April 2017
countrywool news

sweater knit by Carol Cerney
new COUNTRYWOOL pattern available on Ravelry: Sunset Cross Sweater

shop hours:
open Sunday, April 2 10-3, and Monday April 3, 5-8, then...
closed April 3-9 for the
Cape Ann Gansey and Guernsey Knitting Retreat

opening MONDAY, April 10 for regular hours, which are

Monday 5-8,
Tuesday & Thursday & Sunday 10-3

new patterns * NEW PATTERNS * new patterns
Love fair Isle knitting? We do, too.
Our new sweater pattern above is all about COLOR!
The techniques used for the patterns vary a bit, but they all share stranded knitting.
Look for a FREE workshop in May where stranded knitting will be demystified.
We hope our Fair Isle alumnae will come and share their projects with you at our
We have a number of new fair isle patterns available through Ravelry.

Fair Isle Steeked Headband

Fair Isle Pine Tree Hat

Fair Isle Clover Mitts


I am taking the summer off from knitting to protect my hands, wrists and shoulders, (sadly aging does take a toll on a 4 hours a day knitter...) but instead I will be WEAVING. My focus is centered on my new-to-me 45" HERALD LOOM, which lives in my dining room. For the last 14 years, I have woven on a great 4 shaft portable 24" loom from ASHFORD, which can rest on a table, or becomes a floor loom while on it's stand
(pictured below), and folds up into a suitcase shape.
(I have decided to sell it so I can reinvest in a second, bigger Ashford jack loom).
$1875 brand new, I am asking $1200.
It is all set up in the shop with a weaving project on it, so come and try it out it you are interested.

(And...I am looking for weaving buddies. Can we start a group? We can meet here...)

classes * CLASSES * classes

Sunday,  April 23
noon - 2 PM


follow up class for

Knitting a Scarf with Wool
Stuffed and Thrummed Mittens
Learning to Knit Socks                            

If you've come to ANY Countrywool
class  this past season,
this is a refresher session
to help you finish off your project
Sunday, April 23
10- noon

$20 (we need 3 to run this!)

spinning techniques
for newer spinners

for a 2 hour class
to jump start your spinning
and get your skills back on track.

Wheel or drop spindle.
Just drop me a note to let me know you are coming so I have enough chairs ready.

free patterns * FREE PATTERNS * free patterns
If you love free patterns and quick knit ideas,
you will find Countrywool's daily post on Facebook very useful. 
"LIKE" the page and under that LIKE button, click on
"see first"

to get the patterns in your daily news feed.

I am posting the HISTORY of Guernsey and Gansey knitting all this week. Check it out!

HISTORY OF GUERNSEY AND GANSEY KNITTING (continued from 2/29/2017)....."The Dutch got into making their own seamen’s sweaters later in the game. Closely tied to the Shetland Islands through the fishing industry, Dutch seamen wore patterned sweaters they picked up in trade from the late 1600’s. Even more practical, their sweaters were commonly made in black as well as navy and gray, and sported single motifs on the front as well as Henley shaped neck openings. 19 different patterns from fishing villages were recorded by H van der Klift-Tellegen in 1985.

→ https://www.facebook.com/Countrywool-164721643554884/

April showers are coming...do you have your spring seeds ready for planting?
Lettuce and spinach and turnips just wanna have fun, plant some!

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