Countrywool News

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

Did you miss the Fair Isle inspiration of the Cape Ann Spring Knitting Retreat? Due to popular demand,  we are keeping it going at the

Summer and Fall Knitting:   Fair Isle Sweaters Clinic
Sundays   11 - 2
June 12          July 10           August 14        September 11
This 4 month workshop will be a fun adventure for fearless color loving knitters. 
We'll meet officially once a month at Countrywool,
but weekly meetings are not out of the question.
Learn two handed, two color stranded knitting and how to get that
FABULOUS shading effect that makes us breathless with its beauty.
Plan for a project using the colors YOU love,
as we explore Color Dominance theory and experiment a bit.
Color inspiration for the sweater will come from your first project:

 the Sunset Cross Cowl. Or, if you'd like, just make the cowl.
Bring yarns from your stash or enjoy a 15% discount
on yarns you purchase.

Countrywool sunset
                              cross cowl
details and registration: here

Or are you up to your neck in fleece and spinning? Would you like some help dyeing all that stuff? Next week I'll be at Columbia Greene Community College teaching simple acid dyeing at the

Call (518)828-4181 to sign up

And keep our Retreat at Winter Clove Inn in Round Top, NY on your calendar.

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 RIB WARMER (below), which I wear a lot in the shop and has elicited many comments. We might even have a special guest who'll explain how to go about making her BOG JACKET (stay tuned on this!). Watch the retreat website for more details to appear in August, with registration opening August 15.
(If you just want to come and knit, relax and absorb, no participation is necessary)

Ready for the hand spinning event of the year? Countrywool will be sponsoring a SPINZILLA team in October.
Sign ups start in September. Save the dates! Join TEAM COUNTRYWOOL 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!
watch this space for more details

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...

Miles and miles of mindless garter stitch knitting can be a dream project for someone who is worried, engaged in talking or watching something on TV. "'Properly practiced, knitting soothes the troubled spirit, and it doesn't hurt the untroubled spirit either.'" ELIZABETH ZIMMERMANN
This FREE PATTERN allows for such activity. Spunky colorway or more muted, follow the pattern page recipe for all sorts of other color suggestions.

Happy almost summer!