Friday, October 19, 2012

New Workshop!

Do you want to make the most of your knitting/crocheting time and yarn purchase?
Here is the class for you:


Have you ever made a sweater you can wear now as a dress because it grew so much?
Does your shawl not have the drape you hoped it would have? Did you by yarn you don't know what to do with it?
As a designer Christiane knows how important it is to choose the right yarn to get the best results.

In this class you will learn
- about 
   different fiber / yarn and their attributes
- which fiber / yarn works for which project
- how to read a yarn label

Wednesday, October 24th, 7:00 - 9:00
 Yarns With A Twist, 111 Willimantic Rd. (Rte. 6) Chaplin CT, 

Please call the shop to reserve your spot! 860 455 9986

Bring a yarn you don't know what to make with to the workshop.

Carol finished her cowl she learned to make in Margaret's Mosaic Knitting class.
Great job!

The follow up for the Flower Potholder Class will be held on Thursday, October 25th, 
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Made By You!

Cindy made this cute poncho using Duo from Swedish Yarn Import. The pattern is called Pixie and can be found on ravelry.

Chris House send these two sweaters on their way to New Zealand for her grandkids. For the pink used Cascade, Cloud 9  and for the teal one Lana Grossa, Merino Big.

Gail Passarello made this adorable ensemble.
She used Dreambaby DK.  It's called Little Margot wrap and little pumps.
It's a pattern from one of the fabulous Sublime books (634)

This beauty came of Maureen Dabrowski's needles and is called Wingspan scarf, knit with Crystal Palace Yarns Mini Mochi. The pattern is available on ravelry.

Her other beautiful finished piece is Interlaced Summer Top (pattern by Gwen Bortner) knit with Cascade Yarns Pima Tencel.

This adorable vest was just knitted by Angie Bauer.  She made it using Pacific from Cascade.

This fun scarf, Volan, was made by Barbara Porter.
Pattern: Christiane Burkhard Yarn: Kauni Effektgarn

Barbara Porter also made this gorgeous reversible Afghan using Cascade 220 super wash.

Barbara Williams finished the Kid Cozy Throw by Andra Asar.
Pattern Berroco Yarn: Berroco Cirrus and Boboli some of our brand new yarns.
This is a fast and easy knit. 

Congratulations! You are very creative and talented customers and we love to see what you've made!

Friday, September 28, 2012

New Arrivals!

We just got some gorgeous new yarns in! 

Lang, Mille Colori: 75% superwash wool, 25% polyamid
Fingering weight 

Additional colors of Bergere de France, Bergerine: 50% Wool, 50% Cotton
worsted weight

This gorgeous sweater is made out of Bergerine. We have the pattern! Let us know if you would be interested in a Knit Along. This sweater is so figure flattering and the yarn simply high quality delicious!!!

Knit One Crochet Too, Ty Dy Wool: 100% Superwash Wool
worsted weight

Trendsetter Yarns, Merino 8 Shadow
100% Merino Wool, worsted weight

Berroco, Cirrus: 42% super Kid Mohair, 40% Nylon, 18% Merino

 Berroco, Lodge: 47% Wool, 47% Acrylic, 6 % Rayon

Check out all the pattern ideas we have for these yarns!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

September News

September News

We are getting into the fall swing of things. I can't believe it's September 18th already. I think that the older I get, the time goes faster and faster…..WHOA, I say…..SLOW DOWN…..right?????  Here is our list of classes and I hope you find something that interests you to make. We are teaching smaller items, so you will have time to finish for the holiday season. Both Margaret and Christiane are including techniques that are very interesting and have been requested by many of you.  ENJOY.
Check out our facebook page and blog frequently:



Make a lovely and colorful scarf using a simple ripple stitch and a colorful yarn.   
Date:  Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Time:  7:00pm – 9:0pm
Instructor:  Margaret
Level:  Advanced Beginner
Skills Required:  Must be able to cast on, knit, purl, bind off.
Material and Supplies: recommended yarn is KnitCol, butone or two skeins of any multi-colored yarn

Introduction to Weaving on a Ridged Heddle Loom

Have you thought about learning how to weave on a ridged heddle loom?  This loom is also
referred to as a knitter's loom.
Date: Monday, Oct 1st
Time: 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Instructor: Pat McMullan
She will be wrapping the loom at 7pm, so come early to be sure to see this.

We hope you will come for this fun filled night and go away wanting to weave.  We have looms for sale. If anyone is interested we will have classes in the near future taught by Pat.

There is no charge for this evening out.

Kingston Hat

Have you been intrigued with fancy multi-colored knitting?  It is not has hard as it looks.  Margaret will walk you through the simple steps to make a lovely and warm hat that will keep you toasty in the coming months as you learn this simple stranded two-color knitting.  Once you have mastered the Kingston Hat, you will have the basic skills necessary to tackle more complex multi-color knitting patterns including Fair Isle, Norwegian and other traditional and contemporary styles.
Date:  Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Time:  7:00pm – 9:00pm
Instructor:  Margaret
Level:  Advanced Beginner
Skills Required:  Must be able to cast on, knit, purl, bind off.  Experience in knitting in the round is helpful but not required.
Material and Supplies: Kingston Hat pattern. Recommended yarn is Ty-Dy Wool, but any worsted weight yarn may be used.  This pattern requires two high-contrast colorways; 16” long circular needles in size 9 and 6 and one set of double-pointed needles in size 9; one stitch marker; tapestry needle to weave in yarn ends

Felted Needle Case

Are you looking for a cute storing solution for your knitting needles or a appriciated gift for one of your fellow knitters and learn how to cable aand felt at the same time?
This easy pattern has it all....

DateThursday, Oct. 4th &  Oct. 18th
Time: 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Instructor: Christiane
Skills Required:  Must be able to cast on, knit, purl, bind off.
Material and Supplies: Recommended yarn is Cascade 220 or Louet Riverstone, Berroco Ultra Alpaca or Galway worsted weight yarn.

More Mosaic Knitting

Make this beautiful cowl using the technique of slipped stitch or mosaic knitting.  Perhaps the most simple of all colorwork techniques, mosaic knitting uses only one strand of yarn on each row.  You can either learn or practice mosaic knitting skills as you make this beautiful cowl, worked in the round, to keep you warm all winter.
Date:  Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Time:  7:00pm – 9:00pm
Instructor:  Margaret
Level:  Advanced Beginner
Skills Required:  Must be able to cast on, knit, purl, bind off.  Previous experience with mosaic knitting and knitting in the round are not required.
Material and Supplies: Cascade 128 yarn or other tightly-spun bulky yarn in two sharply contrasting colors; 24” long US 10 circular needles, or sized to yarn; one stitch marker; tapestry needle to weave in yarn ends.  Pattern will be provided.

Flower Potholders

Permanent spring in your kitchen. These beauties are fun to make!!

Date: Thursday, Oct. 11th
Time: 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Instructor: Christiane
Skills Required:  Basic crochet skills .
Material and Supplies: recommended yarn is Thahki Cotton ClassicPattern will be provided

Shop Info:

111 Willimantic Rd. (Rte 6)
Chaplin, CT 06235


Tuesday: 11-5
Wednesday: 11-5 & 7-9
Thursday: 11-5 & 7-10 Sit and Knit
Friday: 11-5
Saturday: 11-5
Sunday & Monday: Closed

Reminder of our weekly schedule

3pm - 5pm socks with Carol
7pm - 9pm class night
Thursday: 7pm - 9pm sit'n knit.

Please sign up and get your yarn prior to class. Class spaces are limited.


NEW Thursdays!!!

If you know of anyone who wants to learn to knit or crochet, I'll be teaching this on Thursday nights.   This will be informal and we will talk about what your goals are and go from there.  This is a free class as all our classes are.  We just ask you to purchase the yarn for the class from Yarns With A Twist.

New Arrivals

New yummy yarns are coming in for the fall / winter season!
Keep checking facebook or our blog for updates.

More Classes Coming Up

Here a short heads up for further classes coming up in fall and winter:
  • Beaded Knitting (Christiane)
  • Tunisian Crochet (Margret)
  • Knitting in the Round Multiple Ways (Margret)
  • Seamless Knitting (Christiane)
  • Entrelac (Margret)
  • Elisabeth Zimmerman Surprise Jacket KAL (Christiane)
  • Introduction to Knitting Lace (Margret)
  • Advanced Socks (Christiane)
Please let us know if your favorite class is not listed.

Shop & Class Policies

Read them here

Friday, September 7, 2012

Big End Of Summer Sale

We hope that you had a great summer! We are back to regular shop hours and want to start the fall knitting season with a special treat for you. All books, booklets & patterns are 40% off! We carry a huge amount of these treasures of creative knitting ideas to give you a head start on your seasonal gift knitting.
To all the cotton lovers: We have a huge selection in beautiful colors on sale for 30% off.
Check out our sale area where we added new yarns for you to select from. They are up to 40% off. Enjoy!

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Just beautiful!!

One of the big advantages to have a yarn shop is that I get to see all the beautiful work our customers do.

Here some of the gorgeous finished afghan's from Barb's Building Block class:

Geeta used Berroco Remix in hers.

Carol B. used Cascade, Pacific.

Here more finished projects from previous classes:

Barb P. used Kauni EQ and Kauni EF for her Volan scarf

Carol B. used one skein of Noro for her little pouch from Margrets Mosaic Knitting class.

This adorable hooded sweater called Arshile was made by Gay W. out of Berroco's Remix.  The pattern is from the Berroco booklet #303.

New mini trunk show:

Christiane's newest design Impavido avery versatile shawl/wrap made out of Kauni EQ and charcoal.

New Class in May

Basic Socks I

Do want to learn how to make a basic sock? It's less difficult than you think. In this class we will make a child sock in a worsted or dk weight yarn on double pointed needles. 

When: Wednesday, May 16th,  7:00 - 9:00 pm
Teacher: Christiane

You need to know how to cast on, bind off, knit and purl.
Please get your material prior to class and make following swatch:
Cast on 20 sts and work at least 1" in stockinette stitch. Don't break yarn.

Monday, April 23, 2012

New Arrivals!

Cascade Heritage Silk solid

85% Merino Superwash Wool, 15 % Mulberry Silk

New colors of Plymouth, Stiletto the sock yarn with a little glitz.

70% Merino Superwash, 23% Nylon, 
7% Lurex 

A lot of new fun colors of Plymouth Encore color-spun.
This easy to care yarn is great for kids garments.
75% Acrylic, 25% Wool 

Check out the new additions to Coffee Beenz.
75% Acrylic, 25% Wool / Machine Wash

Jelly Beenz is back!!! it's the colorful version of Coffee Beenz.
Great for baby and children items.

Daisy and Dandelion do not only have nice names but are also very yummy yarns for the warmer part of the year.
42% Nylon, 32% Cotton, 26% Acrylic

They are easy to combine and we got some really cute and easy baby patterns for them.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Socks, Socks, Socks.....

Did you know that we have at least  43 different sock yarns in the shop, hand dyes, solid colors, variegated, self-striping, color changing, self-patterning........ 

We hung up a lot of socks  for you to see and touch the different yarns and colors.
We will add more during the next weeks. Sock yarn not only  makes these colorful foot cozies but also create beautiful  accessories and garments. Since most of it is machine wash and dry its also great for children clothes.

We do not only have the yarn but a huge selection of books  for you to make your dream socks. There will be also a beginner sock class scheduled soon. Stay tuned!
Caution! Sock knitting can be addictive!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Made by our knitters...

Milva crocheted this beautiful sophisticated looking cowl out of  Classic Elite, Wool Bamboo

Kathy made this cute kids cardigan out of Cascade Heritage.

Judy used Cascade Ecological Wool for this simple yet very chic raglan sweater.

It's always a treat to see the beautiful garments our customers make!!

Saturday, April 7, 2012


I just returned home with Bruno, Sue and Bonnie  from a wonderful Circular Sock Machine Crank-In hosted by the manufacturer, Erlbacher Gearhart Company in Cape Girardeau, MO.    Sue was kind enough to drive her van because we had so much stuff.  We realized when we got home that we didn't have to take half of what we brought, but I guess you all know how that goes.  It was a great learning experience for all that attended.  We met wonderful people and the Erlbachers made sure that we were all well taken care of.  There were over 100 attendees. 

 I did a demonstration at the beginning of the Crank-In

Cranking is fun

Sue's first sock!

Sandee, Sue and Bonnie wearing our new t-shirts…YWAT’S Sock Cranking Nerds

If you are interested in seeing this great sock machine…it's on display in the shop and I'll be happy to give you a demonstration.  

This is one of the socks I made on my machine out of Opal.