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New Yarn at The Twisted Purl from Island Yarn Company Poosh

OMG I love this yarn!!!  This yarn is so amazingly soft.  It’s alpaca *drool*, merino wool *double drool*, and Nylon (for strength).  It looks almost like a roving yarn.  But unlike a roving yarn, I pulled and pulled on it to see how much tension it would require to pull apart…it was seriously quite a bit!

From Island Yarn Company:

“50 grams, 140 yards, 70% Alpaca, 7% Merino Wool, 23% Nylon, Bulky weight, Hand-dyed in the USA, Hand wash

Poosh is our brand new alpaca blend. It is cloud-like in feel, but super strong.  It will knit gorgeous scarves, sweaters, mittens and more and the alpaca is sure to keep you toasty warm!”Island Yarn Poosh

Wanting to find a couple fun ‘one skein’ projects to try out this new yarn, we went on a pattern hunt on Ravelry.  Poosh is next to skin, snugly soft, so we wanted a hat or a headband and we found both.  One knit project and the other crochet!

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First the knit project.  So fun!!!  It is a cabled headband from a pattern called Fraga Headband.  You can find the knit pattern here.  It worked up fast and I’m already dying for this dang heat to go away so I can rock the fall days.Photo Aug 12, 1 00 01 PM

Here it is on one of our darling shop helpers.  She modeled it for us and then stated she wanted one.  There’s plenty of yarn left to make a couple more, so she may just get her wish! 😉Photo Aug 11, 2 38 25 PM

The next pattern is called “Crochet Street Slouch Hat”.  It is a quick crochet, our assistant made it in one night.  Plus it’s so dang cozy and adorable.  Did I mention it needed to be Fall already???

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The crochet pattern can be found here. For rows 5-13, we added 2 more rows so it’s longer and less slouchy.

Poosh Crochet Hat
Here’s the hat being modeled by another one of our shop helpers.  Too cute, right?

Right now, the yarn is available in the store, but it will be in our online shop soon!

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Araucania Yarns Copiapo now Available

This new yarn, Copiapo, from Araucania Yarns, is a perfect blend for the upcoming warm months.  It’s a cotton, linen, and viscose.

Copiapo

What the heck is viscose?  It’s a rayon blend.  Often times you will see either rayon or viscose depending on where in the world the item comes from.

It comes in 8 different colors and here is a peek of what they look like knit up:

Fun fact for your day: Copiapo is the Mapuche word for “Lush Vegetation”.

This yarn can now be purchased here or in our local yarn shop.  Hope to see you soon!

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Fourth Night Art Walk

We’re excited to be a part of the Downtown Partnership Art Walk. Join us April 22nd from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Simon Park. This is a great way for you to help support the Arts in Conway, Arkansas. This event will be happening the 4th Friday of April, May, June, September, October, and November.

Check out what’s on the line up for April 22, 2016

Simon Park will be hoping!  There’s live music and live art.  Artists in the park includes: Jeanetta Darley, Debbie Ayres, Cyndi Minister, Natural State Glass Gallery, Jessica Jones, Jeremy Etta, and Work Force Creations. Live music will be performed by the Conway Symphony Orchestra on Kris Allen Stage.   

Several of the downtown Merchants will extend their hours.

Participating Front Street Merchants:

E. Leighs, Mike’s Place, Beach Shack, Arkansas Arts Beautification Society Gallery, Kings Live Music, Blue Sail Coffee, and Art Experience.

Participating Oak Street Merchants:

Grand on Oak, Jenifer’s Antiques, share.the.love.KidsClub+Zeteo Coffee, Tickled Pink, Rocket Fizz, Bell & Sword, Carmen’s Art & Antiques, The Gallery at EM, The Flirty Chick, and Branch Out.

Participating Van Ronkle Street Merchants:

Stitcher’s Garden and The Lantern Theatre.

Take your receipts from downtown merchants visited during the Art Walk to Taziki’s and get a 10% Discount. 

Hope you can join us for a fun night out and help support the Arts in Conway.

The Facebook Page for this event can be found here.

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Lace Knit Face Cloth Class

Thursday April 21, 2016 from 4:00 to 6:00

Join us to learn how to make this face cloth using knitting skills.
Hempathy Face Cloth

The class cost is $15 and includes the yarn needed to complete the project plus instruction. Click here to reserve your spot.Hempathy Yarn ColorsAbove are all the gorgeous color options available.

What do you need to know before the class?

You should know the basics of knitting. How to cast on, knit, purl, and how to cast off.  Other simple knitting skills will be used in pattern, but instruction will be given in needed.

What to bring?

Bring a pair of size 5 knitting needles or a size close.  Straight or circular needles are both acceptable, whatever you are more comfortable.

What’s included in the class?

Yarn needed in your choice of color and instruction.

Space is limited, CLICK HERE to reserve your space.

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Felting the day away

Today was a record breaking felting day! With the help of my fantastic team, we managed to get  641 soaps hand wrapped, felted, and out to dry. Here’s a few sights of the soap drying.
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Here’s a picture of the drying rack, custom made by my step dad.  When it’s full, it makes me think of baking cookies.
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I always love seeing this many drying.  Means we had a good, crazy, busy day!  We wholesale our Felted Soaps worldwide.  Tomorrow, we will have a full day of labeling.
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Getting ready for the Spring Maraket in Memphis.  Hope to see you there.