The Fiber Universe Newsletter                        March 2015

Marching Forward

While there still might be snow on the ground, we are marching forward with new spring yarns!  Lovely cottons like ZensationAllegro Unito, a cotton/bamboo, new colors of Hempathy, and new Linea Pura CashSilk in bright neon colors. Tired of Winter and looking forward to Spring? Post your thoughts and favorite Spring patterns in our Ravelry group!

It's month 3 for the Building Blocks Afghan- this month focuses on Yarn-Over's and Bobbles. The instructions for making the bobble might be a bit confusing at first glance, though once you complete the first one it makes total sense. When it says "turn", really do just that. If you have any struggles, stop by and we will help you out. Our next free "class" is Saturday, March 14 from 12-1pm.

Want to shake off your Winter blahs?  Learn something new this Spring- maybe weaving, a new spinning technique, or how to dye.  Check out our Classes page often!  

Erin & Melinda
The Fiber Universe

328 yards of 100% extra fine Merino sport weight yarn. This yarn is featured in the Skacel winter megalog- pick up your free copy in store now! Use along with Mad Hatter to make the featured cowl.

Channeled Colors Brioche Loop

52% Wool, 26% Polyester, 22% Acrylic with approx 180 yards per 100g that knits to 4.25 sts per inch on a US 7.0 needle. 

Use for Chevron Scarf

83 yards of Super Bulky yarn, in 
40% Nylon (Polyamide)
30% Bamboo
15% Cashmere
15% Silk

Use for the Gentian Cowl
Knitting Knowledge

Want to knit really elaborate gloves? Need a not-mindless project? Do you have cold hands?

This pattern can be the one you look for. Many many cables, spreading from the wrist up to the fingertips. You can knit them using a cable needle, but it would also be a good opportunity to learn cabling without a cable needle. 384yds, size 1.5 needle.

Knit in Three Irish Girls Adorn Sock

This fun and flirty scarf is perfect for brisk spring mornings. Dress up an outfit and wear it to work! Try the lace version, or a mohair version for additional interest and texture.  462 yards of lace wight yarn, and size 2.5 and size 8 needles.

Knit this in Forest Hills Lace

Shamrock Socks is a fun and festive toe-up sock pattern using two fingering weight yarns on two circular needles. These socks use stranded knitting and feature a repeating panel of shamrocks on the front. The foot features an alternating color pattern from the end of the toe increase to the short-row heel.

Knit this in Malabrigo Sock
Crochet Corner

If you think Mile-A-Minute afghans are quick and fun, just wait 'til you try the Loop-N-Lace method! This beautiful Irish Rose Afghan works up in easy-to-carry strips, and you lace them together in seconds using Annie's Original Loop-N-Lace technique. The lacing forms a lovely cable pattern that adds to your afghans beauty! Size G hook; green and white worsted yarn.

Crochet this in Pima Kuri
Filigree Cardigan

The construction of this garment is not typical.... the back and two fronts together when seamed only come to just under the armpits... the edging while only 15 or so rows goes around the entire garment extending the back and sides. 885-1700 yards of Aran yarn, and size H & J hooks.

Crochet this in SimpliCria
Warped Weavers
Pooling Warp Scarf
Pooled Warp Scarf with Hand-Dyed Yarns

Many different patterns can be woven in plain weave by varying the color sequence in warp and weft. The pooled warp technique is accomplished by using a hand-dyed yarn, and preserving the integrity of the dyed process. Instead of a variegated scarf, you get striking sections of color.  If you intersperse solid stripes, you get a pattern similar to the example to the left.  Select a slightly smaller yarn in a neutral color for your weft, and let your gorgeous dyed warp shine through!  

An excellent yarn to use is Adorn Sock by Three Irish Girls

New to weaving? Want one-on-one instruction? 
Sign-up for a class!
Spotlight on Spinning
Spinning Art Yarn-  Add In's

Add interest to your yarn with Add-In's!  This fun technique can be done while your are spinning your single. You are only limited on what you can add to your yarn by the size of your orifice- if it fits through, you can add it in!  

Prepare you items by threading some of your base roving through it. Thread a 1" piece of roving into a needle and pass the needle through the item. You can spin faster if you have a giant pile of these ready to go. Spin your single as you normally would, adding in your flair as you see fit. 
New to Spinning?  Want a lesson on this technique?  Sign-up for for a wheel spinning class!

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.


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
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