noro – now in socks!

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Some Noro sock yarn arrived late last week – the two on the left are Kureyon wool and the two on the right are Silk Garden! Both offer excellent yardage and the amazing colours that make Noro, well, Noro.

Also in stock are more Austermann Step Classic in solid colours, some Sirdar Snuggly DK for the baby knitting enthusiast, and Diamond Yarn’s Footloose sock yarn in beautiful variegated colourways that would look excellent knit up into those crazy socks posted as one of the winter-issue surprises on last week!

So much knitting – so little time!

Also, I’m changing tacks (as my sailing-expert Dad might say) with the Learn to Knit classes, as I’ve had a lot of people come in and say that they already know the basics but have forgotten how to knit/purl/cast-on/bind-off/switch-colours/et cetera, so rather than having formal classes, I though we might do a knitting skills drop-in night for the next four Wednesdays, from 7 until 9. Bring your own supplies if you have them, or feel free to purchase some here. Generally, I recommend the Briggs and Little Heritage yarn for beginners – it’s a very reasonable $5.39 for just over 200 yards of 100% wool made-in-Canada yarn, and I keep over 40 colours in stock! Its recommended needle size is 5 mm (U.S. size 8), but anything from a 4 mm to a 6 mm would be serviceable. So, to recap,

Learn to Knit Drop-in!
Bring or buy your yarn or needles, patterns, etc. – this is about learning!
Wednesday February 17th
Wednesday February 24th
Wednesday March 3rd
Wednesday March 10th
Each night we’ll be open from 7 to 9 to sort out whatever knitting mystery that’s been driving you nuts! There will be a teaching donation jar (say, 5 bucks?) but it is strictly optional. I love knitting, and I want you to love it too!

Also, this coming Monday (February 22nd), yours truly will be giving a little talk about yarn weights – untangling the mysteries of gauge, yardage, weights (aka thickness), and what it all means for your knitting! – at the Peterborough Public Library’s Kniterary Night! This event is free and open to the public, from 7 ’til 9 in the auditorium downstairs. My part will only be about 15 minutes or so – it’s really a night for local knitters to socialize, find out about some of the knitting groups who meet in this area, or bring in a troublesome project for a fresh pair of eyes… All in all, a great time!

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