My goodness it's certainly knitting weather now, isn't it? Good for felting, too, as all that rolling action warms you up! I am offering 2 felt workshops:
Introduction to felting workshop on Saturday 28th July from 2-5pm. Cost will be $60 which includes fibre and a felting kit to make a beautiful scarf (come and see some samples in the shop).
Make a felt bag on Saturday 4th August from 2-5pm, cost for this one will be $65.00 which includes fibre and felting kit. A sample for this will be on display in the shop as of Tuesday next week. Some previous felting experience is necessary for this workshop.
Saturday 9th June was World Wide Knit in Public Day, and we had about 10 enthusiastic knitters sitting in the undercover area outside the shop, having a lovely time knitting and chatting. Knitting is becoming very popular again, as can be seen from the number of knitting magazines in the newsagents these days, and now family magazines such as Family Circle, Better Homes and Gardens and Women's Weekly are regularly offering knitting and crochet patterns again. I stock several of the yarns recommended in these magazine patterns and new ones are coming in all the time. The latest batch includes the Panda B.I.G. yarn which is a very chunky yarn for knitting on huge needles, also some lovely 12 and 14 ply yarns which knit up quickly too.
My favourite new yarn at the moment is the Touch Yarns 4ply Possum from New Zealand. It knits up into a beautifully soft fabric which feels like stroking a possum! I also have some silky smooth alpaca yarns from Tailored Strands, which is Australian grown and most of their range is also Australian processed.
New in stock are some great 'Learn to Knit' kits comprising of a knitting bag, yarn, pattern booklet, needles and a DVD to show you how to knit a scarf. These would make a great gift for a would-be knitter. If you are into needle felting, I have two kits from Ashford to make your own beagle dog, or a set of butterflies. Touch Yarns do a sweet baby knitted singlet and hat kit in finest pure merino 4 ply, and I have made a kit up to my own design of a diagonal knit neck warmer with a cute tassel at the back and a lovely button at the front.
If you need a special button to complement your knitting, have a look at the range in the shop. I'm a bit addicted to buttons and have been searching high and low for some really nice, unusual ones. I don't have a huge range but what I do have is very nice.
Knitting Tip of the Month
It's all in the finish! All your beautiful work can be spoiled if the garment is not finished off properly. After you have sewn all your ends into your work you will need to 'block' it before sewing up, unless you have worked in rib or garter stitch. Garter stitch will lie flat anyway, and ribbing needs to be springy, but stocking stitch and most fancy work will need to be blocked by pinning out to shape on a flat surface such as the carpet, bed, or a towel on a table, and dampening by placing a wet tea towel over it. Leave it until the tea towel has completely dried then pin and sew your seams. You can also use a steam iron by covering the knitting with a tea towel and being sure to just hold the steaming iron above the knitting, not pressed onto it. This method is also good for smoothing out your seams. I find that gently patting the tea towel with my hand immediately after steaming helps too.
Finally, our evening sock knitting class has sort of morphed into a knitting group, so if anyone would like to join in please let me know and I'll give you the details.
Until next month,Liz, (A Good yarn)