Thursday, March 19, 2015

Colinette Afghan Kit Trunk Show

For the past few months we have had the Afghan Kits from Colinette in stock here at Anacapa Fine Yarns. They are big bags full of all different colors, yarns, fibers, and textures, plus a booklet full of patterns you can use with the kits to make the most beautiful afghans you've ever seen. We are hosting 3 samples of afghans made from these kits now at the shop, so come by and check them out before we have to send them back!

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Upcoming Events

Today I want to share with you our upcoming events, you don't want to miss out! Show and Tell is this coming Thursday evening!

Spring ‘Show & Tell’-Thursday, March 12th

On Thursday, March 12th from 6:30pm to 9pm, Anacapa Fine Yarns will be hosting a ‘Show & Tell’. Join us for this fun and inspiring event. Bring your favorite completed knit, crochet, woven or felted items; and show them off. It’s always great to see finished handmade items. You will have an opportunity to show off your item(s) and tell us a little about them. All year long we offer many classes, and we see many projects partially finished. Show ‘N Tell is a time for us to see the class projects finished. Please share your finished class projects on this night. If you share, you will be entered in a raffle to win prizes. Come join the fun. Snacks will also be served. 

Anzula Trunk Show - Saturday, March 21st, 1-4pm

Our friends from Anzula will be here between 1 and 4pm on Saturday, March 21st. Anzula is a smaller yarn company making a big splash on the yarn scene. Their yarns are made with some of the most luxurious fibers including cashmere, camel, silk, linen, SeaCell, alpaca, yak, and milk protein. Anacapa Fine Yarns already carries several of Anzula's yarns. But on March 21st,  Anzula will be bringing a huge selection of their yarns to purchase and samples for you to see. Please stop by to meet the lovely folks of Anzula. Swing by and say hello and see all the great yarns they have to offer.

Yarnover Truck Coming to Visit - Sunday, April 25th

As part of their big California Road Trip, the Yarnover Truck will be visiting us here at Anacapa Fine Yarns on Saturday, April 25th. If you haven't had the chance to see the truck, make sure you try and make it out here to join in the fun. The truck offers some great yarns and accessories, so swing by and visit us and stop into the truck while you are here!

Friday, February 13, 2015

New yarns!

We've gotten lots of great new yarns in lately, stop by the shop and see them in person!
Worsted: 40% Cotton, 30% Rayon, 30% Silk

Chunky: 100% Acrylic

Fingering: 80% Merino, 20% Nylon

Lace: 65% Alpaca, 15% Silk, 10% Cashmere, 10% Camel

DK: 53% Bamboo, 42% Merino, 5% Silk

Worsted: 90% Cotton, 10% Cashmere

Fingering: 70% Merino, 30% Silk

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Design Your Own Fingerless Mitss

We have the privilege of hosting some classes from a Rock Star knitter, Wendy Bernard. The soonest one is

Up Down All Around
Design Your Own Fingerless Mitts

One Session-Sunday, February 15, 12 to 3 pm; $60, supplies not included. Skill level: Sheep. Instructor: Wendy Bernard

With "Up, Down, All-Around Stitch Dictionary," you can choose any stitch pattern and reproduce it flat, top-down, bottom-up and in the round. This class will give you the perfect opportunity to try your hand at incorporating stitch patterns into a pair of arm warmers or fingerless mitts. Wendy will walk you through a "from scratch" pattern to create a one-of-a-kind accessory that bears your own creative fingerprint. You can choose from virtually any stitch pattern in the book! Included with this pattern is a formula for arm warmers and fingerless mitts so you can continue to make unique accessories of your own.

Fingerless mitt are a great gift and a great way use up odd balls of yarn. 

Here are some other samples from Wendy -

Happy Needling,

Thursday, January 29, 2015

What is a steek?

Functionally, a steek is a spot in your knitting that you plan to slice open intentionally. I took a quick video of my slicing a crocheted steek open. This crocheted (prepped) steek is the armhole of one of my samples for the Fair Isle workshop.

If you want to know more about this purposeful slicey dicey of your knitting, I have a couple of upcoming opportunities -

Intro to Steeking

One Session-Monday, February 2, 6 to 9 pm; $30, supplies not included. Skill Level: Sheep. Instructor: Anne Lecrivain-Cozzoli

Want to knit everything in the round!?! Steeking, or cutting your knitting, is the key to working most sweater patterns in the round, ensuring that patterns for fronts and backs always match and adding speed to your knitting process. We will work on machine sewn steeks, crocheted steeks, and hand stitched steeks. We will also discuss how steeking can be used to adapt patterns to the round. It’s not so scary, I promise.

Fair Isle Workshop

Six Sessions-Mondays, February 16 (6 to 9pm-1st class only), March 2, 16, 30, April 13 and 27, 6 to 8pm; $100, supplies not included. Skill Level: Vicuna, Intro to Steeking and Intro to Fair Isle classes are recommended. Instructor: Anne Lecrivain-Cozzoli

I have been day dreaming about sharing this workshop with you for over 6 years. Come along with me to design your own Fair Isle (or stranded) Sweater. You will be able to customize your gauge (any yarn from worsted to fingering) to my prefigured recipe for a cardigan or pullover (crewneck or v-neck). You will be in total control of the chart selection and color play. We will all have the golden opportunity to steek the armholes. This workshop is a place to really flex those knitting strengths that you have been building and emerge with a work of classic knitted art at the end.

Check out our class schedule for lots of other cool classes.

Happy Needling,

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Countdown to Knitmas - Day 25!!

Happy Holidays to all of you out there! I sincerely hope you are having a wonderful Holiday, and I hope you enjoyed another year of our Countdown to Knitmas series!

Lots of Love from Lois, Anne, Kaity, Terry, and Karin!

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Countdown to Knitmas: Day 24

Happy Christmas Eve!!! Time to BO and wrap it up. Of course, you had that all done days ago. Now you can cast on something fun to ring in the new year next week.

As usual, I have improvised a few hats this year and I would like to share my most recent one with you here. You could cast it on today (Lois will be in the store until 2pm). or on the 26th when we resume our usual hours. This hat pattern was whipped up for my husband to gift to a coworker. I started the blue one while we were watching the Hobbit on Wednesday night. With the unknitting time (a side effect of theater knitting) figured in, the hat took about 5 hours. With smoother sailing and not having to drop and correct some purls that had shifted during my ribbing, I think that a speedy knitter could knock it out in about 4 hours. (You know, just in case you need one more gift today.)

Yarn: approx 150 g of Sport weight yarn; I used Mirasol Nuna and had about 12 g left over
Needle: US 5/3.5mm 16" circular and matching DPNs
Gauge: approx. 20 sts=4 inches

CO 100 sts. and join in the round. Double check that you have no twist and place a beginning of the round marker.

Rnd 1-9: *k2, p2, repeat from * around.

Rnd 10: *k10, m1, repeat from * around. (110 sts)

Rnd 11: knit
Repeat round 11 until your hat reaches the desired length. To achieve this slouch, I worked about 48 rounds (I would give you a measurement, but I gave the hats away without measuring).

Rnd 1: *k9, k2tog, repeat from * around. (100 sts)
Rnd 2: knit
Rnd 3: *k8, k2tog, repeat from * around. (90 sts)
Rnd 4: knit
Rnd 5: *k7, k2tog, repeat from * around.(80 sts)
Rnd 6: knit
Rnd 7: *k6, k2tog, repeat from * around. (70 sts)
Rnd 8: knit
Rnd 9: *k5, k2tog, repeat from * around. (60 sts)
Rnd 10: knit
Rnd 11: *k4, k2tog, repeat from * around. (50 sts)
Rnd 12: *k3, k2tog, repeat from * around. (40 sts)
Rnd 13: *k2, k2tog, repeat from * around. (30 sts)
Rnd 14: *k1, k2tog, repeat from * around. (20 sts)
Rnd 15: *k2tog, repeat from * around. (10 sts)

Cut the tail. Thread a tapestry needle and feed the remaining 10 sts. onto the strand like beads on a string. Pull it tight like closing a drawstring. Tuck the end to the wrong side and weave in ends.

Happy Needling,