Tempting Tidbits - January 28, 2020
A Note From Karen

As promised, Knitting Temptations continues to add exciting new opportunities to our 2020 calendar! While the Ohio winter slugs its way to spring, we will help you focus on new skills, techniques and projects. 

Last week, we introduced our first Gift Along (GAL) project.  Twistmas ,”  by Espace Tricot, is a quick and easy hat pattern to jump start the additions to your GAL trunk of gifts.

Upcoming opportunities include a “hands-on” color workshop with Mandy Root-Thompson and the first Knitting Temptations' 12-week Sweater Camp .

Please continue to forward you suggestions. Knitting Temptations welcomes your input!

We are happy to announce that Andrea Wong will be teaching Portuguese-style knitting in the shop on February 8 from 1-4pm.

Some of you may remember Andrea Wong's working at Knitting Temptations when this LYS was in its infancy stage. 

Since starting as a professional teacher of Portuguese-style Knitting in 2003, Andrea’s teaching career has blossomed.  She is an instructor on KNIT STARS 4.0 and at Vogue Knitting Live (VKL)! NY in January and VKL! Seattle in March.  In April, Andrea will join other teachers at the fifteenth Annual DFW Fiber Fest in Irving, Texas and at the Yarnover 2020 in Plymouth, Minnesota.

Andrea is a patient, adaptable, and professional knitting instructor ready to help you reach your goals.
Lynn’s Lovely Beret 

Class Type: technique
Class Length: 3 hours
Target Student: beginner and intermediate
Fee: $55.00 (includes pattern and pin)
Class size limit: 20 - there are still a few spots open

Key Topics and Concepts Covered: students will learn how to knit, purl, increases, decreases and how to bind off Portuguese style.

Skills Required: Cast On, Knit, Purl, Bind Off.

For technique portion:
Yarn: Worsted Weight yarn in light color
Needles of preference sizes in US 6 (4.0mm) or US 7 (4.5mm)

For Project:
Any yarn that gives 19 stitches and 26.5 rows = 4 inches
Needles: US 5 (3.75mm) 16” circular needles and US 9 (5.5mm) 16" circular needles
and DPNs
3 buttons for decoration.
Students will learn a different way to knit. It is not the German or English method. The yarn is fed and tensioned around the neck (or knitting pin), leaving hands free to hold needles. This method is much easier on the hands. Because it is fast and ergonomic. it takes less maneuvering of needles to accomplish the work.

Wednesdays, March 11-May 13
2-4pm and 6-8pm
Fee: $75.00

Join Linda & Karen as they kick off the first Sweater Camp at Knitting Temptations.
Sweater Camp is an opportunity for knitters to work together on the same project while receiving guidance from staff and support from other participants. Our first sweater project is Andrea Mowry’s popular pattern, The Weekender . The first session is Wednesday, March 11 and continues through Wednesday, May 13. Groups will meet from 2-4pm and 6-8pm. 
To determine appropriate pattern size, staff members will take the necessary measurements. They will help participants choose from a large selection of yarn and provide directions for knitting gauge swatches. 
At the weekly gatherings, knitters will learn “tips and tricks” to track their progress, to prevent and fix mistakes and optional techniques for achieving “full fashion” garments.

March 28
Class fee: $75

Join Mandy Root-Thompson on a journey through a Kaleidoscope of Color!

Mandy is presenting a fun and informative 3-hour workshop on color in knitting and crochet projects. Students will gain a better understanding of how to choose excellent color combinations. They will use a color wheel for selecting color schemes, warm and cool colors and neutrals (yes, neutrals are colors, too!).  
Color theory may seem complicated and intimidating. However, understanding a few basic concepts will help you select yarns for a variety of color schemes. Don’t plan on sitting for a long lecture! Mandy’s hands-on method of teaching will have you up and moving around the shop finding your perfect colors. Students will receive a color wheel and booklet with class notes for future reference. 

Mandy (a novice crocheter) is a medical illustrator and an instructor at the Columbus College of Art and Design.

Students need to bring at least one pattern requiring 3 or more colors that they want to knit or crochet.

Do you forget, procrastinate or just can’t finish the project that you started for a birthday, new baby or holiday gift? We have a fun solution!

Join us on Tuesday, February 5 from 6-8pm, to kick off an 11 month Gift Along (GAL). Our GAL will feature small projects that make wonderful gifts. Carefully curated free and paid patterns will allow prime use of all yarn weights and be appropriate for all levels of knitting and crochet expertise. Participants will have items ready for gifting throughout the year or by the end of the year, have a treasure trove of gifts ready for the holidays.

Can’t join us on Tuesdays? Just keep an eye on Tempting Tidbits for suggestions and pattern links.
Twistmas , by Espace Tricot, is an easy hat pattern featuring a twisted rib stitch pattern. This simple stitch creates an interesting texture while allowing beautiful yarns to take center stage. The original pattern is knit with two strands of fingering weight yarn and one strand of a lace weight mohair blend - all held together. However it is possible to eliminate the mohair. Also, knitters will find additional instructions for a “faded” version.

You may register for classes in person or by calling the shop
at 614.734.0618 during regular business hours.
We ask that you make payment in full when registering .

Classes are added often! Please check our website to stay current with the list of classes.

It is our policy that unless we specify otherwise, students in our classes MUST purchase their yarn and other class supplies at Knitting Temptations.
March 7
Class fee: $30 - yarn and needles provided
One 2-hour class
Instructor: Beth Hanson
Skill level: Beginner Knit

As the name implies, Beginning Knitting is for the complete beginner! In this single class, learn the knitting basics of how to cast on, knit, purl, and bind off. We supply yarn and needles. By the end of the class, you will have knit a small swatch of various stitch patterns.

Students will discuss next steps in knitting.
February 22
Class fee: $30
One 2-hour class
Instructor: Beth Hanson
Skill level: Beginner Knit

While teachers will review basic knitting skills, this class is designed for students who execute confidently the knit and purl stitches, casting on and binding off their work. Participants will gain new skills to read simple knitting instructions and to select yarn and needles for a project. Students will select a skill-appropriate project to begin in class.
January 29
Class fee: $30
One 2-hour class
Instructor: Debbie Moore
Skill level: Beginner Crochet

This class is designed for the person who has no experience with crochet! Instructors will teach the technique of holding a crochet hook with yarn and demonstrate the chain, single, half double and double crochet stitches. While practicing these stitches, students will create a sample of their work. This class prepares students for Beyond Intro to Crochet and future projects.

Wednesday, January 29, February 12, February 26
Instructor – Elaine Sparks
Cost: $65.00
Class Size Limit – 4

This varsity inspired classic is easy to knit and a great introduction to the world of mittens. The design, created by Michelle Hunter, features a full-fashioned thumb gusset and supporting videos. Stripes are optional.

Skills required: Casting on, knit, purl

Skills learned: Using DPNs or Magic Loop, Knitting in the Round, Joining a New Color, M1L, M1R, SSK, Backward Loop Cast On

Supplies needed:
Yarn: Worsted Weight Yarn (sample knit in Cascade 220)
         Base color – 100 yds.
              Contrasting color – 100 yds.
Needles: US 4 (3.5mm) and US 7 (4.5mm) double point needles or 32” needles

Tapestry needle
Stitch Markers
Stitch Holder

Wednesday, February 19 and March 4
Instructor: Debbie Moore
Cost: $50.00
Class Size Limit – 10

This project is an easy crochet pattern for an all-around fun bag for the beach, yarn project, market and/or summer carryall. We are sure that you will find many reasons to use this multipurpose bag!

Skills required: Chain stitch, slip stitch, single crochet

Skills learned: Reading a crochet chart, working stitches over a second piece of yarn, back post single crochet, crochet draw strings

Supplies needed:
Yarn: Modern Cotton Berroco (worsted weight cotton)
                   Base color – 438 yds.
                   Contrasting color – 325 yds.
Hooks: US H/8 (5.0mm)
           US F/5 (3/75mm)
Stitch Markers
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