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



  Everything outside is so GREEN!  June is amazing, and this year with all the rain we have had,
things are growing in ways not seen for a while. It is refreshing, no?
We are also seeing NEW BABIES pop up everywhere, and there have been a
number of free baby knitting patterns published on our Facebook page,
including the baby blanket shown above  (pattern link at the bottom of this page).
Knitting for the wee set is always a delight, so as you put together some handwork projects for the summer,
 dig through your stash to see what lovely yarns you have that would be soft and pretty on a young one.
We LOVE SIMPLICITY yarn for its machine wash and dry care, as well as ULTRA WOOL.
June is BABY MONTH here, and if you mention that before you check out,
you'll get 20% off your purchase of those 2 yarns til June 29.

 NEW AND ON-GOING CLASSES * new and on-going 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. 
OR
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.
OR
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:
(518)828-4554

All about
color &
stranded knitting

Sunday
JUNE 18     10-12 noon
(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 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


June 18    12:15 - 2:15

July 3    5:70 - 7:45

Call and leave your name and email
to register:
(518)828-4554

Knit a stunning lace scarf that doubles as a shawl and/or poncho. 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 $24 for both classes payable at the first meeting.







Spin A Yarn:    
Sunday, June 25          12-3 PM
                                              

Ever wonder how it was done? Do you have sheep, alpacas, llamas, bunnies, sheep dogs or mohair goats in your life? Fashion yarn from their fur in a timeless fashion by hand on a drop spindle, or more quickly with a spinning wheel. No experience necessary to take this class!
Class is held here at Countrywool, but registration is with

Columbia-Greene Community College
Preregistration required (518)828-4181, ext 3341. 
The fee is 39.00.

Materials needed for this class:
•    spinning wheel or drop spindle
•    8 oz clean wool roving or top
•    (2 spinning wheels are available to rent for $20 by calling 828-4554. All items will be available for purchase: drop spindle: $25; wool top: $9.50


FOR SALE

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.



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.




One of the first baby blankets I ever knit was this pattern. Deceptively simple, it looks complicated. I made it back when many families were fund raising for the now defunct, St. Mary's Academy's, annual Christmas Bazaar in Hudson NY.
Good memories! It is GREAT fun to knit for worthy causes, and even more fun to knit for coming babies!!!!!

free pattern → http://www.ravelry.com/…/libr…/pastel-rainbow-baby-blanket-2


Happy late spring and early summer! Enjoy yourself :)

Claudia
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