Friday, January 2, 2015

January 2015

Happy New Year!

A New Year and A New Newsletter...

All of us at Monarch Knitting wish to thank you for your support and patronage over this last year. We hope you enjoy reading our newsletter and take note of all of the exciting happenings at Monarch. We are now scheduling our classes three months in advance, so you can plan ahead! Just check out the listings under classes at the bottom of the newsletter and on our website at http://monarchknitting.com. Over the next few months we are looking forward to a few exciting events. Alana Dakos and Marge Oakley (Ann Norling) will be visiting us again, Anzula will be here for a trunk show in March and the YarnOver Truck from LA will be visiting in late April. Lastly, watch our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/MonarchKnitting) over the next month to get some great tips and hints to help you organize your stash, knitting supplies and projects. Make 2015 the year you knit some special things for yourself, try some new techniques, and organize your knitting world! Knit... and be happy!

Project of the Month... Tubularity





What is your favorite color? Don’t just pick one, but seven, and cast on Tubularity! One of Ann’s favorite designers, Martina Bhem, brings us this versatile wrap knit with the colors of your choice: vibrant, tonal or sophisticated. This piece, knit as a long tube, can be worn many ways: as a comfy neckwarmer, a shawl secured with a button, or as a cowl, with the ends tucked into the tube. Ann’s cowl is knit with Shibui Staccato and Madelinetosh’s sock yarn in seawash but the options are endless. Use our new colors of Koigu, Sweet Georgia, Anzula, or Misti Alpaca. The most difficult part of this project is selecting the colors! If you are not convinced to knit one yet, check out Martina’s video on how to wear Tubularity at vimeo.com/90629425.

Classes...
Alana Dakos... Designing Stitch Motifs with Traveling Cables
Saturday, January 17th from 2:00pm to 4:00pm 



Alana Dakos, of "Never Not Knitting", is coming back to Monarch Knitting!
In this class you will learn how to use different types of cables with combinations of knit and purl stitches to create embossed-looking, free-flowing stitch motifs in your knitting. Alana will show examples of how she has used these various techniques in her personal design work and explain their application. You will experiment with different cabling techniques as a class and then you will have free time to play and create your own design on a baby hat worked in the round. Basic pattern for the hat will be provided. We will discuss the following stitches:


-The difference between a cable and a twist
-Using increases and decreases to manipulate stitches
-Textures

This event is certain to be popular and space is limited, so sign up early to secure your spot. The cost is $40.00 for what is sure to be an educational class.

Take the Mystery out of Fair Isle Knitting
Saturday, January 24th from 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Have you ever admired a beautiful color-work garment and believed it to be too difficult to attempt?  Fear no more... we have the perfect class for you.  Pick one of two projects, Color Work Fingerless Mitts or the Vogue Knitting Koigu Cowl (if you are feeling a bit more ambitious), and we will have you fair isle knitting in no time.  In the class we will show you how to work with two colors simultaneously, strand and weave yarn, read a color work chart and how to correct a mistake with the duplicate stitch.  Before taking the class, we ask that you come into the store to select your project and cast on and knit to the first row of fair isle.  The cost of the class is $30.00 and does not include supplies.  

Quick Tips...

Make 2015 the year your expand you knitting knowledge.  

Come in any time between 3:00pm and 4:00pm on Wednesdays or 10:30am to 11:00am (this time has changed!) on Saturdays to get a free 10-15-minute demonstration on a knitting technique. This month's tips are:
Week 1 - Right and Left Leaning Increases, as used in Tubularity
Week 2 - Cable Cast On
Week 3 - I-Cord Bind Off
Week 4 - Crochet a Border on Your Knitting Project

New Store Policies...

Credit Card Charges – Beginning January 2, 2015 credit cards will be accepted for charges of $10 or more only. We appreciate your understanding regarding this change.
 
Pacific Grove Bag Ordinance – On March 1, 2105 the city of Pacific Grove will implement a “Carry Out Bag Ordinance” that requires all retailers to charge 10 cents for carry out bags. Please start 2015 by remembering to bring your own bag when you shop throughout the city so you will be ready on March 1. 

Classes and Events...

Beginning Knitting Classes

Saturday, January 17, January 31, February 7, March 14, March 28
11:00am to 12:00pm

or just call the shop to schedule a time!
$20.00
Have you always wanted to learn to knit? If so, this is just what you need! In this 1-hour lesson you will learn to cast-on, knit and cast-off.


Beginning Crochet Classes

Saturday, February 21, March 7
11:00am to 12:00pm

or just call the shop to schedule a time!
$20.00
For a change of pace, learn how to crochet. In this 1-hour lesson you will learn to chain stitch, single crochet and double crochet.


Alana Dakos: Stitch Motifs and Traveling Cables

Saturday, January 17, 2:00pm to 4:00pm
$40.00
In this class you will learn how to use different types of cables with combinations of knit and purl stitches to create embossed-looking, free-flowing stitch motifs in your knitting. Alana will show examples of how she has used these various techniques in her personal design work and explain their application. You will experiment with different cabling techniques as a class and then will have free time to play and create your own design on a baby hat worked in the round. Basic pattern for the hat will be provided. We will discuss the following stitches:

-The difference between a cable and a twist
-Using increases and decreases to manipulate stitches
-Textures



Take the Mystery out of Fair Isle Knitting
Saturday, January 24, 2:00pm to 4:00pm
$30.00 (does not include class materials)
Have you every admired a beautiful color-work garment and believed it to be too difficult to attempt? Fear no more... we have the perfect class for you!  Pick one of two projects, Color Work Fingerless Mitts or the Vogue Knitting Koigu Cowl (if you are feeling a bit more ambitious), and we will have you fair isle knitting in no time.  In the class we will show you how to work with two colors simultaneously, strand and weave yarn, read a color work chart and how to correct a mistake with the duplicate stitch.  Before taking the class, we ask that you come into the store to select your project and cast on and knit to the first row of fair isle.  



3 Ways to Knit in the Round
Saturday, February 7, 2:00pm to 4:00pm
$30.00
Knitting in the round got you down?  Join Koryn as she will discusses the three ways to knit in the round: using double pointed needles, two circular needles and magic loop.  She will have examples of each technique ready to go so you can get your hands on some knitting and try it for yourself.  This is a perfect way to see what is most comfortable to you without committing to an entire project.  This class will also include general tips for knitting in the round.  



Tea with Ann Norling
Saturday, February 28, 10:00am to 12:00pm
$10.00
Everyone so enjoyed meeting Marge Oakley (aka Ann Norling) at the Shibui Mix Party, we decided to bring her back for a casual knitting circle. There will be plenty of knitting but also chatting, socializing, coffee and treats. Marge has a new hat pattern to introduce and will also bring many fabulous things to try on. Marge is a wealth of knitting knowledge and we are lucky to count her among our friends at Monarch Knitting.  Make plans to join us for this fun, inspiring morning!



Color Affection Class... Featuring Short Rows
Saturday, March 7, 2:00pm to 4:00pm
$30.00 (does not include class materials)
There is a reason over 10,000 people have knit this shawl: it is addicting!  This class is a great for beginners who can cast on and knit.  You will be able to perfect your knit stitches as this beautiful shawl is worked in garter stitch.  Join us to cast on the project, learn to use short rows and create stripes with color work.  We will talk about carrying colors in your knitting, take the mystery out of "wrap and turns" and give you a couple of pattern modifications to make the shawl a perfect piece for you to wear.    Before the class please come into the store to purchase the pattern and three skeins of fingering weight yarn in lovely, complimentary colors.



Brioche, Anyone?
Saturday, March 21, 2:00pm to 4:00pm
$30.00 (does not include class materials)
Learn to knit the beautiful, bouncy, warm brioche stitch.  Some are intimidated by this versatile stitch, but once you learn the technique you will see how simple it really is.  In this Brioche class, you will learn how to knit a 2 color brioche stitch, how to correct your mistakes (tinking back takes a little practice) and how to decrease and increase.  You can knit either a hat or a cowl, so please come into Monarch prior to the class to pick your project and the appropriate yarn.  Brioche? Mais oui!



Anzula Trunk Show

In March, date TBA
Anzula is packing up their vintage suitcases brimming with yarn for a visit to Monarch Knitting.  Come join us to see what surprises are in store.  They will feature new yarns and colors, some bases and colors we do not currently carry at Monarch, as well as some of our favorites!  For those of you who love to spin, Anzula will be bringing an array of spinning fiber!  If you see a yarn or fiber you love, you can purchase it right there on the spot!  They will also have their knit samples there for inspiration and patterns available for purchase.  Make your wish list and join us!


A Visit from the Yarnover Truck

Thursday, April 30th
The Yarnover Truck will be visiting us from LA in this "two knitting stores in you neighborhood" event.  This local yarn store on wheels is going on a road trip up the coast of California and Monarch is one of its many stops.  Put a visit to Monarch Knitting and the Yarnover Truck on your calendar!



CustomFit Workshop: Gauge Swatches and Measurements

Call the store for an appointment!
$10.00
In this hour-long workshop we will cover how to knit and measure a gauge swatch for the CustomFit program.  While you will knit your swatch just as you do for a conventional pattern, there are a few differences in its size and in how the swatch is measured.  The great thing is that this swatch is about the fabric you want to knit your sweater in, not how a standardized pattern is tells you how it should be knit.  We will also take your CustomFit measurements and enter them into the computer to be stored for you.



Finishing

$30/Session
Bring your project and together we will make sure it is beautifully seamed!



Private Lessons

Call to set up an appointment
$15.00 for 30 minutes, $30.00 for 1 hour

Do you prefer to learn on your own, or do you have a new skill you would like to tackle? Come in and work one-on-one with us.



Thursday, December 18, 2014

Inspiration: Stocking Stuffers

Whether you're shopping for a loved one or you need to send some ideas to your dearest, we have you covered with our favorite stocking fillers. These make the perfect gift as they're small enough to fit into stockings, and they make great gifting for your knitting group too. You may even find yourself adding one or two to your own bag!

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ONE: The handiest tool to have, the Stashbot, a comprehensive guide to building a useful stash. This compact booklet is perfect to take while traveling and fits nicely in most knitting bags.

TWO: Chic-a Single Yarn Keepers are great for keeping your yarn tangled-free and protected. Great gift idea for the organizer in your life!

THREE: Change it up a bit and add a pattern to the mix like these Woolfolk Yarns leaflets. These gems are great for the person who has it all. They're sized to fit nicely in small project bags too.

FOUR: Give the gift of some lovely buttons - these precious stones shown here are handmade from Tom in Colorado, a truck driver who collects rocks and polishes them into beautiful one of a kind works of art. As knitters, we can all appreciate handmade.

And of course (not pictured), but a an all time favorite of ours are some gift certificates! The staff here at Monarch Knitting just love them. Swing by the shop or visit us online at MonarchKnitting.com to place an order.

We hope you've found this inspiration to be helpful! Happy stocking shopping!


Monday, December 1, 2014

December 2014 Newsletter

Monarch Holiday Open House

Please join us on Saturday, December 6th, as we celebrate together and share our love of this wonderful craft. We are busy planning a fun day that will include treats, drawings for prizes and an opportunity to share the projects you are working on. We are grateful for all who have made Monarch a part of their knitting world and we want to take time to thank you and share the holiday spirit. The party will go throughout the day on the 6th and we hope you can stop in and stay to enjoy some of the cheer.


Projects of the Month... Quick Knits

As knitting season picks up around the holidays, we are often asked about projects that are quick to knit. We've come up with a variety of patterns to choose from that are easy, fast and fun! Join us as we knit mitts, beanies, and easy cute accessories. Like the Mistake Rib Beanie, Susie's Reading Mitts, the Ashley Flower Headwrap, and the Button Band Hat, just to name a few. Give the joy of a hand-knitted gift and wrap-up those you love in cozy knitted warmth.  





Holiday Hours... We will be closed on Christmas Eve

To give our staff members time to be celebrate the holidays with their family and friends, we will be closed on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. If you need a last minute gift, please visit monarchknitting.com to purchase a gift certificate. Who wouldn't love that in their stocking?  
  • Closed for Christmas Eve - Wednesday, December 24th
  • Closed for Christmas Day - Thursday, December 25th
  • New Year's Eve Store Hours - Wednesday, December 31st, from 10:00am to 3:00pm
  • Closed for New Year's Day - Thursday, January 1st

Monarch Gift Registry... Your Letter to Santa

Is there something special at Monarch Knitting that you would like to see under the tree? Perhaps it is the perfect skein of yarn for your next project, a special set of needles, a handy knitting bag or yarn bowl. Just let one of our helpful staff members know and we will add it to your profile.  Take advantage of the convenience of leaving hints for those shopping for you!


We Value Your Opinion... Help Us Create the 2015 Calendar

We are working hard to create the calendar for the up-coming year. We will be announcing classes and events further in advance so it gives all of you a chance to plan ahead! Lessons, trunk shows, vendor sales, and designer visits are all things we are currently penciling in. We want to serve our local knitting community so please email us at customerservice@monarchknitting.com and let us know how what you would like to see at Monarch Knitting in 2015.


Quick Tips for December

Don't miss any of our quick tips to improve your knitting knowledge. 
Come in any time between 3:00pm and 4:00pm on Wednesdays or 11:00am to 12:00pm on Saturdays to get a free 10-15-minute demonstration on a knitting technique.  This month's tips are:
Week 1 - Sewing on a button
Week 2 - Duplicate Stitch
Week 3 - Jogless Stripe
Week 4 - Finishing Hats





New Arrivals... 



Anzula Nebula is back in stock! The shelves are shimmering with this lovely fingering-weight plied yarn that is 400 yards and is comprised of 86% Superwash Merino and 14% Sparkling Stellina. Perfect for those who are looking to add a touch of sparkle to their next project. 





We have received some additional colors of this super soft, cloud-like angora. Fashion Print yarn from Schulana is 80% angora, 20% nylon and comes in 245 yards of pure fluffiness. Quickly knit-up some Susie Reading Mitts or a cowl that will be oh-so feather soft against your skin!



Freshly stocked on the shelves, we have Home, a lovely superwash merino chunky-weight from Madelinetosh. With nine color choices and at 110 yards per skein, you can knit cowls for everyone on your list! Perfect for a fast knit this season!




We still have a lovely selection of Atenti bags in the shop - we have some doc bags, short and tall caddies and totes with pouch inserts in a range of prints. These bags are American made, of the highest quality materials and just so stylish too! These would make a great gift choice for the knitter who needs a new project bag or two!



Keep you tootsies warm with Opal Sock Yarn!  Superwash wool and polyamide are paired perfectly in 465 yard skeins for colorful and durable socks.  This yarn also makes lovely toys for children.  Have you seen Susan B Anderson's Opal Sock Yarn Bunny?... Cute as a button!


Saturday, November 1, 2014

November 2014 Newsletter

Project of the Month... Cozy Cowls



Crisp mornings and cooler evenings have us all reaching for quick knits. This month, join us as we knit and crochet some of our favorite cowl patterns in our wide selection of chunky and bulky weight yarns. We'll be featuring the popular Gaptastic Cowl in Berroco Kodiak, the super quick Dropped Stitch Cowl in Rowan Kidsilk Haze Amore, Ann's rapid Pebble neck warmer in Malabrigo Rasta, Northern Loop in Quince and Co.'s Puffin, Koryn's Ice Queen Cowl in Misti Alpaca Hand-Painted Chunky + Rowan Fur and Jenn's Cozy Brioche in Madtosh A.S.A.P.






November Lesson... Christmas Stocking

We loved knitting our Christmas stockings last year so we're excited to bring back this fun class! In this two-session class (November 8th and 22nd from 1:00pm to 3:00pm), you will cast on the stocking and learn about turning the cuff, afterthought heels, toe decreases and making I-cord. Plus, the best thing about knitting a Christmas stocking is that you will not experience "Second-Sock Syndrome!" Please come into the shop to purchase your pattern, yarn and needles. It would be great if you could knit a swatch so you are ready to begin your project during the class. Class size is limited, so please sign up ahead of time to join us!











November Lesson... Aranami Shawl

Designer Olga Buraya-kefelian was inspired by the Japanese ocean in winter to create this shawl. Knit in Woolfolk's Tynd, the shawl is light and graceful. The scallop motifs are worked in tiers, starting from the lower point and working upward as the shawl widens. Join Diane, on Saturday, November 15 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm as she'll teach you how to navigate this beautiful shawl, perfect for intermediate knitters. Practicing the cast-on and knitting the first scallop is recommended and Diane is happy to help on the Thursday before class. Sign-up ahead of time as seats are limited.







Quick Tips for October

Don't miss any of our quick tips to improve your knitting knowledge. Come in any time between 3:00pm and 4:00pm on Wednesdays or 11:00am to 12:00pm on Saturdays to get a free 10 to 15-minute demonstration on a knitting technique.  This month's tips are:
Week 1 - Picking-up Stitches
Week 2 - Mobius Cowl
Week 3 - Two stretchy bind-offs
Week 4 - I-Cord
Week 5 - Sewing a button


New Arrivals... 



New yarns! We have received our Madelinetosh A.S.A.P. and it is oh-so super bulky soft! This fabulously thick superwash merino is perfect for this time of year. And at just 90 yards, you'll whip up knitting in no time at all. Great for gifts!




We have more from Quince - just in time for holiday and winter knitting! Puffin, a 100% American sourced wool, is spun into beautiful, single-ply skeins and comes in an array of lovely saturated hues. At 112 yards each, this chunky sturdy yarn is great for quick accessories and wear-all-day sweaters.



The latest from Alchemy Yarns, Sparky and Silk Purse. These gorgeous silk yarns are just beautiful on their own, but held together, they can truly dazzle. Sparky is 97% silk and 3% polyester while the buttery soft Silk Purse is 100% silk.


Lovely Jade Sapphire Cashmere His and Hers Scarf Kits. Each kit contains approximately 350 yards of 8 ply worsted weight luxurious Jade Sapphire cashmere and a booklet offering 7 patterns, either for women or men. These kits include colors that are stunning and rich. This yarn must be felt to be believed and we are thrilled to carry such beautiful kits this season!


Monarch Holiday Open House

Please join us on December 6th as we celebrate together and share our love of this wonderful craft. We are busy planning a fun day that will include treats, drawings for prizes and an opportunity to share the projects you are working on. We are grateful for all who have made Monarch a part of their knitting world and we want to take time to thank you and share the holiday spirit. The party will go throughout the day on the 6th and we hope you can stop in and stay to enjoy some of the cheer. 






Wednesday, October 1, 2014

October 2014 Newsletter

Project of the Month... Guernsey Shawl and Triangle




Jared Flood of Brooklyn Tweed is known for simply elegant knitting patterns.  His Guernsey Shawl and Triangle are no exception to this rule.  Both of these pieces feature the knit-purl patterning of Guernsey fisherman sweaters.  The shawl is knit with worsted weight yarn and is enjoyable to knit.  It is a classic piece that you can wear all winter long.  The triangle was designed to be a counterpart to the shawl.  Knit in fingering weight yarn, you will have the same lovely textured pattern in a smaller, more delicate piece to stave off a fall chill.  The patterns are very clear and provide charted and written instructions as well as detailed blocking instructions, an important, final step in creating these light and soft projects.



October Knit Along... Forest Foliage

As the mornings and evenings begin to chill, wrapping up in a lace shawl is the perfect accessory for any autumn wardrobe. Join us as we knit Alana Dako’s ForestFoliage, from her beautifully inspired book, Botanical Knits 2. With its solid knit autumn leaves floating in a sea of lace stitches, Forest  Foliage is an intermediate knitted lace project that requires just 550 yards of fingering weight yarn. Some of us here in the shop can’t wait to cast-on and we thought it would more fun to knit collectively! This KAL will begin the first week of October. Keep an eye out on our Facebook page and our ravelry group for details and updates. 

October Lesson... Lace Knitting Tricks and Tips

Are you afraid to try lace knitting?  Are you confused by charts?  On Saturday, October 11th from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm let us take the mystery out of lace knitting.  In this class we will show you how to work with lace charts, give you tips on how to keep track of your knitting and teach you how to "read your knitting.  We will also discuss the importance of life lines and what to do if you make a mistake.  Finally, we will review the most important part of lace knitting... blocking.  Your beautiful stitches will sing after this class.  You need to know how to knit, purl, increase and decrease to truly get the most from this class.  Join us and expand your knitting skills!

October Lesson... Fixing Boo Boos

Back by popular demand, our class that will help you to understand how to repair mistakes in your knitting.  Whether it is tinking back, picking up a stitch, an extra stitch at the edge, twisted, running or incomplete stitches that pop up on your way to finishing knit projects, we all can use a little help along the way.  This class is perfect for those who are ready to learn how to fix these little bumps in the road.  To fully benefit from this class, you should know how to knit and purl.  So join us on Saturday, October 25th from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm and you will be on your way to solving those problems that happen to all knitters.


Quick Tips for October

Don't miss any of our quick tips to improve your knitting knowledge. Come in any time between 3:00pm and 4:00pm on Wednesdays or 11:00am to 12:00pm on Saturdays to get a free 10 to 15-minute demonstration on a knitting technique.  This month's tips are:
Week 1 - Provisional cast-on
Week 2 - Tab cast-on
Week 3 - Lifeline for lace
Week 4 - Make one left and make one right
Week 5 - Jenny's surprisingly stretchy bind-off




Follow Monarch Knitting on Instagram

We are pleased to announce a new addition to the team. Sarah Higgins is a local graphic designer, photographer and runs the blog sarahinpursuit.com. She has been a long time customer and will be assisting with our Instagram feed. We encourage you to follow us on Instagram @monarchknitting. We will be posting not only inspiration, and beautiful photographs, but special contests and giveaways.  Don't forget to like us on Facebook and follow us on Pinterest as well! We love to interact with you!


New Yarns coming to Monarch

Madelinetosh Pashmina Worsted - this lovely yarn is in stock now!  Wow!... a luxurious 4-ply yarn made from 75% merino wool, 15% silk, 10% cashmere.  This is an incredibly soft yarn with great drape.  The colors are stunning and you will not be able to resist our newest yummy base from Tosh.

Also from Tosh and just in time for cozy holiday knitting, we will be receiving A.S.A.P. Working up in a super-bulky weight, this fabulously thick yarn is 100% superwash merino wool. Each squishy soft skein is hand-dyed in small batches and available in their opulent glazed colorways.

Remember our announcement of Woolfolk? Well, we are excited to share that the first shipment will arrive the first week of this month! Each one of us cannot wait to stock the shelves of their sport-weight Tydn, and their aran-weight, Far. Both bases come in simplistically stunning shades, making them an easy choice for any project.

We consistently fall head over heels with Shibui, and their latest yarn, Maai has us knocked over as well. Constructed as a springy-chainette ply, Maai is made up of luxurious 70% superbaby alpaca and of 30% merino wool. Stop in the shop to see the gorgeousness of this yarn. We have many colors in stock!

Looking for something lightweight this season? Shibui's Kavo is just the ticket. Comprised of decadent silk wrapped around strong 2-ply cotton, Kavo holds an incredible soft drape. Each colorway has a dazzling sheen. Be on the lookout as we will receive it within the next two weeks.