Archive for May, 2009


June Classes

May 21, 2009

June classes are fast approaching and sign-ups are now open. Sign up for a class by calling the store at 218-724-6432, stopping by the shop, or going to our official website.
Remember, you save 10% off class supplies purchased at Yarn Harbor!

Wednesdays, June 3, 10, & 17
5:30-7:30 pm
Learn to knit while making this classic hat. You will learn to read a pattern, cast on, knit, purl, increase, decrease, and sew a seam. Come join the fun!
Materials: Pattern provided by instructor, 14″ size US 8 needle, 3 1/2 ounces of worsted weight yarn, tapestry needle.
Cost: $30 + materials
Instructor: Kathy Thomas

Wednesdays, June 3, 10, & 24 (no class June 17)
5:30-7:30 pm
Do you love color but haven’t learned two stranded knitting yet? Then make this colorful summer scarf with us using only one color per row! Slip stitches do all the work! And if you someday would like to steek a sweater but are afraid of those scissors, this is a good project to start with since the Blooming Cotton Scarf is knitted lengthwise in the round, then cut open and the ends raveled to create fringe! Take this class and add some color to your life! And never fear the steeking scissors again!
Class Requirements: knit stitch, purl stitch.
Materials: Tahki Cotton Classic 3 skeins Main Color and 1 skein each of 8 Contrast Colors (See Interweave Knits Spring 2009 for colorways or visit to view three bonus colorways. Shop sample used three skeins Dark Purple 3913; and one skein each of the following colors: Red 3997; Light Yellow 3533; Melon 3486; Lilac 3934; Dark Yellow 3553; Pink 3446; Orange 3401; and Lime 3722. You will also need a 40″ circular needle size US 6, Blooming Cotton Scarf pattern from Interweave Knits Magazine Spring 2009 (available at Yarn Harbor), markers, tapestry needle.
Cost: $30 + materials
Instructor: Sandy Tolene

Thursdays, June 4, 11, 18, & 25
5-7 pm
Stained glass comes to mind when seeing the “River Rock Scarf.” The rib pattern represents water flowing around the rocks created from beads. Knitters will enjoy learning how to string beads on yarn and place them in the knitting. Bead knitting will keep your summer knitting fresh without the added warmth of a large project in your lap.
Materials: Pattern: River Rock Scarf by Silvia Harding. About 650 yards fingering or sport weight yarn in the fiber of your choice (sample is Jitterbug). Beads: 1534 size 6/0 seed beads. Needles: 24” circular or straight needles size US 7 . Notions: big eye needle for stringing beads, tapestry needle. Note: beads and big eye needle may be purchased at Superior Beads at 4521 E. Superior St.
Cost: $40 + materials
Instructor: Audrey Finch

Mondays, June 8, 15, & 22
5:30-7:30 pm
Everyone need just one more bag to carry their next project in, right? Well, here’s another one. This felted bag is the perfect size for craft projects, books, laptop computers, you name it. Simple construction, the color possibilities are unlimited, no sewing seams, and the handle is all part of the bag construction. This class will be the perfect mix of relaxing crocheting, with just enough challenge to keep you motivated. Crochet goes so fast you will be amazed how quickly this all comes together. Some knowledge of crochet is helpful, but not required. We will do beginning chain stitch; double crochet and single crochet seams.
Materials:  pattern, approximately 800 yards of worsted weight feltable wool (can be self-striping, multiple colors, or one color), crochet hook size J. Optional: buttons and or magnetic clasp
Cost: $30 + materials
Instructor: Jo’Elle Galo

Tuesdays, June 9, 16, 23, & 30
5:30-7:30 pm
Learn how to knit lace with this gorgeous cowl-it’s easier than it looks! The Spiraluscious cowl incorporates three different lace patterns including a hem edging. After finishing this cowl you will have the skills you need to try bigger projects like scarves, stoles, and shawls.
Prerequisites: experience knitting in the round on circulars (Knitting 102)
Materials: Anne Hanson’s Spiraluscious pattern, 140-150 yards fingering weight yarn, 16″ circular needle size US 3, stitch marker, small tapestry needle.
Cost: $40 + materials
Instructor: Cheryl Read

Wednesdays, June 10, 17, & 24
10-11:30 am
People 8 years old through middle school age will learn to knit or advance their skills in this workshop. Beginners will be introduced to knitting by starting a basic project chosen from samples on display. You may bring a current project, a project you would like to start, or an idea of what you would like to learn this week.
Materials (for beginners): One skein worsted weight yarn (Fantasy Naturale cotton is a good choice) and 10″ single point knitting needles in US size 8, 9 or 10 (bamboo suggested). Knitters may bring in their current project.
Cost: $25 + materials
Instructor: Jean Walters

Fridays, June 12, 19, & 26
5:30-7:30 pm
Ready for some basic colorwork? Although a brief overview of Fair Isle knitting will be discussed, this class will focus mainly on the mechanics of knitting with multiple colors, one color in each hand or two colors in one hand. This will provide you with the basic techniques of two color knitting in the round. From this foundation you will be in a position to focus more on the many nuances of Fair Isle Colorwork and explore the vast possibilities that knitting in color provide!
Prerequisites: experience with knitting in the round on circulars and double points (Knitting 102 ).
Materials: Fiber Trends Swirl Hat Pattern (AC-59), worsted weight yarn 80 yards main color, 20 yards color B, 70 yards color C. Needle size 5 and 6 16” circular needles and a set of double point needles size US 6, stitch markers.
Cost: $30 + materials
Instructor: Sandy Tolene


Mid-May Update

May 18, 2009

Remember the limited edition Booby Sock from Skacel? We’ve received word that Skacel was able to donate $22,500 to the Susan G. Komen Foundation for Breast Cancer research. If you missed out on the Booby Sock, we have one kit left and when it’s gone it’s gone!

We have two new patterns from Skacel: Socks Appeal Boxers designed for Trekking and the Traveling Knitter’s Yarn Pouch designed for self-striping sock yarn. Both patterns are a great way to use up your sock yarn stash by knitting something besides socks.

You have to see Araucania’s Ruca Multy, which is a DK weight yarn made entirely out of sugar cane! At 263 yards, it’s got a whole lot more yarn than you may think when looking at the skein.


Yarn Harbor Turns 10!

May 14, 2009

You are cordially invited to the Yarn Harbor 10th Anniversary celebration this weekend, May 15-17th. 10% off all yarns throughout the weekend with an extra 5% discount if you bring in a food shelf donation.

Schedule of party events:
  Friday night Pajama Party 7-midnight
  Saturday live music by Bill and Kate Isles 1-3pm

Party favors, treats, and discounts throughout the weekend. Come help us celebrate!


May Scarves of the Month

May 5, 2009

April showers bring May flowers…

On the left is the Flower Scarf knit by Kathy out of Misti Alpaca Pima Cotton/Silk #3814. It is a free online pattern.

On the right is the Any-Gauge Reversible Pinecone Scarf from Gardiner Yarn Works knit by Kathy out of Plymouth Yarn Royal Llama Silk #1880.

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

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