News From Double Ewe - Issue 25

April 2, 2009

Happy Spring! I’m not really ready to send out a full-fledged newsletter, but I’ve got so much new stuff in the shop, I just had to tell you about it. AND, because of all the new stuff, the Tower of Savings is overflowing…so I wanted to tell you about that, too. Also worth mentioning, I’ve recently restocked in a couple warm weather favorites: Ty-Dy and Misti Cotton. New colors – Yay!

Classes: I’m working on our schedule for May, and it’ll be coming out in a separate email, but April’s classes are listed below.

The Tower of Savings*!

Before I tell you about all the new stuff, I want to mention the Tower of Savings. I need to make room by clearing out some stuff! The Tower is overflowing with lovely yarns:

25% off: Ivy, Vignette, Lana D’Oro, Plymouth Tweed, Louet Gems by Cherry Tree Hill, Dolce, Sitar, and a few miscellaneous orphan skeins.

50% off: Heathered Bulky from Harrisville, Cilantro, and Supersock Solid’

But here’s the scoop: since it’s overflowing so much, I really need to get it under control. So, EVERYTHING on the tower is 50% off for the rest of this week. Then next week, it’ll be back to the normally great deal of 25% off. Make sense?

*Tower of Savings: I’m a dork. It’s what I call my clearance shelf. It’s the metal/glass shelf that’s right next to the door when you enter/exit the shop.

New Stuff

On Your Toes Bamboo from Kertzer
Beautiful simmering colors that look and feel like silk but is machine washable & dryable. The nylon helps with shape retention, making it an ideal choice for any knitting project. It’s residing in our sock room, but it’s great for garments as well. 75% bamboo, 25% nylon. Fingering/heavy fingering.

Super 10 Butterfly from Kertzer
A beautiful 100% mercerized cotton that comes in stunning colors. A proven, high performing cotton, it doesn't split while you knit, and even after several machine washes, it won't shrink or pill. DK/Light Worsted.

Kudo from Plymouth Yarn
A gorgeous tweedy blend of cotton, rayon and silk is perfect for that spring or summer sweater! This yarn stripes on its own, and is also perfect for shawls and lightweight throws. 55% Cotton, 40% Rayon, 5% Silk. Light worsted

Happy Feet DK from Plymouth Yarn
The same fiber & twist as the very popular Happy Feet sock yarn, but now it comes in a bit heavier weight. It’ll make great fast knit socks, or baby garments, etc. Beautiful variegated colors. 90% superwash merino, 10% nylon. DK.

Marble Chunky from Kertzer
Ginormous 200 gram balls of super soft, quick to knit yarn with shifting bands of color. Machine washable & dryable, great for kids & adults alike. 100% acrylic. Chunky.

Coolspun Cotton from Kertzer
An inexpensive worsted weight craft cotton – great for dishcloths, towels, and other “kitchen” knitting. Machine Washable/Dryable, colorfast; 100% cotton. Worsted.

Perplex from Plymouth Yarn
I’m not sure how to describe Perplex… it’s a multi-textured yarn that changes as you knit. You just have to see it. Beautiful for shawls and scarves.

Pima Silk DK from Misti International
A gorgeous blend of super soft pima cotton and lustrous silk to add just a touch of sheen. Incredibly soft. I have some lovely solid colors in currently in stock with some stunning handpainted colors on the way. 83% pima cotton, 17% silk. DK.

Dreambaby Shine by Plymouth Yarn
Perfect for your for your next baby project! A super soft, east to care for blend of acrylic microfiber & nylon and adds a shiny rayon wrap. Great for everything from garments to blankets. 45% Acrylic Microfiber, 45% Nylon, 10% Rayon. DK.

Coming soon:
Claudia Handpant
Zauberball
Jojoland Melody & Harmony

…I’ll tell you more about them when they get here! ;-)

April Classes

*To register for classes: stop in, send an email to kelly@double-ewe-yarn.com, or call 763-780-2465. Payment in full guarantees your spot in the class – if you can’t get to the shop before the class starts, you can hold your spot by calling with a credit card. If you need to cancel, please notify us as soon as possible in case there’s a waiting list. If you notify us at least 24 hours before the class starts, your fees will be refunded. Class fees do not include materials unless noted.

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!

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. 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.

Knit Along with AnnSeraphim Shawl OR Rambling Rows Afghan
This is an ongoing group – you can jump in any time. From the laughing I hear going on in the back room, it sounds like they’re having fun. We have one completed Rambling Rows Afghan to show for it, and several others are making good progress. They’re beautiful! The gals have picked their next knit along project: The Seraphim Shawl from Mimknits.

Seraphim Shawl: “Seraphim is a very simple, yet elegant design that makes one think of feathered wings - hence the name. If using fingering weight yarn, the solid stockinette upper portion gives a warmth not found in most lace shawls. It would be perfect to throw over a t-shirt in a drafty room, or could spice up a plain black dress for an evening out. The stockinette upper slowly fades into the lace edging for a subtle effect.”

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.
Dates: Wednesday afternoons, ongoing
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

Continental KnittingBack by popular demand! Continental knitting ("picking") uses less movement than English ("throwing") knitting, so for many people it's a lot faster. If you'd like to pick up the pace a bit, give it a try! It does take some practice, but soon you'll feel like you're flying through your projects. It seems to be easier on the hands and arms, too. Date: Saturday, April 4th (1 week)
Time: 2:00 – 4:00 pm
Cost: $10
Instructor: Kelly
Materials: A small amount of worsted weight yarn and appropriate needles

Scandinavian Style Hat
Here’s one more chance to try your hand at two-handed Fair Isle style knitting. This cute hat will match the Scandinavian Style Mittens from our April class. If you took the April class, you’ll be able to make the hat with your leftover yarn from the mittens. Otherwise, you’d need worsted weight yarn in three complimentary colors.
Dates: Monday evenings, April 6th – 13th (2 weeks)
Time: 6:30 – 8:30
Cost: $20 plus materials
Instructor: Kerri
Materials: If you took the Scandinavian Style Mittens class, you’ll be able to use your leftover yarn to make this hat. Otherwise, you’ll worsted weight yarn in three colors, approximately 50 grams each. Needles: 16” circular and DPN’s in size US 4.

SocMocs
Another super-cute pattern from CiD Designs. They’re felted. They’re not felted. Super cute slippers knit in one piece using feltable wool for the slipper and non-feltable yarn for the sock. Available in ladies small/medium/large. I’m working on a sample right now, but in the meantime, you can see a photo of them here.  Too cute!
Dates: Wednesday evenings, April 15th – 29th (3 weeks)
Time: 6:30 – 8:30
Cost: $34
Instructor: Ann
Materials: 100% feltable worsted wool (such as Nature Spun) 450 – 570 yards; Worsted acrylic/wool blend (such as Encore) 110 – 170 yards. Needles: Size US #11 – 24” circular, size US 6 – 20 or 24” circular needle, size 6 DPN’s (set of 5)

Knitting 101: Beginning KnittingHave 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, April 18th – May 2nd (3 weeks)
Time: 2:00 – 4:00
Cost: $30 (plus materials for selected project)
Instructor: Kelly

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Other Things Going On

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

Charitable Knitters – Please note schedule change starting in March
This group started out as The Mother Bear Project, which is a great charity. We’ve decided to branch out to other charitable knitting projects, such as The Snuggles Project. You can read about both of these projects at their websites: http://www.snugglesproject.org/ and www.motherbearproject.org. If you have a charity you’d like to share with us, come knit with us! No registration required – just show up.

When: The first and third Tuesdays each month, from 2:00 – 4:00.

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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