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The Fiber UniverseFebruary 2014
In This Issue
Ravellenic Games
Event Ideas
New in Store

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Ravellenic Games


For descriptions of the events, click here.  Your item may entered into 1 (one) of the following categories:


* Aerial Unwind

* Alpine Abode Enhancement

* Bag Jump

* Cross Cowling

* Free Dance

* Flying Camel Spin

* Giant Slalom-ghan

* Hat Halfpipe

* Mitten Moguls

* Scarf Super-G

* Short Track Shawls

* Sock Hockey

* Sweaterboard Cross

* Toy Tobogganing

* WIPs Dancing


AND as many of the following as it fits into:


* Beading Biathalon

* Bobsled

* Cable Cross Country

* Charity Curling

* Downhill Dying

* Entrelac Slalom

* Felting Freestyle

* Fleece-to-FO Long Track

* Junior Ravellenics

* Labyrinth Weaving

* Lace Luge

* Loom Toe Loop

* Machine Skate

* Modular Relay

* Nordic Colorwork Combined

* Single Skein Speed Skate

* Stash Skeleton

* Tunisian Sprint

Ravellenic Event Ideas   
Honeysuckle Hat
This cute hat would qualify for three events: Hat Half-pipe, Cable Cross Country, and Single Skein Speed Skate!
Heart Motif Mitts
This pattern would get you a medal in Mitten Moguls, and Lace Luge!  Use some yarn you've dyed yourself to add Downhill Dying!
Felted Fox Bag
Finish this little guy, and you will medal in the Bag Jump, Felting Freestyle, and Nordic Colorwork Combined!  Give it to a good cause, and add Charity Curling! 
Sojourn Falls Scarf
Scarf Super-G, Beading Biathlon, Lace Luge, and Single Skein Speed Skate!  Get the idea?  See how many medals you can get with 1 project 


   It's time for the third knitting games, the Ravellenics 2014! This occurs every two years and coincides with the Olympic games.  This is an opportunity to challenge yourself, have a little fun, and complete a project in 17 days.  What will be a challenge for you?  Will it be a new technique?  An entire dress or afghan?  You get to decide!  See the sidebar on the left for all of the categories that you can compete in.  Only one rule: you can't cast on until Feb 7, and your project must be completed by Feb 23 in order to earn a virtual medal. 
    If you would like to join our team, please post here!  When you create a project page, please tag your projects with TFU2014, ravellenic2014, and then your event tag (ie eventwip). The official 2014 tag tool says it should be ready soon.  
February is Women's Heart Health month.  Why not combine the Olympics with social awareness and pick a project from KnitRed?The Heart Motif Mitts are super cute, and coordinate with the Greenmarket Tote

Sample knits, and the book, are in store now.  Even better- a portion of the book sales is donated to promote women's heart health awareness.

Finally, we would like to remind you to renew (or begin) your memberships!  We have two levels, Merino and Alpaca.  Merino level memberships cost $50 annually, and will get you 5% off your orders all year long, along with 4 coupons throughout the year.  Alpaca level memberships cost $100 annually, and will get you 10% off your orders all year long, 4 coupons, permission to borrow any books from our pattern library, and 1 yarn emergency per year.  Stop in today to get yours!
Melinda & Erin
The Fiber Universe
New in Store!
Baya Electrica

You asked for it, and here it is- Malabrigo Rasta!  Super Bulky, 100% merino wool, 90 yards per 150 grams skein, in a sightly felted single.  Recommended needles US 15 - US19.  Hand wash, dry flat.

Frabjous Fibers - Merino Sparkle
We sold out of our first shipment, and just got the second in!  4oz of high-quality Merino wool top, and a bit of sparkle blend. The merino is super soft and the sparkle adds a bit of glitz.  Perfect for your Ravellenic Spinning Event !
 February 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

In order to allow everyone to compete in the 2014 Ravellenic Games, we will not have any advanced classes this month.  See you in March!

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. 

Beginning Weaving
Two, 2 hour lessons, on your loom or ours!  Pick-out your yarn and project, learn how to warp your loom, and start your first project.  Then, take your work home to complete the weaving, and come back for your second lesson to learn how to end the project and finishing techniques.  $50 for the two lessons, $20 to rent the loom.  
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The Fiber Universe