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August 31, 2018

2018 Crochet Blanket CAL: September squares

Month 9 (September 2018)

Our prize for September is a skein of Wollmeise sock! All you need to do to enter is post a finished square in the Ravelry thread by the end of the month. 

Below are the month 9 blanket CAL options. If you want to catch up on what we're doing, pop by Ravelry!

For more info, see our first blog post with all the details

Standard Single Colour

As Time Goes By by Polly Plum (free; video tutorial) 
Mack the Knife by Polly Plum (free; video tutorial)

Standard Multi-colour

Nomad by Fate – square by Martin Up North (free)

Kirton Square by Jacqui Goulbourn (free; photo tutorial)

Challenge Single Colour

Summertime by Polly Plum (PAID; video tutorial)
One for My Baby by Polly Plum (PAID; video tutorial) 

Challenge Multi-Colour

Casablanca 12" Square by Maria Bittner (free)

Stained Glass Lantern by Tatsiana Kupryianchyk (PAID; phototutorial)

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August 03, 2018

Sockalong 2018 - Knit all the socks!

Inspired by Kate's CAL, we've started a 6-month sock knitalong over in the Ravelry group.  We're keeping it casual - it's just an opportunity to knit some socks, and show them off to those who appreciate them! You don't have to knit a pair every month or even a pair IN a month.  If you've got questions about techniques, yarns, or patterns, the Rav thread will be a great place to ask.

Each month I'll post several sock patterns, based on a loose theme (such as 'cables'), to choose from.  There will be standard patterns, that should be good for newbies, or if you wanting something that just rocks along easily, and also some more adventure patterns, for a bit of challenge perhaps.  I'll also suggest which yarns at the shop will work best for each pattern.  But it's up to you - you're very welcome to find your own patterns, and dig into your sock yarn stash. 

July's themes are 'getting started' (beginner patterns for anyone who hasn't knit socks before), and 'texture'. You'll find more information about the patterns, and yarns, on the Sockalong thread on Ravelry

Getting Started: 

these are all free patterns

Silver's Sock Class

 

 

Basic Socks

 

So Vanilla Socks

 

Vanilla Sock with Gusset & Choice of Heel

 

Textured Socks - standard

Paid pattern:

Dropping Madness

 

 

Free Patterns:

Hermione's Everyday Socks

 

Fidget Socks

 

Textured Twists

 

Textured Socks - Adventurous

Paid pattern:

How to Tame your Dragon

 

Free patterns:

Aquaphobia Socks

 

Melisandre

 

Snakewinder Socks

 

Cat Man Do

Brucie

 

Twisted Madness

 

Semki

 

Hope you join us! - Rachael

 

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August 01, 2018

2018 Crochet Blanket CAL: August squares

Month 8 (August 2018)

Our prize for August is a tote bag plus two 50g skeins of Knitsch sock! All you need to do to enter is post a finished square in the Ravelry thread by the end of the month. 

Below are the month 8 blanket CAL options. If you want to catch up on what we're doing, pop by Ravelry!

For more info, see our first blog post with all the details

Standard Single Colour

On the Street Where You Live by Polly Plum (free; video tutorial) 

 

Bringing in the Sheaves 9" and 12" Afghan by Margaret MacInnis (PAID)

 

Standard Multi-colour

How I Wonder by Polly Plum (PAID; photo tutorial)
Fan Dance by Polly Plum (free; photo tutorial)

 

Challenge Single Colour

It Had to Be You by Polly Plum (PAID; video tutorial) 

Challenge Multi-Colour

Malcolm by Polly Plum (PAID; photo tutorial) 

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July 01, 2018

2018 Crochet Blanket CAL: July squares

Month 7 (July 2018)

Our prize for July is a 400m skein of Knitsch Sock, but all you need to do to enter is post a finished square in the Ravelry thread by the end of the month. 

Below are the month 7 blanket CAL options. If you want to catch up on what we're doing, pop by Ravelry!

For more info, see our first blog post with all the details

 

Standard Single Colour

La Mer by Polly Plum (free; video tutorial) 

 

Autumn Sun Afghan Square by Maria Bittner (free; photo tutorial) 

 

Standard Multi-colour

Bergenia by EchtGaafHaken (PAID; photo tutorial)

 

Challenge Single Colour

Ain't Misbehavin' by Polly Plum (PAID; video tutorial)

Challenge Multi-Color

Lucy by Polly Plum (PAID; photo tutorial)
Simon by Polly Plum (PAID; photo tutorial)

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June 26, 2018

Nathan Taylor is coming to town!

That's right! Nathan Taylor is heading down under, and we have the great pleasure of hosting him here in Wellington in September

If you haven't heard of this talented knitting teacher, he is in demand internationally to teach his classes on double knitting (the technique, not the yarn weight) and a method he personally developed, 'strantarsia'. So far this year Nathan has taught at Edinburgh Yarn Fest, Woollinn Dublin, Yarningham, and is due to teach at Knit August Nights followed by Rhinebeck Sheep and Wool Festival in New York State! Needless to say he's busy!

Also known as the Sockmatician, Nathan has an exceptional talent in designing socks that are both stunningly simple and incredibly interesting in their construction. 

Allele Socks by Nathan Taylor

Quant Socks by Nathan Taylor

What we're really excited about though is his expertise in double-knitting. This technique is used to created a double-sided fabric, one the reverse colours of the other. It makes some really fun imagery in your knitting:

Dither Scarf by Nathan Taylor

Sanquhar Scarf by Nathan Taylor

We'd love to have you along for this rare opportunity to learn from an internationally respected teacher. Here's the details:

 

Sunday, 2 September 

In this class we will be exploring how the basic mechanics of D-K work: looking at the structure of the fabric, and how the two sides interact with each other to create the interlocked, reversible beauty that only D-K can give you. We’ll talk a little bit about what is possible in the technique, to give you a flavour of where this foundation can eventually lead you, but we’ll mostly be concerning ourselves with getting you familiar with what yarn goes where!

 

with Nathan Taylor

We all know that intarsia can’t be done in the round.
You CAN, however, work a panel of stranded (think fair-isle) knitting in the round, where the colourwork does not go all the way round the piece, but is only worked in one specific area.

This is a technique is pioneered by Nathan and it’s really fun to do. Its applications are many and various. You can, for example, put a contrasting motif on the ankle of a sock, or a sports logo on the front of a hat.

Book now to avoid missing out!

PS - we also have two scholarship spaces available, one for each class. If you would love to come but are unable to make the finances work, fill out our online form. 

Nathan is also teaching in Auckland, New Plymouth and Dunedin.

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