February 4, 2016
If January is all about making plans and scheming, then February is about actually following through. It’s a big proposition, but if one of your goals for 2016 was to learn a new skill or craft, then we are here to help get you going (check out our full range of classes) and maintain that momentum! Whether you want to learn something new or just increase your repertoire, here’s some inspiration to get you going this month.
Knitting: No matter how long you’ve been knitting, there always seems to be something new to learn. New shapes or construction techniques, new materials to try, new colours to work with. In addition to all that, sometimes the fun is to try to challenge yourself: Make this the year you knit 12 pairs of socks (a skein of SweetGeorgia Toughlove Sock every month? Yeah, we could get behind that), or the year you knit four sweaters (one for each season, in four different weights, perhaps)? If you want help getting organized, or are starting to feel overwhelmed by your plans, remember that your Ravelry Queue is your friend, and sometimes that planning is half the fun (one of our favourite things is to help you plan projects and choose just the right materials). Or, maybe this the year you learn to knit! In that case, sign up for a class soon so you can spend the rest of your year knitting up a storm.
Crochet: Much like knitting, there are always new things to try. Is this the year you change up your go-to square for Persian tiles or African Flowers or peacock feathers? Or, maybe this is the year you decide to crochet garments — socks, maybe, or the perfect slouchy toque. There are a lot of fantastic patterns out there, so if you spent last year mastering the basics, make this is the year you dive in and discover how versatile those hooks are! Is this the year you learn crochet? Let us teach you how.
Quilting: There is something so special about a quilt. All the thought and care that goes into choosing fabrics and patterns, arranging the pieces to tell exactly the story you want them to, and then all the sewing up — whether by hand or on a machine. And the, of course, the quilting. Again, by machine or by hand, in a stitch pattern chosen to emphasize an element of the design. Is this the year you make your first quilt, or tackle hand quilting, or tackle paper piecing? We have tons of patterns and all the supplies you need to help make this your year of quilting.
Garment sewing: From simple aprons to fitted dresses and shirts, the wonderful thing about sewing your own clothes and accessories is that, with some practice, you can turn your wardrobe into exactly what you want it to be. We carry a range of printed patterns — including Grainline Studios, Colette Patterns, Victory Patterns and Liesel & Co., among many others — as well as pattern and technique books, and, of course, fabric. Lawn and voile are a lovely weight for garments, as are chambray, double gauze, and, or a real treat, Liberty of London Dufour Viscose Jersey. Not sure where to start, we can help you match pattern, fabric, and thread, and get you started.