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Newsletter March 2011

                                            Writer/Editor: Liz Sutter
in this issue
What's New
Classes and Workshops
Up coming Events and Shop Notices
Tip of the Month
Welcome to early spring. We still have snow on the ground but the seasons are definitely changing. Don't forget to spring ahead on the time this weekend.
With the change of seasons comes the predicted change in colors that we like. The bright summer colors look so inviting now and the fall colors appear rather dull and uninteresting...Liz and Claire
P.S., Linda is enjoying the sun in Arizona and recovering from surgery, keep her in your prayers.
What's New 

Trekking KAL contest yarn is coming monthly. We have extra supply so you can still get involved. "Stripes Alive", a cuff-down sock, is March's project. Stop in the shop or visit Skacel's website to see all the projects. Claire and I are making them so you can see our finished projects here at the store. And, please send us a copy of your entry photo so we can post them in the shop. The patterns are fun and available free at KnitPurlHunter. This site also has wonderful Utube instructional videos.

April's yarn has arrived in the shop,Trekking Maxima, a fingering weight in drifing colors of blue and green. Toe up socks next month.


We have some interesting new books in the shop:

  • Lily Chin's Knitting Tips and Tricks. A compact, lively, and informative book, just like Lily.
  • 101 Designer One-Skein Wonders edited by Judith Durant.  Another great book in the series with many quick and usable ideas.
  • The new and updated version of The Knitter's Companion includes 2 DVD's with 80+ demos and techniques.
  • 101 Stitches to Knit from Interweave Press, edited by Erika Knight, contains stitches from the longstanding reference collection, The Harmony Guides, and features color photes and step-step instructions and charts.
  • One Ball Knits: Purses and One Ball Knits: Gifts.  Each book contains 20 stylish designs made with a single ball, skein, hank or spool. More quick and fun ideas.


Classes and WorkshopsInventorySale
Pre-registration is required for all classes. All supplies are available at the shop. Students receive 10% off supplies. The fee for workshops and/or classes is $10/session unless otherwise stated.
Who says you can't knit a sweater in a day? 

Top down sweater in the round with no finishing. Claire will teach her pattern for this cute scaled down sweater using the magic loop technique. Tueday, March 15 at 1:00.

Putting it Together.  This is a finishing class in which we will explore various methods of putting together  the beautiful pieces you have knit or crocheted.  If  you have a project that needs to be joined, please bring it. Tuesday, March 22 at 1:00.


Beginning Knitting Tuesday. March 19th starting at 1:00. Maybe you crochet but would like to knit or you have a friend to recommend a starting class to.


Beginning Crochet Tuesday, March 26th starting at 1:00. Maybe you knit but would like to crochet or you have a friend to recommend a starting class to.


Spa Cloths Knit out of Euroflax linen a spa cloth and matching soap bag makes a great gift and is fun summer knitting. The class will use Fiber Trends patterns, "Bathtime Blossoms" and/or "Bathing Beauties" both by Evelyn Clark. Practice your lace knitting and short row techniques. Monday March 12th starting at 1:00.
heeetUp Coming Fiber Friendly Events and Shop Notices

Madison Knitters' Guild 2011 Knit In   Saturday, March 19th. Outstanding classes and teachers. Featured speakers are Jess, Casey, Mary-Heather and Sarah who are Ravelry.Com.  Also a vendor marketplace from 8-5.
Fiber Trip to Iceland  "...After 7 years and lots of folks asking if there would be another trip to Iceland, Barb and I are organizing a 4-day, 3-night trip for October 1-5, 2011.  I'm attaching a brochure for you and any of your clients and friends who may enjoy this most unique and interesting country.  Included in the $1,145 price is the three nights at the Fron Hotel, the Golden Circle tour and the trip to the Blue Lagoon.  I'm hoping to get our group tickets by March 10th, but if there is someone who needs a week or so extra to decide or make the initial payment, please let me know and we can accommodate them...Of course, we plan to visit the yarn factory again and perhaps even have the opportunity to meet and knit with some of the locals.  It really should be another fun trip to Iceland.  Let me know if you have questions or if you would like me to come over your way and talk to an interested group about this year's trip"...Pam Trask
If you are interested I will forward the email which contains more information and a copy of the explanatory brochure. I went on the first trip and it was fabulous ...Liz
The Northwoods Knitters and Purlers Guild is sponsoring a workshop on Friday, May 20th at the Woodruff Community Center in Woodruff. Come and let Carol Anderson tickle your ribs teaching Elizabeth Zimmermann's "Ribwarmers." Send registration form to Maggie Rabjohns, POBox 633, Minocqua, WI 54568.
Note: We have the forms and info sheet in the shop and/or we will be glad to send them to you, just contact us.
For those of you that also spin here is a new retreat, 

Spinning In The Northwoods... June 10 - 12th $110.00 Complete*  

Retreat will be held at Trees for Tomorrow in Eagle River, WI

Contact Nancy Elmer via email nelmer50@gmail.com 

*Fee includes five meals: dinner Friday, breakfast, lunch and dinner Saturday and breakfast Sunday.


The Knit and Crochet Show featuring the Crochet Guild of America and
The Knitting Guild Association will be held in Minneapolis this summer. This is the first time it's been held in the Midwest in 10+ years. Don't miss it.
Tip of the Month
Euroflax Linen, my personal favorite linen yarn, can be stiff to work. If softens after machine washing and drying but to soften it before using it to knit or crochet follow these instructions. Leave the hank knotted and lay it in water with a little fabric softener. Rinse the hank and hang until dry. Then wind the hank into a usable ball.
Contact Information...
Ravelry name: suttersgold
Phone: 715-479-7634
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