Dear Stitchers,

Happy Spring!  I realize all is not pointing that direction, but I really do believe it's coming.  The calendar does not lie!  Speaking of calendars, this newsletter is full of dates that you need to put on yours.  Our St. Patrick's Day Sale, the upcoming trunk shows, the yarn crawl and a huge number of classes are all events you won't want to miss.  Grab a mug of coffee or tea and settle in to read all about it! 

As a celebration of St. Patrick's Day, and the coming of spring, we are bringing back our popular Luck-of-the-Irish Sale on Friday and Saturday, March 16 & 17.  When you bring your purchases to the counter, you will be able to draw for your lucky discount, which could range from 10% to 30%.  As a special prize, there will also be one lucky golden four-leaf clover hidden in the shop each day.  If you find it, it will be worth a 40% discount on your purchase!  May the luck of the Irish be with you!

Save the dates -- August 7th through August 12th are the dates for the 2018 I-75 Yarn Crawl.  This will be our third year to participate in the crawl -- it is so much fun!  Our exclusive “Bluegrass Beauty” yarn from Zen in 2016 and our "Bluegrass Ablaze" from Mountain Colors in 2017 were both very popular and continue to sell!  We’re already thinking about what cool color combination to have created for this year’s crawl!  Did you crawl last year?  Those that did had loads of fun.  We’ll post on our Facebook page and send an email out when passports go on sale this year.  We encourage you to purchase a passport -- not only does it provide you with vital information, but it is also your ticket to promotions and discounts at the shops you choose to visit.  Passports are generally available starting in May (at, so stay tuned!  Most shops participating have special merchandise or trunk shows or promotions going during that week, so it's a great time to visit other shops in the area, as well as checking out new stuff that we have!  A listing of participating shops and more general information will be available at the shop closer to crawl time.

Trunk Shows -- We have several  great trunk shows scheduled in the next several months!  A trunk show generally consists of models of that designer's work.  For counted cross stitch or counted canvas designers, we receive several framed models and a sampling of the designer's patterns.  Yarn companies send knitted or crocheted models of their designs and/or yarn inventory to sell on a consignment basis.  It's a great opportunity to see and be inspired by a finished sample of a design you may have admired on paper.  At this point, we have been able to confirm shows from the following companies: 

In April, Frabjous Fibers is sending an assortment of their mini packs and rainbow packs along with coordinating models. Several of our spring class models utilize the mini packs, so this is the perfect time to pick from a wealth of colors!

In May, Despondent Dyes will be sending a sampling of their beautiful yarns  Included in their trunk show will be several kits for the Garden Party Cowl which is listed as a class later in this newsletter.  Their colors are fun and whimsical!

In June, Stitch Together will be sending a selection of their unique and wonderful colors of yarn and models to match.  We love Kayanna's color sense, and will be working with her to develop our custom color for the yarn crawl in August!

In July, Needle Delights will be sending a show of framed samples of designer Kathy's counted canvas designs.  We have taught classes based on her beautiful designs in the past.  Some of her newest pieces will be on display -- don't miss it!

In August, Rosewood Manor, a favorite designer (Karen Kluba) for those of us on the staff as well as many customers, is sending several of  their lovely counted cross stitch designs.  Her beautiful designs are intricate and detailed , have wonderful color combinations of thread and are usually stitched on lovely hand-dyed fabrics.  Frabjous Fibers will be making a return visit in August, and we are still trying to confirm a trunk show from Anzula Yarns to display during the yarn crawl.  Stay tuned for more details!                

After assessing our inventory mix, we have decided to concentrate on what we do best -- knitting, crochet and cross stitch.  For this reason, we've decided to discontinue our painted canvas inventory.  Effective immediately, all painted canvases, belts and Christmas designs, are available at 50% off current prices.  We will no longer offer belt and keychain leathering services, but will be happy to make available names of other businesses that can perform those services for you.  We will continue to stock threads appropriate for needlepoint and a supply of needlepoint kits for Christmas stockings, pillows, children's kits and the popular Stitch and Zip line

Warm Up America Update -- Our Warm Up America Tuesday group will be back in session on March 6 after their winter break.  Totals for 2017 contributions are as follows:  434 afghans in various sizes, 133 scarves, and 229 hats!  If you have scrap yarn to donate, are willing to knit or crochet blocks, or want to be a part of our volunteer group, please contact us for more information.!  The geroup meets 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. 

If you’d like a few hours during the week to take a break and stitch and laugh with other knitters, crocheters, cross stitchers or needle pointers, come and join us on Wednesday mornings from 10 AM-12 PM or Thursday nights from 5-8 PM!  We have great groups that meet at the shop to stitch and have fun and encourage each other.  Feel free to bring a drink or snack, or even your dinner!  No reservations necessary -- just show up!



*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 Crochet - Mondays, March 19 & 26, April 9, 16, & 23, 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

Beyond  Beginning Crochet - Mondays, July 23, August 6 & 20, 6:30-9:00 p.m., 3 sessions, $36.00 plus materials.  Crochet is experiencing a resurgence in popularity and interesting patterns and projects abound!  If you know the basics of crochet, but haven't crocheted in awhile, or feel you need a reinforcement of your skills in order to be more independent, then this class may be just what you need.  We will review all basic stitches, practice skills related to common problem areas, and discuss pattern reading skills. Teacher: Deborah Hutchinson

Thread Crochet Coasters -- Wednesdays, May 2 & 16, 6:30-9:00 p.m., 2 sessions, $24.00 plus materials.  Do you know basic crochet stitches, but wonder how they translate to thread crochet projects?  You will learn the difference in materials needed for yarn versus thread crochet, how to adjust your crochet tension to create successful projects, and how to navigate the charts often used in thread crochet.  Teacher:  Deborah Hutchinson

Crocheted Knockers   - Thursdays, July 5 & 19, 6:30-9:00 p.m., 2 sessions, $24.00 plus materials.  The original Knitted Knockers are now available as a crochet pattern!  They are special handmade breast prosthesis for women who have undergone mastectomies or other procedures to the breast.  They are soft, comfortable and useful to breast cancer survivors when placed in a regular bra following surgery, as contrasted with traditional prosthetics that can be expensive, heavy and uncomfortable.  The knitted knockers are donated to women who need them.  Crochet one or two for a breast cancer survivor in your circle, or crochet them for donation.  Teacher:  Susan Winkler

Crocheted Aran Pillow Sampler - Mondays, May 14 & 21, June 4, 6:30-9:00 p.m., 3 sessions, $36.00 plus materials.  Simple crochet stitches and post stitches are combined to create this classic and timeless Aran pillow design - a perfect accessory for every décor.  If you know the basic crochet stitches, you'll be able to navigate this design.  After learning the stitches for this more complex sampler pillow, you will also feel comfortable with several of the single design pillows in the book.  Teacher:  Amy Jones

Crocheted Felt Rug/Basket - Wednesdays, July 18 & August 1, 6:30-9:00 p.m., 2 sessions, $24.00 plus materials.  You’ve always wanted to try felting?  You need a new rug for your bedside or a pretty basket for storage or display?  You want to work on a fun, easy project?  This class is for you!  We’ll be using a “P” crochet hook and a super bulky yarn to crochet a small rug or basket in single crochet  -- then we'll felt it to obtain a cool item to enhance your home decor.  Teacher:  Amy Jones

Double Hook Mitts - Monday, April 30, 6:30-9:00 p.m., 1 session, $14.00 plus materials.  Mitts are so popular these days!  They are quick to stitch, and provide both warmth and needed dexterity.  In this class we will be working with a double-ended hook and two colors of yarn, making a reversible project that yields a different color on each side.  Fun and easy -- and a great gift idea for man or woman.  Teacher:  Amy Jones

Alexin Crocheted Hat - Mondays, March 19 & 26, 6:30-9:00 p.m., 2 sessions, $24.00 plus materials.  The medical term Alexin means to "ward off" the designer recommends that you wear this hat to stay warm, well and stylish at the same time!  This cute and versatile hat design has the ribbing worked first, with stitches worked into the edge of the rib and then worked in a spiral.  Chains, slip stitches and linked half double crochets comprise the stitches used.  If you never done linked stitches, join the class and see how easy they are and the attractive texture they create.  Teacher:  Amy Jones

Skylark in Wonderland Scarf/Shawl - Tuesdays, May 15 & 22, 6:30-9:00 p.m., 2 sessions, $24.00 plus materials.  Jessie Rayot designed this fun and dramatic shawl pattern using mini-packs from Frabjous Fibers.  What a beautiful result -- after all, how can you go wrong with gorgeous Frabjous Fibers yarns?  We will soon be receiving a new shipment of packs, in plenty of time for you to choose your favorite combo for class.  Teacher:  Amy Jones

Meandering Paw Prints Scarf - Tuesday, August 21, 6:30-9:00 p.m., 1 session, $14.00 plus materials.  Do you have a soft spot for kittens and puppies, or for your Kentucky Wildcats?  If so, this is the perfect scarf for you!  Whether done in pastels, jewel tones, or the popular royal blue and white, this will reflect your love of your favorite "animal."  An easy pattern to execute, it works up quickly with great results!  Teacher:  Amy Jones

Simply Slippers - Monday, May 7, 6:30-9:00 p.m., 1 session, $14.00 plus materials.  Sometimes, you just need a little covering on your feet to be comfy, in the cold of winter or sometimes chill of spring.  These sturdy and quick-to-crochet little slippers are perfect for those occasions.  The pattern accommodates a broad range of sizes. Embellish them with cute buttons or crocheted flowers for added zing!  Teacher:  Amy Jones

Fun with Crocheted Amigurumi - Wednesdays, May 23, June 6 & 20, July 11, 6:30-9:00 p.m., 4 sessions, $48.00 plus materials.  The Big Book of Little Amigurumi is packed with an amazing variety of adorable little figures to crochet.  Animals, sea creatures, fruits and veggies, toys, a tea set, and little aliens are among the 70+ designs.  We'll do one design together to teach basics of construction and assembly, and then you can choose your own designs to get help with in class.  Teacher:  Deborah Hutchinson

Lamb's Ear Toddler Cardigan - Tuesdays, June 19, July 3, 17 & 31, 4 sessions, $48.00 plus materials.  Appalachian Baby Designs is always coming up with adorable sweaters and blankets for the knitting crowd, and now they have released an adorable sweater for crocheters!  Sized from 12 to 24 months, this little cardigan is sure to please your little one.  You can work ahead of baby's arrival by choosing the natural color in their organic cotton, or treat your little girl or boy to a soft pink or blue cardigan.  Teacher:  Amy Jones

Boho Poncho - Tuesdays, June 5 & 26, 6:30-9:00 p.m., 2 sessions, $24.00 plus materials.  Ponchos are back!  This simple, yet beautiful crocheted poncho will assure you are right in style.  Even if you have only the most basic crochet skills, this is a doable project.  Crochet one for yourself or a friend!  Teacher:  Deborah Hutchinson

Granny Square Plus Sampler Afghan - Tuesdays, April 10, May 8, June 12, July 10, August 14, 6:30-9:00 p.m., 1-2 blocks per session, $14.00 per session plus materials.  Do you love combining colors in creative ways?  Do you like to crochet a variety of stitches and stitch patterns?  This afghan gives you infinite possibilities to express that creativity.  Some of the blocks are very simple and some more challenging, and not all are granny squares, as evidenced by the book's title.  The end result can be an afghan, a set of pillows, or even a tote bag.  If you are a little hesitant to step out on your own, explore the variety of stitches and patterns in the safety of a class setting.  If you're a fairly confident crocheter, just come and have fun with us!  Teacher:  Amy Jones

Crocheted Cable Stitch Sampler Afghan - Wednesdays, April 1, April 25, May 30, June 27, July 25, August 29, 6:30-9:00 p.m., 1 block per session, $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. We will have covered 48 different patterns by the end of the class.  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 - Wednesdays, March 21 & 28.  Skills include: Cast on, bind off, knit stitch, purl                                         stitch, counting rows/stitches, yarn weights & gauge.

                Beginning Knitting II - Wednesdays, April 11 & 18.  Skills include: ribbing, knit & purl increases and                                           decreases, knitting in the round.

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

Knitting Finishing Techniques 101 - Thursdays, May 3, 10 & 17, 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 - Thursdays, June 7, 14 & 21, 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

Yarn Dyeing Workshop - Saturday, May 19, 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., 1 session, $10.00 workshop fee plus cost of yarn chosen.  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 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, or dye a machine-knitted sock blank ending up with 2 socks that will match when you knit them!  Teachers:  Amy Jones & Judy Olson

Charnley Scarf -- A Project to Dye For - Thursdays, March 22 & 29, April 12, 6:30-9:00 p.m., OR Wednesdays, July 18 & 25, August 15, 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., 3 sessions, $36.00 plus materials.  This class combines the fun of dyeing mini-skeins of yarn and then knitting a scarf in which to use them.  You will get to dye 5 colors of mini-skeins, and then combine them with a complementary color to knit the simple, yet effective, garter stitch scarf.  This is a great class for someone who wants to dabble in dyeing -- basic knitting skills are sufficient to knit the scarf.  Teacher:  Joyce Marshall

Knitted Knockers - Thursdays, June 21 & 28, 6:30-9:00 p.m., 2 sessions, $24.00 plus materials.  Knitted Knockers are special handmade breast prosthesis for women who have undergone mastectomies or other procedures to the breast.  They are soft, comfortable and useful to breast cancer survivors when placed in a regular bra following surgery, as contrasted with traditional prosthetics that can be expensive, heavy and uncomfortable.  The knitted knockers are donated to women who need them.  Knit one or two for a breast cancer suvivor in your circle, or knit them for donation.  Teacher:  Susan Winkler

Never Not Gnoming  - Tuesdays, April 24 & May 1, 6:30-9:00 p.m., 2 sessions, $24.00 plus materials.  Oh my gosh, these little gnomes are so adorable!  This was one of the most popular new patterns on Ravelry this past year, and it's easy to see why.  They are addictive to make.  A little yarn and a little stuffing is all that is required for any of three variations -- a small gnome ornament, a medium gnome that stands, and a larger gnome to rule whimsically and benevolently over all other gnomes!  Teacher:  Susan Winkler

Knitted Toys - Tuesdays, May 22, June 5 & 19, July 3, 6:30-9:00 p.m., 4 sessions, $48.00 plus materials.  This book is full of cute toys -- figurines, puppets, puzzles.....a large variety.  You choose the design -- make one or more -- and learn from others in the class.  Toys are not just for kids anymore!  Teacher:  Susan Winkler

Hooded Baby Towel - Mondays, June 18, July 9 & 23, 6:30-9:00 p.m., 3 sessions, $36.00 plus materials.  A hooded towel is a perfect gift for a special baby.  It is made out of soft, organic cotton and infinitely useful.  This cute patterned towel will have your baby looking forward to bath time!  Teacher:  Amy Jones

Cicada Shawl  - Tuesdays, March 20, April 10 & 17, 6:30-9:00 p.m., 3 sessions, $36.00 plus materials.  This beautiful shawl features tiny traveling stitch lines and a wide lace border that mimics the shape of little scissors or cicadas.  It is designed by Toby Roxane and knit in fingering weight yarn for a light, elegant wrap.  Teacher:  Susan Winkler

Fatal Wound Shawl - Mondays, June 11, July 2, 16 & 30, August 13 & 27, 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. or 6:30-9:00 p.m., 6 sessions, $72.00 plus materials.  Josh Ryks has designed another fun, geometric shawl that I just can't resist knitting.  The title reflects his fascination with the tragedy and history present in William Shakespeare's Julius Caesar.  Little details in the pattern feature 23 stripes to represent the 23 stab wounds of Caesar and bloody daggers are represented by short rows on the side.  Choose your own color scheme, and enjoy the experience.  Teacher:  Amy Jones

Nymphalidea Shawl - Thursdays, July 26 & August 2, 6:30-9:00 p.m., 2 sessions, $24.00 plus materials.  Nymphalidea is named for one of the largest families of butterflies, with varieties found in every corner of the world.  The designer picked stitch patterns that reminded her of delicate veined butterfly wings.  It was designed for use with long gradient self-striping yarns or a gradient mini-pack, paired with a contrasting solid color.  Beautiful!  Teacher:  Susan Winkler

DaPunzel Scarf - Tuesdays, June 12 & 26, 6:30-9:00 p.m., 2 sessions, $24.00 plus materials.  This scarf is another pattern that enables you to use up your fingering weight scraps, or utilize a beautiful gradient pack, along with a contrasting main color.  It is a very simple, but very beautiful pattern, bordered by a fun braided edging.  Basic knitting skills are all that are necessary.  Teacher:  Susan Winkler

Pincha Scarf - Wednesdays, June 13 & 20, 6:30-9:00 p.m., 2 sessions, $24.00 plus materials.  Pincha comes from the word peacock feather in Sanskrit.   This shawl is inspired by the vision of feathers gliding lightly off each other creating a beautiful wrap that swirls around your neck.  It is made up of repeating feather motifs and created by knitting one feather at a time.  This enables you to adjust the size of the shawl as desired.  Basic knitting skills are all that are required to conquer this pattern -- you'll learn the rest.  Teacher:  Amy Jones

Fernfrost Cowl - Wednesdays, April 18 & May 2, 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. OR Thursdays, July 5 & 12, 6:30-9:00 p.m., 2 sessions, $24.00 plus materials.  This lovely little cowl is knit in a lace pattern requiring a little patience and focus, but with a result that is worth the trouble.  Advanced beginners can take heart and plunge on in!  Lace weight or fingering weight yarns work for this pattern.  Teacher:  Dorothy Apple

Garden Party Cowl - Wednesdays, May 16 & 23, 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. or 6:30-9:00 p.m., 2 sessions, $24.00 plus materials.  This whimsical knit cowl could have gotten its name from the colorful yarn used to knit it, creating a party around your neck!  Any color will work to show off the pattern, but the model was done with a fun color yarn from Despondent Dyes entitled "It's Only Love Till It's Not."  Names of their other yarns are just as unusual and quirky as this one.  Don't miss the opportunity to purchase them during our May trunk show!  Teacher:  Amy Jones

Brioche Headband - Thursdays, March 15 & 29, 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        

Hat of the Month Series -  2 sessions per hat, $24.00 plus materials.  Teacher:  Joyce Marshall

                Cable Bunny Hat - Tuesdays, March 20 & 27, 6:30-9:00 p.m.  This hat is a fun, quick knit, done in worsted/aran weight yarn.  It is sized to fit toddlers to men -- there is a hat for everyone on your list!  The cables are straightforward and easy to memorize, with instructions both written and charted. 

                Perfect Rime Hat - Tuesdays, April 17 & 24, 6:30-9:00 p.m.  This attractive hat is full of texture -- easy cables and ridges create the effective pattern.  It is appropriate for both novices and veterans.  The button closure adds pizzazz and charm. 

                Miki Hat - Tuesdays, May 22 & 29, 6:30-9:00 p.m. or Thursdays, May 24 & 31, 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. I love the play of color you get when knitting this slip stitch/mosaic pattern hat.  The resulting pattern looks more complicated than it is as you only knit with one color at a time.  Choose your 2 colors and get started!

                Wurm Hat - Tuesdays, June 19 & 26, 6:30-9:00 p.m. or Thursdays, June 21 & 28, 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.  The designer of this hat saw similar hats in a winter market in Vienna.  She thought about how great the design would look in a self-striping skein of Noro Kureyon that she had in her stash.  When she couldn't find a pattern, she designed one!  This hat looks great in a solid color or two contrasting colors, as well as the self-striping yarn.  It looks awesome on both women and men -- a perfect project!

                Beeswax Hat - Tuesdays, July 17 & 24, 6:30-9:00 p.m. or Thursdays, July 19 & 26, 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  Amy van de Laar designed this hat to celebrate the beauty of the beeswax honeycomb structure created by bees in their hives.  The hat's honeycomb structure is made up of simple mini-cables, which can be knit without a cable needle.  The texture is truly lovely.  It is sized to fit most adults, with instructions included for resizing.

                Mom's Favorite Color Hat - Thursdays, August 23 & 30, 6:30-9:00 p.m.  This hat is a quick, slightly slouchy bottom-up hat that looks more complicated than it is.  The plaid color pattern is a tribute to the designer's mother who when asked what was her favorite color, always replied "plaid!"  Written instructions and charts are provided, as well as a choice to knit the hat in knit stitches or purl stitches.

3-in-1 Button Boots - Thursdays, August 2, 16 & 30, 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. or 6:30-9:00 p.m., 3 sessions, $36.00 plus materials.  Bekah Knits designed these cute, stylish slippers!  You can wear them with the cuff buttoned up to keep your legs warm, or turned down in a cuff around your ankles.  They are knit seamlessly with short row shaping and a comfy double knit sole.  Teacher: Amy Jones

Basic Socks - Mondays, May 7 & 21, June 4, 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 11 & 25, July 9, 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

50 x 50 Poncho - Thursdays, April 19 & 26, May 10 & 17, 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. OR Tuesdays, July 31, August 14 & 28, September 4, 6:30-9:00 p.m., 4 sessions, $48.00 plus materials.  This poncho is knit with chunky weight yarn in one piece with no sewing.  Done in all garter stitch, it is designed in diamond shapes.  You work a diamond shape for the front, pick up from the sides of the diamond and knit a rectangle over the shoulders and finish with another diamond on the back -- a really cool addition to your wardrobe!

Paris 1925 Cardigan - Wednesdays, March 21 & 28, April 11 & 25, May 9, 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. OR Thursdays, April 19, May 3, 17 & 31, June 14, 6:30-9:00 p.m., 5 sessions, $60.00 plus materials.  What a classy design this is!  It's an Art Deco-inspired long open-front sweater with A-line shaping.  It is designed in a top-down style as a seamless raglan.  Advanced beginner or intermediate skills are recommended.  Teacher:  Dorothy Apple

Flower Cardigan - Mondays, April 23 & 30, May 14, June 4 & 25, 6:30-9:00 p.m., 5 sessions, $60.00 plus materials.  Fun to knit and comfortable to wear, the Flower Cardigan has an unusual construction.  It starts from a hexagon-shaped upper back and is worked from the center of the motif outwards.  It features seamless construction, then raglan sleeves are knitted onto the body, with fronts shaped with short rows.  The pattern is available in children's sizes 3 months to 8 years and adult sizes 31" - 53".  Teacher:  Susan Winkler

Granny's Favourite/My Favourite Sweater - Thursdays, April 26, May 10 & 24, June 7, 6:30-9:00 p.m., 4 sessions, $48.00 plus materials.  Granny's Favourite Sweater is a cute cardigan with a quaint circular yoke with lace detailing on the yoke and cuffs, designed in infant through older children's sizes.  My Favourite is the adult version of the much-loved children's design.  Both versions are knit in DK weight yarn from the top down, seamlessly.  Knit one for yourself and your favorite little one!  Teacher:  Dorothy Apple

Citadel Cardigan - Wednesdays, June 6, 13 & 20, July 11, August 1 & 22, 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. or 6:30-9:00 p.m., 6 sessions, $72.00 plus materials.  Cables abound in this long knitted cardigan from the popular designer Joji Locatelli.  Lower pockets are set into the bottom band.  It is worked with worsted weight yarn and knitted from the top down with no seaming. It is available in an excellent size range -- perfect for anyone.  Teacher:  Judy Olson

Knit Sweater Workshop - Thursdays, April 19, May 3, 17 & 31, June 14, 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

Help Sessions - Our Saturday help session dates for spring/summer are as follows:  April 14, May 12, June 9, July 14 & August 18.  If you need extended help with a project, new or old, join us for a help session and get going again!  Knitting, crochet, cross stitch and needlepoint project are all welcome.  The fee is $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.                                                                                             

We hope you find something in our spring/summer class schedule that interests  you and inspires you to improve your skills or just come and have fun stitching with others who love to do what you do!  Don't miss our St. Pat's Day sale, exciting trunk show displays and the I-75 Yarn Crawl.   Keep a watch on our web site and Facebook page for timely updates on events and promotions.  As always, thank you for your business and your friendship.  May your 2018 be filled with treasured moments........

Fondest regards, 
Amy Jones