THE STITCH NICHE NEWS Spring/Summer 2017
What a blessing this mild winter has been so far, though many have commented it may lead to a bug infested summer! I can’t help but be grateful though that all of the rain we’ve had the last several months didn’t come in the form of snow. Hopefully you have still made time for working on your stitching projects, even if you weren’t working in front of a cozy, roaring fire! We have an extensive class schedule set up for the spring and summer, and hope you will find plenty to interest you and keep you stitching through the warm spring and summer months. Maybe the heat and those afore mentioned bugs will keep you inside stitching in the air conditioning!
The Nashville Market, held primarily for counted thread vendors, is the first weekend in March. While we won't be attending this year, I will be checking out all of the new items introduced, and we will be ordering new inventory for the shop. New design charts, fabrics, threads and embellishments will be arriving over the next month or two. We will post pictures on our Facebook page as things arrive so if you can "like" our page, you'll get notifications when we post. Of course, the best way to see everything is to come by the shop on a regular basis! In June, we are planning to attend the yarn market in Columbus. Various events have kept me from attending for the last 3 years, and though I see yarn reps who keep us up to date on most of the lines we carry, this market affords me the opportunity to look at new companies and small companies that we may not be aware of or need to investigate more completely to see if their product is a fit for the shop. Be on the lookout for new products arriving throughout the next several months. Be sure you have visited our Facebook page and “like” us so that you will receive up-to-the-minute reports from market about what we’ve seen and purchased! There will also be an unadvertised discount day coming up sometime this summer that will only be posted on Facebook, another good reason to like our page!
As a celebration of St. Patrick's Day, and the coming of spring, we are bringing back our popular Luck-of-the-Irish Sale on Friday and Saturday, March 17 & 18. When you bring your purchases to the counter, you will be able to draw for your lucky discount, which could range from 10% to 30%. As a special prize, there will also be one lucky golden four-leaf clover hidden in the shop each day. If you find it, it will be worth a 40% discount on your purchase! May the luck of the Irish be with you -- hope to see you on March 17 & 18!
Save the dates -- August 8th through August 13th are the dates for the 2017 I-75 Yarn Crawl. This last year’s crawl was a great success! We saw approximately 125 new customers in the shop that week from Kentucky, Ohio and Michigan, as well as dozens of our regular customers who stopped in to see the new goodies we had ordered in. Our exclusive “Bluegrass Beauty” yarn from Zen was very popular! We’ve reordered and sold out of it twice since the crawl. We’re already thinking about what wonderful color combination to have created for this year’s crawl! Did you crawl last year? Those that did had loads of fun. We’ll post on our Facebook page and send an email out when passports go on sale this year. Most shops participating have special merchandise or trunk shows or promotions going during that week, so its’ a great time to visit other shops in the area, as well as checking out what new stuff we have!
Warm Up America Update -- Our Warm Up America Tuesday group will be back in session on March 7 after their winter break. Totals for 2016 contributions are as follows: 465 afghans in various sizes, 253 scarves, and 335 hats! If you have scrap yarn to donate, are willing to knit or crochet blocks, or want to be a part of our volunteer group, please join us! We meet on Tuesdays, from 10 AM until approximately 2 PM to organize the Warm Up America efforts. If you have questions about the program or know of a group who serves people in need of warm afghans, please let me know. We are always open to adding organizations to our list.
If you’d like a few hours during the week to take a break and stitch and laugh with other knitters, crocheters, cross stitchers or needle pointers, come and join us on Thursday nights! From 5-8 PM we have a great group that meets at the shop to stitch and have fun and encourage each other. Feel free to bring a drink or snack, or even your dinner! No reservations necessary -- just show up!
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*A deposit of 1/2 of the class fee is required to reserve your space in the class; balance of fees is due at the first class session.
*If you must cancel, a 24-hour notice is required for refunds -- otherwise, class fees paid are forfeited unless we can fill your spot.
*If you must miss one of a series of class sessions, make-up lessons are not provided; class handouts and materials will be issued.
*If you are attending a daytime class, we request that you park in the back of the building and enter through our back door. Nighttime class students may park in the front, or along the side of the building, when the other businesses are closed.
*Classes have both minimum and maximum size requirements, and decisions concerning capping or canceling classes will be made no later than 24 hours prior to class - don’t wait until the last minute to sign up!
Classes are designed for a variety of skill and experience levels -- if you have any questions about the required skills for a class, and your corresponding skill level, just ask! Some classes require pre-class “homework,” - please consider that if you delay your enrollment until close to the class start date. Complete materials lists and any homework assignments will be given at registration
Sudoku Delight Counted Canvas Sampler - Wednesdays, March 29, April 5, 12 & 19, 6:30-9:00 p.m., 4 sessions, $48.00 plus materials. Do you like Sudoku puzzles? 9 large blocks, each divided into 9 smaller blocks, with one number between 1-9 in each block, and each large block having a different arrangement of numbers. This fun counted canvas piece is based on that principle with 9 small designs in each large block, and each large block with a different arrangement of those 9 small patterns. The finished piece measures approximately 7”, worked on 18-count canvas. A variety of fibers are used, and 9 different color schemes are suggested. Thread kits can be ordered once you choose a color scheme, or you can choose your own. Teacher: Judy Olson
Portra Christmas Light Ornaments - Wednesdays, July 5 & 19, 6:30-9:00 p.m., 2 sessions, $40.00 plus materials (includes canvases). I loved these neat little ornaments the first time I saw them at market years ago, and every time we have offered this class, class members have loved them too! Each ornament is stitched in the shape of a Christmas tree light bulb, each in a different color and in a variety of threads and stitches. Six different patterns will be taught and stitched on 16-count canvas. What a great little gift exchange idea, package tie-on, or decoration for your own tree! Teacher: Amy Jones
Beginning Crochet - Tuesdays, March 21 & 28, April 11, 18 & 25, 6:30-9:00 p.m., 5 sessions, $60.00 plus materials. This class teaches all basic crochet stitches, several pattern stitches, and pattern reading skills. Several small projects are completed and instruction given on more complicated projects. Teacher: Deborah Hutchinson
Beyond Beginning Crochet - Tuesdays, May 9 & 23 and June 6 & 20, 6:30-9:00 p.m., 4 sessions, $48.00 plus materials. You know the basic crochet stitches, but would like to be comfortable with more complicated stitch patterns..... This class will cover the pattern reading skills necessary to create more complex designs through the creation of several dishcloths - pretty and practical projects useful for home or gifts. Stitch patterns covered will differ from the ones taught in the fall class session. Teacher: Deborah Hutchinson
Thread Crochet Coasters -- Tuesdays, May 16 & 30 and June 13, 6:30-9:00 p.m., 3 sessions, $36.00 plus materials. Do you know basic crochet stitches, but wonder how they translate to thread crochet projects? You will learn the difference in materials needed for yarn versus thread crochet, how to adjust your crochet tension to create successful projects, and how to navigate the charts often used in thread crochet. Three patterns for lovely layered coasters will be taught -- a great practical project for giving or keeping! Teacher: Deborah Hutchinson
Rambling Crochet Cowl - Thursdays, April 13 & 27, 6:30-9:00 p.m., 2 sessions, $24.00 plus materials. If you’re fairly new to crochet and want to advance your skills, or a more experienced stitcher looking for an attractive, quick-to-crochet project, this cowl may be the answer. It is worked in the round with chunky yarn in a cluster pattern. An interesting post stitch edging adds a nice finish. Teacher: Amy Jones
Emma Lace Scarf - Thursdays, June 29, July 6 & 20, 6:30-9:00 p.m., 3 sessions, $36.00 plus materials. This lovely crocheted scarf is worked in DK weight yarn, giving it a lovely drape. The scarf is crocheted lengthwise, starting with a foundation single crochet and then bordered on both sides with a center stitch pattern. A cluster and picot pattern stitch then creates a lovely scalloped edge. Written instruction are provided as well as a complete chart of the design. If you have not followed crochet pattern charts, this is a great opportunity to become more comfortable with them -- they make patterns so easy to follow! Teacher: Amy Jones
Tectonic Convertible Cowl - Tuesdays, July 11 & 18, August 8, 6:30-9:00 p.m., 3 sessions, $36.00 plus materials. Named after the ever-shifting plates of the Earth's crust, these bold stripes shift in every section. The single crochet stitch is used in six equilateral triangle sections, creating a 45-degree bias. This allows for quite a bit of stretch, comfort and drape, also allowing the cowl to be worn over 5 different ways. Teacher: Deborah Hutchinson
Milestone Hat - Tuesdays, August 1 & 15, 6:30-9:00 p.m., 2 sessions, $24.00 plus materials. Layers of textured post stitches form the pattern for this attractive hat. If you know basic crochet stitches, then this hat is a doable project for you. It is crocheted in 2 colors, one self-striping, and one solid, though 2 solid colors would also be quite effective. We will go over instructions for starting with a foundation single crochet, post stitches, and front and back cable twists. This pattern is fun to work on! Teacher: Amy Jones
Crochet Sweater Workshop -- Thursdays, April 20, May 4 & 18, June 1 & 22, 6:30-9:00 p.m., 5 sessions, $60.00 plus materials. There are so many beautiful and interesting crocheted sweater patterns available, and it's impossible to offer a class on each individual pattern. This is your opportunity to pick the pattern and yarn you like and bring it to class. As we crochet, we’ll learn from each other’s patterns and each week will discuss techniques common to most sweater construction. Teacher: Amy Jones
Crocheted Kimono Cardigan - Mondays, July 10, 17 & 31, August 7, 6:30-9:00 p.m., 4 sessions, $48.00 plus materials. This kimono style jacket is the perfect accessory year-round when there is a little chill in the air. The simply shaped design is easily adapted to different sizes, enabling the perfect fit for anyone! It is crocheted in worsted weight yarn. Teacher: Amy Jones
Crocheted Cable Stitch Sampler Afghan - Wednesdays, March 29, April 26, May 31, June 28, July 26, August 30, 6:30-9:00 p.m., 1 session per block, $14.00 plus materials per session. Do you love the old-world look of a cabled sweater? Come and join us once a month to learn a new cabled stitch pattern, while creating blocks for an afghan, a bag or pillow. 63 different patterns come together to create this heirloom quality afghan. You can join the class every month, or only attend the sessions for the block patterns you really like, and can join the class at any point in the series. Blocks are crocheted in worsted weight yarn. Teacher: Amy Jones
Beginning Knitting -- Our beginning knitting class is split into three sections. Each section focuses on different skills, increasing in difficulty as you go along. That way, if you know the basics, but wish to brush-up on or learn other skills, you can sign up only for the sections that would benefit you. Each section is 2 sessions long, 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. or 6:30-9:00 p.m., $24.00 plus materials per section. Teacher: Amy Jones
Beginning Knitting I - Mondays, March 20 & 27, Skills include: Cast on, bind off, knit stitch, purl stitch, counting rows/stitches, yarn weights & gauge.
Beginning Knitting II - Mondays, April 10 & 17, Skills include: ribbing, knit & purl increases and decreases, knitting in the round.
Beginning Knitting III - Mondays, April 24 & May 1, Skills include: Cables, buttonholes, bobbles, 2-color fair-isle technique, picking up stitches.
Beginner’s Knitted Scarf/Purse for Children - Saturdays, April 15, 22 & 29, 10:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m., 3 sessions, $30.00 plus materials. In this class, open to children ages 8-14, we will cover the basics of casting on, the knit stitch, and binding off. Your child can choose to use these skills in creating either a garter stitch scarf or purse -- we will have fun! Teacher: Amy Jones
How to Correct Mistakes and Other “Good Stuff” to Know - Mondays, May 8, 15 & 22, 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. or 6:30-9:00 p.m., 3 sessions, $36.00 plus materials. Have you looked at your knitting, seen stitches that didn't look quite right, but weren't sure what was wrong, much less how to fix it? Tired of ripping out and starting over because you don't know how to correct a mistake? We will help diagnose the problem, teach you 3 fixes you'll use over and over and how to avoid making those mistakes, or others like them, again. You will also learn tips for fixing mistakes in color knitting and how to correct cable mistakes by only unraveling the cable. You will be given a pattern and will knit the "mistakes" into your swatches at home and then we will "fix" them in class. Teacher: Amy Jones
Knitting Finishing Techniques 101 - Mondays, August 14, 21 & 28, 9:30 a.m.-12:00 noon or 6:30-9:00 p.m., 3 sessions, $38.00 plus materials. Do you love to knit the pieces of your sweater, but then stumble when faced with the transition to finished product? In this class we will assemble knitted swatches in a format designed to review/teach blocking procedures, various seaming techniques, selvage considerations, techniques for picking up stitches, knitted bands, buttonholes and edgings. Learn how easy it is to get those sweater pieces out of the bag and onto your body! Teacher: Amy Jones
Yarn Dyeing Workshop - Saturday, July 22, 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., 1 session, $8.00 workshop fee plus cost of yarn chosen. In this workshop you will get the chance to be the wizard -- and to create your idea of the perfect colorway -- it’s fun and there are NO mistakes! You do not have to be at the shop at 11:00, but will need to arrive no later than 2:00 p.m. in order to complete the process by 4:00. You can choose to dye one or several hanks of yarn, in fingering, sport, worsted or chunky weight, either in a multi-color format and/or dye a machine-knitted sock blank to experiment with self-striping techniques. Teachers: Amy Jones & Judy Olson
Triple Cable Scarf - Tuesdays, August 8 & 22, 6:30-9:00 p.m., 2 sessions, $24.00 plus materials. Every knitter needs a classic cabled scarf. Knit this traditional warmer in a classic aran color, or add modern appeal with a bright shade. If you’ve never knitted cables, or have cable experience but would love an excuse to review cable technique, this class will meet your needs. Teacher: Amy Jones
Slip Stitch Baby Hat - Thursdays, March 23 & 30, 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. or 6:30-9:00 p.m., 2 sessions, $24.00 plus materials. This cute baby hat is knitted in the round on circular needles, and then finished at the top on double points. If you’ve never knitted in the round, this would be a good intro to circular knitting. Our model is knitted with a self-striping yarn in a simple, but effective, slip stitch pattern. It would make a perfect, quick-to-stitch baby gift! Teacher: Amy Jones
Nola Cloche - Tuesdays, April 11, 18 & 25, 6:30-9:00 p.m., 3 sessions, $36.00 plus materials. Nola, Latin for bell, is a simple but striking cloche, accented by a cable-twisted band, which rolls to easily adjust the length of the hat. Spiral decreases finish the top of the crown. You can dress it up with a brooch or a beautiful button, and turn that twist to the front if you like the turban look! It can be knitted in worsted or chunky weight, and looks equally good in a solid or self-striping yarn. I love it! Teacher: Amy Jones
Brioche Headband - Mondays, March 20 & April 3, 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. or 6:30-9:00 p.m., 2 sessions, $24.00 plus materials. Headbands are such useful winter accessories, and this pattern is knit in soft, squishy brioche stitch. This simple project, a great introduction to brioche, can be knit in one color in chunky weight yarn or in two colors of worsted weight yarn. Teacher: Judy Olson
Controlled Chaos Brioche Hat - Mondays, April 17 & May 1, 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. or 6:30-9:00 p.m., 2 sessions, $24.00 plus materials. This is a slouchy beanie worked in 3 colors of worsted weight yarn using the brioche technique. The twists and turns of the design create a deceptively complicated effect. Brioche experience is necessary. Teacher: Judy Olson
Ripple Effect Fingerless Gloves - Tuesdays, June 6 & 20, 6:30-9:00 p.m., 2 sessions, $24.00 plus materials. The centered cable down the front of these cozy, fingerless gloves, with its echoing lines, brings to mind ripples in water. A quick knit, gorgeous in solid, tonal, or self-striping yarn, these gloves make a wonderful accessory to knit for yourself, or to give as a gift. Teacher: Dorothy Apple
Smocked Fingerless Mitts - Thursdays, August 17 & 31, 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. or 6:30-9:00 p.m., 2 sessions, $24.00 plus materials. These gauntlets are knit in two cable patterns that simulate smocking. The heavily textured effect, and the addition of coordinating buttons, make them dramatic adornments when your hands need a warm up. Knit them in a rich jewel tone, or your favorite team colors! Teacher: Amy Jones
Entrelac Japanese Knot Bag - Wednesdays, May 17 & 24, June 7 & 21, 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. or 6:30-9:00 p.m., 4 sessions, $48.00 plus materials. I love working puzzles, and I think that’s why I’m so intrigued with the entrelac technique. I love watching the interplay of colors and shapes fitting together as you work. Our model is knitted in Noro Silk Garden and Silk Garden Solo. The bag is large enough to be used for a knitting bag but is also the perfect purse size. Pick your favorite color combos and let's get started! Teacher: Amy Jones
Basic Socks - Mondays, May 15 & 22, June 5, 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. or 6:30-9:00 p.m. 3 sessions, $36.00 plus materials. Skills required: Slingshot (long-tail) cast on, knit stitch and purl stitch. Learn the skills necessary to knit wonderful, comfortable socks. Using double-pointed needles, you will knit the cuffs, then make and shape the heel, create a gusset, shape the toe, and learn the kitchener stitch for seaming. Teacher: Judy Olson
Knitting 2 Socks At a Time On 2 Circular Needles (Toe-Up) - Mondays, March 27, April 10 & 24, May 8, 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. or 6:30-9:00 p.m., 4 sessions, $36.00 plus materials. In this class you will learn to knit 2 socks at one time, on circular needles, from the toe up. You need to have completed the basic sock class or equivalent; magic loop experience helpful, but not necessary. Teacher: Judy Olson
Magic Loop Socks - Mondays, June 26, July 10 & 24, 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. or 6:30-9:00 p.m., 3 sessions, $36.00 plus materials. Do you yearn to knit seamless socks in the round, but have a resistance to knitting on 4 or 5 double-pointed needles? The magic loop method uses a long circular needle, looped back on itself, to create the small circular area needed. This class is appropriate for sock knitters with sock experience on double-pointed needles, but who want to learn a new technique. Teacher: Judy Olson
Lucky 13 Bed Socks - Tuesdays, May 9 & 16, 6:30-9:00 p.m., 2 sessions, $24.00 plus materials. If you’ve tried socks and decided that wasn’t for you, our Lucky 13 bed socks may be just what you’ve been looking for. They are knitted from the toe up with super bulky yarn on size 13 needles. You may have a pair knitted by bedtime! They are sized for youth, women and men, so you can make a pair for everyone who needs cozy toes! Teacher: Amy Jones
Asymmetrical Lace Shawl - Wednesdays, April 12 & 19, May 10, 6:30-9:00 p.m., 3 sessions, $36.00 plus materials. You start with only 2 stitches on one side, and gradually build to create this generously sized, dramatic asymmetrical shawl. Chart reading skills will be covered to help in working the lace panels. Like the Sunburst Shawl, this is knitted in Noro/s Silk Garden and featured in their beautiful 25th Anniversary book. Teacher: Lousetta Carlson
Aeris Shawl - Tuesdays, May 2 & 30, 6:30-9:00 p.m., 2 sessions, $24.00 plus materials. Aeris is an asymmetrical triangular wrap characterized by a pattern of eyelets, textured stitches, and bands of garter stitch. Strategically placed increases give this shawl its off-kilter appearance, which is long enough to wrap comfortably around without too much length at the center point. Simple stitch patterns keep the knitting fun, and in worsted weight yarn is quick to knit. Teacher: Dorothy Apple
Sunburst Shawl - Mondays, June 5 & 26, 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. or 6:30-9:00 p.m., 2 sessions, $24.00 plus materials. Panels of short-row shaping worked on the bias are the building blocks of this sweeping shawl. Our model is worked in a beautiful shade of Noro’s Silk Garden Sock with their signature self-striping colors, but the model would also be lovely worked in a tonal or solid color yarn. Teacher: Lousetta Carlson
Earth and Sky Shawl - Tuesdays, July 11 & 18, August 15, 6:30-9:00 p.m., 3 sessions, $36.00 plus materials. In this class we continue our obsession with the genius that is Stephen West. This is an early design of his, actually used as his first mystery KAL design. 3 colors are arranged in different ways using striping and intarsia techniques to achieve the attractive broken chevron effect. Teacher: Dorothy Apple
Child’s Tutu Tunic Top - Wednesdays, April 12 & 19, May 3 & 10, 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. or 6:30-9:00 p.m., 4 sessions, $48.00 plus materials. This cute top, sized generously from 3 months to 8 years, is knit seamlessly from the top down. First it is worked flat with an I-cord edging, then the body is worked in the round. Stitches are picked up around the body to create a welt, then a ruffled skirt worked to the hem. Sleeves are worked in the round and I-cord embellishments added for finishing. Teacher: Amy Jones
Child’s Wave Pullover - Wednesdays, July 12, August 2, 16 & 23, 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. or 6:30-9:00 p.m., 4 sessions, $48.00 plus materials. This adorable pullover, written for sizes 1, 2, or 4 gets its wave effect design from cleverly placed slip stitches. Simple shaping will make assembly a breeze. The shawl collar and I-cord edging along the front v-shaped opening add a cute, casual flair to the design. Teacher: Amy Jones
Knit Sweater Workshop - Tuesdays, March 28, April 11 & 25, May 23, June 13, 6:30-9:00 p.m., 5 sessions, $60.00 plus materials. This class will be a workshop -- you pick the pattern and yarn you want (with our help if you need it) and bring it to class. While we knit, we’ll learn from each other’s patterns by discussing techniques found in your individual patterns. Teacher: Susan Winkler
James Pullover - Thursdays, April 20, May 4 & 18, June 1, 6:30-9:00 p.m., 4 sessions, $48.00 plus materials. “So comfortable” are words you will use to describe your James pullover, another classic design by Amy Miller. It is knit from the top down and in the round, using short rows to shape the neck and increases to flare the body. It is fun to knit and fun to wear! Teacher: Dorothy Apple
Porphura Cardigan - Wednesdays, June 14 & 21, July 5 & 19, August 2, 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m., 6:30-9:00 p.m., 5 sessions, $60.00 plus materials. This classic cardigan, designed by Amy Miller and knit in DK weight yarn, will quickly become a staple in your wardrobe. It is designed with top-down raglan construction and simple A-line shaping and has a very generous size range. Teacher: Judy Olson
Afghan Knit Along - Cascade Yarns is celebrating their 30th Anniversary by bringing out patterns for the Knitterati Afghan Knit-along. There will be 30 squares, created by 30 different designers, released throughout the rest of 2017 at the rate of 2-3 blocks per month. We have decided to host a time at the shop to work on the blocks on the 2nd & 4th Thursdays of every month. Our group leaders will work the blocks ahead of time and be prepared to review any techniques you are unfamiliar with and answer questions. We will plan to cover one block per session in the order they are released. 5 blocks have been released as of this date, and we like them! We will begin meeting on Thursday, April 13, 6:30-8:00 p.m., and will cover Block #1 on that date. If enrollment for the knit-along gets too large, we will consider opening a morning session as well. Information about the knit-along and how to sign up to receive the patterns is available at the shop. Cascade has chosen 5 colors of their Cascade 220 Superwash for the afghan, as well as suggesting several alternate color combinations, or of course you can pick your own! Meeting dates for spring/summer are April 13 & 27, May 11 & 25, June 8 & 22, July 13 & 27, August 10 & 24, 1 session per afghan block, $8.00 per session (paid in $40.00 increments for each group of 5 sessions) plus materials. Group Leaders: Judy Olson and Dorothy Apple
Help Sessions - Our Saturday help session dates for spring/summer are as follows: March 18, April 15, May 13, June 10, July 15 & August 19. If you need extended help with a project, new or old, join us for a help session and get going again! Knitting, crochet, cross stitch and needlepoint project are all welcome. The fee is $10.00 for a 3-hour period, 1:00-4:00 p.m. You can join us for all or part of the session -- whatever meets your needs. You do need to call ahead to sign up so we know how many people to plan for.
We hope you find something in our spring/summer class schedule that interest you and inspires you to improve your skills or just come and have fun stitching with others who love to do what you do! As always, thank you for your business and your friendship. May your 2017 be filled with moments that make you smile!