Tuesday, November 6, 2012


We've added 5, yes 5, MORE CLASSES to the schedule for November and December. We've added several single session classes to help jump-start your holiday gift-making efforts. As usual, space is limited in all of these classes as well as in the 4 announced last week, so sign up soon to guarantee your slot.

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5 More, yes 5, Classes in November and December
4 classes scheduled
New Yarns & Patterns!
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And 5 More Classes for November & December
Yes, we've scheduled even more classes for this month and next. Many of these are single session classes to get your holiday gift-making jump started. Road Rage Scarf
Our newest shop associate, Diane Lanier, will be teaching a one session class featuring the Linen Stitch, and the Road Rage pattern from Shibui Knits. Patterns are on order and will be in at the end of the week. This class will meet on Sunday, November 18th, from 4 to 630pm. The registration fee is $30.00. Click here to read all the details.

The next two classes are from our other Diane.

UnderstandingGaugeHatOn December Monday, December 10th, and Friday, December 14th, she will be teaching her Understanding Gauge Hat Class. You will learn how to use a gauge swatch to create a perfect fitting garment every time, and knit a cute hat at the same time. This class is based on Anne Hansen's Snug Cap for All Sizes pattern (also due in later this week). The class will meet from 530 to 730 pm on both days and the registration fee is $45.00. Click here for the details.
And Diane's other class is a single session fun and quick project FinFinger Knit Scarfger Knit Scarf class. This class will meet on Wednesday, December 12th from 530 to 730pm. The registration fee is $30.00 and you can click here for more information.

This is a great opportunity to introduce your child or grandchild to the fun of knitting. Diane will accept children as young as 10 or 11 for this class. Children between the ages of 10 and 14 must have a parent or other responsible adult in the shop during the class although, if not separately registered for the class, they will not participate.
And YES, we have CROCHET!!! Sharon Cowan is going to be teaching our group classes and she is starting out with an outstanding offering. On MosaicMobiusSaturday, December 1st, she is going to teach her Marble Mosaic Mobius/Cowl. When she showed me the model, I could not believe it was knitted from our old standby, Marble Chunky, which makes this a washable and practical project and a great holiday gift. This class is for Advanced Beginners and will include reading crochet charts in addition to learning some spike stitches. The class will been from 330 to 630 and the registration fee is $35.00. Read all the details here. This scarf or cowl will also be wonderful crocheted up in Cascade Covington or Crystal Palace Mochi Plus, if you'd prefer something with wool in it.
Sharon and I are working on Introduction to Crochet classes for January and beyond as well as some other great crochet project classes, including a lace shawl and something using Tunisian crochet.
And our last addition to the November and December class schedule is something a little different. On Wednesday, December 26th, Kirsten will be offering a 2 hour Introduction to Ravelry workshop. This is the first of 2 or 3 different Ravelry workshops we will be offering. This one is for beginners, even those of you who aren't Ravelry members yet. The focus of this workshop will be yarn and patterns searches. The workshop will run from 4 to 6pm and the registration fee is $25.00. The flyer with all the details will be in the next newsletter. Future workshops will cover topics from the My Notebooks menu, such as projects, queue, stash, favorites, groups, library and more.
4 Classes Scheduled for November & December
And a few more still in the works. In the meantime, registration is now open for these fun classes and workshops.

1. Diane is offering her class on knitting Elizabeth Zimmerman's Pi Shawl. This 2 session workshop will meet on Monday November 12th and Wednesday November 14th from 530 to 730pm. The registration fee is $45.00. Click here to read all the details.

2. Roo has scheduled another session of her Triloom Weaving class for Saturday November 17th from 4 to 7pm. The TriLoom registration fee is $35.00 and there is a $10. loom usage fee; however, if you choose to purchase your loom from Roo, that fee applies to your purchase price. Click here for more information about this workshop.

3. and 4. Diane is going to be teaching the both the Knitted Snowflakes Workshop and Crocheted Snowflakes Workshop this year. Knitted Crocheted Snowflake Snowflakes is scheduled for Wednesday November 28th and Crocheted Snowflakes will be held on WednesdayKnit Snowflake December 5th. Both workshops will be held from 530 to 730pm and the registration fee for either is $30.00. which includes your patterns. For all the details, click the workshop title of your choice: Knitted Snowflakes or Crocheted Snowflakes.
New Yarns & Patterns in the Shop!
Have you checked out the felted Slouch Hat knitted up from Plymouth SIn City or Muench Touch Me Lux (the 2 yarns are virtually identical, but come in different colors) that we currently have in the shop? It is absolutely the softest hand-knitted fabric I have ever felt. And the hat is a seriously quick and easy project. I am one of the slowest knitters out there and this hat took me no time at all. The yarn is super soft and fun to knit - it's a rayon chenille on a wool core. After you knit it, you wash it in super hot water and run it through a hot dryer to felt it - the wool core shrinks and turns the chenille into this wonderful soft drapey velvety fabric. There are over a thousand completed projects on Ravelry for the Touch Me and folks are knitting multiples because it feels so good.
A two color version of the hat is currently spinning in my dryer so you'll be able to see (and feel) 2 variations of the hat. And it should tell you something that I knitted a second one right after the first - when we have so many other shop samples that need to be knitted. I just couldn't resist.
Plymouth Holiday Lights (Encore with Glitter) is back in stock and Diane is knitting us up a sample in the form of a tree skirt for the holidays. And there are free tree skirt and Christmas ornament patterns on Ravelry - if you start knitting ornaments now, you will have enough to use instead of bows on all of your holiday gift packages.

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