RAGGAWEST @ Fancy Tiger Crafts

April 22, 2013

Last Saturday I saw on Cirilia’s instagram that she was in Denver with Stephen West and Ragga Eiriksdottir. They were offering classes at Fancy Tiger Crafts, so I called immediately. There was room in Sunday’s Shapes and Forms the RaggaWest Way, so I signed up!

As soon as I walked into Fancy Tiger, I was like, “these are my people.” The products they carry are so beautiful. I was able to touch Liberty cottons and gorgeous yarns. I was also excited to see a wide range of patterns available from indie designers like Colette and Wiksten. Not that I need any new hobbies, but if I were to start one it would be weaving. They have affordable looms and classes on how to use them.

The class itself was a blast. Stephen and Ragga are so talented and engaging. I haven’t knit patterns by either of them, but a few shawls are next in my queue. They were kind enough to pose for multiple pictures and listen to me ramble. I was SO EXCITED.

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I love the above sweater so, so much. It’s mostly linen with stripes of MOHAIR DIPPED IN LATEX WTF?!!? I don’t remember where he said he found the yarn, but I don’t think it’s available in the US. The shape that he created is exactly what I’m trying to achieve with one of my own projects.

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I was grateful I was able to keep up despite the somewhat complicated techniques. Stephen walked us through various edge stitches then how to pick up stitches through each of them. Ragga presented the most complicated cast-on I’ve ever done (beating out the hot mess of a cast-on that I had to watch a million times for the Snowy Day Cowl). It’s featured in her Craftsy class.

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I observed that quite a few of the class attendees were older ladies, grandmother types with grey hair. They were decked out in beautiful shawls and knits and talked about their blogs and Ravelry queues. I don’t know why I loved that so much, but I wanted to high-five them all.

Stephen was also here filming a class for Craftsy, which I’ll absolutely purchase. He’s really entertaining.

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I think Cirilia’s site Skrilla Knits was one of the first knitting blogs I found. I’ve followed her for years, even copying some of her FO’s like the Kureyon Pismo. Mine was not nearly as cute and has since disappeared. Anyway, I love her designs and styling, so it was really nice to meet her! You can find her musings and videos at Bricoleur Knits. Like you didn’t already know that.

If you ever get the chance, definitely go visit Fancy Tiger. It’s a great store in a really cool neighborhood. They have an open craft night on Tuesdays, so I think that may become my new hangout.

Also, THIS.

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I updated my Ebay with new shtuff and big lots. I think in the future I’m going to regret this massive purge, but right now I’m overwhelmed. Check it out HERE!.

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