February 2015 Newsletter
Tuesday: 12 - 6
Wednesday: 12 - 6
Thursday: 12 - 8
Friday: 12 - 6
Saturday: 10 - 6
Sunday: 12 - 4
It's February and in honor of the month of love we will be collecting scarves, hats and mittens from now through February 12th for Love Bomb Lex, an event to fill up Thoroughbred Park with warm weather gear to help those of us exposed to the elements find some warmth. Items that are left over after the couple days of bombing will be taken to the Hope Center or the Community Inn. There are no special requirements, items do not have to be knitted or crocheted or even hand made. For more details check out the facebook event here.
We got a fresh shipment of the Tosh Merino Light from Madeline Tosh! This popular yarn is 100% Superwash Merino single ply with 420 yards per skein. If you just need a little for an accent color we have the small 52 yard skeins too! Tosh Merino Light is very popular for shawls, one we think would be particularly fabulous is Exploration Station
by Stephen West.
We have a new sock yarn and it sparkles! It's from zen yarn garden and it's very similar to their Serenity 20. It's Serenity Glitter Sock and it's 80% superwash merino, 10% cashmere and 10% sparkling nylon. There's 400yards per 100g skein and it's great for socks, but also shawls, cowls or hats! Add some sparkle to your knitting!
We got seven new colors of Arroyo, the sport weight little brother of Rios. With 335 yards per 100g of Superwash Merino, this yarn is great for just about anything: sweaters, mittens, hats, scarves, baby clothing or even some chunky socks!
Rios is one of our most popular yarns. It's my personal go-to yarn for anything I need to be machine washable. We've got a few new colors in, all of them drool-worthy: Sunset, Lavanda, Pocion, Paris Night and the every variable and ever popular Arco Iris (in a slightly more pastel batch this time).
Everyone loves Rasta. It can't be beat for a knit that's quick and luxurious, so it's especially popular around the holidays. Don't forget to knit something to keep yourself warm this Winter. We've got a few new colors just to make sure you'll have difficulty choosing the right one. (I mean, black and natural go with everything, but how can you resist that Baya Electrica??)
We just started stocking the Malabrigo Chunky a couple months ago, but it's already been pretty popular, so we added a few more colors: Emerald Blue, Deja Vu and Paris Night. We like Malabrigo Chunky because it's lofty and squishy!
The yarn of the month for February isn't a yarn at all, it's Addi Turbo Lace needles! The Addi Lace needles are designed with the needs of a lace knitter in mind, but may appeal to others as well. These needles have sharp points for intricate stitching and have a fine resin coating to provide a bit of drag on the needles, so they aren't as slick as the regular addis. The cords are super flexible too, so they are great if you need to use them for magic loop. The Addi Turbo Lace needles are 20% off for the month of February.
Featured Upcoming Classes
Beer Soapmaking Workshop
Join Sarah and learn to make cold process soap with beer!
Resources will be provided and active participation encouraged. During the workshop we will make two cold processed soaps each with a different type of beer.
We will also explore adding colorants, essential oils and exfolliants to further enhance our soaps.
Each participant will get a bar of each soap made during the workshop.
Sunday, February 15th 4-6pm
One Class, $25
We’ll explore how to give your crocheted or knitted projects a beautiful finished look by adding a crocheted edging.
We will learn four different edgings in this class and discuss how they are used to finish projects. A knowledge of basic crochet stitches is required.
An 18” x 3” rectangle, either knitted or crocheted, contrasting worsted weight yarn, and a size I crochet hook
Tuesday, February 24th, 6-8pm
One Class, $15
Introduction to Wheel Spinning
In the first class you will learn about the basic mechanics and maintenance of a spinning wheel, types of fibers and fiber preparation methods used for spinning, and the fundamentals of spinning a basic yarn. In the second class we will ply the singles spun after the first class. We will learn about setting the twist and finishing the yarn. We will also go over how to incorporate your handspun yarns into your knitting projects.
You will need to bring a spinning wheel* and 2-4 oz of prepared wool fiber (roving, top, rolags, or carded batts.)
*If you don't own a spinning wheel, there are two shop wheels available to rent for this class for an extra $15. You will also receive a certificate for another 5 hours of post-class spinning wheel time or half off a weekend rental which will allow you to practice what you learn in the class.
**If your spinning wheel is having any mechanical issues, please arrive 30 minutes early to class so we can get you in good working order before the class begins.
Sundays, February 22nd 2-4pm
and March 8th 2-4pm
Two Classes, $30