Archive for October, 2008


November Classes

October 25, 2008

Many of our November classes begin in just a week or so. If you’re interested, now is the time to sign up before it’s too late!

Norwegian Mittens

Tuesdays, November 4, 11, 18, and 25
Learn 2-color 2-hand knitting techniques as you create these traditional mittens. You’ll need to be comfortable knitting with double points and knitting mittens.
Materials: Beth Brown Reinsel Norwegian mittens pattern, yarn and needles as specified. Tapestry needle. Optional: magnet board for keeping chart organized. Increase the size of the chart as needed.
Cost: $40 + materials
Instructor: Meg Little
Seats still available.

Mitered Square Headband
Try your hand at modular knitting, starting with a basic mitered square…you will learn how to create a hat using just six partial squares interlocked in a way that looks much more complex than it is! The hat pattern, included with the class, will allow you to knit many variations in color and stitch-in time for Christmas presents! Intermediate to advanced beginner level.
Materials: 4 colors of worsted weight yarn: Main color will be used to “outline” areas of the squares, and should contrast with the colors, which may be a gradation of lighter to darker, if desired. Approximately 2 oz. of each color, 16″ circular needle size US 6, and a set of double point needles size US 6.
Cost: $20 + materials
Instructor: Leslie Williamson-White
Seats still available.

Wednesdays, November 5 and 12

Moebius Cast On
Saturday, November 8
Are you curious about all those Cat Bordhi creations but are stumped by the cast on? Join us to unlock the mystery. Bring yarn of your choice and a 60″ circular needle (size 9 for scarves, size 11 for vessels) and a stitch marker.
Cost: $15 + materials
Instructor: Meg Little
Seats still available.

Fake Isle Hat

Wednesdays, November 12, 19, and 26
If you’ve wanted to knit with two colors this is the class for you. Using a mixed color yarn and a solid you get the fair isle look with only using two different yarns.
Materials: one skein self-striping yarn. One skein solid color worsted weight yarn, 16″ circular needle US 6, double points size US 6, tapestry needle, and stitch markers.
Homework: Cast on 96 for medium size or 108 for large size hat. Work rounds 1-6 (knit 3, purl 1, repeat).
Cost: $30 + materials
Instructor: Kathy Thomas
Space is limited!

Finishing Techniques with Carol Anderson
Sunday, November 16
I’ve been knitting since I was a junior in high school and have taught 4-Her’s, adult education, seminars, and Stitches conventions. I’m the designer/owner of Cottage Creations, a home-based mail order business serving over 500 shops nationwide since 1983. I’ve a degree in education and taught special education classes in Madison, WI, until retirement and a move with husband, Paul, to our farm in Iowa in 1993. We have four children, six grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.
Finishing Class Homework:
In this session you will learn to seam garter stitch, stockinette stitch, do three-needle bind-off and kitchener stitch. Time permitting we’ll do more-for instance, twisted cord, provisional cast on. Please do the following homework before you come to class:
Use light colored worsted weight yarn and size 5-8 size needles:
1. Make 2: Cast on 15 stitches, knit in Garter Stitch (knit every row) for 3″. Bind off.
2. Make 2: Cast on 15 stitches, Knit in stockinette stitch for 3″ (knit one row, purl one row). Bind off, steam flat.
3. Make 4: Cast on 20 stitches, knit in stockinette stitch for 2″, leave on needles. (double point needles work especially well for this–if you have them, please use.)
And please, bring a tapestry needle and crochet hook (size 00 or F range)!
Cost: $30 + materials
Instructor: Carol Anderson
Class space is limited!


New in October

October 25, 2008

The days are getting cooler, so we’re bringing in some yarns and patterns to keep you warm this Duluth winter.

Hat of the Month

Our hats of the month for October are the Fishes of the Sea Hat by Theresa Gaffey and the Celtic Harbor Hat by Blackberry Ridge. Both are a great opportunity to work on your fair isle knitting!

Trunk Show: Gardiner Yarn Works

New Yarns

Sock yarns: Trekking Hand Art and Trekking 6-ply. Both are 75% new wool and 25% nylon.

Punta Yarns Kid Mohair Nylon in both solids and hand paints

New Books

Including Double Knitting, Mason-Dixon Knitting Outside the Lines, Continuous Cables, Boutique Knits, Knitted Lace of Estonia, Color Style, Free-Range Knitter, and It Itches.

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