Upcoming Class: Billington Bag

One of my favorite parts of my job is to prowl through patterns on Ravelry or elsewhere, looking for patterns that customers might enjoy.  My personal to-knit queue is quite long as a result of this job responsibility. Sometimes, I’ll happen upon a pattern that I have to start Right. Away.  I’m also always keeping an eye out for patterns that would be ideal for teaching a class.  This pattern stuck me as both an ideal learning pattern and a Must-Knit-Right-Away pattern.

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The Billington Bag, designed by Snowden Becker, features an enticing traveling twisted stitch motif that has a touch of modern paired with art deco. Knit in wool and lightly felted, this bag is sturdy enough to carry everything you need.

BillingtonBagDetailStarting with a provisional cast-on, the Billington Bag is knit from bottom up, then the cast-on is used to knit the base of the bag.  The next step is to gently felt the bag, without eliminating the stitch definition. Finally, the bag is lined and handles are attached.

BillingtonBagHandlesIn this three session class, we’ll cover everything from using the provisional cast-on, twisting stitches, reading a chart, picking up the provisional cast-on, felting methods, creating the lining and attaching the handles.

The class meets Fridays August 9, 23 and September 6, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.  Tuition is $50 and includes the pattern.  To knit the bag you’ll need 660 yds of feltable worsted-weight wool, such as Cascade 220 (shown in color 8908 Anis), size US9 24″ or 32″ circular needles, and stitch markers, plus 3/4 yd of fabric and interfacing for lining, as well as purse hardware such as feet, magnetic snaps and handles.

Click here to register for the class

 

Cascade Fixation Class

Cascade Fixation is a unique blend of cotton and elastic, which creates a different knitted texture than most yarns.  Because of the elastic, items have more stretch and resiliency.  We love it for hats, coffee cozies and a variety of other items.

Andy will be teaching a free class on working with this one-of-a-kind yarn, so if you have been hesitant about using Fixation or are interested in the possibilities of this yarn, please join us.  Class will be Thursday June 6, 2:30 – 3:30. Seating is limited, so we suggest registering to guarantee a seat. You will need US 5 needles (circular or straight) and 1 ball of Cascade Fixation.

Click here to register.

One of Andy’s favorite patterns to work with this yarn is a cozy for her Contigo mugs. Since we all use these mugs around the store for their leak-proof feature, having your own personal cozy is a must, unless you fancy chugging down a mouthful of someone else’s coffee when you were anticipating tea.  The stretchiness of the yarn is perfect for slipping onto the mug and then staying put (something I’ve found many other cozy patterns lack).

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English Parlor Knitting

Jacqui taught her first class on English Parlor Knitting, which is a knitting style with the right needle supported by the right thumb and positioned like a pencil.  Andy sat in on the class and I popped over for a few minutes – long enough to realize that I was interested enough that I was neglecting some other work I should have been doing.  Oops. The process-knitter part of me took over. Jacqui is going to be teaching more sessions on this method, so I’ll have to arrange my time so I’m free during one of them.

Jacqui is a great teacher, very knowledgeable and able to present this method in a step-by-step way that advances you through everything (such as hand positions and yarn tension).  Even though I typically knit holding the yarn in my left hand (somewhat Continental style), learning to use my right hand in this method was not too difficult – but certainly needs some time to master. Practice makes perfect.  I also firmly believe that learning something new and/or challenging will keep me young forever.

We would love to see you come in for a class or just drop in to work on your current project. Jacqui will be teaching this class again Wednesday May 15, 12:30 – 2:30 p.m. Click here to register online.

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Summer at the Woolie Ewe-niversity

We have a fantastic line-up of classes to get your summer started off right. From knitting basics to (yes, we heard your requests!) socks and cables, from beginning crochet to granny square purses, we have class offerings for every skill level.

One of our new offerings is UFO Drop-in.  You bring in a project you are struggling with, need help finishing or just want some extra attention or motivation to finish and we’ll help you get it finished.  Seating is limited, and we’re starting out with scheduling this every Friday from 4:30 – 6:00 p.m. This is Andy’s pile of UFOs that are in her office here at the store….I think she needs to get a seat this Friday, don’t you?

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I’m really interested in the Solomon’s Knot Shawl crochet class. The shawl is such a light, wispy accessory that I can see it being one of those great items you just always throw in your bag or toss on before you head out for the day.

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We have  new lower prices for just about all of our classes and we would love to help each and every one of you learn something new.  Classes are scheduled during the day or Tuesday or Thursday evenings, so we hope you find something that fits your schedule.

Cheers,
Jenn

Howdy Y’all

Hi, all, and welcome to my first blog! Yes, A Woolie Tale has been part of WoolieEwe.com for several years, but this is the very first time I’ve written a post. Why? I’m embarrassed to admit to my utter lack of technological skills, but, well, there you go. I’ve always been too busy running the shop and knitting to spend much time online, but now that I have someone to show me the ropes, and I do have lots to tell y’all, I’ve decided to carve out some time.
Who is my social media mentor? Jenn Kinzel! Many of you knew Jenn as “the girl behind the curtain” here at the shop, always working on the computer in the front office. I’m thrilled to say she has rejoined the team! In addition to getting me over my blogging phobia, she’s helping us to — knitting needle drum roll, please —reopen our online store.
Yes, it’s been down so long that you may have forgotten The Woolie Ewe ever had an online shop.
We took it offline because of technical difficulties and finally, finally, we’re almost ready to relaunch!
For starters, you’ll be able to sign up for classes. You can click on the “Events” tab up above, or follow this link: Woolie Ewe-niversity Classes

Until next time,

Andy

NEW WOOLIE EWE-NIVERSITY CLASSES

Check out the new Woolie Ewe-niversity Class Schedule — we have something fun for every level of knitter and crocheter from baby steps to intricate projects.

Woolie Ewe-niversity Calendar Feb-May 2013

Beg Knit 1 – Learn everything from casting on and basic stitches through cables, pockets and finishing. At the end of the class behold your new Reader’s Wrap.

Beg Knit 2 – Make a sweater that fits exactly how you want it. Tunic style with cable in front.

Beg Knit 3 – Make a sweater that fits exactly how you want it. Intarsia color block sweater.

Tips & Tricks Additional Knitting Skills – Learn how to make yor projects go from “homemade” to “handmade”.

Finishing Class – Learn how to pick up stitches, knit stitches together, sew stitches and rows together with the mattress stitch.

Entrelac Scarf – Learn a beautiful new technique to add to your repetoire.

Crochet Fingerless Mitts – Learn to chain, single crochet, single crochet back ridge, half double crochet,double crochet, cross stitch, create thumb hole, join and finish.

Not Granny’s Crochet Cowl – Next level up in crochet. Learn the basic granny square, granny triangle,and reverse single crochet.

Hello Dolly! – Crochet Matryoshka Doll. Expand your in-the-round crochet skills. Learn simple embellishments, as well as crochet assemblyu of two doll layers, connecting & finishing.

Vintage Potholder – Round Two-Sided Colorwork Potholder. Expand your in-the-round crochet skills. Learn colorwork techniques as well as sizing and assembly

All class members receive 10% off all class materials

Classes are filling up fast, so call today to register!
(972) 424-3163 or (800) 460-YARN (9276)

Woolie Ewe-niversity Calendar Feb-May 2013

Rocky Coast Cardigan Class

You’ve been asking and we’ve been listening.  We’re pleased to announce that sign-ups are now open for our first class from the book Coastal Knits by Alana Dakos and Hannah Fettig.  We’ll be knitting the popular Rocky Coast Cardigan out of Organik from the Fibre Company.  Organik is a wonderful blend of merino, baby alpaca and silk, with shine, drape and softness.

The class will meet on Fridays from 12:30 – 2:00, with time between each class to work on a portion of the sweater.  April 27, May 4, June 1 and June 15 are the dates the class will be meeting.

Space is limited, so sign up for your seat soon.

Participants will receive a 20% discount on the yarn for the class and a copy of the book is required.

Feature of the Week: April 2

Doesn’t this sushi look good enough to eat?  I was salivating over it all weekend at our DFW Fiber Fest booth.

Unfortunately these are much woolier than actual sushi, but they make an amazing display.  We’re taking names of folks who are interested in a Sushi Needle Felting class, so leave us a comment or give the store a call.  We’ll post back once we’ve got all the details figured out.

Bunny Week: Hop from Blue Sky Alpacas

Bunnies are so prolific in the spring and here at the Woolie Ewe, even hand-crafted bunnies abound.

This Thursday is the first meeting of our class on the Hop bunny pattern from Blue Sky Alpacas.  The long, slender body of Hop is just right for dragging around behind a little one, or classically posed for a spring-time decor scene.

Clare knit this fella out of a super soft cotton and stuffed his feet with pellets to make sure they hang properly.  On top of that, the pattern includes a Hop-sized sweater with a tiny carrot on the front.

So many bunnies to choose from! We’ll showcase a few more of our favorites the rest of this week.