News from Double Ewe - May 2010

In This Issue

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

A Few Random Notes…

In last month’s newsletter, I told you that we were eagerly awaiting the birth of my first granddaughter, and now I have great news: She’s Here! Ben & Amanda, my son & daughter-in-law, made me a grandma! Davian Rose was born on April 29th,. Weighing 6 lbs, 12 oz. Sweetest little girl ever.

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May - June Classes

We’ve got some fun new classes to offer as well as some old favorites. Please click here for the details, photos, and how to sign up.

  • Knit Along with Ann
  • Knitter’s Choice
  • Knitting 911
  • Undulating Waves Scarf 
  • Knitting 101 (Beginning Knitting)
  • It’s Raining Cats & Dogs Drawstring Bag 
  • Fixing Mistakes
  • Finishing Techniques

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Skill Builders

Skill Builders are back for the summer! Skill Builders are short, free, half-hour mini-classes, each focusing on a single skill. Come to just one or come to them all! Just drop in at the time and date for the skill you want to learn or brush up on – no need to pre-register.

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New Stuff – Yarn & Goodies

Kaya from Crystal Palace Yarns
May is an odd time of year to bring in another wool yarn, but Kaya’s gorgeous striated colors that knit up into striping tweeds made it impossible for me to resist. Great for accessories, and it felts very well, too. The chunky weight makes for some quick gift – it’s not too early to start planning for Christmas, you know!

Above:  these slippers were made from Kaya using Nancy Lindberg's pattern, Felted Slippers.

Cotton Supreme Batik from Universal Yarn

This spring I’ve been on a quest to find a self-patterning, soft & sumptuous cotton yarn with a wallet-friendly price. I think I finally found it! Cotton Supreme Batik is 100% cotton, and it’s currently available in 8 colorways, ranging from soft & subtle to rich & vibrant. It knits up around 4-5 stitches per inch and is machine washable & dryable, making it perfect for a wide variety of projects. 180 yards per 100 gram skein.

Above:  the start of a mitered square baby blanket knit with Cotton Supreme Batik

Bella Tapestry DK from Universal Yarn
I’ve added another choice to my line-up of baby-friendly yarns. This time it’s self-patterning, easy-care, and it knits up into cute, speckled stripes. 100% acrylic, machine washable & dryable, and generous 400+ yard skeins at a budget conscious price. Great when you want a nice gift that doesn’t break the bank.

Pewter Buttons & Clasps from Norway
Norwegian pewter buttons and clasps in a variety of sizes are a beautiful way to finish a sweater. Very lovely.

Worth mentioning:

Cash Vero DK from Cascade Yarns
Cash Vero DK is a very soft merino/microfiber/cashmere blend that I’ve had available for a while, but primarily in pastels. I’ve recently increased the color selection to include darker, deeper, richer colors.

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Charity Knitting: Adopt a Navy Ship 2010

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

Note: The socks have started rolling in – yay! I posted this article last month, but I just wanted to clarify a couple things: although we’re having a little drawing on June 12th, we WILL continue to collect socks beyond that time. Also, Michelle has generously donated some prizes for the drawing, so we’ll have even more winners! Here’s the original article:

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.)

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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 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.

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Instructor Profile: Terri

Terri is one of the resident designers here at the Double Ewe, and she brings an artistic approach to her knitting. She’s completely obsessed with knitting, and loves to inspire other knitters to get creative, try things and have fun.

Terri’s background: I’ve lived in the Midwest and Southwest. I’m a writer and artist, with a degree in painting from the U of M. From way back when, my title was Artist. Then it changed to Writer & Filmmaker. Then Writer. Now I’ve brought Artist back, and who knows? I may wind up switching the order again to Artist & Writer, depending on what comes my way. I came by my knitting gene honestly: My mother is a wonderful knitter, as were my grandmother and great-aunt. My mom doesn’t crochet, but my grandmother and her sister just burned up their crochet hooks, and evidently didn’t believe it was possible to have too many doilies. I remember my incredibly talented great-aunt being very scornful of anybody who didn’t do any “work,” meaning they didn’t knit, crochet, quilt, sew or something.

What she does when not holding needles or a hook: I write a column called Strata for Like Fire, which is a literary website. That probably sounds very lofty, but in reality what I do is bug authors to describe all the junk in their offices, and then I tell the rest of the world about it. Perfect assignment for a nosy person. I also write articles and design patterns for Knitcircus magazine, which is tons of fun -- great people, great magazine. I’ve written two novels and am picking away at a third. Nobody is particularly interested in publishing them, but all that paper does make very good insulation for my office. The only better insulated room in our home is the one which houses my stash. I’m working in ceramics (and currently have a piece in the Foot in the Door show at the MIA -- see if you can find it) and paper collage, and I’m thrilled to be doing both of them. Especially clay. It’s hard to beat playing in mud.

How she learned to knit: My mom taught me when I was about eight years old. I caught on to the technique right away, but the knitting bug didn’t come until much later, when I was in college and got the urge to try a sweater. (And thank goodness I did get the bug, because my great-aunt would have talked about me like a dog.) That first sweater was challenging because the pattern had been badly translated from Italian, but I fought my way through it when even my mom and the knitting shop lady couldn’t figure out what to do, and finished it. Needless to say, I’ve never been afraid of a pattern.

How she learned to crochet: Twenty-some years ago, I blindly did one crochet project, a sleeveless top. It was very 80’s, black cotton with purple flames at the neckline, no shaping, all in (I think) double crochet. I really didn’t understand the technique very well, and it wasn’t at all fun. I vowed never to crochet again (except for chains for temporary cast-ons and the like), and held firmly to that vow until this year. I mean, I really swore I wouldn’t do it! I hated crochet! Then I saw a crocheted shawl I absolutely had to have, and that meant learning all over again. Michelle taught me, and I’m so glad she did -- as you’ll be able to tell by counting up all the crochet projects in my Ravelry queue. This brings to mind my favorite quote from Mason-Dixon Knitting: “No project is too ambitious if you crave the result enough.”

Favorite things to knit and crochet: Shawls, wraps and scarves (particularly in lace), and sweaters -- a sweater was my very first FO, and for years I did nothing but sweaters. I’ve made at least 40 of them. Socks, too, although I haven’t been in a sock mood lately. Right now I’m very much into the finishing details of my projects, and I’m designing things to showcase special buttons and the like.

Other hobbies: Cooking, reading, collecting antiques (did you notice the word “buttons” above?) and whatever oddities turn my head, bonsai (sort of -- I wish), and thinking up new ways to avoid cleaning my office.

Three of her favorite yarns: Frog Tree Merino Melange, Galway, and any of the marvelous incarnations of Malabrigo.

Stash: That’s classified information. I have to check your security clearance before answering, to make certain that you haven’t been employed by my husband to count my skeins.

Best book she’s read recently: I adored Howard’s End Is on the Landing, by Susan Hill. Couldn’t put it down. In second place (just so that I mention a title that’s currently available in this country) is Let the Great World Spin, by Colum McCann. After quite a few books recently that didn’t live up to the hype, this one took me by surprise. It’s terrific.

Three favorite things to eat: Perfect summer tomatoes, especially in BLTs. Ribs. Artichokes!

Terri’s family and personal entourage: I am fortunate to live with the Best Husband in the Universe, and the Most Deviously Entertaining Little Dog. My entourage also includes quite a number of houseplants and all the handmade creatures in our house which have too much personality to be considered inanimate.

Current projects: As always, I’m on the verge of having too many things in progress. The current roster includes two cardigans, a pullover for my husband, my first crocheted scarf, the Storm Cloud Shawlette (Malabrigo Sock, ooh) and four lace shawls that are on timeout. I’ve been doing some secret test knits for Michelle, and I’m also hauling around a pile of design projects, including two new scarves that only need finishing details, a crocheted pouch for my phone, a headband, and -- my current knitting obsession -- lots of flowers! I’m about to start two more crocheted scarves, possibly a cowl or two, and some sweater yarn is beckoning from my stash. Can you tell I’m a process knitter?

What she likes best about teaching at the Double Ewe Yarn Shop: With each class I teach, I learn something. The students here really want to learn and they ask lots of good questions, which keeps me on my toes. I absolutely love seeing people catch on, get hooked on knitting and transform into Real Knitters. Even better is that moment when they realize that they’re capable of doing more than they imagined (that’s especially true in my Knitting Outside the Lines class -- people are a little afraid at first, but then surprised and thrilled by what they accomplish). It’s tremendous fun, and teaching makes me a better knitter and better designer. Plus everybody here is cool and fun to hang out with. Getting to spend time with such a smart, talented bunch of women is truly a privilege.

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

Kelly