I start each August thinking about the lazy days of summer, then, about a week in, I remember that August is REALLY BUSY! Lots of yarn is arriving, Fall projects are in the planning, there are many swatches to knit, and it's time to figure out the September classes! No lazy days, here!
So, here are a few things that I wanted to mention:
  • Fall/Winter hours at the shop begin after Labor Day (open until 5 on Saturdays)
  • By now, you are all aware of the discontinued use of plastic bags! So don't forget to bring your reusable bags for purchases. I still have some of my bags, but I now need to charge a 10 cent bag tax to the State of Connecticut for each bag. I did order some sturdy, reusable bags that will work well both for shopping and as project bags. ($5/marjis yarncrafts bag)
  • If you want to check my shop hours to see if there is a holiday closing, or if it's my summer vacation week, there are a few places where you can check. First, I try to put that information on my website home page www.marjisyarncrafts.com. Second, I have that information on my telephone answering machine (860-653-9700). Also, I sometimes manage to get a reminder out on facebook & instagram. PLEASE! Don't rely on Google to get it right!!! Going directly to the website is information that I put there, but Google won't have any "special" closings or changes in hours in a timely manner. (And, I feel terrible when someone makes a trip only to find the shop closed!)
  • I am still collecting and passing along donation yarn to many knitters and crocheters. I will take any kind of yarn - there is always someone who can use it.
  • Fiber Festival of New England will be November 2 & 3, 2019! Mark your calendars and come visit my booth!

knitted knockers
Come join us and make(or start) Knitted Knockers to be donated to women who have undergone mastectomies or other procedures to the breast. If you haven't made one before, we'll be happy to help you get started! (there is also a crocheted version!)

Saturday, Sept. 7, 10am-12noon
Saturday, Oct. 5, 10am-12noon ("stuffing session")
There is no charge for these gatherings, but
please call to register for either session - or both - so that we know how many are coming!

Also, Marji's Yarncrafts is a drop-off location for Knitted Knockers, to be distributed locally.
You can bring them in anytime!
crochet 101
with beverly

With all the beautiful crochet patterns available now, it's a great time to add crocheting to you repertoire! Beverly will guide you through all the basics you need to get started.
We also welcome those who have crocheted before, but need a refresher course.

Mondays 6-8pm, Sept. 9 & 16 $32.
the weekender
with marlene
A repeat class by popular demand, this universally flattering and fun-to-knit sweater has a large "fan club" for a reason! Thoughtful techniques keep this boxy style from looking sloppy, but it feels wonderfully comfy to wear!
Pattern by Andrea Mowry.
Wednesdays: Sept. 4, 6:30-8:30pm,
Sept. 18, 6:30-8pm, Oct. 2, 6:30-8pm $40.
west wind mitts
with marlene

A pretty and challenging design with Bavarian twisted stitches and cabling without a cable needle. The pattern is written for 3 sizes for a perfect fit, and includes a mitten version.
Pattern by Diana Walla.

Wednesdays 6:30-8:30pm, Sept. 11 & 25 $32.
classic socks
with nancy

It's been a while since we've offered a basic sock class. You'll make traditional top-down socks, beginning with the Old Norwegian cast-on, standard shaped heel with gusset and finish with Kitchener stitch to join at the toe.

Mondays 1-2:30pm, September 9, 16 & 23 $36.
beginner knit & chat
with nancy

Like our usual knit & chat classes but geared for beginners. You are welcome to bring in a project that you have been working on, or come to learn how to knit!

Saturdays 9-10:30am, September 14, 21 & 28 $10/week
crochet for knitters
with beverly

Learn crochet cast-on (for provisional cast-on), crochet to stabilize your knitting, crochet seams, crochet edging and looped crochet bind-off! Good things to know for any knitter, and skills that you will use again and again.

Monday 6-8pm, Sept. 23 $16.
Felted Gnome
(or witch!)
with nancy
Either of these will make a cute table decoration or hostess gift! Designed to fit over a bottle. Learn provisional cast-on, joining live stitches, and then felt lightly before adding hair and embellishment. Pattern by Irina Haller
Thursdays 6:30-8:30pm, Sept. 19 & 26 $32.

knit, chat & get help for september
with marlene
September 3, 10, 17, 24
with marji
September 4, 11, 18, 25
with marlene
September 6, 13, 20, 27
PLUS - Saturdays! with nancy 9-10:30am, September 14, 21, 28
Knit, chat & get help classes are $10 per class.