March 2017

Hours of Operation:
Noon to 5 pm Mondays, Tuesdays, 
and Saturdays.

10 - 5 pm Thursdays and Fridays 

Closed Sundays and Wednesdays.
Let's yarn bomb the tree in our side yard again.  Last year's pieces are looking pretty frayed, and April just invites a new set of clothes for the tree.  

Let's change it up a little bit this year and do garter strip pieces in worsted weight, bright colors, and flowers in all colors, shapes, and sizes. 


The blue flower in the picture is very easy:  Chain 2.

Round 1:   Sc 6 times in 2nd chain from hook.
Round 2:   Sc 3 times in ach stitch.

Repeat Round 2 until flower is desired size. (Please leave about an 8" piece of yarn when finishing off, so that we can use it to attach the flower.

If you have your own favorite flower pattern, please feel free to use it.  If you want to knit flowers rather than crochet, that is okay as well.  

We need yarn strips approximately 6 inches wide by 22 inches long.  You can knit these easily by casting on 30 stitches with size 7 needles and knitting back and forth for 22 inches. (You can slip the first stitch on every row for a nice edge!)    (Please leave about a 10" piece of yarn when finishing off the strip, so that we can use it to sew the strips together.)

We could also use yarn strips 3 inches wide by 22 inches long in bright colors.  
Using worstd weight yarn and size 7 needles, cast on 15 stitches an knit back and forth for 22 inches.  Again leave a 10" piece of yarn when finishing off the strip.

If you prefer to crochet the strips, chain 21 stitches for the 6 inch strip, sc in 2nd chain from hook, and in each chain across, for 20 stitches.  *Turn, ch1, sc in every stitch across*, and repeat * to *  until you have 22 inches.  For a 3 inch strip, just chain 11 stitches and work same as for 6 inch strip.   (Please leave about a 10" piece of yarn when finishing off the strip, so that we can use it to sew the strips together.)

It takes 3 of the 22" strips to go around the tree trunk, so we will sew the strips together as we get them in.  

Let's plan on Saturday, April 29th as " Yarn Bombing Day" from 1 to 4 pm.  If you can come to the shop and help, that would be wonderful.  We will bring refreshments and party with friends all afternoon!  

Please send us strips and flowers in the mail if you don't live close by.  It will be fun to see what the mailman brings each day!  




Judy saw the picture of  Merle Lake by  Louisa Harding on Facebook and fell in love.   So Joan promptly ordered the pattern and several colors of Trenzar yarn  and we are now ready to knit this wonderful poncho.  There is no class fee.  Just purchase the pattern and yarn from us, and needles if you don't have a size 10 or 10 1/2 circular in a 40 or 47 inch length.  This poncho only takes 3 balls of yarn, so it will be a fairly quick knit.                               Mondays,  March 6, 13, and 20 at 3 pm
 


Seams to Me...... that finishing is the thing most knitters dread. Joan will teach you techniques to seam rows to rows, stitches to stitches and rows to stitches.  Bring 6 swatches, each at least 2" x 2" (worsted weight preferred) and a tapestry needle.  The class is offered  March 9 at 2:00 p.m.  and repeated  March 17 at noon.



Knit a quick and easy poncho using only four 13" squares.  This is a neat pattern that  one of our retreaters showed us, so of course several of us couldn't wait to try it. Join us on Tuesday afternoons to knit your squares and your poncho will be ready to assemble in no time at all.  Again there is no class fee, just purchase the yarn from us and you need a size 7 needle, straights or circulars, your choice. Tuesdays, March 14 and 28, 2 pm


Crochet or Knit Knockers Join us the first and third Tuesday every month, 3 to 5 pm to make knockers.   Supplies are available at a discount. Susan and Judy will gladly help you start your first knit or crochet knocker.  
March 7th and 21st, 3 to 5 pm.  

Spinners!
 

The Spin crowd will gather on March 11 from 2:00 to 5:00pm. Bring your wheel or spindle, or your idle curiosity and spend some time with this fun bunch!  

Jessica teaches drop spindle  March 11 at noon. In a few minutes time you will master drafting and adding energy to fiber to create your very own yarn!  Don't have the tools? Kits are available for only $19.95, containing everything you need.  The hour long lesson costs $20. Then stay for spin day, practice your new skill and meet others who enjoy the process.

Wheel Spinners, ready for the next step? An hour of one-on-one instruction with Jessica is available  March 11, at  11:00 a.m. or  1:00 p.m.  Jessica is a prize winning spinner with a calm and funny demeanor who will help you kick your spinning up a notch. Bam! Then stay for spin day and practice your new skill!



"Therapy"
March 7th, (1st Tuesday)
5 to 7 pm

Changing it up a little beginning in March.  We will have "Therapy" the first Tuesday of the month from 5 to 7 pm.  Bring your current project or let us help you find a new one.  Your stress level will

be greatly reduced after a fun evening with your fiber friends.