mid September 2016

Countrywool News

fall hours

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

Congratulations to LACEY who won
the SOCK KIT DRAWING here at Countrywool during
Thanks to everyone who came and participated.
I enjoyed meeting each one of you :)

Help! Our charity knitting effort has just begun for winter 2016-17 and we need you!!!

I am getting the word out this week to everyone who helped in the past, but our needs are greater this winter. My husband now cooks for the The Salvation Army of Hudson, NY center in Hudson and sees folks who are just surviving. A new member of our family is recovering from an early life of bad decisions, and he is working very, very hard to make good choices. Handing him, and the folks he meets in his support group, some warm accessories is a helping hand, as when we knit/crochet for the physically and emotionally needy, we are sharing our good energy with them. It feels much more personal this year.

Neutral colors and adult sized hats, mittens, mitts and scarves are so welcome. I am encouraging knitters to use wool and when their donations get to me, I machine felt everything a tad to make it warmer, softer and better armor against wind (but you may do that if you wish before you hand it in). We are also knitting along with the knitters at Claverack Free Library as they work on afghans for the Albany Veterans Hospital and hats and mittens for kids at the WIC program.

If you want to drop in and knit with us, our schedule is as follows:
1st FRIDAYS 6-8 pm Verdigris Tea shop in Hudson
2nd WEDNESDAYS 1-3 pm Hudson Senior Center, above the Hudson Library, in Hudson
4th WEDNESDAYS 1-3 pm Claverack Library, Claverack, NY

I am pondering the third week of the month in either Catskill, or in the shop. Last year everyone who met in Catskill was from the Hudson side of the river, so we may just stick to that this year, but I am willing to go if enough are interested.

I have 9 new and returning patterns to hand out to anyone who would like to work with us. Just ask, holler, show up

Ready for the hand spinning event of the year? Countrywool will be sponsoring a SPINZILLA team in October.
Sign up to TEAM COUNTRYWOOL here (your $10 registration fee is entirely donated to NAMP).
Save the dates! Join us as we spin as many hours as we can that week, totaling up the yards we make and entering our collective results to the national contest. You need not be present to be enrolled, or an experienced spinner!
We have our own TEAM COUNTRYWOOL thread on the Ravelry group SPINZILLA. Come check us out here. Lots of spinning tips and how to's will appear.

While we are gearing up for the event, SPINNING CLINICS are offered every Monday night (preregistration required)
starting September 5.  Get out your wheel/drop spindle and
call/text BY SUNDAY NIGHT.
If we have at least 2 bodies, we'll have the class that week.
More info here.

Ultra Alpaca Light is ON SALE in SEPTEMBER at 20% OFF
Hurry in while the selection is good.
Remember, I flood FACEBOOK with free patterns using the sale yarns,
so make sure you check out all the offerings there in September.
Our Fall Knitting Retreat at Winter Clove Inn in Round Top, NY
is just about full, but we still have 2 chairs left...

We'll be playing with Elizabeth Zimmermann inspired knitting projects. On the short list are: learning various ways to do short rows; I-cord edgings and we'll tackle her classic HEART HAT(below) and RIB WARMER, which I wear a lot in the shop and has elicited many comments.  And we will tear apart her formula for circular PI shawls so you can design your own or make a Countrywool version.
Each day will end with a Knitter's Stretch session.
Sign up now! 
(If you just want to come and knit, relax and just absorb, that's fine.
 You'll need to register with us and the hotel and bring your copy of

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.

Here's one of the 5 patterns posted
last week...

FREE hat pattern that I am including in our NEIGHBORHOOD KNITTERS pattern portfolio for knitters who come to our charity knitting meet-ups this year. Love this hat!!! Works up quickly with big needles using heavy worsted weight yarn. Instructions for flat OR circular needles.

→ http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/toboggan-garter-stitch-hat

Happy late summer!