THE STITCH NICHE NEWS - FALL/WINTER 2016
Where has the summer gone? Mine was consumed with knee replacement surgery and recovery. Already I have brown leaves falling in the yard and I've seen Halloween decorations out in the stores,. There have been several postings on my Facebook page already about the number of Fridays, or shopping days, or weeks until Christmas! No doubt some of you have finished your holiday shopping.....and then there are the rest of us! Since I have a second knee surgery coming up mid-September I should have finished mine of course, but that would require way too much thinking and planning at this point! If you plan to complete some stitching for holiday gifts, read on for some inspiration.
The 6th Annual National "I Love Yarn! Day" is Saturday, October 15. In celebration of all things fiber related, we are offering a 20% discount on our entire in-stock inventory on Friday, October 14 & Saturday, October 15. This is a great opportunity to stock up on some of the beautiful new yarns and yarn kits we have in stock, purchase threads and fabric for holiday cross stitch ornaments, or choose a cute needlepoint ornament canvas or belt design for a cool Christmas gift. In addition, we will have a special price on our sale corner yarns, and have available cross stitch fabric scrap bags and $2 grab bags. Discontinued cross stitch, knit and crochet models will be for sale at bargain prices! Don't miss it!
The annual Just Cross Stitch Ornament Issue is on the way - always one of my favorite publications every year, chock full of lovely ornament designs plus a wealth of great recipes from the designers’ kitchens. Also in stock is a delightful Halloween book from Just Cross Stitch with both small ornament size and larger pieces - so much fun!
We want to make our knitters and crocheters aware of a special yarn we have in the shop. We timed the receipt of this yarn to coordinate with the I-75 Yarn Crawl held earlier in August. It was so well received that we ordered a second dye lot which we've now gotten. This exclusive colorway was designed to reflect the beauty of the horse farms here in central Kentucky. It is a combination of greens and blues, accented with browns representing the horses and yellow for our state flower, the goldenrod. Zen Yarn Garden dyed the yarn for us using one of their fingering weight silk and cashmere blends. Don't miss out on this special offering!
We are now certified as a Ravelry Pro Shop, meaning that we can sell you patterns sold in the Ravelry Pattern Store from designers who have opted in for this service. Any pattern that you would normally purchase direct from Ravelry can now be purchased through the shop. We can print the pattern for you at the shop, and/or email it to you and it will be saved in your Ravelry library. This benefits both your local yarn shop (us!) and the designer -- a win/win situation. Your retail price is the same either way. Please consider contacting us the next time you want to purchase a pattern from the Ravelry site.
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 months 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.
Warm Up America Update -- Our Warm Up America group is moving along in 2016. So far this year a total of 190 afghans in various sizes, 49 baby/child afghans, 8 preemie blankets, 56 scarves and 61 hats have been completed. If you have yarn to donate, are willing to knit or crochet blocks, or want to become 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.
Our finishing deadline for cross stitch and needlepoint ornaments, stockings, pillows, bell pulls, etc. is Saturday, November 19. This is the last day that we will accept items for finishing by Christmas. Please remember that you need to bring all backing fabrics and specialty threads (if needed) for cording. Our belt finishing deadline is Saturday, December 3. All belts and key chains that need to be back in time for Christmas must be brought in by this date -- if we are to do the finishing/binding stitch for you, we will need it no later than November 26.
HOLIDAY SCHEDULE - With the coming holidays, some adjustments in business hours are planned. Exceptions to our normal hours are as follows:
Thursday, November 24 CLOSED for Thanksgiving Holiday
Saturday, December 24 Closing early at 2:00 PM
Monday, December 26 CLOSED
Tuesday, December 27-Saturday, December 31 -- PRE-INVENTORY SALE
Monday, January 2 CLOSED for Inventory
CLASSES * * * CLASSES * * * CLASSES
PICTURES OF CLASS PROJECTS WILL BE POSTED ON OUR WEB SITE AS THEY BECOME AVAILABLE.
*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.
Beginning Counted Cross Stitch - Wednesday, October 5, 6:30-9:00 p.m., 1 session, $14.00 plus materials. This class, appropriate for teenagers or adults, is a great introduction to the world of counted cross stitch. Work on a charming Shepherd’s Bush design while learning how all those symbols on paper translate into a beautiful stitched piece. If you have not tried it, give yourself a gift that you will always enjoy. Teacher: Sherry Nielsen
Children’s Cross Stitch Ornament - Saturday, December 3, 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m., 1 session, $20.00 (includes all materials). This class, open to children ages 6-12, will teach the basics necessary to stitch and complete a simple Christmas ornament. Most children should be able to stitch and frame the ornament in the time allotted. This will be fun “day out” for your child and a “day off” for you! Each child should bring a sandwich and drink for a mid-class lunch break. Teacher: Amy Jones
Wool Appliqué Mitten Ornament - Wednesday, November 16, 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. or 6:30-9:00 p.m., 1 session, $14.00 plus materials. The basics of wool appliqué technique will be taught while using felted wool fabric and Valdani pearl cotton to make a mitten-shaped ornament. You choose the design for the mitten and we will kit your materials for class. Teacher: Judy Olson
Yarn Dyeing Workshop - Saturday, October 29, 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 - Tuesdays, September 20 - October 18, 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, November 1, 15, 29 & December 13, 6:30-9:00 p.m., 4 sessions, $48.00 plus materials. You know the basic crochet stitches, you've done a few projects, 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. Teacher: Deborah Hutchinson
Granny Triangle Cowl - Wednesdays, November 16 & December 7, 6:30-9:00 p.m., 2 sessions, $24.00 plus materials. Classic granny squares are adapted to a triangle shape. Whip up a fun neck warmer by joining together multiple granny triangles in your choice of yarn weight. The pattern is written for worsted weight but our model is crocheted in fingering weight for a lighter version. Teacher: Amy Jones
Tectonic Convertible Cowl - Mondays, October 17 & 24, November 14, 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
Crocheted Picot Bracelet - Wednesday, November 9, 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
Crocheted Cable Stitch Sampler Afghan - Wednesdays, October 26 & November 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. Teachers: Judy Olson and Amy Jones
Beginning Knitting I - Thursdays, October 6 & 13, Skills include: Cast on, bind off, knit stitch, purl stitch, counting rows/stitches, yarn weights & gauge.
Beginning Knitting II - Thursdays, October 20 & 27, Skills include: ribbing, knit & purl increases and decreases, knitting in the round.
Beginning Knitting III - Thursdays, November 3 & 10, Skills include: Cables, buttonholes, bobbles, 2-color fair-isle technique, picking up stitches.
Paulina Cowl - Wednesdays, October 19 & November 2, 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. or 6:30-9:00 p.m., 2 sessions, $24.00 plus materials. This lovely cowl, knitted in one color, utilizes brioche and lace techniques. Skills taught include provisional cast on and 3-needle bind off. This is a great class to follow the beginning brioche headband class. Teacher: Judy Olson
Full Circle Cowl - Thursdays, November 17 & December 8, 6:30-9:00 p.m., 2 sessions, $24.00 plus materials. This cowl begins with a crocheted chain provisional cast on and ends with an applied I-cord edging. In between, a creative coin stitch forms oversized polka dots, rimmed in a contrasting color. It is a fun knit! Teacher: Amy Jones
Brioche Headband - Mondays, September 19 & October 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
Run Around Mittens - Mondays, November 7 & 21, December 5, 6:30-9:00 p.m., 3 sessions, $36.00 plus materials. This pattern is one of many great ones from the new Jen Lucas book, Sock-Yarn Accessories. Carefully placed increases and decreases create a chevron pattern perfect for self-striping sock yarns. An afterthought thumb is used in order to keep the stripes even throughout the mitten. Charts and written instructions are provided. Teacher: Amy Jones
Knitted Beaded Ornament - Wednesday, November 9, 6:30-9:00 p.m., 1 session, $16.00 plus materials. This lovely ornament cover, knitted with metallic yarn and beads, fits over a glass ornament (included). The ornament is knitted on double pointed needles, and is easily completed in an evening or two. Watch out -- they are addictive! Teacher: Amy Jones
Basic Socks - Mondays, October 10 & 24, November 7, 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
Leftie Shawl - Tuesdays, November 29 & December 6, 6:30-9:00 p.m., 2 sessions, $24.00 plus materials. Leftie is an asymmetrical shawlette that was designed to show off your favorite little leftovers. The stripes will swirl around your neck in a very flattering way, and the cute tiny leaves are the perfect way to make your favorite colors shine. Knitted all in garter stitch, the knitting is fun and relaxing. Teacher: Susan Winkler
Herbivore Shawl - Mondays, November 14 & 28, 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. or 6:30-9:00 p.m., 2 sessions, $24.00 plus materials. Herbivore gets its name from the plant-like structures within the fabric. Increases at each edge and at three other locations create the unique shape, while twisted stitches branch out from those increases. Teacher: Dorothy Apple
Daybreak Shawl - Mondays, September 19 and October 3, 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. or 6:30-9:00 p.m., 2 sessions, $24.00 plus materials. Daybreak is a semicircular shawl featuring clean, graphic stripes that echo a rising sun. The generous wingspan allows the fabric to drape comfortably around your shoulders and neck. The arched shawl design offers plenty of opportunity to play with color -- let the fun begin! Teacher: Dorothy Apple
Lake Delton Shawl - Thursdays, October 13 and November 10, 6:30-9:00 p.m., 2 sessions, $24.00 plus materials. This elegant shawl is the second class project offered from Sock-Yarn Accessories by Jen Lucas. The open-mesh section of the shawl is enhanced by a lovely lace edging that is attached to the shawl at the end of every edging row. The pattern lends itself to either one or two-color knitting. Teacher: Dorothy Apple
Lakemoor Vest - Tuesdays, September 20, October 4 & 18, November 1, 6:30-9:00 p.m., 4 sessions, $48.00 plus materials. This vest is knit on the bias, a relatively simple project with a big visual impact. It is knit in fingering weight yarn, and is a great use of leftover yarns or an opportunity to combine two contrasting colors to create an attractive effect. The modular design is worked entirely in garter stitch and is designed for a very versatile fit. Teacher: Susan Winkler
Sweater Design a la Zimmerman - The Percentage Method - Thursdays, September 22, October 6 & 20, November 3, 6:30-9:00 p.m., 4 sessions, $48.00 plus materials. This popular class teaches the techniques necessary to design a seamless, raglan sweater to fit any size individual, using any weight of yarn -- a good basic pattern to have in your bag of tricks. We will show you how to “do the math” necessary to knit a child/adult sweater in your choice of yarn. Teacher: Susan Winkler
Knit Sweater Workshop - Wednesdays, September 28, October 12 & 26, November 30, December 14, 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
Help Sessions - Our Saturday help sessions are typically held on the second Saturday of the month. The dates for fall are as follows: September 10, October 8, November 12 and December 10. 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.
We wish you a healthy and happy fall and holiday season with those you love. Stay in touch with news and updates through our Facebook page and web site.