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

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

Finishing Projects – Aunt Esther’s Yarn

Some time in December a lovely lady came in to the shop with a conundrum. She had inherited some hand-carded, hand-spun, un-dyed wool from her husbands aunt several years ago but had no idea what to create with it.

She toyed with the idea of making a blanket but wasn’t sure which technique to use. After beginning a crochet swatch she promptly brought the yarn in and asked for advice on how to handle the yarn.

The story behind Aunt Esther’s Yarn was touching. Betty and I discussed the various options available and reassured her that the fiber would work up wonderfully, especially in the swatch pattern she was working in – crochet chevrons.  After giving her some suggestions on how to best go about assembling and eventually caring for the resulting blanket she left the shop with confidence.

Last Thursday she came back with a container and a huge smile.

“I promised I would come back when I finished this for show and tell.” she said as we moved to the help table.

Nestled inside the tub were two lap sized afghans. They were beautiful.

It was a real treat to see the finished results and we love that she wanted to share it with us.

Fiberphile Squooshy Sock

For all you fans of sock yarns, be you a sock knitter or not, we’ve had this wonderfully squishy and soft sock yarn in the house for a little over a week. The colors are very rich and I’ve been having a hard time not adding one skein of each color to my take-home basket.  (Okay, I did add them, but then I put them back on the shelf. A couple of minutes later I put a few skeins back in the basket.)

Colorway: Aslan. This may or may not be a color still remaining in my take-home basket.

I’ve been browsing through all the patterns on Ravelry – sock, shawlette, sock-weight sweaters, you name it, I’ve looked at it for this yarn.  Looking at patterns is generally followed by adding more yarn to my take-home basket.

The following are all Ravelry links

22 leaves shawlette by Lankakomero – LOVE the leaves on this shawl – it makes me think of kelp floating gracefully in the currents.

Plain and Simple Pullover by Veera Valimaki – Sweaters out of sock-weight yarn are wonderful for Texas. The folded collar and faux-buttonhole shoulder seam catch the eye, while the cap sleeves make this piece great for layering with a long-sleeve shirt.

AIilbe by Kristi Geraci – The twisted stitches on these mittens really highlight depth of color in the yarns used, and this strikes me as an ideal project for your most favorite color of sock yarn.  Don’t hide it beneath shoes and pant legs, but wear it on your hands for cheering up on cold days.

#15 Lace Pullover by Dora Ohrenstein, Vogue Crochet 2012  A tunic with a ripple stitch pattern, this crocheted top has a loose and lacy appearance which is quite elegant.

 

What do you like to knit or crochet out of sock yarn?

 

 

New Yarns from Tahki Stacy Charles

With warm weather creeping up on us, we’ve been busy getting the summer-weight yarns up onto the shelves.  This week, we have a shipment from Tahki Stacy Charles that we’re plowing through as quickly as we can.

Thus far, we’ve put up Ripple, a crisp mercerized cotton that has a unique texture and Soft Cotton, a basic, durable cotton that lives up to it’s name.

Ripple in Raspberry

 

Soft Cotton in Lilac

The pattern books to accompany all the new yarns are also on our shelves.

Stocking Stuffers: For Patterns

1. Highlighter tape is exactly what it sounds like – colored translucent tape that highlights whatever you cover with it. Designed to not leave permanent marks on the document, a strip can be easily moved to highlight a row on a knitting chart or a specific line within a pattern.  1/2″ wide and in a variety of colors, you won’t lose your place in a pattern or chart with highlighter tape to mark the spot.

2. Chart Reading kits come with a stand, a magnetic board and a line magnifier. Easily slide the line magnifier up to the next row you wish to highlight while it holds the place using magnets.  Using the stand to hold the pattern at a readable angle can reduce neck strain from moving your head up to your knitting and down to your pattern on the table,.

3. Checking gauge mid-project is always a good idea to make sure you are still on track. A cute sheep needle and stitch gauge will help you remember. Made of solid brass, with a needle sizer ranging from US0000 to US 15 and a 2″ slot for counting rows and stitches, this is a notion that will get a lot of use.

 

Stocking Stuffers: For the Hands

Yes, some of the stocking stuffers we’ve already listed have been for your hands, but there are even more! Working with fiber puts a lot of stress on your hands, especially the skin and there are a lot of products out there to keep your hands healthy.

1. Need a fiber reminder at the sink? Sheep soaps will make you smile and remind you that soon you will be back at the yarn, doing something you love. Available in assorted colors and kits, they are great for use or for decoration.

2. After you have your hands oh-so-clean, moisturize them against dry winter air with a Lavishea bar. Crafted from soy wax, shea butter and various fragrances, each bar comes in a personal tin.  I have a couple of these in different places – my backpack (or a purse, depending on the day), my knitting notions bag and one on my nightstand.

3. Thergonomic Hand-Aids – these gloves fit securely on your hands to provide heat and support during repetitive motion activities (such as crocheting or knitting).

Now get back to that pile of yarn that still needs to be made into gifts!

 

Stocking Stuffers: For the Knitting Bag

Need a few more ideas of gifts for fiber enthusiasts?

1. Travel at all? Find the nearest yarn store during your peregrinations with Fiber and Fabric Mania! A Travel Guide 2012. Sorted by state, fiber stores of all sorts are listed and shown on a map of the state. Larger cities with many stores,  such as Chicago, have their own map next to the state to which they belong.

2. It’s no secret that most fiber enthusiast are also usually enormously fond of bags. These Pencil Bags from Spud and Chloe are just the right size for notions or needles. Made of a sturdy canvas with an industrial zipper, those uber-pointy US 0 metal DPNs won’t poke out and stab you unexpectedly.  To make it more desirable, the eponymous characters of Spud and Chloe are printed on the bag.  Let me tell you, this bag has withstood some pretty tough times in my knitting travails – including surviving an epic coffee spill – if you want to protect your notions, this is the bag for it. Also, I pretty proudly proclaim my undying love for the Spud and Chloe yarn line, so I might pair this  gift with a few skeins of Fine.

3. Crocheters and knitters like to measure things. A lot. If those in your family are anything like me, a tape measure can be found in just about every room of the house, but is never in the knitting bag when needed!  If you are Christmas-minded, this festive tape measure from Lantern Moon keeps the holiday spirit year-round.

This heart-shaped tape measure from Spud and Chloe will a) match your notions bag and b) hook to your bag easily with the key ring, so it doesn’t wander off into someone else’s bag at Knit Nite. Please note: I always return whatever I’ve accidentally borrowed!