All Of The Above.
You are a miracle! You're working, you're knitting, you're powering through a challenging winter--and from what we can see, you're still smiling! Hats off to you, knitters, crocheters and spinners all.
As our moms used to say, though, don't forget to eat. Don't forget to nourish yourself, whatever that may mean for you each day. Maybe it's a little time out for a good book. Maybe it's an extra dose of knitting time on a project that's gotten squeezed out of your busy schedule. Around here, we think that a class is a GREAT way to feed yourself. Maybe a little shot of Crochet For Knitters to round out your skill set? Perhaps you've always wanted to try spinning yarn on a spinning wheel--give yourself that gift with our Learn to Spin workshop. And don't forget that winter is still with us; stop by and sign up for Lara's Learn To Knit Mittens class to keep cozy during all that shovelling!
What are we doing to nourish ourselves, you ask? Ordering spring yarn, of course! You'll start to see cottons, silks, and linens emerging in the next few weeks--but that's another newsletter!
Take care, knit well, see you soon.
Julia, June, and Linda
Crochet For Knitters
With Beverly Army Williams
Do you avoid knitting patterns that call for crochet finishing? Fear the crochet cast-on? Wish you could add a little crochet pizzazz to your knitting? Never fear, Beverly Army Williams is here! Beverly is a knitter and crocheter with a gift for bringing the best in each craft to the other (she's also a super creative person; website link here). Here at the shop she'll bring her skills--and her enthusiasm--to bear on bringing FEARLESS CROCHET to your knitting. She'll cover an easy crochet cast-on; crochet for provisional cast-on; crochet to stabilize knitting; seaming with crochet; and two different decorative edges. You'll be busy, you'll be happy, and you'll learn so much!
Skills needed: basic
Sunday, February 26th
Learn to Knit Socks
Two At a Time!
A cozy pair of hand-knit socks is one of life's essential pleasures. In this class, we'll learn to knit a basic top-down sock, but smarter: we'll knit using two circular needles, and we'll knit both socks at once! The pattern (which you can preview here) gives knitters the flexibility to use either fingering or DK weight yarn, for your choice of coziness. Chloe will use three class sessions to cover all the basics of sock contruction, from swatching to making sure they fit, to casting on two-at-at-time, to turning the heel and finishing the toe.
Skills needed: basic
Saturdays, March 4th, 18th and 25th
Short Beach Shawl With Kirsten Kapur
Spring is coming (we promise!) and this airy, drapey shawl is a perfect way to welcome in a new season. Knitters who are new to lace, as well as the more experienced will love making and wearing the Short Beach Shawl, which Kirsten designed as part of the Drop Dead Easy Knits collection. Kirsten will teach you how to master simple lace patterns--no charts required! She'll discuss different yarn options, the possibilities for making Short Beach into a two (or more!) color shawl, and she'll share tips and tricks for creating and adding fringe.You'll leave with the tools you need to make this beautiful piece, and the confidence to make it your own. photo credit: Gale Zucker
Skills needed: basic
Sunday, April 2nd
Warm and Cozy
Learn to Knit MITTENS!
We've found the best pattern for mittens! It's easy, it's clear, and it's adaptable for a wide range of sizes and yarns. Perfect. Come join Lara for a two-class series that will give you plenty of time to finish your first mitten, from cuff to fingertips. You'll be churning out mittens for all your favorite people before you know it. Want to peek at the pattern? Here you go!
Mondays, March 13th and 27th
Learn To Knit
We think everyone should know how to knit--and we are ALWAYS right, just ask our kids. Come learn the basics in a relaxed environment, among friends. Your first week will cover casting on stitches and knitting, then you'll return for a second week to cover the purl stitch and binding off. You'll get a good start on a scarf--and you'll be a KNITTER!
Saturdays, February 18th and 25th
Fixing Your Mistakes
Ever cry yourself to sleep over your knitting? We've all been there--let's remedy the situation with some knitting 911 skills. Lara will teach you to fix what ails your project, from a dropped stitch to a backwards cable to stitch count that's gone awry. You'll gain confidence and skills as you learn to navigate your way around your knitting--bumps and all!
Skills needed: basic
Saturday, April 1st
Learn To Crochet
Come join the crochet revolution! Rachel will walk you through all the crochet basics you need to get started on your first project. You'll learn how to match your yarn with the right size hook; how to chain, single crochet, and double crochet; and how to read a basic crochet pattern. You'll be ready to cast on--on your mark, get set, GO!
Saturday, April 8th
Learn To Spin
Ever wish you could make your own yarn, just the way you want it? If you've ever thought you might like to try spinning on a spinning wheel, we urge you to sign up for this weekend workshop. We provide the wheel and starter fiber; you spend a relaxed morning learning and practicing with a professional. And remember, your class fee can be applied to the purchase of any spinning wheel from Knit New Haven--so give it a try!
Sunday, March 19th
The Fine Print:
for the sake of our teachers and their preparation, we require that you pre-register for our classes. We occasionally have same-day space available--but we urge you to call ahead!
- many classes require "basic knitting skills." By these we mean comfort with knitting, purling, casting on and binding off.
- all classes require payment in full at the time of registration.
- if we cancel a class, we give you store credit.
- if you cancel your registration with 72 hours notice, we give you store credit.
- late cancellations are not refundable.
- we ask that you purchase all class-related patterns and fiber from Knit New Haven.
We're flattered. We're grateful. We're pleased as punch. Thank you for helping us be the best we can be--and the Best Place to Buy Yarn--every day.