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Happy Labor Day Weekend!

Even at my advanced age, the beginning of September still feels like the beginning of a new year to me, just like when I was in school. And I guess it really is like a new year - the kids are back to school, the beginning of sweater weather, the beginning of holiday knitting and crocheting, a whole new season of cooler weather conducive to the wearing of our latest creations.

And speaking of the weather, as I write this I am listening to the sound of the remnants of Hurricane Harvey raining on my roof, and thinking of those unfortunate enough to have lost everything to this vicious storm when it was in Texas.

Can you imagine losing everything you own, including your entire yarn stash? Unthinkable. As always, fiber people are always at the ready to help when there is a need. An indie dyer from Colorado, The Lemonade Shop, is collecting yarn donations for those knitters unfortunate enough to have lost their yarn to Harvey. They realize there are more pressing concerns right now in the devastated area, so for the time being they are collecting and sorting the yarn and holding it, awaiting requests from affected knitters and crocheters. If you have a skein or two that you would like to donate to brighten the day of a fellow fiber friend who has lost all of his or her skeins, you can get the information on how to help and where to send it here.

We will be closed on Monday, September 4th, for Labor Day so all of our associates can celebrate with their families. Sorry for any inconvenience!



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There are 2 Seats Left on The Bus to the New York Sheep and Wool Festival at Rhinebeck, NY, Saturday, October 21st!


Act quickly to get your tickets for this fabulous festival! It will be necessary to start a waiting list shortly, so if you are signed up for a seat on our bus and have not yet paid for that seat, please call or stop by the shop to pay in order to guarantee your seat on the bus.
The price is once again $49, which includes snacks and water and bus driver gratuity, but not tickets into the festival. Festival tickets will be available on the bus, and they are usually $9, but it is too early to order them yet.
Are you intrigued by the What the Fade?! craze? Are you planning your Speckle and Pop ? Have we got yarn for you!
We have been receiving so many hand-dyed yarns over the last couple of months, we can help you Find your Fade in numerous brands of yarn. Like Malabrigo.
Or Barnyard Knits.
Or Primrose Yarn company Sophia - a lovely MCN.

Or Primrose Yarn Company Adelaide.
Or the fabulous Northbound Knitting.
We have all these and so much more from which to choose, and more arriving every week!

Stop by the shop all day on Sunday, September 17th, to see the Sock Machine Knitting Group as they work their magical machines that enable them to knit a sock in an afternoon!
Classes
Fingering Brioche Bandana Cowl with Lavanya
Sunday, September 24th,
1PM - 4PM

  Join Lavanya for an afternoon of knitting and learn the lovely and versatile 2 color brioche stitch. During the 3 hour class you will be taught the basics of the brioche knit and purl stitch, how to read a brioche pattern, how to count rows, how to count stitches, and measuring gauge, while she guides you through your choice of an included cowl pattern. This is a beginner friendly class but advancing students are welcome! Supplies: 2 contrasting skeins of fingering weight yarn - 150 yards each for the small size (shown in the picture) or 220 yards each for the large size - and a US 3 - 16" circular needle, plus a stitch marker. Space is limited, call in advance to sign up.
A New Learn to Weave Class with Keith
3 Sundays
October 22nd, 29th and November 5th
1:30PM to 3:30PM
Cost $75.00 for three sessions
Class is limited to 6 students
(This is actually the second time this class is offered. The first 3-session class was sold out before I even posted it, so if you want to take the class, I advise you not to delay in signing up.)

Join Keith as he take you on a new fiber adventure!
This beginning weaving course is designed for beginners and weavers who want to refresh their weaving skills. You will learn the different parts of the loom, making a warp, learning to dress a Schacht Cricket rigid heddle loom, and the basic weave structures. Students will learn weave structures like plain weave, basket weave, basic tapestry techniques, and finishing techniques. If you are feeling adventurous, you can choose to use a variety of yarn textures, and colors. You may also choose to stay with 1 or 2 solid colors to create your beautiful weaving. Weavers will walk away after this three day class with a beautiful scarf. You will need to pick a plied yarn for your warp, but you may choose single yarns to weave with.
Materials you will need are scissors, tapestry needle, worsted or DK weight yarn. You will need approx. 300 yards for your warp, and approx. 300 yards for your weft to make a 60”x14” scarf.
Our Regular Class List
(See our website -  www.ConversationalThreads.com  - for more information. Please contact Jean at jbyers@ptd.net or Deb at alpduez2@gmail.com to reserve a spot.)

Beginner's Knitting Course (And Beyond!) - An Ongoing Class with Jean
Tuesday Evenings from 6:30PM to 8:30PM and Thursday Afternoons from 3:00PM to 5:00PM

Weekly General Knitting with an Emphasis on Shawls Session with Jean
Tuesday and Thursday Afternoons - 1:00PM - 3:00PM | Cost $10.00
 
Weekly Open Crochet with Deb
Thursday Evenings - 6:30 - 8:30PM | Cost $10.00

Weekly Knitting Basics with Jean
Tuesday Afternoons - 3:00PM - 5:00PM and Thursday Evenings - 6:30PM - 8:30PM | Cost $10.00



Be sure to keep an eye on the shop Facebook page  for announcements of our occasional limited time Flash Sales! You could save 15% off your entire order!

See you at the Shop -
Cindy