Tempting Tidbits - February 11, 2020
A Note From Karen

Dear Makers,

Isn't it wonderful that there are so many ways to knit? There is no "wrong" way! Each knitter has a unique way of pulling yarn through hoops. However, there are different knitting methods! A particular method may be useful in a project, but that doesn’t mean it’s always the best way for every project! Plus, your hands might need a change! I encourage knitters to learn multiple methods!

Earlier this month, Andrea Wong taught Portuguese-Style Knitting. This class was well attended and students loved her teaching style. If you missed this class, please let us know. We will check Andrea’s availability for repeating the session. In the near future, Andrea will be teaching Portuguese Knitting in Colorwork – a technique that you don’t want to miss. In addition, we scheduled a Continental Knitting class. It will be held on March 7 from 1-3pm and I will be the instructor. 

In the meantime, read further to find more opportunities. Enjoy your knitting!


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

Join Linda and 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 weekly 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 Tuesdays from 6-8pm to 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.

The GAL selection for March is Darn It Stripe It from Darn It Anyway.

Stripes! We love them! The cowl is knit in the round with one skein of the self-striping worsted weight yarn from Uneek. Let the yarn do the work. The cowl begins with simple ribbing and ends with an easy rolled edge. Such a fun knit. We think that you will love it too!

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.

Supplies will be provided, with the opportunity to purchase your needles at the end of class.
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.

Saturday, March 7
Instructor: Karen Wilkins
Fee: $35, includes pattern
One 2-hour class
Class Limit: 10 students

This 2-hour class will add another piece to your knitting tool chest. Continental Knitting is one of several traditional methods. Requiring minimal movement, it may reduce stress on hands and be a faster way to knit. Join Karen to learn techniques for executing the Continental method and tips for maintaining a consistent gauge throughout your projects. Students will receive patterns for practice knitting after class.
One 2-hour class
Supplies needed:
  • Light colored, worsted weight yarn
  • US 7 (4.5mm) or US 8 (5.0mm)

Saturday, March 21
Saturday, April 18
Saturday, May 16
Instructor: Karen Wilkins
Skill level: Beginner
Class fee: $30 - yarn provided; other supplies extra
One 2-hour class

Join Karen in this class to learn more about the most common mistakes knitters make, how to fix and better yet, PREVENT them!

Students make swatches and purposely create mistakes to learn how they happen and how to repair them. Also, using lifelines, how to "tink" (unknitting stitches), and ripping back rows is discussed.

Supplies needed:
  • Size US 8 (5mm) knitting needles
  • 4" Handi Tool (or D-F crochet hook)
  • Tapestry needle

Wednesday, February 19 and March 4
Instructor: Debbie Moore
Cost: $50.00
Two 2-hour classes

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

Mondays, April 6 and April 20
Instructor: Karen Wilkins
Class Fee: $60, includes pattern
Two 2-hour classes
Class Limit: 6 students

Buryu is a lightweight scarf/shawl that adds a pop of color and style to your wardrobe. Made with ITO Gima 8.5 or ITO Raduka and the optional addition of ITO’s delicate Sensai, the designer allows knitters to follow the pattern as written or add their own creative touches. Karen will assist you in selecting just the right version and she will share her tips for executing interesting techniques.

Students need to register and meet with Karen no later than March 15 to select yarns and colors.

Skills Required: Students must be comfortable with knit and purl stitches, casting on and binding off.

ITO Gima 8.5 (100% cotton) 1159 yds, or ITO Raduka (70% wool & 30% camel) 1159 yds
OPTIONAL:   ITO Sensai (60% mohair & 40% silk)
US #4 (3.5mm) – 24” needle (addi Olivewood needle is suggested)
6-12 triangular stitch markers
Waste Yarn
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