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Happy 10th Anniversary to us!

10th-bday-sheep-cake.jpgIt's no accident that we opened Purl in the Pines the weekend before Thanksgiving 10 years ago. On our anniversary every year we get to express to you, our loyal, supportive customers, how much we appreciate you, your warmth, enthusiasm, contributions and continued support. It is because of each and every one of you that we continue to have fiber in Flagstaff! From the bottom of my heart, thank you so much for being part of the Purl in the Pines family!

You are invited to our 10th Anniversary Party!

On Saturday, November 17th, we will be celebrating a decade of Purl in the Pines existence. It's been an amazing road to get to this point and our hope is to continue to grow, create, and support our local community in every way we can. We will have all kinds of specials, giveaways, and fun, fun, fun (and cake)! Please join us for a day of celebration! 10am - 5pm

 

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New Knit-A-Long with Michelle Hunter:

Match Play Poncho

fullsizeoutput-1741.jpgJoin Michelle Hunter this October for Match Play, a poncho featuring high-impact textured stitches and great techniques. Match Play has a bit of structure as she nudges you toward full sweater knitting. The best aspect of this poncho is that it has an easygoing fit to be figure-flattering on everyone. Match Play’s design features a vertical central motif to elongate every silhouette and who doesn’t like that?

Michelle discovered a new way to execute a favorite stitch that will forever change this technique for you. Perhaps life changing is a bit strong of a term, but it certainly rocked her world! She is excited to share the updated stitch and its accompanying video with you.

The true luxury of Match Play is due to the glorious Sueno yarn. This merino/bamboo blend gives the fabric drape, fluidity and sheen along with excellent stitch definition.

The photo shows her initial design sketch. She will be releasing tempting, mini clues up until the KAL debut on October 4th so stay tuned.

Materials

  • Sueno by HiKoo, 80% merino superwash, 20% viscose from bamboo, 100 g/ 255 yards each, 8 skeins
  • US #6 (4mm) 32” circular needle or size needed to obtain gauge
  • US #6 (4mm) 16” circular needle
  • US #7 (4.5mm) 16” circular needle
  • Markers, counters (2 separate are helpful), stitch holders (waste yarn works well)
  • Optional: Size F crochet hook for cast on

Gauge

  • Approximately 23 stitches and 33 rows = 4” in stockinette, knit flat on smaller needle

Size

  • One size
  • 35” wide across front (70” circumference), 23” long from shoulder to hem (length may be adjusted) 

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DanDoh Trunk Show

smoke-dandoh.jpgEach month we receive a new trunk show from DanDoh Designs. My favorite top, Smoke, is in the shop this month. I'll even take it off for you to try on! There are others to try on, too! Come check them out.

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We are SO EXCITED to Announce that Carson Demers, Ergonomic Master, is Coming to Purl in the Pines November 30 - December 2nd!

By day, Carson is a physical therapist who operates an award-winning ergonomics program for a San Francisco medical center. Every other moment he's knitting, spinning, designing, teaching, or otherwise up to some fiber fun — always with a watchful eye toward ergonomics. His passion and experience in fiber arts combine with his expertise in physical therapy and ergonomics to create a unique skill set that he eagerly shares with the fiber community to keep us all creating healthfully — and comfortably — ever after.

Carson teaches at knitting, spinning, and other fiber events throughout the US. He loves to teach at local yarn shops and guilds. He has written articles for TNNA and other publications, and is a regular contributor to Ply magazine. His renowned book, Knitting Comfortably, has helped many people relieve and prevent injuries related to fiber arts.

Carson will be teaching 4 of his signature courses for us:

Knitting Sustainably

Few things are sadder to a knitter than not being able to knit any longer. How long do you plan to knit? What are you doing to make sure you can? Knitting doesn’t just happen. It requires investment in sensible (and simple) ergonomic practices. Learn what it takes to remain a comfortable knitter for as long as you care to knit.

KnitRX.

Few knitters don’t complain about discomfort in their hands and wrists at some point in their knitting journey. New knitters beware! Learn what contributes to knitter’s discomfort and most importantly, how to avoid it. Unlearn techniques that don’t serve to keep you knitting comfortably, learn to make choices to ease the work your hands do, and even some tips for making them feel better.

Knitting Happily Ever After

Ever know a knitter who hasn’t said, “Just one more row”? Me neither! I’ll bet they’ve also complained of aches and pains while knitting. In this class, you’ll learn how knitting effects the “fabric that makes the fabric”- your body. By completing a Risk of Injury assessment in class you’ll learn how knitting contributes to those aches and pains throughout your body. But more importantly, you’ll learn how to reduce them. A little knowledge and some simple changes can keep you knitting happily and safely ever after. Students who’ve taken this class have said that it should be “required learning for all knitters regardless of experience level!” and, “it’s as important as the knit and purl stitches!”

Swatchbucking!

Avast ye mateys! Let’s bring improved ergonomics to life in your knitting technique. We’ll swatch to improve your posture, comfort, and efficiency. We’ll examine yarn tensioning techniques, and all phases of stitch creation first with simple then more challenging swatches and stitches. We’ll also look at ways to add movement to knitting to avoid stiffness and injuries caused by disuse. Class is appropriate for students who are comfortable with basic knit purl stitches. Swatches of basic cable and lace patterns are also made in class. Stitch patterns are provided in both charted and written formats.

Along with these life-changing classes, this amazing retreat with Carson includes a wine and cheese reception and lecture on Friday evening, gourmet lunches on both Saturday and Sunday, and a whole lotta fun and surprises! Only $375 for the whole weekend!

Click here to register online!