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I will be closing a couple of hours early on Christmas Eve, and will be closed on the 25th (and the 26th--a Monday, so my normal day to be closed). And I will be closed on New Year's Day.

Please, everyone enjoy your loved ones, and I hope you can squeeze in some peaceful time to create something beautiful with yarn!

...to learn

Something different


With gift knitting and other holiday activities taking precedence, I'm a bit behind with class planning and associated samples. (Also, I think it's not a bad time to take a short break to refresh.)

(Rochambeau Cowlette class is December 28th & January 3rd--details here.)

I thought I would take a moment to highlight a traditional technique for cleaning wool blankets. I first learned of it a couple of years ago, but this weekend everything fell into place to give it a try. I had enough time available before work on Sunday to complete the process, and it's been so cold that the blanket of snow in Roslyn was dry and powdery--important for keeping the blankets from getting soggy.

Step one was to shake out the blankets, and hang them outside for about 30 minutes to acclimate to the temperature. (It was about 14 degrees Farenheit.) Then I spread the blankets on the snow, and used a clean broom to cover them with a layer of snow. Using the flat side of the broom, I then whacked the entire surface, and after that, retreated to the house for 20 minutes. 

Returning to the cold, I shook the layer of snow off the blankets, flipped them, and repeated the process on the other side. The last step was to shake off all the remaining snow, and put them over the fence for a final 20 minutes, before bringing them back inside.

Both blankets had been folded and subject to cats sitting on and rubbing against them, so I added a step of tumbling them in the dryer on delicate with some fabric sheets to remove some tenacious hair.

You can read more here. My assessment? Cheap, fun, and effective!

...to inspire

Giving extras


Giving a stitched gift? The reusable "Warmest winter wishes" gift bags are an easy alternative to wrapping, the Knitterella gift tags are an easy way to convey fiber content and washing instructions, and sew-in labels can be attached to the item for future reference. Sample packets of wool wash are another nice extra!

...to anticipate

Jilly with Cashmere


Whether or not you are a fan of Hamilton, this themed collection of colors from Dream in Color is gorgeous. Jilly with Cashmere is a fingering weight yarn, with 440 yards of merino, cashmere, and nylon (70/20/10). It is a single ply, which shows the rich dyework to full advantage.  The photo below shows my favorite combination of colors--Unimaginable, Peaceful Transition, and Rochambeau.

 

Further delays notwithstanding, the Malabrigo order expected two weeks ago should be arriving today. (It was in Troutdale, Oregon on Sunday, so that's progress.)

We should also see some accessory cases from Walker Bags and more Needle Nooks from Slipped Stitch Studios this week.

...to stitch

Sheep!


This little Sheephawk has been sent off to his new home, but I really enjoyed Susan B Anderson's wonderful pattern, and will be making more in the future!

While I normally set my Ravelry project pages to "public," so that you can see them with or without a Ravelry account, this finished project and this one are Christmas gifts, so the privacy is set to Ravelers-only for now. 

I finished the right front of the Library Vest, and have been working on my cowl for Project Peace. My two skeins of Mountain Meadow Cody took me through Monday's knitting, so I will do a contrasting color i-cord cast off and an applied i-cord edging to the cast-on edge for the final two days of the project. 

Until next week!

For frequent updates, check in on FacebookInstagram, and the Yarn Folk site.  On Ravelry, my user name is YarnFolkAnn. I look forward to talking with you soon!
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