News from Double Ewe - April 2010

In This Issue

  • A Few Random Notes
  • April & May Classes
  • Charity Knitting: Adopt a Ship
  • Save the Date: WWKIP 2010
  • New Stuff
  • Instructor Profile: Ann

A Few Random Notes

If I Seem Distracted This Month

It’s just because we’re eagerly awaiting the birth of my first granddaughter. I was privileged to see her in an ultrasound last week…so exciting. She should be making her debut in the next couple of weeks. Please keep her and her mom, Amanda, in your thoughts & prayers.

Online Newsletter

I’ve always tried to keep my newsletter as technologically basic as possible, since people read them in a variety of manners: on mobile devices, using webmail, with a dial-up connection, etc. That’s why I typically don’t include photos. However, my newsletters are available on my website as well, where there are photographs of some of the class projects or new yarns.

April & May Classes

We’ve got some fun new classes to offer as well as some old favorites. Please visit the Classes page our website for the details, photos, and how to sign up.

  • Knitting Outside the Lines
  • Knit Along with Ann
  • Knitter’s Choice
  • Undulating Waves Scarf 
  • Knitting 101
  • It’s Raining Cats & Dogs Drawstring Bag 
  • Flowers

Charity Knitting: Adopt a Navy Ship 2010

A little something to send to US Navy crew members for the holidays 2010”

Michelle drew this project to my attention, and I’d like to share it with you. In a nutshell, we are collecting small Holiday Stockings that will be sent to the crew members of a US Navy ship. This project was started by a woman on Ravelry, and there are about 3,000 crew members on the ship she’s been assigned; that’s a LOT of stockings. So, I thought we could help her out a bit. They’re not big stockings – about 6” tall, so they don’t take a lot of yarn or a lot of time – and they’re a great way to use up leftovers. I’ve put a link the a pattern below. There’s a Ravelry group associated with it, but you don’t have to be a member of Ravelry to participate.

For every stocking turned in between now and June 12th (WWKIP Day…more on that to follow), your name will be entered into a drawing for a $25 gift certificate to Double Ewe. So, get your needles out and start clicking!

Pattern: Not So Mini Holiday Stockings (If you prefer to crochet, stop in the shop and I can give you an alternative pattern.)
Ravelry Group: Adopt a Navy Ship 2010 (If you’re not a member of Ravelry, it’s free to sign up.)

Save the Date: World Wide Knit in Public Day 2010

Saturday, June 12th. From 12:30 – 4:30. Put it on your calendar right now.

What the heck is World Wide Knit in Public Day (affectionately known as WWKIP Day)? Although it's not a national holiday, 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. WWKiP Day is really about showing the general public that knitting can be a community activity in a very distinct way. (See http://www.wwkipday.com/ for more info.)

This is our third WWKIP Day celebration 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; you don’t want to miss out on the fun! We gather along the walkway in front of the shop, and we…knit, and talk, and laugh, and snack. It’s fun to see some of the reactions we get from people passing by. Oh, and there are always some prizes too. Like I said, put it on your calendar.

New Stuff – Yarn & Goodies

Zauberball Starke 6

If you’re a fan of the sock yarn Zauberball Crazy, you’ll love this one. It’s a sport weight version of Zauberball, but it comes in generous 150 gram skeins. Made in Germany and dyed with long color repeats that subtly shift, you’ll have enough to make a big pair of socks, or it’s great for scarves, hats mittens, shawls….the list goes on. I made a Very Cute Baby Surprise Jacket with one skein, and I have enough left to make a matching hat AND booties. Check it out when you’re at the shop – it’s really very sweet.

Baby Surprise Jacket in Zauberball Starke 6

Dream in Color: Smooshy and Classy

Dream in Color is known for their lovely veil-dyed superwash wool. Their dying process creates yarn which has all the unique character of other hand-dyed yarns, but it will not “pool” or “landscape”. Gorgeous colors in soft, easy care wool. I’m currently carrying Smooshy, their well-known fingering weight, and Classy, which is the worsted weight version used in the popular Tulip Sweater.

 Dream in Color Classy

Strikkegarn from Rauma Yarn

Strikkegarn is a Norwegian DK weight yarn. The Rauma mill is known in Norway for producing top quality yarns, and now they’re available in Circle Pines. It’s comes in many, many colors, and I started out with 28 for you to select from. I have patterns available for some lovely Norwegian hats & mittens, but if you prefer, I also have kits available. This plied, 100% wool isn’t just for hats and mittens; it’s also perfect for scarves, sweaters, pullovers, cardigans, blankets, vests, and more.

Rauma Strikkegarn - a few colors

Batika by Schoeller + Stahl

Another DK weight yarn, but this one is made with plied 100% acrylic microfiber, making it machine washable. Self patterning with a soft, almost slinky feel. A very affordable option for many projects.

Playing with Batika

Rasta by Malabrigo Yarns

Malabrigo has done it again. This time it’s a super-chunky, kettle dyed 100% merino single ply with breath-taking colors that are very hard to resist. Great for quick to knit projects – I came up with a simple cowl pattern that can be knitted in an evening; pick up a copy of the pattern at the shop.

Rasta Up Close

Drop YO Cowl!

Knit Kits – Turquoise for 2010

The perfect knitting accessory for the on-the-go knitter has gotten even perfecter…um…more perfect. It’s like a Swiss Army Knife for knitters: crochet hook, thread cutter, locking counter, tape measure, stitch markers, point protectors, and collapsible scissors. The new blue Knit Kits have arrived, and they’ve enhanced their original design by making the crochet hook double ended, with one end smaller for sock knitters, and they’ve also added a darning needle for finishing. If you’re a traveler, rest assured, they’re TSA compliant.

Worth mentioning:

Malabrigo Merino Worsted and Sock have been restocked..more irresistible colors!

Instructor Profile: Ann

Ann loves to share her interest in the fiber arts with others, and is having a great deal of fun teaching and helping out her friends at the Double Ewe now that retirement has freed up her schedule.

Ann’s background: I’m an almost-lifelong Twin Citian, and grew up in a northern suburb of St. Paul. I like living in Minnesota but the winters do get long. I’m very active in my church and have a deep Christian faith. I have a degree in Dietetics and am retired from a career in food service management – I was a lunch lady and proud of it. I stayed home for 14 years when my kids were growing up. The lunch lady career dovetailed nicely with being home when my kids were off school in the summer, and all those other days off during the school year. My grandmother and aunts on both sides of the family were interested in knitting, sewing, crafty things, but my Mom not so much, although she did sew a little. So my interest in fibery things could be considered genetic!

What she does when not holding a hook or needles: Well, since I’m retired, I’m busier than I ever was when I was working. Church activities, taking care of grandchildren, traveling, and of course teaching knitting classes!

How she learned to knit: I taught myself to knit when I was a child – many years ago and I’m not saying how many. I took a book out of the library and figured it out. I didn’t have any yarn and needles, so being a resourceful child I found some large nails and some string and worked with what I had. Really, I’m not kidding here.

How she learned to crochet: I learned to crochet when I was a child, too. Actually, my grandmother crocheted and let me use her bone crochet hook. I can remember that my tension was so tight that I broke off the hook! I learned how with my grandmother’s help and some library books. I still have a doily that I made the summer when I was about 13. And yes, it’s made with string – that’s what I had.

Favorite things to knit and crochet: Well, right now I’m really enjoying knitting for my grandchildren. So I’d have to say anything baby-related.

Other hobbies: I love to hike. I paint china. I love to read. I love to travel.

Three of her favorite yarns: I just love knitting with Dream in Color yarns. I’ve made several Tulip baby sweaters with Dream in Color Classy. My favorite sock yarn is Happy Feet, and I love yarns by Frog Tree. Alpaca – yumm.

Stash: I have a lot of stash. That’s all you’re going to get from me. I try to keep it in plastic Sterilite bins but I keep having to buy more of them – oops.

Best book she’s read recently: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows. Read it, you won’t be sorry.

Three favorite things to eat: Chocolate, steak, shrimp.
Ann’s family and personal entourage: I have four grown children, three grandchildren and a wonderful husband of almost 35 years.

Current projects: I’m knitting baby booties, a lace cowl for a class I’m teaching – Smoke Ring with Lace Edging, designed by Jackie Erickson-Schweitzer -- and a scarf for a shop sample -- Bebop, designed by our own Miss T.

What she likes best about teaching at the Double Ewe Yarn Shop: I love it when someone has an “aha” moment. And I love to spread the knitting love. I truly have fun with every class I teach!

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Once again, I’d like to thank you all for supporting your local yarn store.
Knit on!

Kelly