Three years ago, I knit a perfect shawl. I still love the pattern and the designer and the yarn. That's how I know it's perfect. We have the yarn back in the shop this week; you’ve probably heard us talk about Plain Yarn—it’s a shop favorite.
This morning, we took a ride through the rolling hills of the Welsh Mountains and across the valley to an Amish farm to pick up a box of yarn. The sheep were sheared in the spring, and we are always happy to have Plain Yarn in the shop.
We have three colors in stock, all undyed naturals—white, grey and brown. The yarn is a two-ply, light worsted weight measuring about two hundred yards in one hundred grams. We recommend a gauge of about 5-6 stitches to an inch for garments, a slightly larger gauge of 4-5 stitches and inch for shawls—or as you please.
You can shop online for Plain Yarn, or stop in to see our samples and pet the yarn. Limited availability means when it’s gone, it’s gone!
Our friends at Skacel sent out this reminder about yarn and colorfastness, and we include it here because we want to do everything we can to help avoid the “heartache” that can happen when colors run. This is really only an issue with these high contrast projects; a little color bleed with a single color project is generally no problem at all.
“With the increasing popularity of projects which combine multiple colors in the same pattern, please encourage your customers to always test for colorfastness on a swatch before blocking their final garment.
Even yarns that are superwash have the potential to bleed when mixing high contrast colors such as whites and reds, whites and blues, and all light colors paired with dark/rich colors. Remember, superwash prevents felting, not bleeding.
Yarn care should be thought of in the same way as sorting laundry. If a red sock were to sneak into a load of whites, the likely result is everything transforming into a lovely shade of pink. Have you inadvertently washed a new pair of blue jeans with a light colored garment? Yarn is no different.
If your wet blocking swatch test reveals the potential for bleeding, consider the following alternatives:
· Steam Blocking – This will greatly reduce the risk of contrasting colors bleeding.
· A VERY brief wet blocking in plain, cold water. Again, test this method on a swatch first.
· Avoid detergents that can break down the fiber and lift color out of the yarn.
· Dry Cleaning – Always ask your cleaners first to test a swatch BEFORE cleaning.
· Color Catchers – While they can help prevent bleeding, it is not a guarantee. Please make sure to test them with a swatch prior to using them with your finished garment.
By educating the end consumer on colorfastness and alternative blocking methods, we can help to prevent heartaches for countless handmade masterpieces no matter the yarn, brand, or craft!”
Yarn Camp at Lancaster Yarn Shop is a summer tradition. We set aside a week in August and fill the schedule with Free Workshops, Classes, and Open House events at the shop. It’s a fun way to bundle these events into a busy week.
It’s so much fun, in fact, that we can’t let it rest as just a summer event, and we’re very excited to announce WINTER YARN CAMP! Dates for Winter Yarn Camp are March 5-10th, 2018. We’ll kick things off with a Monday evening offering of our Absolute Beginner’s Workshop. The rest of the week will feature a series of technique driven, project-oriented Classes and Free Workshops for knitters of all levels.
Of special note is the all day class on Saturday, March 10th. Deb Cech will lead an in-depth exploration of Joji Locatelli’s ‘Peeping Cowl’ with a focus on understanding the mechanics of the stitch patterns involved. Receive expert help choosing harmonious colors, insights and tricks for success knitting this project, and spend a day in the good company of other knitters. The cost of this class includes lunch!
To find out more about Winter Yarn Camp & to see the full schedule of Classes and Free Workshops, see our schedule HERE.
Please Note! Yarn Camp is “camp” in name only – we do not feature ‘rustic overnight accommodations,’ we don’t use gimp, nor do we serve ‘bug juice.’ What we do is offer a wide variety of projects and instruction in a short time, and we invite you to join in the fun! All the details about this year’s Yarn Camp can be found by visiting the Classes page HERE on our website. As with all classes and workshops at Lancaster Yarn Shop, Pre-Registration is required – please call the shop (717) 768-8007 to register.
If you are coming from out of town, The Inn at Kitchen Kettle Village (www.innatkitchenkettle.com) has special rates for Yarn Campers – call 717.768.8261 and mention Yarn Camp for details!
We love Hikoo Yarns and this Hikoo Haiku Contest is going to be so much fun!
One lucky winner will receive $500 worth of HiKoo® yarn! Imagine how many exciting knit and/or crochet projects you could create with all that yarn! Compose a HiKoo® themed haiku, and you could find yourself the lucky winner!
Haiku is a traditional form of Japanese poetry. Haikus consist of 3 lines. The first and last lines of a haiku usually have 5 syllables, while the middle line has 7. Haikus can, but generally do not rhyme. Here is an example:
HiKoo® yarn is great.
My needles are addicted.
Must feed them more yarn.
It's easy to play along! Pen an original haiku and submit it using the submission form found HERE. That's it! Submissions being accepted now!
There is no purchase required to participate.
- Contest is open to legal residents of the (50) United States and the District of Columbia, who are ages 18 or older at the time of entry. Void where prohibited by law.
- The contest begins on October 6th, 2017. All submissions must be received by 11:59pm PST on December 15th, 2017.
- The winner will be judged solely on creativity, so have fun!
- The winner will be announced on December 29th, 2017, via social media.
- Prize to be redeemed through your favorite local or online US-based yarn shop.
- Limit one entry per person.
Introducing a new yarn from Brown Sheep Company! Brown Sheep's Prairie Spun DK is a 100% wool yarn in a versatile DK weight. The palette of colors is sophisticated and DK weight yarn creates fabric that is beautifully suited to accessories and smart for sweaters! A 3-ply wool, Prairie Spun can be worked on a variety of needle sizes and comes in a 100 gram, 256 yard skein.
Produced and spun in the US, Prairie Spun is soft, lofty, and has a lovely springy hand. I'm knitting the Coteau Hat & Scarf a pattern designed for this yarn by Solène Le Roux. I can't wait to block my scarf!
We have lots of colors in stock and big plans for this beautiful yarn! Check out this video about the history of Brown Sheep Company, and stop by the shop for a few skeins of Prairie Spun!
PRAIRIE SPUN SPECS:
- 100% Wool
- DK, 3-plies
- 256 yards (234m) per 100g skein
- 5.5 sts per inch on US6 (4 mm) needles
- Made in USA
- Hand wash, dry flat