last minute holiday knits*

We are down to the last few weeks before the final Christmas of this decade. Many of us may still have a few folks on our lists with question marks rather than a check next to their names. I mean, I haven’t done any shopping or making, so I’m definitely in that camp. I’ve compiled a collection of quick projects (*knit AND crochet), most of which are one-skeiners, that will hopefully help you with that odd person on your list, make you feel productive, and use up a bit of stash at the same time. Garments are adult-sizes – no baby or children’s patterns have been suggested.

Please note, some links will take you to Ravelry pages!

CROCHET

1.5 Hour Beanie from Jess Coppom

This super fast beanie from Make & Do Crew is a fun, quick project that can be modified for different yarns. I used a heavy worsted (my hand-dyed Arianwen) for this sample, but the pattern calls for bulky. Work it up in a solid color yarn or different yarns to create vertical stripes. Make a pompom of the same yarn or a different color.

Desert Winds Triangle Scarf from Jess Coppom

Another great single skein project from Make & Do Crew, this triangular shawl/scarf is also quite easy to adjust. When I made this one, I didn’t have a full 4 ounce skein, so I just worked the increases until I was halfway through my ball of yarn (weighing as I went) and then started the decreases. Worsted weight, DK weight, even a heavier yarn – it all works! A great way to showcase a lovely handdyed yarn (shown here in Enid).

Spring Blossoms from the Unraveled Mitten

And of course, home goods are always a hit, especially for that person you know loves to decorate for the season. Or that person who you can’t begin to guess at sizes. These coasters can be worked up in any color, so match it to their decor, make it holiday-inspired, or just do what you want. Work up a big stack and then divide them up among your friends and family. These will make great hostess gifts for parties too!

Two-Tone Slippers from Jenna Watson

They might be called “two-tone”, but these slippers can be any number of colors! I worked up a pair last holiday season for my SIL and I felt so smug as she opened them. I used a bright yellow and gold to match her old living room. I remember how she said it cheered her up. Does she wear them? I don’t know, but I gave her a handmade gift and my job was done. Later I made a pair for myself using little odd balls of left overs from all the crocheting I had done for my holidays shows. So quick and fun, I’m a convert to crocheted slippers!

KNIT

Uncooperative Hat from Christine Parker

Clever and snarky at the same time, this hat will be as fun to knit as it is to give to the lucky recipient! While it’s not a one-skein project, you will have fun digging through your stash to find different coordinating colors for the text, ribbing, and pompom.

Helix Mitts from Sybil R.

I’m mildly obsessed with all the mitten patterns from Sybil. I’ve been trying the crochet ones, but haven’t quite gotten the hang of it. Perhaps when I’m not also watching The Crown and can focus a little more, I’ll be able to achieve greatness. In the meantime, these garter stitch mitts are really awesome looking and perhaps require slightly less of your undivided attention.

Non-Felted Slippers from Yuko Nakamura

Sure, slippers and socks can be a little more tricky when it comes to gifting, but these are way too cool to pass up! Knit with a super bulky yarn (and no felting required – which can be so unpredictable), they will work up fast. Don’t have the right weight yarn? Try holding two strands together to make up the difference. Another great way to eat up that stash!

Winter’s End Cowl from Rebecca Shepler

Rebecca is a friend of mine and a very talented artist. I love the funkiness of the pattern and all the various ways to wear it. Maybe not something for that less adventurous person on your gift-giving list, but definitely something to consider for your stylish friends and family! Also a great way to show off an interesting yarn, or just keep it neutral.

YDT 2019

It’s that time of year ago, folks! We in the northeast quadrant of Ohio start getting antsy to wear sweaters and drink cider. The Facebook feeds fill up with “first day of school” photos. And of course, yarn shop owners begin shouting about the YARN DISCOVERY TOUR.

SO, WHAT IS THIS TOUR ALL ABOUT?

  • Purchase a passport at any participating shop & receive a free souvenir tote bag. Passports available for purchase beginning Tuesday, August 20 and continuing through the 2019 YDT.
  • 2019 Yarn Discovery Tour begins Tuesday, September 3 and concludes Sunday, September 22.
  • Purchase a minimum of $10 from any participating shop and receive that shop’s free YDT pattern and entry into that shop’s Prize Basket drawing ($100+ value).
  • When you make your purchase, receive a passport stamp from that shop as well as their pin for your souvenir totebag. Visit a few shops or visit them all!
  • Collect passport stamps and be entered into YDT Prize Basket drawings as well.
  • The YDT will draw 4 winners from all shoppers with 5 passport stamps, 2 winners for all shoppers with 10, 2 winners for all shoppers with 15 and 1 Grand Prize Winner from shoppers with all passport stamps. Shoppers with 5, 10, 15 or all 19 passport stamps not already winning a YDT Prize Basket, will be entered in a Last Chance Drawing.
  • Shoppers with all shop passport stamps will also receive a free YDT souvenir.
  • Prize winners will be drawn and notified the week after the YDT concludes. Winners of shop prize baskets pick those up from the shop itself. Winners of YDT Prize Baskets may pick those up from their shop of choice.
  • Winners will be posted on the website as soon as possible after the YDT concludes.
  • Visit yarndiscoverytour.com for more info!

summer vacation sale

Last summer, before I disappeared for my annual camping trip, I held the first Summer Vacation Sale. Guess what? We’re doing it again!

Find discounts on yarn, fiber, and tools all over the Studio. Goods in the Red Line bin (usually 25% off) will have an extra 15% discount.

Stop in for a two day special sale on July 24 & 25. You choose what is on sale! Get 25% off any one item in the Studio. This includes all in stock tools and equipment, books, fiber, and yarn.

No special orders or holds/deposits.
Floor models excluded.

sampling

I used to knit A LOT. Every day. I had projects with me at school, at work, getting my oil changed, sitting in church, in the evening, etc. But my hands and wrists started to protest, so I slowly transitioned away towards other things. Also, I got bored. I felt bad for not wanting to do it anymore.

In the last two years, since opening the Shop, I’ve come back to knitting. Not just that, but I’ve been exploring crochet much more too. And I’m loving it again! My latest FOs have been more for my own enjoyment and curiosity. My new favorite yarn is ENID, the DK weight Blue-Faced Leicester that I’ve been dyeing. I’ve made three shawls and a hat so far.

GE Hand-dyed Enid DK weight
>> Reversible Pleat Hat from Purl Soho
>> Desert Winds Scarf from Make & Do Crew

Brown Sheep Co. Shepherd’s Shades heavy worsted weight
>> Wall Basket from Yarn Craze (Rav link)

April Marks 1 Year of Club

Last April I finally started a Fiber Club, something I had been wanting to do for years. They had been all the rage for quite some time – sock clubs, yarn clubs, swaps — anything that allowed someone to pay for a box to appear on their porch each month. But how could I make it work with the way I work? No recipes, no plans. No two things the same. It didn’t seem to be the way these clubs worked. Dyers send an “exclusive colorway” to their subscribers. I don’t even have colorways! After discussing with a fellow fiber artist (that I respect and trust), it seemed that a surprise batt club would be the best route. Blammo!

The first group was a bit of an experiment. I’ve worked out details through the course of the year, figuring out better ways to make it function. I’m pleased to say that I’ve settled on something that seems to make sense?? Ha! I suppose I’ll never stop doubting myself about these things.

Payment Options:

  • Pay the full amount at the start
  • Receive an invoice at time of shipping each month

Color Options:

  • Choose three colors (one for each month)
  • Red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple
  • NEW! Neutral — natural color based
  • NEW! Carder’s Choice — total surprise!

Quantity Options & Duration:

  • One batt per month
  • Two batts per month
  • Club runs three months at a time

Excited to Join Up?

What’s new in Dyeables

There are so many awesome things to which you can add color! Wool, silk, mohair – locks, top, yarn. Each fiber and prep works a little different with the color. Luster, staple length, breed. These factors effect how the fiber takes the dye.

For quite some time I’ve been offering ecru combed top in various breeds. Basically whatever I’m currently dyeing is available for you to dye too. When I get a new 22 lb bump, I set aside two to three pounds and offer them in 8 ounce bags.

Now that I’ve started dyeing yarn more regularly, there’s yarn in the shop! Right now you’ll find 4 ounce hanks of Targhee in heavy worsted weight.

Greener Shades heavy metal free dyes are perfect for all protein fibers. If you aren’t quite ready for that, try splashing on a bit of Kool-Aid. It smells fruity and gives you some pretty jazzy colors.

The fibers can be dyed before or after spinning. I like to do both. Dyeing the fiber first gives you a lot of options if you don’t like the way the color comes out. You can card the fiber or rearrange the layout as you spin. However, spinning ecru fiber and dyeing after is fun too! There are so many ways to experiment and play, it never gets old.

What goodies can you pick up at the Studio?

  • Blue-faced Leicester Wool/Silk combed top (8 oz bag)
  • Targhee Wool/Silk/Bamboo combed top (8 oz bag)
  • Cheviot Wool combed top (8 oz bag)
  • Ecru Sampler combed top (6 oz bag)
  • Natural colored domestic roving (2 oz ball)
  • Firestar nylon (1/2 oz bag)
  • Mohair combed top (2 oz bag)
  • Mohair roving (30 g bag)
  • Heavy worsted weight Targhee Wool yarn (4 oz hank)
  • Silk scarf blanks (35″ SQ, 21″ SQ, 8″x72″)

New Hours!

After the rush of the holidays, we could all use a little break. The Studio+Shop will be closed for Winter Break from December 23 through January 1. Business resumes Wednesday, January 2!

— Last day to shop in 2018 —
Saturday, December 22 from 10 am to 3 pm

When we come back, posted hours will be changing slighting. Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday will be expanding an hour. Thursday will be for appointments and workshops only. You can still schedule appointments for classes and private lessons any time Tuesday through Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm.

Tuesday + Friday : 11 am to 4 pm
Wednesday : 11 am to 7 pm
Thursday: Appointment only
Saturday : 10 am to 3 pm

Year End Sample Sale

Celebrate the end of another great year by helping me clear out old shop samples! Starting on Small Business Saturday and running until December 22, select tools and samples will be on sale for 15-20% off list price. When I say “supplies are limited”, I mean it. There is only one of each available!

RENTAL TOOLS & FLOOR SAMPLES

  • Schacht Ladybug Spinning Wheel + Onboard Lazy Kate
  • Schacht Sidekick Spinning Wheel
  • Schacht Cricket 15″ Loom + Stand
  • Schacht Flip 20″ Loom + Stand
  • Schacht School Loom
  • Schacht Hand Carders
  • Valkyrie Hand Combs
  • Louet Blending Board
  • Lacis Umbrella Swift

KNIT & WOVEN SAMPLES

  • Child’s vest, knit
  • Cowl, knit
  • Phos shawl, knit
  • Adult hat, knit
  • Woven scarves

Holiday Hours:
Thursday, November 22 >> Closed
Friday, November 23 >> Closed
Saturday, November 24 >> 10 am to 5 pm

Easel Weavers

Recently Schacht released a new loom called the Easel Weaver. It’s cute, compact, easy to use, ready for fun, and ready for travel. You can hold it in your hand, lay it flat on the table (it’s got little rubber feeties on the back to keep it from sliding around), or use the kick stand to have it standing up. These are now sold with a great range of tools including a beater, shuttle, and weaving stick. Choose between three sizes: 6″, 8″, or 10″.

If this looks like something you might be into, that’s great! These are available for you to take home or give as gifts this holiday season. But maybe you want to play around without making a commitment. Perhaps you and your friends are looking for a new crafty endeavor to share.

Join us next month for a Mini Weaving Session! We’ll be working with a 6″ Easel Weaver and lots of different types of materials. Just $35 per person and that includes your supplies and nibbles.