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Newsletter March
July 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

Happy 4th of July! To celebrate the holiday we are running a special two day sale - 30% off in store inventory made or partially made in the USA! If you are lucky enough to be in the area please stop in. The shop will run the sale Saturday from 10-2 pm. and Monday 10-2pm.  (Joe's Woodworking items are excluded. No layaways allowed, items selected must be paid for by Monday 2 pm.)


Liz, Claire and Linda

What's New 

Trekking KAL contest yarn is finished. We had another winner from our shop, Nancy won a beautiful one-of-a kind, hand-dyed skein of yarn!

Skacel in going to run another KAL starting October, 2011. We are already taking names of knitters interested in joining in for the next edition of this fun program. Don't forget that the patterns and instructional videos will remain available free at Knit Purl Hunter. 


Montana Fusion, a 100% merino wool colaboration between Mountain Colors and Mountain Meadow Wool. Skein comes with a fun and beautiful hat pattern.


Plymouth has brought back Eros. Now called Eros II, it is the same lovely ribbon/ladder yarn.


Serendipity Tweed from Brown Sheep has joined our basic yarn selection. We have several colors in stock and expect to keep expanding the collection. We have pattern support including a nice childrens story book, "Freddie's Blanket", which includes coordinated knitting patterns at the back of the book. 



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.

"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 bulky wool yarn and stuffed with heavenly fleece, they are fun to make and warm to wear. Nan Bloch will be teaching this class again this summer.
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 but preregistration is required. 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 Balls of Yarn, Two Nifty 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
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 the Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel and Convention Center, Schaumburg, Il Aug 25-28, 2100.
Wisconsin Sheep n Wool Festival   Mark your calanders 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
"Soap vs. Detergent
...Soaps are effective cleaning agents, but not good laundry products because they react with minerals in water to form particulates (soap scum) which redeposit on clothing and are difficult to rinse away.
     Detergents are formulated primarily from petroleum products to clean like soap but without the formation of pariculates. Detergens may also contain additional chemicals that boost cleaning power, whiten, brighten, and disfect.
     By and large, soap and detergent have an alkaline pH which can damage animal fibers. For futher information on cleaning products and how they work, see www.aboutcleaningproducts.com...." (excerpt from Weekend 2011, Interweave Knits.)
Contact Information...
Ravelry name: suttersgold
Phone: 715-479-7634
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