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Newsletter March
June 2011

                   Writer: Linda Cook                                                         Editor: Liz Sutter

in this issue
What's New
Classes and Workshops
Up coming Events and Shop Notices
Tip of the Month

Welcome back to all our summer friendsStop by to knit and see what is new and exciting.  We would love to see you. Be sure to check out our summer schedule of classes.   Liz, Claire and Linda

What's New 

Trekking KAL contest yarn is coming monthly.  Stop in the shop or visit Skacel's website to see all the projects. Join Claire and Liz for June's project, Fluttered. This precious footie is knit with Trekking Pro Natura in pink #1544 with a gauge of 8 stitches = 1 inch in stockinette on US#1 (2.5mm) needles.  Fluttered features a new cast on, heel, and toe in addition to a great design.  Don't miss out on the last pattern in the series!

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 Knit Purl Hunter. This site also has wonderful Utube instructional videos.


Campus by Berroco.  This wonderful yarn is 50% wool, 40% acrylic and 10% alpaca.  We have 3 beautiful multi-colored skeins for you to choose from.


Origami by Berroco.  This yarn is 58% acrylic, 16% linen, 15% nylon,11% cotton.  This is available in multi-colored blue, black, and beige.  There is a nice pattern book to support the yarn.


We have enhanced our inventory of Comfort Sock yarn by Berroco.  And, we have added bright colors in Peter Pan's Tinkerbell and Peter Pan with new children and baby patterns for these yarns.


The summer issue for Interweave Knits has arrived.  It is featuring 5 Luscious lace projects that make lace feel fresh and ready for summer.

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.

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. Tuesday June 7, starting at 1:00.


"Your Day" Class  Be the first to request the technique or skill you'd like to learn. Number of topics to be limited by the teacher. June 21, 10-noon.


Sheep Bag This cute little purse/bag will use the intarsia technique to knit a little sheep on the front of the purse.  Teacher is Cathy Benecke.  June 28, 10-noon. 


"Hair Pin Lace Scarf" Come and learn this interesting crochet/weaving technique. We'll use a small loom and a crochet hook to make a pretty frilly summer scarf. Tuesday, July 5 from 10 to noon. No prior knitting or crochet experience necessary.


Thrummed Mitten Class - Tuesday morning, July 12, from 10 to noon.  These are warm and wonderful mittens. Knit using wool yarn and stuffed with heavenly fleece, they are fun to make and warm to wear.
Knit Your Way to Financial Security - Social Security Planning for Baby Boomers.

At this workshop, you will learn 5 factors to consider when deciding when to apply for benefits, when it makes sense to delay benefits, how to estimate your benefits, strategies for coordinating benefits with your spouse and with your other sources of retirement income.  Our guest expert is Margaret Brennan from David A. Noyes, a Chicago Investment firm, who just happens to be Liz's financially savvy sister. Bring your knitting/crocheting for a fun morning of information and discussion. This workshop is free. Tuesday, July 19 from 10 - noon.

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, July 26th at 1:00.


Two Needle Points, Two Yarns, Two Knifty Cast ons. Come and enjoy learning what Magic Loop Knitting is all about. Tuesday, Aug 2 from 10 to noon.

Up Coming Fiber Friendly Events and Shop Notices
For those of you who live or are visiting in the area this weekend, local artisan, Mary Jackl, is hosting the 1st of three Open Studio/Garden Walk events on May 27-28. Mary has a beautiful collection of hand spun yarn and handwoven rugs plus many other goodies to see or purchase at their Whataview Farm just east of Phelps.
World Wide Knit in Public Day is Saturday June 11. Our local knitting guild, Northwoods Knitters and Purlers will be gathering at Torpy Park in Minocqua from 9 am. Come and join us if you are in the area. Bring your lawn chair, sack lunch, pop/water and of course your knitting! 
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. July 29-31, 2011
Stitches Midwest will again be at theRenaissance Schaumburg Hotel and Convention Center, Schaumburg, Il Aug 25-28, 2100.
Wisconsin Sheep n Wool Festival   Mark your calenders for this terrific fiber fest the weekend after Labor Day in southcentral WI. Easily reached from Milwaukee, Madison and the north side of Chicagoland. September 9-11. This year Liz will be teaching a thrummed mitten class worked from the fingertips down using yarn and roving produced here in Wisconsin.
Tip of the Month
Bast Fibers is a term new to us although we have used these types of fibers for knitting and crocheting. "Bast Fibers are produced in the stems of some plants, including flax, hemp, nettle, jute, kenaf and ramie...Fabrics made from bast fibers are easy to wash, nonallergenic, and comfortable to wear because they quickly absorb and release moisture...When you first work with bast fibers, they don't flow gently across your needles, your fabric feels stiff, and your stitches look irregular...Bast fibers are less pliable, at least initially, than other fibers. With use and washing, they soften up..." (excerpts taken from "Bast Fibers" in the summer 2011 issue of Interweave Knits.)
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Phone: 715-479-7634
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