October Newsletter

CLASSES

Fall classes are filling up quickly, so if your’e interested in a class, don’t hesitate. Call in with credit card details or drop in to pay a deposit to secure your spot soon. We’ve added a second Hat Class on October 28th- a great introduction to knitting in the round, with double point needles. Other interesting classes are: Cast on and Cast Off Techniques, Lace 101, Brioche, Beginner Crochet, Drop Spindle, and Fibre Prep. Check out our full schedule here.

If you want to learn something specific that isn’t currently offered as a class, or if you simply can’t make one of our evening classes, consider booking a private consultation. It’s only $20 an hour (materials extra), and we usually book during the day at a time that’s convenient for you. Call or email or you’re interested.

SPIN INTO OCTOBER

This past summer, Handknit and Project Fleece attended an Ashford Dealer Workshop in Ottawa, where we got to play with all the different kinds of spinning wheels, weaving looms and accessories that Ashford has to offer. We got valuable hands on experience and product knowledge from Marc and Kate at Ashford, so that we are now able to sell you quality Ashford products with confidence.


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Did you know that we sell Ashford Wheels and Looms, as well as Louet Wheels? Now that we’ve moved into a bigger space, we can showcase our larger products and have more stock on hand. We have two Ashford wheels and two Louet wheels in-store, so you can try before you decide to invest in a wheel. We currently have a 24” Rigid Heddle Loom on display in the store, and whenever we’re warping the loom, we’ll let you know on social media,  so you can come and see how it’s done. We have several sizes of Ashford Rigid Heddle Looms in stock, and wheels are usually ready to ship as soon as you order.

 

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SPIN BY THE HOUR

The Project Fleece Pop Up Shop offers spin by the hour on one of our four shop wheel models by Louet and Ashford, as well as membership programs that offer unlimited spin time per month or per year. This is a great way to refine your spinning skills and try out different wheels, especially if you’re not quite ready to commit to just one wheel yet. Project Fleece offers everything you need to start spinning, including fibre, carding accessories, and instruction.

 

 

 

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What is Spinzilla?
Spinzilla is an annual spinning event that takes place worldwide. Teams and individuals compete to see who can spin the most yarn during Spinning and Weaving Week, the first full week in October. In the two years that Spinzilla has been going, spinners have spun over 5.3 million yards of yarn and raised close to $20,000 for the US- based NeedleArts Mentoring Program. This program fosters mentoring between adults and children, spreading the love of the needlearts with instruction in spinning, weaving, knitting, crochet, and stitching.

This year we are very excited to announce that Handknit Yarn Studio will be part of the action! Kate and Tracy of Handknit Yarn Studio and Nancy and Cathy of Project Fleece have joined the Ashford and Fancy TIger Crafts Teams. It is our first year so we are hoping to up our spinning game and Cathy is trying to spin enough Malabrigo fibre for a sweater so she needs a lot of yardage! As a special incentive to join, Project Fleece is offering a 10% discount on all the lovely braids in her shop from October 6th to 11th.

There is more information on Ravelry too if you want to be a part of a team –
http://www.ravelry.com/groups/spinzilla

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