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World Wide Knit in Public

  Saturday, June 13,2009


Stop by the shoppe on WWKIP day and celebrate knitting with us.  Bring a chair, and if you wish - a dish to pass. If the weather is nice we will be sitting outside.  We will be keeping it low-key, just a day to sit with other knitters and enjoy.  We will also have yarn sitting out, to knit a covering for our lamp pole.

Friday, June 19, 2009
5 - 9 PM
Village of Suttons Bay

We are hosting Rita Petteys of Yarn Hollow.  As I have stated before, Rita is an amazing dyer of yarn.  We are fortunate to carry her sock yarn and shawl kits.  And soon we will also add her flats for the Baby Surprise Jackets.


Stop by and chat with Rita.  She will be displaying her vast array of hand dyed yarn and will be available to talk to you about her process of combining color.

Rita will also be with us on Saturday, the 20th, to teach a class on using color.  See the description below for more information.

Make sure you visit the other participating shops, meet other award-winning artists, sample Leelanau Count wines, receive a stamp and enter to win a $250 Village Shopping Spree. 

Feel the Color 
Saturday, June 20th, from 10 am until 2 pm
Rita Petteys from Yarn Hollow
Register by Thursday, June 18

Do you wonder which colors go together? Want to learn how to refine your color sense? Why do some color combinations work better than others?

We'll be discussing the color wheel, shades, tint tones, and how they all fit into dyeing, knitting, spinning and carding.

This  class will help fiber artists hone their color skills through the concepts of hue, value, shade/tint/tone, color undertones, etc.  Tools available will be the color wheel, gray scale, and various photos and books to examine. There will also be yarn on hand with which to  work.

Sprout by Classic Elite

Sprout 1sprout2sprout3
100% Organic Cotton
3 sts/inch on #10 needles
Available in 12 colors

Care Instructions:
Machine wash gentle
Partially machine dry on low setting
Dry flat to complete

sprout jacket

sprout tee

Go here for a free baby blanket pattern.

Vintage Baby Knits  

Kristen Rengren starts out by talking to you about the yarns she likes to use for baby garments.  She then goes on to showcase the patterns she collected, from the 1920s to the 1950s.  When you look through the book, you will see garments that you will remind you of patterns your grandmother and mother used.

vintage baby knits

And of course, I love the picture on the front of the book.

Pints & Purls

One of our customers brought in this book.  We liked it enough to order copies for the shoppe.  

pints & purls

 Not only do you get some fun patterns, but Karida Collins and Libby Bruce discuss various techniques and have some great suggestions for improving your knitting.

Baby Knits Heads & Toes

Several weeks ago I had a baby shower to attend.  I had started a baby sweater (EZ's February Sweater), but knew it would not be done in time.  While browsing through this book, I found a quick and easy pattern for baby socks made out of Buttons yarn.  Voila!

knit baby heads and toes

Socks a la Carte

South West Trading Company produced this book to be used with their sock yarn, Tofutsies.

socks a la carte

I haven't counted, but they say there are 1,000 combinations to be knitted.  The pages are broken into three sections: top; leg; and heel, foot, and toe.  Any yarn can be substituted.

Wild Fibers

wild fibers


knitter's summer

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