Did Sheep Invent Golf?

Obscure Fiber Facts op. 1

Well, no, but they definitely made it more interesting. On a recent trip to the famed St. Andrews Links, Kerrytown's Andrew O'Neal learned from his caddy that the original bunkers (sand traps that dot the course) were, like so many good things in the world, the product of sheep. As modernfarmer.com puts it, "The story goes that the bunkers at St. Andrews — Scotland’s first golf course, established in 1552 — were scabbed out areas from sheep huddling together against the North Atlantic wind. Some suspect that grazing sheep may have even mowed the fairways between the dunes of the famed 'Old Course.'" Sheep: Is there anything they can't do?
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Spun Project of the Week

Pick up the kit, and we'll pay for the pattern!

SideStep Shawl

Designed by Carissa Browning and
knit by Gwyneth in The Fibre. Co. Acadia

Carissa Browning’s SideStep is a graphic beauty that alternates asymmetrical bands of striped garter stitch with simple brioche ribbing. The shimmery, rich colors of the Fibre Co. Acadia (60% Merino, 20% alpaca, 20% silk) add depth and subtlety to the design. The well-written pattern includes video tutorials for brioche and picking up stitches.

Gwyneth notes: "What I love about SideStep is the way the textures of garter and brioche complement each other, especially combined with the angular, asymmetrical design of the shawl and the interplay between the three colors. The Fibre Company Acadia is a delight to work with; the alpaca and silk in the blend give the shawl a lovely shine and drape, while the wool provides enough body to bring out the different textures. SideStep is straightforward enough for social or TV knitting, but the color and texture variations keep it engaging."

Shop SideStep Shawl Kits here.

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New Class!

Unknit Yourself

Sundays, September 11 & 18, 9:30–11am
Teacher: Julie Brigham

Do you find yourself with neck, shoulder, or wrist aches and pains after indulging in your favorite craft? In this two-session class, our own Julie B. will show you how to avoid some of the common repetitive stress injuries that can result from crafting. You’ll learn some simple exercises to release tension and some mindfulness techniques to prevent getting those aches in the first place.

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New from Laine: Salt & Timber


Estimated ship date: August 26
Laine's newest offering, Salt & Timber, inspired by the Pacific Northwestern coast, is a visually stunning book featuring 15 designs that are easy to knit but never boring. The patterns include socks, shawls, sweaters, hats, mitts, and even a blanket, and offer thoughtful details and plenty of opportunities to customize your work.

(This is a pre-order product, shipping in August. If you are bundling a pre-ordered item with immediately available items, your full order will ship when the pre-order products are released. If you would like your available items shipped immediately, please let us know in the notes field at checkout, and be aware that extra shipping charges might apply.)
Pre-order your copy here.
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Designed by Elsbeth Judith and knit by Laura in Lang Cashmerino

Sommerknus is a round-yoke sweater worked from the top down, with options to adjust the length of the sleeves and the body. The design features an interesting but easy-to-knit texture, and Lang Cashmerino yields a luxe garment with a less-than-luxe pricetag. Sizes range from 35.5 to 50" (at the bust), which translates to 5-8 skeins of Cashmerino.

Here's Laura on Sommerknus: "I had such a pleasant time knitting Sommerknus. Cashmerino is wonderfully soft and the pattern uses German short rows (my favorite!) with a fun sampler of knit and purl stitches. I also loved that the pattern includes different sleeve lengths so you could make a Sommerknus shirt for each season!"

See the pattern on Ravelry here.

Shop Lang Cashmerino here.