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Knit Clinic this Saturday, April 15
10:00 a.m. until Noon!

REMINDER: The last of our trial Knitting Clinic sessions is Saturday, April 15, 2017, from 10 a.m. to noon.

Kathy will be happy to assist you with any of your knitting questions or challenges.

Our sincere thanks to everyone who participated in these sessions, and we will definitely pay attention to your comments. In fact, we welcome comments and suggestions from everyone, whether or not you have been in a Clinic

In our April newsletter we will announce our plans for the future of our clinics.

We wish you all a happy holiday weekend!

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Cost

The fee for each clinic will be $10.00 per person (we request that participants be at least 18 years of age).

Registration

We are not taking pre-registrations for any of the knitting clinics; attendance is on a first-come, first-served basis. We plan to help each participant by providing up to 20 minutes of one-on-one assistance, unless no one else is waiting.

You will sign in when you arrive, and note your knitting question or problem. Then you can take a seat in the waiting area, browse in the shop, or go outside to the tables on the patio to wait. When it is your turn, we will call you in for your consultation with Kathy.

What to do before you come, and what you should bring:

Please spend a few moments before setting out to gather all the materials you will need, and to think about or decide on what you want to learn (for example, this could be a new technique, needing clarification in a pattern, or fixing a problem in your current project). Kathy's time must be shared among all participants, so if you can spend a little time in advance getting organized, that would be a boon for Kathy, your fellow participants, and especially for you.

The materials you might need to bring include your project, needles, yarn or swatch. Please don't forget your pattern! Remember to bring your notions too, if you need something particular, like your favorite cable needle. If you need to purchase something, the shop will be open during the clinic.

Feedback

Because this is an experiment, it matters a lot how many people express their interest by actually attending, and we want to know what you think. We'll pay attention to what is working and what is not, and we'll modify our plans and procedures accordingly. This means you can play a big role in shaping this new feature at The Black Sheep, including whether we continue with it.

We're excited about this new venture, and we hope that you will be, too!

OUR LATEST WINNERS

Congratulations to the winners in our final "Four Seasons of Fiber" gift basket drawing: Cheryl, Ian, Patty, and Rebecca! In addition, congratulations to the winners of the "Four Seasons of Fiber" guessing game: Grace, Jeff, Irina, and Tessa. Each winner receives a $25 gift certificate to The Black Sheep. For the curious, we'll post in the shop the intended identity of each character, along with selected alternative guesses from our very creative customers. Stop by the shop to see them.

NEW STUFF!

From The Fibre Co., we offer Road to China Lace and Road to China Light. Each yarn is a luxurious blend of 65% alpaca, 15% silk, 10% camel and 10% cashmere and is sumptuously soft. We can't stop patting it. Road to China Light is a sport-weight yarn (159 yds. per skein), works up at 6 - 6.5 sts. per inch on US 3 - 4 needles, and comes in softly heathered colors. Road to China Lace comes in 656 yd. skeins and works up at 8 - 10 sts. per inch on US 0 - 2 needles. We currently have Lace in a number of beautiful colors. Come in soon to touch these lovely yarns. You won't want to put them down!

 

We mentioned in our last newsletter that Shibui's Silk Cloud was expected soon. It's here! We currently have 11 colors of this soft, glowing 60% kid mohair, 40% silk yarn, and you'll discover that the generous amount of silk in this yarn makes it softer than many other mohair/silk blends. Silk Cloud is considered a lace-weight yarn, with 330 yds. per skein. Also from Shibui, we've received some Reed, which replaces their Linen (no longer available due to mill issues, not to a defect in the yarn). Reed is a fingering-weight, 100% linen chainette yarn, and we find it softer and drapier than the original Linen. We have some Linen in stock, and several colors of Reed. The 2 yarns have the same yardage and are interchangeable for gauge, so you can use them together.  
For fans of Classic Elite's cotton yarns Sprout and Seedling, there is now Mika! Super-soft Mika is 100% organic cotton and has a nubbly matte finish, just like cousins Sprout and Seedling. It is sport-weight at 165 yds. per hank and works up at 5.5 - 6 sts. per inch on US 2 - 4 needles. We have Mika in a wide range of colors. Mika will be perfect for baby items and other lightweight projects.

If you're looking for a fingering-weight merino baby yarn, we have a soft new yarn for you: DMC's aptly named 100% Baby. Each 245 yd. (50 gr.) ball is 100% superwash merino wool. We offer 100% Baby in 8 colors: white, cream, pastel yellow, pink, mint green, denim blue, pale gray, and medium gray.

Fun new project bags from Mybaggees have arrived. These mesh bags come in 3 sizes, have snap closures (a nice detail for anyone who has ever gotten their yarn caught in the zipper teeth of a zipped bag), and detachable wrist straps. We carry 3 colors--black, silver and burgundy--in each size.

RESTOCKINGS!

Our back ordered shipment of Malabrigo's Caracol came in! We now have Caracol in several popular colors, including Aniversario, Archangel, Solis, Piedras, Indiecita, Diana, and Natural. Plus, we added a new purple/magenta color: Hollyhock. In addition to the Caracol, we restocked Malabrigo Sock, Arroyo, and Baby Silkpaca Lace, along with the ever-popular Rios and Mecha. Malabrigo Book #11 is hot off the presses and filled with fun projects celebrating Malabrigo's 10th anniversary! The patterns in the book showcase their anniversary colorway Aniversario, a stunning color blend of magenta and blue violet with a twist of yellow and green. We offer the Aniversario colorway in several of Malabrigo's yarns.

Everyone loved our first shipment of Fyberspates' Gleem Lace so much that we sold out of it! Naturally, we had to order more. Our new shipment has arrived, and it is beautiful. Gleem Lace is a luxurious laceweight yarn in a blend of 55% superwash Blue-faced Leicester wool and 45% silk. It comes in a generous 874 yd. hank. Gleem Lace glows; there is no other word for it. We currently have it in 7 variegated and semi-solid colorways. Come in soon to touch and see this amazing yarn.

Just in! Pink worsted weight yarn in three different shades plus cream! If you're planning to make a hat from one of the downloadable patterns, we can support your project!

We've restocked our Noro Silk Garden Sock and expanded our collection of kits for Stephen West's very popular Spectra scarf. (We also have lots of colorways of this multi-colored yarn so you aren't limited to our kits: you can design your own!)

We also restocked two of our favorite cotton yarns: Classic Elite's Sprout and Seedling (cousins to our new Mika). Made of 100% matte-finished organic cotton, these yarns are wonderfully soft and slightly textured. They are very popular for baby blankets and clothes, and also for chemo caps. Sprout is the chunky yarn, working up on US 10 needle, while Seedling is the worsted weight version, using a US 7 needle. In addition to restocking some of the colors we usually carry, we added some new colors for 2017, including "bracken," an unusual greeny brown (Kathy calls it "breen."), "navy," and "cerulean," both lovely blues

For those who have asked for Juniper Moon's Zooey in neutral colors, we heard you and now have some in stock. We added 8 colors ranging from white to oatmeal, plus gray and aqua. Zooey is a sport-weight, textured blend of cotton and linen with a subtle marled appearance. It comes in 284 yd. balls and is perfect for crisp spring/summer garments and accessories.

If you're looking for thin metallic yarn to carry along with another yarn to boost your project's sparkle quotient, we've just received a shipment of Toreador by Lane Borgosesia. Each 198 yd. ball is a blend of viscose and polyester (that's the sparkle). Our shipment of 10 colors included silver, gold, pewter, charcoal, fuchsia, dark blue, light blue, copper, aqua multi, and teal multi.

A selection of small dumpling bags from Binkwaffle have arrived, including a couple of new fabrics for 2017. For all you cat lovers out there, one of the new fabric patterns is "Cat's Meow," featuring stylized cat faces in orange and white.
In the accessories department, we've restocked both fixed and interchangeable knitting needles from Addi and Knitter's Pride (including Dreamz, Naturalz, and Cubics). We've also made up charming little accessory tins that hold darning needles, stitch markers, snips, and point protectors, and some tins include a fun black sheep magnet.

COMING ATTRACTIONS!

"Dos Tierras," a new alpaca/merino blend from Malabrigo. The latest word from Malabrigo is that they expect to ship our yarn at the end of March or early in April. More Hempathy (blend of hemp, cotton and Modal, a man-made fiber) from Elsebeth Lavold is expected, in lots of colors.
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