Unique Valentines Day Gift

Valentines day is approaching and you are searching for that unique gift to give that special someone (or even yourself!). What to do? Come by the shop and pick up a Little Hearts Scarf Kit.

Little Hearts Scarf

This unique kit was created by our very own Ewe, Morgan. She not only chose the yarns for each individual kit, she also wrote the pattern.

“I love the scarf – if you look close the stitches form little hearts.” -Morgan

When the Little Heart Scarf Kits were being put together, several of the Ewes ohhed and ahhed over the different color combinations Morgan put together and promptly purchased one to take home and make.

Come by and pick out your favorite before they disappear!

Woolie Ewe 2013 Spring Classes for Knitting

Below you will find the current (and most up-to-date) information regarding Knitting Classes being taught at the Woolie Ewe for Spring 2013.

Class sizes are limited. Seats are guaranteed by paid tuition. To enroll stop by the shop or call us at (972) 424.3163

 

Knitting I (70101) - Beginner Knit Level 1 – Readers Wrap

This is a 6 class; 7 week evening course covering the how to’s of knitting. The readers wrap will teach cast on, bind off, the knit, purl, garter, stockinette, and basket weave stitches; as well as simple cables, pocket construction and assembly.

NOTE: THIS IS A TIMED INSTRUCTIONAL COURSE DESIGNED TO COMPLETE IN 7 WEEKS WITH STRUCTURED HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENTS.

Instructor: Betty G.

Course Fee $85

  • Course Materials receive a 10% discount.

Class Meets: Thursday Evenings, January 24th thru March 7th , 6 pm to 8 pm.

  • Class will skip meeting February 14th for Valentines Day and to allow completion of homework. 

Pre- requisites: Willingness to listen, learn & laugh.

Class size limited to 8 students.

 

Knitting I (701B1) - Beginner Knit Level 1 – Readers Wrap

This is a 6 class; 7 week covering the how to’s of knitting. The readers wrap will teach cast on, bind off, the knit, purl, garter, stockinette, and basket weave stitches; as well as simple cables, pocket construction and assembly.

NOTE: THIS IS A TIMED INSTRUCTIONAL COURSE DESIGNED TO COMPLETE IN 7 WEEKS WITH STRUCTURED HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENTS.

Instructor: Betty G.

Course Fee $85

  • Course Materials receive a 10% discount.

Class Meets: Fridays, January 25th thru March 8th , 12:30 pm to 2 pm.

  • Class will skip meeting February 15th to allow completion of homework. 

Pre- requisites: Willingness to listen, learn & laugh.

Class size limited to 8 students.

 

Knitting II (70102) - Beginner Knit Level 2 – Simple Sweater

This is a 6 week  evening course covering simple sweater design with a basic cable.

Instructor: Betty G.

Course Fee $85

  • Course Materials receive a 10% discount.

Class Meets: Tuesday Evenings, January 22st thru February 26th , 6 pm to 8 pm.

Pre- requisites: Knitting I

Class size limited to 8 students.

 

Knitting II (701B2) - Beginner Knit Level 2 – Simple Sweater

This is a 6 week course covering simple sweater design with a basic cable.

Instructor: Betty G.

Course Fee $85

  • Course Materials receive a 10% discount.

Class Meets: Thursdays, January 24th thru February 28th , 12:30 pm to 2:30 p.m.

Pre- requisites: Knitting I

Class size limited to 8 students.

 

Knitting III (70103) - Intermediate Knitting – Color Block Sweater

This is a 6 week course covering color blocking a sweater in aran weight yarn.

Instructor: Betty G.

Course Fee $85

  • Course Materials receive a 10% discount.

Class Meets: Mondays, January 21st thru February 25th , 10:30 am to 12:30 pm.

Pre- requisites: Knitting I and II. Established Knitters need to know the basics of sweater construction and have completed a simple sweater.

Class size limited to 8 students.

 

True Mobius (70444) – Mobius Wrap/ Cowl

This is a 3 week course teaching the mobius cast on, how to do patterning and the mobius  bind off.

Instructor: Andy M.

Course Fee $65

  • Course Materials receive a 10% discount.

Class Meets: Wednesdays, January 30th thru February 13th, 1 pm to 2:30 pm.

Pre- requisites: Knitting I. Knitting in the round experience will be helpful.

Class size limited to 6 students.

Pantone Color of the Year for 2013 – Emerald

Pantone color of the year 2013 image taken from Pantone.com

When I think of Emerald I think of calm and tranquil waters. Sounds odd, I realize, but that’s the truth. I also think of jewel tones – likely because the name itself evokes the thought of a jewel. Why am I waxing on about a color?

Pantone has announced its pick for Color of the year-

“PANTONE 17-5641 Emerald, a lively, radiant, lush green, is the Color of the Year for 2013.”

“Green is the most abundant hue in nature – the human eye sees more green than any other color in the spectrum,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®. “As it has throughout history, multifaceted Emerald continues to sparkle and fascinate. Symbolically, Emerald brings a sense of clarity, renewal and rejuvenation, which is so important in today’s complex world. This powerful and universally appealing tone translates easily to both fashion and home interiors.”

I expect to see Emerald popping up in a lot of knitting in 2013 as it is such an amazingly versatile color. Used as a main color or simply an accent, Emerald really does shine.

Need advice on color pairing? Check out some of the colors being used on the Fashion runways this Spring:

Spring Colors from Pantone

 

The Woolie Ewe & Ravelry

Many of the Woolie Ewe’s customers are familiar with Ravelry and the benefits that come from being a member of this free resource. It’s a great way to keep track of your stash, needles, patterns, and host of other things as well. I can’t count the number of times I’ve pulled my phone out and looked something up on Ravelry to answer a query for a customer.

Because of this, I am constantly surprised when someone isn’t familiar with Ravelry.

So here’s the skinny/deal on Ravelry and what it means for the Woolie Ewe:

Ravelry is a free resource for fiber enthusiasts (knitters, crocheters, weavers, yarn dyers etc.) It is in essence a huge database of yarns and patterns. Members can keep track of their stash, patterns, and needles. They can join individual interest groups, search for a pattern (free and paid), and share their projects with other like minded folks.

The Woolie Ewe has a group on Ravelry. What does this mean? It means that Ravelry members that are customers of the Woolie Ewe can share their projects, ask questions, and in general share their love of their favorite LYS.

When the group was formed in 2007 it was decided that members of the group would get something special. Something exclusive. Members of the Woolie Ewe Group on Ravelry received 10% off of regularly priced yarn. There were checks for this of course. For a while there was a printed copy of the member list at the register (when the group was still small enough).

As Ravelry exploded on the yarn scene the member list became unwieldy and tags were given out with a promise that the tags would be used for really exclusive events. [Things didn't work out for the initial tags.] Finally as a way for us to keep track notes were made in customer files.

Currently if you are a member and we don’t have a note, we check the member list on Ravelry and update your information.

What being a member of the Woolie Ewe Ravelry Group means to members now:

  • Members receive 10% off regular priced yarn
  • Notification of exclusive sales
  • Receive an exclusive Woolie Ewe Dog Tag.
  • Great online community!

Now here’s the thing about the Dog Tag. Regardless of tag, if we have the notation that you are a Ravelry member you get the 10% discount. We are planning several events that will require you to show us the tag even if we know you are a member. (I often recommend keeping the tag with you in someway just in case.)

If you aren’t a member of Ravelry or a member of our Ravelry Group here is how you join:

  1. Go to Ravelry. Signing up is free. All you will need is a valid email address.
  2. Once you have signed up and created a username, click on the “groups” tab located at the top and do a search for Woolie Ewe. The actual name of the group is called My Stash Comes from the Woolie Ewe. Once you are on the group page there is a button on the right side towards the top that says join group. Click it.
  3. The next time you come in tell us what your username on Ravelry is. We will verify that your name is listed in the group and make the notation in your file, then give you a dog tag.

For current and new Ravelry group members if you would like to learn how to use Ravelry (and get the most benefit out of it) we will be hosting one or two free classes per month.

A New Year, A New Ewe

Happy New Year!

The Woolie Ewe rang out the end of 2012 with its annual End of Year Sale. This year’s sale was an eye opener for me personally. I had no idea how much everyone looked forward to this particular sale. New and old friends came out to shop with us and yarn flew off the shelves. Thank you to everyone that made the sale such a wonderful experience.

Starting the first week of January the Woolie Ewe is counting inventory and will be closed until Saturday, January 5th.

Aside from changes to the layout (not to worry – yarn will still be sorted by weight) you will find some other changes as well. One of these changes has been on the top of our own to-do list for a while as it has been a request from many customers and it’s one that we are happy to be able to make.

Staff TagsDuring the End of Year Sale you might have caught sight of some of us wearing shirts with Harriet on the back of them. (If we weren’t bundled up in our cardigans!) Unless Andy decides to make these shirts available to the public you can pretty much count on anyone wearing one to be a Ewe and willing to help out.

However, if you don’t see a Harriet shirt, check for a black lanyard with pink lettering. All the Ewes have one.  It’s much cooler than a bulky name tag, don’t you think?

We look forward to seeing everyone again on Jan. 5th, until then keep your needles and hooks busy!