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KnittingFairy January 2015 Newsletter
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Caring for Superwash Wool

Written by Cascade Yarns

Many knitters and crocheters enjoy working with our Superwash yarns because they are easy care.  It is nice to know that you can knit a child a garment and not have to worry about mom ruining it in the washing machine.  Or do you?  Superwash wool is easy care-not zero care.  Here are a couple of pointers for caring for garments made from Superwash wool:

  • Use ample water.  Friction is the enemy of any natural fiber, especially merino wool.   Our 220 Superwash® Sport, 220 Superwash® Aran and 128 Superwash are all 100% Superwash merino wool which has a short fiber staple length which give the yarn incredible softness, but also makes it more susceptible to pilling.  A lot of energy efficient washers use low levels of water.  Large projects need ample water to allow the piece to swish and not rub up against itself repeatedly, causing undue friction.  A mesh bag is also helpful in preventing friction.
     
  • Use the right soap.  Superwash yarn is safe for the washing machine, but not necessarily for all of the chemicals found in regular laundry detergent.  Many laundry detergents contain enzymes to attack protein based stains.  Wool is a protein based fiber, which means the enzymes in your detergent can harm the wool.  Instead of a conventional detergent, we recommend using a soap that is specifically designed for use on wool.  Most local yarn shops carry some type of soap appropriate for use on wool.
     
  • Use the dryer.  Superwash yarn has been processed to remove the scales on the fibers.  These naturally present scales are responsible for the adhering of the fibers during felting.  Without the scales the fibers lose their gripping properties.  When yarn is wet, it becomes heavy and in the case of Superwash wool it will stretch if given the opportunity.  Superwash wool springs back into shape in the dryer.  We strongly recommend that you tumble dry your projects to prevent overstretching.  
Don't Despair, Repair! January Class Announced!
Saturday, January 24th, 1-4pm with Alissa. In this class we will be covering common mistakes in your work and how fix them, both while still in progress and after the fact. Dropped and split stitches and mis-crossed cables are just a few of the in-progress events covered.  Then we will be delving into how to fix your sweater when disaster strikes.  Learn how to fix holes, shorten or lengthen garments and disguise boo-boos that might otherwise ruin all your hours of hard work.

You must call the shop at 214-412-2889 to reserve a spot for this class and get the homework assignment. The cost is $30.
Chair Massage
Misty is will be in the shop offering chair massage on January 4. Please call the shop to set up an appointment time: 214-412-2889
 
Toe-Up Socks With Afterthought Heel Class
Another sock class with Alissa is now filling up. It is three classes on Sundays, January 11, 18, and 25th. The cost is $45. For information about joining this popular class, please call the shop: 214-412-2889
 
Return to Normal Hours
We hope everyone had a safe and prosperous holiday season. With the passing of New Year's Day, KnittingFairy is resuming its normal hours:
Monday and Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday: noon to 5pm
Thursday: 1pm to 9pm
Friday: noon to 5pm
Saturday: noon to 5pm
Sunday: noon to 5pm
First Thursday Spin-in & Roc Day
Knitting Fairy is pleased to host a Spin-In on the first Thursday evening of each month. January's date is the 8th because of the New Year's Day holiday. These spin-ins are free to attend and all are welcome!
 
Grab your spinning wheel or drop spindle, some fluff (or buy some here!) and join us from 7-9pm. Don’t know how to spin? That’s fine! We’ll help you start.

Roc Day or Saint Distaff’s Day is the day after the feast of Epiphany. In many European cultural traditions Roc Day was the day women resumed all of their house hold work after the twelve days of Christmas. During this time women did not spin, knit, crochet, or do any other housework chores.  For the first time ever, Knitting Fairy will be hosting a Roc day on January 8th, 2015. Please come and join us for this traditional event. We will have our entire class room set up for this wonderful unofficial holiday. Feel free to bring any left over cookies or cheese trays you wish, we will have a snack table set up. We will also have hot tea, coffee or hot chocolate available for anyone who wishes to have a drink. You are welcome to come and join us anytime during our regular business hours on Thursday from 1-9pm. We hope to see you there. 
Alissa is coming to FiberFest 2015 and not JUST to vend! 
Yes, they have finally talked her into coming out of her teaching retirement for the 10 year reunion of DFWFiberFest! How can it possibly be TEN YEARS?!  Anyway, Alissa was one of the original teachers at the first DFWFiberFest and will be teaching one of her most popular classes on Saturday morning at the event.  Registration for classes goes LIVE on Saturday, November 1 at 10:30am.  Classes will sell out quickly, so make plans to get some computer time that morning for the BEST selection.
http://www.dfwfiberfest.org/class-descriptions.html#entrelac
7th Annual Winter Fiber Fun Retreat
The 2015 Winter Fiber Fun Retreat co-sponsored by Knitting Fairy and Fancy Fibers will be held in the beautiful Tally Retreat Center at Camp Copass in Denton, Texas February 12-15, 2015. To sign up, go to Fancy Fibers Store online and look for the 2015 Retreat link. Attendance is limited, so hurry!
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