close knit: the neighborhood yarn shop

Friday, January 1, 2016

Happy New Year! Learn New Things!

We hope you are all relaxing and enjoying the sunny days we have been having. I have been enjoying them from my couch while knitting a sweater, because I am freezing. And that's how knitters think right? The best solution to feeling cold is to cast on for a sweater. Makes perfect sense to me.

I'm finally making my Tea With Jam and Bread with Harrisville Highland in some of the best colors: hemlock green and poppy. The third color is still up for negotiation. Hopefully, it will be ready before spring.
If you are as chilly as I am, maybe you want to knit a sweater too? Or maybe a blanket? Well, we have the classes for you.

Adrienne's blanket class is going to be fun. You'll need to sign up soon, though. Classes start Monday night! In this year-long adventure, you will create a square each month, ending 2016 with a cozy blanket to keep you warm. I could really go for one right now, actually.

This is a great project for those of you who might feel a little overwhelmed by knitting a whole blanket on your own. You'll learn new skills for many of the squares, and you'll have a fun group to keep you motivated.

Melissa wants to teach you how to knit your first sweater. Flax is a free pattern from Tin Can Knits, available for download on Ravelry. The pattern is available in a wide range of sizes, from newborn babe to 4XL. We have this sweet little sample in the shop right now to entice you.
Using this fabulous seamless design, Melissa will walk you through all you need to know to create a cozy sweater for yourself or someone you love. This fun class starts Tuesday night, so don't wait to sign up.

Our teachers are top-notch, and they love helping you all learn new skills. Give us a call this weekend (503.288.4568), and make 2016 the year you push your knitting to the next level. All of those gift certificates you received last week will work for classes, too!

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