Proud American Knitter

Yes, this is a political post.

I have many friends, students, and customers that may feel this is not the best place to post political views, but this directly affects every American, and many that are not American citizens.
I have been knitting pink hats for the PussyHatProject for the Woman’s March on Washington, and enjoying every second of it.

14 or 15 hats in total
(honestly, I lost count…)

They will be worn in 3 different states, by women, girls, men, and boys.
I am one proud knitter!
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This is one of my oldest friends and her family ready to march in Sacramento, CA tomorrow and I could not be more proud!

I will be wearing my hat in solidarity tomorrow while I am working. I have half a dozen hats in the Wichita march, 10am meet at The Keeper of the Plains. I will be just around the corner at American Maid, hosting the iCT DeSTaSH SaLe from 9am – 6pm.
I love my country, I love my freedoms, and I love that I can stand up and be heard in a respectful, peaceful yet uber-strong manner. I love my right to speak up against what I feel, and know, to be an injustice for the American people. I own it.


EXTENDED HOURS: WiNTeR DeSTaSH SaLe
Saturday, January 21st 9am – 6pm
Sunday, January 22nd 11am – 3pm

Get organized to start off 2017
THe GReaT *WiNTeR* iCT DeSTaSH

We had a great first day of the sale, but there is still PLENTY of stash to shop from!!

…shop your friend’s stashes that you’ve been green with envy over!

To make things easier for shoppers, and sellers, I have extended the hours to include Sunday, 11am – 3pm.
(Sellers can still pick up Saturday evening, if desired.)
LOCATION OF SALE:
click for link to Google Maps

American Maid
1717 Briggs St
Wichita, KS 67203

SALE DATES:

  • JANUARY 21ST, SATURDAY 9AM – 6PM
  • JANUARY 22ND, SUNDAY 11AM – 3PM

DETAILS FOR SHOPPING:

  • Bring wallet, this is the most important detail ;o)
  • No cost to shop!
  • Cash, check ($36 returned check fee if NSF), Paypal, and, all credit cards accepted.
    If using Paypal you will need to have access to app to make payment.
  • Patience; sometimes the checkout process with marking inventory sold from different sellers can take a few minutes. Bonus, it gives you a few more minutes to browse!
  • Shoplifters will be prosecuted, fiberphiles don’t steal from other fiberphiles, EVER!!

*There is always a table to sit & knit, chat & visit.
*Free coffee &  hot tea.
* Feel free to bring your own beverage or food.

COME JOIN US & ENJOY THE SALE!!


SELLERS:

  • Pick up deadline: Pickup can be done any time you like during the sale Friday or Saturday, I will be in the space until 7pm SATURDAY evening & SUNDAY 11am – 3pm.
  • Your sales will be tallied within 24 hours. You will receive an inventory sheet of all that sold.
  • You have the choice to receive payment for your sold items in the form of cash, Paypal, or check for your payment. We’ll arrange payment pickup when you pickup your stash items after the sale.
  • 5% of all sales will be taken to pay for my time & work. It may sound like a lot but it works out to only a dollar+ an hour payment for my time.

    **PAYPAL & CREDIT CARD FEES WILL BE PASSED ON TO THE INDIVIDUAL SELLER AND TAKEN FROM YOUR TOTAL SALES
    (Remember, by accepting credit cards & Paypal we are opening up more spontaneous sale opportunities.)

    ***IMPORTANT TO NOTE: the space is rented for the 2 days of the sale. Your items cannot stay in the space after Sunday night. If you cannot make it to pick up your unsold items, then you need to make arrangements with a friend that is selling or buying to pick up your items for you. Or, talk to me. I reserve the right to refuse to hold your items, I am also limited on space.


Any changes to the sale plans will be announced by email, on Firebrunette Knits.com, in the Firebrunette Knits Ravelry group, and on the Firebrunette Knits Facebook page. Lots of ways to get information!!

PLEASE PASS THE WORD!!
The more people we have involved, the more stash you clear out, the more new goodies you can take home. Win, win!!

Upcoming Events

Miss Grace Shawl Class Gauge Prep 

I’ve made a little video for my students in the upcoming Miss Grace Shawl Class to help with gauge. The pattern calls for a size US 4 needle and that’s what I’m using. 

I wanted my fabric to have a nice solid feel, not too loose,  but also not firm. I like how it feels on my needles and also the drape of the fabric.  

Our knitting is an individual experience. Gauge is a guide for us not to run out of yarn, to get the correct fit and sizing, and for the finished item to hang & drape correctly. 

That being said, you will come across items, like this shawl, where fit and sizing aren’t a huge concern, but running out of yarn is. The gauge in the pattern is not clear about whether or not it is before or after blocking so I chose to use the needle size as given in the instructions. 

I know that I knit a smidge tighter and usually move up one needle size. I started my swatch with the size 4 needles and found I liked the fabric. That’s my choice. Now, it will change after blocking and through my experience as a knitter, I know that the gauge won’t change immensely and I’m fine with that. 

I recommend a swatch to find the fabric you like. Just realize that if it is too loose you run the risk of running out of yarn. 

This is a beautiful shawl and a blast to knit, totally written out of the box. ☺️ 

WINTER CLASSES 2017

2017 IS ALMOST HERE

Can you believe how fast 2016 flew by?
In preparation for 2017 we need to get our calendars & planners out and start filling dates for our knitting adventures.
Below you will find upcoming classes at Amerian Maid, Common Grounds & a whole slew of classes at Picket Fence Quilt Co.

iCT DeSTaSH WiNTeR 2017

In addition, let’s get prepped for iCT DeSTaSH WiNTeR 2017 coming up January 20th & 21st.
Start gathering your stash items that you would like to sell, this can include the following:

  • yarn
  • notions
  • spinning goods
  • handmade items of the fiber persuasion
  • fabric

Mark the items with the price and your name or initials. I will be accepting drop offs as soon as you can get them to me. Last day for drop offs will be Wednesday, January 18th.
More details will follow in a DeSTaSH exclusive email.

REGISTER FOR CLASSES AT AMERICAN MAID & COMMON GROUNDS

Miss Grace Shawl Class – Wednesday Evenings


Class Dates: 1/4/17 – 5:30-9pm, 1/25/17 – 6-8pm, 2/8/17 – 6-8pm
Class Cost: $60
LOCATION: AMERICAN MAID
1717 Briggs St. Wichita, KS
REGISTER NOW

Miss Grace Shawl Class – Saturdays


Class Dates: 1/7/17 – 10am-2pm, 1/28/17 – 10am-12pm, 2/11/17 – 10am-12pm
Class Cost: $60
LOCATION: AMERICAN MAID
1717 Briggs St. Wichita, KS
REGISTER NOW

Keeping Warm Sweater


Class Dates: Saturdays – 10am-12pm
2/18/17, 3/4/17, 3/18/17, 4/8/17, 4/22/17, 4/29/17
Class Cost: $90
LOCATION: AMERICAN MAID
1717 Briggs St. Wichita, KS
REGISTER NOW

RECOLETA CARDIGAN


Class Dates: Saturdays – 10am-12pm
2/18/17, 3/4/17, 3/18/17, 4/8/17, 4/22/17, 4/29/17
Class Cost: $90
LOCATION: AMERICAN MAID
1717 Briggs St. Wichita, KS
REGISTER NOW

Little Big Wrap – Thursdays


Class Dates: Wednesdays 1:30-3pm
1/11/17, 1/18/17, 2/1/17
Class Cost: $50
LOCATION: COMMON GROUNDS
2812 E Douglas Ave, Wichita, KS 67214
REGISTER NOW
REGISTER FOR CLASSES AT PICKET FENCE QUILT CO

BEGINNING SOCKS


Class Dates: Saturdays 12:30-2:30pm
1/14/17, 1/28/17, 2/11/17

FRENCH PRESS SLIPPERS


Class Dates: Saturdays – 3-5pm
3/25/17, 4/8/17

BEGINNING LACE


Class Dates: Saturdays 3-5pm
2/25/17, 3/11/17, 3/25/17

SNOWFLOWER SWEATER


Class Dates: Thursdays 6-8pm
1/26/17, 2/2/17, 2/16/17, 3/2/17, 3/16/17

Little Big Wrap – Thursdays


Class Dates: Thursdays – 6-8pm
1/12/17, 1/19/17, 2/9/17

February Lady Sweater


Class Dates: Saturdays 3-5pm
1/14/17, 1/28/17, 2/11/17, 2/25/17, 3/11/17