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Now is the time to sign up for the 15th Annual Lamb’s Wool Knitting Weekends.  The dates are January 18, 19, 20, 2013 and February 8, 9, 10, 2013.

The following is a quick list of class that will be offered on the weekends.

How to join yarn that doesn’t show– Learn 6 fool proof  ways to join yarn and how to choose the best one for each situation.

If I cut that I will get a scarf? – Make a fabulous simple scarf. This scarf is worked in the round and then cut to make a great dress scarf.

Cute Hat! – Make this simple ear flap hat with no finishing.

Fleece Stuffed Mittens – Learn how to make mittens stuffed with fleece or yarn like the ones that are on sale in the stores now.

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Join us November 6th for a Felted Bag Open House with Lauren Loeffler, the Fearless Felter.
Where
The Lamb’s Wool
When
Election Night – November 6, 2012 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Bring
Your interest and ideas for a fun night

Just in Time for the Holidays!

Join us for a felted bag open house with Lauren Loeffler, the “Fearless Felter”. Lauren is a local fiber artist who has developed a line of original bag patterns that are easy to follow, if you can knit and purl, you can create one of these designs!  Let us know what inspires you and we’ll help you select a pattern, yarn colors, and various embellishments.  Tap into  your own creative spirit and see how easy it is to come with a unique and original bag, decorated to showcase your personal style. If you are interested in combining machine felting and needle felting, these are the perfect projects. They knit up fast so you will have plenty of time to complete holiday gift projects.

Lauren will have many of her actual bags on display at the store to give you ideas about size, embellishment, and the finished product.  Yarn will be 10% off as it is during classes. We have a great selection of yarn and colors perfect for these bags. If you want more information about Lauren and her designs, take a look at her website at www.fearlessfelting.com. We look forward to seeing you November 6th.

Wine Bags

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As of April 1, 2012, The Lamb’s Wool hours will be

Monday, Wednesday and Friday – 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Tuesday  – Noon – 8:00 pm

Saturday – 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

We will be closed on both Thursday and Sunday. If you have any questions please give us a call at (215) 361-9899 or stop and see us.

 

Liz

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Fun with sock yarn

You know something has staying power when it’s been around a really long time. Take for instance, Regia sock yarn. It was the first sock yarn Betty and Liz brought into the shop and it’s still one of their best sellers. New this fall, Regia has published some adorable pattern books featuring socks as well as the sweetest sweaters, vests,hats even complete outfits for the babies in your life. The books are very affordable at $5.99 each. If babies aren’t your thing then check out the book filled with patterns for gloves, socks, shawls and more for the adults in your world. Regia sock yarn is also very nicely priced. A 50gr ball of Regia, Extra Twist Merino Color sells for 9.50.

We also have some beautiful Hand-dye Effect Regia in many different color combinations.100gr ball sells for $15.95.

Besides being very affordable, Regia sock yarn is very washable and very wearable. Check out the books and yarn the next time you’re in the shop.

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I bet that got your attention.  But before you start to stress about all the gifts you are going to have to give, I want you to think, for just a moment, about about the gift you’d like to get.  Can you picture it?  Good.  Now lets talk about how we make that a reality.  #1. Experience has taught me that it’s best not to be shy or coy or anything but extremely bold about what I’m hoping for as the holidays approach.  My husband loves me.  But he has no clue about what gift to give me.  This is evidenced by a few of the gifts I have received over the years.  After a few tries at what he thought was perfectly reasonable gift giving he gave up and told me, “Buy what you want, I’ll wrap it up and everyone will be happy.”  To which I reply.  “I won’t really be happy.”  You see, at least for me, part of the joy of  gift giving and getting is not always knowing what is in all those packages.  I do know  because I’m almost always the one who has bought and wrapped all of them.  I want to be surprised.  It’s a conundrum, I know.  I want a good gift but I don’t want to have to buy it myself.  I want it to be obvious to the man who shares my life what sort of gift I am hoping for.  I don’t really want to put a picture of it on the vanity mirror so he sees it while shaving one morning.  Alas, what am I to do?…

Well, I found a solution to this vexing problem.  I filled out a wish list at the Lambs Wool and told my wonderful hubby that he should check it out someday.  Now, I spend a lot of time at the shop, and I spend a lot of time knitting, so really my dear sweet husband should not have needed this kind of nudging but hey, after the  OV glove Christmas,  I was no longer too proud to prod.  That’s my suggestion.  The ladies at the Lamb’s Wool will hand you a form.  You fill it out. Then you  print out directions to the shop and sneak them into your significant others briefcase, lunch box, whatever and leave him a note that says  “Mall Schmall, honey. This year I’ve made it easy for you.  Talk to these ladies.”  Hey, it can’t hurt!

And just in time for the approaching holidays The Lamb’s  Wool is going to be offering some new tote bags. They are a quilted bag, in three different varieties.  There’s the Betty Bag, the Liz Bag and the Lamb’s Wool Bag.  Each features inside pouches just the right size for holding needles, etc.

Stop in and check them out.  You could put them on your wish list.  You know the list that’s going to make your spouse a hero this year.

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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Betty and I have just sent out or first electronic Baa Baa Blabbler. It went out with modest success. We had too many bounce backs for the host and they had to suspend our account temporarily. They thought that we were spammers. Which you all know that we are not. Our account is back in good standings again, but what I need you to do is to go onto the new link and sign up for our e newsletter. That will keep the spam police at bay and let you receive our newsletter with out any problems. Thank you for your help and I hope that you enjoy the e newsletters that follow. We hope to send one about once a month. Please let us know what you think and what you would like to see in our newsletters.

Liz

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Hi!   It’s been a couple of weeks since we talked.

Just today the  Addi Swing Hook  from Skacel  arrived, that are advertised in the Spring Interweave Crochet 2011. If you have not heard about them, we need to talk.  If you crochet and have arthritis in your hands, these hooks are for you.  They are designed to fit easily into your hands so  you will be able to crochet for hours with out you hands hurting.

We have the hooks in sizes from C to J.  Size A and B will be available soon. The price is $13.50 a hook.  Stop in to see and try them.

“BLING IS BACK.”  Bight Colorful Fun Yarns  with names like Confusion and Bewitched from Plymouth and Macaibo from Schulana to made light scarfs and cowls to accent your spring outfits.   Big needles and fun yarn made a project finished in a day.  Stop in to see our projects on display.

May is Share a Project Month.  Bring us a project made with our yarns and we’ll display it for the month of May.  By popular vote maybe your project will win First Place. We would like your project in the store by April  30.

Betty

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So, are you one of those people who think a spa weekend is the height of luxury? Call me crazy, but I just can’t warm up to the idea of being naked, save for a towel, anywhere but my own bathroom.  In fact, being so clad in a ‘public local’ is one of my worst nightmares.  I’m also not keen on having my shoulders, or anything else, massaged by a complete stranger.  I’m not a prude; I’m an Episcopalian. No, my idea of frivolous luxury has very little to do with being naked.  My dream of relaxation and rejuvenation involves gathering with some fabulous women for a weekend away from rules and responsibilities and immersing myself in knitting nirvana.  I am talking about a knitting retreat.
It begins when I pack my bag, which I fill with my favorite clothes. The retreat is held in February, so I always bring warm clothes.  The Bed and Breakfast we stay in, The Inn at Mitchell House, is very old.  How old?  A Revolutionary War General stayed there.  You know, during the Revolutionary War.  The house has been added on to, and in case you are wondering, the plumbing has been nicely updated.  Still, it is a large old house and it can be a tad chilly on the Eastern Shore in February.  Many attendees wear or bring items to wear which they have knitted over the years.  This is often good for you ego, as ‘oohs’ and ‘ahhs’ are often exchanged.  Think knitting fashion show.

My roommate and I arrive near 5:00 on Friday evening.  The wine has been uncorked, and the cheese and crackers are waiting.  Jim and Tracy Stone, the hosts of the Inn, greet us – as do their exuberant golden retrievers.

There are two large adjoining drawing rooms with fireplaces and a myriad of couches, chairs and a wonderful old grandfather clock.  This is where we will spend most of the weekend.  We put our suitcases upstairs in our room, a gigantic space with a lovely queen sized canopy bed, a spinning wheel and fireplace.  We then take our knitting bag downstairs and begin to socialize with our fellow “Inn- mates.”
Around 7 pm we gather in the dining room for a dinner which Tracy has prepared especially for us, a wonderful extra for the weekend.  Tracy is an excellent cook and the chicken stew in a bread bowl and garden salad are flavorful and filling.  There are homemade brownies, coffee and tea back in the drawing rooms, and we settle in for a relaxing evening of knitting and catching up with one another.
What I love about the knitting retreat is that in real life you must find opportunities to fit knitting into your schedule, where-as, on the retreat, there are endless opportunities to knit and nothing else to fit in.  Okay, there is one meal you have to arrange for yourself:  lunch on Saturday. Which you may or may not even be hungry for after the amazing breakfast Tracy prepares for you Saturday morning.  (Her Frittatas are fabulous.)  But, say you do get a hankering for a light nosh-, there are some quaint towns nearby, where you can satisfy your palate.  Chestertown and Rock Hall are both short drives away, where you can indulge in a little retail therapy and snag a great lunch.

Or, you can just hang out at the Inn, graze on the cornucopia of ever-present snacks and save your appetite for a truly spectacular dinner later.  There are no carpooling duties, no vacuuming, no dusting, no laundry, no dishes, nothing but knitting. I get giddy just thinking about it.

Betty and Liz offer opportunities to learn new skills each day. Or, you can just bring along your current project, or last year’s project that never got completed because, (fill in your excuse here.)  Imagine a dozen women bringing their various projects in all stages of progress. It’s hard not to get inspired by the wide variety of color, fiber choices, patterns and projects. And lest you think these are silent knitters- well, let me dispel that thought right now.  These women are fascinating, creative, intelligent, informed gems of all things interesting.  Politics?  Yeah, we go there.  Books, movies, world events, you never know what might get discussed, what you might learn, what you might share, where the conversation might take you. Fair warning! Beware of working on intricate knitting patterns and engaging in lively discussions. Many a lace pattern has gone awry during these spirited discussions.
It seems to me that sometimes we can forget how great women can be for one another.  So often we are in competition with each other for so many things.  Not that there might not be some competition on the retreat. But it’s all in good fun.  Miss Super-fast Knitter just might get that retreat project completed way before anyone else. To which I say, “You go girl!”

Dinner Saturday night this year was arranged by Betty and Liz at a nearby friend’s house.  Our meal was prepared by a very talented gentleman – a surgeon by day who enjoys a turn as a guest chef in and around Chestertown, as his schedule permits.  He and his wife have recently remodeled their home, and the kitchen reminded me of something you might see on a very fancy cooking show.  The meal began with an appetizer of thin-crust pizza with shrimp. Then there was salad, and THEN a mouth-watering meal of manicotti in a light marinara sauce.  The manicotti was made with crepes rather than traditional pasta and, it absolutely melted in your mouth.  The meal was one of the best I have ever eaten, and the atmosphere and warmth of the home and the hosts was the highlight of the weekend for me.  We returned to the Inn full, satisfied and ready to relax and knit some more in front of the fire.
The next morning we were treated to yet another awesome breakfast by Tracy. Belgian Waffles, fresh fruit and bacon. It was served to us by her husband Jim, who has a great smile, and a knack for showing up just when you need your coffee cup filled.  Honestly, I feel like a princess on these weekends.  After breakfast, it’s back to the drawing room and more knitting.  Before we know it, that grandfather clock strikes noon and it is time to pack up and return to the real world.  And while it may be a little sad to be leaving all this delightful luxury, behind I have been knitting just enough to think that maybe, just maybe, I could work some knitting time into my everyday schedule.

Dana Deichmann

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Interchangeable Needles

News about interchangeable needles and crochet hooks

The  Skacel Addi and Bamboo sets are here in the store  The Lace needle sets are on back  order and are expected in soon.  Now Skacel has added a set of crochet hooks that can be click onto one end of the jumper and can be used for varies different purposes.If you use a crochet hook to pick up stitches. what a time saver.

 

Plymouth has introduced a set of exchangeable needles made of Rosewood.  They come with five  jumpers in four lengths. the price is #120.00

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