern will be coming in your email on Monday, May 5th. You can also get it in on our Facebook page and at the website.
I am working on a shawl sweater (Anthology) from the Nicky Epstein book Block by Block. The book has some lovely patterns and a lot of knitted block designs you won’t find elsewhere. There will be a 6 week class this summer. I will be teaching a lot of advanced techniques – fair isle, intarsia, duplicate stitches, some interesting shaping and cables and cording and embroidery on knitting just to name a few. I will be substituting some blocks in the pattern so you learn how to do that too. Yarn must be purchased here for the class, but the book is less expensive through on line sources. (I can order for you if you don’t do online purchases). The class is on the schedule already, and a couple of folks have already signed up. The yarn used in the book is Berroco Ultra Alpaca worsted – 12 skeins total. This means a whole bag of one color and a couple of skeins of contrasting colors. It is a lot of yarn. I am ordering from Berroco on May 13th. They are increasing their prices after that. So if you would like to get your base yarn for the project, now’s the time to order it. If you order a whole bag of Berroco yarn – any yarn, not just that one – and prepay it I will give a 10% discount on the order. I have color books here that you are free to look through and if you come in when I am here I will help you figure out your colors for the project.
On May 3rd the Williamson County Library in Franklin will be having a Make-A-Thon from 10-4. We’ve been invited, so Lisa will be out demonstrating weaving and spinning and knitting from 10-1. You can go and sit and knit (or whatever) with her. It’s a lot of fun and you meet new people. There’ll be lots of different folks making things – 3D printing, robotics, woodworking, photography, sounds like a wide range of demonstrators.
Do you know about Wraps for Hope? They are a local charity for providing women with warm shawls when they are going through chemotherapy for breast cancer. You can find contact info on Facebook if you would like to donate shawls, yarn or anything else. For the months of May and June, I will give a 10% discount for those donating shawls you’ve knitted or crocheted. Bring in the shawl you have made from our yarn and are donating so we can get a picture to put on the website and we’ll give you 10% off yarn for another project that day.
Soon it will be time to be thinking about entering your knitting or crochet or spinning or weaving into the State Fair. It is a fun thing to do and you can win stuff. The entry forms are due in the late summer usually so the forms aren’t available yet but it is time to start something.