This week in my small corner of the planet, we've had temps in the mid 60's, rain, temps in the mid 30's, snow flurries, and wind. I'm amazed by the diversity we have experienced. It also brought home the state of accessories. The accessories I think of are hats, scarves or cowls, mittens or gloves, slippers and socks. Then I went to work at my day job and it's cold there in some of the locations I work in. Then I went to Michaels for classes. Students and co-workers alike are looking for winter woolies.
There are requests for mitten pattern help, Christmas stocking help (socks), scarves and hats. Before too long there might be a request for baby items. Gotta love babies!
It also made me think when I saw the stacks and stacks of blocks in the classroom of the homeless people. Warm up America gets blocks donated to be joined into afghans to help keep people warm. Lebanon Hopes is the local homeless shelter. This joint effort has contacts with different churches to use their social halls/cafeterias for people to sleep in during the fall/winter/spring seasons. Even though these are enclosed areas with heat, electric, and running water; these spaces lack the comforts of home. An afghan goes a long way to helping the comfort. Consider coming out to help join at your local Michaels.
Stay warm and have a very happy Thanksgiving!
Sunday, November 9, 2014
Today thru November 15 all yarn classes over $15 are on sale for $15. So all my 2 1/2 hour classes are $15. The sale does not affect arm knitting or kids classes. There is also a bar code at the bottom of all syllabus pages that gets you 10% off class supplies.
Even if you don't want a class now, please consider passing the class schedule to someone who might want to learn. Also consider bringing a friend to class. Learning or relearning is more fun with a friend.
Now for the new classes. First up are the crochet classes. I have the schedule from November thru March. Lot of new things in there.
All Classes are Mondays 6pm – 8:30pm
Crochet Beginner 1 – Skinny Scarf or Phone Cover
November 10 December 1 January 5 February 2
Crochet Beginner 2 – Pillow or Scarf
November 17 December 8 January 19 February 16
These advanced beginner classes will be held every Wednesday 6 – 8:30
Boot Cuffs November 12 December 10
Strawberry Cake Scarf November 19
Fingerless Gloves December 3
Discover Time to Crochet Classes
Filet Crochet January 7
Illusion Crochet January 21
Hairpin Lace February 4
Entrelac Crochet February 18
Tapestry Crochet March 4
Crochet Cables March 18
Please see a store associate for details about any classes or sign up online at Michaels.com Look for store 6740 for these classes.
Yarn Nights are times for you to get a question answered about a stitch, yarn or pattern question that don’t require a full class. You can also sit and stitch with me at this time. Starting January 2015 this will be 1 – 3 pm.
November 15 November 22 December 6 December 13 January 10
January 24 February 7 February 21 March 7 March 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. Starting in 2015 this will be from 2 - 4 pm.
November 16 November 23 December 7 December 14
January 11 January 25 February 8 February 22 March 8 March 22
Now for the knit classes
All Classes are Thursdays 6 – 8:30 pm
Knit Beginner 1 – Garter Hat or Cuffs
Nov 13 Dec 4 January 8 February 5 March 5
Knit Beginner 2 – Neck warmer or Tassel Hat
Nov 20 Dec 11 January 22 Feb 19 March 19
New Classes Fridays 6 – 8:30 pm
Cup Cozies November 21 Slouchy Hat December 5
Baby Hat and Booties November 14 December 12
Discover Time to Knit Class Fridays 6 – 8:30 pm & Saturdays 9 – 11am
Fair Isle January 9
Knitting Machine Basics 1 January 10 (put together, set up, cast on, knit, bind off)
Illusion Knitting January 23
Knitting Machine Basics 2 January 24 ( review, increase and decrease)
Cables February 6
Knitting Machine Basics Ribbing (how to make ribbing and other knit/purl combos)
Entrelac February 20
Knitting Machine Basics Cables (how to make cables
Socks March 6
Knitting Machine Basics Color work March 7 (starting with stripes, then fair isle)
Intarsia March 20
Knitting Machine Basics Patterns (how to read knit machine patterns, how to find gauge, and other tips and tricks)
Arm Knitting is still available. Time will be 10 to 11 am. Dates are
November 8 December 6 December 13
I'm excited to introduce the machine knit classes. These are primarily for those who have purchased an Ultimate Sweater Machine but any single board machine will be welcome. The basics are the same for most. Please share this information with anyone you know that has a knitting machine but doesn't use it for whatever reason. It can be a fun and quick way to get a finished item.