News from Double Ewe - Issue 19

October 2008

In this issue:

  • Fall Yarn Tasting – another tasting scheduled on October 24th – Sign up quick!
  • New Stuff: Ty Dy Sock Yarn, Ambrosia, Summer Linen, Bully Woolies kits
  • Events, Knit Alongs and Stuff To Do With Ewe
  • Charitable Neighbors
  • Guest Writer – Knitting Podcasts
  • September & October Classes

Yarn Tasting at Double Ewe – another session added!

We had our first yarn tasting last Friday, and I’m happy to say it was a lot of fun! We have another one scheduled on October 17th, but as many of you know, it’s already full. It was so much fun, though, that I’ve decided to add another date: October 24th. Don’t miss out on the fun; sign up quick!

What is a yarn tasting? Think wine tasting…but instead of wine, you'll be tasting yarn! It's a fun way to sample some new yarns; it's a way to find out what you like, or what you don't like, or maybe what you love. It's also another excuse to enjoy the company of other knitters while testing out some of our new fall yarns. You'll get mini-skeins of at least at least ten of the new yarns in the shop, along with some other goodies. You’ll snack, chat, and knit. What a great way to spend a Friday night!

When: Friday, October 17th, 6:30 – 9:30 pm - FULL
Friday, October 24th, 6:30 – 9:30 pm
Cost: $15.00
What to bring: Knitting needles; you’ll be sampling yarns from fingering weight up to super chunky, and the suggested needles range from size 2 – size 13. So, bring your needles, but don’t worry if you don’t have all the sizes, we’ll have needles to share. Come join the fun!
How to sign up: Seating is limited, so you need to register ahead of time by calling 763-780-2465, or stop by the shop.

New Stuff

Ty-Dy Sock Yarn from Knit One Crochet Too
It’s finally here!! A super-soft sock yarn in the same gorgeous colorways the cotton Ty-Dy that was so popular this summer.

Ambrosia from Knit One Crochet Too
Luxurious blend of Alpaca, Cashmere and Silk in a fingering/sport weight yarn. An Ambrosia scarf would make an incredible gift this holiday season.

Summer Linen from Universal yarn
This one’s not really new…I had it in the shop before but I decided to bring it back. It’s a cotton/linen blend that is great for lacey spa cloths or handtowels. More gift ideas!

Alyeska from Pagewood Farms
A handpainted, decadent blend of merino, cashmere & nylon great for incredible socks or lace. 10 colors of Alyeska will arrive early next week.

Bully Woolies
Cute kits for hats, socks, cat toys, etc. These would make a great gift for a knitter in your life, or for yourself!

Charitable Neighbors

Iowa Flood Victim Relief
For the last several months, we’ve been collecting items for people impacted by the flooding in Iowa, and the deadline is approaching. Please drop off any items you’ve knit to me here at the shop by October 25th. We’ve collected a lot so far! Scarves, sweaters, afghans, socks, mittens, hats…the list goes on and on! You guys are great. So, remember, October 25th is the final deadline.

Circle Pines Area Food Shelf
A good friend and fellow-knitter, Jeanne, volunteers at the Centennial Community Food Shelf, which happens to be right next door to the shop in Our Savior’s Lutheran Church. Jeanne told me that the last time she worked, the food shelf was pretty much cleaned out. So, I thought I’d put the call out to our little fiber-community and see if we can help get the food shelf get stocked up a bit. If you’d like to drop off any nonperishable items, I’d be happy to get them over to the food shelf.

Events, Knit Alongs, & other stuff to do with Ewe

All of these regular events are completely free and open to everyone.

Knitting with Ewe (free, no-strings-attached open knitting) : Tuesday evenings, 6:30 – 9:00 -and- Friday afternoons, 1:30 – 4:30

Mother Bear Project: First & Third Thursdays each month, 2:30 – 5:00

Great American Afghan Knit Along (a.k.a. GAA KAL): Saturday mornings, 9:00 – 10:30…or is it 11:30…or whenever classes start

Guest Writer

Knitting Podcasts
by Sharon Knutson

Knitting is supposedly a solo craft item. Unless you are really special, you alone are holding the needles and yarn, knitting away to create wonderful things from basically sticks and string. But what I have learned is that knitting is a hugely social event as well. There are knitting groups everywhere, our local yarn shops host knitting events as well as classes where we eagerly sit with other similarly bent people to learn a new technique. Even if I’m home knitting, I’m still surrounded by my girls, always checking what I’m doing, when I’m going to make them a hat or sock or glove. It is rare that I’m totally alone knitting. One of the social offshoots I’ve discovered is knitting podcasts. Who knew I could be so happily entertained listening to people TALK about knitting. Isn’t knitting something that is visual and tactile? Apparently it is also auditory!

So here are some of my favorite podcasts: Stash and Burn –, This is an almost weekly podcast hosted by Jenny and Nicole on the west coast. They are funny and easy to listen to. They both are knitters who do many different types of projects, including sweaters, hats, and the most recent podcast covered knitting lace. They also talk about spinning as well.

A hugely popular podcast is by Brenda Dayne, Cast-On,, I don’t think there is a better voice to listen to other than Brenda’s. I also enjoy listening to audio books and think she would do well in that genre as well. Brenda lives in Wales and I like getting a look into a life so different than my own. Her podcast has music interspersed with essays on different topics. I like the variety in Cast On and look forward to each new episode.

I also really enjoy The Knitmore Girls,, this is a mother daughter team, Gigi and Jasmine, they spin as well as knit so I like hearing about their spinning efforts and finds as well as their knitting. They also are very responsive to questions or comments sent via e-mail. One of my favorite parts of their podcast is titled “When Knitting Attacks”. Boy can I relate to that one!

And probably my most favorite podcast is by David Reidy in Australia. His podcast Sticks and Strings,, is the best. David’s Australian accent is soothing to listen to; I enjoy the interviews he does with folks at fairs and wool festivals. He has traveled to mills and interviewed workers there. He has essays weekly that cover a variety of topics and I like the music he sprinkles throughout his podcast.

So if you haven’t enjoyed podcasts, please explore, they can be accessed using either an iPod or via your computer, which is how I listen to them. Because I listen to them at work. That is how I can get a knitting fix in while working....filing has taken on a whole new joy since I can listen to knitting stuff while keeping my files under control.


Knitter’s Choice (Instructor: Kelly)
Ongoing: Tuesday mornings 10:30 – 12:30 -or- Thursday evenings 6:30 – 8:30
Price: Pay as you go for $10.00 per class session, or $48/6 session punchcard
Instructor: Kelly
Description: This is an ongoing class; jump in whenever you want! Knitter’s Choice is just that - YOUR choice: you pick the project, we provide the support. Knit what YOU want, but if you get stuck, don't worry, we can guide you along the way. This is a great option if you want to take a class with a friend, but you knit at different levels. Come to just one or all of the classes – knitter’s choice.

Cables 101 (Instructor: Kelly)
1 Session, Saturday, October 11th, 2:00 – 4:00
Price: $10
Description: Cables are my personal favorite. They look hard, but really, they're not, and they can add so much to a project. In this one-session class, you'll learn how to cable with and without a cable needle, some of the common abbreviations, how to read cable charts.
Supplies: about 25 grams worsted weight yarn (for swatching), Needles size 7 – 9 (or size appropriate for yarn), Cable Needle

Change Your Socks Purse (Instructor: Ann)
1 Session, Wednesday, October 15th, 6:30 – 8:30
Price: $10 plus materials
Description: Have you seen the cute little sock coin purse at the shop? Come join Ann for a quick little project. You’ll knit a small sock that becomes a coin purse. It’s a great way to use up leftover yarn, and it’s a great stocking stuffer!
Supplies needed: Pattern and one purse clasp - $12.00; additional purse clasps are available for $4.95. Worsted weight yarn – approximately 75 yards per purse, Size 4 DPN’s

Color 101 (Instructor: Kelly)
1 Session, Saturday, October 18th, 2:00 – 4:00
Price: $10
Description: Learn some basic techniques to bring more color into your knitting! We’ll start what I call “manual stripes” (instead of self-striping yarn, you control the stripes), and go on to stranded (aka Fair Isle), intarsia, and mosaic knitting. We won’t be starting an actual project, but by the end of this one-session hands-on class, you’ll have the confidence to branch out and work with more color in your knitting!
Supplies: Worsted weight yarn in three colors (about 25 grams of two colors, and a small amount of a third color), Needles appropriate for the yarn (size 7 – 9)

Rudy (the felted reindeer) (Instructor: Ann)
3 Sessions, Wednesdays, October 22nd – November 5th, 6:30 – 8:30
Price: $35 plus materials
Description: Just in time for Christmas, come knit Rudy! He’s a very cute, felted reindeer designed by CiD Hanscom, a local designer. You can see a picture of Rudy on CiD’s blog: C’mon, sing along with me: Rudy, the felted reindeer, had a very wooly nose…
Supplies needed: Worsted weight wool (not superwash wool) - 120 yards brown, 15 yards light tan, 30 yards black, 20 yards red; Needles: Size 7 DPN’s

Charts Demystified
1 Session, Saturday, October 25th, 2:00 – 4:00
Price: $10
Description: Because they’re more intuitive, charts can speed up the knitting process. But at first glance, they can be intimidating. We’ll examine charts for several different techniques: textured stitches, lace, Fair Isle, intarsia and cables. We’ll learn some of the common symbols, and with a little bit of practice, you’ll know how read and knit them all with confidence. Then we’ll learn the reverse process! Given written directions for a stitch pattern, learn to place those directions on a grid and create your own chart.
Supplies needed: Worsted weight yarn (for swatching) and needles appropriate for yarn (size 7 – 9)

Intro to Socks (Instructor: Kelly)
3 sessions, Saturdays Nov 1st - 15th, 2:00 – 4:00
Price: $30 plus materials
Description: Socks continue to be one of the most popular things to knit! If you've been intimidated by socks, it's time to jump on the bandwagon and learn how it's done! In this class, we'll be knitting traditional top down socks; you'll have the choice of knitting them in regular sock yarn, or for a quicker project you can choose sport or worsted weight. While making a pair of socks, you'll learn how to make socks in any size, using any weight yarn, using Nancy Lindberg's great sock pattern.
Supplies needed: Yarn: 100 grams sock, sport or worsted weight
Needles: DPNs, size depends on yarn selected

Fall Hours

Tuesday 10 am - 9 pm
Wednesday Noon – 8pm
Thursday 10 am - 8 pm
Friday 10 am – 5 pm
Saturday 9 am - 5 pm
Sun-Monday Closed

Once again, I want to thank y'all for your support!