This Week's Inspiration!
The Sanibel Lace Shawl is a triangular shawl worked from the bottom tip up in a simple all-over yarnover pattern. We chose to knit our sample in Pima Splash from Mirasol. Pima Splash is a 100% cotton yarn with a hollow core construction that makes it super lightweight and incredibly bouncy. It's worsted weight, available in ten fun, hand-painted colorful splash options! A great yarn for warmer-weather accessories and garments.
New to the shop!
Just in, a batch of handmade drop spindles from Scott Snyder of Snyder Spindles in Wisconsin! We ordered two weights: Light for spinning lighter weight yarns and Medium for beginner spinners and thicker yarns. In addition to the two different weights, we have two of his popular whorl shapes -- a gear shape and a record spider (you remember: those little gadgets that we used to put in the middle of 45rpm records back in the olden days...). Teach yourself to spindle spin with a Snyder spindle and a copy of the book Respect the Spindle by Abby Franquemont. Start with some Frabjous Fibers BFL Lambtails and you'll be making your own handspun yarn in no time! Feel free to stop in any Saturday, Sunday or Monday and our resident spinning-guru, Vicki, will be delighted to demo them for you.
New Tool and a Super Summer Sockalong...and a sock class!
New in the shop: a ruler that takes the guesswork out of measuring when knitting socks! The wide, flat surface fits right inside the cuff when working top-down and conversely tucks right inside the toe when working toe-up AND right inside the heel for measuring the perfect foot length! However you knit 'em, this ruler will give you a more accurate size...ensuring perfect-fitting socks, every time!
Socks are the perfect take-a-long project for the summer months: They're small, portable, seriously cute and make perfect gifts. After a busy spring, we thought it would be a great time to celebrate with a Super Summer Sockalong! Beginning June 1st and ending September 30th, we're going to attempt to make one pair of socks each month, 4 pairs in all.
The rules are simple:
- Make a pair of socks, one pair per month, June-September 2016. Post your photos and progress in our Ravelry group and/or on Instagram using the #HOYsupersummersockalong
- Learn something! Top-down, toe-up, experiment and learn new techniques.
- Have fun!
- We ask that all yarn for the knitalong be purchased from Haus of Yarn! As a genuine 'thank you!' for your participation, all materials purchased at Haus of Yarn that relate directly to each months knitalong will qualify for double stamps on our Haus of Yarn Reward Card. Double Stamps!
Never made Socks before?
Take a class! Our super-busy resident sock guru Leah has cleared her schedule and will be offering a beginning sock class, and the timing couldn't be more perfect! The class will be held over the course of three Saturday sessions: beginning June 4th from 3pm-5pm, continuing June 11th from 3pm-6pm and ending July 2nd from 3pm-5pm. Call the shop to register! 615-354-1007
The Yearlong Knitalong: May & June!
Join us in the store TODAY, Monday, May 2nd at 11:00 am, as we kick off the next installment of our 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.!
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!)