Newsletter 378

by Jeremy Lehmann

Originally Published December 7, 2015

December Knitalong 

The Yearlong Knitalong: December!

Join us in the store today -- Monday, December 7th at 11am -- as we kick off December's Yearlong Knitalong project!

We are so excited at the response to our Yearlong Knitalong series. December's project couldn't be timed any better.  We designed a Lavender Leaf Sachet pattern, perfect for including with all of your handknit gifts. Using lavender to repel clothes moths is an old homemaker's trick. Sachets filled with lavender (and/or laced with its oil) and suspended in your closet or tucked in your drawers are said to protect woolens. They will also leave a pleasant scent behind.  We've made kits for everything you'll need to make these adorable little sachets.  Not interested in making a sachet?  You can still join the Yearlong Knitalong with an afghan block pattern from the Haus of Yarn Block-a-Month Afghan book. 

As a genuine 'thank you!' for your participation, all materials purchased at Haus of Yarn that relate directly to each month's knitalong will qualify for double stamps on our Haus of Yarn Reward Card. DOUBLE STAMPS! We really do appreciate your participation and want to encourage as many of you to make as many of the monthly projects as possible.  Earning double stamps will make it that much easier!

Not local?  No worries!  Join the Yearlong Knitalong virtually.  We'll be creating threads for each Knitalong project in our Ravelry group.  Click here to join our group and come knit along with us!  

We'd love to see your projects!  In process or completed...if you're on Instagram, join in anytime with #yearlongknitalong and #hausofyarntn.


Noro Bandana Cowl 

Three Weeks and Counting!

The Bandana Cowl is a small knitted cowl that uses approximately 100 yards of heavy worsted bulky weight yarn and is a quick-to-knit project for someone who made your holiday knit-worthy list!  This pattern utilizes short-rows for shaping and if you joined in at the beginning of our Yearlong Knitalong, you already know how to do short-rows!November's project, the Calorimetry headband, introduced you to this fun technique.  We knit our sample in Noro Obi, a beautiful, heavyweight glorious blend of silk, mohair and wool that comes in all of the beautiful colors that Noro has become famous for!  Obi has a unique chunky loftiness with a lovely shine from its silk content.



Weaving, y'all!

We've been noticing a trend: weaving.  Specifically, tapestry weavings hanging on walls...and we're smitten.  While we were discussing this new obsession, in walks local artist Ashley Owens of Black Sheep Goods with an armful of the most adorable weaving kits. This all-in-one kit includes a pop-out loom (8.5"x11"), a 10" wooden dowel, 5 mini skeins of yarn (150 yards total), 2 shuttles, a pickup stick, a comb and a tapestry needle, along with a full step-by-step instructional leaflet that also covers many other weaving techniques so you can create your very own tapestry.

Weaving is easy to learn and has a very therapeutic quality to it. Try your hand at this ancient art and see what your mind can come up with. Great for all ages and perfect for traveling!


A Note from Christina, Organizer of Threads of Kindness:

Hello everyone...I'd like to invite you to join a group that is very near to my heart as I know it is for many of you.  We are working to provide hospice patients in middle Tennessee with a blanket or shawl for a little comfort at a time when they may most need it and preemie blankets and hats to many of the Nashville's Neo-Natal units.  If you think this giving opportunity may be right for you, please reach out to us.  We are fortunate to have generous yarn donations from Haus of Yarn helping us along our way and would love to share our stash with you.  
Threads of Kindness