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A NEWSLETTER FROM THE GIRLS AT THE LAMB'S WOOL                                                                                                          Fall 2008, VOL. 20 ISSUE #1

Fall means cooler weather, a return to familiar routines and possibly a second look at that wool sweater you began in May but soon found too uncomfortable to work on during the summer months. Fall also means new books and yarns at the shop and a return of at least a few folks who may have been vacationing at the shore or in the mountains. We look forward to seeing everyone and hearing about how you spent your summers.

11th Annual Knitting Weekends on the Eastern Shore

January 23th, 24th & 25th - Sold Out

February 6th,7th & 8th - Sold Out

February 27th,28th & March 1st

$255.00 Single

$225.00 Double $195.00 Triple

Have you ever suffered from Cabin Fever or perhaps the Mid Winter blahs? Well the Lamb’s Wool has a cure for what ails you. Picture yourself relaxing and knitting among friends, settled before a toasty fire, away from the demands of home and spoiled by great food and the ambiance provided by staying in a charming 18th Century era home on the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay. Celebrating their 11th year in collaboration with the proprietors of the Mitchell House a lovely Bed and Breakfast in Tolchester, Maryland, Liz and Betty is again offering this wonderful weekend away. The price includes accommodations, a wine and cheese reception, Friday night, breakfast Saturday and Sunday mornings, snacks during the day, a variety of classes and plenty of time to just sit, knit and bond with your fellow house mates. Call the shop for information on availability for the weekend you’re interested in. This is a popular get-a-way and often sells out. Don’t miss this rare and unique opportunity to knit in almost complete peace.

Holiday Gift Ideas

Chilean Hand woven goods: In cooperation with the women from Chili who Betty and Liz visited last year, the Lamb’s Wool is proudly offering for sale lovely hand woven bags and rugs/wall hangings. Each item is unique in color, style and size and prepared with skill and love. 100% of the sale of these items benefits the communities in which the women live making this a purchase you can truly feel good about and a gift any recipient will surly treasure.

Knitting Bags, Baskets and Accessories - We have a good selection of tapestry stands, rice baskets, sea grass and silk baskets, and some adorable doormats with a big sheep design to welcome folks to the home of a knitter.

Gift Certificates - Great when you don’t know what they want or need. Comes in any denomination. Also, available for classes.


“DIY”* Kits - Create a one of kind gift for the favorite knitter on your holiday list. Pick out the perfect pattern and we’ll help you find just the right yarn and needles needed to complete the project. *(Do it yourself)

Wish List - Perfect for clueless spouses and the like who have no idea what to get their loved ones for the Holidays. Knitters can jot down their favorite Lamb’s Wool merchandise and the bewildered gift givers can read the list at the store for the present that’s guaranteed to put a smile on the recipient’s face.

Remember any gift bought at The Lamb’s Wool maybe exchange if your recipient does not like your choose. Please ask at time of purchase for our gift receipt.

Knitting Classes for Children over the Holidays

Give your child the gift of knitting lesson this holiday break. The Lamb’s Wool will be running children’s classes December 26, 29, 30, 2008.

8 to 12 years of age - 10:00 am - 11:00 am - $35.00

Stop in and buy them a gift packet that includes needles, yarn, pattern, sewing needle, and gift certificate for lessons. Give them a gift this year that will give back for a life time.

Extended Holiday Hours at

 The Lamb’s Wool

We will be open until 8:00 pm on Thursdays

December 4, 11, 18

 for holiday shopping

Holidays and Closings at

The Lamb’s Wool

November 27, 2008 - Thanksgiving

December 24, 2008 - Closing at 3:00 pm

December 25, 2008 - Christmas

January 31, 2008 - Closing at 3:00 pm

January 1, 2009 - New Year’s Day


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The Spin on Spinning

The shop has a new spinning teacher. Rose Cramer has joined the Lamb’s Wool staff and is now available for lessons. Rose has been spinning for 25 years. She is also and avid felt maker.

She belongs to the Goshenhoppen Historical Society and assists with their festival every year as well as many others like it.

Rose earned a degree in Chemical Engineering Tech from Penn State raised a family and now pursues in earnest her passion for spinning and felt making. She has her own business called “Sheep in the Meadow.” We are thrilled to have her teaching for us and invite new and advanced spinners alike to meet her and take a class or two.

Spinning Classes

Beginning Spinning - A series of three classes designed to help you learn the basics of spinning. Available on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday we will schedule class times between interested students and the instructor. Please call to get a schedule arranged.

Class One - Learning how to use a drop spindle

Class Two - Learning how to use a spinning wheel

Class Three - Learning how to ply

$60.00 for the series in group, Minium 3 students

$75.00 for private class

Advanced Spinning Classes - If you have a technique that you would like to learn in spinning, call and we will have you talk to Rose. These classes can be a simple as getting or improving your technique, to learning to spin a fiber that you have never spun, to learning new plying techniques, to working on a wheel or drop spindle that you have never used. These classes will be set up to work with both your schedule and Rose’s. Call today and get started on that advance technique today. Prices for classes start at $30.00 depending on class and time.



The Small Print

Classes are on an open enrollment basis, call to sign up for one today. You will receive a 10% discount on all purchases, excluding sale items, for the length of the class. You must take any 10 week series of classes within a four-month period and any 5 week series of classes within a 2-month period. Classes are not transferable or refundable. Lessons are not available on Thursdays. If you have a simple problem you need help with, e.g., a dropped stitch, we can provide assistance. If, however, you are needing to grasp a new technique or the problem is particularly challenging please schedule a session with either Betty or Liz so they may give you the attention you deserve. It can be challenging to staff the store to the satisfaction of the shopping public and instruct the paying student simultaneously. Thank you for your understanding and assistance


Skills learned in all beginner classes: Knit, Purl, Increase Decrease, Cast on, Bind off, Read Patterns, Pick up stitches, Put together project, join new yarns


Beginners - If you've never had needles in your hands, then this class is for you. Bring a friend and learn together. Knitting can be very relaxing. Beginning every Saturday at 9:00 am and Monday and Friday at 10:30 am.

Choose between

5 week - 1½ hours each

$45.00 a series or

10 weeks - 1 ½ hours each

$80.00 a series

Advanced Beginner - Made a sweater or two? Need motivation and a lot of help? Then this is the class for you. Come in, knit and get all the help you need. These classes are always meeting. Join any time.

Choose between

5 weeks - 1½ hours each

$45.00 a series or

10 weeks - 1 ½ hours each

$80.00 a series

Monday or Friday - 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Tuesday - 4:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Wednesday - 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Saturday - 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Teen Knitting - 12 to 17 yrs old

This is a class just for teens, learn to knit with a friend or two. Learn all the basics of knitting as listed above while having fun.

5 weeks - 1½ hours each

$45.00 a series - one student

$80.00 a series - two students

$105.00 a series - three students

Saturday 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Kid’s Knitting - 8 to 12 yrs old

This is a class for kids that want to learn to knit or know how to knit and need more instructions to improve their skills.

5 weeks - 1 hour

$25.00 a series

Monday or Friday 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM


Beginner's Crochet - Learn the basics of crochet. Learn how to make granny squares, shell pattern and read a basic pattern.

 5 Classes - 1½ hours each

$45.00 a series in group, $60.00 a series private

Wednesday - 10:30 AM - Noon

Saturday - 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Learning to knit is a process of perfecting and challenging. Give yourself the gift of pleasure in the process, and do not unwisely hope to be an expert in a few short lessons.

- From Knitter’s Companion Vicki Square

Needle Felting Classes for Christmas

Needle Felting - Three projects to help you learn all about how easy and fun it is to needle felt. In one class you create your own unique Santa Head. Another class helps you design your own wet-felted purse to match one of your favorite outfits and in the final class you craft a needle felted snowman, guaranteed not to melt come spring. These projects make great gift ideas. Class Schedule:

Santa Head:

 Tuesday, December 2nd 10:00 -12:00

Thursday, December 11th 1:00 - 3:00

Wet-felt purse:

Tuesday, December 9th 10:00 - 12:00

Thursday, December 18th - 1:00 - 3:00


 Tuesday, December 16th - 10:00 -12:00

$45.00 per class in group. Private class $55.00.

Knitting Books

Knit So Fine - by Lisa R.Myers, Laura Grutzeck & Carol Sulcoski

This book contains over 20 patterns knitted at small gauges. Expand your wardrobe with fine gauge knits which flatter the figure and make fantastic layering pieces. Features contemporary patterns for all skill levels.

The Pleasures of Knitting -by Ann McCauley

Timeless feminine sweaters

This book features 13 designs in classic styles featuring rich pattern stitches worked in solid-colored fibers. Take a break from today’s busier yarns and create a timeless treasure of your own.

Fitted Knits - by Stefanie Japel

Boxy is out, fitted is in. This book features 25 designs to fit and flatter your figure. Tall, short, curvy or slender, you deserve clothing that fits you and flatters your assets. With this book you learn how to knit to your measurements, easily adjusting the pattern so it’s tailored to your unique shape.

Knit to be Square - by Vivian Hoxbro

Domino designs to knit and felt.

Modular knitting gets a new twist with this latest book by Vivan Hoxbro who popularized the method in Domino Knitting. This time she’s adding felting and geometric openwork patterns to modular squares for a new and addictive form of knitting. Sure to be a hit with fans of small project knitting and those with generous yarn stashes.

Steppin’ out Too -

A sequel to Steppin’ out. This book features 12 new sock designs in Reynolds Soft Sea Wool.

2 at a time Socks - by Melissa Morgan-Oakes

If you’ve ever fallen victim to the dreaded ‘second sock syndrome’, then this book is for you. Detailed within is the secret to knitting two socks while on just ONE circular needle. As if the secret wasn’t already valuable enough, the book also includes 17 original patterns that will have you knitting pairs of socks for everyone you know.

Inspired to Knit - by Michele Rose Orne

 A book for the more advance knitters this is a collection of 21 patterns arranged by season to help you create your own original knitting projects.

Elsebeth Lavold: Designer’s Choice Series

Book Fifteen: The out of the blue Collection

Book Sixteen: The Touch of Romance Collection

Interweave Press: The Harmony Guides: A box set of 101 stitches to knit. Handy set of cards with color pictures, patterns and graphs showing the stitch patterns in detail. $19.95

Knitted Lace of Estonia - by Nancy Bush

Deepen your knowledge of knitting in Estonia with this in depth look at the west coast town of Haapsalu, it’s knitted lace traditions and how to make them your own. Patterns for every level of knitter, from easily remembered repeats, garter stitch edges to those with complicated center designs and lace edge borders.

“It iches” - by Franklin Habit

A stash of knitting cartoons

The sub title says it all. Great stocking stuffer for you or your favorite friend.

New Yarns

Nimbus: 100%organic Merino made in Germany 50g

              4 ½ sts / 1", Size 8 needle

Douceur et Soie - 70% Baby Mohair 30% silk, made in Italy 225 yds. / 25 gms, great yarn for lace or to carry with another yarn

Paint Box - 100% wool 50g Knit One, Crochet too. 4 ½ sts / 1", Size 7 needle

Orsetto - great for kids projects, space dyed. 50g, 5 ½ sts per 1",

              size 4 needle

Silky Flamme - 50% Peruvian wool 30% Alpaca, 20% silk 50g

              9 ½ sts / 2", size 10 needle

Tabali - 80% Cotton 20% viscose 100g 3 ½ sts /1" size 10 needle

Urban Silk - 80% Silk, 20% Cotton. 50g, 4 ½ sts / 1" size 8 needle

Pepe - 95% Wool, 5% Polyamid 50g, 5 sts/ 1" size 6 or 7 needle


Plymouth Earth: Natural fiber, Natural colors

   Homestead - 100% wool, 3 natural colors 100g $ 5.99

   Ranch - 100% Alpaca, 5 different ragg varieties 50g $ 4.99

 Sock Yarns:

   Soxx Appeal - 96% superwash, 3 % Nylon, 1% elastic. Comes in 4 plain color and 7 spaced dyed varieties. 50g $ 8.50

   Rockin’ Sock - 60% Superwash Wool, 25% Bamboo, 15% Nylon. 100g 9.99

   Happy Feet - 90% Superwash Merino Wool, 10% Nylon 50g $5.99


New Needle Set - Addi “Click” by Scakel. 10 sizes 4 to 15. 3 cables sizes 24, 36, 40. And one connector cable. $149.00 Delivery expected (hopefully) before Christmas.