Archive for September, 2011


Special Three Irish Girls Colorways at Yarn Harbor This Week

September 25, 2011

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Even if you missed our special Three Irish Girls trunk show yesterday, you can still get ahold of unique colorways for the next week. We’ll have unique colorways as well as base yarns and colors that we don’t normally carry available at the shop through next Sunday, October 2. Get them before they’re gone!


Join us Saturday the 24th of September for the Irish Girl in her home town

September 20, 2011


October Classes

September 18, 2011

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

Kids’ Knitting Workshop
Saturdays, October 1, 8, & 15
10:00 – 11:30 AM
kid knitting
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

Crochet Fingerless Gloves
Monday, October 3
11:00 – 1:30 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! Start and get a jump on your Christmas gift list.

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

Crochet Cuff-Down Socks
Mondays, October 3, 10, and 17
2:00 — 4:30 pm
Mondays, October 31, November 7, and 14
5:30 — 8:00 pm

This is a basic sock starting at the cuff and working down to the toe. It will teach you all of the sections of a sock with a heel flap and a turned heel. Once you take this class and learn the basics you can design your own socks to fit any size needed. This class is spread over three weeks with some homework in between. You should be able to finish an entire pair of socks by the end of class. Once you take this you will be hooked on crochet socks!

Materials: Size US E/3.5 mm hook, minimum of 450 yards light weight sock weight yarn, 3 markers (one must be unique), tapestry needle, Leisure Arts Book “I Can’t Believe I am Crocheting Socks”.
Cost: $30 + materials

February Baby Sweater
Mondays, October 3, 10, 17, 24
5:30 – 7:30 pm
February Baby Sweater
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

Crochet Felted Monk Satchel
Mondays, October 3, 10, and 17
5:30 — 8:00 pm
Felted Monk 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

Knitting 101
Tuesdays, October 4, 11, and 18
6:00 — 8:00 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, October 5, 12, and 19
6:00 — 8:00 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

Basic Mittens
Wednesdays, October 5, 12, and 19
6:00 — 8:00 pm
Basic Mitten
Come make your first pair of mittens! You’ll learn how to use double-pointed needles with this pattern by Minnesota designer Theresa Gaffey that is sized from a child’s 2 to an adult XL. Before you know it, you’ll be able to make mittens as gifts to keep all of your friends and family warm! Students in this class should be familiar with knitting, purling, and decreasing (Knitting 101).

Materials: Theresa Gaffey Designs Warm Woolly Mittens pattern #51, worsted weight yarn for your desired size, US 5 and 7 dpns, small stitch holder or waste yarn, tapestry needle.
Cost: $30 + materials
Instructor: Cheryl Read

Traditional Christmas Stocking
Tuesdays, October 6, 13 & 20
6:00 – 8:00 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

Curling Neckwarmer & Mitts
Saturdays, October 8, 15, 22, and 29
2:00 — 4:00 pm
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.

Matierals: 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

Crochet 101
Mondays, October 10, 17, and 24
11:00 — 1:30 pm

Learn five of the basic stitches used in almost all crochet. Chain, Single Crochet, Half Double Crochet, Double Crochet, 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 sampler pieces that can be used for a variety of things later. This class is divided into three sessions so you have a chance to really learn and practice the stitches.

Materials: Size J crochet hook, safety pin style stitch markers, approx. 200 yards of yarn in a medium worsted weight. You can use one or two different colors. Light colors are easiest to learn on.
Cost: $30 + materials

Simple Crochet Shell Scarf
Monday, October 24
2:00 — 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

 Spinning Wheel 101
Monday, October 10
5:00 — 8:00 pm

Learn to get the most out of your spinning wheel! Lita will teach you the basics so that you can gain more control over the type of yarn you create. If you have never spun before, taking the class “LEARNING HOW TO SPIN USING A DROP SPINDLE” on Monday, September 19, would be a great precursor to this class.

You must understand how to use your own wheel and the wheel must be in good working order.

Materials required for the class: A spinning wheel and roving (roving can be purchased at Yarn Harbor).
Cost: $15 + materials
Instructor: Lita Doesken

Knitting 102: Ely Stocking Hat
Tuesdays, October 11, 18 & 25
5:30 – 7:30 PM
ely stocking cap
If you’ve completed Yarn Harbor’s Knitting 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 (Knitting 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

Your Very Own Lopi
Thursdays, October 13, 20, 27, November 3, and 10
5:30 — 7:30 pm
A Lopi sweater is a wonderful thing. Light, warm, and the colors and patterns are beautiful. The traditional bulky Lopi sweater is knit from the bottom up, in one piece, in the round. It usually features patterns in colors around the wrists and shoulders. The class is for the intermediate knitter who has either done 2-color stranded knitting or feels ready to learn. Come learn why we love Lopi so.

Materials: Álafosslopi book 12 or 18, or other bulky Lopi pullover pattern. Yarn and needles to match pattern, stitch markers, tapestry needle.
Cost: $50 + materials
Instructor: Katie Viren

Learning How to Spin Using a Drop Spindle
Monday, October 24
5:00 – 8:00 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

“Angle” Baby Sweater
Wednesdays, October 26, and November 2, 9, and 16
6:00 — 8:00 pm
This is my favorite baby sweater to knit, to give as a gift, and to put on my own kid. I love this pattern! The sweater is cleverly designed to be knit in one piece with minimal finishing. It is also designed to be super stretchy so it will grow with the baby. This is an intermediate beginner’s class. You should know how to knit and purl. You will learn a provisional cast-on, Kitchener stitch, and a one-row buttonhole. The sweater may be made in size 6, 12 or 24 months.

Materials: Fingering weight yarn 100 (110, 140) grams of main color, 40(50, 60) grams in contrast color one and 15(20, 25) grams in contrast color two; US size 3 circular needles 24 or 32” long, US size 2 needles, 24 or 32” long, stitch markers, tapestry needle, waste yarn. NOTE: You may use DK weight yarn and appropriate
needles for a slightly larger sweater.
Cost: $40 to Yarn Harbor plus $8 fee to instructor for pattern
Instructor: Jen Lushbough


Sept Cowl of the Month and Yarn Bombing

September 10, 2011

The September Cowl of the Month is an Entrelac Cowl. Knit up in Kudo you get fun and easy color play, knit up in multiple colors of solids you get a great harlequin look. It is a good way to learn this technique with a great cowl as your reward.

For other news, Yarn Harbor is planning a Yarn Bombing! We are going to cover the rail on the side of our shop with color and flowers! October 14th, National Yarn Day, is our chosen day. Come and pick up some of the yarn we are providing and the measurements and patterns. Knit or crochet what you choose. We will be “installing” it at the pajama party that night. Guerrilla/ninja outfits are optional.

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