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Monday, September 5, 2011

New Classes and New Interweave Knits

We have the Interweave Knits Holiday Gifts special issue in the shop.  (Note: If you subscribe to IK, this issue will not be arriving in your mailbox as part of your regular subscription.)  

I want to tell you about our fall classes, too, so I'll intersperse some photos of my favorite designs from the magazine to keep things interesting.
Roisin: a sneak peek from Ysolda Teauge's next book
Need to learn (or relearn) the basics?  We have options.  If Thursday nights are good for you, Adrienne's Knitting: Beginning and Beyond series is fabulous.  In three two-hour classes, Adrienne will have you knitting, purling, working in the round, decreasing, and increasing.  If you already know these basics, bring along whatever you want to try next and Adrienne will help you tackle your newest challenge. 

Cephalohedron: A knitted octopus that folds into an octahedron
We also have our two hour Learn to Knit Workshop with Ann on Tuesday night.  We have scheduled these once each month, so you can sign up whenever works for you.  Ann will help you learn as much as you can in two hours.  You'll walk away with the skills to get started on your first project!

McHenry: A puppy dog hat from Susan B. Anderson
Ann is also teaching a Learn to Crochet Workshop once each month.  You'll learn the basics of crochet and be ready to take on some beginner projects.  If you already know the basics, check out her Crocheted Hat Class later this month.

Flamboyant Shawl in Rittenhouse 5-Ply (a new personal favorite yarn)
Thank goodness we have Ann, because she is also a sock teacher!  Ann's sock classes are so much fun, and we have one scheduled in October and one in November.  I know many of you come in and drool at the pretty sock yarns.  It's time for you to learn the magic of sock knitting.  You won't go back.

Wattle and Daub Afghan: Stripes? Log cabin? Yes please.
I'll still be teaching my Sunday morning Knitting Techniques workshop.  If you just need a little help getting going on something, sign up and come in before the shop opens to pick my brain for an hour.  If I don't know how to help you, I'll find someone who does!

Overshot Mittens in St-Denis Nordique: a great first colorwork project
A few more of my favorites.  A little handmade holiday ornamentation, anyone?
Felted Yule Trees
An Angel...
and a Bird
I love these gloves and this shawl.  Great little treats for yourself or someone special.
Jet Gloves: perfect for that special skein of sock yarn too nice for feet
Blue Thistle Shawl in Kathmandu Aran Tweed (I told you it was good)
I'm a little weirded out that Interweave managed to go back to 1985 and convince 6-year-old me to model for these, but they are still pretty fabulous.  A little red capelet and bonnet and a shawl-collared cardigan with birds on it?  So classic but so cute.
Hollyberry Cape and Bonnet: Little Red with cables
The Scherenschnitte Cardigan in Spud & Chloe Sweater
Do you see something here you want to try?  Take a look at our classes and sign up for a little instruction from one of our fabulous teachers!

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