News from Double Ewe - Issue 21

December 2008

Like so many of you, I’m feeling like the holiday season has rushed up way too quickly, and I still have a gazillion things to do, so I’m going to keep this newsletter short and sweet. My hope is you all have a happy, pleasant, relaxing holiday. Please note my holiday hours below – there truly are only a couple more shopping days at Double Ewe before Christmas, so you might want to make sure your loved ones know, and then I’m going to be taking a little break right after Christmas.

Holiday Hours

Christmas Week
Tuesday, Dec. 23rd: 10am – 9pm
Wednesday, Dec 24th: 10am – 3pm
Thursday, Dec 25th: Closed
Friday, Dec 26th – Monday Dec 29th: Closed

New Years Week
Tuesday Dec 30th: 10am – 9pm
Wednesday, Dec 31st: Noon – 5pm
Thursday, Jan 1st: Noon – 5pm
…Then back to business as usual.

Yup, you read that right. I’m going to be closed the Friday and Saturday after Christmas…it’ll be my little Christmas present to myself. I hope to reconnect with my family a bit during that time. I hope you understand. ;-)

BUT, I WILL be opened on New Year’s Day from noon - 5:00. I’ve never been open on January 1st before, so I have no idea if it’ll be busy or not…I just might end up knitting in the back room all day. Come keep me company that day, if you want! And if you’re a Mother Bear Knitter, we can work on those, too.

Last Minute Gift Ideas You Might Want To Hint About

Knitting Jewelry: Stitch Marker Necklace or Bracelet Handmade by Kerri. Bracelet: $17 Necklace: $22

Swift and/or Ball Winder – 10% discount when bought as a set. Ball winder: $45 Swift: $82

Needles & Things Totes – This is how I store my collection of circular and double pointed needles. It’s a rugged “notebook style” bag filled with pockets and notebook sized bags to store a plethora of knitting goodies. Perfect when combined with Needle Pockets from Knit One Crochet Too. It’s one little area of my life I can keep neatly organized. Tote: $43.50 Needle Pockets: $9 - 11

Lantern Moon Needles – very lovely rosewood needles; it’s hard to describe how nice they are to knit with. $20 – 25

Ashford Knitter’s LoomThis is a great way to introduce yourself to weaving: a compact, folding, easy to use rigid heddle loom. I’ve been getting looms as people order them, however right now I have a couple 20” looms in stock in case someone needs an incredible last-minute gift. $265 with carrying case; $228 loom only.

Gift Certificates
Yay!

Double Ewe Knitting Bag
Those two goofy sheep on a knitting bag…what could be better? $18

A Little Piece of Business I Want To Mention

As most of you know, I have a “loyalty reward” program I offer: I keep track of what you spend, and for every $250 spent you earn a 25% coupon. To participate in this program, you just need to fill out one of my little envelopes at the check-out area. There is a little small print I’ve needed to add, and I typically mention it when I notify people they’ve earned a coupon. I just wanted to mention it here, to make sure we’re all on the same page. So, here’s the scoop on how the coupon can be used: Coupon is good on any regularly priced, in stock merchandise only (not just one item, but a whole purchase). Excludes handspun, looms & stands, swifts & ball winders, and class fees. Maximum discount $50.00. Coupon purchases do not apply towards earning your next coupon.

January Classes

Knitter’s Choice
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
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. Even if you’ve never knit before, we can teach you! Mittens? Socks? Lace? A sweater? 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.
Instructor: Kelly

Knit Along with Ann: The Rambling Rows Afghan
Ann has a long list of projects she wants to do, and she’s invited you to join her for a knit along! First on her list is the Rambling Rows Afghan from Cottage Creations. It’s a very popular mitered pattern, and from what I’ve heard, lots of knitters start planning their next one as soon as they finished their first. A great stash-buster project, or it can be knit with five planned colors on circular or straight needles. If you’re on Ravelry, you can see a lot of examples here: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/rambling-rows-afghan/people (If you’re not on Ravelry, why not? It’s free to join at www.ravelry.com)
Dates: Wednesday afternoons, starting January 7th
Time: 2:00 – 4:00
Cost: $5 per session; because this is a knit along, you’ll only pay for the sessions you attend.
Instructor: Ann

Beaded Swirls Socks
Swirling texture embellished with knitted in beads. These socks are fun to knit and distinctive to wear. Choice of decorative heel for wearing with clogs and sandals, or plain heel for wearing with regular shoes. Not for beginning sock knitters, but if you’re ready to branch out from plain socks, give them a try. See them at the shop, or here: http://www.heartstringsfiberarts.com/s01.shtm
Dates: Wednesday evenings, January 14th – 28th (3 weeks)
Time: 6:30 – 8:30
Cost: $33
Materials: 375 yards fingering weight yarn (8 sts/inch), DPN’s size US 1 AND 2; 336 size 8/0 glass seed beads (approximately 12 grams). I highly recommend getting your yarn and beads before class so you can string the beads before class starts.
Instructor: Ann

Beginning Knitting
Have you always wanted to learn to knit? Now’s the time! In these three weeks, you’ll learn to cast on, knit, and bind off. Then we’ll go on with increases, decreases, reading patterns, and all kinds of other knitterly stuff! You’ll need to bring a pair of size 8 – 10 needles to the first class, but we’ll provide some yarn to learn on. While learning all this good stuff, you’ll pick a project to practice your new skills: hat, felted bag, scarf, dishcloth…there are lots of choices.
Dates: Saturday afternoons, January 17th – 31st (3 weeks)
Time: 1:00 – 3:00
Cost: $30 (plus materials for selected project)
Instructor: Kelly

Zig-Zag Bag: Intro to Two-Color Two-Handed Knitting
When talking with people about what they’d like to learn, we’ve heard that a lot of people are intimidated by knitting with more than one color. Crank up your skills a notch while making this cute two-color bag. You’ll learn how to do stranded knitting (Fair Isle style) using both hands. Really, it’s not hard to learn! And once you’ve do it, it opens up a whole lot more possibilities.
Dates: Monday evenings, January 19th – February 2nd (3 weeks)
Time: 6:30 – 8:30
Cost: $30
Materials: 1 skein each Frog Tree Brushed Suri and New England Shetland
Instructor: Kerri

Fixing MistakesOne of my most popular classes, probably because it’s so empowering! Even expert knitters make mistakes…the difference is that they know how to deal with them. In this class, we’ll learn some techniques to fix a variety of mistakes, and how to avoid them, too. We’ll cover how to “tink”, unravel, and do vertical fixes. You’ll learn to recognize twisted and skipped stitches, accidental yarnovers, and other knitting snafu’s. You’ll leave class with some new skills and a great reference: Knit Fix by Lisa Kartus. If you already have the book (or would rather not buy it), a reduced class fee is available.
Date: Thursday afternoon, January 22nd (1 week)
Time: 2:30 – 4:30
Cost: $30.00 with book (a $20 value), $15.00 without book
Materials: You’ll need to bring a couple of swatches knit up but not bound off for this class. You’ll receive a list when you register. Needles & crochet hook.
Instructor: Kelly

Finishing Techniques
Finishing can make or break your project. In this class we’ll be learning a variety of finishing techniques, including: shoulder, side & arm seams, set in sleeves, 3 needle bind-off, the kitchener stitch, picking up stitches, buttonholes, and weaving in ends. These are great skills to have, and they don’t just apply to sweaters. You’ll need to bring a some swatches to this class - I’ll give you the details when you sign up.
Date: Thursday afternoon, January 29th (1 week)
Time: 2:30 – 4:30
Cost: $10
Materials: You’ll need to bring a some swatches to this class - I’ll give you the details when you sign up. You’ll also need needles, a darning/tapestry needle, and a crochet hook.
Instructor: Kelly

Other Activities

Knitting with Ewe – free, no-strings-attached open knitting
Join us for a fun social time while working on whatever you want. No registration required – just show up. We now have three times each week you can join us:
Tuesday evenings: 6:30 – 9:30
Friday afternoons: 1:30 – 4:30
Saturday mornings: 9:00 – 12:00

Mother Bear Project
The Mother Bear Project is dedicated to providing comfort and hope to children, primarily those affected by HIV/AIDS in emerging nations, by giving them a gift of love in the form of hand-knit bears. Join us as we knit bears for Mother Bear Project – we get together twice a month. We have yarn available, so you’ll just need to bring your size 7 needles. No registration required – just show up.
When: The first and third Thursday each month, from 2:30 - 5:00
Cost: Coming to our group is free. However, we need to contribute $3.00 to The Mother Bear Project for each donated bear. The $3.00 goes directly to Mother Bear Project, where it goes directly into shipping the bears air-mail through the US Postal Service and taxes and duty on the receiving end in Africa. For more information plus some cute pictures of kids with their bears, visit: www.motherbearproject.org

*To register for classes: stop in, send an email to kelly@double-ewe-yarn.com, or call 763-780-2465. If you need to cancel, please notify us as soon as possible.

Private group classes: If you and a few friends are interested on one of our classes, we can set up a private class for you that fits your schedules.

Also fun for Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts, 4H-ers, Homeschool groups, etc!

Private individual lessons: If you’d like to schedule a one-on-one lesson, just ask!

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!

Kelly Judson

Double Ewe Yarn Shop
9201 Lexington Ave N #5B
Circle Pines, MN 55014
763.780.2465
www.double-ewe-yarn.com