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The Fiber UniverseApril 2014
In This Issue
KnitPurlHunter KAL
Purl the Little Knit Girl
April 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!  

KAL with KnitPurlHunter

First Clue is revealed on Thursday, April 3!  Join this free mystery KAL and make a lovely shawl in new yarn Rylie.


April Pattern Ideas
Purl the Little Knit Girl
knit using Simplicity yarn

Knit using Cherub DK

Rose Trellis Beret
Knit using CoBaSi

Flower Power Shawl
Crocheted using Nordlys

Echo Flower Shawl
Knit in Claudia 100% Silk

Sophie's Purse
Knit in Good for Ewe Claddagh

Girly Top
Knit in Cascade Ultra Pima

Tribute Socks
Knit in Cascade Heritage

Caput Helianthus
Knit in Three Irish Girls


     Spring is here!  Time for knitting toys, delicate lacy shawls for spring weddings, and light & flowing tops for warm sunny days.  Check out the side panel for some pattern inspirations.

     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.  We will spend a day shopping, taking classes, enjoying the fiber arts and each others company.  Cost is $25 per person to cover gas, and we will be car-pooling.  Please sign-up in store or on our website to secure your spot!  About a week prior, we will finalize meeting location and time, but plan for leaving around 6am and returning about 8pm.  If you are going, check out the festival website to sign-up for classes or get information on the competitions! 

     April 3, the next mystery KAL in the KnitPurlHunter series begins!  While the pattern is a mystery, this is a gorgeous shawl featuring the brand new yarn from HiKoo - Rylie.  This luxurious yarn is is a blend of baby alpaca, mulberry silk and linen.  It is soft and strong with a lovely hand and is available in a variety of beautiful colors.  You won't want to miss the new stitches and techniques as well as this exceptional yarn!
Melinda & Erin
The Fiber Universe
New in Store!

by Kraemer


This fingering weight yearn is perfect for making non-wool socks or a light spring top.  100 grams and 430 yards of 44% cotton, 43% acrylic, and 13% nylon.  Would look very cute as the Grecian Top!  

by Plymouth

Luna is 101 yards of Rayon, Linen and Cotton blended together in a 50gm ball. This yarn has bright colors, lovely drape and hand, and is machine washable.  Would be perfect for the Three-Tone Tunic or Gemini patterns! 

by Frabjous Fibers

This fantastic idea delivers 5 mini skeins in coordinating colors to your waiting fingers.  This yarn is part of the "Wonderland Yarns" series: 

Cheshire Cat fingering 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 640.  The most popular pattern idea for this yarn is Leftie 


April & 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   
Needle Felted Animals Class
urday, April 5th,  10am-11:30pm $30

 Learn how to needle felt using kits created by Romney Ridge Farm!  You will leave with a new felted friend. Kits include all needed materials to make one cute little fox.  Want a different animal?  Kit upgrades are available in store.  Make sure your tetanus shot is up-to-date!  
Make a Market Bag Class       
Saturday, April 26th, 10am-12pm: $25 
This is a great first lace project, and will be perfect to tote all your  veggies home from the Farmer's Market.  Feel free to get started on the bottom, but with size 10.5 needles, this project goes quickly!  Please bring needles(sizes 4, 7, and 10.5 circular) and 100g of worsted weight cotton yarn.  Consider using Lino!

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