Archive for February, 2014

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March Classes: Crochet

February 22, 2014

Is crochet more your style? Check out March’s crochet classes below!

Crochet
Crochet 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 learn and practice the stitches.

Fridays, March 3, 17, and 24. 1 -3 pm. $30.

Worsted Weight Boot Sock
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!

Mondays, March 31, April 7 and 14. 6 – 8 pm. $30.

Crochet Afghan Workshop Square One: Granny Square
In this course, we will make a new square each week. You will learn a new crochet technique with each new square. Come to just one class, or all of them. Learn only the ones you like. On the last week we will learn how to assemble all of the squares you made into a wonderful afghan. You can make several of each block for a large afghan, or just one of each for a sampler. You decide what’s best for you.

Monday, March 24. 10 am – 12 pm. $15.

Four-Way Moebius
The Four Way Moebius Cowl is a true Moebius cowl; it is done in the round with no beginning or ending. It can be worn in four different ways: as a straight cowl, over the shoulders, as a balaclava, or doubled around your neck. It is a fun project that crochets up quickly.

Mondays, March 3 and 17. 10 am – 12 pm. $20.

Wrap Vest
This vest is a very simple design with a little bit of shaping and some easy seaming. It would be a great beginning piece for the crocheter who is ready to move on from hats and scarves. We will work this piece in class with some homework to be done between classes.

Fridays, March 7, 14, 21, 28 and April 4. 10 am – 12 pm. $50.

Find something you want to take? Sign up here, call the store, or stop by!

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March Classes: Knitting

February 21, 2014

March is almost here! That means spring is so close (in theory). There are plenty of classes for every skill level.

Knitting

Knitting 101
Learn the basics of knitting while making yourself a hat! If you’ve never picked up a pair of needles before, or if you just need a refresher, this is your class. We will cast on, knit, purl, increase, decrease, and sew up a seam. From here the possibilities are endless.

Saturdays, March 15, 22 and 29. 9 -11 am. $30.

Basic Socks
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 should be familiar with knitting and purling.

Mondays, March 3, 10, and 17. 6— 8 pm. $30.

Knitting 102: In the Round
You are all excited about learning to knit, and you want to expand beyond flat scarves and washcloths. This is the best next step. We will be exploring knitting in the round both with circular needles and double points. We will also be exploring a couple of hat edges: ribbing and the rolled brim. You should be comfortable with the knit and the purl stitch.

Tuesdays, March 11, 18, and 25. 5:30 — 7:30 pm. $30.

Matrushka Doll Mittens
These ridiculously adorable mittens are a fun introduction to colorwork and reading charts. They are knitted in worsted weight so the likelihood of actually finishing them is very real! You will also learn the afterthought thumb in this pattern. The pattern is in Finnish, but don’t get intimidated or hustle over to Google Translate – all you need is the chart.

Tuesdays, March 4, 11, and 18. 6 – 8 pm. $30.

Ten Stitch Blanket
An Elizabeth Zimmermann inspired blanket worked in any yarn using only 10 stitches. You start in the center and work in a sort of square spiral, joining as you go. No sewing up needed! This blanket can be worked as a rectangle, a circle, a triangle, a zig-zag, a wave… So many options. And if you don’t have a whole blanket’s worth of knitting in you, it can easily be worked up as a pillow, or even a coaster!

Wednesdays, March 5, 12, and 19. 6 – 8 pm. $30.

Hunter Cowl/Vest
This cowl/vest packs a powerful fashion punch! This is constructed with three i cord strips to from the cowl and then uses the herringbone stitch on size 35 and 13 needles for the body. A very unique and fun construction.

Thursdays, March 6, 13, and 20. 6 – 8 pm. $30.

Felted Bunny Slippers
Felted bunny slippers with cute floppy ears and little pink noses. This class is also a great introduction to felting!

Friday, March 7, 14 and 21. 6 – 8 pm. $30.

Cableology II Headband
You’ve mastered the basic cable and are ready for a new challenge. In this class, we’ll learn how to read a more complex cable chart while practicing new cable technique. You’ll be ready for intermediate/advanced cabling projects and have a fashionable (and functional) accessory at the end of this class.

Thursdays, March 13, 20 and 27. 6 – 8 pm. $30.

Find something you want to take? Sign up here, call the store, or stop by!

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2014 Mid-Ravellenics Update

February 18, 2014

We are halfway through the 2014 Ravellenics! Time to check in with the Yarn Harbor staff to see how their projects are doing.

Photo 2014-02-17 04.04.16 PMKathy’s niece Sarah is modeling the Vote Run Lead cowl, made out of Brown Sheep Lamb’s Pride. She just has to weave in ends. Guess what? Kathy designed this cowl herself! Talk about a challenge!

Jean is working on a Knitting Pure and Simple men’s pullover out of black Lamb’s Pride. She has only a 1/4 of a cabled sleeve and the neckband left. What a speedy knitter!

Jo’Elle is halfway done with her Crochet Wrap Vest out of Malabrigo Rastita in a beautiful deep red. She can definitely finish that in a week!

Kaethe cast on the Pomme de Pin cardigan by Amy Christoffers in a lovely orange Malabrigo Sock yarn. She’s currently  10 ” from bottom and not totally convinced she will finish. You started a fingering-weight sweater AND are making wonderful progress! Sometimes the Ravellenics are about jump-starting a project, even if you don’t finish.

Jen finished a WIP and is working on Pearls by Tora Froseth out of Frog Tree Pediboo Tonal. This will be a great sweater for her daughter!

Angela is finishing a WIP–Astrid by Astrid Ellingsen, using Lamb’s Pride Bulky and Lopi yarn. This long coat has been on the needles since September and she’s almost done. So. Close. Just the yoke left!

Katie finished her Hitchhiker and a hat! Now she needs to work on her long list of WIPs and she has a healthy number of those. Some frogging will happen too. First up? A pair of socks.

How are your Ravellenics projects going? We have just a few days left!

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What’s in Your Queue, Käthe?

February 17, 2014

Sweaters are the only thing I want to knit these days. Every so often I bust out a pair of socks for practicality (or worsted weight socks to save my sanity), but I love sweaters. They’re my Holy Grail of knitting. They are the reason I kept pushing myself to become a better knitter—I wanted to knit sweaters. Now, I want to knit All the Sweaters.

Oshima by Jared Flood


Photo Credit: Brooklyn Tweed
This pattern is seriously beautiful. I love a huge cowl neck like nobody’s business and the textured yoke is a pretty sexy detail too. I originally wrote this pattern off since it was done in fingering, only to notice weeks later that it was done in fingering held double at a worsted gauge. Done. Into it. Let’s go.Now my search for the perfect tweedy yarn begins.

Fisherman’s Daughter by Carol Sunday


Photo Credit: Carol Sunday
My family went to Scotland this summer and brought me back some Scottish yarn per my request. Actually they brought me a huge cone of delicious woolly goodness from little Scottish sheepies that I’ve happily stashed away for the perfect project. I think this pattern may be it. Ugh, how I love this sweater! It is the perfect combination of baggy, shapeless fisherman comfort and dainty proper lady.
Photo 2014-02-16 10.57.59 PM It didn’t even last in my queue. I couldn’t wait to cast on and oops–I finished it. But isn’t it gorgeous? It’s beautiful and warm and very cozy. I love it!

Bláithín by Kate Davies

Photo Credit: Kate Davies

This is the sweater that made me want to learn to do colorwork, and now I have (so there). It’s been in my queue for nearly a year but I think that I will be making it very soon, probably in Peace Fleece, and maybe in those very colors.

Iðunn by Ragga Eiríksdóttir

Photo Credit: Ragga Eiriksdottir

Sweet and simple, this is the type of cardigan I could live in. I think it would be a good opportunity for me to get my hands on some Peace Fleece, too. (Can you tell I really love Peace Fleece?)

Boreal by Kate Davies

Photo Credit: Kate Davies

Kate Davies, you wizard! This pattern was gifted to me by Amy R. and I am dying from excitement about it! I just need to pick out the perfect colors and the perfect yarn, which I keep thinking I have done only to discover that I totally haven’t. The struggle is real!

So many sweaters, so little time!

How is your queue? Want to share? Contact Katie G. at the shop.

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February Colorwork Project of the Month

February 6, 2014

The great thing about colorwork is the variety of available patterns! And since we’re still in the throws of winter (no matter what the magazines think), a hat is a fantastic and practical project to make.

photo Say hello to the “Let’s Do the Cha Cha Cha” hat from Cottage Creations! This pattern is in the Caps for Kids… and Grown-ups too booklet and if you flip through it, all of the patterns are named after dances. If that doesn’t get you moving and grooving on the most boring of days…

We made our version of this hat from two skeins of Brown Sheep Nature Spun (and I think there is enough leftover to do another one). The gray and purple still show off of the zigzag stripe, but the subdued colors tone down the movement of the pattern. The pattern is  well-written, so even if you aren’t an expert colorwork knitter, you can still make it.

What are your favorite colors to use for color work hats?

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Are you Team Yarn Harbor?

February 3, 2014

Have you joined the Yarn Harbor Ravellenic Games team? We are less than a week away from the Opening Ceremonies and casting on!

New to the Ravellenic Games? Click here for more information on how to join (Go, Team Yarn Harbor!) and here is our Ravelry thread for information and chatter. Make sure to sign up at Yarn Harbor and get 15% off supplies for your project!

We’ll have special events, starting with the Ravellenic Games Pajama Party on Friday and a few other check-ins for encouragement and celebration.

The staff at Yarn Harbor are ready to start their projects too! Katie G. will be working on a Hitchhiker and a tremendous number of WIPs (they can count toward projects too!). Jean will cast on a men’s sweater (and Katie thinks she’s nuts but knows she can accomplish this). Jen will do a child’s sweater and Kaethe will knit a colorwork hat. Kathy is still deciding (and she can make up her own mind, Katie).

Have questions? Contact Katie G. at the shop or on Ravelry (as ladykay).

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