Saturday, May 1, 2010

Shop Happenings

Were you at the Spring Insanknitty Retreat? It was great fun! Many new people joined in this time, and new friends were made! The date for the Fall Retreat has already been set - Oct. 16-17, and reservations are being taken. Don't miss out! Here's a link to some photos: Spring 2010 Retreat Photos

There are many new yarns in the shop right now, including JoJo Land Rhythm and Melody! The new Bearfoot Mountain Colors sock yarn - Crazy Foot - has arrived, too. This is dyed on a new base yarn, and is leaving the shop quickly.

Just a reminder:

We are also starting a new Knit-a-long! The pattern we have chosen is the Soft Linen Sideways Lace Vest (Ravelry Link) from Classic Elite designed by Julia Trice. It is a beautiful vest that can be worn year round. If you have never joined us for a knit-a-long before, let me tell you a little more about how it works. We will start Thursday April 29th. You need to come in to sign up and purchase supplies on or before April 29th... but I bet Bobbie and Dale will let you in if you beg. Then every Thursday during the Knit-a-long, Dale Ann and Bobbie will be available to answer questions and give help if needed. You are welcome to come and knit for as long as you can join us on those days. It is not mandatory that you come every week but we would love to see your progress and we know it’s more fun to knit with friends. The shop is open until 8:00 PM on Thursdays.

Extra Bonus: One lucky person will win a gift basket valued at $200 from Classic Elite Yarns. The details for the basket will be explained on the 29th. You must pre-register for the knit-a-long to qualify for the gift basket.

Have you seen the cotton ankle socks Dale Ann knit recently? She used one skein of Katia Bombay, and the socks are so yummy! This yarn is flying out of the shop, too. If you want your socks to match, you'll need two skeins. Of course, if you're like me, and fraternal twin socks are okay, one skein is plenty for shortie socks. Think summer, knitters!

This summer's knitting contest theme is a County Fair theme, with many different categories. The details are on flyers in the shop. I will try to get them listed here ASAP.

P.S. If the sideways vest isn't your style, a whole bunch of other knitters are informally knitting the February Lady Sweater together. This is a gorgeous sweater, based on a baby sweater designed by Elizabeth Zimmermann. There aren't any formal meetings, but you can get help/support on Tuesday nights at Knit Night.