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A LOVE LETTER


I couldn't live without you.  You make my life complete.  I'm never better than when I'm all wrapped up in you.

A romantic? Me?  Nah, I just love yarn!

February is for yarn lovers at CKYC, with new yarn, new books, and new classes upcoming.  Check out our jam-packed schedule below.

While I'm thinking about it, did you know that you can place special orders through CKYC?  We will happily accept orders for any product from our associated companies--even if we don't stock a particular yarn or type of needle in the store!  (For example, we just don't have the room to carry ChiaoGoo's huge line of interchangeable needles, but we can and do order them all the time.)  You don't need to be a co-op subscriber to place a special order--although of course subscribers do save 5% on those orders--and usually there are no extra charges or shipping fees.  If you'd like to place an order, send us an email at closeknityarncoop.gmail.com, or drop by the store on a Thursday or Friday.  We love to make our customers happy!  (See what I did there?)

With love,

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

Our first new yarn for February is Universal Yarn Deluxe Worsted Superwash.  We've carried the regular Deluxe Worsted since the store opened, and now we're happy to bring you the superwash version, which is still reasonably priced ($9.75 for a 100-gram skein) and can be machine-washed and dried.
 
 
 
We've also got some new items and restocks from local dyers!  Co-op member Joy Getha has dyed some angora/merino/nylon blend yarn for us--the same base as Angora Lace but in Joy's rich colors.  These are truly one-of-a-kind yarns, so get them while they're still here.  Dyer Jill Hefele of Enchanted Sky Yarns has restocked some popular colors in all the lines we offer.  These yarns are milled from the fiber of Jill's own alpacas and then hand-dyed.  (And yes, they're this bright in person, too.)





We've restocked several popular books, like Wild Mittens Unruly Socks (the sequel comes out in March!) and added new ones, like Selbu MittensHarry Potter: Knitting Magic should arrive this coming week, and I'll make sure to announce on Facebook when it does.  (Do you follow us on Facebook?  If not, why not?  It's the quickest way to get up-to-the-minute info about the store.  https://www.facebook.com/CloseKnitYarn)



Speaking of Facebook, I mentioned that we had a problem with "too much" yarn last week.  We did manage to find shelf space for the new Lamb's Pride Bulky, but it was a close thing.  Here's a selection of the beautiful tonal colors that just arrived.  Lamb's Pride felts beautifully--I made three pairs of slippers for the holidays!--and is a joy to knit.



We've had Blue Sky Fibers Woolstok for a few months now, but six new colors were introduced in January and are currently in stock.  This worsted-weight 100% wool yarn has become one of our bestsellers, and when you knit with it, you'll see why!  It's the recommended yarn for our Icelandic sweater class (see more below).  As of this writing, we also have one 21-Color Slouch Hat Kit in stock.  This kit includes the pattern and mini-skeins of 21 colors of Woolstok (formerly all the colors available--can a 27-color version be far behind?)  P.S. the price the co-op pays for Woolstok went up at the beginning of the year, but I've been able to keep it down for our customers until now.  Unfortunately, this is no longer possible, and the new prices will go into effect February 11--so now is the time to buy that sweater yarn!



And last but not least, Bamboo Pop Sock is back!  This bamboo rayon/cotton/PBT (a proprietary stretchy polymer) blend is wool-free and a great choice for summer socks.  All the colors you see are brand-new, and the price is terrific--$9.00 per 100-gram skein.  That's a pair of handknit socks for under $10!!







 
UPCOMING CLASSES!

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

I thought I'd just mention a few classes upcoming in February and March.  We add more all the time, and I don't have a lot of space here, so (sing it with me) check the Facebook page for more details and classes!

Knit an Icelandic-style sweater!  If you're an experienced knitter but have never tried colorwork, or an intermediate knitter who has never knit a sweater, this is the class for you.  Join expert instructor Doris as she guides you in swatching, fitting, and knitting an Icelandic sweater. This two-hour, three-session class is FREE with purchase of materials (we recommend Blue Sky Fibers Woolstok, but we have suitable yarns for every taste and budget), and takes place from 4-6 February 7, 14, and 21.  



  If you've conquered regular socks, why not try intarsia?  Join expert instructor Wendy as she guides you in beginning the Stitch Surfer socks. This two-hour, single-session class will take place on Friday, February 28, from 4-6, is suitable for intermediate to advanced sock knitters, and costs $10. (Required materials: approximately 50g each of two contrasting colors sock yarn. Purchase at the store or bring some from stash.)



We're pleased to announce a brand-new class offering.  Get ready for YARNOLOGY!  Want to learn more about the different types of yarns, and what they’re good for? This class will explore answers to questions including (but not limited to!):  What are the different weights of yarn? What are the different kinds of yarn fibers? What yarns are good for what projects? What does “ply” mean? Why do all patterns tell you to check gauge? What’s the big deal?  This FREE, single-session class will take place Saturday, March 7, beginning at 11 AM and lasting for about an hour.  Although the class is free, we have limited space and have capped the numbers at 10.  Please call (email, Facebook message, drop by) the store to reserve your spot ASAP!

Our January offering of this class was so popular that we've decided to offer it again!  (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.

 


 
SOME SAD NEWS

Universal Yarn has discontinued three of our favorite yarns: Classic Shades, Classic Shades Sequins Lite, and Classic Shades Frenzy.  If you'd like to stock up, we are offering a 40% discount on ORDERS placed for these yarns while their supplies last.  There is no discount on current stock at this time.  Thanks for your understanding!

 
FEATURED FINISHED OBJECTS!

I've got a ton for you this month.  In fact, I took so many pictures that I may post them . . . on the Facebook page!

First up, check out Celeste's beautiful jacket and turtleneck.  The jacket was knit in long-color-changing Heritage Wave, and the turtleneck in Heritage.  Both yarns have the same fiber content and yardage--the only difference is in the colors.





Ysabel knit her "Not a Celebrity" scarf in Classic Shades Sequins Lite.  (Even though it's discontinued, we still have this color in the store . . .)  The fun short-row construction keeps it interesting and the garter stitch keeps it simple!  This is a free pattern and we're happy to print you a copy if you buy the yarn.

Janet is already prepared for next Christmas with her crocheted stocking!  This free pattern, Polka Dot Christmas Stocking, is available on Ravelry and calls for any worsted weight yarn.  Janet chose fun "retro" colors of Uptown Worsted (Race Car Red, Hunter Green, and Cream).




I think Anne may be the first person to finish her Mitered Square Poncho from the class in January!  She used four skeins of Classic Shades in Lake.  (Which we can still order as of this writing . . .)


 

Judy wanted a hat to match her ski jacket--and it turned out to match her puffy coat as well!  She used one skein of Uptown Worsted Tapestry in Purple Power and one skein of Uptown Worsted in Baby Blue to make the free Quick Ombre Hat pattern (available on Ravelry).

SCHEDULE

Here's what's coming up in February and March.  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

 
  • February 7, 14, 21 (Friday): Class: Knit an Icelandic Sweater ($40 or FREE with purchase of materials; three sessions)
    4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

     
  • February 9, 16 (Sunday): Class: Learn to Knit Mittens Sessions 2 & 3 ($60, materials included.  The first session has finished, but you can still catch up; contact us for details)
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

     
  • February 28 (Friday): Class: Stitch Surfer Socks ($10, materials not included)
    4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

     
  • February 29 (Saturday): Leap Day PARTY!
    noon - 5:00 pm

     
  • March 1 (Sunday): Class: My First Sweater (FREE with purchase of materials)
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

     
  • 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 7 (Saturday): Class: Yarnology (FREE, limited to 10, please register in advance)
    11:00 am - noon

     
  • 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 29 (Sunday): Class: Give Spinning a Whorl ($20, materials included)
    2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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