Archive for March, 2012

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Fresh Yarns from Juniper Moon Farm

March 30, 2012

juniper moon farms

We’ve recently started carrying yarns from Juniper Moon Farm in Virginia. Wouldn’t you love some of these skeins in your Easter basket?

yearling
Yearling is a 60% merino wool/40% cotton blend in a bulky weight with 109 yds per skein. We love it for summer accessories that won’t take ages to make as well as this adorable Yearling baby sweater that we have on display in the shop.

sabine
Sabine is a blend of 30% royal llama, 30% merino wool, and 40% cotton with 218 yds of worsted per skein. It would make a lovely shawl or summery version of our beloved Knitting Pure & Simple cardigan.

findley lace

If you’re a lace enthusiast, you simply must try Findley, a 50/50 blend of merino wool and silk. It has a generous 798 yds per skein, and we carry both solids and “dappled” colorways. Ravelry users are knitting this scrumptious laceweight up in all sorts of shawls from plain to fancy.

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Knitting at Animal Allies this Saturday

March 28, 2012
Animal Allies is hosting a Mega Match-a-Thon for 30 hours beginning at noon on Saturday, March 31st with the goal of matching 100 pets with new homes. This event will be packed with opportunities to adopt a new pet and attend a variety of entertaining activities.
As a part of the Mega Match-a-Thon, knitters will hold an event from 6-8 pm in the shelter’s education room working on knitted cat beds and felted catnip mice for donation. Yarn, patterns, and knitting help will be available; knitters should bring their own needles if possible.
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On Our Needles: Katie’s Current Projects

March 26, 2012

cathedral windows
I am finally making progress on my “Cathedral Window” socks. I puzzled through the various possible heels, picked one, and I am off again.
gothic windows
I it seems I have a window theme going. I am experimenting with  a pattern for a shawlette with the working title of  “Gothic Windows”.
yearling sweater
I just finished the cutest of all possible baby sweaters, the Yearling Cardigan by Findley Farms, as a shop sample.

knitters abacus
Kathy McC. gave me the challenge of making a Knitter’s Abacus. I will do a few versions of these. My first version has 8 numbered and colored handmade shrinky beads.  To add to the geek-factor, the colors match the color code for transistors. They are for sale at the shop.

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On Our Needles: Jean’s Karen Shawl

March 23, 2012

Karen ShawlI’m knitting Karen, a small shawl for shoulders by Amy Swenson for ‘indigirl’. She says in her pattern notes that it’s a shawl designed to be knit with fingering weight sock yarn, and one of the examples was knit with a 360 yard skein. I’m using Jitterbug, and a 300 yard skein (an older skein- most of the Jitterbug skeins are 400 yards now) and will need the second skein to finish it (in fact, since my niece is tall and slender, I may do another repeat of the chevron pattern to make it a bit larger. Hopefully it won’t mess up the edging too much).

You start at the top of this triangular shawl/s scarf, knitting the edging and the stockiette stitch for about 70 rows (this part goes quickly, because you are starting with just a few stitches and increasing 4 stitches every right side row) before you start the lace pattern. She gives you the edging and chevron patterns on charts and written out, so this might be a good first chart project. The repeats are six stitches and twelve rows on the chevron pattern; easy to use stitch markers and check each repeat as you go. (You need a lot of markers, though- I’m over 30 now and I’m almost finished with the last set of repeats for the chevron pattern).

If I can stay focused, I should have it done by graduation!

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Fun Events this Weekend

March 21, 2012

Pajama Party
Friday, March 23
5-10 pm

Come hang out with us! Bring your project, a snack, and a friend to knit, crochet or spin. We’ll visit from store-closing-time until 10:00 pm. It’s fun! You don’t even need to come in pajamas – your regular clothes will do just fine!

Knitting for Peace Day
Saturday, March 24

This is the third year that Yarn Harbor will recognize Knitting for Peace. On March 24th, just after the calendar officially calls it spring, we knit one thoughtful stitch at a time for peace. Knitters from across the world taking this time to affirm peace can only bring good things! Below is the original manifesto:

Knitting is a peaceful activity.  Sheep are archetypically placid.  When they cross a road that you are driving down, there is nothing to do but wait.  It never crosses your mind to honk the horn or try to drive around—where I live the sheep graze in fields so rocky that you’d pierce your muffler if you tried—you just turn off your engine and admire the ungainly woolly lumps brushing past your front bumper.  Knitting starts with the sheep.

I like natural yarns that are full of lanolin.  That way I can feel the life of this animal that needn’t give its life to yield up this wonderful product that I use to knit.  I fondle the yarn and start to rack my brains and my library for inspiration.  My knitted things have no borders.  I use a Swedish wool to knit mittens using a twisted Eastern stitch.  The mittens turn out not to be warm enough, so I knit mitten liners out of Chilean alpaca.  The hat on my head is of Japanese yarn, knitted from a Norwegian pattern.  I knit my hat in the round from the top down, and once I passed the awkward double point stage and worked onto a circular needle, I slipped into the meditative state that arises when I knit stocking stitch in the round.  My mind wanders, first to my work day then, eventually, to the private part of my day, my family, my friends, the wild thyme that the sheep graze on in the rocky fields up the road.  I become part of a world bigger than that enclosed by the ends of the sofa where I sit knitting.  My mind wanders through the world that has led to the knitting in my hands and because I am knitting, engaged in this quiet, peaceful activity that starts with the placid sheep, my mind wanders through a peaceful world.

Knitters radiate peace.  When I see a stranger moving a pre-natal sock around and around a ring of double points, he is engaged in creating warmth for someone he cares about, an expression of peace.  When I see a friend with a lap full of grey alpaca, lovingly being worked in moss stitch for her new baby, her quiet handiwork sings peace.

I would like to channel this peacefulness.  On March 21, every stitch that I knit will be dedicated to peace.  I would like to invite everyone who knits to join me on that day.  Will it stop people from hurting and threatening and frightening each other, the antithesis of peace?  Who knows.  When I knit on March 21, I will be saying with each stitch that peace is possible, that human intelligence and compassion can triumph over fear and greed, that terror and war can give way to discussion and peace.
Knit for peace.

Feel free to join us in the shop or knit for peace wherever you may be.

 

 

 

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April Classes

March 18, 2012

We have a great selection of classes to keep you crafting this April! Be sure to call the shop at 218-724-6432 to save your spot if you’re interested.

Crochet 101
Mondays, April 2, 9, and 16
2:00 — 4:30 pm

Learn five of the basic stitches used in almost all crochet. Chain, Single Crochet, Half Double Crochet, Double Crochet, and Shell stitches will be taught and practiced. This is a great class for anyone who is looking to get back to crochet but wants a refresher, or for someone who has never picked up a hook and wants to start at the beginning. We will make sampler pieces that can be used for a variety of things later. This class is divided into three sessions so you have a chance to really learn and practice the stitches.

Materials: Size J crochet hook, safety pin style stitch markers, approx. 200 yards of yarn in a medium worsted weight. You can use one or two different colors. Light colors are easiest to learn on.
Cost: $30 + materials

Shell Vest
Mondays, April 2, 9, and 16
5:30 — 8:00 pm

This vest is done from the top down. It is a great piece to add to your wardrobe. You will wear this all year round. It is a shell pattern that is simple to learn and repeat.

Materials: Size US L 11 hook, 600 yards sport weight yarn. Safety pin style stitch markers, Shell Vest pattern.
Cost: $30 + materials

Do the Double Take: Double Knitting Basics
Tuesdays, April 3, 17, and 24 (note: no class on April 10)

5:30 — 7:30  pm
double knit potholder
Double knitting seemed so mysterious to me, almost magic. Then I tried it and fell madly in love with the technique. Come join me while I share my passion! We will start with a simple bookmark to get the hang of double knitting and then move on to knitting a 2-color hot pad in a beautiful design. We will learn the cast-on, how to manage the joins, casting off, following a chart, and how to fix those annoying errors that can occur. Experience: be very comfortable with your basic knitting skills and be able to follow a pattern.

Materials: TPHPE by Heather Zoppetti from Ravelry, worsted wool, size 6 needles, tapestry needle, crochet hook. Bookmark pattern available from instructor.
Cost: $30 + materials

Two Socks on Two Circulars
Wednesdays, April 4, 11, 18, and 25
6:00 — 8:00 pm

Do you suffer from SSS — Second Sock Syndrome? Do you cast on the first sock with enthusiasm, and then slog through the second sock with dread? If so, then this is the class for you. Learn how to knit both socks at the same time on two circular needles. When you’re done, you’re done! You should know how to knit, purl, increase and decrease. This is an advanced beginner or Intermediate class. NOTE: There will be homework between classes.

Materials: Knitting Pure & Simple Mid-Weight Socks pattern #242, 275 yards sport weight yarn, two US size 3 24” circular needles or size needed to obtain gauge, locking stitch markers, tapestry needle.
Cost: $40 + materials

Space in this class is limited! 

Crochet Fingerless Gloves
Monday, April 9
11:00 am — 1:30 pm

Learn to make these simple gloves, one of the most popular accessories for people of all ages from teens to adults. They are fun to make and easy to learn. You will learn how to single crochet in the round and add a thumb gusset. These gloves would make a great gift!

Materials: Size H crochet hook, one skein of any sock yarn; pattern available at Yarn Harbor.
Cost: $15 + materials

Knit Your Man a Sweater
Mondays, April 9, 16, 23, 30, and May 14 (note there will be no class on May 7th)
6:00 — 8:00 pm

There are plenty of beautiful women’s and children’s sweaters out there, but the selection of men’s sweaters is considerably smaller. Luckily, Jared Flood has designed “The Ranger” textured cardigan, which would be an excellent addition to any guy’s wardrobe. Knit one for the special guy in your life, or, if you’re one of Yarn Harbor’s beloved male knitters, knit one for yourself!

Student in this class should be comfortable knitting, purling, increasing, and decreasing and should be prepared to complete homework between class meetings. Please check to make sure you are achieving gauge with your yarn and needles before the first class meeting.

Materials: Jared Flood’s Ranger pattern, worsted weight yarn for your desired size, 32” size 7 and 8 circular needles or size needed to achieve gauge, stitch markers, tapestry needle, waste yarn or stitch holders, seven 3/4” or 7/8”
buttons.
Cost: $50 + materials

“V” Shawl
Mondays, April 16, 23, and 30
11:00 am — 1:30 pm
V shawl
This shawl is a classic pattern design. Once you learn how the construction works you can make many different types of this shawl. It will work in many different weights of yarn. For the class we will work with medium worsted weight, and we will discuss the changes you need to make to use substitutes.

Materials: 500 yards worsted weight yarn. V Shawl pattern. Size US M 13/9.00 mm hook.
Cost: 
$30 + materials

Knitting 103: Fiber Trends Swirls Hat Two-Color Knitting
Thursdays, April 19, 26, and May 3
5:30 — 7:30 pm
103 swirl hat
Ready for some basic colorwork? This class will focus mainly on the mechanics of knitting with multiple colors, one color in each hand or two colors in one hand. This will provide you with the basic techniques of two color knitting in the round. From this foundation you will be in a position to focus more on the many nuances of Fair Isle colorwork and explore the vast possibilities that knitting in color provide!

Prerequisites: experience with knitting in the round on circulars and double points (Knitting 102).
Materials: Fiber Trends Swirl Hat Pattern (AC-59), worsted weight yarn: 80 yards main color, 20 yards color B, 70 yards color C. Needle size 5 & 6 16” circular needles and a set of double point needles size US 6, stitch markers.
Cost: $30 + materials

This would be a great class for those who wanted to take the cancelled Carol Anderson stranded hat class!

Intro to Crochet Hat: Crochet 102
Mondays, April 23, and 30
2:00 — 4:30 pm

Learn the basics of crochet in the round with this class and make a hat. It’s a great way to learn to make single crochet in the round stitches. Once you learn this simple hat you can make many variations to suit your needs. This hat would make a great gift.

Materials: Size H crochet hook, minimum of 100 yards of medium worsted weight yarn, safety pin style stitch markers. If you know you are a tight knitter or crocheter, maybe try a J hook, it is a little bit larger. Pattern available at Yarn Harbor.
Cost: 
$20 + materials

Reversible Scarf
Monday, April 23
5:30 — 8:00 pm

In this class we will make a scarf that is called “reversible” because it is different colors on each side. It is a simple technique you will love once you have learned it. You may decide to use it on other items as well. Class members will explore this scarf in both a worsted weight and a sock weight. You will get two very different results with the different weights.

Materials: 200 yards of yarn in two different colors (400 yards total). Use a size K hook if you choose worsted weight yarn, or size G hook if you choose sock weight yarn. Reversible Scarf Pattern is available for purchase at Yarn Harbor.
Cost: $15 + materials

Kids’ Knitting Workshop
Saturdays, April 28, May 5 and 12
9:00 — 10:30 am
kid knitting
Kids 8 years old to middle school can learn to knit or advance their skills in a workshop setting.

Materials: Worsted weight yarn (cotton is suggested) and US size 8 or 9 needles or a project that the student is currently working on.
Cost: $25 + materials

One Skein Braid Hat
Monday, April 2 or April 30
11:00 — 1:30 pm

This hat is the hit of the season! You can find them on every size and shape head, from babies, to kids, young adults and even grand-parents. It is a simple crochet design and is very quick to make with only one skein of a chunky weight yarn.

Materials: Size US L 11/8.00mm crochet hook, 120 yards chunky through super bulky yarn. 2 strands of a worsted can be worked together to give the same effect of bulky. One Skein Braid Hat pattern, available for purchase at Yarn Harbor.
Cost: $15 + materials




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On Our Needles: Cheryl’s Ranger Cardigan

March 14, 2012

I had a lot of knitting time this past week because I was on Spring Break from my day job as a college instructor. My class sample of Jared Flood’s Ranger cardigan was long overdue, so I focused the majority of my knitting time on it. It begins with the sleeves, which are nice to get out of the way early in the project. My sleeves were worked while catching up on season 2 of Downton Abbey.

Then the body is knit in one piece from the bottom up. The sleeves will be joined when I reach the yoke.

This sweater will be my husband’s after it spends some time on display in the shop. He chose the yarn, which is the wonderfully springgy Plymouth Select Superwash, and I’m knitting the cardigan in a long, thin size to fit his 6’4″ frame. I love the slip stitch pattern that makes up the majority of this cardigan–it’s simple to work but looks very nice.

This project continues to be my primary focus (I even picked up some Crystal Palace ‘Sausalito’ for a scarf as a treat when I’m done with the sweater–it’s sitting next to my knitting spot at home for me to admire in the meantime), so keep an eye out for it in the shop sometime soon!

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