This Week's Inspiration!
...and the love affair with the Easy Folded Poncho pattern continues. This time around, we used Taiyo Sport from Noro. This self-striping yarn, available Noro's beloved multi-colors is a soft blend of cotton, silk, wool and polyamide and is the perfect Spring/Summer yarn! It creates a fabric light enough for cool summer evenings and can also help combat frigid indoor air conditioning temps...if you choose a suitable color choice, it'll also transition right into fall. We recently discovered that the color we used in our model has, sadly, been DISCONTINUED ...so if you love it, act fast!
Sharpen Your (Colored) Pencils!
The coloring book trend is here to stay! We recently got a stack of Franklin Habit's I Dream of Yarn in, and people have just been crazy for it. Renowned for both his cartoons and his innovative use of color in knitwear, Habit has now created a coloring book that shows off these two skills brilliantly. Featuring a fantastic world imagined in yarn, each page of I Dream of Yarn provides a wonderful and wooly setting to color—all showcasing Franklin’s trademark style and wit. This fun and original collection will delight Franklin’s devoted fan base, while his strong design sense will appeal to the coloring crowd, too.
Report From the Bluegrass State
We're just back from a terrific weekend in Lexington, KY, where we parked The Yarn Bus at the Kentucky Sheep and Fiber Festival. Despite the off-and-on rain on Saturday, fiber fans from around the country waited patiently to board the bus and load up on yarn! This is one of our favorite regional festivals to attend; these people know their sheep (and alpacas), so it's always fun to see what they end up selecting. We'll be back next year, and if you're anywhere near Lexington in May...you should think about going too!
Another Weekend....Another Awesome Fiber Festival!
The Yarn Bus will be in Dickson, Tennessee, this weekend -- Friday, May 27 and Saturday, May 28 -- for the Middle Tennessee Fiber Festival at the Dickson County Fairgrounds. We do love this festival, full of friends and familiar faces...so if you're anywhere nearby on Friday or Saturday, stop by and hop on the bus!
Super Summer Sockalong...and an ADDED sock class!
WOW! Y'all were seriously excited about a Saturday sock class. The June classes we mentioned last week filled lightning quick so Leah's added additional dates for a July session. The class will be held over the course of three Saturday sessions: beginning July 9th from 3pm-5pm, continuing July 23rd from 3pm-6pm and ending July 30th from 3pm-5pm. Call the shop to register! 615-354-1007
Socks are the perfect takealong 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!
The Yearlong Knitalong: May & June!
It's May, so we're churning along with the May/June installment of the Yearlong Knitalong! This time around, we're 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: 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!)