I hope everyone has been enjoying a wonderful summer. The fact that our fall inventory has been arriving and going out on the shelves means that it is time to look at our upcoming classes for September, October, and November.
Tory is taking some time off so I will be filling in for her these next few months. I will be offering Learn to Knit classes each month as well as one project oriented class. Spots are limited so please sign up early. Our September classes are being held in the morning, but October and November classes will be at other times.
Other exciting news is that Caroline Fauz will be teaching a learn to crochet class on Saturdays, September 9th and 16th from 9:30am-11am. More details on that class will be available very soon.
Learn to Knit Class with Margaux:
Novice Level class. No prior knitting experience is required.
Mondays, September 11th and 25th from 11am-12:30pm
Knitting is an enjoyable, social, and mentally enriching hobby. Plus, you get to wear or gift the results of your effort when you finish a project. Yarn comes in a gorgeous assortment of different colors and fibers, and as you knit, you get to create many types of textures. Who wouldn’t want to cast-on and give knitting a try!
The project we make in my learn to knit class is a cowl where we repeat stitches to create mastery and muscle memory. After nine years of teaching, I have found this to be the most successful way to learn to knit.
Skills covered in the class are the knit stitch, the purl stitch, long-tail cast-on, knitting in the round, reading a pattern, reading your knitting, picking up dropped stitches, binding-off, weaving in ends, finishing, and a general understanding of yarn and gauge.
*Yarn needed for the class is 3 skeins of Alpakka Ull from Sandnes Garn or 2 skeins of Ultra-Alpaca from Berroco, a US #8 24inch circular needle, and a size G (4mm) crochet hook.
Intermediate Level Class - Students should feel comfortable knitting, purling, and reading a written pattern and have successfully knit a project using magic loop before taking this class.
Thursdays from 9:30-11am September 14th and 28th.
Musselburgh from Ysolda Teague is the most popular project on Ravelry. What makes Musselburgh fun is that it is knit from the top down which is unusual for a hat. It can be knit in one color or two if you want your brim to be a different color, or as the hat is reversible, you can make it two different colors. Make the hat for yourself or as a gift for someone special. The yarn I am using is Tynd from Woolfolk.
Skills taught in this class will be: a review of the Magic-Loop kntting in the round technique; the Pinhole Cast-On; the make-one left (M1L) and make-one right (M1R), and how to modify your hat so that you can have a different colored brim, or have the hat be reversible in a different color. We will also review measuring gauge.
*Yarn needed in this class is a total of 100-150 grams of fingering, sport or dk wool yarn in one or two colors, two sets of needles one 16” circular and one 32” circular in the appropriate size for your yarn and stitch markers.
Please note that for all classes:
*Yarn needs to be purchased from Wasatch and Wool Yarns, but class participants will receive a 10% discount on non-sale supplies. They will also receive a 10% discount on the final day of class. We recommend that needles are purchased from Wasatch and Wool as there are significant differences between needle brands.
*Classes, if cancelled 10 days before the first day of class, can be exchanged for a future class only. We enforce this policy on behalf of our teachers who have committed their time and expertise. There are no exchanges or refunds for classes cancelled less than 10 days from the first day of class. Participants not using yarn from Wasatch and Wool will be charged an additional $30.
October’s Class will be the Oslo Hat from PetiteKnit which we will knit using the provisional cast-on. This hat will be a good but challenging project for those who have finished the learn to knit class as well as a fun project with an interesting turn for more experienced knitters. Alpakka Silke from Sandnes Garn would be a great and very soft choice for this hat.
November will bring a choice of projects from PetiteKnit. You can choose either the Sophie Scarf or the Sophie Shawl. Knitters will knit an i-cord edge and use increases and decreases for shaping. The Sophie Shaw is a great opportunity to use two strands at a time if you have never tried that before. The yarns I recommend are Cashmere Premium from Lang Yarns and Merino and Soft Silk Mohair from Knitting for Olive.
In the store, customers often ask us about the projects other people are knitting or crocheting.
The top favorite the past couple of weeks has been Churchmouse Yarn’s Easy Folded Poncho which is a great project for new knitters who have mastered the knit and purl and those who are getting back into knitting. It is also for established knitters who are looking for a flattering and easy-going poncho to throw on now that it is getting a bit cooler. Most knitters decided to use Rowan Felted Tweed which we stock in gorgeous colors from neutral to bold.
Two other customers are now knitting Caine from Monie Ebner which is another multi-season project. In warmer weather, wear it as a tee, but when it’s cooler wear it over a blouse, turtleneck or long sleeve tee shirt. One customer is using Fairytale DK from Dragonhoard Fibers and the other Lore from The Fibre Company. Combining Knitting for Olive Merino and Soft Silk Mohair is another great option.
And finally, Caroline has crocheted a few Arta by Quail Studio totes in Rowan Creative Linen. Her first Arta is now a shop sample so please stop by to admire it.
Do you need a quick refresher on how to do a Slip Slip Knit (SSK) or a Left-Slanting Make 1 (M1L)? Do you want someone to look over your project every now and then to see how you are progressing, or even some structured time to complete a project that has been on your needles for much too long? Our new help sessions may be exactly what you are looking for. Our next help session will be Tuesday, August 22nd from 9:30-11am and will cost $15. This is a great opportunity to ask the 5 minute (or less) question. Please email or call us to reserve your spot.
If you need more in-depth help, such as learning to knit or needing us to read through an entire multi-page pattern, you will want to take advantage of private lessons that are now being taught at the store. Classes are $20 per half hour and $35 for a full hour. Please ask us for more information and to schedule a time for you to meet with one of our instructors.
Summer Morning Knitting and Crocheting:
Wednesday mornings at 10am.
Knitters and crocheters of all levels are welcome at our Wednesday morning sit and knits. There is no charge, but we request that you use yarn purchased from Wasatch and Wool Yarns.
We love when visitors drop by for our knitting get togethers. If you are working on a project from home, let us help you find a souvenir that you can bring back from your trip to Park City.
Note: Summer Morning Knitting and Crocheting will replace Knit Nights this summer.
Happy Knitting and Crocheting,