close knit: the neighborhood yarn shop

Wednesday, January 5, 2011


Happy New Year, Close Knitters! Now that we are coming out the the holiday haze, it's time to get serious about sticking to your new year's resolutions. I am, of course, referring to your knitting goals for the upcoming year. With our classes back at Close Knit, I wanted to tell you a bit about what we are offering this round. Perhaps you will find the perfect class to hone those knitting skills this year.

Are you brand new to knitting? Trying to pick it up again after several years? Just need a little extra confidence to tackle something new? Adrienne continues to offer her skills on Thursday nights with Knitting: Beginning and Beyond. Classes are from 6:30 to 8:30, and we have a three week session starting on January 15th and one starting on February 10th. Adrienne is a very straight-forward, no-nonsense teacher. She will have you knitting with confidence by the end of class.

If you are already comfortable with the basics and are ready to take on a sweater, Judy Taylor offers her Learn to Knit a Sweater class beginning January 17th. Over the course of six classes, Judy will teach you to read a pattern and achieve professional results for your first sweater. Judy is a popular teacher, and her classes are always fun.

For the more experienced knitters ready to learn some specific new techniques, I'm offering a series of classes a little later on Tuesday nights. We'll start out learning a provisional cast on and grafting while making this fabulous cowl. I made this for myself in the fall, and it was very hard to leave it at the shop as a sample. If there is interest, I hope to continue teaching techniques classes through the spring.

If you'd like to learn (or relearn) to knit but can't commit to Adrienne's three week sessions, take a look at Ann's one-shot knitting workshop. In two short hours, Ann will teach you to cast on, knit, purl, increase, and bind off. Ann is a very patient and thorough teacher. In the course of one Tuesday evening, she will give you the basic skills to get you on your way.

Ann is teaching a few project-based classes, as well. In January, she will walk you through your first pair of socks over the course of three classes. You will need to be pretty comfortable with knitting basics to tackle the socks.

In February, she will reveal the magic of cabling with a basic chunky scarf. If you can knit and purl, you can cable!

Give us a call at the shop or stop by to sign up for classes. If there is something else you'd like to see offered, please let us know. Join us this winter to learn something new!

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