February 11, 2020

WON'T YOU BE MINE? ❤ Yarn Folk

I made these Luvbots for my Valentines in 2018. They only took a couple of days, and even though there are only a couple of days left before Valentine’s Day, I might just whip out a few small projects. Yes, I do have plenty of things in progress as it is. Ahem. Who’s counting?

If you’re similarly inclined, take a spin through my “Be My Valentine” bundle, and see if there’s a little project that takes your fancy!

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…to learn (and do)

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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.

Basic Wet Felting - Felted Wool Soap Bars

March 4, 5:00-7:00pm | Instructor: Katie Hurlburt | $20 + materials

Learn the basics of wet felting wool while creating felted soap—no artistic experience necessary.

Wet felting is the process of binding wool fibers together to form a fabric using soap, water and agitation. The end product becomes what is commonly known as felt.

Katie will take you step by step through the wet felting process as you transform fiber to fabric around a soap bar, creating a built in washcloth that is naturally antimicrobial, gently exfoliating and helps your soap last longer!

Project Circle

February 28, 5:00-7:00pm | no charge

Join us to work on your longer term projects!

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...to anticipate



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…to inspire


Reactions to reports of “yarn” developed from human cell cultures range from “ewwww, gross” to “well now, that’s promising!” I confess to being in the latter camp, and I found this article fascinating in its explanation of the ways this technology could provide greater biocompatibility when human tissue needs repair—ranging from simple stitches to tissue grafts to organ repair.

Implantable medical textiles tend to be knit, woven, non woven, or braided, and most modern materials are synthetic, owing to strict hygiene controls, and the importance of reproducing materials withing exact tolerances. While historically, linen, silk, gut, and bark have all been used for these medical purposes, in a modern context, silk is the only other regularly-used natural material.

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...to stitch



If you’ve been considering joining us for the Hinterland KAL, there’s still plenty of time to leap in! We had a raucous group assembled for the cast on party last Friday, and KAL meetings will continue on Fridays through March. I can’t wait to see the variety of color combos emerge in the stranded knitting of the yoke. I am using Wool Local in “Bennet,” combined with Zauberball Crazy in color number 2231.



I’ve made Skiff before, but this time, I was looking for a functional swatch to test a yarn I’d bought on a whim. While I won’t be able to bring the yarn into the shop at this time, I am considering this pattern for a class—in addition to the cabling, there’s a nice tubular cast on to learn, and there are nice discussion points regarding ribbing choices. Let me know if this might interest you!

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