Ravi KAL

Coming Up December 2-8

Tuesday: Evening sit and knit group, 6 to 9 p.m. All knitters, crocheters and stitchers welcome! Free.Wednesday: Midday sit and knit group, noon to 2 p.m. All knitters, crocheters and stitchers welcome! Free. Continuing Knitting, 6 to 8 p.m. $120 for six weeks. Work on your own project in a group setting as you gain confidence, get help and learn new techniques from an experienced teacher. Contact the store for registration information. Thursday: Charity knitting group, noon to 2 p.m. We have suggestions for charities and patterns. Come join us!Learn to Knit or Learn to Crochet, 6 to 8 p.m. $20 plus supplies. No registration required.Project Help, 6 to 8 p.m. Stuck on a project? Need to learn a new technique? Drop in for help. Only $5.Friday: Spinning group, 6:30 to 9 p.m. Bring your wheel or spindle and socialize. Free.Saturday: Sculpting With Felting Needles, 10:30 to 12:30.  Create your own three-dimensional objects such as flowers, animals or dolls using a needle and unspun wool. No prerequisites. Class fee includes fiber, felting needles and foam pad. Supplies included. $35.Ravi Knitalong help and socialization session, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Sunday: Continuing Knitting, 10 a.m. to nooOne 2-hour session. Create your own three-dimensional objects such as flowers, animals or dolls using a needle and unspun wool. No prerequisites. Class fee includes fiber, felting needles and foam pad. Supplies included. $35.. $120 for six weeks. Work on your own project in a group setting as you gain confidence, get help and learn new techniques from an experienced teacher. Contact the store for registration information. Learn to Crochet, 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Learn how to chain and get an introduction to three common crochet stitches. $20 plus supplies. Contact the store for registration information.Crocheted Beanie, 3 to 5 p.m. Once you’ve learned the basic stitches, learn to crochet in the round and make an easy hat. $20 plus supplies. Contact the store for registration...

Posted on Nov 30, 2013 in Charity, Classes, Needle Felting, Ravi KAL, Spinning | Comments Off on Coming Up December 2-8

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Coming Up November 11-17

Tuesday: Evening sit and knit group, 6 to 9 p.m. All knitters, crocheters and stitchers welcome! Free.Wednesday: Midday sit and knit group, noon to 2 p.m. All knitters, crocheters and stitchers welcome! Free. Continuing Knitting, 6 to 8 p.m. $120 for six weeks. Work on your own project in a group setting as you gain confidence, get help and learn new techniques from an experienced teacher. Contact the store for registration information. Thursday: Charity knitting group, noon to 2 p.m. We have suggestions for charities and patterns. Come join us!Learn to Knit or Learn to Crochet, 6 to 8 p.m. $20 plus supplies. No registration required.Project Help, 6 to 8 p.m. Stuck on a project? Need to learn a new technique? Drop in for help. Only $5. Saturday: Easy Basic Hat, 10:30 to 12:30. First of two sessions. $40 plus supplies. This is a great project for new knitters who know how to knit and purl. Learn to knit in the round and decrease as you create a warm worsted-weight hat. Contact the store for registration information. Sunday: Continuing Knitting, 10 a.m. to noon. $120 for six weeks. Work on your own project in a group setting as you gain confidence, get help and learn new techniques from an experienced teacher. Contact the store for registration information. Bias Lace Scarf, 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. First of two sessions. $40 plus supplies. This is a simple introduction to lace knitting. You’ll create a colorful scarf knit on the diagonal and with an attractive eyelet pattern. Contact the store for registration information.Ravi Knitalong Help and Socialization, 3 to 5 p.m. For those participating in our fall sweater...

Posted on Nov 11, 2013 in Charity, Classes, Ravi KAL | Comments Off on Coming Up November 11-17

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Ravi’s Construction, an Overview

Ravi’s Construction, an Overview

Our Ravi Knitalong starts this Sunday, September 15 at 4. What makes Ravi such an interesting sweater and fun knit is its unusual construction. Let’s walk through it. Ravi begins with the yoke which is knit from side to side. The yoke is made from wedges knit from the neckline to the bottom of the openwork pattern and is shaped using short rows. So each wedge begins with the full length of the yoke then is knit back and forth on fewer and fewer stitches. When enough wedges have been knit to complete the full yoke, stitches are picked up along the bottom and the body is knit in garter stitch. The sleeves are separated, like a typical top-down sweater, and knit in the round down as well. This allows the knitter to decide on how long to make the sleeves and the body of the sweater. You can try it on as you go to find the length that you prefer. The lower back hem is given a lovely, flattering curve with short rows as well. The body and the sleeves both end with an i-cord bind off. It creates a beautifully finished edge. Don’t be scared if you have never knit short rows before. They are simple to do and allow for lots of wonderful shaping in your knitting. Carol Feller, the designer of Ravi, teaches an excellent free class online class on short rows. And she’s wearing Ravi in the video too!  We look forward to seeing you at the Ravi Knitalong Kickoff this...

Posted on Sep 12, 2013 in Ravi KAL | Comments Off on Ravi’s Construction, an Overview

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Picking Yarns for Ravi

Picking Yarns for Ravi

Our newest knitalong project, Ravi, begins on Sunday, September 15, so it’s time to pick out some yarn. Ravi is knit in a sport or DK-weight yarn. Our (nearly finished) model is being knit in Hazel Knits Lively DK (pictured far right below). It is a tightly-plied superwash merino with a bit of nylon which creates very crisp stitches. Some other similar type merino yarns from around the shop are Mad Hatter (pictured far left above). This buttery soft sport-weight is hand-dyed superwash merino. Or maybe you’re a fan of Madelinetosh colorways–who isn’t? Tosh Sport (pictured center above) is also 100% superwash merino to show off your stitches in lovely hand-dyed colors. Since Ravi is unusually constructed with a sideways yoke composed of wedges of short-rows a self-striping yarn would highlight the changing directions of the knitting. Rowan’s new Alpaca Colour (pictured far right below) creates subtle monochromatic stripes in silky soft 100% alpaca. Acadia (pictured center above), a blend of alpaca, merino and silk is kettle-dyed and slightly slubby. The gentle color shifts and texture will play nicely with Ravi’s simple garter stitch. Or, if you prefer tweed, Rowan’s Felted Tweed (pictured far left above), made from alpaca, merino and viscose, will give your knitting a faint halo with small specks of color.  These are just a few ideas. We have many other options for your Ravi. You can find the full schedule of the Ravi Knitalong on our Classes...

Posted on Sep 4, 2013 in Ravi KAL | Comments Off on Picking Yarns for Ravi

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Fall Knitalong Announced

Fall Knitalong Announced

Our knitalong this fall will feature a flattering and unusual sweater designed by Carol Feller of Stolen Stitches.   Ravi has interesting construction, with a yoke that’s knit sideways and shaped to fit with short rows. The rest of the sweater is then picked up and knit downwards.   It features a hem that curves lower in back, also created with short rows, and is finished with i-cord. The sleeves are three-quarter length.   Ravi can be knit in sport- or DK-weight yarn.   As usual we’ll kick off our knitalong with a party on September 15. Join us for door prizes and fun (or if  you can’t make the party, cast on by yourself). The full knitalong schedule is listed...

Posted on Aug 23, 2013 in Knitalong, Patterns, Ravi KAL | Comments Off on Fall Knitalong Announced

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