Here's a link to our February Newletter:
And here it is live:
Website news: we’ve revived the Knitting Circle gallery by letting you post. Visit http://rosiesknittingcircle.blogspot.com to see what everyone’s working on.
The Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival is coming! The RosieBus will be heading down and back on Saturday, May 5th – details soon!
WHAT’S NEW IN THE SHOP: Yarns
Aussi Wool Bulky: Nice solids, will wear well, great value. 100% wool, 128 yards, 3.5 to 4 sts/inch on US #9, $8
Baby Alpaca Chunky(Cascade): If you are a Blue Sky Alpaca fan, you’ll love this: bulky, buttery, great colors (we have just a short selection now), and super price. 100% baby alpaca, 108 yards, 3.5 sts/inch on US #10 needles, $12.50
Cashmere 5 (Artyarns): It looks like cobweb weight, but it’s a 5-ply stranded cashmere, so when you hold the plies together, you can make pretty quick work of it. Good value. 100% cashmere, 102 yards, 4.5 sts/inch on US #8 needles, $44
Creative Focus Superwash (Nashua): Another good product from former yarn store owner Linda Pratt’s Nashua. This merino superwash comes in a zillion in wonderful colors with excellent pattern support. 50% merino, 50% wool; 4.5 sts/inch on US #8 needles; 218 yards; $10
Esperanza (Schaefer Yarns): A big hunk of fantastic softness. 70% lambswool, 30% alpaca; 280 yards; 3 to 3.5 sts/inch; $38
Herdwick Fine (Autumn House Farm): If you don’t know this sock yarn, you’ll want to. We have 4 very pretty handpainted colorways, spun and done in Pennsylvania!** 100% superwash merino, 450 yards, $22
Jitterbug (Colinette): Colinette dips some very nice sock yarn into her vat – we just wish that the yardage were more sensible. For a pair of adult socks, think shortish and uncuffed. 100% superwash merino, 294 yards, $20.50
Silk Lace 20/2 (Claudia Hand Paints): 1100 yards of luminous threads of 100% Claudia Handpainted silk. Wow. $40
Silk Rhapsody Glitter (Artyarns): The glitter is lovely and subtle-enough for the flash-averse, and the luster of the silk with the halo of the mohair is delectable. 50% silk, 50% kid mohair; 260 yards; 4.5 sts/inch on US #7 needles; $44
Tofutsies (South West Trading Co.): A new entrant in the alternative fiber content universe – no, it’s not tofu sock yarn from Japan, but a happy mélange of cotton, wool, soy, and chitin (KAI-tin – obtained from recyling crustacean shells). 50% wool, 25% soysilk, 22.5% cotton, 2.5% chitin; 468 yards; 8 sts/inch on US #2 needles; $16
And, we have new stock of Black Bunny Fibers sock and laceweight.
** Pennsylvania yarn is another way to get more local in your craft, not just in your fruits and vegetables. On http://100-milesuit.blogspot.com/ read about an installation in Philadelphia’s Institute of Contemporary Art to use locally-sourced materials to make a suit – from underpants to jacket!
WHAT’S NEW IN THE SHOP: Books & Mags
Knits from a Painter’s Palette: Modular Masterpieces in Handpainted Yarns (Maie Landra). You might have a few of the color-xeroxed leaflets—you’ll go berserk for a professionally photographed book. Her first! (How is this possible?) Lots about their process, the farm – and terrific patterns. $24.95
Artic Lace: Knitting Projects and Stories Inspired by Alaska’s Native Knitters (Donna Drachunas). If all the gorgeous laceweight in the shop doesn’t make you reach for this book….$26.95
….& Penny Straker Patterns! These classics are written for weights of yarn, rather than brands, so you can choose what’s right for you (or use up some stash). Must make: Child’s Owl cardigan!
WHAT’S NEW IN THE SHOP: Stuff
Needle Felting tools. Because we’re tight on display space in the Cellar, if you don’t see what you need, just ask! Also, wonderful felted buttons.
SPINNERS: Louet drop spindles have arrived (just $16!), and wrist distaffs from Lacis are en route. (Expect more roving in the Cellar this spring, too.)
FEBRUARY’S PROJECT OF THE MONTH: Seeing (RED) Kit from Design Source
It’s a hat – or scarf – or pillow, in two hanks of red Manos Cotton, along with patterns for the aforementioned items, plus bits of green and red Manos so that you can make the apple hat on the blog. Rosie’s will donate $9 from every kit to the Global Fund for AIDS, and Design Source – who bring us all things Manos – are donating a portion of profits as well. For more on Project (RED). $18
CLASSES & WORKSHOPS
Call 215 977 YARN to reserve a place. For detailed descriptions, what you will learn, and materials you may need to bring, call the shop, or visit the web.
Beginners’ Knitting: 6 weeks, $125, materials included.
This is the class for anyone who has never held a knitting needle or for someone who “kind of learned a long time ago” and would like to have a thorough grounding.
Starts: February 15th (6 Thursdays, 6 to 8 p.m.)
Workshops are Sundays from 1 – 5 pm at Rosie’s. Check the website for materials included/required to bring with you.
2/4: Cables and Arans $40
2/11: Fair Isle Knitting $30
2/18: Basic Socks $45
2/25: Spinning with a drop spindle $40
ROSIE’S WILL BUY OUT OF PRINT KNITTING BOOK CLASSICS ON CONSIGNMENT
Time to de-stash the knitting library? Take your saleable condition books to Rosie’s to sell on consignment. Questions? see/email Lisa.
& REMEMBER ….
Every Tuesday there’s a new yarn on sale online...Rosie’s Yarn Cellar is open 24 hours online and in 3D seven days a week: M, T, Th, Sat: 10 - 6, Weds: 10 – 8, Fri: 10 – 7, Sun: 12 – 5.
Lisa R. Myers
2017 Locust Street
215 977 YARN