Tempting Tidbits - March 11, 2020
A Note From Karen

Dear Makers,

It is with heartfelt gratitude that I say thank you for all the birthday wishes! 
 
So far, March is roaring - Sweater Camp began today, Building Blocks registration is open, Carolyn is teaching a Beginning Sock Class, and Becky is teaching a cast-on technique class, as well as the heavenly Yann cowl. Andrea Wong will return to teach her Portuguese-style knitting class. We are so excited that Mandy Root-Thompson will be here to teach a hands-on class about color theory.
 
March may be roaring – but we have no expectation that April will come in like a lamb! We are making preparations for Local Yarn Store Day (Saturday, April 25). This is such a fun time celebrating customers who come into our brick and mortar store. Robin Richey and her Yarnbyrds truck are landing in the Knitting Temptations' parking lot for LYS day. Look for sales, gifts and raffles from both Yarnbyrds and Knitting Temptations!
 
All the best,
Karen
52 Weeks of Socks

52 Weeks of Socks is the first hardcover book of Laine Publishing. This publication contains 52 knitting patterns by 46 designers, and is a true encyclopedia of socks.

Patterns are beautifully photographed and laid out on 256 pages in the style Laine is known and loved for. The book contains patterns from many different designers, but several familiar names are Isabell Kraemer, Joji Locatelli, and Andrea Mowry.

Karen is placing an order for this fabulous book. If you are interested in purchasing a copy, please call by March 27 to place your order. Laine is completing it's fourth printing and it is scheduled too ship late April.
KALEIDOSCOPE OF COLOR

March 28
10am-1pm 
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.
ANDREA WONG,
GUEST INSTRUCTOR

We are happy to announce that Andrea Wong will be teaching Portuguese-style knitting in the shop on Friday, March 27 from 1-4pm. As a follow-up, Andrea will be teaching a colorwork class on Saturday, May 2, from 1-4pm. Information about the colorwork class will be available in the next newsletter.

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 taught at Vogue Knitting Live (VKL)! NY in January. 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.
PORTUGUESE STYLE OF KNITTING
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

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

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

Supplies:
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.
TWO COLOR KNITTING PORTUGUESE STYLE CLASS

Saturday, May 2
1-4pm
Class type: technique and project
Class Length: 3 hours
Target Student: intermediate and advanced.
Fee: $50.00 (includes pattern)

Key Topics and Concepts Covered: work with two colors per round from the public side (right side) and non-public side (wrong side), trap floats of main color and background color.

Students must feel comfortable with cast on, knit, purl, bind off. Stranded knitting experience helpful.

Pre-class work: Using an elastic cast on and with MC, cast on 96 sts. Join in the round and work 10 rounds in 1X1 rib.

Supplies for technique portion of class:
  • Worsted weight yarn in 2 contrasting colors. Please avoid Black and fuzzy yarns.
  • Needles size US #7 (4.5mm) 24 inch or US #8 (5.0mm) 24 inch

Supplies for project
  • Any yarn that gives18 sts and 28 rounds = 4” (10 cm) in Stockinette Stitch. Suggestions are Cashmerino Aran, Berroco Vintage, Shepherd’s Wool or Alegria Grande.
  • US #7 (4.5mm) 16 inch circular needles *
  • US #7 (4.5mm) double pointed needles *
* or size needed to obtain gauge
  • 2 Knitting Pins (available day of class)
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BUILDING BLOCKS

Building Blocks  begins Thursday, April 16, 2020, and continues on the third Thursday of every month for 12 additional months.  Space is limited for this series and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.   Building Blocks  is a skill-building series.  The only prerequisite is that students are proficient in the knit, purl, and cast on stitches.
 
Over the 13-months, students build skills and confidence as they become experienced knitters. They learn new stitches, tips, and techniques. Participants leave the  Building Blocks  series with a treasure trove of knitting knowledge. This series progresses through major knitting concepts while creating one knitted square a month. In the final class, students learn how to arrange and sew together their twelve beautiful blocks to create a wonderful afghan.
 
The course registration fee of $250, which includes the book,  Building Blocks,  equates to the incredible value of less than $18 per class. Payments may be made with cash, check, or credit card. If paying for the course in full creates difficulty, please contact the shop owner, Karen Wilkins. She is happy to work with potential students to make this wonderful course affordable.
 
Class Fee: $250, includes the book,  Building Blocks  by Michelle Hunter
 
Thursdays, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Thursdays, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
 
To register, please contact the shop at (614)734-0618.
 
For additional information, please call or send an email to  knit2temptations@gmail.com
GIFT-A-LONG (GAL)

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 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 gifts ready for the holidays.

The GAL selection for April is Astra Mitts from Ambah O'Brien.

Perfect for fast gift knitting, the Astra mitts come in three sizes. Choose contrasting colors, create a gradient or bold variation with speckles or solids for the slip-stitch two-color section. Team this enjoyable pattern with the matching  Astra hat  and  cowl  for a cozy, coordinating set that the whole family will love.
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 .

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.
BEGINNING KNITTING

April 4
10am-12noon
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.
BEYOND BEGINNING KNITTING

March 21
1-3pm
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.
BEYOND BEGINNING CROCHET

Thursday, March 26
2-4pm
Instructor: Deb Moore
Class fee: $30, supplies extra
One 2-hour class
Skill Level: Beginner Crochet

Prerequisite for this class: Knowledge of how to chain and create basic stitches.

While the instructor 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 create a face cloth worthy of pairing with a special soap for gifting to friends.

Supplies needed:
  • Rowan Summerlite DK, one skein or Ultra Pima - cotton, one skein
  • US H (5mm) crochet hook
FIXING MISTAKES

Saturday, March 21
Saturday, April 18
Saturday, May 16
9-11am
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
YANN

Tuesdays, March 24 and April 7
2-4pm or 6-8pm
Instructor: Becky Creighton
Skill Level: Intermediate
Class Fee: $55.00, includes pattern
Two 2-hour classes

Yann is an elegant striped cowl worked entirely in the round to form a tube, whose ends are grafted together. A beautiful lace panel adds interest and breaks up the casual stripes. The lace panel is knit in mohair which makes it challenging even though it is a simple lace pattern. Olive wood needles recommended in US 3 (3.25mm) for the lace portion.

Supplies:
  • Recommended Yarn: Ito Rakuda & Ito Sensai or any fingering weight with Kidsilk Haze or Ito Sensai. 330 yd each of 2 colors fingering, 110 yd lace weight mohair.
  • Needles: US 4 (3.5mm)) circular 16" and US 3 (3.25mm) circular 16" in olivewood
  • crochet hook
  • stitch markers
  • tapestry needle
  • second circular needle for kitchener stitch
  • waste yarn in fingering weight.
CASTING ON – THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY
Tuesday, March 31, 1-3pm
Saturday, April 4, 9-11am
Instructor: Becky Creighton
Class Size Limit: 4-6
Fee: $30.00
One 2-hour class

Are you ready to go beyond your standard cast on? Would you like to build your knitting knowledge? There is no right or wrong way to cast on. Each cast-on has its own look and characteristics which will make it suitable for some applications but not others. You want the top of your sock to be flexible but you want the edge of a bag to be firm. You will learn a variety of cast-on techniques along with their characteristics. We will be practicing each cast-on and making a sample to keep for further reference.

Prerequisite Skills Required: Student should be comfortable with knit and purl stitch and doing a basic bind off.

Skills Taught in Class: Knitted, purl, long tail, German twisted, cable, backwards loop, channel island, provisional or crochet, pin hole, I-cord

Supplies:
  • Yarn – light color worsted, worsted for waste yarn, smooth fingering for lifelines
  • Needle – US 8 (5.0mm) circular, 16" or 24" 
BURYU - A SHAWL FOR ALL SEASONS

Mondays, April 6 and April 20
6-8pm
Instructor: Karen Wilkins
Class Fee: $55, 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.

Supplies:
  • 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
FAMILY OF RIBBED HATS

Wednesdays, April 8 and April 22
6-8pm
Instructor: Elaine Sparks
Two 2-hour classes
Class Fee: $55.00 (includes pattern)
Skill Level: Beginner

Knitters of all skill levels will love knitting this hat! It is suitable for beginners as a first circular knitting project. (Yes, there is life after scarves!) With four size options (2 years to adult) you can knit one for almost everyone!

Supplies for project
  • 2 contrasting colors worsted weight yarn
  • S #7 (4.5mm) 16 inch circular needles
  • US #7 (4.5mm) double pointed needles or US #7 (4.5mm) 32 inch for Magic Loop
  • Stitch Marker
  • Tapestry Needle
BEGINNING SOCKS
Mondays, April 13, April 27, May 4
3 Two-hour classes
1-3 or 6-8pm
Instructor: Carolyn Barns
Fee: $81.00 plus supplies

In this 3-part class, you will learn basic techniques of sock construction, 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.

Prerequisites:
Students must be comfortable casting on stitches, knitting and purling.

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: US 1 (2.25mm) 32" circular needles

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.
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