Wednesday, November 19, 2008

New Classes Added

I have added some new classes to the schedule for January and February. Here is the list (and also in the class schedule to the right). Many of these classes have something different about them, so I hope that you will all find them interesting.

Beginning Knitting, January 3rd & 31st from 9:30-11:30 $30--A great gift for someone if you have a friend who wants to learn how to knit so they can be your knitting buddy.

Felted Bags and Fair Isle, February 7 & 21st from 1-3 $30--People love making the Lucy Bag pattern (especially beginners). I've also added the Medallion bag to this for anybody who wants to try their hand at Fair Isle!

Elizabeth Zimmerman's Baby Surprise Jacket, February 28th & March 7th from 9:30-11:30 $30--This pattern has been made thousands of times since it was written by the grand master of knitting herself. Knit in garter, it is a simple pattern, but the magic happens in the way it is shaped and folded. Knit it one piece and then folded. Amazing!

Rolling Stones sweater, January 31st, February 28th, and March 14th from 1-3 $45--Many of you asked me this past Friday to add this class. (It was the sweater I wore to the last Saturday KAL meeting in the blue tones.) Just a fun and beautiful pattern from Chris Bylsma.

Felted Boot class, February 7th from 9-noon $20--The fun boots (sized from newborn to small adult) are cute and cozy! Learn the shaping techniques for a sock, how to felt, and how to put on those fun circles!

Monday, November 17, 2008

Good Gifts for a Beginner to Make

The most common question we get this time of year is... "What is a quick gift that I could make for a holiday present?"

I thought this would make a useful blog entry for a lot of the beginners I've taught lately (hi ladies!). Here are some links to some great free patterns that are fairly quick and use basic skills so that newbies would be comfortable. (Fear not, next week I'll post a list of things that you could ask Santa for!)

Hats:
Woman's hat/children: http://www.frugalhaus.com/homepage/downloads/NP12.pdf
Men's hat: http://kisknit.wordpress.com/2006/08/31/fo-second-chemo-cap-plus-the-pattern/

Hat Tip: Personalize a simple knit hat by sewing on a college or sports team decal.

Scarfs:
Simple Rib scarf: http://www.knittingonthenet.com/patterns/scarfribbed.htm (lots of men seem to like this pattern)
Crochet corkscrew: http://www.straw.com/cpy/patterns/corkscrew-scarf-blippity-party.html

Other quick knits for gifts are cowels, fingerless mittens, baby blankets, and dishcloths. Christina has created several patterns for Stitches & Scones that we have for sale at the store. They use different textured yarns and knit up very fast.

Happy Knitting!

Monday, November 3, 2008

Pardon the Interruption

Maybe it is the time change, maybe the heavy workload of getting the KAL started, maybe all the stress that is in the air...I don't know what but I'm tired. Therefore, I am interrupting the normal new knitter Mondays to instead post just a quick blog today. (I'm planning to veg out tonight!)

A few weeks ago Patrick was reading his National Geographic and he asked me if I had ever heard of Vicuna yarn. I honestly had not and was curious. Well, the Vicuna is a relative of the llama and their fleece is described as making "even cashmere seem harsh." I found the stats interesting as well:

Merino sheep: 160-240 ounces per harvest every year
Cashmere goat: 5-7 ounces a year
Vicuna: 7-8 ounces every 2 years!

Wow. The sweater that was made out of vicuna is a standard ribbed pullover. Retail: $4,575.00. Wow. I am now on a quest to find vicuna just to feel it! Anybody ever seen or felt it?

(Resource: National Geographic)