July 2015
Countrywool News

summer hours
Sunday and Thursday       10  - 3
Monday and Wednesday      5 - 8
or by special appointment - call (518)828-4554 and leave a message

Did you enjoy your 4th celebration? I got to use sparklers again for the first time in 50 years!!
We are into serious summer weather now, and I treasure the evenings spent outside listening to the crickets and watching the moon. Hot days are a perfect time to relax with a little knitting project that works up quickly, and last winter I wore through a few pairs of my handknit socks (over 15 years old...they had to go!).  This summer has been designated the Summer of the Sock here at Countrywool. There are workshops on Monday nights (see below), and I am finding and posting as many free pattern links as I can on Countrywool's FACEBOOK PAGE.

One of the most fun things to knit socks with is self patterning or striping yarn.
I am currently in like with MINI MOCHI, and want to tackle the sock style below.
Look for this project to appear soon!

We enjoyed making this Bumble Bee Sweater the last 3 Sundays.
If you missed the chance to stop by, I am offering a kit with all the colors in machine wash AND dry wool blend SIMPLICITY yarn, along with the pattern modifications to add the bees.
 Just drop by this link to order it.

Would you like to make a sweet striped hat to match this sweater?
Stop by at 10 am on July 19 or 26 and we'll work on that.
We'll use this FREE PATTERN and I'll have directions ready to hand out for the antennae...

I have been promising quite a few of you a sock workshop filled summer. Well, here it is.
Check out more the details here, but you can sign up on-line at the link below.
On Mondays we'll gather at 6 pm and knit. Come into the AC and relax with us! By September you'll be a smarter knitter and have new heavenly hand knit socks to prove it.


Are you a fabric lover?
Every summer after the garden gets planted I indulge my love of cotton fabric and quilt projects large and small.
Right now I am working on two bed quilts, a shopping bag design and potholders. If you would like to dabble with one of the EASIEST quilt designs I have ever tackled, come to the
on Sunday, July 12 from 10-1.

Details here.


12 Yarn shops of the Hudson Valley have banded together to create the Hudson Valley Yarn Shop Cruise Event. It began on Saturday, June 13, and runs to Labor Day in September. Get in your car and ‘cruise’ the parkways, highways, and country roads of this historic place we call home. This self-guided tour will give you the opportunity to experience the unique qualities that make each shop and each town beautiful.

Start by visiting Countrywool to purchase this special project bag showing a beautiful map of the participating shops.
(This collector's bag will be worth a discount here at Countrywool if brought in later in the year!)


Inside you’ll find your passport and all you need to participate in the events at each shop and be eligible for the MANY prizes drawn after Labor Day, the top 3 of which are $600, $480 and $360 in shop gift certificates.  The event will end with a catered knitting cruise on the Hudson River starting at Newburgh, and a limited number of $75 tickets for that are available to purchase.

For guidelines, special events and a list of shops, visit
the Hudson Valley Yarn Shop Cruise Ravelry Group
or the Hudson Valley Yarn Shop Cruise Facebook Page
Check back often as these sites will be updated as the summer progresses.
Post your purchases, prizes, and projects on Instagram,
Twitter, and Facebook using #HVYarnCruise.

If you purchase your Project Bag at Countrywool, in addition to all the prizes offered,  you will be entered into a drawing for a FREE set of classes ($175 value) at the
Countrywool Rip Van Winkle Knitting Retreat Fall 2015

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 some Tuesdays and Thursdays. (check FACEBOOK on Mondays to see who's doing what and where that week) These groups are VERY welcoming, so feel free to come and knit for a spell.

Countrywool will be hosting SPINNING and DYEING classes on Thursdays in August.  check them out.

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 THIS summer!!!

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