January Newsletter

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Welcome, 2018!

Happy New Year, everyone!! I don’t know about you, but I’m looking forward to a wonderful, expanding, fun and yarn-filled year. I’m sure I’m not the only one that is happy to see the backside of 2017!

My resolutions this year are to be more productive (try to finish some of my WIPs – works in progress) and be more organized. I don’t know about you, but MY craft areas need a major overhaul. The yarn is taking over!! What are your resolutions this year??

January is an exciting time…with frosty weather, snow days, and evenings crafting on the sofa, watching Netflix, and drinking hot tea. This dead of winter is a perfect time to start on cozy projects for yourself, now that the Christmas crafting is complete! I see many knit shawls in my future….I just LOVE a warm scarf to snuggle into.

HOURS:

We are back to being closed on Mondays, and will be open regular hours, Tues through Sat 9:30am – 4:30pm.

SALES:

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Several yarns are on clearance for 20% off to make room for new product. Come see the table in the shop, piled high with goodies!
– Patons Lace (Solid, Varigated, and Sequin)
– Patons Peak
– Select colours of Bernat Pop!
– Red Heart Unforgettable
– Patons Decor in one colour

(Please note that more items may be added to the table as I rearrange this month!)

 

KNIT ALONG:

So exciting! I am preparing to choose a pattern to test-knit for our first IKYS Knit Along!! If you have never heard of a knit along, you’re in luck!
Over the course of 3-8 weeks (depending on the project), we will knit a pattern together. The pre-tested pattern will either be provided by myself or linked to an online pattern, and appropriate yarn will be made available in the shop for purchase. Every week we will have an in-shop get-together to knit and help each other with the project (with phone or Facebook troubleshooting available if you can’t make it in) and at the end of the Knit Along, we will upload photos to the Facebook page and someone who has completed the project will win a prize!

This is  great way to start (and finish) a project, and get assistance on a tested pattern.

I’m leaning towards a cowl or shawl project….but if you have any recommendations or requests for it, please contact me at the shop soon!

 

CLASSES & EVENTS:

Troubleshooting Tuesdays!
Having problems with reading a pattern? Can’t remember how to fix a mistake in your knitting? Every other Tuesday, Helen will be available from 1 to 3pm for our free drop-in Knitting 911 at the shop. Bring in your project or questions on January 9th & 23rd.

Knitting Classes

January 20th: Basic Sock Knitting – Helen Hicks teaches the basics of sock knitting two at a time, on circular needles. The benefit of this method is finishing a pair at the same time and only having to count rows once! We will be knitting with worsted weight yarn over three weeks, in 1 1/2 hour classes, starting Saturday, Jan 20th at 10:30am. Cost is $89 +tax. Supplies can be purchased in store with a 10% discount when you are registered. Basic knitting skills are required.

Private lessons:
Have questions or need instruction that will take longer than 15 minutes or so? Private lessons can be scheduled, dependent on teacher availability, for $29/hour.

 

Washcloths

The staple, quick-finish or travel project for many of us knitters or chrocheters…the humble washcloth! A giant, fluffy stack always makes a great gift, and you can never have enough of them around the house for your own use. But there are so many more patterns than the basic diagonal knit cloth or the basic crochet cloth. Challenge yourself to try something new!

A new take on diagonal knit with the Diagonal Knit Dishcloth (on Ravelry) by Jana Trent. A nice, textured center for extra scrubbing power.

The Herringbone Crochet Washcloth on The Purple Poncho. I love to make these a bit smaller, and then add a double crochet border in another colour!

The knitted Little Tent Dishcloth by Vaunda Rae Giberson (via the Wayback Machine). There are rows of diagonal slipped stitches, giving some interesting texture – such a beautiful cloth.

Try something new with these Tunisian Crochet Washcloths on My Poppet Makes. This is also a great instructional primer for basic Tunisian crochet, with detailed pictures and instructions. They’re so sweet in these bright colours! (yes, we carry hooks in the shop for these!)

The Nubbie Scrubby crochet cloth pattern by Angelie Marie. An amazing, bumpy texture and can be used as a washcloth or a dishcloth.

At the Impossible Knot, we have a large selection of Lily’s Sugar n’ Cream cotton in a variety of ball sizes, as well as a selection of Red Heart Scrubby yarn.

December Newsletter

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Ahhhh, December! When the weather gets chillier, and holidays are just around the corner! Snow, twinkly lights, and warm sweaters. A perfect time to cuddle up on the sofa with a hot cocoa, Netflix, and craft!

HOLIDAY HOURS:

Closed December 23 & 25
Open Boxing Day
Closed January 1st.

SALES:

December 11 – 18: 10% off all Bernat Pop! cakes.
December 6 – 22: 10% off all sock wool
Boxing Day: 10% off entire store!

 

CLASSES & EVENTS

Troubleshooting Tuesdays!

Having problems with reading a pattern? Can’t remember how to fix a mistake in your knitting? Our instructor, Helen Hicks, will be available from 1 to 3 for free drop-in knitting troubleshooting at the shop, on December 5th and 19th.

Knitting classes will take a hiatus for the balance of December (aside from current classes), but we will have some new classes starting in January, once folks have had a chance to recoup from Christmas and New Years. Is there anything you’d like to learn? Socks? Cables? Fairisle? Drop by the shop or call and let me know, and I’ll see what we can do!

Sit and Knit on Wednesdays at 1pm

A weekly crafting meetup! Need to get out of the house for a bit? Want to come visit and have a coffee or tea while crafting? Come and visit with us – no crafting discrimination here….come knit, crochet, cross stitch, whatever!

 

NEW YARNS!

This last month, we brought in a bunch of new yarns…

Patons Classic Wool Roving (in 4 colors to start) – a 100% wool yarn in a roving, hand-spun style.

Katia Infinity Shawl – a giant, 150g ball of 100% merino in lovely, long gradients. Super soft, and each ball comes with two knit shawl patterns.

Patons Shetland Chunky Tweed & Shetland Chunky solids and variegates – 75% acrylic and 25% wool in a bulky weight. It works up soft and warm!

King Cole Cherish – A super-soft, DK weight, 100% anti-pilling acrylic  and self-patterning baby yarn. I personally love this yarn!!

Bernat Baby Sport – giant 350g balls of sport-weight acrylic yarn in lovely soft colorways. These make beautiful blankets and lighter-weight garments for children (or adults!)

Premier “Aurora” – a soft, acrylic worsted, gradient yarn in 100g balls.

Universal Yarns “Major” – a Bulky weight gradient yarn in giant 200g balls. This yarn is Universal’s response to JC Bretts “Marbles”. So soft! I’ll be bringing in more of these in various colors soon.

I will always take requests for specific yarns, though I don’t have access to every brand. Bring in the label from your favorite yarn, and I’ll see if I can get it in for you!

 

Make some sweaters with these free patterns!!

The holidays are a great time to break out your mad crafting skills! Its a great chance to shop locally, and (even better) craft gifts with love. Who doesn’t love hand made items?? Especially warm, cozy sweaters. Make one for yourself, too!

Here’s a roundup of some lovely free sweater patterns to knit or crochet this winter:

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The crocheted Marley Cardi, at Megmade With Love. A long and chunky cardigan sweater.

The easy knit blanket sweater from Mama In A Stitch. Cozy and chunky.

The Everyday Crocheted Cardigan at Sewrella. A bit shorter, slimmer crocheted cardi.

The Astor Cardigan at Berocco. A lovely knit sweater with cables and 3/4 sleeves.