What's Up? (5/29/16)
The Stitch Niche will be closed on Monday, May 30 so that our staff may observe the Memorial Day holiday with their families. We hope you have a safe and blessed holiday.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO US!
The Stitch Niche will be 25 years old on April 1, and we are celebrating by giving YOU a present!
FRIDAY, APRIL 1 & SATURDAY, APRIL 2
25% discount on all in-stock merchandise
Gift Certificate chance with each purchase of at least $25
Sale corner merchandise and sale models an additional 25% off
In keeping with our "25" theme, we will also be collecting quarters for donation to The Broke Spoke! The Broke Spoke is Lexington's community bicycle shop that provides service to the biking community, with their primary mission being to serve the riders who must use their bikes as their primary mode of transporatation. Bikes and bike repairs can be paid for with sweat equity by volunteering at the shop. The Spoke is run entirely with volunteer labor and depends on donations from the community for operational costs. My late husband volunteered at the Spoke on a regular basis, so it is a cause dear to my heart. We hope you will help us by bringing in your quarters for donation to this worthy organization -- raid those piggy banks!
THE STITCH NICHE NEWS Spring/Summer 2016
Spring is on the way, and the cold temperatures and slick roads are hopefully a thing of the past. Come and join us on Thursday nights between 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. for some fellowship and stitching time! We have a group of knitters who have started meeting during that time over the last several weeks just to knit and laugh together. You are welcome to bring your stitching project -- knit, crochet, needlepoint or cross stitch, and join us! Bring a beverage if you want to, or a dinner snack if you're hungry, and relax with others who love stitching as much as you do.
On April 1, 2016, the shop will have its 25th Birthday! To celebrate, we are giving YOU a present -- a huge Birthday Sale! On Friday, April 1 and Saturday, April 2 we will be offering a 25% discount on all of our in-stock merchandise. This is a larger percentage off than we have ever offered on a storewide sale, but 25 years in business is a big deal! With every purchase you will get a chance on one of several $25 gift certificates we will give away. To keep our "25" theme going, we will also be collecting quarters for donation to a local charity -- raid those piggy banks! Our sale corner yarns, already marked at 50% off, will be discounted an additional 25%. Help us celebrate 25 years in business, and join us on April 1 & 2!
Our Warm Up America program had a very productive 2015. A total of 1167 items were donated. This total included 567 large afghans/lap robes/baby afghans, 336 adult/baby hats, 243 adult/children's scarves and 21 miscellaneous items. That is a pretty impressive total! If you would like to contribute in some way to Warm Up America let us know. You can donate scrap yarn, knit/crochet blocks for afghans or put afghan blocks together. For more details, contact the shop, or come and join our group of volunteers who meet at the shop on Tuesdays between 10 AM and 2 PM. We'd love to have your help!
Since our last newsletter, new yarns in stock include 220 Superwash Aran Splatter in a great primary colorway, Kureopatura, a worsted weight and Obi, a chunky weight, both in Noro's legendary self-striping style; A La Mode and Silk Garden Sock Solo, both Noro solid color lines dyed to coordinate with their self-striping yarns; a new shipment of gorgeous colors in Superwash DK from Sweet Georgia Yarns; Swaddle, a lofty chunky weight yarn with a wrap in solids and multis, perfect for baby items; and perhaps my favorites, Color Duo and Highland Duo, single ply merino wool/alpaca blends in gorgeous colors, incredibly soft and lovely to work with. We have new shipments of cross stitch leaflets coming in monthly, and have ordered the new colors coming out soon in Weeks and Sampler Thread flosses and new colors of beautiful hand-dyed fabrics from Picture This Plus. Check it all out the next time you're in the shop!
CLASSES * * * CLASSES * * * CLASSES
PICTURES OF CLASS PROJECTS WILL BE POSTED ON OUR WEB SITE AS THEY BECOME AVAILABLE.
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.
Azalea Collage Needlepoint Counted Canvas - Mondays, August 1, 8, 15 & 22, 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. or 6:30-9:00 p.m., 4 sessions, $48.00 plus materials. This beautiful counted needlepoint piece was designed by popular canvas designer, Laura Perin. A variety of needlepoint stitches are taught and worked on 18-count canvas. The model is worked in shades of pink, but you could easily customize the colors. Teacher: Judy Olson
Yarn Dyeing Workshop - Saturday, April 23, 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., 1 session, $8 workshop fee plus $15.00 per skein dyed. 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
Beginning Crochet - Thursdays, May 5 - June 2, 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
Crocheted Cable Stitch Sampler Afghan - Wednesdays, March 30 & April 27, 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
Peppermint Bandit Headband - Tuesday, March 15, 6:30-9:00 p.m., 1 session, $14.00 plus materials. This cute crocheted headband is done in two colors. The simple, but somewhat unusual color work technique carries both strands throughout, meaning there are minimal tails to weave in. The attractive tweed stitch pattern looks more complicated than it is. Try it out! Teacher: Amy Jones
Starfish Stole - Tuesday, April 5, 6:30-9:00 p.m., 1 session, $14.00 plus materials. Crochet this gorgeous stole in your choice of fingering weight yarn. It is light and lacy and perfect for spring and summer weather. A combination of chain stitches tacked down by single crochet stitches makes this stole easy and fast to whip up. A written pattern will be provided, but chart reading skills will also be covered. Teacher: Amy Jones
Career Casual Felted Bag - Wednesdays, April 6, 13 & 20. 6:30-9:00 p.m., 3 sessions, $36.00 plus materials. This versatile bag is crocheted with two strands of worsted weight wool and then felted for a firm, finished fabric. It is a perfect size for a laptop, notes, books, or of course, your current stitching project! A large inside pocket helps to keep things organized. Crochet one for yourself or for a gift! Teacher: Amy Jones
Tunisian Crochet Hat in the Round - Tuesday, May 10, 6:30-9:00 p.m., 1 session, $14.00 plus materials. Ever wonder what those double-ended crochet hooks were for? Learn how to crochet, tunisian style, in the round, with two colors. Learn to translate a knit pattern to a tunisian crochet pattern. The end result is a rolled brim hat that looks as if it were knit. Tunisian knowledge helpful, but not required. Teacher: Mitzi Schumacher
Crocheted Bridges Vest -- Tuesdays, May 24 & June 7, 6:30-9:00 p.m., 2 sessions, $24.00 plus materials. This attractive and easy-to-wear vest is constructed from two identical rectangles which can be laced together mid-side, sewn with a partial seam, or simply tied at a single point. This poncho-style garment is created by crocheting a small-square mesh fabric which is interspersed with symmetrical holes created by chain loops. Yarn choices can make it casual or dressy -- done in worsted weight yarn, it will work up quickly. Teacher: Mitzi Schumacher
Crocheted Virus Shawl - Thursday, June 16, 6:30-9:00 p.m., 1 session, $14.00 plus materials. This pretty shawl is built on a basic motif worked in a semi-circle. The number of motifs increases each successive row, just like viruses grow gradually on your computer, hence the significance of the shawl's name. The triangular shape results from a chart-based pattern that we will teach you to read. It can be done in your choice of yarn weights and is lovely crocheted in a solid or self-striping color. Teacher: Deborah Hutchinson
Crocheted Picot Bracelet - Thursday, July 7, 6:30-9:00 p.m., 1 session, $14.00 plus materials. These lovely little bracelets are crocheted with a lightweight yarn and adorned with beads. They are quick to crochet and easy to put together, making them an ideal gift item. The size is easily adjustable and enough materials provided for bigger or smaller wrists. Kits are available in a wide variety of color combinations. Teacher: Deborah Hutchinson
Knitted/Crocheted Braided Ball - Tuesday, May 30, 6:30-9:00 p.m., 1 session, $14.00 plus materials. One of our Warm Up America ladies who had moved away sent back a box of knitted ornaments to share with everyone at Christmas. We were intrigued by the unique construction of this little knitted ball, and so looked up the pattern and made a few. It was so much fun, we wanted to share the technique with you. We have models of both knitted and crocheted versions and will provide instructions for both. The knit/crochet strips will be completed prior to class and the tricky assembly procedure will be covered in class. Teacher: Susan Winkler
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 - Thursdays, March 17 & 24, Skills include: Cast on, bind off, knit stitch, purl stitch, counting rows/stitches, yarn weights & gauge.
Beginning Knitting II - Thursdays, April 7 & 14, Skills include: ribbing, knit & purl increases and decreases,
knitting in the round.
Beginning Knitting III - Thursdays, April 21 & 28, Skills include: Cables, buttonholes, bobbles, 2-color fair-isle
technique, picking up stitches.
Gorgeous Gathers Cowl - Monday, March 21, 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. or 6:30-9:00 p.m., 1 session, $14.00 plus materials. I just love this cowl! A 12-row pattern of wedge-shaped triangles is then "gathered" to form soft welts. The resulting ruched effect is lovely. The model is knitted in luscious, soft Eco Duo, a merino wool/alpaca combination with a subtle striped effect. The cowl would be equally lovely in a soft, solid shade of yarn. The elegant result would be a favorite for anyone. Teacher: Amy Jones
Braided Glory Cowl - Tuesdays, March 29 & April 12, 6:30-9:00 p.m., 2 sessions, $24.00 plus materials. This cowl, knitted in beautiful Noro yarn, uses a deceptively easy technique that elevates the cowl from simple to stunning. A striking faux cable, plaited from knit-in strips, encircles the cowl. Ruffled picots rim the outer edge. Knit several just for fun! Teacher: Amy Jones
Rib with a Twist Cowl/Scarf - Monday, April 18, 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. or 6:30-9:00 p.m., 1 session, $14.00 plus materials. A ribbed scarf, especially when knitted in a soft alpaca/wool blend, is always lovely. Add a twisted traveling cable to the picture and this cowl/scarf becomes a real eye-catcher. Knowledge of knit and purl stitches is all that's required. Teacher: Amy Jones
Juanita Cowl - Mondays, June 13 & 27, 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. or 6:30-9:00 p.m., 2 sessions, $24.00 plus materials. This unique cowl, knitted in DK weight yarn, is designed with a cable band that is worked first, and then seamed. The remainder of the cowl is worked in a twisted weave stitch and a slip stitch pattern. The interesting design shaping measures 20" at the top opening and 26" at the bottom. Teacher: Judy Olson
Featheron Cowl - Monday, June 20, 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. or 6:30-9:00 p.m., 1 session, $14.00 plus materials. This circular cowl, from "Made for Movement" by Stephen West, is worked with two colors, striping every other round. Only one color is worked each round with slipped stitches and knit/purl texture. Chevron shaping adds feathered strips and columns and creates jagged edges to the circular shape. The resulting fabric looks more complex than it actually is -- we won't tell anyone! Teacher: Dorothy Apple
Ring of Fire Brioche Cowl - Thursdays, July 14 & 28, 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. or 6:30-9:00 p.m., 2 sessions, $24.00 plus materials. Calling all brioche lovers! This beautiful cowl, knitted in 2 colors of fingering weight yarn, is another from Nancy Marchant's amazing book, "Knitting Fresh Brioche." Prior brioche experience is necessary and 2-color experience is recommended. Teacher: Judy Olson
Avery Cowl - Thursday, August 4, 6:30-9:00 p.m., 1 session, $14.00 plus materials. This beautifully textured cowl is a simple combination of knits and purls. It is fun to knit, and the fabric created is a reversible diamond pattern. It is knitted in the round and looks great casually doubled around the neck or hanging loose in a big loop. Teacher: Dorothy Apple
Bias Striped Mitts - Thursday, March 31, 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. or 6:30-9:00 p.m., 1 session, $14.00 plus materials. Mitts are so popular these days! They are the perfect quick-to-knit gift that everyone can use. This simple pattern uses diagonal stripes to create an eye-catching effect. The pattern highlights the interplay of the bright colors of the Kureyon, alternated with a dark solid in Noro's A La Mode. The mitts are worked flat and seamed, leaving thumb openings. One skein of each yarn is all you need! Teacher: Amy Jones
"Hanne" Fair Isle Mittens - Mondays, April 4 & 11, 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. or 6:30-9:00 p.m., 2 sessions, $24.00 plus materials. These classic fair-isle mittens, designed with a pretty snowflake motif, are a perfect project in which to learn fair-isle technique. This popular color work technique creates warm, cozy mittens, perfect for the winter cold. You'll be ready for next winter's weather, and will have time to knit several pair in various color combinations. We'll also learn techniques necessary for reading charts and creating "afterthought" thumbs. Teacher: Amy Jones
Brioche Headband - Thursdays, May 5 & 19, 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
Messenger Hat/Messenger Mitt - Tuesdays, August 16 & 30, 6:30-9:00 p.m., 2 sessions, $24.00 plus materials. Beautiful, soft yarn from Frabjous Fibers is used in the kits created for these attractive mitts and hat. Each kit has enough for either one hat or a pair of mitts. Buy two kits if you want to create a matching set. The effective stripe pattern is great for men or women, and the pattern is written for several sizes. Techniques taught will include a jogless join and a knitted hem. Teacher: Susan Winkler
Diamond Lace Stole - Tuesdays, August 2 & 9, 6:30-9:00 p.m., 2 sessions, $24.00 plus materials. This beautiful shawl is knit in fingering weight yarn. The diamond shape motifs are separated by diagonal lines of yarn overs, creating an open, lacy fabric that is perfect for warm temperatures. Written directions are provided, along with a chart for those of you who prefer to work from a graph. Teacher: Susan Winkler
Knit Sweater Workshop - Wednesdays, May 4, May 18, June 8, June 29 & July 20, 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
Zimmermann Surprise Jacket - Tuesdays, May 10, May 24, June 14, July 5 & July 26, 6:30-9:00 p.m., 5 sessions, $60.00 plus materials. If you are not familiar with the genius of Elizabeth Zimmermann, “knitter extraordinaire,” here is a chance to sample one of her most creative designs. The surprise jacket, which can be knitted in baby, children’s, or adult sizes, is knitted all in one piece. The sequence of increases and decreases serves to create this rather strange shaped piece of knitted fabric that when folded, becomes a wonderful jacket -- surprise! It is a great opportunity to use up small bits of yarn from your stash, or to plan a stunning color combination of new yarns and textures. Teacher: Susan Winkler
Gina Vest - Thursdays, June 9, June 23 & July 21, 6:30-9:00 p.m., 3 sessions, $36.00 plus materials. This side to side vest is a simple poncho-style design, but full of possibilities to make it your own unique creation. The pattern is designed for worsted weight self-striping yarn, but instruction will be given for knitting the vest in any yarn weight. Adjusting the size in both length and width dimensions can take the style from a crop top style to a tunic length. We've also added an option for a knit-as-you-go border along the bottom edge to keep it from rolling. Teacher: Dorothy Apple
Basic Socks - Mondays, April 25, May 9 & May 23, 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
Magic Loop Socks - Mondays, June 6, June 20 & July 11, 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
Help Sessions - Our Saturday help sessions are typically held on the second Saturday of the month. The dates for spring and summer are as follows: March 12, April 9, May 14, June 11, July 9 and August 13. If you need extended help with a project, new or old, join us for a help session and get going again! The fee is only $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.
As always, thank you for your business, your emotional support and your friendship during this past year. It has not been an easy one, but we all made it through! I saw the quote “Broken crayons still color” on Facebook, and have found it to be so true. Keep moving forward, regardless of what comes your way. Tomorrow is a new day -- embrace it, and the hope and possibilities it offers.