Archive for June, 2012

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Knitters Pride Cubics Needles

June 29, 2012

Knitters Pride Cubics

We’ve recently started carrying a new line of needles, Knitters Pride Cubics, in both double-pointed and interchangeable circular needles.

These needles are not only aesthetically pleasing, but can also solve some common knitting problems. Knitters with arthritis or repetitive strain injuries often find that the cube, rather than rounded, shape of the needles is more comfortable for their hands, and tight knitters may find that their gauge is slightly looser on a cubic needle. The material, while lightweight, is also quite strong. Here’s some information regarding the wood from the Knitters Pride site:

…All of these are made from densified laminated birch wood. This material is more costly and much harder than either ebony or rosewood. Unlike in other wooden needles, water absorption in Symfonie wood needles is negligible and, as a result, there is no chance of warping. The same property makes our needles very strong, enables the points to be sharp and provides a lifetime of pleasurable use, if handled correctly.

 

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Pajama Party!

June 15, 2012

Friday, June 15th
5-10 pm

Come hang out with us! Bring your project, a snack, and a friend to knit, crochet or spin. We’ll visit from store-closing-time until 10:00 pm. It’s fun! You don’t even need to come in pajamas – your regular clothes will do just fine!

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July Classes

June 13, 2012

Summer is a great time to learn a new skill and take your crafting inside (to be in the A/C), or out enjoying the view! Be sure to call the shop at 218-724-6432 to save your spot if you’re interested in one of our July classes.

Don’t miss your last chance to take some of Cheryl’s great knitting classes this month before she moves to Pennsylvania!

Crochet Cuff Down Socks
Mondays, July 2, 16, and 23
 (note: no class July 9)
11:00 am – 1:30 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 yarn, 3 markers (one must be unique), tapestry needle, Leisure Arts Book “I Can’t Believe I’m
Crocheting Socks”.
Cost: $30 + materials.
Instructor: Jo’Elle Galo

Crochet Finishing Class
Monday July 2
2:00 – 4:30 pm

Do you have a UFO?? What is a UFO, you ask? It is an unfinished object. I bet you have a few of those lying around. If you have taken a class and not gotten around to completing your project or you have something you are working on and put it aside because you got stuck, this is the time to come in and work on it. Jo’Elle Galo is our resident “crochet expert”. She can help you get through your problem or set you on the right path to getting it done. This is a great time to get together with others who are in the same boat and have some fun socializing while you finish a goal. Don’t forget we always have chocolate on the table to help get you through even the toughest spot!

Materials: Bring all the supplies you need to finish your project. Don’t forget your pattern and a great attitude.
Cost: $15
Instructor: Jo’Elle Galo

Pure & Simple Summer Open Cardigan
Thursdays, July 5, 12, 19, and 26
5:30 – 7:30 pm
P&S Open Cardi

This pattern is just as the title describes it, Pure & Simple! It s a great summer basic coverup that is ideal for wearing over tanks and spaghetti straps, especially in our Northland climate. It is knit in one piece beginning at the neck edge, has short raglan-style sleeves, and no buttons to sew on at the end. Join us for a fun, easy summer knit class and make something special for yourself!   Students in this class should be comfortable casting on, knitting, and purling. Prior sweater knitting experience is not a prerequisite!

Materials: Knitting Pure & Simple pattern #294, worsted weight yarn in appropriate yardage for chosen size, 29  US #10.5 and US #8 circular needles, 16  US #10.5 circular needles, double-pointed needles US #10.5 and US #8, or size required to achieve gauge, scrap yarn, stitch markers, tapestry needle.
Cost: $40 + materials
Instructor: Cheryl Read

Techniques Class: Stranded Color Knitting
Tuesdays, July 10, 17 and 24
5:30 – 7:30 pm
May LDotM
Eager to try your hand at 2-color knitting? Stranded knitting is best done in the round, so we will be working on a hat. In this class you will learn how to read a chart, how to carry 2 colors, how to keep your tension from getting too tight, how to deal with the yarn on the back side of the knitting, and how to switch colors. This hat will also give us a new way to edge a hat, as well ! This is a very fun class. I always love seeing what colors people work with and how they play together.

Materials: Boreal Knits Sirius pattern, dpns and 16” or 20” circular needle in size 6, 100 yards each of 2 colors of worsted weight yarn, or multiple colors of scrap yarn, stitch markers, tapestry needle.
Cost: $30 + materials
Instructor: Katie Viren

Basic Socks
Tuesdays, July 10, 17, and 24
6:00 – 8:00 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

Easy Lace Scarf
Wednesday, July 11
5:30 – 8:00 pm
easy lace scarf
Lisa Knits has designed a lace scarf that can be knit in three yarn weights (fingering, sport/DK, worsted). It has a four row pattern. Skills needed are knitting and purling.

Materials: Lisa Knits “Easy Lace Scarf” pattern, yarn, and recommended needle size.
Note: Jean suggests you use worsted weight yarn for this class.
Cost: $20 + materials
Instructor: Jean Walters

Knitting 101
Wednesdays, July 11, 18, and 25
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: Cheryl Read

Crochet 101: Dish Cloths
Mondays, July 16, 23, and 30
2:00 pm – 4:30 pm
101 Dishcloths
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 a few dish cloths as finished projects. 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. 500 yards of yarn in a medium worsted weight cotton. You can use one or two different colors. Light colors are easiest to learn on. Intro to Crochet pattern, available for purchase at Yarn Harbor.
Cost: $30 + materials
Instructor: Jo’Elle Galo

Can’t Kick ‘Em Off Baby Booties
Monday, July 16
5:30 — 8:00 pm
baby booties

These booties are sure to stay put, even on energetic little feet! Join us for a workshop to make Jean Christensen’s fun, quick baby booties that are sure to impress, whether at a baby shower or as a charitable donation.

Students in this class should be comfortable casting on, knitting, purling, and working with double-pointed needles.

Materials: Jean Christensen pattern #5, approximately 100 yards fingering weight yarn, US 3 double-pointed needles, tapestry needle, small crochet hook (optional).
Cost: $15 + materials
Instructor: Cheryl Read

Christmas Ornament Needle Felting
Saturday, July 21
10:00am – 2:00 pm
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Learn the basics of needle felting, an ancient art once used to adorn horse blankets and soldier’s 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 ornaments.

Cost: $25 + $10 kit fee paid to instructor at start of class.
Instructor: Jo’Elle Galo

Simple Crochet Shell Scarf
Monday, July 30
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

Crochet Finishing Class
Monday, July 30
5:30 – 8:00 pm

Do you have a UFO?? What is a UFO, you ask? It is an unfinished object. I bet you have a few of those lying around. If you have taken a class and not gotten around to completing your project or you have something you are working on and put it aside because you got stuck, this is the time to come in and work on it. Jo’Elle Galo is our resident “crochet expert”. She can help you get through your problem or set you on the right path to getting it done. This is a great time to get together with others who are in the same boat and have some fun socializing while you finish a goal. Don’t forget we always

Materials: Bring all the supplies you need to finish your project. Don’t forget your pattern and a great attitude.
Cost: $15 + materials
Instructor: Jo’Elle Galo

Basic Mittens
Tuesdays, July 31, August 7, and 14
5:30 – 7:30 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: Katie Viren

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Knitting on the Beach

June 12, 2012

johnny
Knitting at the Beach last year was fantastic! With anywhere from one to fifteen people showing up, it was always a pleasure and great company. This year I’m personally going to focus on a beach knitting project. I will be knitting Johnny (the pirate) at the beach. A few years ago I knit a pirate doll for the Tall Ships celebration. The doll was raffled away when the celebration ended. The proud new owner does let him visit, but I think it’s time to knit one for the shop.

People have asked for a class on these dolls from the book Knitted Pirates, Princesses, Witches, Wizards & Fairies by Annette Hefford. Well, this is your chance. This is not a formal class, but since this is the project I will be working on at the beach, it would be a good opportunity for anyone who wants to try knitting one of these dolls to get some focused help, free of charge. Knitting at the Beach will start Tuesday, June 12, at Brighton Beach, and continue every Tuesday through August 28th. I get down there around 6 pm and stay until sunset. Park at the end in the gravel lot. Take the path in the woods and walk about a block toward the beach. You will find us enjoying the breeze on the rock deck.

~Kathy

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On Our Needles: Kathy’s Winnowing Shawl

June 11, 2012

Kathy is currently knitting the Winnowing shawl by Bristol Ivy. It was published in the second volume of the Wool People series by Brooklyn Tweed.
Winnowing
Like its name, this shawl is shaped like wings: it hugs your shoulders. The crescent shape and textured twisted stitch are what appealed to me. I’ve loved the twisted stitch since I used it in the ribbing of a vest by Nancy Lindberg. It makes the knit stitch in ribbing really pop!

This shawl has a very easy chart to follow. It really keeps you in check with the pattern because you can easily read your fabric throughout the shawl. The border is knitted on, framing your wings.

I used Jamieson Spindrift for this project; it is always a pleasure for me!

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Knitting Scandinavian Slippers and Socks Trunk Show

June 8, 2012

sock and slipper trunk

In her book Knitting Scandinavian Slippers and Socks, Laura Farson presents beautiful knitting patters for cozy, comfortable, durable slippers plus a number of coordinating socks.

Instructions are given for casting on at the heel and working toward the toe for excellent fit; options include removable felted insoles for even greater comfort.

Both women’s and men’s knitting patterns are included–these would be great holiday gifts! Patterns feature a mix of traditional Scandinavian designs and modern variations.

Be sure to stop by for this trunk show before it’s gone!

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World Wide Knit in Public Week

June 6, 2012

wwkip

This year, World Wide Knit in Public Week (formerly World Wide Knit in Public Day) will take place from June 9 – 17.

The Northern Lights affiliate of the Minnesota Knitters Guild will meet at Sir Ben’s on Saturday June 9 at noon. Stop by and show your pride and love for the craft by knitting, crocheting, or spinning in public.

We hope to see you there!

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