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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Thank You, More Classes, and New Stuff

Thank you so much to everyone who supported the Little Boxes program on Back Friday.  It is so cool to see a small, grass-roots movement take hold like that.  Portlanders really know what's up.  Let's hope it was successful enough that we will see a repeat next year.  I am making a conscious effort to to maintain the Little Boxes mindset throughout the year, and especially in the next month.

To that end, please join us for the Winter Frolic this coming Friday night!  Several Alberta Street businesses are staying open until 8 PM on Friday to give you some extra shopping time.  Most of the stores are offering discounts and special treats, so please come on down.

We have added a few classes to the schedule for you, too.  Ann is offering her Beginning Socks Class on Monday evenings from 6:30-8:30 PM December 12, 19, and January 2.  We have a few people signed up already, so give us a ring or stop by if you are interested.  Ann starts you out with a worsted weight yarn for the sake of speed and teaching, but this class will prepare you to make socks at any gauge.

If you are just getting into knitting or want to further you skills and need some help, we have so many options.  Adrienne's Beginning and Beyond series is chock full in December, but we have a January series all ready for you.  Thursday nights from 6:30-8:30 from January 5th through the 19th.

We also have a Learn to Knit Workshop for those of you with time commitment issues.  It's a two-hour workshop that will get you on your way.  Tuesday, December 6th or the 13th, also from 6:30-8:30 PM.

If you have crochet on your brain, sign up for the Learn to Crochet Workshop on December 5th.  Ann will have you chaining like a pro in two hours or less.

Okay, now for a few shop updates that seem to have fallen through the cracks here on the blog.

We have a fresh batch of Kauni is some lovely colorways.  They were kind enough to provide a swatch pack so you know what you are getting.

Sally drew my attention to amazing design.  The Silver Spring Pullover is a dolman-sleeve sweater, knit cuff-to-cuff to really take advantage of the long color repeat of the Kauni.  Any now I can't stop thinking about knitting a fingering-weight adult-sized pullover.  Thanks, Sally.

Our supply of Cascade 128 Superwash is quite ample right now.  This yarn is a great choice for blankets, sweaters, hats, scarves, pretty much everything.  It's a super soft, machine-washable chunky yarn in great colors.  What's not to love?

You also seem to love Cascade Magnum and Sally's Seed Stitch Cowl.  We are keeping the Magnum and the US17s in stock to keep you knitting for the holidays.

I was going to talk to you about Classic Elite Liberty Wool, but you bought it up already.  More is on the way, so I will gush when it arrives.  

We have new magazines, including Jane Austen Knits, Knitscene, Interweave Crochet Accessories, and Interweave Knits.  I will give you details next time.  For now, here is a photo of our lovely new window.

Stop by and tell Jenni how much you love it.  Also, try to spot the sheep.  Hope to see you Friday night!

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