Special Knit Sunday, Stitch House “Al Fresco”, Social Media Savvy

This Sunday, April 29 from 3-6pm we are hosting our monthly Charity Knit for Tay-Sachs. When I first opened Stitch House I met Ruth who’s brother died of Tay-Sachs. Since then we have spoken often of the gains happening because of research using a special sheep, the Jacob Sheep. This sheep breed will hopefully provide what scientific information is necessary to find a cure for this disease. In the meantime, they continue to be bred and researched. The fortunate thing for all of us, in addition to helping to find a cure, is that Jacob Sheep also provide beautiful wool. Come in Sunday and meet representatives who knit from the National Tay-Sachs Association (NTSAD), sample the wool and buy some for a great cause! Our hope is that you buy lots of wool but also that you use one skein to make an afghan square that will be returned to NTSAD and made into a large afghan to be auctioned at their November Gala and large fundraiser. If you are unable to attend, please consider making a donation directly to their cause or emailing me to connect you with the folks to get you a skein of wool to help make the afghan project a reality!

Saturday, April 28 is the official Opening Day for Savin Hill Baseball! And I’m thrilled Douglas (my 7 year old) will be playing on Opening Day. He needs this day to look forward to after the defeat last night of his beloved Bruins. As part of the Opening Day festivities, we have a mini-parade to the field and some pomp with the morning celebration at the field. I hope you will join me in the morning at the ball-field for some outdoor knitting and sitting! Bring a chair and cooler, as well as your knitting and join me for the first Stitch House Outdoors event starting at 9:30 am at Savin Hill park. If you can’t make it but want to participate we are collecting cases of water for Opening Day. Drop off a case of water, any brand, to the Stitch House by end of day tomorrow and get 10% off you 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.

We also have our Book Swap happening now at Stitch House. A few weeks ago I discovered that we have a  World Book Day 2012. It seems like a cool thing to do to encourage reading and literacy. This day is rooted in some deep history and is recognized formally on April 23. We’re celebrating at the Stitch House by hosting a book swap table from now until April 29th. We have a group of books to start the swap and the way it works is: you leave a book and take a different book. This is a great way to share a knitting/crochet/sewing/crafting book you have that you would like to gift, but in return you select a different book from the table. Leave a book, take a book! Super easy and a way to refresh your craft book collection. I think this will be fun – come in and try it out.

This weekend Stitch House got on the newest social media bandwagon and joined Pinterest and we’d love it if you followed us (not even sure if that’s what you call it??). Check it out – it is a great way to get inspired in a mega-way! Between Katie and Jeanne, Stitch House is moving up in the world of social media and I thought you might be interested in learning a few things about Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Ravelry and more! In June we’re running an intensive Ravelry Workshop with Katie, but in the meantime we’d like you to get your feet wet with Jeanne. Join her any Wednesday evenings in May from 6-7pm to sign-up for and/or discover all the ways these sites can keep you up to date on everything from sewing to knitting to cooking and simple or massive inspiration. We’ll give you more details about Katie’s workshop soon but for now you can join Jeanne any or all Wednesdays in May for $5 a session from 6-7pm. We’re calling these sessions “Mini-Social-Media-Get-Your-Feet-Wet” for fun! If you have a laptop or tablet that makes life easier… otherwise call ahead and we can get one for you to borrow that evening. Call or email to register.

In the meantime… here’s the class list of what’s coming up at Stitch House. Come in and take a class!

*NEW* Knitting Skills Class-Become a more confident knitter!  Each of these unique sessions will focus on a different knitting skill.  TONIGHT  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.

Pre-Teen Knit Ages 10-12 are invited to learn to knit or refine their skills. This class will teach the basics and together we will create a fantastic project. Not only will you leave with a finished project, but you’ll have the motivation and the tools to keep knitting! After this class they’ll have the skills to make great gifts for all their friends. Kids will learn how to understand and follow pattern instructions, cast on, and bind-off. $60 including materials.  Mondays May 7, 14, 21, 4-5:30pm.

Magic Loop Socks-Free yourself from double pointed needles (not that there’s anything wrong with them!)  Using one 40″ long Addi needle, the Magic Loop method can be used for knitting any item of a small circumference in the round: socks, sleeves, mittens, baby hats.  $20 not including materials.  Saturday,  April 28, 10am-12pm. OR  Saturday May 19, 10am-12pm.

*NEW* Sun Surf Halter Workshop-Lift your spirits and learn!  Make a quick dress using our sunny and bright collection of fabrics.  This workshop is appropriate for sewers of all levels, even beginners. This workshop is free with purchase of pattern and fabric (Approx. $50). Wednesday April 4 & 11, 6-8pm. OR  Wednesday May 2 & 9, 6-8pm.

*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.

I hope to see you soon! (like Friday night knitting or Saturday at Savin Hill!)

Annissa

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