Laurinda Reddig, author of Reversible Color Crochet, will be signing copies of her book at k2tog on Friday, September 19, starting at 3pm. At 5pm, Laurinda will be teaching a 1-hour mini class to demonstrate her technique on a coaster pattern. (Class fee of $10 includes yarn.) Hope you can make it! I will be bringing pie.
The knitting kicks off on October 1st, when the first square design will be made available on www.knitrowan.com, and will culminate in an exciting finish on 19th December.
Kaffe has also produced exclusive introductory videos, packed full of inspiration and advice. For those who may be new to some of the techniques, designer Sarah Hatton has also lent us her expertise in some useful technique tutorial videos, to help you complete all the squares.
Why not share your updates and post pictures on Facebook and Ravelry, we will be excited to learn of your progress!
The shopping list is now available and can be found here.
To view the introduction video, click here.
To start off a September of socks, we have a fine free pattern that we’d love you to knit along with us: Broken Seed Stitch Socks. This pattern is great for showing off a variegated sock yarn with a bit more subtlety than it would have knitted alone. Pick a contrast color and use your favorite heel and toe. (Our Sept. 21 Fit for Feet class will have some excellent heel suggestions.)
You may have seen our own katybuder’s version of the Abalone sweater hanging in the k2tog shop window. But what impresses me about this free seamless cardigan is how many different versions there are in different yarns. From Misti Alpaca Baby Me Boo to Manos de Uruguay Maxima to Rowan Summer Tweed to Cascade 220, there is a version of this sweater for everyone.
We’re barreling toward fall with a bunch of new classes for knitting. September is Sock-tember with two classes on sock knitting: Faina Goberstein’s Top-Down Socks and Ruth Garcia-Alcantud’s Fit for Feet: Customizing Heels for Your Feet. Faina has also brought back her popular Sweater Lab and Beginning Brioche classes. Karen Frisa is offering an introduction to lace knitting with her Nimbus Cowl.
For the spinners among us, Karen is teaching Spindle Spinning: Take Two, Plying Handspun Singles, and her fun and friendly Spinning Workshop. (If you run out, we have fiber from Imperial Yarns, Manos del Uruguay, and Brown Sheep for you to spin.)
For the first time, you can take Diana Mei’s class on Needle-Felted Puppets at k2tog. Diana will provide everything you need to make your very own fairy-tale figure. Janie Cavalli will be also offering Crochet for Knitters on September 28.
You can sign up online or in the shop. We are looking forward to seeing you at some of these awesome classes.
Diana is a long time bay area Waldorf kindergarten teacher and crafter. A master puppeteer, Diana has been creating wool felt puppets for her students for the last 18 years. For more information about Diana and her programs please go to acornfarmwaldorf.com
Spanish-born Ruth Garcia-Alcantud has been immersed in fashion from an early age and professionally designing knitwear for the last several years.
With an attention for finishing and embellishing, she pairs elegant shapes with bright color and detail to stand the test of changing fashions. Her aim is to make you look amazing effortlessly.
She has been published by Vogue Knitting, Twist Collective and Interweave. You can read her blog and browse her patterns at rock+purl.
If you’ve never made a hat before, dislike double-pointed needles, or just need instant hatification, the Urchin hat is for you. It knits up quickly in garter stitch on straight US 10-11 needles, and we have plenty of bulky and extra-bulky yarns for you to choose from.Our newest staff member, Nora, knit this one in Noro Obi, and the self-striping yarn colored each knitted wedge a different shade.
For a warm-weather cotton version, try Aslan Trends Lecco. It would also be fabulous in Misti Alpaca Baby Alpaca Chunky. We’ll be around the first and third Friday of the month from 6-8 so you can knit along with us!
I’m visiting a friend’s new baby this weekend and will be bringing my customary offering of a knitted stuffed animal. They always go over well. If you missed our class, you can still make your own Knitted Hedgehog! It’s a great introduction to making stuffies. We have safety eyes in the shop for toymakers and can offer you help on how to finish your animal.