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April Classes: Crochet

March 25, 2014

Ready for spring and lighter projects? Try a crochet class!

Berry Baby Hat and Booties

This adorable hat and booties are gender neutral and sure to be well-loved and well-worn. This is a great set to make for the first time footwear maker, the booties are made from the toe up and the heel shaping is extremely simple. This hat topped with leaves to match are sized from newborn to adult. The set is the perfect baby gift to have on hand when that unexpected baby shower pops up.Monday, April 7, 14 and 21. 1:00 — 3:00 pm. $30.

Crochet Afghan Squares

In this course, we will make a new square each week. You will learn a new crochet technique with each new square. Come to just one class, or all of them. Learn only the ones you like. On the last week we will learn how to assemble all of the squares you made into a wonderful afghan. You can make several of each block for a large afghan, or just one of each for a sampler. You decide what’s best for you.

Circle: Monday, April 7. 10:00 am — Noon. $15.
Shell: Monday, April 14. 10:00 am – Noon. $15.
Ripples: Monday, April 21. 10:00 am – Noon. $15.
Flower: Monday, April 28. 10:00 am – Noon. $15.

Fingerless Gloves

Learn to make these simple gloves, one of the most popular accessories for people of all ages from teens to adults. They are fun to make and easy to learn. You will learn how to single crochet in the round and add a thumb gusset. These gloves would make a great gift!Monday, April 21. 6:00 — 8:00 pm. $15.

Leg Warmers

These leg warmers are great to keep that chill off during our many months of cold weather. They can be made of many different colors or striped any way you like. They would make a great, quick gift for any girl in your life who likes to sport some of the hottest fashion trends. This is a simple construction so anyone can learn how to do it, even a new beginner. Mothers and daughters – come take this class together and make yourselves a great accessory to add to your wardrobe!Monday, April 28. 1:00 — 3:00 pm. $15.

Wrap Vest

This vest is a very simple design with a little bit of shaping and some easy seaming. It would be a great beginning piece for the crocheter who is ready to move on from hats and scarves. We will work this piece in class with some homework to be done between classes.Mondays, April 28, May 5, 12, 19, and 26. 6:00 — 8:00 pm. $50.

Click here to sign up for a class online or call the shop!

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April Classes: Knitting

March 24, 2014

Put down the alpaca. April is almost here! And that means rain and sunshine and hopefully some green and other colors! Are you ready for spring knitting? Check out April’s knitting classes below.

Knitting 101

Learn the basics of knitting while making yourself a hat! If you’ve never picked up a pair of needles before, or if you just need a refresher, this is your class. We will cast on, knit, purl, increase, decrease, and sew up a seam. From here the possibilities are endless.Tuesdays, April 4, 11, and 18. 6:00 — 8:00 pm. $30.

Pineland Vest

This cozy, swingy vest is the perfect thing for Spring. Make it wool and wear it outside or make it in a cotton or linen blend for a nice layering piece. This is also a good introduction to the particulars of garment knitting – maybe a stepping stone before casting on your first sweater!Tuesdays, April 1, 8, and 22. 6:00 — 8:00 pm. $30.

Herringbone Cowl

Learn the beautiful herringbone stitch while making a sweet spring cowl for yourself or a friend. This class is good if you have never done the herringbone stitch and would like to learn, or, since it is a time-consuming stitch, if you need a deadline and support group to get you through it!

Fridays, April 4, 11, and 18. 4:00 — 6:00 pm. $30.

Baby Sweater Extravaganza


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Baby sweaters are a perennial favorite for many knitters. They’re quick, they’re cute, and they’re a great go-to gift once you find a pattern that you love. In Threes is that pattern for me. Top-down construction allows the cardigan to be knit without seams, so when you’re done, you’re done! But I also love a bit of a challenge every once in a while, and Ravi Junior is that pattern for me. The clever top-down, short row construction has a fun texture to keep things interesting, and the larger sizes mean baby can grow into this one. For this class, you will choose which sweater you’d like to knit. In Threes is geared toward beginners, while Ravi Junior is more of an intermediate-level pattern.Mondays, April 7, 14, and 21. 6:00 — 8:00 pm. $30.

Two Socks on Two Circulars

Do you suffer from SSS – Second Sock Syndrome? Do you cast on the first sock with enthusiasm, and then slog through the second sock with dread? Or do you just love learning new and exciting knitting techniques? If so, then this is the class for you. Learn how to knit both socks at the same time on two circular needles. When you’re done, you’re done! You should know how to knit, purl, increase and decrease. This is an advanced beginner or intermediate class. NOTE: There will be homework between classes.

Wednesdays, April 9, 16, and 23. 6:00 — 8:00 pm. $30.

Click here to sign up for a class online or call the shop!

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What’s in Your Queue, Kathy?

March 21, 2014

Just one thing is in my queue: Flaming June by Cheryl Niamath. This sweater struck me as the perfect “Me Sweater” when I saw it on Knitty.

This free pattern is the right mix of comfortable and casual. The simple A-line of the sweater makes it swing nicely, yet there is enough interest in the texture. Plus, it will be perfect to toss over whatever I’m wearing to fend off extreme AC or chilly nights.

I’m going to use Hempathy, a new-to-the-shop yarn by Elsebeth Lavold. It’s a DK blend of cotton, hemp, and rayon and will knit up as a light-weight sweater with plenty of drape. Due to the 34% hemp content, it will get softer with each wash (similar to linen).

I will use a bright purple for the main body of the sweater, with a green for the accent color. I can’t wait to cast on!

What are you planning to knit for spring?

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Wear a Cardigan Day

March 19, 2014

I was a PBS junkie as a kid (I guess I still am too). Reading Rainbow, Sesame Street, and of course, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood were staples of my television viewing.

Fred Rogers inspired learning and taught critical thinking skills, while encouraging people to be curious and kind.  Every week, his show explored a topic, ranging from how things (like crayons) are made,  music, and crafts to friendship and fears. Besides being a television host for nearly four decades, he advocated for government funding of children’s television and many other charity and progressive subjects.

On a crafty note, in an interview with Emmy TV, Rogers stated that all of his sweaters that he wore on the show were knitted by his mother. Doesn’t that make a knitter’s heart happy?

On March 20, we (knitters, crocheters, and non-fiber-craftual people) celebrate Rogers’ birthday and what he stood for. Wear a sweater! Better yet, wear a cardigan!

What do you love or remember about Mister Rogers?

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Allison Barta Trunk Show

March 14, 2014

Have you stopped by to see the Allison Barta Trunk Show? If you haven’t, check out the fun, definitely winter-appropriate gear! All of the samples are made from Dale of Norway yarn–Falk or Heilo–and use some traditional color work techniques with a modern design twist.

Alison Barta is a Minnesota designer who has published both colorwork and aran cable patterns. She is a skiier and has completed the Birkebeiner; her most recent pattern includes a Birkebeiner-themed set of mittens, scarf, hat, and lovely sweater.  You can find her designs both on her website and Ravelry.

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Stop by the shop this week to see this beautiful work and pick up the pattern of your favorite!

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March Project of the Month: Matrushka Mittens

March 7, 2014

March has brought another wonderful colorwork project: Maatuskat by Niina Laitinen.

Maatuskat by Niina Laitinen

Though the pattern instructions are in Finnish, all you really need is the chart for this free pattern! Plus, the charts–one for the palm and one for the matrushka doll, are easy to follow.

These lovely mittens call for worsted or aran weight yarn and knit up into a dense, warm fabric. The mitten on the left uses Brown Sheep Nature Spun, while the one on the right utilizes Peace Fleece.

Come in and see these great mittens for yourself!

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Ravellenics Round-Up

March 4, 2014

We had a great showing for Team Yarn Harbor!

Here we go! In the shawl, scarf, and cowl category, Heidi made a gorgeous Blue Water Cowl, Cameron made a Snow Moon Shawl, and Katie completed her Hitchhiker.  Kathy designed and knit a Run Vote Lead Cowl! Susie finished  her Blocks Scarf by Ann Norling (#33).  Other accessories included Susan’s beautiful pair of Royal Mittens, while Melody finished her Turkish Bed Socks just in time.

We had two sweater knitters–Jean completed a Knitting Pure & Simple pullover (and the recipient says it’s a perfect fit and very warm!) and Jen finished her Ravi Junior.

Three people finished projects related to afghans. Barb completed a Pop Knitting square, while Julie and Carol both made afghans.

And our crocheter Jo’Elle completed a lovely red vest out of Malabrigo Meche!

Congratulations on completing these projects in less than 19 days!

Check out the teamyhladies2014 tag on Ravelry to see the completed projects!
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