Monday, February 14, 2011

Spend the day with Elsebeth Lavold

Elsebeth Lavold will be in Philadelphia next month to set up and open her exhibition "Knitting Along the Viking Trail" (see

It will be shown at the American Swedish Historical Museum ( from March 20th through July 3rd.

Elsebeth has graciously agreed to come and teach a class for us on Wednesday, March 23. It is an all day event (11:00 - 4:00) and there are limited spots available. Anyone who is interested should contact the shop as soon as possible to register for the class.

Here's what you can expect. Hope to see you there.

Lecture - Viking Knits and the History of Knitting
Elsebeth Lavold can talk for hours about practically any knitting related subject, and gladly does her best to answer any questions her audience might have. Her, to date, most elaborate speech is Viking Knits and the History of Knitting, a 90 minute presentation of the Viking Knits Project along with highlights from the origin of various knitting techniques and materials as well as some glimpses of Viking history that she has encountered in her research. An extensive collection of photos and drawings accompanies the speech.

Class - Basic Viking Knits

Discover the wonderful world of Viking cables, a 1000-year-old treasure of patterns re-discovered in a new technique. Join Elsebeth as she focuses on the technical aspects of knitting Viking Patterns. Learn how to cable without a cable needle. Analyze a simple Viking Interlace ornament. This class aims to give you confidence in reading charts, knitting Viking (and other) cable patterns, and get you started on the road to creating your own variations. Students should know how to do basic cabling.

“The main difference between regular cables and Viking Cables is that in regular cables you have ribbons that start at the bottom, intertwine on the way up towards the top and end there. The Viking Cables are made possible by a special technique of increases and decreases (very easy once you have learned it) that allows the ribbons to turn back and tie knots on themselves on the way towards the top, or even create isolated motifs on a reverse stockinette background.” This extends the range of possible cable patterns immensely. And it’s easy!

Price Includes: Yarn and “CityScapes” book. Lunch will be provided.
The student should bring size 8 needles. A couple of double pointed needles, a darning or tapestry needle and a cable needle. Graph paper, pencil and eraser may be needed. There's no homework for this class.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

We've Got A Winner

Yay Lori. You are the winner of our "Tailgate at The Tangled Web" gift basket. Enjoy
and Happy Knitting!!

Monday, February 7, 2011

Tailgate at The Tangled Web

We had sooo much fun yesterday at our 'Tailgate Party'. Thanks go out to all those who came and especially those special folks who brought us goodies for the snack table.
Here are a few pics for those of you who couldn't make the festivities.

Pre-party set up.

First Sale of the Day!

Lauren finished her hat! Yay Lauren.

Here's our Super'bowl' of Savings

Our gift basket. We still have to pick the winner.

Lori finished her Stash Buster. Yay Lori.

Smiley, Happy Knitters!

Lots of Superbowl Fans turned out.

Lauren in her new hat helps Cheryl at the register.

Busy, Busy.

Here's the crew in charge of yummies. Thanks guys!

Plus, we collected lots of soup for donation.


Friday, February 4, 2011

Stash Buster Update

Ok, I'm jealous. Susan came in yesterday wearing her Stash Busting Sweater that we started at the January Knit Along a couple of weeks ago. She loves it!!! Her choice of colors and textures is fabulous and a little added length makes it perfect for this wintry weather. She even stuck in a little 'fair isle' technique every now and again to make it interesting. Way to go Susan.

Danielle is not far behind with this jewel toned version that she'll, no doubt, be wearing before the next meeting of the Knit Along on February 16. She already has plans for a second sweater to use up more of her stash.

I'm not much further than I was a week and a half ago but I have to admit that I was a wee bit distracted by other projects. I stopped to knit a cozy pair of mohair mittens for Anne's birthday and then I was inspired to knit her a matching hat. What I need to do is focus. You would think with all these snow days that I would be further along. Too busy shoveling and baking cupcakes with my Lauren. Well, I am going to put on my blinders, hunker down and attempt to finish the body of this sweater before our next meeting. You heard it here. See you on the 16th.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Easy Baby or Kid's Vest Class This Sunday

Do you know a special baby or kid? Why not join us for the Easy Baby or Child's Vest Class this Sunday, February 6 and February 20 from 10-12? We're using a classic Momogus Knits pattern that runs from newborn to age 10 in size. These vests are quick to knock out and make great gifts. The vests come in sizes from newborn to age 10.

You can do the classic rib edging:

Or a pretty seed stitch edging:

They even look great in patterning yarn:

Call the store at 215-242-1271 to save your space!