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The Fiber UniverseMay 2014
In This Issue
KnitPurlHunter KAL
Purl the Little Knit Girl
New in Store

Tues, Fri 10-5,
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!  

KAL with The Fiber Universe



Due to overwhelming demand, we will be doing an organized KAL of the Dreambird shawl during the month of May.  Cast-on will begin Thursday, May 1, and we will try to have it done by June!  Join us at the store 5/1 for the start!


This pattern looks very cool with a solid background, and color changing yarn for the feathers.  Yarn ideas: 

Sign up in our Ravelry Thread and receive 10% off (in store) your yarn for this project!
April Pattern Ideas
Summer Vines by Nicole M.

Knit using 1 strand of fingering, and 1 strand of mohair lace.
Try Cheshire Cat with Kid Seta

Barefoot Sandals
Crocheted Project

Knit in Cascade Fixation and Ruffle Yarn


Beginning Tuesday April 28, we will start summer hours, closing at 5pm on Tuesdays and Fridays.  All other hours will remain the same.

We had a great time at the Greencastle Fiber Festival; thanks to all who were able to attend!  It inspired some new spinners and weavers- be watching for upcoming classes to broaden your skills!  

May is a time to try knitting with cottons and linens.  We have some great blends and pattern ideas for you- check out the side panel.  We will also be doing a group KAL with the Dreambird pattern.  Sign-up in our Ravelry group to get 10% off your yarn (in store) for the project.  

Looking ahead to Summer, there will be many events to participate in.  We will have World Wide Knit in Public Day(s) from June 14-22 (and chances to win prizes), the Sock-er World Cup starts June 12, and the Ravelry Tour d' Fleece starts at the beginning of July.  More details will be posted on Ravelry.

Happy Spring!   
Melinda & Erin
The Fiber Universe
New in Store!


Special 2014 Collector's Issue!  Get yours now


Sheep Magnets and Keychains:
by Camus International 

Proclaim your fiber love with a cute sheep magnet or keychain!  Three versions: white, black and multi.

by Frabjous Fibers

This is the sport/DK version of 5 mini skeins in coordinating colors. Mad Hatter sport weight yarn is soft and springy with a lovely sheen, and perfectly plied.  Mini-Skein packs include five 1 oz skeins for a total of 460 yds.  Check out the store sample of West Desert Hood   

May 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   
Beginnings Class (with Nicole)
Saturday, May 10th, 10am-11:30am: $20


Ready to graduate from scarves and dishcloths to more complex projects, but not quite sure how to begin?  How important is it really to swatch? How do I pick a good substitution if I want to use a yarn other than the one recommended in the pattern?  Want to expand your repertoire of cast-on methods and move beyond the long-tail?  You've got lots of questions, and we've got lots of answers! Join us for a class on everything you need to know to begin a successful knitting project!


Materials list: participants should bring a ball of scrap yarn and a pair of appropriately-sized needles to use for cast-on practice.


Endings Class (with Nicole)
Saturday, May 17th, 10am-11:30am: $20
Do you enjoy knitting, but get hung up on the finishing? This class is all about getting those projects off your needles and onto your body! We'll talk about weaving in ends and practice finishing techniques including 3-needle bind-off, kitchener stitch and mattress stitch. We will cover button holes and sewing in a zipper. We will practice different types of bind-offs and discuss different blocking techniques to make your project the best it can be!

Materials list
: participants should bring two identical swatches at least 4" square to use when practicing finishing techniques and bind-offs. Swatches should be brought in still 'on the needles' rather than bound-off. Bring needles that are the appropriate size for the swatches, and a yarn needle. Participants are also welcome to bring in projects that they are unsure how to block, or that have given them trouble with any finishing technique.

Dye Your Own Sock Yarn
Saturday, May 31st, 10am-12pm: $35


Using a crock-pot and food-safe dyes, learn how to dye wool yarn! Participants need to bring the following supplies: Rubber gloves (like dishwashing gloves), apron (or wear old clothing), one large Ziploc bag. Got an extra crock pot? Bring it along! All other materials provided including one skein of merino/nylon sock yarn, tools, dyes and chemicals needed to dye your yarn. 


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