Jen finished her Aidez, a FREE pattern, in Cascade Eco Wool. It’s gorgeous!
Anna has been badgering me to write this for weeks now, and I can’t believe that a month has already passed since Kirsten Kapur’s visit. I’ve known Kirsten for a couple of years now and am always thrilled to see her (I usually only see her in Rhinebeck or at TNNA), but was really so excited that she had agreed to come to Natural Stitches to teach some classes.
Anna has talked about the Saturday class and I guess it’s my turn to talk about the Sunday class, which was color work. Now, any of you who know me know that I have gauge issues* when it comes to color work, so I was all about taking this class.
We learned to hold our yarn in both hands, and how to “twist” our yarns to avoid long floats.
As you can see, we were a very studious group:
And we took a very handsome class photo!
I tried a couple of different swatches and have turned both of them into cat toys, and I regret to say that I didn’t photograph them before doing so. I was surprised that the colors I chose kind of blended into each other and that I couldn’t see my stitches distinctly. While this can be desirable in some techniques or projects, it certainly was a learning experience for me and something I will consider when choosing colors for a project that I want to be high in contrast.
From follow-up chats and texts with Kirsten, I know that she had a wonderful time here and is looking forward to coming back to see us again. To tide us over until we see Kirsten again, we are hosting a TTL 2013 Mystery Shawl knit-along! The pattern is $4 until June 1 and is available as a Ravelry in-store download. The first clue comes out on June 1, so don’t wait! Stop in to sign up, get your pattern details, and choose your yarn (you’ll need 3 colors!), then come back on Saturday, June 1, to knit the first clue along with us in the store!
*Actually, it seems that my gauge issues are overflowing; I recently got 7 stitches per inch on the Bellevue Cardigan, when I should have gotten 5. But that’s another story for another time.
When Leslie embraces a hobby, she does so wholeheartedly. We are treated on a regular basis to the gorgeous things that Leslie has made, and today, we feature two of them.
This is Semele (available as a Ravelry in-store download), knit in Scarlet Fleece Ewe Silky Thing:
The second shawl is 22 Leaves, also a Ravelry in-store download, knit out of Leslie’s handspun in Frabjous Fibers Silky Cashmerino in Balsam.
Natalie brought in her Linaria Bipartita shawl from Hunter Hammersen’s The Knitter’s Curiosity Cabinet, knit out of Madelinetosh Tosh DK in Isadora. It’s beautiful!
Don’t forget, Show Us Your Shawl is this weekend! Bring in your own shawl to show and receive 10% off your regular-priced purchase.
Last weekend was Maryland Sheep and Wool, which is prime knitwear spotting time. More than any other garment or accessory, the shawls were out in full force!
Yvonne wore her Norwegian Woods shawl, which is available as a Ravelry in-store purchase.
Sasha, who makes the adorable bags in our store, wore a Summer Flies, knit in Malabrigo Silky Merino.
Customer Lisa wore her All the Shades of Truth wrap, knit in five different shades of Madelinetosh Tosh Sock. All the Shades of Truth is available as a Ravelry in-store purchase.
If you weren’t at Sheep and Wool, you are probably wondering how you too can go shawl-spotting. You are in luck! It’s time for one of our favorite events, Show Us Your Shawl! Show Us Your Shawl will be held this weekend, May 11th and 12th. Since this is also Mother’s Day weekend, any customer who is a mom, brings their mom (or a picture of their mom or someone they want to be their mom), or is a mom to four-legged furry friends will qualify for 15% off (instead of the customary 10% off). So come in wearing your beautiful hand knit or crocheted shawl. We look forward to seeing you!
We are THRILLED to carry yarn and spinning locks from Ross Farm Heritage and Rare Breed Fibers. You all have been asking for local yarn, and with 84, PA right down the road, it’s hard to get more local than that!
We currently carry thirteen varieties in a number of breeds and yarn weights, along with spinning locks to add interest to your handspun. Also, we have kits for our very own Amy’s Primero Hat in 100% Romney and Leicester Longwool! Look for reviews soon in our newsletter!