almost April 2016
Countrywool News
  spring hours
(closed for 12 days
April 8- 20)
Monday 5-8
Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday  10-3

Happy spring! My cold frames are sprouting lettuces, spinach and kale, we are headed into days of balmier if uncertain temperatures.  This is the kind of weather when sweaters go back in the drawer (although not THAT far away). I find myself looking for vests and shawls and scarves to take the chill off, rather than holding warmth in. To that end the WIDE RIB TUNIC shown below is a fabulous garment. Easy to knit on a circular needle, with very little finishing, it can be made tunic length, as shown, or shorter. And the neck can be less of a roll, more of a flat crew, with just a few final rows of moderation.
I wear it with leggings and a turtleneck. 
countrywool wide rib raglan tunic knit
You can purchase the pattern here:

Countrywool's annual SPRING KNITTING RETREAT will take place in mid April and I will be at the cottage on Long Beach to prepare and tidy up, so the shop will be closed, except by appointment from April 8- 20.
(If you want to stop by my husband, Jim, will open if you call the day before)

Ready for the hand spinning event of the year? Countrywool will be sponsoring a SPINZILLA team in October.
Sign ups start in June. Save the dates!

Would you enjoy a
summer to fall knitting class?
We will be working up a Fair Isle Sweater pattern based on the hats from the Spring Retreat, so watch this space!

Sundays  11-2
June 12
July 10
August 14
September 11

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

The NEIGHBORHOOD KNITTERS are meeting twice a month this spring/summer.

→  4th Wednesdays at the Claverack Library, 1 - 3 PM (afghan work)
  → coming in MAY, 2nd Wednesdays at the new SENIOR CENTER in Hudson
 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 #7-8 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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