More Knit, Swirl

With the Knit, Swirl trunk show in the store, we’ve had even more interest in the Mountain Colors + Knit, Swirl knit-a-along.  So…we’re adding a second group and taking orders for more kits!

For this second group, we’ll need your kit order in by end of day Tuesday August 27.  This knit-a-long group will begin Thursday September 19, 12:00 – 1:30 p.m.  The first week we’ll all cast on and the second week we’ll join all those stitches.

Also, you don’t have to be knitting from the Mountain Colors kits to join the knit-a-long! There are many other beautiful Swirls in the book and we are more than happy to help you match yarn to the Swirl you want to knit.

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When you invest the time and money into a project such as a Knit, Swirl coat,  you want to love the final product and we want you to love the final product too. Trying on the samples is really the best way to determine what shape and size to make, so please come in to see the Knit, Swirl trunk show. Ask us as many questions as you want and we’ll try to give you answers to all of them.

We look forward to assisting you!

 

Mountain Colors + Knit, Swirl Knit-A-Long

We’re so excited about this upcoming project! A few of us have already knit or have started a jacket from the Knit, Swirl book and it is a LOT of fun. The garment is started from the outside edge (TONS of stitches to cast on!) and worked inward. The construction is unique and is a nice change from standard sweater/jacket/cardigan construction.

We will be hosting the Knit, Swirl trunk show in August. In conjunction with the trunk show we are having a Knit-A-Long and special ordering kits from Mountain Colors.  They have put together kits for two of the Swirl jackets in the book:

Coat of Many Colors (on the cover)

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and Plum Perfect

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Here’s how it works:

Step 1: Choose your pattern

Step 2: Choose your yarn base

Step 3: Choose your colorway

The Coat of Many Colors has two yarn base options: Mountain Goat or Twizzle.  Each kit comes with enough yarn to make Size 1 or Size 2 for $260. Size 3 kits come with an extra skein of yarn and cost $280.

The Plum Perfect kit has three different yarn options: Mountain Goat + Twizzle ($196); Twizzle + Jeannette ($288); Mountain Goat + Jeannette ($288).

Mountain Goat (55% Mohair/ 45% Wool)

Twizzle (85% Merino Wool/ 15% Silk)

Jeannette (65% Cashmere/ 35% Silk)

There are 9 different colorways for each kit.  We have color rings on display so you can see all the beautiful options. We also have four kits in the store if you would like to see how the kit will arrive.

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The pattern is available only through Sandra McIver’s Knit, Swirl! book, which you can pre-order at the same time.  We have a display copy for you to peruse.

All kit orders must be placed by closing time on Monday July 22.

Also, you don’t have to make these two jackets or use these kits to participate in the Knit-A-Long.  Choose the pattern that suits you best and use yarn that you love.

We will be hosting two Knit-A-Long groups.  The daytime group will begin Wednesday August 21, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.  The evening group will begin Tuesday August 20, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. We will continue to meet on these days and times.  The Knit-A-Long is free, although we do ask that you reserve a seat, at least for the first two sessions, so that we make sure we have enough chairs for everyone.

The first session we will help everyone cast on their stitches (500+) and the second session we will help everyone join to work in the round (three rows are worked before joining).

Learn to Knit Afghan Class

As part of our summer course catalog, Andy will be teaching a Learn to Knit Afghan class.  In each session, students will begin work on a square that introduces a different technique. Squares with features such as textured stitches, ribbing, traveling stitches, cables and more will be covered. Each week will highlight a progressively more advanced technique.

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Throughout the course students will gain experience in “reading” their knitted work to determine their place in pattern and mistakes.

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Students will observe how stitch patterns affect gauge and size of finished square.

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We will be using Barbara Walker’s “Learn-to-Knit Afghan Book” which includes illustrations and descriptions of knitting techniques in an informative yet personable manner. 63 squares are included in the book, so after the class is complete, students can continue to add squares to their collection for a unique afghan.

This class is not limited to raw beginners – if you have previous knitting experience, we still welcome you!

(Click on the links below to register on-line or call us at 972-424-3163)

Session A: Tuesdays 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.; May 28, June 4, 11, 18, 25 and July 9

Session B: Wednesdays 11:00 – 12:30 p.m.; May 29, June 5, 12, 19, 26 and July 10

Session C: Thursdays 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.; May 30, June 6, 13, 20, 27 and July 11

Tuition: $85; materials purchased for the class receive a 10% discount

Summer Waves Cardigan in Cascade Ultra Pima

I find summer here difficult to dress for, since you need to take into account the blistering heat in parking lots and the icy coldness of air conditioning.  Lightweight cover-ups such as shawls or cardigans that can be put on and taken off easily are ideal. In my search for such a garment, I came across this cardigan by Vera Sanon for Cascade Yarns. Short sleeves keep the cold breeze of the air conditioning off the shoulders and the open front allows air to keep circulating.

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I chose to knit it in Pink Sapphire because most of my shirts are neutrals and the bright color really pops against a black shirt. The yarn, Cascade Ultra Pima, is a very smooth cotton with just a bit of shine. For those knitting garments to wear in business offices, the slight sheen of the yarn makes a garment a touch dressier.  The lace panels on the fronts add sophistication to an otherwise basic cardigan.

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Summer Waves Cardigan by Vera Sanon

Cascade Ultra Pima

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

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.

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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)

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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.

Shadow Capelet in Techno

I just finished up the Shadow Capelet pattern from the folks at Blue Sky Alpacas.  Using three skeins of Techno, the capelet is knit in the round and then turned inside out so the wrong side of the work is actually the outside (and you don’t have to purl the entire thing!).

For a peppy, cheerful look, I chose Posh Pink and Cha-Cha Red as stripes to go with Fame (the cream).

Techno is soft and light, but it is a very insulating yarn – I was working on this inside a chilly coffee shop and it kept my lap quite warm. The capelet is the perfect size to tuck into a handbag in case of over-zealous air conditioning when you are out and about in the summer.

Pattern: Shadow Capelet from Blue Sky Alpacas, designed by Merri Fromm

Yarn: Blue Sky Alpacas Techno; 1 hank each of three colors, shown in #1970 Fame,  #1976 Cha-Cha Red and #1981 Posh Pink