Friday, June 21, 2013

Crochet Class Dates Change; a project for a worthy cause, Knitting 102 and more

Two of our crochet classes had to be rescheduled to a new start date so there's still time to sign up, we've added Knitting Essentials 102 to the schedule and we're hoping many of you will want to participate in a special project in support of the Semper Fi Community Task Force on Redstone Arsenal, so read on....

5 Classes already scheduled, plus a new addition to the list, 2 new start dates and more in the planning stages!
Crochet Essentials 101 and the Sanibel Shawl class have been delayed a week (instructor had a death in the family) - so both classes are still available for you to take. 
Crochet Essentials 101, our beginning crochet class,  will start on Saturday, June 22ndand continue on the 29th and July 6th from 430 to 630pm. Sharon has crocheted the sample of the summer version of our classic sampler scarf fromSchulana Macaibo The registration fee is $65.00and the details are available here.
Many of you have been oohing and aahing over the pale mauve crocheted shawl that's on the mannequin near the front of the shop - well, here's your chance to learn how to make it. Crocheted out of Classic Elite Sanibel, this shawl is actually adapted from a baby afghan pattern. The Sanibel Shawl class will meet onMondays, June 24th, July 1st and July 15th from 530 to 730pm and the registration fee is $65.00. Click here to read all about this class.
 How would you like a fun Summer Shawl with just a little bit of glitz? Our Summer Lace Shawl workshop is a one session workshop, onSunday June 23rd from 330 to 530pm. This project can be done as a scarf or a wrap - and is designed to use Skacel's wonderful new yarn - Tiara by HiKoo. We have this yarn hidden away in back so that registrants for this class get the first chance at it - we have 2 skeins of each color except the one used for the sample. The registration fee is $25.00. Click here to read more.
StarCrossedCowlAnother fun one session knitting workshop, to make this lovely StarCrossed Cowlwill meet on Sunday, July 7th from 330 to 530pm.  Here are the details.  The registration fee is $25.00.
CrochetWingspanAnd we are finally offering Crocheted Wingspan
(a workshop to create the crocheted version of the popular knitted shawl), beginning on Saturday, July 13th, and continuing onJuly 20th and August 3rd, from 430 to 630pm. The registration fee is $65.00, and the draft version of the flyer is here.
CEY Scarf for 102

And the newest addition to the schedule is part 2 of our Introductory knitting series - Knitting Essentials 102. This class will be held on Wednesday afternoons, July 24th, 31st and August 14th, from 530 to 730pm. The registration fee is $65.00. Read more here
 And more classes are coming - we're negotiating the date for a class on Blocking your Knitted or Crocheted Project, and then a Crocheted Broomstick Scarf workshop in late July (sample is already in the shop) and a Crocheted Baby Surprise Jacket class for early September (is there any interest in taking the Knitted Surprise Jacket class? - we haven't offered it in awhile...) and both Dianes are working on some other knitting classes, and Kirsten is working on a sock class (just a little different from the one taught by Diane) and also Crochet Essentials 
Let us know what you want and we'll see what we can come up with.
Semper Fi CommunityTask Force
Knitting/Crocheting Project
I received this email recently from an Army wife living here on Redstone Arsenal. "I knit, but will not refer to myself as a "knitter". I am still learning! I work with the Semper Fi Community Task Force on their Hero's week. I collect gently used and new gowns for the spouses, care givers (of wounded warriors) and last year for some female wounded warriors, to wear to the Marine Corps Ball while they are here. The ladies get to keep the gowns when they leave. Last year I had some shawls and wraps donated as well. I realized I needed more."
She goes on to ask if any of you would be willing to knit or crochet shawls, or wraps for them. They have raised a little money to pay for the yarns, which we will sell them at cost. Additionally, I am asking our vendors to donate yarn as well, but we need knitters and crocheters to make this happen. We have a long lead time. The Marine Corps Ball is in November, around Veteran's Day, so this should be a doable project. They would like to have the shawls in October so they can pair them with the gowns and get them ready for their recipients. All we're asking is that you knit or crochet the shawls. We'll help you decide what shawl to make suitable to your skill set and the yarns we'll have available and we'll get the ends woven in and the blocking done.
If you do tri-loom weaving, or machine knitting, your participation is welcome as well. And if you would like to donate the yarn as well as your time making a shawl or wrap, that works, too. 
So, if you're willing to participate in this project, please send me an email (you can reply to this newsletter) and let me know. Please include your phone number, what kind of project you would like to make, and if you're not a frequent visitor to the shop, some information on your skill level. 
Tastings, KALs and Trunk Shows....
We've got a summer of knitting and crocheting fun planned for you.

 We have started receiving our Classic Elite trunk shows to support all of their new books. Click here to preview the books or come into the shop to check out all the details.

Classic Elite Yarns Summer Knitalong: if you missed the deadline, you can still participate in the shop portion of the KAL. If we have 5 more people register, we will give a shop gift certificate in addition to the CEY gift basket. The deadline for registration for the shop prize is July4th, but the KAL end date is still July 31st, so don't wait too long to start your knitting.

The rules are simple: Projects must be from one of the 2013 Classic Elite Spring pattern collections, use at least 3 skeins of any Classic Elite yarn purchased this season, and be completed by July 31st. (Encourage your friends - we're not up to ten folks yet).

Tastings - this summer we have a slightly different tasting planned - we're going to taste needles (well, and some yarn also - you need yarn to try needles). Knitter's Pride is send us tasting samples of all of their different needles, so if you've always wanted to try Cubics, or the new Karbonz in the larger sizes, or Dreamz or Nova, this will be your chance.

Correction on the dates: The dates are Saturday August 17th and Sunday August 18th
, with the $10 registration fee going to Animal Rescue as always. The signup rosters for  both days of the tastings are in the shop so you can sign up any time. Flyers are waiting on someone reminding me to take pictures to put on them - I keep forgetting when I'm in the shop.

We have confirmed Frog Tree Yarns, suppliers of Ewetopia, Merino Melange, Pediboo and Picoboo yarns, for the tasting and Muench Yarns, our Knitter's Pride distributor will also be sending us some of their yarns to taste as well.
Susan Hope, our Muench and Frog Tree rep, will be in the shop for both events, armed with color cards and answers to all your questions. As with our previous tastings, you can order one skein or a hundred, of any of the yarns sold by Frog Tree or Muench, or any of the needles or hooks, or notions, even if we normally don't carry them, and get a discount as well.  Some of you may remember Susan - she was in the shop at Thanksgiving when she brought us all that wonderful Schaefer Yarn that is no longer to be had.....
Mesh Yarns Sale
Buy 2 Get 1 FREE!
All Regular Price Mesh Yarns - Starbella, Starbella Stripe, Starbella Flash, Moda Lame, Marina Glitz, Frilly, Argentina, Flora, Bodega, Joy Ruffle and Joy Metallic, and Glee! 
Come in and Get it Now - Once it's Gone, IT'S GONE!
Many of these mesh yarns are no longer available for reorder which is why we have them on sale. We are not able to get more of most of them.
Reminder about the floor problem - so please be careful as you walk into the newer section of the shop! 
The floor problem is still unresolved. The subcontractor who installed the flooring, Greg Slaten / Slaten's Flooring (256.656.7936),  has refused to fix the problems that came from not doing the job right. Someone suggested reaching out to Channels 19 or 48 so that's in process. And feel free to spread the word; we all need to act against shoddy workmanship.

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