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There is just something about September that reminds us of "New." Reminiscent of January and New Year's Day... the beginning of the school year seems like a "fresh start" kind of time. We have been chatting around here about the return of fall and getting back to knitting projects as the weather starts to turn cooler and the daylight ebbs a little earlier each week... although this season has been very unpredicatble, there is still a serious bout of startitis going on.
The question has been asked many times over the last few weeks about what the next KAL will be, now that the blanket CAL and the summer is coming to an end. Let us assure you... we are thinking on it and making plans. We hope to have our preferred plans hammered out for an October start. It will be knit. And we are hoping to organize introducing you to a new yarn to the shop! Stay tuned!
Looking for Inspiration?
Maybe it's time to start to think about making your holiday gifting plan?
These gems are in store now.
African Flower Hexagon Blanket...
What a fun ride this Crochet-A-Long has been! Some of the awesome particpants have never even held a hook before and are now well on their way to a lovely blanket to snuggle under this fall! You can see Miko's finished Cheery Baby Blanket in the shop and Tuesday evenings have been pretty fun as we check-in on each other's progress.
Joining motifs and the weaving in of ends has been the hot topics of late, and we are coming towards the finish line. We suggested to aim for mid September and the date for finishing is now set! We would love you all to bring in your blankets at any and all stages of completion:
Tuesday, September 23rd!
We will take photos and draw for the grand prize
Which is one of Namaste's newest addition to their bag line : Poppins... which will have a few specially chosen treats from us inside as well!
and a few other door prizes
between 7 and 8pm!
Coming Up On The Classes Front...
September definately has a back to class feel and we have some awesome class options!!!! Have a peek at our class pages!
Improve your Skills
A great intro into Fair Isle Colourwork
Saturday, September 27
Wednesday, September 3
Saturday, September 28
Saturday, September 6
Sunday, September 7
try the fancy stuff with guidance!
Wednesday, September 17
Wednesday, September 24
Saturday, September 6
Pi Shawls... Are you in?
OK ... we have heard you!!! What a wonderful response to a Pi Shawl Cast-on clinic!!! The date is set...
Sunday, September 21, 2-3pm
to get together for some support and a quick demo to kickoff creating this darling of a project. It is gonna be a full house, but it is bound to be fun.
Bring your pattern of choice, Double Pointed Needles, and Yarn choice.
You can find the classic, original pattern, as the July project in Elizabeth Zimmerman's Book The Knitter's Almanac. We have ordered several more copies in so if you would like to reserve one please do give us a call or fire us off an email.
We did a quick search on Ravelry for Pi Shawls and up came oodles of ideas! Many of them free too! Check out the super lacey tributes as an EZ 100th anniversary collection! Be advised you should read your pattern in advance as many of these free downloads will still require you to have a copy of The Knitter's Almanac handy to get the pattern started due to copyright issues... but it is a wonderful treasure of a book and well worth it.
If you are feeling like you do want to get a little fancier... might we also suggest Kate Atherley's new pattern Rosetta Tharpe with a large and beautiful central motif... just gorgeous! Worked in a DK weight it takes about 4 skeins of Sweet Georgia DK or Tanis Fiber Arts Yellow Label.
Kate will be running her Pi Shawl class with us on Sunday, September 14th, that features the ins and outs of Pi Shawl construction using any of the standard patterns –like the simple eyelet version or Kate’s fabulous Rosetta Tharpe (pattern included with the class) -- or you could choose to create your own one-of-a-kind lace piece, by choosing some of your favourite lace patterns to work. A great class for all levels.
NOTE: you will learn the cast-on during the class so will not need to also attend the demo date... plus you will get all the other information involved in the creation and design of Pi Shawls as Kate so wonderfully delivers it. Far beyond the scope of a quick cast-on demo.
One of the really cool aspects of this particular method of knitting, is that gauge is pretty irrelevant. You can work these beauties up in a variety of gauges... of course stitch for stitch, the larger the yarn - the larger your shawl will be, all things being equal.
Rough yardage estimates for a 50"ish diameter would be
Lace weight : Approx. 1200- 1600 yds = ex 2 balls of Juniper Moon Findley or 6 skeins of Mirasol Sulka Legato, or 5 skeins of Mirasol Nuna Fina
Fingering weight: Approx 1200-1600 yds = ex 3-4 skeins of Tanis Blue Label, indigodragonfly MerGoat, Silk Garden Sock Yarn
DK weight : Approx 1000 yds = ex 4 skeins of Sweet Georgia DK or Tanis Yellow Label or 5 skeins Louet Gems Sport
Sometimes we just get sooo excited about a project. OK, OK, a little more often than just sometimes!
We look forward to seeing what you choose!
Jennifer & Miko
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