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The Fiber UniverseMarch 2014
In This Issue
March KAL
March CAL
March Project Ideas
New in Store

Tues, Fri 10-6,
Wed, Thurs 10-8,
Sat 10-4

Join us for Knit Nights
on Wed/Thurs from 6-8pm. 
Or stop by anytime to stitch or spin!  


This is our featured pattern idea for new in store yarn Cheshire Cat by Frabjous Fibers. You read that right, Frabjous Fibers now makes yarn!  This super smooshy 100% merino yarn also comes in Mini-Packs containing 5 colors.  So, 1 mini pack can do the stripes for 2 Lefties, and get a coordinating solid to complete the scarf.  

In keeping with the rainbow theme, this neat scarf uses Kauni yarn, and double-knitting to create this stunning scarf.  Model in store!

More Pattern Ideas
The Soft Rainbow Shawl is a fun lace project. This features Kauni Lace yarn in the traditional rainbow colorway.

The Rainbow Dragon Backpack is a clever pattern featuring the Crocodile stitch.  This crochet bag also uses Kauni yarn in traditional rainbow.

The Slinky Hat pattern is a quick knit using just knit and purl stitches.  The colorful stripes are due to the yarn!  This calls for Crazy Zauberball or Kauni.
The Princess-Peacock shawl takes your knitting up a level as you work from a chart to make this show stopping piece in Shoppel-Wool lace!

The Irish Dream socks combine colorwork and socks for an amazing design!


     We have just finished the Ravellenic 2014 games, and had a fantastic time!  We had 25 Ravthletes competing for team TFU, and over 36 events completed!  Check out our Finish Line to see all the hard work.  Start planning now for the Summer Games in two years!  Can't wait that long? Challenge yourself to finish a mystery KAL (Knit a long) shawl with KnitPurl hunter in the month of April.  It features new-in-store yarn Rylie, a super soft blend of alpaca, mulberry silk and linen.  And don't forget about the Tour de Fleece spinning competition in June-July! 
     Winter seems eternal this year, so in hopes of the promise of spring, this month's theme for pattern ideas is Rainbows.  There are many ways to accomplish this- change colors on your own, or select a color-changing yarn like Kauni, and let it do the work for you!
     Spring is also a time for festivals and cute baby animals.  The Fiber Universe will be organizing a day trip to The Fiber Event in Greencastle, IN on April 19.  The plan is to rent a bus and spend a day shopping, taking classes, and enjoying the fiber arts and each other's company.  We will be posting more information on our website and Ravelry as details are worked out.  Please let us know if you are interested in attending!             
Melinda & Erin
The Fiber Universe
New in Store!

by Trendsetter 68% Cotton, 32% Linen.  This is available in solids.  This comes in 50g balls, 110yds.  Wonderful drape, will make elegant tops for spring!





by Trendsetter

Luna is 350 yards of "wow" factor.  Use as a hold-along to add a little pizzazz to any project.  Can be used as a plying yarn for the special spinning project, or add in with your next woven scarf!  

by HiKoo
This luxury yarn is 50% Alpaca, 25% Linen, and 25% Mulberry Silk.  274 yds per 100gms. This is the must-have spring yarn, and is featured in the April mystery KAL with KnitPurlHunter!

Also, new colors of Three Irish Girls are in!  Stop in soon for the best selection.  And Coming Soon: Cheshire Cat, Mini-Skeins, and Mad Hatter-minis    

March 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   
Arm Knitting for Beginners
urday, March 8,  1pm-2pm $10 

Arm-knitting is all the rage online- come see what all the fuss is about!  In this one hour class, you will learn the technique, and leave with a completed scarf!  Materials needed: your arms and ~80yds of bulky yarn. No bulky yarn in your stash? You can hold 4, 5, 6 strands of other weight yarns together.  Bring what you have and we will help you combine them!
Un-raveling Ravelry  
Saturday, March 22, 1pm-2pm: Free
Welcome technology into your knitting (or crochet) life as we walk you through the wonderful world of Ravelry, the online yarn community of over 3 million people.  It has endless resources, pattern repository, and opportunities to connect with others just like you.  We will walk you through what it is, how best to use it, and practical applications.  Not a member? we will sign you up in class.  Please bring a laptop, smartphone, iPad or tablet if you have one, though not a requirement.
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 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 total for the two lessons, $20 to rent the loom.  

Thank you for supporting your LYS- Local Yarn Store!  We appreciate your business!
The Fiber Universe