Tempting Tidbits - April 10, 2019
A Note From Karen

My thanks to all of you for keeping Knitting Temptations such a busy shop! Your enthusiasm is both motivating & inspiring. It is our pleasure to assist you in solving problems and selecting purchases. We love to see your projects in process and completed. Please send us pictures or stop in the shop to share your work.

April is full of interesting skill building classes! In addition, the staff and I are bursting with ideas for our second Annual Summer KAL! We had a great time last year and want to carry this tradition into 2019. Details coming soon!

Most importantly, please mark your calendar for LYS Day on Saturday, April 27. Created by TNNA’s Yarn Group (The National Needlework Association), Local Yarn Store Day is an opportunity to celebrate fiber artists and to show support for small brick-and-mortar yarn shops. This year is the second annual LYS Day. We look forward to seeing you!

Be sure to read all the details below and mark your calendars.

Karen
LOCAL YARN STORE DAY

Local Yarn Store Day is a brick-and-mortar yarn shop appreciation day created by TNNA Yarn Group. The 2nd ANNUAL LYS Day will take place on  April 27 and is designed to show support for small businesses while bringing together a unique community of knitters, crocheters, weavers and spinners to drive awareness and celebrate the craft.  

LYS Day is an opportunity for Knitting Temptations to say “thank you” to our customers and to welcome new visitors to the shop. Our spacious classroom will be open all day to visit, relax and work on your projects. Snacks and water will be available for our guests. The staff of Knitting Temptations will add a special gift to your bag of purchases.

Across the country, designers are collaborating with yarn companies to create unique kits with new patterns and yarns dyed to celebrate LYS day. Knitting Temptations will have many of these kits which are made with yarns never before sold in the shop. You will find these unique yarns from:
I-75 Yarn Crawl 2019

Knitting Temptations is thrilled to be a part of the I-75 Yarn Crawl. The Crawl is a 10-day event where "crawlers" travel from yarn shop to yarn shop to see what is new for the 2019 fall season, experience the ambience of each shop, get to know the personality of the owner and staff, and win PRIZES!!!. This year's crawl is happening August 2-11 and promises to be the best crawl ever! Fifty-six shops participated last year and even more are participating in 2019. So buy your passport (available May 1), call your friends and yell "ROADTRIP!!!!"

Can't wait to hit the road!
It's not too late to join in!

Join Michelle this April for  Cable Channel,  a stylish pillow featuring an original cable pattern. Knit in HiKoo Kenzie, the design creates a rich fabric to add beauty and texture to any decor. Pillows provide the perfect platform to explore new techniques and hone the finishing skills. They also make great gifts!

Cable Channel  is knit in one piece with simple seaming and features a button closure to allow for easy washing and assembly. The front and back are knit in different stitch patterns to keep the project interesting and texturally charming. Both written and charted instructions, along with video support, are provided to guarantee success.

The KAL began Thursday, April 4 and continues every Thursday in April.

There is no registration fee. Helpful tips, videos and photos are available to guide you. Michelle monitors questions daily on her website and in her Ravelry group.

Call the shop with any questions.
Knit for the Love

Do you sometimes think, "I don't need another hat, scarf or cowl, but I love to knit!" What about “knitting for the love” of it? Knit for the love of people going through chemo, women who have had mastectomies, premature babies or those who are homeless. Knit for anyone in need, just for the love of knitting.

Knitting Temptations is encouraging knitters to come together and knit for others on the fourth Saturday of each month from 1-3pm. We will focus on a different charity/project each month. We will deliver the finished projects.

Our focus for April is knitting or crocheting chemo caps. There are several different patterns that we will provide. We are still accepting preemie hats and blocks for Warm Up America!
Kagan's Quilt Reunion

Join us on Thursday, April 18, from 6-8pm for Kagan’s Quilt Reunion to celebrate your hard work on the 2018 Summer Knit-Along. Bring your Kagan’s Quilt—whether completed or not. We can’t wait to catch up with friends, see all your beautiful “quilts,” enjoy some light refreshments, and talk about your ideas for the 2019 Summer Knit-Along.

Come share in the fun—special gifts for all who attend!
What's Off Our Needles?

Nurtured , designed by A ndrea Mowry, knit by Carly.
This cropped sweater pattern has lots of texture that could be thrown on over a favorite dress or paired with high waisted jeans and skirts! This honeycomb pattern is easy to memorize and rhythmic to knit. This sweater is knit from the bottom up, mostly in the round, with the only seaming being a few stitches at the underarms.
City on a Lake , designed by Burning River Knits, knit by Cyndi.

This triangular shawl is knit on the bias in garter stitch, and features sections of mosaic colorwork. The texture of the garter stitch, combined with a squishy DK weight yarn, results in a snuggly shawl perfect for keeping warm when there’s a cool breeze coming off the lake.
Bunny Girl in a Dotty Dress , designed by J ulie Williams , knit by Pam.

How sweet is this little bunny girl! Pam did excellent work creating this soft, squeezable toy! We love it and want her to make one for all of us!
Reversible Cabled Scarf , designed by Kris Hanson, knit by Michelle.

We love a reversible scarf - preferably one that looks the identical on both sides. This one fits the bill. By knitting in a 1x1 rib, it creates the look of stockinette on both sides. The cables give it enough variety to keep the knitter interested, but are simple enough that even the pickiest man will wear it.
Send photos to knit2temptations@gmail.com so we can post your finished projects! Include the name of the pattern and the name/color of the yarn that you used. Thanks!
Tuesdays - 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Fridays - 10am-Noon

Knitting Temptations offers two opportunities for friends to gather and create. We welcome all fiber artists, including knitters, crocheters, spinners, weavers, felters and others of all skill levels. Bring your project and join your creative friends for support and advice.

A member of the staff will be available to answer questions and offer limited guidance. Problems requiring more assistance may be scheduled for a later time.
Knit Kit

A Must for Every Knitter!

Life can be so much easier when preparations are made. Our advice is to assemble a knit kit for your knitting projects. If you need help picking the best container or items, we can assist with that! Items to include are:

Stitch Markers, Tapestry Needle, Waste Yarn, Tape Measure, Scissors, Point Protectors, Pen, Paper, Post-it Notes, Row Counter, Needle Gauge, Fix-It Tool or crochet hook (appropriate to needle size).
Classes

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.

It is our policy that unless we specify otherwise, students in our classes MUST purchase their yarn and other class supplies at Knitting Temptations.
INTRODUCTION TO KNITTING
Class fee: $30 - yarn and needles provided for class
One 2-hour class
Instructors: Elaine Sparks, Karen Wilkins, Beth Hanson, Linda Marion
Skill level: Beginner Knitting

This class is designed for the person who has no prior experience with knitting. Instructors will teach knitting basics: casting on, knitting, purling and binding off the work. Yarn and needles are provided to practice in class. By the end of class, students will have a swatch to take home. Students will be given the opportunity to start a simple washcloth pattern.
This class prepares students for Beyond Intro to Knitting and future projects.

Saturday, April 20, 1-3pm
Thursday, April 25, 2-4pm
Saturday, May 4, 1-3pm
Thursday, May 9, 2-4pm
Saturday, May 18, 1-3pm
Saturday, June 1, 1-3pm
BEYOND INTRO TO KNITTING
Class fee: $30
One 2-hour class
Instructors: Elaine Sparks, Karen Wilkins, Beth Hanson
Skill level: Beginner Knitting

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 determine gauge, read simple knitting instructions and to select yarn and needles for projects. Students will begin knitting a scarf.

Thursday, April 18, 2-4pm
Thursday, May 23, 2-4pm
INTRODUCTION TO CROCHET
Class fee: $30 - yarn and crochet hook provided for class
One 2-hour class
Instructors: Elaine Sparks, Linda Marion, 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. Students will be given the opportunity to begin a beginner washcloth. This class prepares students for Beyond Intro to Crochet and future projects.

Monday, April 15, 2-4pm
Thursday, May 2, 2-4pm
Monday, May 13, 2-4pm
Thursday, May 30, 2-4pm
BEYOND INTRO TO CROCHET
Prerequisite for this class: Knowledge of how to chain and create basic stitches.
Class fee: $30, supplies extra
One 2-hour class
Skill Level: Beginner Crochet

While teachers will review basic crochet skills, this class is designed for students who execute confidently the chain, single, half double and double crochet stitches. Students will learn to read simple crochet instructions and will begin crocheting a scarf.

Monday, April 29, 2-4pm
Thursday, May 16, 2-4pm
BEGINNING SOCK
Class 1: April 30 (1 of 3)
Class 2: May 14 (2 of 3)
Class 3: May 28 (3 of 3)
6–8pm
Class fee: $81.00
Pattern included, supplies extra
Instructor: Karen Wilkins
Three 2-hour classes
Skill level: Easy Knit

Learn to make a classic top down sock in the round using the Magic Loop method. Students must be comfortable knitting and purling. Learn numerous sock techniques including: magic loop, classic heel, left-leaning and right-leaning decreases, and kitchener stitch. Each of these skills is applicable to many other knitting projects.

Supplies needed:
  • Yarn: approximately 400 yards of fingering-weight. Note on choosing yarn: Sock stitches are small and show up best in LIGHT colors.
  • Needles: 32" circular in size US 1 (2.25mm)
  • Knit Kit (See Knit Kit article.)

Please purchase your supplies prior to coming to the first class. There is no pre-work for this class, but there is homework between classes, so please plan accordingly.
TOE UP SOCKS
Wednesday, April 24 (1 of 2)
Wednesday, May 8 (2 of 2)
6-8pm
Class fee: $56.50 - pattern included, supplies extra
Two 2-hour classes
Instructor: Linda Mihely
Skill level: Intermediate Knit
Toe-up socks are all the rage! Why toe-up? By starting at the toe, no grafting is required! Also, there is no need to fret over yardage since the leg is knit from the bottom up until the yarn is gone! Students MUST HAVE previous magic loop and sock experience. This class is a perfect follow-up to our Beginning Sock class.

During the first class, students learn a special cast on for the toe and begin knitting a simple, classic design for the foot. In the second class, students learn a classic wrap and turn short-row heel technique.
Supplies needed:
  • Fingering Weight Yarn - 400-450 yards
Note on choosing yarn: Pattern and stitches show up best in SOLID, LIGHT colors.
  • Needle: 32" circular in size US 1 (2.25mm)
  • Knit Kit (See Knit Kit article.)
LACE I

Saturday, May 4
9-11am
Class Fee: $30
One 2-hour Class
Instructor - Becky Creighton
Skill Level: Beyond Beginning

Students will learn a combination of increases and decreases to create a simple lace pattern that can be used to make a wash cloth. Tips for knitting lace successfully will be covered. Students should know how to do a long tail cast on, knit and purl stitches. It’s helpful if students have experience with yarn overs, ssk and k2tog. 

Supplies: 
  • Washable DK weight yarn
  • Size 6 (4.0mm) knitting needles
  • Knit Kit

LACE II

Saturday, May 11
9-11am
Class Fee: $30
One 2-hour Class
Instructor - Becky Creighton
Skill Level: Beyond Beginning

Expand your basic skills and develop confidence in knitting lace patterns as you knit the Ivy Vine cowl. Students will work with longer stitch repeats and use more yarn overs, increases and decreases.

Supplies:
  • Approximately 150 yards Sport or DK weight yarn
  • size 4 (3.5mm) and size 5 (3.75mm) knitting needles
  • Knit Kit
BROKEN WINGS

Wednesday, May 22
6-8pm
Class Fee: $30
One 2-hour Class
Instructor - Becky Creighton
Skill Level: Intermediate Knit

Knit a beautiful, light weight lace shawl that is perfect for Spring. Joji Locatteli's pattern, Broken Wings, uses one skein of fingering weight yarn. While the stitches are simple, keeping track of the shifting pattern can be a challenge.

Supplies:
  • Approximately 380 yards fingering weight yarn
  • Size 6 (5.0mm) knitting needles
  • Knit Kit
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