News from Double Ewe - Mid September 2010 - The New Stuff!

In This Issue

  • Quick reminders
  • New Stuff! (Beware…there’s a lot!)

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A Few Quick Reminders: Important Dates to Remember

Friday Night with Ewe

PotluckSeptember 17th, 6:30 – 10:00
This is our once-a-month “hang out, knit, talk, crochet, eat, laugh” night at Double Ewe.
Time: 6:30 – 10:00
What to bring: Your project (unless you want to start something new…I know a lady with some yarn for sale… ;) If you like, You can bring a snack to share, but don’t feel obligated – I’m sure there will be enough food. As always, coffee, tea and water will be available. If you have an easy-to-transport chair, you may want to bring it. We haven’t run out of chairs yet, but you never know!

Book Signing at Double Ewe!
Fiber Art Almanac

Saturday, September 18th from 11:00 – 2:00 Come meet (and knit with) Jenny Wilder, author of the recently published Fiber Art Almanac; she is joining us on Saturday afternoon for some knitting fun! This weekly planner will help you stay organized, and it’s compact enough to slip into your project bag. Each week features a new story and sparkling images that will draw you into the world of fiber art. She’s had lots of people asking about patterns, and she now has some available – she’ll be bringing them along to the event. So many of us use electronic devices to plan our lives these days, I had another idea: why not use the Almanac to document your projects? What a fun way to look back on a year of your own fiber pursuits. You can read more about the Almanac at the author’s blog: http://02e134b.netsolhost.com/Blog/?p=84.

Feed Your Creativity September: Cassandra Cowl

The September kits for the Cassandra Cowl have arrived, and we still have room in the class. If you’re planning on attending, sign up quick so you’ll have the best color selection. If you just want to make the cowl without the class, kits are available for a reduced price. It would make a lovely Christmas gift.

Other Classes & Activities

For information on the other classes and activities, click here.

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New Stuff

Arranged in order of weight – from the lace to super bulky.  Photos of each yarn appear below the description.  Also, the colors in the photographs are not necessarily all of the colors available in the shop - they're a sample.

Note:  You’ll see a lot of links to projects on Ravelry below. If you’re not a member of Ravelry, it’s free and easy to sign up. Simply go to Ravelry.com.

Alpaca Lace from Cascade
A very soft, high-twist 100% alpaca in rich, saturated colors. 50 grams/437 yards. Free patterns from Cascade.

Baby Alpaca Lace from Plymouth
Another very soft 100% alpaca lace yarn, but this time it’s heathered colors, and a little less twist. 50 grams/437 yards. Free pattern from Plymouth. Examples of projects on Ravelry.

Audry from Schaefer Yarns
I’ve mentioned this one when it first arrived, but we’ve got more colors available now. It’s a 50/50 blend of Merino wool and silk. Gorgeous hand painted colors, and I’ve got several patterns for which just one skein is needed. 4 ounces/700 yards. Examples of projects on Ravelry.

Heritage 150 Solids from Cascade
If you’re familiar to Heritage, this is Heritage’s big brother: a teensy bit thicker, but in great big skeins. 75/25 blend of superwash wool & nylon in rich solid colors, perfect for socks (especially for big feet!) or other fingering weight projects. 150 grams/492 yards.

Sockotta Limited from Plymouth
Plymouth has revamped their very popular Sockotta with limited edition colors. See the colorways here. A blend of superwash wool, cotton and nylon. 100 grams/414 yards.

Zino from Plymouth
Beautiful, rich colorways with subtle transitions from color to color. This one would be great for plain socks, but also consider shawls, scarves, mittens, hats, or what about a baby sweater? There are a lot of possibilities with this superwash wool/nylon blend. 100 grams/436 yards.

Sock-a-Liscious from Kollage
The first time I held a skein of this yarn in my hands, I knew I had to get it. A buttery-soft blend of superwash merino, silk & nylon in gorgeous tonal colors. Squishy soft, a delight to knit and wear. 100 gams/350 yards. Examples of pojects on Ravelry.

Pediboo from Frog Tree Yarns
Frog Tree’s newest yarn constructed especially for the durability needed for socks, but it’s still super soft and squishy. Superwash merino blended with 20% bamboo, giving it a lovely silk-like sheen. Slightly heavier than most sock yarns, at 255 yards per 100 gram hank, one hank is enough to make a pair of women’s socks. With it’s softness, duability, and subdued solid colors, it’s also perfect for baby garments and more. Examples of projects on Ravelry.

Step 6 fom Skacel
Have you knit with Step – the sock yarn infuesed with aloe vera and jojoba oil? Well, now it’s available in a Sport weight! This is truly one of the softest sock yarns around, and it will soften your hands and feet while you knit and wear it. It’s a self-patterning yarn, and I can pictue making a super cute Baby Surprise Jacket with it, or maybe some lightweight mittens or fingerless gloves. With 410 yards in each 150 gram ball, one skein would be enough for lots of possibilities. Supewash Wool/Nylon blend. Examples of projects on Ravelry (including a Baby Surprise Jacket!).

220 Superwash Sport from CascadeI’ve been looking for a sport weight superwash wool for a while now, Cascade finally started making it. Yay! This is the same yarn as the 220 Superwash which has been in the shop for quite a while now, but in a lighter weight. Perfect for so many things: colorwork, socks, mittens, any light weight project where Fingering is just too light but worsted is just too heavy.  50 grams/136.7 yards.

Angora from Plymouth
100% angora, fuzzy and super soft. It’s almost like touching…air. One very reasonably priced skein is plenty to make a pair of these baby booties, or with three skeins you can make a cute, fuzzy beret (both free patterns with the yarn). 10 grams/49 yards.

Panda Silk DK from Crystal Palace Yarns
This is a lovely blend of bamboo, merino wool and combed silk in gorgeous, slinky, shimmery colors. It knits up with a beautiful drape..AND it’s machine washable! It just arrived last Friday, so I don’t have a project for you to touch in the shop yet, but you can see some examples on Ravelry. Crystal Palace has also provided oodles of free patterns for this yarn here. 50 grams/120 yards.

Worsted Merino Superwash from Plymouth
OK, this one is my personal favorite of all my new yarns. Sproingy 100% superwash merino with a high twist, I enjoyed every minute knitting up a vest; it was one of those projects when I was sad it ended. Perfect for adults, children and babies. Great for sweaters, vests, hats, mittens, slippers, socks..just about anything. Truly a lovely “workhorse” yarn. Even better, it’s machine washable AND dryable. Examples of projects on Ravelry. 100 grams/218 yards

Mushishi from Plymouth
Mushishi is a stunning blend of wool with a touch of silk in ginormous 250 gram skeins (491 yards). Rich, beautiful, subtly striping colors with a bit of thick-n-thin texture going on. I’m surrently working on this entrelac wrap in it, but I have other patterns in mind…maybe a Babies & Bears for Adults, or a Kimono Sweater. Hmmm…not sure yet. Ravelers have come with a lot of ideas, but if you can’t think of anything, each skein includes a pattern for a hat/scarf set, in either knit or crochet. Worsted Weight.

Trabajos del Peru from Plymouth
Soft, wooly goodness. 100% extra fine Merino Wool in a single ply yarn – super soft and luxurious. It’s a heavy-worsted yarn, knitting up at about 4 to 4.5 stitches per inch, making it appropriate for many projects. I knit this hat and fingerless mitten set using free patterns provided by Plymouth, and they also have a free cabled scarf pattern, which is on my list. So many projects, so little time. 100 grams/147 yards.

Encore Worsted Tweed from Plymouth
While Encore certainly is no newcomer to Double Ewe, these tweedy colors are, and they’re so nice, I thought they were worth mentioning. Encore is a very popular acrylic/wool blend, machine washable & dryable, and it makes an economical alternative to superwash wools. I knit up this cute Wallaby for a little guy, but the colors are great for adults as well. 100 grams/200 yards.

Brushstrokes from Kertzer
This one is a chunky, luxurious, gently striping yarn with the look of brushed mohair without the fuss: it’s machine washable and dryable. An acrylic/wool/mohair blend, it knits up at about 3.5 stitches per inch. I’m still working on a sample, but there are lots of examples on Ravelry. 100 grams/160 yards.

Taria Tweed from Plymouth
I’m starting to run out of descriptive words, but I don’t want this one to get shorted. Taria Tweed is an absolutely beautiful wool/silk blend in a chunky weight – it feels decadent. In luscious, vibrant tweedy colors, it’s another one of my personal favorites for fall. At 3.5 stitches per inch, you’ll be able to whip up a fall sweater in no time! Please take a look at this one. 100 grams/135 yards

Cambada from Schulana
Another very recent arrival, this is a 100% merino wool in a chunky/super chunky weight. I’m not sure how to describe it: dark gray base, colors, slubs, loosly spun…well, you just have to see it. Skacel has provided us with a pattern for a cute short row hat. Try it out. 50 grams/66 yards.

Chunky Mochi from Crystal Palace
The big brother to the super-popular Mini Mochi and Mochi Plus, Chunky Mochi features the gorgeous colors of it’s smaller siblings, but in a chunky weight. It’s absolutely beautiful, and if you ask me, it’s even softer than it’s siblings. At about 3 – 3.5 stitches per inch, Chunky Mochi would make for a super quick knitted gift. As usual, Crystal Palace has provided us with a bunch of free patterns for this yarn.

Lana Grande from Cascade
We’re up to the super chunky stuff now, and this one is a classic. 100% wool in rich colors, in economically priced 100 gram/87 yard skeins. What more can we ask for? I knit up a cute sweater (Briggita from Coco Knits, pattern available at Double Ewe) in a weekend. Yes, one weekend. How’s that for instant gratification? If you’re not up to a fulll sweater, Cascade has provided us with some freebies.

Encore Mega from Plymouth
Encore Mega is a super-chunky version of our favorite Encore, meaning it’s an acrylic/wool blend and is machine washable and dryable. This would work for Briggita too (above), as well as a plethora of super-chunky projects. An economical and easy care to the super chunky wools. Here’s an easy pattern for a quick garter brim hat. 100 grams/64 yards.

Still reading? Is that enough? OK, I’ll stop now. Yes, we’ve added a bunch of new yarns, and we’ve cleared out a couple yarns to make room, but we still have your old favorites, so don’t worry. The shop is really getting full now! Oh! We’ve also added a couple of glitzy yarns: 24K and Cotton Gold (sequins!) We’re also well stocked with shawl pins, Timeless Knits and some Cabin Fever books. Oh! And I just got a good supply of Mountain Meadow Wool in, too.

NOW I’ll stop. :)

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Just For Fun (More Reminders)

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. Please note: this is not a class, although I’m happy to answer questions as time permits, but sometimes it’s a bit hectic. For more dedicated help, consider coming to one of our Knitter’s Choice or Knit Along with Ann classes.
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.

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

Kelly

PS:  I tried, but I just can't leave Davian out.  Here she is, sporting some of her handknits.  The bright one is a little hooded vest I made by modifying a Knitting Pure & Simple pattern (really simple modifications).  Her Great Grandma made her the sweet pink one. 

Buh bye, now.