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Sale Continues, Fiber Closet Open This Week

SALE/SHOP HOURS:

Tuesday, August 30 – Friday, September 2
11am – 5pm
Saturday, September 3
11am – 3pm

Sale Items/Prices

Commercial yarn* — 30% off

Books — 30% off

Notions — 20% off

*Excludes Cheryl’s hand dyed yarn.

Sorry, the Sale is in shop only!

You should hurry into The Fiber Closet to purchase  the yarn, pattern, and notions that you need to start your fall projects.

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We just received a shipment of the newly released Knitter’s Pride Royale needles. These fabulous needles & tips are so gorgeous and a dream to knit with.

We have a variety of styles, sizes and sets. hint, hint  Buy your Royale tips or set today while they are at a great price. Because they won’t last long at these prices, your should shop today!

Top This Football

 

We also received a shipment of the new Top This hat kits with football toppers! We have a variety of team colors. These are a super quick, fun project. Knit or crochet a hat this week to support your favorite team.

 

 

 

 

Beginning Sunday, September 4, we will be closed for approximately 2 weeks.

Stay tuned to our Facebook page, The Fiber Closet Club page for more information concerning our reopening and hours.

Pattern News:

If you were unable to participate in the Illiana Yarn Crawl, the patterns are now available on Ravelry for a nominal fee. The Fiber Closet also can sell and print off the patterns and a copy goes directly into your Ravelry library. They are available in both knit and crochet versions.

Illiana Yarn Crawl Shawl Knit Version


Illiana Yarn Crawl Shawl Crochet Version

IYC CROCHET SHAWL 2016

The countdown is on for The annual Covered Bridge Festival October 14 – 23, 2016. Start making your plans and be sure to visit us at The Fiber Closet! You never know what fiber goodness we will have planned for you.

 

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Ultimate Oval Loom Knitting Set by Leisure Arts Review

In my last blog post, I reported that I have re-discovered loom knitting– Ultimate Oval Loom knitting to be exact.

A few months ago, Leisure Arts sent me their new “Ultimate Oval Loom” to use and write a review. Because of their request, I have developed a new appreciation for loom knitting.

 Ultimate Oval Loom Knitting Set (# 47833) is from Leisure Arts and retails for $19.99.

Ultimate Oval Loom Set

Leisure Arts’ online description of the loom is:
“The Innovative Oval Loom Knitting Set contains two looms which are shaped for easy handling and let you use the most popular yarns in light or medium weights. Learn the basics of loom knitting while you create fabulous fashions and expand your loom collection to do small-gauge projects! In the Ultimate Oval Loom Knitting Set for Beginners from Leisure Arts, you’ll receive looms in two sizes (with 54 and 70 pegs), a stitching tool, and a 48-page Beginner’s Guide with clear photos and friendly step-by-step instructions. Projects include Basic Beanie, Striped Beanie, Fingerless Mitts, Family Tube Socks, Twisted Garter Hat, Twisted Garter Scarf, and Lace Cowl. Free technique videos are available at LeisureArts.com. Recommended for ages 8 and up.”

Knitting on the Ultimate Oval Loom

I decided to knit the Lace Cowl featured in the Beginner’s Guide that comes with the set.  I used the oval 70-peg loom and my hand-dyed alpaca yarn.

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Because I was knitting in my spare time,  I completed the cowl within a week.  I used the following techniques: E-wrap cast on, E-wrap knit stitch, knit 2 together, yarn over, and simple bind off.
Below is the cowl  before blocking. Sorry,  the color does not show correctly..

Unblocked Lace Cowl
Unblocked Lace Cowl

The cowl after blocking but still on the blocking mat.

Blocked
Blocked Lace Cowl

The completed and blocked cowl.

Lace Cowl
Lace Cowl

The Review

The Oval Loom  is very comfortable to hold and knit around. Because the pegs are spaced 1/2″ apart versus 5/8″, Leisure Arts  designed The Ultimate Oval Loom  for worsted weight and lighter yarns.

In addition to the lace cowl, I also played around with knitted fabric using the knit and purl stitches for stockinette, ribbing, and garter. I was pleased with the results.

Because other looms I have used had the wider peg spacing,  I had to use double strands for projects. Being able to use a single strand really makes knitting a breeze on the Oval Loom.

My left hand has been giving me problems with strength, mobility, and pain on movement. Now, I can knit most of the same items I would normally knit with needles. Because the oval shape is less cumbersome than the round or rectangle looms,  I could knit on Ultimate Oval Loom without aggravating my left hand. Also, having two sizes of looms, gives you the ability to make a wide range of projects.

In conclusion, I  recommend that anyone interested in loom knitting give the Ultimate Oval Loom Knitting Set by Leisure Arts a knit.  Thank you, Leisure Arts, for reintroducing me to loom knitting.

 

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Loom Knitting

Yes, you read that correctly–loom knitting!  My first knitting loom experience was years ago with the big white plastic loom and a pick. Gauge was extra-large.  You had to double/triple your yarn. Mostly, they were for hats and scarves. Instructions were only for, what we now call, the e-wrap cast on and knit. An e-wrap knit stitch is a twisted knit stitch.

Baxter Cat in the Hat-Loom Knitting
Baxter Cat in the Hat

Baxter Cat in the Hat sports a hat knit with the e-knit stitch that I knit on a Knifty Knitter small round blue loom.  I never liked loom knitting because of that twisted stitch.

Well, times have changed. There are instructions for completing  proper knit and purl stitches, cables, ribbing, short rowing, yarn overs, knitting two together,  garter stitch, and even more.  There are looms in all gauges, shapes, and sizes. I am having fun trying them all out.  Loom knitting is gentler on the hands than traditional knitting.

Loom knitting shapes that I have been knitting on are:  round, rectangle, and oval.  There are specialized looms for afghan, hat, and sock knitting.  That’s right—sock knitting.  Actually, I have used fingering weight to worsted weight yarn on the various sock looms.  The sock loom even uses a short row turned heel.

There are lots of resources and patterns available.  Here is a list of knitting looms I found on Amazon: Knitting Looms

Ultimate Oval Loom Knitting Set

Leisure Arts has sent me their Ultimate Oval Loom Knitting Set to use and write a review. I have knit a lace cowl using the larger oval loom. Currently, I am working on my copy and photographs for the review.   My review of the Set is coming soon.

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Illiana Yarn Crawl

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The Illiana Yarn Crawl is off and running….as fast as a crawl can. Haha.

July 15 – 24, 2016 10am – 5pm Everyday!

If you haven’t been in to visit us at The Fiber Closet yet, you are missing out on some great deals. This year instead of offering just a couple of shop door prizes for the crawl, we are offering huge discounts to every passport holder. So for just your small $10 passport purchase, you more than get your money’s worth. You get your exclusive tote bag, patterns, commemorative pin and access to all the discounts. Even if you can’t make it to other shops, just visiting us will recoup your $10 investment. But of course if you can visit the other shops, that would be fantastic as they all have specials going on too. The exclusive IYC yarn this year is Dream in Color mini skeins. Each shop has a different color. Our color is Amethyst. It is beautiful!

IYC Amethyst Mini Skein

Both of your included patterns are made using the mini skeins. The more shops you visit, the more colors in your finished shawl/shawlette. We also have a full set on display with labels of which yarn is at which shop in case you need to plan your trip around the colors.

Cheryl’s hand-dyed yarn is flying out the door and Gina’s new stitch markers are a hit. There are also some deep discounts on other merchandise. Oh and lest we forget…Refreshments!

We have had solo visitors, lots of car loads and even an RV full of knitters & crocheters. What fun it was to see that big RV pull up in front of the shop and all those smiling faces come in the door. We are enjoying the comradery and stories from everyone. Such a fun time!

IYC RV Crawlers

Look for more updates later in the week but for now, please consider visiting us. We are having a ball!

Cheryl & Gina

 

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Lace Yarn and Super Fine Yarn Cateogies

Lace Yarn, Super FIne Yarn

Super Fine Yarn  Category 1, Super Fine Yarn includes sock, fingering and baby yarns.  The yarns knit at 27-32 stitches over 4 inches on US Size 1-3 needles. The yarn thicknesses in this category can very.  Just the term sock weight can include fingering weight yarn as well as DK or sport weight yarn.  Some German yarns state that they are 6-fache which is more of a DK or sport weight.

Lace YarnLace yarn includes 10-COUNT crochet thread and cobweb-like yarns. This yarn knits at 33-40 stitches over 4 inches on US Size 000-1 needles.
The lightest weight of yarn is used to make lace, doilies and other delicate items.

This is the last blog in this series.

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Club Room Opening

 

The ceiling is in! We are getting everything organized and put back in place. It is so bright & nice now.

This means we are officially starting up the Thursday afternoon Fiber Closet Club on March 3rd. Bring your current project and join in the fun. Everyone is welcome: knitters, crocheters, spinners, weavers, rug hookers, all the fiber arts. Meetings will be every Thursday from 3pm – 5pm in the new club room.

As a reminder, we care greatly about the safety of our customers (and ourselves). When the weather is inclement, the shop will be closed. Please call before you visit if there is severe weather in our area.

Plans are underway for the 2nd annual Illiana Yarn Crawl. Watch this newsletter for announcements when they become available. The dates for 2016 are tentatively set for July 15-28.

Cheryl & Gina have started to Periscope (a live video chat), podcast and record video tutorials. They have set up a mini recording studio in the shop. Stop in & check it out. It’s going to be fun.

The dye room will be set back up soon so look for Cheryl Ann’s Hand-dyed yarn to be back in the shop in the near future.

Be sure to mark April 15-16th on your calendar. The Fiber Closet will be vending at The Fiber Event in Greencastle, Indiana. Our shop will be closed April 14 – 17th.

If you have not yet joined the Facebook group, please go to the Club’s Facebook page & request to join. We will make sure you are added to the group. To join the Thursday Club meeting….simply show up. You will be welcomed with heartfelt smiles & friendly faces.

We hope to see you soon in The Fiber Closet Facebook group and in the shop.

Cheryl & Gina

 

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Fine Yarn and Light Yarn Categories

Yarn Categories 2 and 3

Fine yarn and Light yarn are some of my favorite yarns.

Light YarnYarn Category 3

DK  (double knitting) weight and light worsted yarns fall into this category. These light yarns are just a little bit thicker than fine yarns and a tiny bit thinner than medium yarns.

Light yarn knits at 21-24 stitches per 4 inches on US Size 5-7 needles.

Fine YarnYarn Category 2

Sport and baby yarns fall in this category.

Fine yarn knits at 23-26 stitches per 4 inches on US Size 3-5 needles.

Fine Yarn and Light Yarn Uses

Sport weight yarn and DK (double knitting) weight yarn are often viewed as interchangeable but sport weight yarn is slightly thinner and lighter.

Both Fine yarn and Light yarn are used for socks, slippers, mittens, gloves, hats, scarves, shawls, wraps, cardigans, sweaters, baby items and other accessories.

 

Next blog, we will discuss the final two Categories:   1, Super Fine and 0, Lace.

 

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Medium Yarn Category 4

Medium Yarn

Medium Yarn 4

The Medium Yarn category includes worsted, afghan, and aran weight yarns.  Knit gauge for 4 inches of stockinette is 16-20 stitches on US 7-9 needles.

Worsted weight yarn is wonderful for knitting sweaters, scarves, mittens, leg warmers and afghans. Aran and worsted are sometimes used interchangeably but Aran yarns tend to be slightly heavier than worsted yarns.

Yarn brands that are usually found in Category 4:

Cascade Yarns 220 and Superwash 220, Plymouth Encore or Galway, Berroco Ultra Alpaca and Vintage, Ella Rae Classic, Noro Silk Garden just to name a few.

Next blog, we will discuss Categories 3, Light,  and 2, Fine.

 

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Bulky Yarn is Category 5

Bulky Yarn Category 5

Bulky Yarn or Chunky Weight Yarn 5

Bulky yarn will help you knit hats, heavy sweaters, jackets, afghans/throws, scarves and other specialty items quickly.  Category 5 yarns are about twice the diameter of worsted weight yarn.  This yarn works great when Category 6 and 7 yarns are too heavy for your project.

If you are just learning to knit or crochet,  this yarn is great for your first projects because the stitches are easy to see and you get fast results.

Yarn types in this category are often made from wool, mohair, acrylic or wool/synthetic blends.

Knit gauge in stockinette is 12-15 stitches in 4 inches on US Size 7-9 knitting needles.

Biggo Yarn

Knit Picks Biggo Yarn is a Bulky Yarn and is a great knit for blankets, cowls, and mittens.

 

Next blog, we will discuss Category 4, Medium.

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Did You Know There is a New Yarn Weight Category?

 

 

Yes, it’s true.  There is a new yarn weight category and it is:       7 Jumbo yarn weight

Category 6, Super Bulky,  had to adjust to make room for Category 7, Jumbo.  Super Bulky (Bulky/Roving) was gauged at knitting 6-11 stitches over 4 inches of stockinette with size US 11 needles and larger.  Now, Super Bulky is gauged at knitting 7-11 stitches over 4 inches of stockinette with size US 11-17 needles.

The new Category 7, Jumbo (Jumbo/Roving), is gauged at 6 stitches over 4 inches of stockinette with size US 17 and larger needles.

Why this new category?  Knitters and yarn designers started using and creating yarn for arm knitting. Curious about arm knitting, check out this  book on Arm Knitting.

Craft Yarn Council thought a new category was necessary to help knitters understand the type of fabric these Jumbo yarns create.

Jumbo yarns make quick work of hats and other fun projects.  SWTC Dream Big is a Jumbo yarn.

Super Bulky yarns also make quick work of hats, cowls, shrugs and scarves.  Encore Mega is a Super Bulky yarn.

These pictures are of hats made with Dream Big and with Encore Mega for your comparison of how the knitted fabric looks.Click on the image for the pattern.

Encore Mega Hat
Encore Mega Hat
Dream Big Hat
Dream Big Hat

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please leave any comments or questions below.

Next blog, we will discuss Category 5, Bulky.

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