Dear Stitchers,

With snow flurries forecast again this week, and my daffodils full of big yellow blooms that are just starting to open, I'd say that the phenomenon known in Kentucky as spring weather is alive and well.  Since spring doesn't appear ready to arrive in full force, meaning our yard work can be put on hold a little while longer, let's just sit back and stitch a bit while we wait.  We have many classes available, have news of our on-line activities, and have some special promotions you'll want to take advantage of.  Read on and see what grabs your interest............

We found many wonderful counted thread charts at market, some beautiful new hand-dyed fabrics, and many useful gadgets -- who doesn’t need more of those?  Everything is priced and on display -- so if you haven’t been in the shop in the past couple of weeks, visit us soon to see the latest.  Many new yarns are arriving in the shop as well -- Phoenix and Orchidea (cotton blends) and Twiggy (a linen blend) -- all from Trendsetter Yarns, are on the shelf.  We have replaced our Butterfly/Super 10 DK weight cotton with Cleo, a lovely DK weight cotton from Plymouth, put up in a smaller skein -- helpful when you have a project that calls for multiple colors.  Also coming from Plymouth is Colorando (cotton blend) and already in stock and a hot seller is Diversity -- a fingering weight, self-striping yarn popular for socks and shawls.  Universal Yarn will be soon be sending some new colors in Classic Shades, (we completely sold out of last season’s stock) as well as a chunky version and a sequined version of this popular yarn.  Also on the list from Universal is Bamboo Bloom (just beautiful...), Saki Silk (scrumptious for shawls), Poems Socks, Petals Socks (an angora blend) and Good Earth -- a linen/cotton blend that we are using in an upcoming class.  KnitGlobal Sock from Aurora Yarns, new Pediboo colors from Frog Tree Yarns, and Florafil, a wonderful chunky cotton in sweet baby pastels from Made In America Yarns.  These will continue to arrive over the next  month or so -- check in often on the web site and Facebook to get news of the latest deliveries.

Some of you have been taking advantage of our web site promotions -- previously unadvertised discounts on certain areas of our inventory.  They are posted on the current promotions page on the web site and run from Tuesday through Saturday of the week advertised.  There may not be a promotional discount offered every week, but we will offer special deals at least one to two weeks of every month.  Check the site on a regular basis to make sure you don’t miss a deal on something you've been wanting to add to your stash!  If you don't have computer access, you can call the shop on Tuesdays to see if a promotion is running that week.  Our next big promotion will be on Friday April 12 and Saturday April 13 -- if you sign up for a class on either of these days, you will receive a 20% discount on any materials you buy for your class project.  What a great time to save!  Other unadvertised specials will be available both of those days as well -- we hope to see you then.  

WEB SITE STUFF.........I want to thank those of you who have had such kind words to say about our web site.  I also want to take this opportunity to thank Brent Peacher (aka Peach Technology) for his terrific work in designing and hosting the web site for us.  He continues to try to train me in how to add and change things -- his hardest job for sure!  There are many things I still need to tweak and content that I need to add -- especially in our product area.  Eventually we will have links to our vendors, and much more specific information about the yarn lines we carry, the knitting and crochet notions we stock, the threads we stock for cross stitch and needlepoint, the major cross stitch designers whose leaflets we have on the rack.  At this time we still do not plan to offer a shopping cart feature, but you can always call/email the shop with an order and we will be happy to mail it out to you. 

A feature of the web site that we have worked hard to perfect is the ability to get the newsletter and class schedule there, and to be able to print them out so that you can have a paper copy. Many of you like to have a copy of the class information to carry in your stitching bag and bring into the shop with you when you are signing up.  You can print the complete newsletter directly from the web site by simply clicking on the underlined word  Print  right above the words "Dear Stitchers."  We have a mailing list of over 8500 people, and currently limit our newsletter mailings to 2-3 a year due to printing and postage costs.  If we can eventually get the majority of our customer base to opt out of the mailed copy and agree to print their own newsletters from the web site we can generate a newsletter more often.  That would enable us to be more responsive to your needs in terms of class offerings, promotional events and information about new products in stock.  Of course, I realize you would miss the stunning clip art that I put on the newsletters for printing (Ha!) but hopefully are willing to sacrifice!  We are happy to continue to mail a paper copy to those of you who don't have computer access or the ability to print a copy  So we request that if possible, you sign up for the newsletter on the home page of our web site, thestitchnicheky.com.  If you sign up there, we will send you an email letting you know when the newsletter is up on the web site, and will remove you from our paper copy list.  You will also get other emails from time to time about special promotions or new product arrivals in the shop.  We promise not to flood your mailbox with mail -- probably no more often than once a month unless we have a really special event we want to remind you about.  I thank you in advance for your cooperation and patience as we continue to make this transition!

As recently posted on our web site, our FACEBOOK page has had to undergo a change of address.  A rather interesting occurrence of a couple of years ago has also confused the issue!  A well-meaning customer opened up a Facebook page in the shop’s name, Stitch Niche, complete with photos taken both inside and outside the shop -- however, no one in the shop, including me, knew anything about it!  When we sought to open up what I thought was our first Facebook page last fall, we discovered this old one.  We have tried to get in touch with the owner of the page to ask her to close it down to avoid confusion, but have received no response.  So we had to add “The” and “Inc.” to our new page to differentiate it from the unofficial one.  Then we had a problem with the first page we set up, and had to open a second one.  So if you “liked” us on our web site page anytime prior to the beginning of March, please go back and “like” us again!  You will then be directed to the one and only official Facebook page for The Stitch Niche, Inc.!

Warm Up America! has totaled their donations for 2012 and the numbers are pretty impressive!  505 afghans, 140 hats, 132 scarves, 6 pairs of gloves and 1 headband were created and donated by our group.  Congratulations to all of you that participate in this worthy cause.  Many individuals in nursing homes, taking cancer treatments, in veteran's hospitals, and in abuse shelters all received donations of afghans.  Hats and scarves were donated to the Hope Center and Salvation Army to be distributed to those in need.  They all benefited from your generosity of time and materials.  If you would like to help out by crocheting or knitting 7" x 9" blocks, full afghans or hats or scarves, or by assembling the blocks into afghans, or by donating your leftover yarn -- your help is needed and appreciated.  Yarns used in the afghans needs to be washable, but if you have non-washable yarns that you want to donate, Warm Up bags those to sell in our sale corner, and the money made is used to purchase acrylic yarns that can be used in the afghans -- in other words, donations of any kind of yarn are put to good use!  If you would like to knit/crochet blocks, but don't have scrap yarn available to you, we have bags of donated yarn that you can pick up.  Blocks can be any color, and any stitch pattern you choose -- they don't have to be fancy to be usable......knitted garter stitch and crocheted blocks of single or double crochets are perfect!  Put your spare, odd moments to good use and keep a block in progress -- before you know it you will have several done and ready to donate.  If you would like to join the group that meets at the shop on Tuesdays to prepare afghans for distribution and/or knit and crochet together, please come on in -- they meet from 10:00 a.m. until approximately 3:00 p.m. and newcomers are always welcome.

CLASSES * * * CLASSES * * * CLASSES

 

PICTURES OF CLASS PROJECTS WILL BE POSTED ON OUR WEB SITE AS THEY BECOME AVAILABLE. 

 

CLASS GUIDELINES: 

*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.  Most class fees listed include the pattern - complete materials lists and any homework assignments will be given at registration.

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Beginning Cross Stitch - Wednesday, May 1, 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. or 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

Beginning Linen - Wednesday, May 15, 6:30-9:00 p.m., 1 session, $18.00 (includes all materials).  Do you yearn to stitch those lovely complex cross stitch designs you see on display in the shop, or explore challenging specialty stitches?  Let us unravel the mysteries of stitching over two threads on linen -- you can do it and you will love it!  Teacher:  Carolyn Danks

Beginning Needlepoint - Wednesdays, July 10 & 17, 6:30-9:00 p.m., 2 sessions, $30.00 plus thread.  Do you want to learn to needlepoint?  Interested in stitching belts, key chains, or cute ornaments for the holidays?  We will stitch two small canvases - one to teach the basic needlepoint stitch and a little sampler using popular specialty stitches. They are the perfect size for mounting in a little wooden box - a terrific gift item that’s great for jewelry, keepsakes, tooth fairy treasures, etc.  Teacher:  Amy Jones

Beginning Crochet - Mondays, April 15 - June 3, 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. or 6:30-9:00 p.m., 6 sessions, $72.00 instructional fee, $38.00 materials packet plus various minor project expenses.  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: Amy Jones

Crocheted Figure-Eight Cowl - Tuesday, July 2, 6:00-9:00 p.m., 1 session, $18.00 plus materials.  This beautiful, highly textured cowl is designed in figure-eight motifs which are then joined together to form the cowl.  The length of the cowl can be adjusted based on the number of motifs completed. Chart reading skills will be taught as well as a written version of the pattern.  Teacher:  Amy Jones           

"Anything You Want It to Be" Crocheted Felted Purse - Tuesdays, July 9 & 23, August 6 & 20, 6:30-9:00 p.m., 4 sessions, $48.00 plus materials.  This roomy bag is multipurpose, multidirectional and multicolor -- anything goes!  This bag is fun to crochet, and with inside pockets, is also functional.  You make it your own masterpiece with your choice of colors, textures and embellishments.  Teacher:  Amy Jones

Crocheted Fold-Up Slippers - Mondays, September 16 & 23, 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. or 6:30-9:00 p.m., 2 sessions, $24.00 plus materials.  These cute slippers are created by one simple piece of crocheted fabric that is then folded and seamed to create the slipper shape.  They are quick to crochet in chunky weight yarn -- the perfect project for gift giving.  Teacher:  Amy Jones

Crocheted Reader's Shawl - Tuesdays, July 16, 30 & August 13, 6:30-9:00 p.m., 3 sessions, $36.00 plus materials.  You will want to settle down for a good read or an evening of stitching in this cozy shawl with pockets.  Simple mitered squares with a one-row pattern repeat make this attractive wrap easy to crochet.  We will use an invisible seaming technique to join the mitered squares, and then add an attractive border. Teacher:  Amy Jones

Crochet Sweater Workshop -- Tuesdays, April 16, 30, May 14, June 11 & 25, 6:30-9:00 p.m., 5 sessions, $60.00 plus materials.  Back by popular demand, we are again offering a crochet version of our popular knitting workshop.  You pick the pattern and yarn YOU want (with our help if you need it) and bring it to class.  We’ll learn from each other’s patterns and each week will discuss techniques common to most sweater construction.   Teacher:  Amy Jones

"Hip 2B Square" Afghan - Wednesdays, May 1, May 29, June 26, July 31, August 28, September 25, 6:30-9:00 p.m., 1 session per block, $14.00 plus materials per session. Come and join us once a month to learn a new stitch pattern, while creating blocks for an afghan, or if you prefer, a bag or pillow.  We are currently working in the baby afghan book, the second in the series, however, blocks can be made in either DK weight yarn for a baby afghan, or done in worsted to match the size of the afghan blocks in the first book designed for full-size afghans.  One pattern block will be taught each month.  You can join this class at any point in time.  Choose your color scheme and get started!  Teacher:  Amy Jones

Beginning Knitting --  Our decision to revamp our beginning knitting class received much positive feedback last semester.  Instead of offering it only as a comprehensive 6-week class, we have decided to split the class into three sections.  That way, if you know the basics, but wish to brush-up on or learn other skills, you can sign up 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 & Judy Olson 

                Beginning Knitting I - Thursdays, April 18 & 25, Skills include: Cast on, bind off, knit      stitch, purl stitch, counting rows/stitches, yarn weights & gauge.

                Beginning Knitting II - Thursdays, May 2 & 9, Skills include: Ribbing, Knit & Purl increases and decreases, knitting in the round

                Beginning Knitting III - Thursdays, May 16 & 23, Skills include:  Cables, buttonholes, bobbles, 2-color Fair Isle technique, picking up stitches.

Beginner’s Knitted Scarf/Purse for Children - Saturdays, June 1, 8 & 15, 10:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m., 3 sessions, $36.00 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, June 10, 17 & July 1, 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. or 6:30-9:00 p.m., 3 sessions, $58.00 (includes 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, July 8, 15 & 22, 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. 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

Chunky Checks Textured Pillow - Thursdays, May 30 & June 13, 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. or 6:30-9:00 p.m., 2 sessions, $28.00 plus materials.  The pattern for this pillow creates textural interest with the simplest sequence of knit and purl stitches.  It is knitted in super-bulky weight yarn, making it a super-quick project!  Make several in your color scheme for your own sofa, and a second set for the perfect housewarming gift.  You can make several in different sizes with simple alterations to the pattern.  Teacher:  Amy Jones

Entrelac Pillow - Thursdays, August 8 & 29, 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. or 6:30-9:00 p.m., 2 sessions, $28.00 plus materials.  I love geometrics -- it’s like knitting a puzzle!  The basketweave look of Entrelac makes a lovely pillow.  We will learn the technique of “knitting backwards” to avoid the time-consuming turns at the end of every row.  The model is done in Noro self-striping yarn, but the pattern would be effective in contrasting solid colors as well.  A crocheted edging will join the two pillow sides. Teacher:  Amy Jones

Beaded Gadget Bag - Wednesdays, April 24 & May 15, 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. or 6:30-9:00 p.m., 2 sessions, $48.00 plus yarn.  This handy beaded bag is knit in fingering weight yarn and embellished with 6/0 seed beads, which are added during the knitting process.  The first class will teach the beading technique with finishing skills needed and frame insertion covered during the second.  Teacher:  Judy Olson

Rechtboomssloot Snood aka Floppy Hat - Wednesday, June 5, 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. or 6:30-9:00 p.m., 1 session, $14.00 plus materials.  I know the name of this hat sounds like some strange Scandinavian winter sport - but the hat is cute and comfy!  The floppy beret style uses a tuck stitch, knitted in two different colors.  The higher the hat is "built" the floppier it will be!  Some brioche experience is helpful.  Teacher:  Judy Olson

Garter Ridge Cowl - Thursday, June 6, 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. or 6:30-9:00 p.m., 1 session, $14.00 plus materials.  This knitted cowl alternates garter ridges with stockinette stitch for a simple, yet attractive pattern.  It will be super-quick to knit in super-bulky yarn -- our model is done in lusciously soft pencil roving -- a new addition to our inventory.  Length of the cowl can be easily varied to suit your taste.  Perfect project for a new knitter -- great gift idea for anyone to knit.  Teacher:  Amy Jones

Ruffled Tiers Scarf - Saturday, April 20, 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. or Tuesday April 23, 6:30-9:00 p.m., 1 session, $14.00 plus materials.  The yarn used for this cute scarf is actually a mesh-like fabric that is knitted in rows of just a few stitches, creating soft ruffled tiers.  If you can hold a knitting needle, you can knit this scarf!  We have mesh in colors for everyday wear and some with metallic edges for dressier scarves - you might want one of each!  Teacher:  Amy Jones

Wissel Scarf - Wednesdays, June 12 & July 10, 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. or 6:30-9:00 p.m., 2 sessions, $24.00 plus materials.  This scarf is made up of small blocks of stockinette brioche stitch.  The pattern will be "wisseled" or "switched" every 4 rows to create the design.  A fingering weight yarn with a long color repeat is most effective in the pattern.  Teacher:  Judy Olson

Mesh Triangle Scarf - Thursdays, July 11 & 25, 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. or 6:30-9:00 p.m., 2 sessions, $24.00 plus materials.  This lovely scarf is knitted in a new linen/cotton blend yarn that we have coming in this spring.  It is available in soft pastel colors, perfect for spring and summer wardrobes.  The pattern alternates open mesh triangles with stockinette stitch triangles, all knitted in one piece.  Teacher:  Amy Jones

One-Color Brioche Scarf - Wednesdays, August 7 & 14, 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. or 6:30-9:00 p.m., 2 sessions,  $25.00 plus materials.  Don't confuse this cool technique with Biscotti, those yummy cookie bars you dip in your coffee!  This knitting technique creates a lofty, ribbed, reversible fabric that makes a cozy, soft scarf that nestles softly around your neck.  Teacher:  Judy Olson

Two-Color Brioche Scarf - Wednesdays, August 28 & September 11, 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. or 6:30-9:00 p.m., 2 sessions, $25.00 plus materials.  Create another lofty brioche scarf, but this time learn techniques necessary for a two color version.  Teacher:  Judy Olson 

Neap Tide Shawl - Wednesdays, May 22 & 29, 6:30-9:00 p.m. 2 sessions,  $30.00 plus materials.  If you've wanted to try some lace knitting, this class is a good introduction.  You will learn to read a lace chart as well as other helpful techniques.  The shawl is designed in a crescent shape with a lovely lace edging.  Teacher:  Susan Winkler

Phoenix Waterfall Wrap - Tuesdays, August 27, September 3 & 24, 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. or 6:30-9:00 p.m., 3 sessions, $42.00 plus materials.  This intriguing shawl is knit in short rows creating a wedge-type design.  The softly self-striping yarn contributes to the gently cascading waterfall effect.  It is fun to knit and the results are truly lovely.  Teacher:  Amy Jones

Mitered Edge Baby Blanket - Mondays, August 19, 26 & September 9, 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. or 6:30-9:00 p.m., 3 sessions, $36.00 plus materials.  I love the unique construction of the eye-catching shape of this baby blanket!  The border of the blanket is knitted first in mitered squares and triangle shapes are picked up along the squares and knitted as part of the border.  The body of the blanket is picked up along the inside edges of the border and knitted, while decreasing, toward the center.  This is another winning project from 60 Quick Baby Knits -- a must-have book if you are knitting for babies!  Teacher:  Amy Jones

Baby Hooded Pullover - Mondays, July 29,  August 5 & 12, 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. or 6:30-9:00 p.m., 3 sessions, $36.00 plus materials.  This hooded pullover, sized for 6, 12 or 18 months, is knitted from the neck down and is appropriate for boys or girls.  Even the most active little one will be comfy in this cute sweater.  Knit a couple in your little one's fave colors, or for the perfect shower gift -- another great design from 60 Quick Baby Knits!  Teacher:  Amy Jones

Sedona Cardigan - Tuesdays, April 16, 23, May 7 & 21, 6:30-9:00 p.m., 4 sessions, $55.00 plus materials.  This sweet and simple anytime cardigan design has a ribbed collar and front band detailing.  Sedona is a one-piece cardigan and is knitted from the neck down.  Knit it up in a cotton blend for summer, or in a wool or alpaca blend for layering in the fall or winter.  You could add a zipper too!  Teacher:  Susan Winkler

Striped Modular Vest - Thursdays, June 27, July 18, August 1 & 22, 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. or 6:30-9:00 p.m., 3 sessions, $42.00 plus materials.  Marvelous miters show off both your knitting skills, and the beauty of self-striping yarn.  This easy pattern is fun to knit and the resulting vest is one you'll want to wear often.  Solid colors could be used for a more subtle pattern.  Teacher:  Amy Jones

February Lady Cardigan - Thursdays, August 15, 29, September 19 & October 10, 6:30-9:00 p.m., 4 sessions, $48.00 plus materials.  This swingy lace cardigan was designed by Pamela Wynne from Flint Knits.  She said it was lovingly based on Elizabeth Zimmermann's classic "Baby Sweater on Two Needles" from Knitter's Almanac, but made to fit an adult.  The garter stitch yoke joins the body and sleeves which are knitted in a lovely lace pattern.  Teacher:  Susan Winkler 

Knit Sweater Workshop - Thursdays, April 18, May 2 & 30, June 20, July 18 OR Tuesdays, July 2 & 16, August 13, September 10, October 1, 6:30-9:00 p.m., 5 sessions, $60.00 plus materials.  Is there a sweater you’re dying to make, but hesitant to do on your own?  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.  We’ll learn from each other’s patterns and each week will discuss a different type of sweater construction so you can learn even more.  Teacher:  Susan Winkler

Knit Lace Workshop - Tuesdays, June 4 & 18, July 9, August 6 & September 3, 6:30-9:00 p.m., 5 sessions, $60.00 plus materials.  There are so many lovely, intricate lace patterns on the market today.  Some can be intimidating when you  look at the complicated instructions and graphs.  This workshop class will allow you to get the help you need -- you pick the pattern you want to knit, a yarn you love and we will help you turn them into the scarf, shawl or sweater you admire.  Teacher:  Susan Winkler

Criss-Cross Booties - Tuesdays, May 28 & June 4, 6:30-9:00 p.m., 2 sessions, $24.00 plus materials.  These cute little slippers are knit in 3 colors -- choose one of our colorful combinations or 3 colors of your own choice.  The cross-over straps help them stay put on active little feet!  Our third class this semester from 60 Quick Knits........  Teacher:  Amy Jones

Basic Socks - Wednesdays, July 3, 17 & 31, 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. or 6:30-9:00 p.m., 3 sessions, $56.00 (includes pattern & needles). 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, April 15, 29 & May 13, 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. or 6:30-9:00 p.m., 3 sessions, $42.00 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

Knitting 2 Socks Toe-Up - Mondays, June 17, July 1, 8 & 22, 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. or 6:30-9:00 p.m., 4 sessions, $36.00 plus materials.  In a follow-up to the above class, you will learn to knit 2 socks at one time, this time from the toe up.  As above, you need to have completed the basic sock class or equivalent; magic loop experience helpful, but not necessary.  Teacher:  Judy Olson

Knitting 2 Socks Top-Down - Mondays, August 5, 19 & 26, September 9, 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. or 6:30-9:00 p.m., 4 sessions, $36.00 plus materials.  In this popular class you will learn to use 2 circular needles to knit 2 socks at one time, starting at the cuff, following the basic pattern in the book for worsted weight yarn.  You need to have completed the basic sock class or equivalent; magic loop experience helpful but not necessary.  Teacher:  Judy Olson

Dolomite Sock - Wednesdays, September 4 & 25, 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. or 6:30-9:00 p.m., 2 sessions, $32.00 plus materials.  This unisex sock features a chevron rib which hugs the leg and foot.  It has a short-row heel, and can be worked either top down or toe up --you choose the method you prefer.  Fingering weight yarn is needed for this intermediate level design.  Teacher: Judy Olson

Knitted Felted Clogs - Thursdays, September 5, 12 & 19, 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. or 6:30-9:00 p.m., 3 sessions, $42.00 plus materials.  These clogs are so cool!  The pattern is sized for women’s size 6 through men/s size 13, and can be knitted in one or two colors.  Once you "get the hang of it," they are fast and easy to knit, and the end product is comfortable and durable.  You will learn how to knit in the round, various increases and decreases and wrap & turn techniques.  The first two sessions will deal with the knitting process, and the third with felting.  Everyone you know will want a pair!  Teacher:  Amy Jones

Afghan Workshop - Mondays, April 22, May 20, June 10, July 15, August 12, September 16, 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. or 6:30-9:00 p.m., 1 session, $14.00 per session.  We've offered 3 afghan series classes over the past 10 years -- The Great American Aran Afghan, The Great American Afghan, and most recently The Great North American Afghan.   There are no doubt a few blocks that have gotten laid aside over the years, with the intent to go back and finish them later.  This workshop class will give you the opportunity to finish those blocks, or start one you may have skipped.  Here’s the help and motivation you need to finish your afghan!  Teacher:  Judy Olson

HELP SESSIONS - We are so glad that our help sessions have been of benefit to you.  If you need extended help with a project, new or old, join us on a Saturday afternoon and get going again!  The fee is only $12.00 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.  The dates for this semester are April 13, May 11, June 8, July 13, August 10, & September 14 .  Please call at least 24 hours ahead to reserve a spot so that we can plan for adequate space and teachers. 

It seems that I always close the newsletter by thanking you for your business and your friendship, but we are truly continually thankful for both.  If we fail to meet your expectations, please call me or email me and let me know and give us a chance to correct any errors or misunderstandings -- we do realize that you make a choice to shop with us, and we sincerely appreciate it.

Warmest Regards,

Amy Jones, Owner