News from Double Ewe - October 2010

In This Issue

  • Knittervention! This Friday, October 15th
  • More Fall Classes
  • Adopt A Navy Ship Update
  • New stuff
  • Work in Progress

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A Few Quick Reminders: Important Dates to Remember

Knittervention!

Potluck – October 15th, 6:30 – 10:00
This is our once-a-month “hang out, knit, talk, crochet, eat, laugh” night at Double Ewe. It’s gobs of fun, so come join us!
Dates: Every 3rd Friday, this month on OCTOBER 15th
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… ;)
Potluck: You can bring a snack to share if you’d like, but don’t stay away if you can’t. There’s usually a lot of food; potlucks are so much fun! As always, coffee, tea and water will be available.
Chairs: I never know how many people to expect, but if you have an easy-to-transport lawn chair, you may want to bring it. We do have our usual chairs available, so if you can’t bring a chair, don’t worry. But if nobody brings a chair, we’ll probably run out. Make sense?
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Fall Classes

We’ve added more classes to our fall line-up: Learn to Knit Socks, Fixing Mistakes, Crochet: Doilies, Finishing Techniques. Also, we have another session for Lunch with Nancy (Lindberg) starting soon. Don’t miss out on this one! For information on all the classes and activities, click here.

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Adopt A Navy Ship Update

October 5th was our deadline for this charitable project, and when I counted the stockings on that date, we had a total of about 135. Keep in mind, this is our second batch. Holy cow! Thanks to everyone that contributed to this effort!

Now, I have some bad news: the organizer of this project has dropped out of site. First, some background: this was a charitable project started by a fellow Raveler who lives in San Diego. She was trying to collect 3000 mini Christmas stockings that would go to every member of a Navy ship. This project “lived” in a Ravelry Group, here (Ravelry link). Before we started the project, I talked with her privately online, telling her that our shop was going to collect stockings for her project, and she was very excited about it. Earlier this summer, we sent 85 stockings to her, and she posted photos of opening the box. However, there have been no comments or postings by her in the group since then, and it’s been over three months. We’ve tried to contact her publicly and privately, but haven’t received any response. My first reaction was to be a annoyed, but after thinking about it and doing some internet sleuthing, I haven’t been able to find any activity in her Etsy store or elsewhere on Ravelry for quite some time; I just hope nothing bad has happened in her personal life, but we may never know. Unfortunately, that’s how it is sometimes with the internet.

So where does that put us? I’m a bit concerned about sending our 135 stockings to her in blind faith that the project is still a go. My gut says it isn’t. I’d like the stockings to still go to the military, however at this late date it’s very doubtful that we’ll be able to find an outlet for them for this upcoming holiday season. We’ve had contact with a gentleman who is starting up a Yellow Ribbon Foundation chapter, and he’s very open to helping us find appropriate recipients for the stockings, but again, it won’t happen this holiday season. Our plan is to work with him and find a home for them for Christmas 2011.

I’m so sorry that this happened. I was floored by your generosity, and this whole thing makes me very sad. (Now you know why this newsletter is coming late – I think I was hoping something would magically happen to “fix” it.) If you donated stockings, you now have two choices: if you’d like to pick up your stockings, you’re more than welcome to do so – I completely understand. Otherwise, we’ll hang on to them and find an alternative place to donate them – it may not be the Navy, but it will definitely be a military organization.

I’ve learned two things with this project:

  1. Double Ewe knitters are extremely kind and generous.
  2. In the future, it’s probably a good idea to stick to more established, less home-grown charitable projects.

Again, please accept my apology.

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New Stuff

Namaste – Knitting bags, notions cases, circular needle organizers

Namaste bags come in a wide array of colors – I wish I could stock them all! They are made of extremely durable, animal friendly, easy to clean materials. I have several styles and colors on hand, but if I don’t have just what you’re looking for, I’m happy to order it for you. At Namaste, they believe fashion and function can exist together.

Regia 4-Ply Sock Yarn

I decided to perk up my sock yarn area with some fun, bright striping sock yarns from Regia. They’re a blend of superwash wool and nylon, and they’re known for their durability and fun colors. They come in 50 gram center-pull skeins, so for you two-at-a-time sock knitters, there’s no need to rewind into two balls. Yay!

Extra Twist Merino from Regia Premium Line

This is a very lovely, very soft fingering weight blend of superwash wool and merino, making it perfect for socks. But don’t stop there with this one: hats, scarves, shawls, etc. The colors look like they were sprayed, and they work well for many elegant projects.

Kids from Regia

Another yarn from Regia, but this time it’s in a slightly heavier, DK weight. Bright crayon colors with a bit of fuzzy texture. Cute!

Starry from Dream in Color

When I first started carrying Dream in Color, I had several people ask me if I was going to carry Starry. It took me a while, but I finally got it, and it’s beautiful. It’s a fingering weight superfine superwash merino, but it has sparkles in it, from fine threads of actual SILVER spun with the merino. Subtle color variations Dream in Color is known for combined with the shining silver makes this an absolutely gorgeous yarn.

Tonic from Jojoland

In today’s economy, I’ve tried to keep an eye out for wallet-friendly, high quality yarns, and this one fit the bill. Tonic is a DK weight blend of 85% acrylic and 15% wool, and it comes in a wide variety of colors – I’ve got 30 of them. Machine washable and dryable, soft and comfortable, 100 gram skeins for under $5. It’s a very smart choice for many, many projects.

Claudia Handpainted Yarns Single Ply Wool

Handpainted in the gorgeous colorways Claudia is known for in a single ply worsted weight wool. Very pretty. What else can I say?

Unisono from Zitron

I love a high-twist sproingy yarn, and that’s what this is! A high twist adds elasticity and evens out stitches, so even a beginners work looks uniform. 100% Merino Extra fine yarn, infused with aloe vera and jojoba oil, softens hands while you knit. It comes in seven great variegated colorways. I’d call it a heavy fingering/light sport weight, getting a gauge of 6 to 6 ½ stitches per inch. This one arrived today, so I haven’t knit with it yet, but I can hardly wait!

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What Has Kelly Cast Off?

I love to knit, and I knit a lot. I mean a lot. Sometimes I share my recent FO’s (finished objects) with you in this newsletter, but usually it’s only if it’s something I’ve knit with a brand new yarn. But I don’t just knit with the new yarn that’s arrived…I love all the yarn, even the ones I’ve carried in the shop for a long time. In the past weeks, I finished a couple of projects with my “established” but well-loved yarns, and I decided I should share them with you.

Pattern: Cap Sleeve Cardigan Vest by Knitting Pure and Simple
Yarn: Lanaloft Bulky from Brown Sheep
Needles size: US 10
Size knitted: 37” Chest
Skeins needed: Three
Comments: I feel Lanaloft Bulky is one of the unsung heroes in my shop, sometimes getting lost in all the other yarns more flashy or seductive yarns. Made in the USA by Brown Sheep, it’s a thick and squishy single ply wool, and every time I walk by the Lanaloft Bulky shelf, I have to hold back from squeezing it. Sometimes I’m successful in holding back, other times I’m not. Because it’s a chunky yarn, it makes for quick-to-knit projects. I knit this vest from start to finish in just under a week.

Pattern: Reversible Afghan to Knit by Dovetail Designs
Yarn: Frog Tree Merino Melange
Needle size: US 10
Size knitted: small, 33” X 45”
Skeins needed: Ten
Comments: When my Frog Tree Rep, Kim, was here a month or two ago, we were talking about their yarn, Merino Melange, and I mentioned how much I loved the yarn. “Did you knit the afghan yet?”, she asked. I thought she was crazy at first. An Afghan? Out of Frog Tree Merino Melange? It’s not even machine washable. It’s just too nice for that.

 Well, the thought kept niggling at me. Knitting with TEN WHOLE SKEINS of Merino Melange? It sounded like a little slice of heaven! The more I thought about it, I realized that I personally very rarely wash my afghans. And really, how hard is it to hand wash or dry clean an afghan? It’s not very hard, especially since it’s done pretty rarely.

Like I said, it kept niggling at me, and finally I decided to do it, and I loved every single minute of it, and it WAS like a little slice of heaven. The photo just doesn’t do it justice…but when you feel it – super soft, warm and wooly. All I can say is yum.

One more project to share, although I haven't cast off yet.  Can you guess what it is, and guess who it's for?  Answer is at the end of the newsletter...

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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

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Did you guess right?  Here's a bigger shot:

Yup, a Christmas Stocking for Davian.  Here she is a few days ago with her Great Grandma:

Buh bye, now.