Archive for March, 2011

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April Classes

March 20, 2011

Spring is coming soon, and we’ve got some great classes to help you keep creating. If you’re interested, be sure to call the shop to save your space in the class!

Tunisian Crochet Coat
Mondays, April 4, 11, 18, 25, May 2
2:00 — 4:30 pm
Tunisian Crochet Coat
This coat is made with the Tunisian style of crochet, also called Afghan stitch. The hook is a little different to use but it is a very easy garment to make. This class is divided into five sessions with homework to be completed between classes. This is a great class for the experienced crocheter as well as for the beginner who wants to make a wearable garment. Do not be afraid of this class: YOU CAN DO IT!
Homework: This class will have some homework to be completed between class times.
Materials: Size N bamboo Tunisian crochet hook 20 inches, Size J regular crochet hook, Safety pin type stitch markers, 4-6 buttons, approximately 1100 yards of color A yarn, 400 yards Color B yarn. Sample was made using Cascade 220 and Lamb’s Pride Worsted, pattern available at Yarn Harbor.
Cost: $50 + materials
Instructor: JoElle Gallo

Intro to Crochet Sampler Scarf: Crochet 101
Mondays, April 4, 11 and 18
5:30 — 8:00 pm
Intro to Crochet Learn five of the basic stitches used in almost all crochet. Chain, Single, Half- Double,Double, and Shell stitches will be taught and practiced. This is a great class for anyone who is looking to get back to crochet but wants a refresher, or for someone who has never picked up a hook and wants to start at the beginning. We will make a sampler scarf as a finished project. This class is divided into three sessions so you have a chance to really learn and practice the stitches. This class will have some homework to be completed between classes.
Materials: Size J crochet hook, safety pin style stitch markers, about 500 yards of yarn in a medium worsted weight. You can use all one color or up to four different colors.
Cost: $30 + materials
Instructor: JoElle Gallo

Learning How to Spin Using a Drop Spindle
Monday, April 11th
5:30 — 7:30 pm
Drop Spindle Interested in learning how to spin yarn, but don’t want to invest the money in a spinning wheel? Then learning how to spin using a drop spindle is just for you. It’s inexpensive and small enough to take anywhere. Lita can teach you the basics in one night.
Materials: Drop spindle (either make your own or purchase one before class), roving.
Cost: $10 + materials
Instructor: Lita Doesken

Oops! I Dropped a Stitch!
Wednesday, April 13
5:30 — 7:30 pm

Even the most experienced knitters make mistakes. They’re not so frustrating if you know how to fix them without ripping out large sections of a project. In this class you’ll learn the basics of correcting the most common knitting mistakes. We’ll work on swatches to simulate and correct mistakes. If you have a project with a mistake that has you stumped, bring it along and we’ll tackle it as time permits.
PLEASE BRING: three 4×4” swatches in any weight yarn that you have handy: one in stockinette stitch (knit one side, purl the other), one in garter stitch (knit every row), and one in 2×2 rib (K2, P2 rib). DO NOT BIND OFF the stitches. Bring them on a needle or stitch holder.
Materials: 3 sample swatches, crochet hook, double pointed needles
Cost: $15 + materials
Instructor: Katie Viren
Space in this class is limited!

Crochet Felted Monk Satchel
Mondays, April 25, May 2, 9
5:30 — 8:00 pm
Felted Monks Satchel Everyone needs just one more bag to carry their next project in, right? Well, here’s the best and one of the easiest bags you will ever make. This felted bag is the perfect size for craft projects, books, laptop computers, or whatever you need to carry around. Simple construction and unlimited color possibilities, no sewing seams, and the handle is all part of the bag construction. This class will be the perfect mix of relaxing crochet, with just enough challenge to keep you interested. We will use double and single crochet to make this bag; some knowledge of crochet is helpful but not required. There is some homework to be completed between classes.
Materials: Size J crochet hook, safety pin style stitch markers, about 500 yards of yarn in a medium worsted weight. You can use all one color or up to four different colors.
Cost: $30 + materials
Instructor: JoElle Gallo

Beaded Lace Scarf
Tuesdays, April 26, May 3 and 10
5:30 — 7:30 pm
Beaded Lace ScarfBoth beaded knitting and lace can be beautiful, but are a bit daunting to do for the first time on your own. Join us for this class incorporating a simple lace pattern with an elegant smattering of beads. We will be using Heartstrings “Beaded Lace Scarf II”. Get an early start on your gifting this year with this beautiful accessory! This is for the intermediate knitter: You should know how to knit, purl, increase, decrease, cast on and cast off. You will learn a simple lace pattern and how to string and manage beads on a knitted project.
Materials: Heartstring’s Beaded Lace Scarf II, 475 yards of a lace weight yarn, size 8/0 beads 40 grams*, split eye needle to string the beads*, stitch markers, size US 4 needles, tapestry needle.
*these items may be purchased at a bead store
Cost: $30 + materials
Instructor: Katie Viren
Space in this class is limited!

Knitting 101
Wednesdays, April 27, May 4 and 11
5:30 — 7:30 pm
knitting 101 hat Learn the basics of knitting making a Cozy Hat. This is the basic knitting class where you will learn how to cast on, knit, purl, increase, decrease and sew a seam. Join the fun!
Materials: pattern provided by instructor, 14” size US 8 needles, 3 oz. of worsted weight yarn, tapestry needle.
Cost: $30 + materials
Instructor: Kathy Thomas

Two Socks on Two Circulars
Wednesdays, April 27, May 4 and 11
5:30 — 7:30 pm

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? 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.
Materials: Instructor will provide a pattern, approximately 300 yards sport weight yarn, two US size 4 circulars (24″ or longer) or size needed to obtain gauge of 6 stitches per inch, tapestry needle.
Cost: $40 + materials
Instructor: Jen Lushbough
Notes: There will also be a worsted weight option which may be a better choice for less experienced knitters. For this option, get 250-300 yds worsted weight yarn and size 6 needles. Also, Jen recommends Addi needles because they have a nice soft cable. If you’re using another brand, she recommends steaming your cables before coming to class.

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March Cowl of the Month

March 13, 2011

MarchCotM

March’s Cowl of the Month is the Ridged Lace Cowl, which is a free online pattern from Exercise Before Knitting. Kathy knit this version out of two skeins of Frog Tree Alpaca Worsted. Take a look at many other versions of this design on ravelry.

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Three Irish Girls Trunk Show

March 6, 2011

Everyone here at Yarn Harbor had a fabulous time at the Three Irish Girls Trunk Show yesterday.

Sharon

Sharon, head Yarnista of Three Irish Girls, was with us all afternoon telling everyone all about her fabulous hand-dyed yarns.

TIG Trunk Show 2011

Of course, she brought along lots of yarn for eager customers to snatch up, including many one-of-a-kind colorways that will be available to purchase in the shop all week. They’re going fast though, so the sooner you come in, the more likely you will be able to pick up one of these unique creations.

Yarn Harbor Colorway

The main event for us was the unveiling of an exclusive Yarn Harbor colorway. It quickly sold out, but we have one skein in the shop for you to take a look at until our next order arrives.

Thanks to everyone who came out and made this event a great success!

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