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June Classes

May 29, 2011

We have a great selection of classes to keep you crafting this June! Be sure to call the shop at 218-724-6432 to save your spot if you’re interested.

Knitting 102: Ely Stocking Hat
Thursdays, June 2, 9, and 16
5:30-7:30 pm
ely stocking cap
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. Come join us and expand your knitting world! Prerequisites: ability to cast on, knit and purl (Knit 101).

Materials: Ely Hat pattern; 16″ circular needles size US 6; double point needles size US 6; worsted weight yarn; and tapestry needle.
Cost: $30 + materials
Instructor: Katie Viren
Knitting 101: Learn to Knit Hat
Thursdays, June 2, 9, 16
6-8 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
Space in this class is limited!
Oops! I dropped a stitch!
Saturday, June 4
10:00 am-noon

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
Summer Shrug
Saturdays, June 4, 11, 18, July 2 and 16 
2-4:30 pm

This is a lightweight shrug perfect for summers in the northland where we need something to throw on when the wind switches. This class will teach you some basics in crochet as well as some shaping to garments. This would be a great class for both the beginner as well as the experienced crocheter.

Materials: Size H crochet hook, 800 yards of sock weight yarn, safety pin style stitch markers, pattern.
Cost: $50 + materials
Instructor: Jo’Elle Galo
Intro to Crochet Sampler Scarf: Crochet 101
Mondays, June 6, 13, 20
11 am-1:30 pm
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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: Jo’Elle Galo
Intro to Crochet Hat: Crochet 102
Mondays, June 6 and 13
2-4:30 pm
crochet hat
Learn the basics of crochet in the round with this class and make a hat. It’s a great way to learn to make single crochet in the round stitches. Once you learn this simple hat you can make many variations to suit your needs. This hat would make a great gift.

Materials: 
Size H crochet hook, minimum of 100 yards of medium worsted weight yarn, safety pin style stitch markers. If you know you are a tight knitter or crocheter, maybe try a J hook, it is a little bit larger. Pattern available at Yarn Harbor.

Cost: $20 + materials
Instructor:
 Jo’Elle Galo

Manu Cardigan
Mondays, June 6, 13, 20, 21, and July 11
5:30-7:30 pm

The pleats, deep pockets, and i-cord edging on this cardigan give it some beautiful touches that also introduce new techniques. This cardigan is knit largely in one piece and involves very little seaming, so all of the finishing work is fun! Students in this class should be comfortable knitting, purling, increasing, and decreasing and should be prepared to complete homework between class meetings.

Please check to make sure you are achieving gauge with your yarn and needles before the first class meeting.

Materials: Kate Davies’ Manu pattern, enough DK weight yarn for your size, 32” circular needles in size 4, 5 and 7, double point needles in size 4 and 7, five 1/2” buttons, stitch markers, waste yarn, tapestry needle.
Cost: $50 + materials
Instructor: Cheryl Read
“V” Shawl
Mondays, June 6, 13, 20
5:30-8 pm

This shawl is a classic pattern design. Once you learn how the construction works you can make many different types of this shawl. It will work in many different weights of yarn. For the class we will work with medium worsted weight, and we will discuss the changes you need to make to use substitutes.

Materials: 500 yards worsted weight yarn. V Shawl pattern. Size US M 13/9.00 mm hook.
Cost: $30 + materials
Instructor: Jo’Elle Galo
Curling Neckwarmer and Mitts
Tuesdays, June 7, 14, 21, and 28
 5:30-7:30

Expand your lace knitting skills with the Curling Neckwarmer. The finished cowl is a beautiful accessory for those chilly fall days or for your holiday knitting stash. We will begin by knitting the neckwarmer, and more experienced or faster knitters may move on to the fingerless mitts. Students in this class should be comfortable casting on, knitting and purling in the round, and binding off. Prior lace experience is not required, but will prove helpful.

Materials: Anne Hanson’s Curling Neckwarmer & Mitts pattern, 300—400 yards fingering weight yarn, US size 3 16” circular needle, US size 1 double pointed needles, tapestry needle, stitch markers.
Cost: $40 + materials
Instructor: Cheryl Read 
“Two Old Bags” Felted Bag
Tuesdays, June 7, 14, 21, 28, and July 5
5:30-7:30 pm

Make a felted bag using a “Two Old Bags” pattern of your choice. There are many great patterns to choose from and a wide variety of yarns. This is your opportunity to get just the bag you want, and have a great time making it with the support of a group and instructor!

Materials: Two Old Bags pattern of your choice, needles as specified in pattern, feltable worsted weight yarn, stitch markers, tapestry needle, and any closures specified in
pattern.
Cost: $50 + materials
Instructor: Katie Viren
Kid’s Knitting Workshop
Saturdays, June 11, 18, and 25
10-11:30 am

Kids 8 years old to middle school can learn to knit or advance their skills in a workshop setting.

Materials: Worsted weight yarn (cotton is suggested) and US size 8 or 9 needles or a project that the student is currently working on.
Cost: 
$25 + materials
Instructor:
 Jean Walters

Pagona Scarf
Saturdays, June 11, 18, 25
10 am-noon

Pagona is a shawlette/scarf. A very fun knit with skill building directional increases. A simple stockinette stitch pattern shows off semi-solids to variegated yarns. Come to the shop and see the sample. Something about this design speaks to you.

Materials: Fingering weight yarn (382 yards or more). Size 6 circular needle, 32” long, and 20 stitch markers. Pattern is in the “West Knits Book One”.
Cost: $30 + materials
Instructor: Audrey Finch
French Press Felted Slippers
Wednesdays, June 15, 22, and 29
5:30-7:30 pm
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Try a variation on the traditional felted slipper with the very popular “French Press Felted Slippers”. Once you get the hang of the construction, you’ll be able to whip up a pile of slippers for your gift stash, and you can even felt them to a perfect fit! Students in this class should be comfortable knitting, purling, increasing, & decreasing.

Materials: French Press Felted Slippers pattern, 330 yards of feltable worsted weight wool, US 15 needles (straight or circular), two 1” buttons, tapestry needle.
Cost: $30 + materials
Instructor: Cheryl Read
Space in this class is limited!
Simple Crochet Shell Scarf
Monday, June 20
2-4:30 pm
shell scarf
Learn how to crochet a quick scarf with a beautiful lace-looking design. This scarf looks very intricate and will make others think you spent lots of time crocheting, but in reality it is a simple pattern to learn and repeat. It would make a great gift for someone.

Materials: Size J crochet hook, approximately 150 yards or more in yarn of your choice. Any light to medium weight yarn will work. Simple Shell Scarf pattern.
Cost: $15 + materials
Instructor: Jo’Elle Galo
Two Socks on Two Circulars
Wednesdays, June 22, 29, and July 6
6-8 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: 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. Instructor will provide the pattern.
Cost: $40 + materials
Instructor: Jen Lushbough
Knitting 103: Swirl Hat
Thursdays, June 23, 30, and July 7
5:30-7:30 pm
103 swirl hat
Ready for some basic colorwork? 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 & 6 16” circular needles and a set of double point needles size US 6, stitch markers.
Cost: $30 + materials
Instructor: Katie Viren

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Jo’Elle sews too!

May 7, 2011

Jo’Elle spent a long weekend at a quilting retreat. When she got back she brought in a handful of project bags she whipped up for us! They come in an assortment of sizes and patterns, and last oh so much longer than the paper YH bags.

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Sandy is coming back for a visit!

May 7, 2011

We have all been very happy for Sandy, but we have missed her. Well, Sandy up and married the love of her life, and we are hosting a post-wedding shower for her!

Come by and say congratulations Thursday May 19th Noon -5pm @ Yarn Harbor!

We have a class Thursday eve @ the shop so the party may move on to Bulldog or other haunt of our choice. We’ll see how Rowdy it gets. Kathy may have to kick us out. See you there!

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May Cowl of the Month

May 5, 2011

May CotM

May’s Cowl of the Month is the Botany Bay Cowl, designed by Brenda Castiel for Three Irish Girls. Kathy knit this version out of Three Irish Girls Finley Fingering in the Enna colorway, and it is simply stunning! Many thanks to Cameron, one of our knitters, for modeling this month!

As always, show us your completed cowl from last month, and we will give you 15% off the purchase of yarn for this month’s cowl.

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