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This week’s newsletter (7/25)

August KALs!

Big Wave by Heidi Kirrmaier
 
Laura will be leading this tank KAL on Wednesday evenings from 6-8pm throughout the month of August (August 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th, & 31st). You’ll need approximately 323-500 yards of a worsted/aran weight yarn! Laura will be using Juniper Moon Farm Zooey Aran. You can view more information about this pattern here.
Siksak by 

 
Kylen will be leading this hat KAL on Thursday evenings from 6-8pm throughout the month of August (August 4th, 11th, 18th, & 25th). You will need 5 colors to complete this hat – I’ll be using Hikoo Simplicity yarns (100% merino wool). This is the perfect holiday gift so let me help you get a head start! You can find more information about this pattern  here.

Knit One Movie Night 2.0: Bridesmaids!

 

For our second Knit One Movie Night of the summer, we’ll be watching Bridesmaids! This is one of the funniest movies I’ve ever seen, and I’m so excited to watch it again with some knitters/crocheters! We’ll be starting the movie at 7:30pm on Friday July 29th, but be sure to come a little early (we’ll open the shop again at 7:00) so you can get 10% off your purchase!
Please feel free to bring snacks and beverages, and of course your projects! Can’t wait to see you all there!

Limited spaces in Building Blocks and Building in Color – register now!

 

This is our 12 session Building Blocks curriculum, designed to encourage newer knitters onto more advanced knitting techniques through a cumulative, systematic approach.  With 12 blocks, we knit along together, one block for each class, once a month until we finish a blanket of 12 visually intricate squares.  Each square will develop new knitting skills that you’ll be able to apply to other, new and exciting projects on your own!  This is a great way to meet some new friends while steadily developing your technique and creativity.
 
We are limiting the participants for this class and will place yarn orders on August 1st.
We recommend Skacel’s Simpliworsted Yarn which offers a wide selection of colors! We have color cards for this yarn so be sure to stop in to choose your color! You may also visit Skacel’s Hikoo Yarns to see the colors! We’ll need a first and second choice color.
 
Cost:  $150 for all 12 classes, plus supplies: Hikoo Simpliworsted yarn and the pattern book (which is free!!!)  all purchased at Knit One at the time of registration and class payment.  This is a savings of over $20 on the book and an overall cost of  $25 for each session, including supplies!!
Are you not a “class” person or commitment-phobic??  No problem….get your name on the list for yarn and pattern book anyway!  You don’t need a class to do this wonderful project.
 
To register, stop in, call the store (412-421-6666), or register online here.  
**If you register over the phone or online, please be sure to still give us your color choices by August 1st.**
Schedule
Session 1:   September 3rd, 1pm – 3pm
Session 2:  October 1st, 1pm – 3pm
Session 3:  November 5th, 1pm – 3pm
Session 4:  December 3rd, 1pm – 3pm
Session 5:  January 7th, 1pm – 3pm
Session 6:  Febuary 4th, 1pm – 3pm
Session 7:  March 4th, 1pm – 3pm
Session 8:  April 1st, 1pm – 3pm
Session 9:  May 6th, 1pm – 3pm
Session 10: June 3rd, 1pm – 3pm
Session 11: July 1st, 1pm – 3pm
Session 12: August 5th, 1pm – 3pm
Building In Color – Like the highly successful Building Blocks by the same author, Michele Hunter, is a curriculum focused on different color techniques. With 10 strips, each one completed in a month, the group finishes their blanket in an educational and supportive.
 
We are limiting the participants for this class and will place yarn orders on August 1st. Yarn for this project is Simplicity by Hikoo and you will need 8 skeins of each of three colors. With the purchase of the yarn and class, the pattern book (a $20 value) is free!
Building in Color class will begin in September and continue to be scheduled on the 2nd Sunday of each month for 12 months from 1 – 3 pm.  Grab an old friend and make a date every month to meet with new friends who share your passion while learning new skills and building a blanket. (Highly recommended for people who have already completed Building Blocks).
Are you not a “class” person or commitment-phobic??  No problem….get your name on the list for yarn and pattern book anyway!  You don’t need a class to do this wonderful project.
 
When: 2nd Sunday of each month beginning Sunday, September 11th from 1 – 3 pm
 
Cost: Class $150 (12 sessions, one per month for 12 months) plus the cost of yarn (8 skeins x 3 colors = 24 skeins).  Pattern book is free ($20 value) with class and yarn purchase.
 
To register, stop in, call the store (412-421-6666), or register online here.  
**If you register over the phone or online, please be sure to still give us your color choices by August 1st.**
 
Schedule:
Session 1:   September 11th, 1pm – 3pm
Session 2:  October 9th, 1pm – 3pm
Session 3:  November 13th, 1pm – 3pm
Session 4:  December 11th, 1pm – 3pm
Session 5:  January 8th, 1pm – 3pm
Session 6:  February 12th, 1pm – 3pm
Session 7:  March 12th, 1pm – 3pm
Session 8:  April 9th, 1pm – 3pm
Session 9:  May 14th, 1pm – 3pm
Session 10: June 11th, 1pm – 3pm
Session 11: July 9th, 1pm – 3pm
Session 12: August 13th, 1pm – 3pm
***If you have already put your name on the waiting list for either of these classes, please stop by the store to choose your yarn and pay for the class.***
Both classes have been filled at this time, however, we are willing to open up a second section for each class, depending on interest. Please call the shop asap to discuss this option.

4 days left to get your Steel Valley Yarn Crawl bag!!!

 

  
We are so excited to be participating in this year’s Steel Valley Yarn Crawl, along with 10 other shops in the surrounding areas! When you get your bag, you’ll also get a passport, which has each shop’s address, store hours, and phone number. At each shop, you’ll get a stamp, and if you get all 11 stamps, you’ll be entered to win gift cards from each shop!!! You’ll also receive raffle tickets for every purchase, which you can then use to win prizes!
WE ARE SELLING 2016 YARN CRAWL BAGS
FOR ONLY $10!
HURRY IN BECAUSE ONCE THEY’RE GONE, THEY’RE GONE!
 

Last week of our July KALs!

 

On the Spice Market by Melanie Berg
Lattes and Llamas provided yarn for our July KAL – On the Spice Market by Melanie Berg! This KAL will take place each Wednesday evening from 6-8pm as well as each Sunday from 3-5pm, starting Wednesday July 6th. Check out the pattern here.
Here is Laura’s finished On the Spice Market – so beautiful!!!
Tiger Eye Lace Scarf by Toni M. Maddox
Aliya will be leading this Tiger Eye Lace Scarf KAL on Saturdays in July from 3-5pm (July 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, & 30th). You will need approximately 350 yards of a fingering weight yarn, which for most of our yarns means you’ll only need one skein! Check out the pattern here.

Featured customer projects…

 

Pictured below are the dresses that Jackie Lobl knit for her 3 granddaughters! She used varying colors of Juniper Moon Farm Neve, which is made of 100% cotton and makes these dresses machine washable! They turned out beautifully!

What we’re working on…

 

Queen of Thorns Shawl – finished! (Kylen)
I finished this over a month ago but finally blocked it! This was a really fun mystery KAL in May & June while the 6th season of Games of Thrones aired. I bought the kit for this shawl from Jimmy Beans Wool, which consisted of 5 colors of Lorna’s Laces yarn. I am really happy with the outcome! You can check out the pattern here.
 

March’s KALs & CAL!

As many of you have seen in previous newsletters or on our instagram, February brought tons of new spring yarns into the shop! Linens, cottons, & silks are now available in multiple colorways for you to start your spring/summer projects! Here are a few ideas to inspire you…

Turbulence Cowl by Laura Chau

Turbulence Cowl

Kylen will be leading this unique cowl on Thursday evenings from 6-8 pm (March 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th & 31st)! We’ll be using short rows in this project, which is one of my favorite techniques! You’ll need approximately 120 yards of your main color (MC), and 90 yards of your contrasting color (CC) in a worsted or aran weight yarn! I’ll be using our new Juniper Moon Zooey Aran (linen/cotton) but you can use any fiber you want! Check out more information about this pattern here.

Pop Fizzle by Lesley Anne Robinson

Pop Fizzle

Aliya will be leading this two-color brioche hat on Wednesday afternoons from 12-2 pm (March 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd & 30th)! This is a way to take your brioche to the next level (knitters who took Wendy’s brioche cowl class, I’m looking at you!!!) Please pay special attention to the yarn options given on the ravelry page, shown here.

CAL – Dowager Shawl by Downton Abbey Yarn Collection Design Team

Dowager Shawl

Are you a fan of the show Downton Abbey? Ruth will be leading a crochet-along for this awesome Downton Abbey inspired shawl! You’ll need approximately 760 yards of sport weight yarn, though other weights of yarn can easily be substituted in this pattern! This CAL will take place on Thursday afternoons from 4-6 pm (March 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th & 31st)! Check out this FREE pattern on ravelry here!

 

High Tea Doily by Vicki Square

Hight Tea Doily

Laura will be leading this beautiful hand-knit doily from the newest issue of Interweave Knits! This is a great project for learning how to read charts! The doily will end up being approximately 22 inches in diameter. This KAL will take place on Wednesday evenings from 6-8pm (March 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd & 30th!) More information about this pattern is available here. (Please be sure to follow the link at the bottom of the ravelry page to get the pattern.)

February KALs!

Stars Falling by Lauria Kincaid & Alasdair Post-Quinnunnamed (2)

Kylen will be leading this double-knit cowl on Wednesday evenings from 6-8 pm (Feb 3rd, 10th, 17th, & 24th)! Double-knitting is a really cool technique that produces two layers of fabric. You’ll need approximately 130 yards each of two colors of a bulky weight yarn. Check out more information about this pattern here.

 

 

Cupid Valentine Cushions by Sandra Nesbittunnamed

Aliya will be leading this stranded colorwork heart cushion! This KAL has been changed to Saturday afternoons from 3-5 pm (Feb 6th, 13th, 20th, & 27th)! You will need about 600 yards of a DK weight yarn in two colors. For more information about this pattern, visit ravelry here.

 

CAL – Daisy Hat

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Ruth will be leading a crochet-along for a hat! You’ll need approximately 200 yards to complete this top-down hat! This will take place on Thursday afternoons from 2-4 pm(Feb 4th, 11th, 18th, & 25th)! This pattern is provided at the shop!

January KALs

Cabled Eyelet Baby Blanket by Nancy Hearne
Sundays 3-5pm (Jan. 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th & 31st)
Aliya is leading this baby blanket KAL, and is planning to use Rylie by Hikoo! You’ll need 1100-1195 yards of a DK weight yarn, and a needle to obtain the gauge of 5 sts & 6 rows =1 inch. For more information about this pattern, click here.
A Bonnet for Every Little Princess by Linda Castles
Wednesdays 6-8pm (Jan. 6th, 13th, 20th & 27th)

 
Laura is leading this baby bonnet and booties KAL, and recommends Rowan 4-ply Merino yarn! You’ll need 131 yards of a fingering/sport weight yarn and a needle to obtain the gauge of 7 sts & 14 rows = 1 inch. All information on this pattern is here.

December KALs!

Dustland – by Stephen West
Images and description found here.
Join us on Wednesday evenings in December (starting December 2nd) from 6-8pm for this KAL! Take your knitting to the next level with this textured hat; it’ll keep you interested but won’t take too long! This unisex slouchy hat is a perfect gift for a loved one, if you can bear to part with it! You’ll need between 160-200 yards of a light worsted weight yarn (20sts/4in).
 
 

The Love of Spiders – by Melanie Berg
Images and description found here.
If you’ve admired the work of Melanie Berg (designer of Drachenfels and The Joker and the Thief) then you may be interested in joining our KAL in December!
“Friendship, love, and joy are the words woven into this whimsical shawl. It’s designed in collaboration with Little Skein’s line of knitting kits influenced by children’s novels, and is inspired by Charlotte’s Web, a beautiful story about finding love, growing up, and saying goodbye.
The delicate spiderweb lines are made with slipped stitches, as is the two-color section meant to evoke Charlotte’s 514 children ballooning in the wind. This creates a beautiful stitch pattern without the need to work two strands of yarn at a time.
The shawl is knit down and out from the center of the top edge, with increases at the center and sides. It’s finished with a garter stitch border.”
Join us on Thursday afternoons in December (starting Thursday December 3rd) from 1-4pm for this KAL! **If you are interested but cannot attend at the published time, please notify us; we may be able to start another group on weekends. Be prepared to learn the garter tab on this beautiful shawl! You’ll need about 375 yards of two different colors. Solids from Baa Ram Ewe Titus, variegated yarns from Manos del Uruguay Alegria, or saturated tonals from Baah La Jolla would be perfect!