Dear Stitchers,

Happy Spring everyone!  Don't the trees look lovely this year?  I guess all of this rain has helped to produce the blooms we see everywhere.  The spring season has also spurred us on to complete the rearrangement of the shop -- we are now working on the front section.  We still have product to put back in place and displays to work on, but we are making progress!  New stock will soon be filling the shelves, and a new seating area in the front of the shop invites you to come in anytime, sit awhile, and stitch with us! 

As part of our reorganization in the front of the shop, we have revamped our cross stitch area, and have pulled a LOT of cross stitch charts and products to put in our sale baskets so that we will have room for new stuff!  There are loads of great design charts and kits offered at 50% off.   Be sure to check them out next time you're in the shop -- bargains abound!

We typically offer a promotional discount day in the spring of the year related to St. Patrick’s Day or our shop birthday in April, but since I was out of the shop during that time those dates slipped right on by.  As a “make-up” offer, we are giving you a 20% discount coupon to use at any time during the month of May -- you choose your own sale day!   You will need to print the coupon and bring it with you to the shop on the day you wish to receive a 20% discount on your purchase.  It is only good for one ticket purchase during the month, so make your list, choose your day, and save, save, save!

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THE STITCH NICHE, INC.   180 MOORE DRIVE   LEXINGTON, KY   40503   859-277-2604

 

 

Our Facebook page is gathering more likes every week -- we are at 449 and fast approaching our next goal of 500.  Help us spread the word, and when we reach the magic number of 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!

Warm Up America Update -- Our Warm Up America group had a great year in 2014.  A total of 564 afghans were donated along with 228 hats, 259 scarves, 45 children's floor mats, 3 ear muffs and 2 shawls.  This program, sponsored by yarn shops across the country, encourages knitters and crocheters to use their scrap yarn to make 7" x 9" blocks.  Bring your blocks into the shop and our volunteers will arrange them into afghans.  The blocks are then crocheted together, and finished afghans are donated to various community groups in need.  If you have yarn you wish to donate, or are willing to knit or crochet blocks, please join us!  You are also welcome to come to the Tuesday meetings if you want to become a part of our volunteer group.  We meet on Tuesdays, from 10 AM until approximately 2 PM organize the Warm Up America efforts.  If you have questions about the program or know of a group who serves people in need of warm afghans, please let me know.  We are always open to adding organizations to our list. 

 

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

We are trying some new twists in our class schedule this semester based on customer requests.  Check out our "Christmas in July" series to help you get started on holiday gifts, our Knit-A-Long format for the Knit Swirl class, and our expanded help session format.

 

"CHRISTMAS IN JULY " ORNAMENT CLASS SERIES: 

Get ready for Christmas with our Christmas in July Ornament classes.  Each class is only one session, and you could leave class with an ornament completed and ready to hang on your holiday tree.  Ornaments also make great gifts, so here's your chance to get ahead with that holiday gift list that can seem so overwhelming in December.  Let's get started!

Cross Stitch Sled Ornament - Monday, July 13, 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. or 6:30-9:00 p.m., 1 session, $14.00 plus materials.  These cute, quick to stitch ornaments were the hit of the season last year -- in fact we ran out of them in the fall and couldn't get anymore prior to the holidays.  The designs are stitched on 14-count perforated paper, and then attached to adorable little wooden sleds with double-sided tape -- what could be easier?  This class is appropriate for beginners or experienced stitchers who just want a fun project to stitch.  Teacher:  Sherry Nielsen

Noel Jingles Ornament on Linen - Thursday, July 23, 6:30-9:00 p.m., 1 session, $14.00 plus materials.  This cute design from Lizzie Kate features some of our holiday time favorites -- hot cocoa, chocolate chip cookies and peppermints!  It's easy enough for a linen novice yet a fun stitching experience for an experienced linen stitcher.  Teacher:  Carolyn Danks

Wool Appliqué Mitten Ornament - Wednesday, July 1, 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

Needle Felted Ornament - Tuesday, July 14, 6:30-9:00 p.m., 1 session, $14.00 plus materials.  The class for this unique ornament will show you how to use wool roving (unspun yarn), a felting needle and a cookie cutter to create an ornament -- they are so cute!  Various ideas for embellishment techniques will be illustrated.  The possibilities are endless!  Teacher:  Amy Jones

Knitted Mini-Stocking Ornament - Tuesday, July 7, 6:30-9:00 p.m., 1 session, $14.00 plus materials.  Use up bits of your stash yarn to knit up these cute stocking ornaments.  Knit a bunch and create a garland!  Teacher: Susan Winkler            

Knitted Mini-Mitten Ornament - Tuesday, July 21, 6:30-9:00 p.m., 1 session, $14.00 plus materials.  Another perfect stash project -- such a cute gift idea.  You can knit them in a variety of yarn weights to vary the finished ornament size.  Teacher:  Susan Winkler

Knitted Beaded Ornament - Thursday, July 16, 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. or 6:30-9:00 p.m., 1 session, $28.00 (includes book & beads).  This lovely ornament cover, knitted with metallic yarn and beads, fits over a glass ornament (included).  The ornament is knitted on double pointed needles, and is easily completed in an evening or two.  Watch out -- they are addictive!  Teacher: Amy Jones

Lacy Crocheted Ornament - Tuesday, July 28, 6:30-9:00 p.m., 1 session, $14.00 plus materials.  These elegant ornaments are crocheted in Sz. 10 crochet cotton and cover a glass ball ornament.  The lacy designs are quick to crochet and are lovely in a variety of color combinations.  Teacher:  Deborah Hutchinson

 

CLASS SESSIONS

Beginning Linen - Tuesday, June 9, 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

Beginning Crochet - Mondays, June 8, 15, 22 & 29, July 6, 6:30-9:00 p.m., 5 sessions, $60.00 plus materials.  This class teaches all basic crochet stitches, several pattern stitches, and pattern reading skills. Several small projects are completed and instruction given on more complicated projects.  Teacher: Deborah Hutchinson

Beginning Tunisian Crochet - Thursdays, August 6 & 20, 6:30-9:00 p.m., 2 sessions, $24.00 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" but now it has evolved into a crochet form with many different stitches. Create a couple of useful dishcloths while learning several basic Tunisian stitches.  Teacher:  Mitzi Schumacher

African Flower Motif Scarf -- Tuesday, June 23, 6:30-9:00 p.m., 1 session, $14.00 plus materials.  This pretty African flower motif is a variation on the granny square.  Once you learn the motif basics, you can combine motifs to accomplish any of several suggested projects.  Take your pick, from dishcloths to afghans, a scarf or a pillow.  Various yarn weights are used, depending on the project chosen.  Teacher:  Deborah Hutchinson

"Ailish" Honeycomb Neck Scarf - Mondays, August 3 & 17, 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. or 6:30-9:00 p.m., 2 sessions, $24.00 plus materials.  The honeycomb texture of this cowl is created with post stitches and is crocheted in the round.  The lightweight yarn used makes it soft and comfortable to wear.  Basic crochet skills are all that is needed to create this beautiful accessory. Teacher: Amy Jones

Crochet A Zoo! - Thursdays, April 30, May 7, 14 & 21, June 4, 11, 6:30-9:00 p.m., 5 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!  Join us for the last 6 of the 11 animals in the book -- you will learn the skills necessary to complete the rest!  Teacher:  Amy Jones 

Wildflowers Shawl - Wednesdays, June 10, July 8, 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 the perfect summer accessory.  The body of the shawl is lacy and simple to crochet, and the scalloped edging adds an elegant touch.  It works up quickly in worsted weight yarn, making it a practical gift for a special someone.  Teacher:  Amy Jones

Crochet Sweater Workshop -- Tuesdays, June 2, 16 & 30, July 21, August 4, 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

Crocheted Cable Stitch Sampler Afghan - Wednesdays, May 27, June 24, July 29, August 26, 6:30-9:00 p.m., 1 session per block, $14.00 per session plus materials.  Do you love the old-world look of a cabled sweater?  Come and join us once a month to learn a new cabled stitch pattern, while creating blocks for an afghan, a bag or pillow.  63 different patterns come together to create this heirloom quality afghan.  You can join the class every month, or only attend the sessions for the block patterns you really like, and can join the class at any point in the series.  Blocks are crocheted in worsted weight yarn.  Teacher:  Amy Jones

Beginning Knitting --  Our beginning knitting class is split into three sections.  Each section focuses on different skills, increasing in difficulty as you go along.  That way, if you know the basics, but wish to brush-up on or learn other skills, you can sign up only for the sections that would benefit you. Each section is 2 sessions long, 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. or 6:30-9:00 p.m., $24.00 plus materials per section. Teacher: Amy Jones/Judy Olson

                Beginning Knitting I - June 4 & 11, Skills include: Cast on, bind off, knit stitch,          purl stitch, counting rows/stitches, yarn weights & gauge.

                Beginning Knitting II - June 18 & 25, Skills include: ribbing, knit & purl increases and decreases, knitting in the round.

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

Checkered Cowl - Wednesdays, May 20, June 10, 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. or 6:30-9:00 p.m., 2 sessions, $24.00 plus materials.  One of our favorite books, Scarf Style 2, provides us with the pattern for this cowl, knitted in 2 colors of fingering weight yarn.  The intersection of welts and dropped stitches gives it a "checkerboard" look.  The cowl begins with a provisional cast on which is joined in the last row of knitting using the kitchener stitch.  The unused color is carried along the selvedge, greatly minimizing the number of ends to be woven in at the end of the project.  Teacher:  Judy Olson

Double Knit Polka Dot Cowl - Tuesdays, June 9 & 16, 6:30-9:00 p.m., 2 sessions, $24.00 plus materials.   This warm, attractive cowl is knitted in a creative color technique.  The "double knitting" technique allows you to form two layers of fabric at once.  The result is a reversible stockinette stitch cowl with opposite color patterns on each side.  Pick your colors and let's go!  Teacher:  Susan Winkler

Glasstower Cowl - Wednesdays, July 1 & 15, 6:30-9:00 p.m., 2 sessions, $24.00 plus materials. This cowl is the accessory that gets noticed!  The two-tone retro patterned cowl is terrific for changing up the look of your basic winter coat so that your look has pizazz!  The bold textured pattern is a snap to knit, and knit completely in the round.  It is a no stress way to experiment with color knitting -- colors chosen can make it suitable for men or women.  Teacher:  Susan Winkler

Nordic Cowl - Mondays, August 10 & 24, 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. or 6:30-9:00 p.m., 2 sessions, $24.00 plus materials.  Scarf Style 2 is  also the source of this attractive cowl.  It is designed in a simple Fair isle pattern with contrasting French knot accents and a simple crocheted edging at the top providing a splash of unexpected color.  Our model is knit in soft baby alpaca for ultimate luxury around the neck.  Teacher:  Amy Jones

Brioche Headband - Mondays, July 6 & 20, 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. or 6:30-9:00 p.m., 2 sessions, $24.00 plus materials.   Headbands are such useful winter accessories, and this pattern is knit in soft, squishy brioche stitch.  This simple project, a great introduction to brioche, can be knit in one color in chunky weight yarn or in two colors of worsted weight yarn.  Teacher:  Judy Olson

 Brambler Scarf - Thursday, August 13, 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

Budding Apple Shawl - Thursdays, May 28, June 18, 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

Sock Yarn Shawls II - Thursdays, July 2, 16 & 30, August 27, 6:30-9:00 p.m., 4 sessions, $48.00 plus materials.  Best selling author Jen Lucas has created an all-new selection of striking patterns for luscious sock yarns, following the overwhelming success of her first shawl book.  Discover more designs for everyone from confident beginners to advanced knitters.  Patterns range from small shawlettes to large circular shawls, many made from one skein.  Shawl construction includes top down, bottom up, crescent, short row, and circular, some with attach-as-you-go borders.  You will work on the design of your choice, while learning from each other's projects.  Teacher:  Susan Winkler

Vermont Shawl - Wednesdays, July 15 & 22, August 5, 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. or 6:30-9:00 p.m., 3 sessions, $36.00 plus materials.  This shawl is a leafy half-circle shawl inspired by the verdant, maple-forested hills in Vermont.  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 unusual patterning techniques, and knit in light-fingering yarn. Teacher: Judy Olson

Zimmermann Surprise Jacket - Tuesdays, May 19, June 2 & 23, July 14, August 4, 6:30-9:00 p.m., 5 sessions, $60.00 plus materials.  If you are not familiar with the genius of Elizabeth Zimmermann, “knitter extraordinaire,” here is a chance to sample one of her most creative designs.  The surprise jacket, which can be knitted in baby, children’s, or adult sizes, is knitted all in one piece.  The sequence of increases and decreases serves to create this rather strange shaped piece of knitted fabric that when folded, becomes a wonderful jacket -- surprise!  It is a great opportunity to use up small bits of yarn from your stash, or to plan a stunning color combination of new yarns and textures.  Teacher:  Susan Winkler

Knit Sweater Workshop - Wednesdays, June 3 & 17, July 8 & 29, August 12, 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:  Susan Winkler

Knitted Felted Clogs - Tuesdays, August 11, 18 & 25, 6:30-9:00 p.m., 3 sessions, $36.00 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.  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, wrap & turn techniques, and 3-needle join and bind off 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

Basic Socks - Mondays, May 18, June 8 & 22, 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. or 6:30-9:00 p.m. 3 sessions, $36.00 plus materials.  Skills required:  Slingshot (long-tail) cast on, knit stitch and purl stitch.  Learn the skills necessary to knit wonderful, comfortable socks.  Using double-pointed needles, you will knit the cuffs, then make and shape the heel, create a gusset, shape the toe, and learn the kitchener stitch for seaming.  Teacher:  Judy Olson

Magic Loop Socks - Mondays, June 29, July 13 & 27, 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. or 6:30-9:00 p.m., 3 sessions, $36.00 plus materials. Do you yearn to knit seamless socks in the round, but have a resistance to knitting on 4 or 5 double-pointed needles?  The magic loop method uses a long circular needle, looped back on itself, to create the small circular area needed.  This class is appropriate for sock knitters with sock experience on double-pointed needles, but who want to learn a new technique. Teacher: Judy Olson

Knitting 2 Socks At a Time On 2 Circular Needles (Toe-Up) - Mondays, August 3, 17, 24 & 31, 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. or 6:30-9:00 p.m., 4 sessions, $36.00 plus materials.  In this class you will learn to knit 2 socks at one time, on circular needles, from the toe up.  You need to have completed the basic sock class or equivalent; magic loop experience helpful, but not necessary. Teacher:  Judy Olson

 

SUMMER KNIT-A-LONG

Knit Swirl! Knit-A-Long - 6 sessions, $50.00 plus materials.  Knit Swirl! present 18 elegant sweater jacket designs that flatter all figures.  Each is based on an innovative one-piece, one-seam circular construction that the designer calls a "swirl".  Simple knitting skills are all that are needed to knit this sophisticated sweater.  There are four silhouettes presented in three flexible sizes.  The jacket is fun to style and can be worn in a variety of ways, including upside down!  It can be knit in any weight of yarn and is lovely in a solid color, a multi-color, or a combination of many different yarns.  In this knit-a-long, everyone will knit their choice of style and at their own pace, with the group leader providing direction when needed.  Group Leader:  Dorothy Apple

               

             Thursday evenings, 6:30-9:00 p.m., June 25, July 9 & 23, August 6 & 20, September 3

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        Friday mornings, 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m., June 26, July 10 & 24, August 7 & 21, September 4

 

Help Sessions - We are expanding our popular help sessions to include one Monday afternoon a month as well as one Saturday afternoon.  Our Saturday sessions are typically held on the second Saturday of the month and our Monday sessions are planned for the fourth Monday of the month.  Adjustments will be made for holidays.  The dates for summer are as follows:  Saturdays -- May 9, June 13, July 11 & August 8;  Mondays -- May 18, June 29, July 27, August 24.   If you need extended help with a project, new or old, join us for a help session and get going again!  The fee is only $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.  You do need to call ahead to sign up so we know how many people to plan for. 

 

I rarely share personal and family experiences in my newsletters, but feel recent occurrences warrant an exception.  As many of you know, I was blessed to find a wonderful man and marry last May, and so many of you offered congratulations and good wishes.  I waited a long time to marry and felt very lucky to have found someone with whom I was so comfortable and so happy.  We cherished every day together, and when I lost Ernie suddenly in March, after less than a year of marriage, it turned my life upside down.  My heart is truly broken, but my sense of loss has been lessened by your many offers of help and your kind condolences.  I have been amazed and humbled by the number of lovely cards, phone calls and hugs I have received.  Time does make grief more bearable, and though I have a long way to go, I am slowly beginning to heal.  Thank you for your patience during my time away from the shop and the delays that has caused in the receipt of orders and the scheduling of classes -- it is appreciated.  So I close this newsletter with a special tribute to Ernie, my loving husband, and heartfelt thanks to you, my friends, for your love and support.  Cherish those you love, and express that love daily in whatever way you find most meaningful.  Life is short and time with those we love is truly a precious thing. 

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Fondest regards,   

Amy Jones 

 

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HOURS

Monday - 12 PM - 6 PM
Tuesday - 10 AM - 6 PM
Wednesday - 10 AM - 6 PM
Thursday - 10 AM - 8 PM
Friday - 10 AM - 6 PM
Saturday - 10 AM - 4 PM
Sunday - CLOSED