August 2015
We are so thrilled to have made so many new friends this summer! Our new location in the Artist Village of Old Town Berea attracts visitors from far and wide, and we l
ove meeting you! Thanks for spending a few minutes with us, sharing your travel stories and your affinity for color and texture.  We hope you enjoyed your visit to Berea and that you will come see us again the next time through. 


Fi r s Friday  street festivals continue on  August 7 . Each month more food options are a dded, and the music variety gets better all the time. This month will feature the rescheduled fireworks that were rained out in July. While you are out enjoying the party atmosphere, stop in and say hello. We have cool air and cold bottled water. 

Its the Dog Days of Summer - those steamy, lazy days best spent sipping iced tea with your feet up. This is the time to try out a new technique on a small project, maybe with a warm weather fiber like linen or cotton.  Market tote? Airy vest or beach cover up? Or get a start on Christmas projects like a cute hat, a coffee cup cozy.

Good Earth is a linen cotton blend yarn in a nice selection of pretty summer colors. The large hanks are perfect for that tote or a cover up. Mention this newsletter in August and get 15% off your purchase of Good Earth yarn! 

Another good choice for those summer projects is Riveting, a cotton yarn made in the USA from recycled jeans.  We have an assortment of solids and marls in sport and worsted weights. Stock up at 15% off this month only. 

One of our main missions is to provide an marketplace for local artists and crafters. Next time you are in our shop, check out our local yarn and fiber.  We have added and continue to add lovely hand crafted items such as stitch markers, shawl closures, jewelry, totes, and hand painted silk scarves.  Your purchase of these items helps women in your community earn a livelihood. There is always something new!


Click here to access the current calendar containing information about classes. Call or email us to register for a class.

Get ready for the holidays with Norman the Doorman, a Gnome for your home!!  Knit this adorable doorstop in holiday colors or colors that match your home decor; we will use worsted weight yarn and size 6 or 7 DPNs.  A fun project and a great gift for your friends.  $21 materials fee and $20 class fee. Monday, August 3rd, 2 to 4 pm. 

Joan will lead an hour long Next Steps workshop on  Thursday, August 6  beginning at  2:00 p.m.   We'll cover directional increases and decreases and at least 2 new cast on methods.  Just these few bits will greatly improve your knitting! Bring your size 7 or 8 needles and we'll fiddle with swatches, perfecting some new tricks!

Jessica will join us at  2:00 p.m.  on First  Friday, August 7 , and will get you started spinning with a drop spindle.  You'll learn about drafting and proper technique using a top whorl drop spindle. Bring your spindle or purchase one at the shop.  Spinning fiber is available for purchase in quantities as small as one ounce.  The fee for the 
2-hour class is $20. 

Crochet a lovely ring or bracelet for yourself or a friend.  We will use Bamboo Pop yarn and sterling silver findings. Size E or F crochet hook required, as well as crochet knowledge. Ring kit is $9.50 and Bracel et kit is $12.50.  Class fee is $20. August 10th, Monday, 2 to 4 pm. 

Thinking ahead, those holiday gifts go much faster when knitted in the round.  Joan offers 2 classes on Friday, August 14 to master 2 different methods. Try them both and figure out which works best for you!  Learn the magic loop method at  2:00 p.m., then Double Pointed Needles at  3:30. Each class is $20. For the magic loop class you will need a circular needle at least 32" long, size 7 or 8.  For the DPN class you will need a set of size 7 or 8 DPN's.  We'll provide the fiddle yarn.

How about a great, fast crochet project? Join Jessica for the 
Spiral Hat class  on  Thursday, August 20 at 11:00 .  This hat is super cute and  works up in a flash.  Class fee is $30 and includes the yarn.  Bring your size H hook or purchase at the shop prior to the class.

Ready to master cables? Let's tackle them in a small project, a cabled coffee cozy. Joan will have you cable crazy in just one short hour!  You choose either magic loop or DPNs. Bring your needles, size 6 and a cable needle (or purchase one from us). Class fee of $30 includes a ball of Boku yarn, plenty to make several cozies.  

The Linen Stitch fascinates many of us.  It looks like weaving, but is 
actually a slip s titch knitting technique. Using a variegated yarn  is the easiest way to achieve a confetti-like, multicolored cloth.  The pattern will distribute the colors throughout the cloth, preventing pooling of color which often has a splotchy appearance.  Judy will teach you this technique in a wash cloth using cotton yarn and size 7 needles.  $30 class fee includes yarn.  Saturday, August 22nd, 1 to 3 pm.  

Frenzied Spinners 

Spin a yarn or two  on Friday evening,  August 28.  Bring your wheel or spindle and spend some time with friends. You'll be surprised how much you'll pick up, and you'll enjoy the company of others who share your interest.  Drop in any time between  5 - 7 p.m. Who knows, we might even have some refreshing snacks!

Mark your calendar NOW for the next Pins and Needles Retreat,  January 29 - 31, 2016 at the Boone Tavern!  We have taken your comments to heart and are changing things up just a little bit.  We'll kick off the retreat with a group luncheon in the Boone Tavern dining room. This is optional and will give us a chance to get acquainted before the workshops begin. Frederikka is bringing a fantastic fashion show, featuring beautiful projects from Aurora Yarns. Another bonus is a trunk show of the most amazing shawl pins ever, from Bonnie Bishoff.   We have scaled back the technical skills required for the quilting classes and tested the projects to select ones that can be completed in the time allotted.  You know we'll have some evening surprises and that it is a perfect get away.  Registration opens July 28th on our website: 


To see the class descriptions, go to

Click on "Retreat Brochure" for the outside of the brochure

Click on "Class List" for the inside of the brochure.