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Beginning Knitting Part 1
Instructor: Bonnie Lemons
Three sessions, 2 hours each - $65 (materials not included)
August 5, 12, & 19 (Wed.); 6:30-8:30

In this beginning class, you'll learn an ancient skill while making a beautiful hat! You'll also learn the techniques of decreasing, knitting in the round on circular needles and double-pointed needles.


Materials list:

  • 100 yards of bulky yarn
    • Good choices are Malabrigo Chunky (used in blue hat) and Noro Iro (used in striped hat)
  • Size US 10.5 (6.5mm), 16-inch circular needles (bamboo is recommended)
  • Size US 10.5 (6.5mm), double-pointed needles (8" long)
  • Stitch markers
  • Paper, pencil or pen for taking notes
  • Yarn needle for sewing in ends of yarn
  • Crochet hook (medium size, this is needed for fixing dropped stitches.

    (You will use the same needles if you take Beginning Knitting Part 2).

 
       
   
       
 

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Beginning Knitting Part 2
Instructor: Bonnie Lemons
Three sessions, 2 hours each - $65 (materials not included)
TBA(Wed.); 6:30-8:30

Pre-requisites: Must know how to cast on, and do the knit stitch.

Designed for:

  • Those who took Part 1 and want to build on those skills
  • Any newish or rusty knitter


The project for this class will be fingerless gloves, which you'll be able to make more of for holiday gifts! You will also be given patterns for 3 easy scarves to practice your new skills!

You'll learn the purl stitch and different fabrics you can create combining knits and purls. You'll learn to knit back and forth rather than just in the round, which you did in Class 1. Or, if you've never knit in the round and want to learn that, the mitts can be made that way as well (you'll be taught the magic-loop method). You'll also learn to bind off in pattern.

Materials:

  • 150-200 yards of worsted weight yarn
  • size 7, circular (32" or so long), or straight needles (if you have to buy new needles, get circulars).
 
       
   
       
 

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Needle Felting
Instructor: Maureen Glancy

Two sessions, 2 hours each - $50 (wool provided)
TBA(Thurs): 6:30-8:30pm

More than 3,000 years old, wool felting was a primitive craft accomplished by compressing wool with animal fat for shoes, hats, and hand coverings. Now you can literally tease wool into a finished result in a couple of hours (and a lot less mess!).

In the first of two evenings, you will learn to form basic shapes that turn into a rabbit or mouse or sheep, adding bits of colored wool for eyes and noses. During the second class, you will choose something different to make and learn to solve more challenging sculpturing techniques. Our needle felting workshop is appropriate for teens and adults who like to do crafty things with their hands.

Materials:

  • Needle felting "kit" (includes felting pad and 4 felting needles - $11.95)
  • We will have core wool, and oddments of color available to use in class to get you started. If you want specific colors, they will be available for purchase.
 
       
   
       
 

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Intro to Tunisian Crochet
Instructor: Kathy Watts
Two
sessions, 2 hours each - $45 (materials not included)
TBA: 6:30-8:30pm

Tunisian crochet looks like a woven fabric, but is done with the humble crochet hook. Take your time, be methodical, and make nice neat rectangular pieces with the Tunisian Simple Stitch. Then turn them into coffee cup warmers, French Press cozies, or even wristwarmers, with or without buttons. There is little or no finishing with Tunisian crochet. Those are just three suggestions for small projects that we'll have time for in class. Of course, tunisian crochet would also be great in scarves, cowls, afghans, etc.

We will also explore a simple Tunisian knit stitch, and its lacy variation.

Materials:

  • One skein worsted weight yarn
  • One Tunisian hook (aka "afghan hook) size H (5mm) or I (5.5mm)
 
       
   
       
 

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Super Easy Socks using the Magic Loop
Instructor: Bonnie Lemons

Three sessions, 2 hours each - $65 (materials not included)
TBA: 6:00-8:00pm

You'll leave class with a pair of completed socks for yourself, plus the knowledge to make more socks for any size foot using any size yarn -- without a pattern.

You'll learn the wonderfully simple magic loop method of knitting small objects in the round, a versatile and extra-stretchy cast-on, short rows, picking up stitches, matched decreases, and the incredible kitchener stitch.

Materials:

  • 140 yards of bulky yarn, machine washable if that's important to you. Possibilities include Lana Grossa's "Cento", Crystal Palace's "Chunky Mochi", and Cascade Yarns "Covington". If you don't mind washing by hand, one skein of Lamb's Pride Bulky would be good.
  • 32-inch circular, size 8 needles.
  • stitch markers
  • darning needle
 
       
   
       
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crochet 101
Instructor: Kathy Watts

Three sessions, 2 hours each - $65 (materials not included)
TBA(Mondays); 6:30-8:30
Learn the skills needed for most "beginner" crochet patterns. This class will cover:

  • Basic stitches : ch, sc, hdc, dc, tr, slip st
  • Flat crochet: granny squares, working in rows
  • Increasing & decreasing
  • Simple color changes
  • Joining granny squares

These are enough techniques to do great granny squares, baby blankets, afghans, placemats, wristwarmers, etc.

Depending on class interest, we could also explore more advanced stitches such as the V stitch and the shell stitch.

Optional: Possible projects will be suggested during the first class. (Additional yarn will be needed).

Materials:
Required for class:

    • Bulky-weight yarn (recommended: Lamb's Pride Bulky)
      • Yarn should be "plain" - no chenille or novelty yarns.
      • Smooth and medium to light solid color (to see stitches more easily).
      • Two colors: 1-2 ounces (20-50 yards) of each color
      • Wool or synthetic or blend (cotton okay, but can sometimes be a little difficult for beginners).
    • Two crochet hooks: sizes J/10 (6mm) and K/10.5 (6.5mm).
 
       
   
       
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crochet 201 - beyond the basics
Instructor: Kathy Watts

Three sessions, 2 hours each - $65 (materials not included)
TBA (Mondays); 6:30-8:30

For any crocheter who wants to perfect those basic skills or brush up and move into a new or more ambitious project. We'll look at more granny squares, rectangular granny squares, and flower motifs. We'll also look at variations on the shell, the chevron, and the ripple patterns (all commonly used in afghans, baby blankets and other crocheted fabrics). Both written patterns and charts will be used.

If you have a work in progress and want to do it in the class, please contact the instructor before the first session.

Materials:
Required for class:
  • Worsted or Bulky weight yarn
    • Yarn should be smooth. Keep in mind that lighter colors are easier to see the stitches.
    • Crochet hook G or H for worsted yarns or I, J, or K for bulky yarn.
    • Two or more colors, if desired.
 
       
   
       
 

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super big (and easy) lace cowlCrest of the WaveMadeira Cascade
Instructor: Kathy Watts

Three sessions, 2 hours each - $65 (materials not included)
TBA (Mondays); 6:30-8:30

We're doing the traditional Shetland pattern "Madeira Cascade," (shown in dark color) and we're doing it on #15 needles with chunky yarn. This is not your delicate fussy lace. Cast on 29, do the lace pattern four times, and have a cowl that's about 12 inches wide. No blocking required. If you choose to not sew the ends together, you have a nice wide scarf about 28 inches long, perfect for folding over and tucking in at the neck.

This lace has a "slip one stitch, knit the next two together, then pass the slipped stitch over" decrease and it makes a striking design that comes to a point. The madeira makes a large smooth area, good to showing off the colors in variegated yarn. Easy, especially on big needles. Pattern and chart will be provided.

If you want a more ruffly looking lace, you can do a "Crest of the Wave" cowl (shown in pink) on #11 needles and a worsted weight yarn.

Materials for Madeira Cascade cowl:

  • US #15 straight needles (or one circular, at least 21 inches long)
  • about 200 yards chunky yarn
  • darning needle or crochet hook for finishing, if desired
 
       
   
       
 

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big easy cable cowl
Instructor: Kathy Watts

Two sessions, 2 hours each - $45 (materials not included)
TBA (Mondays) 6:00-8:00pm

We'll make the Fiber Dreams pattern "Boreas", a soft, lightweight cowl that's ribbed (knit 1, purl 1 ribbing), with a simple cable. Not only is it fancy and complicated looking, but it's also reversible, and needs no blocking. It's also simple.

We'll knit this in the round on big needles, with worsted weight yarn. The first class, we'll focus on casting on in the round, casting on loosely enough, the virtues of various cable needles, and how to read the cable chart in the pattern. The last class, the focus will be on casting off loosely enough to show off the ribbing and cables to their best effect.

If you're new to knitting in the round, to knitting ribbing, or have never done a cable, this is the ideal introduction.

Materials:

  • "Boreas" pattern by Fiber Dreams
  • A pair of #11 circular needles (24-29" long)
  • About 200-300 yards of worsted weight yarn. A solid color or shades of one color might look best. Some suggestions: Swan's Island worsted, Madelinetosh worsted, or Malabrigo "Worsted" or "Twist" are all excellent.
  • Cable needle or crochet hook
  • At least one stitch marker
  • Row counter, or paper and pen to keep track of rows.
 
       
   
       
 

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fingerless mittens
Instructor: Kathy Watts

Three sessions, 2 hours each - $65 (materials not included)
TBA (Mondays); 6:00 - 8:00

Simple, but complicated-looking, these mitts are done in the round, have 2-stitch cables on the front, and plain palms, and thumbs. The mitts work up fast, have a firm cuff, and a nicely finished top edge. Szed for average, you can make them larger by using larger needles.

In the first class, we'll do the first mitt from beginning to the completion of the thumb gusset. Homework will be to finish to the cast off edge (but don't cast off.)

The second class will be to cast off the first mitt and knit the thumb. We can also start the cuff of mitt #2 , time permitting. Otherwise, that's homework.

The third class is to complete the cuff of mitt #2 and start the gusset, making sure that the thumb is on the correct side of the mitt.

Pattern (Knitting Pure& Simple Knit Red Cable Mitts) will be provided. Since the cable is only 2 stitches wide, no cable needle is needed. For knitters comfortable knitting in the round (or willing to learn). Although the body of the mitts could be done on short circular needles, you'll still need double-pointed needles for the thumb.


Materials:
Required for class:
  • Worsted or Bulky weight yarn
    • 160 yards medium worsted weight yarn
    • US #5 & #7 double-pointed needles
    • Stitch marker
    • Scrap yarn
    • Darning needle
 
       
   
       
 

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Thrummed Chunky Beanie

Instructor: Kathy Watts

One session, 2 hours - $35 (materials not included)
TBA; 6:30-8:30

Knit a hat, and add bits of roving as you go for a do-it-yourself felt lining inside, and speckles of color outside. The hat is super warm and soft, making it the perfect hat for the snow, or for walking on the beach! Thrumming is a classic technique to make the warmest hats, mittens, and slippers. The Chunky Beanie pattern, which will be provided, is knit in the round. Optional is the long-tailed cast-on with one side using doubled yarn (to make a very strong, stretchy edge, good for hats).

You should know how to do the knit and purl stitches, and have knitted something in the round.

HOMEWORK: Since this is a one-session class, please cast on 64 sts and knit the first 5 rounds in k1, p1 ribbing before class, to save time.

Materials:

  • 150 yards chunky yarn, dark or solid color for background
  • 1 to 1 1/2 oz of roving thrums (sold in our needle felting section)
  • #8 and 10 circular needles (16- inch)
  • #10 double-pointed needles
  • one stitch marker (optional)
 
       
   
       
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baby surprise sweater
Instructor: Kathy Watts

Three sessions, 2, 2.5 & 2.5 hours each - $70 (pattern included, yarn not included)
May 4, 11, & 18 (Mon.); 6:30-8:30

This class will show you how to turn the funny looking object on the left into the cool-looking baby sweater you see on the right.

Join us to learn how to knit the amazing Baby Surprise Jacket designed by the brilliant Elizabeth Zimmerman (EZ). Knit in one, mysterious piece, it folds into a beautiful jacket with only a single seam at each shoulder - no side or underarm seams. All you need to know for this class is how to cast on, bind off, and how to do the knit stitch.

Starting with the original "pattern" written by EZ (included in the class fee), we'll help you "decode" it into straightforward instructions with lots of tips and techniques gathered from numerous sources and our own expertise.

In the last class, we'll discuss considerations for the "adult" version of this brilliant sweater.
(If you're thinking of making an Adult Surprise Jacket, take this class first!)

Required skills:

Homework: Stitches should be cast on before first class. Please contact store for instructions.

Yarn:

Choose yarn based on desired size:

Note: Consider using variegated or self-striping yarn (long color runs are best for self-striping). Also, consider a machine-washable yarn.

    • for about a 6-month size: 400 yards of either DK or sport-weight yarn. Needle size 5-6 (to give a gauge of 6-7 sts per inch), able to hold 200 sts.

    • for about a 1-year size, 400 yards of worsted-weight yarn. Needle size 7-9 (to give a gauge of 4-5 sts per inch), able to hold 200 sts.

    • bring additional yarn and appropriate needles for practice swatching.
    • Scrap yarn and needles for swatching and practicing techniques
    • Stitch markers (4 or more) - locking stitch markers (or coiless safety pins).
    • Yarn needle to weave in any yarns ends
    • Stitch holders or scrap yarn (enough to hold 34 sts).
    • Optional:
      • a row counter, otherwise, be sure to bring a pencil and paper!
      • a crochet hook to finish the neckline and shoulders, if you wish. Use same, or smaller, metric size as needles used to knit sweater.
      • Five buttons - it is recommended that you buy the buttons after the sweater is finished.
 
       
   
 

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Class Policies:
  • Space is limited, so please register in advance.
  • Payment is due at time of registration.
  • Class supplies should be purchased before the first class.
  • Classes for 15 and older, please.
  • Please review pre-requisites before registering for a class.
  • Please avoid wearing perfumes or scented hand lotion - many people are sensitive and/or allergic.
  • We offer a 10% discount on materials purchased for classes.
  • There is a minimum of 4 students for a class - if the minimum isn't met, we reserve the right to cancel the class.
  • Cancellations made up to 4 days before the first class will be eligible for a refund. Cancellations made 48-72 hours before the first class will be given store credit. Less than 24 hours notice may result in the forfeiture of the class fee.
  • If the shop needs to cancel the class for any reason, a full refund will be given.
  • To register, or for more information:  call, e-mail us - yarns@fengari.net, or come on in!

 

 

 

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