ACTIVITIES

 

 

WINTER/SPRING KNIT-A-LONGS

Every month Magpie will host a different Knit-Along on Wednesday afternoon 2-5pm. Intended as fun social gathers rather than formal classes you are always encouraged to ask for help on any of the projects. Each pattern focuses on a different technique from cables to lace to brioche. These meet-ups are free and do not require registration.

JANUARY

RHAPSODY IN CABLES designed by Joji Locatelli. This beautiful worsted weight pullover has it all: cables, lace and a very clever construction. It begins at the center of the front with a provisional cast-on and is knit towards the sides. Various edges are picked up and worked in different directions. The result is a rich, textured fabric in a comfortable shape.

FEBRUARY

TIGER FLOWER SHAWL designed by Katrine Birkenwasser. This crescent-shaped shawl begins with a simple two-color welting stitch that creates a striped texture. The Tiger flower border is then worked in a two-color brioche pattern. The flower panels alternate which color dominates for a completely reversible shawl.

MARCH

CROCHET GRANNY SQUARES Granny squares have long been the beginner's entrance to crochet. A quick glance around Ravelry will show you just how much the simple squares have evolved. Choose any pattern you fancy, at any level of difficulty. I plan of trying a different design each week and turning the results into new pillows for the shop. One could also make scarves, shawls, blankets or carry-alls. It will be fun to get new ideas from each other. Total beginners are encouraged to participate.

APRIL

LINHO PULLOVER designed by Joji Locatelli. This top-down pullover features a delicate lace panel on the front and easy stockinette everywhere else. It is designed for Quince & Co's Sparrow, a fingering weight linen. Linen is one of my very favorite summer fibers but it presents challenges to the knitter. It can grow quite a bit when washed. The pattern takes this into account when setting the sizes. Linen becomes softer and more beautiful each time it is washed.

MAY

VIGNETTE SHAWL designed by Paulina Popiolek. Light as air, this shawl begins with a simple triangle of garter stitch. The lower edge is then picked up and two delicate lace patterns are worked. Both a written pattern and charts are provided to guide you through the lace.

FEBRUARY DONATION DROP-OFF

DONATIONS FOR LEXINGTON PRISON CRAFT PROGRAM: All during the month of February Magpie will be accepting donations for the Lexington Federal Women’s Prison Craft Program. This medical rehab facility has a very active craft program that teaches knitting, crocheting, and quilting. Everything that they make is donated back to the community, to homeless shelters, senior centers, hospitals, etc. At last count, all but about 10% of the inmates participated. Any contribution you would like to make is welcome: yarn, fabric, needlecraft tools, partial skeins and small fabric scraps are fine. It is all tax deductible. Bring it by during shop hours and we will be sure it gets delivered. You will make a difference in so many lives.

(http://www.wkyt.com/home/headlines/Federal-inmates-making-Christmas-toys-235929191.html)