Saturday, August 28, 2010

Summer's nearly over, do you know where your KNITTING is??

WOW!  Where has the summer gone?  The days are flying by!  The kids are finally back in school and soon we'll be getting ready for Old Man Winter.  Why not get a head start on those wonderful hand-knitted Christmas gifts?  It's definitely not too early to begin.

Whether you want to knit socks, a cardigan or a simple scarf or hat, we've got the perfect yarns and patterns for you.  We can help you learn the basics, add a few new stitches to your repertoire or start a more complicated project.  With new fall yarns and the latest patterns and books arriving, we're gearing up to help you with all your knitting projects.

So.....take a look at our new class schedule. Call your knitting friends, and sign up for a class or two.  It makes for a fun night out with the girls, and you'll actually have a nice project well started.  We've had many customers say they really need to come in often for some "therapy" and it's true!  So come join us for some classes and find out how much fun and relaxing  it is to knit with friends.

2nd Annual Yarn Tasting!!!!
Saturday, September 11th  (12-2 pm)
Wednesday, September 15th  (10am-noon)
Wednesday, September 15th  (1-3 pm)

Limit 6 people in each class. 
If you were here for last year's Yarn Tasting, then you'll remember how much fun it was and what a great time we all had!  If you weren't here last time, what are you waiting for??  Be sure to sign up soon, because there is a limited number of seats and you won't want to miss this!!

We'll be "tasting" 10 different yarns this year.  Along with sample balls of these yarns, you will receive lots of patterns, project ideas, refreshments and of course....door prizes!!!  

Cost of Yarn Tasting:  $25.00
What to bring:  Your own knitting needles of various sizes and a notebook for jotting down ideas

The "class" size will be smaller this year  so we won't be as crowded, but this also means you'll want to reserve your spot EARLY or you'll be left out.  Reservations are taken on a first come, first served basis.  Your spot is not reserved until it is paid for.  

 Our Knitting Class Etiquette 
  • IF you buy the yarn here, the class is FREE!
  • You  must register for our classes AHEAD OF TIME!
  • Because our classes are usually free, it may occasionally be necessary for you to PRINT OFF YOUR OWN pattern from the internet before you come to class.  Please be considerate of others and have your pattern ready if this is the case.
  • In order to not hold up everyone else, please check the class requirements ahead of time in case something needs to be done BEFORE class begins
  • To better accommodate different people's schedules, we usually try to plan two different class dates/times.  It is not usually necessary to attend BOTH classes, but you may if you wish.  :-)  

Turn A Square Hat--Raglan decreasing at the crown creates a very interesting pattern when knitting this beanie with two different yarns ( a solid and a long-repeat variegated.)   
Wednesday, Sep. 1  (1-3 pm) OR Saturday, Sep. 4 (12-2 pm)

Soapmaking--Learn to make basic hand-crafted soap.  This is NOT just a melt-and-pour type soap, this is the real deal.  Great for gift-giving and/or using every day for yourself.
Wednesday, Sep. 8   (1-3 pm)

Fair Isle Knitting with Edie (Part 1 & 2)--Knit a beautiful Fair-Isle Christmas stocking using worsted weight yarn.  Cost for this class includes a kit with the yarn and pattern.  Bring your own knitting needles, (size #6 or 7 DPNs OR #6 or 7  16-inch circular).  THIS IS A 2-PART CLASS.  (PROCEEDS WILL GO TO THE ONTARIO FERAL CAT PROGRAM!!)
Saturdays, Sep. 18 AND Oct. 2  (12-3 pm)   CLASS FEE (includes both classes) $30.00

Choosing the Right Yarn for Your Project--How do you know which yarn to use?  Can you substitute a different yarn for your project?  Learn about gauge, yardage and weights of different yarns and how to use them to your advantage.
Wednesday, Sep. 22 (1-2 pm)

Whit Vest--Are you crazy for cables?  This gorgeous cabled vest is a wonderful project for both the experienced cable knitter and the cable-newbie.  A classic vest that will go with anything, this project will be an asset to any wardrobe.
Saturday, Sep. 25 (12-2 pm) OR Wednesday, Sep. 29 (1-3 pm).

Toe-Up Socks--Yes....we repeat this class quite often here at the shop.  Because socks are so portable, easy and FUN to knit, we have lots of knitters wanting to learn.  If you are confident with both the knit and the purl stitch, you'll easily master this basic toe-up pattern.
Choose one or more of the following: Wednesdays, Oct. 6 or Nov. 17 (1-3 pm) OR Saturday, Nov. 20 (12-2 pm)

Cuff-Down Socks--Start with this simple, traditional sock construction and  you can incorporate a lace pattern, an unusual ribbing, or make it more exciting with a  beautiful hand-dyed yarn.  Must know how to knit and purl.  
Saturdays, Oct. 9  or Dec. 4(12-2 pm) OR Wednesday, Dec. 1 (1-3 pm)

Gansey Sweater KAL--Join us for this fun Knit Along!  We'll be learning together as we each knit our own sweater.  Ganseys have a unique history and interesting construction.  They are beautiful, versatile and you can choose from many different components to include, or you can keep it as simple as you like.  You don't have to attend EVERY class, but you can come as often as you like.  You will need to purchase the "Knitting Ganseys" book, which we have in stock.  
Wednesdays, Oct. 13 & 27 (1-3 pm) and Saturdays Oct. 16 & 30 (1-3 pm)


Angelina--This cute, lacy bolero-type sweater is knit using a light worsted weight yarn.  Dress it up with a glitzy yarn for the holidays, or use a yummy exotic blend to make it extra special!  
Wednesday, Oct. 27 (1-3 pm) OR Saturday, Oct. 30 (12-2 pm)

Lotus Leaf Scarf--Make this scarf in an evening with one ball of yarn.  Fast and easy, a perfect stocking stuffer for Christmas!  A great way to use up those odds and ends from your yarn stash.  
Wednesday, Nov. 3 (1-3 pm) OR Saturday, Nov. 6 (12-2 pm) 

Last, but NOT least.....  Mark your calendars!!!!  Our Anniversary Sale will be on Friday and Saturday, November 12 & 13!!!  Can you believe it's been four years already?  As a very special thank-you for your patronage and support we will be offering HUGE discounts on various yarns, giving away fun door prizes and serving yummy refreshments.  We'll also be donating ten percent of all sales during those two days to the Ontario Feral Cat Program. Don't miss out on these great prices.  Bring a friend or three and join us for some "Yarn Therapy"!  See ya there--