Dear Stitchers,

Friday, October 10 is I Love Yarn Day!  Thisis 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.  To help you prepare for the holiday stitching season, our entire inventory will be offered at a 20% discount on Friday, October 10 and Saturday, October 11.  Everything in the shop, with the exception of special orders and sale merchandise (already discounted at 50%-75% off) will be eligible for the 20% discount.  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.  So as you can see, we love yarn, we love our customers, and we love a great sale -- come celebrate with us on October 10 & 11!

Finishing Deadlines - With the holidays approaching, we need to notify you that Saturday, November 15 will be the last day we will accept items for finishing  by Christmas.  This includes cross stitch and needlepoint pieces for ornaments, stockings and pillows.  Please remember that you need to bring all backing fabrics and specialty threads (if needed) for cordings.

 

Belts and keychains to be leathered must be received by Saturday, November 29 in order to get them back before Christmas.  If you want us to do the finishing stitch before your item is leathered, it must be received by Saturday, November 22. 

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.

Facebook Fans - Now that we finally have our Facebook page up and operating, our "likes" are increasing.  Spread the word, and when we reach 500 likes we will offer a special discount day to our Facebook friends to celebrate!  Also, clicking on the like button on a particular post tells us which types of posts you like the best and would like to see more of -- vote with your fingers!

Special Olympics Scarf Project - As posted recently on our Facebook page, it’s time to focus on Special Olympic Scarves for the 2015 games.  The colors this year are Red Heart Super Saver #385, royal blue and color #324, bright yellow.  We have both colors in stock and ready for purchase if you want to participate.  Unlike the frantic early January call for scarves last year when they were short by approximately 500 scarves, we are hoping to avoid that this year by getting an early start on the needed supply.  Requirements are the same as last year -- each scarf can be knitted or crocheted and can use any stitch pattern.  Each scarf must contain both colors, must be approximately 6 inches wide and 54-60 inches long.  They should be laundered and put in individual zip lock bags along with a 3 x 5 index card with your name, address and email clearly legible,  You can send the scarves directly to the KY Special Olympics office in Frankfort, or you can bring them by the shop, and we will deliver all scarves that we collect to Special Olympics headquarters.  We have set a deadline of December 18 for bringing them in so that we have plenty of time to deliver them to Frankfort by their final deadline of January 15.  Join our effort in support of this worthy project!

Ravelry Pro Shop - We have recently applied to be 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.  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.  We should have this set up and ready to go by the end of October -- so keep us in mind!

New Yarns - We have received many new yarns in the past 2-3 months -- if you're not getting our Facebook posts you may not be aware of them.  Just a reminder to check these out the next time you're in the shop -- Organic Cotton from Appalachian Baby in new pastel shades of pink and blue, Magnum Paints (super bulky) from Cascade in wonderful new color combinations, Nebula (fingering merino wool enhanced with stellina) from Anzula Yarns, Tough Love Sock and Superwash DK from Sweet Georgia Yarns, Transitions (fingering weight transitional color yarn) from Gypsy Girl Creations, Heritage 6 (DK weight superwash sock yarn) from Cascade, and new colors in many of your favorites.  We have also reordered ALL of the colors in our workhorse yarns -- Encore Worsted, Encore Chunky, Encore DK and Dreambaby DK as well as new colors in Diversity (sock weight, great for cowls and shawls) and Knit Col (self-patterning DK for socks or sweaters) -- all from Plymouth.  I wonder if Howard will have room on his UPS truck for anything else the day that order arrives (due this week)?!?

New in Cross Stitch - We have new charts coming in from some of your favorite designers.  Hot right now are many charts with Halloween themes (my favorite contains the caption "Halloween - when the cobwebs in my house become decorations!") and loads of beautiful Christmas ornament charts.  There are some realistic vintage barn designs, cat lover designs, and a bunch of wedding sampler charts -- we never seem to have enough of those!  There are 2-3 new Rosewood Manor charts, beautiful as always, and sure to be some of the first out the door.  They will be in stock by the sale days on October 10 & 11............  New charts at a discount -- what could be better??

Needlepoint News - We are excited to report that we are once again accepting orders for custom painted belt designs!  We have a book of available logos and designs, or you can bring in pictures of images you want painted on your belt.  We will then be able to send a computer generated image of your custom belt to you via email for your approval before the belt is painted.  This way you can make any adjustments or changes you wish to make before we actually put brush to canvas.  So if you need a design tailor made to your interests, we can once again help you out.  Best part -- we generally have only a 2-3 week turnaround time from start to finish!

Our Warm Up America! group is working hard to finish up their year with a bang!  Number of items donated so far this year, including afghans, scarves and hats is 720.  Many more will be completed and donated before the end of the year -- we will post final numbers on the web site in December.  The last meeting date for this year is Tuesday, December 16.  The group does not meet in January and February due to the likely possibility of bad weather.  We do continue to accept donations of yarn and blocks during this time.  Our first meeting in 2015 will be on Tuesday, March 3. 

Housekeeping Stuff - We are moving along with our rearrangement of the shop.  Thanks for the loads of positive comments about our revamping of the yarn area. We are enjoying the open areas and ease of movement through the shop, and our UPS man, Howard, appreciates it too!  We have made tentative plans for the front of the shop, but haven't had time to put them all into motion yet.  As we move and rearrange the front area we are pulling cross stitch, hardanger and embroidery items for the 50% off sale baskets.  Be sure to check out this area of the shop the next time you're in - you’ll find some amazing bargains!  We'll keep you posted on our progress, and eventually will get pictures posted on the web site when things are complete.  Our ultimate goal is a more attractive, pleasing place to shop with more room for sitting and stitching, or knitting, or crocheting with others who share your fiber passion.   

Operating Hours -- Our decision to open on Mondays from 12:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. has been very well received, and we are now busy with customers throughout the afternoon.  Classes are often scheduled for Monday mornings, so we open after classes dismiss at noon and stay open until 6:00 since classes start again at 6:30.  If you are one of the many who say you always forget and come by on Mondays, now you will be able to shop!  We will continue to be closed on Sunday.  

STORE POLICY REMINDERS 

Return Policy - When making a purchase, please keep in mind our return policy guidelines.  You must retain your original sales receipt in order to receive back your original purchase price and the item to be returned must be in original condition -- yarn cannot be wound into a ball, contain pet hair or smell of smoke.  If you purchased a yarn over 3 months/90 days ago, and it has in the interim been discontinued and reduced, we are only able to refund the current sale price.  Items not eligible for return, even with a receipt, are pattern books/leaflets, custom cuts of fabric or canvas, knitting needles, crochet hooks, or sale corner merchandise.  You deserve to know you are buying first quality merchandise that has not been used by someone else!  We appreciate your understanding of, and compliance with, our policies.  If you have questions or concerns, feel free to discuss them with us at the time of purchase. 

New Credit Card Policy - For those of you who might have missed our last web site update, we have had to implement a new policy for small credit card transactions.  Due to the increasing cost of credit card processing, and the huge increase in the use of credit cards, I've had to make some difficult decisions regarding our policies that I hope you will understand.  We have to pay transaction fees and processing fees on every credit card transaction we run, whether run as a credit or a debit.  These amount to hundreds of dollars a month, thousands of dollars a year, and of course come right out of the slim profit margins we operate on.  If the transaction is small, under $10, then we sometimes don't break even on the sale.  For that reason, we will now be charging a 50-cent fee on all credit/debit card transactions under $10.  This will at least cover a portion of the fees we pay every time we run a card.  Of course, you are welcome to pay by personal check or cash (We love those!) if you prefer.  I know banks discourage checks, no one seems to carry cash anymore, and credit/debit cards are really convenient and offer reward programs, but we, along with many other small businesses, do appreciate your considerations of fees we incur when cards are used. 

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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.

Beginning Cross Stitch - Wednesday, October 22, 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, November 5, 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.  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/Rainbow Counted Canvas Design - Thursday, October 23, 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. or 6:30-9:00 p.m., 1 session,  $14.00 plus materials.  This counted canvas piece, designed in a rainbow of bright colors, is a delight to stitch.  A variety of stitch patterns will be taught in this one-session class.  Basic needlepoint experience is helpful, but not required.  Teacher:  Judy Olson

Wool Appliqué Mitten Ornament - Monday, November 10, 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 this cute mitten-shaped ornament.  You choose the design for the mitten and we will kit your materials for class.  Teacher:  Judy Olson

Felted Soap Class - Saturday, October 25, 1:00-2:00 p.m., 1 session, $14.00 (includes all materials) .  Learn to quickly create a wonderful gift or luxurious soap for yourself by felting wool around a bar of soap.  You choose the colors of roving you want to work with in class, and we'll get started.  You will want to do several more for unique and beautiful gifts, appropriate for any occasion.  Teacher:  Amy Jones

Felted Soap Class for Children - Saturday, December 6, 1:00-2:00 p.m., 1 session, $14.00 (includes all materials).  This is a fun class in which your child will learn the easy technique necessary to felt wool around a bar of soap, creating a great holiday gift or making bath time at home a lot more fun!  Give yourself an hour off, and your child an hour of fun activity.  Teacher:  Amy Jones

Beginning Tunisian Crochet - Thursdays, October 16 - November 20, 6:30-9:00 p.m., 6 sessions, $72.00 plus materials.  Whether  you are a beginner to the world of crochet or an experienced crocheter, you will enjoy learning about the techniques used in Tunisian crochet.  The beginnings of  this technique are found in the simple "afghan stitch" used as the basis for dense, firm afghans that frequently were embellished with a counted cross stitch design.  Tunisian has evolved into a crochet form with many different stitches, and done in a way as to create fabrics with wonderful drape, lovely for garments, scarves and many other accessories.  You will learn the basic stitches, as well as more complicated pattern stitches while creating a stitch sampler scarf.  Teacher:  Mitzi Schumacher

Arches Cowl - Wednesday, November 19, 6:30-9:00 p.m., 1 session, $14.00 plus materials.  This lovely cowl is crocheted as a true mobius, started by putting a 180-degree twist in the first round of single crochet.  It is done in fingering weight yarn which creates a soft, drapable cowl, the perfect size to wear long and loose or twist a second time to wear it close about your neck -- perfect for layering over your favorite sweater or coat.  This cool technique is a little confusing at first, but the class will clear up any questions.  After that, the cowl crochets up very quickly into a really stunning piece -- you'll be so impressed!  Teacher:  Deborah Hutchinson

Crocheted “Stash” Christmas Stocking - Mondays, October 20, November 3 & 17, 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. or 6:30-9:00 p.m., 3 sessions, $36.00 plus materials.  The name of this design is “Waste Not Want Not”.  We’ll show you how to transform leftover yarn into a delightful “artsy” sock accented with stripes of glistening beads for a one-of-a-kind treasure.  You could make a unique stocking for each family member, and use up your old yarns in the process.  Raid your stash box and come and join us!  Teacher:  Amy Jones

Crocheted Cable Stitch Sampler Afghan - Wednesdays, October 29, December 3, January 28, February 25, March 25, 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

Crochet A Zoo! - Thursdays, January 15 & 29, February 12 & 26, March 12 & 26, April 9 & 23, May 7 & 21 and June 4, 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. or 6:30-9:00 p.m., 11 sessions, $8.00 per session plus materials.  Get ready to meet some incredibly cute critters!  These adorable mini-sized zoo animals are quick and fun to make.  You may be tempted to crochet the entire collection for yourself and all the youngsters and young-at-heart you know!  One each of the 11 animals will be covered per session.  Teacher:  Amy Jones 

Ziggety Crocheted Scarf - Monday, February 2, 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. or 6:30-9:00 p.m., 1 session, $14.00 plus materials.  You're probably familiar with the concept of intarsia colorwork for knitting and crochet, and the messy wrong side that results.  The innovative technique used in this scarf has you looking good from both sides!  With a few simple changes to traditional methods, you can make completely reversible crocheted colorwork.  Teacher:  Amy Jones

Crochet Sweater Workshop -- Thursdays, February 5 & 19, March 5 & 19, April 2, 6:30-9:00 p.m., 5 sessions, $60.00 plus materials.  There are so many beautiful and interesting crocheted sweater patterns available, and it's impossible to offer a class on each individual pattern.  This is your opportunity to pick the pattern and yarn you like and bring it to class.  As we crochet, we’ll learn from each other’s patterns and each week will discuss techniques common to most sweater construction.   Teacher:  Amy Jones

Yarn Dyeing Workshop - Saturday,  November 8, 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 and there are NO mistakes!  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 & Judy Olson

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, 6:30-9:00 p.m., $24.00 plus materials per section. Teacher: Amy Jones

                Beginning Knitting I - Tuesdays, October 21 & 28. Skills include: Cast on, bind off, knit stitch, purl stitch, counting rows/stitches, yarn weights & gauge.

                Beginning Knitting II - Tuesdays, November 4 & 11.  Skills include: ribbing, knit & purl increases and decreases,   knitting in the round.

                Beginning Knitting III - Tuesdays, December 2 & 9.  Skills include:  Cables, buttonholes, bobbles, 2-color fair-isle  technique, picking up stitches.

Short-Row Dishcloth - Monday, October 27, 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. or 6:30-9:00 p.m., 1 session, $14.00 plus materials.  This practical dishcloth is knitted in an attractive circular shape created through the use of short rows.  Short row technique is a way of adding fullness to only a certain section of your project, in this case creating wedge-shaped sections that meet in the center of the dishcloth.  The garter stitch ridges are the perfect crumb catchers in your kitchen!  If you haven't used a knitted dishcloth before, or love them and would like a new pattern that's quick to knit, this is the class for you.  Teacher:  Sherry Nielsen

Cable-y Cowl - Wednesdays, October 29 & November 19, 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. or 6:30-9:00 p.m., 2 sessions, $24.00 plus materials.  This richly cabled cowl is knitted in chunky weight yarn and is completely reversible.  In addition to the cable pattern, a provisional cast on and 3-needle bind off are skills taught.  This is another winning pattern from the wonderful Scarf Style II book -- a shop favorite!  Teacher:  Judy Olson

Joined With a Twist Cowl - Monday, December 8, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. or 6:00-9:00 p.m., 1 session, $16.00 plus materials.  This attractive cowl is worked in a self-striping yarn with long color runs.  Sequentially knitted strips knitted from a single ball create beautiful stripes.  The strips are joined with a "twist" as each strip is knitted, with only one simple seam needed at the end..  Requiring only one ball of yarn, this makes a great gift project as well.  Come twist with us!  Teacher:  Amy Jones 

Duplex Reversible Cowl - Mondays, January 12 & 26, February 9, 6:30-9:00 p.m., 3 sessions, $36.00 plus materials.  Laura Nelkin's innovative design, published in Scarf Style II, produces a geometric shape that she calls a "fauxbius."  She starts with a provisional cast on, works a series of short-row blocks to create a rectangle, puts a half twist in the piece, then grafts the ends together to form a mobius strip.  The short-row blocks are worked in a combination of stockinette and garter, punctuated with eyelets, thus alleviating a right or wrong side.  The cowl is finished with a narrow eyelet band and uses an elastic decrease bind off to prevent the edge from drawing in.  There are lots of cool techniques in this piece, resulting in a great looking cowl.  Teacher:  Amy Jones

Hash Marks Scarf - Tuesday, November 18, 6:30-9:00 p.m., 1 session, $14.00 plus materials.  This scarf is knit using slipped stitches, a wonderful technique that creates textured, two-color results while knitting with only one color at a time.  It is appropriate for male or female, and looks great knitted in subtly shaded colors for a sophisticated look, or in bright team colors for your favorite fan.  The pattern is easy to knit and easy to memorize, making it a relaxing, portable project.  Teacher:  Carolyn Danks

Shaded Feather Openwork Scarf - Wednesday, October 15, 6:30-9:00 p.m., 1 session, $14.00 plus materials.  This simple, yet lovely scarf is knitted with a triple strand of Alpaca Lace yarn.  By triple stranding, and changing one strand of color at a time, you obtain gradual color changes.  It knits up fairly quickly and the results are beautiful.  Numerous combinations of color are possible -- just choose your favorite!  We will discuss the use of lifelines as yarn overs can make ripping out a challenge.  Teacher:  Amy Jones

Brambler Scarf - Thursday, December 4, 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. or 6:30-9:00 p.m., 1 session, $14.00 plus materials.  A pretty openwork pattern is the basis for this scarf.  The designer envisioned fat blackberries nested in tangled branches when creating the design.  It is an easy two-sided lace pattern -- a great learning project for newbies to lace knitting and chart reading, or a really enjoyable and quick-to-knit project for the more experienced knitter.  Teacher:  Amy Jones

Brioche Branches Scarf - Thursdays, January 8 & 22, 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. or 6:30-9:00 p.m., 2 sessions, $24.00 plus materials.  This is a beautiful scarf, another winner from Scarf Style II.  It utilizes brioche techniques to create a wavy patterned scarf in two colors of worsted weight yarn.  Some experience with brioche techniques is helpful.  Teacher:  Judy Olson

Hudson Hat Workshop - Wednesday, November 5, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. or 6:00-9:00 p.m., 1 session, $16.00 plus materials.  This cute hat is an all-in-one project.  Hudson is 2 yarns in one ball -- coordinated colors of a faux-fur yarn and a variegated chainette wool blend yarn.  One ball yields a hat and two balls will create a matching scarf.  Tahki has a winner with this one -- the price is right and the results are fantastic!  Teacher:  Amy Jones

Poppy Hat Workshop - Wednesday, November 12, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. or 6:00-9:00 p.m., 1 session, $16.00 plus materials.  Another winning project from Tahki Yarns, Poppy yarn is a chunky wool blend yarn embellished with 10 movable yarn flowers.  The flowers are pre-strung on the yarn, and add flair to any project.  As with Hudson, one skein will make a hat, and two will be enough for a scarf.  Colors range from demure black/white combos to bright rainbow colored flowers.  So much fun!  Teacher:  Amy Jones

Waterlooplein Brioche Watch Cap - Monday, October 13, 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

Cable Mitts - Tuesdays, October 14 & 28, 6:30-9:00 p.m., 2 sessions, $24.00 plus materials.  This simple cable pattern makes these fingerless mitts look elegant and complicated.  They are knit in the round from worsted weight yarn, and with your choice of double-point needles or magic loop method.  What a wonderful gift idea -- one size fits all!  Teacher:  Judy Olson

Basic Mittens -  Thursdays, October 30 & November 13, 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. or 6:30-9:00 p.m., 2 sessions, $24.00 plus materials.  Okay, you’ve knitted the scarf and coordinating hat, but your fingers are freezing!  Now learn to knit some cozy mittens to keep them warm.  Our model is knitted in a fun Christmas Ragg yarn that stripes as you knit -- perfect for the season!    You will learn the mechanics of mitten construction on four needles.  Necessary increases and decreases will be reviewed.  Teacher: Amy Jones

Budding Apple Shawl - Tuesdays, October 21 & November 11, 6:30-9:00 p.m., 2 sessions, $24.00 plus materials.  The ornate appearance of this pattern belies the simplicity of construction in this shawl.  The flirty triangle shaping is designed in 3 different sizes -- mini, petite and tall.  The shawl is worked from hem to neck with a deep openwork border with branch and bud motifs.  This is a good first shawl project or a fun, relaxing knit for more experienced knitters.  Teacher:  Deborah Hutchinson

Vermont Shawl - Tuesdays, January 13 & 27, 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. or 6:30-9:00 p.m., 2 sessions, $24.00 plus materials.  This shawl is a leafy half-circle shawl inspired by the verdant, maple-forested hills of Vermont.  The lace stitch patterns are offered in both written and charted instructions, and though challenging will create a beautiful shawl.  The shawl is knit from the center neck out, similar to a pi-shawl, with non-standard patterning techniques, and can be knit in either laceweight or light-fingering yarn.  Teacher:  Judy Olson

Iszara Shawl - Wednesdays, January 14 & 21, February 4, 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. or 6:30-9:00 p.m., 3 sessions, $36.00 plus materials.  Want to knit an eye-catcher?  Do you love the combination of subtle or crazy color combinations?  Iszara is a striped, semi-circular shawl knitted in garter stitch, and may be just the right thing for you!  The stripes are worked in intarsia technique -- don't know how?  We'll teach you!  The shawl is worked down and out from the center top edge and tips are given for keeping your long edges loose and elastic.  Teacher:  Amy Jones

Knit Sweater Workshop - Mondays, October 13 & 27, November 10, December 1 & 15, 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. or 6:30-9:00 p.m., 5 sessions, $60.00 plus materials.  Is there a sweater you want to make, but are hesitant to attempt it 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.  While we knit, we’ll learn from each other’s patterns by discussing techniques found in your individual patterns.  Teacher:  Amy Jones

Tiny Tux or "Blossoms & Bees" Baby Sweater - Tuesdays, January 20, February 3, 10 & 24, 6:30-9:00 p.m., 4 sessions, $48.00 plus materials.  Another cute design from 60 Quick Baby Knits, this sweater is designed for your little guy with the tuxedo shape knitted in and the bow tie done in duplicate stitch.  It is truly adorable, and perfect for that dress-up occasion or party!  In order not to leave the girls out, I've modified the design to include a scalloped edge and a knitted flower design, and embellished the design with ladybug and bumblebee buttons.  You choose the design you knit in class.  Maybe you'll want to do one of each!  Teacher:  Amy Jones

Basic Socks - Mondays, October 20, November 3 & 17, 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

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 18, November 15, December 13, January 17, and February 14.  Please call at least 24 hours ahead to reserve a spot so that we can plan for adequate space and teachers. 

Fondest regards,

Amy Jones