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The Fiber UniverseAugust 2014
In This Issue
Riverfront Market
July Pattern Ideas
New in Store
August Classes

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!  

Every Saturday morning from June to September, the Peoria RiverFront Market brings together artists, craftspeople, fresh produce vendors, musicians and selected exhibitors from across Illinois in a European-style open air market.


FYI: due to the market, Saturday parking (until noon) tends to be more crowded.  Should you have to park farther away, the market has a free golf-cart shuttle.
August Pattern Ideas

Knit in Fingering weight Yarn, 2 colors

Balas Rugby Raglan:
Knit in DK or Sport weight yarn

Prairie Boots:
Knit in Bulky

Confident Cables:
Knit in DK yarn

Biology 101:
Knit in DK yarn

Knit in Worsted weight

Lace Stockings:
Knit in Fingering Weight yarn


Le Tour de Fleece is over, and we would like to offer congratulations to our winners!  These three spinners participated in the tour by spinning yarn and posting pictures in our group, and winning more fiber to spin. Congrats to Michelle, Leslie, and Annette!  Missed out? Plan to participate next year.


Michelle's Llama/Silk/Merino, 2oz, 54yds, wheel spun

Leslie's Merino and Glitz, spun on her Lendrum

Annette's Shropshire, 150yds done on drop spindle

As August arrives, it is time to start planning your fall knits.  Finally want to knit a sweater?  Ready to tackle socks?  Wondering about weaving?  Check out the sidebar for easy sweater ideas, sign-up for our sock class, and take a chance on weaving by renting a SampleIt loom for 2 weeks.  We also have lots of new yarns in stock, as well as the limited edition Enchanted Knits magazine.  Get inspired today!
Melinda & Erin
The Fiber Universe



New  in Store!
Enchanted Knits will charm every knitter with 27 magical projects fit for a fairy tale! Stop in the store to receive 20% off this special issue today.
Check out "Maleficient's Cloak", "Hunger for Rampion Pullover" and the "Honest Woodsman Pullover"



Named for the nimble speed of large gauge knitting, this soft blend of wool, acrylic, and nylon is perfectly suited to trendy chunky accessories. Each skein of Zumie features a free pattern designed by Cirilia Rose printed right on the ball band.  110yds per 200 gms.  Check out the Zumie Ball Band Cowl pattern.

Opal: Ladies and Gentleman  

The next colorway in the Opal line is here!  
464 yards of fingering weight yarn in tonal colors with a subtle stripe.75% wool and 25% nylon
Weaving 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.
Weaving Class: Spa Washcloth with Looped Pile  $25
Saturday, August 16th, 10-12pm
Weave your own spa washcloths using a rigid heddle loom, a knitting needle, and cotton and hemp yarn to produce a looped-pile washcloth.
Materials: A rigid heddle loom (or rent one of ours), 8-dent reed, 300 yds of cotton yarn.  We recommend 1 ball of Hempathy for the warp, and 1 ball of Nettle for the weft.  Purchase in store and get 10% off!  Knitting needles will be provided.  

Training Sock Class- $35

Sat, August 23rd, 12:00pm-3:00pm    

This sock can be completed as a single sock, or for an additional challenge, you can do the cast on twice and knit two at a time. 


In order to complete an entire sock during the class, we will be making TINY toe-up, plain Jane socks. If all goes well, in 3 hours, you will learn cast-on, used for 1 or 2 socks, toe increases, turning a heel, and cast off. If two-at-a-time seems overwhelming, you can focus on knitting just one sock.


Since this sock is TINY, you won't need much yarn, but it would be a great way to swatch for a full-size sock!  Please bring yarn and needles, or buy your supplies here and receive 10% off!



Sock yarn and sock size needles or

Worsted weight yarn and size 8 needles

You may choose 2 circulars, or magic loop method.  


Beginning Knitting/Crochet  $10 

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  $25 

2 hour lesson, on your wheel or ours!  4oz of spinning fiber provided.  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 support!
The Fiber Universe