Archive for June, 2011


July Classes

June 22, 2011

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

February Baby Sweater
Tuesdays, July 5, 12, 19 and 26
5:30 – 7:30 pm

We’ll explore different ways of interpreting Elizabeth Z’s “pithy directions” for this darling baby sweater, which is sure to be a hit at any baby shower! We’ll talk about these interpretations in the first class, so bring whatever straight, circular, or double point needles you have in the size you’re knitting so that you’re prepared for whichever option you prefer. Students in this class should be comfortable casting on, knitting, purling, and binding off.

Materials: Elizabeth Zimmermann’s “Knitter’s Almanac”, approx. 300 yards sport weight yarn, needles to give you
5 stitches to the inch, buttons, tapestry needle.
Cost: $40 + materials
Instructor: Cheryl Read

Damson Lace Shawl
Wednesdays, July 6, 13, 20 and 27
5:30 – 7:30 pm

Damson is a simple little shawl that can double as a scarf. It’s a great way to dip your toes into lace knitting while exploring a beautiful edging. Students in this class should be comfortable knitting, purling, increasing, and decreasing.

Materials: Ysolda Teague’s Damson pattern, or “Whimsical Little Knits Book 2”, 440 yards of fingering weight yarn, 32” US size 6 circular needle (Addi Lace needles are recommended), stitch markers, tapestry needle.
$40 + materials
Cheryl Read

Francie Socks
Thursdays, July 7, 14, 21 and 28
5:00 – 7:00 pm
FrancieStep up your sock knitting with “Francie”, a beautifully contoured take on the average ribbed sock. While this wouldn’t be the best pattern for your first pair of socks, it’s also not as hard as it looks. If you’ve tried knitting socks before and have a sense of adventure, you’ll be prepared for this class.

Materials: Francie sock pattern, 340—450 yards fingering weight yarn, US 1 dpns, tapestry needle.
Cost: $40 + materials
Instructor: Cheryl Read

Drop Spindle Spinning
Monday, July 11
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), Icelandic roving (preferred).
Cost: $10 + materials
Instructor: Lita Doesken

Entrelac Cowl
Tuesdays, July 12, 19 and 26
5:30 — 7:30 pm

Entrelac Cowl Cowls are the accessory of the year. Cozy, practical, and beautiful. Enrelac is that intriguing yet baffling knitting blocks on the bias. This technique is best suited to the color-changing yarns such as Mochi +, Noro, Kudo, and Mushishi. Join us as we both get comfortable with this new technique and get a great cowl out of the bargain!

Materials: Entrelac Cowl pattern, about 200 yards worsted weight yarn (preferably in a color-changing yarn), size 9 or 10 24” circular needles, stitch markers, tapestry needle.
Cost: $30 + materials
Instructor: Katie Viren

Traditional Christmas Stocking
Wednesdays, July 13, 20 and 27
5:30 – 7:30 pm
Christmas Stockings

This traditional Fair Isle Christmas Stocking is knit from the top down in a tube. You can easily personalize your stocking: you have 17 motifs to choose from. An afterthought heel is used. Skills used or learned: two-color Fair Isle type knitting, afterthought heel, reading simple charts, and Kitchener Stitch.Homework: Follow the pattern directions to knit the ribbing for the top of the sock.

Materials: Nancy Lindberg’s Christmas Socks pattern; 2 or 3 colors of worsted or heavy worsted yarn; 16″ circular needle size US 8 or 9; stitch markers
Cost: $30 + materials
Instructor: Jean Walters

Knitting 104: Cabled Aran Hat
Thursdays, July 14, 21 and 28
5:30 – 7:30 pm
Knitting 104 Cabled Aran Hat Come advance your growing skill set with this versatile, straightforward cabled cap. We will be using Figheadh Yarnworks Basic Aran Hat #2202. This hat is sized from baby to adult extra-large, so you are sure to find someone who will be a grateful recipient of your efforts. This is for the intermediate knitter: You should know how to knit, purl, do increases and decreases, cast on and cast off.

Materials: Figheadh Yarnworks Basic Aran Hat #2202,
worsted weight yarn, size 9 needles in double points and 16” circular, stitch marker, cable needle, tapestry needle.
Cost: 30 + materials
Instructor: Katie Viren

Needle Felted Christmas Ornaments
Saturday, July 16
10:00 am – 2:00 pm

work 026 Learn the basics of needle felting, an ancient art once used to adorn horse blankets and soldiers’ uniforms, now seen on shoes, purses, jackets or almost any fabric. We use wool roving and a special needle with barbs in the shank. No experience needed; you will learn it all in this class. In this class we will make a needle felted ball ornament and a flat hanging ornament. The kit from the instructor will give you everything you need to complete both these ornaments.

Materials: a kit can be purchased from the instructor which will have all the materials needed for the class.
Cost: $25 + $10 kit purchased from instructor at the beginning of class.
Instructor: Jo’Elle Galo

“V” Shawl
Monday, July 18, 25 and August 1
11:00 am – 1:30 pm

V shawl 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

Materials: 500 yards worsted weight yarn. V Shawl pattern. Size US M 13/9.00 mm hook.
Cost: $30 + materials
Instructor: Jo’Elle Galo

Crochet 101: Intro to Crochet Sampler Scarf
Mondays, July 18, 25, and August 1
2:00 – 4:30 pm
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Learn five of the basic stitches used in almost all crochet. Chain, Single, Half 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 two sessions so you have a chance to really learn and practice the stitches.

Materials: Size J crochet hook, safety pin style stitch markers, approx 500 yards of yarn in a medium worsted weight. You can use all one color or up to five different colors.
Cost: $30 + materials
Instructor: Jo’Elle Galo

Short Row Watch Cap
Saturdays, July 23, 30 and August 3
10:00 am – noon

Learn new techniques while making this beautiful and practical hat. Provisional crochet cast-on is used, and garter stitch “short rows” create the shaping for this innovative design. Instead of the typical hat where the stitches go around the head horizontally, the short row cap gives a “vertical” effect, especially if you use a striping style of yarn. It’s knit on straight needles, and the edges are grafted together. It’s a fun, new way to shape a hat, and a great skill builder. It would make an excellent gift for man or woman. Kathryn designed this pattern, and says it is suitable for “adventurous beginners”.

Materials: 1 skein Cascade 220 or other worsted weight yarn. Small amount of smooth waste yarn in similar weight. US size 7 straight needles. Size G crochet hook, and a tapestry needle.
Cost: $30 + materials
Instructor: Kathryn McConaghie

Crochet Fingerless Gloves
Monday, July 25
5:30 – 8:00 pm
crochet fingerless
Learn to make these simple gloves, one of the most popular accessories for
people of all ages from teens to adults. They are fun to make and easy to learn. You will learn how to single crochet in the round and add a thumb gusset. These gloves would make a great gift!

Materials: Size H crochet hook, one skein of any sock yarn; pattern available at Yarn Harbor.
Cost: $15 + materials
Instructor: Jo’Elle Galo


New Yarn: Tinseltown

June 5, 2011

Looking for a little more sparkle in your life? Check out our new yarn, Tinseltown!


We currently carry 10 colors of Tinseltown

This yarn includes a pattern for a fun, boa-style scarf that you can make with just one skein of Tinseltown and size 8 knitting needles.
Tinseltown Scarf
The resulting scarf is surprisingly soft and would make a great gift!


June Cowl of the Month

June 2, 2011

Curling (CotM)

June’s Cowl of the Month is the Curling Neckwarmer and Mitts, designed by Anne Hanson of KnitSpot. Cheryl knit this version out of one of her current favorite sock yarns, Malabrigo Sock, in the Violeta Africana colorway and was able to get the entire set out of less than one skein of yarn.

Want some extra help with this month’s cowl? Cheryl is offering a class on the set beginning next Tuesday, June 7. Stop in the shop for complete details.

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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