Monday, February 14, 2011

February Needle Rocket

Needle Rocket, February 2011
What is your fiber status? Have you spent long hours knitting some luscious yarn? Are you wearing some of your handknits or did you give them all away? What will 2011 bring to your knitting world? Don’t know? We have some ideas!
LoneSome Stone, a wonderful Colorado fiber mill, is still producing gorgeous yarns of alpaca, merino and superwash merino. We have new colors of the “Twist & Shout” which is 100% worsted weight alpaca in a two color twist. My favorite is a red and dark brown twist called “Bright Red over Colorado Fudge”!
We also have new colors of Mountain Feat from LoneSome Stone which is variegated sock yarn of 100% superwash merino….gorgeous!
Mountain Colors is dying fabulous yarns of several fibers. The Merino Ribbon is very popular for scarves and shawls. It knits like merino but looks a little like chenille with its velvety finish. At 245 yards per skein, it is plenty for your next project. Our favorite color is hummingbird which is lovely blues and magentas….yum!
And, of course, the Multi-Fiber Throw Kit from Mountain Colors is almost too pretty to describe. It is an easy and quick knit on size 11 needles. It’ll look great on your sofa.
We have a new shipment of dyed mohair from New York State. Our new colors include cotton candy pink, royal blue, lavender, olive green, periwinkle, rust and, of course, ginger. We skein them up ourselves saving you mucho. How about a cozy cardigan in mohair? We can help you with a pattern built especially to your specifications.
Come in and check out the hundreds of yarns we haven’t mentioned but will really send you.

Navajo Spinning and Carding
We have a very exciting workshop planned for March. Pam Ramsey from La Plata Farms in Hesperus, Colorado, will teach a one-day workshop on Navajo spinning and carding. Pam is an expert in Navajo-Churro Sheep and has been instrumental in re-vitalizing the breed in our region. The workshop will be Sunday, March 13th, and there will be spindles to borrow and fiber will be provided. She will also be bringing handmade spindles, handcards and roving to sell. Students are encouraged to bring a sack lunch and Needle Rock will be providing beverages. The cost of the workshop is $65, and space is limited so we will be requiring a deposit to hold your space. Please call us to reserve your spot.

Third Annual “Knit on the Mountain” Day! Keep posted for the date in March when we sit around the firepit and stitch together. Too Fun!!!
February Calendar of Events
Wednesday, Feb 9, 16, 23, 4-6pm: Beginning Knitting. We are now holding regular classes on Wednesday for Beginning Knitters. Basic knitting skills will be taught with no prerequisite skills necessary. $25 for the two hour class plus supplies.
Friday, Feb 11, 18, 25, 11-1pm: Open Knitting Circle. Join us in our informal knitting circle held every Friday during lunch time. Free.
Sunday, Feb 13, Noon to 5pm: Knit Fix. Bring in your problem knitting and let’s figure it out and get you back in gear. Free.
Thursday, Feb 17th, 4-6pm and Sunday, Feb 20th, 12-5pm: Snowboarder Knit Hat Class. This two part class will help you make a cool hat for your favorite boarder. Several techniques will be explored, and you should be able to complete the hat by Sunday afternoon. $25 for both days plus supplies.
EVERY TUESDAY, 7-9pm: Knit Nite. You have no idea (nor do we) what the topic of conversation will include as we stitch together. Free and Fun.

Busy and short month ahead. Come into our cozy purple house and “sit a spell”. Things are rockin’ at Needle Rock.

Ginger and Ann

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