Archive for January, 2012

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On Our Needles: Molly’s Cable Socks

January 30, 2012

Cable Socks
My very first pair of socks will soon be done! After all these years of knitting, I never had any desire to knit socks. They just seemed like such a long and tedious project. And you have to knit two of them!  But then my sister gave me a pair of hand knit socks for Christmas. And I realized how warm they are. How soft they are. How GOOD they look under boots. Basically, I realized the pay-off for what I thought was monotony is actually quite huge. So I decided to dive in and make some socks.

I am using a free pattern from Ravelry, Cable Socks, for the basic sock recipe. But I knew I would get bored of so much stockinette and only one cable up the side, so I decided to continue to the ribbing down the ankle and just add some simple cabled columns. I am knitting these with the Rowan Felted Tweed, which has been lovely to work with. So far, they have been surprisingly quick to knit, and not too boring at all. I decided to knit half of the first one and then start the second so I wouldn’t be tempted to just quit after one.

Hopefully these will be finished before the end of this week!

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Featured Yarn: Eco Duo

January 27, 2012

Eco Duo

We are proud to present our latest yarn from Cascade: Eco Duo! It’s an un-plied worsted weight blend of 70% undyed baby alpaca and 30% undyed merino wool. There is a generous 197 yards in a skein, and the recommended needle size is a US #8 for 18 stitches to 4″. It’s so gorgeous and so soft: like knitting with a cloud!

This would be a great yarn for a slouchy hat or a luxuriously soft cowl. Check out what others are making out of this beautiful yarn on Ravelry.

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FAQ: Shop Hours

January 25, 2012

Did you know that Yarn Harbor is open seven days a week?!?

That’s right, we’re open on Sundays and even stay open late a couple of nights each week. Here are our Winter/Spring store hours:

Sunday: noon-5
Monday: noon-8
Tuesday: 10-5
Wednesday: 10-5
Thursday: 10-7
Friday: 10-5
Saturday: 10-5

We will, however, be closed on Sunday, April 8th for Easter and Monday, May 28th for Memorial Day.

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On Our Needles: Katie’s Levenwick

January 23, 2012

Levenwick

Katie likes quasi-military styling. This sweater, the Levenwick, is a worsted weight reverse stockinette cardigan with an asymmetrical  lace closure. Even though it is lace, it looks a little militaristic, especially in the army green heather.  She chose to do it in Cascade 220.

Like most of Katie’s large projects, it is taking her forever, but it is going to be fabulous when it is done. She is almost done with the sleeves, and then just has the front bands and pockets left. You can follow her progress on her Ravelry project page.

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February Classes

January 22, 2012

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

Knitting 101
Wednesdays, February 1, 8, and 15
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

French Press Felted Slippers
Wednesdays, February 1, 8, and 15
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: $30 + materials
Instructor: Cheryl Read

Basic Mittens
Mondays, February 6, 13, and 20
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

Crochet Fingerless Gloves
Monday, February 6
11:00 am — 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!

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

Intro to Crochet Hat: Crochet 102
Mondays, February 6, and 13
2:00 — 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

“V” Shawl
Mondays, February 6, 13, and 27 (note: no class on the 20th)
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
Instructor: Jo’Elle Galo

OOPS! I Dropped a Stitch!
Tuesday, February 7
5:30 — 8:30 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

Simple Crochet Shell Scarf
Monday, February 13
11:00 am — 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
Instructor: Jo’Elle Galo

Simple Super-Bulky Sweater
Thursdays, February 16, 23, and March 1, 8, and 15
5:30 — 7:30 pm

If you want to learn the basics of making a top-down sweater, and if you like (almost) instant gratification, this is the course for you. We will be making Knitting Pure & Simple’s #224 Weekend Neck Down Pullover. It features raglan sleeves, a pretty modified ribbing, and really fat yarn and needles. I am completely looking forward to how warm and snuggly this sweater is going to be. A perfect project for a frigid month!

Materials: P&S #224, 16” sz 15, 29” sz 17, sz 17 dpns (or size to get gauge), a large tapestry needle. Please have an 8” x 4” gauge swatch done before class so we can help make sure you make the right size.
Cost: $50 + materials
Instructor: Katie Viren

Entrelac Cowl
Tuesdays, February 21, 28, and March 6
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

Crocheted Toe Up Socks
Mondays, February 27, March ,5 and 12
11:00 am — 1:30 pm

This is the basic sock starting at the toe and working up to the cuff. It will teach you all of the sections of a sock with a 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 450 yards light weight sock weight yarn, 3 markers (1 must be unique), tapestry needle, Leisure Arts book, “I Can’t Believe I’m Crocheting Socks” by Karen Ratto-Whooley.
Cost: $30 + materials
Instructor: Jo’Elle Galo

Reversible Scarf
Monday, February 27
2:00 — 4:30 pm
reversible scarf
In this class we will make a scarf that is called “reversible” because it is different colors on each side. It is a simple technique you will love once you have learned it. You may decide to use it on other items as well. Class members will explore this scarf in both a worsted weight and a sock weight. You will get two very different results with the different weights.

Materials: 200 yards of yarn in two different colors (400 yards total). Use a size K hook if you choose worsted weight yarn, or size G hook if you choose sock weight yarn. Reversible Scarf Pattern is available for purchase at Yarn Harbor.
Cost: $15 + materials
Instructor: Jo’Elle Galo

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