I do enjoy my honey. In tea, on a peanut butter sandwich, mixed with mustard over asparagus, yummmm. We have friends who are “be-havers” different than “bee-keepers” as they don’t have as many hives as needed to be “keepers”. I suppose that’s like the difference between a hill and a mountain… logistics. The process of making honey is amazing, and the result is delicious.
It’s not surprising, knowing my love of the liquid gold, that I’d have a pattern called Raw Honey in my favorites folder on Ravelry. This pretty pair of fingerless mitts will be perfect come time for hot tea. Alicia Plummer designed this pair to be simple yet popped a pretty chevron pattern for some interest. Check out Alicia’s Ravelry page. She has several patterns that I’m wanting to knit-up. Good thing Ravelry doesn’t have a limit on how many projects you can put into your favorites!
I plan on knitting my pair in Sweet Georgia Trinity Worsted. The combination of merino and cashmere will make these not only toasty warm but wonderfully soft as well.
I like a good mystery, one that makes you think a bit but doesn’t break your brain. Michelle Purl Hunter is my kind of “mystery gal”.
This month she is doing a Progressive Mystery KAL. All of the details are on her website www.knitpurlhunter.com The project is a color work hat. I’m a bit giddy excited about it. The first clue is already out and I’m going to cast-on right away. It’s a hat and I should be able to keep up… and if I don’t… I’ll finish it sooner than later.
Michelle uses two colors of Simplicity (and yes, I do carry it here at the Twisted Loop). She had me at “two colors”. I love colorwork.
I can’t believe we’re celebrating our third WWWKIP Day (World Wide Knit in Public) on Saturday, June 21st from 10am – 3pm.
The weather is supposed to be nice (fingers crossed) and we have special guests from Sutton Ridge Farms, and Rabbit Hollow Creations bringing sheep and bunnies for us to enjoy. Jennifer and Holly will answer any questions you have about their animals, and be doing demo’s on spinning and carding as well.
Diane Augustin will be here doing a demo on beaded knitting. If you’ve ever wanted to learn to bead your knitting, this is a great opportunity.
We’ll be outside between the Prior Lake Library and Flowers Naturally. We’ll have cookies and water for everybody. Bring a chair and your knitting/crochet/craft and join us for fun. If the weather turns bad, I have a plan for that. We have a great room reserved inside the library with great light.
Join us on Saturday. You’re sure to make friends and learn something new.
We’re bursting at the seams here at the Twisted Loop Yarn Shop. I simply need to make room for all the yummy yarns and loot we have coming in over the next couple of months.
Here are the details:
Select yarns 40% off, select patterns $1.00
All books 25%, all bags 20% off (yes this includes Atenti and Namaste)
Specific Yarns: Rowan Felted Tweed, Magnolia (yum), Magestic Tweed and Remix all 30% off
Lumio is 40% off (great big fat kids hats – pattern on the ball band)
Frolicking Feet 20% off (just because it’s a great sock yarn and I need to make room for the new colors!)
All sales are final and non return/refundable. I cannot hold yarns for you in advance – that’s just not fair now is it
I’ve updated the class list for summer. We revamped the beginning knitting and crochet classes to accomodate busy summer schedules. We’ve also added some expanded “beginner/basic” classes to the schedule for both knitting and crochet.
Learn to read charts with the beautiful and lightweight Sylvia Scarf or really perfect your knitting and purling with the Purl Ridge Scarf by Stephen West.
Diane Augustin gives us a fresh look at crochet with her Scalloped Scarf and Chunky Crochet Moebius. These two classes will have you ready to join the very fun and talented Kathryn with her Jolly Hooker Club (meets once a month and works on a specific project each month – FUN).
I can’t believe that June is just around the corner. As I sit here typing this post, there is a June bug banging and buzzing up against my screen door. Cool and icky all at the same time.
Our June KAL is cool but not icky. The Lintilla Shawl is our final shawl by Martina Behm. This shawl is shaped very much the same as the past two shawls except it has a really interesting (in a good way) ruffled edge. I love ruffles!
I’m thinking Sweet Georgia Sock or Frabjous Fibers - Cheshire Cat for this project. The beautiful thing about this little gem is that you can use as much yarn as you have. If you want a substantial shawl use the entire recommended 575 yards or for a smaller shawlette – perfect for chilly spring and fall evenings - use a lesser amount.
Whichever you choose you can’t loose with Martina’s designs.
May is here and it’s warm… really… can’t you feel the warm?
This month we’ll be working on the third shawl in the Hitchhikers trilogy. Trillian is a female character in Douglas Adams’ “Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy” book. This pretty shawl/scarf again has the asymmetrical garter stitch construction we’ve come to know and love from Martina Behm. Trillian has a twist, she’s got lace on both of her short edges. She is narrow and long which makes her easy to wear as a little something warm just around your shoulders or as a funky scarf with a t-shirt.
I’m thinking Crazy Zauberball or three skeins of Claudia Handpainted would be very nice for this shawl. Really, any soft squishy fingering weight yarn would do.
Let us know how you’re coming along on this month’s KAL on our Ravelry page.
As promised, I’m posting the link for the Callooh Callay pattern made from the simply scrumptous yarn by Frabjous Fibers.
The Callooh Callay Cowl is made from the March Hare Mini Skein Packs. We have all the colors here at the Twisted Loop. I can’t wait to get one knit up for the shop.
April is going to be an exciting month here at the Twisted Loop Yarn Shop. We will be participating in the 2014 Minnesota Yarn Shop Hop running April 10 – 13th.
I know April can be a crazy month with kids sports, spring starting (we hope), Easter, 2014 Shop Hop etc… I though we’d keep this month’s KAL simple and pretty. Everybody really enjoyed last month’s Leftie so much that we’d stick with another of Martina Behm’s designs.
This month we will be working on Hitchhiker Shawl/Scarf. It’s a pretty little thing with garter stitch construction and a-symetrical shape. I’ll be knitting mine up in Crazy Zauberball, now to decide which color – always the hard part for me.
Leftie and Hitchhiker are available on Ravelry. I hope you’ll join me in working ont this fun and shawl/scarf. It’s perfect for cool evening walks and eventually cool evenings on the boat!
It’s only been a few days since I last wrote and feel like there is so much to say.
The 2014 Minnesota Yarn Shop Hop is coming soon (April 10 – 14) and we are starting to ramp up for it. The custom yarn has been ordered, the pattern is “super secret” and being knit by “super secret” knitters. I’m stocking the shop with yummy yarns, bags and more.
Another wonderful thing that happens during the 2014 Minnesota Yarn Shop Hop is each shop will be giving back to it’s community in the form of donations to a local food shelf. In return for your donation (suggested $5) at each shop you will receive a collectible bead that – when you complete all 17 shops – you will be able to make into a lovely counting bracelet.
Here’s how it works; you walk into the shop, hand over your money and they give you a bead. This usually entails waiting in a line that is taking up very valuable Shop Hop time. BUT if you purchase a VIP Pass at any of the 17 shops for $50 (a $35 dollar savings if you hit all 17 shops) you will be on a VIP List. We will have your bead waiting for you and no need to worry about precious time being wasted waiting for someone to put their Ramen Noodles or Macaroni & Cheese into a box, or waiting for the cashier to make change for a $20.
Here at the Twisted Loop Yarn Shop the food/sundry items that are received will be donated to the CAP Agency and any cash donations are being donated to the R.O.C.K (Reaching Our Communities Kids) Weekend Backpack Program to feed at risk youth in our schools.
If you have questions don’t hesitate to call or check out the 2014 Minnesota Yarn Shop Hop Website for more information.