May 2017
countrywool news
shop hours:
Mondays 5-8
Tuesdays, Thursdays, Sundays: 10-3

There's something about the energy that springs up in May.
We shed the burdens of winter and feel open to new possibilities. 
Flowers fill us with joy and the smell of lilacs outside Countrywool surrounds everyone who stops by.
Knitting, spinning, weaving and quilting projects take on a new role.
No longer do they keep us busy while we HAVE to stay inside because of the weather,
they are a reason to sit down and enjoy the season!
So make sure you have something started that you can bring with you
to sit outside and park yourself for a while each day.

old classes * OLD CLASSES * old classes

The last session of our CELTIC PLAIT ARAN class is scheduled for Sunday, May 7 at 11 am.
This group has done a super job in sticking with their project, and a few are even done.
We hope to see those great sweaters AND help everyone else who is in the finishing phase.

new classes * NEW CLASSES * new classes

Have you always wanted to knit beautifully colored Fair Isle patterns, but didn't know how to handle
two yarns at the same time? Do we have a class for YOU! Learn to knit with both colors in one hand,
 or in 2 hands, with nary a twist/tangle/confusion of yarn. 
Have you always wanted to make socks, but were afraid of the heel? The toe?
We will be tackling socks this summer in a l-e-i-s-u-r-e-l-y manner
with a class once a month, so you can take your time.
Want to do both at the same time?
Materials needed for this class:
  • 1 skein each..Durasport and Mini Mochi
  • One set (of 4) each of #2 and #4          (or #1 and #3 if you knit loosely like me)     double pointed needles
  • 2 clipping stitch markers

Call and leave your name and email
to register:

All about
color &
stranded knitting

MAY 14 12-2 PM
(more free
summer sock classes
 to follow)

Learn to work with 2 colors in the stranded, Fair Isle tradition using just 2 yarns, one of which is hand painted in long color repeats. If you are new to making socks, this class is PERFECT for you. Socks are a great summer project!

Free Countrywool original sock pattern for those who attend this FREE CLASS.

This spring and summer why not spend some time making a lace wrap that is SO versatile,
it can dress you up, comfort you in chilly air conditioning,
and be the ULTIMATE aid for a bride with the uncertainty of weather on her special day.
lace knitting
4 Way Wrap
Mondays, 6-7:45 PM

May 22
June 5, 19
July 10, 24

Call and leave your name and email
to register:

Spend Monday evenings knitting with others at Countrywool. Enjoy a cup of tea while you learn and master the secrets of following lace charts. Learn Countrywool's UNIQUE method of chart following! This versatile summer weight shawl can be worn 4 ways and would make a bride more stunning.
5 sizes available
Materials needed for this class:
  • 900-1400 yards dk weight yarn OR kid mohair and fingering wool held together
  • US #7 needles
  • 10 buttons
  • 12 different colored clipping stitch markers
Class is FREE if materials are purchased at Countrywool; otherwise $30 for all 5 classes payable on the first night.

This time of year all the lovely sheep in our neighborhood have given up their fleeces to the kindly and thorough shearer.
But NOW what do we do with them? Come to our FLEECE CLASS and find out.

Washing and Hand Carding Wool Fleece:
to be held at
Saturday, May 20 …...... 12-3 PM

Do you have sheep in your back yard? Wonder how to get started with the fleece from their first haircut? Using vinegar and soap, learn to wash sheep's wool without felting it. Learn to gently open up fibers with hand carding. Handouts supplied.

to be held at Columbia-Greene Community College
Preregistration required (518)828-4181, ext 3341. 

Materials needed for this class:
  • Undyed, unwashed fleece… 8 ounces (8 oz bags Finn wool  available to purchase for $16)
  • 2 – ...3-5 gallon buckets
  • 4 ounces washed fleece (4 ounce bags Cormo wool available to purchase for $11)
  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • 16 oz liquid soap detergent (ajax, dawn, joy, etc)
  • rubber gloves (optional)
  • hand cards or two dog combs (hand cards available to purchase for $85)

and don't forget...our monthly SUNDAY CLINIC to help everyone catch up with their projects....

Sunday,  May 28
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, May 28
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.


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...)

the Cape Ann Gansey and Guernsey Retreat

...was FABULOUS! 17 of us knit, ate, laughed and walked the beach.
Did you miss this one? We'd love to have you come to the
Watch this space for details!

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.

A spring cardigan sweater, knit entirely sideways with short rows, in a lightweight yarn. Oh, be still my beating heart!
The charm of this swingy sweater is all in the graceful lines and flattering fit. Consider making it all in one color. Beautiful heathered ULTRA ALPACA FINE would be a wonderful choice, as would pairing it with BABY ULL, BEARFOOT, MINI MOCHI, NATURESPUN FINGERING.

FREE pattern →

May flowers are you know where your grandmother's favorite flower vase is?

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