Greetings, Twisted Readers! All this Summer, I’m profiling the projects and adventures of the intrepid Twistedistas. If you’d like to join us in celebrating Summer Crafting, please drop by our Ravelry Group, Twisted in PDX, and share your own Summer traditions and works in progress. This time, Courtney mixes soccer and Malabrigo.
Courtney is our resident photographer. Those gorgeous, dreamy, yarn pictures you see on our website? That’s Courtney. She’s also an avid women’s soccer fan. During games this Summer, she’s been making a blanket in Malabrigo Mecha. You might think this is an unusual choice for “Summer Knitting”, but what could be more satisfying than this combination of garter stitch, stripes, and beautiful, squishy, wool clicking along on the needles while cheering on the action!
Turns out, this upcoming weekend is a great time to be a soccer knitter! Courtney tells me the Women’s World Cup semi-final between Germany and the US this Friday will be a thriller, with the Germans in particular displaying incredible teamwork. The finals are Saturday and Sunday, and I hope you’ll all be cheering with your yarn in hand! If you’d like to catch some local action, our very own Thorns will be playing Sky Blue FC at Providence Park this Friday, too. Come out and support the ladies!
Some people may be surprised at how deeply the connection between sport and knitting goes, but there are many you root for your favorite heroes and heroines while purling and hooking, and I bet Courtney won’t be the only one snuggled under a cozy blanket built by Summer cheers!
Every week from Memorial Day to Labor Day, we put one item or group of items on sale for 20% off. With your Sale of the Week purchase, you’ll also get a free Ravelry download code for a featured pattern. Let the summer crafting commence!
For this week’s Sale of the Week, from Monday 6/29 – Sunday 7/5, we’re offering 20% off Lang Yarns Mille Colori! Online, use the promo code saleoftheweek6 at checkout.
Mille Colori, or “a thousand colors”, is a slow-striping, single ply yarn that’s super soft and squishy. Its heavy-worsted weight makes it perfect for a wide variety of quick projects: sweaters, hats, scarves, baby items & more!
Regularly $9.00 per ball – only $7.20 during the Sale of the Week (with promo code saleoftheweek6)
This week only, get a free Ghazal Cowl pattern download code with any Sale of the Week yarn purchase.
Sizes: Short (Medium, Long)
Yarn: 2 (3, 4) balls of Lang Yarns Mille Colori
Needle Size: US 9 / 5.5mm
Fine print and SOW etiquette: Sale discount limited to stock on hand. No special orders for sale pricing. Sorry, no holds on SOW items. This discount may not be combined with other discounts or coupons unless explicitly noted. Web prices are updated by 10am PT every Monday (when the bricks and mortar shop opens). Sale prices end after 5pm each Sunday (when the bricks and mortar shop closes). Please note that there is a slight delay between in-store sales and that information updating web store stock levels. Especially for popular items with limited supply like Sale of the Week products, that means there is a possibility that something you’ve added to your cart on the web store will in that instant already have been sold to someone in the shop, or to another web store customer. In that case, we will call you as soon as we can and refund your payment or work out an acceptable substitution. It’s not perfect, but we do our best… We’re a small business! Thanks for understanding!
Sometimes people ask me how long I’ve been knitting. Or more bluntly, how long it took me to learn what I know. When I think about it, I remember long stretches of frustration. I’ll occasionally come across something in an old project and realize I would do it very differently now. Knitting, and the learning of it, are organic processes. We grow through practice, experimentation, and shared wisdom. There were knitters along the way who, with an offhand comment or a quick demonstration, changed my life. That’s one of my favorite things about knitters – get them to talk about their favorite tricks and they light up.
We have some fantastic classes coming up with Michele Bernstein, full of just such tips and techniques.
Have you fiddled with a provisional cast on and wondered if it could be easier? Tired of running out of yarn when you cast on with the long tail method? Michele’s Cast On, Bind Off! class is on Monday, July 6, from 5:30-7:30pm. Students will learn all the major cast on methods, and when to use them.
On Saturday, July 11th, Michele will teach her popular Tink, Drop, Frog: How Do I Fix This? class from 12-2pm. One of the things I’ve learned from knitting is that it’s not about never making mistakes. Success is in recognizing and fixing those little inevitabilities. This class covers everything you need to take control of your knitting.
Also on Saturday, July 11th, Michele will hold her fantastic Blocking: It’s Magic! workshop, from 2:30-4:30pm. Blocking really does make all the difference in how your finished project looks, but in can be daunting. Michele will show you how to do it perfectly!
All three classes form an ideal mini-course in Knitting 2.0! You can enroll online, call us at 503 922 1150, or drop in to Twisted.