Archive for July, 2012



July 27, 2012

There’s a new slow-striping yarn in town: Gradient from Schoppel-Wolle.

Gradient Shawl
It’s similar to Zauberball, but is a worsted weight wool. The single ply has been slightly felted, which gives it a unique texture and is intended to reduce pilling.

We decided to knit a simple shawl out of one ball to let the amazing colors really shine through. Check out other pattern ideas on ravelry.


How to Make a Ruffle Scarf

July 25, 2012

Scarves knit or crocheted out of ruffle yarns have been all the rage this year, and they’re easier to make than you might think. Check out this video, demonstrating with Katia Triana:

The technique is basically the same, even if you’re using Rowan Kidsilk Creation…
Kidsilk Creation

…or Tinseltown…

…or Tecido Trico.
Tecido Trico


On Our Needles: Jennifer’s Angel Sweater

July 23, 2012

Angel Sweater

Jennifer is currently making a shop sample using Oat Couture’s “Angel Sweater for Baby”, pattern # BB218.  This pattern features an easy “feather and fan” design for the bottom and sleeves of the sweater and a simple ridged design for the upper torso.

You can use fingering or DK weight for this pattern, which is in sizes 6 to 24 months.  Jennifer is using a beautiful royal blue in the Elsebeth Lavold “Silky Wool” DK yarn, which is knitting up beautifully.

The lower edges of this sweater are knitted in larger needles, graduating to smaller sizes as you go, which gives a little flare, or A-line shape to this garment – a very clever way to shape the sweater without having to change stitch numbers.  This is an excellent sweater for a little girl in your life, and Jennifer would definitely make this one again!


Knitting Games!

July 18, 2012

We have a summer Olympics this year and this is the third time we’ll be knitting along with the Yarn Harbor ladies. If you haven’t played before, here’s a brief run down.

You choose a project to be done within the time span of the Olympic Games. You can start during the opening ceremonies (you are allowed to swatch before the games) and need to finish up by the closing ceremonies.

The key to a Yarn Harbor Games project is to challenge yourself with the project you choose, whether it is a new technique or something you know to be a challenge for yourself. Think of all the discipline it took the athletes to get to the games, and give yourself a challenge!

We will have a team on Ravelry and events at the shop.You’ll receive a 15% discount on everything you need for your Game Project at the shop. All projects must be purchased before the opening ceremonies. Sorry, no exceptions! Here’s to London 2012!

To join the Yarn Harbor Team, stop by the desk before July 27th to sign up.

Olympics Opening Ceremonies
(cast on and go for it!!)
Friday, July 27th 1:30-4:30pm
We won’t be able to cast on until 3:00 (the Opening Ceremonies start time was pushed back), but feel free to come over and settle in earlier

Get your “Second Wind” (hang in there!)
Friday, August 3rd until 10pm (at the PJ Party)

Olympics Closing Ceremonies & Celebration
(did you finish?? Good Job!)
Sunday, August 12th 1:30-4:30


August Classes

July 16, 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 August classes.

Lace Baby Blanket
Wednesdays, August 1st, 8th, and 15th (note: these are different times from those originally published in our newsletter)
5:00 – 7:00 pm

Learn how to do a very simple lace repeat and end up with an elegant, complicated-looking baby blanket! This pattern is knit on size 8 needles with worsted weight yarn, so it goes rather fast! You can make the end product as large or small as you’d like, because the pattern is knit from the center outwards.

Materials: Merry Go Round Blanket pattern, from Knit Baby Afghans by the Pound, by Leisure Arts. 1020 yards worsted weight yarn. Size 8 dpns, size 8 circulars in 16” and 24”.
Cost: $30 + materials
Instructor: Molly Wick

Knitting 101
Thursdays, August 2, 9 and 16
5:00 – 7:00 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

Kids’ Knitting Camp
Monday – Friday, August 6 – 10
9:00 – 10:00 am

Kids 8 years old to middle school can learn to knit or advance their skills in a “summer camp” 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

Intro to Crochet Hat: Crochet 102
Monday, August 6 and 13
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.

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
 Jo’Elle Galo

Ankle Socks (crochet)
Mondays, August 6, and 13
2:00 — 4:30 pm

This class will teach you a simple crochet sock that is easy to make and fun to wear. It is a low ankle sock that can be worn all summer in any type of shoe. Even if you have never made a pair of socks before, you can do these! In two weeks you will have yourself a new pair of socks to wear and want to make some in every color.

Materials: Fine weight sock yarn, approx. 400 yards, size D/3.25 mm crochet hook, safety pin style markers in two different colors. Pattern is in the book “I Can’t Believe I’m Crocheting Socks”.
Cost: $20 + materials
Instructor: JoElle Galo

Summer Hat (crochet)
Monday, August 6
5:30 – 8:00 pm
summer hat

This is a lacy hat made out of a light weight cotton that can be worn in the summer. It is worked from the crown down. It is a repeating pattern that is easily memorized. It can be made very quickly.

Materials: 1 hank of Cascade Ultra Pima Cotton (220 yds)for all sizes. Crochet Summer Hat Pattern, available for purchase at Yarn Harbor. Crochet hook size US H/8 (5 mm), stitch marker.
Cost: $15 + materials
Instructor: Jo’Elle Galo

Crochet 101 Dish Cloths
Mondays, August 13, 20, and 27
5:30 — 8:00 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.

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
 JoElle Galo

Traditional Christmas Stocking
Wednesdays, August 15, 22, and 29
5:00 – 7:00 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

Treble Triangle Kerchief (crochet)
Mondays, August 20, and 27
11:00 am — 1:30 pm

This is a lightweight kerchief that can be worn all year round. It can be worn tied around the neck as a kerchief or over the shoulders as a light shawl. It is a simple pattern that repeats itself and is easy to learn.

Minimum 400 yards sock or DK weight yarn. Sample used two balls of Regia Extra Twist Merino sock yarn. Treble Triangle pattern is available for purchase at Yarn Harbor. Size J US 10/6 mm hook, safety pin style stitch markers.
Cost: $20 + materials
 Jo’Elle Galo

Prayer Shawl (crochet)
Mondays, August 20, and 27
2:00 — 4:30 pm

Prayer Shawl
In this class we will make a prayer shawl. You can decide to make it for a special person whom you know is in need, or if you would like, we at Yarn Harbor will send it on to someone in need. We collect them for a local group called Circle of Hope; they pass them on to women who are struggling through breast cancer treatments. We have more information available at the store if you are interested. I have designed several crochet patterns for this cause. Students are asked to choose from the Bowtie, Fan, or Tipsy Prayer Shawl patterns and bring it to class to work on. Not every student needs to be working on the same pattern. We will spend the first week learning the pattern and the second week working on it.

Prayer Shawl pattern of your choice, Bowtie, Fan, or Tipsy, 600 yards of worsted weight yarn, size hook indicated in pattern, safety pin style stitch markers.
Cost: $20 + materials
 Jo’Elle Galo

Beaded Lace Scarf
Tuesdays, August 21, 28, and September 4
5:30 – 7:30 pm
Beaded Lace Scarf
Both beaded knitting and lace can be beautiful, but are a bit daunting to do for the first time on your own. Join us for this class incorporating a simple lace pattern with an elegant smattering of beads. We will be using Heartstrings “Beaded Lace Scarf II”. Get an early start on your gifting this year with this beautiful accessory! This is for the intermediate knitter: you should know how to knit, purl, do increases and decreases, cast on and cast off. You will learn a simple lace pattern and how to string and manage beads on a knitted project.

Materials: Heartstring’s Beaded Lace Scarf II, 475 yards of a lace weight yarn, 40 g size 8/0 seed beads, split eye needle to string beads (you can buy these last two items at a bead shop), stitch markers, size US 4 needles, tapestry
Cost: $30 + materials
Instructor: Katie Viren


Magazine Exchange

July 13, 2012

magazine exchange

Yarn Harbor has, for a couple of years now, hosted a magazine exchange. Knitting and crochet magazines, some newer and some older, have been donated or exchanged and are in a basket under the window ledge.

Anyone is welcome to bring magazines to share, and take magazines to read or for patterns. Ideally, people would bring a magazine for each they take, but we’ve been very lucky – some people have donated magazines without taking any, so we have several in the basket.

We try to be sure that no magazines have pages torn out, but sometimes we miss one, sorry! If you have questions or magazines to donate, please see one of us…and enjoy this feature of Yarn Harbor!


Friday the 13th Sale & PJ Party

July 11, 2012


Remember to stop in any time on July 13th for our Friday the 13th Sale: 13% off all yarn, all day*. We’ll also be open late for the Pajama Party from 5-10 pm. Bring your project, a snack, and a friend to knit, crochet or spin. You don’t even need to come in pajamas–your regular clothes will do just fine!

*Loyalty Card punches are given for full-price items only.

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