May 1, 2016    
It's nearly here - Mother's Day!

Sunday, May 8th, is Mother's Day this year.  It's one of those holidays that tends to sneak up on you most years, and this year especially so since it is as early in the month of May as it could possibly be.
Have you been dropping hints for your perfect gift?  Do you need a perfect gift for the most important lady in your life?
We have lots of wonderful ideas for you to pass on to those who would love to have an idea of what to give to you, or for you to give your own special knitting-crocheting-spinning mom yourself.  
And of course, there is always the ultimate perfect gift - a Gift Certificate to Conversational Threads!  

Once Again - One of Our Most Popular Events!
Paint Your Own Yarn Bowl!  
Saturday, May 28th - 1:00PM - 3:00PM

Our last session for a while, so get in while you can!

Paint your own designs on a beautiful ceramic yarn bowl, then have it glazed and fired and returned to you finished. This event has sold out quickly every time we have run it, and now is the chance for everyone who asked for a Saturday afternoon session. $35, includes all supplies and glazing and firing. Space is limited! Call the shop (610-421-8889) to sign up, stop by and pay for your seat to guarantee your spot!

We Still Have A Few Seats Left For Our Bus Trip to Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival  Saturday, May 7th
(and this year we have pushed back the time we leave Emmaus in the morning to a more reasonable hour, 6:30AM.  Also, as of right now, the weather is forecast to be a high of 75 and sunny - awesome!)

Once again, also by popular demand, we will be running a bus trip to the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival on Saturday, May 7th.


Leaves Weis Market in Emmaus promptly at 6:30AM to presumably arrive at the festival shortly after it opens.
Leaves the festival at 4:30PM promptly.

Cost for the bus trip is $49. Snacks and bottled water on the bus included.  There is no fee to enter this festival. It is free to enter, and no tickets are necessary.

Call the shop or stop in to sign up for this trip - just a few seats left!

May Classes

Knitting Conversations with Jean (Now Plus Sweaters!)
Cost $10.00
Tuesdays, May 3, 10, 17, 24, 30 - 6:30PM - 8:30PM
Thursdays, May 5, 12, 19, 26 - 6:30PM - 8:30PM
Jean primarily is a sweater knitter (as she is always cold!).  She will be adding sweater knitting help to her series of classes on Thursday evenings where she also will help you with whatever your current project may be, help you begin a new project or teach you a technique new to you.  

Have you never knit a sweater?  Jean will help you expand your skills as you take on the challenge of a larger project for yourself.  

All levels of knitters are welcome, from new knitters to very seasoned knitters.  This will be an on going class so students can join at any time.

  Open Crochet with Deb
Cost $10.00
Thursdays, May 5, 12, 19 - 6:30PM - 8:30PM
Deb is back!  Join Deb for her Thursday evening class where she will help you with any aspect of the art of crochet, from learning the very basic stitches to help with your ongoing project to teaching you a new technique for your crochet knowledge base.  All levels of crocheters are welcome, and this is an ongoing class which students can join at any time.

2-Day Brioche Basics Workshop with Lavanya
2 Wednesdays, May 11th & 18th 
5:00PM - 7:00PM 
Cost $40.00 (includes one pattern from the pictures)
OR Choose One Class Option for $20.00

Learn the lovely Brioche stitch in this class, and then let Lavanya get you started on your own Brioche Hat or Brioche Cowl following her own included pattern.  Supplies needed for the hat:  Roughly 175 yards of your background color and 100 yards of your foreground color in worsted or DK weight yarn, a stitch marker, and US size 5 and 7 16" circular needles for the DK weight version or US size 6 and 8 16" circular needles for the worsted weight version.  Supplies needed for the cowl:  Roughly 200 yards each of two colors of sport weight or DK weight yarn, US Size 6 - 32" circular needle, and a stitch marker.  Call the shop for instructions on homework to be done before the class to be ready to jump right in to learning the wonderful Brioche stitch. Update

As most of you know, we at Conversational Threads are enthusiastic supporters of the organization known as, a  non-profit organization with a mission to connect people through lending of micro-loans to alleviate poverty.  To date, we have loaned out nearly $9000 dollars.  Some have defaulted on their loans, many more have paid us back.  We currently have approximately $7600 circulating in loans in 8 different countries, helping to fund such things as seed purchases for a small farm in Kenya, supplies for a general store in Rwanda, and right now one of our favorite causes is helping to fund the installation and maintenance of chlorine dispensers to provide access to safe drinking water for 5 communities in Kenya.
We have lots of great things planned for June, including a great new class for teens who would like to learn to knit, and a fabulous trunk show with designs knitted by Stephen West, Kirsten Kapur and Ysolda Teague, just to name a few.  I will speak more about these exciting events in next month's newsletter, but the details are up on our website if you care to have a look.

See you at the Shop -

(PS - We will be closed on Monday, May 30th for Memorial Day, so all of our associates can enjoy the day with their families.  Happy Memorial Day in advance!)