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MARCH FORTH!


March Fourth--the only day of the year that's also a command!

We're sure marching forward here at CKYC.  We have so many great yarns and events coming to you in March and beyond.  Keep reading for details, including a preview of some stock so new that it's not even in the store yet!

Mary and the CKYC Board
NEW YARN (AND MORE)!
 

Local dyer Wendy has brought us her take on the same angora/merino/nylon blend yarn used by Universal for their Angora Lace.  These beautiful pastels would be perfect for Easter socks (and despite the name, Angora Lace is a sock yarn!)





Universal may have discontinued our beloved Classic Shades (there's still some on the sale rack!), but they've given us a little something to make up for it.  Colorburst is a DK-weight yarn that's 65% superwash merino, 35% acrylic, and each huge skein has 660 yards to 200 grams.  That's a shawl in a ball--or two balls for a sweater!  We have all eight beautiful colorways.



This next yarn is for all you dishcloth knitters out there.  Universal Yarn Clean Cotton Multi is "clean" because it's made with recycled cotton fiber (85%, with 15% recycled polyester for strength), which makes it much better for the environment than traditionally-raised cotton.  The price is also terrific at $2.75 for a 55 gram/96 yard ball.  I say "dishcloth," but I think it would also be great for children's garments or a summer tank.







 
CLASSES AND EVENTS!

Reminder: classes with no enrollees 48 hours prior to class start will be CANCELLED.  Please respect the time of our instructors and employees.

Here's a look at what's coming in March and April.  As always, for the most up-to-the-minute info, check the Facebook page or give the store a call.

Ready to give cables a try?  Looking for that second sweater project?   On March 6, 13, and 20 from 4-6 PM, join Doris as she guides you in swatching and starting the Central Park Hoodie.  This two-hour, three-session class is $40 or FREE with purchase of materials (we have suitable yarns for every taste and budget).




Photos courtesy @JaneMaeWren


Know how to knit but crochet is still a mystery?  Join us on Sunday, March 15, from 2-5 PM for Learn to Crochet class.  Expert instructor Joy will guide you in the basics of chaining, single, and double crochet.  This three-hour, single-session class costs $40, and all materials are included.  


Photo from Merylove Crafts on Unsplash


Did you miss the first round of 2-at-a-Time Toe-Up Socks?  It's coming again in March!  Join us on Friday, March 27, from 4-6 and learn how to knit two socks at the same time, from the toe-up.  This two-hour, single-session class costs $10. Participants must be comfortable with basic sock knitting and construction. Required materials: yarn suitable for socks and one circular needle at least 40" in length, in a size appropriate for your yarn.



Speaking of repeats, we're once again offering Give Spinning a Whorl in March!  (If you took that class or a former version, feel free to come back for more--it's a great way to get more practice on a wheel.)  Join us on Sunday, March 29, from 2-5 PM, and come try spinning on both a drop spindle and wheel. Everything is provided: wool, spindles, wheels. (Not recommended for people allergic to wool.) This class is ONLY about spinning - it's not about preparing raw wool for use, although that process will be outlined briefly. If participants already own a spindle or wheel, they are welcome to bring theirs to class.  This three-hour, single-session class costs $20, and all materials are provided.

 
SOCKAPALOOZA

What's Sockapalooza?  Co-op Member Doris has a circular sock knitting machine (CSM), and for one day only--Saturday, April 4--Doris will put her CSM to work for YOU! 

How it works: purchase a skein of sock yarn from CKYC, and Doris will crank it into a tube for you!  Doris will then show you how to make an afterthought heels so that you can make your tube into socks!  (You can also use your tube to make fingerless mitts, legwarmers, sweater sleeves--the only limit is your imagination.)  Even better, Doris will ALSO crank a skein of your stash yarn into a tube for you with your CKYC purchase.  (Some sock yarns earn you TWO sock tubes--ask Mary or another CKYC employee for details.)  Check the schedule for tube classes--we'll have one on April 3 for previous Sockapalooza participants, and one on April 10 for newly-cranked tubes.

We'll have snacks, good cheer, and cranking demonstrations all day long, from 10:30 AM to 5 PM.  Come join us!
COMING ATTRACTIONS!

Wild Mittens, Unruly Socks 2 (the sequel to Wild Mittens, Unruly Socks--which we do still have a few copies of) released a month early in February and took us all by surprise.  Our first order sold out, but the second one should come in any day.  Let us know if you'd like us to hold a copy!  (P.S. we also sold out of Harry Potter: Knitting Magic--and by "we" I mean "the whole world."  That's right, the entire first print run is gone, but it will be reprinted sometime this month, and we've ordered more.)



I don't have any pictures of these next items because we're still waiting on the mail, but I'm too excited not to tell you about them!  First, The Knit Kit is BACK!  The brand-new Knit Kit 2.0 has been released, and a special CKYC-branded edition will soon be available!  Second, CKYC is thrilled to introduce a new dyer, JulieSpins, to our lineup.  Julie dyes beautiful one-of-a-kind batches of yarn in Boston, and her colors must be seen to be believed.  We're starting with her Silky 435, a 50/50 wool/silk fingering weight that's a dream to knit.  We'll also try out a few new bases at our next yarn-and-tea tasting (dates for that coming soon).  And finally, after all the shakeup at Interweave Press last year, we're pleased to announce that Interweave Knits and Knitscene magazines will once again be available at CKYC, beginning with the Summer issue of Interweave Knits in mid-April.  Thanks for your patience!

 
FEATURED FINISHED OBJECTS!

CKYC was all about colorwork this month.  First, Doris made another version of her new favorite Icelandic sweater, which was featured in our February sweater class.  March's sweater class is the Central Park Hoodie (see above).  Sign up today!



Ellin knit the same sweater in Deluxe Worsted (instead of Woolstok) and further adapted the pattern to make it her own by adding length and waist shaping.  If you need more assistance, we're always happy to help!



Joy chose both a different pattern--Kambur--and a different yarn for her Icelandic sweater.  Since this is for her small granddaughter, she picked versatile Uptown Worsted, a 100% acrylic that can be machine washed and dried, and she knitted a larger size so there's room to grow.




This isn't stranded colorwork, but check out Antonia's creative use of multi yarn and granny square panels in her new top.  She used Classic Shades Frenzy and Adore to make a truly unique sweater!

Finally, I don't usually share my own projects in FFO (in fact, this may be the first time), but I'm so happy with how this came out that I'm making an exception.  I used a 21 Color Slouch Hat Kit and one 50g skein of Woolstok to make this 21 Color Fair Isle Hat.  It was a truly enjoyable knit, and I had enough yarn leftover to make the kit hat (or something close), too.  We have several kits available, or it would also look terrific in a Woolstok color bundle (the same mini-skeins grouped into color families).



Want to knit your own colorwork but don't know how to get started?  We're offering an Introduction to Colorwork class on Sunday, March 22, from 2-5 PM. 





 

 

SCHEDULE

Here's what's coming up in March and April.  Our class schedule changes often in response to real life, and we add new classes all the time.  Make sure you're up-to-date by checking the website: https://closeknityarncoop.com/ or Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/CloseKnitYarn/.  To sign up for a class, call the store during business hours, send an email, reach out via Facebook message, or come on by.  Remember that CKYC subscribers get a 20% discount on all class fees and that classes with no enrollees 48 hours before class start will be canceled
 
  • March 6, 13, 20 (Friday): Class: Knit the Central Park Hoodie ($40 or FREE with purchase of materials; three sessions)
    4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

     
  • March 8 (Sunday): Class: Learn to Knit ($40, materials included)
    2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

     
  • March 15 (Sunday): Class: Learn to Crochet ($40, materials included)
    2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

     
  • March 22 (Sunday): Class: Introduction to Colorwork (FREE with purchase of materials)
    2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

     
  • March 27 (Friday): Class: 2-at-a-Time Toe-Up Socks ($10, materials not included)
    4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
     
  • March 29 (Sunday): Class: Give Spinning a Whorl ($20, materials included)
    2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
     
  • April 3, 10 (Friday): Class: Socks from Machine-Knit Tubes (limited to Sockapalooza participants)
    4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

     
  • April 4 (Saturday): SOCKAPALOOZA! (FREE)
    10:30 am - 5:00 pm


     
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