Tempting Tidbits - January 14, 2020
A Note From Karen

We listened to your suggestions and are taking action! The Knitting Temptations staff gathered to formulate more plans for 2020. As I heard idea after idea, I wasn't surprised by their ingenuity and creativity, but excited and thankful for the staff's enthusiastic dedication to enhance your making experiences.

For example, we will launch a sweater KAL that includes a special twist, new visiting teachers will share their expertise and talents, and, we are starting a new program, GAL! Continue reading for more details.


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 15 th  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: 10

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 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.

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.

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. We are in the midst of planning start dates for Building Blocks, Building in Color and Sweater School.

It is our policy that unless we specify otherwise, students in our classes MUST purchase their yarn and other class supplies at Knitting Temptations.
January 18
February 8
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.
January 25
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.
Saturday, January 25
Cost: $45.00

Outlander fans: Warm up for the next season of Outlander that starts in February with your own pair of hand warmers similar to Claire’s! 

This is a 3-hour class that teaches a provisional cast on, three-needle bind off, picking up stitches and cable techniques. Linda and Carolyn will walk you step-by-step through each technique. Space is limited. Call today to register.

Skill level: Students should be comfortable using the magic loop technique to knit in the round.

Materials for Class: 
  • 1 Skein (approximately 220 yds) of worsted weight yarn – Suggested yarns include Shepard’s Wool, Woolstok, Berocco Vintage Worsted or Cascade 220.
  • Size US 8 (5.0mm) X 32” circular needles
  • Another needle (any size) for three needle bind-off
  • Stitch markers
  • Row counter
  • Small amount of smooth fingering weight yarn to use for provisional cast on
  • Size G crochet hook
  • Cable Needle

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

To assure that our students have the yarn required for class, this note is our last call!

We are excited to announce that a new Building in Color series begins Thursday, February 6, 2020, and continues on the first Thursday of each month for 10 additional months. We have two sessions available: Afternoon 2-4pm or Evening 6-8pm. Space is limited for this series and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

Building in Color is a skill-building series. The only prerequisite is that students must be proficient in the skills to knit, purl, cast on and bind off stitches. Using three contrasting colors, students knit ten panels, one panel each month, to learn new stitches and techniques.

The course registration fee is $250.00, and includes the book, Building in Color by Michelle Hunter. Because of the high demand for seats in this course, we ask that you register quickly by calling (614) 734-0618. Yarn must be selected soon so that it can be ordered and received.

Dates, class supplies and other pertinent information will be given at the time of registration.

Instructors: Linda Mihely and Karen Wilkins
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