Newsletter 397

by Jeremy Lehmann

Originally Published April 25, 2016

May-June Knitalong 

The Yearlong Knitalong: May & June!

Join us in the store next Monday, May 2nd at 11:00 am, as we kick off our next installment of the Yearlong Knitalong! This time around, we'll be working on the Meet Me at the Ryman shawl, inspired by the architecture of one of Music City's most famous landmarks - The Ryman Auditorium, home of The Grand Ole Opry - this fingering weight shawl is perfect for indoor concerts or twilight picnics.  This shawl begins with a garter tab set-up and then alternates between easy stockinette "walls" and more challenging lace "windows". Not interested in making a shawl?  You can still join the Yearlong Knitalong with an afghan block pattern from the Haus of Yarn Block-a-Month Afghan book. 

Remember: attendance for Knitalong Mondays is always free! 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.


Studio NPL

FREE Five-Day Summer Workshop

at Bellevue Branch Library in the Studio NPL Teen space

The goal of this five-day summer workshop is to investigate and better understand what students can learn about math and problem-solving when engaged in design activities…something they rarely have chances to do in school. This workshop is part of a research study being conducted by Dr. Melissa Gresalfi, a professor at Vanderbilt University.  So come learn to knit!  Or start a bigger project! The workshop supplies all materials.

The workshop is free and meets weekday afternoons (keep reading for dates) at the Bellevue Branch Library in the Studio NPL Teen space. NO EXPERIENCE REQUIRED, but the workshop is limited to students in the 6th-12th grades.

Session One: June 27th through July 1st, 1pm to 4pm
Session Two: July 11th through July 15th, 1pm to 4pm

Applications for the week-long intensive workshops -- as well as an overview of the workshop itself and all materials -- can be found here.  Forms can be returned by mail or via e-mail to Professor Melissa Gresalfi:

Application deadline is May 15th, and slots are limited to 15 students (rising 6th through 12th grade) per session. If more than 15 applications are received, students will be selected for participation by a lottery; notifications will go out by the first week in June.

Have questions, or want to know more? Visit the project website or call Dr. Gresalfi directly at (615) 343-2606.


Spring Sale

Spring Sale - Week Three

Vicki's pick for Week Three:

  • Berroco, Mixer, DK weight, 33% polyester, 33% cotton, 28% rayon, 6% nylon, 165 yards

Almost gone...but still on sale!  Shayron's & Sandra's picks for Week One & Two:

  • Debbie Bliss, Paloma, Super Bulky weight, 60% alpaca/40% merino, 73 yards
  • Laines du Nord, Mulberry Silk, DK weight, 100% silk, 136 yards
  • Knit Collage, Cast Away, Bulky, 100 % wool, 68 yards

These yarns are 50% off! If you've been eyeing them, now's the time!


Passport  Passport 2

Don't Forget Your Passport!

Just for fun, we created a Knitting Passport so you can track your Yearlong Knitalong progress. When you purchase materials for a specific Yearlong Knitalong project, we'll give you your very own passport! As you complete each project, simply swing by the shop with it and show it off (and receive loads of compliments, of course)...and don't forget to bring your passport so we can stamp it!  Fun, right!?  

Not local?  No worries.  We want you to join in the fun as well!  When you call and place your materials order, we'll kinda know why you're calling based on your order -- we're smart that way! -- but by all means, shout it from the rooftop that you're a Yearlong Knitalong participant. We'll be keeping and managing both your Rewards Card (remember: Double Stamps for Yearlong Knitalong materials!) and your Passport.

So what's gonna happen with these Passports?  At the end of our Yearlong Knitalong, all participants with a fully completed Passport will receive a magnificent prize.  (We'll be honest, we have no idea what this magnificent prize will be but, hey, we have a year to figure it out!  It'll be awesome, trust us!)