National Local Yarn Store Day 2018 ~Picket Fence Quilt Co, Wichita, KS

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Calling all knitters, crocheters, weavers, spinners and general crafters!
It’s our first annual National Local Yarn Store Day!!

ALL YARN 20% OFF, ALL DAY!!
Free knit and/or crochet pattern for the cutest market bags, with any yarn purchase.

Join us from Noon (12pm) – closing at 5pm
Demonstrations of Emily Ocker’s Circular Knit Cast On from 12:30-3pm.

Weather permitting we will have tables and chairs set out front to sit, socialize, knit, crochet, spin, etc. If we need, we’ll move inside to the classroom area for our social time.

We know yarn stimulates your senses, from feeling the fibers to seeing the variety of colors, but you have to be in the store to experience it. 

This is your chance to celebrate everything you love about yarn and help others enjoy those same experiences. Teach a friend to knit and bring them to your local yarn shop on April 21!

Share your passion for the craft and your favorite yarn store, Picket Fence Quilt Co on social media.

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IT’S A GO!! 2 Days until the iCT DeSTaSH SaLe

<<<GRAB YOUR SHOPPING BAGS>>>

We’re having a sale!

Friday Hours: 9am – 6pm
Saturday Hours: 9am – 6pm

LOCATION:

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Map of 751 George Washington Blvd, Wichita, KS 67211
751 George Washington Blvd, Wichita, KS 67211

We have yarn, spinning fiber, notions, Cricket Looms & accessories, Jenna May Made markers & a few bags, YARN!!

Bring some crochet, knitting, spinning, or table loom and join us for some shopping & socializing.  There are limited chairs, so if you plan to come for an extended period you may want to bring your own chair.

Coffee and hot tea will be available for $1, bring your own mug and it’s free!

You can bring snacks, lunch, drinks with lids.

Thank you, sellers!!
This one was a close call at not having enough sellers, I am so grateful to each of you for prepping and participating.

What’s On Your Needles (and YouTube)?

While I have had a lot of shop sample and class knitting that is simple, stockinette in the round I have found a few new video podcasts to follow.
Not only have I subscribed, I have binge watched hundreds of episodes (and they are NOT short episodes :o) ).

Let me introduce you to a few new friends:

Sockmatician – Brilliant, funny, chatty, interesting view on how knit stitches work together to make beautiful fabrics. Really fantastic tutorials!

Bakery Bears – I love this couple. Dan is a new knitter (not any longer, but when they started their video podcast) and Kay is a wonderful knitter human being that loves beautiful colors. And bakes. Yummy things!

Arne & Carlos – Scandinavian male knitters. Enough said. They are no-holds-barred up-front with their knitting and techniques. Great tutorials as well.

If you can’t tell, I am on a male knitter kick at the moment.

It’s all due to my dream of my husband and sons picking up fiber of some sort with some sort of tool to make something; spinning, knitting, crochet, weaving, I don’t care, just create something!

On my needles for the shop samples, and an upcoming spring class at Picket Fence Quilt Co, is the Anker’s Summer Shirt.

The Cascade Sarasota, a cotton blend, top is already up on a mannequin at the shop in a great denim color, and I love it!
The second version on my needles is using Cascade Llamerino in 3 of the natural colors; cream, tan, light brown. Because it is a winter blend 50/50 llama/merino wool I am doing a longer sleeve version. This yarn is absolutely wonderful to knit with, soft hand yet it has some nice body to it. I can’t wait to have it done and blocked!

One ongoing class I have right now is the Keeping Warm Sweater. We are on the long slog of the stockinette body in the round before we get to the super fun mosaic bottom border. I love knitting with the Mirasol Sulka Legato yarn. It is so soft and smooth on the needles, with the ChiaoGoo Twist tips I am really huming along (when I have a few minutes to work on it).

Oh, and Wichita Knitters’ Guild March meeting is in just 2 days; Friends, Frogging & Fixing is the theme for this month.
Bring a friend, bring something to either frog or fix! We’ll help you with your frogging and fixing, swifts and ball winders will be present.
If you bring a friend you will both be entered in a prize drawing, if your friend joins the guild then you both get a small gift and you both will be entered in the prize drawing. So fun!!
We are also finishing up the East vs West charity knit-off. Can’t wait to add up all the points for both sides!! Teresa, our past president, has been really gung-ho on this competition. And just so you know, I have a LOT of donations + knit/crochet items, all for the East side!

Notice to iCT DeSTaSH SaLe Sellers

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How to Prep Your Items For the iCT DeSTaSH SaLe

There are a few options for you on preparing your items for sale, here is a list of some suggestions, and the NECESSARY PREPARATION in red:

  • Mark items with your name or initials
    ie Chauntel Ensey or CE or FirebrunetteKnits or FBKnits
  • Mark items with the price you set yourself
    I do not have any say or control over the price you charge for your items
  • Sellers may choose to either leave single skeins loose and marked with a hanging tag, or put in a clear zip top bag marked clearly with seller name, and price
  • Multiple item sets: please put all together in a clear zip top bag marked clearly with seller name, number of items in bag, and the price
  • I do recommend that if you have multiples of one colorway that you sell as a lot, not individually
  • Pricing: You set the price on your items
    I generally recommend 50-75% of retail value.
    Rare and hard to find yarns, or yarns you just aren’t totally set on giving up, can sell in the 80-90% of retail range.
  • Be realistic in your pricing, try to look at the yarn and price as a shopper would.

Inventory of Items

  • I inventory all items you bring to me.
  • Before the sale you will receive an email of a spreadsheet of your items listed at their set price.
  •  When you come to pick up your items Saturday evening, I will go through and inventory what of your items remain. You may then choose to donate to charity (Wichita Knitters’ Guild, where they will be used for charity projects) or take your items all prepared for the next DeSTaSH.
  • You will receive an email with the figures of your sales and your item inventory within 48 hours.
  • You will then receive your payment as agreed; cash, check, Paypal

DISPLAYING ITEMS

In the previous space I rented for iCT DeSTaSH, I had use of lovely antiques in which to display everyone’s items. In this new space, I do not.

If you have some nice baskets or bins you would like your items to be displayed in, please bring the items in them.
I will make sure they are all marked with NFS (Not For Sale) tags.

Remember the more your items stand out, the more they will get shopped!
Of course, I will do my best to display everyone’s items in a way that they will be easy and fabulous to shop! Don’t you worry about that!

Sunset Frost Shawl Class- Starting this Wednesday 2/28/18

There are still spaces available in the Sunset Frost Shawl class that starts this coming Wednesday, details on dates/times below.
There is prep to do before class, so get signed up first thing tomorrow, purchase the pattern, and contact me at 316.633.3217 so I can send you the class prep work and syllabus.

Purchase the pattern on Ravelry, CLICK HERE

Hope to see you there!!

Source: Sunset Frost Shawl Class

Knit Sweater Math – Just a bit 

At our knitting retreat this past weekend I took a few hours to teach a couple of the gals how to take their measurements, how to do math for a different gauge for a sweater pattern, and then re-wrote an entire sweater pattern for the difference in stitches and rows, and adjusted for the knitter’s exact measurements; lengthen the body, lengthen the yoke (a full mosaic pattern), moved the decreases from the sides to the back to work with the shape of her bum and back.

Then, I come home yesterday and find that there is a new episode from The PassioKnit Spinner about the same thing!

Instead of fully posting a lesson here, I will happily share her great video. She is German so you’ll have to imagine she’s using inches, not cm. It’s all the same math, so no worries there!

Enjoy!!

 The PassioKnit Spinner Podcast – Bonus Episode “Sweater Maths” – YouTube

Colorwork myth? Color Dominance, You Decide

When I first tried colorwork with multiple colors in a round I only knew how to knit Continental, with the yarn in my left hand. I didn’t have any idea that there was the option to hold yarns separate in right and left hands.
Then, I met someone that told me to correctly knit stranded knitting I should separate my yarns and hold in each hand. There are benefits; speed, catching floats invisibly, yarns not as tangled, etc.

Well, over the years I have changed solely to two-handed stranded knitting, and at times I struggle with my tension on those individual stitches. I do all the little tips and tricks I have read over and over about color dominance in stranded knitting.
I won’t link to those articles here, this is about the old school use of one hand for colorwork.
I have missed my usual weekly knit group that meets for Wednesday Lunch Bunch for just about the last 6 months. Work and life have taken over Wednesdays.  I guess this has been a topic, and I am intrigued.
Do I want to go back to single handed Continental stranded knitting?

I currently work double knitting with both colors in my Continental hold. I use a yarn guide to keep the yarns from twisting at my finger hold, why not just hold and tension the same way and switch to stranded knitting for my next big colorwork sweater?

Watch a few videos on the topic and enjoy the personalities (and their rather strong opinions)!

https://arnecarlos.com/why-there-is-no-dominant-color-in-norwegian-knitting-by-arne-carlos/