Dear Stitchers,

Friday, October 11 is I Love Yarn Day!  This is a day celebrated nationally to affirm our love of yarn!  Whether you knit, crochet, needlepoint, cross stitch or just love beautiful fibers, this is a day to celebrate  your passion.  In honor of this day, we at The Stitch Niche are planning some special activities.  All of our yarns and fibers will be offered at a 20% discount on Friday, October 11 and Saturday, October 12.  We are including our total yarn inventory, plus all needlepoint and cross stitch threads.  Fabric and canvases, being made of fibers, will also be on sale!  A special discount of 50% will be offered on our stock of the popular ruffle yarns for scarves.  All yarns already in our sale corner will be further discounted to $4 per ball -- a more than 50% discount.  In addition, with each purchase, you will receive a chance on a $50 gift certificate, one to be given away at the end of each day.  We will also have samples of some of our newer yarns available -- enough yardage to cast on or chain a few stitches and work a small swatch to see how you like it.  So as you can see, we love yarn AND we love our customers -- come celebrate with us on October 11 & 12!

Finishing Deadlines - With the holidays approaching, we need to notify you that Saturday, November 30 will be the last day we will accept items for finishing  by Christmas.  This includes belts and key chains for leathering and cross stitch and needlepoint pieces for ornaments, stockings and pillows.  Please remember that you need to bring all backing fabrics and specialty threads if desired for cordings.

Our Holiday Calendar will be posted on our web site, and on the door of the shop as the holidays approach.  Be sure to check with us the weeks of Christmas and New Years for special hours and pre-inventory sale dates.

 

* * * VERY IMPORTANT INFORMATION * * *

Since we have had our web site active for approximately a year at this point, we feel it's time to move ahead with the next phase of trying to pare down our mailing list.  Mailing newsletters to over 8500 customers is a very costly venture -- printing, labeling and postage costs run over $3500 per newsletter.  We'd much rather spend that $7000 a year on new inventory!  Several thousand of you have signed up to receive your newsletter via our web site, and we really appreciate your follow through.  Some have expressed that they prefer, or have a need, to continue receiving their printed newsletter in the mail, and we are happy to honor those requests.  Many of you, however, have not responded either way, and the time has come when we have to make some decisions.  Therefore, this will be the last newsletter that we will mail to the entire mailing list.  Unless we hear from you, (by phone, email, or visit to the shop) that you would prefer to continue having your newsletter mailed to you, we will assume you have signed up on the web site to receive it that way, or prefer not to receive it anymore -- we realize lives take different directions, and time is scarce, so it may be that needlework is no longer an activity you enjoy or partake in.  If you still want to sign up to be notified via email when the newsletter has been posted to the site, you can do that on the first page of the site, thestitchnicheky.com , or email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  We need your email address so that we can notify you when new information is posted to the web site.  Thanks so much for your understanding of our need to make these changes, and for your cooperation and patience during the transition.

New Merchandise is arriving in the shop weekly, so if you haven't been in for awhile, let me tell you about some of our new goodies.  The yarn from Feederbrook Farm that we told you about on the web site has arrived, and is going back out the door pretty rapidly!  We have 3 different DK-weight yarns from this vendor -- a kettle-dyed semi-solid, a variegated version, and one called Entropy, which is a multi-color with a twist.  This was our favorite find at market, and it’s obvious that those who have been in agree with our choice!  Reorders are in the near future.......  We also have new sock yarns from Blue Ridge in stock, and orders from Lorna's Laces and Jojoland will be arriving soon.  The Walker Bags -- nylon mesh storage bags and totes in bright colors -- have arrived and sold out already -- reorders have been placed.  Frabjous Fibers has shipped some adorable gadget bags and small project bags in clever designs and bright colors -- love these!  The wall behind the counter is full of new needlepoint ornament canvases, and more are on the way -- they are selling, so don't delay too long.........

Book Revamp - Many have noticed the empty book racks and expressed confusion as to why.......so let me explain what we're doing with all of our knitting and crochet pattern leaflets and booklets.  We are in the process of transitioning to a binder system, rather than the 20+ spinner racks we currently have.  We realize that finding patterns on the spinner racks can be challenging -- we have so many patterns that it necessitates 2  turned crossways in each pocket, and they often get put back in the wrong spots, sometimes leading to 4-5 different patterns ending up in one pocket.  It is difficult for us to find what we're looking for sometimes, so we can imagine how frustrating it is for you!  We are putting a sample of each pattern in 3-ring binders, by category.  You will be able to sit down with a binder of the type of pattern you're interested in and flip through all of the available designs.  Each pattern will be numbered, and will have a corresponding numbered file in the filing cabinets -- similar to the pattern set up at fabric stores.  You will go to the filing cabinet and pull the pattern you want to purchase.  We are working our way through  the racks -- shawls, scarves, hats, mittens, socks, slippers, and other accessory items have been done and we're beginning to work on the garment patterns.  Bear with us as we work to complete this process.  We have gotten positive comments from those who have used the new system and we feel it will be much easier for you to locate patterns you want when all are done, and easier for us to keep track of patterns we are out of so we can reorder in a more timely manner.  The hardcover books will still be kept in bookshelves, but will be sorted into categories, making it easier for you to find those that correspond to what you are interested in making.  Give us feedback and suggestions -- it needs to work for you!

Warm Up America! has been working hard this year and has already donated hundreds of items to needy and deserving individuals.  As of the end of September, they have donated 129 full-size afghans, 166 lap robes, and 57 baby afghans.  Also donated have been 130 scarves, 58 hats, 77 preemie hats for babies, and 8 chemo caps.  Many more items will be  finished and donated prior to the end of the year, so your help is still needed.   If you would like to help out by crocheting or knitting 7" x 9" blocks, full afghans, hats or scarves,  by assembling blocks into afghans, or by donating your leftover yarn -- your help is appreciated.  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.  If you would like to join the group of ladies that meets at the shop on Tuesdays to take care of Warm Up America! business, please drop in.  They meet from 10:00 a.m. to approximately 2:00 p.m., and you are welcome to attend for all or any portion of that time.  The group will meet regularly through the month of December, and then take a break during the months of January and February.  We do still receive donations during those two months and give out yarn and  afghans for assembly. 

 

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.  Complete materials lists and any homework assignments will be given at registration.

 

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Beginning Cross Stitch - Tuesday, October 29, 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, November 6, 6:30-9:00 p.m., 1 session, $18.00 (includes all materials).  Linen is the fabric on which heirlooms are stitched.  It stands the test of time, always lovely.  Stitch your cross stitch designs on linen, and enjoy the experience.  The threads of the linen also allow you to stitch more complex pieces and explore challenging specialty stitches if desired.  Let us unravel the mysteries of stitching over two threads on linen -- you can do it and you will love it!  Teacher:  Carolyn Danks

Color Delights Needlepoint Design - Thursdays, January 16 & 30, 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. or 6:30-9:00 p.m., 2 sessions, $24.00 plus materials.  This interesting counted canvas piece is fun stitching for anyone with basic counted thread or needlepoint experience.  Stitches taught will include rhodes, waffle, cashmere, basketweave, gobelin and mosaic.  The model is stitched on 18-count eggshell canvas in shades of copper and gold, but you can change the thread colors if you wish.  Teacher:  Judy Olson

Bargello Ball Ornament - Wednesdays, November 6 & 20, 6:30-9:00 p.m., 2 sessions, $40.00 (includes all materials).  This class, a perennial favorite, teaches you the techniques necessary to stitch and finish these lovely ornaments, appropriate for year-round display.  Stitched on 18-count canvas - previous canvas experience is not required.  Teacher:  Amy Jones

Fashion Necklace Workshop - Saturday, November 23, 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., 1 session, $18.00 (includes all materials).  Let us show you how to take a few yards of fashion yarn, add some scrap yarn from your “stash” and in just a few minutes, have a terrific looking necklace!  We will talk about yarn choices, helpful techniques for attaching the hardware, and guide you through the creation of your first necklace.  What terrific gifts these make, and you can feel so good about using up that scrap yarn!  Teacher: Amy Jones

Children's Basket Class - Saturday, December 7, 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m., 1 session, $12.00 (includes all materials).  These cute basket frames, wrapped in your choice of yarn, are a quick-to-finish gift for someone, a cute addition to your child's room, the bathroom, the kitchen table, your desk, or anywhere little items need a home.  Give yourself an errand break while your child has fun creating his/her basket.  Appropriate for ages 6-12.  Teacher:  Amy Jones

Beginning Crochet - Mondays, October 21 - November 25, 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 Felted Slippers - Tuesdays, November 5, 19 & December 3, 6:30-9:00 p.m., 3 sessions, $36.00 plus materials.  These warm, boot-style slippers are crocheted and then felted to the perfect fit.  They work up quickly in chunky weight wool yarn, so are great for gifts -- right after you finish a pair for yourself!  Appropriate for crocheters of all levels.  Teacher:  Amy Jones

Crocheted Granny Square Purse - Wednesdays, February 12 & March 5, 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. or 6:30-9:00 p.m., 2 sessions, $24.00 plus materials.  This sophisticated purse is one of 30 dazzling designs from Crochet Noro, and is composed of simple granny squares joined together in a stylish design.  You can crochet with two different colors of a worsted weight Noro self-striping  yarn or choose one multi-color and a coordinating solid.  Either way, the results are beautiful.  We will cover crochet techniques needed in the first class session, and cover assembly and lining techniques in the second class.  Teacher:  Amy Jones

Crocheted Bobbled Hat - Thursdays, January 2 & 23, 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. or 6:30-9:00 p.m., 2 sessions,  $24.00 plus materials.  Another design from Crochet Noro, this gorgeously textured hat appears to be covered with tiny bobbles, but the actual process is less complicated.  Crocheted in worsted weight Silk Garden, this design is appropriate for the intermediate crocheter.  Teacher:  Amy Jones

Noro Crocheted Short-Row Scarf - Wednesday, November 13, 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. or 6:30-9:00 p.m., 1 session,  $14.00 plus materials.  Our third class this semester from Crochet Noro is this attractive short-row scarf.  The shaping achieved lends this simple-looking scarf subtle shifts in color due to the use of beautiful self-striping Noro yarn.  Teacher:  Amy Jones

Crocheted Shoulderette - Wednesdays, March 19 & April 9, 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. or 6:30-9:00 p.m., 2 sessions, $24.00 plus materials.  This lovely shawl is designed with cuffs to allow it to stay comfortably on your shoulders.  The lacey design is worked in two panels which are joined in the center back, and embellished with a lovely edging.  Teacher:  Amy Jones

Crochet Sweater Workshop -- Tuesdays, January 21, February 4 & 18, March 11, April 8, 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 Crocheted Afghan - Wednesdays, October 30, December 4, January 29, February 26, March 26, & April 30, 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 bag book, the third in the “Hip 2B Square” series, and will cover 5 blocks in this book that were not included in the previous two books.  Blocks can be made in either DK or worsted weight yarn.  One pattern block will be taught each month, and you can join this class at any point in time.  Previously taught blocks may be repeated at the conclusion of this 5-block series based on student interest.  Teacher:  Amy Jones

Beginning Knitting --  Our decision to revamp our beginning knitting class has received much positive feedback.  Instead of offering it only as a comprehensive 6-week class, we have 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 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:  Amy Jones & Judy Olson 

                Beginning Knitting I - Thursdays, October 17 & 24 OR March 13 & 20, Skills include:Cast on, bind off, knit stitch, purl stitch, counting rows/stitches, yarn weights & gauge.

                Beginning Knitting II - Thursdays, October 31 & November 7 OR March 27 & April 3, Skills include: ribbing, knit & purl increases and decreases, knitting in the round.

                Beginning Knitting III - Thursdays, November 14 & 21 OR April 10 & 17, Skills include:  Cables, buttonholes, bobbles, 2-color fair-isle technique, picking up stitches.

 Knitting Finishing Techniques 101 - Mondays, January 20, 27 & February 3, 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

How to Correct Mistakes and Other “Good Stuff” to Know - Mondays, February 10, 17 & 24, 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

Yarn Dyeing Workshop - Saturday,  January 25, 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., 1 session, $8 workshop fee plus $15.00 per skein dyed.  Have you been “dyeing” to flex your creative muscle?  In this workshop you will get the chance to be the wizard -- and to create your idea of the perfect colorway -- it’s fun!  You can arrive any time during the workshop hours, 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 hanks of yarn, in various weights, in a multi-color format or dye a machine-knitted blank to experiment with self-striping techniques.  Teachers:  Amy Jones and Judy Olson

Feather and Fan Scarf with Beads - Monday, October 28, 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. or 6:30-9:00 p.m., 1 session,  $14.00 plus materials.  This lovely scarf is knitted in fingering weight yarn.  It combines the popular feather and fan design and Size 6 seed beads for embellishment.  This could be a beautiful addition to your wardrobe, or a great gift for the holidays.  Teacher:  Judy Olson

Twist Scarf - Wednesday, November 20, 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. or 6:30-9:00 p.m., 1 session, $14.00 plus materials.  This class is a result of a neat class Judy took at market this year, concentrating on unusual edge treatments for scarves.  This version uses stockinette stitch for the body of the scarf with a "twisted" border/edging treatment at each end.  Teacher:  Judy Olson

Noro Intarsia Lace Scarf - Tuesdays, March 18, 25 & April 1, 6:30-9:00 p.m., 3 sessions, $30.00 plus materials.  This lovely lace scarf, from 30 Noro Accessories, is knit in Noro's beautiful Silk Garden sock yarn.  A single colorway of Noro sock yarn is divided into three balls and knit in vertical intarsia stripes, creating a rainbow of color.  The first class session will concentrate on preparing your yarn for knitting, and the second and third sessions on the knitting process.  Pick your favorite Noro sock yarn colorway and let's get started!  Teacher:  Amy Jones

Easy Cabled Scarf - Wednesday, October 23, 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. or 6:30-9:00 p.m., 1 session, $14.00 plus materials.  If you know how to knit and purl, you can make this beautiful scarf.  This quick-to-knit pattern, knit in bulky yarn, provides you with the perfect way to learn to cable.  What an impressive gift this would make -- they’ll never guess how easy it was!  Teacher:  Amy Jones

Waterfall Lace Scarf - Thursday, December 5, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. or 6:00-9:00 p.m., 1 session, $16.00 plus materials.  Our model is knit in a silk yarn that flows through your fingers and down the waterfall stitch pattern of this scarf by Kira K Designs.  The lace rib pattern is easy to memorize, but still makes for an impressive finished project.  If you are comfortable with knit and purl, this is a great first lace project.  Teacher:  Amy Jones

Basic Brioche Scarf - Thursdays, October 31 & November 14, 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. or 6:30-9:00 p.m., 2 sessions,  $24.00 plus materials.  This scarf, knitted in one color of chunky yarn, is a good introduction to the world of brioche.  The brioche stitch creates a lofty, ribbed fabric that feels so soft around your neck.  Teacher:  Judy Olson

Easy Cowl - Thursday, October 24, 6:30-9:00 p.m., 1 session,  $14.00 plus materials.  Cowls are still hot fashion!  This attractive cowl pattern from Ann Norling is designed for multiple gauges of yarn.  Tips for reading a multi-gauge pattern will be given, along with pattern direction.  This cowl, knitted in your favorite yarn, would make a great gift for the holidays!   Teacher:  Susan Winkler

Fair Isle Baby Hat - Mondays, December 2 & 9, 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. or 6:30-9:00 p.m., 2 sessions, $24.00 plus materials.  This adorable hat is another design from the popular book 60 Quick Baby Knits.  Fair-isle color patterning creates a hat that is cute and classic.  If you have been wanting to learn to work with color, this small project is a great introduction.  Teacher:  Amy Jones

Waterlooplein Brioche Watch Cap - Tuesday, February 11, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. or 6:00-9:00 p.m., 1 session, $16.00 plus materials.  Another "nod" to Judy's love of brioche, this watch cap is knitted in 2 colors of worsted weight yarn.  Double yarn-overs help to contribute to the reversible design.  Lots of concentration and previous brioche experience is required.  Teacher:  Judy Olson

Kauni Color-Wave Shawl - Wednesday, October 30, 6:30-9:00 p.m., 1 session,  $14.00 plus materials.  This lovely shawl is knitted  in two different colors of beautiful Kauni yarn.  The design is easy to master, and the results are impressive.  What more could you ask for?  Pick your colors -- let's start knitting!  Teacher:  Susan Winkler

Piper's Journey Shawlette - Wednesdays, November 13 & December 4, 6:30-9:00 p.m., 2 sessions, $24.00 plus materials.  This beautiful little shawl is designed with a garter stitch body and knitted lace edging.  The crescent shape is achieved through a different type of construction than the Neap Tide crescent shawl taught last semester.  Teacher:  Susan Winkler

Rockefeller Shawl - Thursdays, November 21, December 12, January 2 & 23, 6:30-9:00 p.m., 4 sessions, $48.00 plus materials.  The popular Rockefeller Shawl by Stephen West was a knit-a-long last year, but now has been released for general distribution.  His signature geometric style is truly unique.  It is knitted in fingering weight yarn, yielding many hours of knitting fun!  Teacher:  Susan Winkler

Swirl Shawl - Thursdays, February 6 & 13, 6:30-9:00 p.m., 2 sessions, $24.00 plus materials.  This lovely shawl is knitted in Melody yarn from Jojoland --- amazing colors.... The modular design consists of hexagonal lace motifs that are knitted together as you go while you watch the colors play!  Teacher:  Susan Winkler

Garter Stitch Kimono Baby Cardigan - Tuesdays, January 28, February 11 & 25, 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. or 6:30-9:00 p.m., 3 sessions, $36.00 plus materials.  This cute baby cardigan is another design from 60 Quick Baby Knits.  It is knitted from the neck down with no seaming!  Knit it in colors appropriate for a boy or girl and "wow" your friends at the next baby shower!  Teacher:  Amy Jones

Manhattan Tee - Wednesdays, January 15 & 29, February 19 & March 12, 6:30-9:00 p.m., 4 sessions, $48 plus materials.  This pattern from Dovetail Designs is a one-piece, top-down tee with fitted shoulders worked with a vertical decrease.  The use of reverse stockinette stitch contributes to the unusual texture of the drape-neck design.  Optional yarn-over short rows allow tapering of the sleeves if desired, adding a challenge to this otherwise easy pattern.  Teacher:  Susan Winkler

Comfy Short Sleeve Tunic - Mondays, March 10 & 17, April 7 & 14, 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. or 6:30-9:00 p.m., 4 sessions, $48.00 plus materials.  This design is from the book Simple Stitches -- Knits with Textured Details.  I love several of the designs from this book, including this attractive tunic style sweater with a relaxed fit.  A combination of seed stitches and smooth stockinette stitches at the bottom edge creates an interesting wave pattern.  Sleeve and neck patterns are worked at the same time, making finishing a breeze.  Teacher:  Amy Jones

Knit Sweater Workshop - Tuesdays, October 22, November 5, December 10, January 7, & February 4, 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

Entrelac Mittens - Wednesdays, January 22 & February 5, 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. or 6:30-9:00 p.m., 2 sessions, $24.00 plus materials.  I guess it's no secret that I love Entrelac!  The puzzle piecing style of this design technique is really appealing to me.  These mittens, another design from 30 Noro Accessories, use Entrelac techniques in a new and innovative way.  Pick a brilliant colorway and let's get started!  Teacher:  Amy Jones 

Fiets Brioche Hand Shoes - Mondays, October 21 & November 4, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. or 6:00-9:00 p.m., 2 sessions, $28.00 plus materials.  These hand shoes use 2-color stockinette brioche stitch and are worked in the round.  You choose your favorite "in-the-round" method -- double-pointed needles, magic loop or 2 circular needles, and cast on!  In DK-weight yarn, these warm mitts knit up quickly.  Teacher:  Judy Olson

Basic Socks - Mondays, January 6, 20 & February 3, 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

Knitted Beaded Ornament - Tuesday, November 12, 6:30-9:00 p.m., 1 session, $14.00 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. -- a wonderful gift!  Teacher: Amy Jones

Beaded Gadget Bag - Tuesdays, October 29 & November 19, 6:30-9:00 p.m., 2 sessions, $46.00 plus yarn.  This small 6" version of our handy beaded bag is knitted in fingering weight yarn and embellished with 6/0 seed beads, added during the knitting process.  The first class will teach beading techniques with finishing skills and frame insertion covered during the second.  Teacher:  Judy Olson

Mitered Edge Baby Blanket - Thursdays, February 6 & 20 and March 6, 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

Afghan Workshop - Mondays, October 14, November 11, January 13, February 10, March 10 and April 14, 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 knitted 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 October 19, November 9, December 14, January 11, February 8, March 15 and April 12.  Please call at least 24 hours ahead to reserve a spot so that we can plan for adequate space and teachers. 

Operating a business in this challenging economic climate, I feel even more thankful for the loyal customer base we have.  We try very hard to deserve your business, and appreciate your positive response.  If there is anything we can do better, in terms of customer service or inventory management, please let me know.  If you are unhappy about something, please give us a chance to fix it.  If you love something we've done, we'd love to hear about it!  Thank you for 23 years of support and friendship.  

Fondest Regards,

Amy