Ah...hot days, sticky nights, tropical growing
conditions... gardens all over our area are
thriving. Summer is totally here! Do you have
guests from out of town
visiting? Do some of them knit? Would they like to
see different parts of our beautiful Hudson
Valley? Consider taking them, and
yourself(!), on a summer YARN SHOP CRUISE.
Register for the cruise here at Countrywool or any
of the shops listed ($10 gets you a neat tote bag
with the logo below and your passport), pick a
route and plan your stops. You'll have until
September 5 to get to as many as you can. First
prize will be your choice of $800 in yarn/knitting
Simplicity is ON SALE
for JULY at 20% OFF
Hurry in while the
selection is still good
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
Fall Knitting: Fair Isle
11 - 2
This (was 4) 5 month workshop will
be a fun adventure for fearless color
We'll meet officially once a month at
but weekly meetings are not out of the
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
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
Bring yarns from your stash or enjoy a
on yarns you purchase.
Our Fall Knitting
Retreat at Winter Clove Inn in Round Top, NY is
open for registration!
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. And we will tear apart her
formula for circular shawls so you can design your
own or make a Countrywool version.
Each day will end with a Knitter's Stretch
(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
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! We have our own
thread on the Ravelry group SPINZILLA.
Come check us out here.
Lots of spinning tips and how to's will
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
In the midst of summer
heat, I look for signs of cooler weather. On
our daily walks with Jack and Emmylou, I keep
an eye out for the earliest leaves to change
color, and I LOVE to knit apple hats for new
Here's a FREE PATTERN for one, and with
SIMPLICITY Yarn on sale at 20% off for the
month of July, this is a PERFECT time to make