Sutter's Gold 'n Fleece  
e-NewsletterJanuary 2014



Mother Nature rang in the New Year by bringing us a very cold blast of air from the far North.This arctic blast makes us want to curl up next to the fire with our favorite snuggly blanket and cold weather knitting or crochet projects. We hope you are staying warm as well in this weather. 


We wish all of you a very Happy New Year! 


Liz, Claire, Cathy  & Joe
Shop Closed February & March

The shop will be closed for the months of February 2014 and March 2014. We will re-open on Wednesday, April 2, 2014. 
Winter and Spring Hours

Wednesday, Thursday and  Friday Noon to 3 pm;
Saturday through Tuesday by chance or appointment.
(Don't forget we will be closed the months of February and March.) 
Have You Ever Wondered?

Have you ever wondered how much an average knitter or crocheter spends on their favorite hobby? Check out these stats from "The State of Specialty NeedleArts 2013" compiled for TNNA (The National NeedleArts Association) :

Knitting Enthusiast Profile
Spending: average $801
Time Spent: average 10 hours per week
Number of Knitting Projects Completed: average 24
Expertise in Knitting: 40% expert & 57% intermediate
Cross-Participation: 42% also crochet
Average Age: 52
86% of knitters use Ravelry & 29% use Facebook for fiber arts interests

Crochet Enthusiast Profile
Spending: average $570
Time Spent: average 10 hours per week
Number of Knitting Projects Completed: average 39
Expertise in Knitting: 45% expert & 51% intermediate
Cross-Participation: 49% also knit
Average Age: 51
69% of crochters use Ravelry & 38% use Facebook for fiber arts interests
What's New in the Shop? 




Interweave Knitscene Spring 2014 

Vogue Knitting Winter 2013-2014
Classes and Workshops
We're announcing a new format for instruction and help. Instead of the shop setting up the time schedule for class you and/or your friends will arrange the time and day. Several times a year we will present a list of suggested knitting and crochet classes on our website and in the newsletter to help you choose, but keep in mind that any and all suggestions will be accepted.
Pre-registration is required for all classes. All supplies are available at the shop. Students receive 10% off supplies.


Current list of classes


Beginning Knitting

Beginning Crocheting

Toe-Up Two at a Time Socks

Beginning Entrelac

Cabled Sides Wine Cozy  

Raglan Sweater Ornament

Claire's Sweater Dishcloth

Intarsia Sheep Bag  

Investigating Brioche 

See website for more details and additional classes. 


Janesville Area Knitting Guild will be holding the 2014 Knit In on February 7, 2014 and February 8, 2014. 2014 is the event's 25th Anniversary and it will be held at the Lake Lawn Resort in Delavan.

Madison Knitting Guild will be holding its annual Knit-In on March 14, 2014 and March 16, 2014. Two full days of classes and a marketplace. Visit their website for more details.

Iceland & Beyond - A trip to Iceland & the Faroe Islands especially for Fiber Enthusiasts & Adventure Seekers! June 2, 2014 to June 10, 2014 - This is the third trip to Iceland that Pam and Barb have organized and this time we have added a visit to the fabulous Faroe Islands. I went on the first trip in 2003 and had a great time.

In the Faroe Islands:

* Learn INNOVATIVE systems of making knitting patterns

* Expand your senses in Knitting

* The Faroese knitting heritage - lecture.

* Meet a Faroese knitting club - local knitters

* A visit to Sirri store in Faroe Islands  

* Visit to Gudrún og Gudrún, the famous Faroese design duo 

* Visits to local yarn shops and knitting clubs


In Iceland:

* ALAFOSS LOPI yarn factory & shop

* South Shore tour 

* &The World Famous BLUE LAGOON SPA

Joe's Puzzle of the Month

What phrase is represented below?


The first person who emails back the correct answer will receive a certificate for 15% off of one item. Once the first correct answer comes in, we will post it in our Ravelry group.

Send your answer to

Just for Laughs ...  
In This Issue
Shop Closed February & March
Winter & Spring Hours
Have You Ever Wondered?
What's New in the Shop?
Joe's Puzzle of the Month
Just for Laughs ...
Find Us On...
Ravenswood Knit Designs
Made in the USA
Tip of the Month
Sutter's Gold 'n Fleece
can now be found on:
Ravenswood Knit Designs

Margaret Brennan, Liz Sutter, Claire Pagel  and Cathy Benecke are publishing their patterns under the Ravenswood Knit Designs label. So far the RKD inventory includes 18" doll patterns and accessories

Raglan Sweater Ornament 


These miniature ornaments knit from left-over sock yarn and fun and fast. Each one will be a delightful surprise. Make a dozen as ornaments or as gift box decoration...

Claire Pagel


Made in the USA

In 1815, Thomas Jefferson announced, "I have come to a resolution myself as I hope every good citizen will, never again to purchase any article of foreign manufacture which can be had of American make, be the difference of price what it may." 


Tip of the Month 

 Wondering what colors to knit/crochet this fall? According to Pantone, the 10 top autumnal are
Emerald, Mykonos Blue, Linden Green, Acai, Samba, Koi, Deep Lichen Green, Vivacious, Turbulence and Carafe.
Click here to view Pantone's Fall 2013 Fashion Color Trends.

Start planning for next spring! Wondering what colors to knit/crochet next spring? According to Pantone, the 10 top vernal are Placid Blue, Violet Tulip, Hemlock, Paloma, Sand, Freesia, Cayanne, Celosia Orange, Radiant Orchid and Dazzling Blue.
Click here to view Pantone's Spring 2014 Fashion Color Trends.
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