Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Hi All,

We are so thrilled to be having Lucy Neatby at our shop in a couple of weeks. I thought I would post the description of her classes for your information.

She will be conducting a six hour workshop each day. On Tuesday her class is on Intarsia and Wednesday will be Scarf Trio, where the class will learn different techniques to make scarves. Below are the class descriptions. Cost for each workshop is $85. Feel free to check with us to determine skill levels. Please sign up early. Class size is limited!
Please click on the link to find out more information about the workshops and the supplies needed for the classes

Lucy Neatby
Lucy Neatby is the author of two books, Cool Socks Warm Feet, and Taking the Chequered Flag: Finishing in Style, a boatload of knitting DVDs, and has written numerous patterns and articles for knitting magazines. Lucy, a former Merchant Naval Officer, is the owner of a mail-order company called Tradewind Knitwear Designs (www.tradewindknits.com) specializing in selling Canadian yarns (including her own Celestial Merino) and her own patterns. Lucy's warm personality and original teaching style make her one of the most popular teachers in North America. Lucy is a popular teacher with Windy City Knitting guild so we encourage you to register immediately because we believe these workshops will fill to capacity fast.


Scarf Trio - Mirror Mirror, Sea Lettuce or Falling Leaves

6 hours. Intermediate.
Pick one three great scarf patterns designed by Lucy (or sample all three)!
Mirror Mirror uses double-knitting to combine contrasting yarns in a reversible chequerboard pattern;
Falling Leaves is an elegant design based on a repeating texture pattern;
Sea Lettuce uses short-rows to create a stylish ruffled scarf edged with picots.
Over the course of the day, Lucy will guide you through yarn and needle selection for each project and then give instruction in the many and various techniques involved in each and launch you on your chosen project.
Techniques covered will include: I-cord cast-on, elegant increases, Modified Conventional Bind-off, picots, short-rows, working from the right needle to the left (aka knitting-back backwards), Provisional Crochet cast-on, two-colour double knitting and more!

Supply List
These scarves will all work in any weight of yarn.
Bring circular or straight needles in a size to suit your preferred yarn weight. For Mirror Mirror, bring somewhat larger needles in the range 6 - 7mm (US# 10 - 11).
Scissors, crochet hook, blunt darning needles and usual knitting paraphernalia.
Bring yarn for your project (if already chosen) and a small quantity of play yarn to experiment with.


The Cinderella of Knitting Techniques - Intarsia Explored!

6 hour class. Intermediate upwards - some small amount of intarsia experience necessary.
An exploration of intarsia from the basics on up. Whilst working on a sampler swatch we'll explore
pre knitting planning and preparation - the key to serene working. Pattern analysis, identifying easy or challenging intarsia, (to each their own!) and design considerations. Use and simplification of charts.
Preparing a symbol, shade and information card. Low tech hints for yarn management. Tackling tangles. Use of measured lengths of yarn. Bobbins v yarn butterflies.
Getting the first row right. The intarsia join. Knitting backwards. Darning in, tricks and tips. Knitting in ends - in both directions. Awkward shapes and beginning with one stitch. Ragged first stitches - the causes. Handling horizontal colour jumps without needing to plan ahead.
Adding that little extra to your intarsia; blending yarn textures and colours, fancy stitch patterns, stranded knitting, cables, stripes and use of variegated yarns. Surgical replacement of things you don't like!

Supply List

- Darning needles; blunt and semi-sharp; a pair of needles US 5-6 (3.75 - 4mm) Scissors. A bag of part balls of yarn, in six or more colours (preferably wool and wool blends), in mainly DK/Sport (6st per inch) weight. Small amount of fingering / 4 ply weight yarn in two colours. Odds and ends of variegated yarns, mohair scraps. Markers or coloured pencils (optional). Ruler or sticky notes and usual knitting paraphernalia.
Homework -With any of your yarns, cast on 22 sts, knit 3 rows (garter st). Leave 2m/yds of yarn attached to your work.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Maryland Sheep & Wool Happening
We had a wonderful time at the Festival and actually everything went without a hitch. Some people were saying that they wished we could have stayed overnight. Marg was kind enough to have brought a video camera with her and actually published it (is this the right term?) on YouTube.
If you would like to see us on YouTube, click on this link.
Maryland Trip

Here are some photos that I took highlighting our journey.
These are the "goody bags" of snacks for the trip.
Our Journey Begins
This is at 6:30 am. We are half awake.
And not so half awake
Some of us are industrious

We have arrived!
A new friend is made
What a Beauty!
I would have loved to shear this darling!
A new play group is formed
Do you remember in the old days when you would measure applause by putting your hand slightly above the person's head.

Book Discussion Anyone?
Our enthusiastic sock knitter, Nancy, paid us a high complement. She brought us a mystery book, Knit One, Kill Two by Maggie Sefton. The shop in the book reminded her of Knit One. A nice complement! If anyone wants to do a community read and pick a time to discuss the book, let us know. There are even some patterns and a recipe! Thanks, Nancy.

Race for the Cure
Don't forget to join us at the Race on Sunday, May 11. We will be giving out chemo caps at the Gazebo near the Registration tables.

Special Promotion
We want to expand our "closely knit community."
Bring in a friend to Knit One who has never been here before, and we will give both you and the "newbie" a 10% discount on purchases made that day. Sound like fun? We think so.

Save the Dates
June 17 & 18.
and register by calling or coming in to the shop
Lucy Neadby comes to Knit One!!!

Kathryn Alexander was in town this weekend and she joined us on our trip to Maryland with her dear friend Carol. I begged Carol to let me sit next to Kathryn on the bus to get some knitting tips, but alas, my pleading fell on deaf ears. Kathryn is considered to be one of the top knitting designers and artists in the country. You can see her work in such books as America Knits (link) and Scarf Style (link) to name just a few. We had her kits in the shop and even though they are pricey, they are so exquisite that they sell immediately. She dyes her own yarn in colors that are amazing. As I have said too many times, my photos do not do justice to these works. We will be carrying these kits in the store. This fingerless glove is new for Kathryn and we have a sample for you to see and feel.(Kathryn is in the middle)

These are the fingerless gloves that we will have in the store.

Some of her kits were on display at the Festival. Is this hat amazing! This is not a one night project but once completed, you could almost hang it on a wall!
The sock that rocks!

And rocks!
This vest is beyond words! I have to say that in person the colors are much richer but check out the detail and cratsmanship. Kaffe Fasset...look out!

Nancy and her Neat Stuff

Nancy knit a gorgeous shawl using Neat Stuff from Prism. Pretty neat!

Cindy's Lacy Shawl

Cindy knit this festive shawl using Sakura from Noro and a Knit One pattern

Wee Knits Vest
Love this adorable vest which Jane made from the Wee Knits pattern booklet. She knit with Mission Falls cotton. Love the texture!
Be Sweet Magic Shawl
Try Some Be Sweet Baby Mohair and make that Shawl.
It is oh so soft and not itchy!

Girls' Night Out!!!

Don't we all need one...or two...or??
Bring a friend, make a friend!
Learn the secret of making socks through this fun spa sock (see below)- fast, fun luxurious!
Limited space, so reserve now.
Advanced Beginner
$45 includes 3 hour class, pattern, wine, refreshments, a special gift, and a Discount!
May 12 6-9pm

Crochet Classes on Sundays
Join Pam for two hours of crochet lessons.
Bring that crochet project you've been dying to start but don't know where to begin.If you don't have a project in mind, come learn the basics and start a granny square pillow. Choose a date: May 10, May 25, or June 1
***************************************Anyone interested in learning how to knit and felt this bag?
Peggy purchased this bag at the Festival and we loved it so much that we thought, "great class." If you are interested, let us know.*****************************************
Judy Pascale's cell phone case
I saw this really cool cell phone case that someone was wearing. I recognized the yarn immediately - Tilli Tomas - so of course I had to ask all about it. Turns out it belonged to knitter designer Judy Pascale. I am getting the recipe so if you would like a little class on how to make this, let us know.

**************************Knitting or Crocheting with Linda
Beginners Welcome!!!
These classes meet students where they are in their knitting or crochet lives. New knitters who need a jump start on an existing or new project, people who wish to add to their repertoire of skills, design their own projects or need help following patterns: all are welcome.

Emphasis is on becoming independent minded knitters/crocheters through the support of a class. Bring your enthusiasm and sense of humor and join this interesting group!

All Levels $25
May 13 6-8pm
Private instruction available.

Bead day at Knit One!!
Saturdy May 10 12:00-4:00 pm

Come for another bead day event at Knit One. Meet Adina, our bead lady and see demonstrations on various beading techniques. See how to combine your beads into your knitting, or string them alone for fabulous jewelry. You'll also learn about our beading classes, and bead party events for all ages.

Plus, get 10% of all the beading supplies you purchase that day!

I found this pattern and I thought it was simple and cute for the Spring and Summer. We have a new shipment of this yarn in the shop with several colors to choose. Top using Linen from Berocco

These gloves are adorable with the ruffles- it is a great gift for someone or of course, who better than yourself. fingerless gloves

I know we are not in the right season, but these mittens would be fun to make for the winter.mittens
These are fast, quick socks to knit and perfect for a beginner!! kureyon socks
This is a lovely sweater. Wear a camisole underneath and you are good to go. sweater

No charge-----No pressure-----No hassleTons of fun, tons of great conversation, tons of laughter. Groups are just generally people who love to knit, others try to get like-minded people together. It's a great place to make friends, show off your work and your skills, or get a friendly bit of advice. Everyone is welcome!!!
Spinning GroupCome spin with the spinners and/or go for a test drive on our new wheel from LouetGroup meets the 3rd Saturday every month at 1 pm

Charity Knitting & CrochetingWe have charity knitting and crocheting every Sunday from 1:00-4:00pm. We supply the yarn, you supply the needles and the willingness. We are currently knitting and crocheting chemo caps.Unfortunately, there is a large need for these and Knit One is trying to show cancer sufferers that we care.Our caps are donated to those who need them and we need all we can get.We are collecting caps for the Race For The Cure next year but we will also be making donations to cancer centers throughout the area all year long.Please help us in our efforts.If you can't join us on Sundays feel free to knit or crochet one at home and bring in your caps.And if you need yarn just let us know and we will be happy to supply some for you.
Tuesdays Are For Knitting

We currently have a very active group that meets on Tuesdays from 1-5pm. All they ask is you bring your knitting or crocheting and your sense of humor. These ladies love to laugh!
Wednesday Knitters Group

Wednesday afternoons at 1pm. Come, share, learn and have fun.
New Mother's Group

Thursday mornings at 10am. Drop the little darlings at preschool or daycare and come have some adult time

Spinning Group

Come spin with the spinners and/or go for a test drive on our new wheel from LouetGroup meets the 3rd Saturday every month so join us on February 16.
Thursday Evening Knitting Group 6-8pm

Join knitters and crocheters every Thursday for knitting, crocheting, chatting.
Julie is new to the shop but brings her talent with knitting, colors, and creative design.

Happy Knitting, Crocheting, Spinning, and/or BeadingStacey and the Staff of Knit One