Fall knitting is back

The days are getting shorter and the nights are cooler which means fall knitting is back. There are many of us who knit throughout the year but for some their knitting and crocheting takes a hiatus while the warmer longer days are around. When fall returns so too do the knitting needles and crochet hooks.

Fair Isle mitten knit with Berroco Mercado

The question then becomes, what should I knit? It may be going back to finish off an item from last seasons knitting or more exciting, a new project. How do you decide what to knit? Maybe you take  look at Ravelry to see what is new and interesting. https://www.ravelry.com/patterns.

It may be that you have been thinking about a pattern and have finally decided to try and tackle it. Perhaps you are the type to go into your LYS and see what inspires you. It may be the feel of a certain yarn or it may a great colour that calls to you or one of the fantastic hand-dyed yarns.

You could also check out classes are being offered by your LYS. You will be able to see samples of what is going to be made in the class and look at the yarn being used to make the item.

Brioche Knit Cowl

Brioche knit cowl using Berroco Vintage Chunky.

At Rose’s Fine Yarns we have 11 different  knitting classes and 2 crochet classes being offered this fall. http://www.rosesfineyarns.com/classes/. There is everything from Beginner Knitting or Crocheting to projects such as cowls and hats. Maybe you want to learn how to make a sock and have been intimidated by the tiny needles or double pointed needles. If you take  class you will be able to ask questions and learn the tricks to make a great project. Some of the classes will teach you a new skill like different ways to cast on and off and some classes are project classes where you are working on a specific project.

Saltwater Classics knitting pattern book

Another way to get inspiration is to look at new patterns books such as the new Saltwater Knitting book. This is a book of knitting patterns for mittens, hats and socks from Newfoundland. Not only are there patterns, but also beautiful pictures of Newfoundland and stories of life in Newfoundland.

Wherever you find your inspiration, now is the time to pick up those knitting needles and crochet hooks and make something warm and snuggly.

 

 

 

 

Exciting new happenings

Well here at Rose’s we are starting off 2014 with some exciting new additions to our store.  We are opening the back two rooms of the store up again and wiil have one room that will be our sale room and the back room will be a class room/ meeting room ( with yarn in it of course!).  Having this back room will enable us to have room to host a knitting group.  Starting March 11, 2014 on Tuesday afternoons from 1:00 -3:00 we will have a knitting group where anyone can drop in and knit.  Come in and have a coffee or tea and chat with other knitters. Get inspired by seeing what others are knitting or crocheting.

Speaking of crocheting, we are holding our first crochet classes starting March 12th.  We are pleased to have Charles Voth teaching our crochet classes.  Charles is a freelance technical editor for knitting and crochet publications.  He has done work for magazines including  Interweave Crochet and Vogue Crochet.  The first class is a beginner crochet class.  The second is a project class but is suitable for beginner crocheters.  We will also be holding a sock knitting class and a beginner knitting class.  Check  the class section of the website for more information on dates and times.

There are more exciting things in the works here at Rose’s but I will let you know about them in a future post. Hope to see you soon!

Almost September

Can  you believe it is almost time for a new school year to start?  The summer seems to have flown by so quickly.  It is an exciting time of year – new books, new classes, new experiences, new yarn.  That’s right- time for all the new yarns to come out and we can try out all the new textures and colours.  We have had a few new yarns and books arrive in August, but September really is when all the new yarns should be available.  The new Creations 13/14 is in store already and I have already had a few customers come in to get yarn for projects from the design book.  We have some of the new Berroco Boboli Lace in stock but more will be coming.  We are expecting another shipment of Madeline Tosh any day now.   I have ordered some new sock yarns too from other companies as well.  The fall Debbie Bliss magazine should be in store sometime this week.  All these new things are so exciting!

September is a good time to start working on projects that you want to give as Christmas presents.  I know that seems like a long way away but how long ago does June seem?  Think how good you will feel if you have all your Christmas projects done so you can actually enjoy the Christmas season.  Every year I say I am going to start early so there isn’t the mad rush in December so maybe this will be the year I actually am prepared.  Let’s try and be good and stick to our plan.  Whether it is socks ( we will have the ready-made socks available again for those who want to cheat a little) or a sweater or a pretty shawl come in and see what we have for you project and let’s get knitting!