Archive for January, 2013

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Pop Knitting!

January 29, 2013

My pop knitting monthly project squares are coming along. With two under my belt, I will say that while knitting one I am planing another with different colors. The latest square ( two color garter stitch, three rows #2) I choose complementary colors even though the sample in the book was using sharp contrasts. While I am happy with the outcome I would like to incorporate one with sharp contrast colors in my final project.

The two color garter stitch patterns remind me of “knitting in the stitch below” pattern, for your working on a circular or double pointed needle, and you push your work back to start the next row on the same side using a different color.

It’s easy fun knitting, I have now tried the two colored garter stitch, four row to achieve color blending” and two color garter stitch three rows, with no color blending on the right side.

In March I will have up Apron stitch patterns which look like woven fabric designs.

Don’t forget February 27th at 5:30 the Northern Light affiliate of the Mn Knitters Guild will be meeting at Yarn Harbor for a closer look at POP KNITTING.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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THE CLASSES ARE COMING! THE CLASSES ARE COMING!!

January 20, 2013

Now that the solstice season has come and gone and  its celebrations have been wrapped up, some of us around here are feeling a little mid-Winter ennui. However, the days are getting longer, and with these longer days comes the opportunity to learn a new skill in the field of knitting and crochet! We have some terribly exciting classes coming up that will suit the interests of beginning stitchers, advanced stitchers, and everyone in between. Here are a few highlights from our class schedule!

KNITTING!!

February Lady Sweater

This is one of the most popular sweater patterns on Ravelry. It is figure flattering, and easy enough for a first sweater project while interesting enough for knitters with more experience. 

Knitting in the Round

This is a versatile technique for making everything from socks to cowls. Angela will introduce you to double pointed, and circular, needles with a fun hat project. 

Stranded Knitting: The Duluth Suite

Learn stranded knitting while working in the round, using the Duluth Suite pattern by our own Katie Chameleon!

Kids’ Knitting Workshop

Kids from age 8 through middle school are welcome to learn to knit, or to advance their skills. 

CROCHET!!

Simple Shell Scarf

This beautiful pattern is deceptively simple – it looks intricate, but is easy to learn and repeat, with a nice lacy effect. Great for yourself, or as a gift. 

Crochet Leg Warmers

Leg warmers are so practical at this time of year and a great way to work on your crochet in the round skills. Mother and daughters – come take this class together and make yourselves a great accessory to add to your wardrobe!

Toe-Up Socks

Jo’Elle demystifies toe-up socks! This is a hugely practical technique as well – when you start from the toe, you can just crochet until you reach the end of your skein! Never again will you have to worry about running out of yarn before finishing your sock!

 

For a full course list, course descriptions, and photos, please visit our website.

 

 

 

 

 

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Just Felt It

January 6, 2013

Just Felt It

For the 2013 Project of the Month we’re going to “Just Felt It.” We will be featuring a new felted project  monthly. Felting is great for beginner knitters because your errors really do disappear in the wash. With so many projects to choose from – hats, bags, mittens, bowls, slippers and toys –  it will be fun to mix things up. If you have a favorite felted project you would like to be featured let us  know at the shop.

Felt Beret

January’s project is from Churchmouse Classics. It’s the Felted Shetland Beret knit in Jamieson’s Shetland Spindrift. We carry dozens of colors in this beautiful yarn. The simplicity of the beret really lends itself to embellishment, as well. We’re planning to add some needle felted designs onto our store sample. We carry a selection of needle felting tools if you’re interested in adding some interest to your beret, too!

From the Felted Shetland Beret pattern page on Ravelry: “This simple beret happened quite by accident. We were re-scaling our favorite  beret in Shetland dk and it turned out comically large. Hey, we thought, might as well felt it! The result was pretty cool. And remarkably soft after all the washing. Then we thought, wouldn’t finer Spindrift be even nicer felted? And indeed it was. Lightweight. Lofty. Not too warm. We bet you won’t make just one.”

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