Happy New Year! Have you filled out your knitting & sewing "WISH LIST" for 2006?
- Hello friends! On the front page of our Yahoo Group I've removed the
picture of the MITTEN TREES and put up a picture of one of the
knitting patterns included in the Winter 2006 Issue of the ROCKING
HORSE NEWS. The latest issue has been mailed to all print subcribers
(not available online, sorry...) and I am proud to say we have been
getting lots of good comments on the headband patterns.
Headbands, you say? Yes, headbands. It seems something as simple as
winter headgear changes styles as fast as anything else people wear.
For the past few years I've been traveling around the country
promoting "beanie" hat styles at seminars. Don't worry, they are still
"IN" and will be here for awhile... just look at the latest ads from
But yes... the headband is back in full force. We've taken an old
stand-by pattern from the 1970's, combined it with a version from the
80's that our customers complained was difficult to follow, added our
own twists to bring it into the 21st century, had several beginners
and some well-seasoned knitters proofread and try them, and VOILA! We
have the perfect headband pattern for the 21st century. High school
and college students are wearing headbands again, and not only for
skiing or snowboarding. In fact, it's fashionable on some campuses to
wear the headband OVER a beanie. Yes, I said a headband OVER a beanie
hat. Remember folks, we at Rocking Horse Farm don't ~make~ the styles,
we just want to be sure all of our customers and friends know what the
current styles are.
So, grab your copy of the ROCKING HORSE NEWS and make headbands on
your standard or bulky knitting machines. If you have a mid-gauge
knitting machine, follow the mid-gauge instructions on the page with
the bulky machine pattern.
As always, remember that color pictures of everything in our print
publication are available free to look at or save on our website's
By the way, I mentioned in a previous email that I wasn't able to put
up the new color pics due to a earthlink webhosting glitch pertaining
to our site. That problem has been corrected, so watch for lots of
changes at our website.
What about our embroidery friends, you may ask? I haven't forgotten
about you, I want you to know that there are plans in the works to
improve our website's MACHINE EMBROIDERY page. One small example is
the plan to have some nice color pictures of projects made using Barb
Kuklok's new "B KREATIVE" cd's.
EMBROIDERY CLUB, Sat. Jan. 7, 10am. Free. bring "show and tell." I
believe the demonstration will focus on ripping out an error or motif
on an finished item to make a change that a customer requests.
MACHINE KNITTING CLUB,Sat. Jan. 7, 1:30pm. Free. Demonstration will be
FELTED SLIPPERS, knit on the machine to size and then felted. Also,
Show and Tell, and update on OPERATION TOASTY TOES.
FIBER FRIENDS Hand Knitting and Spinning Wheel Club, Tues. Jan. 17, 6-
9pm. Free. Demonstration will be a crocheted dishcloth for those
interested, (bring needles and yarn or purchase yarn here), as well as
beginner and advanced fiber carding and spinning techniques.
Antique ROUND SOCK KNITTING MACHINE gathering for the Upper Midwest
USA and Western Canada is at our store, Sat. Jan. 21, 10-6. Free.
potluck lunch. Pete and Deb Oswald always have a great project cooked
up for these events.
DESIGNAKNIT software SEMINAR, HANDS-ON. This is another opportunity
for Jason's Introduction to DesignaKnit for those interested in all
elements of the program: Interactive Knitting, Stitch Designer,
Standard Garment Styling, and (time permitting) an overview of
Original Pattern Drafting. Cost is $25 and includes lunch and a spiral
bound workbook that you can keep (purchase seperately for $15 +s/h if
you cannot attend this class). Sat. January 28, pre-registration
required. A seperate email will be sent out about this event.
WINTER WARMUP KNIT-IN, Saturday February 11, 10-6. Bring your knitting
machine and supplies to knit in a group. Learn from each other, meet
new friends, and enjoy the snacks and fellowship. This is like a one-
day version of our Summer Knitting Camp. Cost is $25, includes
breakfast and lunch. Registration forms are in the ROCKING HORSE NEWS.
SUMMER CAMPS are listed in the Rocking Horse News. The camps will be
one week apart this year, for several reasons... Knitting Camp will be
Thurs-Sat. July 13-15, and Sewing/Embroidery Camp will be Thurs-Sat.
Watch the yahoo group "FILES" section for registration information, or
check the ROCKING HORSE NEWS print publication.
What else is new? We have a lot of things to SELL. We have several NEW
SHIPMENTS of COTTON YARN in the variety of weights. Use for
dishcloths, table runners, hotpads, summer tops. $6.50 pound, new
colors in this week.
YARN WINDERS: we have a new shipment of Electric Cone Winders, belt
driven, new from the factory. These winders wind the yarn on the
cardboard cones and do a great job. We have a special price, only $249
while other shops and teh manufacturer suggest higher prices.
We have a large supply of cotton BLOCKING CLOTHS to make your own
KNITTING MACHINE TILT STANDS are also good sellers, we have sold quite
a few that were given as gifts. They will work with practically ANY
knitting machine model except Passap, either with a ribber or without.
Price is $109 +s/h.
Last of all, thanks to everyone who made our MITTEN TREE charity drive
a success. We had a ton of items to share. Keep up the good work!