Archive for December, 2012


January Classes

December 30, 2012

We have a nice batch of knitting and crochet classes to get you through your post-Christmas recovery. Come join us to knit in our warm, friendly, well-lit shop!


Mondays, January 7, 14, and 21
5:30 — 7:30 pm

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: Jen Lushbough


Wednesdays, January 9, 16, and 23
6:00 — 8:00 pm

Baby sweaters are a perennial favorite for many knitters. They’re quick, they’re cute, and they’re a great go-to gift once you find a pattern that you love. This is that pattern for me. Top-down construction allows the cardigan to be knit without seams, so when you’re done, you’re done! We’ll also talk about how to alter the pattern in a few fun ways.

Materials: Pattern (available online or through instructor for $6), up to 400 yards of worsted weight yarn (depending on sweater size), US size 8 24” circular needles, stitch markers, tapestry needle, three small buttons.
Cost: $30 + materials
Instructor: Jen Lushbough


Thursdays, January 10, 17, and 24
6:00 — 8:00 pm
(please note: this class is 2 1/2 hours per evening)

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? Or do you just love learning new and exciting knitting techniques? 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: Instructor will provide a pattern. You will need approximately 300 yards sport weight (or worsted weight) yarn, two US size 4 (or 6) circulars (24” or longer) or size needed to obtain gauge of 6 (or 5) stitches per inch, tapestry needle.
Cost: $40 + materials
Instructor: Jen Lushbough

dishclothsCROCHET 101: DISH CLOTHS

Fridays, January 11, 18, and 25
11:00 am — 1:00 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 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


Thursdays, January 17, 24, and 31
5:30 — 7:30 pm

Blended intarsia is a new technique developed by Susan Newhall. I took her class at Yarnover this year and was enchanted and inspired. It is a very nice, innovative way to add details to drapey fabric. The blended intarsia does not constrict the fabric, and so does not affect the fabric’s movement. We will start with a small sampler and learn the techniques involved: how to add the yarn, tensioning, and how yarn dominance affects the final result. You can turn this sampler into a scarf if you wish, or go to and get one of Susan’s patterns to play with. Come and learn something new for the new year! Experience: very comfortable knitting and purling and following instructions. You will be learning a new way to carry and tension a second yarn.

Materials: 200 to 300 yds of two colors of fingering weight, smooth yarn. The colors should be different enough but go well together. US size 8 needles, stitch markers, Bryson EZ Bobbins size small, tapestry needle.
Cost: $30 + materials
Instructor: Katie Viren


Monday, January 28
11:00 am — 1:00 pm

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


Monday, January 28
2:00 — 4:00 pm

These leg warmers are great to keep that chill off during our many months of cold weather. They can be made of many different colors or striped any way you like. They would make a great, quick Christmas gift for any girl in your life who likes to sport some of the hottest fashion trends. This is a simple construction so anyone can learn how to do it — even a new beginner. Mothers and daughters — come take this class together and make yourselves a great accessory to add to your wardrobe!

Materials: 200 yards worsted weight yarn, size J US 10/6.00mm crochet hook, safety pin style stitch markers, Crochet Leg Warmers pattern (available at Yarn Harbor).

May the new year find you happily playing with yarn.


New Handspun from Tamarack Hill Farms!

December 23, 2012

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERATamarack Hill Farm paid us a visit. They left us new homespun! Tamarack Hill Farm grows their own sheep, shears, spins, and sometimes dyes their yarns. The end result is a great slubby soft yarn, heavy worsted to aran weight. We received undyed brown and cream. There is also a yellow and a duo brown/blue that is smashing.

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