Sunday, March 4, 2012

Afghans!


The theme in the shop for the month of March is Afghans. I think we have all thought about making an afghan at one time or another.  It's a great way to learn new stitches and improve our skills. Many afghans can be knit in pieces and put together at the end which makes it a great take along project. Come in during the month of March and view some beautiful afghans displayed on our wall.
Christiane's Lizard Ridge Afghan 
 Barbara's Great American Aran Afghan
and, our newest shop class, the Building Blocks afghan

New Yarn

Crystal Palace's Tutu yarn is a ribbon yarn that ruffles itself. This fun novelty yarn will create a quick scarf or easy accents to any garment! Two skeins make one scarf.


Entrelac Class Rescheduled

Due to last Wednesday’s bad weather. Margaret’s Entrelac class was rescheduled to Wednesday, March 14th. If you missed signing up for this class, you now have a second chance.

Margaret will introduce class participants to Entrelac knitting by making a simple washcloth using one skein of worsted weight. If you feel more adventurous you can start right in on the Hobo Bag (pictured) from "Entre to Entrelac" by Gwen Bortner.
Date: Wednesday, March 14th
Time: 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Instructor: Margaret
Level: Advanced Beginner
(You must know how to knit and purl).
Please purchase your yarn and supplies (including book if making the Hobo Bag) prior to the beginning of class. For class participants the books will be 20% off.

Seamless Raglan Cardigan or
Pullover for Babies and Kids
Wednesday, March 7th
Learn how to knit a perfectly sized raglan pullover or cardigan. Pattern includes multiple sizes and different stitch gauges. Christiane will guide you through the step-by-step instructions with a beautiful end result.

Day – Wednesday, March 7 and 14th.

Time – 7pm to 9pm

Instructor – Christiane

Level – Advanced Beginner

Please purchase all yarn and supplies prior to class.

Mosaic Knitted Pouches
Wednesday, March 21st

Are you intrigued by color work but intimidated by the idea of having to manage two or more yarns across a row? Then mosaic knitting may be the thing to try. Mosaic knitting is an interesting technique where you will use multiple colors, but each row is worked with only one. The magic happens when you add slipped stitches. The end result is a dense sturdy fabric perfect for these pouches. This project is worked flat. The pattern gives you a choice of three sizes to make ranging from 3" x 3.75" to 5.5" x 5.75".
Day: Wednesday, March 21
Time: 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Instructor: Margaret 
Level: Intermediate or adventurous advanced beginner. Must know how to cast on, knit, purl and bind off.
Material: Worsted weight yarn - either one skein color-changing yarn such as Noro Silk Garden OR one skein EACH of two contrasting colors
Size 6 needles and size 7 needles. These can be straight or circular, student's choice.
Please purchase all yarn and supplies prior to class.
Pattern is available at http://versusmag.blogspot.com/2011/04/mosaic-knitted-pouches-tutorial-with.html please download your copy prior to class.
Box Drape Vest
Saturday, March 24th

Not only easy to make but an easy fit! The vest can be worn open or wrapped with a belt. The basket weave stitch makes for lovely reversible folds. The combination of boxes and a nice drape create a vest that anyone, no matter their size, can wear and look marvelous. If we can get Sandee to take it off, the vest will be on display in the shop. This vest was knitted by our own Sheila and she used Queensland Rustic Tweed.
This pattern was chosen from the book Swing Swagger Drape: Knit the Colors of Australia by Jane Slicer-Smith.
Day – Saturday, March 24th
Time – 9:30am to 11:30am
Instructor – Sheila
Level – Intermediate
Please purchase all yarn and supplies prior to class. For class participants only, the book used in this class will be 20% off.
Building Blocks Afghan knit-a-long will meet again on Tuesday evening, March 13th from 5p to 7:30p and Saturday morning, March 24th from 9:30am to 11:30am. 
We had a great time this past Saturday and can't wait to see everyone's finished afghans. If you missed the Saturday class but would still like to join, please give Sandee a call. There is always room for more. 
Class Description: Let’s build an afghan and build your knitting skills one block at a time. Using the book, Building Blocks by Michelle Hunter, we will knit twelve different squares each using different knitting techniques with each block building on the skills learned in the previous block. When completed you will have learned – knit, purl, increase, decrease, cables, right and left twists, even chart reading.
This is an excellent class for anyone, including beginners, who want to increase their knitting knowledge.



Learn to Knit Socks with Carol
Ongoing class held Wednesday afternoons. Learn the basics of sock knitting.
Wednesday: 3pm -5pm
Instructor: Carol
Level - Must know how to knit
Wednesday afternoons not convenient for you? Let us know and we will arrange a meet and teach for socks.

Would you like to learn to knit? We would be happy to teach you.
Call or stop in at the shop
Individual or group classes
can be arranged.

OUR CUSTOMERS MAKE THE PRETTIEST THINGS
 Judy M. Completed a pair of socks knitted
with Opal sock yarn.

 Linda V. knitted this cute alligator scarf for her grandson. Yarn is Plymouth Coffee Beenz and pattern is from Morehouse Farms (http://www.morehousefarm.com/).



 As many of you know, Sandee has been actively knitting on a CSM (circular sock machine) using the Elrbacher Gearhart manufactured in Cape Girardeau, MO. This machine is a reproduction of the original Gearhart made in the late 1800's and early 1900's. She is having a lot of fun and is always happy to show you this great machine, tell you about the family that is manufacturing it and show you the socks she has made. Several people already own one and a group is forming to inspire each other. If you are interested in joining, stop by the shop or give Sandee a call.




The Ladybug Spinning Wheel (left)
by Schatt Spinning Wheels
Ashford Knitter Looms (center)
Hitchiker Spinning Wheels (right)
by The Merlin Tree
Available at Yarns With A Twist. 
Call or Stop by the store for more information.



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