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We are excited about the 14th annual Puget Sound Local Yarn Shop Tour!  This will be our 4th year on the tour and we are almost ready with patterns and yarns developed specially for this event.


Mark your calendars: May 15th - 19th

Wednesday - Saturday     10am-8pm
Sunday    10am-6pm

Find out more about what to expect, how to tour, participating shops, sponsors, prizes, and more at
lystour.com.
Join us each Wednesday between 5pm-7pm for the
Wednesday Night Fiber Social
beginning May 1st.
June 8th is World Wide Knit in Pubic Day. 

We will be hosting our annual 'knit in' along Commercial Avenue from 11am - 1pm. Please come to the shop at 10:45am to claim your special gift this year.  Let's knit together!
And one more opportunity to join us (at least for now!)

Knitting has changed so much this last decade: new fibers, new yarns, new designs, and new techniques.  It is quite exciting!  This year, our shop is working with the PNW Quilt and Fiber Arts Museum to host the annual summer knit exhibit.  The entire first floor is available to us…just think of the possibilities!
 
Our own Carol Harrington and the Museum partnered to begin the show in 2016, with the theme of “Make it Your Own”.  It has been an interesting and successful show each year.  To expand on this theme, “Creative Knitting” was chosen for the show title in hopes of encouraging us to challenge ourselves and our creativity. 
 
This year’s show will run June 5th-June 23rd.  We would like to encourage you to submit a piece that is exhibition quality (clean and can be gently worn) and handmade with a minimum of 75% knitting stitches (it can be 100% too!).  The other 25% can be weaving, sewing, stitchery, crochet or any other technique interests you.  The piece could be hot off the needles or finished a few years back AND does not have to be a garment.   
 
We are looking for well-done examples of creative knitting made from a favorite pattern or of your own design. 
Please email us at fidalgoyarns.com if would like more information or are interested in participating this year.  We hope so-


Upcoming Classes
 
We've got some great upcoming classes!  Give us a call at 360-293-7377
or stop by the shop to register.  For more information please visit our
website
And remember we add classes all the time so check back often!
Creative Joins & Contemporary Embroidery for Clothing with Anita Luvera Mayer.  This one day workshop focuses on learning creative methods for joining clothing seams including the decorative faggoting and the knotted buttonhole.  The contemporary embroidery will include raised chain band, Kantha stitching, and French knots.  A wide range of samples will be completed.  Required materials include a 2” – 3-ring (or wider notebook), scissors, paper and pen for taking notes, and lunch.  This is a 1-session class and will meet Saturday, April 27th from 9am-4pm.  Class and materials fee is $90.
The Art of Blocking with Fran Jepperson (& possibly guests!). We often field questions about the ins and outs of blocking. Is it really necessary? Should we be using blocking wires or pins? Do we really need to invest in blocking mats? What are the differences between blocking sweaters and blocking lace? We’re here to answer these questions! This is a 1-session class and will meet Saturday, May 4th, 10:30am-12:30pm. The only required materials are your curiosity and questions (and any projects you may want to bring to class to discuss blocking). Class fee is $25.
Oops II with Anne Barry. Anne, fondly known as our knitting encyclopedia, will be offering Oops II again this spring. This class is designed for advanced-beginner and intermediate knitters, and will include such topics as learning to ‘read’ your knitting; how to find your place in a pattern; tricks for joining in the round without twisting or gapping; matching cast-ons and bind-offs. As a bonus, Anne will discuss stretching techniques to keep you lose while knitting. Please come armed with your current project and your questions! This is a 1-session class and will meet Saturday, May 4th, 1-3:30pm. Class fee is $35.
2019 LYSTour Pattern (shh, it’s still a secret!) with Emily McNeil. You toured the Sound during Tour, you fell in love with the pattern and the yarn, and now you’re ready to cast on but could use a little support. This is the class for you! This is a 1-session class and will meet Thursday, May 23rd, 5:30pm-7:30pm. Class fee is $25.

Private and Group Lessons.  Are you looking to learn a particular technique or perhaps could use a one-on-one beginner or refresher session or two? Or maybe you have a couple friends with whom you’d like to set up a project class? Let us know what you’d like help with, and we’re happy to schedule instruction tailored specifically to you!

1 student for 1 hour: $20
2 students for 1 hour: $30
3+ students for 2 hours: $25/student
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Need some assistance?  Please join us at our yarn clinic, most Saturdays, 1pm-3pm with Carol Harrington.
On My Needles
with Fran Jepperson
I just can’t stop thinking about cowls and shoulder cozies.  I love the versatility.  They can be a small something to take the chill off your neck or a warm cozy to pull over your shoulders or even a gorgeous beaded addition for a special occasion.  I also like that you just pull them over your head and they stay in place when you move. 

What if we offered a “Cowl of the Month” class and you could become as obsessed with them as I am?  And what if our first class in June featured a red, white and blue cowl that you could wear for the Fourth of July!  I finished the prototype in a few days, but on my needles now is the second one where I slow everything down, analyze how it was done and how to put it into words.

 
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And introducing the Cowl of the Month!
We invite you to share Fran's obsession while learning some new skills and techniques.  Beginning the 3rd Saturday in June, and continuing the same day each month through November, we will be offering a Cowl of the Month class.  The June class will be our Independence Cowl.  July will feature Island Time, a cowl version of our Morning Rays scarf.  August will be a stranded knitting or Fair Isle cowl, still to be selected and your chance to learn this fun technique.  September’s class is Hint of Autumn by Laura Aylor, a beautiful chevron-shaped cowl.  In October, Janet takes over with a crochet cowl and we will finish up in November with Ice Queen by Romi Hill.

 These will all be one-session classes and you are welcome to sign up for any or all.

 
Carol's Tip Corner
with Carol Harrington

So... I don't know why this tip works but I know it does. 

A friend was making a "perfect" vest for her grown son.  The time had come to pick up around the armholes and the neck.  Yikes!  I had learned a trick from my Japanese knitting class and also from my friend, knitting guru Catherine Lowe.  Pick up stitches with a very small needle (at least 2 or more smaller sizes than you'll be knitting the edging with). 

So that's what we did.  We followed the pattern directions for picking up 3 stitches for every 4 rows and ended up with two extra stitches that we decreased under the armhole.  Then my friend did the ribbing with the needle size recommended.  It was perfect, maybe even elegant.  She did the same for the v-neck ribbing and, again, perfection.  Everything melded perfectly, no gaps, no bumps.  And, no, it did not pucker either. 

Try it and see if you can figure it out.  I guarantee you'll be a very happy camper.

Are you a Raveler?

If so, come join our Fidalgo Artisan Yarn Lovers group!
The group is growing as the shop continues to grow...we appreciate your support and showing us your wonderful projects!

Just look for Fidalgo, we're the only one!
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