Archive for December, 2013

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January Classes

December 31, 2013

The new year is almost here! What are your crafting goals for the year? Check out the January classes and sign up for the ones that interest you!

Knitting

Knitting 101

Ready to learn how to knit? In this three session class, you’ll learn the basics of knitting, purling, increasing, and decreasing AND have a wearable hat as a finished project.

Thursday, January 9, 16, and 23. 6-8 pm. $30.

In Threes: A Baby Sweater

The top-down construction of this baby cardigan makes for a seamless knit, so when you’re done, you are done!

Monday, January 6, 13, and 20. 6-8 pm. $30.

Turkish Bed Socks

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Ready for a variation on your typical socks? Try these! The unique construction makes them fun to knit and they don’t take much yarn.

Wednesday, January 8, 15, and 22. 11 am – 1 pm. $30.

Sweater Design Workshop

Are you interested in sweater construction, but not sure where to start? This class provides an informative and practical approach to sweater design.

Friday, January 10, 17, 24, and 31, and February 7 and 14. 6-8 pm. $60.

Beaufort Hat

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This hat provides a great start to beginning lace with a four row repeat using worsted weight yarn. We will learn two different techniques for reading lace patterns and you’ll leave with an adorable, warm hat.

Wednesday, January 15 and 22. 6-8 pm. $20.

Little Dragon

This little guy has captured our hearts at the shop! Susan B. Anderson’s six-inch dragon is a fun  introduction to knitting toys and there is enough variation with the instructions to keep you from getting bored.

Thursday, January 16, 23, and 30. 6-8 pm. $20.

Aranami Shawl

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The Aranami Shawl incorporates a nifty modular technique that can easily be learned in this one session class. After knitting two of these, Katie G. has several tips and tricks to help you out!

Saturday, January 18. 10 am – 12 pm. $15.

Crochet

Crochet 101

Learn five of the basic crochet stitches and practice them on the ever-useful dishcloth. This class is a great class for anyone new to crochet or those looking for a refresher course.

Monday, January 6, 13, and 20.  10 am – 12 pm. $30.

Berry Baby Hat and Booties

This adorable hat and bootie set are gender neutral and sure to be well-loved and worn often!

Monday, January 6, 13, and 20. 2-4 pm. $30.

Tunisian Hooded Vest

Amaze people when you show off this vest is crochet that looks like knitting! In this class, you’ll learn several Tunisian stitches to complete this simple vest.

Monday, January 6, 13, 20, and 27, and February 3. 6-8 pm. $50.

Sign up for classes online or come into the store to secure your place in class!

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january knitalongs

December 22, 2013

I have to admit, at the beginning of December, fresh off that friends-and-family/Thanksgiving high, I was JACKED UP for Christmas knitting. “Ahhhh, the joy my family members will experience upon being presented with all these lovely hand knitted items!” I though, whilst knitting away happily in a proverbial bonnet like some sap from a Louisa May Alcott novel. Not to say that I’m not still feelin’ it, because basically I am. It’s exciting to give hand knitted gifts, especially for people you love – every moment you spend with that object is a meditation on them as a person, and on the things they might do with it once presented with said object. I just finished knitting a Norwegian hat for my dad (well, besides the lining) and the whole time I was imagining him whizzing down a ski slope in it. Anyway, where am I going with this? Oh, right. Gift giving is great. Gift knitting is fun. But some people, namely me, are getting seriously geared up for that glorious moment after Christmas is over when we can start KNITTING FOR OURSELVES. Yes. Yes. Yes!

I have lots (too many) projects planned for myself, and I’m sure you do too. But in the spirit of personal knitting (some would say selfish knitting, but I think that’s a little bit bonkers – calling knitting for yourself selfish seems to imply that knitting is always supposed to be for other people which is hogwash! Give a man a fish, and he’ll eat for a day! Teach a man to knit and he’ll be warm! But still out of fish. This is a long ellipses. I’m getting carried away, but you people get my drift I think), IN THE SPIRIT OF KNITTING FOR YOURSELF, let’s talk about some of the knitalongs that are kickin’ off in January.

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So, we all know and love Ysolda Teague. Amirite??? She’s great. Her designs are super cute. Her instructions are incredibly clear. Shots all around! January 13 marks the date of the first clue of this sure to be fun knitalong. It’s pretty cool because for every clue you receive, there are actually two options, and thirty-two possible outcomes. I’m excited to see all the different shawls that come out of it, and also to see the person who knits all 32 of them.

Michelle Hunter is doing a sock knitalong! She hasn’t released much information about the pattern, but her sock designs from previous KALs are all very interesting and this one is sure to keep your attention. She is featuring the Cobasi sock yarn for this project, which we happen to have in the shop in a rainbow of colors. Check our her blog to sign up for her newsletter and receive more information!

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Finally, Dream in Color, one of my personal favorite companies, will be running a knitalong for their new pattern Dreamy Valentine, designed by Ambah. If you head over to their facebook page by the end of Christmas Day, there is a drawing for a free copy of the pattern that you can enter if you like. Why not? After all, who doesn’t have a stash of Smooshy lying around? Head over to facebook to get a peek at this seriously gorgeous shawl and enter their drawing!

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Happy Solstice

December 16, 2013

As the year inches to a close and we find ourselves in the midst of the holiday pile up, we at Yarn Harbor would like to say a special thank you to all of our wonderful friends and customers. We wouldn’t be here without you. The community created by you guys continues to be a gift throughout the year. It is pretty magical to get to work in a store that people want just to be in – a place that brings people together. We really have something good going, and it wouldn’t be possible without all of you, our wonderful extended family of fiber enthusiasts

We hope that you are all able to ring in the new year with your friends and family and loved ones, and we look forward to seeing you in January.

 

Peace!

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