Summer's Last Blast Yarn Crawl

Our St. Louis Area Yarn Crawl is only a scant two weeks away! The Summer's Last Blast Yarn Crawl will take place Friday, July 28 (10 am to 7 pm); Saturday, July 29 (10 am to 5 pm); and Sunday, July 30 (Noon to 5 pm). It includes five area shops: The Bead Place, Hearthstone Knits, Kirkwood Knittery, Knitorious, and us, The Weaving Dept. Look for the Passport to print out (or grab yours at the first shop you go to) on the Summer's Last Blast Yarn Crawl Facebook page. Get those passports stamped to be entered to win a Globe Trotter prize or a $50 Gift Certificate from one of the participating shops!

The Weaving Dept. is Ready for You!

The Weaving Dept. has been getting prepared with some fun things for this year's crawl including some brand new yarns, planned demonstrations in different types of weaving, and a fun community yarn bomb project for our store front.  All these things are getting us really excited here at the Weaving Dept., and we can't wait to share them with all your lovely faces!

For now, here's a look at a special yarn getting packed up in Seattle just for us and you for the crawl! 

 

Ready to Ship

 

Hazel Knits is packing up a special order just for the Weaving Dept.  Make sure you make it in to see these colors in person! 

 Hazel Knits has so many rich tonal colors that just seem to have so much vitality. Wendee and Dave have been perfecting their craft since 2007, and we feel very lucky to be able to bring you some of our favorite colors to you this Yarn Crawl.

We will be getting in 8 different colorways in Hazel Knits Artisan Sock Base. Information on this yarn follows directly from Hazel Knits website:

This superwash fingering weight merino wool, custom-milled exclusively for Hazel Knits, has a tight twist giving you beautiful stitch definition. The 10% nylon provides added strength making it perfect for socks, but in colors this pretty, it is a great choice for shawls, sweaters and mittens as well.
  • 90% superwash merino, 10% nylon
  • 400 yards, 120 grams (skeins put up by yardage, weight may have slight variance.)
  • 8-10 stitches per inch
  • US size 1-2 needle
Recommended care:
Handwash with mild, wool friendly detergent in tepid water. Lay flat to dry.
May be machine washed on gentle cycle and machine dried at low temperature. If your washing machine has an agitator post, please wash your garments in a mesh laundry bag to prevent the item from wrapping around the post.
Listed gauge is for sock knitting. May be knit at a looser gauge for shawls, sweaters and other accessories.

 

 

Mrs Watson KAL

We're joining in

with the Mrs. Watson KAL

from Berroco Yarns

 

THE DETAILS

  • From Now until February 10th we're offering 20% OFF the pattern and any Berroco Yarns to make the Mrs. Watson.
  • We’re going to have a Cast On “Party” at the shop Wednesday, February 1st from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Casey will be on hand in case anyone needs help with the pattern.
  • If you get stuck, the staff are always happy to help in person.
  • We'll post updates on our Ravelry Group. Also, this is where you can chat about your progress and share pictures!
  • If you use social media, please use the hashtags #MrsWatsonKAL and #theWeavingDept

Upcoming in September

School is in, Autumn is coming, and we're dreaming of sweaters, socks, and shawls! Come in the shop today to look at our extensive stock of yarns and notions. And maybe sign up for some of our classes, or come by for a DEMO!

Beginning Knitting Class  is a group class taught by Casey. It's a class for those that want to move beyond Casting On and the Knit Stitch.

Learn to Knit in the Round, Purl, Increase, and Decrease while making a small cowl. This is an 8-hour Class done over 4 weeks. Yarn, Needles, Pattern, and Instruction for $74. Contact the shop to sign up today! Sept.13, 20, 27, and Oct. 4. 10:30-12:30.

   

 

Wet Block A Shawl DEMO 

Have trouble blocking shawls? or Never blocked a shawl?

Come in September 10th promptly at 1:00 p.m. to watch the DEMO!

Upcoming Classes and More!

We have 2 Classes starting this month plus a Make-and-Take demo and Spin In! Look below for more details! Please note that for our scheduled classes, we need payment up front to hold your spot. Otherwise, the day before we will call on alternates to fill your spot in class. This is in fairness to our instructors.

Baby Surprise Jacket is a group class with Ginny. Got someone expecting? Or want to learn a new technique? This class is for you! This is a 4 week course starting April 23 10:30am to 12:30pm. The class includes the updated BSJ pattern and two balls of Plymouth Yarn’s Dreambaby or Dreambaby Paintpot in your choice of color.  You will also need a 24-inch-long circular needle in US size 6, 2 locking stich markers (the ones that look like little safety pins), and two medium stitch holders.  There is some homework that will need to be completed before the first session. Contact Ginny through the shop to reserve your spot, your homework assignment, and for more information. $60   

Intro. to Knitting Class is a group class taught by Casey. Learn to Cast On, Knit, and Cast Off while making a chunky cowl. This is a 4-hour class done over 2 weeks. Yarn, Needles, Pattern, and Instruction for $34. Contact the shop to sign up for either our Friday class (April 8 & 15, 10:30am-12:30pm) or our Saturday class (April 9 & 16, 2:00pm-4:00pm).

Our Put a POM POM On It! Make-and-Take and demo day will be April 16th from 10:30am-1:30pm. Come learn to use Clover pom pom makers to make an exceptional pom! Also, we will provide yarn for you to make your own for $3!

Spin In! is on April 23rd this month. Bring your spindle or wheel from 1:00pm-4:00pm to spin with others! Share with others that love fiber as much as you! If you want to know more about spinning, this is a good time to come watch the process of spinning and get some information.

Classes are Starting in March!

We have several classes beginning in March. If you're a new knitter, a want-to-be knitter, or know someone that wants to learn. Our beginning classes are for you. And for the experienced knitter, we have a sock class.

Intro. to Knitting is our very beginning beginners class.Learn to Cast On, Knit, and Cast Off while making a chunky cowl. This is a 2-2 hour class done over 2 weeks. Yarn, Needles, Pattern, and Instruction for $34. Wednesdays, March 2 & 9 from 10:30 am to 12:30pm. Contact the shop to sign up.

Beginning Knitting is our second beginners knitting class. This class is made for students that already know the basic knit stitch and are ready to learn more. Learn to Knit in the Round, Purl, several increases and decreases while making a small cowl. This is an 8-hour class done over 4 weeks. Yarn, Needles, Pattern, and Instruction for $74. Saturdays, March 12, 19, 26, and April 2 from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm. Contact the shop to sign up today!

 

For our more experienced knitters, we have our Toe-Up Afterthought Heel Socks Class. Learn to make a toddler sock from the toe-up with an Afterthought Heel. This will give you the basics to make socks of any size. Basic knowledge of the knit stitch, purl stitch, increases, and decreases required.  Yarn, Needles, Pattern, and Instruction $48. Saturdays March 12 & 19     2:00 pm - 4:00 pm.

These are all group classes; but, as always, we have staff that teach individual classes on knitting, crochet, spinning, and weaving. Please call the shop at 314-921-7800 during business hours for more information.

Trunk Show and Fiber

This month we have the Classic Elite Trunk Show from the Patchwork booklet in the shop. These are garments made from the Classic Elite lines: Fresco, Inca Alpaca, Telluride, Soft Linen, and Blackthorn. They will be on display until January 26th. The best thing....get 20% OFF any of the Trunk Show yarn lines until then!

Also, for the Spinners and Felters out there, we just got in a large shipment from Frabjous Fibers! This includes Self-Striping Bumps, Colorshift Top, Felting Fibers, 3 Feet of Sheep, and more!

New In The Shop and TRUNK SHOW!

New in the shop this month, we have Berroco Inca Tweed and Berroco Artisan.  

We will be having a TRUNK SHOW for the Berroco Artisan from September 26th to October 2nd. So come in and see some lovely yarn and knit items in person!

Berroco Inca Tweed

The Berroco Inca Tweed is a Bulky Weight yarn consisting of  50% Wool, 30% Alpaca, 14% Acrylic, and 6% Rayon. We have some shop samples in for you to get a feel for this cozy, warm yarn that's in just in time to knit mitts and hats for winter!

Berroco Artisan

The Berroco Artisan is a Worsted Weight yarn consisting of 80% Wool - Merino and 20% Silk. Come in to see our sample shawl! And don't forget the TRUNK SHOW!

Talk Like A Pirate Day!

It's International Talk Like a Pirate Day on Saturday, September 19th. Come into the Weaving Dept. anytime from 10am - 4pm on Saturday, Talk Like A Pirate, and get a bit o' discount (10%) off your purchases. (Excludes Sale Items - Which are already 30-75% Off!) Savvy?!

Need to know how to talk like a pirate? No Problem!

First off, you need growl a lot and sort of yell your words with a scowl on your face. Say "Arrrrr!" every now and then and gesture a lot.

Always say "me" not "my". For example, you would say "This is me ship", not "This is my ship".

Here are some words and phrases you can use to participate on Talk Like a Pirate Day:

  • Ahoy! - Hello

  • Aye! - Yes

  • Booty - Treasure

  • Colors - Flag

  • Matey - Shipmate or friend

  • Hearties - Friends

  • Lass - Woman or girl

  • Avast! - Stop

  • Blimey! - Something to say when frustrated

  • Savvy? - Do you understand?

  • Shiver me timbers! - Something to say when you are surprised

  • Yo-ho-ho - Something to say when happy

  • Ye - Use this instead of "you"

  • Aft - The back of the ship

  • Bilge - Bottom of the ship

  • Fore - Front of the ship

  • Port - Left side of the ship

  • Starboard - Right side of the ship

  • Buccaneer - Another name for pirate

 

  • Lad - Young man

  • Scallywag - Someone you don't trust

  • Shanty - Song

  • Cutlass - Pirate's sword

  • Doubloons - Gold coins or money

  • Jolly Roger - The flag of a pirate ship

  • Hornswaggle - Cheat someone

  • Marooned - To get stuck on a desert island

  • Walk the plank - To be forced to walk off a plank of the ship into the ocean

  • Weigh Anchor - Get the ship ready to sail

We Now Have A Website

We are so excited to be launching our new website! We'll be posting about sales, new products, classes, and any exciting events for knitters, crocheters, spinners, weavers, and all fiber lovers. Stay tuned for all the new things up our sleeves!