Archive for March, 2009


Knit Kit & Upcoming Sale

March 29, 2009

The Knit Kit includes a tape measure, stitch counter, thread cutter, scissors, crochet hook, stitch markers, and point protectors all in one compact device. Great for traveling by car or plane.

dreamstimefree_4519200No trip to the Caribbean this year? Stop in Yarn Harbor on Friday, April 3 and treat yourself to something special! In-store specials all day long: bikini not required.


April Classes

March 26, 2009

April classes are fast approaching and sign-ups are now open.
Remember, you save 10% off class supplies purchased at Yarn Harbor!

Wednesdays, April 1 & 8
5:30-7:30 pm

In this class we will explore some of the various Cast Ons and Bind Offs available to knitters, including Long Tail, Two Handed Long Tail, Long Tail Knit and Purl Cast On, two Knitted Cast Ons, Tubular Cast On, three Crochet Cast Ons including Emily Ocker’s Circular Beginning, Elizabeth Zimmerman’s Auxiliary Cast On, and Channel Island Cast On. Bind Offs will include two Basic Bind Offs, a Crochet Bind Off, two versions of the Three Needle Bind Off (one in Knit and one in Knit and Purl), and a Tubular Bind Off. We will discuss the merits of each technique in class. A handout listing where to find these techniques in your knitter’s library will be available.
Prerequisites: knit stitch, purl stitch
Materials: Partial skein of light colored wool, sport or worsted weight and appropriate sized needles in 10″ straight or double points. Little white hang tags, a pen or pencil, and a crochet hook.
Cost: $20 + materials
Instructor: Sandy Tolene
Space is extremely limited!

Tuesdays, April 7, 14, 21 28, May 5 & 12
5-7 pm

This is a great first sweater project. It’s unisex, multi-sized (child through adult) and knit in the round, with set in sleeves. Learn basic sweater construction, how to use circular needles, and how to make set-in sleeves.
You must be able to cast-on stitches, knit and purl, increase and decrease without assistance. Complete a gauge swatch that attains recommended gauge and bring it to our first class.
Materials: A Tunic Sweater for the Family pattern by Cottage Creations. Worsted weight yarn as required for size. Needles as required to obtain gauge. Scrap yarn or stitch markers. Tapestry needle.
Cost: $60 + materials
Instructor: Meg Little

Fridays, April 10, 17, 24
5:30-7:30 pm

If you’ve completed Yarn Harbor’s Knit 101 class or have basic cast on, knit and purl techniques under your belt, then take your skills one step further. Explore the world of circular needles (you’ll love ’em) and double points by knitting the Ely Hat (a local designer). Come join us and expand your knitting world!
Prerequisites: ability to cast on, knit and purl (Knit 101).
Materials: Ely Hat pattern; 16″ circular needle size US 6; double point needles size US 6; worsted weight yarn; tapestry needle.
Cost: $30 + materials
Instructor: Sandy Tolene

Wednesdays, April 15, 22, 29, & May 6
5:30-7:30 pm

You can never have enough bags, right? Well, here’s another one. This felted tote is the perfect size for craft projects. Simple construction, a wide range of color play possibilities, extremely minimal sewing, and no fail handle placement. This class will be the perfect mix of relaxing knitting, with just enough challenge to keep you motivated. Come and join the fun! Skills learned include garter stitch, picking up stitches, modified 3-needle bind off, I-cord bind off, felting, and crochet cast on
Materials: Little Blue Tote pattern, worsted weight feltable wool (735 yards of main color, 490 yards of second color, and one skein each of third and fourth colors, one 24″ circular needle size US 11, crochet hook size H or I, scrap yarn, and tapestry needle.
Cost: $40 + materials
Instructor: Sandy Tolene

Mondays, April 27, May 4 & 11
6-8 pm

This class is offered for the novice and for anyone who wants to expand their crochet skills. Either bring a project you’d like to make, or Yvonne will help you choose a project that’s appropriate to your skill level. You are welcome to register for this class again if you’ve taken it before, so you can keep building your crochet skills.
Materials: to be determined by project.
Cost: $30 + materials
Instructor: Yvonne Bernhardt


Mid-March Update

March 22, 2009

Nora Murphy
Yesterday, Yarn Harbor welcomed author of Knitting the Threads of Time Nora Murphy to the shop for a reading and book signing.

YH knitters listened to excerpts from Nora’s book and shared their own knitting successes and problems while enjoying treats, knitting, and each other’s company.

Perhaps best of all, Nora brought the sweater that plays a central role in her memoir, seen here with Kathy and Nora. If you missed Nora’s visit, we still have copies of her book available-some of them are even autographed!

New & Re-stocked Yarns
Schaefer Yarn’s Nichole in the Elizabeth Zimmerman colorway: When the subject of women in knitting comes up, Elizabeth Zimmerman is always the first woman one thinks of. British born, she revolutionalized knitting in the United States through her many books, patterns, workshops and public television series. It was EZ, as she was affectionately known, who reintroduced continental knitting to the US and first promoted the use of circular knitting needles. Having her patterns changed from circular to straight needles by editors led to the creation of Schoolhouse Press in 1958, where today her daughter, Meg Swanson, carries on with fine wool, patterns and EZ’s famous Knitting Camp.

Queensland Collection Rustic Tweed ~ 63% wool, 27% alpaca, 10% donegal ~ worsted ~ 278 yds

Queensland Collection Bamboo Cotton ~ 70% bamboo viscose, 30% cotton ~ DK ~ 165 yds

Knit Me Now Sock Love ~ 100% superwash merino wool ~ fingering ~ 420 yds

Knit Me Now Warm Woolly ~ 70% wool, 30% mohair ~ worsted ~ 200 yds

Knitted sample of Elsebeth Lavold Silky Wool


Added Class & Fitted Knits Trunk Show

March 15, 2009

We have added a Beginning Sock class in May.

Beginning Socks
Thursdays, May 7, 14, & 21
5-7 p.m.

Learn how to make socks with this basic pattern for worsted weight socks. You’ll learn how to use double pointed needles. Once you start making socks you won’t be able to stop!

Prerequisites: It’s suggested that you have completed several small projects before making socks. You will need to be able to cast on stitches, knit, purl, increase and decrease without assistance.

Materials: Pure & Simple pattern #9728, double point needles size US 6, 230 yards worsted weight yarn, tapestry needle.

Cost: $30 + materials
Instructor: Meg Little

Yarn Harbor welcomes the Fitted Knits Trunk Show through March 22


March Scarves of the Month

March 1, 2009

It’s the first of March and we have two scarves for you to knit this month!
On the left is “A New Angle” Scarf knit out of Noro Iro by Jennifer. It’s a free pattern and only takes a single skein of yarn!

On the right is Blowsey Ruffles knit out of Mirasol Sulka by Cheryl. Again, it is a free pattern available online. The pattern is easier than it looks–there actually isn’t a single cable in the pattern.

Remember, you’ll receive 10% off the yarn and pattern for April’s Scarf if you bring in your completed March Scarf!

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