News From Double Ewe - Issue 27

June 1, 2009

Summer’s here! We’ve got some fun things planned this month, with the main one being World Wide Knit in Public Day on June 13th. Join us if you can! We had a lot of fun last year. Details are below.

We usually lighten up our class schedule in the summertime, but our ongoing classes (Knitter’s Choice & Knit Along with Ann) will continue through the summer. Also, we’re offering our Design 101 class again - this isn’t your “normal” knitting class…but don’t be intimidated; you’ll learn to look at your knitting a whole new way.

Also, this summer we’re offering Skill Builders: they are short, half-hour mini-classes, each focusing on a single skill. Just drop in at the time and date for the skill you want to learn or brush up on. No need to pre-register, but please check the listing for the materials you’ll need to bring. Best of all, it’s free! The schedule is at the bottom of this email.

One last note: I used to have a blog, but due to some behind-the-scenes website changes, it’s gone. I now have page on my website called “What’s New”, and it’s sort of like a blog. Some of the stuff I put there is knitting related, some just fun, some personal. Also, I’ve re-vamped my free patterns page by adding photos, so you can see what the patterns are for without having to actually open them. I hope that helps.

In this issue:

  • Summer Hours Start This Week
  • Market Bag Sale Part 2: The Shopping Part, June 9 – 13th
  • World Wide Knit In Public Day – June 13th
  • Yarn Tasting Kits
  • New Stuff
  • Stuff To Do At The Shop: Classes, Social Knitting, Skill Builders

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Summer Hours (June 1st – September 7th)

Tuesday: 10 am - 9 pm

Wednesday – Thursday: Noon – 8pm

Friday: Noon – 5 pm

Saturday: 9 am - 3 pm

Sun-Monday: Closed

Note: Double Ewe will be closed from July 4th through July 13th. Vacation. Yay!!

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Market Bag Sale Part 2: The Shopping Part

Did you knit yourself a market bag? If you're quick, you could still whip one up & take part in the sale! Bring in your

Market bag one day next week, June 9 – 13th , fill it with yarn, and get 20% off. Here's how the fine print goes:

  • 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, Ty-Dy 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.) Don’t worry about this rule too much – I just don’t want someone knitting a trash-can sized market bag…I hope you understand. ;-)
  • 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.

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World Wide Knit in Public Day (aka WWKIP Day) – June 13th

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.) It's grown from there, and now groups are getting together all over the world: US, France, Denmark, Switzerland, Germany...

This is our 2nd Annual WWKIP Day at Double Ewe. We’ll be taking over sidewalk along the side of our building. Bring

your knitting, a lawn chair, and your sunscreen. If you prefer to be in the shade, there will be plenty along the sidewalk. Bring a snack to share if you like, too, but I’ll provide beverages and treats as well. In case of bad weather, we’ll just move into the hallway & the shop. The fun starts at 12:00, and we’ll knit as long as you like, but I turn into a pumpkin around 4:00.

Oh, and did I mention prizes? There will be prizes, too. You can’t win if you don’t come. So come KIP with us!

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Yarn Tastings

The Spring Yarn Tastings are over, but I have a few extra “kits” available for $12. In the kit, you’ll get samples of approximately four to five yards of 11 yarns, and detail information about each of them, as well as a few other goodies.

The idea is to knit a long swatch of the yarns to see which ones you like or not. Just a fun way to play with some different yarns. We’ll be doing Yarn Tastings again in the fall – consider joining us. We had a lot of fun!

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New Stuff

This week, I’ve got two new yarns arriving. They’re not quite here, but I think they’ll be arriving on Tuesday or Wednesday. I can’t wait! They are:

Boomerang from Fiesta Yarns

A handpainted 100% extrafine superwash merino in worsted weight. Sproingy & soft in generous 320 yard skeins. Chunky socks, warm scarves, vests, children’s sweaters… See what others are saying about it and doing with it here.

Colorchanges from Ironstone Yarns

A wool/acrylic blend with gradually shifting color changes (sort of Noro-esque), however this one’s chunkier; on size 10.5 – 11 needles, you’ll get 3 – 3 ½ stitches per inch. See what others are saying about it and doing with it here.

The Knit Kit

Tired of searching in your knitting bag or purse for all the items you need for knitting? Then The Knit Kit is your perfect solution! This kit includes a tape measure, stitch counter, thread cutter, scissors, crochet hook, stitch holders and tip protectors all on one compact device. No need to continually buy various accessories when you can have it all in one.

Great for traveling by car or plane.

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Stuff To Do At The Shop

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 Ann

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: 1:30 – 3:30 (note time change)

Cost: $5 per session; because this is a knit along, you’ll only pay for the sessions you attend.

Instructor: Ann

Design 101 (Don’t Ask What This Class Is About, Just Sign Up!)

Do patterns seem like mysterious, intimidating things, handed down from the Knitting Goddesses? Well, they’re not -- they’re made by knitters just like you. Anybody who’s ever designed a pattern started with something simple, and this class will walk you through the basics of creating an easy, unique scarf. Why bother learning to design when there are so many patterns to choose from? Because it helps you see your knitting from the inside out -- and that means that mistakes are suddenly far less scary. Plus, it’s fun. Try it and see. You’ll surprise yourself and feel like a Knitting Goddess in no time!

Dates: This is a three-week class, meeting on Thursday afternoons for 3 alternating weeks: June 18th, July 2nd and July 16th

Time: 1:30 – 3:30

Cost: $30 plus materials

Instructor: Terri

Materials: needles in at least 3 sizes; 2 or 3 different yarns, any weight, at least one should be enough yardage for a scarf; notebook & pencil; stitch dictionary if you have one; a few pictures of designs or images you particularly like (not necessarily knitting!)

Social Knitting

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

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.

Skill Builders

Skill Builders are short, mini-classes, each focusing on a single skill. Just drop in at the time and date for the skill you want to learn or brush up on – no need to pre-register, just check the listing for the materials you’ll need to bring. All swatches should be knit from worsted weight yarn and should be at least 3” x 3” unless indicated otherwise; I strongly suggest using a light color. Always bring the needles you used to knit them.

If you have any questions or aren’t sure what a the skill being taught is, please don’t hesitate to ask.

Kitchener Stitch

Time & Date: Saturday June 20th, 1:00 – 1:30

Materials: Two swatches in stockinette* stitch; neither swatch should be bound off; tapestry needle.

Picking Up Stitches

Time & Date: Wednesday, June 10th, 6:30 – 7:00

Materials: Two swatches, one in stockinette*, one in garter* stitch (knit every row). Both swatch should be bound off.

Mistakes: To Tink & To Rip

Time & Date: Wednesday, June 17th, 6:30 – 7:00

Materials: One swatch of stockinette*. Swatch should be 3” wide and at least 4” long.

Mistakes: Vertical fixes

Time & Date: Wednesday June 24th, 6:30 – 7:00

Materials: Two swatches, one stockinette*, one garter*, each 3” wide and at least 4” long.

Turning a Cable

Time & Date: Saturday June 27th, 1:00 – 1:30

Materials: Worsted weight yarn and appropriate needles, cable needle

Cables without a Cable Needle

Time & Date: Wednesday July 1, 6:30 – 7:00

Materials: Worsted weight yarn and appropriate needles; it will be helpful if you have some previous experience with cables.

Simple Seams

Time & Date: Wednesday July 15th, 6:30 – 7:00

Materials: Two stockinette* swatches, both bound off; tapestry needle

Three Needle Bind Off

Time & Date: Saturday July 18th, 1:00 – 1:30

Materials: Two stockinette* swatches, NOT bound off.

*Garter stitch: Knit all rows

*Stockinette stitch:

Row 1: Knit

Row 2: Purl

Repeat rows 1 & 2