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Twelve Days of Christmas Promotion

As you may know, the Twelve Days of Christmas traditionally celebrations begins Christmas Day and ends on January 6th, but why wait? Crazy for Ewe is introducing a fun promotion starting today and going through Christmas Eve. Each morning I'll send an email announcing a super special on one particular yarn or item for that day only! Be sure to check your email for our message each morning so you don't miss out.

The special for today, December 11th, is
30% off Sublime Extrafine Merino DK

See today's email here.

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What a show!

 OMG did we have fun! Photos are on Facebook too.

Thanks so much to everyone who came, and to Susie for being so warm and lovely...we'll see you again in the spring.

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Trunk Show

September 16th and 17th the lovely folks from Juniper Moon Farms in Charlottesville, VA will be at Crazy for Ewe for a trunk show.  We'll have their entire line of fabulous projects in all three fibers: Findley, Chadwick,and Willa - there'll be wine and cheese too!  

Join us in Leonardtown Friday, September 16th from 5 to 8
Join us in La Plata Saturday, September 17th from 1 to 4

Lovely Findley, the lace weight silk and merino blend, is so soft and shimmery.  Lace lovers have really enjoyed its intense jewel tones and shimmery smooth hand.

Chadwick, a heavy worsted single-ply blend of merino and baby alpaca is amazingly soft and super plushy.

Willa, the chunky in the line, is a gorgeous plied blend of merino and mohair.   Knit at 2 stitches per inch, it's perfect in a smart Chanel-style jacket.

Purchase yarn for any of the projects at the trunk show, and you'll get 10% off your yarn. Sweet.

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Beach Party on the Square

Leonardown's Beach Party on the Square is coming Saturday, August 6th from 4-9 p.m.  Next to Christmas on the Square, this is the biggest and most fun event in town.  The town hauls in tons of sand for a real live beach right in downtown!  Kids of all ages have a grand time playing in the sand whether it's scooping and building or beach volleyball.    Live music by St. Mary's 25th Hour Band really adds to the festivities and will get you up and dancing in the streets.  There's fun around every corner with a water slide, moon bounce, face-painting, balloon animals, and Mr. Magic doing magic tricks.  There are jump rope, hula hoop, and limbo contests, an well as classic cars, arts and crafts, food, and more.  Take a stroll down to the Leonardtown Wharf Park and try kayaking on Breton Bay if you're game.  

Bring the kids, and let them frolic.  We'll be open at Crazy for Ewe - join us - you can bring your hula hoop, if you like...or maybe just your knitting.  We'll have pink drinks and lots of fun. 

More photos from last year's Beach Party here and here

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Shirley Paden Classes

What a wonderful time we had with Shirley Paden!  She started us off Friday at the finishing class with lots of amazing techniques.  Not just finishing techniques, but great stuff about the various properties of different cast-ons, selvages, and more.  (She has one class just about casting on - some twenty different methods!)  Her handouts were wonderful with info on blocking, fiber care, and details to help us remember everything she taught.  It was hotter than a fire-cracker that Friday, and she'd been traveling since early in the morning, but she was gracious and energetic. 

Saturday we were in the Avenmar clubhouse for a full day on design.  This was a very intense session with another huge package of handouts.  We began by watching Shirley's video bio and then we all measured each other, as talked about how those measurements translate into garment sizes and shapes.  Shirley focused on the nuts and bolts of actually creating the garment you envision.  She unraveled the thorny process of translating stitch and row gauge, increasing, and decreasing, into actual garment shape. 

After lunch we spent some time looking at the gorgeous garments made from the patterns in Shirley's book.

 At the end, everyone had an opportunity to share their garment concept, through sketch and swatch, and get Shirley's input on their designs. 

Shirley was really great about chatting informally with us and letting everyone get pictures.

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Shirley Paden at Crazy for Ewe

Renowned designer, author, and teacher, Shirley Paden is coming to Crazy for Ewe this summer.

Shirley is the owner and founder of Shirley Paden Custom Knits in New York City.  Her designs have been published in Interweave Knits, Vogue Knitting, and Knitter’s magazines. If you go to her website you can see her portfolio which is really only a tiny taste of her published work. 
In her previous career, Shirley was a successful executive in the corporate world and she brings her sense of professional style, sophistication and elegance to her designs. 

Shirley will be teaching two classes at Crazy for Ewe, July 22, and 23rd. 

Friday, July 22nd, Shirley will be teaching a four hour session on Finishing. Shirley is an absolute perfectionist, and her finishing shows it. I understand that it's impossible to detect even where the ends have been woven into the fabric on the inside of her garments.  Saturday, July 23rd, Shirley will teach a Master Class on Design. In this class she will walk you through the detailed design process from beginning to end with their silhouette, your yarn and your gauge. I am really excited about the opportunity to study with Shirley Paden.

Friday July 22nd, 2011
Finishing Class, 3:00 P.M. – 7:00 P.M.
This class will be taught at the La Plata shop
Crazy for Ewe
6 St. Mary’s Avenue
La Plata, MD 20646
$75 This class is FULL
Book Signing afterwards 7:00 - 8:00 P.M. Rsvp

Saturday July 23rd, 2011
Design Master Class, 10:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M.
This class will be taught at the
Avenmar Clubhouse on Breton Bay
41165 Heron's Way
Leonardtown, MD 20650        $150 - includes lunch

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Show and Share

Sorry to have posted this again - I've been struggling with getting the photos just right and here locally on the blog.  So, je m'excuse.  But let me just say that in looking at these pictures, I'm so proud of your accomplishments, the skills you've developed, and the beautiful garments you've made.  Great job!


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Leonardtown party and such

Maggie finished up her very first sweater while we partied last week.  It's worked in Ushya (very yummy) and yes, it's supposed to have holes in it.  It's part of the look.  You can't tell from this photo, but Maggie's hair is back to a nice normal shade of purple after that last crazy foray into plain brunette.  

Ginni got in early to show us the sweater she knitted for Father Meyers.  Incredible work with Kathmandu Chunky in complicated cables and such.  Very lovely - and did you notice how nicely the buttons go with this garment?  

 Lynda was pleased to show us her completed wrap from one of the fall's First Fridays.  She used that gorgeous brown and copper shade of Borealis.  Just beautiful, Lynda - both you and the wrap.

Ami has finally finished the incredible, 2000 yard seed stitch blanket in Shepherd's Wool.  So soft.  I understand that Ami now sorts all projects into one of two categories:  those she will consider knitting, and those that are worked in seed stitch. I don't guess she'll be joining any Twenty-Four Seven Jacket knit-alongs any time soon.

Ginni, despite her protestations, decided to participate in the ornament exchange.

I didn't get a photo of all the ornaments (too busy drinking pink cocktails), but we had fun. - Maggie's lost and then regained the beautiful sequined hummingbird, which was equally festive as a hair accessory.

Santa brought the shop some adorable bookends.  Here's the first one - can you guess what the second one says? 

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La Plata Christmas Party

What fun!  Great food, chocolate martinis courtesy of Tracey, and a fierce ornament exchange.  Many of the really spectacular ornaments came from Mary Drake's lovely shop, Waldorf Pottery

If you missed the La Plata party, join us at the Leonardtown party Wednesday the 15th!

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