Coastal Purl September newsletter
Happy Fall Everyone!
It's still hot here in Coastal North Carolina, but as the calendar edges toward Autumn and with Labor Day upon us it's time to start thinking about those Fall projects. Speaking of Labor Day, the shop will be closed tomorrow and Saturday, but will reopen for regular hours on Tuesday, 9/8.
The weekend after Labor Day I'll be hosting the shop's first Knit-a-Long collaborating with a High School friend who has a yarn and fabric shop in our hometown in central Pennsylvania. Cynthia owns Stitch Your Art Out, which features both fine yarns and fabrics and she is the designer behind Really Clear Designs. She is a yarn wrangler able to create great patterns that are beautifully written and, well, really clear! For our KAL she has designed a lovely shawl that is elegant in its simplicity. You need know only knitting and purling, and the slip stitch that is included for attractive transitions is very clearly described. It's easy enough for less experienced knitters yet engaging enough for more experienced knitters. I test knit the pattern, shown below. Cynthia used Malabrigo Rios yarn for her shawl; I used one skein of Berroco Sesame and two skeins of Berroco Ultra Alpaca on US #10.5 47" circulars; a tight knitter could go to an 11 easily. The shawl is cast on at the neckline and cast off at the bottom edge, so you can see the importance of that long circular. Cynthia will release the pattern and zoom meeting instructions either Friday night 9/11 or Saturday morning 9/12 for a 1:00 pm Zoom. We'd love for you to join us! Send me an email if you'd like to participate firstname.lastname@example.org. If you're local, swing by the shop Tuesday through Friday next week and I'll help you pick out the perfect color combination (see samples below). If you're not local it's going to be tight getting the yarn in time - I'd need your web order by Monday night in order to get it in Tuesday's mail. You can order the yarn by visiting my website at coastalpurl.com.
Fall yarns are rolling in. There are lovely soft chunky skeins that work up quickly into cozy hats...
Beautiful new colors to join the Ultra Wool family...think darling baby blankets, little sweaters, adorable hats that are gently machine washable.
Stunning new hand painted fingering yarns out of the finest soft merino(left) and Millefiori (stacked) - think gorgeous shawls and wraps; self striping Lang Mille Colori Baby fine merino and delightfully plush Amano Awa from Peru - 55% Baby Alpaca, 26% Merino, 19% Pima cotton(right). Still to come, worsted weight sock yarns and more!
Easy Fall Project
As we wrap up sweet corn season and start thinking about Fall decorations, knitted Indian Corn is a quick, easy and adorable project. This is super simple, the beautifully colored yarn does all the work. One skein of the Naturally Nazareth 100% wool will easily make six regular size ears of corn. The pattern is free with the purchase of the yarn and includes a template for creating the husk out of a brown paper bag, but I just saved some from real corn and allowed it to dry; easy and authentic!
I have the opportunity to order Lopi throws for my customers directly from Berroco. The brochure can be found here. They are woven from Icelandic wool and are therefore extremely durable, lightweight, breathable and warm. The fabric is additionally combed after weaving to make it soft. These would make absolutely gorgeous Christmas gifts. The blankets come in various sizes, patterns and textures; 27 to choose from. Price is $199. Orders must be in before September 18th for October delivery. If you'd like to order a blanket, please email me (email@example.com) with the item number (they're listed towards the end of the brochure).
Classes and workshops
Knitting classes are ongoing and I've been scheduling them over the summer mostly by request and generally one-on-one, though I have done some parent/child grandparent/child sessions. I will continue that into the Fall. Email if you'd like to schedule a class, whether a beginner or someone who just needs a refresher. I also have the supplies to start felting workshops: Friday Sept. 18th 1-3 pm, Friday Oct. 2nd 1-3 pm and Saturday Oct. 17th 11-1 pm. These are single two hour sessions. The workshop will be limited to three participants each session. Signups are on the website under classes. Tuition for the class will be paid online; the kit for the class may be purchased at the shop. I also have an expert in crochet at the ready to teach Saturdays, so contact me if you are interested.
Small groups of knitters continue coming in afternoons to knit and chat and it's been wonderful. We have plenty of room to social distance, the store is airy and open. If you're feeling cooped up, need a change of scenery and want to escape to a happy knitting place, please stop over.
Happy knitting all!
Shop phone: 252-548-4801