Archive for October, 2011


November Classes

October 16, 2011

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

Knitting 103: Fiber Trends Swirls Hat
Two-Color Knitting
Tuesdays, November 1, 8, and 15

5:30-7:30 pm
103 swirl hatReady 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 provides!
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, size 6 double pointed needles, stitch markers.
Cost: $30 + materials
Instructor: Katie Viren
Loxley Hooded Scarf
Wednesdays, November 2, 9, 16, and 30 
(Note: No class on November 23rd for Thanksgiving)
6:00 — 8:00 pm

Stephen West’s hooded scarf is the perfect design to get you or a loved one through our cold Northland winters. In this class, we’ll explore some intermediate techniques including short-row shaping and attached i-cord. Students in this class should be familiar with knitting, purling, and decreasing (Knitting 101).

Materials: Loxley pattern or “West Knits Book 2”, 580 yards worsted weight yarn, US 8 dpns and 16” circular needles, locking stitch marker, waste yarn, 6 stitch markers, tapestry needle.
Cost: $40 + materials
Instructor: Cheryl Read

Basic Socks
Thursdays, November 3, 10, and 17
5:30 — 7:30 pm
Basic Sock
Socks are the perfect “go anywhere” project—quick, easy and portable. In this class, you will learn how to knit a basic worsted weight sock on double point needles. Students in this class should be familiar with knitting, purling, and decreasing (Knitting 101).

Materials: Knitting Pure & Simple Beginner Socks pattern #9728, 230 yards worsted weight yarn (superwash is recommended), US size 6 dpns or size needed to obtain gauge, locking stitch markers, tapestry needle.
Cost: $30 + materials
Instructor: Cheryl Read

Knitting 101
Saturdays, November 5, 12, and 19
8:30 — 10:30 am

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

Basic Mittens Class Added!
Saturdays, November 5, 12, and 19
2:00 pm — 4:00 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
Cheryl Read

Double Knit Hat
Saturdays, November 5, 12, and 19
12:00 noon — 2:00 pm

Learn to knit a double-knit (reversible) hat – something really handy during our cold winters! We will make a child’s size hat using sport-weight yarn. During this class you will learn to read charts, cast-on for reversible knitting, increase and decrease in reversible knitting. For this class you need to know how to knit, purl, increase and decrease.

Materials: Pattern provided by instructor, circular needles to obtain gauge (US2 — US3), 2 skeins of sport-weight yarn of different colors (such as Dale of Norway Heilo), crochet hook, stitch markers, tapestry needle.
Cost: $30 + materials
Instructor: Irina Haller

Intro to Crochet Hat: Crochet 102
Mondays, November 7, and 14
11:00 — 1:30 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

Crochet Fingerless Gloves
Monday, November 7
2:00 — 4:30 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!

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

Spinning Wheel 101
Monday, November 7
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

French Press Felted Slippers
Mondays, November 7, 14, 21, and 28
6:00 — 8:00 pm
French Press Slippers
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: $40 + materials
Instructor: Cheryl Read

Intro to Crochet Sampler Scarf
Mondays, November 14, 21 & 28
2:00 – 4:30 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 two 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: $25 + materials
Instructor: Jo’Elle Galo

Learning How to Spin Using a Drop Spindle
Monday, November 14
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), Icelandic roving (preferred).
Cost: $10 + materials
Instructor: Lita Doesken

Knitted Christmas Ornaments
Thursdays, November 17 and December 1
 (no class on November 24 for Thanksgiving)
5:30 — 7:30 pm

In the Scandinavian traditions, Christmas is a wonderful and magic time, and it is a joy to decorate and embellish your home for this festive season. Arne and Carlos, designers of Scandinavian knitwear, have come up with a book of patterns for knitted ornaments. They are delightful. In this class we will learn how to knit these colorful and quick ornaments. We will go over 2-color knitting, how to block and stuff, and how to hang them. These are great to decorate with, or to give as gifts.

Materials: “55 Christmas Balls to Knit” by Arne and Carlos, 2 skeins Dale Heilo (one of each color), needles size US 2 or 3, crochet hook size E, and a darning needle.
Cost: $20 + materials
Instructor: Katie Viren

Simple Crochet Shell Scarf
Monday, November 21
11:00 — 1:30 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

“V” Shawl
Mondays, November 21, 28, and December 5
5:30 — 8:00 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 substitutes.

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

Rasta Snowboarder Hat
Tuesdays, November 22 & 29
5:30 – 7:30 PM
Rasta Boarder

I fell in love with Malabrigo’s Rasta the minute it came in the door. To really show it at it’s best, though, it needs to be knit in a texture. AND customers are always asking for snowboarder hat patterns. Soooo, we will be knitting a great textured snowboarder hat with a single crochet edge that uses just one skein of Rasta! (or any super-bulky of your choice). Impress your favorite ‘boarder this season with this awesome hat! Prerequisites: experience with knitting in the round on circulars and double points (Knitting 102). Familiarity with crochet is appreciated but not required.

Materials: Rasta Boarder pattern, 1 skein Malabrigo Rasta, or 90 yds of a super-bulky yarn, 16″ size 15 circular needle, size 15 double point needles, size K crochet hook, stitch holder, large tapestry needle, 7″ piece of cardboard to make tassel.
Cost: $20 + materials
Instructor: Katie Viren

Christmas Needle Felted Ornaments
Saturday, November 26
10:00 am — 2:00 pm
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Learn the basics of needle felting, an ancient art once used to adorn horseblankets 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.

One Skein Braid Hat
Monday, November 28
11:00 — 1:30 pm
This hat is the hit of the season! You can find them on every size and shape head, from babies, to kids, young adults and even grand-parents. It is a simple crochet design and is very quick to make with only one skein of a chunky weight yarn.

Materials: Size US L 11/8.00mm crochet hook, 120 yards chunky through super bulky yarn. 2 strands of a worsted can be worked together to give the same effect of bulky. One Skein Braid Hat pattern, available for purchase at Yarn Harbor.
Cost: $15 + materials

Quick Knit 101: Neck Gator
Tuesdays, November 29 and December 6
6:00 – 8:00 pm
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Learn to Knit while making this warm gator. This is a basic Knitting 101 class where you will learn how to cast on, knit, purl, and bind off using a circular needle.

Materials: Pattern provided by instructor, 16″ size 13 circular needle, 60 yards super chunky yarn, tapestry needle.
Cost: $25 + materials
Instructor: Kathy Thomas


October Cowl of the Month and New Yarn!

October 2, 2011

October is here. I am not sure how that happened, but here it is. To celebrate, our October Cowl of the Month is a very pretty, soft, cabled wrapped cowl with buttons from Blue Sky Alpaca.

Blue Sky Alpaca's Cabled Cowl

Keep yourself warm and cosy while the weather turns.

We have a few other new ways to keep warm as well. The first up is Ella Rae’s Mega, a slightly thin and thick super bulky in a range of nice solid shades.  137 yds =250g. Next is a bulky from the Queensland Collection called Mist, a lovely soft thin/thick in a surprising and lovely mix of colors. 54 yds to 50 g. Ella Rae has also given us their lovely lace-style merino in a worsted weight. It has great colors and a great springy feel. 218 yds to 100 g. The last one is not so warm, but does win in the mohair/luxury department. Louisa Harding’s Simonetta, a mohair/nylon with an occasional shot of gold metallic.   264 yds to 50g. I am intrigued to see how it knits up.

A plethora of yum.

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