Expand your knowledge and learn new skills in the coming year! YouTube, Craftsy, and the likes are a useful tool for many; but read my lips carefully when I tell you that they DO NOT replace hands-on instruction. I can’t emphasis enough how important this is.
Community is equally important. It’s not just the synergy created by a group of fiber loving folk; but more importantly, it is the questions, problems, and solutions that arise in a group setting that you just don’t get when learning on a screen or by being the only student in a “private” setting.
Our first goal is that our classes should be FUN. If it’s not fun, then what’s the point? Secondly, we strive to instill a sense of what we call “YOU GO GIRL!” (or guy) into everything we do. We tailor our instruction to suit each student’s skill level and abilities, in order to boost your confidence to try new tricks while not overwhelming you at the same time.
We’re focusing on technique in the new year, and the winter schedule is filled with gorgeous projects to inspire you to spread your wings and learn new skills.
Sivia Harding’s Fluency Gloves design is a beautiful combination of cabling and beads. Our sample was worked with Rowan Felted Tweed, or pick from numerous other beautiful yarn and bead combinations to create your own personal look!
Sally Melville’s classic l’enveloppe is a stylish, asymmetrical accent piece created with short row shaping. Learn how to wrap & turn like pro! Our sample was worked with AIR from Wool Addicts. The pattern is written for multiple gauges of yarn, with nearly unlimited possibilities from which you can choose!
Are you new to crochet, or a knitter with an aversion to using a hook? The Taiga Shawl from Mijo Crochet is the perfect project to help take your crochet skills to a whole new level. Worked with simple single/double crochets to form a triangular shape, then finished off with a picot edging and tassels.
Constructed with little squares, knit together in to one seamless piece, entrelac is a superb way to show off multi-color yarns with long repeats. Let us show you how to knit entrelac with finesse, using special tips and tricks we’ve developed to make this technique look its best.
Brioche is popping up everywhere in new designs, but the instructions for this stitch are often confusing or overcomplicated. Let us demystify the intriguing brioche stitch, with a logical approach. Choose from brioche knit flat with this stylish wrap, or brioche in the round and make a hat.
You can tell by Mason’s age in this photo that it has been awhile since we tackled our brioche hat pattern. We are in the process of giving it a makeover. Our previous pattern was in the form of class notes from when mom would teach this class. While mom’s instruction and insight into brioche are unmatched, her notes just wouldn’t hold up in the form of a stand alone pattern. I will be revising these into a new pattern, sized to fit all. And one of these days, I plan on editing the hours of video mom left on brioche, so it will be almost like having her there to hold your hand. She loved brioche stitch, and we are looking forward to passing that love along to you.
The ultimate sock experience! This in-depth look at sock knitting will explore various heel and toe techniques featured in our Sock Box series, including a new installment with an Irish flair set to be released mid-February. Sock knitting is very addictive, there is nothing quite like wearing a pair of hand knit socks, and you need not be an expert to knit them. If you can knit and purl, we can teach you to make socks!
When I set out on this journey twenty-five years ago, my original goal was to create designs and patterns that knitters (like my mom) would love to make, and their daughters (like me) would love to wear. We were so overrun by knitters anxious to get their hands on good yarn, that it turned into a yarn shop.
One thing that I knew for sure, and have never deviated from, is that I wanted my shop to have a strong visual appeal that would have folks saying “I don’t know what in the heck they do here, but I want to do it too!” I think we have succeeded, and have drawn many new knitters and crocheters into our world.
And as the years passed, the element that has become most important of all is community. We have built a community of those who love to knit and crochet. This is a very diverse community, comprised of people from all walks of life, in a variety of ages and socio-economic statuses, who would otherwise rarely have the opportunity to come together. The friendships formed, new knowledge learned, and connections made are truly priceless.
For those of you who shop, learn, and socialize with us we thank you and look forward to a fabulous new year. If you’ve yet to join us, come on in! Our classes are free, supplies must be purchased at our store, usually scheduled on Saturdays with an easy-paced, come & go timeframe. We have a lovely group of knitters and crocheters who gather on Tuesdays for help, gab, and eats; and we’ve set aside Thursdays for additional project help.
Merry Christmas everyone!