Welcome to another Friday! Here’s what’s been going on around the shop this week.
We welcomed the return of French Market Fibers to the shop. Originally making an appearance in 2012, this week’s shipment of Silky DK came in limited quantities and flew out of the store in record time. There are still a few skeins looking for a good home in the Crawfish Boil, Creole Mustard, and Plantation colorways. Each skein comes in at $30 for a 231 yard skein of 50/50 blend silk and merino. Read more about French Market Fibers here.
SweetGeorgia Silk Merino Fine also arrived earlier in the week, bringing richly saturated colors to the 50% silk, 50% merino blend ($39 for 380 yards). Read more about these two yarns and project ideas here.
Hazel Knits Entice MCN is back in stock! After the last batch sold out, we knew we had to get more. Maybe you’re jonesing to make a Hitofude cardigan like yarnistas Nicole and Kim or just want really soft but resilient socks. Either way, at $31 for 400 yard, come in and get it while the getting is good.
The Katahdins are here! Sharing a name with the highest mountain in Maine and end of the Appalachian Trail, the Miss Babs Katahdins pack a wallop: 1750 yards of fingering weight BFL, enough to make a sweater and wind up to a cake larger than your head. They were brought in for the Fall Knitalong and are only going to be in the shop for a limited time. If you find yourself wanting a mountain skein of yarn, stop by this weekend.
There’s so much to learn in the next few weeks. Here’s the rundown:
Have you been wanting to learn to crochet, but keep putting it off for one reason or another? Two sessions of Introduction to Crochet are starting up: Tuesday, October 7 at 7 pm and Sunday, October 12 at 4 pm. This three week class costs $75.
Introduction to Crochet – Granny Squares kicks off this Sunday, October 5 at 4 pm. This two week class costs $60.
Rounding out our crochet offerings, Fingerless Mitts on Thursday, October 9 at 7 pm will teach you all you need to crochet in the round and follow basic patterns in one night. This class costs $40 and is recommended for people with some basic crochet knowledge.
If you’re looking to beef up your knitting skills, we’ve got you covered. The next session of Introduction to Knitting begins on Sunday, October 5 at 2 pm. This three week class costs $75 and teaches the basics of casting on, knitting, purling, and binding off.
If you’re confident in the basics and looking to take your knitting to the next level, we recommend taking either the Beanie Hat class (a three-hour long workshop on Sunday, October 19, 11 am-2 pm, $50) or the First Hat Class – Beret or Slouch Hat (meets two consecutive Wednesdays beginning October 22 at 7 pm, $65). Both classes teach working in the round, decreasing, and working with double pointed needles.
Comfortable working in the round and want to learn more? Try Beginner Socks from the Toe Up on Monday, October 13 at 7 pm. This three week class costs $75.
If you’ve been wanting to try your hand at lace, we’ve got Introduction to Lace Shawls, Ashton coming up on Thursday, October 16th at 7 pm. This two week class costs $65 and teaches the fundamentals of triangular shawls and reading lace charts.
Looking to combine the challenges of fair isle and sweater construction? Fair Isle Child Sweater teaches stranded color work in a charming sweater for children or toddlers. This three week class begins Wednesday, October 22 and costs $80.
If you’re looking for a special topic, look no further than Entrelac Shawl or Wrap, beginning this Monday, October 6. Learn to knit a single piece of fabric that looks like woven strips over two weeks. Class costs $65.
Events and Such
We are delighted to be hosting the brand launch of Woolfolk this Saturday! Stop by for the official launch party from 11 am-5 pm as we welcome Olga Buraya-Kefelian, the designer who developed their first pattern collection, and “taste” two weights of some of the softest merino you will ever experience. The trunk show will be available in space through October 15th.
Ann Weaver returns to fibre space to teach her popular Color Theory Workshop on Saturday, October 11 from 3-5 pm ($75). Come build your confidence in playing with color combinations and knitting modularly while working on the Albers Cowl. This workshop assumes an intermediate knowledge of casting on, working in garter stitch, and binding off.
Laura Nelkin will be teaching a weekend-long fete of workshops and a book launch on November 7-8. Join us to celebrate the launch of Laura’s first book, Knockout Knits on Friday, November 7 at 6 pm. Laura will be on hand to sign copies of her book, which is available at fibre space. Laura will also be teaching three workshops: Knitting Jewelry on Friday, November 7 from 3-6 pm, Knitting with Beads – Chaching Mitts or Tam on Saturday, November 8 from 10 am-1 pm, and Knitting with Beads – Shawls with Beads on Saturday from 2-5 pm. Each workshop costs $65.
This week we kicked off our Fall Knitalong with Miss Babs! We’ll be knitting Westbourne (Kinu Love) by Isabell Kraemer, using Miss Babs Katahdin during October and November. This seamless topdown raglan provides any number of possibilities to customize and get really creative with color. We launched into planning and swatching mode this week. With so many options, we’re excited to see what you do! And, as a friendly reminder, finish your sweater by November 13, and be entered to win free yarn. Read more here.
Did You Know?
fibre space carries a wide variety of needles and notions, and we’re always happy to special order any needle that we may not currently have on hand (ahem, size 50/25mm needles for Outlander cowls). The current Guiness World Record for knitting with the largest needles is held by an English woman who knit a swatch with needles that were 6.5cm thick and 3.5 meters (11.5 feet) long!