Dear Stitchers,

The air is beginning to get a little cooler, the children are back in school, and Christmas decorations are already beginning to appear in the stores next to the pumpkins and turkeys.  It must be time to speed up the stitching on those fall and holiday projects!  Whether you're executing knit stitches, crochet stitches, cross stitches or needlepoint stitches, there always seem to be too many stitches to be made relative to the time available to make them!  We have loaded the shelves and walls with new yarns, patterns, fabrics, kits and threads.  We have scheduled an interesting array of classes to help inspire you with ideas for wonderful gifts or the perfect accessories for your holiday wardrobe.  We have rearranged the shop, and added a table and chairs in the front area, available for anyone who would like to come and stitch with us during the day.  Call your friends and meet them for a stitching date -- our coffee pot is ready and waiting to brew your favorite beverage to refresh you!

We are experimenting again with our newsletter distribution.  When we first decided to transition from exclusively a mailed, paper copy newsletter to primarily an emailed version, we encouraged you to go to our web site and sign up to receive an email notification when the newsletter was available on the web site, from which you could print a copy.  Since our newsletters, including the class schedule, are generally 6 pages long, they are too lengthy to actually include in the body of an email.  While over 3000 of you did sign up, many did not apparently take that step, and they are now confused as to why they are not still receiving a newsletter and class schedule.  So we have decided to again mail a paper copy to everyone on our list, at least for a semester or two, to give us a chance to more clearly communicate the need for and benefits of the transition.  Our "paper copy" list hasn't been used in awhile, so we apologize if we mail to the wrong address, or to an address that should have been deleted.  We will get it updated by the next mailing.  We will also send an email to those of you who have provided email addresses, and the newsletter will still be posted on the web site, approximately a week before paper copies will arrive in your mailboxes.  Our main goal is to get the newsletter information distributed to those of you who want to receive it, in whatever form works best!

 The 5th Annual National "I Love Yarn! Day" is Saturday, October 17.  In celebration of all things fiber related, we are offering a 20% discount on our entire in-stock inventory on Friday, October 16 & Saturday, October 17.  This is a great opportunity to stock up on some of the beautiful new yarns described below, purchase threads and fabric for holiday cross stitch ornaments, or choose a cute needlepoint ornament canvas or belt design for a cool Christmas gift.  In addition, we will have a special price on our sale corner yarns, and have available cross stitch fabric scrap bags and $2 grab bags.  Discontinued cross stitch, knit and crochet models will be for sale at bargain prices! A chance on door prizes will be given for each $25.00 purchase. Don't miss it!

Anzula Yarns, from Canada, will be coming to town in October with suitcases full of yarn, patterns and knitted and crocheted models!  They will be holding a 3-hour trunk show at the shop where you can shop their entire line of yarns.  We currently stock their lovely Nebula fingering weight yarn, a favorite for scarves and shawls.  They have much more to offer, and this is your chance to see it all.  Their travel dates are not firm at this time, so watch the web site and our Facebook page for the date.  You won't want to miss it!

We are holding a Holiday Open House on Sunday November 15, from 2:00-5:00 PM.  Come and join us for an afternoon of fun and refreshments.  We'll have some special promotions, ideas for last minute holiday gifts, and a voting contest on customer submitted scarves and ornaments.  You can submit your scarf (knit or crochet) or ornament (cross stitch or needlepoint) that you are most proud of for the contest - the work must have been done by the person submitting the item.  Each customer will be given a ballot for each of the categories to vote on their favorite.  The winners will each receive a $50.00 gift certificate!  Entries must be received by Thursday, November 12 (one entry per category per person).  Details can be found on our web site or information sheets picked up at the shop.

We have received bunches of new yarn this summer and our shelves are full of lovely fibers for your knitting and crochet projects.  In lace weight we have in stock a new luscious alpaca/wool/silk/cashmere blend called Remembrance from Jojoland.  Also from Jojoland, in fingering weight, is Ballad, a superwash merino in solid shades to coordinate with our selection of new colors in Melody, a Jojoland favorite (superwash fingering with subtle color shifts).  Also new in fingering/sock weight is Bio Sesia 5 (100% organic cotton), Sesia Bimbo (organic cotton in jacquard stripes), Anne (mercerized cotton in solids and multis), new colors in Serenity Silk+, Serenity Silk Single, and Serenity Glitter Sock (silk blends, all from Zen Yarn Garden), Neon Now (bright neon colored wool/nylon blend), Forever (wool/nylon blend in a pretty heathered stripe),  Frolicking Feet and Twin Tootsies (beautiful multi and transitional colors in superwash wool from Done Roving), and new colors in Silk Garden Sock from Noro.  In sport and DK weights we have new stock in Linaza (a soft alpaca/linen/tencel blend), 220 Superwash Sport (merino wool in solids and multis), Frolicking Feet DK (superwash wool in transitional and mono colors), Roslyn (wool/silk blend), Baby Angel (acrylic self-striping) and Adele (a fun mohair/viscose blend with the added elegance of multicolored paillettes).  New worsted weight yarns in stock include 220 Superwash Wool (in a full color range), El Cielo (lofty superfine alpaca/nylon blend), Tara Tweed (gorgeous soft wool/nylon blend), Navajo (self striping wool/acrylic blend), Avalon (cotton/acrylic blend in solids and multis), Homestead Tweed (soft wool/Donegal blend) Silk Garden Solo (silk/wool blend from Noro in tonal solids), and new shades of Noro's Silk Garden and Kureyon.  In chunky/bulky weight we have brought in Tivoli (wool/silk blend in tweedy solids), Astrakan (loopy wool/nylon blend), Big Wheel (self striping acrylic), Marte (super bulky acrylic/wool in colors to coordinate with Astrakan) and new colors in Encore Mega.  Also recently added are new Wonderland Yarns mini-skein packs from Frabjous Fibers, available in fingering and worsted weight with five absolutely beautiful colors in each pack.  As you can see, by adding all of these new yarns to our already large inventory, we have really gone all out to provide you with the best selection in Kentucky!  Come in soon and delight your visual and tactile senses with a trip through our yarn area.  Our yarns are now "adorned" with tags, clipped to the shelves, with pricing, weight and yardage information, news that will be welcome to many of you who have requested an alternative to our price lists (See -- we DO listen!). 

Most of the above listed yarns, along with pictures, have been posted on our Facebook page as they came in.  If you have not "liked" us on Facebook, you may not be getting news about new products, special promotions, and shop hours related to weather and holidays.  If you would like to be notified of the latest happenings at the shop, just go to our web site's home page.  We have a "like" button at the bottom of the left hand column.

We are now certified as a Ravelry Pro Shop, meaning that we can sell you patterns sold in the Ravelry Pattern Store from designers who have opted in for this service.  Any pattern that you would normally purchase direct from Ravelry can now be purchased through the shop.  We can print the pattern for you at the shop, and/or email it to you and it will be saved in your Ravelry library.  This benefits both your local yarn shop (us!) and the designer -- a win/win situation.  Your retail price is the same either way.  Please consider contacting us the next time you want to purchase a pattern from the Ravelry site. 

Warm Up America Update -- Our Warm Up America group is moving along in 2015.  So far this year a total of 348 afghans in various sizes, 57 baby/child afghans, 9 preemie blankets, 55 adult hats, 37 baby hats, and 1 set of mittens have been completed.  If you have yarn to donate, are willing to knit or crochet blocks, or want to become a part of our volunteer group, please join us!  We meet on Tuesdays, from 10 AM until approximately 2 PM to organize the Warm Up America efforts. If you have questions about the program or know of a group who serves people in need of warm afghans, please let me know.  We are always open to adding organizations to our list. 

Our finishing deadline for cross stitch and needlepoint ornaments, stockings, pillows, bell pulls, etc. is Saturday, November 21.  This is the last day that we will accept items for finishing by Christmas.  Please remember that you need to bring all backing fabrics and specialty threads (if needed) for cording.  Our belt finishing deadline is Saturday, December 5.  All belts and key chains that need to be back in time for Christmas must be brought in by this date -- if we are to do the finishing/binding stitch for you, we will need it no later than November 28. 





*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 21, 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 - Thursday, 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

Bargello Eyeglass Case - Monday, October 12, 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. or 6:30-9:00 p.m., 1 session, $30.00 (includes all materials).  The pattern of this intriguing design seems to change completely depending on your choice of color placement.  We have adapted it to create business card cases, scissor cases, checkbook covers, and to fit various sizes of glasses.  The design is quick-to-stitch, perfect to carry around for stitching in those idle moments, and makes a great gift item. No canvas experience necessary.  Teacher: Judy Olson

Wool Appliqué Pincushion - Wednesday, October 7, 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. or 6:30-9:00 p.m., 1 session, $14.00 plus materials.  Create this cute pumpkin-themed pincushion design with the use of felted wool and Valdani pearl cotton.   Basic wool appliqué techniques will be taught.  Teacher:  Judy Olson

Wool Appliqué Mitten Ornament - Tuesday, October 27, 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. or 6:30-9:00 p.m., 1 session, $14.00 plus materials.  The basics of wool appliqué technique will be taught while using felted wool fabric and Valdani pearl cotton to make a mitten-shaped ornament.  You choose the design for the mitten and we will kit your materials for class.  Teacher:  Judy Olson

Yarn Dyeing Workshop - Saturday, November 7, 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., 1 session, $8 workshop fee plus $15.00 per skein dyed.  In this workshop you will get the chance to be the wizard -- and to create your idea of your perfect colorway -- it’s fun and there are NO mistakes!  You do not have to be at the shop at 11:00, but will need to arrive no later than 2:00 p.m. in order to complete the process by 4:00.  You can choose to dye one or several hanks of yarn, in fingering, sport, worsted or chunky weight, either in a multi-color format and/or dye a machine-knitted sock blank to experiment with self-striping techniques.  Teachers:  Amy Jones & Judy Olson

Beginning Crochet - Tuesdays, October 6 - November 3, 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

Crocheted Virus Shawl - Thursday, October 22, 6:30-9:00 p.m., 1 session, $14.00 plus materials.  This pretty shawl is built on a basic motif worked in a semi-circle.  The number of motifs increases each successive row, just like viruses grow gradually on your computer, hence the significance of the shawl's name.  The triangular shape results from a chart-based pattern that we will teach you to read.  It can be done in your choice of yarn weights and is lovely crocheted in a solid or self-striping color. Teacher: Deborah Hutchinson

Crocheted Bridges Vest -- Wednesdays, October 14 & November 4, 6:30-9:00 p.m., 2 sessions, $24.00 plus materials.  This attractive and easy-to-wear vest is constructed from two identical rectangles which can be laced together mid-side, sewn with a partial seam, or simply tied at a single point.  This poncho-style garment is created by crocheting a small-square mesh fabric which is interspersed with symmetrical holes created by chain loops.   Yarn choices can make it casual or dressy -- done in worsted weight yarn, it will work up quickly.  Teacher:  Mitzi Schumacher

Tunisian Crochet Ruana - Tuesdays, November 10 & December 8, 6:30-9:00 p.m., 2 sessions, $24.00 plus materials.  Whether you are a Tunisian beginner or have some experience, you will enjoy learning the simple stitches necessary to complete this garment.  The word "ruana" comes from Chibcha, meaning "land of blankets," and is used to refer to woolen fabrics produced by Muisca natives.  The thick, soft fabric created is shaped like a sleeveless square or rectangle with a neck opening and open down the front, and can be crocheted with or without a hood.  It's the perfect wrap for a day with a chill in the air, or done in a lighter weight yarn can be worn indoors as well.  Teacher:  Mitzi Schumacher

African Flower Motif Purse -- Wednesday, November 18, 6:30-9:00 p.m., 1 session, $14.00 plus materials.  The African Flower motif is a beautiful variation of the granny square, and is used in this project to form a cute coin purse.  Two motifs are crocheted, attached to a 3" purse frame, and then seamed together on the sides.  A lining can be attached if desired.  These will work up quickly and would make lovely gifts!  Teacher:  Deborah Hutchinson

Crocheted Ear Warmer - Monday, November 30, 6:30-9:00 p.m., 1 session, $14.00 plus materials.  This headband is crocheted in an attractive design using post stitches cross stitches which result in a lacey look.  If you can do a chain and single crochet, you can learn the rest!  Teacher:  Amy Jones 

Crocheted Blanket Border -- Monday, November 9, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. or 6:00-9:00 p.m. 1 session, $16.00 plus materials.  Fleece is all the rage for baby and children's blankets.  Let's dress them up a little bit with a nice crocheted border - pretty scallops for a girl's blanket or a block motif design for boys.  If you have basic crochet skills, then you can do this!  We will be using a rotary cutter with a skip blade to create holes for the stitches.  It's easy and quick to do -- the perfect combination!  Teacher:  Amy Jones

Crocheted Cable Stitch Sampler Afghan - Wednesdays, September 30, October 28, December 2, January 27, February 24, 6:30-9:00 p.m., 1 session per block, $14.00 plus materials per session. Do you love the old-world look of a cabled sweater?  Come and join us once a month to learn a new cabled stitch pattern, while creating blocks for an afghan, a bag or pillow.  63 different patterns come together to create this heirloom quality afghan.  You can join the class every month, or only attend the sessions for the block patterns you really like, and can join the class at any point in the series.  Blocks are crocheted in worsted weight yarn.  Teacher:  Amy Jones

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

Beginning Knitting I - Thursdays, October 8 & 15, Skills include: Cast on, bind off, knit stitch, purl stitch, counting rows/stitches, yarn weights & gauge.

Beginning Knitting II - Thursdays, October 22 & 29, Skills include: ribbing, knit & purl increases and decreases, knitting in the round.

Beginning Knitting III - Thursdays, November 5 & 12, Skills include:  Cables, buttonholes, bobbles, 2-color fair-isle technique, picking up stitches.

How to Correct Mistakes and Other “Good Stuff” to Know - Thursdays, February 11, 18 & 25, 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. or 6:30-9:00 p.m., 3 sessions, $36.00 plus 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 - Thursdays, January 14, 21 & 28, 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

Button-Top Pincushion - Wednesday, November 11, 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. or 6:30-9:00 p.m., 1 session, $16.00 plus materials.  These cute and useful garter stitch pincushions are shaped with short rows, and topped with a matching button.  They are quick to knit and would make a cute gift or stocking stuffer.  You can choose one of our kits, or provide your own worsted weight color palette.  The pincushion is one of many wonderful patterns in a new book, 50 Garter Stitch Gifts to Knit.  Teacher:  Amy Jones

Wavy Drop Stitch Scarf - Thursday, January 7, 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. or 6:30-9:00 p.m., 1 session, $14.00 plus materials.  This unusual version of a drop stitch pattern scallops the side edges of this delicate scarf.  The knit stitch, increases, decreases and dropped stitches (on purpose!) combine to create the pattern.  It is knitted in worsted weight yarn, making it the perfect accessory to take you from fall through spring.  The pattern is another from 50 Garter Stitch Gifts to Knit.  Teacher:  Amy Jones

Spectra Scarf - Wednesday, October 7, 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. OR Thursday, October 8, 6:30-9:00 p.m., 1 session, $14.00 plus materials.  Spectra is a simple lightweight scarf featuring two fingering weight yarns.  Short row shaping creates a dramatically curved edge that coils and drapes.  Basic intarsia technique entwines two strands of yarn, creating seamless wedges that resemble a rainbow or color wheel.  You won't want to stop knitting as the colors unfold!  Teacher:  Dorothy Apple

Urban Lace Infinity Scarf/Cowl - Monday, October 19, 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. or 6:30-9:00 p.m., 1 session,  $14.00 plus materials.  This simple, but pretty lace pattern can be finished as a scarf, or seamed together as a cowl.  If you choose to make a cowl, a crochet provisional cast on will be taught so that you can use a kitchener stitch for the seam, making it invisible to the eye.  The model is knit in one of our lovely worsted weight Wonderland Yarns mini-skein packs -- such beautiful colors!  Teacher:  Amy Jones

Gretchen's Zigzag Brioche Scarf - Tuesdays, January 5 & 19, 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. or 6:30-9:00 p.m., 2 sessions, Cost: $24.00 plus materials.  Brioche technique continues to be popular, and the recently released book, Knitting Fresh Brioche, is full of really lovely patterns.  This scarf begins with a single stitch, and is knit in two different colors of worsted weight yarn.  Teacher:  Judy Olson

Glacial Ridge Slipped Stitch Scarf - Monday, November 2, 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. or 6:30-9:00 p.m., 1 session, $14.00 plus materials.  This scarf is from the newly released book, Slip Stitch Knits, which is full of beautiful projects.  The garter stitch dashes, interesting side nubs and slipping of stitches add texture to the knitted fabric.  Two complementary colors, one solid and one multi, combine to create the perfect complement to your cool-weather wardrobe.  Teacher:  Amy Jones

Maxene Scarf - Wednesday, November 4, 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. or 6:30-9:00 p.m., 1 session, $14.00 plus materials.  This beautiful yarn, a blended metallic with a halo of mohair, is adorned with multi-colored paillettes -- the perfect shimmer for holiday wear.  One ball is enough to knit this elegant scarf in an intriguing crossover pattern.  It's the perfect gift! Teacher:  Judy Olson

The Plaza Cowl - Tuesdays, November 3 & 17, 6:30 - 9:00 p.m., 2 sessions, $24.00 plus materials.  This complex looking cowl is really a simple fair-isle pattern knitted in 2 complementary shades of self-striping yarn.  This project would be a good introduction to color knitting for the knitter who has never knitted with two colors or a fun, relaxing project for the more experienced knitter.  Teacher:  Amy Jones

Cannonball Trail Slip Stitch Cowl - Thursdays, November 19 & December 3, 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. or 6:30-9:00 p.m., 2 sessions, $24.00 plus materials.  This versatile 3-button cowl is another winning pattern from Slip-Stitch Knits by Sheryl Thies. The slipped stitches create a lovely vine-like pattern with two colors of worsted weight.  Pick your colors and let's get started! Teacher: Judy Olson

Diana Cabled Headband/Collar - Wednesday, October 21, 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. or 6:30-9:00 p.m., 1 session, $14.00 plus materials.  Supersoft Marte is one our new super-bulky weight yarns, and is the perfect yarn for this cabled headband.  You can knit it in an evening or two, and you'll want to knit several for gifts, or one to match every coat.  Don't know how to work a cable?  This is a great project for learning how -- it's so much easier than you think!  Teacher:  Amy Jones

Brioche Headband - Mondays, October 26 & November 9, 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

Tivoli Mitts - Tuesday, October 13, 6:30-9:00 p.m., 1 session, $14.00 plus materials.  These attractive mitts are made from one skein of Tivoli, a chunky weight wool/silk blend yarn, available in a beautiful range of tweedy colors.  The attractive, simple chevron lace pattern can be worked from written directions or from a chart.  They work up quickly and are so functional -- another great gift idea!  Teacher:  Amy Jones

Diamondback Mitts - Mondays, January 11 & 25, 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. or 6:30-9:00 p.m., 2 sessions, $24.00 plus materials.  These attractive fingerless mitts, suitable for men or women, utilize slipped stitch and cabling techniques, which create bold diamond shapes.  This pattern provides an opportunity to combine striking contrasting colors, or you can make a pair to complement your Barndom Shawl. Both patterns are from Stephen West's Made for Movement book -- full of interesting West-style designs. Teacher:  Amy Jones            

See Through Flower Shawl - Monday, October 5, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. or 6:00-9:00 p.m., 1 session, $16.00 plus materials.  This beautiful shawl is knitted in our gorgeous Melody and Ballad yarns from Jojoland.  A large part of the fun will come from just picking the colors!  The flower-like bud stitches seem to peek through the elongated stitches that surround them, creating a wonderful textured effect.  It looks more complicated than you will discover it is when you have the inside scoop.  Teacher:  Judy Olson 

Barndom Shawl - Mondays, October 12 & 26, November 16 & December 7, 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. or 6:30-9:00 p.m., 4 sessions, $48.00 plus materials.  This lovely shawl pattern, another from Made for Movement, completes our trio of classes of Stephen West designs.  Two or three-color options are available, and use fingering weight yarn.  Slip stitches, some of which are also cabled, create a raised diagonal pattern over a stripe pattern.  The resulting effect is visually attractive and interesting -- especially if you love geometric patterns like I do!  Teacher:  Amy Jones

Asymmetric Striped Shawl - Tuesdays, February 16 & March 8, 9:30 a.m.-12:00  p.m. or 6:30-9:00 p.m., 2 sessions, $24.00 plus materials.  This project is the 3rd from 50 Garter Stitch Gifts to Knit -- another winning design.  The construction is top down, and is finished with a sawtooth edge border.  It can be either dressy or casual depending on your choice of yarns.  The pattern is easy to knit, making it a good one to consider for a quick cover up or an all-occasion gift.  Teacher:  Amy Jones

Basic Socks - Mondays, November 2, 16 & 30, 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

Knit Sweater Workshop - Tuesdays, October 6 & 20, November 10, December 1 & 15 OR Wednesdays, January 6 & 20, February 10, March 2 & 16, 6:30-9:00 p.m., 5 sessions, $60.00 plus materials.  This class will be a workshop -- you pick the pattern and yarn you want (with our help if you need it) and bring it to class.  While we knit, we’ll learn from each other’s patterns by discussing techniques found in your individual patterns.  Teacher:  Susan Winkler

Knit Lace Workshop - Wednesdays, October 14 & 28, November 18, December 2 & 16, 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

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Knit Swirl! Knit-A-Long - 6 sessions, $50.00 plus materials.  Knit Swirl! presents 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   

Wednesday mornings, 10:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m., October 14 & 28, November 11, December 2 & 16, January 6
Thursday evenings, 6:30-9:00 p.m., October 15 & 29, November 12, December 3 & 17, January 7

Help Sessions - Our popular help sessions are held once a month on Monday and Saturday afternoons.  Our Saturday sessions are typically held on the second Saturday of the month and Monday sessions are planned for the fourth Monday of the month.  The dates for fall/winter are as follows:  Saturdays -- October 10, November 14, December 12, January 9, February 13;  Mondays -- October 26, November 23, December 21, January 25, February 22.  If you need extended help with a project, new or old, join us for a help session and get going again!  The fee is only $10.00 for a 3-hour period, 1:00-4:00 p.m.  You can join us for all or part of the session -- whatever meets your needs.  You do need to call ahead to sign up so we know how many people to plan for.                                                                                            

 I continue to be humbled by and extremely grateful for the kindness and condolences extended to me since the loss of my husband in March.  I so appreciate your offers of help, your lovely cards, and your generous hugs.  Many of you have shared with me your grief experiences.  Here are some of the lessons I have learned:  Grief is a long and difficult process, there are no shortcuts, and you just have to take each day as it comes and do your best; I truly did not appreciate what those who have experienced profound grief have been through; It is never too late to reach out to someone who is hurting, and never too late to send an email or make a phone call or send a card expressing your sympathy and concern -- it is always appreciated, and needed for so much longer than I ever realized.  I have committed to reaching out to others more consistently, no matter how busy I get or how long ago their loss or stressful time occurred.  You never know when your kindness will provide just the support someone needs to get through that day, or just the next hour.  I have also learned that moving forward is possible, and essential, and is a way to truly honor the memory of your loved one, and that in moving forward I must learn to appreciate and cherish the uniqueness and magic of this day -- it will never come again.  

Fondest regards,     

Amy Jones