Summer Sale!

This year, the Sidewalk Sale sponsored by the Ellensburg Downtown Association has been reimagined as the Downtown Summer Sale, with participating merchants placing featured merchandise both outside and within their businesses. While Saturday, August 20th is the official date of the sale, selected merchandise will be sale-priced Friday through Sunday.

With Fall and Winter approaching, I have some new things I am looking forward to bringing in, so I will be retiring some lines (at least for the time being) so look for substantial discounts on selected yarns. I need the space for new things!

...to learn
The photo to the right does not do the Opari hat justice! The sample is the smallest size, so it doesn't fit the glass mannequin head well (it wants to pop right off the top). With careful attention to the decrease technique, the brioche rib hat is fully reversible. Class is Saturday, August 27th, 10-2. $40 + materials. 

Coming up a little sooner is the Gatsby Necklace, a quick beaded project, on August 17th, 5-7 pm. (That's this Wednesday, and there are a couple of spots left.) August 24th & 31st is the #LOUDER hat--come make a Seahawks hat before the regular season begins!

Class schedule  here.
...to inspire

I'm working up a baby blanket sample using the Hayfield Baby Blossom Chunky introduced last week. Isn't it fun to see how the patterning looks knit up vs. in the skein? 

Self-patterning yarns seem mysterious, but they use a yarn's intended gauge to deliver the effect. If you know how many stitches per inch the yarn will be knit at, you can determine the length of yarn that will be used to make that stitch, and color can be applied to the yarn accordingly.

The additional variable of how many stitches wide a piece is will change the width of the stripes, and may affect how the pink and green bits stack up, but as you can see, even imperfectly aligned, they still give the definite impression of little flowers.

The pattern I am using is the free Malt blanket from Tin Can Knits' Simple Collection. Since Baby Blossom Chunky knits to a slightly larger gauge, I've modified the numbers just slightly. A fun and quick knit!


...to anticipate

Needle orders from both Bryson (who distribute the Knitter's Pride line) and Skacel (who bring us Addi needles) aren't much to photograph, but those tools keep us clicking along.

Also freshly restocked is Zauberball Crazy, including a couple of colorways I haven't stocked before. Take a look at pattern ideas for this yarn on Ravelry, or just make a cozy and wonderful pair of socks!

...to stitch
In addition to working on the chunky blanket pictured above, I finished the central portion of Lucca.  

I am deliberately ignorant of the total number of stitches that comprise the circumference of the shawl, but I do know that each 16 row repeat of the edging attaches to eight live stitches. (Meaning I will be at this for awhile.)

Until next week! 
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