Wintry mix

Gosh! It’s been a busy busy Fall, and very soon will be the official start of Winter. Between fiber festivals, holiday craft fairs, and a whole lot of classes, the past few months have whizzed by, and I must say I’m looking forward to slowing down and hibernating a bit over the holiday season, working on some gift and some personal projects.

One more class is on the schedule for 2013 and that’s Hook Up a Hat, this Sunday 12/15 at White Barn. If you’re one of my new crocheters (or one who’s been hooking for years) who’s ready to learn to work in the round and make hats for any head, in any yarn, without a pattern, I’ll show you my simple formula and you can probably still squeeze out a few for handmade gift-giving!

Have a creative and restful rest of December, and I’ll see you in the New Year!

Suddenly, September!

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WHAT?!? Somebody just told me it’s September. How did that happen? My tomatoes and cucumbers and zucchini are just getting ripe in the last week or two, and i still have so many summer project plans! Oy.

Well, for now I just wanted to pop in to tell you that the new Fall classes schedule is in progress, but until it’s officially complete, there are a few quick tidbits that could be of immediate interest:

Want to learn to sew from scratch? Cal’s series of sewing workshops at SUNY Ulster (Stone Ridge campus) begins NEXT WEEK! Tuesday 9/10 to be precise. Registration’s about to close, so nab a spot before it’s too late!

Jill is dyeing, knitting and spinning like crazy in prep for her first fiber fest of the season: Finger Lakes Fiber Festival in Hemlock, NY, 9/21-22.

And Cal is off to New Hampshire for the Taproot Gathering next week, to teach crochet and sewing and offer her wares at the Art Fair (open to all) on 9/14.

We’re both teaching classes at Purl Soho in NYC this season, and Cal will have sewing and crochet at White Barn Farm in Gardiner, NY, so check their schedules to see what else is in store while ours is under construction. And don’t forget, you can find our video workshops 24/7 over at Creativebug!

Spring has Sprung

These beauties are one of my favorite things about Squam Art Workshops (it’s a quite long list and a TRUE favorite may be impossible to choose).  They are Lady Slippers; a naturalized, woodland orchid and I’ve been obsessed since I first spied them scattered through the walks at Rockywold.

Enough about plants though!  We’re getting ready to head back to NH in a couple weeks.  Cal will be there all week helping people make their own PJs and “Squam Smock”s.  In case you don’t know, Hodge Podge Farm dresses are the *almost* official SAW uniform.  Don’t believe me?! Here’s proof:

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It’s Jill, Maya Donenfeld, Cal – of course! The creator of all of these lovelies, (well, Jill sewed her own but from Cal’s pattern), Jonatha Brooke & Michelle Madden Smith all wearing our Hodge Podge Farm dresses, captured by another SAW regular, super sweet Thea Coughlin.

Jill will be there for the Saturday Art Fair and Ravelry Revelry this year, both of which are free and open to the public, so if you are in the area stop by! It is one of the most fun art fairs around! Did I mention there will be beer?!  Jill’s bringing lots of yarn, including a brand new base making its debut at SAW and Cal’s got a pile of dresses & leggings in the works.

Double Knot Studio has lots of plans for Summer & Fall, more news on that to come.  In the meantime, why don’t you connect with us on Facebook and share your in work in progress projects, garden pictures & yummy recipes, we love all of those things and can’t wait to see what you’re up to!

A-Line Skirt Sew-Along!

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Hello seamsters near and far! We know that many of you, our Double Knot friends and fans, live far out of range of our Hudson Valley classes, so we’re figuring out ways to include all of you in more of our fun! Hopefully by now you know that both Jill and Cal now teach online workshops via Creativebug. Yes, that means you can have either of us virtually in your living room, teaching you all sorts of fiber crafts, 24/7! You can be a monthly subscriber, and have access to ALL the brilliant teachers and videos, or purchase individual workshops a la carte.

No matter where you live, and whether you’re just learning to sew, or ready to apply your sewing skills to making your own clothes, here’s something that might interest you: Cal is hosting a sew-along over on her blog for the classic A-Line Skirt project from her book. This week’s project is drafting the skirt pattern, followed by muslin making and fitting, and then sewing the real skirt!

If book-learning isn’t interactive enough for you, as is the case for many visual learners, Cal teaches both drafting the A-line skirt pattern and sewing the skirt as online video workshops.

We hope you’ll join in, and we can’t wait to see YOUR skirt!

Sweater Success Seminar: Make a Weekend of it!

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It’s March! We can surely feel it… Spring really is coming. Here at Double Knot we’re getting more and more excited for our upcoming Sweater Success Seminar, with our special guest Amy Singer of Knitty (Have you seen the new Spring issue? It just came out last week!) to be held in just under a month at our favorite sheep farm and Local Yarn Store, White Barn Farm.

We’ve had a few questions about the event, and also wanted to tell you more about how you can make a whole weekend of it, sort of a DIY-style mini retreat! Our area, the Mid-Hudson Valley, is an easy day- or weekend-trip from NYC, Albany, Connecticut, New Jersey, Massachusetts, or other surrounding areas. It’s a lovely spot, and Spring buds and baby lambs will be bursting forth by April! So, grab a friend or two and make some plans for a fibery country weekend. There’s plenty to do for those non-knitting friends or partners too: used record and book shopping in New Paltz, climbing the ‘Gunks, sampling local chocolate or whiskey… We’re pretty sure you won’t regret a visit to our neck of the woods!

Here are some questions you might have about the Sweater Success Seminar itself:

What do I need to bring with me?

  • Yarn: for swatching purposes, and any yarn you’ve been dreaming of knitting with
  • Needles in a size to make a solid stockinette fabric with your chosen yarn (and a size above or below, if possible…more needles are always handy)
  • A big pile of simple ring stitch markers [at least 25... more is better]
  • A pad of graph paper and a pencil/eraser – At least one stitch pattern book that has stitch patterns you’re interested in trying.
  • A tape measure
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Notebook or sketchbook
  • Your favorite sweater – hand knit or store bought, and if you already have a sweater pattern in mind, bring that along too.

 

What are the three parts of the class?

  • Learning to measure yourself and creating a pattern template built just for you
  • Designing & altering stitch patterns to create one of a kind textures as well as working decreases & increases into those textures
  • Study of yarn choice and stitch pattern together in perfect combination, we will work with swatches created earlier in class

 

What will I leave with?

A template for making your own personal sloper, your measurements, swatches of stitch patterns you design yourself as well as the knowledge of how to increase & decrease attractively in pattern, and mini skeins of a variety of types of yarn for swatching.

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And here are some suggestions for where to stay, eat, or play while you’re here:

How can I get there from out of town?

http://whitebarnsheepandwool.com/directions

Where should I stay if I’m coming from out of town?

 

What else should I do while I’m in the Hudson Valley?

Here are some of Cal & Jill’s favorite things. The Hudson Valley is lovely; we hope you enjoy it as much as we do:

  • Lagusta’s Luscious  – Amazing, amazing vegan chocolates with local or fair trade ingredients, also don’t miss Sweet Maresa’a incredible cupcakes.
  • Tuthilltown Spirits – Delicious small batch distillery open for tastings until 6pm Friday, Saturday & Sunday with tours Saturday & Sunday
  • Minnewaska State Park  – Go for a hike, bike ride, mountain climb or picnic at this historic state park in the Shawangunk Mountains, just minutes from White Barn Farm
  • Jenkins-Leuken Orchard  – Apples, honey, maple syrup, pies and cider donuts; come back summer or fall to pick your own berries or apples
  • Bistro Mountain Store  – Yummy, unusual and hearty breakfast and lunch sandwiches at the foot of the mountains; all the climbers go here before they embark!
  • Village Tea Room  – Seasonal and locally sourced breakfast, lunch, dinner and bakery. Go for afternoon tea!
  • Elephant  – Wine & Tapas in Kingston with an ever-changing menu of mainly locally sourced products
  • Market Market – Locally sourced, innovative food for lunch, dinner or a snack, plus entertainment Thursdays through Sundays.

 

New Paltz, Rosendale, Kingston, Red Hook, & Rhinebeck all have walkable downtowns with independently owned shops & restaurants; have fun exploring!

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