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Felted Easter Eggs

Spring has finally arrived and with it, warmer weather. It’s time to talk about knitting items other than sweaters and gloves–although, to be honest, the nerd in me is always happy to talk about knitting sweaters. One can never have too many sweaters in my opinion. And as it’s April, I know that Easter is probably on more than a few of your minds. But for some reason, in the echelon of holidays, I feel like Easter doesn’t get quite as much love in the decorating department as it should. Don’t worry, we are here to help.

Recently Amberly knit these festive felted Easter eggs to bring the Easter vibe into the shop. Admittedly , felting isn’t something I do nearly as much as I should. However, it simply fascinates me. Not just because it’s another method of manipulating fiber into another form of fabric, although that is pretty cool, but also because of what happens to felted wool on a microscopic level.

First I feel like it’s important to understand the difference between superwash wool and non superwash wool. Other than the obvious difference that one is machine washable while the other isn’t, they both differ on another level as well. If you look at a strand of wool underneath a microscope, you’ll notice that it isn’t as smooth as you might think (think back to those shampoo commercials discussing damaged hair). Each strand is covered in tiny scales (see above photo). These scales, when exposed to moisture, heat, and friction, begin to fuse together causing the strands to interlock. This creates the felted fabric that we all know and love. Superwash wool on the other hand has been treated in either one of two ways: either exposing the wool to an acid bath, burning off the scales to make a smooth fiber, or coating the fibers in a polymer or resin thus filling the gaps caused by the scales. With the scales either removed or covered, the fibers have no way to fuse together. This allows for the wool to be washed and dried without creating felted wool. Pretty cool, huh?

If you’re interested in felting, but have never had the chance to try it, Amberly is offering a class on her felted Easter eggs. Not only will the class explain all about the felting process, but it will also teach you how to knit in the round using the magic loop method and how to increase and decrease in your knitting. This is a fantastic class if you have already taken our Beginner I and Beginner II class and you’re ready to try something a little more advanced. The class will be held Saturday, April 12th from 10:00am-12:00pm. The class is $20 and you will need to bring 220 yards of non-superwash wool (just look on the label if you don’t feel like getting out your microscope) and size US 10, 32″ needles. So check out this fun and educational class. If you feel you have mastered these methods and don’t need the class, but want to make some felted eggs just hold worsted weight yarn doubled and on a size 10 needle and follow this pattern.  -Michael

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Arm Knitting

Learn an entirely new way of knitting that allows for you to ditch the needles and utilize your own arms!  This class will teach you how to knit the stockinette stitch by using just your arms.  The class is $10 and will be held Saturday, April 19th from 10:30am-11:30am.  Students will need to bring approximately 50-60 yards of bulky weight yarn.  Materials for the class are not included.

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Woodland Shawl

I can remember exactly where my knitting level was the first time I saw the Woodland Shawl pattern. I remember thinking, “That’s so pretty! But I’ll never be able to do something like that!” The pattern was even charted, which in my mind only added to the level of difficulty. I remember thinking that the pattern had to have been poorly written because it called for US size 7 needles with fingering weight yarn. Up until that point, I had always thought the recommended needle size printed on the yarn label was the law and to deviate from it would most likely mean certain death. The recommended needle size for fingering weight in my experience had been US 1-3. How could it possibly require a size 7? Absurdity. I even remember thinking that the girl who helped me pick out yarn most certainly was crazy because she agreed with the needle recommendation. With all of these thoughts, you can probably imagine just how thoroughly my mind was blown when I discovered that the pattern worked out swimmingly. This was the beginning of my lace exploits.

For all of these reasons and more, I am in love with this pattern. It is the perfect pattern to introduce yourself to the world of lace knitting. Another element I really love about this pattern is that it recommends using fingering weight yarn rather than lace weight yarn. Not that lace weight yarn is impossible to start your lace adventures, but I feel like it was easier for me to learn the lace techniques using yarn I was already comfortable with knitting. This pattern also provides a breather row in between all of the lace rows where you can relax with familiar knits and purls. For my first Woodland shawl, I used two skeins of Ella Rae Lace Merino. For my second (yes, I loved this pattern enough to knit it multiple times), I used three skeins of Shibui Sock.

If lace knitting is somewhat daunting to you as well, you will be pleased to know that we are offering a class on this shawl on Saturday, April 19th from 12:30-2:30. You will learn how to read charted patterns, yarn over, k2tog, ssk, and psso. You will need approximately 600-800 yards of fingering weight yarn and size 7 needles (I promise you, in this case, it is permitted that you deviate from the recommended needle size). See you then! -Michael

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Woodland Shawl

If lace knitting is somewhat daunting to you, you will be pleased to know that we are offering a class on this shawl on Saturday, April 19th from 12:30-2:30.   The cost of the class is $20 and students  will learn how to read charted patterns, yarn over, k2tog, ssk, and psso. You will need approximately 600-800 yards of fingering weight yarn and size 7 needles (I promise you, in this case, it is permitted that you deviate from the recommended needle size). See you then!

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Sock Bites Newborn Hat

If you’ve already taken Beginner Knit 1 and 2, this is a wonderful transition into more advanced patterns.  This class will teach you how to knit in the round using the magic loop method, how to decrease, and how to change colors.  The class is $20 and will be held Saturday, April 26th from 1:30pm-3:30pm.  Students will need to bring size 3-32″ needles and scrap sock yarn or we have small bites of sock yarn for $1.75 each and it only takes 2.

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Crochet Coasters

Take your crochet to the next level and learn how to crochet in the round!  This class will teach you circular crochet, how to increase, and how to create contrasting designs with slipped stitches.  The class is $25 and will be held Saturday, March 29th from 1:00pm-3:30pm.  Students will need two hanks of 110 yards of worsted weight cotton and size F crochet hook.  We used two hanks of Classic Elite Seedling.

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Spring Pillow

This adorable felted pillow is the perfect accent for any room.  This class will teach you the techniques needed to felt projects, how to piece together knitted fabric and how to create French knots.  The two part class is $20 and will be held Saturday, March 8th from 12:00pm-12:30pm and Saturday, March 15th from 12:00pm-1:30pm.  Students will need to bring 220 yards of non-superwash, worsted weight wool, 1 color of scrap yarn in worsted weight for the knots, and size 10 needles.

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Worsted Toe-Up Socks

Learn how to knit socks on a larger, more comfortable scale!  These toe-up socks are knit using two colors of worsted weight yarn and will teach you short rows, the magic loop method, knitting with two colors, and the magic cast on!  The two part class is $30 and will be held Saturday, March 8th at 10:00am-11:30am and Saturday, March 15th from 10:00am-11:30am.  Students will need one skein of Encore in each color and size 5-32″ circular needles.

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Beaded Neck Tie

Learn the basics of knitting with beads with this beaded neck tie.  This class will teach you how to add beads by using a crochet hook.  The class is $15 and will be held Saturday, February 22nd from 1:30pm-3:00pm.  Students will need approximately 100 yards of fingering weight yarn, size 5 needles, and a size 8 crochet hook.  Materials for the class are not included.

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Boneyard

This colorful shawl is the perfect accessory to brighten up those dull wintery days.  The class is $15 and will be held Saturday, February 15th from 10:30am-12:00pm  This class will teach you the basic construction of a shawl, including the make one right and make one left.  Students will need 400 yards of fingering weight yarn and size 6-32″ needles.  Materials for the class are not included.

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