Quick Ruffle Scarf Saturday, Closed Easter Sunday & All About Bill

I once thought I didn’t care much for self-ruffling yarn. I have been proven wrong, by myself! All of these cool ruffling yarns are one of the best yarns to hit the quick knits market since I’ve opened. But now I’m a little ahead of myself… we have so much of it – I’m overwhelmed! Help me thin out our supply by buying some for you and your friends.They work up so fast, and they make a huge statement. We’ve got a number of different kinds, in so many colorways, you might overwhelm yourself too. I’m making 5 for my college roommate “roommie night away”. I posted a picture on the Stitch House Facebook site of the one I made for St. Paddy’s Day and now I have a rainbow of colors in the making for my friends.

If you’re so inspired come in Saturday, April 7 from 2-4pm, and join Valaree to get one started for yourself or a friend or two! Valaree is running this free workshop to get you on your way to a fun accessory to keep or gift. In those two hours you can get a good chunk of this project started and all for the cost of a ball of yarn… and for one ball you have a wonderful gift! Yarns are between $9 and $14. Needle size recommended is between U.S. 8 and 13. I hope you can stop by.

In addition to all the wonderful Ruffling Yarns – we have a fresh box of Madeline Tosh Vintage, Louet Gems, Classic Elite Sanibel – oh and we have more Addi Clicks! We have the crochet set, the longer lace tips and the bamboo set! Come in and check them all out!

We will be closed Sunday for Easter, but if you need a Stitch House fix, come in next week and take one of our many classes. We have some starting this week and next. If you don’t need a regular class, schedule a drop-in for some help. For $10 you can have an hour long sit-down in knitting and crochet. Thursday evening we have scheduled a few “knitting skills” sessions. Private sewing lessons are also available at your request. Let us know what we can do for you!

*NEW* a.m. Drop-In Sew-A great session to get started on a project or get some help with an unfinished project. Spend a pleasant morning working on a project of your choice. Tuesday mornings, 10:30-12, $15 per session.

Crochet Workshop-Learn to crochet or work on expanding your crochet skills in this evening class. Jeanne can help you learn the basics and get you started on a project that will get you into the crochet groove. Workshop meets Wednesday evenings, 6-7:30pm. $15 per class.

*NEW* Knitting Skills Class-Become a more confident knitter! Each of these unique sessions will focus on a different knitting skill. April 5th: Fixing Mistakes: Un-knitting and dropped stitches. April 12th: Increases & Decreases. April 19th: Getting Gauge/Swatches. April 26th: Basic Cables/Charts. May 3rd: Basic Lace/Charts. May 10th: Fixing Knitting Mistakes. May 17th: Knitting Fibers and Yarn Substitutions. May 24th: Knitting in the Round/Baby Hat. May 31st: Getting Gauge/Swatches. Please call to sign up…some preparation may be needed for your session! Thursday evenings, 6-7:30pm, $15 per session.

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. Students bring pattern, fabric, thread (call or email for more info) April 14 & 21, 10am-2pm. OR May 5 & 12, 10-2pm.

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. $75 for instruction, students bring pattern, fabric, thread (call or email for more info). Tuesdays May 1, 8, 15, 22, 6-8pm

*NEW* Sewing Skills Workshops-Using the comprehensive new book: The Sewing Bible by Ruth Singer, this series will focus on a different sewing skill at each meeting. Instruction is free with purchase of the book: $35. Wednesday April 25, 6-7pm, Friday April 27, 10-11am, Friday May 18, 10-11am

Alterations – Do you have a closet full of “off the rack” clothes that need to be hemmed or a pair of favorite pants that need a zipper replaced? Bring your jeans, jackets, dresses and skirts and learn to do your own alterations. You will also learn to do perfect hand and machine stitches on your delicate fabrics. Some sewing experience is necessary. $30. Saturday April 28, 1-4pm. OR Saturday May 19, 1-4pm.

*NEW* Home Decorating-Window Treatments – This 3 week class will provide you with the skills and confidence needed to construct ONE window treatment for your home. You will review the correct way to measure your window to ensure a proper fit. At the completion of this course you will have a functioning treatment and instruction on how to mount and install it in your home. During the series you are welcome to use the shop machines outside of class time, when available, to make another one to compliment the one you’ll work on during class time. Wednesday evenings, 6-9pm, May 16, 23, 30. $100.


Bill Dristas, March Stitch House Staff Profile, Ravelry Nametag: VisualVerve
I set this great goal for what I thought was an awesome idea and the time has gotten away from me (perhaps trying to do too much? Naaah) Anyway, Bill was our Staff Member of March and I never really introduced you all to our wonderfully talented guy. First, on more than one occasion some of you have come in and hesitated asking him for help because he is, you know, a man! Well this man we call Bill can knit. Bill made his way to Dorchester from McMurray, Pennsylvania. He specializes in Cables (and cables, and cables) although he is just as great in all the knitting techniques you can imagine. We first got to know Bill when he entered our Baby Sweater contest a few years ago.. and he’s been with us ever since. You’ll find him at the Stitch House on Saturdays and Sundays running a mini-workshop or helping out with our Knit 101ers. Friday nights you could pull up a chair next to him at our weekly session of chilling and knitting around the table. If you did that tonight he might be working on of the few projects he currently has on needles such as the Foreign Correspondent Scarf, a baby dress, Sunshine and a square of the Great American Aran Afghan. His favorite Ravelry pattern is Shifting Sands Scarf and his stash includes loads of his favorite Stitch House yarn – anything Madeline Tosh. If you’d like to learn more about Bill and check out his full list of FOs, go to his Ravelry page. Make sure to say hi when you see Bill!

Thank you for all the Prom Dresses for Belle of the Ball. I only have a few names attached to all the donations so those I will personally thank. The rest – you know who you are… and THANK YOU! It was so much fun going through them and checking out all the various styles and sizes. Someone was super skinny and loved to show some skin. We had the most fun checking those out and pretending to dance around in them. Thank you for the laughs! Although the official donation period has ended, if you have a great dress, I would be happy to take it over to the girls at East Boston High School. We still have a number of girls without dresses. In the meantime start storing them for next year’s collection.

Speaking of the start of Prom Season, ’tis the Baseball Season too! And my kids are ready to go! They play in the Savin Hill Baseball League, a program that offers baseball to boys and girls ages 5 – 19. They play most of their games at Savin Hill beach ball fields (you can see them if your driving North on 93 and by the Dorchester Yacht Club). It’s a great neighborhood tradition and I love that all the boys play. On Saturday, April 28 we kick the season off with a old-time parade up Dorchester Avenue to the park. There we have Opening Day Ceremonies and loads of fun for the kids. I hope you can help by making sure these kids get all the hydration they need Opening Day and throughout the season. Bring in a case of water, any brand, to the Stitch House between April 16th and April 22 and get 10% off your total purchase (regularly priced items, please). We realize that the plastic bottles aren’t the environmentally friendly way to go but we will have collection buckets at the park to collect and return all the empties so they can be recycled. I’d like to kick off our Stitch House “Al Fresco” Summer 2012 at Savin Hill Baseball Opening Day. Join me, Stitch House staff, and all our friends at the park that day. Find our Flag, bring a blanket or beach chair, and don’t forget your knitting! This is a great way to celebrate local youth, enjoy the season and get some knitting done. Festivities start at 9am and more details will follow.

I hope you all have a wonderful Easter Weekend.



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