Newest Book is here. 60 Quick Baby Blankets and they are made in Cascade 220 and 128. Also perfect for our many colors of Encore or Ella Rae Superwash or Vintage Chunky. They are adorable. This would make perfect rainy day knitting. Curl up with a cup of tea and knitting and an old movie...
Robin is going to teach a class on How to Read a Crochet Pattern! 4 people have asked me about this class this week and so here it is. It will be at 3pm on Friday, March 1st.
Other classes of interest are:
Beaded Necklace class, also by Robin, on Friday Feb 15th. Learn to use beads in your knitting. We have a few kits left for this one, but it you want you can also use other yarns and beads.
I'm doing a design your own top down sweater class February 9 & 16 too. You can make a simple top down sweater, add stitch patterns or colorwork and have something no one else will be able to duplicate.
The next monthly KAL is Feb 9th - the Ten Stitch Scarf which is an exercise in short rows. This is a fun scarf by Frankie Brown who has a lot of great patterns on Ravelry. Please print your own pattern and come on in to the KAL for help getting started.
We are meeting for the Sky Scarf KAL on Tuesday, Feb 5th at 4pm if anyone wants to come and share.
The latest knewsletter is out. I will try to get it posted here in the next couple of days but if you read it ALL in your mail, there is a little surprise at the end......
In case of snow: we are generally open unless it is horrible and very dangerous and so icy you can't walk out of the house. Or if the electricity is out. Otherwise classes are on and I will post any changes to that here.
Don't forget the Stafford Mitts Knitalong starts this afternoon. This is the January project. We are doing one KAL a month this year. They will all be fun and different and perfect for new or intermediate knitters who want to learn a new skill or more experienced ones who just want something fun that's quick. The Stafford mitts are mitered knitting and I will demonstrate it at the KAL meeting this afternoon at 3. It is okay to jsut show up for these, no reservations and its free. Please print your own pattern off Ravelry for this one. It requires sock weight yarn - preferably self striping - and #1 needles.
I was looking at an old Knitscene a little while ago and found an article about Knit Collage - a relatively new company whose yarn I love. They hire women in India who prepare the fiber and then spin every skein. They are a fair trade company so they pay a living wage to the women there. Often folks come in and are shocked at the price of hand spun yarn. But think of the labor involved in just one little skein. One of their lines is Rolling Stone and has little bits of other fibers and sparkle and other things spun in. Gypsy Garden has little flowers in it as well. All those those things require an extra step in preparing to spin and more time and attention in the actual spinning. A single skein of 35 yds can take an hour or two just to spin. Even my own handspun here at the store with fewer fancy elements requires a lot of time and energy. Often it is hand painted fiber (mine or someone else's) and then spinning 4 ounces of fiber can take a couple of hours or all day depending on the thickness.
Enough lecturing now....Here's my latest thing - the knitted version of the Sparkly Cowl that I put out on Friday. The crochet version can be purchased in store or on Ravelry. I will put the knitted version up this afternoon. I must confess I like the crochet version better - it was faster. Sorry for the picture, this camera won't do the colors very well....It is really a nice Christmas Red with Shiny Bits......I did this one in Plymouth Aire - a super soft Alpaca yarn that feels awesome.
I'm sure it's not gone unnoticed by some of our customers that I've published a couple of new books this year---one for 15 scarves and one for 18 cowls. Now all those patterns are all found on Ravelry and the books as .pdf documents are available on for sale through my Etsy Shop. For those of you far, far away, this is one way to obtain my published patterns. You will also find some of the patterns from the books (as well as others) available separately. In either case, you'll save a little bit by doing your own printing. We'll continue to print and sell hard copies in the shop of course. And coming soon! get your The Knaughty Knitter patterns directly through Ravelry....!
If you knit one or more of these projects, please share your projects on Ravelry! Thanks.
We will be closing at 5 tonight to pack up. We'll be at the Fiber in the Boro all day tomorrow but the store will be open with Robin and Karen Womaning the place. Why not stop both places - you never know what mischief Red Bear will get up to with Karen and Robin. He has been growling at the front of the store about being wrapped up like a mummy for everyone to see..... And stop by our booth at the festival too - you can enter a drawing there for some Store Prizes - there are door prizes at the festival too.