We try to offer a range of activities here for those interested in either learning more about a topic, trying out something new, or simply socializing with other fiber fanatics! There isn't much posted for the spring because of personal vacation time in May and June, but things get hopping in July! And if, when I get back from the Shibori Festival in Arimatsu Japan in mid June, I have the time & energy, I'll post some fun event for the last half of June.
Some of what you see in the calendar below are free events and others are workshops that require payment.
You can follow this link to read more details about any of the Workshops/Classes
And to read more about the Free Events, just scroll down below the calendar!
Ultimate Sock Trunk Show
Sat Jan 20th 10 - noon
To kick off the Malabrigo Ultimate Sock Trunk Show (which will be here on display the entire week Jan 15th - 21st), I decided to host a little event on Saturday, Jan 20th to offer customers some special tips on sock knitting.
So come on by between 10 and noon. You can see a bunch of different styles of socks and wide range of sock yarns knit up for comparison. Plus the newest, hot off the press book - The Sock Project - will be here and offered at a "show special' to help you on your way to the world of sock knitting. Authored by Oklahoma native and proud member of the Muscogee Creek Nation, Summer Lee shares her knitting secrets for creating all shapes and sizes of socks in a wide array of patterns! It's set up so you can build your skills month by month thru 12 levels of sock knitting from basic thru Estonian, cabled, stranded, etc!
I'll also have out all my different heel and toe shaping examples so you can see how differently these choices knit up-even try them on over your sock to experience the differences! Most knitters use the same standard sock pattern, but all our feet are different and different types of toe and heel shaping's are suited to different feet! Pointy toes? High arch? Narrow heel? Wide toe bed? All these require a different heel or toe shaping for best fit.
And once you figure out which heel and toe are best for you, I'll give you a free copy of my directions for the best heel or toe shaping for your foot, so you can incorporate them into your standard pattern!
And if you've never knit socks before, I'll have a pair set up on dpns (double pointed needles) as well as a sock going set up in "magic loop" using a long circular needle so you can try each and see which you prefer.
Pantone Peach Fuzz Challenge - Great Reveal...
Sat Mar 16th 1-2 P.M
Pantone's color of 2024 is "peach fuzz". Ugh! was my initial reaction to that news!
When given lemons, make lemonade.
So I've decided to make a store Event out of this decision and host a Peach Fuzz Challenge.
The Challenge is already underway (you can scroll down to read more about it), but everyone/anyone is invited to join us on Sat Mar 16th at 1 p.m. for the Reveal....which is when we all gather together with our finished projects to see the many different ways Peach Fuzz can work into a project! Mark your calendar and join us if you can!
Here's how it worked....
For years I held Fiber Challenges here as a fun way for customers to break outside of their comfort zone and push their creative juices to new heights while having some fun! I'd give every participant the exact same set of yarns and fibers - usually in a color palette most knitters would choose!
Then the rules were they had to incorporate everything I gave them but they could add 1 "thing" to their materials if they felt they needed something else to help bring it all together. The "thing" could be one other yarn or fiber, could be metal, wood, buttons, beads, etc. And when we gathered together three months later it was always AMAZING to see what everyone did and how the exact same set of challenging yarns/fibers could be made into something magical with some creativity!
If you want to get an idea of the past Challenges, I've uploaded a few pics from two of them that were easy to find on this page. (I have so many jump drives with photos from over 24 years in business!).
This Peach Fuzz Challenge will be a bit different. Instead of everyone having exactly the same set of yarns, each participant will be given the same yarn (Elemental Shetland) and same amount (4 sks) but in slightly different colors (seed the gallery photos above for an idea of a few of them). Each set of colors will include Peach Fuzz as one of the colors. The sets of colors are based on color theory groupings - so split complement, triad, both a square and rectangular tetrad and a couple of analagous ranges all based around the Pantone color of the year, "peach fuzz"!
So while Peach Fuzz isn't a color I'd ever pick (and most of my knitters either!) for my next project, but sometimes challenging yourself to work outside your usual color combos is a great learning experience! And I know from a color theory standpoint that using the color wheel to figure out what colors to work with a dud like "peach fuzz", can be really interesting.
So this year our "challenge" is to show how peach fuzz can actually be used in an aesthetically pleasing way based on the colors it is worked with and the choice of pattern and proportions it is used in.
At our Kick Off for participants on Jan 20th, I'll review some important "color theory" principles for participants to consider when picking their pattern/design as well as discuss the 8 different color groupings I chose based on "peach fuzz".
So what will you get out of participating?
4 free skeins of yarn
a lot of understanding about color theory and how to use the color wheel in your fiber arts
some new tips for coming up with a design idea - Fibonacci sequence, mirroring, etc
the fun and challenge of a new project
the possibility of discovering something new about yourself and your fiber arts passion
a community with shared experience of pushing your limits to see what comes of it!
for your contribution to this event, I'll offer you a store discount on a purchase made the day of the Reveal Gathering!
So how does it work:
up to 10 customers can participate - so if you're interested, please call or email to register.
I will GIVE each customer 4 sks of Elemental Shetland - one of which is Peach Fuzz and the other skeins will be determined by the color wheel - so they will make a triad, a tetrad, a split-complement, or a series of homologous colors with the Peach Fuzz!
every participant will have 3 months to crochet, knit, nalbind, or weave (your choice) the 4 skeins into "something" - you'll basically have enough for a hat, mittens, wristwarmers, fingerless mitts, or a single cowl so we're talking small accessory. Could be a small bag. headband, too.
you can stripe it (think about using Fibonacci series for your stripes!), slip stitch it, brioche it, mosaic knit it, weave it, fair isle it - your choice of technique and pattern!
all participants will reconvene on Sat Mar 13th for the Reveal Party so we can gather together to view all our color theory projects using peach fuzz as a group! We can review the color theory principles at work, discuss what we liked and or didn't like about the pattern and/or the color grouping, why we made the choices we did, what we might do differently, what we learned from the experience.
everyone keeps the item they made at no cost (except the time they put into the challenge!)
PLEASE don't register if you can't come back for the Reveal in March or if you can't commit to finishing your small project by March 13th.
Even if you don't want to participate, you are welcome to join us for the Reveal on March 13th to see how "peach fuzz" works up in each of its' color groupings.