APPLE TREE KNITS GRADIENT
Currently very popular, gradients is one of the newest trend in hand-dyeing, and they've arrived in the shop. Photos below show samples by Apple Tree Knits.
WONDERLAND GRADIENT YARNS
You've loved Wonderland Yarns for its soft, springy, lovely sheen and perfect ply qualities. We now have the fingering weight (Cheshire Cat) in mini skein packs in gradient colors so you can arrange the colors for your project as you wish.
Watch for more colors of WONDERLAND yarns as well as MALABRIGO yarns to come in the coming months.
Ramble Shawl - pattern by Andrea Mowry
Simple garter stripes kick off this bias shaped, asymmetrical shawl, finishing off with brioche herringbone for a fun combination of colors and textures.
PROJECT-OF-THE-MONTH KNIT ALONG
In addition to our Fall KAL, we'll also have a monthly KAL featuring smaller projects the can be completed in less than a month and make great gift ideas for the holidays. These projects utilize special knitting techniques and are chosen to help knitters advance their skills*. There is no fee to join this KAL and no instructions are provided. We'll give a 15% discount on yarns purchased at YU for each month's project; you'll have a choice of yarns at different price levels.
Please call or email us if you are interested in joining these KALs so that we can add you to the list and send you email notification pertaining to these projects.
*If you're interested in joining our knit-along projects and don't have the required skills, please contact us to arrange a private lesson for you, and we'll bring you up to speed. These are great skill-building lessons.
SEPTEMBER: Geodesic Cowl - pattern by Emily O'Brien
Special Technique: Modular knitting
This pattern is made up of modularly knit isosceles triangles
Knit Night Scarf - pattern by
Special Techniques: knitting with beads, picot edge
Show off beautiful hand-dyed yarns and finish this shallow triangle scarf with your choice of simple bind off, eyelets and/or picots adding beads for a touch of fun and elegance.
NOVEMBER: Thrummed Slippers
Special technique: Thrumming
Learn the traditional thrumming technique of working in roving (unspun wool fiber) as you knit to create a "shearling-lined" slippers
DECEMBER: Wonder Beanie
- pattern by Cristabele Seneque
Special Technique: Fair Isle Color Knitting
Top off this year of women and make this hat for you and other wonder women you know. Learn stranded color work technique
We are once again partnering with Ivy Tech and offering classes thru their Lifelong Learning Center (CLL). All classes will be held at Yarns Unlimited and taught by our instructors. We're happy to provide additional support as needed to students registered for these classes outside of class instructions.
For additional information,
including class fees, and to sign up, please contact CLL directly at:
for online class listing
It is recommended that students purchase materials at Yarns Unlimited so that our staff or instructors can assist you in choosing the appropriate material for class projects.
2 Saturdays, 9/23 & 10/7, 2:00 - 4:30 pm
Instructor: Linda Boyle
3 Tuesdays, 9/5-9/19, 5:00-7:00 pm
Instructor: Kayla Maldonado
INTRODUCTION TO RIGID HEDDLE WEAVING
2 Saturdays, 10/21 & 10/28, 2:00 - 5:00 pm
Instructor: Linda Gardner
Learn simple weaving using a portable table top loom. Looms are available for rent at Yarns Unlimited or you may bring your own rigid heddle loom, which must be set up and ready to use (rental fee: $25)
KNITTED THRUMMED SLIPPERS
2 Tuesdays, 11/21 & 11/28, 6:00 - 7:30 pm
Instructor: Kelly Sobanski
Using the traditional thrumming technique of working in roving (unspun wool fiber) as you knit to create a fluffy and super-soft lining that also adds texture and color. Basic knitting skills required.
TOP-DOWN SOCK KNITTING
3 Saturdays, 11/4-11/18, 2:00 - 4:00 pm
Instructor: Linda Boyle
Learn the traditional way of knitting socks using double point needles. You will knit in the round starting from the top, work your way down, turn for the heel then finish off the toes using Kitchener stitch. Basic knitting skills required.
EGINNING SPINNING: MAKING YARN ON A SPINDLE
Saturday, 9/23, 12-2 pm
Instructor: Tilli Lind
Spinning yarn on a spindle is an easy, portable craft that can enable you to make luxury yarns for a fraction of the cost. We'll play with a variety of fibers, and you'll learn how to spin a consistent thread with a simple spindle.
BEGINNING SPINNING: GETTING STARTED ON A SPINNING WHEEL
3 Tuesdays, 9/26, 10/3 & 10/10, 6-8 pm
Instructor: Tilli Lind
Spinning is a relaxing, meditative activity that allows you to make custom yarn to use for your knitting, crochet or weaving projects. In this class, you'll learn how to pick out, set up, use and maintain a spinning wheel and we'll discuss some of the rich history and folklore about spinning from around the world. You will learn how different kinds of yarn are structured and how to spin exactly the yarn you want for your projects. You will also learn about different types of fibers and their properties. Bring your own spinning wheel or rent one from Yarns Unlimited (rental fee: $25)
FROM SHEEP TO YARN: WOOL PROCESSING FOR SPINNING AND FELTING
3 Saturdays, 9/2-9/16, 12-2 pm
Instructor: Tilli Lind
This class will give you a fun and hands-on introduction to the methods and tools used for cleaning and processing wool. Doing your own processing allows you to buy raw wool directly from shepherds and to support local farms, and, since you control the entire process, you can get exactly the results you want from your finished products. We'll start with farmer-direct wool, and you'll learn how to select a great fleece that will be perfect for your projects. We will discuss the fiber properties of different sheep breeds, as well as llamas and alpacas. You will learn how to wash, card, and comb wool. We will use hand tools to prepare wool and a motorized drum carder to blend wool with luxury fibers like angora and silk. All fibers and tools are provided, but students are welcome to bring in fibers and fleeces as well.
You may register for the classes below directly thru the shop. Please call/email/visit the shop to sign up:
LOOM WEAVING (using 4-harness floor loom)
Saturdays, 9/9, 9/16, 9/23 & 9/30, 10 am - 12 noon OR
Saturdays, 10/7, 10/14, 10/21, & 10/28, 10 am - 12 noon
Instructors: Suzanne Halvorson/Karen Ellis
Please call the shop for additional information.
We offer private and group lessons by request in knitting, crocheting, weaving and spinning. We can design lessons specific to your needs.
Fee: $25 for first hour, $20 for additional hours (same-day session)
Stay tuned for special workshops that we will be offering throughout the season. Announcements will be posted as they come up.
"In the rhythm of the needles, there is music for the soul"