mid July 
Countrywool News

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

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 supplies !!!

here's an on-line map

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

Summer and Fall Knitting:   Fair Isle Sweaters Clinic
Sundays   11 - 2

June 12          July 10           August 14        September 11        October 9

This (was 4) 5 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

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 session.
Sign up now! 
(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!
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.

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...

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 babies-to-be!
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 one!

Happy summer!