Thursday, May 20, 2010

Needle Rocket - Memorial Day

Needle Rocket, Memorial Day, 2010

Greetings People of the Yarn!
We would like to wish you a happy spring, but winter is refusing to leave the Telluride Valley. We had snow and sleet this morning. Oh well, knitting wool still is cozy.
In case you have not heard, Needle Rock has a new home…a real home this time. We moved across the street to 320 W. Colorado: the little purple house. Built in 1883, this cottage is perfectly suited to a yarn shop, and actually has a “fiber and craft” history. We‘ve heard from various old-timers about its occupants in the last hundred or so years, and would love to gather more stories. So, if you know something of our little house’s history, please share.

At any rate, we are moved and getting settled in our new(and permanent) abode. We have room for our circle in the red kitchen, a washer/dryer for blocking and felting, front yard for outdoor sitting and a special room for baby and children’s patterns and yarns. We will continue to offer classes and special events and hope you will make our home your knitting salon on Main Street, Telluride.

Baskets of Africa have arrived for the summer with new styles and colors. Don’t forget them as you are gift shopping this summer.

In addition, we have new yarns to tell you about:
Elsebeth Lavold’s Silky Wool is a beautiful wool, silk and nylon blend in soft “heathery” colors. It is made in Italy and knits to a gauge of 5.5 st/in on #6 needles. The pattern book is fabulous and is on its way as we speak. We are carrying 8 colors in this wonderful yarn.
New by Elsebeth Lavold is Cool Wool, a lovely 50/50 wool/cotton blend in striking colors perfect for kids’ knits. It knits 5 st/in on #5 needles and has wonderful patterns designed for it. We’ve got 12 vibrant colors to share with you. You will love it!
Two other yarns in “Maddie’s Room”, our baby/children’s room, are Cotton Candy and Cuddly Cotton. The Cotton Candy is muted pastels with white in a lovely, soft yarn (100% cotton) which has a darling Jenny Watson pattern book written just for it. The gauge is 5.5 st/in on a #5 with 120 yards per 50g ball. Cuddly Cotton with 202 yds per 100g ball also has its own Jenny Watson pattern book and is 100% cotton. We carry 7 colors it.
Canela by Ester Bitran is her newest Handdyed yarn. It is made in Chile of rayon, acrylic and cotton blended beautifully together in a small “thick and thin wrapped yarn. You have to see it! There are 348 yards in the 100g skein, and the patterns in the Jenny Watson book are unique and flattering.

Classes and Special Events
Tibetan Yaks!!! Our good friend and fellow knitter/weaver, Patti McNall, is bringing her Tibetan Yaks to Needle Rock on Saturday, May 29th for our own Mountain Film celebration. Come see these beautiful and gentle beasts and learn about their fabulous fiber. We hope they are here all afternoon.
Wednesday, June 2, 4-6pm: Baby Hat Class. Learn to knit in the round, decrease and create a quick gift for your baby or someone else’s. Knowledge of cast-on’s, knit and purl are the prerequisite. $15
Monday, June 7, 4-6pm: Beginning Knitting. The class for the “never-ever” to learn all the techniques necessary to knit a beautiful scarf. $25
Wednesday, June 9 and Thursday, June 10, 4-6pm: Market Bag workshop. We will create an indispensable crochet market bag to carry throughout the summer. $25 for this two day workshop.
Monday, June 14, 5-7pm: Beginning Crochet with Janet. Our resident guru will expertly guide you into the world of crochet. $25
Monday, June 21, 4-6pm: Another opportunity for Beginning Knitting. $25
Wednesday, June 23 and Thursday, June 24th, 4-6pm. Top-Down Baby Sweater. The quick, no-sew method for knitting sweaters is perfect for baby gifts. You’ll love this technique as much as we do. $25 for the two day workshop.
Friday, June 25, 3-6pm: Our first ever Fun Friday!!! Join us for refreshments and surprises as we celebrate summer Fridays at Needle Rock.
Monday, June 28, 5-7pm: Tunisian Crochet. Guru Janet will teach us all this unique crochet technique which produces a fabric that almost looks woven. $15
Wednesday, June 30 and Thursday, July 1, 4-6pm: Entrelac. We are hooked on this interesting knitting technique and want you to be, too. $25 for the two day workshop.

PLEASE let us know if there are techniques you would like to learn this summer and we’ll schedule a class for you!

Come see us and knit with us!
Ginger and Ann
Needle Rock Fiberarts
NEW: 320 W. Colorado Ave.
P O Box 1963
Telluride CO 81435


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