YARN EXPLOSION !




 


   
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Classes/Events  

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2016 ROCKS!!

New Classes, Knit-a-longs and Crochet-a-longs are happening all month!

Knitsy Knits, Krista Ann

January 23rd

       

23 Tips & Tricks to Make Your Knits ROCK

There are so many tricks to making your knitting easier and look more professional. Learn 23 little tricks to make your knitting life easier and incorporate something new into every project you work on! Learn how to make picked up stitches look cleaner, edges tighter, stripes prettier, weaving tails in flawless, and so much more!

Krista Ann of KnitsyKnits is a professional knitter that creates one-of-a-kind pieces for fashion and costume designers. Learn her secrets to creating pieces that look machine made and ready for the runway!
Class Photo: attached
Homework: None
Material Fee: None
Students Should Bring: Any questions you might have on how to make something cleaner and more professional.
Class Duration: 2.5 hours with a 10-minute break
Teacher Fee: $40 per student

How to Embellish Your Knits and Make them ROCK!

Want to add a little zing and pizazz to your knitting? Want to learn how to knit with chain? Knit rhinestones and crystals into your pieces? Use studs and spikes to add a little rock ‘n’ roll edge to your pieces? This is the class for you! Learn how to incorporate different embellishments and accents into your pieces so that you can create punk rock pieces for friends and family that want a knitted piece with a little more edge!

Krista Ann of KnitsyKnits has become known for her edgier embellishments to simple pieces to create fun accessories with a little bling!

Homework: None
Material Fee: $8.00 (this can be paid directly to teacher or as part of the class fee)
Fee Description: Spikes, crystals, studs, and chain will be provided.
Supplies Students Should Bring: About 30 yards each of smooth yarn in fingering, heavy worsted, and bulky weight along with appropriate needles to match each yarn. One pair of needle nose pliers and crochet hook (size G or H).
Class Duration: 1.5 hours
Teacher Fee: $45 per student (plus materials fee)

(I will have a couple pairs of pliers, but not enough for everyone)

 

Michelle Miller, Fickle Knitter

Wednesday,  January 27th, 6-8pm

Book Signing and Trunk Show

Great Classes and Knit or Crochet-a-longs

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Join us Wednesday evenings from 5 - 8 for evening social knitting and crochet.  Stop by to see what's knitting up at The Yarn Club, meet new friends and learn new techniques. 
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Corkscrew Hat Class with Danielle

January 14th at 1:00am

Learn to knit the Corkscrew hat with Danielle. You will learn complex two color cables, ketchner stitch, magic loop and much more.

Materials: 2 skeins DK or light worsted plied yarn in solid contrasting colors. (Baah Sonoma or ...) Size US 4 - 24" and 8 -16" needle and #8 32" needle for magic loop Cable needle Button optional.

Cost:35.00 plus materials

Homework: 

Corkscrew Hat Class Instructions

1)    Using a US #4 needle and scrap yarn, provisionally cast-on 21 stitches.

2)    With main color, repeat the next two rows til band is long enough to wrap around head (at least 18 inches) 

Row 1. (RS) K2, [p1, k1] to last stitch, k1

Row 2. (WS) P2, [k1, p1] to last stitch, p1

DO NOT cut yarn

Class will begin with the Kitchener stitch to graft two ends together.

Supplies for Class

Darning needle

Size 7 or 8 16-inch circular needle AND 32-inch of the same size for magic loop

Removable stitch markers

Cable needle or double-point needle in a 5,6, or 7

1 skein of DK yarn for main color

1 skein of DK yarn for contrast color

The pattern works best with solid colors and tightly plied yarn like Baah Sonoma

See you on Thursday, January 14th at 11am

Limit 6 students

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Passerine Hat

Learn Two Handed Colorwork
January 18th 11:00-1:00
Knit the Passerine Hat and learn two handed colorwork.  Homework required.

Cost: 25.00 plus materials

Materials: two contrasting colors of fingerweight yarn.  Quince & Co. Finch or Freia Ombre

Homework:  Please knit the rib and first 3 rows of pattern TO THE COLOR WORK PORTION.  Colorwork chart will be taught in class.

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On Wednesdays at 2:30, Melissa will be resuming our Lace CAL group! It is open to anyone to join. You do not need to have crocheted lace to join us, but you do need to be proficient in the basic crochet stitches (chain, single crochet, double crochet, double triple crochet). I will help you read the pattern and learn the more advanced stitches as we come to them.

Our pattern this month is Laura by Lily Go.

Let me know if you are joining us (either in shop or virtually through ravelry) and what yarn you are using!

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Ribron KAL

Fridays in January and February with Will

Knit the scarf or the cowl with lots of laughs.  The creations folks are coming up with are amazing!

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Tea with Jam and Bread Knit-a-Long

We are knitting along.  Join in any time.

Join Terry as she knits up a cozy winter pullover.  This is the perfect follow up project to our Dirty Martini KAL.  Terry is using Malabrigo Rios, I am using Swanns Island Worsted, Copper Corgi Jones Street Worsted or any other Worsted weight yarn will work well.  The pattern contains some short rows and pockets.  these techniques will be taught as you get top them.

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PUYU Bias Color Block Wrap

Weekdays around the table.  WARNING!!  This yarn is heighly addictive!

This wrap stole our hearts the minute it jumped on the needles.  Puyu is a super light alpaca and silk blend from Amano yarns.  It feels like a cloud.  This wrap is made up of increases and decreases.  Join us and learn several different techniques.  Uses 6 skeins of yarn and a size 13 neelde.

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Kantha KAL

This one is for our more adventurous knitters.

Join Andrea as we tackle Contiguous sleeves, knitting with two different weight yarns, slip stitch techniques, sweater fitting from the top down and much more.

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Fish Lips Kiss Socks with Lora

TBA, 10-2 for the toe class.

TBA, 10-12 for the heel class.

Please call to register.  Limit 6 students.

You will need 1 skein of Biscotte & Cie Sock yarn divided in two cakes

a 32"-40"size US 0-1 Needle for Magic Loop

Cost:  class 1 is $25.00, class 2 is $15.00.  All the help in the world is free

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Knitting with charts class with Sheila:

TBA

Anyone that’s wants to learn to knit from charts should join us for this class. You’ll be amazed how much easier it is to knit your lace or cables if you can follow a chart. This will advance your knitting skills!

All you need is a pattern you’d like to knit! Even the most difficult lace pattern or that shawl you’ve always wanted to knit but thought was too difficult. You’re welcome to bring your project/yarn.

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Learn to Crochet

Learn the basics of crochet with Sheila.

Cost: 45.00 plus materials

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Learn To Knit

Get on your needles quickly and find out why we are so addicted to this wonderful craft.  The first class will teach casting on and knitting.  The second class will teach purling and some basic increases, decreases and how to fix mistakes.  Sheila will help you choose a simple project and have you knitting like a pro.

 Two session class.

Cost: $45.00 plus materials

 

Crochet – Beyond the Basic

TBD

Students must know and be proficient with the basic crochet stitches. This class is perfect for students that have taken the beginning crochet class and have practiced and completed a basic project. This is also a class for those that need a refresher, want to learn advanced stitches and techniques or want to learn how to read a written or charted pattern.

Different yarn choices, types and patterns will be discussed.

Students will need to sign up for Ravelry.com if not already.

Because of the difference in skill sets the class project will be tailored for each student. Students will need to contact Sheila Rakes by email (sgrakes@gmail.com) to discuss a project for the class. Student will be responsible for getting their pattern, appropriate hook and yarn prior to the start of class. Supplies must be purchased at The Yarn Club.

Pattern sugestions:

Elise Shawl by Evan Plevinski

dent de Lion Shawlette by Abigail  Bailey

Garbo by Nancy L. Drew

Jewel of the Shrug by Kristin Omdahl

Mini skeins of practice yarn will be provided.

After the initial class, students are encouraged to attend a “crochet a long” with the instructor for additional help if needed.

Cost: $45.00

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KnitCompanion Class

TBD

– Learn about the apps popular capabilities.  Transforms any pdf pattern into highly interactive knitting instructions and lets you track you progress through a pattern including sliding markers, counters, highlights, and annotations.  Work for all types of patterns including charts!

Requirements – IPAD or IPAD Mini, or any iDevice that supports iOS 5.x. KnitCompation free app (for basic class) or purchased app (for complete class).    KnitCompation is 0.99 cents for 30 days or $9.99 for a one year subscription.  Must be signed up on Ravelry.

Disclaimer from Sheila– "I am not a registered KnitCompanion instructor but have a working knowledge of the app and its capabilities.  As with any program, there will be features that I may not have working knowledge of and we will not cover all features in this class.  This basic and more complete class will give you a working knowledge of the app and its capabilities and allow you to start using this wonderful tool for your knitting projects."  

Cost: $45.00 plus KnitCompanion Download fee

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CLASSES:
Classes are taught by experienced knitters with patience and support.  We offer classes from beginner to advanced techniques to satisfy the most inquisitive knitter.  Our Staff is always available to help.  Bring in a dropped stitch or a late night goof and we will do our best to get you back on track.

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MEET OUR TEACHERS AND STAFF

Lora
This is the fabulous lady who taught me to knit, my Mom. If she could teach me, she can definately help you. Meet with Lora any day around the table and by appointment.


Will
Meet Will. If you know him, you love him. Calm, cool, creative and all around good guy. Will manages the place and can help you learn to knit, crochet or figure out a pesky pattern.


Terry
When Terry is not fishing (knitting on the beach with a fishing pole near by) she is around the shop helping out with the patience of a saint. Terry also runs our Wednesday evening Stitch group. If you knit or crochet, please join Terry and her fun Knit-a-longs on Wednesdays.

Shelia

One of our most talented crocheters and knitters.  Shelia is fantastic at teaching to all skill levels.

Melissa

Our photographer extraudinere!  Melissa runs our Wednesday Crochet-a-longs each week at 3:00pm.  Hookers unite!


Rusty Boyd:

Rusty Boyd has spent a lifetime with fiber. He learned to crochet at age 9 and at age 34, he learned to knit, fulfilling a lifelong dream and carrying on an aunt’s legacy. Rusty’s own designs have been published by Skacel, Love of Knitting, and Love of Crochet Magazines. He enjoys knitting socks (2 at a time), finding new shades of orange, and most recently spinning his own yarn.

 

Sue
Sue Alfred recently moved from the Northern Virginia area. She and her husband have retired to a cottage in Sandbridge along with a zoo of 4 cats, a dog, a bird, fish and many orchids. She learned to knit as a teenager. But, after having two boys and working full time, knitting went by the wayside. Forty years later, a friend said she would like to learn to knit. Sue started knitting again to teach her friend and knitting became a passion. She has worked for the past 7 years in a local yarn shop in Haymarket, VA called Needles in the Haymarket. There she taught beginning knitting, beginning crochet, entrelac, Advent lace scarf, casting on and off with an I-Cord, and Judy’s magic cast on for toe up socks. Sue is known to be a very patient teacher and really enjoys teaching.