Tempting Tidbits - September 28, 2018
Autumn Has Finally Arrived in Ohio!

A Note from Karen

With the arrival of cooler weather, things are warming up at Knitting Temptations! As always, we have a full slate of expertly taught classes. We are offering our “Passport to the Holidays,” a game that promises to be fun and help simplify our gift-giving. Also, we have several special events planned – I am so excited for the June Cashmere trunk show in October, as well as the “10,000 New Knitters” event in November. The Mystery Knit Purl Hunter KAL begins October 4. As we create a stunning garment, the beautiful Sueño yarn will keep us cozy. We have many opportunities to gather and create. I love welcoming you to Knitting Temptations! 
Knitting Temptations has a new path to assist our artists reach the holidays with opportunities to learn, socialize, share talents and be inspired. Our travelers will arrive at their destination with a trunk full of holiday gifts while earning souvenirs and prizes for themselves.
  • Your first stop: Arrive at the shop to register and pick up your suitcase. We packed your bag with a passport and 12 tickets to the 2018 holidays. You determine your own itinerary and the stations you visit along the way.

  • After passing through a station, bring a ticket to be punched and receive a passport sticker. If your station involves completing a project, be sure to show it to the shop's ticket master. With your okay, we'd love to photograph and share your work with other travelers on this journey.

  • For every 3 passport stickers earned, you will receive a "souvenir."

  • Once you earn 12 stickers, you will visit our Grand Central Station and select your own "grand prize."
Passport Stops
Stations Along Your Journey

  • Take a Class at Knitting Temptations
  • Attend a Knitting Temptations $5 Technique Stop
  • Purchase a $30 Knitting Temptations Gift Card to be used in 2019
  • Attend the June Cashmere Trunk Show on Friday or Saturday, October 26 or 27 at Knitting Temptations
  • Bring a friend who wants to learn how to knit to 10,000 New Knitters Day on November 10
  • Purchase $30 in Stocking Stuffers from Knitting Temptations. Items include: needles, notions, bags, yarn bowls, books. etc.
  • Knit, Crochet, or Weave your way to the holidays
Purchasing Knitting Temptations’ yarn to complete any of the following:
  • Stash-buster project
  • Project that requires Learning a "New-to-You" technique
  • Two or more color project
  • Project using selected Chunky or Super Bulky yarn
  • Project that combines two different weights of yarn
  • Complete a project using an in-house pattern
  • Using yarn from Knitting Temptations, complete a project that incorporates a Knitting Temptations Button
Note: Some exceptions apply including, but not limited to. sale yarn, unicorn tails
Passport Technique Classes
Technique Stops to Enhance Your Journey
Travelers may participate in a Technique Stop. Call or visit the shop to register for these $5 sessions.
1. Swatching for a Precise Gauge -- Saturday, October 6 -- 9-11am
Ever run out of yarn, turn a scarf into a table runner or create a college-sized sweater for your favorite 4 year old? Swatching will eliminate many unpleasant issues. Learn techniques to help create beautiful results. Prior to the session, participants should cast on 30 stitches in worsted weight yarn using a US 7 or 8 needle, knit for 4", bring a few t-pins, ruler or tape measure, and calculator.
2.   Understanding Charts -- Saturday, October 20 -- 9-11am
More and more patterns provide only a chart. Why miss the opportunity to knit a favorite pattern? Learn to read charts! Participants bring worsted weight yarn and US size 7 or 8 needle.
3.   Why, When & How to Block Your Work -- Saturday, November 17 -- 9-11am
Uneven stitches, lumpy rows, the finished project is a bit too small. Learn how to block projects and resolve these issues and more.
4.   Make a Pompom -- Saturday, December 1 -- 9-11am
Pompoms are the rage! Save money and learn to make them! Participants bring or purchase a pair of small, sharp scissors, tapestry needle and yarn for practicing. Pompom maker provided for the class.
Mystery Knit Purl Hunter KAL!

It's not too late to join us for the October Knit Purl Hunter Mystery KAL!

The first clue will be revealed Thursday, October 4.

Join Michelle this October for Match Play , a poncho featuring high-impact textured stitches and great techniques.

Michelle has discovered a new way to execute a favorite stitch that will forever change this technique for you. Perhaps life changing is a bit strong of a term, but it rocked Michelle's world!

With an easygoing fit, this poncho is figure-flattering on everyone. Match Play is knit with Sueño yarn, a merino/bamboo blend, which gives the fabric both drape and sheen along with excellent stitch definition. Select from an amazing number of Sueño colors at Knitting Temptations or visit the website www.shop.knittingtemptations.com

Thursdays October 4, 11, 18 and November 1, Elaine Sparks will be in the classroom supporting the Knit Purl Hunter KAL knitters from 2-4pm and in the evening, from 6-8pm, Karen Wilkins will be in the shop to do the same. We look forward to seeing KAL knitters!

 * Please note that there is no charge.
June Cashmere Trunk Show
October 25 and 26
I hope you will visit Knitting Temptations to experience firsthand these beautiful yarns from June Cashmere. Hear the story of how this family from Worthington, Ohio lives currently in Kyrgyzstan and works with the local shepherds there to create this amazing yarn. More information to come!

10,000 New Knitters


Are you an established knitter who would love to share your passion? Or, are you admiring all the fabulous things your friends, family and co-workers are creating?

Fabulous! Skacel, our source for many wonderful yarns, needles, and publisher of Knit Purl Hunter's  Building  series books, is challenging the knitting community to create  10,000 New Knitters  in one day! In partnership with Local Yarn Shops (LYS) and knitting mentors, Skacel is providing FREE kits to new knitters to make a pair of fingerless mitts.

Knitting Temptations will have 50 free KNIT KITS, one for each NEW knitter, while supplies last.

We are scheduling 1.5 hour time slots for a maximum of 10 new knitters and their mentors per time slot. As a mentor or new knitter, you may reserve seats, one for yourself and another for your companion. Each mentor may be accompanied by more than one new knitter. Kits will be distributed on November 10 at the beginning of your time slot.

The time slots, reserved on a first-come, first serve basis, are as follows:

  • 9:30am
  • 11:00am
  • 12:30pm
  • 2:00pm
  • 3:30pm

Don't have a knitting mentor who can help you? Please join us on November 10 to get your free KNIT KIT and receive help from the Knitting Temptations staff and our knitting community.

Please call us to reserve your seat(s).
What is the Project?

New knitters will create a pair of fingerless mitts,as they learn the two most important stitches in knitting, Knit and Purl.

To learn more about the Skacel 10,000 New Knitters effort, please visit: www.10000NewKnitters.c o m
Creating Friends

 Tuesdays - 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Fridays - 10am-Noon

Knitting Temptations offers two opportunities for friends to gather and create together. 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.

*Please note that Creating Friends is canceled Friday, October 25.
Laine Magazine Issue #6
 Release Date October 1 - reserve your copy today!

Laine is a high-quality Nordic knit & lifestyle magazine for knit folks. The folks at Laine cherish natural fibers, slow living, local craftsmanship and a beautiful, uncomplicated and peaceful lifestyle. Their intention is to inspire us to gather and share, to be part of a community of like-minded knitters, makers and thinkers from near and far. Knitting is more than just knit, knit, purl. It is a feeling.

Laine includes patterns from the leading knitwear designers; insightful, long-format stories from the world of wool; interviews, exciting travel articles, seasonal recipes and strong, visual storytelling.

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.
Class fee: $30 - yarn and needles provided
One 2-hour class
Instructors: Meghan Kizer and Elaine Sparks
Skill level: Beginner Knit

As the name implies, Knitting 101 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 the needles and yarn to learn and practice in class. By the end, you will have knit a small swatch to take home and our staff will be on hand to help you select yarn and needles to make a beginner-appropriate project.

Meghan's Sessions:
Friday, October 5, 6-8pm
Kid's Knitting, ages 6-14  - Saturday, October 20, 12:30-2:30pm
Saturday, December 15, 10:30am-12:30pm

Elaine's Sessions:
Thursday, November 8, 2-4pm
Thursday, November 22, 2-4pm

Class fee: $30 - yarn provided; hook extra
One 2-hour class
Instructors: Meghan Kizer and Elaine Sparks
Skill level: Beginner Crochet

Learn chain stitches, half double and double crochet, and triple crochet. Note: Crochet is an incredibly useful skill for knitters - consider bringing the power of the crochet hook to your knitting projects!

We provide the yarn. Students need to bring/purchase a crochet hook size US G (4mm) or US H (5mm).

Meghan's Sessions:
Saturday, October 6, 11am-1pm
Wednesday, November 21, 6-8pm
Thursday, December 20, 6-8pm

Elaine's Sessions
Thursday, November 1, 2-4pm
Thursday, November 15, 2-4pm

Class fee: $80 - yarn provided; other supplies extra
Three 2-hour classes
Instructor: Meghan Kizer
Skill level: Easy Knit

This class is designed to expand on the knitting fundamentals learned in Beginning Knitting 101. Successful participants need to be able to execute on their own the knitting fundamentals:

  • gauge
  • knit and purl stitches
  • long-tail and/or knitted cast on
  • standard bind-off

To expand on these fundamentals, you will learn new concepts including gauging techniques, new stitch types, stitch patterns, choosing yarn and needles for projects, basic shaping stitches, and finally, a brief introduction to circular knitting.

Between class sessions, you will work on homework swatches and small items to reinforce concepts learned in class.

Yarn is provided. Students need to bring/purchase 24″ circular needles in sizes US 6 (4mm) and US 8 (5mm).

There is no pre-work for this class, but there is homework between classes, so please plan accordingly.

Tuesdays, November 20, December 4, and December 18, 6-8pm
Class fee: $30 - yarn provided; other supplies extra
One 2-hour class
Instructor: Meghan Kizer
Skill level: Easy Knit

Join Meghan 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 fix them. Also, discussed is using lifelines, how to "tink" (unknitting stitches), and ripping back rows.

Yarn is provided for this class . Supplies needed:

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

Wednesday, October 3, 6-8pm
Thursday, November 15, 6-8pm
Saturday, December 8, 10:30am-12:30pm

Class fee: $75 - supplies extra
Pattern: $6.00 + tax
Three 2-hour classes
Instructor: Meghan Kizer
Skill level: Easy Knit

Learn to make a classic top down sock in the round using the Magic Loop method.

Build the foundation needed to progress your sock-knitting skills to work on more complex sock designs!

Students must be comfortable knitting and purling. Learn numerous sock techniques including: magic loop, classic heel, left 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 selecting yarn: Sock stitches are small and show up best in LIGHT colors.
  • Needles: 32" circular in size US 1 (2.25mm)
  • Tapestry needle

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.

Wednesdays, November 14, November 28, December 12 - 6-8pm
Toe-Up, Two-At-A-Time Socks
Class fee: $50 - supplies extra
Pattern: $6.00 + tax
Two 2-hour classes
Instructor: Meghan Kizer
Skill level: Intermediate Knit

Cure yourself of the Second Sock Syndrome! In this class you’ll learn how to cast-on two socks at once, as well as learning the technique for toe-up socks. 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 & turn short-row heel technique.

Supplies needed:
  • Yarn: 400-450 yards fingering-weight. Note on choosing yarn: Pattern and stitches show up best in SOLID, LIGHT colors.
  • Needle: 32″ circular in US 1
  • Tapestry needle
  • Split or “safety pin” style stitch marker or coil-less safety pin

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.

Mondays, October 8 and October 22, 6-8pm
Tuesdays, October 16 and October 30, 6-8pm
Saturdays,November 3 and November 17, 10:30am-12:30pm
$30 - pattern included; supplies extra
One 2-hour class
Instructor: Meghan Kizer
Skill level: Easy Knit

The Entrelac technique is used to create a textured diamond pattern. The resulting fabric looks like woven knitted strips, but is actually knitted in one piece. The technique looks more difficult than it is to knit.

This class is suited for knitters comfortable with the casting on, knit and purl stitches. Students will learn various decreases and a time-saving technique of knitting BACKWARDS that makes the Entrelac technique a snap!

Supplies needed:

  • Yarn: Approximately 440 yards of long-repeat, variegated worsted-weight
  • Needle: 24" circular or straights US 7 or US 8
  • Tapestry needle

Shop sample is knit with 4 skeins of Noro Silk Garden.

Please purchase your supplies prior to class day. There is no pre-work for this class.

Wednesday, October 17, 6-8pm
Tuesday, November 27, 6-8pm

Class fee: $35 - pattern included; supplies extra
One 2-hour class
Instructor: Meghan Kizer
Skill level: Intermediate Crochet

This stunning shawl will rival the drape and elegance of any knit shawl, but it’s crochet! Using simple stitches, this shawl features growing squares that create a fun geometric pattern. See the Tobias Ravelry page for pictures of how to wear this dramatic, yet simple, design.

This pattern uses basic crochet stitches throughout.  However, it is a great opportunity to learn more about chart reading, the importance of gauge, keeping your stitches consistent, and using lace weight yarn with small hooks.
Supplies needed:

  • Yarn: 3 skeins of lace-weight, at least 2520 yards
  • Hook: Size US B (2.5mm) or whatever size hook you need to obtain gauge

Shop sample worked with 3 skeins of Madelinetosh Prairie in colorway Arctic which Madelinetosh "retired."

Please purchase your supplies prior to class day. There is pre-work for this class.

Class pre-work:

Check gauge! **NOTE: The gauge is critically important in this pattern. The sample used every inch of 2520 yards (assuming a 5-6 inch tail when beginning and ending each skein). There was nothing left over!**

Gauge: 31 stitches and 16 rows = 4 inches in double crochet
Start the shawl. Ch 212

Row 1: Double crochet in the 4th ch from the hook, double crochet in each chain across.

Saturday, October 20, 10am-12noon

Class fee: $20 - yarn provided; other supplies extra
One 1-hour class
Instructor: Meghan Kizer
Skill level: Easy Knit

Many knitting students want to learn the Continental style. This 1-hour class teaches using the left hard to hold yarn and “pick” rather than “throw” to make a stitch.

Since it requires less movement than English style (throwing), Continental knitting is often considered a faster and more efficient way of knitting. Meghan teaches the traditional Continental method, as well as a variation that requires even less hand movement. Yarn is provided. Please bring or purchase size US 8 (5mm) needles.

Saturday, October 6, 1:30-2:30pm
Knitting Fun Fact
A ccording to the Guiness Book of World Records, the world’s fastest knitter is Miriam Tegels of the Netherlands. She can hand knit 118 stitches in one minute. Wow!

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