The Fiber Universe Newsletter                        February 2015


Sometimes knitting can be a chore.  You agree to a project you don't really want to do, you start the project and really hate the stitch, or maybe you find yourself avoiding your project bag because you just plain don't want to touch the item in there. This happens to all knitters from time to time.  Some of the best advice I have gotten is to give yourself permission to stop. Knitting (crochet, spinning, weaving, etc) should be fun, relaxing, a joy! Sometimes taking a break from all crafts is what you need to recharge.  Sometimes it's letting yourself off the hook - literally.  I recently gave myself permission to frog (un-do) a project that I knew I hated and would probably never finish.  This was such a relief!  Now, I have the freedom to use the yarn for a project that I will enjoy.  If you find yourself stuck or avoiding your hobby, give yourself permission to stop and start something new, so you can Love What You Do!  Can you relate? Post in our Ravelry group!

For February, consider picking up a copy of Knit Red.  A portion of the sale of this book is going to support The Heart Truth, a campaign by the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health that helps to create awareness about the #1 killer of women in the US- Heart Disease. This book is also a part of the Stitch Red campaign. All of our knitting patterns this month are patterns in this book!  Grab yours today.

February brings us to block #2 of the Building Blocks pattern, the year long KAL that results in a warm and cozy afghan.  This month teaches how to read charts.  As always, Michelle has instructional videos on her website, and we are offering FREE help sessions in-store.  Then next one is Saturday, Feb 14th from 12-1pm.  For anyone who still needs to get started, we will continue to offer 20% off when you buy all 10 balls of Simpliworsted.  
We love what we do!
Erin & Melinda
The Fiber Universe

Plymouth Galway Roving
This super bulky yarn is made of 100% Highland Wool. Good for use in arm knitting or other bulky projects. 100 g and 54 yds

Make the Cable Drop Stitch Cowl

Frabjous Fibers Mad Hatter 

This fabulous yarn sport weight yarn is perfectly perfect. Soft, bouncy, and round-- this yarn has excellent stitch definition.

Also available in Mini-Skein packs of 1 oz skeins. 344 yds

With Flared Lace Smoke Ring

Viking of Norway- Balder
Viking of Norway Balder is a machine washable, colorful, chunky yarn. The swirls of color will inspire you to create lovely garments, accessories, and more! It's perfect for kids' knits! 100 g & 93 yds

Use for the Latte Baby Coat

Knitting Knowledge

Heart Motif Mitts

A pretty lace heart pattern runs the length of these fingerless mitts. These cozy hand warmers make a quick and handy gift! 183 yards of worsted yarn, size 5 & 6 needles

Knit in 1 ball of Malabrigo Worsted

Slip Stitch Beret

This fun and flirty beret features a simple shape that allows the subtly textured stitch pattern to shine. It's the topper to the chicest outfit. 200 yds of sport yarn, size 6 needle

Knit this in Sublime

Lace Hearts Cardi

Wear your heart on your sleeve with this classic cardigan. Seed stitch panels alternate with lacy heart motif on a stockinette stitch background in this feminine fitted charmer. 1500 yds DK, size 6 & 7 needles


Knit this in Silky Wool
Crochet Corner

Long on Looks Cardie

Crochet a long cardigan that allows you to look ever so stylish while still being comfy. The contrast ties give this garment a nice shape. 1,500 yds of worsted weight yarn, size K hook. Order your yarn today!

Crochet this in Highland Duo

Reversible Scarf

The construction of this scarf creates a two-color, reversible scarf that is worked lengthwise. This is an easy pattern, with great results- perfect for school colors. Two colors of worsted weight, size G hook 

Crochet this in Tiara
Warped Weavers
Log Cabin Weaving
Log Cabin Scarf by Jane Patrick

Many different patterns can be woven in plain weave by varying the color sequence in warp and weft. Usually this is done by interrupting the color sequence by doubling one of the colors, then proceeding with another sequence of colors and then doubling the colors and returning the original sequence to form the break in the weaving pattern. By weaving the entire warp sequence of colors, sections of the pattern form "blocks" in the overall pattern.

This visually striking pattern, the Log Cabin, is a variation on plain weave. Find this pattern and more in Woven Scarves Book, a gem with 28 innovative patterns for the Rigid Heddle. Our store sample uses 2 balls of Sultry Steps from Good for Ewe.


New to weaving? Sign-up for a class!
Spotlight on Spinning
Spinning Art Yarn-  Tail Spinning

Create a stunning yarn by spinning long, curly locks into a fabulous, unexpected yarn.  This technique requires teasing out (or using a flick carder) on the ends of the lock, securing the end into the core yarn, and leaving the lock to hang freely.     

Namaste Farms in California has been creating this specialty yarn for years.  Natalie is very passionate about her flock and fibers. Check out this video by Natalie on how to do it, and tailspin your yarn today!
New to Spinning?  Want a private lesson for this technique? Sign-up for for a wheel spinning class!

Tail Spinning
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.

Sock Training Class

In this 3 hour class, you will learn all the socks skills you need by completing a miniature sock. You will learn Judy's Magic Cast on, Toe increases, Short-Row Heels, and Jenny's Stretchy Bind-off. 

Materials: Please bring size 8 circular needles (32 or 40"), and worsted weight yarn.


Drop Spinning Class

In this 2 hour class, you will learn how to create your own yarn in thin air! You will get a crash course in fiber, drafting techniques, and you will leave with your own, one-of-a- kind handspun yarn.  

Materials: You will be given 2oz of fiber and a student drop spindle that you get to keep!


Dye Your Own Yarn Class

In this 2 hour class, you will learn how to dye yarn using kool-aid. We will touch on color theory, dye baths, microwave skills, and how to dye to get the yarn you want!
Materials:1 skein of yarn and dyes included. Please bring a zip-lock bag and wear old clothes.


Sat February 7th- Sign-Up Now

Beginning Knitting/Crochet

Beginning classes are offered EVERY Saturday from 9-10 am. We will teach you to start and end your work, as well as the knit stitch or how to single crochet. Needles, hooks and yarn provided or bring your own!  1:1 classes for techniques, advanced stitches, or pattern help is also available for $10/hour.


Beginning Spinning

In this 2 hour lesson, you will learn the basics of how to make your own yarn.  Spinning lessons are offered 1:1 or as a group. Wheels are provided, or bring your own. You will also receive 2 oz of spinning fiber. Lessons are by appointment only. We also offer 1:1 instruction to learn special techniques or to boost your skills.

$30 for a two hour lesson

Beginning Weaving
on the Rigid Heddle Loom

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. By apt. only 


$20 two-week loom rental
$50 for two 2-hour lessons
Sign-Up Now