Why Wool?

Yes.  I am a fiber snob.  I mainly love wool because of its wonderful characteristics.   By wool, I mean, any fiber that comes from an animal (i.e. alpaca, llama, angora, mohair, camel, yak, etc.).   But, I was not always a wool lover.  In fact, when I started knitting, I didn’t fully understand all the wonderful qualities of wool.  I thought it was itchy, expensive and hard to take care of.  All the commercial wool sweaters I owned seemed to be that way.  After knitting several projects in cheap acrylic yarn, I began to wonder about those yarns in my LYS (local yarn store) and then, I knit my first wool sweater and my world changed forever. First and probably most importantly, wool breathes.  It has the wonderful capability to make you warm in the cold without making you sweat.  Air is able to flow in and out of the fabric, while the wool insulates, trapping air for warmth.  In contrast, acrylic yarns are made out of petroleum oil…the same oil used …

What is Our Retreat All About?

Traditionally, our retreat is the second weekend in November.   Although we have had many locations for our retreat, including The Cove in Lake Geneva, WI and the Radisson in Des Plaines, IL., over the last four years, we have hosted our retreat at the Warren Woods Inn in Union Pier, MI.  The Warren Wood Inn is a large family home with 12 rooms/suites.  There is a large commercial kitchen to prepare food and a wraparound porch which is nice if the weather is warm.  The inn is within walking distance of the Lake Michigan shoreline and is about an hour and 45 minute drive from Mount Prospect (traffic dependent). We meet on Friday evening for an old-fashioned pot luck dinner.  Guests bring everything from their favorite crock pot recipe to a delicious dessert to a special bottle of wine.   With all the great foods, we never go hungry!  After dinner, we retreat into the family room, often referred to as the “sun room”, to knit for the evening with new friends. On …

Kenzie Joins the HiKoo Family

This fall, Skacel introduced Kenzie to their every expanding Hikoo yarn line.   Jodi from Skacel describes Kenzie on Ravelry.com.   ”Kenzie just may be the perfect tweed. New Zealand merino, angora and alpaca lend softness and body, nylon lends strength and silk noils contribute delicate texture and color accents. The smooth, round 3-ply yarn knits into a cohesive fabric that blooms when wet blocked. The angora haze is just fuzzy enough to lend a cozy feel, but not so fuzzy that it will obscure any stitch patterning”. Kenzie knits at 5 sts=1″ on a size 6 or 7 needle.  It is listed as a worsted weight yarn; but with 160 yards/50 grams, it is  much lighter than most yarns we would consider “worsted weight”.  Personally, I found the yarn to be a joy to knit up.   During the October Progressive KAL by Michelle Hunter (knitpurlhunter.com), I chose four coordinating colors and began my  ”Colormatic Cowl”.  I am enjoying the simple slip stitch patterns. Although a little more challenging, you might want to try the Pine Bough Cowl by Dianna Walla.   June just finished knitting her Pine …

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Why Wool?

Yes.  I am a fiber snob.  I mainly love wool because of its wonderful …

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What is Our Retreat All ...

Traditionally, our retreat is the second weekend in November.   Although we have had many …

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Kenzie Joins the HiKoo F...

This fall, Skacel introduced Kenzie to their every expanding Hikoo yarn line.   Jodi from Skacel describes …

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