spinning yarn........i have been knitting since i was 18, four years ago i started spinning....it is my new obsession....i spin every night and it takes me to my special place....i relax and unwind from my day at the shop.....starting to build my stock up of purses with leather and handspun for yarnival which is in july. carmal will be at the shop today to learn more with her new country spinning wheel....it will be exciting to see her expand her horizon with the wheel.....come spin and knit with us any day and remember anne will be here fri from 11 to 3 answering all your questions about chart reading and color knitting.....see you soon......

Florida is a funny place to be a knitter, if you think about it. We wear heavy sweaters maybe 1 week out of the year? Gloves, mittens, hats ... they all get much more use up north. Knitting afghans or blankets is a lovely thought, until you realize that what you knit will be in your lap, growing bigger and heavier and warmer with every row. Not an enticing thought when it's over 80 before the sun is up with humidity at near 100%. That's why I love knitting lace. It's cooler and lighter because of the holes that make up the lace pattern, and it works well in places like the movie theater or Van Wezel where the a/c makes you want a little something to warm your shoulders. The drawback? CHARTS. Those scary, intimidating things that may as well be written by some alien species that doesn't think like us. You look at the "picture", think about how you've heard people singing the praises of charts because it's easy to see the pattern, and don't get it. It looks like a foreign language. (A fellow musician actually made that comment to me ... I was backstage before a rehearsal, knitting from a chart. He came up beside me, watched for a few seconds, then said "you can read that thing? It's like it's written in Arabic or something." I told him it was like reading music - once you know what the symbols mean and how they're laid out on the page, a little practice and it's as easy as reading a book!) It's not just lace charts show up in, either. They're used in colorwork like intarsia and Fair Isle and in cable patterns. The thing is, once you learn how to read a chart, it really is just like reading. The various symbols and colors are the equivalent of letters. First you learn what they mean, then you figure out how they're laid out on the page and how it corresponds to your knitting. Once you're reading, it opens up new worlds to knit! Now, you probably didn't learn to read on your own. It helps to have someone sit down with you and guide you through the chart. That's where I and Picasso's Moon come in. This Friday (6/8/12) I will be at Picasso's Moon from 11-3 to help anyone and everyone with charts. Whether you have a specific chart you need help with, or you just want to wet your feet in general (or  dive in headfirst!), I would love to help you. If you've ever dreamed of being able to navigate around a knitting chart, but dismissed it as out of your league, please come and give it a try. If you've tried following a chart but gotten hopelessly lost, come find your way. I want to show you around the world of charts. -Anne

Welcome to the world of Picasso’s Moon. Home base is a funky little yarn shop on Fruitville Road in Sarasota (antiques are in the back!). The world expands outward as customers and their wheels and needles travel to yarn festivals, spinning workshops, craft showcases, and their northern homes (we love snowbirds). We’ll be exploring the people and the yarns they spin – both literally and figuratively – who find their way to Picasso’s Moon.

Stay tuned.

-Anne

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