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Saturday Oct 15th at 11am some folks requested a beginning crochet class so there is one. You are free to join in. It is 90 packed minutes of crochet basics for $20. Let me know if you are interested.
The new yarns are all out - well except for a box of Cascade 220 that is suitable for sock monkeys...that's another story but I am making one too.
There are new colors of Raggi - a new Christmas one too. And Noro Nadeshiko - the beautiful new Angora/Wool & Silk blend. Berroco Flicker has a free hat pattern with purchase and is so light airy - I am hoping to get to the hat tomorrow. More colors should be on the way. It sparkles.
Boboli is the prettiest wool/acrylic/viscose blend I have seen in a while - well maybe ever cause that is kind of an unusual blend
Here's the entrelac hat - it turned into a slouchy hat, not a tam, probably due to my loose knitting. There is a pattern - Jojoland and that one is done in their yarn, but I like Noro. The band is in Cascade 220 though.
Secret Scarf sign ups close on Friday - Let me know before then if you want to get into double trouble and double fun......
I love this weather - it could do this for a long time before I got tired of it. Great day for sitting inside and knitting, cup of tea and a warm cat and it's perfect.....
Here's the beginnings of a silk bracelet I am doing - knitting with silk hankies I dyed. I'll be demonstrating knitting with silk hankies at Fiber in the Boro. It is fiddly because the silk is sticky, but the results are so pretty.
And there is new yarn Rustic from Cascade is out on the shelves and so is SUPER SOFT Eco Alpaca
Here's a cowl I made with the Rustic (free pattern with purchase)
Here's a close up - it is hard to teel but there are leaves all around the edge....
The Rustic is beautiful - a mix of wool and linen that turned out pretty nice. The eco alpaca is just undyed good quality alpaca in a worsted weight. (I say "just", but OMG you should feel it, dyes really make yarn harsher to touch)
If you are in Nashville anytime soon, stop at the State musem and look at the Small Expressions exhibit. There are wonderous things in it and none of it is larger than 15" in any direction. This exhibit is from the Handweaver's Guild of America and tours the country every year and we got it this year, probably thanks to the fact that the woman who was the judge for this year's show is at the Appalachian Center for Crafts in Smithville. Anyway there were some truly amazing little pieces of fiber art, among them some great little crocheted nests that I just loved. We went last weekend - I just got some of the tiny crochet thread into the store and tiny hooks yesterday. We'll see what I can come up with tomorrow on my day off. There are new colors of #10 crochet thread, and some white and ecru #20 & #30. This'd be good for tatting too I guess.
There are a few new colors of Marina in as of Thursday afternoon, and couple more due in the next two weeks. (Marina is that ruffle yarn) I also have some other companies versions that will hit the shelves next week along with some new yarns in from Louisa Harding that are to die for.
It's Silky Tantalyzing Tuesday - Any yarn or spinning fiber with silk in it - 30% off (does not include ready made items like silk scarves or kits)
Other Tantalyzing things
Not on sale but definitely yummy is the new Hand Painted Knitting Yarn. I got some in on Friday and they are so yummy. They are also the makers of the Scarf in a Scarf kit which is a bunch of luscious yarn to knit a scarf and then a hand dyed silk scarf to thread through your knitted one. It's unique and a fun wardrobe addition. There are also a few "Little Giant" skeins which contain several yarns and are fun to just knit a simple feather and fan pattern with for a longways knit scarf that rocks.
That Koigu shawl I made that is in the store right now - the pattern is now available. Free this week with yarn purchase to make it and also for sale. The picture is a couple of weeks back worth of blog...
The website is up for Fiber in the Boro - some pages are still under construction and don't have all their content yet, but it is up.
start today. I had planned to do the usual Monday Madness all summer, but I realized yeseterday Summer was getting away from me pretty quickly. And sometimes things just need to change. So there will be Tantalyzing Tuesdays until the end of August. Some yarns, accesories or whatever will be on sale Tuesdays of every week. I'll send out an announcement by email on Monday and it'll be posted here Tuesday. This week the special is Punta yarns. I just designed a shawl out of the luscious Handpainted South American Cotton (see yesterday's post) and today all Punta yarns will be 25% off. There is also a free pattern with yarn purchase this week. Punta yarns are very nice to knit with, they feel nice in the hand and are in beautiful colors.
For tonight's May Secret Scarf Class bring #4 needles - straight, circs, double points, any will do though my preference for this was double points. You will also need 6's for the scarf but that can be done later.
Here is the shawl I started on the plane to Italy....crochet is so much faster....I used three colors at a time of various vegetable dyed yarns from my stash and didn't worry too much about what ball of yarn I grabbed next except that the general concept was to go from lighter and subtle to darker and more intense. I have put a beginning crochet class on the schedule for June 11th and we will be using this pattern for the class. It is just a one time 2 hour class but you'll learn the basics and some pattern reading too.
before we close for vacation. We will be back on Thursday April 28th. I will be blogging in the meantime from Italy....food, architecture, possibly yarn. It seems odd to me that the castle we are staying in was built in the 12th century - and has WiFi . I am taking way too many knitting projects with me and as suggested by someone, crocheting for the plane so they don't take my lovely rosewood needles from me when we change planes in Paris or somewhere. I have a stash of naturally dyed fingering weight yarns in greens and yellows and tans and they want to be a crocheted shawl. I am really questioning though - how many balls of yarn can you crochet in 24 hours? I keep putting some in my suitcase and then taking them out for the plane again.... There are 2 long layovers and I am fast.