May 2019
countrywool news
 



shop hours:
Monday 5-8
Tuesdays, Thursdays, Sundays: 10-3


With April's showers continuing on this week, we are waiting (im)patiently for those May flowers.
I am still greeting the day in wool socks and walking the dogs wearing fingerless mitts.
But this time of year I slowly transitioning into knitting lighter weight projects,
such as this fabulous shawl that I am working on. Knit with Brown Sheep Handpainted Lanaloft Sport and Cascade 220 Sport, this is an easy to remember FREE pattern:



When May arrives, all the sheep in my neighborhood get their annual haircut,

Friendly Finnsheep FIONA during....
...and (at right) after!
(photos by TYDEMAN FARM)

and my interest turns to making yarn.
I just LOVE getting my hands into fleece again!!!!!!!!!!

But first, you need to know how to use a spinning wheel or drop spindle.
This spring and summer Countrywool will offer a series of 3 classes for spinners.
First off, we'll get your wheel tuned up and solidify the basics,
 or learn them, on May 19.
And, as you check out the June and July spinning classes,
I have two announcements to make....
1... I have JUST scheduled a spinning retreat NEXT SPRING at WINTER CLOVE INN;
our favorite place to relax for a weekend.
2...
Countrywool has been the recipient of 3 grease fleeces,
and will be handing them over FREE at the spinning class below.
(Once you register for the class, come by for your free fleece and I'll tell you how to wash/card enough of it for class.)

Materials needed for this class:
•    spinning wheel or drop spindle
•    5 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: $25-30; wool top: $10.00


Spin A Yarn:    
Sunday
May 19

    

10 AM - 1 PM

                      

Class is held at Countrywool, but registration is with
 

Columbia-Greene Community College


Preregistration required (518)828-4181, ext 3341. 
The fee is $39.00.


Knit Nite is in full swing.
We have started the Lusekofte, a Countrywool pattern,
which we will continue knitting until August. It's not too late to join in!

sweater and photo by BUZZANDFUZZ on Ravelry
Keep in mind, there is no fee for Knit Nite if you use yarns purchased at Countrywool,
and you will get the  current project pattern FREE ,

but you are cheerfully welcome with any yarns for a small fee.


Full Moon Finish    details
A monthly clinic to help you sew up,  block and tidy your knitting and crocheting.
       Sunday, May 12
         11 am-12 noon


Calling all charity knitters. The Claverack Library is graciously hosting
weekly KNIT INS on Wednesday afternoons, 1-3,
to work on charity knitting projects for the homeless and less fortunate and at the VA in our area.
We need your help to knit/crochet/sew for our needy neighbors.
Lots of patterns, yarns and cheery conversation await you! All skill levels are welcome.
If you ever worked on knitting fish for our afghans, we can use some more.
7"x9" squares for afghans are also needed.
AND, we've just added some CROCHET PROJECTS to the lineup for the summer, so watch this space!


free patterns * FREE PATTERNS * free patterns

If you love free patterns and quick knit ideas,
you will find Countrywool's daily post on
 the COUNTRYWOOLERS group of Facebook very useful. 

You'll need to join the group, then "LIKE" the page and under that LIKE button,
click on "see first"
to get the patterns in your daily news feed.



Knit and spin (and crochet and weave and quilt) on!

Claudia

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