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We’re excited that Rose will be here next Tuesday evening (1/22/13) from 6 – 8 pm in the store for a needle felting workshop.  Come get an early jump on spring and learn how to make these adorable Chicks and Bunnies.  Call us at the store for more info and to register.

bunnies and chicks 2

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The Building Blocks Afghan is a series of 12 fun patterns that will grow your knitting skills – starting with simple knit and purl stitches.

Each square, or block, builds upon the skills learned in the previous patterns, giving knitters more confidence and knowledge.

At the completion of the series, the reward is an abundance of knitting know-how along with 12 gorgeous blocks to assemble into a sampler afghan.

Date: Starting October 28th (remaining class dates will be determined at this class; plan on meeting once a month until completion!)
Time: 1:30pm to 3:30pm
Instructor: Marjorie
Cost: $6 per class
Level: Advanced Beginner. This is NOT a learn to knit class. You should have a basic understanding of knitting and be comfortable with casting on, knit and purl.
Supplies: Book “Building Blocks by Michelle Hunter”, Size 10 24″ circular needle, cable needle, stitch markers, sticky notes and/or highlighter tape, tapestry needle. For class participants only, the yarn and supplies used in this class will be 10% off.
Yarn: Pick from over 50 colors of HiKoo’s SimpliWorsted yarn! This yarn is a soft, machine washable worsted weight yarn. We will be placing orders for it soon, so make sure to pre-select your color(s) right away! Other yarn suggestions: Galway or Encore. You will need approximately 140 yards per square.

Please join us for this fun monthly skill-building opportunity. Contact us at the store for available seats as well as advance homework!

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We’ve got some new yarn from the Skacel Collection.   Tamarillo is 100% Cotton tape with a soft hand, lovely drape and multicolor slubs for interest.   It comes in a variety of fresh colors and would make a beautiful summer weight sweater, such as the tunic pattern which is available on the Skacel Collection website.

Tamarillo

New yarn – Tamarillo.

Product Details:
•100% Cotton
• 142 yards per 50 gram ball
• US 6-8 needles
• 4-5 mm needles
• 5 sts per inch

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It’s that time of year again!   Our ever popular sharing event is back.    For those of you not familiar with it, May is Share a Project month at The Lamb’s Wool.   During the month of May we display projects that have been made over the past year or so by our customers.   Visitors to the store vote for their favorite and the 1st and 2nd place winners receive gift certificates and bragging rights!

If you would like to participate this year, bring your project to the store for display by April 30th.    Even if you don’t want to enter a project, be sure to stop by the store in May to admire the beautiful and creative projects and cast a vote for your favorite.

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What is Amigurumi?

Hedgehog

I’m what I think of as a fairly practical knitter.  I tend to knit things that are useful and that, once knitted, will actually get used.  Sweater vests for my sons. (one son out of three will wear and seem to appreciate them).  Hats for babies, which sometimes the parents actually put on their children’s heads.  Socks, for a select group of people who enjoy the funky striped patterns I knit for them… practical knitting.  So, it was a complete surprise to me that I have found a new passion in Amigurumi.
What is Amigurumi?  It’s the Japanese art of crafting stuffed crochet or knit toys that are usually made into animals, dolls and inanimate objects. Sooo not my thing.  Except it is.  See, I saw a pattern for this cute little red-and-white mushroom… Suddenly, I was nostalgic for the German glass Christmas tree ornaments of my youth.  The mushroom was one of my favorites.  And here was a replica knitted up in yarn.  I simply had to make one.  One became three.  And then I was busily making other little knitted critters featured in the book of patterns I had picked up.  Now, I won’t say it’s become an obsession but I think it’s become a little bit of an obsession.  I made a whole swarm of bumble bees.  Why?  I knew some teenagers who are into that Transformer character called Bumble Bee.  They made me make some.
Oh, and the hedgehog.  Cutest little thing you’ve ever seen.  My mother-in-law fancies them.  She spent some time living in Holland, see, and they would hang out on her back patio.  That hedgehog made the cutest tree ornament. Really, it did.
Oh, and it is a great way to use up little bits of yarn.  Not that I’ve been using up bits of yarn.  I bought whole skeins of just the right colors to make all the creatures I wanted to make. That’s sort of how I knew it was heading into the obsession ballpark.  Well, that and the fact I have an ever-growing menagerie of cute stuffed knitted toys that are neither practical nor useful.  They are, however, fun.  And knitting should always be fun. Don’t you agree?

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What I’m working on lately…

Hats.  To be specific hats  for one year olds.

It all began as a project for our church harvest festival,

and now I can’t seem to stop myself.  The idea was that

I would make 12 hats, one for each month/season of

the year and offer them all as a set in a gift basket to be

used in the auction.   Hats, by the way, are a great

project for any knitter because you can make them

as simple or as complicated as you like.  For some, I

used Kits from the shop.  For others I made a basic hat

and then found a pattern I liked and used a  duplicate

stitch to apply it to the hat.  Depending on the

complexity of the project you can work on them

almost anywhere.  Basic hats are nice for keeping my

hands busy during TV watching, more complicated hats

keep me from getting bored.

These projects are very portable and quick to complete

so there is a real sense of accomplishment.  Plus, I am

having a lot of fun matching the hats to the season and

months.  What are you working on lately?

Dana

 

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Sure signs autumn is nearly here: The kids are back at school, nights are getting cooler, the days are getting shorter and there are new cooler weather yarns in at the Lamb’s Wool.  It’s time to pull out the larger needles and cast on a new fall sweater or vest.  Or maybe it’s time to put together a list of projects you are considering for holiday gift giving.  Felted items make for quick and easy projects. For some other great ideas, check out the latest projects in Interweave Knits Holiday gifts edition now available at the shop.

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