Three easy ways to tell the seasons are changing: (1) leaves are turning colors, (2) furnaces are being turned on for the first time in three months, and (3) more knitters and crocheters are beginning their sentences with “I’m making this as a gift for…”
As gift-makers, we want those gift projects to go fast. Go fast… and be just flashy enough so a non-knitting/crocheting recipient just might think we spent a little more time than we actually did. Go fast, be flashy… and be functional. We want to see our gifts used and loved, right? With that in mind, GYI is offering a new series of four one-session classes on weekend afternoons to jump start your gift knitting: Quicknits for Fall. Take as many as you like. Each class will present useful techniques and get you going on a different small, fast, fun project:
- Quicknits: Hat on Sunday, October 30; 1:00-3:30 p.m. You choose the size head you’ll be knitting for (adult/child/baby), and we’ll show you how to work in the round on both circular and double pointed needles plus how to do a tubular cast-on for a completely “edgeless start” to your ribbing. $40 plus purchase of Knitting Pure & Simple pattern and yarn.
- Quicknits: Mukluks on Saturday, November 5; 1:00-3:30 p.m. Mukluks are comfy, warm slipper boots, and making them is a great intro to three-dimensional knitting; some parts are worked flat, others in the round on DPNs. Your choice of a range of sizes from child to adult. $40 plus purchase of Knitting Pure & Simple pattern and yarn.
- Quicknits: Scarf on Sunday, November 13; 1:00-3:30 p.m. Take soft, chunky weight yarn (either rustic or glitzy), apply a cable needle, and voilà! You’ll have a reversible cable scarf in no time. $40 plus purchase of yarn.
- Quicknits: Fingerless Gloves on Sunday, November 20; 1:00-3:30 p.m. Yes, you’ll be knitting on double pointed needles and working an easy two-color pattern on your very first try. Learn how to cast on and knit with DPNs and create a thumb gusset for a pretty pair of fingerless gloves. $40 plus purchase of the Cairn pattern by Ysolda Teague and yarn.
Before we get to today’s FOs, just a reminder that other classes available before the end of the year include:
- Intro to Stranded Knitting: Fair Isle Cowl with Carolyn Kern. Two Saturday sessions, October 15 & 29, 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m., $45 plus purchase of yarn. If you haven’t already seen it in the shop, Carolyn’s original design, created for the beginning Fair Isle knitter, is just gorgeous:
- Ready, Set, Twist: Knitting Cables with yours truly, Ann Ross. Learn twist, cross, and traveling cables and cable chart reading while making an all-over design cabled pillow top. One session, offered for your convenience on both Saturday, October 22 and Sunday, October 23, 1:00-3:00 p.m., $3o plus purchase of yarn.
- Just Enough Ruffles, moi again. Learn all about short rows to make this graceful crescent-shaped ruffled scarf, also a useful cast-on for those projects that call for triple digit stitches. One Sunday session, November 6, 1:00-2:30 p.m., $25 plus purchase of pattern and yarn.
OK, that concludes our commercial message. On to our regularly scheduled programming! We have a great assortment of FOs today. First up, Pat brought in a beautiful soft blanket, made for granddaughter Kelley’s 4th birthday. Knit in our Tahki Torino, it is just as pretty on one side as the other:
Our Dream Club began in September. For six months, Dream Club members will be receiving exclusive yarns and single-skein patterns created by the master dyers at Dream in Color. The first shipment was a worsted cashmere blend with an accompanying pattern, Fairy Mitts, by Maria Leigh. This week, when the Club met again to pick up October’s yarn, Cheryl brought in her completed Fairy Mitts:
I hope my iPhone camera shows off the charming bud-and-vine pattern, Estonian horizontal braid at the edge of the frill cuff, to say nothing of the amazing colors. (My new camera will debut next week.) Cheryl said she made a second pair with another yarn, she enjoyed the pattern so much. Brava, Cheryl!
Gloves, mittens… Expect to see many more in our FO galleries in the coming weeks. I stumbled across a free pattern on the Knitting Pure & Simple website last Saturday that’s perfect for our Cascade Lana Grande. Try them yourself! Fast. How fast? Stephanie cast on and had one peacock blue mitt finished at Stitch & Spin the next day, while Gina had her lipstick red pair ready for their close-up by mid-week:
Most of our stock of ribbony Colinette Giotto has been made into snazzy drop stitch scarves. Did you know Giotto is absolutely fabulous for garments, too? Penny shared her oh-so-fashionable Eve cardigan with us:Isn’t it amazing? Soft, with great drape, and ready to be worn year-round. Lucky Penny!
Carolyn experimented with stitch patterns until she hit on one that really did justice to the yarn combination of Filatura di Crosa Superior with Nirvana, a classic pairing that yields the softest fabric imaginable, thanks to Superior being a blend of cashmere and silk. Unfortunately, my camera phone had a tough time with a jet black scarf on a shiny black table under direct overhead fluorescent lighting. Trust me, it is a masterpiece – simple, elegant, luxurious:
If you have an almost FO, why not join us on a Sunday, between noon and 4:00 p.m.? Get in some extra stitching time and check out our very newest yarns (they really are yarns, not Italian wines): Luca, Diamante, and Ritratto. We’ll be open each Sunday in October (except the 16th, when we’ll be at Rhinebeck), November, and December 4th and 11th. That’s six days a week, gosh yarn it!