KNITS BY NANA NEWSLETTER
Listen closely and you can hear it!
SPRING is bursting out in all it’s glory. Flowers are blooming, the smell of fresh mown grass lingers in the air and the birds are chirping beyond imagination. It’s time for new ideas, new challenges and a new you
Upcoming Events Mystery Shawl KAL
Who doesn’t love a great surprise
Clue 3 - Monday, May 9, 2-4pm
Clue 4 - Monday, May 23, 2-4pm
$20 each class, previous clue must be COMPLETED before moving on to the next clue.
This year’s mystery KAL uses 3 colors. I recommend using solid, semi-solid or speckled yarn like the beautiful colors from Baah, Zen, Huasco, or Dragonfly.
Think about color A as the main color, the leading role in the shawl. This could be speckled or multi- color yarn or a beautiful neutral. It has space to shine. If you want to use a self-striping yarn then I recommend using it as color A.
Color A needs a buddy so along comes Color B.
Color B is an accent color. It needs to offer some contrast to Color A. Think about a pop of color or something brighter or darker than Color A.
Color C joins the party fashionably late. It’s a color that demands to be featured. This could be a bold sassy color or something dark and dramatic.
Try to avoid 3 colors that look very similar like 3 shades of light blue or 3 busy multi-colors. If the colors are very similar they will blend together. Instead, choose a light, medium and dark color for your trio of 3 colors that offer different personalities.
Yarn: Fingering weight
Color A - 355 yds/325m.
Color B - 285 yds/261m
Color C - 395 yds/361m
Circular, US4/3.5mm 40” cord
Who’s excited about their next two squares?
If you need more yarn wound, please come a little early.
KNITS BY NANA NEWSLETTER MAY 2016
Things are beginning to happen at Knits By Nana. The gloom of winter has passed and the excitement of Spring and Summer is building. It won’t be long before we are having family celebrations, going off to camp or planning that big vacation of a lifetime.
Exciting events will be coming to your local yarn store as well. In June, we are pleased to once again be participating in another Yarn Crawl. Stores included will be in New Orleans, Lacombe, Diamondhead and Lafayette. It will be held during the month of June through the first week of July. This will provide plenty of time to make plans to participate. There will be a drawing for a Grand Prize for those customers that make it to every store as well as project ideas, patterns and surprises at each store. Last year was very successful for all of us. It gave us the opportunity to meet lots of people from the surrounding areas.
We hosted a Classic Elite yarn tasting this past month. Featured yarns and patterns were available using Fortuna, Bella Lino, Soft Linen and Firefly. Some entertaining games were held and delicious refreshments were provided.
The Sock Rulers have arrived! We have been patiently awaiting their arrival. This is the neatest device to use for measurements during knitting socks. You will wonder how you ever knit without it.
Hempathy is back in some stunning new colors. This is a DK weight yarn that is a blend of cotton, linen and rayon fibers. It is an excellent price for your next project. We have some really cute ideas for patterns such as Kat Coye’s Linen Top or the Summer Shawl. Both patterns can be found on Ravelry.
New yarns expected soon:
Madeline Tosh and Calista by Classic Elite Yarns. Calista is a new product available this summer. It is mercerized cotton in a chainette construction.
One of our newer yarns is Zooey by Juniper Farms. This fiber is delightful to knit with and comes in a variety of beautiful colors. Many customers have been knitting the Cancun top with 2 skeins of Zooey. This garment is so simple but makes such a fashion statement.
The featured yarn this month is Modern Cotton. It is a great yarn to make a quick washcloth to give with a beautiful bar of soap for those end of year or shower gifts.
There is also a pattern for an easy top to knit with 2 or 3 skeins on a US 13 needle. It’s called Quadra Tank and is available on Ravelry for $1.99. Perfect for summer
*Watch for dates *
Arne & Carlos Teddy Bear Knit A LThis cute little bear is made in self patterning sock yarn. Buy your yarn now for best selection.
Brioche Scarf: Churro
2 skeins of Fingering Weight yarn in two different solids.
June 8 & 22nd. Must attend both classes. No exceptions. $40
June 16th 12pm to 1pm
We are holding this class in preparation for
implementation of our new Blocking Policy.
The following Blocking Policy will be implemented
effective June 20, 2016.
ie.scarf, cowl, small garments or child’s garment $10 up
ie. Sweater, tops, or intricate pattern.
We have found it necessary to implement this policy as Blocking is a very labor intensive process that requires an extensive amount of staff time.
BEGINNING A ROW
Slip the first stitch of every Knit or Purl row. It makes a cleaner salvage
Knit the first row then change to the ribbing pattern.
Always slip a stitch as if to purl unless the pattern indicates otherwise.
KNITTING ON AN AIRPLANE
Yes, we can usually take our knitting on the plane, but here's some advice to make for less hassles.
You won't want to take huge or long needles and you wouldn't want to take a big project.
Take a small project like a scarf, hat, sox or mittens are easier to work on in a small airplane seat..