August Class News

August is nearly here, and while I, as a spring-and-summer-loving person, am a bit saddened, the happy thought is that with August's arrival everyone's thoughts begin to turn more towards fiber-y pursuits as summer begins to head toward autumn.

In that happier spirit, we have in addition to our regular weekly excellent knitting and crocheting classes (details of which may be found here ) two specialty classes for August - one in weaving, and one in brioche, both with fantastic teachers, Lavanya for brioche and Keith for weaving.
Learn to Weave With Keith

August 5th, 12th and 19th - 3 Sundays
1:30PM - 4:30PM
Cost $75.00 for 3 sessions

Join Keith as he take you on a new fiber adventure! This beginning weaving course is designed for beginners and weavers who want to refresh their weaving skills. You will learn the different parts of the loom, making a warp, learning to dress a Schacht Cricket rigid heddle loom, and the basic weave structures. Students will learn weave structures like plain weave, basket weave, basic tapestry techniques, and finishing techniques. You should choose to stay with 1 or 2 solid colors to create your beautiful weaving. You will need to pick a plied yarn for your warp, but you may choose single ply yarns to weave with.
Materials you will need are scissors, tapestry needle, worsted or aran weight yarn. You will need approx. 300 yards for your warp and approx. 300 yards for your weft. Class is limited to 4 students.   
Advanced Brioche Class with Lavanya

Saturday, August 24th - 1:00PM - 4:00PM
Cost $40.00 (includes the pattern in the picture)  

Join the enormously popular and our favorite resident brioche teacher Lavanya Patricella and learn some of the more advanced skills in the lovely and versatile 2 color brioche stitch. During the 3 hour class you will be taught the basics of knitting brioche flat, increasing and decreasing, how to read a brioche pattern, how to count rows, how to count stitches, measuring your gauge, and how to fix up and identify common mistakes. Space is limited to 8 students, call in advance to sign up. No previous brioche experience required. Materials needed: 2 contrasting colors of worsted weight yarn and a US 8 circular needle. Class is limited to 8 students.
Our Christmas in July promotion is nearly over, but there is still plenty of time to join in the knitting or crocheting of the included projects for the chance to win prizes!
Don't forget about our knit-a-longs for certain of those projects, and if you participate in any of these KAL's or CAL's or begin any of our displayed Christmas or holiday projects and finish your project(s) by November 1st, you will be entered in a drawing to win one of five awesome prizes of yarn, kits or project bags!

KAL List:
Jason's Cashmere Hat - Fridays, 5-7PM
Sonder Shawl - Fridays, 5-7PM
Morgenrot Hat - Wednesdays, 1-3PM
Spiralize Cowl - Wednesdays, 3-5PM
Owls Sweater - Thursdays, 6:30-8:30PM
Virus Shawl - Saturdays, 12-2PM, beginning August 4th
Hat With a Twist - Sundays, 2-4PM, beginning August 5th
21 Color Slouch Hat - Sundays, 2-4PM, beginning August 5th
Procrastination Cowl - Wednesdays, 1-3PM, beginning August 15th
Abulon Cowl - Sundays, 2-4PM, beginning September 9th

All yarn for drawing prize entry projects must be purchased at Conversational Threads July 10th or thereafter; receipt required for drawing entry. Entries for finished projects only, one entry per project finished. Project must be completed by November 1st, 2018, and presented at the shop to obtain your drawing entry. Drawing will be held on Sunday, November 4th, 2018.

2018 Advent Calendar
Pre-Orders are open, and they are going quickly!
Let your holiday countdown begin with the 2018 Advent Calendar from Conversational Threads!
Full of items that we have hand-curated, this calendar includes handy knitting tools, useful notions, Christmas-y treats and amazing hand-dyed yarn. Among the other unique treats you will find 10 (20 gm) mini-skeins of sock/fingering weight yarn in a mix of speckles and tonals. These delightful mini-skeins are all designed to coordinate with a full skein of gorgeous hand-dyed yarn awaiting you on Christmas morning. There were only 30 Calendars to begin with, and they are going fast!

The price of the 2018 Conversational Threads Advent Calendar is $225 (sales tax will be applicable to PA sales, retail value of calendars is $285). Shipping is available to US addresses only. Shipping is at cost up to a maximum of $15. Pre-orders must be paid at the time of reservation. Advent Calendars will be available for pick-up/shipping early- to mid-November.

Pre-orders will close October 1st, or when sold out.

I know this is last year's logo - I can't seem to find the new logo for this year - perhaps it is not ready yet, but you get the idea. Plus, this logo is super cute!
Please Note:
We have started a waiting list for our Rhinebeck bus trip, as the bus is full.

If you already have a reservation for our bus and have not yet paid for your seat, it might be a good idea to do so now in order to avoid an email from us reminding you to pay to confirm your seat. Seats that remain unpaid at the end of September will be released to those on the waiting list.


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