Wednesday, November 13, 2013

New Schedules for 2014

Here are the new classes for the first half of the year.  If there is something you would like to see and it isn't listed, let me know.  I will see what I can do to add that to the schedule.  If you know someone who might be interested in a class, please share the schedule with them.

Please note, Michaels now requires 2 students for a class to be held, with the exception of Wilton Cake Decorating. All classes are 2.5 hours long and are $25 each.  Exception to this is the Kid's Crochet classes, they are 1.5 hours and $15 each.  These are for kids 6 and older.  Great idea for the grandkids. 

Also classes make great gifts for someone who wants to learn a new skill or enhance a skill they already have.

All Classes are Mondays 6pm – 8:30pm
Crochet Beginner 1 – Skinny Scarf or Phone Cover

November 11  January 6       March 3        April 28         June 16

Crochet Beginner 2 – Pillow or Scarf

November 18     January 20     March 17    May 12     June 18

Crochet Advanced Beginner – Granny Square Scarf or Market Bag

December 2 February 3    March 31    May 27 (Tuesday after Memorial Day)

Crochet Advanced Beginner – Cloche or Scarf

December 9        February 17          April 14       June 9

Please see a store associate for details about any classes or sign up online at under classes for this store 1127 Quentin Rd. Leb.

Yarn Nights are times for you to get a question answered about a stitch, yarn or pattern question that doesn’t require a full class.  You can also sit and stitch with me at this time

December 14   January 11   January 25   February 8   February 22   March 8   March 22   
April 5   April 19   May 3   May 17   June 14    June 21

Warm Up America Joining Parties are times to help join afghans blocks to help the homeless here in Lebanon with the donation of warm afghans.

November 17   January 12   January 26   February 9   February 23   March 9   March 23   April 6   May 4
All Classes are Wednesdays 6pm – 8:30pm
Crochet Advanced Beginner – Hooded Baby Blanket

November 13   January 8   March 5   April 30

Crochet Advanced Beginner – Granny Throw or Lace Wrap

1 Piece Granny November 20  1 Piece Granny January 22   Lace Wrap March 19   
1 Piece Granny May 14

  Crochet Intermediate – Tote Bag

December 4   February 5   April 2   May 28

Discover Time to Crochet Classes

Hairpin Lace December 11   Broomstick Lace February 19   Crochet Cables April 16
   Crocodile Stitch June 11

All Classes are Thursdays 6 – 8:30 pm
Knit Beginner 1 – Hat or Wristwarmers 

November 14   January 9   March 6   May 1    June 19

Knit Beginner 2 – Neckwarmer or Tassel Hat

November 21   January 23   March 20   May 15   June 20

Knit Advanced Beginner – Hat or Legwarmers  

December 5   February 6   April 3   May 29

Knit Advanced Beginner – Cable Scarf or Fingerless Gloves

December 12   February 20   April 17   June 12

All Classes are Fridays 6 – 8:30 pm
Knit Advanced Beginner – Baby Blanket/Booties or Baby Kimono

Kimono November 16  Blanket/Bootie January 10   Kimono March 7   Blanket/Bootie May 2

Knit Intermediate – Patchwork Blanket

November 22  January 24  March 21  May 16

Knit Intermediate – Fair Isle Cowl

December 6   February 7   April 4   May 30

Discover Time to Knit Classes   

I Cord December 13    Entrelac February 21   Sock Class April 18   Intarsia June 13

Discover Kids Classes
All Classes are Saturday mornings 9:30 – 11 am unless noted
Discover Kids Crochet 1 (Necklace and Bracelet) 

December 7 January 11  February 22  April 5

Discover Kids Crochet 2 (Zipper Pull)

December 14  January 25   March 8   April 19

Discover Kids Crochet 3 (Monsters)

December 15  February 8   March 22   May 3


Friday, November 8, 2013

Color Inspiration

What inspires you to choose the colors you do for your projects?

 I know what inspires me is usually first who am I making something for?  I'm usually not going to make something in neutrals for a person who loves bright, bold colors.  Under this will also come the question of how will it be used?  I don't do slippers in white since dirt tends to get ground into the soles.  I don't dress babies in really dark colors.

Second, my personal preferences.  I can't knit or crochet with colors I hate.  I can't knit or crochet with colors I can't see (black comes to mind at this stage of life).  I can usually bend my choices to the recipient's likes and dislikes.

Third, season of the year is a big part of my color selection.  In winter, I feel a need to work with blacks, grays, whites, blues of an icy nature and red.  

Lots of gray, white and cold blues here
In spring, I'm going to gravitate to spring colors of not only the pastels, but deep purple of crocus, deep greens and yellow-y greens of the leaves.  
The red maple has pinky purple leaves in the background and the tri color beech is pink

Here are the saturated colors of spring

Summer brings all colors of the rainbow in fruits and vegetables and flowers.  There are very few color pairings from this selection I don't like.  I'm even happy about the beige that reminds me of sand and I usually can't stand beige of any kind.  I will usually separate my palettes by what I consider beach-y, garden-y, floral, camping type colors and so on.  I don't mix my palettes either.

A favorite
In perpetual summertime

The gardens in this Mission are amazing

Flowers and weeds, like bushes and trees can have many color facets
This being autumn, I really gravitate to plummy purples, cranberry reds, pumpkin oranges, yellows of most vibrant hues, dark pine-y greens, dirty looking browns and the two colors of blue I associate with autumn, either the gray blue of wind clouds/rain clouds or the vibrant blue of an October sky.  I have been known to pair many of these colors together.  After all, if Mother Nature can, why can't I?
Autumn harvests and thanksgiving are 2 favorites of mine for color

I find this very inspirational

Holidays will also inspire me and summer brings a host of red, white and blue to my work.  I am a traditionalist with most of my other holiday hues as well.

So I ask again, what inspires your color choices?