Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Down with germs!

I have the new Facebook. And, the new Facebook likes to send me reminders - "people who like Knits in Class haven't seen anything in a while... what are you doing?"

Well, let me tell you the reason I haven't posted anything new in a while: germs. Specifically, really nasty ones that caused me to become the sickest person ever, miss the Farm Baash, then spread around to various family members. It has been two weeks since the first one of us went down, and I think it's safe to say it's over now. The weather is (finally) warming, the snow is (finally) gone. Time for spring!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Small Batch Dyeing

A quick photo preview of my Small Batch Dyeing class I'm teaching this weekend at the Farm Baash.

Grey Dye Spoons
My brand new Grey Dye Spoons are so perfect for this project! (I got mine from Lavender Wool.)

Canning wool:
Small Batch Dyeing

Small Batch Dyeing

And, it worked!

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Feeling Professional: New Website!

This has been on my to-do list for about 6 months. Long enough that my service provider contacted me not once, but twice, to make sure I didn't need any help. (They did not seem convinced when I said no. Apparently, something this simple can be done by Millenials in 10 minutes or less.)

It's simple, yet functional, and now you can find everything Knits in Class through one simple site.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

No Fear Dyed Roving class

Always wanted to learn to dye roving, but you've been afraid of felting it? Looking to add some new techniques to your skill set? This class is for you!

Dye wool roving with no fear of felting! Students will learn basic resist dye techniques using wool roving and Greener Shades acid dyes. The class covers the following: how to prepare the fiber, mix dyes, make a dyebath, and how to dye and set color using roasters and crock pots. No previous dyeing experience is required.

I will provide the dye, materials, and 8 ounces of wool roving. You come with the willingness to learn and get a little messy!

Location: Anoka Fiber Works
Date: Sunday, January 19, 2014
Time: 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Cost: $40

Friday, February 28, 2014

Holla Knits KAL

The Holla Knits KAL kicked off on February 3, and I've finally settled on the Chumash Cowl from the latest Accessories issue. I'm using my Targhee Worsted for this one - in Moss, Stormy Skies, and Truffle.

Once I finally got past being intimidated by the moebius cast-on (which is beautifully explained in the pattern, by the way), I've been addicted to knitting this.
Knitting at gymnastics:

Knitting while waiting in the car (I should do a whole series on this):

Almost done now - should get it cast off and blocked this weekend!

This KAL is loaded with amazing prizes - and, multiple chances to win. Each item you complete during the KAL gives you an additional chance to win. And, the timeline is super-generous - 3 full months! Even multiple project starter-itis knitters like me can finish a project during this KAL.

Join the fun in the Holla Knits Ravelry group- there's still two months left!

Friday, February 21, 2014

Upcoming: Farm Felt Baash!

I can't believe it - I have actually succeeded in booking a weekend away without my three children in tow! And - huge bonus - it is for a weekend fiber retreat, the Farm Felt Baash! (love the name) I've never been able to attend a retreat before, but have been wanting to do one for ages. Even better - I get to teach dyeing to a group of needle felters.

 Amy, the talented artist behind Needle & Felt, is the organizer and host, and we get to felt at her Minnesota farm and meet farm animals!
(Any chance the weather could be like this, Amy?)

Sound like fun? There are still spaces available! More retreat info is in Amy's blog post here, and you can register right here. Wool, dinner, drinks, goody bags, classes, lambs - what's not to love?

 *all photos are courtesy of Amy Larson, Needle & Felt

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Darn Knit Anyway Yarn Club Collaboration

It is always so exciting for me to be asked to collaborate with local yarn shops - which can make it really hard to keep it a secret! Now I can finally reveal what's been occupying my dye pots - a Darn Yarn Club collaboration with the amazing Stillwater LYS Darn Knit Anyway. And, to be part of a group that includes such talented favorites as the Plucky Knitter, Cephalopod, Sweet Georgia, and Miss Babs? Wow. Talk about a heady feeling.

Darn Knit Anyway selected my Merino Silk base (60/40 merino / silk, single ply, gorgeous), and I collaborated with the shop and the pattern designer to come up with the colorway Lightning Strike. Which is a gorgeous purple-blue, but notoriously difficult (for me) to capture on film.
The pattern designer, Carly Stipe, came up with a beautiful ear flap hat, the Polar Vortex. (and takes much better pictures than me!)

I am in love with this hat - and the name is sooo perfect for the winter we are experiencing! The yarn club kit came with pom pom makers, too.
If you missed out on this month's yarn club, not to worry - there are many more beautiful months ahead! Check out the Darn Yarn Club order page (they ship all over the world!), and read more about past month's in Darn Knit Anyway's Ravelry group.