Tempting Tidbits - February 22, 2019
A Note From Karen

One of our Friday Morning Knitters said, “This weather is as unpredictable as a teenager!” I’m sure most of us will agree. But, I’m confident Spring is coming to central Ohio! My poor soggy frozen pansies keep trying to poke their heads through the ground.

March brings opportunities to “March Forth” into spring. Jenny is teaching classes to knit hats and bunnies on double pointed needles. This skill opens the door to amigurumi creatures, preemie hats and other projects requiring work in small circumferences. 

On March 4, we have a birthday party “skein swap” paired with an opportunity to fill boxes for those in need. We suggest toiletries, such as shampoo, soap, diapers and tooth paste, or socks, hats, mittens and scarves. Please make certain that all items are unopened, new purchases and not past expiration dates.

April opens with a fresh, KAL from Knit Purl Hunter. Michelle’s design, Cable Channe l, is a stylish pillow featuring an original cable pattern. Hikoo’s Kenzie is her yarn of choice. Knitters can select from 30 rich colors and coordinate their yarn with beautiful buttons selected especially for Michelle's project.

Finally, April 1 will bring surprises and gifts to our customers. Stayed tuned!

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.

HiKoo Kenzie, available in the Knitting Temptations online shop delivers the excellent stitch definition and durability best suited for casual luxury. Available in 30 colors, there is a shade to match every décor or provide that perfect “pop” of color. With the wide selection of Skacel Buttons, it’s a snap to find the perfect button.

Check out all of the vibrant colors of  Kenzie  and browse the beautiful Skacel buttons . The possibilities are endless!

The KAL begins Thursday, April 4th and continues every Thursday in April.

There is no registration fee. You can download the instructions at any time on Michelle’s website after 9am on April 4. Helpful tips, videos and photos are available to guide you. Michelle monitors questions daily on her website and in her Ravelry group.
Kenzie by HiKoo, 50% New Zealand merino, 25% nylon, 10% angora, 10% alpaca, 5% silk noils, 4 skeins. Shown in #1024 Hokitika
US #6 (4mm) 24” circular needles or size needed to obtain gauge
14” pillow form
7/8” buttons, 4. Shown in Skacel coconut button #BU1732C23
Size: 14” square
Gauge: 23 sts and 30 rows = 4” in stockinette
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 on February 23 is knitting hats for premature babies. There are several different patterns that we will provide. Check out the patterns and the supply lists. So excited to knit together on Saturday!

designed by Monique Rae
DK weight yarn
US 6 (4.0mm) double point needles

designed by Carissa Browning
Sport weight yarn
US 3 (3.25) double point needles

designed by Julie Taylor
DK weight yarn
US 3 (3.25mm) double point needles
US 6 (4.0mm) double point needles

21 Colors Slouch
Knit in all 21 gorgeous introductory Woolstok colors, this kit from Blue Sky Fibers includes everything you need to make a striped slouch hat that's light enough to be worn in any season. It's as fun to knit as it is to wear. Woolstok is a 100% fine Highland wool yarn with great bounce and character.

21 Colors Mitts
The kit includes: 1 hank of yarn, 21 mini-hanks of yarn, and knitting pattern instructions.
Knit in 21 colors of soft and springy Woolstok, this fun and colorful mitt pattern is offered in both a short cuff and a long cuff version. You will want to wear them for both warmth and style! 
Laine Magazine
Issues 7 is here! Reserve your copy!

Laine is a high-quality Nordic knit & Nordic lifestyle magazine. 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 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.
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).
What's Off Our Needles?

Becky and Marianne had fun comparing the different colorways of their swonchos at our Passport Celebration! Marianne has a little bit left to knit, but it's looking great! Both look awesome! Check out the pattern here.

Lynda knit this great sweater using Manos Rios yarn. We love the back detailing! You can find the pattern here .

Finished Sami bracelets from Linda's recent class. These ladies did a fabulous job! They are ready to move to the next level! Call the shop if you are interested in a class.
Rose is wearing her Milda hat and showing the love. She looks pretty sweet and sassy - even with a bit of pastry on her face! You can find the Milda pattern here .
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!
March 4 Party

Let's celebrate Karen's birthday in style! From 4:30-7pm on March 4, we have a variety of activities planned, including, but not limited to, games, cake and ice cream, and a blind skein swap (6pm).

This party is really not all about Karen! If you are able, we'd ask that you bring a gift for those in need. This can be a handmade or purchased item and we will take the gifts to the appropriate agency. Items may include socks, underwear, gloves, scarves, hats, toiletry items and diapers.

Yarn Swap info: Come into the shop and get a bag for your yarn. Fill your bag with one: KT stash yarn skein or newly purchased skein of KT yarn. Belly band must be included. Decorate and close your bag securely. Bring your bag to our celebration to blind swap at 6pm.

This is going to be great!
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.

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 $60
April 17
Instructor: Michelle Hunter

Learn to knit a whimsical shawl where opaque polka dots dance on a sheer background. The design is made possible through a magical combination of Navajo knitting and Intarsia. Unlike traditional Intarsia, only one skein is used at a time with no interlocking or ends to weave in. Previous experience with Navajo knitting or Intarsia is NOT required. It’s fast, fun and easy to learn.   

Using fingering weight yarn, the pattern is available in two sizes. Both sizes are perfect for warming the shoulders on a chilly evening. The large size would make a stunning wrap for the modern bride!

Class includes the pattern, expert finishing tips, and lots of hands-on instruction for this unique technique. During the session, we will be swatching and beginning the shawl - be sure to bring a fabulous yarn to showcase the design! We will also explore how to incorporate the skill into an endless array of design possibilities.
Size of finished shawl: Small (Large) – 60 (76)” wide, 33 (40)” deep at center point.
Supplies Needed:
  • One color of smooth, fingering weight yarn, 760 (1,100) yards.
  •  US #9 (5.5mm) 32-40” circular needle. Gauge will be determined in class - no need to swatch! Bring extra needle sizes to class to adjust gauge, if necessary.
  • Stitch Markers
  • Measuring tape
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. This class prepares students for Beyond Intro to Knitting and future projects.

Saturday, February 23, 9-11am
Thursday, March 7, 2-4pm
Tuesday, March 12, 6-8pm
Saturday, March 16, 1-3pm

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 in selecting yarn and needles for projects. Students will begin a face cloth worthy of pairing with a special soap and gifting to friends.

Supplies needed:
Summerlite DK
Size US 6 (4mm) knitting needles
Knit Kit (See Knit Kit article.)

Tuesday, February 26, 6-8pm
Thursday, March 21, 2-4pm
Saturday, March 23, 9-11am
Tuesday, March 26, 6-8pm

Class fee: $30 - yarn and crochet hook provided
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. This class prepares students for Beyond Intro to Crochet and future projects.

Tuesday, February 26, 6-8pm
Thursday, March 21, 2-4pm
Saturday, March 23, 9-11am
Tuesday, March 26, 6-8pm
Prerequisite for this class: Knowledge of how to chain and create basic stitches.
Class fee: $30, supplies extra
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 create a face cloth worthy of pairing with a special soap for gifting to friends.

Supplies needed:
Rowan Summerlite DK, one skein
US H (5mm) crochet hook

Thursday, March 28, 2-4pm

Saturday, March 9
Instructor: Karen Wilkins
Skill level: Beginner
Class fee: $30 - yarn provided; other supplies extra

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 fix 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

Advanced Sami Class
March 9
Instructor - Linda Mihely

Prerequisite: Beginning Sami

Now that you’ve mastered the steps to complete a traditional Sami bracelet, you will learn techniques to make more complicated-looking braids. We will then create the tin and leather components to design your own beautiful bracelets.

Class fee: No fee
3rd Tuesday of the month
Facilitator: Karen Wilkins

Join Karen in this knit-a-long so that your June Cashmere poncho kit becomes a reality!

Sessions will be a true knit-a-long with Karen available for guidance. Poncho knitters are welcome to join the group at any time.

Supplies needed:
  • Size US 3 knitting needles, or size needed to obtain gauge
  • Knitted swatch, worked on size 3 needles
  • June Cashmere Poncho Kit
  • Knit Kit (See Knit Kit article.)

Tuesday, March 19, 6-8pm
Tuesday, April 16, 6-8pm
Tuesday, May 22, 6-8pm

Tuesday, March 12
Class fee: $81.00
Pattern included, supplies extra
Instructor: Karen Wilkins
Three 2-hour classes
Skill level: Easy Knit

Class 1: March 12
Class 2: March 26
Class 3: April 9

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 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.

Saturday, March 2
Class fee $30.00
Pattern included – supplies extra
Instructor: Jenny Scheetz
Difficulty: Advanced Beginner

Join Jenny to learn how to use DPN needles making Michelle Hunter's Heir Apparent hat. So sweet!

Supply List:
Fingering Weight Yarn - 100-150 yards
US 1 - 2.25 mm Double Pointed Needles
US 2 - 2.75 mm Double Pointed Needles
Knit Kit (See Knit Kit article.)

Saturday, March 16
Class fee $30
Pattern included – supplies extra
Instructor: Jenny Scheetz
Difficulty: Advanced Beginner

Build your DPN skills in making Henry's Bunny! These little guys will hop right off your needles in no time at all. Knit in the round, they are made entirely in one piece except for the legs, which are seamed to the bottom.

Supply List:
Worsted Weight Yarn – about 80 yards
Size 4 double pointed needles 
Knit Kit (See Knit Kit article.)

Wednesday, April 24 (1 of 2)
Wednesday, May 8 (2 of 2)
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 & 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.)
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