News from Double Ewe - June 2010

In This Issue

  • A Few Random Notes
  • Summer Hours
  • WWKIP 2010
  • New Stuff
  • Charity Knitting: Adopt a Ship
  • June & July Classes
  • Instructor Profile: Kerri

A Few Random Notes…

Summer is almost here! I’m sending this month’s email a little bit early because we’re going to be changing to our summer hours very soon, and I wanted to make sure you all know what they are. Another reason is to get the details to you about our World Wide Knit in Public Day celebration. If you’ve just discovered Double Ewe or haven’t come to one of our events in the past, please consider joining us. It’s always a great time with some very friendly knitters – don’t be shy!

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Summer Hours

I’ll be changing to summer hours this Saturday, May 29th. I’m trying something a little bit different, and I’ll be closing earlier than usual 3 days. I’ve made the changes in bold:

Tuesday: 10:00 – 9:00 pm
Wednesday: Noon – 6:00
Thursday: 10:00 – 6:00
Friday: 10:00 – 5:00
Saturday: 9:00 – 3:00
Sunday-Monday: Closed

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World Wide Knit in Public Day 2010

Saturday, June 12th. From 12:30 – 4:30.

Who: You!

What: Double Ewe’s Third Annual World Wide Knit in Public Day

Where: On the sidewalk in front of the shop

When: Saturday, June 12th, 12:30 – 4:30

Why: For fun! We’ll be gathering on the sidewalk that runs in front of the shop, so there will be plenty of shade. It’s fun to see the reactions we get from people passing by. We knit, talk, laugh, and snack! To make it even more fun, this year there will be “goodie bags” for the first 30 participants. As always, we’ll also be drawing for door prizes. Yay!

What to Bring: A lawn chair, your current project, sunscreen (if you choose to sit in the sun). I’ll be providing beverages and snacks. If you’d like to bring something to share with the group, you’re more than welcome to, but it’s certainly not required. (If you’ve been knitting stockings for our current charity project (see below), be sure to bring them too, because we’re going to be doing that drawing as well.)

The background:
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. 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.)

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New Stuff – Yarn & Goodies

It’s been a fairly short time since I last sent my newsletter, so alas, I don’t have any brand new yarns to tell you about. However, I do want to mention that I’ve restocked Dream In Color Classy and Smooshy with some new colors. Lovely stuff!

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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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June - July Classes

In the summer months, we pare down our class schedule a bit: apparently some of you knit less in the warmer months. ;-)
If you want to learn something and it’s not on the schedule, please let me know and perhaps we can schedule it next month or we can arrange an individual class. Click here for the details, photos, and how to sign up.
• Knit Along with Ann
• Knitter’s Choice
• Knitting 911
• Finishing Techniques
• Fixing Mistakes
• The Workshop
• Happy Mittens

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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Instructor Profile: Kerri

Kerri is a woman of few words, but many stitches. She’s a talented knitter and spinner, and likes to share her knowledge.

Kerri’s background: I grew up on a farm in southwestern Minnesota.

What she does when not holding needles or a hook: The job that pays the bills is IT Business Analyst.

How she learned to knit: My sister taught me to knit when I was little. I can't remember a time when I didn't know how to knit.

How she learned to crochet: I can crochet, both left- and right-handed. My grandma tried to teach me when I was little but I didn't understand because she was right-handed and I was left-handed. It just never looked right. So I taught myself sometime within the last ten years.

Favorite things to knit and crochet: Gifts for others.

Other hobbies: Spinning, sewing and beading.

Three of her favorite yarns: I have to have a favorite? I do seem to be drawn to Malabrigo -- I think it’s the colors.

Stash: Part of my stash is in bins and trunks. The rest is displayed in my curio cabinet in my living room.

Best book she’s read recently: I don't remember the name, but it was by Terry Goodkind.

Three favorite things to eat: Pizza, anything from a real bakery, and something that was cooked by someone else.

Kerri’s family and personal entourage: I have two cats, Zena and Zorro.

Current projects: Socks and sweaters.

What she likes best about teaching at the Double Ewe Yarn Shop: It’s fun getting to teach someone something new that they don't already know about knitting.

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