Happy Fourth of July!

Everyone here at Conversational Threads would like to wish you, all of our friends and customers as well as your families and friends, a fun-filled happy and safe
Fourth of July!  
Go America!

We will be closed today so all of our associates can celebrate with their families.  Sorry for any inconvenience!

Also, a GREAT BIG THANK YOU!! to everyone who came out to participate in our 8th Anniversary Sale!  It was a very successful sale thanks to all of you, our wonderful community!  You can now look forward to many new yarns and notions arriving in the next few weeks to replace all the great items that sold!

Finally,  Congratulations to Chris Whitefield, winner of the 8th Anniversary $100 Gift Certificate!

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The Bus to the New York Sheep and Wool Festival at Rhinebeck, NY, is Booked for Saturday, October 21st!


(Love this year's logo!)
The price is once again $49, which includes snacks and water and bus driver gratuity, but not tickets into the festival. Festival tickets will be available on the bus, and they are usually $9, but it is too early to order them yet. Call the shop early to reserve your seat - this bus always sells out!  610-421-8889  
New Yarn!  
American Scenic from Blue Sky Fibers
Many of you know I do not stock limited edition yarn.  If I can't get more of it in six months I don't want it now.  But this yarn - THIS YARN - is so scrumptious, so fabulous, so delicious that I broke my own rule and got as much of it as they would let me have.  And yes, there are only four colors, and yet I still had to have it.
The product of a collaboration by Blue Sky Fibers (formerly known as Blue Sky Alpacas) and Long Island Yarn & Farm (formerly known as Long Island Livestock Co.), this worsted weight yarn is a soft, soft blend of 50% US alpaca, 30% US merino wool and 20% silk, and is as luxurious as it sounds.  
Get yours while you can, because when it is gone there will be no more, and it will keep me from buying it all for myself.  I seriously would like to make a bed out of this stuff, it is so wonderful.
Summer Knit-A-Long!
Join Us Every Friday From 5PM - 7PM
As We Knit a Great New Rectangular Shawl/Wrap/Scarf By Casapinka -


  (Photo above by Casapinka)
I love the description on Ravelry of this beautiful wrap explaining the name of the shawl - that urban legend has it that goldfish have a memory capacity or attention span of just three seconds or just enough for one trip around the goldfish bowl.  I don't know if that is true or not, but that is the inspiration for this pattern, with its ever-changing pattern designs.  A little garter stripes, a little mosaic, some stockinette, a little linen stitch, a little lace, and so on - you'll never get bored, and you will end up with an eminently wearable piece that can be used as a shawl or a wrap or a scarf and more!  Three colors of fingering weight yarn is all you will need.
This is a very informal knit-a-long, starting July 7th and ending around Labor Day, or whenever everyone finishes up.  Come when you can, skip a week or two or three, it is mainly a social group of people all knitting the same wrap in companionship, with knitting help available should you need it, of course.
Here is a picture of my head start, begun so I could know how it would go, and I must say it is a very enjoyable knit!


Classes
Fingering Brioche Bandana Cowl with Lavanya
Sunday, July 23rd,
1PM - 4PM

  Join Lavanya for an afternoon of knitting and learn the lovely and versatile 2 color brioche stitch. During the 3 hour class you will be taught the basics of the brioche knit and purl stitch, how to read a brioche pattern, how to count rows, how to count stitches, and measuring gauge, while she guides you through your choice of an included cowl pattern. This is a beginner friendly class but advancing students are welcome!  Supplies:  2 contrasting skeins of fingering weight yarn - 150 yards each for the small size (shown in the picture) or 220 yards each for the large size - and a US 3 - 16" circular needle, plus a stitch marker.  Space is limited, call in advance to sign up.
Beginner Knitting for Teens with Ann
(Ages 12-18)

Wednesdays, July 5th, July 12th, July 19th, July 26th - 12:00PM - 2:00PM 

Cost $15.00 for each session

Learn something new this summer - come to Conversational Threads and learn to knit!  We'll be making a super-cool cowl while learning to cast-on stitches, knit in the round, and bind off.  If your skills permit, we will teach you more skills as needed.

Ann has worked extensively with teenagers and has run several groups encouraging kids to knit and carry on this age-old tradition and art form. 
Supplies: worsted weight yarn and US size 7, 8, or 9 knitting needles, or these can be purchased at the shop 15 minutes prior to the start of class.  Register by calling the shop.  Class is limited to 6 students per session.


  A New Basket Class with Tamela
The Mini Yarn Basket
(Base 5" x 6”,  Rim 7.5"x 8.5”,  Height 4”)
Saturday, July 29th - Noon to 3:30PM
Cost $35.00 (including supplies)
Join Tamela for another in her series of highly popular beginner basket classes.   This basket is a beginner basket with square-to-round shaping and a  wrapped handle,  perfect for holding your yarn ball while knitting. The working  yarn goes through the handle nicely and keeps the yarn from rolling  all over the place.
Skills include:  laying out the base, upsetting the stakes, stop/start weaving,  applying the rim, and wrapping the handle.
 A versatile basket that is a great catch all for desk or counter, as
well as a fun gift basket.  
Class is limited to 4 students.

Our Regular Class List
(See our website -  www.ConversationalThreads.com - for more information.  Please contact Jean at jbyers@ptd.net or Deb at alpduez2@gmail.com to reserve a spot.)

Beginner's Knitting Course (And Beyond!) - An Ongoing Class with Jean

Tuesday Evenings from 6:30PM to 8:30PM and Thursday Afternoons from 3:00PM to 5:00PM


Weekly General Knitting with an Emphasis on Shawls Session with Jean

Tuesday and Thursday Afternoons - 1:00PM - 3:00PM | Cost $10.00

 

Weekly Open Crochet with Deb

Thursday Evenings - 6:30 - 8:30PM | Cost $10.00

NO CLASS on July 13th or July 20th


Weekly Knitting Basics with Jean

Tuesday Afternoons - 3:00PM - 5:00PM and Thursday Evenings - 6:30PM - 8:30PM | Cost $10.00



Be sure to keep an eye on the shop Facebook page for announcements of our occasional limited time Flash Sales!  You could save 15% off your entire order!

See you at the Shop -
Cindy