May 2015
Countrywool News
spring and summer hours
sunday and thursday      10  - 3
monday and wednesday      5 - 8

or by special appointment - call (518)828-4554 and leave a message

May arrives this week and with it comes our SHAWL CLASSES. Offered each Sunday 1-3, then again Wednesday night from 6-8, two new patterns will be explored each week. Patterns are free with class,
and materials are listed here. Look through your stash! We'd love to spend some lovely spring time weather knitting with you :)
The first week we will tackle a circular shawl, and/or a leafy lace edged scarf.
Learn all about following lace charts, keeping track of pattern rows, various lace increases and decreases and how to block. We'll have a fashion show at the end of class to demonstrate how to wear shawls.

These are the two shawls for week 1:
Countrywool Spiral Lace Shawl              
sign up by Friday, May 1, for Sunday's class, and then by Friday each week for the following Sunday's class.

Back from the ocean we all trekked, after the Cape Ann Knitting retreat, with cables dancing in our heads and on our needles. The cottage where we met has been booked for NEXT year, and there will be two weekend gatherings, so watch  Countrywool News and Facebook for announcements. If you are waiting for the Fall Rip Van Winkle Knitting Retreat, mark your calendars for the weekend of November 6, 7, and 8.

For those of you waiting, the new Aran retreat patterns
have made it to the Internet for purchase and download.
Weeping Heart Lattice Hat       and       Weeping Heart Lattice Sweater

Knitting groups in Columbia County have gotten themselves organized on FACEBOOK's Hudson NY Knitting and Fiber Circles group page. I have enjoyed getting to know a few new folks, and some old friends, while knitting (and chatting) away.  I will be in Hudson on Tuesdays and Thursdays, as spring planting our vegetable garden allows. These groups are VERY welcoming, so feel free to come and knit for a spell.

→  watch for a VERY public KNIT IN PUBLIC DAY celebration on Saturday, June 13. We're hoping to camp out and encourage new knitters as we hunt for the PERFECT place. Ideas? Let me know.
→  Countrywool will participate in a summer-long HUDSON VALLEY YARN SHOP CRUISE, featuring free gifts and the ULTIMATE in yarn crawls. Imagine visiting all wonderful tourist places and restaurants in the Hudson Valley and stopping off at a yarn shop ON PURPOSE.  Watch this space for more info.

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.

Get out in the sunshine and enjoy spring!!!

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