Archive for September, 2013

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October Class Preview

September 22, 2013

The spookiest month of the year is bearing down on us like kids on candy. Are you guys even ready for this!?!?!?!? If you have any time in between preparing your costume, might we recommend one of our frighteningly enjoyable classes?

Knitting

Oh, Steek!

Learn the basics of steeking on this toddler-sized sweater. Keep it small, keep it simple! Nothing scary about that.

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September 1, 8, 15, 22, 29. 6-8pm. $50.

Traditional Christmas Stocking (Fair Isle)

Let Jean guide you gently through the waters of colorwork with this simple stocking. You will use two colors, learn the afterthought heel, kitchener stitch, and learn to read charts.

photo(18) October 3, 17, 24. 5:30-7:30pm. $30.

Double Knitting Deluxe

Katie’s fabulous double-knitted scarf has been recently published on Knitty, and to celebrate we are offering it as a class. Take a peek at it here.

October 6, 13, 20. 12:30-2:30 pm. $30.

Knitting 101

Learn the basics of knitting while making yourself a cute hat.

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October 7, 14, 21. 6-8pm. $30.

Knitting 102 – Knitting in the Round

Go beyond flat knitting and into the world of circular and double-pointed needles. You will leave this class with a completed hat!

October 8, 15, 22. 5:30-7:30pm. $30.

Crochet

Crochet 101

Learn five basic stitches and walk out with a few dishcloths!

October 7, 14, 21. 2-4pm. $30.

Cuff Down Socks

Nope, socks aren’t just for knitters! Once you take this class, you will be able to design socks for any size you wish.

October 7, 14, 21. 10am-noon. $30

Cowl-Neck Poncho

Keep the draft off your neck and shoulders to let the whole body stay warmer. This is simple design is worked from the top down.

October 14, 21. 6-8pm. $20.

 

 

For a complete list of classes (and more pictures!) please visit out website.

 

 

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KAL updates!!

September 15, 2013

It has been an exciting week of yarn choosing and pattern buying!

I’ve already gotten pretty far on mine – the rib pattern is addictive!

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This was taken a few days ago – I think it’s twice as long now.

I am using Wildfoote by Brown Sheep. It is a lovely, tough yarn, with an old-fashioned tooth to it. It feels like yarn my Oma would use.

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I’m especially fond of the goldenrod/ochre colorway.

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Isn’t it just the perfect fall color? *swoon*

We also restocked our wall of Regia!

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I know I talked about the Angora Merino last week, but I after seeing that gorgeous green up there I just have to talk about it again. So pretty! So soft!

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I can’t even deal right now.

Ok, so maybe you’re not playing the fingering game. I am here to tell you – I understand. I’m here to help.

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Hachito is an awesome self-striping option. And it’s superwash – can’t beat that! It is closer to a DK weight than a sport weight but I think you could certainly knit it up in a sport gauge.

Our worsted options are also seriously great.

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Malabrigo Rios is out of control gorgeous. It is also superwash! The yarn in the upper left hand corner is Mochi Mochi, a superwash and acrylic blend that is as soft as can be and gives a stripey effect. Also a great choice!

I’m still keeping my fingers crossed that someone does a Noro sock:

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Kureyon, guys! It’s worsted! It’s beautiful! Give it a bath in some Eucalan, and you’ve got yourself a super duper beautiful winter sock! Yeah, a Kureyon sock is definitely in my future. Silk Garden would also be nice for a slipper or bed sock. Or if silk socks for daily wear is your jam, hey, I ain’t mad.

The ravelry group is growing and yarn is being purchased and I can’t wait to start featuring everyone’s progress as things get going!

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Introducing the Yarn Harbor KAL!

September 10, 2013

Hello, knitters!

Remember when we said there would be a Knit-a-Long starting on the 1st of this month? Me, too. It turns out that moving sort of blocks all other commitments out of my mind like a solar eclipse. Never mind, we’ll start this week!

Let’s start with the details, like, what are we knitting? How long are we knitting? Why are we knitting? And how will we connect with everyone else who is knitting?

A good KAL should feature a pattern that is appealing to a broad spectrum of knitters, and that can be completed in a reasonable amount of time. My first thought was to do a shawl, but then I thought – why not socks? Hear me out – socks are small, portable, and always quicker than you think they will be. If you love them, I don’t need to talk you into this. If you hate them, at least you won’t be alone in making them and you’ll have a deadline to help you finish! Plus, sock yarn is gorgeous, but its small gauge can be intimidating for larger projects. Why not use it for what is was made for?

We will be knitting the Railroad Rib Pattern from Fiber Trends. The pattern is available in print in the store or on Ravelry. This pattern is straightforward, beautifully textured, and can be made in sock weight, sport weight, or worsted weight yarn, so you can pick what you are most comfortable with. Or you could make socks in every weight! I just may do this. They are also a great unisex pattern.

The last day of the KAL will be November 3 – this gives everyone 8 weeks to complete their sockies. I’ll be blogging about my progress every week, and featuring progress made by other knitters. Join the Ravelry group to post about your progress.

Hopefully, we’ll get a lot of community involvement with this – I would love to see lots of knitters getting involved and lots of socks being made. At the end of the 8th week, participants will be able to vote on their favorite version of the sock based on people’s Ravelry pictures. There will be prizes for the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners!!

Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, let’s move on to the fun part – choosing yarn! We have a ton of great sock yarn, so I’m just going to feature a few that I’m particularly bonkers about.

photo(2)CoBaSi is a beautiful cotton/silk/acrylic/nylon blend that knits up into a soft, stretchy and breathable fabric with unbeatable sheen. This would be a good weight sock for fall or spring.

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Regia Angora Merino is another scrumptious option. The fabric is warm, soft, and lightweight, and available in a soft palette of colors. If you are considering adding stripes to your sock, or a contrast toe, cuff, and heel, this would be a good choice, since it comes in small amounts of yardage.

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Zauberball, and Zauberball Crazy, is another popular option. These don’t need much explaining – they are beautiful, interesting, and a perennial favorite.

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If you wish to work in a sport gauge, Pediboo by Frog Tree is an absolutely wonderful option. This wool yarn is springy, soft, and available in a rainbow of colors.

If you wish to work in a worsted gauge, Noro Kureyon, Taiyo, or Silk Garden would all make lovely, self-striping socks. The Raggi is always a popular option as well. Of course, the awesome superwash Malabrigo Rios would make a very fancy (and beautiful) sock!

 

Let us know which yarn you are thinking of using! And we’ll see you next week!

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