News From Double Ewe - Issue 26

Hello Fiber Friends! I hope you're all enjoying the spring weather and sunshine. Just a few quick notes before we go on to today's regularly scheduled newsletter:

  • My son Ben and my daughter-in-law Amanda are graduating from college next weekend. Yay Ben & Amanda! To participate in the festivities, I'm going to be closing early at 5:00 this Thursday (5/7/09) and closed all day on Friday (5/8/09). We'll be back for business as usual on Saturday May 9th. There will be no Knitter's Choice class on Thursday night, and no open knitting on Friday afternoon.
  • Mother's Day weekend is just next Sunday, and do you know what that means? Shepherd's Harvest! Minnesota's largest sheep & wool festival, May 9 & 10 at the Washington County Fairgrounds. For more information, visit www.shepherdsharvestfestival.org. Go pet some sheep!
  • Mark your calendar: Saturday June 13th is World Wide Knit In Public Day Although it's not a national holiday (yet), WWKIP day is getting bigger every year. Started in 2005, it began as a way for knitters to come together and enjoy each other's company. (See www.wwkipday.com for more info.) As we did last year, we'll be celebrating WWKIP Day here at Double Ewe. Details will be in next month's newsletter, but I just wanted to mention it now so you can save the date.
  • Do you have friends that don't knit? Want to share your obsession? If they don't know how to knit, let them know about the Beginning Knitting class that starts on May 16th! And if you know someone who's having a birthday, a class registration makes a great gift. Pass along the knitting bug!

Market Bag Sale

No, we're not selling market bags at a discount. You know how Menards has bag sales now and then, when everything you can fit into a bag is X% off? Well, we're having a bag sale! But it's with a twist. Here's how it's going to work: During the next 5 weeks, knit a market bag, then sometime during the week of June 9th - 13th, bring in your bag, fill it with yarn, and get 20% off. It's that simple! Ok, maybe it's not quite that simple, there are a few rules:

  • The bag needs to be knit or crocheted from yarn purchased from Double Ewe. There are a few good choices: Cotton Fleece, Super 10, Coolspun Cotton and Summer Linen come to mind.
  • The pattern you use is up to you. I do have a cool pattern for sale (the Stow Away Shopping Bag from Oat Couture), but there are tons free patterns online as well. If you're on Ravelry, just search "market bag" in the patterns, and you'll find a bunch of free options. If you're not on Ravelry, try googling "knit market bag pattern" and you'll find a bunch that way as well. If you want some help finding a pattern, let me know.
  • Double Ewe has the final say on any bag you are using. (The measurements need to be similar to the Stow Away Shopping Bag - you can see it here in the shop to get an idea.) 
  • Discount applies to yarn & patterns only; handspun, books, needles, baskets/totes & notions are excluded.
  • No bag-sharing allowed...it must be your own bag; if you need help with the pattern, I'd be happy to help you figure it out. · One "bag-o-discount" during the week per customer, please.
  • The yarn purchased with the discount does not count towards earning your 25% off coupon.

And the cool thing is, you'll end up with a handy market bag! Great for shopping, the farmer's market or the beach. Better get going...you've got a bag to knit!

Yarn Tastings!

What is a yarn tasting? Think wine tasting…but instead of wine, you'll be trying different yarns. It's a fun way to sample some new things; 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 spring yarns. You'll get mini-skeins of at least nine 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, May 15th, 6:30 - 9:30 pm -OR- Friday, May 22nd, 6:30 - 9:30 pm (FULL) -OR- Friday, May 29nd, 6:30 - 9:30 pm

Cost: $20.00 What to bring: Knitting needles; you'll be sampling yarns from fingering weight up to chunky, and the suggested needles range from size 2 - size 10 ½. So, bring the needles you have, 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. Payment in full guarantees your spot in the tasting - if you can't get to the shop before the event, you can hold your spot by calling with a credit card.

New Stuff

Baby Bunny from Plymouth Baby Bunny is officially my favorite new yarn of the spring season. A blend of Pima Cotton and Modal with a touch of Angora, it's very soft and fun to knit with. The bonus is that it's machine wash & dry (gentle & low); the little jumper in the front window of the shop came out beautifully. Worsted.

Harmony and Melody from Jojoland These lovely yarns arrived in the shop just a couple days ago. Soft and beautiful, with long subtly shifting color changes. These are fingering and lace weight yarns that are great for lace or fine-gauge projects, as well as socks. Both yarns are very soft 100% merino wool, and Melody is also superwash.

Claudia Fingering Claudia's hand painted fingering weight is a 100% Merino, high-twist yarn. Stunning colorways and very soft, but the tight twist makes it a good choice for socks and mittens. It would also make wonderful scarves, hats, and baby items.

Poems Sock from Universal A single ply sock yarn with beautiful shifting colors…rather similar to the Mini Mochi that recently flew out the door here! Again, not just for socks - there are a lot of other things you can do with sock yarn! Merino & nylon blend.

Brypun Straight Needles I've been carrying Bryspun double pointed needles for a while now, but I've recently added their straight single-point needles, so I thought it would be worth mentioning here. These flexible knitting needles are made of a special plastic, and they're very warm & soothing to the hand - great for those with arthritis. They're really known for their points - I get calls from all over the country from people looking for Bryspuns. Personally, they're my DPN of choice.

April - May 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
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 Ann
Seraphim Shawl -OR- Rambling Rows Afghan -OR- Other Longer-Term Projects
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. If you need some help staying on track with a longer term project - such as an afghan, a shawl, maybe a sweater, let Ann help you along!
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

The Sista Bag
This pattern comes to us from the Western Slope of Colorado. Why is it called The Sista Bag? Because it was designed by her sister and written into a knittable pattern by Kerri. The bag is unique as it starts with the I-cord and works down from there. A solid yarn and a self-striping yarn held together gives subtle color changes to the body and short rows are used to shape the bag. Minimal finishing required. A quick and easy bag for the spring and summer.
Dates: Monday evenings, May 4 - 18th (3 weeks)
Time: 6:30 - 8:30
Cost: $30 plus materials
Materials: 100g solid worsted weight wool and 50g self-striping wool such as Poems or Boku
Needles: Size 11 24 inch circular, size 11 double points would be nice for I-cord but not necessary
Instructor: Kerri

Heavenly Cotton Hand Towels In this class, you'll select a pattern from a classic booklet from The Heirloom Knitter. The booklet contains 5 patterns for beautiful fingertip sized hand towels; excellent for gift giving or for adding a lovely touch to your own bathroom. In the shop, we have a couple of examples of Ann's towels that have been well-loved by her family.
Dates: Wednesday evenings, May 13th - 20th (2 weeks)
Time: 6:30 - 8:30 Cost: $25 plus materials (pattern booklet is included in class fee)
Materials: Cotton or linen yarn such as Super 10, Cotonade, Coolspun Cotton or Summer Linen.
Instructor: Ann

Knitting 101: 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, May 16 - 30th (3 weeks)
Time: 2:00 - 4:00
Cost: $30 (plus materials for selected project)
Instructor: Terri

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 - 9:00
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.

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

Summer Hours (starting June 1st)

Tuesday 10 am - 9 pm
Wednesday - Thursday Noon - 8pm
Friday Noon - 5 pm
Saturday 9 am - 3 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