This is our class schedule! It is always changing as we add classes throughout the year. Please check in often!
Because space is limited, you must reserve your spot by signing up and paying the class fee. Call us to sign up! 508-457-9513
SPRING SPECIAL EVENT
Knitwear designer and teacher SALLY MELVILLE will be visiting us May 16-17! We will be hosting her for a book signing, talk, and a day of classes. Check out her website at sallymelvilleknits.com, her designs on Ravelry, and click over to our workshop page to register today! Space is limited!
Classes and Workshops *updated 04/18/2014*
We will be adding classes, workshops and events as the season progresses. Please sign up for our newsletter or follow us on Facebook for the most up-to-date announcements.
Classes require a minimum of 2 people to run or they will be cancelled (so sign up with a friend!). Your non-refundable class fee must be paid at least 24 hours prior to the date of your class in order to reserve your spot. In the case of a teacher cancellation or inclement weather, we will reschedule the class so you won’t miss it! Credit cards welcome – 508-457-9513
Hang out with your project and some new friends. Monday afternoons 2:00-4:00pm, Tuesday evenings, 5:30-7:30pm, Thursday evenings, 5:00-7:00pm, FREE
Spin with friends! Wheels & spindles, beginners to advanced. First Sunday of the month, 1:00-3:00pm, FREE
Our classes fall into four different difficulty levels:
Beginner: first-time and newer knitters welcome! Knitting, purling, and very minimal shaping skills will be taught.
Advanced Beginner: expect to see patterns that use easy, repetitive stitch patterns, knitting in the round, basic colorwork, basic shaping, and simple finishing techniques.
Intermediate: expect more involved patterning and colorwork, basic cables, lace, stranded and intarsia knitting, as well as more advanced shaping and more involved finishing requirements.
Advanced: expect larger, skill-heavy projects, including short rows, more intricate designs, more combinations of stitch patterns and more color changes. Finishing requirements will vary from project to project.
With Jen – Beginning – 1 session – 2.5 hours, $25 – requires 2 students to run, so sign up with a friend!
Do you feel like you’re all thumbs and written knitting instructions look like a foreign language? This is the class for you! We’ll start from the very beginning with just two needles and some yarn.
Supplies Needed: US size 8 needles; one ball of worsted weight yarn.
Dates: Friday, May 2, 10:00am-12:30pm; Wednesday, May 13, 2:30-5:00pm
With Jane – Beginning – 1 session – 2 hours – $20 – requires 2 students to run, so sign up with a friend!
Get started in crochet with this fun beginning crochet clinic! Jane will guide you through the basic crochet stitches and give you a good starting foundation for future projects.
Supplies Needed: A US size G or H hook; a ball of light-colored, medium/worsted weight yarn.
Dates: Thursday, April 10, 2-4:00pm; Tuesday, May 6, 10:30am-12:30pm; Saturday, May 31, 10:00am-12:00pm
Fun with Fiber Prep
With Betsy – Beginning – 1 session – 2.5 hours – $30
Would you like to learn to process fiber to create your own batts, rovings and combed fibers for spinning or felting? Join us for either of these two sessions as we explore the satisfying activity of carding and combing fibers. Tools and fiber will be provided but please bring your own hand cards, hand combs or even dog slicker brushes if you have them. Your own fiber is welcome too.
Supplies Needed: Any brushes or other fiber prep tools and fiber to play with, if you have them. If you don’t have these things, it’s ok!
Dates: Saturday, May 10, 1:00-3:30; Thursday, May 22, 1:00-3:30.
Spring Chick – Knit
With Carol – Advanced Beginner – 1 session – 2 hours – $25 (includes materials kit)
Easter may have passed, but we’re in love with this little chickie! It’s a perfect beginner project – all you need to know is casting on and knitting. The chick holds a plastic egg filled with goodies, or a Cadbury cream egg! We’ll cover pattern reading and just a little bit of shaping.
Materials Required: small kits of yarn and felt will be provided; bring one pair of US 4 knitting needles and a darning needle.
Homework: None – the designer requests that you post your finished project to Ravelry so everyone can see!
Dates: Saturday, April 5, 1:00-3:00pm; Friday, May 2, 4:00-6:00pm
More Vs, Please! – Crochet Square for “Next Step” Crocheters
With Jane – Advanced Beginner – 2 sessions – 3 hours – $30
You’ve learned how to chain and single crochet, so what’s next? Give this pretty little square a try! A twist on the traditional granny square, More Vs, Please lets you practice single crochet, double crochet, V stitch and changing colors.
Materials Required: At least 4 different colors of worsted weight yarn – up to 7 colors can be used; A US I crochet hook; A printed copy of More V’s Please by Melinda Miller, available for free on Ravelry.
Homework: None to start – you will have homework in between the two sessions.
Dates: Thursdays, May 8 & 15, 2:30-4:00pm
Crocheted Edge – finishing for your knitting – Crochet
With Jane – Advanced Beginner – 1 session – 2 hours – $25
So you’ve created a beautifully knitted garment, yet the edges are not as ‘finished’ as you would like. Crocheting over the edges creates a polished and lovely finish to your projects. No knowledge of crochet needed, only the desire to ‘step up’ your finished work.
Supplies: about 150 yards total worsted weight yarn [2 colors-1 for swatch, 1 for crochet]; I hook; tapestry needle
Homework: two 8” x 10” swatches on size 8 needles in stockinette stitch of 1 of the colors chosen [reserve 2nd color for crocheting]
Dates: Tuesday, May 20, 1:00-3:00pm
First Lace Knitting – Bubblemania
With Carol, Advanced Beginner – 1 session – 2 hours – $25
Nervous about getting started with lace knitting? Start with this simple lightweight scarf! Diana Rozenshteyn’s pretty design will look nice draped around your neck on a cool summer evening or in the chill of over-active air conditioning. Choose from laceweight yarn for the fluffiest option, or fingering/sock yarn for some variegated or stripey fun.
Materials Required: at least 400 yards of a lace or fingering weight yarn for a full scarf; US size 6 needles for knitting back and forth; a spare needle in US size 8 or 9 for casting on with a larger needle; a printed copy of Bubblemania. (Check out Diana’s other designs while you’re there. We have quite a few of hers on our to-do list!)
Dates: Saturday, June 21, 3:00-5:00pm
Flowers for Mom – Crochet
With Jane – Advanced Beginner – 1 session – 2 hours – $30 yarn included
Sign up for this one-session class and go home with some flowers for mom! Crochet flowers are fun and can add a little something special to an otherwise plain project.
Materials Required: US size G or H crochet hook (feel free to bring a variety of hooks to play with the flower sizes); a yarn needle; scissors; patterns provided in class.
Dates: Saturday, May 3, 10:00am-12:00pm
Flowers for Mom – Knit
With Jen – Advanced Beginner – 1 session – 2 hours – $30 yarn included
Sign up for this one-session class and go home with some flowers for mom! Knit flowers are fun and can add a little something special to an otherwise plain project. Materials Required: One pair of straight US 8 knitting needles; one set of double pointed US 8 knitting needles (feel free to bring a variety of needles to play with the flower sizes); a yarn needle; scissors; patterns provided in class.
Dates: Saturday, May 3, 1:00-3:00pm.
Knitting with Beads – Necklace
With Carol – Advanced Beginner – 1 session – 2.5 hours – $10 with the purchase of a kit
Whip up a pretty beaded necklace in this one-session workshop with Carol! While this looks like a fancy project, all you need to do is to cast on, knit, decrease and bind off. When you find out how easy it is to make something so pretty, you’ll want to make one for everyone you know! We have a selection of necklace kits available from designer Laura Nelkin, featuring beautiful bead and yarn combinations.
Materials Required: a ”Butin” necklace kit ($17, includes hand-dyed fingering weight yarn, beads, bead threader and a copy of the pattern); US size 2 needles for knitting back and forth; a small yarn needle.
Dates: Friday, April 25, 3:30 – 6:00pm; Sunday, May 4, 1:30-4:00pm; Saturday, June 28, 2:00-4:30pm
Flat-Foot Floogie, Bunny or Sheep Buddy – Knit
With Carol – Intermediate – 2 sessions – 1.5 hours each – $35
Let us walk you through this darling little buddy from Barbara Prime! We’ll review increasing and decreasing, pattern reading and finishing techniques for all the little details.
Materials Required: A purchased and printed copy of Flat Foot Floogie pattern by Barbara Prime; chunky weight yarn in approx. 130 yards of MC, 40 yards of CC; US 8 and 9 knitting needles; movable stitch markers or safety pins; darning/yarn needle.
Dates: Saturdays, June 7 & 14, 10:30am-12:00pm
With Jen – Intermediate – 1 session – 2 hours – $25
Double knitting is an interesting technique used to create a completely reversible, double-thick fabric, using just knits and purls! Learn this knitting trick in a one-session crash course. We’ll get started on a handy potholder pattern.
Materials Required: US size 6 needles, in your preference for knitting back and forth; worsted weight yarn, one skein each of two contrasting solid colors, pattern and instructions will be provided in class.
Dates: Saturday, May 10, 4:00-6:00pm; Sunday, May 25, 10:00am-12:00pm
Orchid Thief Shawl – Knit Lace
With Jen – Intermediate – 2 sessions – 2 hours each – $40
Learn to knit lace while working on this gorgeous small shawl design by Ysolda Teague! It uses sock/fingering weight yarn so that you can get used to lace knitting on a little bit heavier yarn. We’ll review tips and tricks for keeping track of your work and fixing mistakes as you go, as well as a garter-tab cast on and reading charts for lace knitting.
Materials Required: a purchased copy of Orchid Thief by Ysolda Teague, avilable via Ravelry Download or in the book, Brave New Knits; approx 440 yards of fingering/sock weight yarn; 24” or longer circular needle in a size that achieves 20 sts = 4” in stockinette stitch; stitch markers.
Homework: you have two choices here – this shawl uses just about every bit of 440 yards of sock/fingering yarn. You can either buy extra yarn or knit a swatch to make sure you don’t need that second skein. If you only want to buy one skein, your homework is to knit a swatch to determine your needle size.
Dates: Saturdays, May 10 & 24, 10:30am-12:30pm
Intarsia Baby Sweater – Puppy or Posy Rabbit Pullover
With Jen – Intermediate – 1 session – 2 hours – $20
Knit pictures into your sweaters! We will practice intarsia kniting techniques, including handling bobbins and switching between colors, in this one-session workshop. Choose the puppy or posy pullover from the adorable Roo Designs pattern line. While we’ll review the whole pattern, this class will focus on only the front of the sweater, working on the intarsia piece.
Materials Required: A purchased copy of your chosen pattern, available via Ravelry download; bring yarn and needles to work on the front of the sweater; bobbins (either purchased plastic ones or cardboard ones are fine); scissors; yarn needle.
Homework: do your gauge swatch to determine your needle size. Then, complete the front of your sweater up to where the picture knitting/instarsia starts.
Dates: Thursday, May 8, 4:30-6:30pm.