LYS Makes a Difference

Last week I taught a class on fixing mistakes at Longmont Yarn Shoppe, a cute, funky little shop in the “historic” (read that, “old”) part of Longmont, Colorado.

Longmont Yarn Shoppe

The entrance faces the alley behind Main Street (a shop on Egyptian art faces the street), so it’s a little tricky to find at first. But it’s a treat you won’t forget–beautiful yarn, caring staff, and a welcoming plate of cookies.

This week the classroom area was a little tight. In response to the historic flooding a few weeks ago, owner Gail Sundberg-Douse decided to organize the collection and distribution of knitting supplies to those who had lost their projects, equipment, and yarn stashes. She posted the idea on Facebook and in no time, donations “flooded” in from individuals, yarn companies (Bryson, Crystal Palace, Plymouth, Della Q, Lantern Moon, Cascade), and the Wool Aide group on Ravelry.

Longmont Yarn Shoppe donations

The idea is that anyone with flood damage can simply come in and take what they need–yarn, needles, project bags, books, patterns, and, of course, yarn! How cool is that?

If you would like to donate, contact Gail (gail@longmontyarn.com) or call the shop at 303-678-8242. They seem to have an abundance of some things that they don’t necessarily need more of.

Garter Stripe Chair Pads

The worn-out rush seats on her kitchen chairs inspired the designer to make these simple garter-stitch pads. The thick pads are worked in garter stitch with a double strand of bulky yarn, edged with I-cord, and fulled (slightly felted) in the washing machine.

Finished Size: About 14″ (35.5 cm) wide and 12 ½” (31.5 cm) long, after fulling.
Yarn: Brown Sheep Lamb’s Pride Bulky (85% wool, 15% mohair; 125 yd [114 m]/4 oz): #M-83 raspberry (red), #M-14 sunburst gold, #M-67 loden leaf (green), #M-25 garnet, #M-97 rust (orange), and #M-89 roasted coffee (brown), 3 skeins each for all six pads (two skeins of each color will make four pads).
Yarn weight: #5 – Bulky
Gauge: 15 sts and 30 rows = 6″ (15 cm) in garter st with yarn doubled, unwashed; 15 sts = 5 ¾” (14.5 cm) in garter st with yarn doubled, washed.
Needles: Size 15 (10 mm): 24″ (60-cm) circular (cir) and one double-pointed (dpn). Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.
Notions: Tapestry needle; size G/6 (4-mm) crochet hook; pillow cases for fulling.
Originally Published: Interweave Knits, Summer 2004

Aran Felted Hot Water Bottle

Hot-water bottle covers are the surprising home accessory du jour. Lightly felted, this cabled version makes for a creative get-well gift. It is worked in the round from the bottom up to the neck, which opens wide to make it easy to put the hot-water bottle inside.