Foggy Friday

It’s a lovely foggy Friday here in Central Kansas! Perfect for knitting. Or crocheting. Or spinning. Or – well, you get the idea!
I had a plan for what all I was going to write today, but I blinked and forgot my ideas (it’s been this way all week). So, I’m going to ramble (big surprise there, I know!).
I’ve been making lots of plans over the summer, and some of them are coming to fruition. We’ll have a new line of bags and needle cases coming soon. And I’ve been getting “samples” in of some of the new yarn lines I’m hoping to add to the shop (sample = small orders of yarn to play with, see how they look, how they knit up and if they are what folks are wanting).  It’s been a slow process, but I’m picky (another surprise, I know).

I also have the November class schedule done – we might add more (like some cross-stitch classes), but the Saturday classes are scheduled.  More about them soon!

Yarnbombing!

We yarnbombed Wichita State University!  By we, I mean a WHOLE bunch of crocheters and knitters from South Central Kansas.  I couldn’t even start to name all the groups that participated, but the Ulrich Museum at WSU can, so if you want the credits list, visit them.  I thought I’d just show you some examples of the magnificent work done by this whole bunch of wonderful artists!

Milie and environs

Milie and environs

Millipeid

Millipeid

 

 
Yarnbombing WSU Campus

Yarnbombing WSU Campus

Man with Cane and Woman with Umbrella

Man with Cane and Woman with Umbrella

Wichta Arch

Wichta Arch

Look Rebekkah!  It's your purse!

Look Rebekkah! It’s your purse!

The columns

The columns

Flower.  WSU 2012

Flower. WSU 2012

Rodin's Cathedral

Rodin’s Cathedral

Howl (aka a wolf in sheep's clothing)

Howl (aka a wolf in sheep’s clothing)

Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson

Freya

Freya

Storm’s Coming

I’m going to blame the storms coming through for my inability to focus (Focus Pinky! Focus!).
Fall might have finally arrived in Kansas (not supposed to get over 90 this week!) and there are thunderstorms around – normally I’d say “big surprise” but they’ve been few and far between this year. And storms usually make me anxious – not scared anxious, just anxious-anxious. Unable to settle anxious.
Then there is the fact that I’m waiting at the store for a yarn order – so I can’t leave to go to the fair and see if any of my regular yarnaholics (or if I) won ribbons at the State Fair! One of said yarnaholics is at said Fair and is supposed to be sending updates but they aren’t coming quickly enough for my storm-addled nerves!
So, I’m sitting in the glider, staring out the window at Main Street, watching lightening, listening to thunder and flipping between Twitter, Facebook and messenger willing info to come faster.
Time to let go the anxiousness and watch the storm.
And maybe get some knitting done for the next Fair – never too early to start!

Fall Classes and Events

There is a lot going on this fall.  A lot!

First – class descriptions. 

Beginning classes are really beginning classes – for the “What do I do with these needles/hook?” type of person.  In beginning crochet, you’ll learn to chain, single crochet, and double crochet.  By the end you should be able to make any scarves, dishcloths, or potholders.  In beginning knitting, you’ll learn to cast-on and knit (purling and binding off come in another class).  The beginning classes are single, 2 hour classes.  You will need 1 skein of light colored, non-fuzzy (not novelty, mohair, or alpaca – you need to be able to see your stitches and fuzzy yarn really does not help there!), DK (#3), Worsted (#4), or Bulky (#5) weight yarn and needles or hook of an appropriate size. 

Crochet garments:  In this class you will learn what you need to know to make a sweater, a skirt, or other crocheted garments.  You’ll start small – the project is a doll sweater!  For this class you just need to be comfortable with chain, single crochet and double crochet.  The cost is $30 plus supplies.  (yarn needs will be announced)

Knitting Cables:  In this class you’ll learn the basics of cables.  Right, left, reversible, and compound cables. The projects for the class will be 3 mug wraps to decorate your coffee mug.  For this class you need to know how to cast on, knit & purl, bind off.  The cost is $20 plus supplies.  (yarn needs will be announced)

Seamless Sweater Design (EPS Sweater-in-the-round):  Kim Neufeld  will teach you how to design and knit a seamless sweater based on Elizabeth Zimmerman’s EPS method.  This is a two-part class for a total of 6 hours.  For this class you must know how to knit & purl in the round.  This class does have homework!.  The cost is $45 plus supplies.  The amount of yarn you need for this class will vary based on the size you want to make, stitch pattern used (like cables), and weight of selected yarn.  A good average would be between 1400 and 1800 yards for worsted (#4) weight yarn in a mostly stockinette pattern.  Kim will talk about yarn selection also. 

Fair Isle/Stranded Colorwork:  Love the look of Scandinavian ski-sweaters?  In this class you will learn how to work with multiple colors to make traditional patterns.  We won’t make a sweater, but a purse/iPad sleeve.  Cost for the class is $20 plus supplies.  (yarn needs will be announced)

Wool Soakers/Longies:  Learn how to make your own wool longies/soakers for your babies and toddlers.  For this class you need to know how to knit and purl in the round.  The cost is $20 plus supplies (yarn needs will be announced).

With all these classes, if you purchase $10 or more of yarn and needles/hooks for the class you will receive $10 off the class cost.

More coming up events.  I’ll let you know about them tomorrow!

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