15 Mar Spring KAL and other shop news
After much conferring and calendar page-flipping, I am pleased to announce our first knit along (or KAL) of the warm-weather season:
An all-knit (no purl!) triangular lace shawl knit from the outside edge inwards. The border is knit back and forth with a yarn-over selvedge, which are then picked up and knit up in garter stitch with an open-work lace panel. I knit this pattern a couple years ago, and while it *is* demanding, it’s also really fun, it’s a perfect warm-weather project, and the end result is stunning. My first one was in gray-blue silk, and I’ve wanted another in yellow (surprise!) for a while. So I figured I would invite you to knit it along with me!
Sunday April 7th, 2 – 4 p.m.
Sunday April 21st, 2 -4 p.m.
Sunday May 5th, 2 – 4 p.m.
(this way, if you really push through it, you can have it done and blocked for Mother’s Day. Though, mothers-of-knitters be warned: they may not be able to part with it when its done!)
More information about KALs is available on our website here: http://www.needlesinthehay.ca/classes.html (You’ll have to scroll down to below the class listings!) And let me know if you’d like to sign up! Email: email@example.com
Rock Island requires about 680 yards/622 metres of lace-weight yarn, and as it happens, I just received some new colourways in the Malabrigo Silk-paca Lace and the Diamond Luxury Pima Lino Lace:
And just for fun, here’s a look at some of the spring/summer yarns that arrived this week!
Mirasol Nuna, a sport-weight Merino/Silk/Bamboo blend. So shiny and drapey! Spring scarf anyone?
Elsebeth Lavold’s Hempathy! A Hemp/Cotton/Rayon blend in a dk-weight. I’ve seen so many great summer tank tops knit out of this yarn, it’s been on my want-it-in-the-shop list for a while… and now it’s finally here!
And Universal Yarn’s Cotton Supreme, a squishy heavy-worsted weight cotton in 100g skeins! I have KAL-related plans for this one, so you’ll have to stay tuned for that news next week!
And one final note about a change in our hours for this weekend: I’ve decided to close (or rather, not to bother opening) this Sunday, as it is St. Patrick’s Day. Normally this isn’t an issue at all for the shop, but because the holiday falls on a Sunday this year, it will also be the day of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, typically one of our slowest days because of all the craziness downtown. So instead of fighting my way through the crowds, I’m going to take a mental health day and stay home and make some springtime decorations for the shop! And do some knitting. Of course.
So Happy Friday, Happy Weekend, Happy St. Patrick’s Day to you all! I’ll be posting more KAL news next week!