As we (hopefully) head into spring, we are excited to announce that Tori Reid has two new upcoming classes here at the store.
Saturdays, April 15th, 22nd, and 29th from 9-10:30am
The Rye Socks pattern by Tin Can Knits is perfect for those wishing to try their hand at socks for the first time! Knit out of a worsted weight yarn, these socks come together quickly and are perfect to wear around the house during chilly spring mornings. During the class, you’ll learn how to use the magic loop technique to knit a project in the round, and how to complete techniques for knitting socks (like turning a heel, and the kitchener stitch). We’ll also discuss how to properly size a sock! Participants in this class should be comfortable knitting, purling, and reading a simple pattern. Prior experience working in the round is a plus, but not required!
*Supplies need to be purchased from Wasatch and Wool Yarns, but class participants will receive a 10% discount on non-sale supplies. They will also receive a 10% discount on the final day of class for future knitting projects. We recommend that needles are purchased from Wasatch and Wool as there are significant differences between needle brands.
Fix It 101 Workshop
Tuesday, April 18th from 4-6pm
By popular request, we’ve created our Fix It 101 Workshop! During this workshop, we’ll discuss stitch anatomy and how to identify a problem in your work…and then how to fix it! We will learn how to repair dropped or twisted ‘stitches’. During this workshop, we’ll also cover how to make a ‘gauge’ swatch and measure you work to ensure proper sizing. Participants in this workshop should feel comfortable casting on and creating a swatch using knit and purl stitches, and reading a simple pattern. Instructions for creating a swatch will be emailed out prior to class.
*Please note that classes, if cancelled 10 days before the first day of class, can be exchanged for a future class only. We enforce this policy on behalf of our teachers who have committed their time and expertise. There are no exchanges or refunds for classes cancelled less than 10 days from the first day of class.
Yarn of the Month:
Phoebe from Quince & Co.
As the weather begins to warmup and we move away from our heavy bulky-weight knitting, Phoebe from Quince & Co. is a wonderful transitional yarn. Phoebe is a soft and springy DK weight, yarn that comes in lovely colorways. Spun with some of the very best commercial American extra-fine Merino, it is gorgeous in stockinette, ribbing and cables. It is a great yarn choice for sweaters, hats, mittens, scarves, shawls and even baby rompers.
In need of project ideas? My recommendations are Pressed Flowers by Amy Christoffers, Mariechen by Isabell Kraemer, Euclid also by Isabell Kraemer, Hadfield by Pam Allen and Honeybug Romper by Ainur Berkimbayeva.
A few of these patterns are ones that have been favorites of mine for a while. One of them is Pressed Flowers by Amy Christoffers. Amy describes Pressed Flowers as her attempt at "preserving all the green grass and flowers for when I need a little sunshine in the depths of winter." (That hit home.) Amy is well known for her work at Berroco as well as her designs at Savory Knitting which she describes as "hand knitting patterns from a dyed in the wool Vermonter."
Mariechen by Isabell Kraemer is another favorite of mine and one that I currently have on my knitting needles in Phoebe. This cardigan is worked seamlessly from the top down with raglan increases to shape the yoke. There is a cute textured cable and lace panel down the center. One of the nice things about working a sweater this way is that you can try it on from time to time to check the length and overall fit.
Euclid also by Isabell Kraemer - The lattice cable-and-eyelet motif featured on this asymmetrical shawl which was designed for Quince & Co. Phoebe is combined with a simple 2x2 rib, and the results are stunning. Isabell and the team at Quince & Co. love this piece in pale Jupiter, but can also see it in dramatic Mars, or steel-blue Mercury. Euclid strikes a gorgeous balance between softness and structure.
Pam Allen designed Hadfield as a great way to get to know Phoebe and to showcase how the yarn shows off the simplest fisherman's rib. Wear this hat slouchy or fold it over for a soft and warm double-brim beanie. Either way, everone needs one of these hats for their head.
Honeybug Romper by Ainur Berkimbayeva - Very few things are cuter than babies in rompers. Make this Honeybug Romper for your little Sweetie Pie! Designed and knit with Quince & Co. Phoebe and paired with adorable cotton tights, this romper is sure to become a favorite in your baby's wardrobe. It comes in sizes ranging from 0-6 months to 2-4 years.
The projects shown above are just ideas. We are always happy to help you find your next project.