Archive for July, 2013

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knit 2, purl 2, and let’s crack open a beer

July 28, 2013

This summer continues to be a full-force blast of fun.

Friday marked the second beer-tasting event of the summer, featuring another of Duluth’s talented craft brewers, Bent Paddle Brewing.

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Laura and Emily were super friendly and such a blast to have in the store. Enthusiasm for a craft is certainly something all needle workers can appreciate and these two have it in spades. They were serving up two of their flagship beers – the Bent Hop Golden IPA and their Black Ale. Both beers are delicious and highly recommended by all tasting attendees.

bpb2Everyone had to give these brews a try.

bpb3It was a full house!

If you are interested in sampling some of Bent Paddle’s super yummy beers, you can find six packs of their flagship beers, and beers on tap, all around town.

Of course, the more exciting option would be to check out their taproom and tour their facilities! The taproom is open Wednesday – Saturday and features a cold press, coffee-infused black, as well as two nitro taps. We also think the taproom would be a great place for a knitter’s group to meet (hint, hint!) .If you are interested in taking a tour of the facility, they begin every Saturday at noon. Just sign up ahead of time on their website and bring a food item for the food shelf – the tours are otherwise free.

They have some new, exciting brews coming out soon – the Venture Pilsener, which should be out in August, and the 14 degree ESP in September or October, which is named after their logo – a canoe paddle, bent at a 14 degree angle. So get in there, guys! Try those beers!

There is more fun stuff coming up, of course – knitting at the beach which take place again this Tuesday at 6pm at Brighton Beach so let’s cross our fingers for a little heat!

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Is Summer School for You?

July 12, 2013

The summer is nearly half way done! Have you gotten done what you wanted to so far? If not, never fear–we still have classes available.

Knitting:

  • Kids’ Knitting Camp: Want a fiber camp with AC? Then this class might be perfect for the child in your life, meeting Monday – Friday, August 5 – 9, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
  •  If you’ve always wanted to learn to knit, then join us for Knitting 101.  After three Wednesdays (August 7, 14, 21, 6-8 p.m.), you’ll have a hat and be set to cast on for your next project!
  • Basic Socks, which meets on Mondays, August 5, 12, and 19, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., is a great introduction to sock knitting. Start at the top and work your way through the gusset, all the way to the toe.
  • Shawl-o-Rama: Pick the Color Affection or Cameo to knit and find out how much fun a garter shawl can be. Meets Wednesdays in August (7, 14, 21), 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. This class is nearly full, so make sure you sign up soon!

Crochet:

  • Crochet Afghan: Come to one or come to them all! Learn new techniques every week with a different afghan square. Mondays, starting August 19, going into September, 5:30 – 8:00 p.m.

Can’t commit to a three-week class in August? Join us for a one-day workshop!

Workshop:

  • We know it gets cold in the Northland. Double Knitting is not only a wonderful way to keep warm, but it’s a really fun technique. Learn how-to with Double Knitting Basics on  Sunday, August 4, from noon to 3:00.
  • Need something a bit cooler? The crocheted Summer Hat is a perfect end-of-the-summer project. Meets on Monday, August 19, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Call or stop in the store to sign up for a class or workshop and pick up your supplies!

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Interchangeable Needle Sets

July 9, 2013

Katie G. has a confession to make. Ready? Okay; here goes: Her circular needle stash is starting to rival her yarn stash.

Can anyone commiserate?

If so, you should check out our stash of interchangeable needles by Dreamz, Addi Click, and our newest–Karbonz. Not only do interchangeable needle sets offer a variety of cord lengths, they are also extremely portable in their wonderful cases.

Check out the breakdown below to see the specific benefits of each:

Karbonz We actually have three sets of Karbonz! These needles aren’t as slippery as metal needles, but have a nice tip for lace and k2togs.The Starter Set has five needle tips, ranging from US 2.5 to US 6. The Midi Set has four tips, US 7 through US 10. If you want all of these sizes, consider the Deluxe Set, with nine needle tips, starting with a US 2.5 and going up to a size US 10. Perfect for sock or shawl knitting! All sets come with size markers, end caps, and cord keys.
Dreamz If you prefer wooden needles, Dreamz are the way to go. They are “nice needles with nice points,” according to Jean. Each size needle is color coded, which ensures that each end is the same size, and the ends of the cords have stoppers, which means they can be used to hold stitches like a stitch holder or you can use them as long “straight” needles.This set comes with 9 needle tips, ranging from US 4 to US 11, and four cords.
AddiClick Do you love your Addis? Check out our three Addi interchangeables–Addi Click Basic, Addi Click Lace, and Addi Lace Long Tips. Each set includes 8 pairs of needle tips (10 for the Basic set) and 3 cords (5 for the Basic). These slick needles are great for stitches to slide quickly from row to row, while letting you choose the needle tip for the knitting you do the most.

What do you love about your interchangeables? If you are considering making the shift, what do you look for?

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