I want to thank all of you for your wonderful, heartfelt emails in reaction to the attack on Boston last week, and the direct impact it had on our Dorchester community. Although it will take us time to heal, we are a strong neighborhood and we will continue to rally around those so deeply wounded, emotionally and physically. I want to especially thank those from so far away that called, emailed and sent notes to us in support and love. Doug and I were away enjoying school vacation with the kids and able to protect them from the gruesome news and events and had time to prepare what we would share with them. They are good kids, sad about what happened but sure to not be slowed by what occurred.
Below is actually the email I had prepared to send last week so you will notice the sudden change in tempo but so it all continues, sadder but stronger than before. Thank you again.
So I hope this is the last week you will get this style email. I am working on a new template so that my weekly communication with you is more professional and more visually stimulating. I hope you can still hear my voice and if you can’t please, let me know. It is very important that I can still connect with you.
In honor of what I hope is my last text-heavy email I want to ask you what’s most important to hear from me? What information and how often? Everyone that offers a suggestion good or bad (I get to be the final judge of that!) gets entered into a drawing to win a bag of yarn from Cascade. You have until next Friday to reply. Then you should receive an email in a new format with your name possibly marked as “winner”! I would really like your feedback so bring it on by just “replying” to this email.
Otherwise we have a lot happening here at Stitch House. You are welcome to join us for one of our regularly scheduled classes or to check out one of two new workshops being introduced in May.
On Sunday, May 5 from 3-5pm Join special guest instructor Jennifer Lassonde to learn how to use eKnit Notes with GoodReader – this two hour class will help you make better use of your iPad for knitting & crochet. Download the GoodReader app from the Apple App Store and Jen will teach you how to use this app to manage and store your patterns, make notes about your progress or modifications, highlight your directions and charts and so much more. If you’re tired of carrying around projects notes in your various project bags, get rid of those scraps of paper and keep it all in your iPad! You will need to Download the GoodReader App for your iPad prior to the class and have a basic knowledge of iPad functionality.
Jennifer Lassonde is a knitter from the South Shore who hosts the Down Cellar Studio Audio Podcast where she talks about knitting, sewing, travel, photography and other crafty adventures. During the day, Jen is a project manager at a Boston hospital, working on technology related projects with people from diverse backgrounds and varied ability levels. Download an episode of the Down Cellar Studio Podcast from iTunes or through your podcast catcher to get a feel for her style!
This workshop costs $20 requires registration. Please call or email us to reserve your seat today and to receive additional notes to prepare for your afternoon with Jen.
On Sunday, May 19 from 3-5pm Join special guest instructor Carol Hatch for her “Knitting Lace Without Fear” workshop. Start a Lace Scarf using either sock weight yarn or mohair lace weight for a more courageous experience. Carol will teach you the basic lace techniques, how to use helpful knitting aids, how to recognize and fix mistakes without extensive ripping out, and tips on blocking (blocking won’t occur during this workshop).
This workshop costs $20 requires registration. Please call or email us to reserve your seat today and to receive a materials listing to prepare for your afternoon with Carol.
Carol Hatch if an almost lifelong knitter (she started at age 10!). Taught by her mother to knit Carol started a very ugly sweater and never finished. By the time she was 16, Carol got back into it when she volunteered to knit a prop for a play and never looked back. Carol loves a knitting challenge, and recently designed and knitted a wedding canopy for her son’s wedding. When not knitting, Carol was a Pediatric Neurologist and now retired.
What else you ask? Well there are lots of classes to pick from. Check out one of these:
Get To Know Your SEWING MACHINE PLUS!— GTK PLUS is a 2 hour workshop to familiarize yourself with either your personal sewing machine, or ours. We’ll introduce you to the machine, including turning it on, threading it, learning the basic stitches and functions, and caring for it. We also will show you how to select appropriate new-sewer patterns, read them and measure yourself for a good fit. You will leave this session feeling good about your beginner skills, a handy packet of information to use at home and a starter project for your first sewing class with us. Even if you aren’t taking a sewing class with us, this is a great opportunity to learn a few basics. If you are bringing your own sewing machine- bring all the pieces and the manual (if you can find it!). If you don’t own a machine, come get to know our machines. This workshop also includes taking your measurements, picking appropriate patterns and how to select fabrics and notions. Class cost: $20. Pick one of the following sessions:
Saturday April 27, 10am-12noon
Tuesday April 30, 10am-12noon
Saturday May 4, 10am – 12 noon
Wednesday May 15 from 6-8pm
Pre-Teen Sewing for Kids Ages 10-12 A special class for pre-teens, this class will focus on making a few small projects to help familiarize the students with cutting patterns and using the sewing machine. This class will focus on making an Amy Butler bag with your choice of our colorful designer fabrics. After this class they’ll have the skills to make great gifts for all their friends. Participants will learn how to understand and follow pattern instructions, cut out patterns, and use basic machine stitches and hand sewing techniques. The first class will introduce the participants to the shop machines. Mondays May 6, 13, 20, 4-5:30pm. $75 includes materials.
Introduction to Sewing – Saturday Intensive for Beginners and New Sewers – (GTKPlus Prerequisite) So you want to learn to sew or continue developing your skills? Pick your own project and get started. You will learn how to read and follow pattern instructions, cut out patterns and make minor pattern alterations for a better fit. We start sewing the first week so come with a pattern and fabric ready to go. This class runs 2 Saturdays for $75 (does not include materials) Light lunch provided. Students bring pattern, fabric, thread (call or email for more info) **May 11 & 18, 10am-2pm**
Oh! And tomorrow night, join us for Friday Night Knitting
anytime after 6pm. If you are tempted, but nervous to join us, just come! This is a great group of people that are very welcoming to new people. Everyone around the table was once new to the group… So get off the couch and come hang with us!
In addition to these classes we have a number of other things happening at Stitch House. Our Clearance area is overflowing with new additions and more yarn arrives on our shelves almost daily -we just received a mountain’s worth of Malabrigo Rios! Come in and check it out!
Men’s Knit Night – May 4, 2013 5-7pm.
846 Dorchester Avenue
Dorchester, MA 02125