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The Fiber UniverseJanuary 2014
In This Issue
Progressive KAL
2013 Favories Projects
New in Store
Classes


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Progressive Sock KAL

"Focus Pocus" 

by Michelle Hunter  

 Begins January 2nd! 

Progressive Needles Knit Along returns January 2nd with a unique two at a time sock pattern. This pattern is suitable for men and women and features techniques new to the series, featuring Cobasi yarn. New to sock knitting?  No worries!  The mystery knit along is supported with online video tutorials and questions are monitored daily - it's like having your own private knitting tutor! Join us every Thursday in January as the pattern is revealed at knitpurlhunter.com, then join us IN STORE every Friday at noon for an informal knit a long. Best of all - it's FREE! January Knit Along Supplies 2 skeins CoBaSi by HiKoo, & US #1 (2.5mm) needles.   


Favorite Customer Projects from 2013
Nicole's Orchard Pullover

Kellyanne's Gateway to Fall

Jamie's Plain Vanilla Socks

Shatan's Building Blocks

Laura's Handspun
Shannon's Ridgley Scarf
Jolean's Cabled Cloche


Greetings! 
  
2014 is nearly here- time for some new Fiberesolutions! 
  
Resolution #1: Become a Rav-thlete  

Ravellenic Games 2014 There is only 1 rule: Challenge yourself by starting and finishing one or more projects during the 2014 Winter Olympics.  What will be a stretch for you? It could be a new technique, that first sweater or pair of socks, something massive, something delicate, or maybe finishing that monster in the closet. The goal of the Ravellenic Games is to support you in expanding your knitting/crocheting horizons.

**Official Dates: 7 - 23 February, 2014**

Official Start Time: Friday Feb 7th @ 20:00 / 8pm Sochi Time.  Mass Cast On coincides with start of Opening Ceremonies in Sochi.  Offical End Time: Feb 23 at 11:59pm MSK

 

The Fiber Universe will have a team, and more information about sign-up and events will be posted on Ravelry as they are announced!
  
Resolution #2: Grow my Knitting Skills
Many of you started, and most even finished, the Building Blocks block of the month afghan by Michelle Hunter.  For those of you new to knitting, this is a great project to grow your skills!  We offer 20% off when you buy 10 skeins of SimpliWorsted for your afghan.

For those of you who want a new challenge, Michelle is offering part 2- Building in Color.  This book uses Simplicity, the finer (DK) version of SimpliWorsted, in colorwork techniques.  Book will be in store after the first of the year.  

A third option is the Tech Square Afghan, which also features 12 different blocks, each working on a new skill. Booklet is in the store now!
  
Resolution #3: Knit Socks
Try the free Progressive Needles Knit Along with CoBaSi!  Begins Jan 2nd, informal meetings at the store, every Friday at noon.  (See sidebar for more info).
  
Resolution #4: Spin more! 
Always wanted to learn?  Sign-up for Drop-Spinning Class with Kari, Sat Jan. 25 (see below for more details).  And join us every 3rd Thursday night for Spinning Night (other crafts are still welcome).                                          
   
Melinda & Erin
The Fiber Universe
                                                             
New in Store!
Merino/Bamboo

Leading Men Fiber

Merino/Bamboo

This lustrous fiber is a dream to spin. With 60% Merino and 40% Bamboo fiber, you will feel like you are spinning a cloud. The bamboo fiber offers an antibacterial component and gives you a smooth spin! 60% Merino/40% Bamboo 

 

BFL 

(Blue  Faced Leicester) wool is so soft and squishy with a beautiful crimp.  It's luster and sheen takes the colors beautifully. It is sure to not disappoint any spinner! 100% Blue Faced Leicester.  Approx. 4 ounces 

 

 

Notions Bags
  
Frabjous Fibers Notions Bags

Felted bags in a variety of colors, shapes and sizes!  Or, Decorate your own in our Needle Felted Notions Class on Jan 11th.  



 
 
New Book:
50 Knitted Gifts for year-round giving
 
Find the perfect pattern here!
   
Soak- Ravelry Scent



SOAK wash

New scent by Soak, Unleash, inspired by Ravelry!

 January Classes 
You must pre-register for all Classes 
The Fine Print:  All classes must be paid in full at time of registration.  If you give us at least 7 days notice of cancellation, we can give you a full refund.  With at least 24 hours notice, you can transfer your registration to a different class.  Less than 24 hours notice for cancellation will result in forfeit of your fee (we still have to pay our instructors for showing up).  Unless noted, materials are not provided in the cost of the class.  You will receive 10% off all supplies purchased on the day of class 

Needle Felted Notions Case 
Saturday, January 11,  10am-12pm $35

Needle felting for beginners!  We will cover the different types of felting, several techniques, and then put your learning into practice as you decorate your very own notions case.  Perfect for knitters who want a simple way to embellish projects.  You will be provided with a felting needle (to keep), a small notions pouch to decorate, and the wool.


Scrap-Hooking (Crochet with Fabric) Class 
Saturday, January 18, 10:30am
-12pm,  $30 
 
Maybe you've been crocheting for quite a while or even just a short time and are looking for "new material" and new projects to try. Join me, Shari Pittenger, in a class where you can learn how to use fabric strips to make coasters or trivets in the style of rag rugs. It's very simple and it's a lot of fun using something other than basic yarn. Fabric of your color choice and the crochet hook will be provided.
  
Drop Spinning Class with Kari
Saturday, January 25th, 1pm-3pm $30

Have you always wanted to learn to spin?  Come try Drop-Spindling with Kari!  No experience needed.  You will be provided with a drop spindle to keep, and some fiber to get you started.  Kari will also bring her drop spindle collection and demonstrate her spinning greatness.
   

Beginning Knitting/Crochet

This is held EVERY Saturday from 9-10am.  Each hour long session is $10.  Learn everything you need to know to get started on your first project!

 

Beginning Spinning

2 hour lesson, on your wheel or ours!  4oz of spinning fiber provided.  Cost is $25, lessons are by appointment. 


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