May 30, 2016    
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It's Memorial Day!

The shop will be closed today, Monday, May 30th, so all of our associates can spend the day with their families. 


Welcome to the unofficial start of Summer!
This day of remembrance is a special, lovely way to start off what promises to be a great Summer season!

In a couple of days it will be June, and this year June will be a month jam-packed with action here at Conversational Threads.  Plenty of new yarns, loads of new knitting/crocheting project bags, a bunch of new classes and some really great events are just some of the things we have in store for you this month!

Please read on for all the details!

Loop's 10 Trunk Show and Book Sale

(Tentatively) Monday, June 20th - Friday, July 1st

 

Come see the exceptional garments in this exceptional book created for the 10th anniversary of London's wonderful knitting shop, Loop.  We are very excited to be hosting this trunk show for two weeks, and will at that time have quite a few copies of the book for sale, which is otherwise sold out practically everywhere in the US.

The garments and accessories are the creations of some of the most notable designers in today's knitting and crocheting, including Kirsten Kapur, Ysolda Teague, Stephen West, Pam Allen, Claire Montgomerie, Paulina Popiolek, Juju Vail, Meghan Fernandes, Donna Higgins, Rachel Atkinson and Tif Fussell.

You can get a preview look at the designs that are included by checking on Ravelry here.

Don't miss this event!  Assuming the trunk show arrives as planned, we will have it up on Monday, June 20, but it would be best to call ahead if you are making the trip in case it is delayed.

Pass the Word!  We are Looking for People New to Knitting!
Announcing our Beginner's Knitting Course! 

Know someone who has wanted to learn to knit but never found the time, or couldn't commit to a specified time for every week? Or could it be you?  Here's the chance to learn this rewarding, relaxing therapeutic hobby at your own pace.

Sessions will be held on Tuesday Evenings from 6:30PM to 8:30PM and Thursday Afternoons from 3:00PM to 5:00PM, beginning
Tuesday, June 14th.

This Course is for the Absolute Beginning New Knitter or for Start Again Knitters, for those wanting to learn to knit or for those who have knitted long ago but have forgotten most of what they knew. 

Students must reserve a spot for each session they wish to attend in order to maintain the maximum of 6 people per session so that everyone is able to get sufficient attention for their needs.  

The Beginner Knitters will complete four projects in the course, from a wool hotpad to begin, progressing through a scarf, a hat, and fingerless gloves, learning many techniques along the way.  Those who complete all four projects will receive a Conversational Threads logo canvas tote bag upon completion.

Cost is $20 per session when each session is purchased individually and $15 per session when purchasing 5 sessions at a time.
Course is limited to 6 people per each day's session, so sign up soon!  To sign up, call the shop at 610-421-8889 or, better yet, email the teacher directly at jbyers@ptd.net.



A New Class -
Beginner Knitting for Teens
with Ann
(For students entering grades 9-12 in September)
4 Wednesdays, June 22nd, 29th, July 6th & 13th - 2:00PM - 4:00PM  Cost $35.00 for all 4 sessions

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. Students will learn a simple cast on method, the knit/garter stitch, and purl stitch if student patience allows. Knit and purl stitches are all one needs for many knitted projects, including simple hats and scarves.
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.

Please call the shop to sign up your teens for this class!


June Classes


Brioche Bandana Cowl
with Lavanya
Wednesday, June 22nd
5:00PM - 8:00PM 
Cost $30.00 (includes the pattern in the picture)

Learn how to knit this latest-fashion bulky weight bandana cowl. Knit in 2 color Brioche Stitch, the cowl is knit both in the round and flat. You will learn Brioche shaping as we go. No previous Brioche Stitch experience necessary.  Materials needed: 75 yards of bulky weight yarn (background, Malabrigo Chunky works well), 65 yards of super bulky yarn (foreground, Malabrigo Rasta or Madtosh ASAP work well), a US 11 24" circular needle, and a stitch marker. 

Knitting Basics with Jean 
Cost $10.00
Tuesdays, May 31, June 7 - 6:30PM - 8:30PM
Thursdays, June 9, 16, 23, 30 - 10AM - Noon (New Daytime Class!)
Thursdays, June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 - 6:30PM - 8:30PM
Have a knitting problem you need solved?  Need a little direction for your current project?  Jean will help you out!  She 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, June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 - 6:30PM - 8:30PM
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.


Picking Up Stitches with Lavanya
Cost $20.00
Wednesday, June 29th - 5:00PM - 7:00PM 
Dropped a stitch and don't know how to fix it?  No worries!  Learn how to pick up dropped stitches in different pattern sequences, even brioche! Materials needed: a worsted weight swatch (left on the needles) or your current project, a crochet hook and removable stitch markers. 

Just a Couple of New Product Notes...

We've received a large order of adorable hand-made project bags in even more adorable fabrics from Vickie Knestaut of Bird Leg Bags, and they are already flying out the door!  Make sure to stop by to get yours!

 

A brand new yarn from Shibui for Spring/Summer 2016, we have gotten in 12 luscious colors of Shibui Rain - a mercerized cotton with lovely sheen in an elongated chain construction that allows for great drape while retaining its shape in your knitted garment.


This is just a taste of all the newness you will find at the shop this month - stop by and see for yourself!

See you at the Shop -
Cindy