Triplet Milestone, May Events, Charity Drive and New Products!

I am happy to announce I have officially survived the the first five years of motherhood of the triplets. And survival is a good way to decribe it – better yet, my friends and family have survived us the last five years! Last week they had their 5th birthday and now they have sworn off pull-ups overnight (imagine all the laundry I’ll get to do now!) and insist they are all grown up and want to try walking to school alone (imagine that!). They are pull-up free and doing ok with it… and they are NOT walking to school alone!
Anyway, in shop news we have a lot happening here in May and into early June for you to plan for. When this year began I really wanted to start looking at ways to be “greener” and I came across a shop online (I can’t remember where it is) that enters customers into a raffle if they bring their own bag for their purchases… I thought this sounded great so I figure we can give it a try. Starting NOW when you shop at Stitch House and bring your own bag, or purchase and use one of our in-house, reusable totes, you will be entered into a raffle to win a prize! The month of May we’re giving away a very cool and “hip” red Namaste Classic Hip Holster. You can enter the raffle each time you shop with us… so more the more visits the greater your chance!
Speaking of Namaste, we now carry their very cool project bags in pink and grey in the larger two-pack or the smaller three-pack of project bags. They are great to carry your current project(s) and all the things that go with it. Check it out for you or a gift for the knitter in your life. Other recents additions to the Stitch House include Rowan’s Savannah (I’m making the most stunning knit top) and Tahki Ripple (another cool yarn for Summer knitting). You should also drop in to check out the newest sewing pattern line we’re carrying, Sew-Liberated.
A Stitch House friend recently passed away from breast cancer and donated her very large collection of knitting books to us. In her memory and to support the efforts of Breast Cancer Research we are selling this collection to make a donation to the Dana-Faber Knitting Room. All soft cover books in this collection are $2 and hard cover are $5. If you would like to donate books to this collection for sale please drop them off this weekend. This special sale ends June 1 and all remaining books will be donated to the Dana-Faber Knitting Room.
Thank you also to everyone who knitted for the Welcome Baby program through the Nurturing Center of Boston. We collected over 40 pairs of mittens – that were just too cute! – and hope to follow-up with another knitting event in the Fall. If you weren’t able to particpate in April for the mitten knit-a-long, don’t worry – you will have your opportunity to knit with us again!
If you’re looking for a pattern to start right away I found this one on Ravelry:
It the Wakefield Scarf and a great alternative to the Clapotis. I have made two Claps and was looking for a new, more decorative pattern to knit Blue Heron Metallic in so here it is! I did cast on 68 instead of the recommended 50 so the scarf is now a wrap. But if you like easy repeat patterns and want a new project to start – here it is!
Tonight, Friday, May 13th Juliann will be running our quick sew group. On the agenda is a quick, padded lap top case or iPad sleeve.. made to your measurements. If you’d like to join Juliann tonight give us a call at 617-265-8013 to reserve your spot. For the rest of you join Claire at the knitting table and bring your favorite bottle of wine to share and I’ll be by to show off all my in-progress projects!
Saturday, May 14 (TOMORROW) I’m chairing the very cute Little Miss and Young Miss Dorchester contests. If you have any interest in volunteering to judge or help-out… I’ll take it! We also give every particpant a goody-bag if you have a donation to make. If you have a 7-8-9 or 10-11-12 year old that would like to participate, please let me know by TONIGHT so I can add her to the program and get her into the contest!
Otherwise, nothing is new! Join us for any of the above, or for a class below. I hope to see you soon and wish you a good third week of May!
Hand Embroidery-Join Cassidy as she walks you through the basics of embroidery.  Transferring patterns, embroidery stitches and techniques will be discussed in this class.  This workshop is $30 and includes all materials.
Offered Tuesday May 17th, 6-8pm.

Sew Intensive for Beginners and New Sewers – 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.  Choose from the following:
May 14 & 21, 10:30am-2:30pm

Introduction to Sewing – “Learn to Dress Yourself” This four week class will give you experience in the basics of sewing so that you will have the knowledge and confidence to undertake projects on your own. You will learn how to understand and follow pattern instructions, cut out patterns and make minor pattern alterations for a better fit.  In addition you will learn clothing construction fundamentals such as seams, darts, waistbands, zippers, buttonholes and hem techniques.  The cost is $75, materials not included. Tuesdays May 17, 24, 31, 7, 6-8pm

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