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Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Topic: Shop News

March 2013
Countrywool News

www.countrywool.com


March SUNDAY HOURS
10 am - 3 pm

OR call for an anytime appointment
(518)828-4554 (leave a voice mail and I'll get back to you!)



March roars in like a lion...well, it actually has felt like an early spring here in Columbia County. Today is a bit nippy with snow showers, but we have lost our snow cover and we reach 40* every few days. The worst of the cold has receded, also, and  the daily leg warmers I have lived in since Christmas are sitting by the back door, waiting for the dogs to need a walk.

Simple knits have become some of the most treasured items in my wardrobe over the years: a good pair of wool socks; windproof mittens; soft-as-a-bunny neckwarmer that can be a fabulous headband; a lacy scarf that doubles as a shoulder wrap and lastly my felted slippers.  You can jazz up knitting and take it to technical heights, but you cannot improve on its ability to provide much desired comfort on a colder-than-expected day. Comfort clothing is something we would do well to appreciate and take good care of. It is next to impossible to find exactly what you want in stores or online when you are in need of it...how much nicer to be able to make it yourself, and how special indeed to make it for someone you care about.

Knitters have a well of loving-knits they can bestow on their favorite people. Make sure you cherish that part of yourself when you count your blessings. Do you ever think you might deserve to nurture that? To allow that creativity within to indulge itself and grow even smarter? To go to places where you can explore that part of yourself?

A last minute opportunity has opened up in my life so I can offer a 2 day knitting retreat April 17 and 18 in Rockport Massachusetts, in a fairy tale cottage right on Long Beach. I have contacted folks who have come to these events before, and they have just about filled the retreat, but there are 2 spots left. If you think you would like to see what these extraordinarily creative opportunities are all about, come and join us for Gansey and Guernsey Knits. We will focus on the timeless and beautiful knit-purl stitch patterns of France, England, Scotland, Ireland and Holland, and after getting some hands on experience with patterns including them, will hear a lecture on their history.

Class in late March:

  CELTIC PLAT ARAN SWEATER.
Knit with soft USA wool yarn, cabled stitches, custom sizing....Join the last (for now) class of this once-a-month knit along class at Countrywool and learn the ins and outs of sweater knitting. Hate gauge swatches? You'll LOVE this original Countrywool pattern...no gauge swatch necessary!!!




This class will meet on March 24, 10 am - 1pm
for the final time this spring.

Price $35.00/class

Materials needed for the
Celtic Raglan Plaited Aran:


Gauge: 4.5 - 5 sts=1" in stockinette stitch

                                                                                               
Needles: double pointed: # 5                  
                16" circular # 5 and # 7                                         32" circular # 5 and # 7                                                  
Yarn: 1800-2000 yards heavy/worsted weight wool
Notions:  clip board                   point protectors
              stitch markers (50-60)            gauge ruler
              4 stitch holders
              cable stitch holder SMALLER than #7
              tape measure
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Have you checked out our page on  yet? 
Don't forget...that is where you will hear of sales FIRST
and get links to free patterns, so LIKE IT!

Watch the next newsletters for our first ever EASY QUILT CLASS,
SOAP MAKING DAY and DYEING DAY
all scheduled for the summer

Claudia

Posted by countrywool at 9:10 AM EDT
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