september 2014

IT'S FALL - WELL, ALMOST!

Welcome to September. The knitting and crochet season begins in earnest now!  Get ready to learn to knit or crochet.  Get ready to make small and large gifts for the upcoming holidays.  Get ready to try new yarns, new patterns, new skills.  We are ready for you!

WINTER HOURS

We are now on Winter Hours:

Tuesday - Saturday, 10am - 6pm

Thursday, 10 am - 7 pm

Sundays, 12 noon – 4pm

Closed every Monday and the last Sunday of each month.

FALL YARNS

FALL YARNS

 Our sales reps tell us that the popular yarn this winter is super-bulky – knit at 1.5 to 2.5 stitches per inch on a US 15 needle or larger. This is yarn with a difference – a huge ball or skein with around 50 yards which knits big and fast.   For those of you watching the new "Outlander” series, Claire wears an infinity cowl knit in a super-bulky yarn.  We’ll have just the right yarn for you to knit your own.  We brought in hat kit-lets in super-bulky – small kits that include one skein of yarn (that’s all you’ll need for your hat) and something special: flowers, a pompom and fur.  These cost under $10 and $12 and take just an evening to knit.  We expect these to disappear quickly.

Machine washable bulky weight wool returns to Millicent’s this season.  From Ella Rae, it is great for children’s wear, blankets, mittens. We anticipate it coming in mid-month. And, of course, we’ll have this in many colors.  We’re also bringing in hand-painted yarns in bulky weight and several chainette yarns that will give you warmth without weight.

We love our new colors in light worsted weight yarns such as Pediboo Worsted from Frog Tree Yarns. Pediboo was very enthusiastically received last season: the blend of merino wool and bamboo fibers take the dye differently so there is a very subtle color variation.  We’ve brought in many new colors in Classic Elite’s Liberty Wool and Liberty Wool Print.  This soft machine washable wool is great not only to knit for its spectacular color effect but is also great for stranded color work— a solid stranded together with a print makes for an impressive result.  We are knitting a number of new models for you to be able to see and feel this yarn knitted up.  We are also introducing more hand-painted and striping yarn in light worsted weight yarn.

For a bit of funkiness, Millicent’s has neon colors in worsted and bulky yarn– yes, neon!  Mel had a lot of fun knitting two hats using this yarn – one in stranded color work and the other in a simple stripe. Each have a top notch that make them fun to wear (as if the neon weren't enough.)

We continue to expand our offering of sport and DK weight yarns.  Millicent’s has joined the "Zara” family, easy-care yarn in many weights from Filatura di Crosa.  Zara is a lovely soft merino DK weight yarn (and machine washable) perfect for sweaters, soft hats and mitts and scarves.  Only the highest quality fibers are selected by Filatura di Crosa to create Zara.  Its unique S-twist construction provides better stitch-definition than other merino yarns and prevents pilling as well.   So, not only is Zara an easy-care yarn, it wears well after washing.  Also in this weight category, we’ve expanded our colors of Fresco from Classic Elite a precious sport-weight yarn that is perfect to use for sophisticated fingerless mitts or gloves.  Solea will be back – hurrah!

Our fingering weight yarn offerings continue to expand.  We have Tonals, Stripes, Painted and Solids – all suitable for the next shawlette you wish to knit.  Stop, Mel, Stop!

Oh, there are no pictures here!  We want you to come in to Millicent’s to see and touch these beautiful yarns.  Any time…

SEPTEMBER CLASSES

Firstly, classes begin this month on the week of Sept. 14.  Classes are offered Tuesday through Sunday.  All classes at Millicent’s, as you’ve come to expect, are free.  You must pre-register for these classes.  The easiest way to do this is to call Millicent’s at 301-722-8100.

Introduction to Crochet classes start Tuesday, Sept. 16 at 3pm.   Introduction to Knitting begins Wednesday evening, Sept. 18 and a second class begins Saturday, Sept. 20.  Both of these introductory classes are four weeks long and students knit or crochet progressively through a scarf.

Classes for knitters with basic skills will be based on an inexpensive pattern booklet from Noro yarns called "What Can I Knit Tonight?”  Classes from this booklet are many and short – one or two sessions only. With these short projects you will be learning new stitches, new yarn tricks, how to work effectively with self-striping yarn.  All the projects are perfect little gifts for birthdays or holidays – think a colleague at work, your mother-in-law, your uncle.  We will be having classes throughout the year based on this little book.  It is a good investment especially for newer knitters. 

                                    


For crocheters with basic skills, we are offering classes that explore the yarn "TeeRag.”  Made of slices of t-shirt cotton, it makes baskets, kitty beds, rugs, even a sunhat.  You’ll be working with a large crochet hook.

   

For experienced knitters, we will be working on a modular shawlette that works best with a self-striping yarn.  The model at Millicent’s was knit with a summer yarn called Noema, but any of the Noro yarns would work well.  Think of this as a bit of a challenge.

                                           

Please visit our Classes page for a description of class projects projects and to our Calendar page to see a grid schedule of Millicent’s activities and classes.

SUPPORT GROUPS

Have you ever wished you could just come into the shop, sit down to work on your present project and have someone to bail you out when you run into trouble?  Your wish is granted:

Help Me!  all Tuesdays from 10:30 to 12pm

Beyond Intro:  all Wednesdays from 3pm to 4:30.

There is no need to pre-register for these drop-ins.

KNITTERS NIGHT OUT

We meet the last Saturday of the month – in September we meet on the 27th from 6:30 – 9:30. Bring a snack to share and join us for a relaxed time to knit and crochet.  This is not a class – there will be no formal instruction, just subtle suggestions. . . . 

I usually begin the evening feeling tense and overwrought as it is the end of my work day, but by the end of the evening am relaxed, happy – and there is no wine!  So please join us.  Especially for those of you who can't make it to our Wednesday and Friday Knitters Anonymous meetings, please put this one Saturday evening aside.

If anyone would like to propose a different evening for meeting, we are happy to entertain the idea.

MILLICENT'S MONTHLY KALs

Building in Color meets Sept. 7 from 1 – 4.  Bring along what you have done and we’ll help you move forward.  For those of you who have trudged along all this time, we are on Panel 8, The Butterfly Stitch. 

Lace knitters meet Sept. 14 from 1 – 4.  Again, bring your work and you will be supported in your work. 

Building Blocks meets Sunday, Sept. 21.  I’m not exactly sure what block we are on – in fact, I think our knitters are on many different blocks.  That’s okay. Come along – maybe you can get finished by the holidays if we move along swiftly.