While we are technically still in winter, I just had to add one spring yarn! I couldn’t resist Folio by Berroco, a lovely alpaca/rayon blend with bright, pure colors named: Peaks, Monhegan, Cliff, Chebeaque, and House, etc. – you might just start to ponder a spring project! I’m thinking it would make a great transitional cardigan, or a light spring vest or cowl.
Keeping in the spirit of winter, Rowan’s Pure Wool, a machine washable worsted-weight yarn in an array of colors is now in the shop. Perfect for sweaters, afghans, hats, mittens and all things needing to be easily washed. The yarn comes in ready to knit balls, just waiting for you to swatch and cast on!
For those of you wanting to hone your knitting skills while waiting for the return of gardening season, Judy is offering her Toe-Up Socks Class this month – socks are the perfect portable spring/summer project – and for those of you with kids in spring sports, socks are a great way to attend your child’s sporting events without feeling like you need to help the referees do their job! Bristol is offering a Blocking Workshop in early March – if you’ve ever wondered “how to block/when to block,” this is the workshop for you. Judy is also offering another session of Fiddlehead Mittens in March for those of you looking to get a head start on next year’s holiday knitting.
This Spring we’ll have a combined dyeing/knitting class with PortFiber. And May 3rd will bring Stephanie from Dirty Water Dyeworks to teach a workshop on knitting with silk hankies. And yes, she’ll have some of her wonderful yarns (in new colorways) for you to sample and purchase! Details for all Winter classes and recently added Spring classes can be found in the Winter/Spring 2014 class and events schedule!
I have spent January doing a lot of swatching. I have learned what a difference the type of needle (wood, metal, Karbonz) makes in a gauge swatch. I also discovered that knitting back and forth can yield a different gauge than knitting in the round. These swatches haven’t yielded much in the way of finished objects but they have made me look closer at that dreaded (necessary!) swatch!! Probably it’s best not to ask what prompted my trip down “Swatch Lane” – let’s just say it involved quite a bit of “frogging” and “re-knitting”!!
Have a wonderful rest of winter!