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Date: Saturday December 14
Time: Noon – 4pm
What to Bring: 1 sweater, 1 darning needle, scrap yarn for sewing
Deats: Don’t miss out on your chance to join in on this seasons biggest trend, SWANTS! Make these super fun sweater pants and be the envy of all who surround you. Before the workshop, find/purchase a sweater. We’ll be turning it into pants, so I’d advise buying one at Goodwill, MRM or the like. I’d suggest a wool or natural fiber sweater as opposed to acrylic (man made fibers tend to unravel more, plus wool is cozy!). Make sure you legs fit into the arm holes and that’s it! Show up at Ren’s Purl at noon Saturday Dec. 14 and we’ll enjoy good company and light refreshments while transforming your sweater into what will become your favorite pair of Swants. Limited space available, so please contact us at 406.652.4876 or come in to reserve your spot.
We have exciting news. Purl is now doing yarn consignment! We are always hearing customers say things like, “I have SO much yarn I could open a shop in my house!” I always chuckle because, we all have stashes that are out of control! As “yarners” it’s just what we do, I think. Well, if this is your dilemma and you want to de-clutter, clear out room for more yarn, or just make some extra cash, consigning at Purl may be perfect for you! This is how you do it….
1. Bring in your quality UNUSED, BRAND NEW CONDITION yarn
2. Let me or Brianna get you in our database as a seller and check in your items.
3. Sign the 90 day contract for consigning your items.
4. Wait for your yarn to sell sell sell!
5. Get Paid!
When your items sell, you can be paid in 2 ways: Cash OR Store Credit. If you want cash, you’ll receive 60% of the sale, Purl receives 40% and you can pick up your money on Tuesdays & Wednesdays. If you want store credit, you’ll receives 70% of the sale, Purl receives 30% and your store credit will be available to you anytime. We don’t want you to call to get this info though. It’s all confidential, and we’re working on an email alert system to let you know when an item sells. But in the meantime, please come in to purl to check the status of your items/money. You can find out everything regarding consigning with Purl by downloading our Consignment Contract here: Hairy Details. And of course, if you have any questions, concerns or suggestions please let me know!
As you all know by now, we’ve got a huge fashion show event coming up May 31. For the past 3 months we’ve been working so hard on creating items for the show and it’s going to be amazing! We’re getting down to the wire and all of us show makers are trying to meet our goals and get those last minute items pumped out. Well, what shows up in Ravelry’s most popular patterns; but Carina Spencer’s latest pattern, Sugar Maple….
Immediately I knew we NEED it for our fashion show! And I knew I just had to have it! But, what yarn? This pattern is calling for sock weight yarn on size US 4 needles. We have plenty of color changing sock yarn; but for some reason I just needed to create my own colors. I probably shouldn’t be letting this cat out of it’s bag, but, Brianna and I have been preparing to offer yarn dying classes, and this was completely stuck in my head, preventing me from considering any other option on the yarn wall. So, yesterday we decided to dye dye dye!
We started with the fabulous Bamboo Pop by Universal Yarns. This is a wonderful cotton bamboo blend-perfect for summer and though it’s a bit thicker than a sock weight, it’ll work for me just fine! I’ll be needing about 800yds, so I’m using 3 balls of this super soft yarn. Now, I’m no dye expert because I’m just learning too:) But, apparently on plant fibers such as cotton and bamboo you can’t dye with Kool-aid or food coloring because these dye methods require acid such as vinegar to set the dye, and acid will not work with plant fibers. So, we had to use Soda Ash. Which, to me, means its Tie Dye time!
So, I think that Jacquard Tie Dye is the best. But, honestly, I’m new at this so correct me if you think otherwise…….Anyway, this is a little kit which is totally self contained and convenient. It has 3 squeeze bottles inside, all pre-filled with dye powder in primary colors, protective gloves, and the soda ash. After some light preliminary research, I decided to treat the yarn exactly as instructed for prepping tshirts for tie dye. Here’s what I did in steps:
Step 1: First I tied the tails of each ball together-the center of one tied to the outside of the next and so on.
Step 2: Then I used the ball winder and wound all 3 balls into 4 evenly distributed cakes (cakes are what you get after your yarn is wound. Basically a call with a flat bottom and flat top).
Setp 3: Soak yarn in soda ash and water solution for at least 30 minutes.
Step 4: Then I pulled a center section from each of the 4 cakes.
Now I have 8 different sections of yarn, all connected.
Step 4: Put each section of yarn neatly in it’s own bowl/container.
Step 5: In a separate container, mix each dye color individually. until it is the color you want. You can test the color by dipping in some paper towel.
Step 6: Pour Dye over yarn.
Step 7: Let it set. I let it set over night. Maybe this is an excessive length of time. But, I don’t care. I need to do it this way for piece of mind:)
And there it is! This is what the yarn sections looked like when I took them out of their individual dye baths. I rinsed them with cold water until it ran clear.
After rinsing the yarn and squeezing out excess water, I tediously laid it all out to dry. I have no idea if this was smart or not. I have a feeling I will have a yarn mess when it comes time to cake it tomorrow; but that is tomorrow’s problem!
Didn’t it turn out beautiful?! You can get any color you could imagine with just 3 primary colors. The pinks are just red that is more diluted with water. The aquas are the blue with some yellow. You know, mix your typical color combos and dilute them with more water for different shades! Want to know more? Stay tuned for our new Dye Classes!
Purl is excited to host our first fashion show benefiting our very own Children In Need Scholarship Fund. All profit from ticket sales, retails sales and silent auction will go directly to the Scholarship Fund and then directly into the community. Our Scholarship Fund supports Billings youth by providing funds for after school programs, art & music programs, and helping Billings homeless youth by supplying clothes, school supplies and food. This is your chance to make a difference and make change right here in our own community. Enjoy an evening of fashion and inspiration. Tickets include hors d’oeuvres and wine and are available at Purl Yarn Boutique & Marcasa.
Fall is in the air! I’m so excited because autumn is my very favorite season. As we approach cooler days, we’re also offering more classes to keep us knitters knee deep in winter projects and help us get those Christmas gifts done. Lucky for us, the projects from Kim Haesemeyer’s new book, “Expanding Your Knitting Skills”, are perfect for our winter class curriculum.
Kim’s Multi-Cabled Bag is sure to impress all who see you with it. Need a Christmas gift for someone super special? This is it. With it’s simple construction, easy 4 stitch cable, and optional removable insert, this bag is both shapely and sturdy. Beautiful!
Before this class please have your first handle flap knit and be ready to start cable section. Thank you!
Class Times: -Saturday September 8 from 10-12
-Saturday September 22 from 10-12
Class Materials: -620 yds Berroco Vintage, Berroco Ultra Alpacas or other worsted yarn
- US 7 straight or circular needles or size to obtain gauge
-8″ diameter circular purse handles – bamboo handles available at Purl
-Stitch markers (18 of them, 4 of them split ring)
-Sewing Needle and thread
Optional Materials: -13″ x 13″ sheet of plastic canvas – available at Purl
- 3/4 yd (.69 meters) quilted fabric
Fingerless mitts are all the rage, and so convenient for texting or any activity requiring your fingers! These Three-Cable Hand Warmers will surely become your favorite accessory this winter. Don’t find yourself stuck in a blizzard with your ipad but without your fingerless gloves! While you’re at it, make some for those you love-saving them from a blizzard/ipad dilemma:)
This project is offered as a “Hands” class featuring both the Three-Cable Hand Warmers AND the mittens from the Three Piece Gift Set.
Class Times: -Saturday September 29 from 1-3pm
-Saturday October 6 from 10-12
-Saturday October 27 from 1-3pm
-Saturday November 17 from 10-12
Class Materials: 132 yds Berroco Peruvia, Blue Sky Alpacas Techno, Spud & Chloe Sweater or other aran weight yarn
-US 8 straight or circular needles or size to obtain gauge
If you haven’t knit cables before, this is the set for you. Expand your knitting skills while creating a classic hat and scarf set for yourself or as a gift. The use of bulky yarn and a quick 10 row cable make for a super fun project. But you know what they say about having fun….it never does last long enough:)
Class Times: -Saturday September 8 from 1-3pm
-Saturday October 13 from 10-12
-Saturday November 10 from 10-12
-Saturday November 3 from 1-3pm
Class Materials: -460 yds Vintage Chunky, Amy Butler Sweet Harmony or other bulky yarn
-US 11 strait or circular needle (scarf)
-16″ circular US 11 (hat)
-DPN’s US 11 (hat)
How cute and functional is this scarf and mitten twinset? This keyhole scarf is the perfect mix between a cowl and scarf. Make it in just stockinette stitch, or with a garter stitch border. The “Keyhole” is formed by binding off stitches and casting on on the following row. The accompanying mittens are a classic design. In bulky weight yarn, this cozy twosome is quick and simple and sure to be a winter staple for you or a friend.
Class Times: -Saturday September 15 from 1-3pm
-Saturday October 13 from 1-3pm
-Saturday October 20 from 10-12
-Saturday November 10 from 1-3pm
-Saturday December 1 from 10-12
-Saturday December 15 from 1-3pm
Class Materials: – 240(360) yds Amy Butler Sweet Harmony, Spud & Chloe Outer or other bulky yarn
- US 13 straight or circular needles (scarf)
-DPN’s US 13 (mittens)
- Stitch Markers
-Waste (scrap) yarn
My how this “Impressive Scarf and Hat” fit their namesake perfectly! This seemingly complex stitch pattern is deceivingly quick and easy. If you can make knit and purl stitches, you can create this fun textured set.
Class Times: – Saturday September 22 from 1-3
-Saturday October 20 from 1-3pm
-Saturday October 27 from 10-12
-Saturday December 1 from 1-3pm
-Saturday December 15 from 10-12
Class Materials: -318 yds Spud & Chloe Outer or other Bulky weight yarn
-24″ circular US 13
From the stylish slouchy to the warm mitts, this “Three Piece Gift Set” is our “go to” set for this season. Make the set for yourself or as a gift. Pair the three together, or split them up. Give the whole set to that someone special, or give mitts to your mother, scarf to your sister and hat to your husband. Anyway you want it, everyone will love it!
Class Times: -Saturday September 15 from 10-12
-Saturday October 6 from 1-3pm
-Saturday November 3 from 10-12
Class Materials: 440 (550) yds Berroco Vintage, Berroco Ultra Alpacas or other worsted yarn
-2 US 10 24″ circular needles (scarf)
-US 8 DPN’s (baby/toddler hat)
-US 8 16″ circular needle (adult hat)
-US 10 16″ circular needle (adult hat)
-US 10 DPN’s (adult hat & mittens)
-Waster (scrap) yarn
Don’t delay, let’s get started on those Christmas gifts today! Call 406.652.4876 or come into Purl to enroll.