December 2016

Countrywool News


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

Happy December! Dark evenings have finally sunk in,
and along with all the holiday preparations,
knitting baskets are being reorganized.
This is the month when I get projects finished in time for gifting AND
in time for my annual FINISH-OR-RIP-IT-OUT New Year's Eve purge.
More about that later, but for now, there are two new classes
starting up this month.
Do you know where your knitting needles are?!?

Aran Class starts this Sunday, December 4

Have you always wanted to knit an Aran sweater? Are cables mysterious to you? Do you worry about how the sweater will fit? Do you like the support of a group of knitters who meet regularly to keep their projects timely and on track?
You might enjoy our:
 WINTER KNITTING: Aran Sweater class

You will have a choice of an original Countrywool pattern for adults or children. We will meet once a month on Sundays. Details for the WINTER KNITTING: Aran Sweater class are here.

Stuffed and Thrummed Mittens:  
Saturday,  December 31  
12-3 PM
follow up class included
For over a hundred years, seafaring folks have knitted mittens with fleece "innards". This class will show you how it WAS done, and how using fleece differently might be another way to achieve the same goal:
super warm mittens.
are here.

We have just reordered MINI MOCHI colors for the winter. Over 150 new skeins for you to choose from when they get here next week, all priced at $9.45 each. Knit a pair of beautiful hand dyed wool socks for $18.90?!?   And check out the 2 new colors
Evening Shade  352

Sunset 351

Our Fall Knitting Retreat at Winter Clove Inn in Round Top, NY,
was FABULOUS, and we can't wait for the
April 8 and 9, 2017, on Long Beach, Gloucester, Massachusetts.
Registrations will open January 2.

The view from the front porch of our cottage on LONG BEACH

The 1st Hudson NY Charity Knit Sock Auction

has been organized in order to raise $ to buy HUNDREDS of pairs of socks for the needy.

Consider knitting a pair and entering it. The top 4 selling pairs will all win a prize.

Knit some wild and crazy colored
socks for men, women and babies from cotton, wool, alpaca, bamboo, rayon or what-have-you.

Come up with some remarkable fact about yourself that will sell these socks in our charity auction.
Did you run the marathon? Do you work for a celebrity? ARE you a celebrity? Hold 3 degrees?
Find something unique that will fit in your sock from a business near to you and have them donate it to help put hundreds of socks on cold feet (we'll give them LOTS of publicity!)

When you send your socks in, label them with fiber content, washing instructions, size and a tidbit about yourself
(you may remain anonymous!)

Charity knitting is moving right along and now
that we have GREAT places to meet,
we need YOU to come and help us out.

1-3 pm at Countrywool

1-3 pm Claverack Library, Claverack, NY

Our goal is to buy 500 pairs of socks
with the money we raise from this auction.
HELP us help folks who are in a bad way this winter by keeping their feet a little warmer.

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...

What do teenagers like that you can knit in time for gift giving? Why, fingerless mitts. If you have giftees who are quiet and subdued, make them in black, and they WILL get worn. If you have someone cheery in mind, a couple of skeins of
GINA (→ http://countrywool.tripod.com/BUY_gina.htm)
will entertain you nicely while you knit them.
Free pattern → http://www.ravelry.com/pa…/library/camp-out-fingerless-mitts

    Happy Holidays!