It looks like the snow has finally stopped falling here in truckee - we had a great weekend of skiing a few days ago, but it's all starting to melt again!!
Guess it's time to start knitting some summer items...
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SOCK WORKSHOP - APRIL 19
We're having a sock class on April 19th from 10am-4pm.
There is a bit of
homework for the class, so it's important that you let me know if you'd like
to attend. Diane Soucy of Knitting Pure and Simple will be teaching the
class and providing invaluable instruction. If you can't make it to the
retreat, i'd highly suggest taking this class - it's a perfect class for
those that have been knitting scarves and hats, but want to try something
different. the class is $50 for the whole day. Tell me that you read this
mail when you sign up and I'll buy you lunch... !!!
p.s. we're also having a color/fairisle workshop on May 3 (that's my dad's
birthday!) -- here's the description:
Students in this class will learn how to put a little spice into their
knitting! Beginning with a simple hat, we will learn Fair Isle and Bohus
knitting. If time and knitter experience allows, we will explore intarsia
knitting. You will learn how to follow charts with ease, select yarn, and
finish garments with colorwork.
I've gotten a ton of great new summer yarns from
and more! One of the most exciting
"new" yarns, is a shipment i got yesterday from
of 30 bags of
- it was on backorder for 4 months, but was one of my best selling
yarns for kids last summer. it's a heavy worsted weight, washable wool,
cotton, acrylic blend, great fun colors - 100m for $8.95!!! it looks great
with diane's top down sweater pattern for kids and knits up quickly!!
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Stop in and see what else we have!
Doug (my husband) and I (ok, it was mostly doug) have been working very hard
on making the website more appealing and user friendly... please take a look
and let us know what you think... We're still working on getting all the images up on the site, so please be patient if every product does not have a picture yet!
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**** Type the words "APRIL SHOWERS" in the coupon code box while ordering and i'll give
you 10% off of your entire order during this whole month!
remember, shipping is always $4 - no matter how much yarn you buy!!
MY CURRENT PROJECTS
:: a tank top done on circular needles up to the armholes - using
a 100% Cotton tape that knits up bulky and quickly!! they have great
variegated colors, so i just used 1 ball of each color and created some
interesting and beautiful stripes... this is currently my favorite yarn - it
is sooo soft and nice to knit with. The pattern is from my new favorite
The Yarn Girls Guide to Simple Knits
:: a purse/bag out of
the bag is done with a
red/pink multi color and the straps and trim are done with the matching
pink. it's so cute and quick (size 15 and 19 needles) that you'll want to
make one for everyone!
:: a tank top done on circular needles up to the armholes (i always convert
tank top patterns - ask me how!) - using
. i'm using the gold color and it's starting to look like a rain shower of jewels.. (can you
:: wine bottle holders - i'm using a great furry fun yarn called
that knits up quickly on 10.5 needles - i've already made one holder and
given it as a present. the friend that i gave it to loved it and wants me to
knit her 3 more, so that she can use them for blind tasting parties (she
lives in sonoma)!!!
:: another tank top from the Yarn Girls book using
- 100% Silk that comes in gorgeous colors. I'm using the off-white... (everyone knows
how boring my color choices are...)
:: a scarf using 1 strand of
- a slightly furry summer weight yarn -
and 1 strand of Binario - Trendsetter's version of Eros (a railroad track
yarn). I choose a lemony yellow
and a Binario with LOTS OF COLOR. you
should see it - it has "Springtime" written all over it....
:: yet another tank, but this time i allowed my creative side to shine
through. i'm working on the front first (no circular needles for this one)
and am creating diagonal stripes. here's my stripe pattern:
:: sage green
(the fun summer yarn i am also using for a scarf)
:: multi-colored ribbon from
- in greens and purples. you would never expect shiny ribbon to knit up so nicely...
:: sage green
:: 1 strand sage green
and 1 strand gold
(the railroad track yarn)
:: sage green
:: 1 strand sage green
and 1 strand green and blue
- a novelty yarn from
that has little strips of chenille in it... this section is my favorite!!!
:: felted clogs. ok, i finished the first one back in october, but just can't
seem to get the needles out to do the 2nd one...
:: and, last but not least, a pair of incredible socks for my wonderful
husband!! i'm using
lorna's laces worsted weight superwash wool yarn
. i already have a few pair of socks for myself from this yarn and it is
wonderful. the colors are fun to knit up and the yarn is nice and soft...
but long lasting. i'm knitting both of his socks at the same time - on 2
circular needles. i usually have them at the shop, so let me know if you'd
like to see how i'm doing it!
... and what do i have my eye on???
:: a knitted rug for my new 2nd room - now that the coffee cart is gone, i
have a lot more room!!
:: a set of placemats to match my wine holders!!
:: a throw for my couch
:: a PAIR of socks with that
Regia Sport Weight yarn
- yarn that creates fairisle AND knits faster than 8/inch!
Just who is this Jimmy Bean???
It's me - Laura - I'll explain more in the next newsletter......
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