Head Gardener's Log, July 5th, 2022
Announcing our next KAL... It's Tee Time!
I am all about knitting up summer tees this year and want YOU to join me! This time around, you can choose either Rift or the Outline Tee (links below) to knit a pullover tee (or another design that is a similar construction... message me if you have an alternative pattern idea).
This will be another hybrid KAL, with both in-person AND Zoom meetings, beginning on Wednesday, July 20th. This will be an in-person event with a Zoom component for our non-local friends!
The cost for this KAL is FREE, but I do ask that you purchase your supplies for the tee from Yarn Garden. Once you've made your purchase, you'll be given access to our private Facebook group, where the KAL will take place.
There are many yarn options for these two tees... I'm teetering between Feliz from Manos and Remix Light from Berroco. Anything from a fingering to DK weight will work to achieve the gauge required. I'm happy to offer advice if you need yarn recommendations. We should have plenty of time to order yarn, if needed.
If you have any questions, please feel free to email me @ firstname.lastname@example.org or call the shop ((517)541-9323).
Summer Tee Day Camp
Saturday, July 9th from 11:00a to 3:00p
Class Fee: $75
Instructor: Lindsay Potter
By the end of this class, you'll go home with YOUR OWN pattern for a boxy, short-sleeved tee, simply constructed out of two rectangles. You will swatch to find your stitch gauge, play with different stitch patterns, and decide how you want your tee to fit. Using the template provided, you'll perform some knitting math/magic to come up with your unique set of stitch counts for your tee and hopefully have time to cast on!
The yarn options here are truly endless... I would encourage the use of a plant-fiber-based, dk weight yarn, but it certainly doesn't need to be! I'm estimating somewhere between 500 - 1000 yards, depending on finished size. We will be calculating a rough estimate with our swatch during class. You can choose a yarn from the following list below (if you're interested in something different, reach out to me and let's chat!):
Zooey by Juniper Moon Farm
Asaginu, Sonata, Kakigori, Silk Garden Sock Tweed or Yukata by Noro
Remix, Vivo, Zinnia, Medina or Summer Sesame from Berroco
Replay from Sirdar
Feliz from Manos del Uruguay
For more details and to sign up, click on this link: https://www.yarngardenmichigan.com/module/class/455230/summer-tee-day-camp
Handmade in Eaton County Shop Hop!
July 14th - 16th
The first ever Handmade in Eaton County Shop Hop will take place from Thursday, July 14th to Saturday, July 16th. Pick up a free passport from one of the four participating shops and explore what Eaton County has to offer for all types of makers! Each shop will be offering a $5 make ‘n’ take project (supplies are limited to the first 100 shoppers), door prizes for each day, plus 15% off your entire purchase at each shop (some exclusions may apply). When you visit each shop and make a small purchase, you’ll receive a stamp on your passport. When you visit all four participating shops and fill your passport, you’ll be entered in to win the grand prize!
Not sure what a make ‘n’ take project is? It’s a quick, beginner-friendly project that can be created during your experience at each shop! When you visit Seasonal Inspirations (a gift and home décor shop; located at 102 Washington St.) in Olivet, you can create a rustic wooden beaded adornment using a variety of stamps, your choice of beads, and ribbon. Two stops in Charlotte include the Hen House (a fabric and quilt shop; located at 211 S. Cochran Ave) and the Yarn Garden (a yarn shop; located at 131 S. Cochran Ave). While visiting the Hen House, you’ll create a keychain using a strip of fabric and some hardware. The Yarn Garden’s make ‘n’ take project is a beaded stitch marker OR zipper pull charm. Ledge Craft Lanes (a shop specializing in gifts made by local artists; located at 120 S. Bridge St) in Grand Ledge will be offering two options, an adorable clay caterpillar or a greeting card.
The hours at all four shops will be 10:00a – 5:00p on all three days of the event, Thursday, July 14th to Saturday, July 16th. Passports available now, pick up at any of the four participating shops!
Brioche Basics - another session added!
Saturday, August 20th from 11:00a to 1:00p
Learn how to make the popular brioche stitch in this class. We will practice making 2 color brioche fabric (knitting flat), and explore the common mistakes we make and how to fix them. You'll leave the class ready to tackle your first brioche project! For more details and to sign up, click on this link: https://www.yarngardenmichigan.com/module/class/362419/brioche-basics
What's on my needles?
So many things!! I have the lovely Square Route Shawl well underway. I'm using Noro Yukata and thoroughly enjoying the knit. It's so fascinating to watch the stripes develop!
I'm also working on a summer tee using Genesis from Katia. It's a lovely summer yarn that is made out of recycled marine plastic and cotton. I'm following the Yume tee by Isabell Kramer, but I'm making some modifications. Let's see, what else... my adventure hat (the Musselburgh hat) is still hanging around and I've started a new design using some fabulous new Gnome River Yarns colors. Speaking of my yarn dyeing escapades... check out these two lovely shades:
This is Dragon Scales (the lighter shade) and Mermaid Tail (the green/blue), two of my favorite colors to dye. We're fully stocked again on both full size bases. Check them out at the following links:
Grumpy Gnome - https://www.yarngardenmichigan.com/shop/c/p/Grumpy-Gnome-by-Gnome-River-Yarns-x61611264.htm
Gnome's Feet - https://www.yarngardenmichigan.com/shop/c/p/Gnomes-Feet-by-Gnome-River-Yarns-x61611041.htm.
I hope your summer has been fabulous so far and you're getting lots of stitching in. Looking forward to seeing you in-store soon!
Your Head Gardener,