February Newsletter 2017

Let's celebrate this month of love by doing something special for the most important person you know, YOU! 

Valentine's month is the perfect opportunity for you to try one of the softest and luxurious yarns we carry, Woolfolk. We happen to think that this Ultimate Merino is equal to or even better than any cashmere out there. Make sure to check out their Sno, Tynd, Far and Tov. 

Because sometimes it's the little things that make us happy, here are our picks that won't have you committed to a long term project and won't break the bank.  Grab the popcorn, find your favorite feel good love story, snuggle in and cast on. 

Shepardson Cowl by Ien Sie (1) skein of two colors in Far
Mawson by Jared Flood (2) skeins of Far
Tilted Texture by Jennifer Weissman (3) skeins of Sno or Tynd
Forager Scarf  by Nicola Hodges (2) or (3) skeins of Tov depending on length. 


Saturday February 4th
2:00 to 3:30pm

Now that everyone has chosen a sweater and played with their colors, time to join us at the table on Saturday, February 4th from 2:00 to 3:30 to cast on your newest Lopi project. 



J oin Ellen Mason of Doc Mason Yarns and Tammy from Wing and a Prayer Farm all day Saturday February 25th starting at 10:00 for our Pop-Up Gallery Showcase.  

Ellen lives in a handmade home in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire where she knits, sews, or dyes every day. She is trained as a weaver and artist, and has spent much of the last twenty years raising a family and avoiding the kitchen. Her work can be found at odacier.blogspot.com.

Doc Mason is a veterinarian living in the hills of New Hampshire. His farm is a stock dog training facility, with 30 to 40 sheep whose job is to train and rehabilitate working sheep dogs. I collect their fleeces, currently Cheviot and Clun Forest, and have it milled at MacAusland's on Prince Edward Island. The mill adds in a mix of Maritime wool to meet their minimum for a full run.
The wool is toasty warm and medium weight, perfect for hats, mittens, and New England style rustic sweaters. It suits many gauges: I like to work it at 3.5 to 4 stitches per inch. There are 210 yards in one 4 ounce skein.  
Ellen will be bringing her Doc Mason yarns and along with her favorite sewing patterns: Runway Bag and Ann Carolyn Smock. 

Wing and a Prayer is a 
 20 acre Fiber Farm in Southern Vermont. We raise and care for a variety of poultry, Registered Shetland, Cormo, Cotswold, Wensleydale & Merino sheep, Registered Angora Goats, Alpacas, an American Guinea Hog named Princess Peppermint, mini donkeys, horses and a Shetland pony, and honeybees.  Our farm, in the Green Mountain State, is a beautiful pastoral homestead where the children have grown up barefoot and the pups can run around without a leash.
We are grateful to be able to farm in Vermont and enjoy all that this part of the world has to offer.  Preserving the farming history in New England & the beautiful mix of fields, forests & mountains is important to us in addition to supporting healthy, nutritious, organically & naturally grown and raised food & fiber.....Tammy


Unwind on the North Shore 
March 25th and 26th 
Rowley Mass
Hosted by Romney Ridge Farm

Have you heard? Kelly from Romney Ridge Farm has a great weekend planned for Unwind on the North Shore to share, learn and create with like minded fiber enthusiasts. Take classes, shop the marketplace and explore the North Shore March 25 and 26th. Registration for classes has already begun and the Vendor Market List is growing. 



Mary Jane Muckletsone's Stopover in Istex Lett Lopi.
Our second Stopover with a twist. Used amyliz34 yoke chart with modifications made for the large and no waist shaping. 


Great Falls by Pam Allen, the pattern calls for Quince Puffin but we chose to work in Mirasol's Ushya. Most important question, with or without pockets?
Taking our new Lykke needles for a test drive. Love them! We have a few arriving mid-February (sold out once already) so if you are interested please call the shop and add your name to the wait list. 


Morning Walking Hat from Monarch Knitting knit with one strand each of Woolfolk Sno and Tynd. Another favorite using Woolfolk. 

When knitting in the flat, neaten up that first stitch after you complete the cast on row by trying this:

-turn work so you are ready to knit the first row of the pattern (empty needle in right hand)
-slip the first stitch from left needle (purl-wise) to right needle
-move the yarn between the needles from back to front
-return the stitch from right needle to left needle and start your pattern

This is especially nice following a cable, backward thumb or knit cast on.
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