Archive for June, 2009


Granny Square Marathon Winners

June 28, 2009

Congratulations to Jo’Elle and Julie, who tied to win the Granny Square Marathon with 65 squares each. They were making squares down to the very last minute on Friday and ended up with a tie!


Sock Mania Trunk Show

June 27, 2009

Come see and touch popular sock designs from designers Chrissy Gardiner and Jennifer Kelson of Gardiner Yarn Works now through July 16. Patterns for all ten featured socks are available right here at Yarn Harbor!


New Yarns this Month

June 20, 2009

Misti Alpaca Pima Silk Hand Paint
83% Peruvian Pima Cotton/17% Silk ~ DK weight ~ 327 yards/100g

 Dye For Me YarnsCreate your own colorway using food, fabric, or yarn dyes!
From left to right:
Baby Alpaca Lace ~ 100% baby alpaca ~ laceweight ~ 1094 yards/125g
Baby Llama Glow ~ 95% baby llama/5% stellina (glow) ~ worsted weight ~ 273 yards/125g
Dancing Toes ~ 40% alpaca/40% superwash merino wool/20% nylon ~ fingering weight ~ 477 yards/125g

Jojoland Melody100% superwash wool ~ fingering weight ~ 220 yards/50g

Mini Mochi80% merino wool/20% nylon (machine washable) ~ fingering weight ~ 195 yards/50g

Plymouth Yarn Bungee
95% superwash merino wool/5% elité spandex ~ DK weight ~ 403 yards/100g


July Classes

June 18, 2009

July 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!

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

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

Thursdays, July 9, 16, 23 & 30
5-7 pm
Take your sock knitting to the next level with sock designer Cookie A’s fabulous new book Sock Innovation. For this class you may choose any of the fifteen innovative patterns in the book, which range in difficulty but are consistently stunning. We will also discuss sock design, construction and fit. Knitting socks is always fun, but Cookie A’s beautiful designs are truly addicting!
Prerequisites: you should have knit at least one pair of socks prior to taking this class.
Materials: Sock Innovation by Cookie A, yarn and needles for your selected sock pattern, tapestry needle
Cost: $40 + materials
Instructor: Cheryl Read

Saturdays, July 18, 25, August 1, 8 & 15 1-2 pm
Saturday, August 22, 1-3 pm
Take your knitting from homemade to handmade by learning the seven garment construction techniques that can “make or break” the look of your finished sweater. We will explore techniques from cast-on edge to button band by knitting a sample baby cardigan as we progress through the book. Beginner and experienced sweater knitters alike will take something away from this class.
Prerequisites: ability to cast on, knit and purl (Knitting 101)
Materials: Seven Things that can “Make or Break” a Sweater by Margaret E. Fisher, 440 yards worsted weight yarn, straight needles size US 5 & 7, 24″ circular needle size US 5, stitch holders, four 3/4″ buttons, tapestry needle
Cost: $40 + materials
Instructor: Cheryl Read


Mid-June Update

June 12, 2009

Chrissy Gardiner
You may have read in our newsletter that Chrissy Gardiner will be visiting Yarn Harbor for a book signing, trunk show, and workshop in the fall to celebrate her new book, Toe-Up! Patterns and Worksheets to Whip Your Sock Knitting into Shape. Chrissy will offer a six-hour workshop on Saturday, August 29, to learn to knit socks from the toe up. Chrissy is offering a free preview pattern, Sydney,  from her new book. Take a look to gear up for class in the fall!

Punch Cards
Customer Appreciation Punch Cards are now available at Yarn Harbor! Fill up a card with $200 in purchases (classes and sales not included) and receive $20 off your purchase on your next visit. Punches are given at time of sale–previous purchases are not eligible for punches.

Needles, Old and New
Come see Carolyn’s collection of knitting needles from far and wide. Modern and vintage designs. Beautiful!


June Scarves of the Month

June 1, 2009

We have three scarves for you this month!

On the left is the Spiraluscious Cowl from Knitspot knit by Cheryl out of Araucania Itata Multy.

On the right is the Blooming Cotton Scarf from Interweave Knits Spring 2009 knit by Sandy out of Tahki Cotton Classic.

On the bottom is the River Rock Scarf knit by Audrey out of Colinette Jitterbug.

Want to knit one of these scarves together? We’re offering classes on all three of these scarves this month!

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

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

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

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