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OUR EVENTS

Classes and Shows

 

Our 3rd Saturday Fiber Day is Sept 21 from 11- 4 on a drop in basis. You can come spin, weave, knit, crochet, needle felt--whatever fiber art you prefer. Bring a snack to share, if you like. I will not be there on the 21st, but come on in and spin anyway!

 

We now have Saturday Spinning Days the 2nd and 4th Saturdays from 11- 4.  Bring a snack to share if you like!  

Even if I am not here, you can come in and spin, knit, crochet.  Sometimes I take a Saturday off--and show season is starting!)

2ND FRIDAY NIGHT KNITTING: 
Upcoming dates are:
September 14 from 5-8.

 

Scroll down for classes and knit alongs!  For some reason I can't format the page to bring them up!

DON'T MISS THIS!

HONEY GIRL FARM TRUNK SHOW with Shannah Harding Sept 28 11-4

I just got the news that Shannah will be in town at the end of September!  So we are having a trunk show!
Shannah is an indie dyer who is also a shepherdess and beekeeper from Missouri.  She has more yarn bases in her portfolio than I have ever seen and the most wonderful colorways.  She is known for her Outlander series (pictured are Lallybroch on the left and Brianna MacKenzie on the right, as well as Game of Thrones, Doctor Who, and many more!
Designers Kate Whiting, Kim Simpson and Christy Frlan provide wonderful patternsupport for Honey Girl Farms yarn.  You can find their patterns on Ravelry.  You can also purchase patterns from Ravelry through Blazing Star  Ranch!   We are going to pick several patterns for you to vote on for a KAL!                                                                      
 
When:  SATURDAY, OCTOBER 28 from 11-4!  We will have a "Meet and Greet" with Shannah during this time.
We will have some refreshments and drool over her gorgeous, squishy yarns!
Where:  3424 S Broadway, Englewood, CO  80113 (inside Anderson's Vacuums)
 

 

After the trunk show, come out to the farm and visit the critters.  We have National Alpaca Farm Days, Sept 28 and 29 at 2550 Windmill Circle in Elizabeth. 10-4 both days.  Visit the alpacas!  
            

 

CLASSES

 

Beginning Rigid Heddle Weaving 
Instructor:  Terri Veragen
Date and Time:
Tuesday Oct 1 9-1
Tuesday Oct 8 9-11
Cost:  
$110
Loom Rental:
$15 for the week.  Rental applies to purchase if the loom is purchased within 2 months of the class.
Class Minimum:  2
Location: 
3424 S Broadway, Englewood, CO  80113
Pre-payment is required. Space is limited, so register now! Please call 303-514-8780 to register.
Two days, 4 hours first day, 2 hours second day
Rigid heddle looms are a simple, portable and inexpensive introduction to weaving, yet are extremely versatile in their patterning possibilities.
On the first day you will learn how a rigid heddle loom works, what you can do with it, how to warp your loom with even tension and weave with good selvedges, change colors and work with different yarns, fix a broken warp and get started weaving a sampler, exploring several techniques as time permits.
In part two, you may continue your sampler or start a new project. We will discuss how to calculate how much yarn you need, different finishes for the end of your weaving, and how to remove your weaving and finish your cloth.
Stop by the shop before class to choose appropriate yarns. We will have looms available (Schacht Crickets, Ashford Sample-It, etc) or you may bring your own rigid loom with all parts, and stand if you have one.

Beginning Spinning  
 
Instructor:  Karen Champion
Date:  Tues, Oct 15 and Oct 29
Time: 1 - 4
Cost $80.00 Materials Fee $20.00
Wheel Rental Available @ $25/ week
Rental applies to the purchase of a wheel if bought within 2 months of the class.
Location:  3424 S Broadway, Englewood, co 80113

This is a 2 session class.  In the first session you will learn a bit about the wheel, different fibers and how to spin a single.  Then you will have homework over the 2 weeks in between sessions.  In the second session you will learn several ways to ply your yarn and set the twist.
Space is limited.  Prepayment is required. To register, call 303-514-8780
PLEASE BRING OR WEAR SOCKS TO CLASS.
Beads, Baubles and Cables               
Date:  Thursday, October 24
Time:  1-4
Cost:  $60
Class Minimum: 2
Place: 3424 S Broadway, inside Anderson's Vacuums
Prepayment is required. Please call 303-514-8780 to register. 
3 hours
Instructor: Terri Veragen
Novelty yarns add interest to your knitted or woven textiles, either used to construct entire garments or as a splash of accent. Learn to spin yarn with incorporated beads, yarns with inclusions such as tufts of fiber, bits of yarn or feathers, and cabled yarns.
Please come to class with two bobbins of different-colored medium-sized singles wool yarn spun in the same direction with medium twist, two empty bobbins, a spool of sewing thread, a sewing needle, and a lazy kate, as well as your spinning wheel in good working order. Beads and inclusions will be provided, or bring your own.
Materials fee $10.
 



Our September Knit along is:

Fan Dance Socks
CraSyTM Sylvie Rasch
 of CraSyTM Creative Things will be leading a KAL in September 2019.

Best known in North America as the inventor behind the addi® FlexiFlips (or Crasy Trio as they're known abroad), Sylvie is also a prolific designer and online personality!
Sylvie's first KAL with skacel will be these lovely Fan Dance socks, featuring wool-free HiKoo® CoBaSi.
Shown in both a solid and tonal colorway of CoBaSi, you could customize them even further by using a contrasting color for the toes and heels (optional).
 
While this project is not a mystery, the pattern will be released in parts over 4 consecutive weeks, beginning September 5, 2019.
Sylvie will also be releasing helpful video tutorials along the way.
 
As always, there will be an opportunity to win skacel sponsored prizes from our end of the KAL drawing!
 
See you online on September 5, 2019 when the first part of the pattern will be available to download on our website, and Ravelry.
Materials
HiKoo® CoBaSi Yarn 
55% Cotton, 16% Viscose from Bamboo, 8% Silk, 21% Elastic Nylon
220 yards per 50 gram skein
Requires 2 Hanks to complete this project.
2.25mm addi® FlexiFlips, or size to obtain gauge
Locking stitch markers
Tapestry needle
Gauge
30 sts x 42 rows = 4" in St stSize
Average adult foot Ravelry and Social Media
Keep in touch with others and show off your progress and finished work on skacel's Ravelry Group.

"Audition"

Starting October 10, 2019!
Mystery KAL with Michelle Hunter of Knit Purl Hunter.

If you love to "try out" new stitch patterns, then Audition is a KAL you won't want to miss!  This generously sized asymmetrical shawl debuts four unique stitch patterns. 
Each pattern features interesting stitches along with improved ways to execute old standards.
 
The shawl is knit using the lovely shades of Simplicity Spray or Simplicity Tonal by HiKoo® and is paired with two skeins of solid HiKoo® Simplicity. 
 
While the shawl design is a mystery, it is no secret that video tutorials and daily support are available all throughout the knit along. 
 
"This will be my last KAL for now as I take a sabbatical to spend time with my ever-expanding family.  Have no worries!  While I am globetrotting and rocking babies,
my website and videos will remain in place to assist you.  I will continue to monitor the Knit Purl Hunter group on Ravelry where I've made many new friends.
 I can't wait to share the yarn, stitches and good times together!" - Michelle Hunter
MaterialsYarn Requirements

This project calls for a 456 yards of your Main Color (MC) and 234 yards of your Contrasting Color (CC).

Suggested HiKoo® Yarns:

MC (Option 1): Simplicity Spray55% Merino Superwash, 28% Acrylic, 17% Nylon; 456 yards per 200 gram cake, 1 cake.
OR
MC (Option 2): Simplicity Tonal55% Merino Superwash, 28% Acrylic, 17% Nylon; 117 yards per 50 gram hank, 4 hanks of the same color.
WITH
CC: Simplicity solid55% Merino Superwash, 28% Acrylic, 17% Nylon; 117 yards per 50 gram hank, 2 hanks of the same color.
Note: Simplicity Tonal or Simplicity Multi could be used in place of Simplicity Spray for the MC, but will require 4 hanks to achieve proper yardage.

addi® Needles & Notions
Locking stitch markers
Tapestry needle
Gauge
Approximately 20 stitches and 41 rows = 4" in garter stitch, unblocked
Size
It's a Mystery! (shhh! It's a shawl!)

 

Updated September 16, 2019