Hello, all of you out there. Hello, all you wonderful people.
Is there really anybody there? Are you not all outside, basking in the glory of a winter struck down?
I write to you today from a desk, where I sit wearing neither socks, nor tights, nor slippers. Shoes alone adorn my feet, and I am not even wearing pants!!!!! Ok, I’m wearing a skirt. I got you there, little minxes.
But forgive my silliness. I am a bit affected, you see. This beautiful weather is making me a little silly, a little amorous; I am quite plainly swooning. Spring is my new boyfriend.
Am I mistaken, or do I see a look of worry in your eye? Are you wondering, now it is warm and we all want to be outside, if the Knitting Must Stop?
Look, don’t worry – just because you can’t wear your knitted goods right now doesn’t mean you can’t make said knitted goods. In fact, I would argue that, when the weather is warm, knitting or crocheting becomes infinitely more pleasurable. There is no pressure to get things done quickly. You can linger over a project, adding detail, ensuring quality. So, to quote Elizabeth Zimmerman: “Let’s make them in May; let’s take our time over them; let’s venture into new approaches and designs; let’s enjoy them.” Preach, Liz.
If you were wondering what you might make, let me offer a few humble suggestions.
Crochet 101 Dish Cloths – May 10, 17, and 24. 10-12pm.
This is an easy and quick beginning crochet project, and practical to boot. Work on your dishcloths around the fire, and then immediately use them to wipe the marshmallow goo from your lips.
Knitting 101 – May 7, 13, and 21. 6-8pm.
Learn to knit and make yourself a cute hat in the process. Why might one take such a class in May, you ask? I’ll tell you why – insurance! If you don’t like this hat now, you won’t even feel compelled to wear it, and by the time it’s cold you’ll have made one you do like. Wait, wait, don’t let me talk this way! Of course you’ll love this hat! Take this class!!! Learn to knit!!!! Do it because it’s fun!!!!!
Toe Up Socks (Crochet) – May 6, 13, and 20. 2-4:30pm.
Socks are a wonderful warm weather project. They are small, can be stashed away easily, and will not cover your lap, heating it to uncomfortable levels. Toe-up socks are fun and practical – simply split your ball of yarn in half (or purchase two smaller balls) and never again worry about cuff length. It’s foolproof. It’s fun. It’s a great party trick. Well, it should be.
Knitting in the Round – May 7, 14, and 21. 5:30-7:30am . Just kidding! 5:30-7:30pm!
Learn to knit in the round, learn to make a hat, and learn some brim edging options. Learning a technique like this is a good thing to do in the summer. You won’t rush through it. You’ll do a good job. A flock of seagulls will steal it from you on the beach. No, they won’t. But! This is also a good, small, portable project that you could – and should! – bring to the beach with you. Or the park. Or the pond. Or the cabin. What I’m trying to say is, you can bring this anywhere you go. Literally anywhere. Hmmm, maybe not onto your floaty raft. Let’s just get real.
Those Darn Socks! – May 10. 5-8pm.
Do you love your socks dearly? Do you wish to lay them permanently to rest? No, of course not. You slaved away on those little devils last Summer, and after wearing them allllll of Fall and Winter, those holes in the heel will submit. They Shall All Submit! Now is the perfect time to fix those holes, without stressing yourself to death by rushing through it in a mad desire to wear them again.
For pictures, prices, and a full list of classes (because there are more, I tell you – there are ALWAYS MORE) please click this here linky dink -> http://www.yarnharborduluth.com/classes/classes.MAY.13.html
I cannot yet reveal next month’s Felt It project, but it’s a good one. Let me give you a hint, in the form of a riddle:
“April showers bring May _ _ _ _ _ _ _.”
The word in the blank will be the Felt It project. If you can’t piece that together, then I can only surmise that you have run off and eloped with Spring and are currently guzzling rum cocktails on a beach in Jamaica. To you I say congratulations, and once the honeymoon is over, I’ll see you in the shop for a class or two.