Maine Yarn Episode 25 is Live

Episode 25 of the Maine Yarn Podcast is now live.  Show notes are available here.

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Important: Location Change for December Guild Meeting

The December 1 class with Bristol Ivy will be relocated to the Westbrook Public Library (800 Main Street, Westbrook, ME) in order to accommodate the expected group size. 

Bristol will be teaching us about shawl shapes.  As noted before, there is no additional cost to attend this class – you simply need to be up-to-date with your annual guild dues.

Bristol Ivy is a knitting designer and teacher from Portland, Maine.  Her design work focuses on the intersection between innovative technique and classic tailoring, and her classes focus on creativity, technique, and understanding the nuts and bolts of knitting.

Bristol’s latest book is called Knitting Outside the Box.  I’m sure she’d be happy to sign your copy, if you bring it along.

Shawl Shapes

Shawls are one of the most popular projects in the knitting world right now.  They’re the perfect way to explore new techniques or use just a few skeins of precious yarn for something lovely.  In this class, we’ll look at how to create a few different shawl shapes, and then discuss adding stitch patterns or playing with unconventional shaping.  Experience needed: knitting, purling, increasing.

Materials and homework: Though we will mostly be swatching, you can bring between 500-900 yarns of fingering weight yarn to start your chosen shawl and a size 5 or 6 32″ or longer circular needle.  For swatching, please bring around 200 yards of dk or worsted weight yarn, appropriate needles, and stitch markers.


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New Podcast Published

The latest episode of Maine Yarn has now been published.  We were recording “on the road”.  Show notes can be found on the Maine Yarn page.  Remember, friends don’t let friends knit drunk.

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Getting Organized

As I’ve been getting more into sewing, my “sewing-stuff” has been growing. I found I was spending more and more of my precious crafting time just looking for the stuff I needed and not actually creating. So, I decided it was time to get organized.

I went out and bought a box and a label maker. The box was the Creative Options Grab N Go Rack System. This nifty little box has 4 pull out drawers that subdivide into sections, and a bigger area at the top for stuff that you need close or that just doesn’t fit into the smaller areas.


My original plan was to get my presser-feet organized and labeled primarily, but I found that I also had plenty of room for other stuff too.

The label maker that I used was the Brother P-Touch Cube Smartphone Label Maker. I like this one a lot better than my older one, because it connects to my phone via bluetooth and I can create the labels right on my phone. Much easier to type out what I want to say, and preview the size it will be.

This just makes me so happy to be organized!


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Sock Needles

Thanks to Julie for the great sock clinic at guild today.  Here are some of the needles that we were using today.

I was using the Addi Flexi’s

Here are some double pointed sock needles

Or Julie liked 12” circulars

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