There's something about the energy that springs up in
We shed the burdens of winter and feel open to new
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
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.
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
Have you always wanted to make socks, but were afraid of
the heel? The toe?
We will be tackling socks this summer in a
with a class once a month, so you can take your time.
Want to do both at the same time?
needed for this class:
- 1 skein
each..Durasport and Mini Mochi
- One set (of 4) each of #2 and
(or #1 and #3 if you knit loosely like
me) double pointed
- 2 clipping
leave your name
MAY 14 12-2
summer sock classes
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
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
and be the ULTIMATE aid for a bride with the uncertainty
of weather on her special day.
4 Way Wrap
Mondays, 6-7:45 PM
June 5, 19
July 10, 24
and leave your
name and email
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
5 sizes available
Materials needed for this class:
Class is FREE if materials are purchased at
Countrywool; otherwise $30 for all 5 classes
payable on the first night.
yards dk weight yarn OR kid mohair and
fingering wool held together
- US #7 needles
- 10 buttons
- 12 different
colored clipping stitch markers
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 CGCC:
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.
Class to be held
Preregistration required (518)828-4181, ext
needed for this class:
- Undyed, unwashed
fleece… 8 ounces (8 oz bags Finn
wool available to purchase for
- 2 – ...3-5 gallon
- 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
- 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
If you've come to ANY Countrywool
class this past season,
this is a refresher session
to help you finish off your
Sunday, May 28
$20 (we need 3 to run this!)
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...)
Ann Gansey and Guernsey Retreat
...was FABULOUS! 17 of us knit, ate, laughed and walked
Did you miss this one? We'd love to have you come to the
Rip Van Winkle ELIZABETH ZIMMERMANN RETREAT in November.
Watch this space for details!
patterns * FREE PATTERNS * free patterns
love free patterns and quick knit ideas,
you will find
Countrywool's daily post on Facebook
"LIKE" the page and
under that LIKE button, click on
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
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
FREE pattern → http://www.garnstudio.com/pattern.php?id=7949&cid=19#pattern_content