January 14, 2020


© Jennifer Steingass, used with permission

Good news, Hinterland enthusiasts! I heard from a number of you who are interested in making this lovely sweater together. I’ve scheduled a cast on party for Friday, February 7 from 5-7 pm, with the following Fridays in February and March for general knitting along. (The final Fridays of both months are also Project Circle dates—the more the merrier.)

We have Wool Local on the way (my post-swatching favorite), and will be ordering more Ultra Wool Fine. Darnie is another great choice. I am using Zauberball Crazy for the colorwork, but a single color would be pretty as well. The cast on party is 3 1/2 weeks out to allow for time to consider the options!

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…to learn (and do)




Selfish Stitching

Saturdays in January 10:00am-2:00pm | no charge

Whether or not you shared your enthusiasm for knit or crochet in the form of gifts this season, join us for drop in sessions to work on a project just for you. Cast on something new, finish something old, the choice is yours!

Project Circle

January 31, 5:00-7:00pm | no charge

Join us to work on your longer term projects!

Needle Felting Basics - Fox in a Scarf

February 5, 5:00-7:00pm | Instructor: Katie Hurlburt | $20 + materials

Learn all you need to know to get started needle felting making cute mini foxes in scarves. No artistic experience necessary!!

Needle felting is the art of using a specially barbed needle to poke at raw wool fibers; binding them together and creating a solid piece of fabric or sculpture.

Katie will take you through step-by-step instruction to learn how to correctly use the tools and techniques to needle felt two adorable little foxes.

Hinterland KAL

Fridays in February & March (February 7, cast on party), 5:00-7:00pm | materials only

Knit along as we work on Jennifer Steingass’ beautiful Hinterland sweater.

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...to anticipate


A new selection of stitching books arrived this week—a few old favorites, along with new titles, among them Marie Greene’s Knit Shawls & Wraps in 1 Week!

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…to inspire


Last week, I mentnioned my Make Nine grid. (There were actually two, one for knitting, one for sewing.) While several projects did get completed, others fell to the wayside. craftandthriftshop, a fabric seller from Scotland, has proposed a useful variation for 2020, #make3in3. The concept is to choose three things to make in three months, and by planning in smaller chunks of time, we allow ourselves a bit of additional flexibility and grace. The other significant advantage is that by not planning a full year in advance, we have the space to be swept away by whimsy, by new patterns that capture our fancy, and by new techniques and opportunities for learning.

If I was to commit to #make3in3 for the first three months of the year, what would those three things be? Hard Cider, my Selfish Knitting KAL project; Across the Pond—for which I’ve chosen yarn, but haven’t cast on; and the Blooming Textures Shawl—because I’m not too far from having it done, and a bit of extra incentive will take it from the interior of a project bag to completion!

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...to stitch


The Weekender

The Weekender is complete! I worked the pattern as directed, with the exception of the sleeves—when I picked up for the sleeve stitches, I had several more than the pattern called for, and decided to keep them, and just continue the decreases farther down the sleeve. I may have ended with a few extra stitches anyway, but since the wrist ribbing is 1x1, I only needed to achieve a multiple of two :) Looking forward to wearing this casual, comfy design.


Hard Cider

Hard Cider is my Selfish Stitching KAL project, in Blue Sky Fibers Eco Cashmere. I’d hoped to finish knitting the 7” of 3x3 ribbing for the funnel neck (it’s a top down sweater) during the KAL meeting on Saturday, and I did!

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