February 2016
Countrywool News

  winter hours
Monday 5-8
Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday  10-3

Does it feel like spring where you are? We have had so little snow, we've barely picked up a shovel. The birds are singing a new song here in Columbia County, and Punxsutawney Phil will probably not see his shadow this morning, "officially" ushering in milder weather.

I've found myself focusing on lighter colors this month, as samples are being made for the Cape Ann North Atlantic Fair Isle Knitting Retreat
taking place April 16 & 17 in Rockport, Massachusetts. The collection of patterns being presented all use sport or worsted weight yarns, and a few of them use only a handful of colors, keeping the patterns simpler. There will be an opportunity to learn steeking, the traditional fair isle method of creating neck and sleeve openings after knitting, if one is interested.

Fair Isle Shaded Hat in SPRING colors

We'll discuss the different ways one can go about designing with color at the retreat, as we spend a weekend on the beach knitting, eating and laughing.
And at the end of the day....

There are 4 spots still open for the retreat.
If you are serious about coming this year, grab a friend and sign up soon.

And keep in mind, that the weekend after the knitting retreat, we'll be opening the cottage to spinners for 2 days of hand carding, spinning, plying and knitting at the Cape Ann Spinning Retreat. Got a new wheel? Just need some time to get reacquainted with your old one? Want to breathe sea air and listen to the waves? Want a mindless project that you can get mostly done that weekend? This may be JUST what you've been looking for.
And if you need a refresher class, I'll be teaching spinning
this Saturday morning, February 6, at Columbia-Greene Community College.

Our last meeting of the
WINTER RESCUE ARAN KNITTING class is this Sunday. We've had a very productive 4 months! If it's time for you to make the sweater of YOUR dreams, we'll be starting up the Spring version of this class in March.
Or if you have specific projects in mind and need a class for something different,  gather a friend or two and we'll schedule a time good for all of you.

Want to help the homeless?  Like company while you knit?

The NEIGHBORHOOD KNITTERS are meeting twice a month.
→  2nd Thursdays at Countrywool, 1 - 3 PM (hats and mittens)
→  4th Wednesdays at the Claverack Library, 1 - 3 PM (afghan work)
 to knit QUICK hats and mittens, and afghan squares for the homeless in Columbia and Greene counties.

What to bring with you?   F
or mittens: #10 double pointed needles  (or a LONG #10 circular for magic loop)
For hats:  #9 - 16" circular (and double points to close top)
For scarves: #9 needles any length
For afghan work: crochet hook #F and scissors and/or pair of #8 needles.

Patterns and wool yarn will be provided,
or bring your tried-and-true favorites.

Want to get a reminder when we meet?

If you love free patterns and quick knit ideas,
you will find Countrywool's daily post on Facebook very useful. 
"LIKE" the page to get the patterns in your daily news feed.

Happy late winter!

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